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No Torture. No Exceptions
Taking a Stand Against Torture
Sony Showcases A New Response To Terrorism In Wake Of North Korea Hack - Esquire - Think we've learned anything about how to respond to "terrorism" in the years since we chose to deform the country over an act of terrorism?

U.S. Weighs Response To Sony Hack Blamed On North Korea - The United States said on Thursday a cyber attack on Sony Pictures was a serious national security matter and the Obama administration was considering a proportional response, although the White House stopped short of blaming North Korea. (so now we're defending Japanese corps who underfunded their security)
Jeet Heer on Twitter: "Sure, one side is dystopian hell ruled over by a tiny elite which manipulates population with totalitarian kitsch but North Korea is bad too"

Journey to Reconciliation Visited Worlds of Presidents, Popes and Spies - NYTimes.com
Taking Cuba Off Blacklist Leaves Only North Korea as Cold War Vestige - NYTimes.com
Fred Hiatt, Ladies and Gentlemen - Lawyers, Guns & Money : again proves his acumen at idiocy: I also note how the editorial sort of kind of left China out of this analysis. Gee, I wonder why.
Obama gives the Castro regime in Cuba an undeserved bailout - The Washington Post (Fred Hiatt stamps his feet)
News from The Associated Press - "The 50-year embargo just hasn't worked," Paul said. "If the goal is regime change, it sure doesn't seem to be working, and probably, it punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship. (and when Rand Paul makes more sense than WaPo)
WASHINGTON: Tortured U.S. history with Castro’s Cuba includes mob ties and assassination plots | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC - Senate investigators in 1975 identified “concrete evidence of at least eight plots involving the CIA to assassinate Fidel Castro between 1960 and 1965,” according to a report by the so-called Church committee. Nor were these efforts trivial. (why JFK wanted to destroy the CIA)
U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims - The Intercept

Pakistani school attackers ‘were told to kill soldiers’ after massacre of pupils | World news | The Guardian - The suicide attackers who assaulted a Pakistani school on Tuesday were reportedly given orders by phone to await the arrival of soldiers after they had initially slaughtered around 100 children in the school’s hall.
Suspected Boko Haram Gunmen Kidnap Over 100 Women, Children In Nigeria
Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185, kills 32 - CNN.com
Three Top Islamic State Leaders Killed In Air Strikes, U.S. Officials Say - Among those killed was Abd al Basit, whom the officials described as the group's military 'emir,' and Haji Mutazz, a deputy to Baghdadi. Those strikes took place between Dec. 3 and Dec. 9, they said.

Westminster paedophile ring linked to murders of THREE young boys by detectives  | Daily Mail Online - Met investigating alleged murders by MPs at flats in Pimlico, London - Boy called Nick says rich and powerful strangled boy, 12, at 'abuse party' - abuse took place in London and Home Counties, including at military bases

Israel Suffers Sharp Rebuffs From Europe - Israel suffered back-to-back diplomatic setbacks in Europe on Wednesday as Palestinians headed to the United Nations to try to set a two-year deadline for an Israeli withdrawal.
Iran unveils monument to Jewish soldiers killed in war with Iraq - Jewish World News Israel News | Haaretz - Jewish community leaders and Iranian clergy attend ceremony honoring Jewish 'martyrs.'

Checkmate, Putin. Russia’s economy is stuck in a catch-22. - The Washington Post - I might be playing chess while you play checkers, but I just got checkmated - That's because Russia never so much had an economy as an oil-exporting business that subsidized everything else. At this rate, Putin will be riding around shirtless, because he can't afford one anymore.
BERLIN: Putin is still Putin as he blasts West in talk on Russia’s economic woes | Europe | McClatchy DC - Economics Minister Alexei Ulyukayev appeared to break from Putin’s narrative on the economy, blaming the crisis entirely on the Russian government, or “delayed reforms and everything we did not do.”

Burma trial begins over ‘Buddha insult’ | World news | The Guardian - New Zealand bar manager and two workers deny charges they insulted religion by posting advertisement with pink Buddha wearing headphones
Chinese passenger opens plane door for fresh air | World news | The Guardian - A Chinese airline passenger pulled open an emergency exit as his plane was about to take off because he “just wanted fresh air”, Chinese media have reported.

Files of more than 40,000 federal workers breached - Yahoo News - the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.

Obama's Had a Helluva Good Month Since the Midterms | Mother Jones
Morning Plum: Obama, unbound, puts his stamp on 2016 - The Washington Post - For years, progressives have sharply criticized President Obama for shaping major decisions around the idea that scaling back his ambitions would ultimately secure the GOP cooperation he had long sought. But the GOP takeover of Congress has effectively freed Obama from that illusion, leaving him little choice other than to be as aggressive and ambitious as possible in unilaterally pursuing his agenda wherever he can.
'Governor, This Is Barack Obama, Formerly Of Somerville.' | WGBH News

Jeb Bush v. Hillary Clinton: the Perfectly Illustrative Election - The Intercept - That one of those two families exploited its vast wealth to obtain political power, while the other exploited its political power to obtain vast wealth, makes it more illustrative still: of the virtually complete merger between political and economic power, of the fundamentally oligarchical framework that drives American political life.

The War on (Some Classes of People Who Use Some) Drugs Is Also A War on the Fourth Amendment - Lawyers, Guns & Money : in which the Court held that a search of a motorist who was not in fact doing anything illegal was nonetheless “reasonable” under the Fourth Amendment. Sotomayor, alas, was the only dissenter. Her opinion merits quotation on several points:
Cop: My ‘Breathe Easy’ Shirts Aren’t Garner Ref -- NYMag

Koch Group On The EPA: 'At Least The CIA Isn't Torturing Americans' | ThinkProgress (protecting the environment is waterboarding corps: kill two facts with one lie)

786 Abused Kids Died In Plain View Of Authorities: Report - many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger,

WASHINGTON: Most states unprepared to handle infectious disease outbreaks, health group says | Health Care | McClatchy DC - Maryland, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia led all states, each scoring eight out of 10.

Lawrence Summers' $28 Million Payday, Courtesy of Elizabeth Warren - Bloomberg Politics - Summers went back to teaching at Harvard University, a job that, unlike the Fed, allows him to serve on Lending Club's board (misleading headline)

Eschaton: Teachers Cost Too Much - But there's always money in the banana stand for sports stadiums.

Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent

Watching Colbert Makes People More Conservative | The New Republic - They showed 332 college students clips of “Colbert” and found that the more conservative a student’s personal views, the more likely she was to believe that Colbert wasn’t kidding.
Why Matt Drudge and Lucianne Goldberg still rule the conservative media roost - The Washington Post - Over the course of the year, links from Google to the Post's politics coverage have accounted for 5.5 percent of all incoming links. Drudge accounted for 4.1 percent.

Another Woman Comes Forward With New Allegations In The Bill Cosby Scandal (VIDEO) - She joins more than 20 women who have come forward in the media claiming that the legendary actor drugged and/or sexually assaulted them years ago.
Boston Uber Driver Accused Of Raping Passenger In Back Seat

Vance Deal: $400 Fine for Unlicensed Driver Who Killed Senior in Crosswalk | Streetsblog New York City - An unlicensed driver who fatally struck a senior as she crossed the street with the right of way will pay a $400 fine, pursuant to a plea arrangement with Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

(NSFW) What is the worst thing you've ever seen or heard in a game of "truth or dare?" : AskReddit

Burner phone? There's an app for that, and it's earning millions of dollars | The Verge

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Obama and Castro hail historic breakthrough for US-Cuba relations - as it happened | US news | The Guardian - Officials say US and Cuba will seek to normalise relations - Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro speak to nations
U.S., Cuba Seek To Normalize Relations
Marco Rubio Fires Back On Cuba: Obama Is The 'Worst Negotiator' In My Lifetime - "This Congress is not going to lift the embargo," Rubio declared at the end of his news conference.
Cuba Releases American Alan Gross After 5 Years In Prison
White House Credits Pope Francis For Facilitating Cuba Deal - BuzzFeed News - The pope sent an extraordinary letter to both Obama and Castro over the summer. The letter “gave us greater impetus and momentum for us to move forward,” the administration official said.
Republicans livid over Cuba talks, call it appeasement - Katie Glueck and Seung Min Kim - politico (of Cuban aggression)
Travel Bans For Americans To Cuba To Be Lifted And Diplomacy Re-opened - Esquire - Oh, sweet Jesus H. Christ on a jet-pack, this is going to set them off. It already has begun on the distant shores of the Island Of The Misfit Witless and it will steadily build to a crescendo in the more respectable precincts

As The American Public Buys Into The Idea That Everything The Country Does, Even Brutally, Is For The Purpose Of Moving It Forward - Esquire - Six in 10 Americans say the CIA's treatment of suspected terrorists was justified, more than half think it produced important, unique intelligence - and 52 percent say it was wrong for the Senate Intelligence Committee to issue a report suggesting otherwise. (weep for America, beyond redemption)
When It Comes to Torture, Dick Cheney Speaks for Almost Half of All Americans | Slog
War Criminals Do Not Get A Parade In This Country - Esquire - I don't care how much you want one. We don't give war criminals a parade in this country.

Pakistan’s prime minister promises day of reckoning with militants | World news | The Guardian - As massacre victims are buried, Nawaz Sharif says there will be no more differentiation between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Taliban
Pakistan school attack: funerals and aftermath – in pictures | World news | The Guardian - Three days of mourning have been declared in Pakistan as funerals take place for the 141 victims of the school massacre in Peshawar


Russians Rush To Stores As Country Fears Bank Run - frantically buying a range of big-ticket items to pre-empt the price rises kicked off by the staggering fall in the value of the ruble in recent days.
Rouble collapse hits Finland, Forex stops buying Russian currency | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi
SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed - The Local - Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis.

Everything You Need to Know About the Disappearance of 43 Students That's Threatening to Tear Mexico Apart | VICE | United States - According to the report, federal police shot at the students and even collected bullet casings after the fact to cover up their involvement.

The Senate Just Cemented Obama's Judicial Legacy


Bush Made Family Tragedy Into A Family Horror With The Schiavos - Esquire - It was wonderfully predictable, and I hope it gets repeated, over and over again, until The Smart One gets run out of politics.

Proposed Bill Would Require Women To Ask Men's Permission To Have An Abortion - A bill proposed by a Republican state lawmaker in Missouri would require a woman seeking an abortion to obtain notarized consent from the baby's father, even if he is physically abusive toward her. "So you couldn't just go and say, 'Oh yeah, I was raped,' and get an abortion. It has to be a legitimate rape."

Cuomo to Ban Fracking in New York State, Citing Health Risks - NYTimes.com
Gov. Andrew Cuomo To Ban Fracking In New York State - The potential adverse impacts of fracking are “widespread," DEC Commissioner Joseph Martens said at the press conference. He added that the prospects for fracking in New York are "uncertain at best," and the economic benefits are "far lower than originally forecasted."

Seattle’s unbelievable transportation megaproject fustercluck | Grist
Guest Editorial: Seattle, Pull the Plug on the Tunnel Unless You Can Answer These Seven Questions | Slog - it’s worth pointing out that the digging of the tunnel itself—which we’ve always known would be the most difficult part of the viaduct replacement project—is only one-tenth finished. This megaproject is being driven by a clown car of derelicts.
Guest Editorial: We Need to Stop Trying to Rescue This Tunnel Project and Consider Our Options | Slog

Congress Finally Acts to Prevent Police Killings, But Will it Make a Difference? | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - the Death in Custody Reporting Act. The bill which is slated for a presidential signature, calls for all police departments to report all people killed in custody or during an arrest.
Documenting Police Killings by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Comparatively, a fisherman is 10 times more likely to be killed on the job than a police officer, according to national figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A logging worker is eight times more likely than a police officer to die on the job, and a garbage man is three times more likely to die while working. Most policemen killed on the job die in auto accidents, according to FBI statistics. (their lives are on the line everyday)
Law Enforcement Is the Fattest Profession, Study Finds | TIME - Along with firefighters and security guards (porkers)

Gay-Bashing Suspects Held on All Charges - G Philly - Kevin Harrigan, Kathryn Knott, and Philip Williams
Woman Used Child Porn To Frame Estranged Husband - But when police examined time stamps, they determined the images had been downloaded more than two weeks after Meri Woods had her husband kicked out of their Clymer-area home with a protection-from-abuse order. (not that bright)

Exonerated After Execution: Judge Tosses Teen's Murder Conviction - NBC News.com - Seventy years after South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy so small he sat on a phone book in the electric chair, a circuit court judge threw out his murder conviction.


