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Volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating (doom-di-doom-doom)
Lindsey Graham Blames Al Gore For GOP's Inaction On Climate Change (he was so fat)

Germanwings Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, Deliberately Crashed Plane, Prosecutor Says - NYTimes.com
Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France - NYTimes.com - said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.
Kamikaze Co-Pilot Commits Mass Murder - The Daily Beast - French officials say Andreas Lubitz purposely crashed the Germanwings plane after locking out the pilot.
Prosecutor: Germanwings Co-Pilot Appears To Have Crashed Plane Deliberately - "Only towards the end do you hear screams," he said. "And bear in mind that death would have been instantaneous ... the aircraft was literally smashed to bits."
German Pilots Cast Doubt on Blaming of Co-Pilot for Crash | TIME - the crew would tap an emergency code on the keypad outside the cockpit door, setting off a 30-second alarm inside the cockpit, until the door opens for just five seconds, allowing the person to enter.
Airlines change cockpit rules after co-pilot blamed for Germanwings crash | World news | The Guardian - Mystery of flight 4U9525 solved after prosecutor reveals Andreas Lubitz had locked pilot out of cockpit and activated descent into French Alps
Co-pilot has voluntarily crashed the plane, says investigation : news
6 Other Times Commercial Pilots Were Suspected Of Crashing Planes On Purpose

Ebola Virus in Latest Outbreak Does Not Show Unusual Mutations, Study Finds - NYTimes.com - the study indicates, while this outbreak has infected 24,000 people and killed about 10,000, its scale has to do with where the epidemic erupted — at the intersection of three vulnerable countries — rather than with any unusual characteristics of the virus itself

Trade Show: Today In What The Hell Is Going On With The TPP? - Thanks to our friends at WikiLeaks, we have now learned more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal from hell for which the president and all responsible people in both parties have a conspicuous case of the hots ... The best way to (in Barack Obama's 2008 words to Joe the Plumber) "spread the wealth around," is, Tamny argues, "to leave it in the hands of the wealthy." (Obama's corporate "legacy")
Google Joins Tech Giants to Call for Mass Surveillance Reform
Court Accepts DOJ's 'State Secrets' Claim to Protect Shadowy Neocons: a New Low - The Intercept - What “state secrets” could possibly be disclosed by suing a nice, little “not-for-profit, non-partisan, advocacy group”?
Passphrases That You Can Memorize — But That Even the NSA Can't Guess - The Intercept

Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks • The Register - 'I think the report is wrong, it is inaccurate' says everyone named in report ... “It is one thing for the US and Israel to spy on each other. It is another thing for Israel to steal US secrets and play them back to US legislators to undermine US diplomacy,” a senior US official told the WSJ.
Spookception: US spied on Israel spying on US-Iran nuke talks : worldnews
US Declassifies Document on Israel's Nuclear Power - News from America - News - Arutz Sheva - Obama revenge for Netanyahu's Congress talk? 1987 report on Israel's top secret nuclear program released in unprecedented move. (fuck you, Netanfuckyu)

Egypt Says It May Send Troops to Yemen to Fight Houthis - NYTimes.com (imagine, if we had never invaded)
3 Shiite Militias Quit Iraqi Siege of ISIS Over U.S. Air Role - NYTimes.com (they are not agents of western imperialism)
Iran-Backed Shiite Militias In Iraq Contradict U.S. About Their Role In Battle For Tikrit
washington: Analysts: Obama anti-terror plan likely a victim of Saudi push into Yemen’s war | Middle East | McClatchy DC - But the campaign is likely to plunge Yemen deeper into anarchy and sectarian strife and open more space for the very extremists groups the United States has been fighting there and in Iraq and Syria. (define "deeper")


Rotherham investigation expanded after 42 police named in abuse allegations | UK news | The Guardian - Independent Police Complaints Commission says it has complaints ranging from neglect of duty to suggestions of relationships between officers and offenders

DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes, watchdog says - John Bresnahan and Lauren French - POLITICO - hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. (hand meet glove)

East Village Explosion and Fire Leaves at Least 12 Hurt - NYTimes.com
New York fire crews rush to massive blaze at East Village building | US news | The Guardian - Local television stations reported 145 firefighters were at the scene of what was already a four-alarm fire in the East Village neighborhood

Report: DEA Agents Allegedly Hosted Cartel-Funded 'Sex Parties' With Prostitutes

FBI Arrests National Guard Soldier And Cousin In Alleged Terror Plot - A 22-year-old Army National Guard specialist was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday while allegedly on his way overseas to join the Islamic State, federal authorities announced on Thursday. Authorities say the man and his cousin, who was also arrested Thursday, had been planning an attack on a U.S. military installation.

Blair’s Cash Lust Driven by Clinton Envy - The Daily Beast - Motivated by jealousy over Bill Clinton’s cash haul, Tony Blair has used his nomination as a Middle East peace envoy to enrich himself and JP Morgan, a new book claims. ("a colosus standing astride continents")

House Stuns Itself By Passing Bipartisan $214 Billion Medicare Package

The Supremes Are Just Messing With Us All - But Scott over at LGM points out that the majority that got cobbled together to produce this decision is a very funky one indeed.

Here's Yet Another Sober Reminder We're Not Living In A Post-Racial Society - In Wisconsin, the state with the highest annual African-American unemployment rate, nearly 1 in 5 black people are unemployed. (Kochistan: WI, the new KS)

Indiana Governor Signs Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Bill At Private Ceremony - Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) quietly signed legislation Thursday that could legalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. (nice, IN)
The Pence Is Mightier: The Right To Discriminate Against Your Own Economy - In which we discover that Indiana would rather discriminate than welcome you ... We should allow discrimination based on what "many people" feel. Lovely
Salesforce Cancels Programs in Indiana in Protest of Anti-Gay Bill
Salesforce CEO: "Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination." : news
Indiana has officially passed the religious objections bill that allows businesses to not serve people if it opposes their religious beliefs : news
Real Courage In Ohio - The bill passed with "bipartisan" support. Were I Ms. Fedor, I'd engage some personal protection, because you never know with some people.
California attorney general to ask judge to halt 'shoot the gays' initiative | US news | The Guardian - Kamala Harris tells the Guardian the Sodomite Suppression Act ‘has no place in a civil society’, but experts caution it is unclear how court would rule

Police settle lawsuit over tear gas use during Ferguson protests : News - Three police agencies have agreed as part of a federal lawsuit settlement with Ferguson protesters to restrict use of tear gas and other chemical agents on crowds
Unarmed black man shot dead by police in Atlanta: witnesses question excessive force | US news | The Guardian - According to what multiple witnesses told to a private investigator, Olsen was approximately 180ft away from Hill when the two first made contact. (cop felt "threatened")

Gynecologist Calls Abortion Reversal Bill 'Downright Offensive' - The Arizona State Legislature passed a bill on Wednesday that requires doctors to tell women seeking abortions about an experimental "abortion reversal" procedure that has not been tested or studied by the mainstream medical community.

Chelsea Handler Says Bill Cosby Tried To 'Cosby' Her - In an interview with Esquire, Chelsea Handler said Bill Cosby once invited her back to his room while the two were simultaneously performing at an Atlantic City hotel. Cosby "tried to Cosby me," Handler said. (he's gone full meta)

Eschaton: Editorializing In The Headlines - Here's the thriving Seaport District with its thriving parking. Very thriving. Think I'll head down there and park and thrive for awhile.
As parking spaces vanish, Boston officials have lost count - Business - The Boston Globe - . “I’ve never seen space-savers in Fort Point before.” (city planners don't take the T)
Parking Madness 2015: Boston vs. Parkersburg | Streetsblog USA - Today we have two new eyesores for you to judge, as the biggest city in New England squares off against Parkersburg, West Virginia, representing Appalachia. (Boston Globe run by a hedge-fund baseball guy so ...)

If you want to be a free-range parent and avoid jail, having money helps | Victoria Bond | Comment is free | The Guardian - the divide between the attitudes and practices of rich and poor families hasn’t been this wide since the Gilded Age (solved by Uber for rich kids)

How often you should clean kitchen sponges, hairbrushes and more - Home - TODAY.com - cleaning the sponge daily in hot, soapy water, then pop it in the microwave wet for two minutes. (or bleach)

You have to say one sentence to prove you are INSANE. Any sane people will be killed. What do you say? : AskReddit - I felt the ashes of heaven, saw eternity, know about the "Tetrahedron of glowing darkness" and have an awesome tree painting.
Share your experiences from the psych ward

Jon Ronson Shames Shamers In 'So You Think You've Been Publicly Shamed' ... He had been reporting on disgraced journalist Jonah Lehrer’s plagiarism scandal when he watched Lehrer’s apology speech at the Knight Foundation. A giant screen behind Lehrer’s head, as well as a screen within his sightline, streamed live tweets reacting to his speech. (this could be a thing)

ELI5: How did the Bible Belt come to be? In other words, why is there such a large concentration of conservative Christians in those states? : explainlikeimfive

What is the worst NSFW thing you did in your teens? : AskReddit

What's the worst thing you've witnessed at a wedding ? [serious] : AskReddit
ELI5: What is the rainbow gravity theory and why it would destroy the Big Bang theory? : explainlikeimfive
Vapors produced by e-cigarettes induce toxicity, oxidative stress, and inflammatory response in lung cells : science

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Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France - NYTimes.com
What happened to Germanwings flight 4U 9525? | World news | The Guardian - Air accident investigation experts using information from aircraft-tracking sites rule out explosion or mid-air stall
Germanwings Pilot Was Locked Out of Cockpit Before Crash in France : worldnews

Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Could Kill 75 Million Over The Next 35 Years - Over the next 35 years, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis will kill 75 million people and could cost the global economy a cumulative $16.7 trillion - the equivalent of the European Union's annual output, a UK parliamentary group said on Tuesday.
Consuming three alcoholic drinks a day may cause liver cancer – study | Society | The Guardian - Its assessment of 34 previous studies covering 8.2 million people, more than 24,500 of whom had liver cancer, revealed “strong evidence” linking intake of three drinks a day to the disease ... “Alcohol, like tobacco and asbestos, is a class 1 carcinogen and it is totally unacceptable that the public is not provided with such basic information”

H-Bomb Physicist Ignores Federal Order to Cut 5,000 Words From Memoir

Netanyahu's Spying Denials Contradicted by Secret NSA Documents - The Intercept - What is most striking about all of this is the massive gap between (a) how American national security officials talk privately about the Israelis and (b) how they have talked for decades about the Israelis for public consumption
Israel suspends E.Jerusalem settlement building plan - Yahoo News - As tension mounts with Washington, Israel's outgoing government has suspended a controversial plan to build hundreds of new settler homes in annexed east Jerusalem, a news website reported Wednesday.
The Official James Petras website » Netanyahu: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered. The Power of Israel over the United States - How is it that the ruler (Benjamin Netanyahu) of a puny country (Israel) of 8.2 million (6.2 million Jews) with the 37th biggest economy (GDP in current prices) in the world dictates war policy and secures the willing submission of the legislature of the largest economy and most powerful military empire in the world?

Defence pilloried by Senate test pilot - Civil Liberties Australia - If they don’t leave for their own sanity and safety, they face $400,000 fines and 10 years in jail just for sending an “inappropriate” email. Who decides “appropriate”? Big Brother, the Government. (Australia going full techno-facist)

U.S. Backing Iran With Airstrikes Against ISIS - The Daily Beast - Iran and the U.S. say they’ve been fighting parallel wars in Iraq. But those two campaigns appear ready to become one, American officials tell The Daily Beast.
US warplanes begin air strikes on Isis in Iraqi city of Tikrit | World news | The Guardian - Reversal from Pentagon puts American airpower close to a supporting role for the Iranian-backed militias on the ground, at request of Iraqi prime minister
Saudi Arabia Makes Its Move in Yemen — The Atlantic - With the country hurtling toward civil war, its larger neighbor has launched airstrikes against Houthi rebels backed by Iran.

Yemen President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi Flees Home As Rebels Close In ... Saudi Arabia warned that "if the Houthi coup does not end peacefully, we will take the necessary measures for this crisis to protect the region." (look at a map; why are we even there?)
US "Loses" $500 Million In Weapons Given To Yemen, Now In Al-Qaeda Hands | Zero Hedge (what could possibly go wrong?)
Yemen crisis explained - Al Jazeera English - As Yemen plunges deeper into chaos, Al Jazeera Hashem Ahelbarra explains who the key players are in the conflict. (US puppet state of the Saudis and Israel fucks everything up everytime)

Saudi Arabia: Genetic tests lead to 165,000 break-ups - BBC News - Saudi Arabia has one of the highest rates of genetic diseases in the world. Pre-marital health tests aim to prevent marriages between close relatives - a longstanding practice in Saudi Arabia - which can lead to serious medical problems in offspring.

'A revolution is impossible in Belarus' | World news | The Guardian - : A stymied opposition, turmoil in Ukraine and a lack of interest from the west have effectively ruled out prospects of an uprising, writes Siarhei Bohdan ... the government of Alexander Lukashenko – who has been in power since 1994.

Member of Vatican sex-abuse panel publicly calls for removal of Bishop Robert Finn | The Fast Pitch | The Pitch - Recently, Pope Francis appointed a bishop in Chile who is alleged to have helped cover up sexual abuse committed by his mentor, also a priest.



Obama Gives Interview to Gay Porn Outlet - BarbWire.com - The blog known as Huff-Watch has documented the publication’s “pathological, malicious incitement of hate against the U.S. military, Israel and Jews, the Tea Party and conservative individuals and organizations.”

University of Phoenix has lost half its students. Stock plunges 28% - Mar. 25, 2015 - Enrollment at America's largest for-profit university was about 460,000 students five years ago. Now it's 213,000.
Record Charter-School Defaults Underscored by Albany Closings - Bloomberg Business - The majority of the 400 students attending the middle schools will look to switch to the Albany district, which doesn’t have room, said Ron Lesko, a district spokesman. (grifters will grift as charters schools go under)

Reports Suggest Body Cameras Are Only Effective When Cops Can’t Turn Them Off | VICE News

Social & Political Issues | Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project - The number of people who view homosexual behavior as sinful has ticked up in the past year, from 45% in 2013 to 50% in the current poll.
Disciples of Christ threatens to cancel convention due to religious freedom bill - The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence threatening to cancel its 2017 convention in Indianapolis if he signs controversial legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples.
Gen Con Threatens To Take Popular Convention, And Millions, Out Of Indiana Over Religious Freedom Bill - out of Indiana if Governor Mike Pence (R) signs a controversial religious freedom bill into law. (Freedumb to discriminate in IN, home of the KKK)

Object Lesson - NYTimes.com

Tucker Carlson’s Brother Called de Blasio’s Spokeswoman “LabiaFace” - Did you know Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson has a 44-year-old brother and his name is Buckley Swanson Peck Carlson? It’s true.
Phil Robertson Of 'Duck Dynasty' Reveals Bizarre Atheist Rape And Murder Fantasy - "And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot 'em and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, 'Isn't it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn't it great that there's nothing wrong with this? There's no right or wrong, now is it dude?' (this is how they "think")

Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? - Scientific American - Research suggest an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human
Antidepressants have sexual side effects in teens, too | Reuters - Because the sexual side effects of SSRIs haven't been widely studied in teens, "we are essentially conducting an experiment on our kids," Lorenz added.
Researchers help create 'gold standard' method for measuring an early sign of Alzheimer's : Top Headlines : MD News Daily - the newly agreed-upon method for measuring hippocampal atrophy in structural MRI tests correlates with the pathologic changes that are known to be hallmarks of the disease -- the progressive development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain.
Obesity Can Increase Dementia Risk By Up To 80 Percent, Study Suggests -- ScienceDaily
Scientists may have identified a gene that causes severe autism in women | The Verge - They found that a gene called CTNND2 has more mutations than one would expect to see in someone without autism, which led them to conclude that the gene probably played a role.
Scientists Investigate How Pollution Affects Children's Brains - these airborne chemicals may damage the surface of the brain, potentially contributing to ADHD and other behavioral problems.
Autistic Children More Likely to Have GI Issues in Early Life 12/31/1969 | News | Mailman School of Public Health - Large Study Finds GI Symptoms Appear in Infancy and Persist Through Age 3

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought | Science | The Guardian - Stefánsson describes this argument as a “crock of shit”. “The two sexes are inseparable,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how many women a man has children with – half of them will be boys and half girls.”
Researchers Predict ‘Imminent Collapse’ Of Universe After Period Of Rapid Expansion « CBS Sacramento - Physicists predict the universe is primed for a “cosmological collapse” that will cause the universe to stop expanding at its current rate and ultimately collapse in on itself to wipe away all known matter. (the big yo-yo)

Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories : science
TIL: Mythbusters tested breast size and its correlation with cash tips received by a restaurant server - they found men tipped their large-boobed server 30% more, but women tipped her 40% more. : todayilearned
What major event can you guarantee will happen in the next 10 years? : AskReddit
Is there a way to tell which number is bigger without referring to a calculator? (p^e or e^p) : askscience - Longer answer: This question has a surprisingly cool answer, and contains some really cool math.

U.S. Now 27th Globally With Average Speed of 33.9 Mbps | DSLReports, ISP Information
A brilliant Tinder hack made hundreds of bros unwittingly flirt with each other | The Verge

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Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church | Environment | The Guardian - Climate change is a moral challenge threatening the rights of the world’s poorest people and those who deny it are not using God’s gift of knowledge, says presiding bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
Costa Rica is now running completely on renewable energy - Quartz

Germanwings Plane Crashes In South France, 150 Feared Dead
Germanwings jet didn't issue mayday: French aviation authority
Airliner crashes in French Alps : worldnews

Israel Spied on Iran Nuclear Talks With U.S. - WSJ - Ally’s snooping upset White House because information was used to lobby Congress to try to sink a deal (invade the fuckers)
Israel Denies Spying On U.S. Handling Of Iran Negotiations (of course they do) Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel didn't spy on the U.S., but obtained information through other participants. (and if you believe that ...)
Boehner 'baffled' by Israeli spying report - CNN.com - Members of Congress were both surprised by and dismissive of a Wall Street Journal story that the Israeli government spied on the U.S.-led negotiations and leaked information on the developing deal to legislators.

In Ottawa, Cuban ambassador says U.S. terror listing is 'nonsensical' | CTV News - The Cuban ambassador to Canada says Washington's "nonsensical" decision to list Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism is one of several impediments to his country normalizing relations with the United States.
Communication Security Establishment's cyberwarfare toolbox revealed - Canada - CBC News - Mexico, North Africa, Middle East among targets of cyber-spy hacking
Facebook data transfers "violation" of privacy rights - The European Court of Justice has heard that the alleged transfer of European personal data to US intelligence services represents an “indiscriminate general surveillance” that is “manifestly incompatible” with EU privacy rights.

Snowden should be allowed a public interest defense, say European lawmakers | Ars Technica - A call to extend whistleblower protection to those working in national security.

Russian Tu-95 Bomber Intercepted By Japanese Air Force Jets
Russian jets spotted off Sweden's east coast - The Local
Sweden intercepts Russian planes over Baltic amid regional tensions | Reuters - Swedish fighters intercepted four Russian planes flying in international air space over the Baltic sea with their transponders turned off, the country's military said on Tuesday.

Boko Haram Reportedly Kidnapped More Than 400 Women And Children In Damasak


Eschaton: Just A Few More Friedmans - And on and on... — The White House says the U.S. will keep its current complement of 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through the end of 2015, instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.
For Obama, Ghani Offers Hope of a Less Fractious Relationship - NYTimes.com - Mr. Ghani is a “Western-oriented” leader who would be comfortable rubbing shoulders with intellectuals at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the Aspen Ideas Forum in Colorado. “He’s a creature of Washington, a creature of Aspen and Davos,” he said. “He’s extremely comfortable moving in these circles.” (extremely reassuring)

'No Africans' Chinese restaurant owner arrested in Nairobi | World news | The Guardian - Co-owner Esther Zhao told the newspaper that Africans posed a security risk and needed to be kept out after 5pm. “We don’t admit Africans that we don’t know because you never know who is al-Shabaab and who isn’t,” she said, referring to the Somali-based terror group blamed for a number of attacks in Kenya in recent years.

State 'involved in mass murder on British soil, colluded with loyalist paramilitaries in 80 deaths between 1972 and 1978' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk - "If what we say is right this is the biggest involvement of state agents in mass murder on British soil," he said.

Supreme Court strikes down Section 66A of IT Act which allowed arrests for objectionable content online - The Times of India - This section had been widely misused by police in various states to arrest innocent persons for posting critical comments about social and political issues and political leaders on social networking sites.

5 signs America is devolving into a plutocracy - Salon.com - One-percent elections. Congressional gridlock. An increasingly demobilized public. Our democracy is on life support (Republicans are celebrating)
Retirement Crisis: The Great 401(k) Experiment Has Failed for Many Americans - NBC News.com - You need to know this number: $18,433. That's the median amount in a 401(k) savings account (and everybody else is starving)

Republican States Are More Dependent On Government - The analysis found that red states, or those that voted Republican in the 2012 presidential election, were much more likely to depend on the government than blue states. That's somewhat ironic ... (drown your stupid states in a bathtub!)

Now the Hard Part: The Rate of Health Care Enrollment Seems Set to Slow - NYTimes.com
Pavlich: America isn’t better with ObamaCare | TheHill - First, it’s important to analyze this White House white lie. While more Americans do in fact have health insurance in the wake of ObamaCare, the administration fails to point out that citizens are required by law to do so or pay a fine. (let them die says Fox)

Ted Cruz's Presidential Campaign Had a Rough First Day Online - Yik Yak, domain names, fake Nigerian princes. Even for a presidential candidate with a Harvard Law School degree, the Internet can be a confusing, unpredictable place. (computers is hard for Republicans)
Rep. Peter King Threatens to Jump Off a Bridge if Cruz Gets GOP Nomination | Mediaite - when Wolf Blitzer asked him to explain his statement that compared Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to a “carnival barker,” the Republican congressman opted not to walk back his comments but instead take about a dozen steps forward.
Cruz: I'm a natural born American | TheHill - as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth and it’s been federal law for two centuries, that the child for an American citizen born abroad is a natural citizen by birth, which is what the Constitution requires to run,"
Why Ted Cruz Is Such a Long Shot - NYTimes.com
Can Canadian-born Ted Cruz run for president? (Yes.) - Vox - The problem for Cruz is that there's actually nothing saying what does count as "natural-born." While it's common sense to assume anyone who's born a citizen of the US is a "natural-born" citizen, the law doesn't officially spell that out. And that's what creates just a little bit of doubt.

Racism’s sinister word games: What a white-supremacist talking point tells us about modern politics - Salon.com - How a neo-Confederate's bizarre self-justification helps explain the remarkable persistence of American racism (they rose again and destroyed America)
Texas drivers can show Lone Stars and Longhorns – but not the Confederate flag | US news | The Guardian - But none of the 400-odd speciality plates gives Texans the opportunity to display the Confederate flag on the front and back of their vehicles, much to the chagrin of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who have brought a free speech case that is now before the US supreme court.

Chicago leads New York City in use of stop-and-frisk by police, new study finds « American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (Rahmbo's racist super cop state)
Why the left hates this man: Rahm Emanuel’s sins against the progressive movement - Salon.com - With big election coming up, liberal groups have declared public enemy #1 -- but it's not a Republican. Here's why ... His crude dismissal of grassroots concerns was blatant. His contempt for anyone who disagreed with his centrist Blue Dog/New Democrat philosophy was palpable. While his wholehearted support for big money interests was seen as the ultimate in strategic brilliance by the beltway elites, it repelled Democratic activists everywhere.
Somewhere, Michael Bloomberg and Rudy Guiliani are Green With Envy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Arbitrary police harassment of citizens in Chicago is remarkably pervasive: Chicagoans were stopped more than four times as often as people in New York (Thug City, literally)

A Man With A Plan And A Bomb - Last November, the Atlanta Police managed to catch a 67-year old whackaloon who planted bombs in a public park. We only now are learning what the very patriotic Michael Sibley's motivation was, and, boy howdy, it's a doozy. Turns out that the guy was a one-man Operation Northwoods. (and the army was going to blow up John Glenn and say Cuba did it so they could invade)
The Bundy Bunch Strikes Again - the supporters of freeloading moocher Cliven Bundy have brought forth a bill by which they seek to reverse the 20th Century.

Why Tenure Matters - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A former administrator at Chicago State University has accused its president and other officials of firing her in part because she refused their demands that she file a false sexual-harassment charge against a faculty member critical of the leadership.
Fired Administrator Says She Was Pressured to File False Charge of Sexual Harassment – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education - I hope she gets compensated well for this. If you want to know what's wrong with higher ed in the US, ask yourself what you expect to happen when criminals are running universities. (oh, Chicago)

Why did Utah bring back the firing squad? How the US kills people in 2015 | World news | The Guardian - Gas chamber, firing squad and the electric chair have all been up for consideration in the wake of a European-led boycott of lethal injection drugs
Arizona woman cleared after 22 years on death row: 'This is not happiness' | US news | The Guardian - An Arizona woman who spent 22 years on death row after being convicted of conspiring to murder her son in a case that rested on the work of a detective with a history of misconduct says her release this week was vindicating but bittersweet.
The Higher Learning - The memo found that while the crime rate has dropped by 45% since 1990, incarceration rates have more than doubled, rising by 222%. (industry needs consumers)

Your stuff can kill you: How hoarding creates death traps - Salon.com - We now know, thanks to another two decades of studies, that hoarding is not a rare condition. Experts now believe that hoarding is twice as common as OCD, and that somewhere between 2 and 6 per cent of people in developed countries suffer from it: there could be as many eighteen million hoarders in the U.S., and 3.5 million in the UK. No wonder so many watch hoarding shows on TV ... The moment from unfortunate spark to murderous explosion is now between three and four minutes.

Catholic High School Insists On Pre-Approving All Prom Dresses, Prompting Controversy - For its part, Delone has defended its new prom dress policy, issuing a statement last week that said the school “has the responsibility to ensure that Catholic values and moral integrity permeate every facet of the school's life and activity.”

TIL that GOD killed over 2,800,000 in the bible. Satan killed 10. : todayilearned
How Many People Did God Slaughter in the Bible? Steve Wells Has Written a Book Documenting Every Kill
? God On Trial - YouTube

Best. Day. EVER. : gifs
Guys, that's not OP's grandmother. Here's the original uncropped version with the photographer's name intact. : pics
What web of lies have you been involved in that caused some serious shit when the truth came out? : AskReddit
Did your parents give you 'The Talk'? How was it? : AskReddit
Amazing illusion : funny
What is the weirdest thing you've seen while being on the road? [NSFW] : AskReddit
How to setup your own free* VPN server on the Amazon AWS Cloud in 10 minutes : technology
Announcing embeddable comment threads : blog

Jupiter Smashed The Super-Earth Version Of Our Solar System - Forbes - “One of the predictions of our theory is that truly Earth-like planets, with solid surfaces and modest atmospheric pressures, are rare,” he said.

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Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say - Environment - The Independent (time to tie all the deniers to the beach)
Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences - The Washington Post
Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans — with potentially dire consequences : science
To The Gulf Stream Waters: Maybe Somebody Should, Like, Do Something - In which we learn something about the oceans that is probably not good.
Mitch McConnell has a plan to derail Obama’s climate agenda. It might actually work. - The Washington Post
Florida's unspeakable issue leaves climate change official tongue-tied | Environment | The Guardian - Emergency chief says anything but phrase ‘banned’ by governor - Fema to pull funding for states that refuse to address climate change (Republicans)
Journalists have to decide what to do about candidates who are climate change denialists » Pressthink - Claims that climate science is a hoax, that human action is not a factor: these are not defensible positions in a normal debate. They are ways of saying — and saying to the press — hey, the evidence doesn’t matter. (the Times has never sided with reality before)
Meet the climate deniers who want to be president | Grist

Hydrogen Bomb Physicist’s Book Runs Afoul of Energy Department - NYTimes.com
US to stop collecting bulk phone data if Congress lets law expire | US news | The Guardian - Current law allowing collection of metadata to expire on 1 June - Obama administration will not continue practice without Congress approval

Florida no longer safe haven for war criminals as US prosecutors take action | US news | The Guardian - Accused human rights abuser Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, 77, moves closer to deportation in likely precedent for future cases in Sunshine State (America, land of war criminals)

White House insists Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories must end | US news | The Guardian - Chief of staff Denis McDonough reaffirms support for two-state solution - Netanyahu remarks ‘raise questions’ about Israeli commitment to peace talks
Benjamin Netanyahu Says He Regrets Warning About Israeli Arabs Voting (sure he does)
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Says the Israeli Occupation 'Must End'
Ambassador Dan Shapiro Says U.S. Reevaluating Policy Toward Israel
White House chief of staff: 50 years of Israeli occupation must end- U.S. cannot pretend Netanyahu didn't say no Palestinian state would be established on his watch, Denis McDonough tells J Street conference in Washington. : worldnews

Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse - NYTimes.com - Britain's Terrible, No-Good Economic Discourse - It was all about posturing, about influential people believing that pontificating about the need to make sacrifices — or, actually, for other people to make sacrifices — is how you sound wise and serious. Hence the preference for a narrative prioritizing tough talk about deficits, not hard thinking about job creation. (the rich always want to blame the poor for their fuckups +"analytical journalism")

U.S., Afghan Leaders Lay Groundwork For Postwar Relations - ncluding plans to seek American funding to maintain an Afghan security force of 352,000 and discussions about future U.S. troop levels as the war winds down.

If Boston 2024 becomes a ghost ship, does that sink USOC leaders? - Chicago Tribune
Dead Bid Walking - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The ridiculous attempt to put the Olympics in Boston in 2024 is dying on the vine. Hosting the Olympics is a terrible idea for any city. For a old, cramped, expensive city like Boston with no room to grow and huge traffic problems, it’s pretty much the worst idea imaginable.

California lawyer seeks to put 'shoot the gays' proposal on 2016 ballot | US news | The Guardian - Matt McLaughlin wants homosexuality punished ‘by bullets to the head’ State attorney general may be powerless to stop proposal going forward

'It's a disgrace': civil liberties groups in frantic bid to stop Wisconsin voter ID law | US news | The Guardian - ACLU files emergency motion to stop controversial new law coming into effect, after supreme court turned away challenge on Monday (Repubicans hate voting, love their poll taxes)

Obamacare Is Turning 5 Years Old, And The Debate Has Barely Changed (neither have crazy Republicans)

As Women Get More Power, Rightwing Pundits Get More Sexist - ‘Is it God’s highest desire, that is, his biblically expressed will…to have a woman rule the institutions of the family, the church, and the state?’”

Ted Cruz’s website poses unnecessary security risks for donors - Vox - For some reason, the SSL certificate for tedcruz.org lists nigerian-prince.com as another valid address for Cruz's website. (Update: the Cruz campaign appears to have removed nigerian-prince.com from the certificate around 11am.) (Republicans are techno-wizes)
Ted Cruz Just Laid Out The Most Anti-Woman Agenda Yet | ThinkProgress
Ted Cruz goes hard right – but has the Bible-thumping base lost its influence? | US news | The Guardian - The Texas senator went all in on courting the Christian right while announcing his presidential campaign. But with their influence in presidential elections waning, Cruz runs the risk of alienating millennials and female voters

Editorial: Unfair at any speed - NY Daily News - The new law criminalized failures to yield, with the possible 30-day imprisonment for a collision with a pedestrian. That’s wrong because: -It misuses criminal law as a tool for changing driving habits that are generally tolerated. (killing people is "generally tolerated" according to the NYDN ed board)

Reconsidering My August Post on Ferguson and ‘Conflicting Accounts’ - NYTimes.com

Police shooting of mentally ill woman reaches US supreme court. Why did it happen at all? | US news | The Guardian - Just last week, video footage went viral of Dallas police shooting dead a mentally ill man whose mother had called 911 for help; a month earlier, international attention focused on a 17-year-old shot dead on a visit to a Texas police station that her family described as a cry for help. (trained to kill)
Brawl outside Arizona Walmart leaves one dead and two wounded | US news | The Guardian - Officials said one suspect was shot dead just before midnight Sunday as police officers tried to break up the melee in Cottonwood, south of Flagstaff - “We don’t know who they are at this point,” Graves said. “They are not cooperating.”








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The Sounds of Science by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - For nearly thirty years, climate scientists have been the targets of character assassination by the fossil-fuel industry’s hired guns. They’ve been mugged on the streets of public discourse, pounded by the fists of demagoguery and smear. Their lives have been upended in an effort to have their research suspended.
Top Billing by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Two thumbs up to Vice President Joe Biden for rebuking climate-change deniers such as Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) in an interview for HBO’s Vice earlier this month:
Climate-sceptic US senator given funds by BP political action committee | US news | The Guardian - Sen Jim Inhofe, who opposes climate change regulation, has received $10,000 from PAC funded by donations from US staff at oil group

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret - The Intercept - British police claim a criminal investigation they launched into journalists who have reported on leaked documents from Edward Snowden has to be kept a secret due to a “possibility of increased threat of terrorist activity.” (someone might tell the truth, which would be terrifying / this is what your authoritarian state looks like, Britain)
US Threatened Germany Over Snowden, Vice Chancellor Says - The Intercept - “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said. (Obama keeping his moral center exiled)

Here's The Full Transcript Of Obama's Interview With HuffPost
Obama Details His Disappointment With Netanyahu In First Post-Election Comments
Obama Says He Told Netanyahu That Talk Before Election Hurt the Peace Process - NYTimes.com
Netanyahu Plays the Race Card - The New Yorker - Wasn’t it possible that Netanyahu, whose political biography was steeped in the intransigent nationalism of the Revisionist movement, was just the right politician to make a lasting peace with the Palestinians? It is amazing to recall how long this fantasy persisted.
J Street’s Ben-Ami tells Netanyahu: You don’t speak for us - Jewish World News - Israel News | Haaretz - In annual conference of liberal lobby, Reform leader Rick Jacobs blasts those who think J Street - and not Iran, Hamas or Hezbollah – poses greatest threat to Israel.
Netanyahu stoked primal fears. Now my country is divided as never before | Anshel Pfeffer | Comment is free | The Guardian - A fourth term for Bibi looked unlikely until he successfully demonised the left
Michael Oren: Obama's statement on the deterioration of democracy in Israel carries heavy price - Israel News - Jerusalem Post - Kulanu's Michael Oren addressed US President Barack Obama's Friday interview with the Huffington Post Sunday, saying that the President's statement "about the deterioration of democracy in Israel strategically damages Israel's standing in the world." (yeah, the "statement" was the problem, not your racist apartheid policies)
Netanyahu's Allies Blame White House Criticism On Misunderstanding (just a little misunderstanding about the meaning of "no")
Israel: Beware of Obama | New York Post (Murdock strikes back)
Republicans defend Netanyahu amid tension between White House and Israel | US news | The Guardian - John McCain brushes off Israel PM’s campaign comments on two-state solution, saying Obama ‘has his priorities so screwed up it’s unbelievable’ (said the traitor racist apartheid state supporter)
Rep. King Doubles Down On Asking How Jews Can Be Democrats (they should be traitors to America like him)
I Don't Think It Gets Any Better Than This - It really is true that for conservatives of a certain stripe, like King, Huckabee and others, Jews are little more than a kind of yahwistic lawnjockeys, mascots for a certain type of militant defense policy and museum pieces in the historical imagination of right-wing Christianity.
John McCain Tells Obama To Get Over 'Temper Tantrum' On Israel (said old explody-head)
Netanyahu's Allies Blame White House Criticism On Misunderstanding (they've really weakened the anti-Semitic card)

Leader of Iranian force fighting Isis is complicating US efforts, says CIA chief | World news | The Guardian - John Brennan says elite Quds Force leader Qassem Suleimani has been ‘very aggressive and active’ in advising Shia militias against Islamic State ... "destabilizing Iraq' (ha-ha, just let us fuck it up like we always do)
From Minneapolis to ISIS: An American’s Path to Jihad - NYTimes.com - Reading back over Abdi Nur’s Twitter feed, his chilling progression from the basketball courts of South Minneapolis to the battlefields of Syria is clear.

Russia Threatens To Aim Nuclear Missiles At Denmark Ships If It Joins NATO Shield

Ex-cop claims a ROYAL was in paedophile ring but inquiry was closed to shield Buckingham Palace from scandal - Mirror Online - A former Metropolitan Police officer said he was told a member of the Queen’s family and an MP had both been identified as part of a major child abuse inquiry ... national security reasons.
VIP paedophile files: The sick web of high-powered and well-connected child abusers - Mirror Online
Ex-cop claims a royal was in paedophile ring but inquiry was closed to shield Buckingham Palace from scandal : worldnews - A du Pont family heir who pleaded guilty nearly six years ago to raping his 3-year-old daughter was never put behind bars because a Delaware judge ruled he “would not fare well” in prison, court records show.

Kabul mob attack: Women help bury 'wrongly accused' Farkhunda - The coffin of a woman, killed by a mob in Kabul on an apparently false charge, has been carried by women, marking a break with Afghan funeral customs ... Footage of the attack, filmed on mobile phones, has been widely circulated on social media. (they tore her to pieces)

Solar eclipse: schoolchildren banned from watching on 'religious and cultural' grounds - Although headteacher Ivor Johnstone would not comment on what the ‘religious and cultural’ reasons were, some Hindu scriptures say that an eclipse makes believers impure. And fundamentalists believe that they need to bathe immediately after an eclipse and chant the name of God to overcome the forces of darkness.

Ukrainian Former President Yanukovych's Son Reportedly Found Dead in Lake Baikal : worldnews
Yanukovych ally Peklushenko in new Ukraine mystery death - A former regional governor has been found dead in Ukraine, the latest in a series of deaths involving allies of deposed President Viktor Yanukovych.
Serbia Asks People To Please Stop Throwing Their Grenades In The Garbage - The Serbian government asked people on Tuesday not to dispose of hand grenades and other munitions in the garbage, hoping to minimize accidents as it imposes tighter controls over privately held weapons.

The US economy is under threat because of its neglected infrastructure - Voices - The Independent - Public spending on roads, airports, bridges, railways and power grids is only half of Europe's, and some say the nation’s very prosperity is threatened - A World Economic Forum report ranking countries by infrastructure puts America 25th (Britain came 24th while the winner, you might have guessed, was Switzerland) (Repubicans destroying America)


Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: March 2015 | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation - the gap between favorable and unfavorable opinions of the law has narrowed to the closest margin in over two years. A majority continue to say their family has not been personally impacted by the law, but for those who report an impact, roughly equal shares report being helped as report being hurt – also a closer margin than previously measured.
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Boston Globe Urges Elizabeth Warren To Run For President

Just How Nepotistic Are We? - NYTimes.com - THERE is a very real chance that the presidential election in 2016 will pit Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton. According to oddsmakers, this is the likeliest outcome.
20 Republicans who are gearing up to run for president | TheHill - In 2011, as many as nine Republicans participated in one early debate. The field of declared candidates in that cycle was never greater than 10 at any one time. (clown car now clown caravan)
Ted Cruz To Announce Presidential Run On Monday
Cruz to Skip “Exploratory Committee,” Go Straight for the Grift Top Ticket » Balloon Juice
Jeb Bush’s Team Plots Vast Effort to Win Florida - NYTimes.com ("vast" and it has come to this)

Chris Christie’s Fair Housing Problem - NYTimes.com - The Supreme Court of New Jersey has finally run out of patience with Gov. Chris Christie’s attempts to nullify its groundbreaking, three-decades-old decision in the Mount Laurel fair housing case, which prohibits wealthy towns from excluding affordable housing and requires them to write zoning laws that allow such housing to be built. (what an asshole)
All kidding aside, why won't Christie push for a new tunnel to Manhattan? | Editorial | NJ.com - The urgency is clear. Salt left behind by Hurricane Sandy has eaten away at the tunnel walls, and the two, single-track tubes will need to be shut down for a year, one at a time, to repair all the damage. When that happens, rush hour train service will be a hellacious nightmare -- cut from 24 trains an hour to just six. (you really fucked yourselves, NJ)

Confederate Flag License Plate Case Reaches Supreme Court - A black Texas Democratic state senator, Royce West, said in 2011, "Ill-intended or not, why would African Americans want to be reminded of a legalized system of involuntary servitude, dehumanization, rape and mass murder?"
Bundyville coming to Carson City | Ralston Reports - Mark your calendars for March 31, when an Assembly committee will hear a bill sponsored by Cliven Bundy's biggest supporter, Fiore, and 14 other members of the GOP Ass. Caucus to essentially prohibit the federal government from owning land in Nevada (where it owns 85 percent) unless the state says so. (Yes, it's as crazy as it sounds.) (sedition now very popular)

In College and Hiding From Scary Ideas - NYTimes.com - KATHERINE BYRON, a senior at Brown University and a member of its Sexual Assault Task Force, considers it her duty to make Brown a safe place for rape victims, free from anything that might prompt memories of trauma ... safe spaces ... (for special-snowflake fee-fees; you just added this to your resume, Kathy)

Interviewing the NYU Prof Banned From the UAE -- NYMag - While trying to board a flight to Abu Dhabi on Saturday, NYU professor and labor expert Andrew Ross discovered that he was banned from the country for "security reasons." Though he's certainly not the first professor whose views have gotten him barred from the United Arab Emirates, he is the first NYU professor to be banned — an especially sticky situation considering NYU has operated a satellite campus in Abu Dhabi since 2010. (who could have predicted that getting in bed with an authoritarian regime would work out like this?)

What Happens To Enforcers When Hockey Uses Them Up? - How things have changed in a decade and a half. Hockey fans have watched a parade of tough guys die young; we've seen a series of star players fold up their careers early after one, or three, or 40 too many hits to the head

It’s Not Just the Drug War | Jacobin - Progressive narratives about what’s driving mass incarceration don’t quite add up - When it comes to uniquely American nightmares, it’s hard to beat our carceral state. Living in a country with 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, many are aware of the human rights catastrophe taking place around them ... rolling back punishments for violent offenses to their 1984 levels in 2004 would have done more to lower the incarceration rate — a cut in state prison rates of 30 percent — than simply ending the drug war. (Reagan and the War on Crime)

The slow death of the great American newsroom | Art and design | The Guardian

Arizona Senate Bill 1445 Would Keep Police Names Secret After Shootings - NBC News.com - Amid increased scrutiny over police-involved shootings across the country, Arizona lawmakers are poised to pass a bill that would keep secret the names of officers who use deadly force for 60 days.
Excessive force suspension overturned for Texas cop who slammed suspect onto squad car's hood | Fox News - A white east Texas police officer's suspension for slamming a black handcuffed suspect face first onto the hood of a squad car has been reversed by an arbitrator who determined the officer's actions were reasonable.
Police abuse : gifs (all force is "reasonable")
Florida Cops Fired Over Racist Texts, KKK Video - "I had a wet dream that you two found those n-----s in the VW and gave them the death penalty right there on the spot," one of the texts reads. Many of their extremely hostile and racially charged conversations can be read at the Sun Sentinel.
12-Year-Old Girl Accused of Trying to Poison Mother for Taking Away iPhone - ABC News - A 12-year-old Colorado girl has been detained for allegedly trying to kill her mother twice by poisoning her drinks with bleach, after her mother took away her iPhone, police said.

Judge Rules Ellen Pao Can Sue For Punitive Damages In Gender Discrimination Case - A California trial judge ruled Saturday that a woman suing a Silicon Valley venture capital firm in a high-profile gender bias case may seek punitive damages that could add tens of millions of dollars to the $16 million in lost wages and bonuses she is pursuing.

An Important Notice from Amazon - The New Yorker - For example, as you know, on Tuesday, February 10th, at 6:42 P.M., you used Uber to go to the Staples Center for an N.B.A. game between the L.A. Lakers and the Portland Trailblazers. You were accompanied by Jessica Goldstein, whom you met via OkCupid. Your Experian credit score; your electricity bill; last Thursday’s mu-shu pork and double-order of spring rolls, acquired via GrubHub from Panda Dynasty—IMELDA processes this information, and much, much more, to suggest to you the exact products you will need over the subsequent two-month period.

Do we need to end the 'war' on cancer? | Comment is free | The Guardian - We use so much militaristic language to describe cancer. It might be doing more harm than good (cut taxes and invade cancerland; bomb the little fuckers and put chemoboots on the ground)
Vitamin D may keep low-grade prostate cancer from becoming aggressive | EurekAlert! Science News

ELI5: How can Ted Cruz run for president when he was born in Canada? : explainlikeimfive
What is the most WTF secret you know of someone? [NSFW] : AskReddit
What did you do as a kid that probably made your parents think "that kid's not right"? : AskReddit

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California megadrought: It's already begun. - As California limps through another nearly rain-free rainy season, the state is taking increasingly bold action to save water.

The NSA's plan: improve cybersecurity by cyber-attacking everyone else | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - The NSA’s plan to protect America by starting cyberwars is absurd. Their argument that they need more power to do it is moreso
Jailed hacker Guccifer boasts, “I used to read [Clinton’s] memos… and then do the gardening” | PandoDaily - “I have the secret journal of the Rockefellers – I’ve taken it from a member of the Illuminati and ran a metadata analysis to verify it’s genuine.”

US must release photos of Abu Ghraib detainees, federal judge rules | US news | The Guardian - Ruling gives the government, which has fought the case for over a decade, two months to decide whether to appeal before the photos could be released
Judge orders release of military detainee abuse photos - The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running clash over letting the world see potentially disturbing images of how the military treated prisoners : worldnews

Family Of Gunman In Tunisia Museum Attack Saw No Signs Of Radicalization
ISIS Urges Supporters To Kill 100 U.S. Military Personnel On 'Hacked' Hit List - WASHINGTON, March 21 (Reuters) - Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, U.S. addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them.

Hullabaloo - Loyalty test - A congressional representative of a party which fetishizes the flag is saying that some citizens are being traitors by "following their president" instead of supporting the leader of a foreign country. Indeed, he's really saying that Republicans support this foreign country over their own president. Now that's exceptional.

Cardinal steps down over sexual impropriety allegations, a first since 1927 - The Washington Post - Catholics disagreed over whether or not O’Brien had been forced out after an internal investigation that one Catholic publication said was “hot enough to burn the varnish” off the pope’s desk.

Tom Cotton Wants To Punish Countries That Take Guantanamo Prisoners -- Including U.S. Allies - Cotton, apparently unbowed by the outcry over his recent open letter to Iranian leaders, introduced a bill on Wednesday that would cut U.S. funding to countries that receive former Guantanamo detainees who are later suspected of terrorism. He toured the prison March 13 with three other senators.

Conservatives seethe after attacks from allies of Boehner | TheHill - Conservatives are seething after an outside group aligned with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) spent hundreds of thousands of dollars targeting a trio of Republican lawmakers over threats to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.

How to be a Hack, Fred Hiatt Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money : There is a compromise out there that would work. Republicans aren’t actually offering this compromise, but nonetheless Democrats should agree to the bill anyway or they’re the obstructionists. I can’t explain High Broderism any better than that, ladies and gentlemen. (thanks, Bezos)

The counted: inside the search for the real number of police killings in the US | US news | The Guardian - State by state, town by town, cop by cop, a lack of transparency is halting police reform. But part two of a Guardian investigation reveals that a quiet revolution in crime data may be under way – and justice may be next (cops killing people usually off the record so no one knows how many because cops thought you really wouldn't want to know)
Protests over Martese Johnson’s arrest: You must understand UVA to understand the anger. - ABC officers swarmed a UVA student as she left a grocery store in her car. Guns drawn, they tried to detain the young woman, mistaking her bottled water for alcohol. She was arrested and charged with three felonies, all of which were dropped. Later, the student—Elizabeth Daly—sued the Virginia ABC, winning a settlement of more than $200,000.
Cameron Todd Willingham prosecutor John Jackson charges: Corrupt prosecution in Texas execution. - What happens in Texas when you get a man executed on the basis of bad testimony? (Perry said TX has never executed an innocent person, so nothing)

Hot plate sparks Brooklyn fire that kills seven children. (out of eight)

Scientists Confirm Institute of Medicine Recommendation for Vitamin D Intake Was Miscalculated and Is Far Too Low

Researchers are challenging the intake of vitamin D recommended by the US Institute of Medicine, stating that, due to a statistical error, their recommended dietary allowance for vitamin D underestimates the need by a factor of 10. : science
Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University - Vitamin D
Alzheimer's drug trial shows promising early results | Society | The Guardian - In the trial, conducted primarily to ensure the drug was safe and had no serious side-effects, brain scans showed a reduction of amyloid plaque. Accumulation of amyloid plaques is thought to be one of the major causes of Alzheimer’s.
This Diet Could Cut Your Risk Of Alzheimer's By Up To 50 Percent - MIND diet -- which stands for "Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay" -- is effective even if it is not followed rigorously,
Crystal with "Forbidden Symmetry" Found in 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite | IFLScience
Crystal with "Forbidden Symmetry" Found in 4.5-Billion-Year-Old Meteorite - Based on experiments with X-rays, the newly discovered quasicrystal has a structure that resembles flat 10-sided disks stacked in a column. This 10-fold symmetry is an impossible structure in ordinary crystals : worldnews


ELI5: Why do girls generally find it harder to achieve an orgasm despite having way more nerve ending than men in their privates? : explainlikeimfive
What experience made you grow the fuck up? : AskReddit
TIL the Bible Belt leads the United States in consumption of gay porn : todayilearned
Bible Belt leads the nation in consumption of gay porn
Red Versus Blue US States – Pornhub Insights - Assuming the porn consumption per capita is normally distributed for each state and that different states have independent distribution of porn consumption per capita, we can say with 99% confidence the hypothesis that the per capita porn consumption of democratic states is higher than the republican states. (MA #5)


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Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low Winter Maximum, Points To Evidence Of Long-Term Climate Change - Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. (Republicans have doomed the planet)
Guardian Editor Pledges To Bolster Coverage Of Climate Change : NPR - because I'm going to be stepping down in June. And just before Christmas, I was trying to think well, what regrets am I going to have as editor?

Petraeus: The Islamic State isn’t our biggest problem in Iraq - The Washington Post - the #1 long term threat to Iraq’s equilibrium — and the broader regional balance — is not the Islamic State, which I think is on the path to being defeated in Iraq and pushed out of its Iraqi sanctuary. The most significant long term threat is that posed by the Iranian-backed Shiite militias.
Defense lawyer rips Petraeus plea deal for ‘double standard’ in leak cases - Yahoo News - Attorney for convicted leaker asks for ‘release,’ says his client went to jail while ex-CIA director walked after leaking (too many skeletons)

CISA Security Bill: An F for Security But an A+ for Spying | WIRED
The Australian government just passed a bill that forces ISPs to store and allow police warrantless access to the internet browsing history of all Australians : worldnews

Graham threatens to withhold UN funding | TheHill - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) warned Thursday that he would slash U.S. funding to the United Nations if the body decides to lift its sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear agreement. (drama queen needs the spotlight for his stupid ideas)

Israel chooses the path to apartheid - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz - It was once possible to argue that Israel's policies were not the same as apartheid because their stated goal, however imperfectly pursued, was to end the occupation. After Netanyahu's reelection, this is no longer the case ... The inevitable results will include even greater international isolation for the Jewish state, a boost to efforts to apply boycotts and sanctions, diminished support from American Jews and endlessly intensifying cycles of violence ("boycott" and "sanctions" in one sentence, you're almost there)
Netanyahu Tactics Anger Many U.S. Jews, Deepening a Divide - NYTimes.com - “My greatest thrill is that Netanyahu was able to pull off a feat that in my opinion was not only good for the morale of Israel and the security of Israel, but finally put Obama in his place,” said Rabbi Shoham (as Israel's butler and read the comments: " Something is rotten in the State of Israel" "apartheid" is a "taboo word" "pariah state")
The real winner in Israel's election: BDS - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz - Netanyahu's reelection takes away pro-Israel students' most powerful tool: the existence of a government committed to peace. (hello, Hillel)
Jerusalem at boiling point of polarisation and violence – EU report | World news | The Guardian - Leaked report says city more divided than at any time since 1967 and calls for consideration of tougher sanctions over settlement building (oh, you used the "S" word; Hillel will have a fit)
How Many Times Has Bibi Backtracked On A Palestinian State?
Tom Friedman & funding ISIL: Falling victim to Israel/Iran Derangement Syndrome | Informed Comment - Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming increasingly just impossible. The intrinsic contradiction between wanting social justice and equity at home and supporting a militaristic and Apartheid Israel abroad produces what psychologists call cognitive dissonance
Insert the Yiddish Word for Shameless » Balloon Juice - i watched Bibi give an interview to Andrea Mitchell today, and he is such a brazen liar that the only person I can think of who can sit there and authoritatively lie like that is Dick Cheney and his bionic heart.
Boehner's Epic Burn - It now seems clear that US efforts on the diplomatic front - blocking any pressure for a two-state settlement - has had no positive effect. It has only enabled a process of cowardly kicking the can down the road and further embedding the Israelis in the West Bank. It also makes any future settlement not impossible, as some wrongly claim, but just much more painful and damaging. That is bad for everyone. And continuing that makes no sense.

Tunis gunmen trained with Libyan militia, says security chief | World news | The Guardian - Two men who killed 21 people in attack on Bardo museum trained with weapons in neighbouring country in December, security secretary says
Deadly Suicide Bombings Hit Mosques In Yemen's Sanaa - unleashing blasts through crowds of worshippers that killed at least 137 people and wounded around 350 others in the deadliest violence to hit the fragile war-torn nation in decades.

More U.S. Troops Seen Staying in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com (why America can't have nice things)

MH17 disaster: Missile fragment 'found at crash site' - Dutch broadcaster RTL says it has new evidence that the Malaysia Airlines plane shot down over Ukraine last July was hit by a surface-to-air missile.

Nigerian Army Noticeably Absent in Town Taken From Boko Haram - NYTimes.com (fuck you, Bad Luck)

Katharine Viner Named Next Editor-In-Chief Of The Guardian - Viner, currently the editor in chief of the Guardian U.S., will succeed Alan Rusbridger when he steps down this summer. Rusbridger announced in December that he would be leaving his post after 20 years at the paper.

Trillion Dollar Fraudsters - NYTimes.com - By now it’s a Republican Party tradition: Every year the party produces a budget that allegedly slashes deficits, but which turns out to contain a trillion-dollar “magic asterisk” — a line that promises huge spending cuts and/or revenue increases, but without explaining where the money is supposed to come from ... What you’re left with is huge transfers of income from the poor and the working class, who would see severe benefit cuts, to the rich, who would see big tax cuts. (Republican fraudsters is an oxymoron)

Jon Stewart Brilliantly Shreds Fox News Over Its Benghazi 'Rage-gasm' - "The lesson Fox News is getting at is very clear," said Stewart. "Wouldn't it be nice if people who jumped to conclusions and peddled a false, divisive, anger-stoking narrative had to apologize for misleading America?" (BenghazzziiiiBurp / Megyn is the cutest mouth of Satan)

The Freakout From An Obamacare Ruling Could Be Unlike Anything We've Seen - Without that financial assistance, most of the people now buying insurance through healthcare.gov, the online marketplace run by the federal government, wouldn’t be able to pay for their coverage anymore.

Israel Election Result Complicates Life for Clinton - NYTimes.com - But if she criticizes Israel, she risks prompting an influential segment of more conservative Jewish Democrats to withhold their support from her presidential campaign, or even to defect to a Republican candidate in 2016. (she needs Sherman Adelson)

Andrew Cuomo: Bought and Paid For - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A terrible person ... An even more right-wing version of the Clintons is precisely what the Democratic Party needs!
9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools—Here’s Their Story | The Nation - A Nation investigation reveals how a group of hedge funders are about to get exactly what they paid for.
Say Goodbye to the Weekend in Wisconsin - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The next front in Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republican Party’s war on labor is to abolish the state law that mandates one day off a week. I assume the chances of this bill passing is approximately 100 percent. (next: 5 yr olds in the factories working 7 days/wk +"right to slavery")
Portland Press Herald Contributors | Stephen King: LePage ‘full of the stuff that makes the grass grow green’ - Author Stephen King turned Gov. Paul LePage’s effort to kill Maine’s income tax into a horror show for the governor Thursday.

Marc Ambinder's Apology For Politico Magazine Piece Doesn't Run In Politico Magazine

Feds argue they had no duty under FOIA to search Hillary Clinton's emails - POLITICO.com - "FOIA creates no obligation for an agency to search for and produce records that it does not possess and control," (ah, so ...)
Where’s Stalin When You Need Him? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - When you have suddenly been vaulted into a presidential campaign—as sort of a retirement hobby after a very successful career in another field—by expressing the unmediated Id of the Tea Folk, you have a tendency to say things that don’t bear much scrutiny. So it is with Dr. Ben Carson ... But you have to hand it to Carson: he’s not dodging the tough questions, although clearly he should. Is there some way to have a “two-state solution” without challenging Israel’s conquest of the West Bank? Sure: Let ‘em eat Egypt. (intelligence is not a Republican quality)
At the Flick of a Switch - Press Releases - Judiciary Committee (this is how they think and communicate)
US Congress publishes press release made of copyright-violating animated GIFs | ZDNet - The House Judiciary Committee, chaired by one of the sponsors of SOPA, shows its complete disregard for both good taste and copyright in a shocking display of GIF overload.

A Sour And Worthless Thing: Missouri Gives Us A Lesson In Modern Politics - (Only a cynic would point out that, when he was in the Senate, and the nomination of his protege, Clarence Thomas, to the Supreme Court seemed to be in trouble, Danforth was not quite so scrupulous in his approach to the women who accused Thomas of harassing them.) (Charlie remembered, of course)
Neverending Story: Feds' Bridgegate Probe Takes New Turn (Big Chicken still in the roaster)
Barney Frank Says Aaron Schock Should Be ‘Exposed’ - ABC News - But now, as rumors swirl alleging that resigning-Rep. Aaron Schock is gay, Frank said the Illinois Republican should be “exposed” if the gossip about his sexual orientation is true because of his voting record on gay issues. (that would explain the decorating thing)

West Virginia Governor Bucks Legislature, Vetoes Permit-Less Concealed Carry Bill - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) vetoed a bill Friday that would have eliminated the permit requirement for concealed carry, citing the concerns of law enforcement officers.
Federal probe launched after black Mississippi man found hanging from tree | US news | The Guardian - Local reports named the deceased as Otis Byrd, 54, who disappeared 10 days ago and whose body was found in the woods near his last known residence
University of Virginia student 'unbowed' after arrest that left him bloodied | US news | The Guardian - Martese Johnson stood with his mother and his lawyer who read a statement from the student: ‘The trauma of what the officers did will stay with me forever’ (cops assaulted him be cause they thought he had the wrong zipcode)
Two 15-year-olds to be charged with murdering dog walker : news
Mom Asks Cops To Teach Her Sons A Lesson On Stealing. Cops Then Arrest The Mom. - It all started one day last April, when the 29-year-old says she discovered that her youngest son, Keyshawn, had taken $10 from her purse. Wanting to teach him a lesson, she called 911.

The New York Times Terminates Contract With Razib Khan - The New York Times has quietly cut ties with Razib Khan, one of the paper’s 20 brand-new opinion writers, following our post highlighting Khan’s association with right-wing racist publications ... .@nytimes kicks @razibkhan off opinion page for having opinions, but allows overt racist nicholas wade daily space in science section ("log out bitch, bye, you done")
Eschaton - The interesting question is who thought he'd be a good hire in the first place? ... The "racial realists" and the people who hire them seem to be impervious to facts. (paging Margaret Sullivan and oh look, Charles Murray likes him)
None dare call it eugenics - Gene Expression (he had quite a paper trail +Freddie FTW)
Why Is the Times Quoting This Quack About the Danger of AppleWatches?
A Tech Column on Wearable Gadgets Draws Fire as ‘Pseudoscience’ - NYTimes.com - The Style section is an inappropriate place to analyze a topic like cancer risk. Style and technology reporters and editors are not qualified to report what is science and what is quackery (pseudoscience). (OMG he quoted Mercola!)

The Metro Areas With the Largest, and Smallest, Gay Populations - NYTimes.com (SF wins, west coast +Austin, NOLA and BOS +gays have left NYC)

Autism: does ABA therapy open society's doors to children, or impose conformity? | Society | The Guardian - Applied behavior analysis, widely used in the US, aims to boost communication and social skills but some critics say it ‘denies kids the right to be who they are’
The Case for Free-Range Parenting - NYTimes.com - A study by the University of California, Los Angeles, has found that American kids spend 90 percent of their leisure time at home, often in front of the TV or playing video games (eating chicken mcnuggets)

Supercomputer models one second of human brain activity - The most accurate simulation of the human brain ever has been carried out, but a single second’s worth of activity took one of the world’s largest supercomputers 40 minutes to calculate
Do you genes determine your entire life? | Julian Baggini | Science | The Guardian
Direct evidence for positive selection of skin, hair, and eye pigmentation in Europeans during the last 5,000 y - Our results provide direct evidence that strong selection favoring lighter skin, hair, and eye pigmentation has been operating in European populations over the last 5,000 y.
Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human | Science | The Guardian (bears some resemblance to Ted Cruz)
YaleNews | Opening a window on quantum gravity
Monsanto weed killer can 'probably' cause cancer: World Health Organization | Reuters - glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans".
Monsanto weed killer can 'probably' cause cancer: World Health Organization : worldnews
Apparently bedwetting (past age 12) is one of the most common traits shared by serial killers. Is there is a psychological reason behind this? : askscience
How to Tell a Sociopath from a Psychopath | Psychology Today - Psychopaths, on the other hand, are unable to form emotional attachments or feel real empathy with others, although they often have disarming or even charming personalities.
"A comprehensive beginner's guide to becoming a sociopath." Wtf am I reading? : WTF

Department Of Education Study Finds Teaching These Little Shits No Longer Worth It | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - "We remain committed to providing every student in the country with access to a high-quality education," said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, adding that good schools are a key component to the success of American democracy. "But to be honest, none of that matters. We're not talking about promising young scholars here—we're talking about a bunch of fucking animals."

What's the grossest thing you and your SO do together? NSFW : AskReddit
/u/duckvimes_ uncovers evidence that a "revisionist" (ie holocaust denier) is trying to manipulate reddit with a network of >20 accounts that moderate a ton of revisionist subs (proof included) : bestof
What are the cigarettes of today? What does everyone think is healthy, but is not? : AskReddit
That one time Pope Stephen VI was so mad at a previous pope that he disinterred his corpse and put it on trial. Oh man, that was crazy… : WTF
Historians of Reddit, What are some of the freakiest coincidences of history? : AskReddit

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Solar eclipse 2015: what you need to know | Science | The Guardian - Some Christian ministers have viewed the rare collision of three celestial events as the beginning of the end of the world. (solar eclipse, equinox and supermoon)

Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions - NYTimes.com
Employees group: Florida environmental manager was punished for uttering “climate change.” | Post On Politics

Here Are the Water Restrictions California Should Have Passed Today
Welfare Ranching: Guzzling the West's Water: Squandering a Public Resource at Public Expense - Overall, agriculture accounts for 83 percent of all water used in California
Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country | Mother Jones - Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source from catastrophically dry parts of the West.
Rich People Are Trucking Their Own Water Into Drought-Ridden California
The Dark Side of Almond Use — The Atlantic - A strong case could be made that almonds are, nutritionally, the best single food a person could eat ... each almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce

Greenwald - The Intercept - the U.S. government threatened to cease sharing intelligence with Germany if Berlin offered asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden or otherwise arranged for him to travel to that country. “They told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters,” Gabriel said. (that would be Obama)

Iran gathers power in Iraq as US further sidelined - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East - While the United States has invested trillions of dollars and thousands of lives since 2003 to bring Iraq into its orbit, today it is Iran that appears to have achieved that goal, albeit with far less costs in terms of money and lives, observers and analysts of Iraqi affairs agree. (good job, Republicans)

Benjamin Netanyahu Flip-Flops Just 2 Days After Winning Election | ThinkProgress - “I haven’t changed my policy,” Netanyahu told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in an effort to clarify remarks he made on the eve of Israel’s election. (when I said never happen I meant sure, someday)
Netanyahu Back To Barely Pretending He Supports A Two-State Solution
Enraged by Netanyahu's rhetoric, White House officials believe Israeli-U.S. relations fundamentally changed - Diplomacy and Defense - Israel News | Haaretz - Three comments by the newly reelected Israeli prime minister left Team Obama fuming; officials in Washington say his stance on Palestinian statehood is forcing an American 'reassessment.' ... Top Obama officials loathed Netanyahu already. But three of his campaign comments drove them to new levels of fury ... . We, the Jewish people, control America, and the Americans know it." - Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon, October 3, 2001,
Netanyahu’s Win Is Good for Palestine - NYTimes.com - IF anyone doubted where Benjamin Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch
Palestinian Leaders See Validation of Their Statehood Effort - NYTimes.com
Transformation of U.S.-Israel Alliance Coming -- NYMag - Liberals have a deep (and, in my opinion, correct) attachment to Israel’s founding ideals as a democratic haven for the Jewish people. They will have to adjust to a reality that is leaving them behind.
Never Mind: The Two States Of Bibi's Consciousness - The cynicism here is breathtaking. If it is entirely cynicism, and not a genuine concern that the current administration has had quite enough of his grandstanding.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Victory In Israel Elections Leaves Damage In Its Wake
Israel's shield no more? - Michael Crowley - POLITICO - Officials say they are revisiting the U.S. stance in light of Netanyahu rolling back his support of a Palestinian state ... The U.S. has run critical interference for Israel on such measures in the past. Last November, the U.N. Security Council considered a draft resolution, pushed by the Palestinians and Arab countries, demanding an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank within three years. The U.S. quietly quashed the effort.
From Tel Aviv to Turtle Bay | Foreign Policy - The White House hoped a new Israeli prime minister would resume peace talks with the Palestinians. With Netanyahu holding on, the administration is weighing a turn to the U.N. to help force a deal. (defund Israel and BDS)
Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory is a loss for Israel: The Israeli people will become even more isolated in the world ... The ICC could condemn Israel’s settlements in the occupied territories and even indict Israeli leaders for war crimes.
Why Netanyahu’s win isn’t that dramatic - The Washington Post - Rather than providing increased stability as expected by Netanyahu, the election results highlight the persistent deep divisions that characterize Israeli politics and society; divisions that are magnified by its political system. So, get ready to do all of this again in a couple of years.
A New Israeli Opposition by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - . But Netanyahu has made it more difficult to take this nuanced position in the present, since our prime minister sees the Green Line as the border between where Arabs can’t vote and where they shouldn’t.

