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'The Big Short' headed for a big Oscar win, bookies suggest

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 11:29 pm

With the nominees in and the 2016 Academy Awards ceremony just a few weeks away, speculation about who'll be adding some gold statues to their collections is reaching fever pitch. According to bookies, it might just be 'The Big Short' who'll snag the Best Picture award from the grasp of early Oscar-bait favourite 'The Revenant'.




While director Adam McKay is better known for comedies such as 'Anchorman' and 'Step Brothers', it's his dramatic turn with 2015's 'The Big Short' which has turned heads, based on the United States sub-prime loan disaster which has generated praise and plaudits from across the globe. Official odds from online sportsbook TopBet has the finance drama as the clear favourite to take out the Best Picture Oscar, with investigative drama 'Spotlight' running at second.


Meanwhile, odds have also shortened in Leonardo DiCaprio's favour to finally take home a Best Actor gong, his first in a 20 year career and just weeks after snagging the Golden Globe for his role in 'The Revenant'. That film's director Alejandro G Iñárritu is also the favourite for Best Director, with McKay nipping at his heels.

Great Scott! DeLorean cars go back into production after 30 years

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 28, 2016 2:22 am

Despite the DeLorean Motor Vehicle company going bankrupt in 1982 after producing only 9,000 of the distinctive gull-winged vehicles made famous by 'Back to the Future', the dream of founderJohn DeLorean's is about to live on, with new vehicles headed to production for the first time in over 30 years.




According to NBC News, the reconstituted DeLorean Motors factory in Humble, Texas which has been refurbishing vehicles and producing parts for the roughly 6,500 vehicles in existence today, has been given the greenlight by the U.S. Government to produce around 300 new vehicles from original parts that have been in storage since the company folded. "It's fantastic! It is a game changer for us. We've been wanting this to happen" remarked Stephen Wynne, DeLorean's CEO.


The newly produced vehicles are expected to be a money spinner for the company, with estimates that they'll sell for upwards of $100,000 USD.

North Korea's latest invention: Hangover free alcohol

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 21, 2016 12:16 am

North Korea - there's not much you can't do. From sending a man to the sun, to creating a miracle one-drug cure for AIDS, Ebola and SARS, not to mention eliminating the need to defacate, North Korea have now made another stunning breakthrough. They've abolished hangovers.




According to the state-run Pyongyang Times, the country's Taedonggang Foodstuff Factory has created 'Koryo Liquor', which according to writer Jong Hwa Sun is "made of six-year-old Kaesong Koryo insam, known as being highest in medicinal effect, and the scorched rice, is highly appreciated by experts and lovers as it is suave and causes no hangover".


While the drink has been "registered as a national scientific and technological hit" and "awarded the December 15 Medal of Quality which is given to the best products in the country", there's unfortunately no word yet on international availability. To be honest, I wouldn't be holding your breath. But here's to North Korea, for once again punching above their weight.

U.S. calls BS on North Korea H-Bomb claim

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 7, 2016 4:25 am

Yesterday's claim by North Korean state-owned television that "the republic's first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed" has been denied by the White House, confirming that initial data from monitoring stations in the Asia area were inconsistent with that of hydrogen bomb blast.




While many neighbouring Asian-Pacific nations such as Japan and Australia alongside the United Nations have been quick to condemn the countries weapons program, the New York Times is reporting that neither Korea nor the United States believe that the blast that triggered a 5.1 earthquake in the region was due to an H-bomb, citing "a variety of evidence - some technical, some from human sources" to disbelieve their claim. According to an unnamed South Korean Defense Ministry official, the blast might not have been due to a lesser explosive boosted traditional fission bomb, saying "even a boosted fission bomb produces a yield bigger than this, so we don't think this is a successful test of a boosted fission bomb".