U.S. Links North Korea to Sony Hacking - NYTimes.com - American intelligence officials have concluded that the North Korean government was “centrally involved” in the recent attacks on Sony Pictures’s computers, a determination reached just as Sony on Wednesday canceled its release of the comedy, which is based on a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.
Top Five Theater Circuits Drop 'The Interview' After Sony Hack - The Hollywood Reporter
Sony Hacking Fallout Explodes As Theaters Cancel 'The Interview' Showings
Reddit bans users for sharing hacked Sony documents | Technology | The Guardian - The social news site has acceded to a DMCA takedown request from Sony and removed a hub for sharing the company’s hacked files - cracking down on discussion of its stolen data on sites such as Reddit. (no "discussion" allowed)
Sony leaks reveal Hollywood is trying to break DNS, the backbone of the internet | The Verge - A leaked legal memo reveals a plan for blacklisting pirate sites at the ISP level
It’s Official: Sony Scraps ‘The Interview’ : movies

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Weak deal at Lima climate talks disappoints climate hawks | Grist
Police asked university for list of attendees at fracking debate | UK news | The Guardian - Canterbury Christ Church University says it refused to hand over list, and Green party councillor criticises police request ("public safety")

2014 Lie of the Year: Exaggerations about Ebola | PolitiFact

Pakistan responds to Peshawar school massacre with strikes on Taliban | World news | The Guardian
Pakistani Taliban Attack on Peshawar School Leaves 145 Dead - NYTimes.com - Heavily armed gunmen stormed into a military-run school in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing scores of teachers and schoolchildren and fighting a gun battle with the security forces
Pakistani officials say siege at school over
'I saw death so close': student recalls Pakistan school carnage - Yahoo News
Taliban Kills More Than 100 Children In Pakistan School Attack - Khorasani said that the attackers had been ordered to shoot the older students but not the young children.

Around 180 Soldiers And Militants Killed In Battle For Syrian Base - The Britain-based group said Islamist insurgents including al Qaeda's Syria wing, the Nusra Front, on Monday took the base next to the country's main north-south highway linking Aleppo with Damascus.

Ex-Mossad chief: Peace will elude us until we treat Palestinians with dignity | The Times of Israel - Efraim Halevy attacks Netanyahu and Bennett for their policies on Jerusalem, says elections offer ‘a choice the likes of which we have never had’

Damning Report Claims Mexican Federal Police Participated In Disappearance Of 43 Students - “We have information that proves the federal government knew what was happening in the moment it was happening, and participated in it,”

Hostages in the Sydney cafe siege: 'We’re not getting out of here' | Australia news | The Guardian

Russia's Ruble Slides To Historic Lows - The Russian ruble faced intense selling pressure Tuesday, falling at one stage by a whopping 20 percent to historic lows despite a massive pre-dawn interest rate hike from the country's central bank.
The Collapse of Putin's Economic System - Bloomberg - The foundations on which Vladimir Putin built his 15 years in charge of Russia are giving way.
Villagers in Kazakhstan Are Falling Asleep En Masse for No Apparent Reason | VICE | United States - Misha Plyukhin saw flying horses and light bulbs, his mother with eight eyes and a trunk, and snakes and worms in his bed, trying to eat his arms (it was Putin)

CIA torture: health professionals 'may have committed war crimes', report says | US news | The Guardian - Physicians for Human Rights called for federal investigation on CIA torture program participation, calling rectal feeding technique ‘form of sexual assault’
Dick Cheney - The Atlantic - "I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective." (which is to make people suffer as much as possible)
Scalia and Cruel and Unusual Interrogation by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In keeping with his recent habit of defiant ideological gestures, Justice Antonin Scalia has weighed in on the torture debate with an angry defense of “enhanced interrogation” as both constitutional and as within the American moral consensus, as opposed to that of namby-pamby “European liberals.
America Is Built on Torture, Remember? - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - Slavery was not quaint, nor stunted, nor backwards looking. It was the engine of American success.
Dick Cheney’s 6-Step Torture Denial -- NYMag
"Wherever They's A Fight to Defend the Preposterous Arguments of People Responsible for Arbitrary Detention And Torture, I'll Be There" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - It’s sad and outrageous that apologias for gross violations of human rights that really should be confined to eighth-rate webcomics will persuade many people, but we are living in a polity in which Dick Cheney could be part of a winning presidential ticket twice.
The US Is A Country That Tortures - End Of Story - Esquire - There is not a single defense raised by these barbarians that has not been raised in the past by people who wanted to torture people with impunity. They can't even summon up the common humanity to concoct original alibis.

Breaking: Republican Judge Strikes Down Obama's Immigration Order | ThinkProgress
District court declares Obama immigration action unconstitutional (Updated) - The Washington Post - This isn’t the only case challenging the lawfulness of the Obama’s immigration actions. Some two-dozen states have filed suit challenging Obama’s recent immigration policy reforms.

Kevin Yoder MIA After Tucking Wall Street Bailout Into Government Spending Bill - For all the anger among progressives about a Wall Street bailout provision that made its way into the just-passed $1.1 trillion government spending bill, there's been little attention on the person who put it in there - Meet Congressman Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas) (way to go, KS)

How prepared is New York City for future superstorms? The question is far from settled | US news | The Guardian - To cap our Stormproofing the City series, Lilah Raptopoulos pinpoints eight takeaways – including that without Sandy, the city would be much less safe today

Report: Darren Wilson's Key Witness Lied About Everything
"Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson | The Smoking Gun - TSG probe unmasks grand jury witness who spun fabricated tale
America just doesn’t get it: Why police killings demand more than a “respectable” response - Salon.com - Cops are getting away with murder, so protesters are taking a stand. And if that makes you uncomfortable? Good.

The Mysterious Rise of the Non-Working Man - The Atlantic - The economy is not leaving men behind. But it is perhaps leaving manliness behind - Machines are replacing the brawn that powered the 20th century economy, clearing way for work that requires a softer human touch. (like a woman's)

Bill Cosby's wife wants to know who the real victim is. There are all too many options | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian
No, we don't literally want to ban men. But 2014 was the year women got even | Jess Zimmerman | Comment is free | The Guardian - At least, that was our year according to the minds of the whiny, brittle men who genuinely believe “misandry” – the institutionalized hatred of men – is a powerful force in the world.

alicublog: Where They're Coming From. - To those of you who worry that mainstream attention to the con artist Charles C. Johnson will damage the reputation and efficacy of journalism, I have to say you're waaaaaay late
Inside The Collapse Of The New Yorker’s Inside The Collapse Of The New Republic | Wonkette - For the densest, most potent crystallization of why nobody but the whiter half of your Twitter feed could care fucking less about what happens to the whiny-ass tittybabies of TNR, we leave you with this heartfelt cri de couer:

Degrees of Danger - The Baffle ("Culture Zones" in Muslim countries constructed by rich American institutions) r

The American Scholar: Habits of Mind - Anthony Grafton and James Grossman - Why college students who do serious historical research become independent, analytical thinkers

EXCLUSIVE: New York Mag’s Boy Genius Investor Made It All Up | New York Observer
Stuyvesant High School Student Now Says He Didn't Make $72 Million on Stocks - NYTimes.com - “At the end of the day these are teenagers who acted dumb.”


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Climate Change Takes A Village <br><small>As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are</small>
Massive study provides first detailed look at how Greenland's ice is vanishing


Sydney Hostage Siege Ends With Gunman and 2 Captives Dead as Police Storm Cafe - NYTimes.com
Sydney Hostage Crisis Over After Police Storm Cafe
Sydney siege: Tori Johnson's family pays tribute to 'amazing' man – rolling report | Australia news | The Guardian - A producer for the ABC also warned against Man Haron Monis five years ago. Rachael Kohn, who had been targeted by Monis, asked why the Muslim community was not doing more to condemn Monis in a piece for ABC online.
Sydney Hostage Taker Man Haron Monis Dead - "His ideology is just so strong and so powerful that it clouds his vision for common sense and objectiveness," (sort of like Republicans)
Uber Raises Fares During Sydney Hostage Crisis, Then Offers Free Rides
15,000 join anti-Islam protest in eastern Germany - Yahoo News
GravityGod comments on Armed robbery / hostage situation in Sydney cafe Live Coverage On The Morning Show On 7/PRIME
Cameramen in sydney siege don't know they're being streamed live to thousands. /r/australia captures some of their top notch banter. : bestof

Brennan Draws on Bond With Obama in Backing C.I.A. - NYTimes.com - After six years of partnership, the president was standing by the embattled spy chief even as fellow Democrats called for his resignation.
The media treats Dick Cheney like the royals on vacation. He should be in jail | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - Torture architects have been allowed to explain away rape and detention of innocent people. If we can’t lock him up instead, shouldn’t we at least be able to hold the next Dick Cheney accountable?
The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built - The Daily Beast - The Senate report notes that in addition to the $81 million, the CIA accorded the two a “multi-year indemnification agreement” to shield them, their firm, and its employees from any “legal liability arising out of the program.”
Hullabaloo - A little reminder on Torture Sunday (how Fox mainstreamed fear and torture)
Part Of The Country's Fundamental Nature Did Not Involve Torture - Esquire - Stinneford saw quite clearly that the lack of a specific Bill of Rights inevitably could lead to the federal government's practicing torture on its citizens in order to draw from them confessions. This was not idle speculation from these people
Elizabeth Hasselbeck On The Sydney Cafe Hostage Situation - Esquire - Hasselbeck exclaimed. "And you understand the real war with ISIS that we are in. In stark contrast with accusations [against] the CIA really just trying to do their job and keep America safe for the past 13 years." "It startles you," she added.
Mythology and the Iraq War Debate - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Russian Ruble Crashes to World's Worst-Performing Currency | Business | The Moscow Times

Dodd-Frank Damaged in the Budget Bill - NYTimes.com - The Masters of the Universe, it turns out, are a bunch of whiners. But they’re whiners with war chests, and now they’ve bought themselves a Congress


Eschaton: Supply Side Jesus Is Coming - Tax cuts can only be failed.

Hullabaloo - Jeb Bush Is a Hothead -

Did Salaita Cross the Line of 'Civility'? - NYTimes.com

Authorities warn residents to stay indoors as Pennsylvania shooter still at large | US news | The Guardian - Police in Pennsylvania are searching for a 35-year-old man suspected of killing six family members and seriously wounding one more.

City of South Pittsburg bans negative comments | Local News | Times Free Press - Over the past year, city leaders say their work has been hampered by criticism and lies on social media.

Texas Cop Nathanial Robinson Uses Stun Gun On Elderly Man Over Inspection Sticker - officer Nathanial Robinson, 23, pull over Pete Vasquez, 76, at Adam's Auto Mart in Victoria, Texas, as "Under Ground Kings" by Drake blares from the cruiser's radio. (23 yr old thug cop)
Victoria police officer investigated for tasing driver, 76Victoria Advocate - Victoria, TX - "The cop told me to stand back, but I didn't shut up. I told him he was a g-------- Nazi Stormtrooper."
Victoria, TX cop tackles and tasers 76 year old man for an expired registration sticker. Even worse, turns out the the sticker was unnecessary because it was a new car with dealer tags : news
Witness who shot video of police punching suspect arrested, sent to jail | FOX31 Denver - A bystander who recently stepped forward with a video recording of Denver Police officers punching a drug suspect and then tripping his pregnant girlfriend during a violent arrest last August was in jail himself Thursday night.

Hullabaloo - Abrasive leadership - Abrasive alone was used 17 times to describe 13 different women, but the word never appeared in men’s reviews. In fact, this type of character critique that was absent from men’s reviews showed up in 71 of the 94 critical reviews received by women.

SeaWorld CEO Steps Down Amid Tanking Revenues | News from the Field | OutsideOnline.com - Company announces undisclosed number of layoffs

TIL 82% of black women in the US are overweight with 56.6% being obese : todayilearned
If you could erase one discovery or invention for the benefit of humanity, what would it be and why? : AskReddit
Say you had the ability to fly a spacecraft from one side of the galaxy to the other in a straight line. What are the chances that you run into something? : askscience

The Mumps, a Scourge of Dormitories, Spreads Through the N.H.L. - NYTimes.com

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UN Climate Talks In Lima Reach Agreement - Climate negotiators salvaged a compromise deal in Lima early Sunday that sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but rejected a rigorous review of the greenhouse gas emissions limits they plan.
Earth faces sixth ‘great extinction’ with 41% of amphibians set to go the way of the dodo | Environment | The Guardian - Analysis for prestigious Nature magazine sounds alarm on the way that human activity, from overfishing to agriculture, is forcing a vast number of species to vanish from the wild
At Least 32 Dead, 76 Missing In Central Indonesia Mudslide

U.S. Scuttled Negotiations to Free American Killed in Yemen - The Intercept - But according to several sources in Yemen, Somers was not in immediate danger prior to the first raid launched to free him last month. Two of those sources also claim that the United States thwarted attempts by a mediator to negotiate his release by paying a ransom.
Hostages Held Inside Australian Cafe, Islamic Flag Seen In Window - Hostages were being held inside a central Sydney cafe where a black flag with white Arabic writing could be seen in the window, local television showed on Monday, raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants.