Netanyahu’s victory is a disaster for the peace process - Vox

Obama May Find It Impossible to Mend Frayed Ties to Netanyahu - NYTimes.com (shouldn't that be the reverse?)
Jon Stewart To Benjamin Netanyahu: 'How Dare You!'
Benjamin Netanyahu: I’m not a racist - Kendall Breitman - politico

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Tunisia Museum Attack In Audio Message
Tunisia Makes Arrests, Deploys Troops After Museum Attack
Warplanes Bomb Presidential Palace In Yemen's Aden - It was not clear whether the planes were flown by Saleh loyalists in the military or by Houthi rebels, who control several military and air bases in and around Sanaa.

Two killed and more than 10 injured in Swedish pub shooting | World news | The Guardian - Police suspect machine-gun attack in Gothenburg suburb of Biskopsgården is gang-related

The Making of a Christian Taliban in Ukraine - The Intercept - “We need to create something like a Christian Taliban,” he told me. “The Ukrainian state has no chance in a war with Russia, but the Christian Taliban can succeed, just as the Taliban are driving the Americans out of Afghanistan.” (good point)

Obama: Maybe it's time for mandatory voting - CNN.com - Less than 37% of eligible voters actually voted in the 2014 midterm elections, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts. That means about 144 million Americans -- more than the population of Russia -- skipped out.

Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton promise, charity did not disclose donors | Reuters - In 2008, Hillary Clinton promised Barack Obama, the president-elect, there would be no mystery about who was giving money to her family's globe-circling charities. She made a pledge to publish all the donors on an annual basis to ease concerns that as secretary of state she could be vulnerable to accusations of foreign influence. (let's think this through: she knew it was a very sensitive area, and knew -- because Benghazi -- it would be an issue for her campaign, so what were they thinking, exactly?)

Exclusive: Monica Lewinsky on the Culture of Humiliation | Vanity Fair - ‘How does it feel to be America’s premier blow-job queen?” (she changed the course of history with those bjs)

The Middle Class Has Gotten Smaller In Every State Since 2000 - Wisconsin, Ohio, North Dakota, Nevada, and New Mexico had some of the largest declines in middle-class households over the 13-year span, while Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, and Hawaii suffered the least. (Kochistan FTW)

No, Mr. and Mrs. Newly Insured, I Expect You to Suffer (And Possibly Die)! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In fact, the Republicans do have a health-care plan: It is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with what we had before Obamacare

Scott Walker Goes Back For Seconds - Three times in four years, Wisconsin had a chance to avoid being a lab rat for the coming conservative order. Three times in four years, it went for the cheese. The thing about lab rats is that, sooner or later, most of them end up dead.

There Is No Republican Middle - he's not a citizen; he could have been removed a long time ago...Ted [Cruz?] told me I've got to wait for the next election. I don't think the country will be around for the next election. Obama tried to blow up a nuke in Charleston a few months ago! And the three admirals, and generals. He has totally destroyed our military. He's fired all the generals and all the admirals that said they wouldn't fire on the American people. - The willingness of the Republican party to tolerate an almost limitless amount of sheer public lunacy has led us to this moment (America, land of the insane)

Chicago police commander resigns in wake of Homan Square revelations | US news | The Guardian - Resignation of Nicholas Roti, a veteran police officer who operated over the controversial police warehouse, comes as attorneys announce civil rights lawsuit
UN panel to consider US 'failure' to clear up racial murders of civil rights era | World news | The Guardian - A 2008 law ordered the Department of Justice to investigate pre-1970 unsolved cases but campaigners will tell the Human Rights Council it has not done enough
Homan Square: politicians push DoJ to investigate 'CIA or Gestapo tactics' at secret police site | US news | The Guardian - US congressman and Cook County commissioner hand-deliver letter to Eric Holder and demand an ‘immediate investigation’ into secretive police facility
New Times Op-Ed Writer Has a Colorful Past with Racist Publications - Today the New York Times announced its selection of 20 new op-ed writers who will contribute to the paper on a monthly basis ... Andrew Rosenthal ... selected ... science writer Razib Khan ... his willingness to treat black intelligence as a matter of debate (NYT keeps racism alive in their op-ed pages)
#RaceTogether is a debacle: The real reason why Starbucks, McDonald’s and Coke keep failing on Twitter - Salon.com - Dark irony: The massive institutions responsible for our isolation trying to fix it with a cutesy hashtag
Racial tensions flare at U-Va. after arrest of black student - The Washington Post - Why does using a fake ID deserve a beating for a black kid but not a white kid?

Texas set to allow college students to carry concealed weapons on campus | US news | The Guardian - State senate expected to approve bill on Thursday that would allow anyone with a license to carry a gun on public college and university campuses
Adult interrogation tactics in schools turn principals into police officers | Alexa Van Brunt | Comment is free | The Guardian - School administrators are being trained by the largest interrogation trainer in the world to extract confessions. This is only worsening the school-to-prison pipeline

Suspect in Arizona Shooting Spree a White Supremacist Skinhead | Hatewatch - Ryan Giroux, who allegedly murdered one person and wounded five others earlier today and was arrested after a frenzied manhunt, was released from prison in Arizona in 2013
Mesa shooting: Ryan Giroux confirmed as suspect - The biological protective suit is used on suspects whose clothing has been taken so that authorities may collect DNA evidence.
Pregnant Colorado woman stabbed in the stomach in 'tragic case' | US news | The Guardian - A 34-year-old woman was accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in the stomach and removing her baby, while the expectant mother visited her home to buy baby clothes advertised on Craigslist, Colorado authorities said.

As ratings plunge, MSNBC faces shakeup - Dylan Byers - POLITICO - Its prime-time ratings are down 24 percent and 42 percent (dump schultz, Sharpton and Scarmika)

MIT Students' Deaths Prompt Soul-Searching And Lighter Workloads - Matthew Nehring, a freshman, died on campus on Feb. 28. Christina E. Tournant, also a freshman, died at home on Mar. 5 while on voluntary medical leave.

College Professor Bans Student From Class For His Views On Rape - BuzzFeed News - A 19-year-old was banned from the discussion portion of a humanities class at Reed College after students complained that his opinions on sexual assault made them feel uncomfortable. He doesn’t want to keep quiet ... “I just want to bring attention to the fact that this happens on colleges,” he said. “Right now, going to college is a terrifying experience if you are male.”
Did a Student's Non-PC Views on Rape Statistics Get Him Banned from Class? Maybe, Maybe Not. - Hit & Run : Reason.com
Arabic version of Pledge of Allegiance at Pine Bush High School ignites furor - News - recordonline.com - Middletown, NY - What began as an effort to celebrate national Foreign Language Week at Pine Bush High School has imploded into a raging controversy that has divided the school into angry factions. (there was a Russian translation, yes?)
White Parents On Fox News Condemn School's Black History Month Event - "We should have been notified as parents, and we were not," he continued, "There has been no apology. There has been no 'This will not happen again.' And that needs to be done."

Reaching Into the Past, the Police Dust Off a Photographic Trove to Rival Weegee’s - NYTimes.com

CBS soap reveals character is transgender

There Is No ‘Proper English’ - WSJ - It’s a perpetual lament: The purity of the English language is under assault



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Earth had warmest winter on record - Specifically, the Northern Hemisphere had its warmest winter on record, and the Southern Hemisphere had its fourth-warmest summer.

U.N. Orders Review of 1961 Crash That Killed Dag Hammarskjold - NYTimes.com - He recalled that on one frequency, he heard a voice saying: “We have the plane in sight. The plane is well lit. We can see it approaching.” Then he heard an accented voice on a different frequency saying, “The Americans shot down the U.N. plane.” (more surpressed criminal history bubbling up)

Obama Regrets Not Closing Guantanamo Prison 'On The First Day' - "But the politics of it got tough, and people got scared by the rhetoric around it. Once that set in, then the path of least resistance was just to leave it open, even though it's not who we are as a country and it's used by terrorists around the world to help recruit jihadists.
‘Unintended consequences’: Obama traces origin of ISIS to Bush-era Iraq invasion — RT USA - “Two things: One is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,” Obama said in an interview with VICE News. “Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”

Administration sets record for withholding government files (so transparent)

Obama snubs Netanyahu and criticises Israeli PM's 'divisive rhetoric' | US news | The Guardian - President has yet to call Israeli PM to congratulate him on his election victory, as White House says it will have to re-evaluate its approach to peace talks
An Israeli Election Turns Ugly - NYTimes.com - Netanyahu’s outright rejection of a Palestinian state and his racist rant against Israeli Arab voters on Tuesday showed that he has forfeited any claim to representing all Israelis
Netanyahu Vows to Work Quickly to Form New Government - NYTimes.com
As Netanyahu Prevails in Israel, a Thorny Relationship Persists for U.S. - NYTimes.com
Netanyahu Reveals His Duplicity, Demagoguery and Deceit | Alon Ben-Meir

Likud's win: The 'second Israel' has spoken - Israel Elections - Jerusalem Post - The Ashkenazi immigrants from Eastern Europe were seen as having an unfair advantage over their Sephardic counterparts from North Africa and the Middle East. The people who are called "the second Israel" have complained since then that the "elites" in the Israeli Left, the media and academia have discriminated against them.
Palestinians Say Election Results Prove Israel No Peace Partner - Bloomberg Business

Netanyahu's Hard-Right Shift To Win Election Presents Troubles Ahead - With 99.5 percent of votes counted on Wednesday, Likud had won 29-30 seats in the 120-member Knesset, comfortably defeating the center-left Zionist Union opposition on 24 seats ($3bn/year for racist state)
Israel election: Bibi the magician pulls off a victory – but at what cost? | World news | The Guardian - Election result shows Israel is divided internally but Binyamin Netanyahu’s lurch to the right risks creating further divisions with an increasingly frustrated international community
Netanyahu’s election campaign of fear and loathing - Israel election 2015 - Israel News | Haaretz - Many analysts said that Israel's elections were superfluous from the outset, but no one predicted how ugly they would get ... He set fire to the tent in which the half of Israel that didn’t vote for him resides, by depicting them as pawns in some vast and ludicrous conspiracy that involves malevolent anti-Semites, nasty-minded NGOs, cigar-chomping tycoons, greedy Citizen Kane-type publishers and, inexplicably, sly subversives from Scandinavia ... Netanyahu even took a page from the GOP’s Southern Strategy ...
Bibi Deploys the Southern Strategy — The Atlantic - Benjamin Netanyahu, now and forever (it seems) Israel's prime minister, will do whatever it takes to keep his job, including renouncing his own positions.
Bibi’s Ugly Win Will Harm Israel - The Daily Beast - A desperate Netanyahu used fear to grab the most seats in the election, but his rejection of a Palestinian state will further isolate the Jewish state.
Netanyahu’s Vision for Post-Democratic Israel -- NYMag
Palestinians Want World Pressure On Israel After Netanyahu Win ... "Netanyahu's masquerade is over. Everything's clear now, we're talking about a man who has sworn allegiance to the right, not about a centrist," Oppenheimer said.
Eschaton: Shorter Tom Friedman - All this killing hasn't done much good in the Middle East, so what I suggest is... more killing.
Hullabaloo - Objectively pro ISIS - Tom Friedman just outdid himself. And that's not easy: Maybe some day it will occur to our Very Serious People that invading and/or "arming" people in complicated conflicts halfway across the world isn't really our strong suit.

Tunisia Museum Attack Leaves 19 Dead; 2 Gunmen Killed in Firefight - NYTimes.com
Women 'being passed' amid older jihadists at rate of 'one a week' in Syria

Germany riot targets new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt - "Blockupy" activists are expected to attend a rally later on Wednesday. (anti-austerian)

Sweden Says Russian Spies Pose Biggest Security Threat | News | The Moscow Times - Sweden's security services said on Wednesday that they feared possible Russian military operations against their country following an increase in espionage activity since the Ukraine crisis erupted a year ago. (Putin getting ready to invade everybody)

Noam Chomsky on the Roots of American Racism - NYTimes.com - “intentional ignorance” of what it is inconvenient to know ... “utter extirpation” (slavery and genocide: "Empire of Liberty" and American exceptionalism + T Jefferson's cotton picking machines and "The Half Has Never Been Told)

Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops • The Register - Kit sent to SmallCo of Nowheresville to avoid NSA interception profiles
The Mall of America reportedly used Facebook to track activists | The Verge - The security team at the Mall of America may have created a fictitious Facebook account to surreptitiously compile information about Black Lives Matter supporters and track their plans. Citing documents it obtained, The Intercept says that the mall — which has its own counter terrorism unit — created a fictitious person named "Nikki Larson," who they used to befriend and monitor protesters on social network.

Schools Plan Massive Layoffs After Scott Walker Guts Funding | ThinkProgress - Governor Scott Walker’s proposed budget, which would slash about $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system over two years, funnel hundreds of millions to build a pro-basketball stadium, and cut deeply from funds for health care, food stamps and public media. (priorities; good job WI voters!)

Mich. House OKs bills on faith-based adoption refusal - The bills, which would allow the agencies to refuse service to same-sex or unmarried couples if that goes against their religious beliefs, are moving as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments next month on whether same-sex marriage should be legal in Michigan and several other states in the region. (the hater states)

House Republicans Just Let The Cat Out Of The Bag - "The House GOP budget enacts radical and extreme 'regulatory reform' measures that are better termed 'deregulatory reform,'"
Aaron Schock's mileage claims suggest long road to resignation for Republican | US news | The Guardian - The $39,517 the congressman claimed in expenses represent the equivalent of having driven 70,000 miles or from Washington to San Francisco 12 times (Republicans: just makin' shit up)

N.Y.U. Professor Is Barred by United Arab Emirates - NYTimes.com - The United Arab Emirates, where New York University opened a new campus last year, has barred an N.Y.U. professor from traveling to the monarchy after his criticism of the exploitation of migrant construction workers there. (nice little academic freedom you had there said the autocratic regime)
NYU's Sellout for Gulf Oil Money Looks Worse and Worse - Lawyers, Guns & Money : What do you think the response of NYU will be? Oh I think we all know the answer–cash another check. Be Sociable!

Rahm Emanuel's Housing Agency Sitting On Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars With Massive Waitlist (oligarch much?)

Every Star Could Have at Least One Planet That Could Support Liquid Water - By considering how many exoplanets we know about and inferring the existence of others, scientists predict that the galaxy could be swimming in habitable planets (so where are they?)
The myopia boom : Nature News & Comment - East Asia has been gripped by an unprecedented rise in myopia, also known as short-sightedness. Sixty years ago, 10–20% of the Chinese population was short-sighted. Today, up to 90% of teenagers and young adults are. In Seoul, a whopping 96.5% of 19-year-old men are short-sighted. (go outside)
Tuberculosis Outbreak At Kansas High School Infects 27 - Twenty-seven people tested positive for tuberculosis infection at Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas on Mar. 18, after a single case of tuberculosis disease prompted testing of the 300-plus community of students and staff.
The Lancet Global Health: Longer duration of breastfeeding linked with higher adult IQ and earning ability | EurekAlert! Science News
Comparative proteomics of human and macaque milk reveals species-specific nutrition during post-natal development - Journal of Proteome Research (ACS Publications)
Inside a Dying Mind: Can Science Explain Near-Death Experiences? - The Atlantic
Can watching porn make you better in bed? - A UCLA/Concordia study shows viewing erotic stimuli is associated with enhanced male sexual responsiveness

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous - The Atlantic - Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

San Francisco Saint Mary’s Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away « CBS San Francisco (Jesus pissing on the poor)
Utah Appears Set to Ban Bicycles From Drive-Thru Lanes - CityLab - Showdowns like this one stand to increase as car-reliance declines.
Conservative Pastor Bravely Warns Against Taylor Swift’s ‘Demon Songs’ | FreakOutNation - “They’re all riding the train and they start out with a benign Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus and before you know it they’re singing their demon songs and they’re making their attributions to their homosexual friends and that’s the way a national apostasy occurs,” Swanson bravely warned his audience.

20 People Have Been Shot In Chicago Over The Past 24 Hours – BB4SP
New York county sheriff must give up stingray records, judge orders | Ars Technica - Civil liberties group gets rare win, forcing disclosure of fake cell tower info. (your local cops illegally spying on you is "National Security")
Black UVA Student Martese Johnson Bloodied During Arrest By State Liquor Agents - one onlooker repeatedly shouts, "Yo his head is bleeding!" Johnson can be heard yelling, "I go to UVA. You fuckin' racists. ... How did this happen?" Johnson was charged with public swearing/intoxication and obstructing justice
African American woman faces jail in California over 'lynching' charge | US news | The Guardian - Maile Hampton charged for trying to stop the arrest of a protester by grabbing him away from police, defined as ‘lynching’ under California state law (logical)
Roaming Gunman Kills at Least 1 in Phoenix Suburb - NYTimes.com - The gunman was described as a bald, white man in his late 30s or early 40s, with tattoos on his neck and possibly his face, wearing a black T-shirt and black shorts. The police would not say if they knew his identity

Environmental Report Details Heat’s Costly Escape Through Elevator Shafts - NYTimes.com - According to the study, the amount of warm air lost in winter through the elevator shafts of the city’s 4,000 multifamily buildings that are at least 10 stories tall could fill 29,000 Empire State Buildings.

"I'm pretty sure that Anita is trying to prevent us from experiencing the joys of 2D women. The kind of joys many Japanese men who've rejected the pig disgusting ways of 3D women already have." : BestOfOutrageCulture
What would Jesus actually do? : AskReddit
Every creepypasta ever. : videos
Guys, whats the biggest turn-off in a girl? : AskReddit

In Kleiner Perkins case, only one side gets to discuss Ellen Pao’s motives - Fortune
The Pirate Bay's new network is making ISP blocks useless
FCC fines Verizon $3.4 million for not telling officials about a major 911 outage | The Verge - 750,000 people in California were unable to call 911 for hours

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California Water Anxiety Syndrome: Feel it yet? - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford
More coal plants are being cancelled than built | Carbon Brief
Junk Mail | NYU School of Law - Junk mail destroys 100 million trees a year—the equivalent of deforesting all of Rocky Mountain National Park every four months.
Vanuatu disaster: the island hit by an earthquake, a volcano then cyclone Pam | World news | The Guardian - The island of Ambrym has managed to escape the worst effects of the category five storm but its people will soon need help

mopecore comments on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Drones (HBO)
NSA trying to map Rogers, RBC communications traffic, leak shows - The Globe and Mail

North Korea Web Outage Response to Sony Hack, Lawmaker Says - Bloomberg Politics - Representative Michael McCaul becomes the first U.S. official to publicly say the Web outage was retaliation. (US government a division of Sony)

Exit Poll Results From Israel's Election Suggest Close Vote
Deep Wounds for Netanyahu in Israel’s Bitter Race - NYTimes.com (he played the race card)
Apartheid Forever: Israel's Netanyahu rules out Palestinian Citizenship Rights | Informed Comment (racist, apartheid state confirmed, in case you had any doubts)
Netanyahu Fights For Right-Wing Vote As Israelis Go To The Polls - saying that high Arab voter turnout was endangering his right wing party's dominance.
Did Bibi's speech hurt his chances? - Michael Crowley - politico - On the eve of Israeli elections, Netanyahu allies debate whether his address to Congress backfired ... “He has three fewer seats in the polls headed into Election Day than he did when he got on the plane to come here.”
ISRAEL ELECTION LIVE BLOG: Voter turnout up 1.8%, polls close at 10 P.M. - Israel News | Haaretz - Live Updates: Netanyahu on election panel decision to ban his speech: 'No one will shut us up'; Election panel deems Netanyahu press conference 'illegal propaganda.'
Netanyahu appeals to backers to avert defeat Tuesday - "This is a fateful struggle, a close struggle,"
The Israeli Gilded Age - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Paul Krugman contextualizes Netanyahu’s troubles by pointing to what he calls “Israel’s Gilded Age,” as the free market devotee has pushed policies that has led to the same sorts of massive income inequality and concentration of extreme wealth among a very few people that such policies have created in the United States.
The Uniquely Awful Role of Sheldon Adelson in the Israeli Election - In America he's the biggest mega-donor. In Israel, he's the only one.
Chuck Norris endorses Benjamin Netanyahu - Kendall Breitman - politico
The Iran Letter: Explaining the Joke - The Baffler - But the letter isn’t just damaging because it propagates an idiotic and dangerous policy; it’s also damaging, specifically, for Senate Republicans. The letter undermines their group’s credibility in at least three significant ways: it’s technically flawed, it subverts Rand Paul’s non-interventionist bona fides, and it gives the appearance of Republicans being fair-weather friends to our allies.

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen - The Washington Post (our military, arming terrorists around the world so they will have terrorists to fight)

Brazil in crisis mode as ruling party sees public trust rapidly dissolving | World news | The Guardian - Dilma Rousseff facing uphill battle as Petrobas scandal widens, economy falters and opposition looks to seize an opportunity amid widespread discontent - President Dilma Rousseff, who was chairwoman of the Petrobras board when much of the wrongdoing took place, has denied knowledge of the corruption. (we know nothing)

Child sex abuse allegations: Scotland Yard 'scrapped Cyril Smith undercover investigation in 1980s' - Crime - UK - The Independent - BBC Newsnight said it had been told that during a three-month secret inquiry, officers had gathered a substantial amount of evidence – including photographs and video taken from inside a London flat - of men abusing boys aged around 14 years old.
Three judges removed and a fourth resigns for viewing pornography at work | Law | The Guardian - Viewing pornography is not illegal but doing so on office equipment is considered a serious act of misconduct that undermines public confidence in the judiciary.

According To Dick Cheney, This Is Why President Obama Is The Worst President In His Lifetime | ThinkProgress

State: No record Hillary Clinton signed exit form - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO - The State Department has no record that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a standard form declaring that she surrendered all official records before leaving her post in 2013, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. (rules don't apply)

None Dare Call It Treason: Tom Cotton, Iran and Old GOP Ideas | Rolling Stone - The letter sent by 47 Republican Congressmen to the Iranian government is part of a long history of right-wing mayhem
Iranian Officials Ask Kerry About Republicans’ Letter - NYTimes.com
It Took Tom Cotton Less Than A Minute To Invoke Hitler In First Senate Speech - Cotton lamented that President Barack Obama was apologizing for America's actions, and accused the administration of being "harsh and unyielding to our friends" and "soothing and suffocating to our enemies."

The Loretta Lynch Confirmation Mess - NYTimes.com - What does the abortion issue have to do with the prevention of human trafficking? Nothing.

Aaron Schock Resigning From Congress Amid Spending Controversy - reports on the 33-year-old congressman's lavish spending habits. Subsequent reports detailed a taxpayer funded weekend in New York for his staffers, a dozen charter flights worth over $40,000 on donors' planes and $24,000 in campaign funds spent on concerts and events, including a sold-out Katy Perry concert. (Downtown Abbey Boy)

Poor Stories from Brooks and Douthat - The Baffler - It’s the usual neo-conservative pablum. The social revolutions of the 1960s and 1970s led to a devolution in “norms,” as Brooks puts it, wiping away “basic codes and rules.”

N.J. Senate condemns Christie's Exxon settlement | NJ.com - The Senate can't compel Judge Michael Hogan to heed its instructions, but several Democratic lawmakers said the resolution sends a strong message as he weighs his decision over whether to approve the deal.

Swarthmore Student Group Breaks With International Jewish Organization After Dispute Over Israel Policies - On Monday, the group’s board voted to drop “Hillel” from its name after Hillel International's legal counsel, Tracy Turoff, sent the school a letter earlier in the day threatening legal action over a speaker series the group planned. (they get to control your speech)

Oklahoma is making atheist marriages illegal | Metro News - In what has been described as a not-so-covert attack on gay marriage, a bill banning non-religious people from marrying and requiring all marriage licences be approved by a member of the clergy has been passed in Oklahoma. (OK going full Taliban)
Indiana House panel OKs religious freedom bill - An Indiana House committee today approved controversial religious freedom legislation that could protect business owners who don't want to provide services for same-sex weddings. (Freedom! to discriminate)
Indiana House passes religious freedom bill | "Senate Bill 101, or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, is designed to allow Hoosiers the right to say no when it comes to providing services for same-sex weddings and other instances that violate their religious belief." : news
Son of Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore arrested for drug possession, blames the media - The Washington Post - according to the younger Moore, the charges are just a political scheme to further attack his father over gay marriage. (3-time offender)
Alumni won't leave millions to University of Alabama because of state's war on same-sex marriage | AL.com

Police don't ask: Why are we getting sued? | Marketplace.org - So, they don’t ask, for instance: Is there one group of officers who are getting us into trouble? (and they are never fired/prosecuted so they do it again)
Wisconsin police officer kills suspect on first day back after previous shooting | US news | The Guardian - Kenosha office Pablo Torres shoots Aaron Siler, 26, dead after car chase

Virginia nears passing shortest limit in US on keeping license plate data | Ars Technica - Senator: "I wasn't a criminal suspect, so why are they taking pictures of me?"
‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ was built on a lie - The Washington Post - In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.
Ferguson home values have plummeted almost 50 percent since Michael Brown's death -- Fusion - Down nearly 50 percent since Michael Brown’s death, new data show.
Family releases video of Dallas police fatal shooting of mental patient | Dallas Morning News - moments that led to a mentally ill man’s death as he held a screwdriver.
Lt. Gov. Kinder Blames Feds for ‘Incitement of the Mob’ in Ferguson « CBS St. Louis - “There is more racism in the Justice Department than there is in anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” said Kinder, who is a Republican.
Correction of the day: 71-year-old accused of murder not in Limp Bizkit
Family release graphic video of mentally ill man being shot by two Dallas police officers : news

Penn State fraternity suspended over nude photos of sleeping women | US news | The Guardian - Photos of women posted to two private Facebook pages - Pages also contained photos of hazing and drug sale

BLDGBLOG: American Mine (unhealable wounds in America's body-politic)

Council candidate Morales denies posting hateful Facebook messages - A Democratic party-backed city council candidate, accused of posting racist, anti-gay, anti-poor messages on Facebook, said his page had been hacked. (yes, the Philly Dems endorsed this lying teaparty asshole)

Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells | News Center | Stanford Medicine - a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells in the lab to mature into harmless immune cells called macrophages.
ADHD and the relentless internet – is there a connection? | Technology | The Guardian - Hyperactivity disorders are now the second most diagnosed childhood conditions in the US behind asthma, with 20% of college students sufffering
Cholesterol-lowering drug shows promise, but may also affect the brain - Health - TODAY.com - Side effects remain a question, though, especially on thinking, confusion and memory — problems the FDA has already voiced concern about and asked the companies to track.

17 Words Invented By James Joyce | Paul Anthony Jones - Yogibogeybox - Joyce coined yogibogeybox in Ulysses to describe all of the equipment and paraphernalia that a spiritualist carries around with them.

Legal Marijuana In Colorado Has Already Generated $15 Million For Schools

Men of reddit, what are your creepy experiences from a girl? : AskReddit
What is something the opposite gender will just never understand? : AskReddit

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The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse. - The Washington Post - A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise -- the glacier holds back a much more vast catchment of ice that, were its vulnerable parts to flow into the ocean, could produce a sea level rise of more than 11 feet
No Plan » Balloon Juice - Even if every single person left California, they would still have water issues, because 85% of their water goes to agriculture, and they basically feed the entire nation ... Sen. Ted Cruz thinks NASA should spend less time studying the planet and more time finding ways to go out into space.
Is California drying up? Nasa scientist warns there's only one year left of water | US news | The Guardian - As backup supply dwindles, Jay Famiglietti says state has about one year of water left and calls for a more ‘forward-looking process’ to deal with crisis (defund crazy NASA)
Cyclone Pam destroyed 90% of buildings on Vanuatu, says president – video | World news | The Guardian
Boston Breaks Seasonal Snowfall Record - The official measurement of 108.6 inches at Logan International Airport Sunday night topped a season record of 107.6 inches set in 1995-96, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Boat Where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Hid Had 'Impressive' Number Of Bullet Holes - The boat where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev hid for hours in Watertown was damaged by at least 108 bullet holes (they wanted to be the heros who killed the terrifying terrorist)
How the FBI Created a Terrorist - The Intercept

Snowden: Mass surveillance won’t stop terrorism | New York Post - “They’re not going to stop the next attacks either,” he said. “Because they’re not public safety programs. They’re spying programs.” “But the question that we as a society have to ask, are our collective rights worth a small advantage in our ability to spy,” Snowden added

ACLU files new lawsuit over Obama administration drone 'kill list' | World news | The Guardian - Top civil liberties group calls for greater transparency regarding ‘targeted killing program’ and how officials handle possibility of civilian deaths
Petraeus leaks: Obama's leniency reveals 'profound double standard', lawyer says | US news | The Guardian - State Department contractor jailed for passing classified information to Fox News demands release and says leniency shown to retired general is hypocritical (Petraeus knew too many secrets)
Americans’ Privacy Strategies Post-Snowden | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project - 34% of those who are aware of the surveillance programs (30% of all adults) have taken at least one step to hide or shield their information from the government. (not electing tyrants not on the list)
Judge to Government: 'National Security' Isn't a 'Magic Word' That Allows Constitutional Rights Violations | American Civil Liberties Union - Judge to Government: 'National Security' Isn't a 'Magic Word' That Allows Constitutional Rights Violations (unlikely to change, because America, land of pussies)
A Police Gadget Tracks Phones? Shhh! It’s Secret - NYTimes.com - A powerful new surveillance tool being adopted by police departments across the country comes with an unusual requirement: To buy it, law enforcement officials must sign a nondisclosure agreement preventing them from saying almost anything about the technology.
Data and Goliath: Bruce Schneier on the Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

'It would be boring without gossip' – Putin makes first appearance in 11 days | World news | The Guardian - Russian president meets Kyrgyz head of state in St Petersburg after disappearing on 5 March amid speculation of ill-health, childbirth and palace coup
Rampant inflation means Russians are spending half of their incomes on food this year - Business Insider - Compared with those of advanced economies, the figures are eye-watering: The latest numbers suggest UK households spent about 11% to 12% of their incomes on food in 2012. Those in the US spent just 6.4%. (that can't get much worse)

Kicking the Iraq Syndrome On the Way to Tehran - It's been an entire 12 years since we started a war, and apparently the American people are getting a little antsy ... we're going to hear more and more Republican politicians coming out for what we might call a re-invasion of Iraq, and not just Iraq but Syria, as well. And as long as we're in the neighborhood, how about some military action against Iran? (Americans love killing other peoples' children and profitting!)

Tom Cotton: 'No Regrets At All' Over Letter To Iran
CBS' Schieffer To Tom Cotton: Will You Write A Letter To N. Korea Too? (VIDEO) - "Now the world has to live with the consequences of a nuclear North Korea," Cotton said. "I don't want the world to live with the consequences of a nuclear Iran."
Iranian nuclear talks resume in Lausanne as deadline approaches | World news | The Guardian - US secretary of state John Kerry meets Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif to negotiate curbs to Tehran’s nuclear programme
Putin Orders Northern Fleet to Full Alert for Combat Readiness Drills / Sputnik International - The exercises of the Russia's Northern Fleet will be held on land, in sea and air and will run for five days beginning March 16, Defense Minister Shoigu said. (he was plotting his next invasion)

Anonymous released 9,200 ISIS supporter Twitter account names to apply pressure on Twitter for suspending them - This time the hacker team has been teaming up with GhostSec and Ctrlsec (two other hacker teams) and released 9,200 Twitter account names as a part of #OpISIS ... “How is it that the US government, capable of coordinating a complex air campaign from nearly 6,000 miles away, remains virtually powerless against the Islamic State’s online messaging and distribution network? (good question)
'Jihadi John,' Islamic State executioner, still has access to U.K. bank account: 'incomprehensible' - Washington Times - The U.K. government’s independent investigator found that only six British jihadists have had their bank accounts frozen out of an estimated 600 fighting with the Islamic State group, The Telegraph reported Saturday.
Life under Isis: The everyday reality of living in the 'Islamic Caliphate' with its 7th Century laws, modern propaganda and merciless violence - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk - Inside 'Islamic State' - part one: Patrick Cockburn begins a groundbreaking series of dispatches which explore the creation of this so-called Islamic State. He talks to people living in the ‘caliphate’ to find out how they regard Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s merciless but powerful new state and how it treats them

New York Times World on Twitter: "PLO on Netanyahu's remarks today: “He has confirmed verbally for the first time what we have denounced for years"
Netanyahu: If I'm elected, there will be no Palestinian state - Israel election 2015 - Israel News | Haaretz - In a definitive disavowal of his Bar-Ilan two-state speech, prime minister makes last-minute attempt to draw voters from Bennett's Habayit Hayeudi. (in case you had any questions)
Israel’s Gilded Age - NYTimes.com - No, the real purpose of that speech was to distract the Israeli electorate with saber-rattling bombast, to shift its attention away from the economic discontent that, polls suggest, may well boot Mr. Netanyahu from office in Tuesday’s election ... Israel is now right up there with America as one of the most unequal societies in the advanced world. (rock-head conservatives always do this)
Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe? - The Atlantic - For half a century, memories of the Holocaust inoculated the Continent against overt anti-Semitism. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest in a mounting tide. Today, right-wing fascist strains of Jew-hatred are merging with a new threat from radicalized Islamists, confronting Europe with a crisis, and its Jews with an agonizing choice.
A Post-Netanyahu Republican Foreign Policy by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - As Israelis prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, it’s dawning on a lot of American observers that a defeat for Benjamin Yetanyahu’s government—not exactly “likely,” but certainly a decent possibility—could represent a turning point in American as well as Israeli politics ... . If Israel’s no longer the measure of all good things in a “world on fire,” what becomes the organizing principle of U.S. foreign policy? Straight out Islamophobia? (that'll do)
If Netanyahu loses, will Republicans still be ‘pro-Israel’? - The Washington Post - the Republican Party has elevated “support for Israel” to a level of passion and consensus usually reserved for things such as tax cuts and opposition to abortion rights. But that happened during a string of conservative Israeli governments. If Israel is led by a Labor Party prime minister and begins to change some of its policies, will Republicans decide that “support” is more complicated than they used to think? (not unless they converted the whole country to socialism and Krugman says way too late)
Netanyahu warns supporters he may lose in Tuesday’s election - The Washington Post - A loss by Netanyahu — or a razor-thin win and the prospect that he would be forced to enter into an unwieldy “government of national unity” with his rivals — would mark a sobering reversal for Israel’s security hawks, in a country where the electorate has been moving steadily rightward for the past 15 years. (gee, sounds just like America)
Congressman Peter King Slams Iran Letter: "It Undermines The Office Of The Presidency" - BuzzFeed News - “This sounds patronizing, I don’t know if they fully thought through what they were doing,” King told the John Gambling Show last week. (they were never known for their long-range thinking)

Congo Detains U.S. Diplomat In Raid That Also Targeted Journalists, Pro-Democracy Activists - Congo's security forces detained a U.S. diplomat Sunday in a raid that also targeted journalists and regional democracy activists and accused them of posing a threat to stability, a government spokesman said.

Police watchdog to investigate claims Met covered up child abuse | UK news | The Guardian - IPCC launches inquiry into ‘high-level corruption of the most serious nature’ including suppression of evidence and halting of investigations involving MPs (will anyone go to jail?)
Met Investigated Over Child Sex Cover-Up Claims - Police and MPs were allegedly involved in child sex abuse - leading to high level cover-ups by Scotland Yard, it is claimed. "These allegations are of historic, high-level corruption of the most serious nature. We will oversee the investigations and ensure that they meet the terms of reference that we will set."

Joanna Dennehy: serial killer becomes first woman told by judge to die in jail | UK news | The Guardian - The judge revealed the 31-year-old had told a psychiatrist that she killed "to see if I was as cold as I thought I was. Then it got moreish and I got a taste for it".

Thailand warns women who post 'underboob' photos face five years in jail | Technology | The Guardian - Culture ministry says those posting selfies featuring partially-exposed breasts could face up to five years in jail ... “damage to the country’s security or causes public panic”

About That Obama Second-Term Popularity Collapse by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Remember when it was inevitable that Barack Obama’s approval ratings were converging with those of George W. Bush’s second term as voters permanently lost confidence in him and tuned him out? Well, the 44th president’s three-day job approval average at Gallup just turned positive (48/47) at a point in his presidency where W.’s was at 34% and about to plunge into the high 20s.
White House calling the shots - Edward-Isaac Dovere - politico - In the months since Republicans took charge of Congress, GOP divisions have given the upper hand to Obama.

Bush’s appearance Friday night was open to reporters, many of whom streamed the event using Meerkat. But for intimate political gatherings that exclude the press, it’s easier than ever for a bartender or caterer or any attendee to discreetly stream a candidate’s remarks to the public.
Fight Inequality: Abolish the Senate - he Senate and the House of Representatives are veto players because without their consent, no bill can become a law.") More than half of the twenty-three countries Stepan and Linz studied have only one veto player; most of these countries have unicameral parliaments. A few countries have two veto players; Switzerland and Australia have three. Only the United States has four.

A Christian Nation? Since When? - NYTimes.com - beliefs ("Christian Nation" anti-New Deal corporate PR campaign to undermine workers eaten up by workers)
The Origins of Modern Christian Symbolism in the United States - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Kevin Kruse excerpts his new book on how corporations created the public symbols of modern Christianity as part of their mobilization against the New Deal ... From this alliance between preachers and capitalists comes most of the ideas that right-wing Christians today cite about why this is an overtly Christian nation and why socialism is a sin. It’s toxic and it’s powerful. Kruse pushing the timeline of this alliance back from the 50s into the 30s is really important in understanding its deep roots.

All You Need to Know About Income Inequality, in One Comparison - NYTimes.com - The Wall Street bonus pool for last year is roughly double the total earnings of all Americans who work full time at the federal minimum wage. (Obama had his choice, and he chose the riches)
Eschaton: Old People Vote - The elderly are basically uninsurable and the current retirement crisis means a lot of them are going to experience the latter years of their lives in poverty. Promising them goodies would be a pretty smart thing to do. (after they all voted to kill themselves)

Ted Cruz backs unlimited campaign cash: 'Money absolutely can be speech' | US news | The Guardian - Texas senator and possible 2016 presidential contender says the super-rich should have the right to donate as much as they want to candidates (oligarchy is good for free speech)
‘Your world is on fire’: Ted Cruz scares the hell out of a terrified little girl in New Hampshire - Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was forced to pause a speech in New Hampshire on Sunday after he reportedly terrified a little girl by shouting that her “world is on fire.”
GOP senators block Ted Cruz move to hold up Loretta Lynch vote - Seung Min Kim and Burgess Everett - politico - “Republicans have been complaining about Eric Holder for a long time; this is an opportunity to make that change,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who plans to vote for Lynch. “I don’t think we should delay it at all. I think we ought to get her over there and get her working.”

Why Congress' Obamacare Doomsday Cult Can't Admit It Was Wrong - But that's not how Capitol Hill’s gloomsday cult sees it. Indeed, try getting any of them to admit the Affordable Care Act jobs slaughter has not happened, and they sound like the punchline to the old joke where a spouse gets caught in the act cheating: “Who are you going to believe -- me, or your lying eyes?”
Obamacare triggers massive drop in Americans without health insurance | US news | The Guardian - More than 16m people have gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act - Data likely to strengthen efforts to prevent bill being rolled back

Rahm Emanuel Pulls Ahead In Chicago Mayoral Race, Garcia Gets Backing (angry midget will buy election)

NYPD Officers Who Edited Wikipedia Pages Will Not Be Punished: Report - The NYPD officers who allegedly edited Wikipedia pages on Eric Garner and other controversial examples of police force will be reprimanded, but face no other punishment, a new report said.
Oregon man facing no charges remains in jail 900 days after arrest | US news | The Guardian - Charges against Benito Vasquez-Hernandez have been dropped, but he remains held as a material witness in his son’s trial in a detention with little precedent ... Asked how many brothers he had, Moises answered: “We were 10 siblings, but they died. We were 11. Nine died.” Then he said: “And I have a small penis.”

Senate approves open-carry bill - Houston Chronicle - The state Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would allow Texans to openly carry holstered handguns with a license, after shooting down nearly 20 amendments that sought to restrict the legislation.
Florida concealed guns debate continues to divide college campuses | US news | The Guardian - State senate’s higher education committee to hear arguments Monday over proposed legislation to allow concealed weapons to be carried on campus (next: elementary school)

Another True Tale Of Privatization In Indiana - Mitch Daniels, the value-sized brainiac from Indiana. David Brooks loved him. Daniels was a "moderate" and he was seriously considered a man of ideas, despite the fact that his experience in government included working the federal budget for George W. Bush, which should have disqualified Daniels from working at a gas station. Central to Daniels's Indiana miracle was privatization. Daniels sold off as much of Indiana as he could. Central to the fire sale was the privatization of the Indiana toll road to an Australian company.

The Missing 43 - Book Excerpt - Truthdig - Below is the introductory essay to “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the ‘Mexican Drug War’ ” by Carmen Boullosa and Mike Wallace (OR Books, 2015). (done in your name drugwar)

Ohio Supreme Court To Decide If Sex Offender Label Can Be Unconstitutional Punishment | WCBE 90.5 FM - The Ohio Supreme Court will weigh in on the state's mandatory punishment for a 21 year old man convicted after what he said was a consensual sexual relationship with a 15 year old girl.
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's son arrested, charged with drug possession in Troy | AL.com - In January, Caleb Moore told AL.com that he has done things he isn't proud of and acted "young and immature," but "that's why God gives us salvation."

Oregon is first state to adopt automatic voter registration - Yahoo News - Seventeen years after Oregon decided to become the first state to hold all elections with mail-in ballots, it took another pioneering step on Monday to broaden participation by automatically registering people to vote.

Paleo isn't a fad diet, it's an ideology that selectively denies the modern world | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian - Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible

Next Big Future: Ido Bachelet DNA nanobots summary with a couple of extra videos - DNA nanobots will soon be tried in a critically ill leukemia patient. The patient, who has been given roughly six months to live, will receive an injection of DNA nanobots designed to interact with and destroy leukemia cells—while causing virtually zero collateral damage in healthy tissue.
Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum | Science/AAAS | News - The crash of meteors on early Earth likely generated hydrogen cyanide, which could have kick-started the production of biomolecules needed to make the first cells.
Ring brings ancient Viking, Islamic civilizations closer together | Science News - The inner surface of the Birka ring’s silver body shows virtually no signs of wear. Filing marks made in the final stage of its production are still visible. That suggests that the ring made by an Arabic silversmith had few or no owners before it reached the Viking woman, the researchers say.

What's the best medicine for a broken heart? : AskReddit
IamA man who lost 150 lbs in 11 months. AMA! : IAmA
TIL scientists once recruited theater students to drunkenly stumble into bars, to test whether bartenders over-serve patrons. They found that bartenders were more likely to over-serve drunk women than men. : todayilearned
Dude, we live in Canada : pics
If all humans were to suddenly die, which electronic machine/device would stop functioning last? : AskReddit
Daylight saving time could be axed in Michigan : news

AT&T continues to throttle internet speeds opposing FTC actions and the FCC’s rules - After a high profile suit against AT&T filed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) late last year, AT&T still has not decided to mend its ways as it continues to utilize legal loopholes to its advantage in its continued throttling of unlimited data customers. Last year’s FTC suit against AT&T was filed because it was alleged that nearly 3.5 million customers’ broadband speeds were throttled to speeds as low as 90 percent of what was promised to them in their plans.att-logo-brand (invade the Telcos and Cablefucks)

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March:- Global energy-related emissions of carbon dioxide stalled in 2014 - IEA data point to emissions decoupling from economic growth for the first time in 40 years
Cyclone Pam Destroys Vanuatu — The Atlantic - Pam, a Category 5 storm, has left most of Vanuatu's population homeless.
Vanuatu takes direct hit from Cyclone Pam, possibly worst in Pacific history
Boston St. Patrick's Parade To Include Gay Groups For First Time - Mayor Marty Walsh, who last year skipped the parade because of its exclusion of gay groups, plans to march on Sunday, becoming the first mayor to do so in 20 years.
Knights of Columbus Will Not March in St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Massachusetts news - Boston.com - “We deeply regret that some have decided to use this occasion to further the narrow objectives of certain special interests, which has subjected this occasion to undeserved division and controversy. ... Because the parade has become politicized and divisive, and because of the misrepresentation of our motive for participating, we will not be marching in this year’s parade. (convolute much?)
We Did It: Boston Breaks Its All-Time Snow Record - Massachusetts news - Boston.com

Speculation rife as world waits for Putin to reappear
Vladimir Putin's Absence Raises Questions About Russia's Future — The Atlantic - Even if the president reappears, his absence reveals the chilling degree to which he has consolidated power in the country.
Fox News Military Analyst Under Fire for Saying the U.S. ‘May Need to Kill Some Russians’ (Video) | Americans Against the Tea Party - “The only way the United States can have any effect in this region and turn the tide is to start killing Russians… killing so many Russians that even Putin’s media can’t hide the fact that Russians are returning to the motherland in body bags,” Scales asserted.
Putin was surprised at how easily Russia took control of Crimea - The Washington Post
Inside the Kremlin Troll Army Machine: Templates, Guidelines, and Paid Posts · Global Voices - allegedly produces thousands of pro-Kremlin posts and comments every day.
Turkish jets intercept Russian military plane near Turkey’s airspace - F-16 jets intercepted a Russian Ilyushin IL-20 plane flying parallel to Turkish airspace over the Black Sea on Sunday.

Kerry says Syrian transition would have to be negotiated with Assad | Top News | Reuters
US shuts down Saudi embassy amid security fears - In a statement, the embassy said consular services in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran would not be available.

fuck_all_mods comments on C.I.A. Funds Found Their Way Into Al Qaeda Coffers
Mr. CIA Man And The Terrorist Occupation Of The American Mind - Because the United States itself has a long record of supporting terrorists and using terrorist tactics, the slogans of today’s war on terrorism merely makes the United States look hypocritical to the rest of the world.
13-Year-Old’s Rape Case Dismissed Because Her Body Is ‘Well-Developed’ - The Daily Beast - A Swedish court acquitted a 27-year-old man of raping a 13-year-old girl because she looked older. Add this to similar cases in the U.S. and U.K., and we’ve got a sickening problem. (but they're real hard-asses when it comes to Assange)
Edward Snowden issues 'call to arms' for tech companies in secret SXSW meeting | The Verge - Most surreal thing ever. A handful of us (about 20) were invited to have a conversation w Snowden this AM
Revealed: The names NZ targeted using NSA's XKeyscore system - National - NZ Herald News - Why did the GCSB intercept emails to and from Solomon Island officials? Nicky Hager and Ryan Gallagher report

VIP paedophile scandal: Police pinpoint 'dungeon' flat linked to abuse parties and child murder - Mirror Online - Officers have identified a luxuey flat in Pimlico, London, which is connected to a large cellar believed to have been used as a 'holding area' for abuse victims

Israel Chooses - NYTimes.com (Zippy-di-do-da is a bloodthirsty hawk)
Netanyahu's Legacy Is On The Line In The Upcoming Israeli Vote
Senate Panel Puts On Tinfoil Hats, Probes Whether Obama Working To Oust Netanyahu | FreakOutNation - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally rightists by casting his centre-left challengers as tools of a global campaign to usurp power. (90% of Bibi's money comes from a handful of Republican donors in cA and FL)
The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water : Parallels : NPR - Rosenblum won't say exactly how much water he uses, or exactly where it comes from. "From wells," he says. "In the mountains." Then he changes the subject.

White House Issues Saturday Night Iran Deal Warning To Senate - The bill, he writes, would "likely have a profoundly negative impact on the ongoing negotiations -- emboldening Iranian hard-liners, inviting a counter-productive response from the Iranian majiles; differentiating the U.S. position from our allies in negotiations; and once again calling into question our ability to negotiate this deal." (deport all the Republican traitors to Iran or Israel)
Kerry: GOP Iran letter ‘absolutely calculated’ to interfere with talks | TheHill - “Not on your life. I'm not going to apologize for [an] unconstitutional, un-thought-out action by somebody who's been in the United States Senate for 60 something days,” he said, referring to freshman Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). “That's just inappropriate.” (wingers blame Kerry for their sedition)

Leader of IS 'Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi': I met the “Prophet Muhammad” and he ordered me to leave Mosul - AhlulBayt News Agency - ABNA - Shia News - The fear is spreading among the militants in Mosul for the predictions of liberating Mosul especially the leaders, a newspaper information pointed out that the leader of the so-called Islamic State 'Abu Baker al-Baghdadi' had a dream when the prophet Mohammad ordered him to leave Mosul province without fighting. (how convienient)
Turkey sends teenagers back to UK after Syria attempt - Two boys aged 17 from north-west London and a man aged 19 were returned to the UK on Saturday night, the Met said.

Over 1 million people today march in 20 Brazil cities to protest the government of Dilma Rousseff and call for her impeachment : pics
Protests Grow Against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff - WSJ - Nationwide marches planned for Sunday as public anger grows over faltering economy and alleged corruption

What's the worst lie you've seen a politician try to get away with? : AskReddit - Walter Ulbricht: "Nobody has the intention of building a wall"

Deadly Twin Bombings Hit Churches In Pakistan, Killing At Least 14
Fear and anger grow in India after gang-rape of elderly nun | World news | The Guardian - Prayers are said across India after brutal attack during convent robbery - Authorities said screening the documentary could have caused public disorder, but critics accused the government of being more concerned with the country’s reputation than the safety of its women.


Obama adviser behind leak of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal | New York Post - In addition, at Jarrett’s behest, the State Department was ordered to launch a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct at Foggy Bottom, including the use of her expense account, the disbursement of funds, her contact with foreign leaders and her possible collusion with the Clinton Foundation. (says Murdock)
An Open Letter to hdr22@clintonemail.com - NYTimes.com - It has come to our attention while observing your machinations during your attempted restoration that you may not fully understand our constitutional system. Thus, we are writing to bring to your attention two features of our democracy: The importance of preserving historical records and the ill-advised gluttony of an American feminist icon wallowing in regressive Middle Eastern states’ payola.
You and I Change Our Minds. Politicians ‘Evolve.’ - NYTimes.com - (A spokesman for Hillary Clinton declared the issue to be “in a state of evolution” as far back as 2003, though Clinton herself did not achieve that state for another decade.)

New Doubts Raised Over Key Witness in Willingham Case | The Texas Tribune - More than a decade after Cameron Todd Willingham was executed for the arson murder of his three young daughters, new evidence has emerged that indicates that a key prosecution witness testified in return for a secret promise to have his own criminal sentence reduced. (TX has NEVER executed and innocent man)
Casey: Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble - Roanoke Times: Dan Casey - An 11-year-old boy at Bedford Middle School was suspended for 364 days after being caught with a substance that tested negative for marijuana.

The White Supremacist Origin of Right to Work Laws - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - “From now on, white women and white men will be forced into organizations with black African apes whom they will have to call ‘brother’ or lose their jobs.” (Scott Walker)
The "We" in U.S. History - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - That so many of the conservative critics of AP U.S. History standards are also deeply invested in exclusionary politics of other types–including repealing the meaningful sections of the Voting Rights Act–suggests that “we” is just as contested when talking about 2015 as it is about 1775.

Why Does Douthat Think the Poor Exist? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : You guessed it–too much sex! (poors have too many bathrooms, microwaves and ... sex! + This is the third NYT column in a week pooh-poohing the poors. Krugman must have touched a nerve . . .)

Billmon on Twitter: "Hmmm... GOP 95% white, 6% Latino, 1% black = 102%. I've heard people talk of "extra chromosome" conservatives before, but that's ridiculous." - GOP: 66% conservative, 28% moderate, 5% liberal http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/nine-10-americans-agree-d-c-looks-out-its-own-n322086 … So it appears at least 5% of all Republicans are in permanent comas.

Our view: Sweet Briar board should resign - Roanoke Times: Editorials - If the Sweet Briar trustees are so absolutely convinced that closing is the only responsible option, here’s what they could do: Resign. (grifters looking for big payout)

Robert Durst Arrested Ahead Of 'Jinx' Finale - arrested in New Orleans on a murder warrant issued by Los Angeles County, the Orleans Paris Sheriff's Office said.

Dolce & Gabbana Face Outrage After Controversial Comments About Gay Families - According to translations, the pair -- who dated for 23 years and broke up in 2005 -- stated that children born through IVF are "children of chemistry, synthetic children. Uteruses for rent, semen chosen from a catalog."
Medieval WTF: A monk exchanges fish for a penis carried by a cat. : WTF

Studio 54: the ultimate den of vice | Art and design | The Guardian - Deserted by the middle class, New York was near-bankrupt but its danger and squalor suited the mobs of noctambulists who clamoured to gain entry to Studio 54.

Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine first look review – Apple founder's sour side | Film | The Guardian - Yet this man, whose belief in his own righteousness was unshakeable, also terminated Apple’s philanthropic programmes, presided over huge corporate tax evasion, paid Chinese workers making iPhones a pittance, and only stumped up maintenance for his first daughter after dragging his ex-girlfriend through the courts, claiming that she was promiscuous and he was infertile, until a DNA test proved otherwise. Finally, he agreed to pay $500 a month – he was worth $200m at the time. (all the stuff Isaacson left out)

[Serious] Those who lost their virginity very very late (30's, 40's etc), how did it happen? : AskReddit

Science Communication: Where Does the Problem Lie? | Telliamed Revisited
? Charting culture - YouTube
Laniakea: Our home supercluster - YouTube
Killing Pigs and Weed Maps: The Mostly Unread World of Academic Papers - Pacific Standard - According to one study, which was presumably read by more than three people, half of all academic papers are read by no more than three people.
Mathematician's anger over his unread 500-page proof - physics-math - 07 January 2015 - New Scientist
Astrobiology Has Not Made the Case for God - The New Yorker - Recently, the Wall Street Journal published a piece with the surprising title “Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God.” At least it was surprising to me, because I hadn’t heard the news. The piece argued that new scientific evidence bolsters the claim that the appearance of life in the universe requires a miracle, and it received almost four hundred thousand Facebook shares and likes (science is hard)
Addicts May Be Seeking Relief from Emotional Lows More than Euphoric Highs | Media Relations - Rutgers study could lead to a better understanding of human addiction – alcohol, tobacco and food – as well as substance abuse
Dienekes’ Anthropology Blog: Bottleneck in human Y-chromosomes in the last 10,000 years. - Most human mythologies contain stories of "first men" and eponymous founders of nations; these were often ridiculed in recent times as invented stories whose purpose was to engender social cohesion through a story of shared descent. But, now it seems that these stories were at least in part true, and such ultra-prolific patriarchs do indeed stand at the beginning of many later lines of descent.
Why do cells rush to heal a wound? Mysteries of wound healing unlocked -- ScienceDaily - Researchers at the University of Arizona have discovered what causes and regulates collective cell migration, one of the most universal but least understood biological processes in all living organisms.

TIL, reddit is now ranked by traffic in the top 25 in the world and top 10 in the United States. : technology
The Church of TED - NYTimes.com - But if you don’t make the cut and shell out the $8,500 fee for general attendance, no matter. The real action and measure of TED’s reach is online
Ars tests ExoNet, the personal VPN that takes you home | Ars Technica - The technology behind ExoNet and ExoKey is called VPEx, or "Virtual Private Exonetwork." It creates a direct tunnel back to a local LAN, with the ExoNet acting as a gateway on the local network and the ExoKey as a remote client.
Koalas to the Max dot Com

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U.N. Fears 'The Worst' As Typhoon Batters Pacific Island Nation Of Vanuatu [UPDATE] - "It felt like the world was going to end," (Cat 5)
California has about one year of water left. Will you ration now? - LA Times (la-di-la)
Record-Breaking Heat Hits Southern California | KTLA

What Happened To Putin? - Ukrainian children produced a cartoon showing Putin abducted from the Kremlin by aliens.
This is why it’s impossible for the Kremlin to lie about Putin’s weird disappearance - The Washington Post - The president's carefully cultivated image rests on never showing weakness ... It’s been more than a week now since anybody’s seen Russian President Vladimir Putin.

C.I.A. Funds Found Their Way Into Qaeda Coffers - NYTimes.com - While refusing to pay ransoms for Americans kidnapped by Al Qaeda, the Taliban or, more recently, the Islamic State, the United States has spent hundreds of billions of dollars over the last decade at war in Iraq and Afghanistan, some of which has been siphoned off to enemy fighters. (CIA funded bin Ladin; stupid is as stupid does)
CIA money from secret fund ended up in hands of al-Qaida – report | World news | The Guardian - Money used to pay a ransom for an Afghan diplomat reached al-Qaida in 2010, according to Afghan and Western officials, but CIA declined comment

Edward Snowden: Without change, future surveillance will be in the hands of countries, companies and criminals - Factor
New Zealand Used NSA System to Target Officials, Anti-Corruption Campaigner - The Intercept (there you go)
iSpy: The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple's Secrets - RESEARCHERS WORKING with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.
Stuxnet leak probe stalls for fear of confirming US-Israel involvement | Ars Technica - Obama admin wants to prosecute leakers but doesn't want to admit Stuxnet role.
Congress won't protect us from the surveillance state – they'll enhance it | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - There are still programs aimed at Americans that the Obama administration is keeping secret from the public. They should be a scandal, not line items in bills - the Obama administration is still keeping more spying programs aimed at Americans secret, and it seems Congress only wants to make it worse.
US Senate committee advances cyber-surveillance bill | US news | The Guardian - Bipartisan group of senators vote 14 to 1 on Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act as lone dissenter calls measure ‘a surveillance bill by another name’ - Wyden declined to comment to reporters, saying as he left the meeting: “You guys know I like talking about this stuff but I can’t say anything.”
'Patriot Act 2.0'? Senate Cybersecurity Bill Seen as Trojan Horse for More Spying | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - Framed as anti-hacking measure, opponents say CISA threatens both consumers and whistleblowers

ISIS and Islam by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - A few weeks ago Graeme Wood garnered a lot of attention for his article in The Atlantic titled: What ISIS Really Wants. Conservatives (like Peggy Noonan) used it to attack President Obama for his unwillingness to call ISIS “radical Islamists.” - Sageman points out that it was the brutality of Maliki against the Sunnis in Iraq that led to the ISIS insurrection in that country.Sageman points out that it was the brutality of Maliki against the Sunnis in Iraq that led to the ISIS insurrection in that country ... Sageman points out that it was the brutality of Maliki against the Sunnis in Iraq that led to the ISIS insurrection in that country. (remember, Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Powell were surprised there were more than one kind of Muslim; reaping what we were to stupid to know we were sowing)
How Islamic Is the Islamic State? | The New Republic - What The Atlantic got wrong about ISIS
Ambassador: Bush Didn’t Know There Were Two Sects of Islam - James Joyner · Saturday, August 5, 2006

ISIS spokesperson: We want Paris and Jerusalem - Israel News, Ynetnews - In new recording, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani rejects claims group suffering setbacks, vows attacks on White House, Big Ben, and Eiffel Tower.
How does ISIS try to recruit Canadian girls? By using same tactics as pedophiles, TV special says | National Post


Iran Negotiators Face Late Obstacles to a Deal - NYTimes.com - serious last-minute obstacles, including when United Nations sanctions would be lifted and how inspections would be conducted, American and European officials said.

Flagging as election looms, Netanyahu ramps up rhetoric | Reuters
Exclusive: Netanyahu Canceled Intel Briefing for U.S. Senators on Iran Dangers | TIME - Israeli spy chief warned Congress might blow up talks on Iranian nuke program (he was going to tell them about the ticking bomb)
Israeli Election Turning Into Referendum On Netanyahu
Netanyahu Blames Flagging Poll Numbers On Global Leftist Plot (Obama's fault)

Child sex abuse is 'woven into the fabric of British society', claims Theresa May  | Daily Mail Online - Home Secretary says new inquiry will uncover more shocking allegations - Warned the public that they are yet to grasp the full scale of the scandal - institutional child abuse as 'the darkness in our midst' - the allegations so far amounting to the 'tip of the iceberg'.

Robbers Gang Rape Elderly Nun Who Tried To Protect Convent School In India - A nun in her 70s was gang-raped by a group of bandits Saturday when she tried to prevent them from robbing a Christian missionary school in eastern India, police said, the latest crime to focus attention on the scourge of sexual violence in the country. (cut off their dicks)

U.S. running out of room to store crude | Toronto Star - If the amount of oil in storage continues to climb it could send the price of crude — and probably gasoline, too — plummeting.


Criticism, Some From The Right, Builds On GOP Letter To Iran - Some of the 47 senators, however, are taking heat back home from editorial pages that have supported them.
So That Happened: With Iran Letter, GOP Senators Basically Say 'Don't Trust America' (+Hillz not the brightest bulb)
Sen. Tom Cotton’s letter to Iran is plainly stupid: The Arkansas freshman and his Senate Republican colleagues have embarrassed themselves badly. - The letter 47 Republican senators sent to Iran is one of the most plainly stupid things a group of senators has ever done.
Tom Cotton and Mutiny - The president is the commander-in-chief of the US armed forces. He’s not commander-in-chief of the United States. He’s not even commander-in-chief of US foreign policy.

The Answer Is Always War: The Four Traits of Neoconservatism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Wherever there’s a non-ally of the United States not being invaded by the United States, Fred Hiatt is there to find a crackpot to advocate just that: ("War with Iran is probably our best option" - WaPo loves killing other peoples' kids)
Iran Letter Is Perfect Neoconservative Fiasco -- NYMag - And, then, finally, there is the stubborn refusal to concede the plan has backfired even in the face of overwhelming evidence. (never phased them before)
One of Our Major Newspapers Says: What the Hell, Why Not Start Another Unwinnable War? — The Atlantic - On the bright side, Tom Cotton now seems statesmanlike (Joshua Muravchik - what rock did Fred Hiatt find this bloodthirsty asshole under? - lookin' at you Bezos)
Hullabaloo - War is always the answer - You do have to love the idea that it's "no biggie" if we have to "bomb repeatedly." After all, it's not as if there's ever been any blowback from doing such things.

The U.S. is about to hit the debt limit (again) - The latest suspension expires Sunday, resetting the new debt limit at the current level of about $18.1 trillion. (Republican traitors take country hostage, again)

GOP: A Party in Disarray by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - It’s almost hard to remember that time four months ago when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker John Boehner were writing op-eds in the Wall Street Journal reveling in their success in the 2014 midterms and promising to prove the skeptics wrong with all they were going to accomplish

California Prosecutor Falsifies Transcript of Confession | Observer - Court of Appeal slams Attorney General Kamala Harris again

How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease: An Interview with Jonathan Metzl | Psychology Today - When did you first suspect that diagnostic patterns with schizophrenia had become heavily racialized? (another Chicago rendition/torture system: disappear "aggressive" black people into "hospitals for the criminally insane" - the case for reparations is so huge it can't be grasped)
The Victoria, Texas Police Officer that tazed an elderly man over expired registration stickers will not be indicted. : news - Video here. Unbelievable what the police get away with, even when there is video of the abuse.

Susan Berman and The Jinx: did the HBO series help solve a 15-year-old murder? | US news | The Guardian - In February, a grimly fascinating documentary series began airing on HBO in the United States, presenting compelling arguments pointing to Durst as Berman’s killer. It has also unearthed a startling piece of evidence – apparently unknown to law enforcement until now – that has already stirred police and prosecutors at both ends of the country to renewed activity.

Televangelist Dollar's plea for $65M to buy jet now offline - After a huge social media backlash, a web page from Creflo Dollar Ministries soliciting $65 million for a new Gulfstream G650 jet has apparently vanished. (properity gospel: Jesus rewards you with money)

A New Life for Dead Malls — The Atlantic - Developers have had to to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks ... there are about 1,200 enclosed malls in the United States, and about one-third of them are dead or dying ... “The malls died for a reason,” she told me. “We were way over-retailed.”
The Sexism of Startup Land — The Atlantic - Women are now the majority of college students and about half of all managers in the broader workforce, but in the startup world, they number comparatively few.

Scientists May Have Discovered How to Stop Your Peanut Allergies for Good - Mic - The team found that young children overexposed to antibiotics were at greater risk of developing food allergies. Thankfully, though, they also discovered a way to combat the impact of antibiotics, which, theoretically, could potentially cure people of their food allergies.
This Is What's Ruining The World's Sleep -- And It's Not Our Technology Addiction - But it turns out stressing about money and work takes the sleep deprivation-causing cake, according to a new survey.
ELI5:I saw a documentary (the illusion of time) that said that physically and mathematically there is nothing that says time (and events) should flow only forward. But doesnt this condradict thermodynamics? : explainlikeimfive (Susskind)

Science AMA Series: We are Teri Krebs & Pål-Ørjan Johansen. Our studies on mental health of psychedelic users and LSD for alcoholism have been in Nature News. Our non-profit (EmmaSofia) will give out MDMA + psychedelics for free. AMA! : science
Four years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, one man is still living in the exclusion zone in order to feed the animals left behind when their owners fled. : UpliftingNews
Netflix is winning the war against cable TV: Video on-demand services now in 40% of homes : television
Has anyone ever challenged you to something you are an expert at without them knowing it? If so, how did it turn out for them/you? : AskReddit
Of course it's a bold statement. But if I wasn't bold, I wouldn't have started ... | Hacker News
Asked my girlfriend if we could have a threesome. She sent me this in response. [NSFW] : funny
People who drive large trucks with Confederate flags and/or truck nuts: what was your relationship with your mother like growing up? : AskReddit
[NSFW] There is currently a karaoke app out there, which films you while you're singing and it uploads the video on youtube... without people knowing : videos
What's the worst date you've ever been on? : AskReddit
What is the dumbest conspiracy theory somebody has tried to convince you about? : AskReddit

Twitter Takes Steps To Ban Revenge Porn - "You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject's consent."