North Korea claims to have succesfully detonated hydrogen bomb

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Jan 6, 2016 4:31 am

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un might have just developed a hydrogen bomb in time for his birthday, if the secretive countries claims are correct. In a developing story, BBC News is reporting that the 5.1 earthquake 5.1 magnitude located near a known test site was triggered by the successful detonation of a hydrogen bomb. State-owned North Korean television has claimed responsibility by proudly proclaiming that "the republic's first hydrogen bomb test has been successfully performed at 10:00 am on January 6, 2016."




North Korean's banned weapon program has previously raised the ire of the international community, including the United States who have brought down crippling sanctions on the state.

'Harry Potter' author slams Donald Trump as worse than Voldemort

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Dec 9, 2015 12:45 am

The only saying goes that "there's no such thing as bad publicity" and to date even the strongest condemnation hasn't dented Donald Trump's bid as the leading candidate for the Republican party, but his recent comments calling for a ban on muslims entering the United States has seen a massive firestorm of negative commentary flown his way. He's even raised the ire of 'Harry Potter' author J.K. Rowling to declare him worse than Voldemort.



Perhaps Rowling might be exaggerating somewhat, considering Voldermort murdered Harry Potter's parents, along with leading characters Severus Snape and Alastor Moody, not to mention his plan to wipe out every muggle (non magic folk), control the wizarding world and instate a new world order, but her comments have been widely re-tweeted, with 145,000 at the time of print.

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Chewbacca arrested in Ukraine election protest

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Oct 26, 2015 11:39 pm

You'd think that the characters of 'Star Wars' would have more pressing matters than Earth's mundane political squabbles, but that hasn't prevented Chewbacca from campaigning and being arrested by Ukraine police whilst driving Darth Vader to an election booth in Odessa, Ukraine.




According to the Guardian, Chewie was fined 170 Hryvnia (around $8 USD) due to being unable to produce proper identification documentation. Darth Vader claimed his detention was illegal because "Chewbacca is his pet and general servant and thus does not require documents".


Despite the intergalactic intervention, President Petro Poroshenko is expected to retaining the coalition government. Guess Vader should have bought the Death Star over.

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The US has released the al-Qaeda application form for digital reading

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 22, 2015 6:16 am

Alongside asking for the name of your grandfather and what occupation your father holds, al-Qaeda's application form is a quite extensive piece of writing as seen on Vox and released by the US Government recently as it has now been declassified.




This form was found as part of Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad and is now available for public reading. Alongside in-depth religious questions, the applicant is asked about previous military experience, personal hobbies and investigations on if the prospective al-Qaeda employee has any relations to Pakistan.


Written quite well, it's certainly an interesting insight into what helps back al-Qaeda. It may look basic to you on the news, but there is some form of administration that must keep the whole thing afloat and this form helps portray that. Another interesting point is that it asks the applicant if they "wish to execute a suicide operation".

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Kim Jong-un makes another claimed glorious achievement

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 19, 2015 6:47 am

If you're wondering what the North Korean leader has been up to lately, state-run media recently claimed yet another glorious achievement to add to the catalog alongside the leaders achievements including learning how to drive a car at three years old and assisting in landing a pilot on the sun.




The photo and accompanying news report alleges that Kim Jong-un has climbed North Korea's highest mountain, Mt. Paektu, accompanied by hundreds of smiling North Korean fighter pilots.


It all looks pretty normal at first, but South Korean news reports have pointed out one photo in particular as a little odd (seen above). If you take a look a the smiling comrades in the rear it seems they're sitting perched atop a rock for comfort - however, upon closer inspection you'll notice clear air between their legs - so what are they sitting on?

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Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning unveiled in Berlin

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: May 4, 2015 5:53 am

Depending on which part of the political spectrum you hail from, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are either dangerous leakers, or freedom fighting whistleblowers, but either way, the trip have been commemorated in a art project which has been unveiled in Germany, according to a report published by RT News.



The work of Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the installation 'Anything to Say?' encourages members of the public to join the trio on the empty chair situated next to them, telling media that "the fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech".


Meanwhile, last month in the US, a bust of Edward Snowden was placed in New York's Fort Greene park, but removed within hours by parks department officials.

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