Public Official Covers Up For Massive Failure By Approving Torture - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Kindly old Condi Rice: The revelation indicates that Rice, who at the time was national security adviser and went on to be secretary of state, played a greater role than she admitted in written testimony last autumn. - In conclusion, the real villains here are people who object to Rice being given huge checks and ornamental degrees to read platitudes at graduation events.
Congress won’t push prosecutions | TheHill - Capitol Hill appears unlikely to push for prosecutions on current or former CIA officials for their role in brutal interrogation tactics formerly employed by the agency.
Misguided Honor for Condi Rice | Consortiumnews - Some of us predicted when Condi Rice left office that she would become intent on revising history. Faustian bargains don’t end that quickly!
The Great Cycle of Torture and Arbitrary Detention - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Admittedly, the findings that an arbitrary, unaccountable torture regime was a human rights catastrophe that was useless or counterproductive in protecting national security are very, very partisan.
Eschaton: America's Worst Humans - Couldn't bring myself to watch, but I gather Dick Cheney's still down with anal raping innocent prisoners because freedom. Just remembering the reverence with which our great 4th estate treated that man for so long.
Justice Antonin Scalia Constitution Doesn't Prohibit Torture | Mediaite - “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘Oh, torture is terrible,’” Scalia told the Swiss radio network
CIA tortured German it mistook for a terrorist - The Local - A German citizen abducted and tortured by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agents in 2004 should never have been detained, a US Senate report published on Tuesday showed.
Ex-CIA interrogation chief warns of betrayal - The Washington Post - The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on coercive tactics betrays intelligence officials and will erode their trust in future presidential administrations, a former CIA official who oversaw the agency’s enhanced interrogation program said Sunday. (it's not trust in their lies and war crimes that's undermined, of course)
Dick Cheney insists 'rectal feeding' was for medical reasons, not torture in defence of CIA | US news | The Guardian - Former US vice-president robustly defends CIA interrogation methods
Cheney says CIA interrogators were heroes - Americas - Al Jazeera English - Ex-US vice-president insists CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques worked and says "I'll do it again".
For CIA, Truth about Torture Was an Existential Threat - The Intercept

British torture inquiry ‘not afraid to embarrass PM’ | US news | The Guardian - Intelligence committee chief Sir Malcolm Rifkind says he will ask US for missing passages revealing any UK involvement in torture and rendition
Romanian ex-spy chief acknowledges CIA had ‘black prisons’ in country | World news | The Guardian - Ioan Talpes, who led SIE agency, says Bucharest cooperated but ‘took no interest’ in sites as country was trying to join Nato ("ignored")

Russia Denies One Of Its Military Planes Nearly Collided With A Passenger Jet - nsisting that the two planes were never less than 70 kilometers (42 miles) apart.

China to Punish Tourists in Thai Air Rage Assault - NYTimes.com - Chinese authorities vowed to severely punish Chinese travelers who threw hot water and noodles on a Thai flight attendant and threatened to blow up the plane after they became enraged over sitting arrangements.
Catholic Church In Australia: 'Obligatory Celibacy May Have Contributed To Abuse' (o rly)

How Congress Secretly Just Legitimized Questionable NSA Mass Surveillance Tool | Techdirt - Here's where those who slipped this bit into the law got sneaky. Recognizing that they might be called on it, they put it in with language noting that such information could only be held on to for five years -- and then claimed what they were really doing was putting a limit on data already collected:
Censorship 2.0: Shadowy forces controlling online conversations | Digital News Asia - More insidious than straight-up censorship because it’s also a ‘mental hack’ - ‘You actually think you’re free, but you’re being manipulated behind the scenes’ (Kochbro and NSA sockpuppets)

Four Christians beheaded by ISIS in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam | Daily Mail Online - Canon Andrew White tells horrifying story of Islamic State barbarism - 'They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that?' - Youths, all under 15, refused to convert because they 'loved Jesus' - Another man ordered to follow Muhammad or see his children slaughtered

Turkey Arrests 27 Journalists In Media Crackdown — Clouds Taste Metallic — Medium
Mention of Israel banned at Irish national Holocaust memorial - Jewish World News Israel News | Haaretz - The event's intended host criticized the decree and was fired in response; decision causes uproar among Irish and British Jews.
? Why the Thai army is so powerful - YouTube
Nutgate executive delivers apology to cabin crew chief | World news | The Guardian - Cho Hyun-ah visits homes of two Korean Air staff and leaves notes at their doors saying sorry for her behaviour ("Nutgate")
Spain passes anti-protest bill, to considerable protest - Yahoo News
Spanish Newspaper Publishers' Association Now Asks Government To Help Stop Google News Closure | The Spain Report - The main media lobby behind Spain’s new intellectual property law, which caused Google to announce late on Wednesday night that it was to close Google News in Spain, has now said it wants the Spanish government and European competition authorities to intervene to stop Google shutting down the service.

Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco

Senate Passes Government Funding Bill - The Senate passed the $1.1 trillion government funding bill Saturday night that will keep Uncle Sam in business through next September, while handing lucrative Christmas presents to Wall Street and political parties.
Dodd-Frank Budget Fight Proves Democrats Are Stuffed Suits | Rolling Stone
Ted Cruz Mocks GOP Leaders, Sparks Marathon Weekend Session On Spending Bill
Senate rebukes Cruz’s claims of unconstitutional immigration order | TheHill - A vast majority of the Senate disagreed with Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) assertion that President Obama’s executive order on immigration is unconstitutional.
Ted Cruz does it again - Manu Raju and Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan - POLITICO - “I think this is ridiculous,” Ayotte said in an interview.
Obama’s Immigration Move Benefits Democrats Where It Counts - NYTimes.com - This is not because Mr. Obama’s immigration decision has proved to be popular. In fact, it is, over all, unpopular. Polls show that a majority of adults oppose his plan

Elizabeth Warren is catching fire - Katie Glueck - POLITICO - The Massachusetts senator's latest moves inspire liberals hoping for a 2016 challenge to Clinton.

Hyperpartisanship is a symptom of distrust in government, not its cause by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Four in 5 Americans say the country is more politically divided than in the past. Although that is no worse than it was two years ago, it is far gloomier than it used to be. Scroll back to the early days of President Obama’s tenure in the White House, and the differences between then and now are particularly stark. (hope that will destroy your belief in hope)

Another Day Another Religious Gaffe By Scott Walker | Crooks and Liars - Walker (the blogger, not the despot) goes on to point out that Bible actually contradicts what Walker (the despot, not the blogger) is trying to argue.

Smell the Truth » Victory: Congress ends war on medical marijuana - the U.S. House of Representatives approved a measure late Thursday night to de-fund the federal war on medical marijuana.

Video shows John Crawford's girlfriend aggressively questioned after Ohio police shot him dead in Walmart | US news | The Guardian - Video shows Ohio detective accusing her of lying and threatening her with jail - Tasha Thomas only told of Crawford’s death after 90-minute interrogation

Ruled a suicide, black teen’s hanging death in North Carolina raises specter of lynching - The Washington Post
Police brutality protests right now in Washington Square park NYC : pics
More Ferguson Documents Released By St. Louis County Prosecutor - In both his original interview and his Sept. 10 grand jury testimony, which was previously released, Johnson said that Wilson reached out of his vehicle window toward Brown's throat or shirt. During the ensuring struggle, Johnson said he never saw Brown touch Wilson's gun.
Effigies of black men found hanging by nooses at UC Berkeley campus | US news | The Guardian - College: effigies of lynching victims appear connected to nationwide protests - At least one cardboard cutout carried ‘I can’t breathe’ slogan
New York woman wins $1.12m after arrest for snapping military base for website | US news | The Guardian - Deputy sheriff allegedly said he wanted to make an example of ‘right-wingers’ - Jailed for four days and misdemeanor trespass charge was dismissed
Man shot by police officers during traffic stop | News - Home - A man was shot by two officers during a traffic stop after police said he was acting suspiciously. (so shoot him four times)
Fox News edits in ‘dead cops’ chants in protest coverage | theGrio - Today the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends edited a video clip of Rev. Al Sharpton to make it seem that demonstrators had chanted calls to kill police officers during his speech on Saturday, even though the pieces of video were from two different cities.
Ex-judge convicted of planting drugs on woman | www.ajc.com - A former North Georgia judge was convicted Thursday of conspiring to plant methamphetamine on a woman shortly after she publicly accused him of propositioning her in his chambers.
Ferguson to Increase Police Ticketing to Close City’s Budget Gap - Bloomberg - For the current year, the city is budgeting for higher receipts from police-issued tickets.
All The Right People: The Contagious Exercise Of State Violence - Esquire - This is not a plague, not yet, anyway. But it is a contagion, and I wish there were a sign that it would burn itself out, the way they're wrestling the Ebola outbreak to submission in Africa, but I'm not seeing any sign of that. The polling on the police killings, on the torture report, and on the death penalty generally show no indications that the contagion is growing less virulent
Public has no right to details, AZ judge rules - trivalleycentral.com: Arizona News - Court says how police departments use device needs to be kept secret
Nine white Mississippi teenagers plotted race attacks that led to murder | US news | The Guardian - Two women in Mississippi have pleaded guilty to a hate-crime conspiracy to attack black people in Jackson that culminated with the June 2011 murder of James Anderson, who was beaten up and run over with a pickup truck.

America’s Most (and Least) Healthy States - 24/7 Wall St. (usual red state suspects)

Man can't challenge $280K tax bill he probably doesn't really owe, Pa. court says | PennLive.com - The problem is that Lerner didn't follow the right procedural course in challenging it, a Commonwealth Court panel found in a ruling issued this week. And so, the state judges determined, he's stuck with that unfounded tax tab
No Kentucky Tax Credits for “Ark Encounter” by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Kentucky’s Tourism Arts & Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart informed representatives of the proposed Ark Encounter tourist attraction today that their project will not be eligible for up to $18 million in tax incentives from the state, due to their refusal to pledge not to discriminate in hiring based on religion people who demand public tax subsidies for private religious activities without compliance with basic public policies binding on everyone else using your and my tax dollars.

California battles whooping cough epidemic - Yahoo News - California officials are battling the worst whooping cough epidemic to hit the state in seven decades as a recent rebound in cases raises questions about the effectiveness of the pertussis vaccine. But California officials say the limited protection of the vaccine introduced in the 1990s has led to the rise in cases. Research has shown it doesn't last as long as the one it replaced, and a new study suggests the vaccine may not prevent the spread of the disease.
Prescription Drug Abuse (kills more people than cars in 29 states, US consumes 80% of painkillers)
I guess I don't understand evolution. It is 100% purely random mutation? : askscience
Why is ATP the molecule that supplies biological energy, instead of any of the other nucleotide triphosphates (i.e. UTP, GTP, CTP, or TTP)? : askscience
Astronomers Measure Distance to Eye of Sauron (NGC 4151) | Astronomy | Sci-News.com - By combining the light from the two 10-m Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea on Hawaii using a method called interferometry, the scientists achieved an effective resolution equivalent to a telescope with a perfect 85-meter diameter mirror
What is space made of? : askscience - Space is nothing, by itself. - With the dimension of time, it become a 4D "fabric"
Physicists solve decade-old quantum mechanics problem | ScienceNordic - Scientists are now able to calculate exactly how atoms will behave in the physical world.
How are photons created? If I am in a dark room and turn on a light, where do the photons come from?
As gay marriage gains voter acceptance, study illuminates a possible reason - a single conversation can go a long way toward building lasting support for a controversial social issue. In addition—nearly as surprisingly—the effect tends to spill over to friends and family members.

? Zeitgeist 2014: Year In Review - YouTube
[Serious] Redditors who have died temporarily and came back to life, what did you see? : AskReddit

ASMR. Sounds that feel good
? Hypnosis: Hands Free Orgasm with Fiona Clearwater - YouTube
? Fiona's Hypnotic Induction - YouTube
? Hypnosis For Women: Hands Free Orgasm - YouTube
Full body energy orgasm with tantric massage - YouTube
Futanari: Dicks aren't Optional!

‘Revolving door’ spins between AT&T, GSA | Ars Technica - Wireless company hires top agency official and scores lucrative contract in 2014.

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Lima climate summit extended as poor countries demand more from rich | Environment | The Guardian - Talks stumble amid rising frustration over ‘ridiculously low’ cash commitments offered by rich nations to help pay for emissions cuts
UN Climate Talks Deadlocked Over Scope Of Pledges
Hill Heat : Paid by Peabody, Laurence Tribe Argues Coal Is 'Bedrock' to Economy
Survivor Series by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Usually, when a House Republican says that he accepts mainstream science, that Republican is forced into early retirement by wingnut primary voters (the anti-science party)

How Countries Around The World Are Coping With Falling Oil Prices - On Friday, the price of benchmark crude oil dropped to new five-year lows.

Amid Details on Torture, Data on 26 Who Were Held in Error - NYTimes.com - Mr. Bashmilah has told them of being tortured in Jordan before he was handed over to the C.I.A., which at times kept him shackled alone in freezing-cold cells in Afghanistan, subjected to loud music 24 hours a day. He attempted suicide at least three times, once by saving pills and swallowing them all at once; once by slashing his wrists; and once by trying to hang himself. Another time he cut himself and used his own blood to write “this is unjust” on the wall

On Torture Report, Colorado’s Udall Leaves Subtlety at Door on the Way Out - NYTimes.com
Fox Catches Dick Cheney Lying About Torture - The Atlantic - The former vice president's defense of brutal CIA interrogations is falling apart under scrutiny ... "There was no effort on our part to keep him from that." (but still, no one thinks about that)
Antonin Scalia's Case for Torture - The Atlantic - It's a surprising statement for a justice to make. After all, the Supreme Court has held torture to be unconstitutional since its ruling in Wilkerson v. Utah in 1878. In that case, the justices wondered what part of the Constitution would forbid such a cruel and unusual punishment:
Documents Shed New Light on Legal Wrangling Over Spying in U.S. - NYTimes.com - Mr. Bush, citing his powers as commander in chief, told the N.S.A. it did not need to obey the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Obama really wanted to cover all this up)
Americans find some tortures more acceptable than others - Most Americans think torture can be justified, but hardly anyone thinks "rectal feeding" is acceptable
Hullabaloo - Who's the whiniest little spook in Washington? - None other than Michael Hayden who's been caught lying repeatedly to congress, to the press and probably everyone he's ever met:
CIA morale 'deeply hurt' following Senate report : news ("One man's laughter is another manslaughter")
Phoenix Program
Let’s not kid ourselves: Most Americans are fine with torture, even when you call it “torture” - The Washington Post
The American Mengeles: Drs. Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell
Imprisoned Former CIA Agent John Kiriakou Speaks About Torture, Prison, and the Future | National Security | Washingtonian - A jailhouse interview with the man whose disclosures prompted this week’s damning torture report. (only spook sent to prison was the one who told the truth)

Spy messages could finally solve mystery of UN chief’s death crash | World news | The Guardian - US urged to hand over intercepts to establish truth of 1961 plane accident in Zambia in which Dag Hammarskjöld died

Eric Holder Faces Another Bid for a Journalist to Testify - NYTimes.com

Dozens Killed In Afghanistan Violence As Foreign Troops Prepare To Leave
Islamic State Imposes Strict New Order in Mosul, and Deprivation Is a Result - NYTimes.com - Six months after the Islamic State seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, its efforts to overhaul the school system reflect the limits of its progress toward building a self-governing caliphate on the land it controls in Iraq and Syria.
The Teenage Fans of ISIS - The Atlantic - ISIS's online recruitment efforts have attracted the interest of young people far outside the Middle East.