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How Drought Is Producing Tensions in Texas - NYTimes.com - Conservatively, this would make for the fifth consecutive year of drought in Texas. Meanwhile, today, the average American uses 100 gallons of water a day. (keep voting Republican, TX)

Putin Has Vanished, but Rumors Are Popping Up Everywhere - NYTimes.com (bad case of the Moscow Flu)

ISIS Still on the Attack, Despite Internal Strife and Heavy Losses - NYTimes.com - There are reports of dozens of executions and imprisonments of Islamic State fighters trying to flee the group
Laughing at Isis: Syrian video artists go beyond fear to ridicule jihadis | World news | The Guardian - “Our main aim was to support the revolution against Assad,” he explains. “But then the entire world’s attention shifted to Isis. Suddenly they were all the media talked about, making everyone blind to Assad’s crimes.”

Obama: 'I'm Embarrassed' For Republicans Who Sent Letter To Iran
Tom Cotton picked apart by Army general over ‘mutinous’ Iran letter - The Washington Post - “I would use the word mutinous,” said Eaton, whose long career includes training Iraqi forces from 2003 to 2004. He is now a senior adviser to VoteVets.org. “I do not believe these senators were trying to sell out America. I do believe they defied the chain of command in what could be construed as an illegal act.” Eaton certainly had stern words for Cotton.
politico Caucus: Iran-letter backlash spreads to early states - James Hohmann - POLItico - 'Policywise, the deal Obama is trying to cut is a bad one. Politically speaking, however, the letter has been a disaster.' (dude is so weird)
GOP Goes Ballistic Over Plan to Take The Iran Nuke Deal to the U.N. - The Daily Beast - The latest move in the nuclear negotiations with Iran could be to take them to the United Nations. And that will trigger a Republican hatefest for the ages.
A.B. Stoddard: A big mistake on Iran | TheHill - Torpedoing a bipartisan, veto-proof majority to cement Congress’s role in a deal with Iran, undercutting pledges of the new GOP majority in the Senate to govern and undermining a future Republican president — these probably weren’t freshman Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) goals with his open letter to the leaders of Iran.
The true scandal of the GOP senators’ letter to Iran - The Washington Post - The true scandal of the Tom Cotton letter to Iranian leaders is the manner in which the Republican Senate apparently conducts its affairs.
Israeli Opposition Party Takes Solid Lead In Last Polls Before Election ... No party has ever won an outright majority in Israel's 67-year history, making coalition-building critical to the formation of a government ... Netanyahu's much-criticized speech to the U.S. Congress on March 3 also appears to have marked a turning point. Rather than giving him an electoral boost, with his face on primetime TV, polls turned against him shortly after the event.
Major Nations Hold Talks On Ending U.N. Sanctions On Iran: Officials
Ayatollah Khamenei Slams Republican Letter On Iran, Says U.S. Known For 'Backstabbing' - Mehr quoted Khamenei as saying: "Of course I am worried, because the other side is known for opacity, deceit and backstabbing."

Swedish Prosecutors Offer To Question Julian Assange In London About Alleged Sex Crimes - Lead prosecutor Marianne Ny explained the change in position by saying some of the crimes the 43-year-old Australian is accused of will reach their statute of limitations in August ... "I think it's absolutely outrageous that it took the Swedish prosecutor 4 1/2 years to come to this conclusion after maintaining that she couldn't come to London because it would be illegal to do so," he said. "Obviously that was a bogus argument." (they were always controlled by Obama) "We have to worry about the ongoing criminal investigation in the United States," he said.
Vísir - The Pirate Party is now measured as the second biggest party in Iceland (avast, ye maties)

In Germany, High Court Overturns Headscarf Ban For Teachers - Germany's highest court on Friday struck down a state law banning teachers from wearing headscarves as unconstitutional, saying it violates the right to religious freedom.

Bride Walks Out Of Wedding After Groom Fails Her Math Test - "The groom's family kept us in the dark about his poor education," said Mohar Singh, the bride's father. "Even a first grader can answer this." Most marriages in India are arranged by the families of the bride and groom. Except for brief meetings, the couple rarely gets to know each other before the nuptials. (women are commodities)

Quebec rushes to vaccinate against measles in Joliette | CBCNews.ca Mobile - School and health officials said at a news conference late Thursday afternoon that 93 of the 114 unprotected students at École Intégrée de St-Pierre in Joliette, about 75 kilometres north of Montreal, have now been vaccinated.

Biden Worries Legalized Weed In D.C. Will Cut Into His Business | The Onion - America's Finest News Source - Biden sells a dime bag of Super Lemon Haze at his favorite spot for moving buds.

President Obama Reading Mean Tweets Is Your American Dream Come True
Altar Call: The National Review And The President's Faith - The initial reaction to the questions raised about the president's Christianity by the longtime white-supremacist journal National Review is to wonder where in the fk these people get off even raising the question (this, from the Church of Satanic Capitalism)

How a Confused Mom Drove Through a White House Checkpoint and Ended Up Dead | Mother Jones (complete with coverup)

Strength Is Weakness - NYTimes.com - Actually, the strong dollar is bad for America. In an immediate sense, it will weaken our long-delayed economic recovery by widening the trade deficit. In a deeper sense, the message from the dollar’s surge is that we’re less insulated than many thought from problems overseas. In particular, you should think of the strong dollar/weak euro combination as the way Europe exports its troubles to the rest of the world, America very much included.
Here's How Long It'll Take To Close The Gender Wage Gap In Each State (WY: 2158)

Vague Email Rules Let Federal Agencies Decide When to Hit Save or Delete - NYTimes.com (deliberately vague)
Gawker v. Department of State - The backstory: Gawker first reported in 2013 that as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was using a private, off-the-books email account (hdr22@clintonemail.com) to conduct government business.
Hillary email flap exposes gaps in State Department records - politico - The email traffic of senior officials was not automatically or routinely archived.

Morning Plum: Chaos in Congress is about to get a lot crazier - The Washington Post - “We really don’t have 218 votes to determine a bathroom break over here on our side. So how are we going to get 218 votes on transportation, or trade, or whatever the issue?”
Glenn Beck Threatens To Leave NRA | The Daily Caller - Talk radio host Glenn Beck is up in arms over his belief that National Rifle Association board member Grover Norquist is a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer and says he may end his membership with the gun rights group if Norquist is re-elected.

Tom Cotton Loves Child Labor - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The man who makes Ted Cruz look sane loves him some child labor in agriculture and from the beginning of his political career has advocated repealing child labor law.
Hullabaloo - Tom Cotton's tough love: rolling back the clock on child labor laws (and time to re-think that whole slavery thing)
Arizona Defunds Community College - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I know Arizona is run by a bunch of loons, but even I was surprised by the state completely defunding several community colleges. Although actually the real story is not the defunding from $7 million in 2015 to $0 in 2016, but from $45 million in 2011 to $6 million in 2012. The upshot of this is not the closure of the community colleges but rather their semi-privatization, as they move directly to serving the specific whims of corporations. (Bumphus and Dufus Glasper)
Did An Arizona University Try To Fire This Teacher After Pressure From Neo-Nazis? - Poe held an informal debate about the course, called a “teach-in," that prompted white nationalist groups to launch email campaigns against him and the university. (AZ reallly sucks)

Hard to Argue - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Cops kill black person: "Let's not paint all police with same brush." Cop gets shot by unknown person: Millions of protestors responsible
Texas Bill Would Make Recording Police Illegal - A bill introduced to the Texas House of Representatives would make it illegal for private citizens to record police within 25 feet.
Edits to Wikipedia pages on Bell, Garner, Diallo traced to 1 Police Plaza | Capital New York (cop thugs mugging your truth aren't very smart about internet)
The NYPD may be editing the Wikipedia pages of people it killed | The Verge - Computers linked to the department made numerous edits to pages on high-profile deaths
NYPD caught red-handed sanitizing police brutality Wikipedia entries : technology
NYPD edits (@NYPDedits) | Twitter (cool: the internet reacts with an edit monitor)

Rep. Aaron Schock benefited from donor projects - Chicago Tribune - Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock has built much of his personal wealth over a decade through real estate investments with political donors, an Associated Press review found. His relationships with other contributors, which afforded him flights on private planes and other expenses, are already under scrutiny. (Downtown Abby boy at work)

Making Overseers into Advocates | The Marshall Project - A social worker’s take on the misery of probation. (Philly fired him for this story)

Letter From Chicago: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Rahm? - Ridiculed by opponents as "the tiny dancer" for his short stature, early promise in ballet and quick pivots, Emanuel is also known for his prodigious fund-raising and foul mouth. (says he 5'7" so he's really 5'2" without the lifts)

Sadly, No! » R4CIZM HOW DUZ IT W3RK
Oklahoma Rep. Emily Virgin Suggests Businesses Post Notice Before Discriminating Against Patrons - "That way, a straight couple that wouldn’t have been turned away would be notified that they’re doing business with bigots and might want to find an alternate vendor as well."
Racism and Frat Culture - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Who is this Devotie? That is Sigma Alpha Epilson founder Noble Leslie DeVotie. It should be noted that the frat’s homepage proudly states that of its 376 members that fought in the Civil War, 369 fought for the Confederacy.
Let's be fair to SAE - Lawyers, Guns & Money : ….if my calculations are correct SAE comprises roughly 3% of the total collegiate population of fraternities. Since 2006, they account for 15-20% of fatalities associated with hazing and other fraternity rituals.

More Seattle restaurants close doors as $15 minimum wage approaches - Of course, restaurants close for a variety of reasons. But, according to Seattle Magazine, the “impending minimum wage hike to $15 per hour” is playing a “major factor.” That’s not surprising, considering “about 36% of restaurant earnings go to paying labor costs.” Seattle Magazine,

Who’s To Blame For Godly Justin Harris Dumping His ‘Demonic’ Kids? People Like You | Wonkette - So which people, according to Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin, are BAD people, while the guy who dumped his adopted daughters (after “trying” to save them, through reported exorcisms and also locking them in their rooms with only a video camera for a pal) is GOOD? Basically, all the people who fund PBS. You know: “people like you.”
School Sends Home Student Over 'Unnatural' Hair Color - West County High School in St. Francois County, Missouri (it's always the small gubment freedom people)

The Milky Way May Be More Enormous Than We Ever Imagined - If you think of our galaxy as a 9-inch dinner plate with us two-thirds of the way out, unable to see far through the plate's disk, we now learn that the plate was really 12 inches across."

Is It Still Cheating If Your Spouse No Longer Recognizes You? | Ann Brenoff - "Listen," he told her, "this has been really great but I need to run. Give me your number and I'll call you."
The author should have actually read the Lancet study. The intervention group altered not only diet but also underwent cognitive training and exercise. It is not possible to separate out any possible effect of diet. Further, the statistical significance is borderline (P < 0.03). It is also interesting to note that there were more adverse events in the intervention group. Diet may or may not have an effect on cognitive decline but this study does not and could not show it.
Kleiner Attacks Pao on the Stand as Resentful and Greedy | WIRED ... Kleiner pledged to pay Pao her regular salary of $33,333 per month for a six-month period ending in March 2013 (is she an entitled rich bitch, or are they big dicks? or both? +“ an unseemly sideshow.” ruled out)
Ellen Pao was “resentful” and dismissive, Kleiner Perkins lawyers say | Ars Technica - Pao's discrimination claim gets microscope treatment from former employer.
The assassination of Ellen Pao’s character by the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins | The Verge

Steve Jobs rejected liver transplant offer from Tim Cook | Technology | The Guardian - Although what he did was legal, the fact remains that he “cut” in front of a Tennessee resident who most likely did not have the option of registering with another OPO. Jobs is not the first and will not be the last high status personality to exploit this loophole in the UNOS system. (hello, Tim, you only have one liver and Steve knew he could buy his way to the front of the line)

This Is Your Brain on Heartbreak | Greater Good - “We have shown for the first time that acetaminophen, an over-the-counter medication commonly used to reduce physical pain, also reduces the pain of social rejection, at both neural and behavioral levels,”

Sid Meier's Starships review – deep-space exploration with a nod to the past | Technology | The Guardian
Google Code is closing down because developers aren't using it | The Verge - Programmers prefer GitHub and Bitbucket

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El Niño: It's here, and it will boost global warming to record highs.
Climate change is already affecting Alaska’s weather.
Study says the Anthropocene, or Age of Man, began in 1610. - “The Anthropocene”
Ban On 'Climate Change' Widespread Across Florida Government Under Rick Scott (vote yourselves underwater, FL)

FCC Release Net Neutrality Regulations : technology (no blocking, no throttling, no paid authorization, no fucking around with the tubes, and also, Verizon sucks)

The Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive
Snowden's NSA Leaks Catalogued In First Searchable Database Of The Surveillance Documents - The database is still a small fraction of the nearly 50,000 documents Snowden gave to journalist Glenn Greenwald and filmmaker Laura Poitras in 2013.
Mass Surveillance: Intelligence Staff Sacked - The revelation is disclosed in a report by MPs on the mass surveillance techniques exposed by Edward Snowden. (not in America)
Court overturns Dutch data retention law, privacy more important - DutchNews.nl - justice courts legal systemInternet providers no longer have to keep their clients phone, internet and email details because privacy is more important, a Dutch court ruled on Wednesday.

China’s Tensions With Dalai Lama Spill Into the Afterlife - NYTimes.com - Chinese Communist Party leaders are afraid that the Dalai Lama will not have an afterlife. Worried enough that this week, officials repeatedly warned that he must reincarnate, and on their terms ... “Decision-making power over the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and over the end or survival of this lineage, resides in the central government of China,” (their authority includes the afterlife, which they may invade, if necessary)

Euro spirals toward 1:1 parity with USD — RT Business

German diplomat: Iran letter 'not helpful' - Michael Crowley - politico - Diplomats say GOP letter to Tehran strengthens Iran’s hand in nuclear talks, doubt March deadline. (rethinking desuetude: they really did fuck everything up)
Sen. Tom Cotton, author of the Iran letter. His Harvard thesis was based around the idea, and contained the assertion, that: “National officeholders have an enlarged ambition and mental acuity that distinguishes them from all other sorts of men.” : politics
Iran: “The letter by American senators indicates the collapse of political ethics in the United States” : worldnews (w/full list of treasonous Republicans)

Netanyahu's Main Challenger Widens Lead In Israeli Pre-Election Poll
Netanyahu warns of 'real danger' he won't be re-elected | The Times of Israel - Likud leader claims ‘foreign governments’ seeking to oust him; Herzog says he’s ready to be PM; Lapid: March 17 must be Netanyahu’s last day in power
The 'Perfect Storm' That's Hitting Bibi's Campaign – J.J. Goldberg – Forward.com - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection campaign, deemed a sure thing just days ago, has run into a “perfect storm” from which it may not recover. “It has been a steep and precipitous fall since those glory moments on the podium before the U.S. Congress,”
Yes. Netanyahu is Suddenly in Real Trouble
Second ex-Mossad chief joins chorus criticizing Netanyahu | The Times of Israel - Shabtai Shavit and other former defense officials say PM driving US and Israel apart, botched summer war against Hamas - “You and only you turned the United States from an ally to an enemy,” former Mossad head Shabtai Shavit said of Netanyahu
Brent Budowsky: GOP, Bibi hurt Israel, USA | TheHill
An open letter to 47 Republican senators from Iran’s hard-liners: We have so much in common. - You have opened our eyes. We are brothers.
Republican Idiocy on Iran - NYTimes.com - After helping to ignite a firestorm over a possible nuclear agreement with Iran, Senator John McCain, a former Republican presidential candidate, is now sort of acknowledging his error. “Maybe that wasn’t exactly the best way to do that,” he said on Fox N
Iran letter blowback startles GOP - Burgess Everett - politico - John McCain: 'It was kind of a very rapid process. Everybody was looking forward to getting out of town because of the snowstorm.'
Four Questions About the Israeli Election | Mideast Matrix

How a Lindsey Graham Joke Turned into a Coup Plot Against the Government - Bloomberg Politics - Lindsey Graham says he would deploy military against Congress
Lindsey Graham: Fascist - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - It used to be that to call a Republican politician a fascist was rank hyperbole, even if they were right-wingers. But in the 2016 Republican primary, fascism is evidently Lindsey Graham’s strategy: Bloomberg that when Graham said “I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to,” that statement was “not to be taken literally.”

Nonprofit contractor sent government $1.1 million bill for parties and retreats - The Washington Post - during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Bush years were good times)

New Iran laws reduce women to "baby-making machines" - Amnesty
Afghan artist in hiding after 'iron underwear' stunt

A 42-year-old woman running for mayor in a violent southwestern Mexican state has been kidnapped and decapitated. : worldnews (meanwhile in fucking Mexico)

Nigeria Drafts Foreign Mercenaries To Take On Boko Haram - "It appears to be a desperate ploy to get some sort of tactical success up there in six weeks for the electoral boost," the diplomat added. The numbers of soldiers involved were in the "low hundreds," the diplomat added. (Jonathan Badluck for Nigeria)
British Girls Crossed Into Syria Helped By 'Spy' From Anti-ISIS Coalition: Turkish Minister - Cavusoglu said he shared this information with his British counterpart, who had replied "as usual."

Americans Name Government as No. 1 U.S. Problem (only 31% happy)

Lawyers Try To Rescue Anti-Obamacare Lawsuit By Comparing Justice Kennedy To Confederate Slaveholders | ThinkProgress - Pro tip: if you want to win a Supreme Court case, it’s probably not a good idea to compare a swing justice who could single-handedly decide the case’s outcome to Confederate slaveholders.

The media s**t-show is back: Why coverage of Hillary Clinton has been an embarrassment - Salon.com - Hillary Clinton has a reputation for hating the media. The past week shows why that's so easy to understand
TIME Cover Gives Hillary Horns | The Weekly Standard

On Bobo's Victim-Blaming - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - As a long-time admirer of the passive-aggressive responses required by NYT conventions, I can’t not link to this Krugman post, which gets perilously close to the line by linking to a direct critique of Brooks:
When Values Disappear - NYTimes.com
David Brooks Argues Poor People Need Morals Like Rich People | The New Republic - What David Brooks doesn't understand about poverty (yeah, that is pretty close)

Progressives: We’ve Never Heard Of This “Progressive” Group Backing Obama’s Trade Deal - BuzzFeed News - The “Progressive Coalition For American Jobs,” run by former Obama campaign staffers, purports to represent the progressive left on the trade deal that the progressive left hates.

A Brief History of the Secret Service's Drinking Problem - Bloomberg Politics - The history of the Secret Service shows that alcohol and keeping the president safe don’t mix. (go home, SS, you're drunk)

David Dow suspended by Texas court: Death penalty defense lawyer’s conflicts with appeals court. - Texas’ brazen attempt to silence one of its most effective death penalty defense lawyers.

The Declining State Commitment to Higher Education and Its Consequences by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In 2012 college costs were 2.3 times higher than in 1975 (in constant 2012 dollars)… ... The shift in payment sources from state and local governments to students and parents has occurred at the same time that costs have risen dramatically and in a period where average wages have been static or declined in constant dollars. (the destruction of the American educational system)
Taking That Careers and College Thing Too Damn Far by Daniel Luzer | College Guide | The Washington Monthly - The Arizona Department of Education Web site, asks kindergartners to “check out scholarships” for college, start a college savings account and “read picture books about careers and select the jobs I like.”
As fight to save Sweet Briar ramps up, senator asks: Do donors have rights? - The Washington Post - “The college’s decision to close Sweet Briar without giving alumnae, faculty and students the opportunity to help develop a viable plan to save the collage is unconscionable.

Uber, Lyft employment cases: Juries could decide the legal fate of the sharing economy. - On Wednesday, U.S. district judges said in two rulings that they could not determine whether Uber and Lyft drivers should be classified as independent contractors and that the question in each case would have to be resolved by a jury ("sharing economy" = you do the work, we get the money)

Utah Passes Antidiscrimination Bill Backed by Mormon Leaders - NYTimes.com ("Utah Compromise")

MGM National Harbor says public buses won’t have access to casino site - The Washington Post - MGM asserts that its guests won’t be using public transportation and that the number of employees using transit to get to work will be “almost non-existent.” Therefore, the company says, “there are no expectations that public buses will be able to access the site.” (casinos only for the rich, what could go wrong?)

Australian firm to assume Indiana Toll Road lease, pay $5.73 billion - South Bend Tribune: News - An Australian company has reached a $5.73 billion agreement to buy the bankrupt business that holds the lease to the Indiana Toll Road. (that worked out, didn't it?)

Harper Lee’s Condition Debated by Friends, Fans and Now State of Alabama - NYTimes.com

The "Blurred Lines" Verdict Is Bad News, Even If You Hate Robin Thicke
Dan Reitz Dot Com :: Analyzing the case against "Blurred Lines."

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs - Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems.
Queensland scientists in Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough | The Australian - The drug-free treatment uses ultrasound waves to break apart the neurotoxic amyloid plaques that cause memory loss and cognitive decline.
Alzheimer's breakthrough: ultrasound successfully treats disease in mice | Society | The Guardian - Rodents found to have improved memories after ultrasound treatment, without any apparent damage to brain tissue
Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness | Research News @ Vanderbilt | Vanderbilt University - global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness. Their findings, which were published March 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, challenge previous theories that hypothesized much more restricted changes were responsible for producing awareness ... consciousness appears to be an emergent property of how information that needs to be acted upon gets propagated throughout the brain.
Teen cannabis users have poor long-term memory in adulthood | EurekAlert! Science News - Heavy use of drug linked to changes in hippocampus, poor memory for life events

Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series, dies aged 66 | Books | The Guardian - The author of more than 70 books died at his home “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family” earlier on Thursday.

iPad is the weakest link in stagnant tablet market: IDC | ZDNet - IDC has scaled back its five-year forecast for the tablet category, while also giving the iPad a dismal market share forecast - The only tablet maker whose dreams are not totally squashed by the report is Windows. Despite modest adoption to date, IDC expects Windows tablets to gain significant share over the next four years, growing from 5.1 percent in 2014 to 14.1 percent in 2019.
iPad is the weakest link in stagnant tablet market: IDC : Surface
Netflix Continues To Crush Cable TV : technology - 1/10th the cost, all on demand programming, and no commercials. Tough decision.

"To all the men who turned their misogyny into a game" | MetaFilter
Portraits of the artists as women - To mark International Women’s Day we’ve created an antidote to the all-male Irish Writers poster of bars and student bedrooms

Reddit: can anyone clean up the mess behind 'the front page of the internet'? | Technology | The Guardian - Reddit: can anyone clean up the mess behind 'the front page of the internet'?
Reddit: can anyone clean up the mess behind 'the front page of the internet'? : technology
[BRDCAST] Can anyone clean up the mess behind 'the front page of the internet'? Guardian article includes interviews with SRS mods :) : ShitRedditSays
...If you say so, Washington Post. : funny - The Onion is now the new Washington Post.
What is the most inappropriate question you've been asked at a job interview? : AskReddit
What's the biggest culture shock you've ever experienced? : AskReddit - In iceland it's a thing to let babies sleep in the cold, helps their immune system develop or something. So when babies are going for a nap they'll be left in a stroller on the balcony or whatever. Or if you're out at a cafe leave them outside. It's pretty cool.
The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures
Let Your Baby Sleep Outside - Surprising parenting wisdom from Denmark
What's the first picture that comes up when you Google image your username? : AskReddit
My PSN account got hacked this morning. Sony support has given me only two options: eat $450 in fraudulent charges and be unable to use my account for 6 months, or dispute the charges with my bank and have my account banned forever. : gaming (burn your playstation)
All Trans* Inclusive Space
Transpassing: a place to see how well you pass
mypartneristrans: Stop wearing my clothes and buy your own!
Myths About Transition Regrets | Brynn Tannehill
asktransgender: questions and comments
Transgender Positive

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Welfare with an Ocean View by Theodoric Meyer | The Washington Monthly - The federal government spends billions replenishing beaches for the affluent. The bill will soon skyrocket thanks to climate change.
Beaches Are Going to be a Hot Political Topic by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Cape Cod photographer captures images of large ice chunks washed ashore | US news | The Guardian - The beached icebergs, which are at least 5ft tall, are a conspicuous reminder of a record-breaking winter in Massachusetts

New smoking gun further ties NSA to omnipotent “Equation Group” hackers | Ars Technica - What are the chances unrelated state-sponsored projects were both named "BACKSNARF"?

Boko Haram in Hot Water, Surrounded on All Sides by Military Forces - The military forces of Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon are uniting to liberate all Nigerian territory from the grip of Boko Haram: a group of Islamic insurgents attempting to establish a caliphate in northeastern Nigeria.
Iraqi forces beat ISIS in Tikrit, reach city center - Al Arabiya News - Iraqi military forces and Shitte militias entered central Tikrit, declaring it “liberated” from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday, following 10 days of a major offensive on the hometown of former president Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi Forces Enter Tikrit In Offensive To Take Back The ISIS-Held City - U.S. Gen. Martin Dempsey described the militias as "Iranian trained and somewhat Iranian equipped."
ISIS 'Manifesto' Spells Out Role for Women — The Atlantic - The doctrine envisions an education system in which girls complete their formal schooling by age 15. "Most pure girls will be married by sixteen or seventeen, while they are still young and active." (teaching 8 year-olds to have jihadi babies and over the hill at 18)
'Dirty Brigades': US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes - ABC News
ISIS sympathizer arrested after plotting to bomb U.S. consulate in Toronto: CBSA | National Post

Statism: The Most Dangerous Religion (feat. Larken Rose) - YouTube

alicublog: GULF WAR III - THIRD TIME'S THE CHARM! - I found this charming video via the (so-far) single-tweet account of the American Security Initiative, which Ryan Cooper of The Week informs me is basically Saxby Chambliss, Evan Bayh, and Norm Coleman trying to sabotage a deal with Iran. (Jennifer Rubin refers to it as a "bipartisan group," which pretty much proves it's bullshit.) (if after all that, they are still like this, you can see why that happened, and will again +very evil people)

TIL The Finnish military once repulsed a massive invasion by the Soviet Union, with a million men and thousands of tanks. The Finnish had just a few dozen tanks and only 114 airplanes, but destroyed more than 3,500 of the Russian tanks, and caused 323,000 total casualties to the Russian force. : todayilearned - Only three European capitals remained uninvaded in the course of WW2 - London, Moscow and Helsinki. (the Winter War changed the course of WWII)

The main suspect in the murder of Nemtsov says he confessed under torture : worldnews
Russian military shelled Ukraine from mid-July, report says | World news | The Guardian - Moscow’s involvement in conflict has been on such a scale that strain on its military is starting to show, according to report by Royal United Services Institute

Week before election, new poll puts Zionist Union ahead of Netanyahu's Likud - National - Israel News | Haaretz - Knesset Channel poll gives Zionist Union the lead with 24 seats, 3 more than Likud; Yesh Atid now the third largest party at 14 seats.
As Israel vote looms, centre-left pulls ahead of PM Netanyahu's Likud - Yahoo News

Americans' Views of Netanyahu Less Positive Post-Visit

GOP senators appear set on their own breakaway nation - The Washington Post - But Republicans aren’t exactly subverting the United States. It’s more as if they’re operating their own independent republic on Capitol Hill. Call it the State of Republicania. (Wingnuttia, Insanistan)
The Republican Party Is A Party Of Subversives - Republicans are actively working to undermine the American union - The Republican party is a mechanism for the subversion of the federal republic..
Tom Cotton's Iran Letter Was Reckless But Not Treason | The New Republic (not really a letter and a bad idea to call it treason)
John Kerry Hammers GOP Senators' 'Irresponsible' Letter To Iran - The letter -- which actually features a number of errors regarding the Constitution -- has been widely seen as an attempt to sabotage the ongoing talks by eroding Iranian leaders' trust in the United States.
Immediately After Launching Effort to Scuttle Iran Deal, Senator Tom Cotton to Meet with Defense Contractors - The Intercept (they really want to destroy the world)
GOP senators’ letter to Iran is dangerous and irresponsible - The Washington Post - Indeed, they could use the Senate GOP letter as a rationale for abandoning aspects of the deal they find too constraining. That would force the United States to consider military action. The casus belli, bizarrely, might begin with an argument made by Senate Republicans. “I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran,” Obama told reporters. (no crazy too far)
Republicans Admit: That Iran Letter Was a Dumb Idea - The Daily Beast - A day after releasing a letter that potentially threatened the administration’s negotiations with Iran, some Republicans who signed on are realizing it was a bad call. (didn't see a problem with treason)
Republicans Blame Obama For Tom Cotton Letter (his Jedi mind-control powers)

Sources: State Dept. hack the 'worst ever' - CNN.com - Overlooked in the controversy over Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, is the fact that suspected Russian hackers have bedeviled State Department's email system for much of the past year and continue to pose problems for technicians trying to eradicate the intrusion. (Putin didn't get Hillary's recipes)
No Classified Emails by Clinton? Some Experts Are Skeptical - NYTimes.com
Hillary Clinton's Email Problem Is Unsolvable - "Raised More Questions Than She Answered."
Hillary Clinton Reveals She Didn't Save Trove Of Personal Emails (Condi used a gov account)
5 Questions Hillary Clinton Ducked - NationalJournal.com - This is not about her personal email. It's about why she seized control of documents that were supposed to be on a government server.
AP sues State Department, seeking access to Clinton records
Hillary's Email Server Traced To NYC Government Building | The Daily Caller - The rest were emails about her daughter Chelsea’s wedding, recipes, and yoga routines, she said. (32,000 messages about yoga, recipes and Chelsea's wedding)

Why Inequality Persists in America - The New Yorker - Between 1947 and 1968, the U.S. Gini index dropped to .386, the lowest ever recorded. Then it began to climb. (oh look, Raygun)

Electoral College-Rigging Bill Makes Comeback in Michigan - Bloomberg Politics - The plan that would have given Mitt Romney most of Michigan's electoral votes, despite losing the state. (dismantling democracy, state by state)

These 9 Graphs Show The Sad State Of Child Poverty In America (Republicans hate children and education)
Republican Amendment Could Force Underage Rape Victims To Carry Their Pregnancies To Term | ThinkProgress

Rahm's Chicago - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Get rid of public institutions where rich white people might have to see people who make them feel uncomfortable, replace them with private institutions where rich white people will only see other rich white people and maybe just enough people of color (i.e. 1) to make themselves feel diverse and hip. That’s Rahm’s New Gilded Age Chicago in a nutshell. (turned a mental health clinic for poor people into a gourmet mac and cheese shop)

Waka Flocka Flame Didn't Make OU SAE Frat Boys Chant Racist Slurs | The New Republic - "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski reserved her outrage not for the two expelled students but Atlanta rapper Waka Flocka Flame, who backed out of an encore performance at the fraternity chapter over his disgust at the video.
Stop blaming white racism on black rappers - The Washington Post
Morning Joe Blames Racist Fraternity Chant On Rap Music | Video | Media Matters for America (Mika sold her soul, if she ever had one)

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson To Resign - Jackson is the sixth and most high-profile Ferguson city employee to resign after the release of the Justice Department report, which critically examined the practices of the police department and municipal court system.
Ferguson City Manager John Shaw Resigns - There was an audible gasp at the announcement of Shaw's resignation. Some people cheered, while others shook their heads in disapproval.

How Chicago police used pot to disappear young people at Homan Square | US news | The Guardian - Marc Freeman and ‘Stephanie’ detained for hours inside so-called ‘black site’ so they would confess and implicate others

Heroin Overdoses Are Killing Four Times As Many People - Crackdowns on prescription painkillers may be to blame

EXCLUSIVE: California profs 'unequivocally' endorse American flag ban - An online letter supporting students at UC Irvine who wanted to ban national flags, including the American flag, from their organization's lobby, has over 1,200 signatures. Over 60 signatures appear to come from professors.

Ark. Rep. Justin Harris Had Daughters’ Demons ‘Exorcised’ Before ‘Rehoming’ Them With A Rapist | Wonkette (you can't get much more twisted than this good Christian)
Casting out demons: why Justin Harris got rid of kids he applied pressure to adopt | Cover Stories | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art - Rep. Justin Harris blames DHS for the fallout related to his adoption of three young girls, but sources familiar with the situation contradict his story and paint a troubling picture of the adoption process and the girls' time in the Harris household.

Senate Bill Would Effectively End The Federal War On Medical Marijuana (and Massachusetts will still drag its feet)
Old Research Begets New Findings On Humans' Capacity For Evil - The results suggest that perpetrators of great evil, from Nazis to modern terrorists, are unlikely to be soldiers mindlessly following orders, but rather participants in a cause they feel is just. Haslem concludes: “We should be wary not of zombies, but of zealous followers of an ignoble cause.” (there's a difference?)
Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has a Warm Ocean, Could Have Life - One of the most promising places to look for life beyond Earth just got even more tantalizing
Archaeologists condemn National Geographic over claims of Honduran 'lost cities' | World news | The Guardian - Open letter says announcement ignores decades of research and says of indigenous peoples there: ‘It is colonialist discourse which disrespects them’
American Millennials are among the world's least skilled - Fortune - Not only do Gen Y Americans lag far behind their overseas peers by every measure, but they even score lower than other age groups of Americans.

What is a social norm you feel is outdated? : AskReddit

Ellen Pao was “resentful” and dismissive, Kleiner Perkins lawyers say | Ars Technica
Guardian backtracks, says Whisper doesn’t spy on its users after all | Ars Technica - Newspaper decides that IP address information is minimally useful for tracking locations.
Chromebooks: How Paid For? Why Before All-Day K? | East Greenwich News - chromebookSome parents have raised questions over the Chromebook budget line item: Was that $60,000 coming out of the Technology Fund Balance being used to pay for repairs of uninsured devices? And, how did the high school get Chromebooks before all-day kindergarten was implemented?
Florida Apartment Complex Threatens Tenants With $10,000 Fine For Bad Reviews Online - management forced new tenants to sign a "social media addendum" that threatened a fine of $10,000 if they gave the place a bad review online, Ars Technica reports. The addendum, which went viral Tuesday after the Windermere Cay complex in Winter Garden (needs a remedial course in the internets)

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Earth entering period of fastest climate change seen in last 1,000 years
Florida Bans the Term "Climate Change" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Florida banning its state employees from using the term “climate change” might be a short term political advantage for conservatives. But burying your head in the sand next to the ocean might not be a very good idea when that climate change you don’t want to admit is happening leads to rising oceans that drown you in your sandhole. (tie Scott and Rubio to the beach)
Oil Train That Caught Fire In Illinois Was Using Supposedly Safer Cars | ThinkProgress - Though several miles from Galena, the crash occurred near the home of former President Ulysses S. Grant, which has made the area a tourist attraction.

GOP Letter to Iran: Breathtaking Attempt to Sabotage U.S. Foreign Policy, Stampede U.S. Into War | Robert Creamer - Unbelievably, these GOP senators are actively discouraging Iran from signing such a deal by arguing that the United States cannot be trusted to keep up our end. That is shocking. (definitely in treason territory, but what else is new?)
NY Daily News Blasts GOP Senators Over Iran Letter, Calling Them 'Traitors'
GOP letter to Iran is 'dangerous,' says Biden, other Dems - NY Daily News
Republican Moves Imperil Democratic Cooperation on Iran - NYTimes.com - Republicans’ extraordinary moves to undermine Mr. Obama’s efforts to reach an agreement are weakening their resolve to cross party lines and challenge their own president.
Hawkish Republican Congressman Uneasy With GOP Senators' Letter To Iran - Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a frequent critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policies, expressed his disapproval Tuesday of a letter that GOP senators sent to Iran trying to undermine the president's nuclear negotiations.
Joe Biden Goes Ballistic On Senate Republicans: Iran Letter Beneath 'Dignity Of An Institution I Revere'
Senate Democrats denounce Republican letter to Iran as call for war | US news | The Guardian - Republicans’ attempt to ‘sabotage’ negotiations between western nations and Iran could escalate into military response, senators say
Republicans want to stop a nuclear deal with Iran. They may have ensured Obama gets one | Comment is free | The Guardian - Sending a letter to Iranian leadership warning them that conservatives will try to kill any deal Obama negotiates may not have had the effect Tom Cotton and colleagues wanted ... It was left to Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to explain to the Senate Republicans, in an epic bit of trolling, that though a deal may be struck without Congressional approval, it would still carry the force of international law. (Republicans are dimbulbs)
Tom Cotton Doesn't Give A Sh** About Iran Talks Protocol. But A Lot Of Others Do. - To underscore his point, Lugar noted that one of the most powerful Senate Republicans on matters of foreign policy was absent from Cotton's endeavor (line them up against the wall)
Petition seeking treason charges for Iran letter hits 100,000 signatures | Sun-Times National
Lawfare › The Iran Letter and the Logan Act
White House petition wants senators charged with treason for Iran letter : news
Guess Who? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : ('s building atomic power plants!)

Wikipedia Is Suing The NSA - The lawsuit, to be filed on Tuesday, alleges that the NSA's mass surveillance of Internet traffic in the United States — often called Upstream surveillance — violates the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech and association, and the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure.
CIA hacked iPhone, iPad and Mac security – Snowden documents reveal extent of privacy invasion
CIA hacked iPhone, iPad and Mac security – Snowden documents reveal extent of privacy invasion : worldnews
The NSA Has Taken Over the Internet Backbone. We're Suing to Get it Back. | American Civil Liberties Union
Philip Hammond: time to 'move on' from Snowden surveillance revelations | World news | The Guardian - Foreign secretary says debate sparked US whistleblower Edward Snowden ‘cannot be allowed to run on forever’ (very sorry, we're turning off your debate)

FBI testimony in Boston Marathon bomb trial pulled apart by defence | US news | The Guardian - Agent misidentified Twitter account photo of Grozny as Mecca - Tweets revealed to be jokes from Comedy Central TV shows and pop lyrics (Feebs at work)
FBI released surveillance video shown to jurors in the Boston bombing trial : videos

Boko Haram child captives 'forgot names' - He said the children had spent so long with their captors, being indoctrinated in jihadist ideology, that they had lost track of who they were.
Lebanese TV presenter cuts short interview with Islamist scholar | World news | The Guardian - A video has gone viral of a Lebanese television presenter who cut short an interview with a London-based Islamist scholar after he told her to “shut up”. (Sheikh Fucknut didn't look good)

Britain's divided decade: the rich are 64% richer than before the recession, while the poor are 57% poorer - Home News - UK - The Independent (cause recession. profit!)

Mrs. Clinton Meets The Press: A Trip Back In Time - Hillary, of all people, shouldn't be amazed at modern media's ability to make something out of nothing.
Hillary Clinton addresses State Department email controversy – live | US news | The Guardian - Likely Democratic candidate for president addresses the dispute over her private email server after she speaks to UN women’s empowerment event.


The white Confederates defending the south's honor in Selma | US news | The Guardian - As civil rights campaigners marked 50 years since Bloody Sunday, elsewhere in Selma a small band of southerners were mourning the loss of the Confederacy ("small band" = most old white racist dudes)
The Song That Drove Sherman Crazy - NYTimes.com - Published in February 1865, “Marching Through Georgia” arrived just in time to become one of the North’s two primary victory anthems. Along with “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” it became a mission statement for Northerners at home and in the ranks — defining why they had fought and what they had achieved.

The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (white dumb geezer problem)

Politics was once about beliefs and society. Now it’s a worship of money | Comment is free | The Guardian - Remember when elections were about society, health, literacy, welfare? All bow now to the god of business

Missouri Supreme Court takes over cases in Ferguson; judge resigns : News - Ferguson municipal Judge Ronald J. Brockmeyer resigned his position Monday afternoon. Dellwood Mayor Reggie Jones said Brockmeyer also resigned Monday as prosecutor there. (corrupt judge gone, at least a start)
Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy resigns as city's court system seized | US news | The Guardian - Ronald J Brockmeyer, accused in a scathing report of aggressively using the municipal court to raise revenue for the city, has stepped down

Anthony Hill, Unarmed, Naked Black Man, Fatally Shot By Police Near Atlanta - Dekalb County police has already faced protests after an officer shot dead a black man who had called 911 when his girlfriend was stabbed by an attacker in his apartment late last year, according to local media.

American gun ownership and hunting rates at record lows, survey says | US news | The Guardian - Only 32% of Americans live in a household with at least one gun - FBI database shows background checks on the rise, however

Two University of Oklahoma students expelled over racist chant | US news | The Guardian - University president says two students identified as leading racist chant at fraternity event were dismissed for creating a ‘hostile learning evironment’
OU President David Boren expels two students for involvement in racist video : news
No, it’s not constitutional for the University of Oklahoma to expel students for racist speech [UPDATED in light of the students' expulsion] - The Washington Post
San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller arrested for domestic violence | Society | The Guardian - Veteran fullback Bruce Miller arrested for domestic battery

For Some in Transgender Community, It’s Never Too Late to Make a Change - NYTimes.com
Finding Equilibrium in Seesawing Libidos - NYTimes.com - He asked about our frequency of sex. I told him nine to 12 times a week. “Oh,” he said. “I didn’t realize the severity of the problem.” He wrote me prescriptions for all the drug options and told me to let him know which worked best.

Washington Judge To Florist: ‘Relationship With Jesus’ Not Good Reason For Being A Bigot | Wonkette
Fundie Indiana Cake Bakers ‘Forced’ To Close Due To Gays Wanting Cake | Wonkette - Don’t you wish you had a Spiritual Investment Cake for your wedding, instead of the dumb regular cake you had? It’s unclear how they hide the Jesus message inside the cake, maybe it’s like a Mardi Gras King Cake with a little baby Jesus charm inside, and you win special salvation points if you get that piece.

Autism risk genes also linked to higher intelligence -- ScienceDaily - Genes linked with a greater risk of developing autism may also be associated with higher intelligence, a study suggests.
If there is no absolute position or speed, and both can be measured only in relation to something else, how can there be a maximum speed (light speed) and in relation to what is that measured? : askscience
Psychoactive Plant May Hold Key to Reversing Diabetes - A chemical found in ayahuasca has the potential to regenerate pancreas cells that have been lost to diabetes.

The Apple Watch is an overpriced gadget and an underwhelming luxury product - Vox
Nine reasons only a tool would buy the Apple Watch | Technology | The Guardian
ICANN, copyright infringement, and “the public interest” - The Washington Post - Could ICANN really be getting into the business of policing the world’s domains for copyright infringement? (if the big contest has its way)

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Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - After Florida Governor Rick Scott took office, state environmental officials were told not to use the term "climate change." - Regular visitors to this shebeen will recall that the newly insane state of North Carolina pioneered this technique of wishing away the rising tides. As the Situation Which Must Not Be Named gets worse, I suspect Florida Man subsequently will ban the use of the words "flood," "deluge," and "drowned," as well as the phrase, "Sank forever beneath the waves."
Florida Officials Were Barred From Using The Term 'Climate Change' Once Rick Scott Took Power - When asked by the Tampa Bay Times in 2010 whether he believed in climate change, Scott simply replied, "No."
Bjarke Ingels on the New York Dryline: 'We think of it as the love-child of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs' | Cities | The Guardian - After the High Line park, and the planned underground Lowline, comes the Dryline: an uncompromising seawall cum green space.

Hellhounds On Our Trail: The President Makes It Sing In Selma - The President sings a redemption song.
In Selma, GOP Lawmakers Explain Why They Don't Support John Lewis' Bill To Restore Voting Rights Act | ThinkProgress - A Senate version was introduced several weeks ago, and currently has zero Republican sponsors. (Republicans hate voting rights)
This Weekend in Republican Minority Outreach - Lawyers, Guns & Money : That no one in the House Republican leadership was going to go to the Selma commemoration until people called them out on it in the Washington Post and other publications says all too much about the racial politics of the conservative movement.
Rename the Edward Pettus Bridge - Lawyers, Guns & Money : “It had been named after a Civil War General and Grand Dragon of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan who served in the United States Senate from 1897 until his death in 1907. He was the last Confederate General to serve in the Senate.”
NYT To Conservatives: No, We Didn't Crop George W. Bush Out Of Selma Photo - Among the scores of average Twitter users, Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee, sniped at the paper on Sunday for leaving Bush out of the front-page splash.

The CIA's torturers and the leaders who approved their actions must face the law | Chelsea E Manning | Comment is free | The Guardian - Even the most junior level intelligence officers know that torture is both unethical and illegal. So why didn’t our political leaders?

Islamic State appears to be fraying from within - The Washington Post - “Ultimately, they are only attracting people on the margins of society, without much education or useful skills,” she said. “It’s not exactly bolstering their military capability.”
Soldiers From Chad And Niger Enter Nigeria, Launch Offensive Against Boko Haram - Forces from Chad and Niger opened a new front in the regional military fight against the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, as army vehicles full of soldiers crossed the border into northeast Nigeria, officials and witnesses said Monday.

Republicans are beginning to act as though Barack Obama isn’t even the president - The Washington Post - Republicans are embarking on an entirely new enterprise: They have decided that as long as he holds the office of the presidency, it’s no longer necessary to respect the office itself. (none dare call it treason)
Outrage over GOP's letter to Iran | TheHill - Earnest said Republicans have a “long and rather sordid history" of putting military options ahead of diplomatic ones, and called the letter, signed by 47 GOP lawmakers, “the continuation of a partisan strategy to undermine the president’s authority."
G.O.P. Senators Write to Iran on Nuclear Pact - NYTimes.com - “It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran,” Mr. Obama told reporters. “It’s an unusual coalition.”
Sedition in the Name of Patriotism by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
Lawfare › The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran - The letter states that “the Senate must ratify [a treaty] by a two-thirds vote.” But as the Senate’s own web page makes clear: “The Senate does not ratify treaties. Instead, the Senate takes up a resolution of ratification, by which the Senate formally gives its advice and consent, empowering the president to proceed with ratification” (they don't even know what their job is)
Republicans Warn Iran Against Nuclear Deal With Obama (these are very dangerous people)
Republican Senators Write To Leaders Of Iran, Attempt To Sabotage Nuclear Deal | ThinkProgress
The White House on Monday sharply rebuked nearly four dozen Republican senators who sent a letter to Iranian leaders just as nuclear negotiations reach a pivotal moment, characterizing the correspondence as an illegitimate interference in President Obama’s foreign policy. : worldnews - The Iranian foreign minister said it best: In our view, this letter has no legal value and is mostly a propaganda ploy. It is very interesting that while negotiations are still in progress and while no agreement has been reached, some political pressure groups are so afraid even of the prospect of an agreement that they resort to unconventional methods, unprecedented in diplomatic history.

How the White House Learned to Be Liberal -- NYMag
xs Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - But they wavered. They might have cut a deal that we would all regret if their terms had been unexpectedly accepted.

Supreme Court revives Notre Dame's Obamacare contraception objections | Reuters - throwing out a lower court decision in favor of the federal government. (here we go again)

California court says cops need warrants to get phone location data

Portland Press Herald Contributors | Maine state Senator apologizes for Facebook post saying Obama’s family tied to ISIS - State Sen. Michael Willette apologized Monday for sharing a Facebook post criticizing President Obama’s handling of the terrorist group ISIS and suggesting that its members are family members of the president.

Narcissism increases the chance you'll be seen as a leader, but only if you're a man | Emily Grijalva | Comment is free | The Guardian - Specifically, narcissism is composed of three different sub-dimensions: exploitative/entitlement, leadership/authority and grandiose/exhibitionism. Men tend to report higher levels of both the exploitative/entitlement and leadership/authority sub-dimensions.
Do Parents Nurture Narcissists By Pouring On The Praise? : Shots - Health News : NPR

Teen Girl Kicked Out Of Prom So Her Dress Wouldn't Lead Boys To 'Think Impure Thoughts' | ThinkProgress - A 17-year-old high schooler from Virginia says she was kicked out of her prom because the parental chaperones were worried she was inspiring “impure thoughts” among the boys in attendance. Even though her dress adhered to the “fingertip length” dress code requirement, she was asked to leave.

Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses | HHMI.org - A new way of thinking challenges standard notions about what a herpes vaccine should look like.
Did a Human or a Computer Write This? - NYTimes.com
False memories implanted into the brains of sleeping mice | Mo Costandi | Science | The Guardian - Artificial memories implanted into sleeping mice influence the animals’ behaviour when they wake up

[SERIOUS] People who have had amnesia and recovered, what was it like not knowing who you were? : AskReddit
[SERIOUS] Men of Reddit who are victims of sexual/physical abuse from their wives/girlfriends, what has your experience finding help been like? : AskReddit
What was your biggest "Fuck OP" moment on reddit? : AskReddit
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Reminder. Cities: Skylines, everything that SimCity should have been, releases in under 24 hours. : gaming
City Worker goes to Jail for taking out the garbage before 7 am in a rich Atlanta neighborhood. : videos
What fact did you learn at an embarrassingly late age? : AskReddit
[Serious]Reddit, what's the closest you've ever come to dying? : AskReddit
ROAR_BEAR comments on Dallas Morning News today.
Do you prefer your sexual partners shaven, trimmed, or fully natural? Why? : AskReddit

U.K. Parliament says banning Tor is unacceptable and impossible - Just months after U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron said he wants to ban encryption and online anonymity, the country's parliament today released a briefing saying that the such an act is neither acceptable nor technically feasible.
Jeb Bush believes net neutrality rules are the 'craziest ideas'

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How will everything change under climate change? | Environment | The Guardian - It is our great collective misfortune that the scientific community made its decisive diagnosis of the climate threat at the precise moment when an elite minority was enjoying more unfettered political, cultural, and intellectual power than at any point since the 1920s - Naomi Klein
See No Climate Change, Hear No Climate Change, Speak No Climate Change by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - We already knew that Republicans like to live in their own alternate version of reality, sanitized of any inconvenient truths that might interfere with their ideology. But Florida (as usual) is pushing even the GOP’s incredible willful suspension of disbelief: Florida Department of Environmental Protection ordered not to use the words "climate change" and "global warming" ... For state officials in Florida to ban the words “climate change” from even being uttered for ideological reasons verges perilously on death cult territory
What we can learn from Dr. Evil’s attack on Obama’s carbon rules | Grist - But in another sense, he is merely an inevitable result of the cascade of money. If he did not exist, someone else would do what he does. The machine also makes cogs.
Wealthy Jeb Bush Supporter Aims to Push Him to Combat Climate Change - Washington Wire - WSJ - At least one wealthy Republican donor who supports Mr. Bush, Andrew Sabin, aims to push the former Florida governor to adopt a platform that would take steps to combat climate change and environmental degradation if elected president.
Report: Solar Will Dominate World Energy Supply in Just 15 Years | Alternet - We should really feel for those poor fossil fuel barons....not! (Kochfuckers hate the sun)
Wolf Reintroduction Changes Ecosystem | Yellowstone National Park

Documents Shine Light on Shadowy New Zealand Surveillance Base - The Intercept
NSA Global Spy Stations Revealed: 'Sniff It All, Collect It All, Know It All, Process It All, Exploit It All' | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - Latest documents leaked to journalists by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden offer new insight into mysterious 'domes of Waihopai' and the global spy network of which they represent only a part
Don’t trust your phone, don’t trust your laptop – this is the reality that Snowden has shown us | Comment is free | The Guardian - Edward Snowden’s astute revelations show that no electronic communications device – from hard disks to sim cards – is trustworthy
Exclusive: TSA Issues Secret Warning on ‘Catastrophic’ Threat to Aviation - The Intercept - Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft,

The Cartoonist Has No Idea How Net Neutrality Works | Techdirt (wingnut propaganda machine based on lies, as usual)
Lindsey Graham: I've Never Sent an Email - NBC News.com - He's been a U.S. senator for 12 years, and was a Congressman for eight more before that, but South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham says he has never sent an email.

News from The Associated Press - the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's data recorder had expired more than a year before the jet vanished on March 8, 2014.
Shipment containing lithium ion batteries not screened before loading on MH370: Report - South-east Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times - A shipment containing 221kg of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries on Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight MH370 was not screened before being loaded on the plane that disappeared a year ago.

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999 - Israel News, Ynetnews - The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu Says Israel Won’t Cede Land to Palestinians | TIME - Appearing to rule out the establishment of a Palestinian state (permanent apartheid)
Israel fires at Gaza boats, kills Palestinian fisherman: hospital officials | Reuters

One million expected to flee from Libya to Europe (the outer periphery is falling apart)
Young Canadian’s conversion to radical Islam leaves family devastated | Toronto Star - A father has given up hope of changing his son, who has become a cheerleader for the Islamic State terrorists and has landed himself on the radar of CSIS.
Hackers Claiming to be ISIS Attack Somerville’s Backbar Website - Massachusetts news - Boston.com

Two Are Charged in Killing of Boris Y. Nemtsov - NYTimes.com - Two Chechens, one a police officer who fought Islamic insurgents and the second a security guard, were charged in a Moscow court on Sunday in connection with the killing of Boris Y. Nemtsov, a leading Kremlin critic, while three other suspects were jailed pending further investigation
Suspect in Russian Politician’s Killing Blows Himself Up, Report Says : news - Church Lady Voice : "Well isn't that convenient?"
2 Charged In Death Of Putin Critic Boris Nemstov, 3 Others On Trial
Support for Putin Among Russian Voters Doubles | News | The Moscow Times
Germany Concerned about Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine - spiegel online - The German government is alarmed. Are the Americans trying to thwart European efforts at mediation led by Chancellor Angela Merkel? Sources in the Chancellery have referred to Breedlove's comments as "dangerous propaganda." Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier even found it necessary recently to bring up Breedlove's comments with NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg. (the "superhawk" leading NATO)

Thatcher 'Turned Blind Eye' To Paedophile MPs - As for Thatcher this is a big stain on her Premiership as this makes her as reviled as those who committed sexual abuse of children as no decent person would turn a blind eye to the abuse of children.

Adult movie shot near Pyramids sparks outrage in Egypt - Emirates 24|7 - During the footage, the actress is seen to complain several times about how 'unfinished' the pyramids look and that she does not want to return to the Sphynx for more filming.

Nobel peace prize committee chairman Thorbjørn Jagland demoted | World news | The Guardian - Former Norwegian prime minister, who drew criticism for awarding prestigious prize to Barack Obama, to be replaced by deputy in unprecedented move - “This can be interpreted as an attempt by the rightist government to exert more political control over the committee than has been customary,” Nobel historian Asle Sveen told AFP. (they are considering Ted Cruz)


(Actually) True War Stories at NBC News -- NYMag - The trouble didn’t start with Brian Williams ... “There’s no adult supervision,” one senior NBC executive tells me. “If you don’t manage, it turns into a bad version of Ron Burgundy,” says another ... But Lack is outsize and then some. “I am America’s news leader,” he once boasted to the New York Times. (Comcast and the news primadonnas)

Charter School in Miami Fails, but Proves Useful on Jeb Bush’s Résumé - NYTimes.com (Bushes can only be failed)

Guess What? Yet Another Christie Scandal ... - an eleven-year-long case against ExxonMobil that Chris Christie’s administration is trying to settle for $255 million. That sum, announced today by acting attorney general John Hoffman, is less than 3% of the $8.9 billion New Jersey officials had long sought (business=friendly)
N.J.'s deadline for releasing psych patients draws controversy | NJ.com - In a move that would cut the population of New Jersey's three publicly run psychiatric hospitals by 30 percent, the Christie administration has given community mental health providers an ultimatum: Find new places to live for 430 patients by March 16, or the state won't pay you. (R.Asshole)
Tim Huelskamp Staffer Arrested On Child Sex Charges - Huelskamp is a Republican representing Kansas' 1st Congressional District.

Sanitation Worker Jailed for Starting Work Too Early - WSPA.com - McGill doesn't apologize for locking sanitation workers up. He says 9-1-1 lights up when trash haulers come before 7 a.m. McGill, who didn't have an attorney with him when he was sentenced, is serving his time on the weekend. (black man driving a garbage truck annoys the richs by picking up their garbage so they call 911)

13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates - Vox

TheMac394 comments on How our model of atoms has changed over number of times since we first conceived it
xs Two quantum properties teleported together for first time - physicsworld.com - The values of two inherent properties of one photon – its spin and its orbital angular momentum – have been transferred via quantum teleportation onto another photon for the first time by physicists in China ... To transfer the two properties requires not only an extra entangled set of particles (the quantum channel), but a "hyper-entangled" set – where the two particles are simultaneously entangled in both their spin and their OAM. (China will own the teleportation system)
Psychedelic drug use 'does not increase risk for mental health problems' Medical News Today - An analysis of data provided by 135,000 randomly selected participants - including 19,000 people who had used drugs such as LSD and magic mushrooms - finds that use of psychedelics does not increase risk of developing mental health problems .. the study "assures us that there were not widespread 'acid casualties' in the 1960s." (but they are gateway drugs to sanity so must be illegal)
The ‘war on drugs’ consistently ignores its greatest enemy: over-the-counter painkillers - Comment - Voices - The Independent - More than 32,000 people are addicted to codeine alone in the UK
Neuroscientists find that different parts of the brain work best at different ages ... “We were mapping when these cognitive abilities were peaking, and we saw there was no single peak for all abilities. The peaks were all over the place,”
Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows -- ScienceDaily - "Another finding that we observed was for a brain region called the amygdala. The volume of this area of the brain, which codes for emotional saliency, was greater in those that were both most trusting and least trusting of others. If something is emotionally important to us, the amygdala helps us code and remember it."
How Reading Transforms Us - NYTimes.com - The genre of the text — fiction or nonfiction — didn’t matter much; what mattered was the degree of perceived artistry. Those who read a story or essay that they judged to be artistic changed their personality scores significantly more than did those who judged what they read to be less artistic.
Soon You’ll Be Able to Turn Your Brown Eyes Blue for $5,000 | Money.com - “The fundamental principle is that under every brown eye is a blue eye,”
starstarstar42 comments on I'm very short-sighted and these are what my glasses look like.
ELI5: Why/how is it that, with all the incredible variety between humans, practically every body has the same healthy body temperature of 98.6° F (or very close to it)? : explainlikeimfive
Giant tomb of Iron Age prince discovered with ‘exceptional’ treasures – The Connexion - The major find so far has been a one-metre diameter giant bronze cauldron, with four circular handles decorated with the head of Acheloos, the horned Greek river-god, and eight lioness heads. Inside, a ceramic oinochoe wine jug is decorated with black figures and there is a drawing of Dionysos stretched under a vine.

Two California Tourists Arrested For Engraving Their Names In Rome's Colosseum And Taking A Selfie : worldnews
What is one thing that if someone on the street said to you would tell you they were a reddit user instantly? : AskReddit
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Wives of reddit, what are you too afraid to tell your SO? : AskReddit
Children and Hallucinogens : WTF

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California farmers resign themselves to drought: 'Nobody's fault but God's' | US news | The Guardian - Despite efforts to dig deeper into the earth to get at diminishing groundwater, the spectre of desertification may cost Central Valley farmers too much to carry on ("God" = Republicans)
Climate activism is doomed if it remains a left-only issue | Jonathan Freedland | Comment is free | The Guardian - Faced with collective catatonia, environmentalists need to learn from successful political campaigns
"Chasing Ice" captures largest glacier calving ever filmed - official video - YouTube

Col. Wilkerson: If Americans Want Ground Forces To Fight ISIS, Let's Have A Draft | Crooks and Liars (someone else's kid's boots on the ground)
Is the “Iraq Syndrome” Dying? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - We’re all aware that public opinion has gotten notably more hawkish in the days since IS started beheading people on YouTube. But at the Prospect today, Paul Waldman makes the very good and important point that encouraged by this development, a Republican administration taking office in January of 2017 might be emboldened not only to re-invade Iraq but to also invade Syria, and for dessert, wage war on Iran (America very bloodthirsty with other people's children)
Republicans Hankering for Ground War Against ISIS. What Could Go Wrong? - We're going to hear more and more Republican politicians coming out for a re-invasion of Iraq. And how 'bout a strike on Iran while we're at it? (chest thumping Republicans love war waged by people not in their social class)

Read the full transcript of Obama's rousing, emotional speech in Selma - Vox
Obama in Selma: Ferguson report shows civil rights 'march is not yet finished' | US news | The Guardian - President delivers passionate speech on 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday
America still hasn’t built racial justice in the years post-Selma | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian - Governments say they aren’t responsible for the violence they visit upon black people, schools remain segregated and voting rights aren’t a given
Barack Obama Marks 50th Anniversary Of 'Bloody Sunday' With Powerful Speech In Selma - Obama also took direct aim at Congress for failing to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act, one of the major achievements of the civil rights movement that arguably owes its existence to the confrontation in Selma. Republicans on the Hill stand broadly opposed to renewing the law, with no signs of bringing it up for a vote. (Republicans hate black people voting, of course)
The Faces of Selma, 50 Years Later - Bloomberg Politics
Selma's 'Bloody Sunday' 50 years on – video | US news | The Guardian
Billboard honors KKK founder near historic Selma bridge - NY Daily News
The GOPs Conspicuous Absence from Selma - On the 50th anniversary of the historic march for civil rights, Republicans are largely no-shows. (but they all clapped for Netanyahu ... kinda makes you wonder ...)

NASA’s chief confirms it: Without Russia, space station lost - Houston Chronicle (good 'ol American can-do know-how defunded by the Republicans, leaving us dependent on ... Putin!)

Free exchange: Forget the 1% | The Economist - It is the 0.01% who are really getting ahead in America

Boko Haram Pledges Allegiance To ISIS In Audio Message
International Outcry After ISIS Reportedly Destroys Nimrud Archeological Site
Iraq's Nimrud before it was destroyed by Isis - video | World news | The Guardian

Former Mossad Chief: Netanyahu Lied to Congress ... "The missiles cannot reach the U.S.," Dagan said. When asked if Netanyahu does not know that, Dagan replied: "He knows. So what?" (that's ok, they'e all liars too)
Tens Of Thousands Attend Anti-Netanyahu Rally In Tel Aviv - The rally's keynote speaker is former Mossad chief Meir Dagan who recently slammed Netanyahu's conduct and called him "the person who has caused the greatest strategic damage to Israel." (invade Netanyahu)
Third Israeli Poll: No Help For Bibi - It shows ZC/Labor with a two seat lead over Likud, identical to the margin a week ago before the speech. 25/23 last week, 24/22 this week.

The Coming Chinese Crackup - WSJ - Mr. Xi’s anticorruption campaign is more sustained and severe than any previous one, but no campaign can eliminate the problem. It is stubbornly rooted in the single-party system, patron-client networks, an economy utterly lacking in transparency, a state-controlled media and the absence of the rule of law. (authoritarian regimes are stressed everywhere)
Move Over Mao: Beloved ‘Papa Xi’ Awes China - NYTimes.com (but Xi and his reforms are very popular)
Flash - Smog documentary blocked by China after becoming viral hit - France 24

Russia detains two men in Boris Nemtsov murder inquiry | World news | The Guardian - Two men from North Caucasus region detained in connection with February killing of Russian opposition leader ... In 2013, he said as much as $30bn of the estimated $50bn funding for the Winter Olympics in Sochi had gone missing – a claim the Kremlin denied. (Putin with the contract killing)

The Coming Chinese Crackup - WSJ - The endgame of communist rule in China has begun, and Xi Jinping’s ruthless measures are only bringing the country closer to a breaking point

Bangladesh seizes $1.4 million in gold from North Korean diplomat | Reuters - "We recovered the gold both in the form of bar and ornaments from Son Young Nam, the First Secretary of the North Korean Embassy in Dhaka," said Moinul Khan, the Director General of the Custom Intelligence department, adding the gold weighed about 27 kilograms in total. (60 lbs of gold in his carry-on)

Scott Walker gets a crash course in foreign policy - The Washington Post - The reason for Walker’s crash course was urgent: He has not impressed many leading Republicans with his grasp of foreign affairs. He drew mockery from members of both parties last month for refusing to talk about foreign policy on a trip to London and then for comparing his experience battling labor protesters to taking on Islamic State terrorists. (the clown train)
Rand Paul says same-sex marriage 'offends' him and others - Potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said on Friday affording the distinction to marriage to same-sex couples “offends myself and a lot of other people.” (he's for "gay contracts" with no benefits)

Jeb Bush Sounds Off On Obamacare 'Monstrosity' In Iowa - "We've created a monstrosity of consolidating power in Washington, D.C., suppressing wages, making it uncertain for investment. In fact, the greatest job suppressor in the so-called recovery that we've gone through is Obamacare," (Jebbie isn't that bright)

Hiatt's Gonna Hiatt - Lawyers, Guns & Money : David Broder is smiling from the grave. The only good Democrat in Beltway wisdom is the one in the pocket of Wall Street, the one who busts unions, the one who declares war on the poor while claiming to be representing them.
Rahm Emanuel allegedly screams at mental health activists — after running ad admitting he “can rub people the wrong way” - Salon.com - Running neck-and-neck with progressive challenger, hot-headed mayor reportedly loses his cool (he's always had an anger/entitlement problem)
Eschaton: Fuck You, Lewis - I'm certainly not one to fall on to the fainting couch over a bit of profanity, but thinking "fuck you" was a debate winning phrase was something I got over at about age 14. The problem isn't that Rahm's a rude hothead, it's that he's a crass asshole who isn't very bright. Also, bad man. boo
Study Shows Red Light Cameras, Shorter Yellow Light Times May Cancel Out Safety Advantages: Chicagoist - The Tribune followed that story with one showing the combination of cameras and short yellow light times could be a contributing factor to increasing the chances of rear-end crashes on the city’s streets. At three seconds, Chicago already has the shortest yellow light time of major cities with red light camera networks ... the cameras may have actually increased the number of crashes. (another of Rahm's bright ideas)


Today On The Jersey Corruption Beat: Bob Menendez

American Exceptionalism and White History - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In the Oklahoma version of the attack on AP U.S. History standards, the bill (now withdrawn) read: “founding documents of the United States that contributed to the foundation or maintenance of the representative form of limited government, the free-market economic system and American exceptionalism.”
Denver-Post-6-March-1915.pdf (here's some exceptionalism for you)
Update: Will UCI student officials veto U.S. flag ban today? - The Orange County Register - The resolution states that the American flag has been flown in times of “colonialism and imperialism” and could symbolize American “exceptionalism and superiority.”
White Christians Are No Longer The Majority In 19 States | ThinkProgress - “Hawaii and California have the smallest white Christian populations of any state—20 percent and 25 percent, respectively,” Joanna Piacenza, an editor and communications associate at PRRI, noted in a blog post.

