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  1. Learn The Meanings Behind These British Idioms So You Can Promptly Forget Them Tomorrow Because ‘MURICA! [VIDEO]

    Come have a butcher's!

    Here in the United States we have a odd (perhaps even "special"--ehh? Ehhh?) relationship with Great Britain. We do love you, but on July 4th we are required by American law to make ridiculous nationalistic jokes at your expense. Before that happens tomorrow and we are all hideously transformed werewolf-style into Stars-and-Stripes wearin' Michael Bay lovin' fireworks fanatics, let's get some last minute cultural exchanging in with this episode of Anglophenia.

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  2. Find Out Which State You Really Belong In With Time Magazine’s Online Quiz

    Spoiler alert: nobody belongs in Hawaii or Alaska. Womp womp.

    Do you feel out of place in your current state? Mind you, we mean the actual geographical state that you live in if you're a U.S. resident, not your emotional or psychological state. We can't help you with those. But according to a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge, the "American mood" differs depending on what part of the country you live in.

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  3. Governments Behaving Badly: U.K. to Track Online Messaging, U.S. Allowed to Straight Bomb Citizens

    Want some creepy, Big Brother flavored news? The British government is mulling a plan that would riddle its telecommunication infrastructure with "probes" that could surreptitiously read and glean information from citizens' emails and Facebook messages. Any other day, that would be the most offensive and invasive thing done by any major world power to their citizens. The United Kingdom got a stroke of luck, though, releasing the report in the wake of a leak from the U.S. Department of Justice that outlined the circumstances in which the United States government can use a robot to rain fire from the sky on a U.S. citizen without due process. Which is...probably worse? Yeah, probably worse. No one is having a great day here, though.

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  4. U.S. Rules Chinese Telecom Huawei a Security Threat, Probably Considers Anything Chinese Suspect

    For years now, the United States government has been keeping a wary watch on the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei. It'd be almost comical how suspicious they've been if it weren't an entirely serious matter. The concern is that allowing a Chinese company with a nebulous relation to the Chinese government to build a communications network on U.S. soil would prove to be a national security risk in the long run. After a yearlong investigation, the House Intelligence Committee has decided that any dealings with Huawei pose a risk to national security.

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  5. 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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  6. Iran is Full of Apple Gadgets Despite Economic Sanctions

    In case you've been out of universe during the past decade, Iran has been under economic sanctions from the United States for years and years. This includes complex computer products like, say, the entire line of devices from Apple. Unfortunately, it looks like Iran didn't get the memo as in the capital city of Tehran there are an estimated 100 stores that most certainly sell them. So much for those sanctions.

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  7. United States Broke 2,284 Daily High Temperature Records in June

    If you happen to live in the United States, chances are you've noticed it's been a bit hot lately. That's all anecdotal, sure, but folks across the States are saying the same thing: It's too hot to go outside. But if you're the sort that likes that have some data behind your whining, the National Climatic Data Center has some results that shouldn't come as a surprise. During the month of June, the United States broke 2,284 daily high temperature records. It has now been confirmed that it has, indeed, been hot.

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  8. MegaUpload Files to Dismiss Piracy Charges

    The weirdest part about the fact that MegaUpload has filed to dismiss the piracy charges levied against the company is that the charges might actually be thrown out. You see, the attempt hinges on the fact that MegaUpload is based out of Hong Kong and legally has no presence in the United States. If this is the case, as the dismissal argues, then the U.S. cannot serve and indict a foreign company therefore nullifying the entire thing. Oops.

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