Nats: computer failure behind London airport chaos was unprecedented | UK news | The Guardian - British airspace controller says inability of operators to see all flight plan data prompted restrictions on departures and landings
Sweden: Russian Military Jet Nearly Collides With Passenger Plane - said the aircraft's transponders, which make the plane visible to commercial radar, were shut off. Swedish fighter jets were sent up to identify the aircraft, and Hultqvist later identified it as a Russian intelligence plane.

Germany Reopens Case of Oktoberfest Bombing - NYTimes.com - More than 34 years after a bomb ripped through a festive Friday night crowd at the 1980 Oktoberfest in Munich, federal prosecutors announced that a witness they described as previously unknown had come forward and that they would reopen their investigation of Germany’s deadliest right-wing terrorist attack.

China tests hypersonic strike vehicle that can breach US missile shield - The Hindu
Symphysiotomy – Ireland’s brutal alternative to caesareans | Life and style | The Guardian - They were never asked for their consent – but symphysiotomy caused the Irish mothers subjected to it catastrophic long-term health problems. A compensation scheme has now begun, but the question remains: did religious dogma trump the women’s best interests? (of course not)
Legal Cannabis in the United States is Undercutting Mexican Drug Cartel Competition : worldnews

Why shouldn’t the Left have its own “tea party”? by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - More importantly, the establishment centrists have clearly failed the country. The public has never had less faith in social or government institutions than it does today.

Conde Nast offices at WTC still plagued with rats - NY Daily News - The rodents have pestered the staffs of Vanity Fair and Vogue. Conde told employees that they cannot eat at their desks and that a complaint will be made with the city’s health department. "A bunch ate through the ceiling of a sports editor's office and crawled all over his desk and left poops on his keyboard," said a different source. "They ate through his rug to fit under his door." (some kind of irony there)

The Democrats' Depressing New Reality - The Atlantic - The divisions that were on full display during the debate over a $1 trillion spending bill may become the norm in 2015. (as we move forward with our new Republican Pres)

Former Obama Aides Urging Elizabeth Warren To Run For President In 2016
The Levee Breaks: Democrats Rage Against Obama Over Wall Street Giveaway

Cruz center of Senate meltdown | TheHill
Warren makes her mark | TheHill

March In Washington Draws Thousands Of Protesters Demanding Justice For All
Thousands March On NYPD Headquarters To Protest Police Killings
Marches in S.F. and Oakland as part of national racial injustice protest - SFGate
State Police arrest 23 protesters in Boston - Metro - The Boston Globe

Post-Racial America - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Structural racism is obviously dead in this country: whites 13 times the net worth of blacks. Post-racial America indeed.
Black-White Wealth Gap Has Reached A 24-Year High
Questions That Aren't So Hard to Answer - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Here we have yet another article on the decline of the middle class, by which of course the author actually means the words you can’t say in America–the working class.
Why America’s middle class is lost | The Washington Post
Progress and Poverty - Henry George

Protests in Washington and New York against police killings – live coverage | US news | The Guardian - Thousands expected to march in cities around US including New York - Protests concern deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others
NY Police Union Doesn't Want De Blasio At Cop Funerals
How far will cop unions go to halt reform? | UTSanDiego.com - The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence.

Scene at botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett was 'a bloody mess' | World news | The Guardian - Doctor squirted with blood after hitting condemned man’s artery - Court documents describe confusion and distress in execution chamber


Inside the Collapse of The New Republic - The New Yorker
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Canceled Her 'New Republic' Subscription: Report
The Top 40 Hot Takes on "The New Republic," in Order from Worst to Best - The Awl

The Conservation Biology Divide - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Conservation biologists are currently in another civil war over the meaning of the field. In short, should conservation be concerned more with humans or should it be concerned more with biodiversity? I find these conversations frustrating because they are so either/or.
Bridging the Conservation Divide


Bill Nye: Creationism Is 'Raising A Generation Of Young People Who Can't Think' - Nye said he blames an older generation of evangelicals "who have very strong conservative views" and who are "reluctant to let kids learn about evolution." Their presence on school boards leads to debates over curriculum, Nye argued, which further inhibits schools' ability to teach facts. (facts are librul)

Jackie Chan - How to Do Action Comedy - YouTube

Dark Matter Signal May Have Been Found In Mysterious X-Ray Data
Human DNA Shows Traces of 40 Million-Year Battle For Survival Between Primate and Pathogen - “What this study shows us is that over the last 40 million years of primate evolution, this battle for iron between bacteria and primates has been a determining factor in our survival as a species.” The study models an approach for uncovering reservoirs of genetic resistance to bacterial infections, knowledge that could be used to confront antibiotic resistance and emerging diseases.
Does DNA store meta-data about its history? : askscience
The Epigenetics of Maternal Cigarette Smoking During Pregnancy and Effects on Child Development - “fetal programming”


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Court rejects attempt to allow Edward Snowden into Germany | US news | The Guardian - The government has argued that Snowden’s presence in Germany could impair relations with the US and put it under pressure to extradite him.

Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? -- NYMag - Here, finally, was the brutal moral logic of Cheneyism on bright display. The insistence by his fellow partisans on averting their eyes from the horrible truth at least grows out of a human reaction. Cheney does not even understand why somebody would look away. His soul is a cold, black void.
War Criminal's Terrible Arguments Look Even More Terrible - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Look who’s back to defend the indefensible — Mr. John Yoo: (comment: "If a tenured professor can loose his job over a tweet, how can Berkeley justify employing the author of the memo justifying torture?")
Prosecute John Yoo, Says Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky | The Nation - Torture is a crime, a violation of the Federal Torture Act.
CIA agents who tortured are vulnerable to prosecution in ‘any country in the world,’ says U.N. official – Amanpour - CNN.com Blogs
Torture Is Who We Are - The Atlantic - A country, like a person, is what it does.
CIA officials stand their ground and strike back over torture report | US news | The Guardian - Some former directors and advisers call Senate investigation biased while others say interrogations yielded important information
Bush And Members Of His Presidency Act With Ingratitude With CIA Torture Report Release - Esquire - The Iraq War always has been the elephant in the room as the investigations into the crimes of the last administration as regards torture were investigated ("leaks" are happening)
Jonah Goldberg's Absurd Take On The Torture Taboo - Esquire - And, if I were your husband, madam...I mean, Jesus, the Gestapo knew sleep deprivation was torture, as did the Nuremberg tribunal and the Far East Tribunal, the latter which also knew that waterboarding was torture. Every time, even "at first." (Jonah "doughy pantload" Goldberg defending torture)
Eschaton: They Enjoyed It - As with just about everything else that happens in the name of our security state, things aren't usually done for the stated reasons. Money is often the reason, but it isn't the only one. Why torture a bunch of innocent people who you know have no information? For kicks and giggles, of course. (and to appear "tough" on terrorism)
Untrained CIA Agents Were Just Making Up Torture Methods As They Went Along | Mother Jones - The untrained interrogators were quite literally "left to their own devices."
Ex-CIA director defends rectal rehydration | TheHill - Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Thursday defended revelations from Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats that the agency used rectal rehydration on detainees. “These were medical procedures,” Hayden said during a tense interview
The ‘24’ Effect - Yahoo News - Did the TV drama convince us that torture really worked?

'The Chechen wars murdered Russian democracy in its cradle' | World news | The Guardian - Twenty years after the fighting began, Dmitry Muratov recalls an extraordinary phone call with the man Boris Yeltsin said was impossible to get on the line

Pope Francis Says All Dogs Go To Heaven - Esquire - I think, in his own sanctified, infallible way, he's just fking with them now.

Three teenagers suffer injuries in shooting outside north Portla - KPTV - FOX 12 - Three teenagers were taken to a hospital after a shooting outside Rosemary Anderson High School in Portland on Friday.

Obama's New Triangulation Strategy Has Democrats On Edge - "I'm enormously disappointed that the White House feels that the only way they can get a bill is to go along with this," she said from the floor. "I feel sad for the American people today," Pelosi said)
Liberals: Obama abandoned us - Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett - POLITICO - The left revolts, saying Obama gave up too easily on spending bill.
Congressional Democrats take a stand with spending bill - The Washington Post (and lose, but still ...)
Power Building In The House As Congress Tries To Erase Work of Obama's Presidency - Esquire - And, of course, thanks to some impressive arm-twisting by a Democratic administration hell-bent on helping out a Republican speaker, the Unleash The Hounds derivatives provision sailed through. And the slow, steady and inexorable campaign to render this president a non-person in the long sweep of history continues apace.
Wall Street: Banking Lobbyists Block Transparency Bill, Advocates Say
Democrats who voted for the CRomnibus have received twice as much money from the finance industry as the ‘no’ voters - The Washington Post
Wall Street’s Win on Swaps Rule Shows Washington Resurgence - Bloomberg
Conservatives rage against the machine - Seung Min Kim and Lauren French - POLITICO - A clearly put-out Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) groused: “We call it the crummybus.”
JPMorgan CEO helped whip votes | TheHill
Chances Elizabeth Warren Runs for President Increased This Week | New Republic

What Democrats whine about when they whine about ObamaCare - The Week - Leading members of President Obama's party continue to second-guess his health care law. Here's what they get wrong.


Think your milk and eggs are ‘organic’? These aerial farm photos will make you think again. - The Washington Post (remember when they decided industrial farming could be "organic?")

NYT's Dean Baquet Blasts 'Ham-Handed' New Republic Owner Chris Hughes (accidental richbrolibertariandude innovates his was into the reputation shredder)
Chris Hughes: From savior to villain at the New Republic - The Washington Post - “It was almost Stalinist the way he did not mention Richard’s name once,” said Alec MacGillis, a former New Republic staff writer. “It was like he had been disappeared. .?.?. It should have sent off more of a warning sign.”

What progressives don't want to talk about in the Rolling Stone scandal - The Week - A presumption of truth in every rape accusation is an impossible standard. And it's doing real damage to the cause of fighting sexual assaults.
Sabrina Erdely Was Once Disciplined By Stephen Glass For Fabrication - And you thought this whole story couldn’t get more bizarre
Sabrina Rubin Erdely's Old Stories Sure Read Like Bad Lifetime Movies
The full demise of Rolling Stone’s rape story - The Washington Post
New Questions Raised About Rolling Stone's UVA Rape Story - ABC News - The college students described as friends of the alleged rape victim Jackie in an explosive Rolling Stone article revealed their identities to ABC News today, and said that some of the magazine's story is false.

Leaked Emails Suggest Maureen Dowd Promised To Show Sony Exec's Husband Column Before Publication - BuzzFeed News - The end result: kudos at the studio and an email from Dowd after it published saying, “you’re amazing.” Update: Dowd says she didn’t send an advance copy of the column.

Creed Singer Scott Stapp Threatened To Kill Obama, According To Wife's 911 Call - Stapp said. "I believe that the IRS situation is definitely a result of me expressing my dissatisfaction with President Obama. Absolutely, 100 percent."

Cleveland medical examiners rule death of Tamir Rice a homicide | US news | The Guardian - Officer shot and killed 12-year-old black child on playground as youngster was holding a toy handgun
Cop Shows Up At Penn Student's Room To Question Her About Activist Facebook Post | Crooks and Liars - If only they were this diligent about investigating right-wing domestic terrorists.
Oakland undercover officer who drew gun on protesters 'could have shot anyone' | US news | The Guardian - After their cover was blown, two plainclothes officers found themselves in a melee with demonstrators and a freelance photographer captured the incident on film
Phoenix police officer who shot black man said he mistook bottle of pills for gun | US news | The Guardian - Police department says officer, who is white, believed suspect had a gun during a struggle outside an apartment building in Phoenix
Was my 17-year-old son lynched, in the year 2014? The police still won't tell me | Claudia Lacy | Comment is free | The Guardian
Asthma attack kills man stopped by cops - An asthma attack killed Casey Kressin after police stopped his girlfriend for speeding as she rushed him to the hospital.

Women of Reddit: what are your big dick stories? NSFW : AskReddit - When he first whipped it out, I didn't know whether to suck it or feed it a peanut.