Kid-Dumper AR Rep Justin Harris So SO Sorry … That DHS Screwed Him And His Family (Video) | Wonkette (Republican Christians re-gifted their adopted girl to a pedophile)
Child-Abandoning Justin Harris Explains Why He Regifted Unwanted Children | Wonkette - Like just about anyone who’s ever dropped off a dog at the pound because they didn’t need it anymore, Harris explained that he had a very good reason for dumping the two girls with the Francis family:
Hullabaloo - "Re-homing" children like pets - the Harrises "gave their adoptive children to a family" and "that family in turn gave the children to another family" and that they had "continued to accept adoption subsidy money even after giving the children away." I think this is what's known in the trade as "family values."
A child left unprotected | Cover Stories | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art - State Rep. Justin Harris and his wife adopted a young girl through the state Department of Human Services. How did she, six months later, end up in the care of a man who sexually abused her?
AR Rep Justin Harris In The Middle Of 'Re-Homing' Paedophile Nightmare | Crooks and Liars - I've covered many horrible stories over the years on C&L and this one is right up there with anything I've seen ... Republican state Rep. Justin Harris's case, a family values candidate (Repubican "family values")
Arkansas State Rep Probably Had Good Reason For Giving Adopted Daughter To Guy Who Raped Her | Wonkette - Arkansas state Rep. Justin Harris seems like a pretty godly kind of guy ... Coincidentally, Harris and his wife, Marsha, happen to run a preschool called the “Growing God’s Kingdom Preschool,” where they teach kids how to be good and godly.
Growing God’s Kingdom - West Fork, AR | Yelp - This preschool is owned by Arkansas State Rep. Justin Harris, who is the Chairman of his legislature's Subcommittee on Children and Youth - The owner of this business takes nearly $1MIL in State and Federal funds to run this 'childcare.'
Reuters Investigates - The Child Exchange - Part 1: When a Liberian girl proves too much for her parents, they advertise her online and give her to a couple they’ve never met. Days later, she goes missing. The practice is called "private re-homing," a term typically used by owners seeking new homes for their pets. Based on solicitations posted on one of eight similar online bulletin boards, the parallels are striking.
Hana Williams: The tragic death of an Ethiopian adoptee, and how it could happen again. - An adoptee's tragic fate, and how it could happen again ... the family called “Chinese torture” that may have been a form of “holding therapy,” a widely discredited treatment for attachment disorders that has gained popularity among some adoptive parents (Pat Robertson approved)

Bill Cosby sexually assaulted me. I didn’t tell because I didn’t want to let black America down. - The Washington Post

Eric Holder Prepared To Dismantle Ferguson Police Department If 'Necessary'
Ferguson Mayor Rejects Department Of Justice Report, Says There’s ‘No Proof’ City Has A Race Problem (looks like it's "necessary")
Why “No New Taxes” Guarantees There Are More Fergusons | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - White supremacy in America has always been a vehicle for transferring resources from typically poor black communities to richer white communities. Slavery was a direct robbing of the wages of labor. Jim Crow allowed for robbery with impunity, as black communities were taxed without receiving many of the resulting governmental benefits. (slavery instead of taxes!)
Two Ferguson police officers resign over racist emails uncovered in federal report | US news | The Guardian - The second-highest ranking commander in the beleaguered police department of Ferguson, Missouri, was one of two veteran officers to resign on Friday over racist emails uncovered by federal investigators ... Mudd, 64, was linked to an email sent in November 2008 which suggested Barack Obama “would not be president for very long because ‘what black man holds a steady job for four years?’,” (racist fucks)
Wisconsin Police Fatally Shoot Black Teen, Prompting Protest - Madison Police Chief Mike Koval told reporters that an officer responded to a disturbance around 6:30 p.m. local time and later forced his way into an apartment that the 19-year-old, who was also suspected of a recent battery, had gone into.

Bill Maher Torches 'Blatant Bald-Assed Liar' Bill O'Reilly (video) - Bill Maher called on the media to treat Fox News anchor Bill O'Reilly's history of false statements with the same "ferocity" as it treated now-suspended NBC's Brian Williams for inaccurately claiming he was on a helicopter shot down in Iraq.

Miami Mayor’s Economic Fix: Build America’s Biggest, Tackiest Mall | Streetsblog USA - the project site is in the “most flood prone and sea level-rise prone areas of Miami-Dade County” — lowland areas by the Everglades.

Campaigners against Daylight Saving Time cite increased risk of heart attack | US news | The Guardian - As Americans prepare for clocks to move forward an hour overnight, several states battle to end the practice that means less sleep

Dear Men, Stop Telling Me 'Real Women Have Curves' | Bustle (comes with "trigger warning")
Planet Fitness drops member after gender identity complaint - WNEM TV 5 - Cormier said she understands that some men self-identify as women and some women self-identify as men, but said the person looked like a man and that caught her off guard. Cormier lost her membership for violating the company's no judgement zone policy.

Post Recession, ‘Intense Demand’ for New Developments in Watertown - Communities - Boston.com - More than 700 new apartments have been built in the Pleasant Street area over the past few years; new projects include Repton Place, Riverbend on the Charles, Alta at the Estate, and Acadia on the Charles.

Scientists Identify ‘Big Brain’ Gene in Humans, Neanderthals | Genetics | Sci-News.com - “All these results suggest that the gene ARHGAP11B plays a key role in the evolutionary expansion of the human neocortex,” the scientists said.

This is the punishment that a 6 year old boy in Oregon received for being late after his mother's car wouldn't start. : pics
You are being held at gunpoint and receive a phone call from a family member. You are ordered to answer but will be shot if you let them know what is happening. What do you say to let them know something is wrong without getting shot? : AskReddit
[Serious] Cheaters of Reddit, why are you currently cheating on your SO? : AskReddit
[Serious] What's the creepiest story you've ever read/heard, true or not? : AskReddit

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Biden: Denying Climate Change 'Like Denying Gravity' - Reacting to members of Congress who deny climate change is real, Biden said, "It's almost like denying gravity now... the willing suspension of disbelief can only be sustained for so long." (don't count on it)
Senator Who Cited Snowball In Climate Change Debate Cites Scripture To Back Himself Up - Inhofe is not some backbench member of the upper chamber, but is in fact the chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, with jurisdiction over the allegedly non-existent climate problem. And so it may have been deeply disturbing for a man with so much power over the fate of the planet to display such stunning ignorance ... "The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous," he said.
Don't look away now, the climate crisis needs you | Naomi Klein | Environment | The Guardian

The "Snowden is Ready to Come Home!" Story: a Case Study in Typical Media Deceit - The Intercept - Most sentient people rationally accept that the U.S. media routinely disseminates misleading stories and outright falsehoods in the most authoritative tones
Snowden says U.S. not offering fair trial if he returns | Reuters
Snowden says he'd like to return to Geneva | Reuters
Snowden says he'd like to return to Geneva. Edward Snowden has made a public appeal for Switzerland to grant him asylum, saying he would like to return to live in Geneva, where he once worked undercover for the Central Intelligence Agency. : worldnews
Snowed-in.. : funny

Where Terrorism Research Went Wrong - NYTimes.com - only 3 percent of articles from peer-reviewed sources appeared to be rooted in empirical analysis, and in general there was an “almost complete absence of evaluation research” concerning antiterrorism strategies.
The President’s Weak Privacy Proposal - NYTimes.com (apparently now "computer" = "Apple logo")

Republicans’ “Internet Freedom Act” would wipe out net neutrality | Ars Technica - Internet providers need the freedom to block and throttle Internet traffic. (they need the freedom to take away your freedom)

ISIS Bulldozing of Ancient Nimrud Site in Iraq Stirs Outrage - NYTimes.com - “This is yet another attack against the Iraqi people, reminding us that nothing is safe from the cultural cleansing underway in the country,” (beheading history)
Dutch jihadists should die before returning to Netherlands: Prime Minister Rutte - NL Times - “Because what do these people who travel to Syria and Iraq do? They go there to commit the most horrible attacks, to learn how to build bombs, how to take away a lot of lives. Then they come pack to commit those attacks in our society.” Rutte stated that he would prefer to stop jihadists traveling to those countries, but if he had to choose, he would rather they die there.

Netanyahu enters never-never land - The Washington Post - But when describing the alternative to it, Netanyahu entered never-never land, painting a scenario utterly divorced from reality. Congress joined him on his fantasy ride, rapturously applauding as he spun out one unattainable demand after another. (he sure is consistent)
After Netanyahu Speech, Congress Is Officially High School | Rolling Stone - Israeli Prime Minister's visit inspires bitchy barbs and insults, and nobody came out of this week looking good - This in turn led to more social media avalanching and a cartoonish response from South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who told a donor at a fund-raiser: "Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor? Complete disgust. . .If you can get through all the surgeries, there's disgust!" ... Put it all together, and the Republicans' big rollout this week had to be the most self-defeating political pincer move since the Judean Peoples' Front sent their Crack Suicide Squad to the rescue in Life of Brian.
Netanyahu's Speech Adds Injury to Insult | Alon Ben-Meir - The notion that President Obama will settle on a bad deal only to score a major foreign policy success is obscene. No one knows better than Obama that under any circumstance, the U.S. will bear the responsibility and suffer the consequences of any bad deal. (invade Israel)
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: Netanyahu Speech Was ‘Strangelovian’ | Mediaite - The Israeli prime minister’s remarks contained nothing new, she said, and were mostly evocative of a dystopian world on the brink of nuclear apocalypse.

Anna Duritskaya, Lone Witness In Slaying Of Russia's Top Critic, Gets Death Threats - since returning to her family home in Ukraine.

Accused Rapist Dragged From Prison And Lynched By Mob In India - Several thousand people stormed a prison in northeastern India, where they dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him, police said Friday.
Mob breaks into Indian prison, drags out rapist and beats him to death | Daily Mail Online

CIA to make sweeping structural changes with focus on cyber operations | US news | The Guardian - Spy agency will incorporate digital innovations into intelligence gathering and create new units within CIA to focus on specific challenges or geographic areas

First on CNN: Feds prepare criminal corruption charges against Senator Bob Menendez - CNN.com (corrupt Senator from Israel New Jersey)
Conservative theory about Bob Menendez and Iran - Business Insider

Conservative Justices: If we gut Obamacare, Republicans will fix it! (No, they won’t.) - The Washington Post

U.S. Economy Added 295,000 Jobs in February; Unemployment Rate at 5.5% - NYTimes.com
U.S. Adds 295,000 Jobs In February; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.5 Percent ... The strong job gains weren't enough to boost wages by much. The average hourly wage rose just 3 cents in February to $24.78 an hour.
The Job Market Is Still Hurting, In 2 Charts
This Chart Shows How Labor Force Dropouts Mask The Unemployment Rate (it would be almost double)

GOP leaders to skip Selma event - Anna Palmer and Lauren French - politico - ‘They’ve lost an opportunity to show the American people that they care,’ one black lawmaker says. (well, they don't)

Did Jeb Bush Go Far Enough to Try to Save Terri Schiavo to Save His Iowa Chances? - Bloomberg Politics - His actions in the Schiavo case were supposed to help him with evangelicals—but some of them wish he'd done more. (that you can even ask that question)
Jeb Bush’s Complicated Legacy -- New York Magazine - “He’s become increasingly agoraphobic,” this person adds of the former president. “He looked startled by the whole thing. But he doesn’t like people, he never did, he doesn’t now.”
Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Suffice it to say, the Kennebunkport Medicis are a strange bunch. (The portrayal of former president C-Plus Augustus leads you to believe that he might be on the way to Howard Hughes territory. Kleenex boxes for loafers and all.) However, Jeb (!) does have what appears to be the inherited family trait of being genetically incapable of being A Regular Guy.

Eschaton: Special Interest Groups - For America's Worst Editorial Board, the poors, schoolkids, and the mentally ill are "special interest groups." Charter school operators are, of course, The Real Americans. (WaPo, voice of the elites)

Why did Hillary Become the Obama Administration’s Bête Noire This Week? One Word: Iran – Tablet Magazine - Hint: It starts with an ‘I’ and ends with an ‘n,’ and it’s ‘Iran.’ ... in the space of three days from a two-year-old non-story to an immediate threat to American national security and a probable violation of criminal law, or at least a very serious violation of “protocol.”
The White House Knew About Hillary Clinton's Private Emails In August: Report - The White House was alerted in August 2014 to the potential problem of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email account during her tenure as secretary of state, Politico reported Friday. (Barry never looked at the "from:" line)
Clinton private email violated 'clear-cut' State Dept. rules - Josh Gerstein - politico - The policy warns against routine use of personal email accounts. (Hillz is above the rules)
Jeb Bush aides used private domain for public business - CNN.com - Like Clinton, though, Bush had set up his own home server with a private address during his time in office (hypocrisy, thy name starts with an "R")
Democrats clamor for credible Clinton challenger in wake of email revelations | US news | The Guardian - Hillary Clinton is 44 points clear of Joe Biden, but some Democrats are starting to worry an untested primary would leave her vulnerable, since ‘We don’t do coronations’

States Weigh Legislation to Let Businesses Refuse to Serve Gay Couples - NYTimes.com
Alabama’s Dangerous Defiance - NYTimes.com (the South is always revolting)

Rep. Don Young: Wolves would solve homelessness - The Washington Post - Alaska Republican Rep. Don Young, famous for his salty tongue and brusque demeanor, suggested Thursday that if he let loose wolves in some congressional districts, they “wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
The rise and fall of Aaron Schock - Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman - politico - He was once the GOP's golden boy. Now, a spending scandal threatens his career — or worse ... “caviar congressman in a meat-and-potatoes district.” (very corrupt Downtown Abbey boy is a ... Republican!)
GOP Congressman Aaron Schock Has His Glass Closet Shattered - Schock, who he claims has been caught by a journalist in the shower with his male roommate as well as in gay bars by TMZ. (and gay!)

Silence in Ferguson, and defiance elsewhere, in wake of DOJ report : News - A day after the Department of Justice slammed Ferguson’s police and court systems for discriminatory practices that prey on the city’s black population, there was silence from the city and officials in nearby courts were either defiant or said they hadn’t read the report.
The Ferguson Report - The Atlantic - Darren Wilson was innocent. If only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received. (TNC)
Ferguson judge behind aggressive fines policy owes $170,000 in unpaid taxes | US news | The Guardian - Ronald J Brockmeyer, who is accused of fixing traffic tickets for himself and associates, was a driving force behind using fines and fees to generate revenue ... whose court allegedly jailed impoverished defendants unable to pay fines of a few hundred dollars, has a string of outstanding debts to the US government dating back to 2007 (figures)
Ferguson clerk fired over racist emails also accused of fixing traffic tickets | US news | The Guardian - Senior court official Mary Ann Twitty, who lost her job after scathing Justice Department report was released, accused of dismissing tickets for acquaintances
Some in Ferguson Who Are Part of Problem Are Asked to Help Solve It - NYTimes.com - The emails uncovered by the Justice Department included a cartoon portraying President Obama as a chimpanzee and a joke about giving a black woman a crime-prevention award for having an abortion.
Ferguson’s government was run like a racket - The Washington Post - When the police chief reported that revenue from fines “beat our next biggest month in the last four years,” the city manager replied, “Wonderful!” As Coates suggests, this is a kind of legalized plunder. His scathing analysis recalls Charles Tilly’s classic article on “War-Making and State-Making As Organized Crime.” Tilly:
How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty - The Washington Post
How Incarceration Infects a Community - The Atlantic - Disease-based models help researchers understand how prison-admission rates are linked to the health of a neighborhood.
DNA evidence clears Nevada woman who spent 30 years in prison | US news | The Guardian - Prosecutors drop charges before re-trial begins for Cathy Woods, who had been convicted in the fatal 1976 stabbing of Michelle Mitchell

Minnesota House Votes to Reduce Seniority as Teacher Layoff Factor | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul (Republicans hate education and are destroying America)

Rahm screams at mental health activists, “YOU’RE GONNA RESPECT ME!” | Fred Klonsky - Now off camera, Rahm’s voice raised, his demeanor changed, in no time he was shouting in Matt’s face, nose-to-nose “YOU’RE GONNA RESPECT ME!” ... “If you close my clinic I will die” only to die a month after he ignored those shouts. (dump the rich asshole bully, Chitown)
Karl Gabby: Rahm is a slasher and a privatizer. | Fred Klonsky - Rahm is a slasher and a privatizer. His program is first of all classic AUSTERITY. CUT! CUT! CUT….! Impoverish and starve public services and assets. Then sell cheaply those valuable public services and assets that belong to you and me to unaccountable individuals and corporations.

Pepperoni Turns Partisan - NYTimes.com - Democrats are, not too surprisingly, the party of Big Labor (or what’s left of it) and Big Law: unions and lawyers are the most pro-Democratic major interest groups. Republicans are the party of Big Energy and Big Food: they dominate contributions from extractive industries and agribusiness. And they are, in particular, the party of Big Pizza ... Pizza Hut gives a remarkable 99 percent of its money to Republicans (wingnut pizza making America fat because freedom!)

Radio host: Black lawmakers should be ‘hanging from a noose’ for boycotting Netanyahu’s speech - “Stupid, stupid people! Our lives are on the line and all they can think of is skin color!” she insisted. “You know, all of us are going to turn black if we end up in a cage on fire!”

Go Ahead and Call Bill O'Reilly What He Is: A Pathological Liar | Rolling Stone - The Fox News mouthpiece leapt on Brian Williams with a predatory recognition of common weakness - A good rule of callout culture is to never target someone for the same things you do ... This constant churning of preposterous shit runs through O'Reilly's career like discarded picnic food through geese, a steaming heap of compensatory fantasy meeting defensive wish fulfillment
A Note on Call-Out Culture – Briarpatch Magazine
Rachel Maddow Mocks Bill O'Reilly Over His War Reporting Controversy - But according to Maddow, when she asked Fox News to comment on the Florida suicide story, all the network gave to her was information on O'Reilly's high ratings.
In Wake Of Ben Carson Comments, Don Lemon Asks CNN Panel If Being Gay Is A Choice - "Can you choose to be gay?" CNN's Don Lemon posed the question to his guests, Ben Ferguson, Sally Kohn and HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill, over and over again Wednesday night ... comments Ben Carson made to CNN's Chris Cuomo earlier that day, suggesting that homosexuality is a choice because people "go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay."
Ben Carson on Prisons and Homosexuality as a Choice - The Atlantic - Ben Carson's simplistic approach to homosexuality reflects an impoverished understanding of human behavior ... The neurosurgeon turned presidential hopeful, Americans' sixth most admired man, engaged in the following exchange with journalist Chris Cuomo:
USA Today Columnist Cal Thomas: Gay Marriage Is A Sign of the 'End Times' (no, Republicans are a sign of the end of the world)

Anti-Vaccine Haven Digs In As Measles Outbreak Hands Science Crusaders An Edge - oday, a lack of vaccination is still at crisis levels. While fewer than 2 percent of children nationwide have skipped vaccinations, communities with high opt-out rates are scattered across the country, including the liberal enclaves of Berkeley, California, Ashland, Oregon, and Vashon Island.
I Used to Be an Anti-Vaxer - The Atlantic - I’m ashamed that it took me 15 years to realize that pretending there was a connection between vaccines and autism didn’t let me control whether my son would be autistic or not. It just put him in another kind of danger—a preventable kind.

What Schools Should Teach Kids About Sex - The Atlantic - "There is probably no subject that has posed greater headaches to teachers than sex education," While every state engages in some form of sex education for public schoolchildren, only 13 of them have laws requiring that, if such a curriculum is offered, it must be medically accurate and based on scientific evidence ... 19 states require that school-based sex education emphasize the importance of abstinence until marriage. (abstinence!)
Scarleteen | Sex Education For The Real World

Redefining Gender in Mexico City - NYTimes.com - In Spanish there is no gender-neutral pronoun. Whenever you speak, you have to give yourself a gender
Trans Women Are Not Agents of the Patriarchy
TEF-LON and transmisogyny: about that Terry MacDonald piece in the New Statesman - In case you haven’t paid attention for the last two years, a clique of UK writers connected via skeptic groups and the New Statesman – Suzanne Moore, Sarah Ditum, Gia Milinovich, Helen Lewis, Caroline Criado-Perez, Martin Robbins and Julies Bindel and Burchill – periodically say unhelpful things on trans women’s issues.
Are you now or have you ever been a TERF? - The term TERF - "trans exclusionary radical feminist" has become internet shorthand for "transphobic bigot". The odd thing is that most people hold beliefs which could see them labelled a "TERF".
The Dispute Between Radical Feminism and Transgenderism - The New Yorker - The dispute between radical feminism and transgenderism ... Reviewing “The Transsexual Empire” in the Times, the psychiatrist Thomas Szasz called it “flawless.”
Here is Julie Burchill's censored Observer article – Telegraph Blogs - a bunch of dicks in chick’s clothing ... a bunch of bed-wetters in bad wigs.
Linda V. Shanko, AKA GenderTrender’s GallusMag | The TransAdvocate - Standing well over 6' tall, she was said to be known for biting off obstreperous sailor’s ears, which she kept in a pickle jar behind the bar.
Sex Essentialism: TERF patriarchy and smelly vaginas | The TransAdvocate - TERFs battle over who has the correct vaginal odor in order to determine female validity.
Chinese Advocate of Sexuality Opens Door Into Her Own Private Life - NYTimes.com - After a blogger accused her of being a closeted lesbian, Professor Li shot back with a blog post announcing that her partner of 17 years, although born a woman, is a transgender man.
Here's Everything You Need to Know About What's Going on With Bruce Jenner in One Sentence | Noah Michelson (comment: "Bruce could be getting an operation to become an alpaca, and he would still be the most normal one in that family.")

Bigger Booties, Smaller Chins: Trends in Plastic Surgery - The Atlantic - Not only has demand for breast augmentation increased by 35 percent since 2000, the number of butt implants nearly doubled in the past year

Cancer-Stricken Girl's Make-A-Wish Playhouse Stalled by Homeowner Association - ABC News

Jumpers - The New Yorker - The fatal grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge ... “I instantly realized that everything in my life that I’d thought was unfixable was totally fixable—except for having just jumped.” ... another wrote, “Absolutely no reason except I have a toothache.”

Comparison of select analytes in aerosol from e-cigarettes with smoke from conventional cigarettes and with ambient air - Analysis of the smoke from conventional cigarettes showed that the mainstream cigarette smoke delivered approximately 1500 times more harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs) tested when compared to e-cigarette aerosol or to puffing room air ... Thus, the results of this study support previous researchers’ discussion of e-cigarette products’ potential for reduced exposure compared to cigarette smoke. (you're polluting my air with your second-hand air; ban that air and don't let people air near public parks)
Why you should ignore the recent study, which apparently states: "That E-Cigarettes Generate Virtually No Toxins", if you haven't already. : electronic_cigarette

5 Things Long-Lasting Couples Do Differently
10 Tricks To Appear Smarter In Meetings

TIL the first time Reddit was mentioned in the New York Times, it was described as "foolish collectivism" that "grinds away the Web's edges and saps it of its humanity". (June 10, 2006) : todayilearned - The fact that they refer to it as the Wikipedia how's how dated that article is. Makes some good points though.
So Many Airfares, So Much Data - New York Times - The Trouble With Wikis There is nothing wrong, per se, with Wikipedia, writes Jaron Lanier, the computer scientist, artist and author, in a provocative essay on the Web site Edge: The Third Culture (edge.org). Rather, he says, the problem is how Wikipedia is used and the way it has been elevated to such importance so quickly.
Astronomers Watch a Supernova and See Reruns - NYTimes.com
Astronomers Observe Supernova and Find They're Watching the Same Star Explode Over and Over Again : worldnews (veers off into consciousness and Dennett)
The Fermi Paradox - Wait But Why - The Great Filter theory says that at some point from pre-life to Type III intelligence, there’s a wall that all or nearly all attempts at life hit. There’s some stage in that long evolutionary process that is extremely unlikely or impossible for life to get beyond. That stage is The Great Filter. . Depending on where The Great Filter occurs, we’re left with three possible realities: We’re rare, we’re first, or we’re fucked.
TIL that finding evidence of even microbial life on Mars could be very bad news for humanity. One of the most popular solutions to The Fermi Paradox is that there exists a "Great Filter" for life. Finding evidence of life elsewhere would mean the the filter is most likely still ahead of us. : todayilearned
? Nick Bostrom on the Fermi Paradox - YouTube (bad news at 6:30)
Autism is largely down to genes, twins study suggests - Genetic influences on autism are estimated to be between 74-98%, a Medical Research Council study of 258 twins suggests.
Get Ready For "Nosewitness" Testimony - at least one study suggests that traditional eyewitness lineups are only 45 percent to 60 percent accurate.

The New Wired.com Is Here: Why It Took 8 Years For A Redesign And Why Now?
Study examines how political reporters interact on Twitter — and Twitter erupts - Columbia Journalism Review - The proportion of journalists on Twitter is roughly three times that of internet-using adults.
Apple Will Replace AT&T In The Dow Jones Industrial Average
Comcast May Be Infringing Net Neutrality With Shady HBO Go Deals | Motherboard - It appears, however, that Comcast blocking HBO Go on certain devices is a violation of the new net neutrality rules, experts say. (Comcast, the fuck you company)
Tor Users Must Now Provide A Phone Number To Open A New Twitter Account | TechCrunch - Twitter last week announced plans to begin tracking troublesome users via their mobile phone number. Along those lines, it has begun forcing users of anonymous web browser Tor to provide a number in order to open a new account.

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China vows to fight pollution 'with all our might' | Environment | The Guardian - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang renews pledges to tackle the country’s chronic pollution but does not announce any significant new environmental measures

Top al-Qaida leader killed in air strike, says militant group in Syria | World news | The Guardian - US-led coalition spokesman denies air strikes were conducted in past 24 hours - Nusra Front announced that Abu Humam al-Shami died in bombing - a blast targeting a high-level militant meeting.

Watch David Carr’s Final Interview with Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden | Mediaite

New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for 'Five Eyes' and NSA, Snowden files show | US news | The Guardian - Secret papers show NZ spy agency GCSB is collecting calls and internet traffic in bulk and sending it to the US National Security Agency

Israeli voters unmoved by Netanyahu speech to US Congress | World news | The Guardian - Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress this week has won him only a marginally increased level of support before Israeli elections on 17 March, with more than 90% of participants in one poll saying the speech failed to inspire them to change their vote. (so, that 10% is pretty important)
Iran nuclear talks 'very close' to a deal, as Netanyahu brings negotiators together | World news | The Guardian - American and Iranian diplomats find common ground rejecting Israeli leader’s combative approach to negotiations, but also agree serious hurdles remain to meeting March deadline (Iran's chance to stick it Israel, will they wait until after the election?)

India’s Daughter: BBC brings forward airing of Delhi rape documentary | Media | The Guardian - Film on brutal attack on Jyoti Singh broadcast in UK on Wednesday night despite being banned by Indian authorities - The television channel also broadcast what it said was Udwin’s last interview before she left India. “I’m very frightened what’s going to happen next -- I predict the whole world will point fingers at India now,” Udwin said. “It’s a tragedy -- you’re shooting yourself in the foot.”

Family of Alberto Nisman say Argentinian prosecutor was murdered | World news | The Guardian - Nisman shot dead day before he was due to testify that Cristina Fernández had conspired to cover up Iranian involvement in 1994 Jewish centre attack

Will #SisiLeaks be Egypt's Watergate for Abdel Fatah al-Sisi? | World news | The Guardian - Recordings allegedly implicate Egypt’s president in judicial interference, secret bank transfers from other countries and a conspiracy against Mohamed Morsi (Erdogan has the same problem with leaks)

Denmark wants to rebrand part of Sweden as 'Greater Copenhagen' | World news | The Guardian - a vision of Greater Copenhagen as a European metropolis, with the “international clout” to become a magnet for investment and innovation. Not since 1675 has there been such tension on the border. When Denmark’s King Christian V launched a bloody conquest of Skåne,

Court Orders Army To Stop Referring To Chelsea Manning As A Man - Nancy Hollander, Manning’s lead attorney, applauded the court's decision. “This is an important victory for Chelsea, who has been mistreated by the government for years,"

Budowsky: Roberts will uphold ObamaCare | TheHill - If I am wrong, and Roberts and the other Republican justices overturn the subsidies and destroy ObamaCare in a party-line vote, the Supreme Court will become another Washington institution that loses legitimacy with a large number of citizens and falls into widespread public disrepute.
Obamacare Will Probably Survive Its Second Trip To The Supreme Court | ThinkProgress
Did John Roberts Tip His Hand? - The New Yorker - Chief Justice John Roberts, usually among the most active questioners on the court, scarcely said a word throughout the highly anticipated clash.
Strict Deconstructionism: Republican Legal and Political Values in 2015 - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The first main point is that unlike many smart observers I’m not really much more optimistic than I was yesterday. And second, it’s like how much more hackish could Scalia be? And the answer is none. None more hackish:

Democrats See a Familiar Pattern in the Clinton E-mail Story - Bloomberg Politics
Clinton State Department Ousted Ambassador Using Private Email | The Weekly Standard - In other words, State Department policy was very clear. Using a private email outside the State Department's secure system was completely unacceptable. If this applied to ambassadors, one would think it was sensible policy for the Secretary of State as well.
How Unsafe Was Hillary Clinton's Secret Staff Email System? (very)
Republicans accuse Clinton of 'scheme to conceal' emails from public view | US news | The Guardian - State Department officials do not expect 50,000 pages of email to be released for several months, as Clinton – a lone tweet aside – chooses to stay silent
Ron Fournier Is Very Concerned: A Continuing Series - Fournier's poignant thoughts on why maybe it's best Hillary Clinton doesn't run for president - Ron Fournier, a breezy conversationalist and one-time father confessor to Karl Rove, has waded into the Hillary Clinton E-Mail blogswarm with a take so hot it could melt cold steel. Maybe Clinton doesn't want to run. Maybe she shouldn't.
Scott Walker Hits Clinton On Private Email Account, Dems Cry Hypocrite! - "It was Scott Walker who had a secret email system that was used in his office to avoid public scrutiny when he was Milwaukee county executive. Walker routinely used a campaign email account himself to discuss official business and to email county staffers also using private email addresses,"
Hillary Clinton Responds To Email Controversy: 'I Want The Public To See My Email' (but they weren't archived on State's servers, so, too bad)
Hillary Clinton breaks silence on email controversy - Gabriel Debenedetti - politico (watch Tiger Beat: "breaks silence" = one tweet)

The Demolition of Workers’ Compensation - ProPublica - Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. (Republicans continue to dismantle America)

Chris Christie Makes Nice With Exxon - He hasn't been in the spotlight much as part of the race for 2016, but luckily, Chris Christie's still filling his time as governor of New Jersey, facilitating corporate settlements and the like.

I Was Alabama’s Top Judge. I’m Ashamed by What I Had to Do to Get There. - politico Magazine - How money is ruining America’s courts. (for-sale elected judges)
Kris Kobach: 'Not A Huge Jump' To Think Obama Could Ban Criminal Prosecution Of Black People | Right Wing Watch (it's always projection with these people)

DOJ Report Vindicates Ferguson Protesters As Police Department Faces Uncertain Future
The Problem Is Way Bigger Than Ferguson, Justice Department Report Reveals - It was billed as an investigation of the Ferguson Police Department. But a hard-hitting report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Justice also reads as an indictment of cities and towns across the St. Louis region. (don't stop there)

The New York Times Rebuilds Media Desk After Buyouts - The New York Times made a series of internal moves Thursday to strengthen its media desk following several buyouts in late 2014 and the recent death of columnist David Carr.

Jennifer Kaya Thompson, Jane Doe In 2005 Cosby Case, Sheds Anonymity - more than 30 other women who have accused Cosby of drugging them, assaulting them or coercing them into sex. It's been 14 years since the first woman publicly accused Bill Cosby of assaulting her.xs


Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia - The Ledi-Geraru discovery has implications for hypotheses about the timing and place of the origin of the genus Homo.
Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars | Science | The Guardian - A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say
What came first, the chicken or the egg? The definitive answer | Science | The Guardian (chicken egg, semantically)
What is the average penis size? Find out with this interactive graphic | News | The Guardian

Reddit CEO Ellen Pao to testify at sexual discrimination trial | Technology | The Guardian - Ellen Pao is suing for $16m she says she lost when she was passed over for promotion at legendary tech investment firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Pao claims she was not promoted because of her gender. (incompetency aside)



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Commentary: A critical assessment of the policy endorsement for holistic management
Allan Savory’s TED talk is wrong, and the benefits of holistic grazing have been debunked. - Why Allan Savory’s TED talk about how cattle can reverse global warming is dead wrong ("There’s no such thing as a beef-eating environmentalist.")
So this guy figured out how to solve climate change, world famine, and impending overpopulation, all in one solution. And it's hilariously simple. All backed up with 30+ years of research/testing he's been doing. So yeah, kind of an important video : videos
Apple, Kaiser Permanente solar investments: Renewable energy is finally a threat to coal. - Renewable energy finally makes sense as a utility—and that’s why it’s becoming a threat to coal.

National (US) Poll - March 4, 2015 - U.S. Voters Back 2-1 Sending T | Quinnipiac University Connecticut - March 4, 2015 - U.S. Voters Back 2-1 Sending Troops To Fight Isis, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Say 3-1 Keep Un-Vaccinated Kids Out Of School (well, we've sure learned nothing about invading in the Middle East)

U.S. On The Sidelines In Key Battle Against ISIS In Iraq - Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said this week that the U.S. is not providing air power in the Tikrit operation "simply because the Iraqis haven't requested us to."
Jihadi John family has cost taxpayers up to £400k to house them | Daily Mail Online - Mohammed Emwazi's family granted asylum in 1996 after leaving Kuwait - One landlord described the family as ‘parasites’ and ‘tenants from hell’ (ingrates)

Jon Stewart Blasts Benjamin Netanyahu Speech, Republican's "Blowjob" Response - The Hollywood Reporter - The 'Daily Show' host calls the Republican standing ovation to the Israeli Prime Minister's remarks "the longest blow job a Jewish man has ever received."
U.S., Iran Say 'Some Progress' Made On Nuclear Talks

Sex Gangs May Have Abused Hundreds Of Girls - Nearly 400 girls may have been sexually exploited in Oxfordshire over a 16-year period, according to a report that has criticised authorities for failing to protect victims. The Serious Case Review said a paedophile ring was able to rape and abuse six victims for five years because the girls' complaints were not taken seriously ... One victim described how she turned up at a police station covered in blood in the early hours, but was ignored ... However, it found no evidence of "wilful professional neglect" by police and social workers

The Secret Talks - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The secrecy revolving around the Trans-Pacific Partnership continues to disturb those who are interested in fair trade. Noting that this agreement isn’t really even about American exports since the world is already basically fully globalized already, Robert Reich and Richard Trumka express their concerns over the TPP’s secrecy. (another Obama Secret)

Court Pesters: Why Elena Kagan May Have Saved Health Care
King V. Burwell: The Supreme Court Case That Could Destroy Obamacare
Supreme Court Appears Sharply Split in Case on Health Law - NYTimes.com
Behind Supreme Court’s Obamacare Case, A Secretive Society’s Hidden Hand - ProPublica - For more than 30 years, the Federalist Society has worked behind the scenes to shape Supreme Court outcomes to a conservative agenda. In King v. Burwell, its influence could eliminate health insurance subsidies for millions of people.
The Supreme Court hears an Obamacare fairytale - That is fiction. Provable fiction. (Republicans have always been liars)
The Twisted, Tortured Path Obamacare Took Back To The Supreme Court
Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court - NYTimes.com - Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court (that happened 15 years ago)
A Cynical Challenge to the A.C.A. - The New Yorker - But, in contrast to other landmarks in Supreme Court history, the King case is notable mostly for the cynicism at its heart. Instead of grandeur, there is a smallness about this lawsuit in every way except in the stakes riding on its outcome.
An Obamacare 'Replacement?' Don't Believe The Hype - Congressional Republicans want Americans -- especially the nine on the Supreme Court -- to think the GOP can do in less than five months what it took Democrats decades to achieve: enact comprehensive health care reform legislation

House committee to subpoena e-mails from Clinton’s personal account - The Washington Post
Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests - NYTimes.com
Hillary Clinton Ran Homebrew Computer System For Official Emails - The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York (all your emails are belong to her because she's very special)
Clinton’s E-Mail System Built For Privacy Though Not Security - Bloomberg Business
Why Clinton's Private Email Server Was Such a Security Fail | WIRED - For a secretary of state, running your own email server might be a clever—if controversial—way to keep your conversations hidden from journalists and their pesky Freedom of Information Act requests. But ask a few security experts, and the consensus is that it’s not a very smart way to keep those conversations hidden from hackers - : the possibility that an unofficial, unprotected server held the communications of America’s top foreign affairs official for four years, leaving all of it potentially vulnerable to state-sponsored hackers. (not just the NSA, but foreign governments knew)
Is the Mysterious ‘Eric Hoteham’ Actually Longtime Clinton Aide Eric Hothem?  | Washington Free Beacon
Top Biden backer: Hillary Clinton will ‘die by 1,000 cuts’ on e-mail story - The Washington Post - "There’s always another shoe to drop with Hillary," Harpootlian said

Darren Wilson Is Cleared of Rights Violations in Ferguson Shooting - NYTimes.com

'Christian' philosophy removed from school job ad, apology offered after ACLU complaint | MLive.com - A consultant helping a rural Northern Michigan school district with its superintendent search apologized for suggesting that candidates have "a strong Christian background and philosophy" and has removed the criteria from the job description. (good Christian Republican wanted)
Fox Guest: With Obama There's More 'Rape' Than Ever Before In Modern Times - under the Obama administration there has "been more genocide, more rape, more enslavement" than at any other time in "modern history.

America’s student loan boycott: How 15 students took on the government — and just may win - Salon.com - Saddled with predatory loans, students are striking and confronting Arne Duncan. Here's what it means for all of us (Mr Charter Schools, thanks Obama)
Eschaton: Maybe That's Not Such A Good Job After All? - Who would have thought that years of demonizing teaches, removing worker protections, reducing salaries and benefits, and telling people that it's really only something 22-year-old Ivy grads should do for a couple of years out of college might start to convince people that maybe it isn't such an awesome career?
Where Have All The Teachers Gone? : NPR Ed : NPR - In California, enrollment is down 53 percent over the past five years. It's down sharply in New York and Texas as well. In North Carolina, enrollment is down nearly 20 percent in three years. "The erosion is steady. That's a steady downward line on a graph. And there's no sign that it's being turned around," (Republicans hate education and America is paying the price of being stupid)
Teacher hangs self in classroom - Students arriving at El Dorado High School found Jillian Jacobson's classroom door locked, Placentia police Lt. Eric Point said. Thinking she was late, they went next door to get another teacher, who returned with them and opened the door. Jacobson was found hanging from the ceiling.

Raped on Campus? Don’t Trust Your College to Do the Right Thing - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education - In January, a rape survivor sued the University of Oregon for mishandling her sexual-assault case. Through the campus judicial process, the university found the three male students responsible for gang-raping her (not the technical term). They were kicked off the varsity basketball team and eventually out of school. But there is a lot more to the story, including the ways that the university delayed the investigation of the students long enough so that they could finish up their basketball season. The story is long, and it might destroy your faith in humanity, even if the university did drop its counterclaim against the survivor last week. (shocking, and HIPAA doesn't apply: never use your univ. counseling center! for anything)
U. of Oregon Amends Its Response to Sexual-Assault Lawsuit – The Ticker - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education - The University of Oregon on Thursday dropped a counterclaim it had filed as part of its response to a lawsuit by a student who contends that the university mishandled her sexual-assault complaint against three basketball players, The Register-Guard reports.
University of Oregon, Dana Altman counter lawsuit against them by alleged sexual assault victim | OregonLive.com

Baton Rouge police arrest 2 men using unconstitutional sodomy law | NOLA.com - After contacting the DA's office, Coppola said Chief Dabadie sent a memo to all officers saying the crimes against nature statue was no longer constitutional. Coppola says the chief apologized to both men for the mistake that was made. (they didn't get the memo )

How WWI Should Be Taught. : funny - And then germany woke up, went home, went nazi, and plotted his revenge

Dangerous Passage and Multiplying Fines as Ice Is Left Uncleared - NYTimes.com - And while New York City authorities have issued tickets to the buildings’ owners, the city will not clear the ice. (time to ticket abandoned houses but not clear; not their dept)

Stylish Low-Cost Houses Designed for Singles | WIRED
6 Reasons Gray Hair Is White Hot Again - Now ditch the bottle! (GMILFs)
How Do You Season Cast Iron? | PureWow (kosher salt and elbow grease)

The Weird Quantum Behavior of Light, Captured in a Lab | WIRED - both wave-like and particle-like behavior in one shot.
Absurd Creature of the Week: The 16-Foot-Tall Reptilian Stork That Delivered Death Instead of Babies | WIRED - Quetzalcoatlus
A Symphony for Cats - The Atlantic - Felines aren't keen on human music, so scientists created special songs for them.

Finger length indicates how nice men are to women - The study, published in Personality and Individual Differences, notes that a lower ratio "indicates greater androgen exposure"; in less scientific-speak, it means the longer a man's ring finger compared to his index finger, the more male hormones (chief among them testosterone) he was exposed to in the womb.
Women’s Voice Pitch Changes Depending on Their Attraction To a Man | Psychology Today - Women’s voice pitch is used as a sexual signal.

A man's thoughts vs A woman's thoughts : funny
Mini Tornado rips onto sand, blowing people away : WTF
Reddit, have you ever had Sleep Paralysis? If so, what was it like? : AskReddit
I am a cow and I am overjoyed today. AMA. : india - Yes. My relatives are being happy. But I have dream. One day I want see ban of cow holocaust and throwaway of Kerala hitler, so I can make softcow movies in Kerala induztry like a shageela aunty. (Indian cow does AMA)

Chappie Is Loud, Messy, and Surprisingly Radical | WIRED - Chappie takes those centuries of intellectual history and hits them with a missile, building a world in which body and mind—or soul, or something resembling a soul—become modular and malleable.

You Can Now Easily Send Encrypted Texts to Anyone, and the NSA Is Gonna Hate It | Motherboard - So chances are, NSA and co. are not going to like Si?gnal, a cross-platform app that now lets you send encrypted text, picture and video messages to virtually anyone with a smartphone.
“FREAK” Security Flaw Discovered Lurking In Many Computers For Decades, Apple Promises Fix Next Week | TechCrunch
Tracking the TLS FREAK Attack (M.I.T. you so stupid)

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Strong Link Between California Drought & Climate Change Revealed Today | CleanTechnica - climate change is occurring 10 times faster now than at any time in the past 65 million years. He has also said that at its current pace, climate change will involve a 5- to 6-degree Celsius rise by 2100
Even at $10/barrel, oil can’t match solar on cost. The report from the National Bank of Abu Dhabi says that while oil and gas has underpinned almost all energy investments until now, future investment will be almost entirely in renewable energy sources. : technology

Breaking: House Judiciary Committee Tells FCC It's Going To Block Net Neutrality Rules | Techdirt (Republifucks never give up)

Netanyahu's Real Targets: President Obama, and the Israeli Swing Voter - The Atlantic - In an impassioned speech, Netanyahu makes the case that Iran is ruled by very bad men. But we got that.
The Central Question: Is It 1938? - The Atlantic - If today's world resembles Europe on the eve of invasion, carnage, and the Holocaust, then Prime Minister Netanyahu's warnings are prudent and wise. But what if that's a bad description of today's world? - Over the years Benjamin Netanyahu has very explicitly said, "It's 1938 and Iran is Germany."
Nancy Pelosi: Netanyahu speech ‘insulting to the intelligence of the United States’ - Lauren French - POLITICO - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismissed a speech Tuesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as full of “condescension” and an “insult to the intelligence of the United States.”

The complete transcript of Netanyahu’s address to Congress - The Washington Post
Why Netanyahu’s speech didn’t do his American allies any favors - The Washington Post - (and let’s not forget that Netanyahu was an enthusiastic supporter of the Iraq War, which dramatically increased Iran’s power and influence in the Middle East).
Benjamin Netanyahu Tells Congress Current Deal Guarantees Iran Nuclear Weapons - Despite the boycott of nearly 60 members of Congress, the House floor was nearly full.
Obama: Netanyahu Offered No Viable Alternative To Iran Nuclear Talks
Obama: Netanyahu offers no viable alternative to Iran talks : worldnews
Lawmakers Impressed But Unmoved By Bibi Speech
The Circus Leaves Town - Netanyahu's speech was nothing more than a performance piece. The president will continue to do what he planned to do.
The Mystery of the Netanyahu Disaster, and a Possible Explanation - The Atlantic - At face value, this speech makes no sense. But there may be a deeper logic to the Israeli prime minister's determination to speak to Congress.

Benjamin Netanyahu's Long History of Crying Wolf About Iran's Nuclear Weapons - The Intercept (Fuckyu has been lying for 20 years)
The Nuclear Talks With Iran, Explained - NYTimes.com
Netanyahu, in Speech to Congress, Criticizes ‘Bad Deal’ on Iran Nuclear Program - NYTimes.com
Netanyahu tells Congress: nuclear deal 'paves Iran’s path to the bomb' | World news | The Guardian - Despite boycott by prominent Democrats, Israeli prime minister received loud applause when pleading for block to any lifting of economic sanctions on Iran

ISIS loses more than 20 villages in Syria | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR - Syrian regime forces and Kurdish militia fought separate battles with ISIS militants in a strategic area near the Iraqi and Turkish borders, a monitoring group said.
Christian militia in Syria defends ancient settlements against Isis | World news | The Guardian - Fighters try to protect last pockets of Assyrian Christians after Islamic State kills dozens, captures 300 hostages and forces thousands into exile
ISIS Burns 8000 Rare Books and Manuscripts in Mosul - Yahoo Finance
Afghan army suffers heavy combat losses: US - Yahoo News - Afghan security forces are suffering heavy casualties on the battlefield and large numbers of troops are resigning or deserting their units, a new report said Tuesday.

Some 12,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine supporting rebels: U.S. commander | Reuters

Exclusive: Obama sharply criticizes China's plans for new technology rules | Reuters - urging Beijing to change the policy if it wants to do business with the United States and saying he had raised it with President Xi Jinping.

UK Media Regulator Again Threatens RT for "Bias": This Time, Airing "Anti-Western Views" - The Intercept

Passenger planes dodged Russian bombers | Irish Examiner
Passenger planes dodged Russian bombers in Irish controlled airspace : worldnews

New Delhi Gang Rape Convict Blames Victim For Attack: 'She Shouldn't Have Fought Back' - "Then they would have dropped her off after 'doing her,'" he said in the 2013 interview for a documentary being released Sunday.
India outraged by interview with man convicted of gang-rape of student | World news | The Guardian - Mukesh Singh, convicted of brutal rape of Jyoti Singh in 2012, told British documentary victim would not have been killed if she hadn’t fought back
India: 400 men cut off their testicles to 'get closer to God' following advice from 'guru' - He has previously been questioned over the murder of an investigative journalist in 2002 and has also been accused of sexual assault by female followers but has never been charged. (cut off his balls)

Snowden ready to go to US if he gets fair trial - whistleblower's lawyer — RT News (Obama chuckles in the drone room)
Kim Dotcom Dubbed A 'Fugitive' So The US Can Keep His Money | Gizmodo Australia - Kim Dotcom is not entitled to fight to get his assets back because he is a “fugitive”. It’s a particularly troubling claim, because it means the US can seize money and assets in other countries and not give them back (Feds ramp up global asset forfeiture)
Feds Admit Stingrays Can Disrupt Cell Service of Bystanders | WIRED (is that legal?)
PayPal stops accepting payments for Kim Dotcom ' s Mega service because it uses encryption : worldnews

Ending Uncertainty, House Approves Year’s Funding for Homeland Security - NYTimes.com
Today in the World's Most Farcical Legislative Body - Lawyers, Guns & Money : House Republicans reiterate their demands for the administration’s TOP-SECRET PLAN to mitigate the damage should the judicial arm of the Republican Party decide to wreck a majority of the country’s health insurance exchanges:
The terrible, horrible, no good start for GOP | TheHill - The opening weeks of the 114th Congress have been nothing short of a disaster for Republicans, who declared upon taking control of both chambers last fall that the era of governing by crisis and fiscal cliffs was over.

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules - NYTimes.com - Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act (what were you hiding, Hilz, and didn't anyone else notice the hotmail account?)
Hillary Clinton May Have Broken Federal Record-Keeping Law By Only Using A Private E-Mail As Secretary Of State (Barry never noticed)
What Hillary Clinton's Private Emails as Secretary of State Mean for the White House - The Atlantic - Her violations of public records rules indicate little regard for the people's right to information.
This Is Hillary Clinton’s Secret Email: HDR22@ClintonEmail.com

Ex-CIA Chief David Petraeus Enters Guilty Plea in Paula Broadwell Leaks - The Atlantic - The retired general will pay $40,000 and get two years' probation. Not all leakers are so lucky.

Ex-US Senator Calls Out Missouri GOP Leader During Funeral: 'Words Can Kill' - Eulogies are a celebration of the life of the deceased. But in his remembrance of Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich (R) on Tuesday, former U.S. Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) combined high praise for the dead with forcefully harsh words for the state GOP chairman who has been linked to Schweich's suicide ... Danforth addressed head-on an alleged anti-Semitic "whisper campaign" that preceded the death ... Danforth said that contentious intra-party climate was proof that "politics has gone so hideously wrong," adding that "the death of Tom Schweich is the natural consequence of what politics has become." ("politics" = Republicans)

Alabama Supreme Court Blocks Same-Sex Marriage - The Alabama Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered probate judges in the state to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Lawyer In California Proposes Killing Gays With 'Sodomite Suppression Act' - The act outlines seven measures relating to those who engage in same-sex sodomy, "a monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrha." (how about an idiocy suppression act?)
Texas lawmaker married five times files error-filled complaint against gay marriage - San Antonio Express-News - Tony Tinderhol (o rly)

Police Routinely Violate Rights Of Blacks in Ferguson, U.S. Says - NYTimes.com - Black motorists were twice as likely as whites to be searched but were less likely to be found in possession of contraband such as drugs or guns. (no racism there)
Inside Chicago's legacy of police abuse: violence 'as routine as traffic lights' | US news | The Guardian - Ordinary Chicagoans say Homan Square facility, where suspects are interrogated and detained without legal access, fits within a broader tradition of police abuse (who are the terrorists?)
In Chapel Hill, Suspect’s Rage Went Beyond a Parking Dispute - NYTimes.com - Before the shootings, the students took concerted steps to appease a menacing neighbor, and none were parked that day in a way that would have set off an incident involving their cars.
LAPD Shooting Update: Two Body Cameras, And A Gun Malfunction | KBIA (another cop malfunction)
No-knock warrant bill draws debate in Georgia - Georgia legislators are currently debating bills that would restrict police use of no-knock warrants. But some believe those bills would actually have the opposite effect. But the bills have critics who make this point: Georgia law currently does not technically allow these warrants at all. These bills, by restricting them, would actually make them legal. (cops will break an illegal law more often)
Electrical engineer tased at his housewarming party sues Madison County deputies | AL.com - "The suspect was arrested for obstructing my investigation," wrote Dejong. (which was illegal, of course)
Lacey Spears Found Guilty Of Killing Her Child With Salt - A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted Monday of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube.
Police chief was kissing cop's wife in car, divorce complaint states | Local News | Times Free Press - Maddux demoted, to stay at department as captain

‘Unsubstantiated’ child neglect finding for free-range parents - The Washington Post - The Maryland parents investigated for letting their young children walk home by themselves from a park were found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect in a decision that has not fully resolved their clash with authorities over questions of parenting and children’s safety. (guilty of lack of evidence)

North Idaho senator objects to Hindu prayer - Spokesman.com - March 2, 2015 - Sen. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, said, “They have a caste system. They worship cows.”

'I Am a Kennedy, Google Me!': RFK Jr.'s Teen Daughter Allegedly Pitches Fit at Nightclub | BDCwire

Three to five cups of coffee a day may prevent heart attacks, says study | Society | The Guardian - Research highlights potential link between coffee consumption and lower risk of developing clogged arteries
The results are in: study reveals average penis size | Science | The Guardian - The enduring question now has a scientific answer: 13.12 centimetres (5.16 inches) in length when erect, and 11.66cm (4.6 inches) around, according to an analysis of more than 15,000 penises around the world.

New research shows that cigarettes kill 2 out of 3 of its users, more than previously thought. Study looked at 205,000 people over 45 years : science
[Serious][NSFW]What is the single freakiest unexplainable experience you've ever had in your life that to this day you are still unable to figure out a logical explanation for what you believe happened? : AskReddit
What is the most fucked up secret somebody has ever told you? : AskReddit
The length of the average erect human penis is 13.12 cm (5.16 inches). : science
Crowd dynamics test : gifs
What is something you have seen that will forever scar you? (Serious)(NSFW) : AskReddit
Looked up from my desk at work and saw this... : funny
TIL There is no proof of photographic memory : todayilearned
This is what a photographic memory looks like [:49] : videos

Google Slams MPAA Censorship Efforts After Court 'Victory' | TorrentFreak - The MPAA and Hood want Internet services to bring website blocking and search engine filtering back to the table after the controversial law failed to pass.

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Even at $10/barrel, oil can’t match solar on cost : Renew Economy - One of the biggest banks in the Middle East and the oil-rich Gulf countries says that fossil fuels can no longer compete with solar technologies on price, and says the vast bulk of the $US48 trillion needed to meet global power demand over the next two decades will come from renewables.
An extreme event of sea-level rise along the Northeast coast of North America in 2009–2010 : Nature Communications
Climate Change Helped Fuel The Syrian Conflict, New Paper Finds - An unprecedented climate change-fueled drought contributed to the political unrest in Syria, a new paper published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes.

You Can Watch 'Citizenfour' Online Right Now For Free

Family of Chechen shot dead during interrogation sues FBI for $30m | US news | The Guardian - bragim Todashev was being questioned about links to Boston bomb suspect - Agent Aaron McFarlane had history of misconduct complaints as police officer (crooked cop, good Feeb material)

Lure of the Caliphate by Malise Ruthven | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books - The parallels between this ideology and the beliefs adopted by Christian fundamentalists known as “premillennial dispensationalists,” who expect all born-again Christians to be “raptured” or physically transported to heaven while others perish in earthly mayhem, are so strong that it is hard to escape the conclusion that they draw on the same ancient reservoir of Near Eastern myth.
Isis 'fed murdered kidnap victim to his own mother' | Daily Mail Online - But when she demanded to see her son, the extremists began to laugh - They told her they had murdered her son, chopped him up and fed him to her
Mohammed Emwazi received MI5 warning in 2009, tapes reveal | UK news | The Guardian - Isis militant known as ‘Jihadi John’ gave interview to advocacy group Cage in 2009 in which he claimed that MI5 said they would keep ‘a close eye’ on him
Twitter Is Investigating Alleged ISIS Threats Against Its Employees - Islamic State supporters, in online posts on Sunday, called for attacks against Twitter and its "interests," including death threats, according to the online news media company Buzzfeed as well as the NBC news network.

Saudi Arabia Is Building a 600-Mile Wall Along the Iraq Border - Saudi Arabia is building great wall — or rather, a great chainlink fence with razor wire — to "protect against ISIS" in Iraq. And it's not the only country investing in very expensive walls right now, even though they probably won't work. Why? Because walls aren't just about security. They're also powerful symbols. (of inequality boundaries)

Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken Join Growing List Of Democrats Skipping Netanyahu Speech - According to The Hill, more than 50 congressional Democrats have said they are skipping the controversial speech. Among those boycotting are Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Vice President Joe Biden is also missing the speech due to overseas travel.
Huffpollster: Netanyahu Visit Polarizes Americans - In the latest poll, 49% of Republicans said they had a positive view of Mr. Netanyahu, up from 36% in August. Democrats’ view of him has stayed fairly consistent, down to 12% from 13% in August." (Republicans love their Israeli overlords)
Netanyahu's Favorable Rating Improves in U.S.
Netanyahu’s Visit Bringing Uninvited Problems for Jewish Democrats - NYTimes.com
Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran Exaggerations Now Clear for All To See – Forward.com - Massive Mossad Leak Contradicts Bibi Ticking Tale
Netanyahu Tells Aipac He Intends No Disrespect to Obama - NYTimes.com
Netanyahu's Takeover Bid | David Bromwich - Netanyahu has continued to hold this theory against the opposing testimony of many leaders of Israeli intelligence and state security. That they have publicly disputed his judgment on Iran shows how reckless they consider his adventurism to be. (+"American defense experts" terrified of AIPAC)
There Is No Constitutional Obligation to Listen to Speeches - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Imagine Alan Dershowitz wrote an op-ed demanding that every last Democrat attend Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress. Now imagine that it’s even dumber than you expected. Not easy, I know. Amazingly, you’re still underestimating how dumb it is (but is Dershowitz a pedophile?)
The Toughest Job At AIPAC: Selling Iran Diplomacy - Selling nuclear diplomacy with Iran was perhaps the toughest job at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual conference this year (because American lives are the preferred job)
Far-Right Pundit: Hang Officials Who Skip Netanyahu's Speech To Congress | Right Wing Watch - King said on her radio program last month that such officials shouldn’t just “pay with their jobs” but should also “pay with their lives.”

Facebook posts from U.S. land Pinellas contractor in Arab jail | TBO.com and The Tampa Tribune - Frustrated with his employer in the United Arab Emirates, Ryan Pate, a civilian helicopter mechanic from Belleair Bluffs, criticized the company and made a rash, derogatory comment toward Arabs on Facebook while back home in January. Last month, when he returned to the UAE to work out his employment issues, Pate received a call from the Abu Dhabi police directing him to come in

The 5 Most Lethal Drones of All Time | The National Interest

Some of the CCTV Cameras at Nemtsov Murder Site Were Shut Off – Media / Sputnik International

Steve Bell on Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks – cartoon | Comment is free | The Guardian - Unconfirmed reports suggest that the former Sun and News of the World editor is to head Murdoch’s new social media news organisation

Senate Democrats Put DHS Funding Pressure Back On John Boehner
Democrats block Republican attempt to force negotiations over DHS funding bill | US news | The Guardian - Republicans fail in latest attempt to wield threat of partial government shutdown as leverage against Obama’s immigration policies

In King v. Burwell, the Plaintiffs Misread Obamacare - NYTimes.com - In King v. Burwell, the Plaintiffs Misread Obamacare (they can read?)
Is Supreme Court's chief justice ready to take down ObamaCare? | TheHill (you betcha)
The Tell: What This Week's Attack On Obamacare Is Really About - In anticipation of the Supreme Court's hearing of King v. Burwell, regarding the Affordable Care Act, on Tuesday.

SCOTUS Rejects CA Dispute Over Disclosing Donors To Anti-Gay Marriage Initiatives - The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from same-sex marriage opponents in California who want to keep the identities of their campaign donors secret.
U.S. judge rules Nebraska same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional | Reuters - a decision that could allow same-sex couples to marry in the state within a week.


American democracy is doomed - Vox - America's constitutional democracy is going to collapse.
Is America Heading For a Constitutional Breakdown? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Fewer Women Run Big Companies Than Men Named John - NYTimes.com - Among chief executives of S.&P. 1500 firms, for each woman, there are four men named John, Robert, William or James.
Warren Buffett Says Elizabeth Warren Is Too 'Angry' And 'Violent' With Rich People | ThinkProgress - “I think that she would do better if she was less angry and demonized less,” he responded. “I believe in hate the sin, love the sinner, and I also believe in praising by name and criticizing by category.”
Signs of Intelligent Life in Economics Profession | Al Jazeera America - “The core problem is that there aren't enough jobs,” said the former Treasury Secretary under Bill Clinton and top economics adviser to Barack Obama. “If you help some people, you could help them get the jobs, but then someone else won't get the jobs. Unless you're doing things that have things that are affecting the demand for jobs, you're helping people win a race to get a finite number of jobs.” (now he tells us)

Wolf strips Green of SRC chairmainship - Days after Bill Green defied Gov. Wolf by voting to approve new charter schools, the governor has stripped Green of his chairmanship of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission. ("reform" = "privitise")
Charter Members: A School Reform Nightmare - If you run a modern school like a modern American corporation, you'll likely be treated accordingly. Proof: Why education should be run like Comcast. (stupids wrecking American education)

Landscape Architecture Magazine | The Magazine of the American Society of Landscape Architects - Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, has said he will move “heaven and earth” to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum to his city. As has become apparent in a rather tacky local drama, Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff for President Obama, is not going to let Frederick Law Olmsted get in his way, either.

City: Tamir Rice Caused His Own Death (Take 372) | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog | Cleveland Scene - Tamir died because he did not "exercise due care," according to the city. The answer marches in lock step with declarations from police representatives and city leaders over the past three months.
LAPD officers shoot and kill homeless man after street altercation | US news | The Guardian - A video taken by a passerby appears to show police officers wrestling the man to the ground before shots are heard
LAPD fatal shooting of man caught on tape - LA Times
Three Houston-area children in four days accidentally shoot themselves | US news | The Guardian - Six-year-old boy in critical condition on Monday after Codrick Beal, four, and unnamed three-year-old fatally shot themselves in earlier incidents ... Ryan Welch was shot in the face by a .40-calibre Smith & Wesson pistol found in a closet in the master bathroom of his home next to a BB gun and a machete (guns everywhere, who could have predicted this would happen?)

Jehovah's Witnesses silencing techniques are as terrifying as child abuse | Comment is free | The Guardian - Elders in my congregation knew that there was a predator in our midst. But they threatened to punish those who spoke out

Transgender Veterans Need To Correct Military Records, And Hope Ashton Carter Can Help - There are more than 134,000 transgender veterans or retirees from Guard or Reserve service, according to a 2014 Williams Institute report.

New Audio, Video Cast Doubt On Bill O'Reilly's Reporting Claims - As embattled Fox News host Bill O’Reilly continues to fend off allegations of embellishing his reporting experiences, two new recordings have recently emerged calling his accounts into even greater question.
Fox News forced to backtrack again over Bill O'Reilly's reporting claims | Media | The Guardian - Channel admits O’Reilly did not witness bombings in Northern Ireland or murders in El Salvador in wake of questions over TV host’s reporting experiences

Rasheed Sulaimon at center of sexual assault allegations prior to dismissal | The Chronicle - Separate allegations of sexual assault by Sulaimon came from two female students in the 2013-14 academic year
Jameis Winston and me: The pain of covering the scandal | Tampa Bay Times - Will any good come from all the pain?

DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana - The Washington Post - Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time (terror rabbits)
DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana : news

Painter says he included Monica Lewinsky's dress in Bill Clinton portrait

The happiness conspiracy: against optimism and the cult of positive thinking - Pessimism gets a bad press, but compulsory positive thinking can be brutally enforced.
Forbidden quantum leaps possible with high-res spectroscopy | University of Michigan News - A new twist on an old tool lets scientists use light to study and control matter with 1,000 times better resolution and precision than previously possible. Physicists at the University of Michigan have demonstrated "ponderomotive spectroscopy"
Ultra-cold mirrors could reveal gravity's quantum side - physics-math - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist - It could give us a glimpse of quantum gravityMovie Camera and so lead to a "theory of everything": one that unites the laws of quantum mechanics, governing the very small, and those of general relativity, concerning the monstrously huge.
Zombie simulator lets you plan your own apocalypse - physics-math - 02 March 2015 - New Scientist (28 days to extinction)

Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - 28 February 2015 - New Scientist - The trustworthiness of a web page might help it rise up Google's rankings if the search giant starts to measure quality by facts, not just links
Apple Pay: a new frontier for scammers | Technology | The Guardian - Apple’s mobile payment system has provided a method for US criminals to make fraudulent transactions – and banks are rushing to stem the tide

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What to do with all that snow? Boston cleanup a brutal chore and it's not over | US news | The Guardian - Record-setting snowfall has taken a heavy toll as dump trucks head to farms and the mayor has considered dumping snow into the Boston Harbor
Space Savers: Boston Parking is Musical Chairs Gone Very, Very Wrong - Massachusetts news - Boston.com - Askari did just that Thursday night. On Friday morning, she found all four tires on her car slashed, and the driver’s side window smashed, and the front windshield broken. (Eastie thugtown)

Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'
Sea level “jumps” 5 inches. Probably nothing to worry about | Grist - For a while now, climate models have projected incidents of “extreme sea-level rise,” when changes in ocean currents and weather patterns cause the oceans to claw their way quickly inland and swamp seaside communities — but this is the first time scientists have documented this actually happening. (it's all a big conspiracy and mother Nature is in on it)
The Siberian crater saga is more widespread — and scarier — than anyone thought - The Washington Post - So, to recap: Siberia is warming. Permafrost thaws and spews methane, and blasts out a burst of highly flammable gas. Who could have guessed global warming would do all of that? (yeah, who could have guessed?)

