Watch the Science Cop Take on Climate Change Denying Senator Jim Inhofe

TIME

You don’t have to be a general to be head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, but if you don’t at least believe in the existence of a military, we’ve got a problem on our hands.

The country is about to face something similar in January, when the GOP takes control of the U.S. Senate and Oklahoma’s James Inhofe — Congress’s most vocal global warming denier — becomes chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Inhofe, who has called climate change “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” not only sniffs at what the overwhelming majority of climatologists know to be true, he actually tries to go toe to toe with them on the science. And that’s where he exposes how little he knows — and how wrong he is. The Science Cop explains.

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ThreatStream rakes in $22M to scan for security threats

Gigaom

Security startup ThreatStream has closed a $22 million Series B funding round, it said Thursday, adding yet another security company to the list of those landing cash in recent months. ThreatStream’s CEO is Hugh Njemanze, a former founder and CTO of the security firm ArcSight, which Hewlett-Packard gobbled up for $1.5 billion in 2010.

The Redwood City-based startup claims its OPTIC system can hook up to an organization’s existing security tools as well as social media, messaging systems and honeynet sensor farms — essentially makeshift networks full of security holes that are designed to attract hackers so that an organization can learn how the bad guys behave.

Once OPTIC is plugged into the various systems, it can analyze potential threats and rank them according to how severe they are. The basic point of OPTIC is to reduce the amount of noise so that a company’s security staff can concentrate…

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Now It’s Democrats’ Turn for a Post-Election Autopsy

TIME

A month after its midterm election drubbing, the Democratic National Committee has selected a panel of party leaders, allies, and operatives to examine where it went wrong in 2014.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the formation of the “Democratic Victory Task Force” Thursday to conduct a review of Democratic Party and allied organizations operations in the 2014 cycle, when Democrats lost control of the Senate and saw defeats in House, gubernatorial and state legislative races across the country.

The committee is made up of Democratic fundraiser Naomi Aberly, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile, political operative Maria Cardona, party lawyer Marc Elias, former Obama digital guru Teddy Goff, marketing and event planning veteran Maneesh Goyal, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Democrats maintain a structural advantage in presidential cycles, when a larger and more diverse electorate…

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Now It’s Democrats’ Turn for a Post-Election Autopsy

TIME

A month after its midterm election drubbing, the Democratic National Committee has selected a panel of party leaders, allies, and operatives to examine where it went wrong in 2014.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced the formation of the “Democratic Victory Task Force” Thursday to conduct a review of Democratic Party and allied organizations operations in the 2014 cycle, when Democrats lost control of the Senate and saw defeats in House, gubernatorial and state legislative races across the country.

The committee is made up of Democratic fundraiser Naomi Aberly, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, DNC Vice-Chair Donna Brazile, political operative Maria Cardona, party lawyer Marc Elias, former Obama digital guru Teddy Goff, marketing and event planning veteran Maneesh Goyal, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

Democrats maintain a structural advantage in presidential cycles, when a larger and more diverse electorate…

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These Pillowcases Smell Like Bacon

TIME

By now, we know the whole world is bacon-crazy, so let’s forgo all the pomp and puns and wishes of “savory dreams” and just cut to the chase: bacon-scented pillowcases are for sale.

From J&D’s Foods, the two-man operation that turned Bacon Salt into a bacon empire, you can now purchase pillowcases that smell like cured meat. These bacon-scented pillowcases, if cared for according to included instructions, claim to maintain their aroma “for 6-12 months or more.” They can even handle multiple wash cycles, though the company advises you to wash them separately from the rest of your clothes, lest you end up with a wardrobe that makes you smell like a short order cook.

Unfortunately, this bizarre bedding—which retails for just $12.99—is currently sold out, because everything that finds its way to Internet fame sells out. But their website promises “new product will be available next week (before…

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Watch the First Terminator: Genisys Trailer

TIME

Thirty years after the first Terminator was released, fans are getting their first look at at the fifth film in the series, Terminator: Genisys, the plot of which has largely been kept under wraps.

It appears from the trailer released Dec. 4 that the story will center on the time when John Connor (Jason Clarke) first sends Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) back in time to save his mother, Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke). But instead of finding a potential victim, Reese arrives in 1984 to discover that Connor is already an experienced warrior, using an older Terminator model (Arnold Schwarzenegger) as a body guard of sorts. Together, Connor and the Terminator have already “taken care of” the Terminator that threatened her.

What happens next is unclear, but it definitely involves Schwarzenegger jumping from one helicopter to another and Khaleesi wielding automatic weapons. They will certainly be trying to stop the…

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