Furious Google Ended MPAA Anti-Piracy Cooperation | TorrentFreak - After delivering a major blow to torrent sites during October, Google must've thought the MPAA would be pleased. Instead, however, the MPAA issued a 'snarky' press release. According to a leaked email, the press release so infuriated Google's top brass that the company ended cooperation with the MPAA.

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U.S. Tells Court That Documents From Torture Investigation Should Remain Secret - NYTimes.com - The Obama administration has urged a court to reject a request to disclose thousands of pages of documents from a Justice Department investigation into the torture of detainees by the Central Intelligence Agency, including summaries of interviews with about 100 witnesses and documents explaining why in the end no charges were filed.
Obama Catches Blame on Tactics of Torture That He Ended - NYTimes.com
U.S. Tells Court That Documents From Torture Investigation Should Remain Secret - NYTimes.com - The Obama administration has urged a court to reject a request to disclose thousands of pages of documents from a Justice Department investigation into the torture of detainees by the Central Intelligence Agency, including summaries of interviews with about 100 witnesses and documents explaining why in the end no charges were filed. (Cover-upperer-in-Chief)
After Report on C.I.A. Torture, No More Disclosure - NYTimes.com (that's all you need to know, and you didn't even need to know that)

C.I.A. First Planned Jails Abiding by U.S. Standards - NYTimes.com - a glimpse of a possible alternative history
Bush Team Approved C.I.A. Tactics, but Was Kept in Dark on Details, Report Says - NYTimes.com

Mark Udall Had Something To Get Off His Chest - Esquire - Udall called on Obama "to purge" his administration of anyone who was engaged in torturing prisoners. "He needs to force a cultural change at the CIA," Udall said. And, Udall said, the institutional problems are far from over. "CIA was knowingly providing inaccurate information to the committee in the present day," he said.
Senator Mark Udall Esquire Interview - CIA Torture Report Release - Esquire - And that this is about America's 'moral challenge,' not effectiveness.

The CIA Is Still Running Amok - Tim Weiner - politico Magazine
Americans Have Become More Accepting of Use of Torture - NYTimes.com - 40 percent of Democrats said torture could be justified sometimes or often. That rose to 55 percent among independents and 61 percent among Republicans. (Republicans love torture)
Panel Faults C.I.A. Over Brutality and Deceit in Terrorism Interrogations - NYTimes.com - routinely misled the White House and Congress about the information it obtained, and failed to provide basic oversight of the secret prisons it established around the world
John Brennan On CIA Torture Program: 'We Simply Failed'
Russia Denounces U.S. Over C.I.A. Torture Report - NYTimes.com - The Russian government, in a statement posted on the Foreign Ministry’s website, said the report provided “confirmation of gross, systemic human rights violations by the American authorities.”

Dick Cheney on torture report: 'Full of crap' - Kendall Breitman - POLITICO - “He knew the techniques; we did discuss the techniques,” Cheney said. “There was no effort on our part to keep him from that.” (you know, that "our")
In the Darkness of Dick Cheney by Mark Danner | The New York Review of Books

Edward Snowden on the CIA's secret torture report – video | US news | The Guardian
Architects of C.I.A. Interrogation Drew on Psychology to Induce ‘Helplessness’ - NYTimes.com - The architects of the C.I.A.'s interrogation program have been identified as James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. (your move, APA and World Court)
It’s Cruel. It’s Useless. It’s the C.I.A. - NYTimes.com - the fact that the waterboarding, ice baths and wall-slamming were conducted under the direction of an outside contractor.
ELI5: Why would the CIA torture if torture "doesn't work"? Wouldn't they want the most effective tool to gather intelligence? : explainlikeimfive

Authorizing Military Force Must Have Limits - NYTimes.com - Authorizing Military Force Must Have Limits

Boko Haram: The Other Islamic State - NYTimes.com - Since the public execution of Boko Haram's founder in 2009 by Nigerian security forces, a hard-line militant, Abubakar Shekau, has led this makeshift army of Islamist fighters through years of escalating attacks on government personnel, religious leaders, young students, crowded mosques and marketplaces.
Hong Kong Police Begin Removing Protesters as Dismantling of Camp Proceeds - NYTimes.com
Drug Trade Transforms an Amazon Outpost - NYTimes.com - With Brazil emerging as the world’s second-largest consumer of cocaine after the United States, the Amazon is gaining importance as a smuggling domain

Isis: the inside story | Martin Chulov | World news | The Guardian - One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison – right under the noses of their American jailers. Report by Martin Chulov (that whole cause and effect thing is very hard to understand)
Guantánamo prisoners released to Uruguay: 'We are so happy to be here' | World news | The Guardian - Six former US detainees who were never charged with a crime, were flown to Uruguay on Sunday to begin new lives as refugees


New Leak Reveals Luxembourg Tax Deals for Disney, Koch Brothers Empire | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Gun Arrests With 2 Things in Common: The Officers and Unidentified Informers - NYTimes.com - The suspects said the guns were planted by the police
More Americans Support Gun Rights Over Controls, Pew Poll Finds - NYTimes.com - Fifty-two percent of respondents said it was more important to protect gun ownership rights, while 46 percent said the priority should be controlled accesss to death machines)


No, Illinois Did Not Just Pass A Law Making It Illegal To Record Police Officers - State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D), a lead cosponsor of the bill, admitted the expanded number of circumstances where police may surreptitiously record or otherwise intercept communications was a trade-off for allowing the protections of public recordings to be included, the Associated Press reported. (because the Supreme Court wasn't good enough, so they bargained)

Rolling Stone Ducks Questions As UVA Rape Story Keeps Unraveling - The three students -- identified by Rolling Stone and the Post as “Randall,” “Andy,” and “Cindy” –- gave an account to the Post for Wednesday's story that differed significantly from the one described by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely in her explosive 9,000-word article about Jackie's ordeal published online Nov. 19.

Harvard Professor Apologizes For Battle With Chinese Restaurant - Associate professor Benjamin Edelman had threatened legal action and demanded the Sichuan Garden in Brookline compensate all other customers who might have been similarly overcharged after he said it charged him $1 more on each of the four items he ordered for takeout last week.
There’s More: Edelman Did This Before, And Worse - Restaurants - Boston.com

The three students -- identified by Rolling Stone and the Post as “Randall,” “Andy,” and “Cindy” –- gave an account to the Post for Wednesday's story that differed significantly from the one described by contributing editor Sabrina Rubin Erdely in her explosive 9,000-word article about Jackie's ordeal published online Nov. 19.
Supermodel Beverly Johnson says Bill Cosby drugged her in 1980s | World news | The Guardian - Pioneering African American model and actress has brought the number of women who have put their name to allegations against Cosby to almost two dozen
FBI Understates Hate-Motivated Attacks on Transgender People - BuzzFeed News

Self-publishing: a revolution for writers, not readers | Books | The Guardian - Apple's iBookstore is the latest to promote self-published authors. But how will this benefit readers?
The 100 greatest non-fiction books | Books | The Guardian

How exactly did comets deliver 326 million trillion gallons of water to Earth? : askscience
Frost line (astrophysics)
Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the associat... - PubMed - NCBI - A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.
Prenatal exposure to common household chemicals linked with substantial drop in child IQ -- ScienceDaily - Children exposed during pregnancy to elevated levels of two common chemicals found in the home -- di-n-butyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate -- had an IQ score, on average, more than six points lower than children exposed at lower levels,

Can We Guess What You're Really Attracted To
What's the most erotic sentence you can make with 5 words? [NSFW] : AskReddit
[Serious] Straight guys who've been with Transgender girls, what were your experiences like? : AskReddit
What's the coolest thing I could reasonably put on my desk at work? : AskReddit
ChokingVictim comments on [WP] Wikipedia is shut down and all copies deleted for lack of funds and loss of net neutrality. This is the founder's "I warned you, jerks" notification.
All men should watch this video. A warning of what a woman can try to do to you. Imagine if this wasn't on camera. : videos
'Atrocious, mobile sucks': Reddit co-founder Steve Huffman on what site has become : technology

Men of Reddit, what is something that has surprisingly turned you on? : AskReddit (orgasmic hypnosis videos)

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Drug-resistant infections to lead to 10 million extra deaths a year – report | Society | The Guardian - Global leaders urged to act on superbugs that could devastate world’s most populous countries such as India and China

CIA report could lead to prosecutions of Americans abroad | US news | The Guardian - Human rights groups say actions on foreign soil could fall under those countries’ legal jurisdictions or the ICC in The Hague
CIA torture report: human rights groups call for prosecutions – live | US news | The Guardian - Amnesty USA director says ‘torture is a crime and those responsible must be brought to justice’ after report details controversial CIA methods
UN Expert Calls For Prosecution Over U.S. Torture
CIA torture report: global reaction roundup | US news | The Guardian - UN calls for prosecution of Bush-era officials who sanctioned CIA torture programme detailed by Senate’s intelligence committee
CIA cites Israeli court ruling to "justify" torture program | The Electronic Intifada

Shock and anal probe: reading between the redactions in the CIA torture report | The panel | Comment is free | The Guardian
Off the Grid: Nine CIA 'Black Sites' Where Detainees Were Tortured - The Intercept

CIA lied to the public and John Brennan must quit, says outgoing senator in fiery speech | US news | The Guardian - Mark Udall, who lost his seat in Colorado last month, said the still-classified portions of the Senate report on CIA torture, represented a ‘smoking gun’
John Brennan Must Go - Esquire - The reason for this is simple. Either Brennan shares the administration's support of the report issued yesterday in the Senate regarding the international horror show the U.S. conducted around the world, or he is utterly insubordinate and deserves to be fired merely for that, and (I believe) Brennan has made that decision a very easy one.

White House under pressure as calls for CIA accountability grow stronger | US news | The Guardian - Democratic senator calls for purge of top officials in the CIA - White House rejects claims agency misled President Bush
Obama's long arc on torture - Josh Gerstein - politico - He promised a ‘reckoning’ … in 2008. What happened?
How Obama Backed Impunity For War Crimes « The Dish - Far from ensuring that these awful crimes never happen again, Obama has all but ensured that they will. That will be part of his legacy: the sounds of a torture victim crying in the dark, and knowing that America is fine with it

Torture Goes Against the Very Soul of Our Country | Sen. Dianne Feinstein
CIA unlikely to lose power in wake of interrogation report - The Washington Post
More Than A Quarter Of The World's Countries Helped The CIA Run Its Torture Program - , the intelligence community has long been concerned that the Senate document would enable readers to identify the many countries that aided the CIA's controversial torture program between 2002 and roughly 2006.
Here Are The Most Horrific Details From The Senate Torture Report
Lawyers for Detainees Press for More Details on CIA Interrogations - Washington Wire - WSJ
What happens after the torture report? How the CIA's victims can still get justice | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - The cowardly Obama administration wants America’s ‘brutal’ history to become just that. But torture is a war crime. Let’s investigate the architects. Let’s make sure this kind of rampant criminality never happens again
Senator calls for 'purge' of officials who violated anti-torture laws – live | US news | The Guardian - Senator Mark Udall blasts CIA on Senate floor - Udall accuses White House of aiding CIA at president’s expense (and he would do that because?)People who violated anti-torture laws sit in high-level positions in the US government right now, Udall said, and they need to be purged.

Hayden’s testimony vs. the Senate report - Washington Post
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden: 'I Didn't Lie' About Torture

Mark Udall Says The CIA Is Still Lying - “It’s bad enough to not prosecute these officials, but to reward and promote them is incomprehensible,” Udall said. “The president needs to purge his administration.”

What The CIA Said It Learned Through Torture, But Didn't
Former CIA leaders go on offensive to deny claim torture was ineffective | US news | The Guardian - Former CIA staff launch new website as former directors and deputy directors insist interrogations produced vital information in al-Qaida fight
What the Torture Report Kept Hidden - The Daily Beast - The descriptions are excruciating in their detail. But other important aspects—from the Obama administration’s stalling to Syria and Libya’s role—are missing from the Senate report.
Senate Report Says Torture Program Was More Gruesome, Widespread Than CIA Claimed - The newly released document tears apart the CIA's past claims that only a small number of detainees were subjected to the harsh interrogation techniques
Michael Hayden Is Not Sorry - Michael Hirsh - POLITICO Magazine - The Senate report rakes Bush’s former CIA director over the coals. He fires back in an exclusive interview.
How the torture report could unravel prosecution of alleged 9/11 masterminds | US news | The Guardian - Lawyers for detainees including Walid bin Attash and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed argue that CIA methods render evidence invalid

Exposing the CIA’s stain on America - The Washington Post
The horrors in America’s ‘dungeon’ should never have happened - The Washington Post

Architects Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million, Report Reveals - Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees in the war on terror, according to the Senate torture report summary released Tuesday - For six years, starting in 2002, the two psychologists operated what amounted to a feedback loop of torture, coming up with new ways to inflict pain on detainees and then convincing CIA brass that the harsh tactics had worked.
One of the two psychologists paid millions for designing the CIA's post-Sept. 11 program of brutal interrogations defends the treatment of al-Qaida detainees and disputes a critical Senate report.
Inspiration - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Worth remembering who influenced Dick Cheney, Don Rumsfeld, the CIA, and all the other architects of American torture:
Republicans Argue Torture Helped America

Sen. Bob Kerrey: Partisan torture report fails America - Intelligence agencies need guidance to do better, Senate Democrats failed to provide it.
Such Is The Wisdom Of The Everyday Has-Been - Esquire - an editorial written by one of the most useless politicians ever, Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, who waited in his pumpkin patch all night before the Senate torture report was released, only to be disappointed when the Great Bipartisan Pumpkin failed to rise at midnight.
A Textbook Case of False Equivalency by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Bob Kerrey hasn’t read the Senate Intelligence Committee’s summary of the “Torture Report.” But he’s taken to the op-ed page of USAToday to condemn it. Why? This seems to be the biggie:

Planet Politics: America's Bloody Conscience - It showed that the Bush-era use of “enhanced interrogation methods” had "stained our national honor," he said. And he meant it. (but will all come out in the wash)
Rep. Peter King: Senate Report Not Torture, Just People Having "To Stand In Awkward Positions" - BuzzFeed News - Rep. Peter King says the 525-page Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation and detention techniques does not detail torture, but instead just procedures that create what King described as “tremendous discomfort.”
Fox melts down after torture report: ‘The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome!’ - Fox News National Security Analyst K.T. McFarland insisted that Democrats were going to “do harm” to the country by angering terrorists.
Russell Brand on CIA torture: If rape is used to get info, then we’re already in Hell
Senate staffer tries to scrub 'torture' reference from Wikipedia's CIA torture article - An anonymous Wikipedia user from an IP address that is registered to United States Senate has tried, and failed, to remove a phrase with the word "torture" from the website's article on the Senate Intelligence Committee's blockbuster CIA torture report.
News Outlets Protest Exclusion From Senate Torture Report Briefing - The letter is signed by Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim, senior congressional correspondent Michael McAuliff, BuzzFeed Washington bureau chief John Stanton and Al Jazeera English executive producer Alan Fisher.