Netanyahu’s address to Congress will be most important speech of his life - The Washington Post (Israel is the boss of you)
Nearly Half of Voters Disapprove of GOP’s Netanyahu Invite - Washington Wire - WSJ - while 30% said congressional Republicans should have done so. Just over a fifth said they didn’t know enough to say. (same old 30% of rightwing authoritarians who want Israel to be your boss)
Netanyahu Takes Campaign Against Iran Deal To Jerusalem Holy Site - His rare pilgrimage to one of Judaism's holiest sites was highly symbolic -- and political -- an apparent attempt by Netanyahu, two weeks before a national election, to portray a U.S. visit, that has brought relations with Washington to a new low, as crucial to Israel's survival. (the ticking bomb in Bibi's head)
Feinstein: 'Arrogant' For Netanyahu To Say He 'Speaks For All Jews' (VIDEO) - "I think it’s a rather arrogant statement. I think the Jewish community is like any other community. There are different points of view," Feinstein said. "I think the arrogance does not befit Israel."
Pants on Fire - It has been an open secret for years that very, very few of Israel's top military and intelligence leaders see eye to eye with Netanyahu on the Iran question
'Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike' - Middle East - News - Arutz Sheva - Kuwaiti paper claims unnamed Israeli minister with good ties with the US administration 'revealed the attack plan to John Kerry.' - According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel had discovered the United States and Iran had been involved in secret talks over Iran’s nuclear program and were about to sign an agreement in that regard behind Israel's back (!) Brzezinski was a top candidate to become an official advisor to President Obama, but he was downgraded after Republican and pro-Israel Democratic charges during the campaign that Brzezinski’s anti-Israel attitude would damage Obama at the polls. (that worked out really well)
Retired Israeli veterans warn against speech - The Washington Post - a group of 180 retired Israeli generals and former top security officials warned that his upcoming address to a joint meeting of Congress on Iran’s nuclear program will cause more harm than good.
Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu Heads To Washington For Congress Speech

Terrorists using eBay and Reddit to send coded messages: Mossad | New York Post - Besides eBay, messages are often hidden in the “X-rated pornographic pictures which conceal documents and orders for the next target,” said one intelligence source. (they're coming for your p0rn)
Terrorists using eBay and Reddit to send coded messages: Mossad : worldnews

Russian opposition leaders allege Kremlin links to Nemtsov slaying - The Washington Post
Thousands March In Moscow To Mourn Slain Boris Nemtsov
Fear Envelops Russia After Killing of Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov - NYTimes.com - “Another terrible page has been turned in our history,” Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, the exiled former political prisoner, wrote in a statement about the killing.
Thousands march to remember slain Putin critic - The Washington Post
Killing of yet another journalist in Ukraine a gruesome reminder of alarming safety situation for journalists, OSCE Representative says | OSCE - OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic today said that the death of Sergei Nikolayev, a photojournalist with the Ukrainian newspaper Segodnya, in eastern Ukraine shows the need for urgent efforts to ensure journalists’ safety in conflict zones.
Over 73 percent of Russians admit crisis in Russia | Russia Beyond The Headlines - Responding to a question about the causes of the crisis, 49.3 percent spoke about "the external pressure from the West to stop Russia being a global superpower"

'Charlie Hebdo' now has 25 times as many subscribers as before deadly attack - On Wednesday, some 2.5 million copies of the latest issue hit stands, and Charlie Hebdo has more than 200,000 subscribers.
Crowd Kills Girl Suspected to Be Suicide Bomber in Nigeria | TIME - A crowd beat to death a teenage girl accused of being a suicide bomber and then set her body ablaze Sunday, according to police and witnesses at a northeastern Nigerian market.
London schoolgirls among 60 female Britons thought to have joined Isis | World news | The Guardian - On 24 February, a week after the girls left their homes, Scotland Yard said they were believed to have entered Syria. It is thought they were smuggled into the country, large swaths of which are controlled by Isis, near the Kilis border crossing.

Venezuela's Maduro Cracks Down On American Visitors - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday his government had captured American citizens involved in "espionage activities," and said U.S. citizens in the future will have to seek visas to come to the OPEC nation.

Egyptian court rules Hamas a terrorist organisation - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online - The relationship between Egypt and Hamas, the de facto rulers of the Gaza Strip, has been tense since the ouster of Morsi in 2013

News Corp. Set to Rehire Rebekah Brooks, Acquitted Executive - NYTimes.com - Ms. Brooks will probably take an executive role in which she will seek ways to expand News Corporation’s digital endeavors, particularly user-generated and social media. That will include working with Storyful, a company that monitors social media for newsworthy material, which was acquired in 2013.

4 More Victims Come Forward From Chicago Secret Prison, Man Tortured Over Weed - Four more victims of incarceration at Chicago’s Guantanamo Bay style secret detention/torture center, known as Homan Square, have come out and spoken to The Guardian about their experience being essentially treated like cattle. They are four black males, Brock Terry, Kory Wright, Deandre Hutcherson and David Smith ... They were kicked in the genitals while helpless and bound, put in ‘kennels for humans’, and they heard the bloodcurdling screams of other helpless victims while they thought they would never see the light of day again. (no one will ever pay for these crimes)

Deconstructing ‘Uncle Tom’ Abroad: The Case of an American President - U.S. Studies Online - In 2008, when Barack Obama was selected as the Democratic presidential candidate over Hilary Clinton, a German leftist newspaper headlined an article ‘Onkel Barack’s Hütte’ – ‘Uncle Barack’s Cabin’ – accompanied by a picture of the White House

This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see - The Washington Post - How to steal an election: a visual guide (how Republicans cheat and screw democracy)
This Supreme Court Case Could Make Elections Even More Undemocratic - In a reversal of the usual worries about political influence on electoral map-making, the Supreme Court is being asked to let raw politics play an even bigger role in the drawing of congressional district boundaries. (like so)

VA Refuses to Recognize Veteran’s Wife and Child | Advocate.com - The Department of Veterans Affairs has frozen the disabled veteran’s benefits until she pays back the full amount the VA mistakenly awarded for her wife and child. (scumbag VA)

The Phony Legal Attack on Health Care - NYTimes.com - On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in one of the most anticipated cases of the term: King v. Burwell, a marvel of reverse-engineered legal absurdity that, if successful, will tear a huge hole in the Affordable Care Act and eliminate health insurance for millions of lower-income Americans — exactly the opposite of what the law was passed to do
Obamacare threatens to end John Roberts’s dream of a nonpartisan Supreme Court - The Washington Post (you so funny, WaPo)
Republican fears grow over court challenge to ObamaCare | TheHill

G.O.P. Race Starts in Lavish Haunts of Rich Donors - NYTimes.com - They had little choice, according to one Republican who attended, and who asked for anonymity so as not to offend any of the donors. “This is going to be the super PAC election,” he said

"Because I Will Sign a Right to Work Bill, I Could Personally Have Defeated the Nazis" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - At one time, I was really worried about Scott Walker becoming president. But with each passing day, it’s increasingly clear that this is a person not ready for prime time. Instead, this is Sarah Palin in a tie. Just one of many examples:
On the meaning of de-tenure | parezco y digo - President Joe DiPietro and the UT Board of Trustees voted yesterday to make the tenure process, tenured compensation, and de-tenuring a key element of its plan to cut costs and expand revenues in the wake of reduced state support for higher education. The governor and state legislature, over the course of the last 10 years, have failed to fully fund the state’s own formula that determines its contributions to the university system (the Republican oligarch of NC is destroying education)

Memorializing Slavery - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The fact that a wealthy white man would buy an antebellum Louisiana sugar plantation and turn it into a no punches pulled museum on slavery, the first museum dedicated wholly to slavery in the United States (the U.S. has the Holocaust Museum despite no appropriate museum dealing with its own genocidal projects) is remarkable ... In addition to the United States museum there are holocaust museums in Florida, Illinois, Dallas, Los Angeles and Boston. (Jew are much more important people)

Georgia judge jails Muslim woman for wearing headscarf to court | Law | The Guardian

Wisconsin high school opens new, $662,000 locker rooms - Extra Mustard - SI.com - It's been said that a town with money is a little like a mule with a spinning wheel: No one knows how he got it, and danged if he knows how to use it. (coulda bought computers)
South Carolina college denounces homosexuality after two volleyball players come out as gay - The Washington Post - Erskine College in Due West, S.C., describes itself as a “liberal arts” institution, but as far as that freedom applies to the hearts and minds of its students, it seems limited.

But for the video… - The Washington Post - Seven witnesses backed up the police account that Dendinger had assaulted Cassard. (oh, they were all cops? and cops never lie)
Video Exonerates Man Set Up By Louisiana Cops And Prosecutors - Yahoo News - If not for cell phone video, 47-year-old disabled veteran Douglas Dendinger could be going to prison — because of an apparent coordinated effort by Washington Parish, La. cops and prosecutors who falsely accused him of battery and witness intimidation.
West Monroe Police Officer Jody LeDoux has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of Raymond Keith Martinez
Joint enterprise murder: ancient law jailing hundreds, say FOI reports | Law | The Guardian - Use of law which enables defendants to be found guilty of killing even if they did not deliver fatal blow sparks widespread concern
Florida Shooter: I Shot A Pregnant Woman. Don't Jail Me. - The Daily Beast - in Florida, an accidental discharge of a firearm that kills someone—even if it is the result of gross negligence—cannot be prosecuted. (like in NYC but with guns instead of cars)
Man with 41 driver license suspensions pulled over again in New York - The Washington Post - A 36-year-old man with a traffic record that includes more than three dozen license suspensions was taken into custody again Saturday after an officer noticed his erratic driving in New York state.
While some rape kits sat untested, suspects committed more assaults - Houston Chronicle - As Houston officials Monday trumpeted the completion of DNA testing on a three-decade backlog of sexual assault kits, they also acknowledged that while the DNA of some alleged rapists went untested, the suspects committed other sexual crimes. (who could have predicted?)

CNN's Reliable Sources Airs New Audio Disproving O'Reilly's JFK Story | Blog | Media Matters for America - CNN's Brian Stelter On Higher Quality Recording Of O'Reilly Phone Call: "Clearly This Tape Shows He Was Not There" (drip, drip)
Fox: O'Reilly Didn't See Bombings In Ireland, But He Saw Photos Of Them - Fox News issued a clarification on Friday on behalf of its star host Bill O'Reilly, saying that he said he'd "seen" bombings in Northern Ireland because police showed him photos of them. (or maybe he saw them on tv)

Why you should stop giving your kid a bath every night - The Washington Post - the medical community has worked relentlessly (and well-meaningfully) to remove as many microbes from our bodies as is possible without living in a plastic bubble, and the overuse of antibiotics, antiseptics, antihelminthics, and pesticides today has the potential to do our bodies more harm than good ... Puerperal fever took the lives of high numbers of women giving birth in maternity institutions, sometimes reaching as high as 40 percent, all caused by the doctors who attended births with unwashed hands (often right after performing an autopsy in the next room).
Overuse of Antibiotics Caused Infections by Bug That Killed 29,000 in 1 Year - Scientific American - A newly released CDC report focused on the Clostridium difficile bacterium, which can cause deadly diarrhea
Many California bird species host Lyme disease bacteria, study finds - LA Times - Ticks carrying the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease are infesting Northern California’s birds and may be hitching rides on them into suburban settings, according to a new UC Berkeley study.
Google’s artificial intelligence breakthrough may have a huge impact on self-driving cars and much more - The Washington Post - Google researchers have created an algorithm that has a human-like ability to learn, marking a significant breakthrough in the field of artificial intelligence.
How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals | Science | The Guardian - “But then we formed an alliance with the wolf and that would have been the end for the Neanderthal.”
20-year-old Military Weather Satellite Exploded in Orbit - A 20-year-old military weather satellite apparently exploded in orbit Feb. 3 following what the U.S. Air Force described as a sudden temperature spike.
Googled "common core math" to try to explain it to my boyfriend. This was the first image result : funny

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Even devout Christians on the left begin to see “Christians” as a shorthand term for those folks who believe in Bill O’Reilly’s War on Christmas. They’ve begun a process of conceding control of the branding of their own religion to wingnut charlatans.

School apologizes to boy’s parents, changes public ‘shaming’ after outrage on Facebook | Q13 FOX News
How to be a man in 2015 | World news | The Guardian - Being a guy used to be easy. Now it’s just confusing. Are you an ultra dad or a lumbersexual? And who’s the better role model – David Beckham or Louis CK? Max Olesker asks what’s happened to masculinity, and if it has a future (sorry, no)
Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education - When I was in college, hooking up with professors was more or less part of the curriculum
In Defense of Drunk Sex - Reason.com - They warned us for years, "Don't drink and drive." Now it's, "Don't drink and fuck."
The Stanford Undergraduate and the Mentor - NYTimes.com

Ex-police chief inadvertently reveals misgivings about JonBenet Ramsey investigation - The Washington Post - Mark Beckner, who retired last spring, spoke about the case in an “Ask Me Anything” session, or “AMA,” for a Reddit forum devoted to “Unresolved Mysteries,” unaware that the comments would be online for anyone to read.
Sikh boy records being bullied by racists on school bus : videos
What did you do wrong the first time you had sex? : AskReddit
Bill Nye debated GMOs with /u/Hexaploid in his AMA 3 months ago. In a video on Wednesday he said he had changed his mind and would be updating his book. : bestof
Notes on watching "Aliens" for the first time again, with a bunch of kids : movies
What is something that somebody can do that automatically makes them more attractive in your eyes? : AskReddit
What's the TL;DR of your most embarrassing story? : AskReddit
meghanholiday comments on /r/Tinder recommended I post this here..
TumblrInAction: Actually Not That Bad
> Reddit, what in your opinion, is the most attractive profession a member of the opposite gender can have? : AskReddit
[Serious] What is the actual scariest photo on the internet? : AskReddit

Google Tells Cities To Greet Google Fiber With Open Arms Or 'Enjoy Your Time Warner Cable' - What’s frosting Google Fiber is that even the cities that are glad to receive Google Fiber are making the process slow by being inflexible when it comes to red tape (could been you, Cambridge, but no ...)
Paypal Cuts Off Mega Because It Actually Keeps Your Files Secret | Techdirt - ayPal has advised that MEGA's "unique encryption model" presents an insurmountable difficulty. (Paypal hates encryption)
Man who made thousands posting women’s stolen nudes goes after news sites that posted pictures of him - The Washington Post - Revenge-porn impresario Craig Brittain is learning the hard way that karma is a real witch.
Samsung copies Apple's strategy for new Galaxy S6: no SD card slot and battery is locked into device : news

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Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'

Russian opposition leaders see Kremlin links to Nemtsov slaying - The Washington Post
Boris Nemtsov allies fear killers of Russian politician will escape justice | World news | The Guardian - History of opposition to Vladimir Putin seen as most likely reason for death of former deputy prime minister
Boris Nemtsov, Putin Foe, Is Shot Dead in Shadow of Kremlin - NYTimes.com - the highest-profile assassination in Russia during the tenure of President Vladimir V. Putin.
World leaders condemn murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov | World news | The Guardian - Former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin who was due to lead major rally on Sunday was killed near the Kremlin
Nemtsov planned to reveal Russian links to Ukraine conflict - Poroshenko - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine's separatist conflict.
World leaders condemn murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov | World news | The Guardian - Former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin who was due to lead major rally on Sunday was killed near the Kremlin ... The committee, which reports to Putin, said the killing could be linked with events in Ukraine or have been carried out by radical Islamists
Russia Mourns Murdered Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov - A former deputy prime minister who had feared he would be murdered, Nemtsov was the most prominent opposition figure killed in Putin's 15-year rule.
Killing Hope In Putin's Russia - BuzzFeed News - Boris Nemtsov’s shocking murder just outside the Kremlin didn’t just silence a once-formidable Putin critic. Now it’s harder than ever to imagine a Russia where the truth will out and these things don’t happen

The Isis war resolution debate resounds with doublespeak | Comment is free | The Guardian - Neither Congress nor the Senate is preventing the War Powers Act and the Constitution from being twisted by an administration willing to enter into a ‘Forever War’
Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan - McCain dismissed the idea that the president and defense secretary didn't know about the briefing's content. "It was sort of an immaculate conception?" he scoffed. "One then wonders about the chain of command." (bomb-bomb John)
Security officials suspect US drone strike killed three al-Qaida militants in Yemen | World news | The Guardian - The US has launched several strikes in recent weeks, reflecting Washington’s resolve to keep fighting militants despite Yemen’s political paralysis
Isis killer Mohammed Emwazi had link to 2005 London bomb plot | World news | The Guardian - Key figure in Mohammed Emwazi terror cell talked to 21/7 attacker who was later jailed for life over failed attack at tube station

White House Offers Rebuttal Before Netanyahu’s Speech - NYTimes.com - Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, the Obama administration sought on Friday to refute the Israeli leader’s expected critique, arguing that he has failed to present a feasible alternative to American proposals for constraining Iran’s nuclear program. (bombs and invasions, what Israel want US to do, which worked out so well last time, apparently not "feasible")
Netanyahu’s Congress speech scuppers bipartisan unity on support for Israel | World news | The Guardian - Israeli PM is accused of ‘conspiring’ with Republicans to condemn Obama’s policy on Iranian nuclear talks
Netanyahu's 'scaremongering' will not stop nuclear deal, says Iranian official | World news | The Guardian - Mohammad Javad Zarif said Israeli leader’s speech to the US Congress next week will not undermine world powers’ efforts to reach final nuclear deal
Obama, Netanyahu On Collision Course 6 Years In The Making

#Gitmo2Chicago: protests target police 'black site' | US news | The Guardian - Homan Square abuse allegations encircle mayor Rahm Emanuel as Anonymous, Occupy and Black Lives Matter take to social media and streets beyond Chicago (Rahm loves torture, of course)

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, with Scott Walker right behind - Ben Schreckinger - Politico
Heads on sticks at CPAC: who do real conservatives want for president in 2016? – video | US news | The Guardian (gearing up for the sadistic clown convention)
The 'War on Women' is the latest war that Republicans at CPAC want to win | Comment is free | The Guardian - Their game plan involves more (opposite-sex) marriage to undo the harm caused by the sexual revolution (that will so work)

House Republicans Call One-Week Timeout On DHS Shutdown Drama
House chaos on DHS funding leaves GOP senators fuming | TheHill
John Boehner allies fret coup attempt - POLITICO - Conservatives warn the speaker’s fate could be determined by how he handles the next seven days.
Shutdown of Homeland Security averted as Pelosi comes to rescue | TheHill
Peter King: ‘I’ve Had It with This Self-Righteous, Delusional Wing’ of the GOP | Mediaite (and when Peter King calls you delusional ...)

Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party | Rolling Stone - Walker's ISIS comments might help him in the short term, but in the end his Party will suffer - Walker is surging thanks to his performance at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his "I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!" stump speech.

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist: Report

Wolf seeks Obama's help in boosting oil-train safety - Gov. Wolf on Friday joined a chorus of officials pressuring the federal government to improve oil-train safety, and urged the government to reduce the volatility of North Dakota crude oil, which has been implicated in several recent fiery accidents (they will blow up Philly)

Missouri shooting rampage: details of alleged gunman's past emerge | US news | The Guardian - Authorities still searching for answers to why dead suspect Joseph Aldridge may have killed seven relatives as victims are identified
City of Cleveland responds to Tamir Rice lawsuit by saying boy's death was caused because of his own actions | cleveland.com - n its filing, the city, as it has done before, denied having knowledge of problems in Loehmann's past police employment history. (well, that makes sense)
Cleveland Police Union Blames 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice For Being Some Kind Of Monster | Wonkette - “Tamir Rice is in the wrong,” he said. “He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body.
Fatal Shooting of Cleveland Boy Tamir Rice Was Caused by His Own Actions: City : news
Protesters question investigation of fatal police shooting in New Jersey | US news | The Guardian - Jerame Reid was killed two minutes into traffic stop in December - New lawsuit filed against one of two officers involved in shooting - On Thursday, Days was accused in a federal lawsuit of raping a 22-year-old woman, Bridgeton resident Shakera Brown, for months while threatening to send her to jail, and continuing to so after the alleged abuse had been reported to his superiors. The suit said Brown complained in summer 2014. (so they did nothing)
Jessica Hernandez, Teen Killed By Denver Police, Had 4 Gunshot Wounds: Autopsy - "These facts undermine Denver Police Department's claim that Jessie was driving at the officers as they shot her," Mohamedbhai said in a statement. "The wound path and trajectory of the bullet that likely killed Jessica Hernandez undermines the version of events as indicated by the Denver Police Department."
Florida police chief arrested in prostitution sting, blames job 'stress' | cleveland.com - A South Florida police chief has been arrested after he was accused soliciting a prostitute.
The Rise and Fall of RedBook, the Site That Sex Workers Couldn't Live Without | WIRED - Then, on June 25, 2014, visitors to RedBook got a rude shock. Instead of a directory of links to sexy ads, forums, and reviews, they saw a dire-looking alert from the Department of Justice, FBI, and IRS stating that RedBook's domain had been seized.

Here's Every Claim Made Against Bill O'Reilly So Far

How NFL stadium promoters are snowing the city of Inglewood - LA Times - In this case, the money includes the nearly $120,000 in campaign donations the stadium's developers have given to elected city officials since 2006. Mayor James T. Butts Jr., the project's chief municipal cheerleader, has received $90,000 from Hollywood Park Land Co., the project developer. The dirty little secret of stadium deals is that most of them don't pay their own way. - Neil deMause, Fieldofschemes.com

Hubble at 25: the cosmos at its most breathtaking – in pictures | Science | The Guardian - The Hubble telescope was launched in April 1990. Ever since, it has been providing astronomers with breathtaking images of the cosmos
The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely 'Backwards' - I would suggest that the attempt to pharmacologically reduce depressive symptoms is not likely to produce lasting effects. You can get these temporary effects, but they're not likely to be lasting effects, and they can cause a whole lot of problems. (SSRIs work in 30% of cases often with bad side-effects +weed, man)
The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED
#TheDress Was Actually A Mother-Of-The-Bride Dress (And P.S. It's Black And Blue)
I don't get it - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systematic review - Currently available evidence indicates that electronic cigarettes are by far a less harmful alternative to smoking and significant health benefits are expected in smokers who switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes.

Predestination (2014) A time travel movie that handles paradox and causality extremely well. : movies

Snapchat tells underage teens to stop sexting - Business Insider
Is Google’s Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer? | WIRED - This week, the Silicon Valley giant paid $25m for exclusive rights to the .app domain. The purchase dwarfs the $5m that Amazon paid for the rights to .buy last year.

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Net neutrality activists celebrate internet victory with grumpy cat parade | Technology | The Guardian - Open internet supporters fly plane with banner reading ‘Comcast: don’t mess with the internet’ after FCC voted to approve strict rules to keep the internet free

Watch Jim Inhofe Throw a Snowball on the Senate Floor - NationalJournal.com - "Do you know what this is? It's a snowball," he said to freshman Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, who being from Louisiana may not be familiar with snow. "It's just from outside here, so it's very, very cold out, ... very unseasonable." "Mr. President, Catch this," Inhofe said (he's a funny guy)

Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek's Mr Spock Dies - A former smoker, he had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow | World news | The Guardian - Former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin who was due to lead major rally on Sunday was killed near the Kremlin (latest fad in authoritarian rule: just shoot your opposition)
Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow ... They love his decisive leadership style. "That's what you call a leader" - Rudy Gulliani

Avijit murdered by extremists: Family - bdnews24.com
Bangladeshis protest after atheist writer Avijit Roy hacked to death | World news | The Guardian - Hundreds rally against fundamentalism in Dhaka as Islamists claim responsibility for murder of prominent US-Bangladeshi blogger - Ajoy Roy, Avijit’s father, told the Guardian. He criticised the police for failing to act despite being allegedly just metres away from the scene of the attack.

First Adult Picture Of 'Jihadi John' Emerges - Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management. (not exactly computer science)
PM Defends MI5 After 'Jihadi John' Named - The Prime Minister defends the security services as questions are raised over what MI5 knew about Islamist militant "Jihadi John".
First Photo Of 'Jihadi John' As Adult Revealed
Pittsburgh Pirates: picture of militant in team's hat 'absolutely sickening' | Sport | The Guardian - “The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride.” (well, pirates)
U.S. Northern Command: Loose Llamas Had No Connection To ISIS - Hours after two llamas wreaked havoc on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona Thursday, the United States Northern Command answered the questions on everyone's minds: Who were the llamas working for? And do they have connections to the so-called Islamic State in Syria?


Chicagoans detail abusive confinement inside Homan Square police 'black site' | US news | The Guardian - Four black men recall prolonged shackling and off-the-books interrogation - Lawyers: ‘majority of abuse’ at Homan Square focuses on minority Americans
Chicago 'Black Site' 'Not First Time' Anti-Terror Tactics Allegedly Used On Americans - At least one man was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive inside an interview room at Homan Square.

House Can't Even Agree To Fund DHS For 3 Weeks (so we have two more years of this?)


CPAC Officially Goes Off The Rails With Phil Robertson's Rant On STDs, 'The Revenge Of The Hippies' (so they have this white taliban-looking guy)
Governor's Islamist terror comparison shocks Wisconsin protesters | US news | The Guardian - compared his handling of the peaceful demonstrations to his stance on Islamist terrorism were he to become president (union protesters are terrorists cutting off the heads of capitalists)
Scott Walker Says He Can Take On ISIS Because He Took On Labor Unions


Aaron Schock reimburses US for $40,000 Downton Abbey office remodel | US news | The Guardian - Schock is under scrutiny for using an office expense account to pay for the redecorating, as well as taxpayer and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets.

Bill O'Reilly's LA riots 'bombardment' stories disputed by former colleagues | Media | The Guardian - Fox News host, whose stories of past reporting exploits are under renewed scrutiny, claimed ‘we were attacked by protesters’ when covering the 1992 riots
Only 35 Percent Of Americans Still Think Bill O'Reilly Is Trustworthy (only 8% above the hard-core rightwing insane)

Eight dead in Missouri shooting rampage at multiple crime scenes, police say | US news | The Guardian - Sheriff’s department says gunman upset at the death of his mother killed seven people in a shooting rampage before turning gun on himself - Tyrone, where Aldridge lived, has a population of about 50, the AP reported. “There’s not even a stop sign there,” xs
Texas Serial Shooter 'Won't Stop' (when everyone has a gun)

Heidi Thomas, Former Model, Accuses Bill Cosby Of Assaulting Her In Reno In 1984 - More than 20 women have come forward with similar claims.

The Millions : A Bloodletting: On Mark Doten’s ‘The Infernal’ - the reader has the sense that all the lies and deceit of the last dozen years, the courage shown and the suspicion that it meant little, have been brought together in one place, between the covers of a single book. Here’s hoping that people open it.

STFU Parents: Should Parents Get Special Treatment At Drive-Thrus?

This Super Slo-Mo Video Of An Exploding Rubber Band Ball Will Blow Your Mind - It's not hard to guess what happens when a firecracker stuffed inside a rubber band ball blows up--but it sure is fun to watch.

What do you think about electronic cigarettes? : AskReddit
TIL the Basque language is an absolute isolated language: It has not been shown to be related to any other language despite numerous attempts : todayilearned
ahalenia comments on Why do native populations (e.g. Native Americans, Inuits and Australian aboriginals) appear to have such high rates of substance abuse? - The impact of the widespread child abuse and sexual abuse that took place at residential schools cannot be overstated. In Canada, the United States, and Australia, children (sometimes as young as four years of age) were removed from their families and home communities and sent to remote boarding schools, with the stated goal of assimilating the children into mainstream society.

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Scientists confirm amassing CO2 heats Earth’s surface | Science News - Increase in incoming thermal energy bears signature of greenhouse gas
São Paulo – anatomy of a failing megacity: residents struggle as water taps run dry | Cities | The Guardian - many paulistanos are hoarding water in their apartments – and some are even drilling homemade wells – as they prepare for possible rationing

The Necessity of ‘Citizenfour’ | The Nation

The FCC approves strong net neutrality rules - The Washington Post - “This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Net neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the internet | Technology | The Guardian - FCC says ‘we listened and we learned’, and passes strict broadband rules that represent ‘a red-letter day for internet freedom’
Why Everyone Was Wrong About Net Neutrality - The New Yorker
Aggressively Neutral: The FCC Drops The Hammer - The FCC has announced that it hereafter will regulate the internet as a public utility. (job-destroying Obamacare for the internets wins)
FCC overturns state laws that protect ISPs from local competition | Ars Technica - Municipal broadband networks could expand because of FCC's controversial vote. (it's always the monopoly thing +bought lawmakers)
FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility : technology

India calls for UN Security Council reforms this year | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis - arguing the most-powerful body of the United Nations itself embodies the undemocratic stranglehold of the privileges of a few, forged by a wartime alliance that no longer exists. (good points)
China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral | Reuters - China is building some "fairly amazing submarines" and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S. Navy admiral told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior.

Bibi's Latest Lie - But in the course of his scorched earth campaign for reelection, he's done something as yet little noticed in the US. He's run a campaign ad which not only hugely distorts history but also managed to libel the US.
Netanyahu’s Latest Falsehood: The US Didn’t Support the Establishment of Israel | The Nation - Benjamin Netanyahu’s new campaign ad rewrites history.

How ‘Islamic’ Is the Islamic State? | The Nation - Those, like Giuliani, who insist on speaking of “Islamic terrorism” want to shape our language so as to imply that the Islamic tradition authorizes the deployment of terrorism

ISIS losing ground to Kurds - World - CBC News - Fears for 150 Christians abducted by the group grow as an ISIS supply line cut
Numbers Of Christians Abducted In Syria By Islamic State Rises To 220, Monitor Says - Islamic State militants have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three day offensive, a monitor that tracks violence in Syria said on Thursday.
‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi - The Washington Post
UK man behind Isis beheadings named as Mohammed Emwazi | World news | The Guardian - Emwazi, a 26-year-old west Londoner and university graduate, was given the moniker ‘Jihadi John’ by a group of his hostages
IS militant 'Jihadi John' named as Mohammed Emwazi from London : worldnews
Jihadi John defender was filmed calling for jihad outside U.S Embassy | Daily Mail Online - CAGE broadcast was on Sky News for 58 minutes without interruption and the BBC showed it for 52 minutes
At 15, off to behead belt - Britain is witnessing a disturbing phenomenon - schoolgirls as young as 15 telling their parents they are "out for the day", bunking class and then sneaking off to Syria via Turkey in pursuit of fun, adventure - and the possibility of becoming brides of the behead brigade ... of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London research organisation that studies extremism. As the radicals see it, " a 15- year- old makes a good wife", he said. " A 14- yearold male is less useful as a combatant."

Quote of the Day - Kerry: "The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision." (two knuckleheads got together and planned disaster: always listen to Israel on US foreign policy)

Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin | Reuters - presiding over an economy that will weaken further, eventually provoking a battle between rival clans in Moscow.
Ukrainian military pulls back heavy weaponry from eastern front | World news | The Guardian - Withdrawl of artillery and creation of buffer zone is second step after ceasefire in 12-point agreement agreed in truce talks

Argentina votes to dissolve intelligence agency after Alberto Nisman's death - World - Israel News | Haaretz - President Kirchner had proposed the move. Government had said a renegade spy was linked to AMIA prosecutor's death. (un-huh)

SwissLeaks - the HSBC money laundering machine | All media content | DW.DE | 24.02.2015 - The bank is accused of systematic involvement in tax evasion and money laundering to the tune of more than 100 billion euros. Jan Fritsche discusses how the tax evasion and money laundering practices worked.
One in three Germans say capitalism to blame for poverty, hunger | Reuters - and a majority think true democracy is not possible under that economic system,

Quebec minister quits after strip-search comments - The Free Press - Last week, Bolduc said strip searches were permitted in Quebec high schools as long as they were conducted in a manner that was ``very respectful'' to the student.


Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnapping' | US news | The Guardian - Protester Vic Suter was shackled to a bench and denied access to a lawyer - Suter claims officer told her: ‘You’re going to get a tour of hell inside Homan’ (time to rendite and torture Rahm)
'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington | US news | The Guardian - Shocked politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into Homan Square - Rahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine ‘outrageous’ abuse

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking (gunz, money and the end of democracy)

A 2-Day Revolt at a Texas Private Prison Reveals Everything That’s Wrong with Criminalizing Immigration | The Nation - Now administrators are beginning to transfer the 2,800 prisoners—undocumented immigrants, most serving time for low-level offenses—to other facilities, because the protest made the center “uninhabitable.” But reports suggest that Willacy has been uninhabitable for years


Right-to-work bill passes Wisconsin Senate on way to desk of Scott Walker | World news | The Guardian - 2016 Republican hopeful expected to sign bill if it passes Assembly - Opponents case bill as assault on organised labour and blue-collar workers (a lot of whom voted Republican, because)

CPAC’s ‘ask a speaker’ hashtag campaign backfires before the conference even begins - What's the easiest way to incorporate my uterus and then move it overseas to avoid taxes? #CPACQ
Republicans propose declaring Idaho a 'Christian state' - Yahoo News - Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure on Tuesday evening that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the "Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States."

Pasco Police Fired 17 Shots At Unarmed Mexican Migrant For Throwing Rocks At Them - “They were just spraying bullets everywhere,” Rios told The Huffington Post. “That shows no concern for the public. ... These are highly trained officers, as we’ve been told over and over again. They were probably no more than 15 feet away from him.”
40 complaints against 1 Denver officer who may cost city over $1M; DPD says 'the department failed' - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com (taxpayers in hock for over a million)

Jon Stewart Pulls Out The Big Guns, Unveils '50 Fox News Lies In 6 Seconds' (network of lies)

Jill Abramson signs $1m book deal – but won't settle scores with New York Times | Media | The Guardian - Simon & Schuster wins bidding war for book by former executive editor that will focus on news media remaining relevant in the digital age

My Undercover Expose Of Ashley Madison | Charles J. Orlando | YourTango

CDC investigates deadly bacteria's link to doctors' offices - CNN.com - The bacteria, C. difficile, is typically found in hospitals, but a study out Wednesday reports a substantial number of people contracted the bug who hadn't been in a hospital, but had recently visited the doctor or dentist.

Woman parks in Handicapped zone at school and has no handicapped children : videos - The fuck is a wooga-muffin?
[NSFW] What is the most fucked up act of humanity that you know of? : AskReddit
Cosplayers, what's the creepiest thing that has happened to you at a convention? : AskReddit

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Seventeen people hurt in 75-vehicle Maine pile-up | US news | The Guardian - State police said the crashes in Etna, near Bangor, happened at about 7.30am in heavy snow and involved cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer - “It was almost surreal, something you see in the movies,” Kent said. “giant pile of metal”

Radioactive Fukushima Water Leak Was Unreported for Months: Official - NBC News.com - The operator of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant admitted it failed to report a radioactive rainwater leak from the facility for about 10 months. (TEPCO will always be TEPCO)

I am Under “Investigation” | The Climate Fix - Congressman Grijalva doesn’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing on my part, either ethical or legal, because there is none. He simply disagrees with the substance of my testimony – which is based on peer-reviewed research funded by the US taxpayer, and which also happens to be the consensus of the IPCC (new Republican tactic: persecute scientists for their sciencey stuff)

F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama - NYTimes.com - And Republicans on Capitol Hill, who once criticized the plan as “Obamacare for the Internet,” now say they are unlikely to pass a legislative response that would undo perhaps the biggest policy shift since the Internet became a reality.
Net Losers: The Debate Over Net Neutrality Gets Utterly Weird - From claims that the White House will gain control of the internet to the idea that the FCC's new regulations will threaten First Amendment rights, conservative resistance to net neutrality is still in full effect ... Rios claimed that net neutrality will give government bureaucrats the power to determine who can start a website, even though that claim is completely false. (they specialize in complete insanity)

U.S. and British Agencies May Have Tried to Get SIM Encryption Codes, Gemalto Says - NYTimes.com - Gemalto, a French-Dutch digital security company, said on Wednesday that it believed that American and British intelligence agencies had most likely hacked into the company’s networks in an attempt to gain access to worldwide mobile phone communications - The F.C.C. plan would let the agency regulate Internet access as if it is a public good. (Republicans hate public goods)
It's time to break up the NSA - CNN.com - By Bruce Schneier (or say your nice little democracy bye-bye)

Terrorism poses no existential threat to America. We must stop pretending otherwise | John Mueller and Mark Stewart | Comment is free | The Guardian - President Obama and other top officials are backing away from this absurd assertion. But others are resisting reality (boots on the ground and bombs the only solution)
Al-Qaida planning kamikaze attacks on ships in Mediterranean, cables claim | World news | The Guardian - Leaked document from Russian intelligence agency claims north African branch wants to extend its range to Europe with marine unit
Three New York men charged over alleged attempt to join Isis in Syria | US news | The Guardian - Two suspects Uzbek, one Kazakh; two intended to fly to Turkey - Bratton: Isis ‘a new, significant addition to the terrorism threat’ (see what he did there?)

Chicago 'black site': former US justice officials call for Homan Square inquiry | US news | The Guardian - Two ex-senior Justice Department officials say allegations about police operation are ‘very disturbing’ and raise serious questions about constitutional violations - difficult to disentangle the “dark history” of interrogation by Chicago and other law enforcement agencies from a post-9/11 militarization of domestic policework (Rahm's "warehouse of horrors" black-site torture chamber)
This Is Not America, Cont'd - This is what can happen when the concept of torture is normalized in the public mind.
Chicago Police deny report of secret interrogation compound at Homan Square site | Chicago

Kerry Blasts Netanyahu: He's 'Wrong' On Iran Deal Like He Was On Iraq War
Susan Rice: Netanyahu Visit 'Destructive' To U.S.-Israel Relationship - there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship," Rice told PBS' Charlie Rose. (Boehner fucking with democracy)
Binyamin Netanyahu criticised for Israel's housing crisis as election nears | World news | The Guardian - Highly critical report published by state watchdog takes aim at the Israeli government’s inaction over the overheated and dysfunctional housing market - – comes only three weeks before Israel goes to the polls in a closely-fought election in which Netanyahu appears increasingly vulnerable.
Netanyahu Invites Arab Ambassadors to His Speech to Congress—and Gets Rejected - The Atlantic - In other news, the Israeli national security advisor tells his American interlocutors that he wishes the prime minister's address to Congress weren't taking place.

Sec. of State John Kerry: Russia is lying ‘to my face’ about having troops in Ukraine - “Russia has engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I’ve seen since the very height of the Cold War,” Kerry told US lawmakers. (Putin is big fat liar)
U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border - The Washington Post - U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.

Bishop accuses Turkey over Syrian Christians - MIDEAST - A prominent bishop on Feb. 25 accused Turkey of preventing Christians from fleeing Syria while allowing jihadists responsible for their persecution to cross its border unchecked.
Most British Muslims 'oppose Muhammad cartoons reprisals' - Almost 80% said they had found it deeply offensive when images depicting the Prophet were published.
Austria passes controversial reforms to 1912 Islam law - The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams.

Exclusive: China drops leading technology brands for state purchases | Reuters - Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has also been dropped over the period, along with Intel Corp's (INTC.O) security software firm McAfee and network and server software firm Citrix Systems (CTXS.O). "The Snowden incident, it's become a real concern, especially for top leaders,"

State Department official arrested, suspected of soliciting sex from minor - LA Times - senior State Department official who oversees counter-terrorism programs has been arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex from a minor, authorities in Virginia said late Tuesday.

Police identify Chelsea fans involved in racist chanting in London | UK news | The Guardian - Incident at St Pancras station came hours after abuse of black man on Paris Métro by Chelsea supporters

Feds raid Texas secessionist meeting - San Antonio Express-News - In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine's Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.

The GOP’s Non-Interventionist Moment Passes by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Today Greg Sargent notes the steady drift of rank-and-file Republican sentiment towards more “muscular” forms of intervention overseas, settling particularly on the use of ground troops to fight IS.

Abercrombie & Fitch case: justices set to side with Muslim woman over headscarf | Law | The Guardian - US supreme court hears arguments in religious discrimination case involving woman who was not hired because she wore a black headscarf to interview
Poll: 57% Of GOPers Support Making Christianity The National Religion (with apostasy punishable by death)

West Virginia GOPers Want To Make Enforcing Obamacare A Felony

In Mayoral Runoff, Rahm Emanuel’s Corrupt Governance Has Finally Caught Up With Him - In These Times - It’s become increasingly clear to Chicagoans that Rahm Emanuel is out for himself and his rich friends, not for us. an Election Day exposé that appeared in the British paper the Guardian by investigate reporter Spencer Ackerman. “The Disappeared” revealed the existence of Homan Square, a forlorn “black site” that the Chicago Police operate on the West Side.
Chicago: An Electoral Blow To Rahmbo by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In a distinct upset, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, despite a massive financial advantage and the backing of the country’s most famous resident of his city, was knocked into a runoff by voters yesterday ... the first mayoral runoff in the city’s history. (close moar schools!)
Progressives Celebrate Rahm Emanuel's Surprise Setback in Chicago - Bloomberg Politics - Progressives versus the mayor in Chicago.
How To Sell Off a City - In These Times - Welcome to Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, the privatized metropolis of the future. (some would say "corrupt")

Thank you for your service? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : On Sunday the Times had a piece about how some (many?) military veterans don’t like to be “thanked” for their service by civilians: “I pulled the trigger,” he said. “You didn’t. Don’t take that away from me.”

Report: 'Stop-and-Frisk' problems linger - The Philadelphia Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk still has "serious flaws," according to a report filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
LAPD officers won't be charged in fatal shooting of Corvette driver - LA Times - Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against three Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed an unarmed man at the end of a televised pursuit in 2013.

Hullabaloo - He was "jostled" at a street protest once. As I've said before, the idea that this liar took Brian Williams to task for his exaggerations shows just proves what a pathologically dishonest hack he is
O'Reilly Lied About Suicide Of JFK Assassination Figure, Former Colleagues Say | Blog | Media Matters for America - Fox Host's Dallas TV Colleagues Tell Media Matters Of Another Fabrication
Bill O'Reilly Lied About Witnessing Suicide Of JFK Assassin's Friend, Former Co-Workers Say
Jon Stewart Calls Out Bill O'Reilly: 'No One's Watching Him For The Actual Truth'
Bill O'Reilly's "Combat Situation" Reporting, In His Own Words | Research | Media Matters for America - O'Reilly On The Falklands War: "I've Seen Combat Up Close And Personal"
Another Fabrication: O'Reilly Never Witnessed The Murder Of Nuns In El Salvador | Blog | Media Matters for America - O'Reilly's Claim To Have Seen Nuns "Shot In The Back Of The Head" Contradicted By His Own Timeline
Why Has Fox News Stopped Defending Bill O’Reilly?
Another Round Of Prestone For The House: Dylan Byers Is Buying - Why Bill O'Reilly isn't in the same boat as Brian Williams ... Truth, as Himself wrote, is an odd number, but, my Lord in heaven, lad, have some pride. (Himself = Flann O'Brien
May cable news ratings spare no one - POLITICO.com - O'Reilly had his lowest month since 2001 in the key demo, with 308,000 viewers. Yes, O'Reilly is still the No. 1 program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,136,000 total viewers in May. But the majority of those viewers are over the age of 55. In fact, the median age for O'Reilly is now just over 72 years old. The average Fox News viewer overall is 68.8, while the average ages of MSNBC and CNN viewers were 62.5 and 62.8, respectively.

Bowser: Legal pot possession to take effect at midnight in the District - The Washington Post - “We believe that we’re acting lawfully,” Bowser said, offering a direct retort to House Republicans who late Tuesday urged the mayor — and even threatened prison time — to reconsider moving forward with legalization.
Jamaica Passes Act Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Pot - US News - Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of pot, paves way for medical marijuana. (anti-drug cartel unraveling)
Lab In Berkeley Accidentally Discovers Solution To Fix Color Blindness « CBS San Francisco - Enchroma CX sunglasses.

University of Colorado settles with student accused of sexual assault | WashingtonExaminer.com - When John brought up these lies to campus investigators, the school justified Jane’s actions on her behalf, according to the lawsuit.

Woman's newly cleaned car flies onto three at dealer - "That's one of the pictures you see on the Internet and say, 'How did you do that?' " said an employee at the car wash who asked that his name not be used ... police do not suspect a "mental episode."

Season of the witch: why young women are flocking to the ancient craft | World news | The Guardian - Rapper Azealia Banks brought witchcraft back into the mainstream by tweeting ‘I’m really a witch’. But women in the US have been harnessing its power for decades as a ‘spiritual but not religious’ way to express feminist ambitions ... Embracing the witchiness – deciding you can know something about your life by looking at tarot cards and listening to your hunches, or trying to affect a situation by focusing your will on it (ok)

Daily pill Truvada cuts spread of HIV by 86%, study shows | Society | The Guardian - Study looking at transmission among men who have sex with men recruited 545 participants at high risk of contracting HIV
Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin, affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders -- ScienceDaily
Tobacco 'kills two in three smokers' - Smoking 10 cigarettes a day doubled the risk, while 20-a-day smokers were four to five times more likely to die.
First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims | Science | The Guardian - Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready
Black hole breaks records, swallows up scientific theory. Supermassive black hole at centre of a quasar is 12 billion times more massive than the sun : science
Interactive wormhole & black hole : interstellar
How do black holes overcome the Pauli Exclusion principle? : askscience
The Largest Black Hole In the Known Universe — Starts With A Bang! — Medium - And those two galaxies, the nearby (and small) NGC 1277 and the ultra-distant OJ 287, house what we know of as the largest black holes in the Universe. There are surely larger ones out there, but it will take both serendipitous configurations and time?—?and better radio-and-X-ray telescope equipment?—?to help us find them!
This Colossal Black Hole Is 12 Billion Times As Massive As The Sun, And It Has Astronomers Baffled
Stone Age Skull Reveals Astonishing Human Diversity - The 22,000-year-old skull is not a new species and is clearly that of an anatomically modern human, but is markedly different from similar finds from Africa and Europe from the same time, the researchers said ... Only a handful of human burials around the world date from about 12,000 to 30,000 years ago, Ambrose said. But the new findings suggest that during this early period of human history, Africa may have supported even greater human diversity, with small, offshoot lineages that no longer exist today, Tryon said.
Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa - Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.
Google's Game-Playing Algorithm Could Be the Future of AI (SkyNet is here)

The 100 best novels: No 64 – At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien (1939) | Books | The Guardian - Jorge Luis Borges who, in 1939, described Flann O’Brien’s masterpiece in the following terms: “I have enumerated many verbal labyrinths, but none so complex as the recent book by Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds…

[Serious] Has Anyone ever Committed Suicide Because of You, or Blamed You in a Note? : AskReddit
What seems to be a huge deal on Reddit, but not so much in real life? : AskReddit
Redditors what is the weirdest thing you have heard of someone not believing in? : AskReddit
City attorney says Grand Rapids police broke no laws when stopping to fingerprint and photograph innocent blacks and Hispanics without IDs because there are "no constitutional issues with taking photos of people in public" and that "fingerprints are left on surfaces all day long" : news
Why does evolution not weed out morality? What stops psychopaths from outcompeting the rest of us? : askscience

Apple Ordered To Pay $533 Million For Patent Infringement - Apple Inc has been ordered to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC ... patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games. (basically, the internet) The trial was held in Tyler, which over the past decade has become a focus for patent litigation. Smartflash's registered office is also in Tyler. (TX "justice")

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Eschaton: The only official to go to prison in connection with torture... - ...wasn't one of the torturers. (Obama has always protected the torturers)
CIA Torture Whistleblower: US Government Lacks "the Guts" to Face Its Crimes | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - John Kiriakou's advice to future national security whistleblowers: 'Get a lawyer first.'
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' | US news | The Guardian - Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US - ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights - Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death (Chicago cops: training for rendition and torture - no consequences)
Chicago’s Homan Square 'black site': surveillance, military-style vehicles and a metal cage | US news | The Guardian - This building looks innocent enough. But those familiar with the secretive interrogation and holding facility describe a shocking display of police abuses
Behind ‘the Disappeared’ of Chicago’s Homan Square - The Atlantic - A criminologist dissects the so-called black site, where military interrogation techniques allegedly substituted for questioning.

How Crazy Am I to Think I Know Where MH370 Is? -- NYMag
Live-Chat With Jeff Wise on MH370 Theory -- NYMag

Africa is new ‘El Dorado of espionage’, leaked intelligence files reveal | World news | The Guardian - Continent emerges as the focus of international spying, with South Africa becoming a regional powerhouse and communications hub
British spies don wigs and makeup to testify at US trial of al-Qaida suspect | US news | The Guardian - Five surveillance officers appear as witness in Brooklyn-based trial of Abid Naseer, who is accused of plotting to blow up a British shopping center
US offers highest-ever cybercrime reward for arrest of Russian hacker | US news | The Guardian - State Department and FBI announce $3m reward for information about Evgeniy Bogachev, accused of running computer attack network - Bureau officials said on Tuesday they believed Bogachev was still in Russia. He could not immediately be reached for comment. (good luck with that)

On ISIS - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The ISIS Theater of Cruelty - NYTimes.com
This stupidity needs to end: Why the Atlantic & NY Post are clueless about Islam - Salon.com - Pundits claiming that ISIS is emblematic of Islam ignore the intellectual traditions at the heart of the religion
ISIS Islamic Credentials Spark Public Debate | The New Republic - The pitched battle of religious legitimacy.
In Defense of Islam - NYTimes.com - By Ross Douthat
The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS - Salon.com - Trolling the Internet with stories dressed up as sober, centrist scholarship -- it's what the Atlantic does best
What The Atlantic Gets Dangerously Wrong About ISIS And Islam | ThinkProgress
What The Atlantic Left Out About ISIS According To Their Own Expert | ThinkProgress ( “it’s a long piece,” he joked) (he's a "scholar") (and yes, it's all Bush's fault)
Who was more Catholic: St. Francis or Torquemada?
The framework of fundamentalist propaganda distorts how we view every religion - When it comes to the meaning of religion, Wood sometimes sounds like he works in the recruitment offices of Bob Jones University.

Salon earnings: revenue plummeting, losses growing - Talking New MediaTalking New Media | The digital publishing website - Revenue for the legacy web property falls over 20 percent as the pioneering website, and now entering its 20th year of publishing, now possibly entering its last

How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident | VICE | United States - He told Rose he got so angry that he choked "it" from behind ... "I think I killed a he-she," Pemberton said. xs


Republicans split on DHS funding, edging closer to partial agency shutdown - The Washington Post
Obama blocks Keystone pipeline in rare veto of Republican bill | Environment | The Guardian - Republicans vow to continue fight after president rejects legislation to approve pipeline from Canadian tar sands to refineries along Gulf coast

There's A Startling North-South Divide When It Comes To Health Care - The states with the highest uninsured rates in 2014 are pretty much all found in the South, the Gallup poll found. Not coincidentally, all 10 of the states with the highest uninsured rates have refused to carry out two key parts of Obamacare. (keep voting to fuck yourselves. southeners)
If SCOTUS kills Obamacare subsidies, Republicans don’t have an exit strategy - Vox - a win for Obamacare challengers is no walk in the park for Republican legislators. A positive outcome would make Congressional Republicans the dog who caught the car: they've managed to eliminate a huge part of Obamacare, but don't have a great exit strategy for what happens afterwards. (consequences of actions is hard)

Ron Paul: Congressional Black Caucus opposes war because they want food stamps (not racist at all)

Union members protest Wisconsin right-to-work bill ahead of likely passage | World news | The Guardian - In scene reminiscent of 2011 collective bargaining protests, opponents of the bill call legislature’s extraordinary session ‘an attempt to circumvent democracy’

Trayvon Martin's family 'heartbroken' over outcome of federal investigation | US news | The Guardian - US attorney general Eric Holder says 2012 killing of Florida teen by George Zimmerman did not meet standard for hate crime prosecution
Robert Meyers Doubts Wife's Slaying Was Road Rage
Video shows deputy dragging mentally incompetent woman by shackled feet - Sun Sentinel - Christopher Johnson, who joined the department in 1988, will not have contact with inmates until an Internal Affairs investigation is complete, the Sheriff's Office said.
Officer Victor Ramirez Slaps Alleged Trespasser Who Wanted To Use Restroom (Raw Video)
850 DNA Matches In FBI Database After Houston Clears Rape Kit Backlog

Secrets of the right-wing “brain”: The hilarious wingnut scheme to pretend Jeb Bush is a squishy liberal - Salon.com - A regular Fox News circus clown is now attacking Jeb Bush. His angle is transparent -- but perhaps effective

The Humbling of Rahm - Carol Felsenthal - POLITICO Magazine - All signs point to a second term for the Chicago mayor. But at what cost?

Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Redouble Defense of His Falklands Reporting - NYTimes.com - During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (dumb lying bully is a bully)
CBS Has Released The Falklands Protest Footage Bill O'Reilly Asked For. It Doesn't Support His Claims. | Mother Jones - And he insisted, "I told it exactly the way it was." Referring to the controversy about his Falklands claims, he said, "I want to stop this now. I hope we can stop it."

The South’s true face of hate: Oozing nonsense from demented and influential corners of religious right - Salon.com - Celebrating the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination? Disturbing people are pushing sick alternative history (your neo-Confederacy at work)
Nevada Lawmaker Says Cancer Is A Fungus, Recommends Simply Washing It Out | ThinkProgress - Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) wants to reform the rules of end-of-life medical care so that more cancer patients can simply flush out their disease using baking soda ... Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company ... removed from her position as Republican Majority Leader over allegations of more than $1 million in tax liens, Fiore made news last Wednesday for her assertion that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped
Wasilla enacts strict new pot rules as legalization dawns | Alaska Dispatch News - On in the eve of marijuana legalization in Alaska, Wasilla’s city council on Monday banned making pot brownies at home. (Sarah strikes back)

Keith Olbermann Taken Off Air After Tweet Calling Penn State Students 'Pitiful' - I apologize for the PSU tweets. I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job. (Keith drunk-rage tweets)

Quiz: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love - NYTimes.com
To Fall Out of Love, Do This - The New Yorker

Toronto mystery tunnel: Rexall Centre discovery prompts dig for clues | World news | The Guardian - A CBC News report said “the sophisticated bunker with tunnel” ran for about seven metres (23ft) and was large enough for an adult to stand in.
Toronto mystery tunnel: #terrortunnel, drug lab or something else entirely? | World news | The Guardian - “What does that tell you?” a reporter asked. “That tells me that this was nailed inside the tunnel on a wall,” the officer responded.

Nobody is immune from resisting science they wish weren’t true. Even liberals | Oliver Burkeman | Comment is free | The Guardian - Many believe that conservatives have a strange relationship to the truth. But we may all be more concerned with shoring up our beliefs than objective reality - argue that this might be why we’ve evolved to be reasoning creatures in the first place: not to get at facts, but because it’s evolutionarily adaptive to be able to win others to your cause. (Fox is very evolved)

Windows And Linux More Secure, Mac OS X And iOS Top List Of Most Vulnerable Operating Systems : technology

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The Great Lakes freeze – in pictures | US news | The Guardian - It isn’t just Niagara Falls, Boston Harbor and the Hudson and East Rivers in New York – as arctic air continues to hammer the US, the Great Lakes in the midwest of the country are more than 80% frozen over
Understanding variations in the rate of global warming - Met Office - Finally it is entirely possible that once the current slow-down finishes, it may be followed by a period of accelerated global surface warming. Understanding this better is one aspect of managing the risks and opportunities associated with future climate variability and change.
Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming : Top Headlines : MD News Daily - Disagreement did not diminish, however, as the study subjects' climate-literacy test scores increased. On the contrary, "those with the highest scores were even more politically polarized," Kahan said.
Why Genghis Khan was good for the planet | Environment | The Guardian - Laying waste to land scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - His murderous Mongol armies were responsible for the massacre of as many as 40 million people.
USGS Release: Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection (2/19/2015 2:15:00 PM) - Large areas of the United States that used to experience few or no earthquakes have, in recent years, experienced a remarkable increase in earthquake activity that has caused considerable public concern as well as damage to structures. This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes.

Lobbyist dubbed Dr Evil behind front groups attacking Obama power rules | Environment | The Guardian - Richard Berman routed funding for at least 16 studies and five front groups attacking Environmental Protection Agency rules on power plant emissions

Stephen Hawking Warns That Aggression Could 'Destroy Us All' - “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking told contest winner Adaeze Uyanwah, according to the Independent. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR. AUAA. : IAmA
SuddenlySnowden comments: Edward Snowden writes an impromptu manifesto on how citizens should respond "when legality becomes distinct from morality", gets gilded 13 times in two hours
Yes, That Was Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend at the Oscars | Vanity Fair (suck it up, liberal bloggers)
Edward Snowden Releases Statement Following 'Citizenfour' Oscars Win

Oscar Winners List For 2015 Includes 'Birdman,' Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne & More
This Was The Least-Watched Oscars Ceremony In 6 Years
Microsoft correctly predicted the top Oscars winners | The Verge - Overall, Microsoft successfully predicted 84 percent of the 24 results, with only four incorrect predictions.
Irina Shayk And Rita Ora Lead The Sheer Dress Pack At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Heidi K wins +Jane Fonda)
Sean Penn's 'Green Card' Comment May Have Ruined The Entire Oscars - “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?," Penn said right before announcing the winner.
Oscar Night Hijinx From The Right
Patricia Arquette takes up equal pay – an issue that has long plagued the US | US news | The Guardian - The US has to start at the bottom with minimum-wage jobs if it wants to fix its gender wage gap problem – not in an Oscars acceptance speech
Graham Moore Gives The Oscars' Most Moving Acceptance Speech - "I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I'm standing here," he said. "I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along."

How We Decide To Make War In A Place - The decision and debate to create war should be heated and extensive. If the last Bush taught us anything, it is that convincing the country to make war in a place should not be easy and bipartisan.

CIA attempted to contact Hamas despite official US ban, spy cables reveal | US news | The Guardian - Leaked files show US ‘desperate to make inroads’ into Gaza as well as Barack Obama’s alleged threat to Palestinians over statehood
NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies | US news | The Guardian - Mike Rogers mounts elaborate defense of Obama’s cybersecurity strategy and seeks to calm doubts about built-in access to companies’ data (what's wrong with this picture?)
NSA chief declines comment on spyware reports, says programs lawful | Reuters
Chip Maker to Investigate Claims of Hacking by N.S.A. and British Spy Agencies - NYTimes.com - Gemalto, a French-Dutch digital security company, said on Friday that it was investigating a possible hacking by United States and British intelligence agencies that may have given them access to worldwide mobile phone communications

? Al Jazeera Investigates - The Spy Cables promo - YouTube - The largest intelligence leak since Snowden. Cover ups, closed door deals and the secret world of espionage, revealed. The Spy Cables.
There's a massive new leak of confidential spy files from MI6, Mossad and the FSB | Business Insider India - Al-Jazeera has obtained hundreds of confidential "spy cables" from some of the world's top intelligence agencies, in what the news channel is calling "the largest intelligence leak since Snowden."
Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad | World news | The Guardian - Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas - The disclosure comes as tensions between Israel and its staunchest ally, the US, have dramatically increased ahead of Netanyahu’s planned address to the US Congress on 3 March (Nutanfuckyu's ticking time-bomb)
Leaked Documents Reportedly Reveal Mossad Less Worried About Iran's Nuke Program Than Netanyahu (I'd be worried about him too)
Russia offers to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Iran | World news | The Guardian - Tehran said to be considering offer, which could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month
Mossad contradicted Netanyahu on Iran nuclear programme - Al Jazeera English - Spy Cables reveal Mossad concluded that Iran was not producing nuclear weapons, after PM sounded alarm at UN in 2012.
Palestinian groups face $218m Israel attacks fine in US - A US court in New York has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for attacks in Israel over 10 years ago.

For Egyptian Survivors Of Islamic State Raid, The Nightmare Continues

France - New Charlie Hebdo issue marks return to business as usual - France 24
Turkey criticises UK over three schoolgirls who flew to Istanbul | World news | The Guardian - Deputy PM, Bülent Arinç, says it was a ‘condemnable act’ for Britain to inform it so late about girls, who were possibly en route to join Islamist miltants in Syria ... “It is an condemnable act for Britain to let three girls ... come to Istanbul and then let us know three days later ... They haven’t taken the necessary measures,”
School reaction to 'Syria-bound' schoolgirls: 'it doesn't make sense' | World news | The Guardian - Parents and pupils at school attended by Amira Abase, Shamina Begum and Kadiza Sultana speak of shock at news girls may have fled to join Isis
Female ISIS captives endure ‘brutal and abnormal’ sex | New York Post - The supposedly ultra-conservative Muslim fundamentalists have been forcing women in the city of Raqqa to marry them and engage in savage sex acts that result in hospital treatment, the report says.

China to credit Ukraine for $3.6 bln to reduce dependence on Russian gas | Info-News (another player enters the game)
China to credit Ukraine for $3.6 bln to reduce dependence on Russian gas : worldnews - This is a geopolitical move to try to promote China's alternate to the IMF and western development banks. That is why it is such a large number.
In China, millions make themselves at home in caves - Los Angeles Times - More than 30 million Chinese people live in caves, many of them in Shaanxi province where the Loess plateau, with its distinctive cliffs of yellow, porous soil, makes digging easy and cave dwelling a reasonable option. The thriving market around Yanan means a cave with three rooms and a bathroom (a total of 750 square feet) can be advertised for sale at $46,000.

Measles death in Germany prompts calls for mandatory vaccinations | World news | The Guardian - Death of 18-month-old boy is the first fatality among 574 reported cases in the country’s worst measles outbreak in more than a decade - “If that doesn’t work, mandatory vaccination for infants should be the next step,” (sorry, can't do that)
Spokane Board Of Health Member Standing Up For Anti-Vaxx Rights Of Tinfoil Hat Community | Wonkette - This weekend, Fagan, a proud anti-vaxxer who somehow got appointed to the Spokane Regional Board of Health, rallied like-minded paranoids to oppose Washington’s proposal to repeal a provision in state law allowing parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations for their kids on the basis of “personal belief.”

Victoria removes time limits on civil claims over child sex abuse | Australia news | The Guardian - State’s attorney general says the legal change will remove previous limits that were too complex and discouraged victims from making claims in court - “It’s a crisis. The biggest law-and-order challenge is unfolding in our homes,”
Shakespeare's antisemitic lines must be censored at times, says Rylance | Stage | The Guardian (Guardian censors telling you like what?)

HSBC apologizes as CEO's private bank accounts revealed - Business - CBC News - Bank has disappointing earnings as it deals with scandal over private Swiss accounts
Revealed: Swiss account secret of HSBC chief Stuart Gulliver | Business | The Guardian - Leaked files covering 2005-2007 show bank chief executive sheltered £5m of his own money at Panamanian company with Swiss HSBC account (nothing will ever land these guys in jail)
Banks Face Hit From CFPB on $30 Billion in Overdraft Fees - Bloomberg Business - “Despite recent regulatory and industry changes, overdrafts continue to impose heavy costs on consumers who have low account balances and no cushion for error,” (banks steal $30Bn from poor people)

Funding Fight Over Homeland Security Poses Dangers for the G.O.P. - NYTimes.com - nasty partisan impasse over funding for a vital agency would probably damage the party’s brand
Republican governors support DHS shutdown in immigration battle | US news | The Guardian - Congressmen threaten to shut down department funding - Utah governor tells Congress to ‘get off your fanny and get something done’ (terrorists not as scary as brown immigrants)
Immigration standoff intensifies as White House stages emergency legal challenge | US news | The Guardian - White House mounts legal challenge to Texas court injunction - Obama tells governors that stopping DHS paychecks will hurt their states (they are experts in hurting their states, so that won't help)
Deporting Beneficiaries Of Obama's Immigration Action Would Cost $50.3 Billion: Report (totally worth it, Republicans say, pay for it with tax-cuts)

Secrecy around police surveillance equipment proves a case’s undoing - The Washington Post - Rather than show the equipment, the state offered McKenzie a plea bargain.

David Axelrod: Rudy Giuliani Is A 'Fading Politician Lighting Himself On Fire' - "This was more about Rudy Giuliani, a fading politician, kind of lighting himself on fire and trying to get some attention, and he was successful in doing that," Axelrod said. (worse than Trump?)

Anti-abortion lawmaker gets anatomy lesson – women cannot swallow camera for exam | World news | The Guardian - Idaho representative Vito Barbieri asks if a woman can swallow a camera for remote gynecological exam before medical abortion — the answer is no ... Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina. “Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter. (ladyparts, very complicated)

Prosecutors: Not Enough Evidence Cops Who Shot Unarmed Man 16 Times As He Lay In Bed Acted With ‘Malice’ - Hit & Run : Reason.com - A judge recently ruled the Washington man's lawsuit could move forward, but prosecutors say they aren't impressed by the evidence.
Four-year-old Alaska boy shot in leg when mother's gun falls from holster | US news | The Guardian - Family was leaving pickup when .357 caliber handgun fired - Bullet went through boy’s leg and lodged in a building

Patriot Games » Balloon Juice - Actually bringing up Starship Troopers as an example of a voting society and implying in the next paragraph that maybe having voting and citizenship be earned somehow by “patriots” is so ridiculously and completely peg-the-needle fascist that I honestly believe Reynolds is pulling our leg here, but there’s not anything in the rest of the column that makes me think this is satire or parody.

Eric Engberg Fires Back At Bill O'Reilly On HuffPost Live Over Falklands Controversy: 'He's Completely Nutty' ... O'Reilly is still "bitter" that CBS News told him weeks after the night in question that O'Reilly "wasn't going to make it as a correspondent." (backstory city)
Everyone Who Knew Bill O’Reilly In 1982 Is A Vicious Lying Pinhead | Wonkette

A Time to Heal: Chrono-chemotherapy Tunes In to Body's Rhythms - Recent studies have clearly demonstrated that administration of chemotherapy agents at the ‘right time,’ cued to the biological rhythms of the host, can improve treatment outcomes and reduce drug induced toxicity and side effects.
Large Hadron Collider scientists gear up to discover new particle - A senior researcher at the Large Hadron Collider says a new particle could be detected this year that is even more exciting than the Higgs boson.

Judge OKs cops’ decision to seize Letroy Guion’s cash, truck | ProFootballTalk - A judge has ruled that there is probable cause for police in Starke, Florida, to seize $190,028.21 in cash from Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion, and to seize the new truck Guion was carrying the cash in.

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana – The Korea Times - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. (coulda been you, MA, but the Globe had hysterics and now you have no public transportaion in the winter)
Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say - The Washington Post - New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead (the research the government didn't want to happen, happened)
CU researchers find no correlation between cannabis and brain changes (this is your brain on pot; oh, wait ...)
11 Wesleyan Students Hospitalized With Symptoms Of Overdosing On Molly
Mixmag | Molly: Everything But The Girl

Schism Emerges in Bikram Yoga Empire Amid Rape Claims - NYTimes.com - The first complaint was filed two years ago. As more surfaced, and more women spoke publicly about accusations of assault and harassment, their accounts have created fissures in the close-knit world of yoga students and teachers who have spent thousands of dollars to study with Mr. Choudhury; opened studios bearing his name; and found strength, flexibility and health in his formula of 26 yoga postures in a sweltering room. (the Bill Cosby of yoga)
Lawsuits’ Lurid Details Draw an Online Crowd - NYTimes.com - Leigh Goodmark, another Maryland law professor, said the online boom of gender-related court documents was a harbinger of a future in which virtually no legal document — an eviction notice, a divorce pleading with embarrassing details — would be safe from public consumption.

