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The US Government Formally Accuses North Korea Of Orchestrating The Devastating Sony Hack [UPDATE]

WWIII on the WWW?

After Sony Pictures decided this week to cancel the Xmas day theatrical release of their movie The Interview in the wake of a massive cyber-attack on the studio and after a terrorist threat was made against the film’s release, we learn that the US government has concluded that the government of North Korea is responsible for the hack. The FBI has issued a statement today formally accusing North Korea of orchestrating the cyber-attack on Sony … but have yet announced how the US government plans to retaliate — or even if they will retaliate. UPDATE: President Obama has issued an official comment, the US will retaliate accordingly. More »

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President Obama Announces That The United States Is Re-Establishing Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

"Isolation has not worked. It's time for a new approach."

President Barack Obama made US history just a short time ago when he appeared on national television to announce that the United States of America is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time since 1961. Calling the US embargo of Cuba “a failure” and saying that isolation between the countries has “not worked”, President Obama says that the time has come for a new approach when it comes to relations between the two countries. Tourist travel by US citizens to Cuba is still not allowed but that should change soon as Obama has called for the re-establishment of a US embassy in Havana, Cuba in the coming months. Wow. I have to say, this is really amazing and very significant political and historic news for our country. More »

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Watch: Malala Yousafzai Delivers A Stunning Speech As She Accepts The Nobel Peace Prize

"This award is ... for those forgotten children who want education"

In October, we learned that teenage activist Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize and earlier today, in Oslo, Norway, she was invited to deliver her Nobel lecture as she formally accepted the award on the world stage. As you can imagine, Malala delivered an impassioned speech that further proved that she is absolutely deserving of this high honor. Click below to see Malala Yousafzai posing with her Nobel Peace Prize and read excerpts from her eloquent acceptance speech. More »

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‘Time’ Magazine Names The Ebola Fighters As The ‘Person Of The Year’

Honoring the Hero's Heart

For the past few weeks, speculation has been gearing up as to who would be selected as Time magazine’s Person of the Year as the field of contenders was narrowed to a short list. From politicians to pop stars, from the Ferguson protestors to Apple CEO Tim Cook — it was anyone’s guess as to who would nab the honor this year … until today when Time magazine revealed that they chose the heroic Ebola Fighters as the Person of the Year for 2014. Time reveals that they decided to honor and showcase the Hero’s Heart by selecting the Ebola Fighters as the Person of the Year … which is something that few can find fault with. More »

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Dear Parents Everywhere, Are You Talking About Racism With Your Kids?

PITNB's Weekly Discussion Forum

Last week we had a great discussion about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, and I brought up some of the racial commentary I interpreted in many of the films themes and music. This week feels light years away from that; I can honestly say that I feel a shift in myself, after the Darren Wilson decision. Usually, when I hear that someone has killed yet another unarmed black person, and gotten away with it, I tune out. I know my parents would hate that, but a lot of the time I just don’t care to unpack the story. I’m not sure why Ferguson was different for me, but for the first time I have made an investment of time in following the story from the beginning to the “end,” and I now know why I’ve avoided doing that. It’s exhausting, infuriating, and emotionally draining to feel like you’re witnessing injustice that EVERYONE can see, but also injustice to which many people turn a blind eye. If we ask ourselves about where racism originates, we need to turn to history; but if we ask ourselves why it still exists, we need to look at ourselves. This piece was originally titled, Dear White People, Are You Talking About Racism With Your Kids? As much as I liked the play on Dear White People (one of my favorite movies of the year), I had to open up the conversation, and I didn’t want to seem disingenuous. I really do want to have this conversation with everyone. Please click inside for more.

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Ferguson Protestors Sang Carols, Staged Die-Ins, And Peacefully Shut Down Black Friday

#BlackLivesMatter

Protests are happening all over the United States right now in reaction to the Darren Wilson decision. If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you bore witness to my response, as I tried to share as much information as I could get my hands on, and everything I read about the case. This is one of the first times I’ve actually read and tried to process all of the statements, and notes from the trial, and I am just beyond disgusted at the things I’ve been reading. I feel like I’ve done my homework, and there’s nothing anyone can say to convince me that Darren Wilson is an innocent man who did not have probable cause to go to trial. As one MSNBC reporter put it, “With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer.” I support all protestors speaking out—and raging out—against this trend of cops killing young black men and boys. One group went so far as to shut down an entire mall in St. Louis yesterday, and I wanted to share that story. Click inside for more.

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A Maryland Teenager Planned A School Shooting, Got Too Drunk To Do It

He confessed his plan to police

Recently, Chrissy Teigen announced that she was leaving Twitter after being cyber-attacked for a comment she made about a Canada shooting. Even if she spoke out at the wrong time, or phrased things in a way that offended some people I did feel like she made a good point about the way we view school shootings in America. They are no longer shocking, and the media only considers them to be tragic if multiple lives are lost. A story like this—a planned school shooting that didn’t happen—is really no story at all. But, I think this mindset is, well, killing us. A young teen in Maryland brought a gun to school, and had plans to commit mass murder, kill his parents, and kill himself but, thankfully, was unable to carry it out. Click inside for more.

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Another Police Officer Shoots & Kills Another Black Teen In St. Louis, MO

The off-duty officer reportedly fired 17 shots at the 18 year old man

In August, a police officer shot and killed 18-year old Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and ignited a storm of nightly protests by the community who are rallying for the end of police violence against citizens. Last night, in St. Louis, MO, an off-duty police officer shot and killed an 18-year old man when he fired 17 shots at the man accused of coming at the officer “aggressively” in a gangway. Some reports maintain the victim was shot 16 times. It is absolutely horrifying to know that we live in a country where young black teenagers are seemingly routinely shot and killed by police officers who are supposed to serve and protect citizens. More »

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Charlie Sheen Is Now Being Sued For Sexual Battery And Assault

He reportedly attacked a woman working at his dentist's office

The last time we heard big news about Charlie Sheen, he was engaged in a Twitter beef with Rihanna (obviously). I have no clue what’s going on with this guy, but some people live in a cloud smoke of drama that just comes and goes. What are you gonna do? This time, it’s a sexual battery and assault case. If any of these allegations are true, I can’t see how this will pan out well for Sheen… nor should it. Click inside for more.

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I Just Love These White Lesbians Suing The Sperm Bank Because They Got A Biracial Baby

They've explained that their town is too racist for a biracial child. So. Yeah.

There are so many huge issues at work here, but I’ll start small. Being a parent is hard, and many of the stresses that come from parenting really come from our own expectations of what our parenting experience will be like, what our children will be like, etc. When we’re pregnant, most of us find out “what we’re having” because it helps us (we think) “prepare” for the child, but in reality nothing can prepare you. Knowing a child’s sex, or thinking you know what the child will look like—none of that is helpful or relevant at 3AM. And—while it’s not the same as what this couple is “going through”—I know the feeling of mentally preparing for your child to look one way, and they come out looking like something else. My friends and I used to joke (and still do) that I definitely don’t have any black kids. One of them we lit’rally call “Spanish,” and I spent the first 6 months of his life waiting for him to darken up a bit. No. He’s still “Spanish.” So I get that babies can surprise you—hell, they can even disappoint you (but that’s only if you choose to go into parenting with certain expectations). And now that I’ve tried to identify with this couple—Jennifer Cramblett and Amanda Zinkon—I’m going to go the eff off, because this story is infuriating. Click inside for more.
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