Thousands Gather At Hong Kong Protest Camp On Eve Of Shutdown

Bank of America sees $50 oil as Opec dies - "Our biggest worry is the end of the liquidity cycle. The Fed is done. The reach for yield that we have seen since 2009 is going into reverse”, said Bank of America.

Italian police target Mafia suspects in dawn raids in Umbria | World news | The Guardian - Sixty-one people arrested accused of extortion and drug-trafficking as police tackle infiltration of local economy

Pakistan family feud ends in massacre after 28 years | Reuters - A 60-year-old woman, her husband and their three children were axed to death in central Pakistan by the woman's family in revenge for the couple marrying 28 years ago, police said on Wednesday.

Thank You for This Moment by Valérie Trierweiler review – a triumph of self-obsessed raving | Books | The Guardian - “In just a few hours … my life was devastated and my future shattered into a million tiny pieces,” Trierweiler writes, in typically overblown language that would not look out of place in a teenager’s diary.

Alan Rusbridger to stand down as Guardian editor-in-chief | Media | The Guardian - After 20 years at the paper Rusbridger will leave next summer and replaces Liz Forgan as chair of the Scott Trust in 2016

Tears Of Sisyphus: Republicans Resurrect ACORN, Only To Murder It. Again.

Protests continue for fourth night in Berkeley and Oakland | US news | The Guardian - Demonstrators protest against police killings of unarmed black men, in the wake of grand jury decisions not to charge white police officers
Most White People Are Really Confident Their Local Police Treat Races Equally

‘The Power Broker,’ 40 Years Later - NYTimes.com - Robert Moses, near the end of his 44 years of power, had lost most of it, along with most of his popularity — when his name, which had once been a symbol of great achievements, had become a symbol of something quite different. (like a racist asshole)

Selective racial innocence - Lawyers, Guns & Money : America’s racial history has been, and will continue to be, a major impediment to a variety of worthwhile and necessary political projects.

Florida St. communications lecturer resigns after bemoaning ‘Northern fagoot elitism’ on Facebook - Deborah O’Connor - In her resignation letter, she claimed that the incident was “the only black mark” on her employment record. (a little tone-deaf, aren't we?)

Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food - If you’ve ever wondered what happens when a Harvard Business School professor thinks a family-run Chinese restaurant screwed him out of $4, you’re about to find out - Ben Edelman is an associate professor at Harvard Business School, where he teaches in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit
College student wins case forcing estranged parents to pay her tuition | Money | The Guardian - Parents find it increasingly difficult to help children pay for college tuition. So where does that leave them?

Science AMA Series: We are a Group of Researchers Exploring Auditory Hallucinations – People Who Hear Voices. Ask us Anything! : science
What Kinds of People Hear Voices? | Psychology Today - Rather than evaluating the evidence for nonclinical hallucinatory experiences, the authors of DSM-5 have simply ignored it.
Mothers Nurture Emotion In Their Daughters Over Their Sons - "Girls may be socialized early into a socioemotional orientation emphasizing emotional expressivity, making them more socially mature than boys," the researchers conclude.

Lena Dunham’s publisher says her alleged rapist “Barry” wasn’t actually named Barry - The Washington Post
Lena Dunham to amend memoir following legal threat over sexual assault details | Books | The Guardian - Future editions of Not That Kind of Girl will be altered to clarify that alleged attacker’s name is a pseudonym after man matching description of ‘Barry’ takes legal action

What quote always gives you chills? : AskReddit
FCKH8's holiday ad stars Sexist Santa and swearing 6-year-olds [video]

Angelina Jolie called 'minimally talented spoiled brat' in hacked Sony emails | Film | The Guardian - Revelations include David Fincher saying Adam Driver being cast in Star Wars was a ‘terrible idea’, while Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin complained about Jolie’s ‘insanity and rampaging ego’ (they really got a lot of juicy stuff)
Microsoft tells US: The world’s servers are not yours for the taking | Ars Technica - Redmond says the US would be aghast if a foreign government behaved as it does.
FBI doubts North Korea link to Sony Pictures hack | Technology | The Guardian - Investigators find no evidence of North Korean involvement in the studio’s crippling hack, but criticise its poor security

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Study finds early warning signals of abrupt climate change

The Food Line at a Syrian Refugee Camp : pics

Read The Senate Torture Report Here
Live Coverage of the Senate Torture Report - The Intercept
CIA torture program: Senate report details abuse of detainees – as it happened | US news | The Guardian - Feinstein: torture ‘far more brutal than people were led to believe’ UN calls for prosecutions - The CIA and White House had tried to block some or all of the report.
Shocking cases in CIA report reveal an American torture program in disarray | US news | The Guardian - Years of leaks about the CIA’s post-9/11 torture efforts failed to reveal a program as brutal, unaccountable and even chaotic as the one portrayed on Tuesday

Senate Torture Report Condemns C.I.A. Interrogation Program - NYTimes.com
The Senate Report on the C.I.A.’s Torture and Lies - NYTimes.com - At one point, the report says, the C.I.A. assured Congress that the behavior of the secret jailers and interrogators was nothing like the horrors the world saw at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. That was the closest the agency seems to have come to the truth — what happened appears to have been worse than what took place at Abu Ghraib.
Senate Torture Report Shows C.I.A. Infighting Over Interrogation Program - NYTimes.com
Senate Report Disputes C.I.A. Claims on Hunt for Osama bin Laden - NYTimes.com - But in page after page of previously classified evidence, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture, released on Tuesday, rejects the notion that the agency would not have found Bin Laden if it had not tortured detainees.
C.I.A. Kept Bush Ill Informed on Interrogation Tactics, Torture Report Says - NYTimes.com (but Cheney knew)
C.I.A. Kept Bush Ill Informed on Interrogation Tactics, Torture Report Says : worldnews
Dick Cheney Was Lying About Torture - Mark Fallon - POLITICO Magazine - The Senate report confirms it doesn’t work. As those of us on the inside knew.
For Dianne Feinstein, C.I.A. Torture Report’s Release Is a Signal Moment - NYTimes.com - . But she said history would judge the nation by its commitment to a “just society, a government of law and the willingness to face an ugly truth and say never again.”
The Torture Report Reminds Us of What America Was - NYTimes.com - The Torture Report Reminds Us of What America Was (all in the past)

Senate's CIA torture report: everyone has an opinion except the White House | US news | The Guardian - Obama administration refuses to say whether it endorses scathing findings - Anonymous officials say their main job is to maintain CIA morale (because the morale of liars and torturers is very important)

The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’ - The Daily Beast - The CIA’s rendition, interrogation, and detention programs were even more nightmarish than you could imagine.
Rectal rehydration and broken limbs: the grisliest findings in the CIA torture report | US news | The Guardian
Senate Report Says Torture Program Was More Gruesome, Widespread Than CIA Claimed

The Torture Report, Part One: What It Says - Esquire
The Torture Report, Part Two: What It Means - Esquire
The Torture Report, Part Three: What Will Happen Now - Esquire

Stop believing the lies: America tortured more than 'some folks' – and covered it up | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - CIA defenders are out in force now that a historic report has exposed a decade of horrific American shame. Torture didn’t work, but why aren’t the architects of torture in jail? ("some folks" Obama at his sleazy best)
The Guardian view on the US torture report: America’s shame and disgrace | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian - Torturing detainees after 9/11 was wrong in principle, ineffective in practice, and has damaged the credibility of democracy, the rule of law and the USA
Senate report on CIA program details brutality, dishonesty - The Washington Post
Today’s CIA critics once urged the agency to do anything to fight al-Qaeda - The Washington Post
Hullabaloo - The president of the ACLU wants Obama to pardon the torturers
Remind Me Who It Is the CIA Works For? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But on the fundamental point - was America right to brutalise these terror suspects in an effort to extract information that could prevent the next September 11? - Brennan refuses to give ground.
Obama Responds To CIA Torture Report: Enhanced Interrogation 'Contrary To Our Values'
WATCH Fox Host Lose It Over Senate Torture Report: 'We Are Awesome!'

What US taxpayers paid to build and run the CIA’s torture program - Quartz - the US intelligence community’s $53 billion black budget remains largely secret, despite Edward Snowden’s leaks—we now have evidence of at least $480 million in funding.
The Inside Story Of How The CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn't

The myth of the good war | Geoffrey Wheatcroft | News | The Guardian - Our year of remembrance has exaggerated the tragic futility of the first world war and preserved the dangerous idea that the second was noble and heroic
Whitewashing Imperialism | Jacobin

What Bad, Shameful, Dirty Behavior is U.S. Judge Richard Posner Hiding? Demand to Know. - The Intercept - His rationale? “I think privacy is actually overvalued,” the distinguished jurist pronounced. Privacy, he explained, is something people crave in order to prevent others from learning about the shameful and filthy things they do:

Bloomberg Politics Poll: Approval Ratings Hit 5-Year High for GOP - Bloomberg Politics - President Obama's ratings hit bottom in a new Bloomberg Politics poll as he prepares to take on an antagonist Congress.

Concede Nothing: Democrats In The South - Esquire - My friend, Mountaineer Mike Tomasky -- Have fun at the Liberty Bowl, dude! --has raised him some ruckus by opining that the Democratic party basically should tell the Deep South to sod off for about the next 10 election cycles
Do Democrats Need to Hate on the South? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Like Schaller before him, Tomasky seems to be worried about concessions made by Democrats to appeal to southern white voters: (well, Ed, it's been 8 years and ...)

Rigging The Wheel: More True Tales Of The New Oligarchy_12.9.14 - Esquire - how a relatively small community of lawyers has developed a specialty in getting the NWS to hear cases in defense of their corporate clients, and how that group of attorneys and their firms have found the Roberts court to be a target-rich environment for their appeals.

The Personal and the Political | Jacobin - Individual narratives have their place in progressive struggles, but Rolling Stone’s controversial article shows why they have to be wedded to a wider analysis.

Eschaton: True Genius - With thinkers like this, how can we lose? (Steve Israel and his little bubble)

FBI Files Charges Against President Of Company Behind West Virginia Chemical Spill | ThinkProgress - The former president of the company that contaminated drinking water for 300,000 West Virginians this past January has been arrested on criminal fraud charges, according to a Federal Bureau of Investigation complaint unsealed Monday.

Illinois General Assembly passes bill to ban citizens from recording police : news

Large Study Confirms That Abortion Is Extremely Safe | ThinkProgress - Major complications stemming from abortion are extremely rare, occurring in less than a quarter of a percent of cases, according to one of the nation’s most comprehensive studies to date into the safety of the medical procedure.

The New Republic's Race Problem - The Atlantic - It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that black lives didn't matter much at all to the magazine ... That explains why the family rows at TNR's virtual funeral look like the "Whites Only" section of a Jim Crow-era movie-house. For most of its modern history, TNR has been an entirely white publication, which published stories confirming white people's worst instincts
The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple - The Daily Beast
The Real Crisis of Journalism - The New Yorker - I highly doubt that Hughes wanted this debacle. He didn’t plan for a change at the top to expose the emptiness of his commitment to the hard work of journalism. (shallow richbroharvardzuckerdude)

Fox: Obama Seeks Advice on Establishing Monarchy - The New Yorker - President Barack Obama spent several hours on Monday in a closed-door Oval Office meeting seeking advice on how to establish a monarchy, Fox News reports.