The P**sy Test: How to Know If You're With the Right Person | Jenny Block - This test is about real intimacy and real pleasure and real connection between two people.

What was the greatest length you went to just to fuck with someone? : AskReddit
What is one thing you thought existed but it actually doesn't? : AskReddit

Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ could reshape the auto world | New York Post - Currently, at a secret location near its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, Apple is said to be working on a car design — code-named “Project Titan” — at breakneck speed. While auto companies can take as long as seven years to develop a car, Apple is said to be hoping to start shipping its vehicles in five years — as early as 2020. Liquidmetal. It is known for Moldable Metal — “Nanophosphate metal” — which can be shaped like plastic. (Apple will claim they "invented" the iMobile, a new luxury brand)
Lenovo slapped with lawsuit over dangerous Superfish adware | PCWorld - against Lenovo and Superfish, which charges both companies with “fraudulent” business practices and of making Lenovo PCs vulnerable to malware and malicious attacks by pre-loading the adware.
FCC Republicans launch last-ditch effort to sink net neutrality plan | Ars Technica - Vote scheduled for Thursday, but Pai and O'Rielly want at least a month's delay.
Ellen Pao Suit Against Kleiner Perkins Heads to Trial, With Big Potential Implications - NYTimes.com - The couple first had sex “at a work event,” the papers say ... An anonymous Reddit employee sent a letter to Kleiner’s legal team, asking them to subpoena Reddit employees “for information regarding conflicts with Ellen Pao.”
Reddit's interim CEO, Ellen Pao heads to trial against her former employer Kleiner-Perkins. "An anonymous Reddit employee sent a letter to Kleiner’s legal team, asking them to subpoena Reddit employees for information regarding conflicts with Ellen Pao." : news
reddit CEO Ellen Pao takes on former VC firm in gender discrimination case | Ars Technica - Jury will hear Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins, a case that should have settled by all odds.
Total Wipes Decides The Word 'Download' Means Infringement, Issues DMCA Takedown Loaded With Non-Infringing URLs : technology
The SSD Endurance Experiment: Two freaking petabytes - The Tech Report - Page 4

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Hudson River is frozen as photos show New York in deep freeze - in pictures | US news | The Guardian

Kochs Paid Massive Money to Intellectual Whores Willing to Lie About Climate Change - A Harvard scientist has been accepting cash from the energy industry, namely the Koch brothers, in order to push junk science that claims to refute man-made climate change, reported The New York Times. This is the most recent case of Koch-purchased science, but it’s hardly the first.
Leading Climate-Denier Harvard Scientist Caught Accepting Bribes from Fossil-Fuel Corporations as well as the Koch Brothers. : worldnews
The Underwater Industrial Revolution Is Driving Ocean Life to Extinction | Motherboard - "We are setting ourselves up in the oceans to replay the process of wildlife Armageddon that we engineered on land,” McCauley said in a UCSB statement.
Rajendra Pachauri to miss key meeting due to sex harassment complaint | Reuters - Delhi police said Pachauri, 74, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old female researcher from his Delhi-based thinktank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Climate Skeptics: Trying to see through the alarmism
OMG Alarmists! Scientists are dumb.

With Earth’s population now at 7 billion, how many people have ever lived? - The Washington Post - The story starts sometime in the 1970s, when a notion came into common conversation that the population was growing so fast that 75 percent of the people who had ever lived on Earth were currently alive. The origin of the idea is murky, but it came amid new fears of a “population explosion”; the organization Zero Population Growth had been founded in 1968 ... His total count of everyone who has ever lived: 108 billion.

Modi bets on GM crops for India's second green revolution - But allowing GM crops is critical to Modi's goal of boosting dismal farm productivity in India, where urbanisation is devouring arable land and population growth will mean there are 1.5 billion mouths to feed by 2030 - more even than China.
Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years - US News
China Used More Concrete In 3 Years Than The U.S. Used In The Entire 20th Century [Infographic] - Forbes - China produces and consumes about 60 percent of the world’s cement
Fresh nuclear leak detected at Fukushima plant in Japan - IBNLive - The higher-than-normal levels of contamination were detected at around 10 am (local time), with sensors showing radiation levels 50 to 70 times greater than usual, TEPCO said.

MERS virus toll rises to 385 in Saudi Arabia - The Hindu - Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.

Sydney Siege: 18 Warning Calls Before Attack - Australia's Prime Minister admits "the system let us down" as the government releases the first report into the Sydney siege.

ISIS seizes U.S.-made arms in Iraq’s Anbar - Al Arabiya News - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have reportedly seized armored vehicles and American-made weapons from Iraq’s western Anbar province, CNN reported on Saturday. (America: arming extremists since 2004)

Ukraine crisis: Deadly bomb blast hits rally in Kharkiv - A bomb has killed at least two people, including a police officer, and injured at least 10 more people at a rally in Ukraine's second city Kharkiv.

Mall of America Heightens Security After al-Shabab Threat - ABC News
Al-Shabaab mall threat 'all the more reason' to avoid shutdown, says homeland security chief | US news | The Guardian - Somali terror group releases video threatening US, Canada and UK malls - DHS funding will end Friday if immigration impasse is not solved
ISIS threatens to throw gays off the Leaning Tower of ‘Pizza’ · PinkNews - “#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer and establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual

Report: ISIS leader gunned down in Mosul - A group of unidentified gunmen has reportedly assassinated a prominent ISIS leader in the militant-held city of Mosul.
Inside the Islamic State ‘capital’: no end in sight to its grim rule | World news | The Guardian - US air strikes have damaged morale in Raqqa, Syria, but a local anti-Isis activist says no one is expecting the group to be driven out
ISIS Militants Claim Attacks On Iranian Ambassador's Residence In Libya - two days after the group claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing that killed more than 40 people in the eastern town of Qubbah, one of the worst attacks on civilians since a 2011 uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
Turkish Military Enters Syria To Evacuate Soldiers Guarding Tomb - dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants.
Nigerian forces retake border town of Baga from Boko Haram | Reuters
Young Girl Bomber Kills At Least 5, Wounds Dozens In Nigeria - A young girl with explosives strapped to her killed five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint outside a market in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, witnesses said. Both witnesses described the bomber as a "small girl," estimating that she could not have been more than eight years old.

A simple world view and the promise of paradise - Salafists in Germany have been on a recruitment drive for quite some time: handing out flyers and free copies of the Koran in city centres. They are also targeting young people at schools, on the Internet and anywhere where young people meet. How can young people be protected? By Arnfrid Schenk
ELI5: What's with these desperate teenage girls trying to join ISIS? : explainlikeimfive

Benjamin Netanyahu Hires Top Defense Attorney For Possible Corruption Case - a "specialist in white-collar crime" to represent him and his wife if they face criminal corruption charges.

Father was 'informer' on Bali nine - National - theage.com.au - Mr Lee Rush claims the Australian Federal Police refusal to warn his 19-year-old son Scott has exposed him to the death penalty under Indonesia's tough anti-drug laws.
Turkish men wear skirts in protest for victimized women
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Taibbi: After Laundering $800M In Drug Money, How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail? | Crooks and Liars - "You can do real time in jail in America for all kinds of ridiculous offenses," Taibbi says. "Here we have a bank that laundered $800 million of drug money, and they can’t find a way to put anybody in jail for that. That sends an incredible message, not just to the financial sector but to everybody. It’s an obvious, clear double standard, where one set of people gets to break the rules as much as they want and another set of people can’t break any rules at all without going to jail."
Only Obama and Wall Street Criminals will Love Loretta Lynch as AG

Loretta Lynch: Not Enough Evidence to Charge HSBC Banksters | emptywheel - As part of her Questions for the Record, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was asked about her role in the HSBC handslap in 2012.

As many as 2,800 inmates to be moved from Texas prison - As many as 2,800 federal prisoners will be moved to other institutions after inmates seized control of part of a prison in South Texas, causing damage that made the facility "uninhabitable," an official said Saturday.
Even as Many Eyes Watch, Brutality at Rikers Island Persists - NYTimes.com - The brutal confrontations were among 62 cases identified by The New York Times in which inmates were seriously injured by correction officers between last August and January, a period when city and federal officials had become increasingly focused on reining in violence at Rikers.
Police seize cash, property from Michigan residents in raids - Police seized more than $24 million in assets from Michiganders in 2013, under asset forfeiture laws. In many cases the citizens were never charged with a crime but lost their property anyway.
Jail report details recordings of attorney/client consultations | WINK NEWS - WINK News is learning more about the Charlotte County Jail recording conversations between an attorney and his client. The chief public defender in the county believes the conversations protected by the attorney-client privilege are in the hands of the prosecution.

Throw the Truth Out the Door: President Obama Has to Pass a Trade Deal | Beat the Press - Wow, this stuff just keeps getting worse. Apparently anything goes when the big corporations want a trade deal. Otherwise serious people will just make stuff up, because hey, the big campaign contributors want a trade deal to make themselves richer. The latest effort in creative myth-making comes from Third Way, which tells us that post-NAFTA trade deals aren't job losers like NAFTA. (Obama's corporate heart)
President Obama's cyber pitch misses mark in Silicon Valley | TheHill - some wondered why the platform wasn’t used to better explain Obama’s stance on encryption and privacy, the divisive issues causing strain between D.C. and Palo Alto.

Jeb Bush’s Brainless Trust - NYTimes.com - Maureen Dowd (well, this one is pretty good)

Democratic Party Losing Numbers, According to Internal Report - We all know that the Democratic Party has weakened in recent years, but it’s gotten really bad now. An internal report from the McClatchy Washington Bureau noted that “Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters.”

Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job - NYTimes.com (basically, Republicans)

Embattled Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel courts voters in race to avoid election runoff | US news | The Guardian - Support for challenger Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia and controversy among black voters about schools policy have the former White House chief of staff fighting hard

'We are not anti-science': Mothers defend right to not vaccinate children | US news | The Guardian - She says she now chooses to build her son’s immunity naturally, through diet, while avoiding shots or other medication. (their kids are so pure)

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz calls out Rudy Giuliani for 'offensive' Obama comments - Feb. 20, 2015

Bill O'Reilly's CBS Colleague Says Buenos Aires Was Not A 'Combat Situation' After Falklands War - Buenos Aires was neither a “war zone” nor a “combat situation” after Argentina surrendered to Britain in the Falklands War, says one of Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues at CBS who was with him in the capital at the time. “It was an ‘expense account zone,’” (O'lielly)

Jacqueline Alexander, Tennessee Mother, Allegedly Beat Son Because She Thought He Was 'Too Feminine' And Gay
Jessica Dutro, Mother Who Allegedly Thought Young Son Was Gay Before Murdering Him, Convicted
Photo Series Explores The Intense Relationship Between Little Girls And The Color Pink - "pinkification" that so many young girls face. Although pink itself is seemingly innocuous, the inundation of the ultra-feminized color supplants a child's agency and personal choice at such a young age.
Everything You Know About Corsets Is False | Collectors Weekly - this undergarment of centuries past is not nearly as evil or confining as modern folks have come to believe.
In 5 Minutes, This Student Destroys Our Double Standards For Men And Women
How to put a bitch in check - YouTube

New HPV vaccine is effective against 9 strains of the virus | Ars Technica - And boys should be vaccinated as well as girls.
Deconstructing mental illness through ultradian rhythms -- ScienceDaily - Might living a structured life with regularly established meal times and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? That's what's suggested by a new study.
Evolving a bigger brain with human DNA | EurekAlert! Science News - Crucial DNA difference between humans and chimps boosts brain size in mice
US regulators try to tame 'wild west' of DNA testing : Nature News & Comment - Experts, regulators mull how to foster technologies without posing undue risk to patients.
Disc dark matter in the Galaxy and potential cycles of extraterrestrial impacts, mass extinctions and geological events - A cycle in the range of 26–30?Myr has been reported in mass extinctions, and terrestrial impact cratering may exhibit a similar cycle of 31 ± 5?Myr.
Rust Never Sleeps - The Atlantic - America’s losing fight against the insidious enemy within - Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The latest, from 2013, gives the country a D+ (Republicans love rust)

States Smoking the Most Smuggled Cigarettes - 24/7 Wall St. - In 2013, 58% of all cigarettes consumed in New York were smuggled — by far the highest such share nationwide — and up 22.2 percentage points from 2006, which was the second largest increase.

Kirk Cameron's 'Saving Christmas' Tops 2015 Razzie Awards

Gnome liberation movement strikes Boulder - Boulder Daily Camera - Gnomes in gardens everywhere in danger - The location of Smith's faithful lawn guard is currently "ungnome." The bandit did not leave a ransom "gnome." "Thousands of gnomes are enslaved in gardens across America," Department of Gnomeland Security?

Presidents of the United States (POTUS) - President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the first American professional journalist, knew of Adams' 5 A.M. swims. After being refused interviews with the president time after time, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president.

Why You Should Consider Booking a Trip Through BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club | U.S. News Travel - Offering deals on everything from cruises to rental cars, wholesale retail clubs are quickly becoming a one-stop shop for members' travel needs.

Guy does EVERYTHING 4chan says when they raid his stream : videos
Atheism vs Theism may seem like a battle of wits involving only science, and debate. The real truth is far deeper and darker than this, and anyone who considers discussing atheism with a "person of faith" should consider this: : atheism - The emotional side of religion is by far a larger and darker obstacle than any other that would stand in the way between someone's freedom from delusion and accepting reality.
Which subreddit would you like to shake some sense into? What would you say to them? : AskReddit
Chaperones of middle school dances, what's the most shocking thing you've witnessed? : AskReddit
TIL In Old English, 'man' was a gender neutral term. Males were known as 'wermen' and females were known as 'wifmen'. : todayilearned
IBM's Watson Memorized the Entire 'Urban Dictionary,' Then His Overlords Had to Delete It - The Atlantic - You don't even want to know, they should have explained.
Suddenly_a_Scene comments on TIL that to prepare IBM's Watson for Jeopardy, researchers inputted the entirety of Urban Dictionary. Unfortunately, this had the side effect of Watson adopting profanity. In one test, it even used the word "bullshit" to respond to a researcher's query.
What Is Your Worst Experience With A Home Owners Association? : AskReddit
Reddit, what is the WORST wedding ceremony you have attended? Why was it bad? : AskReddit
ELI5 Why Queensland Australia has different age of consent for anal and vaginal sex? : explainlikeimfive
Where is the worst place you can go for a first date? : AskReddit
ELI5:What is the difference between regular soap and shampoo? Is that long list of chemicals actually doing a better job of cleaning my hair? : explainlikeimfive
Star Wars Ring Theory: How George Lucas used an ancient technique called “ring composition” to reach a level of storytelling sophistication in his six-part saga that is unprecedented in cinema history. Regardless of how you feel about the Prequels, this is an amazing read. : movies - Lucas himself has described the concept of balance in the Force as keeping the light side and the dark side in check
Maps To The Stars - Official Redband Trailer - Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson (NSFW) : movies

Cord cutters on net neutrality: 'It would be the end of wild wild west of the internet' | Technology | The Guardian - The ‘awe-inspiring’ FCC internet protections leave cord cutters wanting. Their main complaint? Lack of competition among internet providers
'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone | Technology | The Guardian

Researcher Discovers Superfish Spyware Installed on Lenovo PCs - NYTimes.com - Researcher Discovers Superfish Spyware Installed on Lenovo PCs
U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops - The U.S. government on Friday advised Lenovo Group Ltd customers to remove "Superfish," a program pre-installed on some Lenovo laptops, saying it makes users vulnerable to cyber attacks.
The Superfish problem is Microsoft's opportunity to fix a huge problem and have manufacturers ship their computers with a vanilla version of Windows. Versions of windows preloaded with crapware (and now malware) shouldn't even be a thing. : technology

022115
Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher - NYTimes.com - For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming ... Dr. Soon is employed by the Smithsonian Institution, which jointly sponsors the astrophysics center with Harvard. (Willie be takin' bribes)
Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry | Environment | The Guardian - Willie Soon is researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - Documents: Koch brothers foundation among groups that gave total of $1.25m
Senator Edward Markey to investigate energy companies on climate science funding - Nation - The Boston Globe - Senator Edward J. Markey will send letters to fossil fuel companies, trade organizations, and others with a stake in carbon fuels.

Massachusetts Senate reluctantly passes Gov. Charlie Baker's transportation funding cuts | masslive.com
Baker’s role in Big Dig financing process was anything but ‘small’ - The Boston Globe - The documents show that Baker was the chief architect of a financing plan to sustain the project during its peak construction years, just as federal support was diminishing substantially. (usual Republican strategy +Chawlie has always hated the T and the debt he took on to build the central artery is killing public transportation in MA)
Editorial: The Excuse Express | Boston Herald - n 2000 a total of $3 billion in transit-related debt was transferred to the MBTA, making it the agency’s responsibility to pay it down. About $1.7 billion was for those Big Dig obligations. So yes, some of the T’s current debt — which in all eats up a quarter of its annual budget and, along with massive personnel costs, crowds out funds for much else — is “associated” with the Big Dig.
Big MBTA Woes For Weather-Weary Commuters | WBUR - And it was Governor Baker who, as Secretary of Administration and Finance for Governor Weld and Governor Celluci, let them keep their "promise" of financing the Big Dig "without raising taxes, fees, or tolls" by simply piling BILLIONS of dollars in debt on top of the T.
The MBTA's long, winding, infuriating road to failure - Metro - The Boston Globe

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution Isn’t Over Yet - NYTimes.com - A democracy movement ponders its next move.

Libyan chemical weapons 'seized by extremists' | The Times of Israel - Sources tell Arab newspaper arms could reach Islamic State, as group gains foothold in war-torn country
Families of Missing British Schoolgirls: 'You Belong at Home With Us' - ABC News - The three school friends from East London’s Bethnal Green, ages 15 to 16, left their homes before 8 a.m. local time Tuesday and met at Gatwick airport in London where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight, according to a police news release.
CNN claim ISIS is luring women with kittens and Nutella | Daily Mail Online - 'They have learned our secrets': CNN ridiculed after ludicrous claim
The new ISIS "special forces" training video looks like a cross between a Monty Python sketch and a Bollywood movie. [album in comments] : gifs

Have We Got ISIS All Wrong? - Neither is ISIS authentically Islamic, nor is it in any meaningful sense not Islamic. It is a bizarre interpretation of Islam yoked to a political agenda which is very modern. If we just stop fretting about the relationship of ISIS to the religious base of its ideology and accept that it's a bunch of extremists who come out of a tradition that they manipulate to justify their crimes and their ambitions, it’s not so complicated. (contra Graeme Wood's this is what Islam is)

There's no way of knowing if the NSA's spyware is on your hard drive | Computerworld - 'Equation group' spyware likely only targeted specific hard drives and SSDs
FBI digital search-warrant plan a 'monumental' constitutional threat, says Google - Washington Times

Ukraine prisoner swap under way on frontline - Yahoo News

Moody's Cuts Russia Credit Rating To Junk

For Immigrants, Fear Returns After a Federal Judge’s Ruling - NYTimes.com (Republifucks, literally)

Lynching Mexicans - Lawyers, Guns & Money : When that great study detailing the numbers of African-Americans lynched in the South came out last week, I noted that its weaknesses included that lynching was not confined to the South and that lots of non-blacks were lynched. Those stories are often forgotten about, as is so much about American racial history that is not black-white.
When Americans Lynched Mexicans - NYTimes.com

BarbWire Pundit: Obama Will Create A 'North American Caliphate' As His 'Final Solution For The USA' | Right Wing Watch | "Obama and the Islamo-Nazi new world order" (zombie ideas inhabiting empty brains)
Microsoft Word - Christie2016Feb2015.doc - Rutgers poll: Christie in a word? Bully (fatfuck bully is perceived as bully)
XXL: Wisconsin pipeline dwarfs Keystone and affects every waterway in the state | Wisconsin | Wisconsin Gazette - Smart, independent and revealing. News, opinion and entertainment coverage (why the Kochs bought Wisconsin)

Defendant allegedly asked about hit man to kill child witnesses - The Washington Post - A former Falls Church Democratic Party chairman, charged with molesting two young girls, talked about hiring a hit man to kill them before they could be witnesses at his March 4 trial, according to court documents - Robin Gardner, Gardner’s wife, is a former mayor of Falls Church.

NYC, Orthodox Jews in talks over ritual after herpes cases - The Orthodox Jewish tradition known as oral suction circumcision reaches back to biblical times but it has created a modern-day dilemma for New York City health officials, who have linked it to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000. Two died and two others suffered brain damage.

Vegas 'Road Rage' Shooting: Suspect Vowed to 'Come Back for You and Your Daughter,' Teen Says - ABC News (ambiguous situation generates 2000+ comments -- range of critical thinking and analytical ability -- as people try to figure out what the fuck happened)
Las Vegas 'Road Rage' Shooting: How Timeline Has Changed Since Arrest - ABC News (story keeps changing, commenters are on it)

Minneapolis Officer Wounded in Apparent Targeted Attack - ABC News - Minneapolis police arrested someone Saturday in the early-morning wounding of an officer who investigators believe was shot because he was a member of the police force. (sovereign citizen?)
Judge decides not to fine two top cops from Hollywood who deleted I.A. files - Sun Sentinel - Two high-ranking Hollywood cops under investigation for deleting Internal Affairs files won't be paying a fine after all, a judge decided Wednesday.
Lawyer: Video of police shooting differs from official account - But what's clear, Mildenberg said, is that Tate-Brown's shooting didn't mirror police accounts of the incident.
Kansas City police officer indicted in connection with 2014 shooting | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star - Various law enforcement and legal sources said Friday that they could not recall the last time a Kansas City officer was indicted after a shooting.
Madison, Wis.: Female inmate in Wisconsin ordered to do jumping jacks during strip search | MCT National News | McClatchy DC - Corrections officials forced a female inmate to perform naked jumping jacks last year because they believed - wrongly - she had hidden a bottle of urine in her vagina so she could falsify a drug test.

Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana - effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant.

Mother Jones Urges Bill O'Reilly To Apologize For 'Violent' Remark After Falklands War Claims Scrutinized

Echidne Of The Snakes: Ban Them Books! (ISIS in America: ideas are dangerous to ideologies)
The Crackdown on Little Free Library Book Exchanges - The Atlantic - All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down. (a box of books = "unattached free structure" +And people like Jeb Bush, who want government so small, it can fit in a bedroom. Specifically, your bedroom.)

<i>Charlie Hebdo</i> and the First Amendment | Geoffrey R. Stone
The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus - The Washington Post - By Wendy Kaminer
5 Ways to Use White Privilege as an Ally | Jordan Houston - Assuming the role as a moderator between the four Smith panelists, among them being lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer '71, President McCartney sat in on what turned from a civil discourse on the idea of "free speech" vs. "hate speech" into an explicit act of racial violence. (Wendy might have reported on herself a little better)

Dinesh D'Souza's Anti-Black Racism is Rooted in 'National Review' | The New Republic - Dinesh D'Souza's racism and the shame of immigrant self-hatred (D'stupid)
Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Test Everybody For Syphilis Before Marriage - As recently as 1980, there were 34 states that demanded a premarital blood test, but virtually every state has repealed that requirement since. Today, only Montana still has it on the books.

XKCD's "Fundamental Forces" isn't funny, it's sad. Can you do better? : askscience
Winds From This Massive Black Hole Pack The Energy Of More Than A Trillion Suns - Artist's illustration showing a supermassive black hole blasting out radiation and ultra-fast winds.
Popular soda ingredient, caramel color, poses cancer risk to consumers -- ScienceDaily

Nicotine, the Wonder Drug? | DiscoverMagazine.com - To Quik, the upside is clear. “People have tested all their favorites to help treat Parkinson’s and other neurological disease,” she says. “Now nicotine’s time has come.”
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibition Dramatically Increases the Motivation to Self-Administer Nicotine in Rats
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors allow locomotor and rewarding response... - PubMed - NCBI - Our data suggest that MAOIs contained in tobacco and tobacco smoke act in synergy with nicotine to enhance its rewarding effects.

A high school student who had his senior picture go viral a few months back, has passed away from suicide. Rest in peace Draven. : pics
Reddit, What is the dumbest thing YOU have done as a teenager? : AskReddit
[Serious] What link do you regret ever clicking on? : AskReddit

Lenovo committed one of the worst consumer betrayals ever made : technology
The biggest takeaway from 'Superfish': We need to push for "No OS" buying option. : technology (links to places to buy clean systems)

022015
Boston’s Winter From Hell - NYTimes.com
Friday Morning Open Thread: Boston Strung » Balloon Juice - Fights are breaking out on the trains, trolleys, and buses, as too many people relying on too few cars see their commuting times doubled or tripled even when the system isn’t shut down entirely. (And our new CEO-friendly governor Charlie Baker is a Pioneer Institute tool. Thanks for endorsing him, Globe, you giggling hipster jagoffs!) (Globe one of Boston's worst institutions)
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From its Streets Throughout History - Massachusetts news - Boston.com (try the Sununu hot air machine)
Bostonians Become Territorial Over Parking Spots | BDCwire
Space Saver Saga Part 3: Avenger Unmasked - Weather - Boston.com - All is forgiven. Uber is “awesome.” #Boston2024, not so much.

Global Warming Could Make the Super-Rich Jealous of Rowhouse Residents - NYTimes.com

Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper - A fire has swept through the Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. ("the Torch")
Fire rips through Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world : worldnews

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat - CNN.com - Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to -- and in some cases greater than -- the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.?
Arrest made in Colorado Springs bombing, NAACP may have not been target - Investigators are looking into the possibility a tax preparation business may have been the target of the bombing as opposed to the NAACP.

U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops | Reuters - . He said the vulnerability was "inadvertently" introduced by Israel-based Komodia, which built the application described in the government notice.

Drums Along The Potomac: How This Country Never Learns Anything - The country seems to be sliding down some very familiar tracks into a military engagement in the Middle East. (mission creep +Barry will leave Hillary the war she always wanted)
John McCain Promotes Sending 10,000 US Troops To Fight ISIS | Crooks and Liars (and Assad and who knows who else)
Brutal ISIS Videos Show Potency of Shock Value - NYTimes.com - Broadcast specifically to frighten and manipulate, the Islamic State's flamboyant violence consumes the world's attention while more familiar threats, like the Syrian government’s barrel bombs, kill far more people but rarely provoke widespread outrage.
Exponential Rise In War Crimes In Syria, UN Panel Warns
Human Rights, Blah Blah Blah — Crooked Timber - Never underestimate the murder and mayhem men will make, just to escape their boredom. Every enthusiasm, though, has a shelf life. Even imperialism.
Gen. Wesley Clark: 'ISIS Got Started With Funding From Our Closest Allies' - OpEd - Eurasia Review - So is the insider, Gen. Wesley Clark, informs us that our closest allies in the Middle East have helped create ISIS — the organization we are spending billions of dollars to fight.
UK police launch hunt for London schoolgirls feared to have fled to Syria | World news | The Guardian - Counter-terrorism police open international search for three girls who left their homes in east London last week and caught a flight to Turkey (enjoy being gang-raped)
Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya - The Daily Beast - As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis. ("death cult" sorta like the Bush family)

Chelsea fans' Paris Métro victim: what happened has left me really afraid | World news | The Guardian - In an interview in Paris, Souleymane recalls his shock at his treatment during his evening commute and says it is important that the injustice has been publicised
Indonesia says 'nothing whatsoever' will stop execution of two Australians | World news | The Guardian - Indonesia has reaffirmed its intention to execute two Australian drug smugglers, despite continuing high-level diplomatic efforts from Australia to prevent their deaths.

Greece Reaches Deal With Creditors - Euro zone finance ministers reached an agreement on Friday to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months, officials on both sides said.

Russian expansionism may pose existential threat, says Nato general | World news | The Guardian - British general Sir Adrian Bradshaw says Nato needs to develop fast-reacting conventional forces and capacities to counter Russian propaganda (Putin will invade Poland next)

The Plot to Kill Health Care - NYTimes.com - But none of that matters to at least four justices on the court who would rule in favor of a ham sandwich, if it meant overturning the health care law. If they get a fifth vote, more than eight million people in 34 states could lose their health coverage. Premiums for several million more would rise enough to make insurance impossible. Thousands of people, lacking basic care, may even die prematurely

Russ Feingold Is Leaving The State Department. Is A Senate Run Next? - Russ Feingold will soon deliver his final speech as United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, closing one chapter of his career and inevitably sparking speculation about the next. (go Russ, kick the teaparty thug out)

How a powerful rightwing lobby is plotting to stop minimum wage hikes | US news | The Guardian - American Legislative Exchange Council combines litigation and legislation in two-pronged attack on ‘new battleground’ of workers’ rights, documents reveal
Nicholas Kristof’s pathetic mea culpa: Why the columnist’s union U-turn is so unsatisfying - Salon.com - The Times columnist says he was wrong to disdain organized labor. But is he now right for the wrong reasons? (you can see where he is coming from)
Kristof on Unions - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Of course one can also ask how a leading columnist at the nation’s paper of record can miss all the obvious evidence that unions are good for an economy–and miss that evidence for years and years. But then Kristof should have been fired over the Somaly Mam incident and it’s hardly news that Times columnists have lifetime sinecures no matter what idiotic columns they write.
Nicholas Kristof knows better: A shameful addition to the Syria hawk club - Salon.com - The New York Times columnist's logic on Syria makes no sense at all, especially considering his previous reporting (9/13: more context)

800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data - NYTimes.com - About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through HealthCare.gov received erroneous tax information from the government, and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected.

Awarded Stolen Wages, Workers Struggle to Collect - NYTimes.com - labor advocates call for changes in New York’s laws that they believe will give workers a fighting chance to recover stolen wages. “Our research identified at least $125 million in judgments and orders, providing a glimpse into the scope of the wage collection problem in New York,”

Two Demographic Trains by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - One is minority voters, and the other voters over 50. Both are increasing as a share of the electorate in all 11 states, but at different rates ... Democrats have been over-performing among older white voters in Rust Belt states like Ohio; if they now falter, they’ve got a problem.

Some Chris Christie Supporters Now Turn Their Backs - NYTimes.com - He does not return phone calls. He does not ask for support. He arrives late for meetings. And he acts as if he has all the time in the world.

White House Spokesman: 'I Feel Sorry For Rudy Giuliani' - "It's sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature, and even admiration, tarnishes a legacy so thoroughly," Earnest said. "I don't take any joy or vindication or satisfaction from that."
Wayne Barrett- What Rudy Giuliani knows about love - NY Daily News ... no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy's uncle. (911 Fooliani)

Scott Walker Doesn't Care - The Wisconsin governor's budget shows just how petty and small-minded he can be. (a good Republican)

Staffers Quit Tea Party News Network, Say Site Sees Readers As 'Unsophisticated Simpletons' (sounds about right)
The Tea Party’s Own World Star Hip-Hop - The Daily Beast - Two and a half years after the Tea Party News Network launched to give voice to the revolution, it’s trolling party stalwarts with stories that ‘wouldn’t have made the cut at TMZ.’ (grifters ... )

The Cafe Takes On A Strange Glow - The mixing of Human Embryos with Jellyfish cells to create a glow in the dark human, we say not in Georgia. Tom Kirby is right! Georgia needs no glow in the dark humans. Leave that stuff for California, where it will further liven up the nightlife.

Ideology Seen as Factor in Closings in University of North Carolina System - NYTimes.com - While many here take pride in its carefully cultivated rise to the top tier of American public education, conservatives have long groused about some campuses, particularly the flagship school at Chapel Hill, as out-of-touch havens of liberalism (Republicans destroying education in America)
Oklahoma educators fear high school history bill will have 'devastating' impact | US news | The Guardian - Proposals sweeping American south have pitted students and teachers against legislator who thinks course over-emphasises ‘what’s bad about America’ (Oklahoma, where the stupid blows free)

Chilling report details how Elliot Rodger executed murderous rampage | US news | The Guardian - Sheriff’s office report reveals plan was months in the making in 2014 attack that left six people dead, not including Rodger, and 14 people wounded
'Road Rage' Murder Suspect Caught, Lived Block Away From Tammy Meyers: Police
This Florida Man Got a Free Pass for Shooting a Pregnant Woman To Death - The Daily Beast

These Are the Questions Bill O'Reilly Won't Answer | Mother Jones - Why won't the Fox News host address the evidence he mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience? (but Fox is the liars' network)
David Corn hits back at Bill O'Reilly - POLITICO.com - David Corn, the lead author of a new report alleging that Bill O'Reilly lied about his Falklands War experience, says the Fox News anchor is hiding behind name calling and refusing to account for legitimate discrepancies in his statements.

Rent-stabilized tenant evicted after cashing in on Airbnb | New York Post - But his landlord scoffed at the claim, and sources said the family actually lives in a million-dollar-plus home in Jamaica, Queens, while Ikezi used the 46th-floor apartment as a revolving door for paying tourists. (nice place)

10 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Infidelity

When the apocalypse comes, preppers will be ready. But you won't | US news | The Guardian - At the National Preppers and Survivalists Expo in Florida, survivalists are ready to bug out (or in) with everything imaginable – from bowie knives to chainsaws ... My son is too possessed, and my wife is totally mind-controlled by the programs on the TV, the fluoride she’s drinking – because fluoride... ” (zombies with weapons)

Sunlight May Cause Skin Cancer Even Hours After You've Left The Beach - The general process (known as chemiexcitation) routinely occurs in plants and gives fireflies their glow. But this is the first time that it has been observed in advanced mammals.


021915
Arctic outbreak shatters records in eastern U.S., coldest yet to come - The Washington Post

The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle - AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden - “The news of this key theft will send a shock wave through the security community.” - In all, Gemalto produces some 2 billion SIM cards a year. Its motto is “Security to be Free.” (all your firmwares are belong to spies)
Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy | WIRED - “Fundamentally this represents the FBI trying to recruit by indictment,” says Salinas’ lawyer Tor Ekeland, who took the case pro bono last year. “The message was clear: If he had agreed to help them, they would have dropped the charges in a second.”
Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy : news
Lenovo Caught Installing Adware On New Computers : worldnews - This is a big deal, and not just because it is adware. It is installing a "certificate" which is what your computer uses to tell what websites, software and drivers to trust and what not to trust
The Superfish certificate has been cracked, exposing Lenovo users to attack | The Verge
Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections [Updated] | Ars Technica - Superfish may make it trivial for attackers to spoof any HTTPS website.

Ideological tensions overshadow Obama's call to combat extremism | US news | The Guardian - As US president calls on Arab world to reject notion there’s a clash with west, critics say ‘unwavering’ military intervention a factor in radicalisation (we invaded the Muslims but we aren't at war with them, only the ones we really pissed off)

How Chicago police condemned the innocent: a trail of coerced confessions | US news | The Guardian - Before his interrogation tactics got supercharged on detainees in Guantánamo, Richard Zuley extracted confessions from minority Americans in Chicago – at least one leading to a wrongful conviction. (the cop-torture nexus)
Australian David Hicks, Former Guantanamo Detainee, Wins Appeal - "What he was doing there was not at that time illegal," said Stephen Kenny, his Australian lawyer. "He wasn't doing anything that was a breach of Australian, international or U.S. law. That is what this decision today confirms." (no one accountable as usual)

Mecca and Medina are main ISIS target, says Hassan Nasrallah - Iraqi News - (IraqiNews.com) Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah said that Mecca and Medina are the main targets of ISIS, not Jerusalem, pointing out that its caliphate cannot prevail without the Two Holy Mosques, and that the Iraqis had prevented the terrorist group from accessing the Gulf.
U.S. Won’t Back Egypt’s Attacks on ISIS - The Daily Beast - Two longtime allies are attacking ISIS—and growing frustrated with one another. That’s good news for the so-called Islamic State.
Turkey, US Sign Deal To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels: US Embassy
Once a top booster, ex-U.S. envoy no longer backs arming Syrian rebels | World | The State - Ford said the latest U.S. approach of ditching the old rebel model to build a new, handpicked paramilitary to focus on the Islamic State was doomed; Syrian rebels are more concerned with bringing down Assad than with fighting extremists for the West, and there are far too few fighters to take the project seriously. ... And if those steps can’t be achieved, said the man known for advocating greater U.S. involvement, “then we have to just walk away and say there’s nothing we can do about Syria.” (learn anything?)

Georgia condemns Russia, South Ossetia deal as step toward annexation | Reuters - accusing Moscow of moving closer to annexing a territory it supported in a five-day conflict in 2008.
RAF scrambles jets after Russian bombers spotted near Cornwall coast | Politics | The Guardian - David Cameron says Moscow ‘trying to make a point’, while Kremlin hits back at defence secretary’s warning over threat to Baltic states

Americas - Thousands rally in Buenos Aires over prosecutor's death - France 24

Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign hit by expenses claims | Daily Mail Online - Netanyahu humiliated after he tries to play down wealth with video recorded in his decrepit home... which is revealed to be his servants' quarters
Netanyahu humiliated after he tries to play down wealth with video recorded in his decrepit home... which is revealed to be his servants' quarters : worldnews (Putin wins)

Pentagon Actually Spent $41.6 Million on Viagra Last Year, Not $500K | Five by Five - Then there’s this: And since 2011, the tab for drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra totals $294 million — the equivalent of nearly four U.S. Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (why we're losing all our wars)

Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? - CBS News - For the first time, a majority of Americans (57 percent) favor the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS (stupidity + American bloodlust + fear + no memory = tragedy)
Boots On The Ground, Drums In The Air » Balloon Juice - Super awesome. We have learned a grand total of absolutely goddamn nothing over the last 13 years, so let’s just have another decade of boots on the ground and see if that fixes things. I’m sure it will. The last 13 years? Didn’t happen.

Why the Supreme Court's big Obamacare case never should have been filed - LA Times - Now there's evidence that it was never even properly filed. Pressure is growing on the Supreme Court to drop the case because of doubts that its plaintiffs have any standing to sue: "It would be highly improper (and embarrassing) for the Court to decide the merits of such an important case" when there are such doubts, writes Gerard Magliocca of Indiana University school of law
King v. Burwell Obamacare Challengers Expose Absurdist Argument | The New Republic - But its credibility sustained a further hit this week, when reports in the Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones revealed damaging information about at least three, and possibly all four, of the King vs. Burwell petitioners. (their stupidity and delusionality eventually catches up with them, but Roberts has their back)
Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers | TheHill - The administration announced on Tuesday that 11.4 million people had signed up ahead of Sunday's deadline, a figure that puts the administration on track to beat its goal of 9.1 million enrollees. Republicans have been largely silent on the numbers. (or why their golf courses are still there)
A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars - The Washington Post (Florida, Texas and NC suffer the most, how ironic)

Wisconsin to Skip Debt Payments to Make Up for Walker’s Tax Cuts - Bloomberg Politics - Since taking office in 2011, Walker has steered more than $2 billion in tax cuts through the Republican-controlled legislature. (he robbed the bank and gave the money to his buddies and destroyed education and WI voters loved it)

‘NBC Nightly News’ loses 700K viewers after Brian Williams scandal | New York Post
Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem | Mother Jones - The Fox News host has said he was in a "war zone" that apparently no American correspondent reached. (but he's always been a big fat liar)
MSNBC Cancels 'The Reid Report,' 'Ronan Farrow Daily' (commenters like Reid, find Farrow boring)

Everest College shut down in Ontario, 14 schools closed - Business - CBC News - Ottawa student says '6 months ago, we were advised by our campus president that all is well' (the great for-profit education ripoff is crumbling)

Washington Florist Illegally Refused To Provide Flowers For Same-Sex Wedding, Judge Rules - Robert Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, had bought flowers from the shop for nearly a decade, the Tri-City Herald reported in 2013. So the couple was surprised when owner Barronelle Stutzman told them she wouldn't provide wedding flowers because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ." (there's gratitude for you)
Pediatrician wouldn't care for baby with 2 moms - . After "much prayer," she decided that she couldn't treat their baby because they are lesbians.

Fox Gives Giuliani A Safe Space To Explain Why Obama Does Not Love America | Blog | Media Matters for America - "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America," Giuliani said
Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Where Rudy Giuliani tells us President Obama doesn't love America.
Wayne Barrett: What Rudy Giuliani knows about love - NY Daily News - Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was "offended" when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin. Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference. Or ask Judi Nathan, his third wife ... (what an asshole)
Giuliani: Obama Had a White Mother, So I'm Not a Racist - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com

Feelings Journalism Feeds Off Jessica Williams 'Daily Show' Tweets | The New Republic - A condescending article about Jessica Williams is part of an unfortunate media trend (+"whitesplaining")
Tucker Carlson Blames 'Hungover' Editor For 'Kill All The Jews' Headline (first they came for the Jews, and then they killed all the Christians and Pagans)

In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting - World - CBC News - 18 months ago John Geer was shot by police while standing at his front door with his hands raised - That should not have happened. The killing of John Geer is probably the clearest and most compelling example of what amounts to police impunity in recent American history.
New York police union chief under fire for 'exploiting' deaths of two officers | US news | The Guardian - As the photos of Lynch appear, the video states: “He has brought back pride to the PBA” and “unmatched dedication to the members” and “re-elect team Lynch in 2015”.
Biased Seattle police officers can 'go someplace else', says union chief | US news | The Guardian - Seattle police were found to have ‘engaged in a pattern of excessive force’ by a 2011 Justice Department investigation

Sorry, Oklahoma. You don't get to ban history you don't like | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian - Just last month, Education Week gave the state a D- on education and ranked it 48th in the nation. Clearly, Oklahoma could move up from being third dumbest, fourth most incarcerated, and sixth fattest state if it just ignored its unpleasant history, right?
History Is Bunk: The America You Learn About In Oklahoma - Where AP History gets tangled up with issues surrounding Common Core as well as the Second Amendment ... This is Clio, Muse Of History -- also known by her Marvel Comics superhero name, The Proclaimer (!). (the Black Robe Regiment)

Businesses don't live in fear of animal rights activists. Why charge them as terrorists? | Comment is free | The Guardian - The American Legislative Action Council, who brought us the stand-your-ground law, are pushing for more “anti-terror” legislation that will muzzle free speech (any excuse will do)

Superbug at LA hospital linked to two deaths and 179 potential infections | US news | The Guardian - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria strikes at Ronald Reagan UCLA medical center following endoscopy procedure that used infected medical devices - Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, called “CRE”
Sex and STD-HIV Education State Laws - spib_SE.pdf - 39 states require that abstinence be included . 27 states require that abstinence be stressed . 12 states require that abstinence be covered .

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer - NYTimes.com - Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Why don't women respond to my online messages? | Life and style | The Guardian (profile/behavior advice)

Student Banned from Areas of Campus for Resembling Classmate’s Rapist : news

Corpse or model? Outrageously skinny model featured in the latest issue of Danish fashion mag COVER : WTF
Sony releases $160 64 GB SD cards marketed for 'Premium Sound', claiming it will produce 'less electrical noise'. Storage media can not change sound quality, but people are spending over $100 more to buy it. : technology
What is a hygiene tip every person should know that may not be common knowledge? : AskReddit - Wash behind your ears. It prevents the "old person smell".
4chan raids a Christian man's twitch stream. This is my new favorite video. : videos
The truth about the leaking of Velox 2. : jailbreak (WakeUpToChrist pwnd)
What do you do in private that would be weird in public? : AskReddit
What is one question that reveals a lot about someone? : AskReddit
World's Worst Driver caught on Dashcam : WTF
Clinically obese to ripped (part three) : Fitness


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Boston Has Reached Peak Snow Mess - Massachusetts news - Boston.com
Icy Storm Pummels Eastern United States, More Cold To Come

New York City Could See Up To Six Feet Of Sea Level Rise This Century: Report - About 400,000 New Yorkers live within the current 100-year flood plain, which is more than any other U.S. city, including New Orleans. (the great climate hoax will drown Wall St)

Whistleblower: Government Lacks The 'Guts' To Charge U.S. Leaders With Torture - "I don't think our government, no matter who is president, would ever have the guts to charge someone at the level of a Dick Cheney or of a CIA director ... with crimes against humanity," Kiriakou said.
How The Administration Destroyed A North Korea Expert For No Reason - The Obama administration destroyed the life of a mid-level bureaucrat for doing what countless other government officials do on a daily basis, The Intercept is reporting in a new investigation out Wednesday.
Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He’s in Jail. This Is His Story. - The Intercept - Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He’s in Jail. This Is His Story. (when all is said and done, this is Obama's "legacy")
Watch: The Surrender - The Intercept

Guantánamo torturer led brutal Chicago police regime of shackling and confession | US news | The Guardian - Longtime detective’s tactics exported from Chicago to Guantánamo - Minority Americans allege catalogue of abuse and coercion similar to detainee - Officials examining complaints after innocent man spent half his life in prison (stunning: they used torture experts: Chicago cops)
Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo | US news | The Guardian

Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world | Technology | The Guardian - Google says increasing the FBI’s powers set out in search warrants would raise ‘monumental’ legal concerns that should be decided by Congress
Google Calls FBI's Plan to Expand Hacking Power a 'Monumental' Constitutional Threat - NationalJournal.com - Any change in accessing computer data should go through Congress, the search giant said.

Today's Top 7 Myths about Daesh/ ISIL | Informed Comment
In Fight Against “Extremists,” the Enemy Proves Elusive - The Intercept - The White House is holding an international summit this week to shore up domestic and global support to fight “extremists,” but who those extremists are is difficult to say. (certainly not the Saudis)

Fear of Israeli Leaks Fuels Distrust Over U.S. Talks With Iran - NYTimes.com (oh, where did that distrust come from?)
Report: Netanyahu Might Have Leaked Details Of U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks - U.S. officials suspect Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized leaking details of U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran to Israeli journalists, according to The Washington Post's David Ignatius.

Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Topped 10,000 In 2014, UN Report (no one is responsible, least of all Obama and the military) s

Why I have resigned from the Telegraph | openDemocracy - The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.

President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism - LA Times

Obamacare-Hater Can’t Find Single True Fact -- NYMag


No, The Rich Have Not Gotten Poorer Since The Financial Crisis - The headline of a recent New York Times piece by The Upshot’s managing editor David Leonhardt is eye-opening and not at all subtle: “Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis.” Unfortunately, the article that follows does not back up the sweeping conclusion of the headline. (Times has the riches back; Upshot can't be trusted)

Immigration Standoff May End With A Congressional Punt

Failed Theory Posed by Wall Street Dems Puts Hillary Clinton in a Bind - I would prefer they go farther and follow my advice, but first they need to go beyond mid-1990s Clintonism. To have any credibility, Hillary Clintonism will need to do better than this.

Jeb Bush’s foreign policy team is eerily familiar, in one Venn diagram - The Washington Post (superset of tragic stupidity and failure)
Jeb Bush backs brother's NSA surveillance program to keep America safe | US news | The Guardian - Presidential contender says of NSA dragnet ‘this is a hugely important program’, in sharp contrast to Republican rivals for the White House
Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity - From Sister Souljah moments to Jeb World to big brother George, Politico's take on his master plan.

How Andrew Cuomo Gets His Way - The New Yorker - How Andrew Cuomo gets his way.
Buy Governor Cuomo's Former Queens Mansion for $2.68M - Monday Mansion - Curbed NY (you can see where he's coming from)

How rich conservatives bilk the rank and file into making them richer - The Washington Post - the little old lady in Tupelo who sends in $50 thinking that she’s striking a blow against Barack Obama, the couple in Topeka who hopes Mike Huckabee’s biblical cancer cure can save their daughter’s life, the man in Toledo who thinks that the group with “Tea Party” in its name is going to have an impact on his state’s races. What none of them know is that their money is just going to make somebody who’s already rich a little bit richer.

Investment Riches Built on Subprime Auto Loans to Poor - NYTimes.com - Across the country, there is a booming business in lending to the working poor — those Americans with impaired credit who need cars to get to work.

In Bid to Allow Guns on Campus, Weapons Are Linked to Fighting Sexual Assault - NYTimes.com (that'll really work)
Michigan Republican official fatally shoots self in eye while adjusting gun in her bra holster
The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership - Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes - POLITICO Magazine - Guns are more likely to do harm than good.

Millennials ditching their TV sets at a record rate | New York Post - This season’s steep slide means there are almost 20 percent fewer young adults watching their TV sets in primetime than four years ago.

The Question | Brooklyn Spoke - If you accept that philosophy — that in order to keep buses moving on New York City Streets people are going to die every once in a while — then you should have to answer a rather serious question: If the occasional death or serious injury is the inevitable cost of keeping the city running, how many of your family members would you be willing to lose? (another piece of Bloomfuck's legacy)

These Google-Owned Nest Smoke Alarms Could Make Anyone Go Crazy - Softpedia - “They false alarm and are unhushable pieces of [expletive]. Please spread the word. Watch this horror video of me trying to quiet mine. You can stop or mute this video if it's annoying, but you cannot stop an actual Nest protect. This went off in my house all day, annoying my neighbors,” he posted.

Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions | FiveThirtyEight - Indeed, famous anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy has said her son’s autism and seizures are linked to “so many shots” because vaccinations preceded his symptoms. (correlation is not causation +other cognitive biases)
New Artificial Lighting Tricks Human Brain into Seeing Sunlight | Urbanist - this new form of artificial light is able to dupe humans, cameras and computers alike using a thin coating of nanoparticules to simulate Rayleigh scattering, a natural process that takes place in Earth’s atmosphere causing diffuse sky radiation
How A Single, Simple Guideline Could Help You Lose Weight - researchers say that there’s only one thing to keep in mind: Eat more fiber.
Alessandro Volta: a welcome but misleading Google doodle | Charlotte Connelly | Science | The Guardian
Teen brain scans reveal a key to weight loss - Specifically, they measured activity in the pre-frontal cortex where a process known as “executive function” resides. Executive function is the ability to process and prioritize competing interests.

Behind the Scenes of Elgin Park, a Retro City of Optical Illusions Photographed by Michael Paul Smith | Colossal

Woman stalks couple — posting fake ads for parties and sex services — after they outbid her on dream home | National Post - Kathy Rowe waged an escalating campaign of abuse, signing the buyers up to magazine subscriptions and sending them $1,200 worth of adult diapers before posting ads for fake parties at their home and leaving their photographs on sex websites.

Reddit, Why DON'T you smoke weed? : AskReddit
First time tripping on an eighth of shrooms. *long but a good read* : Psychonaut
What's the longest train of gilded comments in a Reddit thread? : AskReddit

What is HTTP/2 and is it going to speed up the web? | Technology | The Guardian - Biggest change to how the web works since 1999 should make browsing on desktop and mobile faster
What is the oldest page on the internet that you can find? [SERIOUS] : AskReddit

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The Great Snow Of 2015 - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - Part of the reason it’s so incredible is because we don’t have anything officially in the record books to compare this to. We’ve had more snow than any other 14,20 or even 30 day period since the late 1800s and there is still more snow in the forecast.
Bostonians Need To Quit Leaping Out Their Windows, Mayor Says - “This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous,” Walsh said.

São Paulo Water Crisis Linked to Growth, Pollution and Deforestation - NYTimes.com - São Paulo Water Crisis Linked to Growth, Pollution and Deforestation

Why does ISIS keep making enemies? - CNN.com - The mistake some make when viewing ISIS is to see it as a rational actor. Instead, as the magazine documents, its ideology is that of an apocalyptic cult that believes that we are living in the end times and that ISIS' actions are hastening the moment when this will happen.
Islamic State militants 'burn to death 45 in Iraq' - Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says.
Double-layered veils and despair … women describe life under Isis | World news | The Guardian - Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code in areas it controls in Iraq and Syria, with punishments of fines or beatings for those who do not comply
Saudi cleric rejects that Earth revolves around the Sun - Al Arabiya News - A Saudi cleric has appeared in a recent video rejecting the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and claiming the opposite holds true, prompting a wave of social media remarks.
U.S. Intensifies Effort to Blunt ISIS’ Message - NYTimes.com - At the heart of the plan is expanding a tiny State Department agency, the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, to harness all the existing attempts at countermessaging by much larger federal departments, including the Pentagon, Homeland Security and intelligence agencies (that'll work)
State Dept Spokeswoman Marie Harf: We Can’t Beat ISIS Just by Killing Them | Mediaite - nstead, she said, we must use a combination of military force and an exploration of the reasons why so many young people keep joining up with the Islamic State to fight against the West. (yeah, that "exploration" will help a lot; maybe Bush should've thought of it)

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu Faces New Scandal Over Alleged Lavish Expenses - Israel's government watchdog released a report into alleged financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining in a video about the shabbiness of the kitchen at their official Jerusalem residence. (HuffPo commenters pretty united against Nutanfuckyu)
CNN/ORC poll: Majority of Americans oppose Netanyahu invite - CNN.com - 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% say it was the right thing to do.

Russian-Backed Rebels Claim To Capture Debaltseve, Key Ukrainian Town

Peter Oborne resigns, saying Telegraph's HSBC coverage a 'fraud on readers' | Media | The Guardian - Ex-chief political commentator launches blistering attack on paper, saying it put bank’s interests before readers to save ad contract - “the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain”

Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop the super-advanced Equation malware - Kaspersky Lab released a report Monday that said the tools were created by the “Equation” group, which it stopped short of linking to the U.S. National Security Agency.
Western Digital Claims to Be Unaware of Alleged NSA Spy Program / Sputnik International
Ban on Government License Plate Cameras Nears in Montana - Hit & Run : Reason.com - The legislative move comes after a stream of revelations of local, state, and federal tracking and databasing of Americans' movements by car, without cause or warrant.

Poll: Blame for DHS shutdown would fall to GOP - CNN.com - 53% of Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress if the department must shut down, while 30% would blame President Barack Obama. Another 13% say both deserve the blame.
The Political Genius Of John Boehner: An Expedition Into The Unknown - The Speaker of the House and his fellow Republicans are refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security unless the president agrees to reverse himself on immigration. Clever strategy, isn't it? ... Once again, he evinces the political acumen of an andiron.

This Supreme Court Decision Could Encourage One Of The Worst Forms Of Racism - Such a decision would effectively defang the law. It would also shed a disturbing light on how this court believes the law should react to entrenched discrimination.
Judge Temporarily Halts Obama's Immigration Actions
Bid to halt Obama's immigration plan likely to fail, legal experts say | US news | The Guardian - Federal judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction late Monday, but analysts say courts tend to side with presidents and could overturn ruling soon

Millions at risk of losing coverage as justices take up challenge to Obamacare - The Washington Post

Koch Group Claims California Endangers Donors by Demanding Names - Bloomberg Business - who might face “grotesque threats” if identified. (heads on pikes)

Obama wants to 'counter violent extremism'. He should look beyond Muslims | Deepa Iyer and Linda Sarsour | Comment is free | The Guardian - After so many hate crimes against Muslim Americans, why is our government focusing exclusively on Muslim communities as the problem?

Activists suspect cover-up after files into 1946 Georgia lynching destroyed | US news | The Guardian - All records from a grand jury inquiry into America’s last mass lynching have disappeared or been destroyed, US government lawyers have disclosed, reigniting allegations from civil rights activists that the perpetrators have been protected by an establishment cover-up.

North Carolina Republicans Battle UNC's Gene Nichol, Poverty Center | The New Republic - North Carolina conservatives are ousting the state's anti-poverty advocates (what poverty?)

Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History | ThinkProgress - Fisher is part of a group called the “Black Robe Regiment” which argues “the church and God himself has been under assault, marginalized, and diminished by the progressives and secularists.” The group attacks the “false wall of separation of church and state.” (keep it up, OK)

Jason Rapert Wants To Nuke ISIS - The state legislator from Arkansas thinks nuclear weapons are the answer to wipe them out.

Homeopathic vaccine warning labels not enough, doctors tell Health Canada - Health - CBC News - Ineffective homeopathic alternatives to vaccines should be taken off the market because they are a dangerous distraction, public health officials urge as infectious diseases such as measles make a comeback.

Rest in Peace, Lesley Gore » Balloon Juice - … Women, let’s rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights ... (read it)

Roman Polanski to attend Polish hearing to consider extradition to US | Film | The Guardian - The filmmaker will appear in Krakow court on 25 February over a US extradition request related to his 1977 child sex crime conviction, says his lawyer

Is therapy worth it? Seven personal stories about the price of mental health | Money | The Guardian

Molecular inhibitor breaks cycle that leads to Alzheimer’s | University of Cambridge
Scientists uncover marvel molecule that could lead to treatments for inflammatory diseases -- ScienceDaily - The finding could meet a major unmet clinical need by inspiring new non-invasive treatments for arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Muckle-Wells syndrome, among a myriad of other inflammatory diseases.
DijonPepperberry comments on Randomized clinical trial finds 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention more effective than 6 weeks of sleep hygiene education (e.g. how to identify & change bad sleeping habits) in reducing insomnia symptoms, fatigue, and depression symptoms in older adults with sleep disturbances. (how to analyze a "scientific" study)
What is this dog thinking? Scientists now have some fascinating answers | John Bradshaw | Comment is free | The Guardian - From the myth of the ‘guilty look’ to the exciting discovery of dogs evolving an inbuilt affection for humans, canine psychology is finding out more all the time - dogs can discriminate between human faces that are expressing different emotions, even when they can only see half the face, and the person in the photo is completely unfamiliar to them.
Geologists solve the mystery of what tectonic plates float on | Cosmos - They found a 10 kilometre thick channel of lubricating jelly-like rock, which they say allows the plate to slide above it, according to a report in Nature.

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities | The Verge - "One can imagine a day when battery storage technology or micro turbines could allow customers to be electric grid independent," the report said, likening the speed of the coming transition to the one from landlines to cellphones 10 years ago.

Vermont Could Be Next State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana (coulda been you, MA ... hope you like your decrepit transportation system)
Stoned Drivers Safer Than Drunk Drivers, Claims Federal Study : science
Ex-smokers, how did you quit? : AskReddit

Couples Play 'Truth Or Drink.' And Yes, Things Get Awkward

I'm getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children | Mumsnet Discussion - I'm getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children - (1000 Posts) (Christians against Dinosaurs)

What is the funniest Wi-Fi name you've come across? : AskReddit
EthErealist comments on My father passed when I was 4, but people always told me that I looked like him, a lot

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Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From its Streets Throughout History - Massachusetts news - Boston.com - (While then-mayor James Curley suggested using flamethrowers in 1948, that method does not appear to have ever been used, probably for the best.)
theaudaciouskay on Instagram: “This is what happens when you steal a spot in Boston. My friend (not on IG so I can't tag her) posted this pic. Saturday night a woman came home to find that someone had stolen her spot. The woman rang door bells, honked, but no one claimed the car. She spent hours shoveling snow onto the offender's car. She sprayed water over the car to let ice set in. On top of that, the car was hit with a foot of snow from Saturday night's storm. This person isn't going to get their car out until spring.”
Boston Using Prison Labor To Shovel Heaps Of Snow In Frigid Temperatures For Pennies | ThinkProgress - The median wage for state prisoners across all trades is 20 cents per hour ...

A third of Sierra Leone's Ebola budget unaccounted for, says report | World news | The Guardian - Auditors criticise ‘inadequate controls’ over distribution of funds, suggesting mismanagement slowed the government’s fight against the virus (who could have ...)

Huge fire in West Virginia after oil train derails, sending tanker into river | US news | The Guardian - A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 and sparking a house fire, officials said. (so cut your regulations some more)

Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video | World news | The Guardian - President Sisi had vowed to ‘avenge the criminal killings’ after release of video purporting to show killing of 21 Christians, believed to be kidnapped Egyptians
Egypt Launches Airstrikes On Islamic State In Libya After Video Of Mass Killing - "What will be a relief to me is to take a hold of his murderer, tear him apart, eat up his flesh and liver," said Bushra Fawzi in el-Aour village, as he wept over the loss of his 22-year-old son Shenouda. "I want his body back. If they dumped it in the sea, I want it back. If they set fire to it, I want its dust."
64 ISIS Members Killed As Egypt Launches First Foreign Strikes In 24 Years | Egyptian Streets - The airstrikes, Egypt’s first foreign strikes since the Gulf War in 1991, come after ISIS released a video depicting the decapitation of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians that had been abducted in Libya.
flynavy88 comments on Egypt warplanes strike IS targets in Libya after video of mass killing of Christians - Egypt acknowledging they're bombing IS targets - and likely other Islamist targets in Libya - is a huge development.

C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons - NYTimes.com

Get ready for the return of the Global War On Terror - The Washington Post - Are you ready for a revival of the Global War on Terror? Not that it ever really went away (even if President Obama retired the term), but the increasingly complex situation with ISIS is moving America toward a return to the days of fear and loathing, when no threat was too minimal to hype and no policy response was too ill-considered.
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic - The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. ("Adnani also referred to Secretary of State John Kerry as an “uncircumcised geezer.”) (they are playing their own armageddon game)
On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIS - The Atlantic - "I have come to the conclusion that there is no military solution to this issue that can be generated by the U.S. But I believe there is a political solution." How to think about the next war, as we consider getting into it. (Fallows: "because Americans "honor" their military but don't really take it seriously, we repeatedly send our forces on missions at which they're destined to fail.")

Copenhagen suspect 'was released from prison two weeks ago' - Copenhagen terror attack suspect named as 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein, who 'had violent past'
Copenhagen attacks: Danish police charge two men | World news | The Guardian - Two men ordered to remain in custody after being accused of helping man suspected of carrying out shootings in the Danish capital at the weekend

Ukraine Truce 'Broken 139 Times' On First Day - Heavy fighting continues in the town of Debaltseve 24 hours after an internationally brokered ceasefire came into effect.
"Life News" exposed Russian Federation Army's 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Debaltseve
Major war likely in Ukraine thinks Prime Minister - Articles - Rádio RSI English - The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that has been agreed upon in Minsk will soon be broken, and this may be followed by all-out war, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on RTVS's Saturday talk show. According to him, "strange games" are being played in Ukraine, and there will soon emerge offers on the sale of arms to Ukraine.
Investor: Putin could be world’s richest man with stolen $200B fortune | New York Post (Putin stole Russia)

Boehner: Didn’t Want White House Screwing up Netanyahu Invitation with Their ‘Animosity’ | Mediaite
A perfect storm brews in the Middle East - The Washington Post - Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran. (Israel is the boss of you)
Piers Morgan asks 'Why does Netanyahu want Jews to run away from Europe?' | Daily Mail Online - Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country is in imminent danger of being nuked off the face of the earth by Iran. But he wants every Jew to flee terror attacks in the rest of the world…and come to live in Israel? Makes perfect sense, right?

Turkey's rate of murdered women skyrockets - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East - In 2010, the Ministry of Justice revealed the numbers on murdered women: From 2003 until 2010, there has been a 1,400% increase in the number of murdered women. The AKP government came under harsh criticism after the release of this information, so in a last-ditch effort to save its reputation, it started altering the numbers. (you voted him in, Muslims)

Weimar on the Aegean - NYTimes.com - The point is that now, more than ever, it is crucial that Europe’s leaders remember the right history. If they don’t, the European project of peace and democracy through prosperity will not survive. (Merkel laying the conditions for the rise of Fascism, having learning nothing from science or history)
Playing Games With Europe’s Future? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - After all sorts of reports of progress, the negotiations between the new Greek government and Eurozone finance ministers were at least temporarily blown up by a statement from the latter basically saying Greece must live up to its past commitment—you know, the ones decisively repudiated by the winning party in the recent Greek elections
Yanis Varoufakis: No Time for Games in Europe - NYTimes.com

Germany Maintains Hardline Stance In Greece Debt Talks - Debt-laden Greece and EU paymaster Germany struck hardline postures ahead of a crucial meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday on the future of an unpopular international bailout for Athens (Merkeltron's Deutschland revenge)
Japanese economy emerges from recession | Business | The Guardian - Analysts say lower-than-forecast growth of 2.2% highlights a fragile recovery and underscores challenges facing Tokyo
$1.75 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from Chinese Exchange Bter - Even as Bitcoin is starting to shake things up in the US, all is not well in the cryptocurrency world. China-based Bitcoin exchange Bter was hacked on Valentine’s Day and $1.75 million worth of Bitcoin was stolen.

U.S. Embedded Spyware Overseas, Report Claims - NYTimes.com - The United States has found a way to permanently embed surveillance and sabotage tools in computers and networks it has targeted in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and other countries closely watched by American intelligence agencies, according to a Russian cybersecurity firm.
Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden | Technology | The Guardian - Security agencies need a ‘real cultural shift’ including protection for whistleblowers and citizens as part of its oversight body (NoBama)
Former CSIS officer warns new federal anti-terror bill will ‘lead to lawsuits, embarrassment’ | National Post - “I find it a little convenient that in the past few years that these radicalized people are the biggest threat to ever hit us,” he said. “There are more people dying because of drunk drivers or because of gang violence.”

KKK crucial to building the South’s enduring Republican majority, study finds - The Ku Klux Klan played an active and enduring role in steering southern white voters away from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, according to a new study.

