The owner of Avid Life Media—the company that owns the online infidelity service Ashley Madison—says the affair website is growing rapidly, even though hackers recently stole and released data from more than 30 million accounts. Just days after the business’ CEO resigned, the company released a statement claiming it gained hundreds of thousands of new accounts in recent days, adding “Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform." They also boasted that despite the hack, “Ashley Madison is the number one service for people seeking discreet relationships." Discuss
The Truth Campaign has posted its latest anti-smoking PSA online—a few days before its TV debut on the MTV VMAs—and it’s pretty trippy. The spot takes place at a house party where characters from random Internet memes randomly materialize to warn teens of the dangers of smoking cigarettes and even hookahs. If there’s anything that will serve as a deterrent from a life-long nicotine addiction, it’s a unicorn vomiting rainbows all over you. Discuss
Police in Austria arrested three men in connection with the gruesome discovery of 71 bodies, believed to be migrants attempting to flee war-ravaged Syria for safety in Europe. Authorities believe that the group suffocated to death while be transported by human traffickers in the back of a box truck. The country’s interior minister called for a crackdown on traffickers, saying, "People smugglers are criminals and not well-minded helpers. They do not care about the well-being of the refugees, they care about profit." Two of the men arrested were drivers of the truck that was left abandoned on the side of the highway. The other owned the truck. According to the International Organization for Migration, this year alone, 2,373 migrants have died at sea while attempting to get to Europe, many on dangerous boats overloaded by human traffickers. Discuss
We’ve got some good news to report to anyone who loves freedom and shredding guitar solos: A court in Florida has dropped all charges against Lane Pittman, the man arrested for performing a sweet rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" for a large crowd in Neptune Beach on July 4. Following his blistering piece of rock mastery, police swooped in and arrested the real-life guitar hero for disturbing the peace. In an interview on the RELEVANT Podcast shortly after his arrest, Pittman explained how the police actually gave him permission to shred before his performance, and he never intended to defy the law.
Like any great American, Pittman decided he could not stand for this blatant act of tyranny, and fought the charges. Well today, Pittman posted an update that our founding fathers would be proud to read:
ALL. GLORY. TO GOD. The State Attorney’s office has decided to drop all charges!!!! SO pumped!! Thank you for all the prayers, kind words, and thoughts!! It means the world!! I want to thank my attorney Caleb Rowland for all the work he did for me. Can’t even explain the way I’m feeling. God is so good!! #FREEDOM #letitringbaby #DTWD #notaconvict #TURNUP #justiceprevailed #hallelujah #igersjax #DUUUVAAALLL #faceoffreedom #redwhitenblue #13stars50bars #merica
Authorities in Austria found the bodies of up to 50 people in a the back of a large box truck that was left abandoned on a highway linking several European countries. The victims are believed to be migrants who may have suffocated. The driver of the truck—which had license plates from Hungary—was not found. The ongoing civil war in Syria has displaced millions, and many of the refugees have attempted to make it to safety in Europe by extremely dangerous means. Discuss