The Potential Therapeutic Effects of THC on Alzheimer's Disease - Journal of Alzheimer's Disease - Volume 42, Number 3 / 2014 - IOS Press - These sets of data strongly suggest that THC could be a potential therapeutic treatment option for Alzheimer's disease through multiple functions and pathways
Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin - Business Insider - “You start with a random clump of atoms, and if you shine light on it for long enough, it should not be so surprising that you get a plant,” England said. (see Into the Cold)
Women With More Male Friends Have More Sex Because Partners Fear ‘Sex Rivals’ : science

This Galaxy Is Belching Gas At 2 Million Miles An Hour
The Accidents of Psychoanalysis - NYTimes.com - Telling the story of her relationship with her mother took her the greater part of a number of years (5x/wk)
Mars Rover Finds Stronger Potential for Life - NYTimes.com

How does a black hole's singularity not violate the Pauli exclusion principle? : askscience

The Surprising Way That Comet Impacts Could Have Kick-Started Life on Earth - Popular Mechanics


The 14 Foods You've Been Storing All Wrong | Caroline Kaufman, RDN

TIL that students who have been in DARE classes are more likely to use drugs than their non-DARE peers : todayilearned (huge waste of money, time and resources fighting the war on drugz)
Men of Reddit, what do you wish your partner would do in bed that they currently don't? : AskReddit

The Pirate Bay Goes Down Worldwide : worldnews
The Rise of AdBlock Reveals A Serious Problem in the Advertising Ecosystem: seeing a threat to their ecosystem, French publishers follow their German colleagues and prepare to sue startup Eyeo GmbH, the creator of anti-advertising software AdBlock Plus : technology

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Mass surveillance exposed by Snowden ‘not justified by fight against terrorism’ | World news | The Guardian - Report by Nils Muižnieks, commissioner for human rights at the Council of Europe, says ‘secret, massive and indiscriminate’ intelligence work is contrary to rule of law - “Suspicionless mass retention of communications data is fundamentally contrary to the rule of law … and ineffective,”

CIA torture report: spy agency braces for global impact of inquiry as release date nears | US news | The Guardian - Public airing of post-9/11 practices, coming after months of negotiation, is likely to attract attention worldwide and could come as early as Tuesday - Bloomberg first reported that the committee understood Kerry to be arguing for suppressing the report, though the State Department denies it - Yet the White House placed the CIA in charge of censoring a report into its own conduct and discussions have stretched into their 10th month". (who's in charge?)
Sexual threats, other CIA methods detailed in Senate report - Yahoo News

Dismissing Senate Report, Cheney Defends C.I.A. Interrogations - NYTimes.com
Exclusive: Former Spies Launch ‘CIASavedLives.com’ to Combat Torture Report (sendthemtothehague.com)
Bush and C.I.A. Ex-Officials Rebut Torture Report - NYTimes.com - But Mr. Bush and his closest advisers decided that “we’re going to want to stand behind these guys,” as one former official put it. (torture is patriotic)
CIA torture report: US raises security ahead of release - Security has been stepped up at US facilities around the world ahead of the release of a report expected to reveal details of harsh CIA interrogations, the White House says.
5 questions about the CIA detention and interrogation report you wish you didn’t have to ask - The Washington Post - Before the CIA began using these methods, the agency’s top officials were supposed to seek approval from the Justice Department. The department’s lawyers concluded the techniques did not constitute torture.

Pardon Bush and Those Who Tortured - NYTimes.com - My organization and others have spent 13 years arguing for accountability for these crimes. We have called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or the establishment of a truth and reconciliation commission, or both. But those calls have gone unheeded. And now, many of those responsible for torture can't be prosecuted because the statute of limitations has run out
The insane narrative you are supposed to believe about the torture report - The Washington Post - I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that if Dianne Feinstein, Lindsey Graham, and the director of Human Rights Watch all think the report is necessary to prevent the United States from committing the same egregious mistakes in the future, then that countermands the magical thinking needed to accept the worst-case scenarios regarding its publication.
The Torture Defenders Fan Out « The Dish - And yet, when a report is imminent outlining acts of torture and abuse far worse than Abu Ghraib, and directly under his own authority, he insists that whatever is detailed in the report, the culprits are heroes and patriots, and “we’re lucky as a nation to have them.”
Bush Officials Step Up To Blast Torture Report Before It's Out

Yemeni man hopes landmark torture report will prompt long-awaited apology | US news | The Guardian - Mohammed Abdullah Saleh al-Asad wants an apology from Djibouti, which is believed to have handed him to the US for CIA rendition (and that word ... torture)

US believed FBI mole passed secrets to IRA in Thatcher murder plot, files reveal | Politics | The Guardian - FBI agents suspected woman in New York bureau of helping IRA - Details made public following freedom of information request - FBI suspected British men of spying at US airports used by Thatcher and Major

Israel Debates Its Religious and Democratic Identity - NYTimes.com

The Democratic Party’s long term problem is worse than you think - The Washington Post - how to regain ground on the state level.

Dems, It’s Time to Dump Dixie - The Daily Beast - With Mary Landrieu’s ignominious exit, the Democrats will have lost their last senator in the Deep South. And that’s a good thing. They should write it off—because they don’t need it.

By the Numbers: Half of the Senators Who Voted for Obamacare Will be Gone in 2015 - Bloomberg Politics

Recovery at Last? - NYTimes.com

Inside the Koch data mine - Mike Allen and Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO
GOP pins hopes of dismantling ObamaCare on the courts | TheHill

The New Republic is dead, thanks to its owner, Chris Hughes - The Washington Post - But the moist-eyed Hughes would, in the coming months, prove himself to be neither an intellectual nor a partner but a dilettante and a fraud. (his toys revolted and now he looks like a dumb shit and a very shallow person)
Chris Hughes Lashes Out At Former 'New Republic' Staffers - "If you really care about an institution and want to make it strong for the ages, you don’t walk out. You roll up your sleeves, you redouble your commitment to those ideals in a changing world, and you fight. This 100-year-old story is worth fighting for." (has nothing to do with how he and his short-attention-span flunky treated them)
Revolt at the New New Republic - NYTimes.com
Crafting a sustainable New Republic - The Washington Post

Tamir Rice's sister handcuffed after shooting, mom says - CNN.com
Mother accuses police of mistreating family after Tamir Rice shooting | US news | The Guardian - Samaria Rice does not believe Cleveland police tried to resuscitate son - Family focused on indicting officer who shot 12-year-old dead
Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid - The Atlantic - Hope is what Barack Obama promised to bring, but he was promising something he could never bring.
Why Eric Garner is the turning point Ferguson never was - The Washington Post (well, why?)

Violence and the racialized failure of the American state [Guest Post By Lisa L. Miller] - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The United States, as a whole, fails to protect its citizenry from the risk of murder to the same degree as other rich democracies. But for Black Americans, this failure is astounding. The risk of being murdered is seven to eight times as high for Black men as white men, and three to four times as high for Black women as white women. More starkly, at the height of murder risk in the 1990s, the lifetime risk for Blacks was one in twenty-three, compared to one in 160 for whites.*

Updated apology digs bigger hole for Rolling Stone - The Washington Post
Former UVA Fraternity Member Hires Lawyer Who Specializes In Sex Assault Cases - BuzzFeed News
UVa Rape Victim's Freshman Roommate Defends Her Story 
UVA Victim’s Roommate Pens Letter Supporting Her -- NYMag
College rape: Campus sexual assault is a serious problem. But the efforts to protect women are infringing on the civil rights of men.
Doxxing Jackie: The vile and dangerous threats of Charles Johnson and other trolls.

Controversial Los Angeles high-rise destroyed by explosive overnight blaze | US news | The Guardian - No deaths after fire engulfs entire city block where Da Vinci complex stood - Blaze melted freeway signs, blew out windows and forced road closures - The Los Angeles Times’ leading columnist, Steve Lopez, has called them “Death Star monstrosities”. Another local architecture critic, Adrian Glick Kubler, dubbed them “vacuums designed to suck the life out of a neighborhood that has worked so hard to become lively in the past decade”.

'Survivalists' make up growing percentage of US holiday shoppers | Money | The Guardian - American retailers face influx of ‘survivalists,’ or low-wage workers, an increasing part of the US buying public with little disposable income - Because even if jobs are being created, wages are stagnant; indeed, median family income has been in decline for the last 14 years.

I am a transgender woman and the government is denying my civil rights | Chelsea E Manning | Comment is free | The Guardian

Jet Reports Near Miss With Drone At London's Heathrow Airport - "The risk of a 10 kilogram object hitting a plane is a real one that pilots are very concerned about," British Airline Pilots Association general secretary Jim McAuslan told the BBC, pointing to a 2009 incident in which US Airways Flight 1549 was forced to land in the Hudson River in New York after striking a bird. (a fleet of birds, actually, and most non-military drones weigh 1-4 lbs, not 22)

The Outsider « Eddie Selover - Veronica Lake

As More Documents Appear, Sony Seeks to Calm Nervous Employees - NYTimes.com - have seen their Social Security numbers, performance reviews, salaries, home addresses and passwords shared with the world

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New Horizons robotic probe awakened, begins exploration of Pluto - Technology & Science - CBC News - Journey of 4.8 billion kilometres took U.S. spacecraft 9 years - The probe is so far away that radio signals travelling at the speed of light take four hours and 25 minutes to reach Earth.

Are We Missing the Big Picture on Climate Change? - NYTimes.com

As Ebola Rages, Poor Planning Thwarts Efforts - NYTimes.com - But one piece is missing: staff. The facility opened recently with a skeleton crew. Now, in an especially hard-hit area where people are dying every day because they cannot get into an Ebola clinic, 60 of the 80 beds at the Kerry Town Ebola clinic are not being used.

Backsliding in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com - They were unable to defeat the Taliban when more than 100,000 American troops were in the country; there is no reason to think that a very limited American force will be more effective now. (always listen to the military)

The C.I.A.’s Power to Purge - NYTimes.com - Not only that, Mr. Aftergood found out the National Archives and Records Administration had already offered tentative approval in August of the plan to — as a spy might put it — disappear the email of every worker but the C.I.A.’s top 22 managers, three years after they left the agency.

U.S. Transfers 6 Guantánamo Detainees to Uruguay - NYTimes.com - Mr. Hagel’s slow pace this year in approving proposed transfers of low-level detainees contributed to larger tensions with the White House before his resignation under pressure last month.

Syria Army Repels Jihadist Advance on Key Air Base — Naharnet
Israel launches airstrikes near Damascus: Syria TV | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR
Clashes between Nusra, ISIL near Lebanon border | Al Bawaba - Clashes erupted between ISIL and Nusra Front fighters near the border with Lebanon Friday, after gunmen rejected an attempt by the latter to unite the opposition in Syria's Qalamoun region under a single leader ... There are around 18 separate groups based in Qalamoun, fighting on separate fronts.
Dubai stabbing suspect inspired by 'terrorist ideology' found on the internet | World news | The Guardian - A spate of attacks on westerners in Saudi Arabia has raised concern there that the assaults may represent the start of a “lone wolf” campaign by jihadi militants.

Former Vatican bank heads accused of embezzlement, accounts seized

Poland counts the cost of losing millions of its workers | Reuters - After 1.2 million of its citizens migrated in the ten years since Poland joined the European Union, the country is counting the economic and social cost. Though its workers may have eased demographic difficulties in ageing countries like Britain and Germany, Poland now has a population crisis of its own.

Remains Of One Of Mexico's Missing Students Identified: Official

Uber Driver In India Arrested For Allegedly Raping Female Passenger - Delhi recorded the highest number of rapes in India in 2013, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau data, earning the dubious distinction of being India's "rape capital."

Revealed thirty years on ... the secret role that America's Henry Kissinger played in the Bhopal tragedy | Herald Scotland - Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger put pressure on the Indian Government to agree a legal settlement that let the American chemical company Union Carbide off the hook for the 25,000 people killed by the toxic gas disaster in Bhopal 30 years ago. (so much blood on his hands)

Theresa May’s child sexual abuse inquiry faces new storm | Society | The Guardian - Two members of panel face calls to resign after being accused of sending insulting letters to victims who criticised inquiry

GOP Gains Largest House Majority Since Truman Administration (America goes off the stupid cliff)

The Trouble With Cheap Oil - The New Yorker - High oil prices would force governments, corporations, and consumers to find another way to power the world. It was a nice dream, but it’s over now.
Energy Firms in Secretive Alliance With Attorneys General - NYTimes.com - But Mr. Pruitt left out one critical point. The three-page letter was written by lawyers for Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, and was delivered to him by Devon’s chief of lobbying.

The Incredible Shrinking Incomes of Young Americans - The Atlantic - It's repetitive for some to hear, but important for everybody to know: You can't explain Millennial economic behavior without explaining that real wages for young Americans have collapsed. (white boomers screwed everybody)
Tom Harkin Wants To Take Money From College Students To Pay Reviled Loan Contractors - An outgoing Senate Democrat wants to take federal money from low-income college students to pay student loan contractors, whose tactics toward borrowers have been criticized by consumer advocates, federal regulators and the U.S. Department of the Treasury. (Blue Dog on his way out still being a jerk)

Mary Landrieu Is Defeated by Bill Cassidy in Louisiana Senate Runoff - NYTimes.com - For Democrats, Saturday’s outcome was yet another sobering reminder of their party’s declining prospects in the South, a region they dominated for much of the 20th century. (maybe the Dems will try running a Dem)
Mary Landrieu Loses To Bill Cassidy In Louisiana Senate Runoff Election - But a last-ditch effort to distance herself from national Democrats -- with a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline -- failed by one vote last month, undermining Landrieu's longstanding claim to posses more clout than Cassidy would as a freshman senator.