Kansas Tax Cuts Deplete Budget, Brownback Proposes More Cuts | The New Republic (Republican voters impervious to emperical data)

Pedestrians With the Right of Way Should Always Have Protection of the Law | Streetsblog New York City - a $250 fine and up to 30 days in jail if convicted (a sentence with jail time for a first-time offense would be nearly unheard of, however). (Bloomberg's NYC: $250/dead pedistrian and the law shouldn't apply to bus drivers because they will eventually kill someone)

AP Exclusive: Many sex offenders killed in California prison - Male sex offenders made up about 15 percent of the prison population but accounted for nearly 30 percent of homicide victims

Lawmaker Who Lamented 'Welfare Crazy Checks' Insists He's Not Racist - After Mississippi lawmakers criticized Republican state Rep. Gene Alday's remarks about "welfare crazy checks" for blacks, Alday insisted that his remarks were taken out of context. "I'm not a bad person, and that makes me look like an evil person,

Randolph Linn, Indiana Man, Drank 45 Beers, Got 'Riled Up' By Fox News Before Mosque Arson (VIDEO) - “Every day you turn on the TV, you see Muslims trying to kill Americans,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. When asked whether he thinks all Muslims are terrorists, Linn reportedly responded, “I’d say most of them are.” ("TV" = Fox)

Texas Fireman Responds To Houston Islamic Center Fire: 'Let It Burn' - A man who claimed to be a firefighter in Houston, Texas responded to a massive fire at a Houston Islamic Center with a controversial tweet that read, “Let it burn ... block the fire hydrant.” (watches Fox)

FBI investigates claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive | US news | The Guardian - Federal authorities look into notorious Moore’s Ford Bridge deaths of four African Americans which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan - the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) published last week found at least 700 more lynchings than had previously been recorded in southern states, renewing calls from campaigners for any suspects still at large to be brought to justice before it is too late. (hire Israel)
Judge Indicted for Alleged Racist Attack on Mentally Disabled Man - This week, a Mississippi grand jury indicted Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for felony assault on a vulnerable adult after he allegedly struck a mentally disabled black man and yelled, "Run, nigger, run." ... Weisenberger arrested and jailed her client, who is African American, on the nonexistence charge of "roaming livestock."
South Carolina Inmates Get Solitary Confinement for Using Facebook
Police dash cam shows part of contested arrest – until St. Louis officer turns camera off : News
Police hunt suspects in road-rage murder of mother teaching daughter to drive in Las Vegas | Daily Mail Online
Today In Texas Justice - Lawyers, Guns & Money : As improbable as it might seem that Texas might be preparing to execute an innocent man, they very likely are:

The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Moves Lips About Abortion, Lies Ensue. Surprise! | Wonkette - Unfortunately, this was one of those weeks when the Tundra Grifter couldn’t be bothered to do more than one take for a single two-minute-long video.

Double Crap: Fifty Shades of Grey Stars Can't Fucking Stand Each Other
50 Shades of [Sigh]: The Disastrous 50 Shades of Grey Press Tour
6 real quotes from 'Fifty Shades' that could make you rethink how you feel about it

He's Not Chevy, He's an Asshole: A History of Chevy Chase's Horrific Behavior

What is the oldest city in the world? | Cities | The Guardian - Crocodilopolis

Mainly 1940s and 50s movie posters - Album on Imgur
History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years
Unbelievably Dumb Restaurant Customers, Part One

Women are more likely to cheat on their partner if they carry the 'infidelity gene' | Daily Mail Online - Scientists have found variations of a gene are linked to 'extrapair mating' Variants of 'infidelity gene' make women more likely to cheat on partners - AVPR1A gene only has an impact on women - associated with promiscuity and ruthlessness
Hubble's Law: How do we distinguish an expanding universe from an increasing speed of light? : askscience
What's the dumbest conclusion you can draw from statistical correlations? : AskReddit
10 stupid questions about pregnancy and their brilliant answers : funny

What book was so intense/hardcore (fiction or nonfiction) that you had to put it down and never return to it? Also, why? : books
What are some unspoken rules of sex? : AskReddit
What state do you often forget exists? : AskReddit
ELI5: Asshole doesn't understand transsexualism : explainlikeimfive
Surely Morgoth, Sauron, and Saruman had to know that they were no match for the other Ainur and that they would not go unchecked and unchallenged. They had to know if was futile and they were doomed, rite? : tolkienfans
What's something you firmly believed to be true for a long time, but later found out was false? : AskReddit
Forwards From Grandma

AT&T to match Google Fiber speeds, prices in Kansas City and suburbs | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

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Boston this morning. : funny
Snow, dangerous winds, cold strike New England again - Weather - Boston.com
Boston Now At Third Snowiest Winter On Record - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - This puts Boston at 89.7 inches for the season, most of that in the past three weeks. The next snowiest winter is 96.3 set back in the winter of 1993-94. It would take another 18 inches to break the all time snowiest winter. In this pattern, that's certainly possible
Snow, Dangerous Winds, Cold Strike New England Again - Before it is all over, southern New England could get several more inches and Maine could see up to 2 feet, weather forecasters said.

Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears | Environment | The Guardian - US expert Alan Robock raises concern over who would control climate-altering technologies if research is paid for by intelligence agencies

Copenhagen shootings: suspect was 'known to authorities' – live updates | World news | The Guardian
Police Kill Man Believed To Be Behind 2 Shootings In Copenhagen
Terror Attacks By a Native Son Rock Denmark - NYTimes.com - Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, but the Copenhagen police did not confirm his name. They identified him only as a 22-year-old, born and raised in Denmark, whom they knew for gang-related activity and for several criminal offenses linked to weapons violations and violence
Inside the ISIS plot to attack the heart of Europe - CNN.com - What happened next around 5:45 p.m. January 15 was the biggest firefight Belgian commandos have faced since World War II, captured for the world to see on a home movie shot by one of the town's residents.

Snowden Leak: NSA Flagged Israel as Leading Espionage Threat - “Israel has not conducted any espionage operations in the United States, period. Full stop,” Netanyahu said in a May interview with Bloomberg. (and you can always believe him)
The National Security Agency listed Israel among a handful of nations considered to pose the “greatest threat” to American government, military and industrial secrets, classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal. : technology (bomb them)

Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi review – the global war on terror has found its true witness | Books | The Guardian - An extraordinary account of rendition, captivity and torture reveals the radicalisation of the US military-intellectual complex

Eschaton: Maybe We Should Go Back To Painting Schools - All we have to do is keep training... But at the same time, Iraqi commanders, soldiers and police officers who could play a central role in any offensive are raising doubts about the readiness of Iraq’s ground forces. The army has struggled to recapture even smaller towns that pose less of a challenge than Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city, which is still full of civilians and heavily defended by the militants, they say. ... Another 10 years should do the trick.

Cover-Up Allegations Against Argentina President Cause Turmoil - after a state prosecutor said he would keep investigating accusations that she tried to cover up Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing.
New test reveals there were no traces of gun residue on Argentinian prosecutor's hands | Fox News Latino - a second test released yesterday revealed that that no gunpowder was found on his hands – once again leading many to theorize that the 51-year-old lawyer could have been murdered to cover-up his knowledge of the 1994 bombing a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Turks boycott schools, protest to demand secular education - Yahoo News (the Islamifcation of Turkey will continue)
Turkey rallies over murder of woman who 'resisted rape' - The driver allegedly tried to rape her. She reportedly fought him off with pepper spray, but was then stabbed to death. She was also hit on the head with an iron pipe

Islamic State Video Shows Beheadings of Egyptian Christians in Libya - NYTimes.com - A video released Sunday night by the Islamic State appeared to show the mass beheading of at least a dozen Egyptian Christians by fighters in a recently formed Libyan arm of the militant group
ISIS video claims to show 17 Kurdish fighters in caged procession | Daily Mail Online - 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot:
'Anonymous' hacking group shuts down over 800 Islamic State Twitter accounts - Washington Times - Hackers say they exposed or destroyed nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses linked with Islamic State supporters, CNN reported.

Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Disputed Waters / Sputnik International - Japanese officials cried alarm on Sunday as Chinese patrol ships entered the waters of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, and Chinese officials vowed to increase their presence in the area.
70th postwar year statement in works / Japan, U.S. to stress stronger alliance - The Japan News

'Nut rage' prompts South Korea to consider law against high-handed conduct | Reuters - Resentment has mounted so much in South Korea against what has come to be known as "gabjil", high-handedness by the rich and powerful, that parliamentarians are proposing legislation to punish some of the worst abuses.

Greece pledges to shut immigrant detention centers | Reuters - "I'm here to express my shame, not as a minister but as a human being," he said. "I couldn't believe what I saw. I really could not believe it. This must change and it must change immediately." (but austerity!)

ACLU sues for records on Border Patrol's 'roving' agents - According to the ACLU, federal law allows the Border Patrol to make warrantless stops and seizures within a "reasonable distance" of the border. Regulations have defined that distance as 100 miles from land and sea borders, which encompasses about two-thirds of the nation's population and nine of the country's 10 largest cities.

Netanyahu Urges ‘Mass Immigration’ of Jews From Europe - NYTimes.com - reopening a contentious debate about Israel’s role at a challenging time for European Jews and a month before Israel’s national elections.
Boehner: I Didn't Want 'Interference' From Obama In Netanyahu Speech - Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House, leading numerous congressional Democrats to boycott the speech. ("interference" ha-ha)
McConnell Is Blowing It…Big Time by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - McConnell’s initial strategy was to paint President Obama as the new obstructionist by forcing him to veto legislation that would otherwise undo his agenda. But that is getting all gummed up by either the Democrats in the Senate standing strong or the lunatic caucus in his party making compromise impossible
Republicans haven't quite worked out a foreign policy beyond 'not Obama' - LA Times

Obama Calls for New Cooperation to Wrangle the ‘Wild West’ Internet - NYTimes.com (20 years too late; does he even know how to type?)
Feds Unveil New Surveillance Tool Developed by DARPA that Could Kill the ‘Dark Web’ | Independent News - And now, DARPA, the Pentagon’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed a surveillance tool known as “Memex” that can be used to reveal what is hidden on the dark web, and pursue criminal groups of interest – and perhaps control or even kill the dark web for good.
Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware - NYTimes.com - Kaspersky Lab says that the scope of this attack on more than 100 banks and other financial institutions in 30 nations could make it one of the largest bank thefts ever — and one conducted without the usual signs of robbery.

West Coast seaports largely shut down amid labor dispute - CBS News

New York Republican's terror registry looks to track where offenders live | US news | The Guardian - Thomas Croci is proposing a bill that would require convicted terrorists to register with the state and if they fail to do so they could face a felony charge - A New York state senator wants to expose the terrorist next door ... “This legislation will send a clear message to all terrorists: stay out of New York,” he said. (oh, a bullshit Republican)

Obamacare Lawsuit Set For Supreme Court Decision Despite Plaintiff Obstacles (the clowns will destroy America)
O-Care fans: SCOTUS case 'unraveling' | TheHill - The standing of the four plaintiffs in the case has come under intense media scrutiny, with at least three of the challengers now facing claims they are not personally harmed by the law and therefore do not have standing to sue. (Scalia could give a shit)

As Dynasty’s Son, Jeb Bush Used His Connections Freely - NYTimes.com

Echidne Of The Snakes - Fox News' Stuart Varney explains how the president buys votes with food stamps. (instead of letting people starve like Republican)_a) the highest percentages of people on food stamps tend to be found in Republican-voting states and b) because the poor are much less likely to vote than the more affluent.

Judge Challenging Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore On Gay Marriage: 'We're On The Right Side Of History' - "what this Harvard professor who is president of our United States does not understand is that a trial court's decision on the constitutionality of a federal question is just that, it's an opinion." (white people voted for the Confederacy)

And Don't Kid Yourself, King and Lincoln Would Have Praised Shelby County... - Lawyers, Guns & Money : From the party that brought you the Martin Luther King whose public career consisted of a one-sentence speech, I guess “Abraham Lincoln: Neoconfederate” isn’t that much of a stretch.
Obama Depicted as Rape Suspect in Fox 5 News Graphic Error - Times of San Diego - At 10:04 p.m., viewers heard anchor Kathleen Bade say: “The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU will not be charged.” At the same time, a picture of Obama appeared with the legend “NO CHARGES.” (just an honest mistake)

Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina senator says sexist remarks were just jokes | Politics | The State - A South Carolina senator says he was only joking with a female colleague when he referred to women as a "lesser cut of meat" while they dined with others near the statehouse Tuesday. But she says the remarks are sexist and upsetting and that she's frequently asked him to stop. (what's that stuff on the top of your head, Sen. Tom Corbin?)

Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims | Reveal - The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses – one of the world’s most insular religions – for 25 years has instructed its elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse secret from law enforcement and members of their own congregations, according to an examination of thousands of pages of documents in recent cases. (confiscate all their assets)

Police Beating Led To Miscarriage: Lawsuit - The suit claims that in May, 2011, Harris came to the Albany Police department after her son was arrested. She waited five hours to pick him up, but then told Jenkins she needed to leave to tend to her other children at home. Jenkins said if she made that request again he would take her head and "'put it to the floor."
Lawyer: Missouri fake kidnap plan was 'born of intense and sincere love' for boy | US news | The Guardian - When the victim – referred to as “JD” in court documents – would not stop crying, Firoved brandished a handgun and a packet of bullets, and told him he would be harmed if he didn’t stop. At one point, JD told investigators, he saw a police car – but was too scared to try to seek help.
Following photo complaint to mayor, police investigate citizen | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA | - "They told me they were going to press charges for me emailing the photo of the cop sleeping to the mayor's office," he said. The man told WBRZ, he was contacted via email and told he could be charged with defamation. Police were able to identify him by securing a search warrant, gaining access to his computer IP address, phone records, and place of residence.
Framingham man faces assault with bagel charge - News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA - Framingham, MA - A Framingham man is charged with assaulting his infant son on Thursday with a bagel, authorities said.

Dementia hits women hardest – study | Society | The Guardian - Research finds disease now leading cause of death in British women; many are also carers before succumbing themselves - the condition has not only become the leading cause of death among British women but that women are far more likely to end up as carers of sufferers than men – suffering physical and emotional stress and job losses in the process. (or maybe not, read comments)

Gentrification in San Francisco is supplanting culture, not creating it | Shaquina Blake | Comment is free | The Guardian - If you lose a Pandería and gain a Panera, is that really a mark of sophistication?

Colorado’s legal weed market: $700 million in sales last year, $1 billion by 2016 - The Washington Post (coulda been Massachusetts and fixed the T but Boston Globe would have hysterics)
Schools Start Treating E-Cigarettes as Drug Paraphernalia - ABC News - Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

Meat Puppets by Kukula Glastris | The Washington Monthly - The result is a fascinating, detailed, and highly readable investigative history of how some of America’s most trusted scientific institutions went off the rails. The tale involves a small group of ambitious and influential scientists, a credulous media, crusading politicians, a public desperate for easy answers to complex questions, and the largely hidden hand of industry. It is, in short, a very Washington story.

Scientists just discovered 2 never-before-seen particles, and they're refining our understanding of fundamental physics | Business Insider India
ELI5: New theory says that the Big Bang might not have happened? : explainlikeimfive

SentientCouch comments on Visiting a friend in what seems like rural china, does it offer a pleasant expierence as much as bigger cities does??
Are you banned from any subreddits? If so, why? : AskReddit
unholy88 comments on Are you banned from any subreddits? If so, why?

A new Tow Center report looks at how news outlets help spread (or debunk) false rumors online » Nieman Journalism Lab - “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content,”
Troll toll: Tablet is now charging its readers for the right to comment » Nieman Journalism Lab - a relatively reasonable $2 a day or a whopping $180 a year (that'll work)
µBlock for Firefox - An efficient ad-blocker that is "easy on CPU and memory". Potential Ad-Block Rival? : technology

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One dead and three injured in Copenhagen 'terrorist attack' | World news | The Guardian - Niels Ivar Larsen, one of the speakers at the event, told Denmark’s TV2: “I heard someone firing with automatic weapons and someone shouting. Police returned the fire and I hid behind the bar. It felt surreal, like in a movie.”
Shooting Reported At Copenhagen Synagogue

Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base - NYTimes.com - The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror.

RajaRajaC comments on Protests across Pakistan to denounce Taliban.
Boko Haram Attacks Nigeria's Gombe, Prompting Fierce Battles With Military

Netanyahu trip to Congress provokes harsh reaction from US Jewish leaders | World news | The Guardian - Israeli prime minister’s decision to instigate a high-level confrontation with the White House is not winning favor in the Jewish community - The Forward said Netanyahu was embracing a political party whose values were at odds with the vast majority of American Jews. (Netanfuckyu)
Meet The Man At The Center Of The Unprecedented US-Israel Rift - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Ron Dermer as Israel’s ambassador to the United States in 2013, the move was seen as so provocative that aides to the PM were reportedly worried that the White House would balk at the choice. Dermer came with a lot of baggage. An American by birth, he had worked as a Republican operative, helping to draft Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America in 1994, before emigrating to Israel. There, he eventually became a close political adviser to Netanyahu, while remaining deeply connected in Republican politics in America. (well, that explains a lot)

Fears for Ukraine’s ceasefire as clashes with Russia-backed rebels intensify | World news | The Guardian - Neither side seems to expect an end to the conflict, and both were trying to shore up their positions before the deadline
Multicolored Snow in Russia? No Worries, Officials Say - NYTimes.com - In Russia, where it is a bit more familiar, there is typically no fear, unless the snow on the ground happens to be blue, as it was in Chelyabinsk this week, or orange, as it was earlier this month in Saratov on the Volga River.

78 more swine flu deaths in 24 hours | The Indian Express - In the last 24 hours, the government said 78 more deaths from swine flu were reported across the country, even as the Health Ministry held its first official H1N1 briefing of the year. Additional Secretary A K Panda said there is no cause for panic and there are enough medicines in stock.

Thabo Mbeki slams Jacob Zuma over brawl in South Africa parliament | World news | The Guardian - Former president says successor should have answered opposition questions about use of taxpayers’ money to upgrade private residence

'Anonymous' Hackers To Expose Child Sex Abusers - It says it will collect and then publish mass information on abuse scandals in the UK and around the world in the hope of ensuring people are fully aware of "paedo-sadist" abuse.
'Operation Death Eaters': Anonymous Wade Into Child Sex Abuse Scandal And Threaten To Expose High Profile Abusers : worldnews

Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs - Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence. (sorry I ruined your country, Mexico)

Canadian man and American woman charged over foiled mass shooting plot | World news | The Guardian - the suspects used a “chat stream” to communicate and were apparently obsessed with death and had many photos of mass killings.

Muslim American caught up in post-9/11 sweep gets an apology - LA Times - He spent the next 16 days in three jails without criminal charges on a warrant as a potential witness in a terrorism-related case. He was shackled, strip-searched and confined in a cell. The government's case eventually fell apart, but not before the husband and father had lost his family and livelihood.
Quba Islamic Institute Fire Probe Arson Possibility - In a video on the institute's Facebook page, Ahsan Zahid, son of the imam, said fire officials told him the fire appeared intentional.

2015 World Press Freedom Index US #49 out of 180 (thanks, Obama)
U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings, Worst Since Obama Became President - The Intercept

A Thief, a Dirty Politician, and a Suicide Bomber Walk Into a Bar … by Paul Pillar | The Washington Monthly - Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism by Louise I. Shelley

Feds Investigate Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber - looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career.

Arkansas House Votes In Favor Of LGBT Discrimination - “I am singled out as a politician. I am singled out because I am married to one woman … I want everyone in the LGBT community to have the same rights I do. I do not want them to have special rights that I do not have.” (sorry, Bart Hester (R) you are specially stupid)

States Consider Increasing Taxes for the Poor and Cutting Them for the Affluent - NYTimes.com - A number of Republican-led states are considering tax changes that in many cases would have the effect of cutting taxes on the rich and raising them on the poor. (what did you expect?)

Jeb Bush On Iraq And Afghanistan Wars: 'I Won't Talk About The Past' (Obama set the example)

The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama's Prayer Breakfast Speech - The Atlantic - Using religion to brutalize other people is not a Muslim invention, nor is it foreign to the American experience.
Fighting the Extremists Within by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Maureen Dowd's Greatest Misses, Part II - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The fact that Dowd has been given large amounts of money to ostensibly write about politics by the nation’s best newspaper for more than two decades says a lot, and none of it is good.
Tom Brokaw warned for a year that Brian Williams’ Iraq story was a big fib - Salon.com - NPR reports that Brokaw raised concerns well before Williams' exaggerations came to light - Brokaw, who anchored the broadcast from 1982 to 2004, sees Williams as “more of a performer than an anchor,”

Police in Pasco brace for more protests over shooting of Mexican national | US news | The Guardian - Antonio Zambrano-Montes was not carrying a gun or knife - His death marks fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco, Washington

Row over Marlboro-funded research that undermined plain cigarette packs | Business | The Guardian - In both papers, which were not peer-reviewed, Kaul and Wolf acknowledge that PMI provided funding. However, they do not reveal that the company demanded sight of the study before publication and the right to put forward suggestions.

Someone Needs a Good Lawyer - Congressman who told his communications director that she had semen on her skirt and that she "could show her nipples whenever she wanted to" provides formal response to sexual harassment claims. (they just can't help being themselves)
Republican in Montana yoga pants obscenity uproar explains: it was a joke | US news | The Guardian - Stories on his yoga pants remark also obscured the nuanced voting history of the Montanan – he is the only Republican in the state to be endorsed by the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (Naral) and is carrying the state house’s annual attempt to repeal the death penalty.
Why Don't Kids Walk to School Anymore? - The Atlantic - "Kids need to walk to school so they learn about active transportation," says University of Utah professor Elizabeth Joy. "When you have to go two, three, or four blocks, that doesn't mean you get in the car. You can actually walk." (look down. feet.)

When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List' - Jewish World Features - Israel News | Haaretz - An odd series of events led Jennifer Teege to discover that her grandfather was none other than the notorious Nazi Amon Goeth ... He asked me what I intended to do with them, and I offered them to him as a present. He ordered one of the soldiers to take the puppies, and sent me to the side with those who would remain alive.”

Alec Falkenham, Dalhousie student, develops tattoo removal cream - Nova Scotia - CBC News - Falkenham's topical cream works by targeting the macrophages that have remained at the site of the tattoo. New macrophages move in to consume the previously pigment-filled macrophages and then migrate to the lymph nodes, eventually taking all the dye with them.
Interstellar's true black hole too confusing - physics-math - 13 February 2015 - New Scientist - too confusing for audiences, and some of the science had to be toned down.

Subreddit no longer accepts submissions, due to President Obama thanking himself in yesterday's Buzzfeed video, thus making the joke unable to be topped. : bestof
GAME OVER FOLKS : ThanksObama
TIL that America was once constructing a Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) that would have dwarfed the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. It now sits abandoned in the Texas prairie. : todayilearned (because Republicans hate science)
[NSFW] What's the darkest place on Reddit? : AskReddit
What are some of the best trolls in internet history? : AskReddit
HELP reddit turned spanish and i cannot undo it! : AskReddit
CompMolNeuro comments on What is your most cringe worthy moment from your teenage years?


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Blizzard Warning Declared for Eastern Massachusetts - Weather - Boston.com - from 7 p.m. Saturday until 11 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service announced Friday.

U.S. 'Megadroughts' Are Likely Later This Century, Study Finds - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades.
California's Almonds Suck as Much Water Annually as Los Angeles Uses in Three Years | Mother Jones - What was a $1.2 billion market in 2002 became $4.8 billion market by 2012 (see above)
There's a Horrifying Amount of Plastic in the Ocean. This Chart Shows Who's to Blame. | Mother Jones (China by far, also Indonesia, Phillipines, Vietnam and fucking Sri Lanka)

White House warns tech world that Sony-style hacks 'could become the norm' | US news | The Guardian - Obama speaks at Stanford University and says ‘There’s only one way to defend America from cyber threats – government and industry working together’ ("norm" for companies with really shitty security +do you see what he did there?)
WhiteHouse.gov screwed up its security on the same day as the cybersecurity summit | The Verge (speaking of ...)

Eschaton: How Does This Keep Happening - Maybe the only way to win is not to play? - Nick Rasmussen, who directs the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate intelligence committee that Yemen's American-funded army failed to oppose advancing Houthi rebels in the same way the U.S.-supported Iraqi military refused to fight Islamic State militants last year. - Let's just keep adding weapons, arming whichever "side" John McCain thinks are the good guys who want guns. It always works!
Obama Wanted To Stop Endless Wars. He'll Leave Office Waging One.
CNN.com - Transcripts - In fairness, we did invite Senator Clinton and Senator McCain to join us, on this, the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. They declined. (2007, before the CIA and military told him they owned him)
Confronting Terrorism Without Another American Ground War | Sen. Barbara Boxer - Sen. Barbara Boxer

Is Jordan Facilitating ISIS' Grand Strategy? | Alastair Crooke - Saudi Arabia and Israel bear much of the responsibility for bringing Jordan into this war with ISIS by pushing so hard on the Syrian issue and entangling the kingdom more and more in their efforts to overturn the government of its close neighbor, Syria (all the major players, especially the US, continue to make the worst possible decisions. ISIS is succeeding with their caliphate, just like AQ destroyed American democracy)
The Ultimate Guide to Womanhood, According to the Female Jihadis of ISIS | Mother Jones - It's not bad, as long as you're okay with getting married at age nine.
How ISIS uses catchy, violent tunes for propaganda | Public Radio International
Isis: Eight suicide bombers killed at Iraqi base HQ for US Marines - The Islamic State (Isis) has launched an attempted suicide attack against an Iraqi air base in Anbar province where hundreds of US marines are training Iraqi troops, according to reports.
ISIS Beheads Cigarette Smokers: Islamic State Deems Smoking 'Slow Suicide' Under Sharia Law

Al Jazeera Journalists Reunite With Family After More Than A Year In Egyptian Prison

Minsk ceasefire in balance as fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine | World news | The Guardian - EU leaders sceptical about ceasefire due to begin on Sunday, while Ukrainian and pro-Russia forces jostle for advantage (oh look, Aspie used the "ceasefire" to "invade moar")

Probe Into Role Of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez In Cover-Up Moves Forward - Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita's decision to go forward with the case was significant because it sets the stage for a close examination of the investigation that prosecutor Alberto Nisman was building before he was found dead Jan. 18. The next day, Nisman was scheduled to elaborate his accusations to Congress.

UMass Amherst Tells Iranian Students They Need Not Apply To Certain Programs - Iranian national students will not be admitted to several programs in the university's College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences. After the policy received criticism and circulated on Twitter Thursday evening and Friday morning, UMass removed all references to it from its website. (no science allowed)

About 700 Migrants Rescued Off Coast Of Libya

House Begins Passing Series of Deficit-Hiking Tax Cuts (oh, we were so worried about deficits we could resists give rich people tax-cuts)

Republicans seize on HSBC scandal to hold up Loretta Lynch's confirmation | News | The Guardian - Republicans believe leak ‘throws a monkey wrench’ into Lynch becoming the next attorney general as questions swirl over her role in $1.9bn bank settlement in 2012 (always looking for a scandal)


At least 43 of Alabama's 67 counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples (the other 24 ponder armed resistance)
Bleeding Kansas returns: Gov. Brownback reinstates LGBT discrimination - LA Times - Those who remember their high school U.S. history classes will recognize "Bleeding Kansas" as a reference to that territory's violent fight over slavery in 1854-61, during the run-up to the Civil War. (America's Confederate cancer continues to eat away at the body politic +stupid)
Virginia House Blocks Changes To Abortion Clinic Regulations - The amendment, introduced by Del. Bob Marshall (R), was aimed at halting Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) push to ease existing regulations on abortion clinics. Advocates for abortion rights often refer to those rules as TRAP laws, or targeted regulations of abortion providers.

Why Scott Walker's Views On Evolution Are Totally Relevant
Sandy Rios: 'The Real Experts' Know Evolution Has Been 'Disproven' | Right Wing Watch - The truth of the matter is that the evolutionists like George Will, waving their evolutionary theory, have become as rabid and unreasoned as what they accuse the Scopes monkey religionists of doing to Darwin during that time. It has become a religion. Science has disproven so much of evolution…. These guys are wrong, Scott Walker is right.”

Mississippi Learning: A History Lesson From The Judge - His entire statement is worth burning into your brain, but the most moving part to me was this one. In the church of my birth, this is what we call walking the stations of the cross.
Analyzing The Rise Of The Lone Wolf - But Chief Acevedo's concern for his officers doesn't count as much as does Napolitano's inexcusable cowardice in not standing by her department's report, a sorry episode of epic bureaucratic chickenshit that the SPLC report documents thoroughly.

Governor Charlie Baker and New England Snow (instead of appropriate public policy and 21st century investment Chawlie wants underfund the T and cut employment costs. You've done it again, Ma)
News Details - Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania that will remain in effect until the governor has received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment (death-cult Republican Corbett would never have done this)
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Resigns - amid allegations of corruption
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber to resign over 'surreal' corruption scandal | US news | The Guardian - Kitzhaber, accused of steering government contracts to his fiancee’s consulting firm, will be replaced by secretary of state Kate Brown
Governor John Kitzhaber announces his resignation | OregonLive.com
This woman will soon become the first openly bisexual governor in American history - The Washington Post (so that accidentally happened)

David Carr, Influential New York Times Media Columnist, Dead At 58 - Thursday night after collapsing in the paper's midtown Manhattan newsroom. He was 58.
David Carr, RIP | Dave Weigel - Look, I hate it as much as you hate it when some beloved person dies and some less beloved person tries to ride the hem of his garments. Gimme a pass on this one. (read)

U.S. Now Seems To Be Exporting Measles To Other Countries - A spike of measles infections in Berlin has been traced to unvaccinated refugees, but at least two cases appear to have come from the United States, authorities in the German capital said Friday.

Utah House Approves Bill Allowing Executions By Firing Squad
Cop Charged With Assault After Unarmed Grandpa Left Paralyzed
Suspect In Chapel Hill Killings Had At Least 12 Guns, Huge Stash Of Ammo
Police Involved In Controversial Death Of Alejandro Nieto Will Not Face Charges - They believed the stun gun was a firearm, and they shot Nieto from about 75 feet away, police said. The medical examiner's report noted 14 to 15 gunshot wounds.
Their Crime: Walking Into Their Own Home | Voice of San Diego - “You’ve got several cops standing by the door telling the family, through an open door, that they believe they are burglarizing their own store and nobody told them, ‘Wait a minute, officers. This is our store’? Who’s going to believe that?” said Hamud, the family’s attorney.
These 15 Black Women Were Killed During Police Encounters. Their Lives Matter, Too

Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives? | Daily Mail Online - She also suggests Stephen Hawking gave himself motor neurone disease - Holocaust victims may have been killers in previous incarnations, she says - Miss MacLaine once insisted that she lived on Atlantis in an earlier life

Two More Women Come Forward With Accusations Against Cosby - Nation - Boston.com - Two former models who met Bill Cosby decades ago said at a Los Angeles press conference Thursday that the comedian lured them to his hotel room and then drugged them in separate incidents. One of the women also said Cosby raped her.

More teenagers trying e-cigarettes than tobacco, US study says | Science | The Guardian - Some experts concerned that vaping may be pathway to nicotine addiction, but others say it is less dangerous than smoking

The convergence of the twain - Lawyers, Guns & Money : And as the smart ship grew / In stature, grace, and hue, / In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
When People Stop Being Polite... - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Orwell on Burnham. (always going with the winner of the moment)

Boobs, Booze, and Black People Hair: A Very Thorough Review of Black or White - Film - The Stranger

The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey | GalleyCat - Blogger Jane Litte used the Turnitin plagiarism detection program to measure similarities between the two books. She reported: “According to Turnitin, the similarity index was 89%. There are whole swaths of text wherein just the names were changed from MoTU to 50 Shades.” (that explains a lot, actually)
The most atrocious quotes from 50 Shades of Grey, illustrated : books - "Me, with my strange choice of adjectives. You, with your muscular teeth and clockwise vagina."
Today Australia's Lisa Wilkinson's review destroys 50 Shades of Grey - with her crew hyping her up in the background : videos
Katrina Passick Lumsden (Charlotte, MI)'s review of Fifty Shades of Grey
What You Won't Learn About Bondage In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Hilarious 'Fifty Shades Of Bae' Parody Might Just Be Better Than 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Today Australia's Lisa Wilkinson's review destroys 50 Shades of Grey - with her crew hyping her up in the background : videos

Anita Revel - Inner goddess is a concept used in popular psychology and women's circles to denote the feminine aspect of a woman's psyche. When a woman is able to transcend inhibitive social expectations or perceived behavioral requirements and instead act in a way that is right for her, she is said be honoring her inner goddess. Anita defines the inner goddess as "... the beautiful, sassy, intuitive, lovable, sacred and authentic Self that we were born to be."

Google boss warns of 'forgotten century' with email and photos at risk | Technology | The Guardian - Digital material including key historical documents could be lost forever because programs to view them will become defunct, says Vint Cerf

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Washington: Government wonders: What’s in your old emails? | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC - Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago.

Terrorist Claims Return Sept. 11 Suit to Spotlight - NYTimes.com - In 2002, Mr. Motley sued in federal court on behalf of the families of Sept. 11 victims against the government of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi elite, including banks, charities and even members of the royal family, accusing them of financing Al Qaeda. (Obama sitting on 22 pages of smoking guns)

Qaeda Fighters Gain in Yemen as United Nations Warns of Country's Freefall - NYTimes.com
After Yemen's coup, who controls the US-provided arms? | The New Republic - Where are all the weapons we gave Yemen? - $400 million worth of military equipment provided to Yemen over the last decade (well, that worked out really well)
Yemen Is On The Brink Of Civil War, Says UN Envoy
U.S. Closing Embassy In Yemen

Boko Haram Could 'Destabilize' The African Continent, Nigerian Archbishop Says (may invade US)

Ukraine: 50 Russian tanks and 40 missile systems rolled into the country while Putin talked peace - Business Insider (Aspergers guy stikes again)

Cho Hyun-ah, Former Korean Air Executive In 'Nut Rage' Case, Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison

Vísir - Iceland jails former Kaupthing bank bosses (never in America, land of liberty! for bankers)

In Chapel Hill Shooting of 3 Muslims, a Question of Motive - NYTimes.com

President Obama really really really really hates Maureen Dowd - Vox
Maureen Dowd's Greatest Misses - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Her columns leading up to an election that would result in hundreds of thousands of people being dead all over the world and Sam Alito with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court involved a multi-part series of columns in which Al Gore had an imaginary dialogue with his bald spot.

Republicans Eye Changes to Food-Stamp Program - WSJ - House Lawmakers Want Revision After Plan’s Sharp Expansion During Recession

Federal Judge Orders Alabama Official To Stop Denying Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples - Their defiance is due to instructions from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), who sent an order to the state's probate judges Sunday night not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He argued that they were not bound to follow the federal ruling. (you can see where they are coming from)
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama - “This pile of brush is still here, and there are no homosexuals layin’ on top of it, doin’ homosexual things,” Addaway said.

Crazy old man rants in Central Park about young black men committing 95% of all murders - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Wait, did I say in Central Park? I meant at the Aspen Institute: (Bloomberg overestimates young black murderers in NYC by 400% the implications of which are staggering)

Judge Weighs Whether U.S. Marijuana Law Is Unconstitutional | TIME - A federal judge hearing a case of nine men charged with illegally growing marijuana on federal land in California said Wednesday she was considering arguments that the federal government has improperly labelled marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs. (oh, they lied? and sent millions of mostly non-white mostly-men to prison?)
We are the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization working to legitimize the scientific, medical, and spiritual uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Ask us anything! : IAmA

Madison officer charged with assault for use of force incident - Huntsville News | WAAYTV.com and ABC 31: Appnews - MADISON, Ala. (WAAY) - The police officer placed on leave after an incident that left an Indian man hospitalized last week has been charged with third-degree assault.
Disturbing Report Finds New York's Female Prisoners Illegally Shackled During Labor (because sadistic fuckers)
New York City sets new record: no murders for 10 days | US news | The Guardian - NYPD says 10-day stretch breaks 2013 record and shows crime is falling but criminologists urge caution and say crime swings are cyclical (and no cops shot any either)

Mom Accused Of Threatening To Blow Up School After Daughter Fails Test

Dogs know that smile on your face | EurekAlert! Science News - The discovery represents the first solid evidence that an animal other than humans can discriminate between emotional expressions in another species, the researchers say. (thanks, science!)
Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba: HIV to AIDS in three years -- ScienceDaily - One such recombinant variant observed in patients in Cuba appears to be much more aggressive than other known forms of HIV. Patients progress to AIDS within three years of infection -- so rapidly that they may not even realize they were infected.


Net Neutrality Opponents Go To War (Repubicans, naturally, want to destroy your internets)
Broadband Competition in the US: 12.1% Only Have Access to 1 Wired Provider - In 2010, the FCC reported to Congress that “broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” [1][2]
After $3.3B Spent, more than 39 Million Americans Still Only Have Access to 1 Wired Broadband Provider : technology

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Letter from the President -- Authorization for the Use of United States Armed Forces in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant | The White House
Obama Seeks an Expansive War Authorization to Combat ISIS - NYTimes.com - While indefensibly late, the move is nonetheless welcome if it triggers the long-needed substantive debate about the goals, scope and justification of a military intervention that was launched with the claim of authority from laws passed more than a decade ago to allow the use of force in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Obama sends Congress draft war authorization that says Islamic State ‘poses grave threat’ - The Washington Post

Judge Rules You Can't Sue the NSA for Secretly Spying on You Unless You Prove You're Being Secretly Spied On | Mother Jones - A federal court raises the bar for challenging the NSA's surveillance programs.
The CIA's Secret Psychological Profiles of Dictators and World Leaders Are Amazing | Mother Jones - Psychoanalyzing strongmen, from Castro to Saddam.

Conservatives Dance On Grave Of ISIL Hostage: 'Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel B**ch' - "No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead," conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel wrote on Tuesday, under the headline, "Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch ... (another fucktard) ... describing the International Solidarity Movement, a group opposing the Israeli occupation, as "pro-terrorist."

Official: Houthis take U.S. vehicles, weapons in Yemen - CNN.com - Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't let departing U.S. Marines take their weapons with them, a top Sanaa airport official said about the latest evidence of unrest in an Arab nation long seen as key in America's fight against terrorists.

Eschaton: Because Rich People - Ministers were under increasing pressure to explain why they did not take earlier action against massive tax evasion involving HSBC’s banking in Switzerland. A document unearthed by the Evening Standard shows that ministers were aware in 2010 that large numbers of wealthy customers were hiding money from the UK tax authorities in accounts at the HSBC branch in Geneva. - But some poors have an extra bedroom, so we gotta kick them.
Mexican Political Family Has Close Ties to Ruling Party, and Homes in the U.S. - NYTimes.com - The Murats’ real estate holdings stand in contrast to the Everyman image that José Murat, renowned for his political might and booming personality, worked to project as governor.

Chapel Hill police: Parking dispute may have led to triple shooting :: WRAL.com
3 Members Of Muslim Family Murdered In Chapel Hill, Sparking #MuslimLivesMatter Campaign
Chapel Hill shooting: Craig Stephen Hicks condemned all religions on Facebook prior to arrest for murder of three young Muslims - The Independent

Lynching as Racial Terrorism - NYTimes.com - hangings, burnings and dismemberments of black American men, women and children that were relatively common in this country between the Civil War and World War II were often public events. They were sometimes advertised in newspapers and drew hundreds and even thousands of white spectators, including elected officials and leading citizens who were so swept up in the carnivals of death that they posed with their children for keepsake photographs within arm’s length of mutilated black corpses. (oh, sounds like ...)

Randomgate is why politicians are so boring - Vox - In Vox's interview, Obama contended that terrorism is "absolutely" over-hyped compared to a threat like climate change or epidemic disease. This is something Obama said, as far as I can tell, because he thinks it's true.

David Axelrod has a lot to say about Hillary Clinton - Business Insider - "The conversation seemed to begin calmly enough, as Hillary spoke and Barack listened. Then, when Barack responded, Hillary became very agitated, jabbing her finger at him and speaking in an animated fashion

Warren's not-so-subtle shot across Rand Paul's bow | MSNBC - “Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause ‘profound mental disorders’?” (not unless you already have one)
Scott Walker When Asked About Evolution: 'I'm Going To Punt On That'

Montana GOP Legislator Wants to Ban Yoga Pants | Mother Jones - Montana Republican state Rep. David Moore has a plan to guide America out of the darkness—ban yoga pants ... Moore elaborated that he also believes Speedos should be illegal ... Just last December the Republican-controlled legislature issued new dress-code guidelines for the state capitol, advising women that they should "should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines." (Sharia Law comes to Montana)

In Some Alabama Counties, Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Denied Despite Court Order - "I don't want Alabama to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied. I'm not going to do that," Bentley said. "I'm trying to move this state forward." (good luck with that)
New Jersey judges rules 'gay conversion therapy' is consumer fraud | World news | The Guardian - a case involving the Jersey City-based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah) that those claims are illegal based on the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. Bariso also said it’s fraudulent to offer “success statistics” because “there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics” ... forced to do activities including being made to strip naked while standing in a circle with other men and to be naked with their fathers at bathhouses. (that'll work)

This Was Jon Stewart's Best Moment | Mother Jones - Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show later this year. Here is the time he went on Crossfire and destroyed, well, Crossfire. ("hurting America" 101504!)

Brian Williams Suspended From NBC for 6 Months Without Pay - NYTimes.com (tap on the wrist)

4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol, It’s Got the Electrolytes We Need! » Balloon Juice - This reads like an article from the Onion. The Republican response to the one year anniversary of the Elk River chemical spill is to weaken regulations, block new regulations, cockblock federal regulators, and then, for shits and giggles, make it impossible for citizens who have been poisoned to sue for redress. - These people are fucking sociopaths.

Study Shows Heavy Adolescent Pot Use Permanently Lowers IQ - Forbes - Marijuana smokers have long been characterized as dimwitted and slow. (+EQ)

Needed: More Bourgeois Buses for the Middle Class | Mother Jones - according to a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, is that "Bus-based public transit in the United States suffers from an image problem." But what if transit agencies tackled that image problem head on? (Emily Rooney would never ride a "bus")

Grandfather visiting Alabama from India stopped by police while taking walk, left partly paralyzed | AL.com - "This is broad daylight, walking down the street. There is nothing suspicious about Mr. Patel other than he has brown skin,"
Family Asked Cops To Check On 74-Year-Old Vet After Surgery… They Broke In and Killed Him Instead - a “decision was made to enter the house, concerned that he may be inside in need of emergency assistance,” (to die)
Jurors In Lacey Spears Trial Shown Graphic Video Of Boy Suffering Before He Died Of Salt Poisoning - "This mother was intentionally feeding her child salt at toxic levels," prosecutor Doreen Lloyd said at Spears' arraignment last month. Garnett suffered a swollen brain, seizures and death as a result, they said.
Ohio Girl, 11, Charged With Murder In Death Of 2-Month-Old Zuri Whitehead - An 11-year-old suburban girl has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with her and her mother to give the baby's mom a break.
Kyle Kraska, San Diego TV Sports Anchor, Shot Outside His Home - A San Diego television sportscaster was shot and wounded outside his home, and the man suspected of shooting him surrendered to a SWAT team after a manhunt of several hours, police said.
Advocates Join Fight To Eliminate Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog : NPR - In Detroit six years ago, 11,000 untested rape kits were found in an abandoned police storage unit. - Since then, most of those kits have been sent to crime labs for testing. Prosecutors say the initial results point to at least 188 serial rapists.

Doulas, a Growing Force in Maternity Culture, Seek Greater Acceptance - NYTimes.com

Shakespeare's Sonnets - With the commencement of the so called 'Dark Lady' sonnets, there is a marked change of tone from that of serene reflection on a love that has been almost eternized, to a slightly disturbed analysis of a passion which is at times close to frenzy
xs The Dark Lady Sonnets (127 - 154) by William Shakespeare - Famous poems, famous poets. - All Poetry

How often do you shower per week on average? (Survey Results) [OC] : dataisbeautiful (men shower more than women) ("That smelled like flowers compared to some of the things I've had to clean up in women's bathrooms.")
YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music | TorrentFreak - “Phantom is currently independent, but looking to sign on with an indie label. Phantom’s lawyer filed a complaint, looking for 10 lbs of catnip in damages,” Digihaven says.
YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music : nottheonion
Chinese students were kicked out of Harvard's model UN after flipping out when Taiwan was called a country : nottheonion
gofigureskate comments on Missoula lawmaker: Yoga pants, Speedos should be illegal in public

Smartphone Theft Plummets In Major Cities Thanks To 'Kill Switches'

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The Great Snow Of 2015 - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - Meteorologcially it’s fascinating to see records being shattered. But the records only go back 130 years or so
Winter's Coldest Yet to Come for Northeast; Next Arctic Blasts Could Reach Florida - weather.com

The FBI Is Making House Calls to Keystone XL Opponents | ThinkProgress - Tar sands activists in several states have been getting visits from the FBI, and no one knows yet exactly why. (because they are terrorists, duh)
Anti-Oil Sands Activists Getting Visits From The FBI - Esquire

The careless, astonishing cruelty of Barack Obama’s government | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - The US, it seems, couldn’t care less if it causes a humanitarian crisis in Somalia, one of the world’s poorest countries (no-moral-center Obama)

Julian Assange 24hr guard leaves London police with £10m bill | Media | The Guardian - Metropolitan police commissioner says preventing escape of Wikileaks founder from Ecuadorian embassy is ‘sucking resources’
Twitter transparency report: US among biggest offenders requesting user data | Technology | The Guardian - According to latest report from July to December 2014, government requests for specific users’ information rose 40% on the previous six months to about 2,871

Family of Isis hostage Kayla Mueller confirms aid worker has been killed | World news | The Guardian - Family ‘heartbroken’ after receiving confirmation that 26-year-old aid worker held hostage since August 2013 has been killed
Isis war to extend far beyond Iraq and Syria under Obama's proposed plan | US news | The Guardian - Sources say White House plan will bless anti-Isis war for three years and ensure that Obama, like George W Bush, will hand over two wars to his successor - Asked if the anti-Isis AUMF opens the US to a second worldwide war against a nebulous adversary, one congressional aide answered: “Absolutely.” (Osama: mission accomplished)
20,000 Foreign Fighters Flock To Syria, Iraq - as many as 150 Americans have tried and some have succeeded in reaching in the Syrian war zone

Netanyahu: speech to US Congress about 'the very survival of my country' | World news | The Guardian ("my country" = "me and my political future pandering to the far, far right")
Patrick Leahy: Netanyahu Address To Congress 'A Tawdry And High-Handed Stunt' (he's just showing you who's boss, which probably is a mistake)

Second Person's DNA Found In Apartment Of Argentine Prosecutor Nisman
Argentina investigates mystery DNA found at dead prosecutor's home | World news | The Guardian - Conspiracy theories abound about Alberto Nisman, who had accused president of whitewashing a 1984 terrorist bombing and was found shot dead in bathroom
What Happened to Alberto Nisman? - The New Yorker

Methodology change sees Indian economy grow faster than China's | Reuters - Under the new method, the economy expanded 7.5 percent year-on-year during the last quarter, higher than 7.3 percent growth recorded by China in the latest quarter.

Strauss-Kahn’s Strange Sex-Party Math - The New Yorker - Many people would consider four orgies a year a rather high toll. Perhaps it is just as well that D.S.K. is no longer making decisions that affect quite as many lives—it sounds as though he got very tired.

Does Scandinavia Have it All Figured Out? - The New Yorker (well, basically, yes)

Robert Samuelson Is Unhappy that Seniors Get Social Security and Medicare | Beat the Press - Yes, it's Monday morning at the Washington Post and Robert Samuelson wants to raise the retirement age and cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. How else would one begin the week?

HSBC files: why the public should know of Swiss bank’s pattern of misconduct | Business | The Guardian - Scores of clients of lucrative operation are already under criminal investigation amid claims of their involvement in drug smuggling, frauds and terror financing
Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank | US news | The Guardian - Leaked files reveal identities of wealthy donors with accounts in Geneva - Hillary Clinton expected to make inequality a key issue of any 2016 campaign

David Axelrod Describes The No Good, Very Bad Minefield Of Obama's Early Presidency - The one person that Axelrod describes as actively gunning for the treasury job was former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. But when the title went to Geithner, Emanuel had to sweeten the pot to get Summers to accept a lesser post.
Racial fear has infected US politics, former Obama adviser Axelrod says | US news | The Guardian - There was no doubt there was a core of hostility motivated by race’ Former adviser laments continued questions about Obama’s citizenship (and who prompted the delusion?)
16 Times The Obama Administration Lied About The President's Position On Same-Sex Marriage (c'mon, he was evolving)
Eschaton: HAMP'd - Rightly or wrongly, a lot of the bad stuff of the Obama era can plausibly be blamed on political constraints. The failures of HAMP are on his administration entirely. (Obama's program designed to completely and utterly fail ... meanwhile, bankers!)

NY prosecutor Preet Bharara disputes Gov. Cuomo's corruption claim | MSNBC - Cuomo set up a commission to investigate political corruption in New York, the Moreland Commission, and then disbanded it in March 2014. Bharara seized its files and began a review of its closure, setting off a clash between two of the most powerful Democrats in New York.

New Questions Swirl on an Affordable Care Act Challenger - WSJ - Plaintiff Listed Motel as Her Address, Which Was Basis for Her Legal Grounds (Roberts will still buy the scam)
The Wind Comes Sweeping Down The Plaintiffs - Esquire - This is the ultimate crossroads for the institution of the Supreme Court. Legacy moment, Chief Justice Roberts. The ghost of Roger Taney awaits your decision to see if he's finally off the hook. (nail, meet CPP)

Federal Appeals Judge Compares People Who Say Bush Lied To Rise Of Nazis - A federal appeals judge wrote in a column published on Sunday that people who accuse former President George W. Bush of lying about the Iraq War are peddling myths like those that led to the rise of Hitler ... . "It is quite another to make the horrendous charge that President Bush lied to or deceived the American people about the threat from Saddam." (planet stupid wants you back, dumbfuck)

To Save Money on Building Rail, Spend Money on Marketing Buses - NYTimes.com - “Bus-based public transit in the United States suffers from an image problem.” (Emily Rooney would never ride a "bus")

Occupy Burning Man: Class Warfare Comes to Desert Festival - Bloomberg Business - Move over, Google Bus. There's a new symbolic fight over tech money, class, and privilege
Hullabaloo - Talk about missing the point - And it wasn't just them, it was the board of Burning Man too which went out to find rich patrons and you know what happened next. This is the world in which we now live: everything is a toy for rich people and the rest of us are just supporting players, servants and slaves to their needs and wants.

Meet the Unusual Plaintiffs Behind the Supreme Court Case That Could Destroy Obamacare | Mother Jones - One has called Obama the "anti-Christ." Another didn't realize her case might wipe out health coverage for millions. (good enough for Roberts)
Court concludes firing a woman for breastfeeding isn’t sexist because men can lactate - The Mommy Files - Instead of a ruling in her favor, the Supreme Court rejected her petition to overrun the trial court’s decision that included the amusing finding “that breastfeeding-related firings aren’t sexist because men can lactate, too (and if they can think that ...)
Governor Tom Wolf Launches Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania

Gay Marriage in Alabama Begins, but Only in Parts - NYTimes.com - up to 52 of Alabama’s 67 counties, according to the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, declined to process the required paperwork.

History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names - NYTimes.com - under the gaze of hundreds of soda-drinking spectators, were castrated, stabbed, beaten, tied to a plow and set afire in the spring of 1922. (ISIS in America: "Southern Justice")
Remembering Lynching - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Leaving these incidents out of the history of lynching is problematic because it reinforces the idea of racism as a southern problem and covers up a lot of horrible crimes committed in left-leaning places today. There are some attempts to alleviate this loss of public memory, such as this walking tour of lynching sites in downtown Los Angeles (Americans like to string non-white people up; this is the same impulse that drives IS)

NYPD Officer Indicted In Death Of Akai Gurley, According To Reports
NYPD officer indicted over fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, lawyer says | US news | The Guardian - Nature of charges against Peter Liang, who claimed to have fired his gun accidentally in Brooklyn stairwell, as yet unclear, says lawyer of Gurley’s partner
Ferguson police arrest wheelchair user at Michael Brown anniversary protest | US news | The Guardian - Several photographs taken outside the department and posted to Twitter showed De Mian on the ground beside her wheelchair.
Corey Fallen Jailed 6 Months Despite Alibi Showing Him Nowhere Near Murder - The only problem was that Fallen, now 33, was working hundreds of miles away on the night witnesses say he was in the New Jersey club with Ramsey. Ample evidence, including time sheets from the Atlanta restaurant where Fallen was a cook, proved his whereabouts. Still, for six months, Fallen sat in jail. His letter to the judge finally spurred prosecutors to check his alibi and free him.

Stanford, the swimmer and Yik Yak: can talk of campus rape go beyond secrets? | Society | The Guardian - When word of an alleged public assault went viral, students turned to the private world of anonymous apps – and feared for their Silicon Valley careers. Now the most transparent high-profile rape case since the White House launched a taskforce is at risk of vanishing into digital thin air

Israeli film breaks ultra-Orthodox taboo on masturbation | World news | The Guardian - Filmmaker Ori Gruder explores how ultra-Orthodox Judaism requires boys and men to go against their natural urges in the name of religion - In the documentary, one rabbi explains how young boys are taught to urinate without physically touching themselves, and how, from the age of 13, they wear special underwear that lets them pass water freely.

Scott Walker’s hilarious screwup: How he messed with University of Wisconsin — and infuriated his state - Salon.com - This guy is seriously the best the Republicans have? Here's why he's backtracking on a lame new education "reform"
“Play-It-Forward” Bill Would Allow Pennsylvania College Students and Grads to Gamble Their Debts Away | Raging Chicken Press - “Play-It-Forward” Bill Would Allow Pennsylvania College Students and Grads to Gamble Their Debts Away (education in America)
App Alerts Parents if Their Kid Skips a College Class : Free Range Kids - There’s a new app, Class120, that pings parents when their kids don’t show up for their college classes.

How the New York Times Bestseller List Works | Love, H - the official site of author Heather Maclean

Earth's Inner Core Found To Have A Core Of Its Own

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Heavy Snow In Pockets Into The Afternoon - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - “Yes, the weather is bad, and if I were dealing in weather it is not the brand that I'd put up in cans for future use.” the snowiest 17 days in modern day record keeping in this area.
Boston sets 30-day snowfall record during latest storm - Weather - Boston.com - The National Weather Service said Boston had received 61.6 inches in the last 30 days by 7 a.m. Monday, breaking the record of 58.8 inches in one 30-day period ending in February 1978.
Snowstorm cancels London mayor's stop at Harvard - Weather - Boston.com - Johnson instead planned to deliver a speech at midafternoon at the British Consulate in Cambridge. (who knew?)

Citi: Oil Could Plunge to $20, and This Might Be 'the End of OPEC' - Yahoo Finance - The recent surge in oil prices is just a "head-fake," and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report on Monday as it lowered its forecast for crude.

How the ACLU, Ron Paul and a former EFF Director helped jail a CIA whistleblower | PandoDaily - The story behind the 1982 law used to jail Kiriakou fills in some of the blanks about how the modern secrecy apparatus was first put together beginning in the Reagan-Bush years. It also reveals the complicity and collaboration of our leading civil libertarians in creating the secrecy-and-censorship leviathan that these same civil libertarians claim to be fighting today on our behalf ... the percentage of Americans who distrusted government rose from 22 percent in 1964, to 62 percent in 1974.

Leaked Data From 30,000 Swiss Bank Accounts Reveals Mass Tax Avoidance - A slew of 30,000 leaked Swiss HSBC bank account details—what the Guardian calls the "biggest banking leak in history"—lays bare the practices of the organization and its customers. And it doesn't look pretty.

Paul Krugman on Greece: “There will be no consolation prizes for failing conventionally” - Salon.com - Greece will never be held in high esteem by "the Davos set," argues the economist in the New York Times (it was always about the failure of "elite" opinion)
“It’s complete horse sh*t!”: Watch an Ivy League professor dismantle GOP’s austerity lie - Salon.com - Mark Blyth tells Salon why German Chancellor Angela Merkel's neoliberal nonsense is threatening the entire eurozone (dimbulb sadistic Bavarian hausfrau goes 50 shades on Europe)

Anonymous hacks hundreds of ISIS emails, twitter and Facebook accounts. : worldnews

Merkel and Obama hold White House news conference on Ukraine strategy – live | World news | The Guardian - German chancellor and president hold urgent Ukraine talks - Counter-terrorism and Iran nuclear negotiations also up for discussion
Twitter says Russia repeatedly tried to erase tweets by critics of Putin. : worldnews
Putin’s Way | FRONTLINE | PBS
? Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris - YouTube

Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year | Fox News - Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under "Troop Support."

Cash pilgrims and bricks of money: HSBC Swiss bank operated like cash machine for rich clients | Business | The Guardian - Cache of leaked data show how throughout 2005, scores of account holders arrived in Geneva, often emerging with currency foreign to Switzerland
Senate leader calls for US government's explanation in wake of HSBC leaks | News | The Guardian - Sherrod Brown, leading Democrat on Senate banking committee, asks for full explanation upon learning of allegations in biggest leak in banking history

Deluded and dysfunctional, the Republicans have lost the plot | Gary Younge | Comment is free | The Guardian - They may have won Congress, but an instinct for obstinacy means the party is now fighting itself (the party of obstruction is obstructing itself)

GOP’s anti-school insanity: How Scott Walker & Bobby Jindal declared war on education - Salon.com - It's come to this: To appeal to the party's far-right base, GOP leaders want to gut public education. Here's why (stupid loves stupid)

Ryan Visited a Bookstore — Guess I Misjudged Him -- NYMag - Paul Ryan recently attacked the Obama administration’s economic policies for, supposedly, exacerbating income inequality. (that's pretty funny, but ...) New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman (is even funnier)

Missouri cities sued over municipal court practices - The Washington Post - Civil rights lawyers filed federal lawsuits Sunday night accusing authorities in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., of running the equivalent of debtors’ prisons by illegally jailing hundreds of mostly poor, black residents for unpaid debts, many of them from traffic tickets.

In Alabama, Judge Defies Gay Marriage Requirement - NYTimes.com - “only issue marriage licenses and solemnize ceremonies consistent with Alabama law and the U.S. Constitution; namely, between one man and one woman only, so help me God.” ... His argument has deep resonance in a place where a governor, George Wallace, stood in a doorway of the University of Alabama in 1963 in an unsuccessful bid to block its federally ordered integration. (bomb the rebels into submission)
Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama - Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Clown Court, sent an order to state probate judges Sunday night telling them not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the AP. The Supreme Court justices ruled 7-2 Monday morning that same-sex weddings could start in Alabama, making it the 37th state where gay marriage is allowed ... Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented (Confederate traitors)
Alabama same-sex couples get marriage licenses as legal confusion swirls - LA Times - “Right now we’re not going to do it,” said Probate Judge Jerry Powell. “We have direct orders from the state Supreme Court here in Alabama, and I’m going to adhere to it.”
Justice Thomas objects: Court shows support for gay marriage - Salon.com

Brian Williams' Story About Rocket Fire In Israel Comes Into Question - Another Brian Williams tale has come under scrutiny. (serial misrememberer)
Ronald Reagan’s wartime lies: The president had quite a Brian Williams problem - Salon.com - Reagan spent WW II in Hollywood. He told the Israeli prime minister he was at the liberation of Nazi death camps
I’m a U.S. veteran, and “American Sniper” is rife with lies - Salon.com - And let’s focus our anger and our organizing against the authorities and the institutions that craft the lies that the Chris Kyles of the world believe, that have created a trail of blowback leading from dumb war to dumb war, and that have sent 2.5 million veterans to fight a “war on terror” that persists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Pakistan.

Lessons From Vaccine Trooferism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The logic here is straightforwardly akin to the predominant corporate attitudes of our day: The anti-vaxxers are trying to privatize profit (their pure and uncontaminated child) and socialize the risk (the outbreak of an epidemic is someone else’s problem). (“cui bono”) (+"Seriously – I do wonder if we would have been at war with Iran sometime in the past few decades had Hussein not decided that he needed to “reclaim” Kuwait.")

6ynth God on Twitter: "Kanye West told a nigga who plays like 14 instruments that he needs to respect the artistry of a woman who needs 4 writers for one song" - Kanye West told a nigga who plays like 14 instruments that he needs to respect the artistry of a woman who needs 4 writers for one song
Kanye West Interviewed by E! Following Stage Invasion: "Beck Needs to Respect Artistry and He Should Have Given His Award to Beyoncé" : Music - Fact check: Beck is actually credited for 16 instruments on his album (plus orchestral arrangements). Beyonce's album had one song with 9 writers and 6 producers.
Kanye pulls a Kanye : videos

Louisville Cop Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Two Children; Previously Commended for His Work With Youth - Hit & Run : Reason.com - Cop had multiple commendations for working with youth. Psychologist says she was kicked out of clinical program after reporting kids's allegations against him.
Louisville Cop Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Two Children: he hit one student with a closed fist, knocking him to the floor, and choked another student until he lost consciousness. Both students were 13 years old : news
Domino’s Delivery Woman Kidnapped, Raped At Gunpoint After Antioch Delivery « CBS San Francisco - After the attack, the woman called police. At 1 p.m., Antioch police officers arrested the suspect at the same home where he had asked for the pizza to be delivered.
Suspected meth lab turns out to be sweet maple syrup - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi - "I think my neighbors on their way to church see the buckets and stuff and think we've got a meth lab operation going on here. I just want to put their minds at ease, and let them know it's maple syrup. And that they're all welcome for pancakes if they want to come on over." (well played)

Blood type can affect brain function - Salon.com - A new study finds that people with AB blood type are at higher risk for age-related cognitive decline - People with O blood type may be more likely to have depression and intense anxiety; children may be at a greater risk of attention-deficit disorder.
The ‘Sapiens’ Story | On Point with Tom Ashbrook - Homo sapiens may be in their last few hundred years, he says. Ready to merge with machines.
Hairless_Talking_Ape comments on The nuclear test Operation Teapot's effects on houses
If one black hole falls into another black hole will the first black hole be pulled apart and cease being a black hole? : askscience
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning : science

Slate’s podcast audience has tripled in a year, and its bet on audio over video continues to pay off » Nieman Journalism Lab - According to Bowers, Slate’s 14 or so podcast shows get about 6 million downloads a month, and its audience has tripled in just the last year. (because you don't have to watch a fucking video)

Bruce Jenner not texting while driving at moment of fatal car collision | US news | The Guardian - Jenner was driving a black Cadillac Escalade when he rear-ended a Lexus sedan that slammed into a Toyota Prius that had slowed down or stopped on the highway, sheriff’s sergeant Philip Brooks said ( 'Karcrashian' )
How not to write about the Bruce Jenner car accident - Salon.com - An uninjured celebrity trumps a tragedy

Boston Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Assault - News - Boston.com - An Uber driver sexually assaulted a 30-year-old Boston woman early Sunday morning en route to the North End, according to Boston Police.

One year later, has Michael Sam been frozen out of the NFL? - Outsports (National Homophobic League)
Texas frat told partygoers to wear Western gear, but everyone showed up in racist Mexican costumes - However, many of the attendees dressed as construction workers bearing hard hats with Latino-sounding names like “Pablo Sanchez” written on them — and many of the decorations consisted of individuals in stereotypical Mexican attire.

Never tried BDSM? Go on, it’s good for you | Brad Sagarin | Comment is free | The Guardian - Fifty Shades of Grey is opening people’s eyes to the joys of BDSM. And it isn’t just a bit of bedroom fun – it has serious benefits for you and your partner - But not far below were fantasies about being dominated sexually (present in 65% of women and 53% of men), dominating someone sexually (47% of women, 60% of men), and being tied up for sexual pleasure (52% of women, 46% of men). This altered state, often referred to as “subspace” within the BDSM community, aligns with psychologist Arne Dietrich’s “transient hypofrontality hypothesis”, an explanation for a diverse set of altered states from runner’s high to daydreaming to hypnosis.
What every man (and woman) needs to know about cunnilingus - Salon.com - Long ignored by popular culture, women's needs are finally getting the special treatment they deserve ... n “because our culture is so dominated with the sexual pleasure of straight men, anything that doesn’t feature a penis getting pleasured is radical and counterculture.” (don't miss " The Art of Cunnilingus")
The anti-Pick Up Artist’s Guide: A new graphic novel teaches teen boys how to form healthy hook-ups - Salon.com - Sex educator Colin Adamo is working on the illustrated guide to healthy and enjoyable sex for young straight guys
Teens Who Get The HPV Vaccine Don't Have Riskier Sex - That contradicts what right-wing groups have been saying (right-wing groups always lie, duh)

Jennifer Logan dies after drinking 'tobacco purge' tea in Peru - Toronto - CBC News - Cleansing ceremony at rainforest retreat ends in tragedy for Canadian woman
South Korean woman's hair 'eaten' by robot vacuum cleaner as she slept | World news | The Guardian - The woman was sleeping on the floor of her home when the robotic cleaner ingested her hair leaving her in agony ... a peek into a dystopian future in which supposedly benign robots turn against their human masters.
Who knew a short film about building a bridge could be so moving? | The Verge

Females of reddit, how did you react the first time you saw a penis in real life? : AskReddit
My 9 year old son (who is the middle of being tested for autism), has always HATED to read, no matter what awesome books I plied him with. This melted my heart and gave me hope: he read the whole thing. : books
The One Ring Explained. (Lord of the Rings Mythology Part 2) : videos
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning : science
TIL they detected a particle whizzing about at 0.999 999 999 999 999 999 999 9951 times the speed of light - with energy *20 MILLION* times more than the highest energy measured in radiation emitted by an extragalactic object! They call this the "Oh-My-God Particle". : todayilearned
xkcd: Diamond

Watch out: Samsung's TV is watching YOU as you watch it • The Register - Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition. (Big Samsung is always watching)
Imgur Pro features now free for all users : technology
Net Neutrality Saves Pornland - Eros Media - Porn is still the number one most searched thing on the internet. It generates $25 billion dollars a year in revenue in the US alone, and pioneers new technology (an irony, then, that the streaming speeds it had a hand in developing could be used against it).
Time Warner Cable's High-Speed Internet 97 Percent Profit Margin is a Big, Bright Red Flag; Critics Rebuked. | Bruce Kushnick (Big Predators)

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Almost 2,500 now killed by covert US drone strikes since Obama inauguration six years ago: The Bureau’s report for January 2015 | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Almost 2,500 now killed by covert US drone strikes since Obama inauguration six years ago: The Bureau’s report for January 2015 - Of the total killed since Obama took his oath of office on January 20 2009, at least 314 have been civilians, while the number of confirmed strikes under his administration now stands at 456.

