Note to Self: Don't Call Anyone "Skank" Online

There's a certain Wild West mentality that reigns supreme on the internet. That could all change with a precedent-setting court ruling on a recent name-calling incident. Former Australian Vogue cover girl Liskula Cohen won a legal battle to unmask an anonymous blogger who referred to her as a "skank" on his "Skanks in NYC" blog. The entry, which Cohen asserted was defamatory, ridiculed the former model as a "40-something" who "may have been hot 10 years ago." Justice Joan Madden of the Manhattan supreme court agreed with Cohen, rejecting the defendant's claim that blogs "serve as a modern-day forum for conveying personal opinions, including invective and ranting," and should not be taken as fact. Google has been ordered to reveal the name of the blogger at fault. Do you think cyberbullying should be protected online?

How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

Image: Dicken Schrader
Strange Maps
  • America's two political tribes have consolidated into 'red' and 'blue' nations, with seemingly irreconcilable differences.
  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
  • Based on the UN's partition plan for Israel/Palestine, this proposal provides territorial contiguity and sea access to both 'red' and 'blue' America
Keep reading Show less

CNN files lawsuit against Trump administration

The lawsuit claims the administration violated the First Amendment when it revoked the press credentials of reporter Jim Acosta.

(Photo by Al Drago - Pool/Getty Images)
Politics & Current Affairs
  • CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials were revoked following a heated exchange with President Donald Trump on November 8.
  • The network filed a lawsuit against the administration on Tuesday, claiming the administration has violated multiple amendments.
  • The White House may only revoke the press credentials of journalists for "compelling reasons," not for reasons involving content.
Keep reading Show less

Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think

Former U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee rally at the Anaheim Convention Center on September 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Barbara Davidson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth

The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.

Keep reading Show less