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United Nations

  1. Uber Attempts to Give Its Reputation a Lift With a UN Partnership to Hire 1 Million Female Drivers

    So will the partnership be like Uber, but for jobs?

    Ride-sharing giant Uber hasn't had the greatest track record with women, so they're finally doing something to try to turn it around—in PR terms, at the very least. They've partnered with the United Nations to hire 1 million female drivers by 2020.

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  2. Ebola Isn’t Going to Have a U.S. Outbreak, So Take Your Concern and Use It to Help Where It Is a Problem

    Don't panic.

    The first case of Ebola in the U.S. has been documented, but as Chinese state media has helpfully pointed out, Ebola is not a zombie plague. You, a citizen of the U.S. (or other developed nation) are not going to catch Ebola, nor is it going to become a major outbreak where you live. Instead, take that concern and help people who live where it is a problem.

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  3. 4chan Responds To Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech With #RIPEmmaWatson, Threats To Leak Nude Pictures

    I'm too sad for a Harry Potter reference. Way to go, Internet.

    This weekend, UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered an eloquent speech in support of the HeForShe campaign, a solidarity movement spreading the message that feminism is a human rights issue requiring the participation of all genders--and in a textbook example of why feminism isn't just a women's issue, 4chan's response to Watson's words was unsurprisingly terrible. Trigger warning for threats and general idiocy.

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  4. The UN Is Going To Debate The Merits Of Killer Robots Because Humanity Has A Death Wish

    Perhaps they think they're all going to look like Tricia Helfer?

    We already have terrifying robots in the world, ranging from the super-fast to the creepily uncanny. But you know what we don't have? Robots that can kill without a human telling them to first. Apparently the UN isn't cool with the whole "no killer robots" thing, because the issue is about to come up for debate. It was nice knowing all of you.

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  5. The United Nations Will Create an International Asteroid Warning Group to Protect the World from Devastation

    Presumably, this will unite all peoples within our nations.

    Like us, the United Nations also gets spooked by flying death rocks from space, and that's why they're moving forward with plans to create an International Asteroid Warning Group. The network of participating nations would let everyone know when there was an asteroid threat to the Earth and then launch a mission to ram it safely off course.

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  6. The UN Is Assembling a Team to Save Us From Killer Asteroids

    It Came From Outer Space

    Wrong franchise, Batfleck. You're not supposed to assemble. Now get out of here.

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  7. Malala Speaks At The UN: Refuses To Be Silenced After Taliban Attack

    Rights of Passage

    Malala Yousafzai is one impressive sixteen-year-old. First, she attends her school in Pakistan and campaigns for education, attracting the ire of the Taliban. Then, in October 2012 while she's leaving school, extremists shoot her in the head to silence her-- but she doesn't die, and she doesn't back down. Now, the teen is speaking to crowds at the UN on her birthday ("Malala Day") and is stronger than ever before, bearing the pink shawl of assassinated Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto and standing tall before the leaders of the world.

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  8. Ron Paul Loses Disputes Over and, Found Guilty of Reverse Domain Name Hijacking

    Crotchety old man confused by Internet, film at 11.

    Ron Paul just can't win when it comes to the Internet, and really, it's his fault in the first place. First he asked the UN, an organization he notoriously does not like, to take the domain from the huge supporter base that runs it so that he can have it. Now not only has the UN ruled in favor of those supporters, but they've also found Paul guilty of reverse domain name hijacking. Sucks to be you, Ron.

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  9. UN’s Moratorium on Killer Robots Sounds Funny; Is Actually Horrifying

    Fear is the Mind Killer

    A United Nations Human Rights Commission report out this week examines the current technological state of autonomous weapons. Not automatic weapons, to be clear: autonomous weapons. Computerized weapons that detect targets automatically and do not need the intervention of human input to dispense lethal force. Ha ha ha, I mean, come on, it's not like we have those already, right? And we're certainly not about to start building the Terminator or anything like it, right? Ha? Heh? Heh. No, seriously, please refute the things I have just said.

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  10. United States, Canada, and UK Refuse to Sign New United Nations Internet Treaty

    Delegates from 193 countries gathered in Dubai to revise a United Nations treaty controlling global telecom codes that hasn't been updated since 1988, well before the modern age of the Internet. That sounds incredibly dull and uninteresting, but the implications of the treaty could have a deep impact on the way the Internet is managed around the world. When a final version of the treaty was presented, the delegates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and other nations refused to sign it. So what did they find so objectionable?

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  11. United Nations Wants More Internet Surveillance Because of Terrorism, Naturally

    You might want to sit down. Are you sitting down? Okay, good. This might come as a shock, so brace yourselves: People use the Internet, and sometimes they might use it to conduct shady activities like, you know, terrorism. That's why the United Nations thinks we should identify Internet users before allowing them access. Also, social media is a haven for terrorists. In essence, the entire Internet might be harboring bad people, and needs to be watched more closely.

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  12. United States Will Resist Giving United Nations Control of Internet

    As it currently stands, a series of non-profit United States organizations play host to the Internet's technical aspects and especially domain registration, which the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers or ICANN handles. That could potentially change this year. The International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations agency on telecommunications, is hosting the World Conference on International Telecommunications in December. Some say the conference will push for control of the Internet to pass to the U.N., which the U.S. has said they will resist.

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  13. Halo UNSC Logo Mistakenly Used for United Nations in BBC Broadcast

    Look: We all make mistakes, but that doesn't make them any less amusing. This time, someone in the BBC's research department must have been running pretty fast and loose with the Google image search because he or she pulled this logo of the United Nations Space Command from Halo instead of the actual United Nations logo for a broadcast on violence in Syria.

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  14. United Nations Hacked, Accounts Leaked

    Hacker collective TeaMp0isoN has leaked account information -- email addresses and passwords -- after hacking the United Nations. The accounts belong to individuals spread throughout groups within the United Nations, such as the United Nations Development Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and others. On their Pastebin dump, TeaMpoisoN noted that some of the user ids had blank passwords, something that is even ridiculous for your mom's junk email account to employ, much less a United Nations organization account.

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  15. Things We Saw Today: Wolverine Carving A Pumpkin

    Things We Saw Today

    My Womanthology artist, Hanie Mohd, does it again (I knew I chose well!). Her DC Ladies In Sweaters have been lighting up the internet the last week but this depiction of Wolverine will never leave my brain. What else did we see today? Hit the jump to find out! 

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  16. So Who Owns the Moon, Exactly?

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    Dennis Hope, a man from Nevada with a bit of off-beat ambition, petitioned the UN a while back under the assumption that the United States was the rightful owner of "lunar real estate." He was hoping that, with the blessing of the UN, he would be able to create a government on the moon, to be run in absentia. Never hearing back from the UN, he assumed he had every right to the property, and started selling deeds to the big ball of cheese in the sky for less than $30 an acre.

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  17. Internet Will Pass 2 Billion Users This Year

    According to the International Telecommunication Union, "the leading United Nations agency for information and technology communication issues," the Internet will surpass 2 billion users by the end of this year. Seeing as how the world's population is close to 7 billion, about 30% of the entire world will be Internet users by the end of 2010. Another fun fact: 65% of the population in Europe is online, 55% of the population in the Americas is online, 21.9% population in the Asia/Pacific regions is online, and 9.6% of the population in Africa is online. (via Mashable)

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