Sweden Tells the UN that Indefinite Detention Without Charge is Fine - Sweden fell under fire at the UN over its decision to insist on the detention of Assange for more than 1,500 days without charge. It aborted its own press conference after pointed questions from journalists, and explicitly stated that it had no problem with indefinite detention without charge, not just for Mr Assange, but as a principle. Most countries place strict limits on detention without charge. In the UK and Australia, and in the US (except for Guantanamo Bay), a matter of hours. (you can see where their priorities are)

Ukraine conflict: four-nation peace talks in Minsk aim to end crisis | World news | The Guardian - Planned summit in Belarus capital on Wednesday comes after intense diplomacy between France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia

Explore the Swiss Leaks Data | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Jordan: Approximately 7,000 IS members killed in strikes | The Times of Israel - AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Approximately 7,000 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since Jordan began participating in coalition airstrikes, the country’s air force chief claimed on Sunday.
Isis has reached new depths of depravity. But there is a brutal logic behind it | World news | The Guardian - Murder in public is the new signature of the Isis conflict - One of the most prominent of those jihadi texts is a book called Idarat al-Tawahush, or Management of Savagery, by an anonymous jihadi ideologue who calls himself Abu Bakr Naji.
ISIL burns 16 Iraqis to death for not pledging allegiance - Members of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group have burned to death sixteen people in Iraq’s violence-ridden northern city of Mosul.

Nigeria Postpones Elections, Citing Boko Haram Violence - Nigeria's election commission on Saturday postponed presidential and legislative elections for six weeks due to security concerns.
Malala Yousafzai criticises ‘weak’ effort to free girls kidnapped by Boko Haram | World news | The Guardian - The joint Nobel peace prize-winner said much more would have been done to win the girls’ release had they come from a more privileged background.

At Least 14 Dead In Egypt Soccer Riot, State TV Reports - A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

Anti-Defamation League Urges Benjamin Netanyahu To Cancel Congress Speech (those optics look very bad, and when you've lost Abe Foxman ... )
Even Abe Foxman ... - Think the Netanyahu speech lead up is going well? Now even Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the oldest and most respected institutions of American Jewry, is saying the speech should be canceled. Foxman has run the ADL for almost thirty years.
Iranian Officials Say Now Is The Time For A Nuclear Deal

Greek Leader To Reject Austerity, Lay Out Hard Leftist Program

Experts question Mexican investigation of 43 students' disappearance | World news | The Guardian - Argentinian forensic team hired on behalf of students’ parents says government presented biased analyses of the scientific evidence

Troops fathered 400,000 children in post-war Germany | News | DW.DE | 06.02.2015 - They resulted from widespread rapes as well as love affairs.

The Needle Trauma | in February 1995 the police cleared Zurich's drug hell once and for all. On the occasion of the historical anniversary the Tages-Anzeiger presents a web documentary about one of Switzerland's greatest social disasters.

Conservatives want to rewrite the history of the Crusades for modern political ends | David M Perry | Comment is free | The Guardian - One of history’s lessons is that any ideology, sacred or secular, that divides the world into ‘us versus them’ can and will be used to justify violence - To compare the Jordanian pilot who was burned to death by Isis militants to the public burning of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas does not make one un-American.

Aaron Swartz stood up for freedom and fairness – and was hounded to his death | Comment is free | The Guardian - On Monday, BBC Four screened a remarkable film in its Storyville series. The Internet’s Own Boy told the story of the life and tragic death of Aaron Swartz, the leading geek wunderkind of his generation who was hounded to suicide at the age of 26 by a vindictive US administration. On Monday, BBC Four screened a remarkable film in its Storyville series. The Internet’s Own Boy told the story of the life and tragic death of Aaron Swartz, the leading geek wunderkind of his generation who was hounded to suicide at the age of 26 by a vindictive US administration

Anchors Aweigh - NYTimes.com - THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. ("Facebooked")

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Al Franken Isn't Joking Around (well played, Al)

Kansas Gov. Brownback's Budget Hits Cherished Highway System - Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won't solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs — its state-of-the-art highway system. (having already destroyed education and health care, keep it up Kansans)

Empire State of Mind by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Let’s be honest: if the convention is held in Columbus or Philadelphia, would that not symbolize, on some level, yet another desperate attempt to get the “Reagan Democrats” back?
Eschaton: Um, What? - I do not think Philadelphia is what you think it is. - Not that it's the only measure of diversity, but Philly is 44% black/37% white. Brooklyn is 55% white, 34% black.

The Dangers of Vaccine Denial - NYTimes.com - At the Waldorf Early Childhood Center in Santa Monica, Calif., 68 percent of the children had “personal belief exemptions” to avoid vaccination requirements, according to The Hollywood Reporter (the school declined to comment). That suggests that kids in some wealthy areas are as well vaccinated as children in, say, Somalia ... the measles vaccination rate in 2013 stood at 91 percent in the United States — lower than in Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.
Eschaton: But We Are Awesome - Great White Father Kristof is shocked to discover that countries with a lot of people sometimes do things better than we do!
This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll campaign - Salon.com - "Melanie's Marvelous Measles" was written to teach children the "benefits" of having the disease
This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll campaign : books

Police: 5 Dead In Georgia Shooting - A man shot six people Saturday afternoon, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before turning the gun on himself on a quiet, suburban street west of Atlanta, police and neighbors said.
Teen Accused Of Pennsylvania Mall Shooting That Wounded 3 - The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown Saturday evening after the shooting. The gunman managed to escape but police say they were able to identify him by matching surveillance video with images on social media.
snopes.com: FBI Admits Sandy Hook Hoax? - Claim: The FBI has revealed that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, inadvertently admitting that the Sandy Hook massacre was an elaborate hoax. (they are really incapable of thinking)
One pill, 10 years: Ky. high court reviews vet's sentence - An injured Gulf War veteran with no prior felony record, Kidd was convicted of drug trafficking in a controlled substance in 2009 for selling a single pill and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Depression and the fragility of the strong, silent male | Yvonne Roberts | Comment is free | The Guardian - Suicide is the single biggest cause of death among men under 50. That truth must be faced

Bruce Jenner -- Cops To Get Search Warrant for Cellphone -- Was He Texting? | TMZ.com - A Hummer struck the Lexus, killing the Lexus driver.
Bruce Jenner Okay Following Deadly Car Crash [comments]

Bill Cosby cancels two Boston shows which were set to attract protests | World news | The Guardian - Comedian accused of sexual assault was to perform at Wilbur Theater - Theatre owner said: ‘I can’t wait for Sunday to be over. I’m done with it’

Don’t go to art school — I. M. H. O. — Medium - The traditional approach is failing us. It’s time for a change ... the cost of a four year education at RISD is $245,816. As way of comparison, the cost of a diploma from Harvard Law School is a mere $236,100.
The 7 Keynote MBA: How to Save 2 Years and $100,000 | Jonathan Fields

Antibiotics that target mitochondria effectively eradicate cancer stem cells, across multiple tumor types: Treating cancer like an infectious disease | Lamb | Oncotarget

Tixati.com - Tixati is a New and Powerful P2P System
Tixati - Software Informer. Tixati is a powerful alternative to other BitTorrent clients.
Game Recreates Entire Galaxy, 1,000 Players Determined To Explore It
How long WOULD it take to explore the entire galaxy? (Math Included_) : EliteDangerous

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2013 record heatwave 'virtually impossible' without climate change, Climate Council of Australia report says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - to be the hottest year in the country's record without man-made emissions in the atmosphere.
There’s No Doubting Climate Change Anymore by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The “debate” is over. Climate change is not only real, it’s the biggest crisis mankind has ever faced. Among conservatives it’s apparently not a matter of debate that ISIS represents an existential threat to freedom, but climate change does not. Truly reasonable people know it’s quite the other way around.
Climate Change’s Bottom Line - NYTimes.com - But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, Greg Page, the company’s executive chairman, felt compelled to talk about global warming.

In Latest Vindication of Snowden, Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Illegal | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - 'We must not allow agencies to continue justifying mass surveillance programmes using secret interpretations of secret laws,' said Privacy International director Eric King.
Top UN Official Says 'Global War on Terror' Is Laying Waste to Human Rights | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - Battling terrorism shouldn’t justify torture or mass surveillance, says Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein (thought that was the whole point)

New Allegations Renew Old Questions About Saudi Arabia And 9/11 - For years, some current and former American officials have been urging President Barack Obama to release secret files they say document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks. (Obama thought he could get away with this, and he may still)
‘A Line in the Sand’ in Fight to Release Thousands of Prisoner Abuse Photos - The Intercept - A federal judge is demanding that the government explain, photo-by-photo, why it can’t release hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of pictures showing detainee abuse by U.S. forces at military prison sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Obama has covered this up for so long he now owns it)

"We will enter Bahrain by arms not passports, and we will behead the King" - AhlulBayt News Agency - ABNA - Shia News - Bahraini ISIS respond to striping their nationalities:
Girls can marry aged nine, says new Islamic State guide for women - World - News - London Evening Standard - A UN report today said that IS was systematically killing, torturing and raping children and families of minority groups in Iraq.

Dems lining up to skip Netanyahu | TheHill - One Democratic aide lamented that the debate has evolved in such a way that lawmakers risk the perception of being forced to choose between their support for Israel and that for the White House. (they pledged allegiance to the racist state of Israel)
Explosion rocks Gaza in apparent assassination attempt | The Times of Israel - Vehicle of senior Hamas official blown up by Palestinian assailants in sign of increasing instability in the Strip

Ukraine leader shows off captured Russian military IDs - Yahoo News - "How much evidence does the world still need to recognise the obvious fact there is a foreign military" within Ukraine's sovereign territory, he asked.

Eschaton: Maybe That Wasn't Such A Good Idea After All - We're not quite responsible for everything that happens Iraq the way we arguably were a few years ago, but the consequences of W's grand Middle Eastern adventure continue.

Why I Heart King Abdullah | The Nation - He was an old-school monarch who made America feel good about itself again. (well done, Katha)

Pope says it’s okay to smack your children ... as long as dignity maintained (dignified whooping)

Jeffrey Epstein accuser: video exists of underage sex with powerful men | UK news | The Guardian - New affidavit alleges ‘physical abuse’ and ‘major cover-up’ Virginia Roberts: ‘I didn’t know whether I was going to survive’

U.S. sisters arrested for nude photos at Cambodia's sacred Angkor site | The Japan Times - Lindsey Adams, 22, and 20-year-old sister Leslie were discovered taking “nude pictures” inside Preah Khan Temple at the World Heritage site on Friday, the Apsara Authority — the government agency managing the Angkor complex — said in a statement.
Two American sisters have been arrested in Cambodia for taking naked photos of each other inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex, officials said Saturday — the latest nude stunt by tourists to spark anger. : worldnews

Immunity for Politicians! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A new bill proposed by Oklahoma State Representative Kevin Calvey (R) would prohibit district attorneys from prosecuting state elected officials, legislators, district court and appellate judges, and appointees to state commissions for public crimes, The Oklahoman reported.

Cartoon Villains Deny Health Care to Large Numbers of Poor People - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Tennessee, despite being given concessions by the Obama administration that won the governor’s support, says no: (America has its own sadistic religious death cults)

Germany is battling a measles outbreak that is 10 times worse than the one in the U.S. - The Washington Post - 254 new cases emerged in January, primarily in Berlin. "There are several communities in the United States with close ties to countries with circulating measles and low vaccination rates, and these are certainly at risk. Since 2001, outbreaks in the US have been sparked by disease acquired in Romania, Kenya, Switzerland, and many more,"
Rand Paul on defensive in Iowa after comments about vaccination dangers | US news | The Guardian - The trained ophthalmologist said on Monday he had heard about “many tragic cases” of children who got vaccines and ended up with “profound mental disorders”.
Flu Jab Found To Work In Just 3% Of Cases - The flu vaccine issued this winter is estimated to work in just 3% of cases, Public Health England (PHE) has revealed. (i.e. useless)
2014 - 2015 flu shot only 3% effective against currently circulating stains. It is usually 50% effective. : news
? The Flu Vaccine is Effective - YouTube

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate - NYTimes.com - About $8 billion is spent each year for New York City residences that cost more than $5 million each, more than triple the amount of a decade ago, according to the website PropertyShark. Just over half of those sales last year were to shell companies.
Eschaton: The Big Money - One thing that's maddening is that if individuals, without shell companies, try to move large amounts of money around they're going to get noticed. Quickly. Corporations aren't just people, they're very special people.

Inside NBC News | Public Relations - In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

He’ll Rot For Pot: 55 Years For Weed - The Daily Beast - A father of two was sentenced to 55 years in jail for selling pot. The Koch brothers want to help set him free and make him the face of their new campaign for criminal justice reform.

Anti-Tesla Motors states win 2014 Luddite Award - TSLA AMZN - Investors.com - The states blocking Tesla received 34% of the vote. Coming in second with 27% of the vote was the National Rifle Association for its opposition to smart guns ... . The worst offenders are Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas,

Cambridge Journals Online - Psychological Medicine - Abstract - Course of cannabis use and clinical outcome in patients with non-affective psychosis: a 3-year follow-up study - Course of cannabis use and clinical outcome in patients with non-affective psychosis: a 3-year follow-up study
"Cannabis use in patients with a psychotic disorder has a long-lasting negative effect on illness outcome, particularly when persistent. Treatment should focus on discouraging cannabis use. : science

415.full.pdf - Symptomatology of the initial prodroma phase of schizophrenia
'Darwinian' test uncovers an antidepressant's hidden toxicity -- ScienceDaily - Males exposed to Paxil were about half as likely to control a territory. They also lagged behind control males in body weight throughout the weeks of competition and were more likely to die. Exposed males produced 44 percent fewer offspring

60 years of law school tuition increases in the context of American family income - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Harvard’s tuition had by that point already quadrupled in real terms over the previous 30 years.
Wow that is depressing. Even though the federal income tax is 4% lower for our modern hypothetical minimum wage earner, they're still earning thousands less than in 1970. (see correction for $1.60 minimum in 1968)

Dad refuses to give up son with Down syndrome after wife’s ultimatum - National | Globalnews.ca - In Armenia, it’s reportedly common for families to abandon children born with disabilities.
Samuel Forest has raised over $450k on GoFundMe to help raise his son with Down Syndrome after his wife asked for a divorce in the delivery room. : news

Serial: Maryland special appeals court grants rare hearing to Adnan Syed | US news | The Guardian - Appeal seeks new trial for man convicted of killing high-school girlfriend or allow witness testimony to be heard in lower court - The power of podcasts

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Room for a Baby - NYTimes.com (perfect)

The Gunfighter on Vimeo
The Gunfighter - a hilarious short film about a lone Gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator (x-post from r/shortfilms) : videos

Man awakens after 12 years in coma, says he was aware of ‘everything', including his mother wishing he would die. : WTF - The story is from Invisibilia, an NPR/ Radio IQ show
IWasSurprisedToo comments on [WP] A father and son sit down for a serious talk. The father is going to tell the son he is the last of an ancient race, and must carry on the bloodline. the son is coming out to the father. neither knows what the other has to say. - If you liked this story, you might like to read about how Nazis fight time-travelling assassins, what might happen if the Antichrist found himself in the wrong Apocalypse, how hard it is for a super-spy to explain being late at his day-job.. If you like more serious things, maybe you'd like to meet Death in an elevator, free an innocent prisoner as a death-row cook, or to wake up to a duplicate of yourself every morning.
A light-hearted moment from a children's bible : WTF - Reading the Bible was like reading the recipe on the back of an oatmeal box.
What's the slimiest thing you've ever done to "get ahead" in life? : AskReddit
Oregon judge: taking photos up girl's skirt not illegal : news
Mom charged with attempting to sell teen daughter's virginity for $400 : news
What is the scariest fact that you wish you could unhear? : AskReddit

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Youtube Ditches Flash, and it Hardly Matters: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss | Electronic Frontier Foundation (Netflix is the new boss and owns both your browser and your computer)
Gamer gets swatted while streaming before thousands of viewers : news
Gamer gets swatted while streaming before thousands of viewers | Ars Technica - Incidents of so-called swatting pranks appear to be increasing - Joshua Peters, aka Koopatroopa787
Alleged swatting prankster “Famed God” arrested in Las Vegas | Ars Technica - Teen's computers point to swatting incidents nationwide, authorities said.

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BP's Deepwater Horizon spill has left tons of oil on the Gulf's floor - Business Insider

In Historic Ruling, UK Surveillance Secrecy Declared Unlawful - The Intercept - The United Kingdom’s top surveillance agency has acted unlawfully by keeping details about the scope of its Internet spying operations secret, a British court ruled in an unprecedented judgment issued on Friday. In its 15-year history, the tribunal has never before upheld a complaint against any intelligence agencies.
Hullabaloo - And they don't even have a Bill of Rights - Somebody should inform some of our resident intellectuals who believe that the Snowden revelations meant nothing and that nobody with any sense cares about it.

Russian Inflation Soars to Staggering 15 Percent | Business | The Moscow Times (nice little economy you have there)
U.S. and Europe Working to End Ukraine Fighting - NYTimes.com

Burning Victims to Death: Still a Common Practice - The Intercept - In addition, because the Hellfire missiles fired from drones often incinerate the victims’ bodies, and leave them in pieces and unidentifiable, traditional burial processes are rendered impossible. (Obama: incinerating people since 2009)
Boko Haram has up to 6,000 ‘hardcore’ fighters, claims US intelligence | World news | The Guardian - Dozens of Boko Haram fighters thought killed by Niger and Chadian forces after attacks on Bosso and Diffa, near Nigerian border
Boko Haram, and Massacres Ruled by Whim - NYTimes.com - “They were parking” — imprisoning — “young girls and small, small children, parking them in the big houses,” said Bawa Safiya Umar, 45, whose 17-year-old son was killed when her town fell under Boko Haram’s control. “They parked 450 girls in four houses.”
Boko Haram Attacks Town Inside Niger After Cameroon Assault - On Wednesday and Thursday, Boko Haram fighters attacked a town inside Cameroon, leaving nearly 100 people dead and some 500 others wounded, according to Cameroonian officials.
American Hostage Killed In Retaliation For Immolation Of A Jordanian Pilot - Esquire - There is one thing we know about the band of barbarians we now apparently call "The Islamic State" and that is that they all missed their true calling as executive producers of cable news networks
ISIS Declares Airstrike Killed A U.S. Hostage - NYTimes.com - Kayla Mueller’s name remained a closely guarded secret, whispered among reporters, government officials and hostage negotiators — all fearing any public mention might imperil her life.
Justice Department Charges 6 With Terrorism - The six are Bosnian natives living in Missouri, Illinois and New York. Five of them were arrested in the United States and charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. The sixth person is overseas, the department said in a statement.

Supreme Court of Canada strikes down ban on doctor-assisted suicide | National Post

Uruguay demands to know why Iranian had fake bomb near Israel embassy | World news | The Guardian - Uruguay expels Iranian diplomat and summons explanation - Convincing-looking dummy bomb detonated outside offices 8 January

Dems lining up to skip Netanyahu | TheHill
Consuls in U.S. warn: Israel's friends fear Netanyahu's speech to Congress will harm ties - Diplomacy and Defense - Israel News | Haaretz - Despite the extensive criticism, Netanyahu tells group that he has no intention of backing out of the speech. (always in your face)
Benjamin Netanyahu’s side strikes back - Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jake Sherman - politico - Now comes the backlash to the Bibi backlash
The Blame Game Over The Israeli Leader's Visit Has Commenced - Esquire - I'm sure that Boehner and his colleagues in the monkeyhouse leadership thought inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to come over here and submarine the president and the administration on the negotiations with Iran was a brilliant idea when they thought it up. Once Operation Suckup went into effect, however, almost nothing went right and now, of course, everybody's blaming everybody else.
Joe Biden skipping Benjamin Netanuahu’s speech - POLITICO - Joe Biden won’t be there to welcome Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress — or even shake his hand.
Israeli official suggests Boehner misled Netanyahu on Congress speech | Reuters (Orangeman assured Netanfuckyu it would be bibi-partisan)

A Game of Chicken - NYTimes.com - Germany to Greece: Nice banking system you got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it. Greece to Germany: Oh, yeah? Well, we’d hate to see your nice, shiny European Union get all banged up. (Merkel's germanic sadism can't let up)

2,089 billionaires in the world: This is who they are, where they live and how they made their fortunes - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

This Is a Great Jobs Report Across the Board - NYTimes.com - But the beauty in this report was in the more subtle indicators it offered. That uptick in the unemployment rate? It happened not because fewer people had jobs, but because the size of the labor force rose by a whopping 703,000 in January after annual population adjustments. That was enough to drive upward the proportion of Americans in the labor force and the proportion holding a job

Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast - The Washington Post - “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Obama, slavery, Jim Crow, and Christianity - The Washington Post

Wyoming turns down Medicaid expansion - Rachana Pradhan and Sarah Wheaton - POLITICO - Wyoming has become yet another state where a Republican governor’s effort to expand Medicaid has been defeated by his own Legislature. ("staunch" Republifuckups)

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Drug Courts That Fail Addicts - The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday. (instead of sending them to Christian 12-step programs)

Rep. Alcee Hastings Says Old Texas Dildo Law Shows The State Is 'Crazy' - "One of their cities has a law that says that women can only have six dildos, and the certain size of things," Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told CNN. "And if that ain't crazy I don't know what is."
Another GOP Lawmaker Wades Into Rape Debate - A Republican state lawmaker said Thursday that women who become pregnant from sexual assault should not be exempt from an anti-abortion measure, because childbirth resulting from rape is "beautiful."
S.C. Mayor: Objection To Changing Segregated War Memorial May Be 'Racism Hiding Behind History' - Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is a war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: "white" and "colored."

Kansas Gov. Brownback announced $45M in cuts to Kansas public schools and higher education : news (the goal all along)
As Jindal’s G.O.P. Profile Grows, So Do Louisiana’s Budget Woes - NYTimes.com - On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service, the credit ratings agency, noted a number of warning signs about the state’s credit outlook, including the plunge in oil prices, “muted job growth” and “a structural deficit.” John Kennedy, the state treasurer, a Republican, pointed to the report as evidence of how “fiscally irresponsible” the state had been for the last seven years. (Republicans at work)

Federal subpoena seeks travel records of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson - News - NorthJersey.com (drip ... drip)
Investigations Might Sink Christie After All - According to an insider, Samson referred to the briefly-lived and lightly-used Newark-Columbia route as “the chairman’s flight.” (he had his own airline route)

Police Reform Is Impossible in America - In a country that has identified black people as its criminal element, public safety (and perceived security) is more tied to the suppression of blacks than it is to the suppression of crime. And as long as the public insists on its myth of black criminality—almost as an article of faith—police practices will be impossible to reform.
San Francisco Public Defender Files Complaint About Her 'Rough' Arrest (VIDEO) - Tillotson maintains that police were wrong to try to separate her from her client, an African-American man, as he was questioned and photographed by police.

Mississippi: Number One in Vaccinations by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Mississippi backed its mandate with policies that made vaccinations available to all, regardless of income, race, or location. The head of the state’s Department of Health, Alton Cobb, made vaccination accessibility a top priority, and he held his post for 20 years, from 1973 to 1993
Insane Anti-Vaxxer Children’s Book Will Make Every Kid Want Measles | Wonkette - And a note on the author: Stephanie Messenger is an Australian anti-vaxxer who claims that vaccines killed her one-year-old son 30 years ago (doctors reportedly attributed the boy’s death to a rare genetic disorder, Alexander Disease; it is not caused by vaccines). The book has been widely condemned for suggesting that disease is fun and wonderful;

New System Seen As 'Promising' Alternative To Mandatory Reporting Of Campus Sexual Assaults - Sexual assault victim advocates who are pushing against a mandatory reporting bill in Virginia are paying closer attention to a "promising" new third-party reporting system called Callisto, which would let victims choose when their report of sexual assault is submitted and who receives it.
Upskirt Photos Of Teen In Oregon Store Is Not Illegal - An Oregon judge has ruled that a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he crouched in the aisle of a Target store and snapped photos up a 13-year-old's skirt. It was lewd and appalling, but not outlawed, Washington County Judge Eric Butterfield said.

This Is The Ultimate Routine For A Perfect Work Day
Hellmann’s mayonnaise different texture: Has something changed in Unilever’s recipe? - Something is different about Unilever’s signature spread, but it’s not clear what.
My 10th-grade English teacher changed my life. I got to say “thank you” before he died. - Sidwell Friends

NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny | News | The New Orleans Advocate — New Orleans, Louisiana

Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America - NYTimes.com - The group, which has sought to transform education in close alignment with the charter school movement, has advised schools that the size of its teacher corps this fall could be down by as much as a quarter and has closed two of its eight national summer training sites, in New York City and Los Angeles. (oh, it turned out to be an abusive, exploitative scam?)

Out On The Weekend - Esquire - Because this is no longer about politics, it seems to be about civility in someone's outside writing. Having been whacked on similar grounds by my previous employer, I am uniquely sensitive to these kind of cases ... I believe that because I learned it at Marquette University's College of Journalism. I'm not entirely sure that John McAdams would have lined up behind me when I got knuckled for calling Christine O'Donnell "a sideshow freak," but that doesn't matter. Right is right. I learned that there, too.
Marquette to Fire John McAdams for His Blog | The Academe Blog

Missouri Family Allegedly Kidnaps Boy To Teach Him Lesson About Strangers - Three Missouri women were arrested on Thursday and charged with kidnapping after they allegedly arranged for a man to kidnap their six-year-old relative because he was "too nice" and he needed a shock lesson in the dangers of the world family. (FTFY)

Canadian student has "out of body experiences" whenever she wants - After attending a lecture on "out of body experiences," a 24-year-old student from the University of Ottawa approached her professor saying, "I thought everybody could do that." She can apparently do this at will — making her the first person with this condition to be studied.
Shots of brain cells restore learning, memory in rats | Science News - Technique may someday ease radiation-related side effects for cancer patients, study suggests

If You Like _____ I Recommend ______ : Music

The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here's what they're like in person. - Vox - All of it breeds a certain paranoia, one I encountered in all the men I spoke to
More Violent Video Game Research Says Real World Violence Link Is Crap | Techdirt - there is simply no link between violence and gaming, it's worth highlighting, particularly considering the antagonistic approach new, younger researchers are taking against the old guard and their reaching methodologies.
Anthem Hackers Tried To Breach System As Early As December - The hackers who stole millions of health insurance records from Anthem Inc. commandeered the credentials of five different employees while seeking to penetrate the company's computer network — and they may have been inside the system since December.

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Hijacker Claims Possible Involvement Of Saudi Government In 9/11 - Esquire - The kerfuffling centered around why the United States must constantly protect the delicate fee-fee of one of its most revolting allies, a retrograde society that combines all the worst aspects of monarchy and theocracy, and a governing elite that covertly funds extremism all over the Middle East so that reform doesn't come to Saudi Arabia, one way or the other ... And then, of course, there are those 28 pages that were redacted from the Senate report that, as recently as a month ago, Graham was demanding be released to the public. (the official version of history is fraying at the edges)
U.S. considers declassifying report on Saudi funding of al Qaeda | Reuters - White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that following a congressional request last year the intelligence community was undertaking a review of the decision to classify the secret section. He did not say when it might be completed. (they've been "reviewing" it since 2002)

Say It! Say It! by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Peter Beinart addresses an issue that’s been rattling around in the back of my mind for a good while: the incessant conservative demands that Obama say the word “Islam” in describing the source of terrorist threats. It makes no real sense.
Is America at War With Radical Islam? - The Atlantic - Critics insist that Obama's reluctance to say so robs the struggle of moral clarity, but such attacks reflect a muddled understanding of the fight.

Female jihadis publish guide to life under Islamic State | World news | The Guardian - “The model preferred by infidels in the west failed the minute that women were ‘liberated’ from their cell in the house,” it says. (yeah, "cell")
Fox News Hosts Disagree Over Network's Decision To Post ISIS Video On Website - "I disagree with the Fox decision," Kurtz said. "Here's why: I fear that many of us in the media are helping ISIS spread its propaganda using its fear tactics."

Two Israeli diplomats recalled after tweets criticising Netanyahu | World news | The Guardian - Ambassador to Switzerland and official in Delhi face a hearing over posts targeting prime minister’s policies as he prepares for US visit - “Every time one thinks Netanyahu has taken the relationship with the White House to the lowest point ever, he manages to take it even lower,”
Israeli officials fail to quell Democratic revolt - Edward-Isaac Dovere - politico - Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein rushed to meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday trying to calm a furor created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month and quell a Democratic revolt that has dozens threatening a boycott. (Likud owns both parties; and we give THEM the money)

Argentine Former Spy Called To Testify About Dead Prosecutor: Report - For years, Stiusso had been one of the most powerful and feared men in the SI. The agency played an important role in the military government's "dirty war" against suspected Marxist rebels, union leaders and other leftists in the 1970s.

Merkel and Hollande’s surprise Moscow visit raises hopes of Ukraine deal | World news | The Guardian - Summit announcement spawns suspicions that Putin is seeking to split Europe and America as US officials hint at military aid to Kiev

Gary Glitter found guilty of child sex offences | UK news | The Guardian - Former Glam rock star Gary Glitter faces spending the remainder of his life in prison after being found guilty of a series of child sex offences on three young girls, aged between 8 and 13 ... a “voracious” appetite for child abuse images. He was convicted in 1999 of building up a library of 4,000 such images, some involving children as young as two.

D-squared Digest -- FOR bigger pies and shorter hours and AGAINST more or less everything else - The D-Squared Digest One Minute MBA - Avoiding Projects Pursued By Morons 101 (2004, more relevant than ever)

An Elite That Has Lost the Impulse to Police Itself - The Atlantic - In fact, he believes that the DEA's behavior was egregious enough that the public's failure to respond more forcefully calls the value of transparency itself into question.

Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court - NYTimes.com - Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court (Roberts has higher ambitions)

Anthem Hacked, Millions Of Records Likely Stolen - Health insurer Anthem Inc, which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees ... names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data

Massachusetts, Maryland Most Democratic States - Massachusetts and Maryland rank as the most Democratic states, and Wyoming and Utah are the most Republican

The College Loan Bombshell Hidden in the Budget - Michael Grunwald - POLITICO Magazine - The 40 million Americans with student loans are now saddled with more than $1.2 trillion in outstanding debt. And with higher education costs rising much faster than inflation, the already massive program has been growing at a spectacular clip (expensive education, predatory loans and no jobs)

The History Of The Wisconsin Idea And A Self-Governing Political Commonwealth - Esquire - It was one of those conservative scams whereby you preach freedom (removing control of the university from the state itself) in order to destroy that of which you do not approve (handing that control over to a Board of Regents you've packed with cronies). This clever con has not escaped notice in Wisconsin.

Measles cluster at Chicago daycare prompts health department investigation | US news | The Guardian - Five children younger than 12 months old – under the recommended age to receive the measles vaccine – diagnosed with infectious disease - Measles and its complications, including encephalitis and blindness, were linked to 145,700 deaths worldwide in 2013.
Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't | US news | The Guardian - vaccination is understood by many as an individual choice, when science makes clear that the choice – to vaccinate or not to vaccinate – can affect an entire community. (special snowflakes spreading deadly diseases)
Measles outbreak: doctors see tighter 'philosophical' vaccine exemption as fix | US news | The Guardian - California moves to change law allowing parents to opt out on philosophical grounds as medical experts warn of link between such laws and disease rates - At least 20 states, including California, currently permit such broad “personal belief” vaccination exemption for parents, many of whom are skeptical of mainstream science (philosophical objections to facts)
6 Dangerous Anti-Vaccination Arguments Analyzed, Explained, And Shut Down
'It's never the science itself': why the right questions climate and vaccines | US news | The Guardian - Movement’s doubts about climate change, vaccination, and other matters of science are tied to ideas of morality and belief in limited government ... The Pew Research Center, in a poll released last week, found two-thirds of Americans supported mandatory vaccines. But there was a deep strain of suspicion among those under 30 years old, with 41% thinking vaccines should be a parental choice.
Wingnuts Pretty Sure It Was Illegals What Gave Measles To All Our Unvaccinated Kids | Wonkette
Eschaton: Disrupting The Purity Of Our Body - This isn't surprising, as one of the big narratives underlying anti-immigration views is the idea that "illegals" somehow carry dirt and disease and disrupt the purity of our country. It isn't always this literal, but there is a basic belief that the purity of our essence is being tainted.
Republicans Planning To Use Vaccination Issue To Put Wedge In Democratic Party? - Esquire - In short, there is a very active, and loud, liberal claque opposed to compulsory vaccination. Two of the states with the loosest laws regarding exemptions from mandatory vaccinations are Oregon and Vermont, neither of which will be voting for Scott Walker in 2016. And both Hillary Clinton and the president wobbled on the issue a bit while campaigning six years ago.

Chris Christie Administration Is Target Of New Federal Criminal Probe (corrupt Big Chicken)

Utah Lawmaker Questions Whether Sex With An Unconscious Person Should Always Be Considered Rape | ThinkProgress - Representative Brian Greene voiced his concerns ...
In Facebook Posts, Congressman Aaron Schock's Press Secretary Compared African Americans To Zoo Animals | ThinkProgress
alicublog: Makes A Perfect Gag Gift - Can't help but notice that the name of this little shindig is "Bullets & Bourbon." And that the activities suggest that some people might bring their kids along. This is just good ideas all the way down, isn't it? (they really are demented children)

Suit: Man held 20 hours after asking to file TSA complaint | www.wpxi.com - A traveler detained for more than 20 hours after a search of energy bars and a sports watch in his carry-on bag at an airport has sued the Transportation Security Administration and accused a TSA supervisor of lying.
Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant • The Register - And that's OK with the courts – if it's declared later on (perfectly Constitutional)
Prosecutors shouldn't have immunity from their unethical – or unlawful – acts | Alexa Van Brunt | Comment is free | The Guardian - Law enforcement officers only receive qualified immunity against legal liability for their actions on the job. But getting lawyers to amend the law isn’t easy
2 Philadelphia officers charged with aggravated assault | 6abc.com - "Hopefully this case will show Philadelphians that our system here works," Williams said. (if the "system" is an unnoticed surveillance cam)

Controversy grows over Brian Williams' Iraq apology - Feb. 5, 2015 - He was actually aboard a different helicopter.
Can Brian Williams' NBC career survive the retraction of his Iraq tale? | Television & radio | The Guardian - He has built a career on trustworthiness, but the false story was perpetuated for 12 years. Now the question is whether the deception was deliberate (deception is their game)
Brian Williams' apology leaves out key details of Iraq incident - U.S. - Stripes - News anchor's apology met with cynicism from servicemembers who were there
Amy Pascal steps down from Sony Pictures in wake of damaging email hack | Film | The Guardian - One of Hollywood’s most powerful executives is leaving company after hacking scandal that resulted in leak of her emails, but is starting studio-backed venture (more fallout)

FGM affects three times more people in the US than previously thought | Society | The Guardian - Campaigners call for action to deal with ‘state of emergency’ as figures show more than 500,000 US women are living with or at risk from consequences

Mirror Touch : NPR - mirror-touch synesthesia?
Michael Banissy – Mirror-touch synaesthesia (supertasters, superrecognizers)
HIV and syphilis biomarkers: Smartphone, finger prick, 15 minute diagnosis -- ScienceDaily - Medical researchers have developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers -- HIV and syphilis -- from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.
First stars appeared 100m years later than thought, research finds | Science | The Guardian - Data from European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that star formation began about 550m years after the big bang - this finding may have major consequences on our attempts to understand the dark components of the universe
Marquette moves to fire controversial faculty blogger @insidehighered - The McAdams dispute may also renew debate over the concept of civility as a value in academe.
Skull May Solve Mystery of First Humans in Europe | NewsTook - It is believed to be the primary proof of humans living in the Levant region during that time, according to discoveries published in the journal “Nature.” The Levant region is the area in the Middle East that includes modern-day countries including Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.
Scientists just cracked the viral equivalent of the Enigma code - The Washington Post
New algorithms allow autonomous systems to deal with uncertainty

The Exit Of Andrew Sullivan Marks The End Of The Dish - Esquire - And yes, the conversation will continue - just not in this form and not in this place. The Dish, after all, is a very new media invention. It's less an institution than an organism - a living breathing creature that is more than the sum of its parts.

Indiana Woman Convicted Of Feticide After Using Abortion Drugs - Esquire - If you are now saying, "Wait a second. They convicted this woman of killing her baby and also of then neglecting a baby that was already dead?", you are far from alone in your confusion.

Are there a lot of spiders in NZ, compared to the US. : newzealand

Cable TV viewing declined by more than 12 percent in January — Tech News and Analysis - Looks like Netflix and other streaming services are starting to have an impact on traditional TV viewing: Total live TV ratings were down 12.7 percent year over year across the networks of major media companies,
The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke - ProPublica - Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.
Can a Novel’s Plot Be Reduced to Data Points?

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US officials: 9/11 plotter's claims Saudi royals aided al-Qaida 'inconceivable' | US news | The Guardian - Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called ‘20th hijacker’ in the 9/11 plot, has alleged that Saudi diplomat discussed plans to shoot down Air Force One (so release the report)
Zacarias Moussaoui says al-Qaida was backed by Saudi Arabia. But can he be believed? | World news | The Guardian - Extremist serving life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks makes new claims about dealings with the kingdom that while intriguing don’t pass the smell test
New allegations of Saudi involvement in 9/11 : worldnews

What the Warren Commission Didn’t Know - Philip Shenon - POLITICO Magazine - A member of the panel that investigated JFK’s death now worries he was a victim of a “massive cover-up.”

Jordanians turn their minds to revenge after Isis killing of pilot | World news | The Guardian - Muadh al-Kasasbeh’s death galvanises Amman locals, as mood changes in favour of war against Isis
Fox News site embeds unedited Isis video showing brutal murder of Jordanian pilot | Media | The Guardian - “[Fox News] are literally – literally – working for al-Qaida and Isis’s media arm,” he added. “They might as well start sending them royalty checks.”
ISIS Reportedly Crucified, Buried Children Alive In Iraq: UN
Outrage In Mideast Over ISIS Killing Of Jordanian Pilot (counter-chopping)

Jets bomb Boko Haram in Nigeria's first major offensive
Jets bomb Boko Haram in Nigeria's first major offensive : worldnews

TIL: Islamic countries are one of the top Porn users. : todayilearned

Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech - Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jake Sherman - POLITICO - Democrats have had to balance publicly supporting Israel with backing Obama (this level of ridiculousness)


Jeb Bush lashes out at 'liberal mindset' in presidential appeal to middle class | US news | The Guardian - Bush lays out ‘plan of action’ that distances himself from family legacy and points to education record in Florida as proof he can help to ‘close the opportunity gap’

NBC's Brian Williams Admits He Was Never On Helicopter Forced Down In Iraq - Mike O’Keeffe, the door gunner on the damaged helicopter, commented on the same post that Williams was "a liar."

Christie stays out of vaccine greeting card program embraced by 2016 rivals | US news | The Guardian - Hallmark cards for new mothers list recommended vaccinations, including for measles, and are sent out by several of the New Jersey governor’s counterparts - a county circuit court judge who found that Florida law defines “sexual intercourse” as between men and women. (and only men and women can get married, so ...)

Alabama's Top Judge: "State Doesn't Have to Allow Gay Marriage." Despite a federal court having ruled they must. : news - "Alabama state officials object to Federal interference" would be a headline from almost any decade in the last 150 years. (loonatic Roy Moore)

Neuroscience: The brain, interrupted : Nature News & Comment - Babies are increasingly surviving premature birth — but researchers are only beginning to understand the lasting consequences for their mental development.
Mother brought to tears hearing Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal tactics - Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical subsidiary tried to manipulated data in versions of reports to hide evidence that the company's antipsychotic drug Risperdal had caused boys like her son to grow breasts.
The Polygraph Has Been Lying for 80 Years - The Daily Beast - Eighty years ago, Leonarde Keeler’s lie detector made its debut in court. Decades later, we’re still paying the price for his con job.
Do you stray or stay? Humans divide into promiscuous or faithful groups | University of Oxford - One group had a ring finger which was much longer than the index finger, suggesting that they had been exposed to more testosterone in the womb and may be more likely to seek many sexual partners. The other group had fingers which similar in length, making them more likely to seek long-term relationships. (check your boyfriend's fingers, girls)
U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’ | Marijuana - The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.

What is sex? HIV case forces Florida supreme court to define intercourse | US news | The Guardian - State law requires people living with HIV to tell sexual partners of their infection but a lower court found that only covers certain acts between men and women

Deadly Metro-North Crash Highlights Concerns About Railway Grade Crossings
911 Operator to Teen Whose Dad Is Fatally Hit: "Stop Whining" : news

Neuroscience: The brain, interrupted : Nature News & Comment - more than one in 10 babies — around 15 million in total — are born prematurely each year. The great majority are born between 32 and 37 weeks of gestation, but 1.6 million are born between 28 and 32 weeks and 780,000 are born 'extremely pre-term', before 28 weeks
Purvi Patel found guilty of feticide and child neglect over unborn baby's death | US news | The Guardian - Kathrine Jack, an attorney who has followed the case closely, said that the verdict “sends a message to pregnant women in Indiana that if they have still-birth, or miscarriage, or in some cases seek an abortion they could be criminally investigating and charged for fetucide.”

Movie Trivias: A Kiss Worthy of Cinema History - Supposedly, after receiving complaints about Bankhead putting her genitals on display for everyone below her, Hitchcock quipped that he wasn’t sure whether it was a concern for the costume department or hairdressing.
9 Albert Einstein Quotes That Are Totally Fake | Gizmodo Australia - 1. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

TIFU by thinking I looked cute : tifu >At least once a week, some person just......explodes in there. (women and bathrooms)
TIL that the Greeks had proposed heliocentrism 2000 years before Copernicus: Aristarchus arranged the planets in order of distance from the Sun, concluding that it could not be in orbit around the Earth because a body that large could not orbit a body so small. : todayilearned
New here. I just love how it's called "The Chart". : badhistory
Carl Sagan, the Library of Alexandria, and 'The Chart'. So *much* bad history in this one. : badhistory
Brother of the Chart, The HISTOMAP! : badhistory
the_last_carfighter comments on The War on Democracy: How corporations and spy agencies use "security" to defend profiteering and crush activism
A "World History" test in which almost every question is insane. Japan was first inhabited 2000 years ago, India isn't 85% Hindu, and prehistory (and grammar) doesn't exist. : badhistory
MedievalPOC, Ancient Egypt, and pre-Colombian trans-oceanic contact : badhistory
Magna Carta hits the Front Page, and I hit the bottle : badhistory - This is one of those rare cases in which the devil is not in the details but actually sitting on your face.
How common is our Moon's orbit which causes it to always show us the same face to Earth? : askscience

'Awe-inspiring' FCC internet protections could alter landscape for net neutrality | Technology | The Guardian - Tom Wheeler pens op-ed in Wired magazine to declare support for ‘strongest open internet protections ever’ in what could be titanic shift on hot-button issue

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Deadly Northeast Snow Storm Slows Travel, Sets Record In Boston - Boston sets record for snowiest 7-day period in city

Keystone pipeline: Obama given boost from EPA report revising climate impact | Environment | The Guardian - Falling oil prices could mean higher carbon pollution for the controversial pipeline, a finding that gives Obama new cause to reject the project

No one knows what happened to NSA staffers who snooped on their lovers | Ars Technica - Senator blasts DOJ in delayed answer to query about LOVEINT consequences. (under the spy rug)
Do webcams watch the watchmen? No sticker on ex-NSA chief's laptop camera | US news | The Guardian - ACLU’s principal technologist spotted former NSA director Keith Alexander on a train working on his laptop. Its webcam was conspicuously uncovered ... working away on his Apple Macbook ... Alexander was apparently fully clothed while using his laptop

Isis video shows Jordanian hostage being burned to death | World news | The Guardian - Muadh al-Kasasbeh, who was captured by Islamic State just before Christmas, was set alight while locked in a cage
Pilot’s murder may weaken Jordanian support for role in anti-Isis campaign | World news | The Guardian - It is hard to see Jordan withdrawing from the US-led coalition, but King Abdullah may now become more cautious despite public’s calls to avenge Muadh al-Kasasbeh’s death
Jordan To Execute Sajida Al-Rishawi After ISIS Video Released
New ISIS Video Appears To Show Death Of Jordanian Pilot Muath Al-Kaseasbeh
Jordanian Pilot's Death Adds To Worries About U.S. Fight Against ISIS - But in a troubling signal for the coalition, Jordan watchers have suggested in recent days that the pilot's case was exacerbating internal divisions within the country about the Arab nation's participation in the anti-ISIS campaign.
Why ISIS Murdered Kenji Goto - The New Yorker - In this sense, ISIS is less like a conventional authoritarian or totalitarian state than like a mass death cult.
Casus Belli Dance » Balloon Juice - By getting involved militarily in the campaign against ISIS, the US is playing a dangerous game. The opponent may be depraved death cult, but its leaders aren’t necessarily stupid or irrational; they may hope to bring out the stupid and irrational in us.
ISIS Burns Jordanian Pilot Alive : worldnews

French Soldiers Attacked By Man With Knife In Nice - A man with at least one large knife hidden in his bag attacked three French soldiers Tuesday as they patrolled in front of a Jewish community center in southern France. He and a possible accomplice were detained and a terror investigation was launched, authorities said.

Iranian president says nuclear deal with the west is getting closer | World news | The Guardian - Mehr news agency quotes Hassan Rouhani saying sides have ‘narrowed the gaps’ as second report emerges of uranium enrichment deal with US

Arrest Warrant For Argentine President Found At Dead Prosecutor's Home

UN Court: Serbia Did Not Commit Genocide In Croatia During Balkan Wars - neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed genocide against each other's populations during the wars that accompanied the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Over 100 drugged and raped in Japan fake clinical study | GulfNews.com - Tokyo: Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said on Tuesday.

The conspiracy theorists are right. Research shows nations really do go to war over oil. - The Washington Post - We found that the decision to interfere was dominated by the interveners’ need for oil – over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.

Pentagon loses track of weaponry sent to Yemen in recent years | World news | The Guardian - Chaos in the functionally leaderless country has seen Houthi rebels reportedly take control of Yemeni military’s arms depots and bases (same mistake again and again)

U.S. judge quits commission to protest Justice Department forensic science policy - The Washington Post - criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice for muzzling its work to benefit prosecutors. (Obama)

Justice Deferred Is Justice Denied by Jed S. Rakoff | The New York Review of Books - Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations by Brandon L. Garrett

Supreme Court King Sebelius Obamacare Decision Could Kill Thousands | The New Republic - in Massachusetts, for every 830 adults gaining insurance coverage there was one fewer death per year,” the brief reads. “Using the national estimate that 8.2 million people can be expected to lose health insurance in the absence of subsidies on the federal marketplace, this ratio equates to over 9,800 additional Americans dying each year. (Supreme Court Repubican Death Machine)

Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill - NYTimes.com - The private plane, on which Mr. Christie had his own bedroom, had been lent by Sheldon G. Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and supporter of Israel. At the time, he was opposing legislation then before the governor to legalize online gambling in New Jersey. (Gov Fuckup is totally corrupt and has screwed the NE so bad)

Measles Outbreak Proves Delicate Issue to G.O.P. Field - NYTimes.com - It is a dance Republican candidates often do when they hedge their answers about whether evolution should be taught in schools. It is what makes the fight over global warming such a liability for their party, and what led last year to a widely criticized response to the Ebola scare. (facts are very hard for Republicans)
13 Numbers That Explain The Resurgence Of Measles In The U.S.
Rand Paul's Vaccine Comments Are Latest Chapter In 136-Year-Old Debate
Chris Christie Ducks Media After Controversial Vaccination Comments
Vaccines Should Be As Nonnegotiable As Seat Belts, Experts Say
Your feelings about vaccines don't trump another child's medical reality | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian
GOP Rep On Vaccines: An 'Oppressive State' Shouldn't Tell Us What To Do - Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) became the latest Republican on Tuesday to speak out against vaccine mandates
Congressman Speculates 'Illegal Aliens' Could Be To Blame For Measles Outbreak - Immigration hardliner Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said Tuesday that "illegal aliens" may be to blame for the recent measles outbreak that began in California and has continued to spread to other states. (the clowns are out)
Congressman: Measles Outbreak May Be Caused By 'Illegal Aliens' | ThinkProgress - Many cases come from children of parents who have been fed misinformation about vaccinations by people like Jenny McCarthy. In California, where the outbreak is spreading rapidly, wealthy Los Angeles-area residents are increasingly opting out of vaccinations at historically high rates.
Virginia lawmaker wants parents held accountable for refusing to vaccinate children | WTVR.com - “We are paying the price for letting people opt-out,” Del. John O’Bannon (R – Richmond) said. O’Bannon, a physician,
Blame Hollywood for Anti-Vaxxers - The Daily Beast - Famous folks who have made dumb or reckless comments about vaccines range from Bill Maher and Jim Carrey to Oprah Winfrey, who helped give crusader Jenny McCarthy a soapbox.
Pat Robertson Rails Against Fluoride In Water And Vaccine Mandates (back to Goldwater)
We Asked A Lot Of Likely 2016 Candidates Two Questions About Vaccinations - BuzzFeed News - The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest - — HillaryClinton (@Hillary Clinton)

Schock's Office Is Decorated To Resemble Downton Abbey - Esquire - Could a congresscritter decorate his office as the Fortress Of Solitude, or the race and sports book at Caesar's, or the Winnipeg Jets locker room, as long as the c-critter in question obeyed the congressional ethics regulations regarding gifts and so on? (Somebody could do up an office as an 1870's New Orleans bordello, but that would be redundant.) The things you learn on this job, I'll tell you
Poll: Iowa Republicans Side with Obamas After Huckabee's Beyoncé Attack - Bloomberg Politics - Still, 40 percent of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers said they agreed with Huckabee's characterization of Beyoncé's music as “mental poison,” according to the poll. Thirty-eight percent said Huckabee “went too far” with his criticism of the singer, while 22 percent said they were unsure.

Barry Diller's Pier 55 Park: How Money Is Changing City Parks | The New Republic - America's Billionaires Are Turning Public Parks Into Playgrounds for the Wealthy

A Future Segregated by Science? - NYTimes.com - (In Mississippi only one person — not female, black or Hispanic, by the way — took the test that year. Oh, Mississippi.) (AP in computers: 1)

Columbia Student: I Didn’t Rape Her - The Daily Beast - Sulkowicz’s act, which is also her senior project for her visual arts degree, has been praised as both protest and art. To Nungesser, however, it is something else altogether: harassment. “It’s explicitly designed to bully me into leaving the school—she has said so repeatedly,” he says, referring to Sulkowicz’s statement that she will carry the mattress until either Nungesser leaves Columbia or they both graduate. (her "art" project)

New York AG Targets Herbal Supplements At Major Retailers - . In many cases, unlisted contaminants were the only plant material found in the product samples. Overall, 21 percent of the test results from store brand herbal supplements contained DNA from the plants listed on the labels. The retailer with the poorest showing was Walmart, where 4 percent of the products tested showed DNA from the plants listed on the labels.
New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers - NYTimes.com - The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies ... Three out of six herbal products at Target — ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep aid — tested negative for the herbs on their labels. But they did contain powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots.
Nearly 80% of supplements found to contain NONE of herbal supplement claimed on label. : news

How One NYPD Officer Went To Jail For Using A Chokehold -- And Why That's Unlikely To Happen In The Eric Garner Case - But Francis Livoti, the officer who killed Baez, ultimately spent seven years in a federal prison. In December, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.
NYPD officer charged after video seems to show him stomping on man's head | US news | The Guardian - Officer could face a year in jail after indictment for the incident in Brooklyn, which occurred less than a week after Eric Garner died in a police chokehold

Maternal Depression Often Starts Before Giving Birth, Study Says - NYTimes.com - t in those with the severest symptoms — suicidal thoughts, panic, frequent crying — depression most often began during pregnancy, not after giving birth, as is often assumed.
For Americans, Second Hand Smoke Exposure Cut in Half, C.D.C. Reports - NYTimes.com - over the past decade, federal health authorities reported Tuesday, as states and municipalities banned smoking in bars, restaurants and offices, and fewer Americans smoked inside their homes.
Preventing Chronic Disease | Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach - CDC - Watercress - 100.00
The Well Flu Quiz - NYTimes.com

DC_MJ-Monitoring-Health-Concerns-Related-to-Marijuana-in-CO-2014.pdf

Ore. bakery will have to pay same-sex couple up to $150K - The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery will have to pay the couple up to $150,000, BOLI spokesman Charlie Burr said. The exact amount will be determined at a hearing on March 10. (karma's a bitch, bitches)

Conrad Hilton, Brother Of Paris Hilton, Arrested For His In-Flight Antics - BuzzFeed News - “I will fucking own anyone on this flight; they are fucking peasants.”

In 24 Hours, Internet Helped Change Life Of Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work - Evan Leedy, a student at Detroit's Wayne State University, set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to buy Robertson a car. It began with a simple goal of $5,000 and skyrocketed to over $200,000 from thousands of people after Robertson's story was picked up my media outlets around the world.

What statistic blows your mind? : AskReddit - 20% OR MORE of pregnancies end in miscarriage. 20% is just "known pregnancies"
TIL that the Greeks had proposed heliocentrism 2000 years before Copernicus: Aristarchus arranged the planets in order of distance from the Sun, concluding that it could not be in orbit around the Earth because a body that large could not orbit a body so small. : todayilearned
What has sex taught you in life? : AskReddit
What is the largest group of people you have been naked in front of? How did you find yourself in that situation? : AskReddit
dedinthewater comments on Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

The FCC Says Your City Can Build a Public Internet, Even If Your State Says No | Motherboard - ?The Federal Communications Commission is going to allow two cities to ignore state laws that ban them from building community-owned broadband networks, according to chairman Tom Wheeler.
Google Search scratches its brain 500 million times a day - CNET - On a daily basis, 15 percent of queries submitted have never been seen before by Google's search engine.

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The Patriots Are Super Bowl Champions at Last and Again Because the Last Miracle Went Their Way - Touching All the Bases - Boston.com
Yes, That All Actually Happened (Just Don't Ask Us How) - Eric Wilbur's Sports Blog - Boston.com
New England Patriots Beat Seattle Seahawks 28-24 In Super Bowl XLIX

The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought | CIFOR Forests News Blog (deforestation has fucked Brazil)

Former CIA & NSA Boss: September 11th Gave Me Permission To Reinterpret The 4th Amendment | Techdirt - Michael Hayden, the former CIA and NSA director, has revealed what most people already suspected -- to him, the Constitution is a document that he can rewrite based on his personal beliefs at any particular tim

ISIS getting 'desperate,' struggling to replenish fighters - World - CBC News - U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters having significant effect
Judge Accused Of Human Rights Violations To Preside In Trial Of Washington Post Journalist - A hard-line judge in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has been chosen to preside in the case of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been jailed in Iran for six months on unknown charges and without access to a lawyer.

Westminster child abuse scandal: KGB and CIA kept secret dossiers on Britain's VIP paedophiles - Mirror Online - Both Russian and US intelligence knew about a group of powerful paedophiles operating in Britain and the KGB hoped to blackmail them in exchange for information

Ukraine: US considers military help for Kiev as separatists plan to mobilise army | World news | The Guardian - John Kerry, US secretary of state, will use visit to Ukrainian capital to consider options amid frustration in the west at failure to find diplomatic solution

Experts raise alarm as plague kills dozens in Madagascar - CNN.com - The plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, a bacteria found in rodents and spread by fleas.
'Suppressed' EU report could have banned harmful pesticides worth billions | Environment | The Guardian - Science paper recommended ways of identifying hormone-mimicking chemicals in pesticides linked to foetal abnormalities, genital mutations, infertility and other diseases including cancer

German neo-Nazi party cancels protest after boarding wrong train | World news | The Guardian - NPD members due to arrive in Freiburg to support woman banned from exam due to her party allegiance
Police alerted to planned march against ‘Jewification’ of north London borough | World news | The Guardian - ‘Fascist supporter of white rights’ Joshua Bonehill has called for a mass protest in Stamford Hill, home to around 20,000 Jews - the centre of the ultra-orthodox Haredi population.
Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age | World news | The Guardian - A modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in recent years as followers see the stories as metaphors for life not worship of the gods (praise Thor!)

Tech pioneer Phil Zimmermann calls Cameron's anti-encryption plans 'absurd' | Technology | The Guardian - PGP inventor rubbishes Tory plans to ban encryption and says modern commerce depends on it: ‘End-to-end encryption is everywhere now’

War Is the New Normal | William J. Astore - 3. “Support Our Troops” as a substitute for thought

Obama Budget Sets Up Battle With Republicans - WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a $3.99 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 that sets up a battle with Republicans over programs to boost the middle class that are funded by higher taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans.

Christie Says Parents Should Have 'Choice' on Vaccinations - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com - Mr. Christie said that “not every vaccine is created equal, and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others.”
Measles vaccine row escalates as Christie and Obama differ on advice | US news | The Guardian - Christie, who is considered a leading presidential candidate, told press during his visit to the UK that parents should have “some measure of choice” in the decision to vaccinate their children. (Gov Ebola) Within hours, Christie’s office had sent a clarification. (that Christie is an idiot)
Chris Christie waffles on vaccination issue during tour of British laboratory | Society | The Guardian - Calls for ‘balance’ between public health concerns and parental discretion before spokesman walks back comments in shades of last year’s Ebola quarantine fiasco
Chris Christie: Parents Should Have 'Some Measure Of Choice' On Vaccinating Their Children (for the comments)
Rand Paul: Children Got 'Profound Mental Disorders' After Receiving Vaccines
Fevered Dreams And Flaming Rants » Balloon Juice - When people say “You know, Obama should come out in support of breathing just to see Republicans turn blue and pass out” as a joke, and then hours after Obama says “Vaccinate your kids to keep them from getting awful shit like measles” (one of the most infectious diseases out there people) we have Chris Christie saying “Well, the government should respect parents not wanting to vaccinate your kids
Arizona measles exposure worries parents of at-risk kids - CNN.com - CNN asked Wolfson if he could live with himself if his unvaccinated child got another child gravely ill. "I could live with myself easily," he said. "It's an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. I'm not going to put my child at risk to save another child." "My child is pure"
Anti-Vaccine Doctor: I Don't Care If My Kids Make Others Gravely Sick : videos - "It's not my responsibility to protect other people's child."
The Good Thing About the Disney Measles Outbreak | Claire McCarthy, M.D. - But as scary as this outbreak is, it may ultimately be a good thing -- because it may get more parents to immunize their children.
"Get your kids vaccinated," Obama tells parents doubting science: “There is every reason to get vaccinated — there aren’t reasons to not.” : news


State let oil companies taint drinkable water in Central Valley - SFGate - Oil companies in drought-ravaged California have, for years, pumped wastewater from their operations into aquifers that had been clean enough for people to drink.

Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment - Chris Christie and the Republican default on public investment. (dumbfuck fucks his state and the whole northeast)

US consumer spending weakest since 2009 despite lower gas prices | Business | The Guardian - Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, fell 0.3% but cheaper gas is expected to provide a tailwind in first quarter

Paul Ryan’s Most Shameless Lie Ever -- NYMag - Ryan’s complaint is that Obama’s economic policies have exacerbated the gap between the rich and the poor. “The Obamanomics that we’re practicing now have exacerbated inequality,” he claims. “They’ve exacerbated stagnation. They’re made things worse. The wealthy are doing really well. They’re practicing trickle down economics now.” (they really believe their bullshit because they are bullshit)
Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Jeb Bush Has a Big Problem - Bloomberg Politics - His family ties aren't being held against him, but the Republican base is worried about his stands on immigration and Common Core.

Here Are The States That Spend The Most On Public School Students (and the usual dumb states)

Alabama Lawmaker: Same-Sex Couples Don't Deserve Same Financial Benefits As Other Families | ThinkProgress - “Let’s face it. If gay marriage is approved, I assume that those types of unions, those people would be entitled to Social Security benefits, insurance. Where does it end?” (with turtles getting SSDI, obviously, you dumb shit)


What harsh truth has life taught you? : AskReddit - It's okay to miss people you no longer want in your life
Motorcycled across Southeast Asia : motorcycles
My cousin's son is obsessed with Minecraft. While he was away at a sleepover, she changed his room up a little bit! : gaming
What was the most hurtful thing that anyone has ever said to you? : AskReddit - 'You're really easy to forget'. It hurt because it's soooo true
What's something you do, that you think everyone else does but dont have the courage to ask anyone about it? : AskReddit
If you could choose the next step in human evolution, what would it be and why? : AskReddit - Literally every single one of your fears is negated by the TELEPORTATION.

Our Inner Viruses: Forty Million Years In the Making – Phenomena
PLOS Genetics: Clonal Expansion of Early to Mid-Life Mitochondrial DNA Point Mutations Drives Mitochondrial Dysfunction during Human Ageing
National Sleep Foundation Updates Recommendations For How Much Sleep You Really Need - Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)

Acid flashback: one man's LSD adventures – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian - Dawn love-ins at Stonehenge, dune diving in Carmel ... Roger Steffens met his wife when he was tripping, then spent years taking acid-soaked photos of her and his friends

Time Warner Cable's 97 Percent Profit Margin on High-Speed Internet Service Exposed | Bruce Kushnick
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits - The Washington Post - Tennessee, for example, has passed rules forbidding cities from building high-capacity networks beyond a certain geographic area. Publicly run broadband in North Carolina may not offer service at prices below what a private carrier offers. (yeah, they could do that with their bought state lawmakers)
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits: Federal regulators are moving ahead with a proposal to help two cities fighting with their state governments over the ability to build public alternatives to large Internet providers. : news
Net neutrality battle pitches activists and FCC against Big Cable and GOP | Technology | The Guardian - President Obama supports new rules that if passed will regulate the internet like water and electricity – executives and Republican politicians do not (Rethugs hate your internetz except for big cable)
Porn video malware infects 110,000 Facebook users | IT PRO

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Iraqi old man kills 7 ISIS militants in revenge for slain son : worldnews
Iraqi libraries ransacked | TribLIVE - When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria invaded the Central Library of Mosul last month, it was on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.
Boko Haram Attacks Biggest City In Northeast Nigeria - Nigerian troops Sunday repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria, with several civilians killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground.

Laos suffers lethal legacy of Vietnam war | World news | The Guardian (see Iraq for the next 100 yrs)

Greece’s problems are the result of the eurozone having no fiscal policy | Business | The Guardian - Germany and Greece are on a collision course because there is no large-scale method of recycling taxes in the eurozone (same deal: bankers fuck everything up, so bail out the bankers by bankrupting the country)

PressTV-‘Russian bomber carried nuke near UK’ - Sources within the Ministry of Defence have revealed that one of the two long-range bombers was carrying at least one air-dropped “seek and find” nuclear missile, designed to seek and destroy a Vanguard submarine, Sunday Express, reported Sunday.
Huge library containing historic texts and 14 million books goes up in flames Moscow - Europe - World - The Independent - The Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) has 14.2m texts in ancient and modern languages and includes the biggest collection of Slavic language books in Russia.
Fire rages through library in Moscow - comparing it to a cultural Chernobyl, referring to the 1986 nuclear power plant accident in Ukraine. "It's a major loss for science. This is the largest collection of its kind in the world, probably equivalent to the (United States) Library of Congress,"

A Walk Down Memory Lane on Republican Obstruction by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Norquist immediately replied: “We will make it so that a Democrat cannot govern as a Democrat.”

Jeb Bush the Fundamentalist by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward.

Student found dead last June quit working as confidential informant shortly before disappearing | Grand Forks Herald - In November 2013, SEMCA searched Sadek’s dorm room and found a plastic grinder with marijuana residue, which Sadek admitted to using ... Asked whether confidential informants are put in harm’s way, Thorsteinson acknowledged they are working in “a dangerous subculture.”
Toddler Wounds Both Parents With 1 Shot From Handgun - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy got ahold of a handgun from his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents.

History Is Made: 'Beat The Press' Host Emily Rooney Rides The T | WGBH News - Friday on Boston Public Radio, Beat the Press host Emily Rooney revealed on BPR that for the first time in her life, she rode on the MBTA. In the past, no less than former Transportation Secretary Rich Davey had tried, and failed, to convince Rooney to ride (they make the policy)
Dame Helen Mirren Rides The Subway Like The Rest Of Us Plebeians - Mirren rode the downtown R train with the rest of the commuters.

Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor -- ScienceDaily - Some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta, researchers have discovered.
Research uncovers connection between Craigslist personals, HIV trends -- ScienceDaily - Craigslist's entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research.
EPA Approves Continued Use of Pesticide That Causes Brain Damage | Ready Nutrition - chlorpyrifos, a chemical developed by Dow AgroSciences in 1965 that’s widely sprayed on a variety of crops.
Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet and Prediction of Incident Stroke - High adherence to MeD seems to be associated with a lower risk of incident IS independent of potential confounders
Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes, experts argue -- ScienceDaily - Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates.
Interaction between the protective effects of cannabidiol and palmi... - PubMed - NCBI - Interaction between the protective effects of cannabidiol and palmitoylethanolamide in experimental model of multiple sclerosis in C57BL/6 mice. (your war on wonder drugs)
Dying To Be Free - The Huffington Post - There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? Yet of the dozens of publicly funded treatment facilities throughout Kentucky, only a couple offer Suboxone, with most others driven instead by a philosophy of abstinence that condemns medical assistance as not true recovery
Confusion about terms: In what sense are fractals' dimensions non-integer numbers? : askscience
List of fractals by Hausdorff dimension

Rush After 'A Rape On Campus': A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road

Texas boy suspended after bringing 'ring of power' to school - NY Daily News - Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: "The Big Book of Knowledge." Principal Roxanne Greer (remember her name, internets) (can't have that in Texas, or any imagination)

What is your personal NSFW tip? : AskReddit - Pantyhose makes very soft, pleasant handcuffs.
That's illegal : funny
"Casablanca" Alternate Ending Could Be the Sketch of the Year On SNL - The Interrobang

Research says iPads and smartphones may damage toddlers' brains | Technology | The Guardian - Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self control, new research has shown.
Google Earth Pro drops $399 subscription, now available for free. : technology
Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine | TechCrunch - Project Syria
Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow | Technology | The Guardian - Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia