Reality TV has hit rock bottom. Really. In A&E’s horrifying new show Fear: Buried Alive people will (as the title clearly indicates) be buried alive. Of course, it’s not being sold as a chance to torture our fellow humans (who, for the record, clearly have legit fears) but rather a “psychological” experiment, where participates will “endure a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches.” The press release goes on to justify this entertainment malarkey by noting “Studies show that when we willingly push ourselves outside of our comfort zone and face our fears, we come out feeling empowered and triumphant.” And, if they create some great footage of crying and freaking out, all the better, right? We think no. Just no. Discuss
Well this is something. In honor of Vladimir Putin’s 63 birthday, Russian jeweler Caviar is releasing 63 special edition iPhone 6s. For a mere $3,356, You get a 128GB iPhone with a titanium back featuring a Putin’s profile in gold, the country’s emblem and a plaque with a verse from Russia’s national anthem. Because nothing says former Communist country like extreme opulence. Discuss
In the coming weeks, 6,000 inmates will be released from federal prisons. The Justice Department has announced plans to lessen overcrowding by revisiting the strict sentences given to thousands of nonviolent drug offenders decades ago. The move marks the largest single, one-time release of federal prisoners in history. According to The New York Times, nearly a third of those that will be released are undocumented immigrants. They are expected to be deported immediately following their release. The others will be sent to either halfway-houses or be sentenced to house arrest. The U.S. Sentencing Commission said that retroactively applying new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes could eventually allow 46,000 inmates to be released early. Discuss
A social entrepreneur named Jessica O. Matthews has created a way for international communities that have insufficient infrastructure to be able to create and store electricity: By playing soccer. Her company, Uncharted Play has created a line of soccer balls (as well as jump ropes) that use hi-tech mechanisms to create and store energy in an internal lithium-ion battery. After the soccer ball has been played with, users can plug electronics directly into it, and get mobile power even when the lights go out. In this piece from Global Daily for Mashable, she explained how the idea came to her while traveling: "[In Nigeria], you'll often lose power several times a day, regardless of socioeconomic status. It's a structural issue.” At the same time, she noticed that children were constantly playing soccer.
Her company has sold more than 50,000 SOCCKET balls and PULSE products, mostly to communities throughout Africa and Latin America, and also uses the one-for-one model (meaning one play system is donated for everyone purchased ... She said, “By designing a product that people already want to use because it's a play product, it makes it easier for people to engage with sustainable energy.” Discuss