NINE INCH NAILS POST NEW SONG, ENTIRE CONCERT: Nine Inch Nails has posted two big goodies online for fans: the first is the studio version of "Copy Of A," the new song that the live band has been opening its concerts with since returning to the stage last month. The second is the group's complete concert from this past weekend's Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, a 95-minute set featuring several new tunes as well as a solid lineup of NIN classics.
- "Copy Of A" is taken from Hesitation Marks, the first new NIN album in five years, which is due out September 3rd.
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to the studio version of "Copy Of A":
Watch Nine Inch Nails perform at the Outside Lands festival:
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE GUITARIST WORKING ON NEW HAVEY ROCK ALBUM: Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello revealed in a new interview with Bloody Disgusting that he is working on a new heavy rock album, his first since playing in Audioslave, that will be issued sometime in 2014. Morello explained, "It's just time to rock and I've written a batch of songs with huge riffs and huge grooves. I'm working it out with my band now and we're about five songs deep at this point, but we're taking our time with it. It will definitely be a release-the-hounds effort."
- Morello's previous solo efforts have been folk-tinged and have come out under the name The Nightwatchman. It's not clear whether he will release the new disc under that name as well.
LVPD UNDER INVESTIGATION OVER GUNS N’ ROSES HELICOPTER RIDE: The Las Vegas police department has launched an internal investigation after Guns N' Roses guitarist DJ Ashba and his girlfriend were given a private ride on a police helicopter during which Ashba proposed. Ashba posted photos of the tour online Saturday (August 10th), writing, "That was the most incredible day of our life!! Special thx to the Las Vegas Police Dept. for the most amazing helicopter private tour over Vegas!" Officials were reportedly livid about the apparent misuse of the helicopter, especially in the wake of officer's death in a fall from a helicopter last month. Both the officer who apparently arranged the ride and the pilot are under investigation. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
PAULA DEEN WINS RACIAL DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: A judge has sided with Paula Deen in the lawsuit that ended up causing the celebrity chef to lose many of her endorsement deals. The court decided that Lisa Jackson could not claim racial discrimination against Deen and her brother because she is white. Despite this small victory for Paula, her former employee also claimed sexual discrimination which is still being investigated.
SIMON COWELL WON'T MEET WITH HIS BABY MAMA: Sources tell People magazine that Simon Cowell refuses to cut his vacation short to deal with the drama regarding his baby mama Lauren Silverman and her husband Andrew. Though Simon has reportedly been in contact with her, he will not see her in person until things calm down a bit. The source added, "He cares about her and has been checking in on her and the baby. He still encourages Lauren to quickly figure things out with Andrew so they can move forward with their divorce." The source also claims that the X Factor judge has no plans to move in with Lauren despite what some news outlets are reporting.
GEORGE LUCAS AND WIFE WELCOME A BABY GIRL: Star Wars mastermind George Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson welcomed a baby girl named Everest into the world on Friday (August 9th.) Their daughter was delivered via surrogate and is the first biological child for the couple. They have three adopted children -- 32-year-old Amanda, 25-year-old Katie, and 20-year-old Jett.
'EXPENDABLES 3' CASTS TWO MORE BIG NAMES: Mel Gibson and Antonio Banderas have signed on to co-star with Sylvester Stallone and the recently announced Harrison Ford in the Expendables 3. The film has a tentative release date of August 15th, 2014. Jackie Chan and Nicolas Cage are also set to appear in the third installment of the action franchise.
SERIES-HIGH RATINGS FOR 'BREAKING BAD': Sunday's (August 11th) final season premiere of Breaking Bad scored the highest ratings ever in the history of the AMC drama. 5.9 million viewers tuned in for the first of eight new episodes which is a 102% increase from last summer's fifth season premiere. The show also erupted on social media by generating nearly 760,000 tweets with 11,799 tweets-per-minute.
HOLDER TARGETS MANDATORY MINIMUM DRUG SENTENCES: Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift in federal sentencing policies on Monday (August 12th), targeting long mandatory terms for drug crimes that he said have flooded prisons with low-level drug offenders and diverted money that could be much better spent on other crime fighting. In a speech before the American Bar Association that drew widespread praise, Holder said the prison population, quote, "has grown at an astonishing rate -- by almost 800 percent," since 1980, with almost half of the more than 219,000 federal inmates serving time for drug-related crimes. Initially, Holder has told federal prosecutors to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences. His next step will be working with Congress to give judges greater discretion in sentencing. Holder said he also wants to divert people convicted of low-level offenses to drug treatment and community service programs and expand a prison program to allow for release of some elderly, non-violent offenders.
JUDGE RULES NYPD'S 'STOP-AND-FRISK' POLICY UNCONSTITUTIONAL: A federal judge ruled Monday (August 12th) that the New York Police Department's "stop-and-frisk" policy is unconstitutional, saying that it illegally and systematically singles out large numbers of blacks and Hispanics. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote, "The city's highest officials have turned a blind eye to the evidence that officers are conducting stops in a racially discriminatory manner." Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the policy as helping to reduce crime to historic lows in New York City, and said he would appeal the ruling. He declared, "There is just no question that stop, question, frisk has saved countless lives, and most of those lives saved have been black and Hispanic young men." Although "stop-and-frisk" has been around for decades, its use increased dramatically under Bloomberg, with mostly black and Hispanic men stopped. Scheindlin noted she wasn't ending the practice, which is constitutional, but was reforming the way the NYPD implemented it. She appointed an independent monitor to oversee changes, and ordered the use of a pilot program in which police officers will wear body cameras in one precinct per borough.
MOB BOSS 'WHITEY' BULGER CONVICTED OF 11 MURDERS: Former Boston mob boss James "Whitey" Bulger was convicted Monday (August 12th) of 11 murders and dozens of other crimes, many of them committed while he was an FBI informant. The 83-year-old Bulger had been charged mainly with racketeering, which listed 33 criminal offenses, including 19 murders that he allegedly helped orchestrate or carried out himself during the 1970s and '80s while he led Boston's Irish mob, the Winter Hill Gang. The federal jury convicted him of taking part in 11 of those murders, along with nearly all the other crimes, including extortion, money laundering and drug dealing, and he could be sentenced to life in prison. Bulger was captured in Santa Monica, California, in 2011 after spending 16 years on the run. He'd disappeared in 1994 after being tipped off by a retired FBI agent that he was about to be indicted. His case also exposed law enforcement corruption, including that Bulger's gang paid off several FBI agents and state and Boston police officers to get information on search warrants, wiretaps and investigations.
IDEA UNVEILED FOR 'HYPERLOOP' SUPER-FAST TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM: Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk yesterday (August 12th) unveiled his idea for a "Hyperloop" super-fast transportation system that would be able to take people between L.A. and San Francisco in 30 minutes, half the time its takes to fly. Passengers would sit in car-sized capsules that would float on air inside large tubes as they travel at over 700 miles per hour. The air transporting the capsules would be sucked by a powerful fan at the front end and pushed out at the back. Musk, whose successful resume includes co-founding Pay Pal, electric carmaker Tesla Motors and rocket-building company SpaceX, said, however, that he's too focused on other projects to actually consider building the Hyperloop. But he's publishing an open-source design so that anyone can use it, modify it and build the Hyperloop if they want too.
CHECK IT OUT:
- Musk's sketches of a Hyperloop system: http://tinyurl.com/lm9yakl
UPROAR OVER OBAMA RODEO CLOWN: The Missouri State Fair on Monday (August 12th) imposed a lifetime ban on a rodeo clown whose performance during a bull riding contest at the fair on Saturday was criticized by officials from both sides of the political aisle. The clown had come out wearing a mask of President Obama, and spectators were asked repeatedly, to their enthusiastic cheers, if they wanted to see, quote, "Obama run down by a bull." Criticism started coming in after photos and video were posted online and went viral. The State Fair said in statement that the clown -- who they didn't name -- had carried out a, quote, "unconscionable stunt" that was inappropriate. The Fair also said they had no idea the clown was planning to mock Obama. However, AP cited a friend of the unnamed clown, Missouri Rodeo Cowboy Association member David Berry, who said that rodeo clowns have long performed similar acts, often imitating sitting presidents.
'OCEAN 16' SUBMIT SECOND OF THREE WINNING POWERBALL TICKETS: The 16 county vehicle maintenance department workers from Ocean County, New Jersey, who had one of three winning tickets for last week's $448 million Powerball jackpot submitted the ticket to lottery officials on Monday (August 12th). The group -- dubbed Ocean 16 -- were then presented with a check for just over $86 million, their share of the jackpot after taxes. The first winner came forward last week, a Minnesota engineer named Paul White. However, the third and final winner has yet to come forward, although it's known that the ticket was also bought in New Jersey.
PRINCE CHARLES ACCUSED OF MEDDLING IN POLITICS: Britain's Daily Mail reported Monday (August 12th) that Prince Charles has had 36 private meetings with British Cabinet members in the last three years, leading to accusations that he's meddling in politics. Charles' meetings included seven with Prime Minister David Cameron since his 2010 election. The heir to the throne is expected to be politically neutral, but Charles has expressed strong opinions on issues including education, architecture, religion, the environment, organic food and homeopathy. Charles' office said yesterday that the prince had a duty, quote, "to bring his unique perspective" and experience into meetings with officials, and that they get-togethers were also part of his preparations for one day being king. Britain's monarch has not political power, but meets regularly with prime ministers and other senior politicians to talk about events of the day.
FAN DIES AFTER FALLING AT ATLANTA'S TURNER FIELD: A fan attending last night's (August 12th) game at Atlanta's Turner Field between the Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies died after falling more than 60 feet from an upper-level platform onto a parking lot. Atlanta police, who received a report about the fall just before 9 p.m., hadn't released the man's name last night, but said the fall appeared to be accidental, with no sign of foul play. It's wasn't known if alcohol or the wet conditions at the stadium, where heavy rains had led to a nearly two-hour delay, had played a role in the accident.
FAN APOLOGIZES FOR THROWING BANANA AT JONES, SAYS WASN'T RACIAL: A San Francisco Giants fan has apologized for throwing a banana that landed near the Baltimore Orioles' Adam Jones during Sunday's (August 11th) game between the two teams in San Francisco, and claimed it wasn't meant as a racist insult to Jones. Alexander Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart and threw it toward the field in frustration near the end of the Orioles' 10-2 victory over the struggling Giants. The banana landed near the African-American Jones, who angrily tweeted about it after the game. Poulides told the newspaper he didn't intend to create controversy and only realized how his actions had been perceived when he watched the news on Monday. He said, "I'm embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn't do it and I apologize. I'm very sorry." The Giants said they haven't been able to confirm whether Poulides threw the banana. Throwing a banana in the direction of a black player is considered a racist insult, and it's happened before in the NHL as well as in European soccer.
NORTH KOREA'S FIRST SMARTPHONE IS ILLEGAL IN NORTH KOREA: North Korea has launched it first smartphone. The problem is that the data services are illegal in North Korea. Kim Jon Un inspected the factory where the "Arirang" phones are made. There are rumors that the phone is being created in China and that North Korea is trying to pass off the phones as their own creation. (Washington Post)
EIGHTH GRADE EXAM FROM 1912 IS REVEALED: A 1912 eighth grade exam from Kentucky was unearthed from the Bullit County History Museum. The exam covers everything from spelling to geography. The test that is extremely difficult by modern standards asked students to differentiate between copyright and patent rights.(UPI)
1912 Eighth Grade Test: http://tinyurl.com/lhq3ydn
ENTREPRENEURS ARE LIKELY TO BE WHITE MALES WHO SMOKED POT :A new study has shown that American entrepreneurs are more likely to be white and rebellious. A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that 84 percent of entrepreneurs are white. The study also found that kids broke the rules like smoking pot and drinking were more likely to become entrepreneurs. The study showed that the rebellious creators tested high on an intelligence test and were not so rebellious that they ended up in jail. (Yahoo)
SURVEY FINDS MEN MOST THINK ABOUT SEX, FOOD AND SLEEP MORE OFTEN THAN WOMEN: New research finds that men think about sex about once every 28 minutes. To find this, researchers from Ohio State University had students record every time they thought about sex, food and sleep each day for a week. They found that on average women thought about food 15.3 times a day, thought about sleep 13.4 times a day, and thought about sex 18.6 times a day. Men were found to think about food on average 25.1 times a day, and think about sleep every 33 minutes on average. Researchers say it's very possible that women under-reported their dirty thoughts due to social pressure. (Daily Mail)