Straight Edge: The Subgenre That Turned A Counterculture On Its Head

Watch Video Straight edge was born of rebellion against the hardcore punk scene of the 1980s, flipping the notion of counterculture on its head. It all started with a 46-second song titled “Straight Edge” released in 1981 by the band Minor Threat in Washington, D.C. It advocated for no drugs, no alcohol and no promiscuous sex. A new kind of rock ‘n’ roll that soon caught on. Minor Threat frontman Ian Mackaye penned the song — just a teenager at the time — rejecting the hedonism he saw as rampant in the punk scene: “I’m a person just like you/ But I’ve got better things to do/ Than sit around… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft worker charged with mail fraud in alleged scheme to steal $10M in gift cards

(GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) A former Microsoft worker has been arrested and charged with mail fraud, in an alleged scheme to steal $10 million worth of digital currency from his ex-employer and use the funds to finance extravagant purchases, including a Tesla and lakefront home. Volodymyr Kvashuk, a 25-year-old software developer and Ukrainian citizen who worked for Microsoft from 2016 to 2018, allegedly took advantage of a testing program meant to simulate customer purchases. He made test accounts to obtain Microsoft gift cards and then sold some or all of them through online resellers. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kvashuk allegedly used a “bitcoin mixing… Read More

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Trump supporters chant ‘SEND HER BACK’ as the president attacks Ilhan Omar at rally in North Carolina

Supporters of President Donald Trump chanted “SEND HER BACK!” at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, in reference to Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar. The chants came as Trump attacked the Minnesota lawmaker, who was among the four progressive Democrats that Trump went after in racist tweets on Sunday. Trump paused and looked on, issuing no rebuke to the crowd. Omar, one of the first two Muslim women to ever serve in Congress, was born in Somalia. She became a US citizen when she was 17. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. As President Donald Trump attacked Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina,… Read More

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Top Democrat urges FBI and FTC to investigate FaceApp over its Russia ties

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to the FBI and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) expressing his “concerns” over the popular FaceApp app that has proliferated across social media channels. Schumer’s scrutiny over the app stems from its origins in Russia; he believes its use by Americans “could pose national security and privacy risks for millions of US citizens.” “It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of US citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States,” Schumer said in the letter. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote a letter to… Read More

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