Why have James Bond movies been so successful?
James Bond movies have been successful for a variety of reasons, including:. The appeal of the character: James Bond is a charismatic and confident hero who is skilled in combat, espionage, and seduction. He represents a kind of fantasy figure for many people, embodying qualities that are attractive and aspirational.Read full story
Opinion: The Ukraine War Result
Vladimir Putin knows that if Russia is completely humiliated in Ukraine, it could mean the end of his rule. He is letting everyone know that the best way for him to stay in power is to make the war against Ukraine look like a fight against the whole West. He's like a hurt tiger who, out of desperation, goes on the attack.Read full story
NASA Tiger Team RAMA
When astronomer Carl Sagan wrote about sending people to Mars in his 1973 book The Cosmic Connection, he brought up a problem that went beyond the cost and difficulty of such a mission: the possibility that there was already life on Mars and that it might not be friendly.Read full story
Conserve power to avoid blackouts
For the seventh day in a row, California's grid operator issued a call for people and businesses to save energy to avoid blackouts as temperatures rose. The California Independent System Operator (ISO) has asked residents to save energy in the late afternoon and early evening, when the sun sets and the state's large supply of solar-generated electricity diminishes.Read full story
Review by a "Special Master"
On Monday, a US judge agreed to Donald Trump's request to appoint a "special master" to review the evidence that the FBI took from his Florida home during a raid. This was a blow to the prosecutors.Read full story
Return of Bird Flu
After a lull of several months, bird flu has returned to the Midwest earlier than expected. The highly dangerous disease has been found in two commercial flocks of turkeys in western Minnesota and in a hobby flock in Indiana.Read full story
Heat Waves in USA
Over 100 million Americans are living under excessive heat warnings and advisories as forecasters warn of "dangerously hot conditions". Taking humidity into account, the mercury could hit 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. An excessive heat warning was issued for large swaths of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The extreme heat and humidity will significantly increase the potential for heat-related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities.Read full story
Opinion: Did Religion Play a Role in the Capitol Riots?
On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol experienced disgraceful chaos as it was attacked by an angry mob of Trump supporters flashing various symbols. These powerful and shocking symbols shared a common theme of Trump, Jesus, and the Christian American nation. The rioters' emblems included a juxtaposition of Christian and white supremacist symbols, such as the noose in the gallows or even the Confederate Flag, and their use of these symbols sent a message to the entire world. Recently, there have been investigations into the events that led to the terrible riot.Read full story
Opinion: Book Ban Scenario in USA
A book ban refers to a method of censorship when certain books that are viewed as unfit for the nation or public are made unavailable by either private individuals, government officials, or organizations. These books in question are often up for inspection for various reasons, like the inclusion of graphic violence, disrespect for a dominant code of conduct of an area or place, sexually explicit imagery, evil worship, unsuitable materials for certain age groups, or books that just generally lack any literary merit. Such books are often eliminated from any and all libraries, online or physical, reading lists, or even bookstore shelves. Censorship in this case can occur at any point — at different levels of publication, distribution, etc.Read full story
Gun Deaths in the US
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more Americans died as a result of gun injuries in 2020 than in any other year. The states with the largest number of gun-related deaths, including suicides and murders, were Mississippi, Louisiana, Wyoming, Missouri, and Alabama.Read full story
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: Will Gamora return?
Marvel has finally confirmed the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 on May 5, 2023, so audiences can now officially start their countdown. In October 2021, Disney changed the release dates of every forthcoming Phase 4 movie, but the threequel stayed exactly where it was. Hopefully, it’ll stay the same and we'll see it in theatres in May 2023.Read full story
As nuclear talks stall, Iran sanctions 61 more Americans
Crowd protests - representational Imagemhrezaa/Unsplash. The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran was once the face of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution against nepotistic rule, but the Iranian government now considers it a "terrorist" organization. The group, also known as the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), is said to have anti-government tendencies, such as plans to overthrow the government that currently governs parliament.Read full story
Amber Heard Moves Court—The Story Thus Far
True to form, Amber Heard's lawyers have filed a notice to toss out the verdict in Johnny Depp's defamation lawsuit against her. The 44-page document submitted on July 1 contends that there wasn’t enough proof to justify the 10 million awarded for damages, especially because of Depp's claim that he lost his role in the Pirates of the Caribbean 6 movie due to an op-ed that Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018.Read full story
Opinion: Why is TikTok being scrutinised in the US?
TikTok has been a source of concern in the United States for some time. Initially, the United States was concerned that increased use of TikTok was causing health problems and affecting young minds. This time, the US Senate Intelligence Committee has requested an investigation into the privacy concerns of US-based users of this app, which the government believes is also related to national security. As a result, the Intelligence Department has written a letter to FTC Chairwoman Lina Khan, asking her to investigate TikTok's privacy policies.Read full story
Opinion: Biden's Gun Safety Law
At a White House event on July 11th, President Joe Biden hosted survivors and families of casualties of mass shootings, highlighting the new Bipartisan Safer Communities Act that points towards preventing such mass shootings.Read full story
Twitter vs. Musk: What, Why, and How?
Recently, Elon Musk announced to the world that he was walking out of the $44 billion deal to buy Twitter after the social media giant failed to give out appropriate information about the number of spam and fake accounts. Twitter instantly responded by saying it would sue Musk if he failed to uphold the deal.Read full story
Why Cybersecurity Is Vital: A Strategic Perspective
Businesses big and small benefit greatly from modern technology. However, modern technology comes with its own unique set of challenges. In particular, defending your digital infrastructure from malware and hackers is a challenge. Every day, people seem to cook up new ways to steal data or sabotage businesses.Read full story
Opinion: A Public Affair
The court case involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been making the rounds. It was not a private family case but rather a grand public spectacle attracting widespread attention.Read full story
Captions: The New Hearing Aid
Navigating through the world can be tough for people with hearing loss. When the virus took the world by storm and everyone had to hide behind a mask to protect themselves, it was especially hard for people with hearing deficiencies. Pat Olken of Massachusetts testified that hearing aids were not sufficient. With people resorting to masks, they became more and more unintelligible to her.Read full story
Market Inflation in the United States
The US is the world’s biggest economy, and the Federal Reserve is the most prominent central bank. The impact of its decisions on market behaviour is felt not only in the United States but also in the rest of the world. Currently, the US economy is going through unprecedented inflation and may go into recession if the Fed does not take adequate measures. This is the first time since 2018 that the US central bank has raised borrowing costs. In addition, the Ukraine war is also pressurizing the economy. The short-term economic impacts of the war are limited for the US since its trade ties with Ukraine and Russia are modest, although the commodity price surge is resulting in higher inflation.Read full story