The Rolling Stone Fiasco Is Terrible News for Rape Survivors - The Atlantic - When sexual assault reports turn out to be inaccurate—even slightly so—nobody wins.
JustOneMinute: If You Were An Early Reader Of the WaPo UVA Rape Expose...
Terrence McCoy on Twitter: "Let's be clear about one thing. Fraudulent accusations of rape are extraordinarily rare. This graph proves it. http://t.co/mX7xPHvMkZ"
The rape of men: the darkest secret of war | Society | The Guardian - Sexual violence is one of the most horrific weapons of war, an instrument of terror used against women. Yet huge numbers of men are also victims. In this harrowing report, Will Storr travels to Uganda to meet traumatised survivors, and reveals how male rape is endemic in many of the world's conflicts

Being a cop showed me just how racist and violent the police are. There’s only one fix. - The Washington Post - The problem is that cops aren’t held accountable for their actions, and they know it. These officers violate rights with impunity. They know there’s a different criminal justice system for civilians and police.
Eric Garner complicit in own death says police union - CBS News - Garner was overweight and in poor health. Police and their supporters argue that if he could repeatedly say, "I can't breathe," as he did several times, it means he could breathe.
Police use tear gas on Berkeley protesters - SFGate
De Blasio: Giuliani 'Fundamentally Misunderstands the Reality' of Race - The Atlantic - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Sunday admonished former mayor Rudy Giuliani for his repeated recent comments that "responsibility is on the black community" for reducing the necessity of police officers in their communities.
No felony charges for SPD cop’s bone-breaking punch of handcuffed woman | Local News | The Seattle Times - The decision not to charge a Seattle police officer who punched a handcuffed woman reflects a deep divide between King County prosecutors and City Attorney Pete Holmes.
Does an Innocent Man Have the Right to Be Exonerated? - The Atlantic - And yet, when Henry Lee McCollum walked free, Justice Scalia never said a word.

American who helped craft Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill to be tried for crimes against humanity | Death and Taxes - The First Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Pastor Scott Lively’s petition to have a crimes against humanity lawsuit against him dropped ... Lively has not backed down. Earlier this week, during an appearance on “Trunews,” he stated that homosexuality was worse than mass murder, because it was to blame for Noah’s flood.

Hunting for the Origins of Symbolic Thought - NYTimes.com - When he first started excavating Blombos in 1991, few researchers believed that symbolism might have emerged before 50,000 years ago. (+Europe didn't invent thinking)

The Case for Drinking as Much Coffee as You Like - The Atlantic - Not only have most of coffee's purported ill effects been disproven -- the most recent review fails to link it the development of hypertension -- but we have so, so much information about its benefits. We believe they extend from preventing Alzheimer's disease to protecting the liver.
Foreskin: Keep or Cut? - The Atlantic - This week, in a report free of references to jails or lunatic asylums, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said research on circumcision points toward a lot of potential benefits and not a lot of risks, beyond "minor bleeding and inflammation."

After Exodus, The New Republic Cancels Its Next Issue - NYTimes.com - The New Republic magazine said on Saturday that it would not publish its next issue, but would return to newsstands in February next year, after dozens of its top editors and contributors resigned in the face of a leadership change ... More than 50 editors and contributing editors have followed Mr. Foer and Mr. Wieseltier in resigning, according to Ryan Lizza, a contributor who was among those that quit. (Chris Hughes is kinda Asbergery)
Staff at The New Republic Follows Editor Out the Door - NYTimes.com - Mr. Hughes seemed hurt by the idea that his staff had turned against him (and his clueless techbro Steve Jobs wannabe)

A Step-by-Step Guide to Berkeley’s Many Quirks - NYTimes.com
Quirky Berkeley | Major Quirky #3: Orange!
In Los Angeles, a Nimby Battle Pits Millionaires vs. Billionaires - NYTimes.com - the house, conceived by Nile Niami, a film producer turned developer, with an estimated sale price “in the $150 million range,” will feature a cantilevered tennis court and five swimming pools. “We’re talking 200 construction trucks a day,
Brooklyn Worst in U.S. for Home Affordability - Bloomberg - Brooklyn, New York, where a resident would need to devote 98 percent of the median income to afford the payment on a median-priced home of $615,000, was the least-affordable market, followed by San Francisco and Manhattan. (hipsters win)
Where to Move If You Want a Job, More Money, or Lots of Single People - The Atlantic (Springfield MA for singles)

You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy? | Life and style | The Guardian - If toxins did build up in a way your body couldn’t excrete, he says, you’d likely be dead or in need of serious medical intervention.
The Couples Therapy Expert Esther Perel Takes On Sex and Sexuality - NYTimes.com - “Not every infidelity is a symptom of a problem in a relationship,” she said. “Sometimes it has to do with other longings that are much more existential. Sometimes you go elsewhere not because you are not liking the one you are with; you are not liking the person you have become.”
How to Win a Breakup on the Internet - The Atlantic - A "winning the breakup" advice column on the site Ask Men—which is seriously the name of a publication, even though that's basically the premise of every publication—does recommend "going cold turkey" at the end of a relationship
William Styron's 'Darkness Visible' Shined a Light on Depression, 25 Years Ago - The Atlantic - Twenty-five years ago, William Styron's autobiography drew attention to the reality of depression.
First Children Are Smarter—but Why? - The Atlantic - "Those born earlier perform better in school"—and according to a new study, it's because of the parents.
PLOS ONE: Excess Success for Psychology Articles in the Journal Science - Eighty-three percent of the Psychology/Education articles with four or more experiments that were published in Science (2005–2012) have an excess of success, which suggests that their results are too good to be true
Tim Harford — Article — Learn from the losers - Kickended is important. It reminds us that the world is biased in systematic ways
Why Save a Language? - NYTimes.com - the looming extinction of most of the world’s 6,000 languages, a great many of which are spoken by small groups of indigenous people.
Mindfulness Short-Circuits Reflexive Racial Bias - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - New research finds implicit bias can be tamed through the use of time-honored meditation techniques.
Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinking Facts! - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - When faced with facts that contradict our beliefs, we shift to relying on untestable assertions.
A Trip Into Bipolar Brains - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - Type I sufferers have somewhat smaller brain volume, researchers report in the Journal of Affective Disorders, while those with Type II appear to have less robust white matter.
Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg on Discrimination at Work - NYTimes.com

The California Sunday Magazine - In recent years, this enclave has been ripped apart by a modern holy war, led by a divisive spiritual leader who ended up on the F??BI’s Ten Most Wanted list and is now in prison. The majority of Short Creek residents remain loyal to him and his sect, the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or F??LDS.

The Quartz Chart of the Year™ short-list is here - Quartz
Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the ‘five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath’ | Television & radio | The Guardian
YouTubers with over 100,000 subscribers - what's your story? : AskReddit

Rogue computerised cameras plague BBC news presenters | Media | The Guardian - The robot cameras were designed to do away with camera operators and save money. However computer glitches mean that sometimes they do not do what they are supposed to. (wait 'til they get their robot presenters)

How an eBay bookseller defeated a publishing giant at the Supreme Court | Ars Technica - Supap Kirtsaeng is a rebel without a pause, as the copyright fight isn't over yet.
Here’s some remarkable new data on the power of chat apps like WhatsApp for sharing news stories » Nieman Journalism Lab - So what happens if you only look at mobile shares? - You get this: Facebook 25%, WhatsApp 48%, Twitter 15%, and Google+ 11%. - WhatsApp gets nearly half of the sharing taps on mobile. (in Spain)
Algorithm fatigue: What Evernote’s news-recommending product can tell us about privacy » Nieman Journalism Lab - As you type a note, Evernote not only searches for and provides relevant material from your own and colleague’s work, but also from third-party news organizations.

19 hospitalized, thousands evacuated in gas leak at Rosemont hotel - Chicago Tribune - Several thousand people, some dressed as animal characters, were evacuated from a Hyatt hotel in suburban Rosemont when an “intentional” chlorine gas incident at the Midwest FurFest convention led to 19 people being hospitalized early Sunday morning. (now we're really in comic-book land)

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Typhoon Slams Into Philippines, 1 Million Evacuated
California Drought, High Temperatures Create Worst Conditions In 1,200 Years

Al-Qaida kills two hostages in Yemen as high-stake rescue bid ends in tragedy | World news | The Guardian - British-born photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie die after US-led raid on hideout
Hostages Luke Somers, Pierre Korkie Killed During Rescue Attempt In Yemen

Mark Udall on the CIA Torture Report - Mark Udall Says America Will Be Disgusted at Torture Report - Esquire - And that he'll use every power he still has to declassify it.
The CIA Torture Report May Not Be Released After All » Balloon Juice - The Obama Administration: Despair you can believe in. http://t.co/CfOipLvVp9 — Billmon (@billmon1)

CCC | Chaos Computer Club on the blocking of our website in UK - These internet filters, authorized by Prime Minister David Cameron, are implemented by UK’s major internet service providers (ISPs). Dubbed as the "Great Firewall of Britain", the lists block adult content as well as material related to alcohol, drugs, smoking, and even opinions deemed "extremist". [2] (following China and Russia)
The World Cracks Down on the Internet - The New Yorker - Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed in March, “We’ll eradicate Twitter. I don’t care what the international community says. They will see the power of the Turkish Republic.”
Chief constable warns against ‘drift towards police state’ | UK news | The Guardian - Greater Manchester’s Sir Peter Fahy says it is not the police’s job to define what counts as extremism
State sanctions phone and email tapping - Companies that object to order could be brought before private ‘in camera’ court - Irish Times


Vote for same sex marriage would be 'grave injustice': Irish church | Reuters (from the experts on grave injustice)

210 women tortured to death for 'witchcraft' in Chhattisgarh, many await justice - The Times of India - RAIPUR: Even as Chhattisgarh witnessed around 1,500 incidents and 210 deaths of women assaulted for practices witchcraft in last few years, three women wait for justice after suffering assault, paraded naked, tonsured and forced to consume urine over similar accusations 13 years ago at Gariyaband's Lachkhera region.

The Retirement Situation: It's Worse Than You Read In the NYT | Beat the Press - he disappearance of traditional defined benefit pensions. He notes that millions of workers in multi-employer plans are at risk of sharp reductions in benefits. Detroit city workers and retirees have already seen sharp declines in benefits.

South African comedian Trevor Noah on The Daily Show, absolutely kills it : videos (comments, as usual, sort by Best)
The Last Great Stand » How to Survive Martial Law! – detailed guide! - Rule #1: Never Trust The Government Unless They Say They Are Going To Kill You
Anonymous has released a video featuring what appear to be Chicago police radio transmissions revealing police wiretapping of organizers' phones at the protests last night. : news

Senate Forecast: Landrieu Headed Toward Historic Defeat In Louisiana Runoff | FiveThirtyEight

White America’s moral disaster: From Eric Garner to Mike Brown, a destructive view of “justice” - Salon.com - Eric Garner is just one example of black life devalued. Here's how white victimization is tearing the nation apart
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - White Supremacy is Almost Respectable Again | Booman Tribune ~ comment

Questions over charter school payments to contractor - ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania, the North Philadelphia charter-school operator that manages Olney, paid $163,365 to Lyon Contracting Inc. to paint the school in 2011. But employees who recently learned of the payments say school janitors and building maintenance workers performed the work. (yay free enterprise)

Reckoning with The New Republic's Racial History (with image, tweets) · JeetHeer1 · Storify (storifying the entrails)
The New Democrats at The New Republic Enter the New Economy (with tweets) · billmon1 · Storify - And discover they don't like it any better than U.S. steelworkers did ... 14. Clearly, retraining is the only viable solution. I guess Franklin Foer & Leon Wieselter are just going to have to learn how to code.
Should the Disruptive Silicon Valley Overlords Be Welcomed? - Lawyers, Guns & Money
How #Disruption Broke The New Republic - Bloomberg Politics
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - I'd also like to point out that Marty Peretz bought the magazine in 1974 when I was 4 or 5 years old. Yet, there are plenty of people roughly my age or only slightly older who are behaving as if The New Republic had the most sterling and honorable reputation when they were growing up and then entering the workplace.
Eschaton: This Venerable Institution - Like BooMan says...exactly when was The New Republic some sort of venerable institution? Not in my lifetime.
Eschaton: A Wank of Writers - TNR was a force for bad for as long as I was aware of it. Peretz, a horrible person, owned it since 1974, before finally selling it to the rich facebook guy.. How far back does one have to go for the supposed good old days when it was some sort of wonderful thing?
The New Republic and the Beltway media's race problem - Vox - But Hughes' predecessor, Marty Peretz, did much worse. In the years of Peretz's ownership, from 1974 to 2007 and then partially until 2012, he gave himself the title of editor-in-chief and regular space in the magazine and on its website, which he frequently used to issue rants that were breathtaking in their overt racism
New Republic Exodus: Dozens Of Editors Resign Over Management Changes

Rolling Stone’s disastrous U-Va. story: A case of real media bias - The Washington Post

New Proposal Would Provide Grand Juries with Eyes - The New Yorker - Some critics of Dorrinson’s proposal say that it does not go far enough, and that in order to process information sent from their eyes grand juries would also need to be fitted with working brains.

The Open-Office Trap - The New Yorker - open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission, making employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise, they were damaging to the workers’ attention spans, productivity, creative thinking, and satisfaction.

Artificial intelligence: Hawking's fears stir debate

Lez_Derp comments on So I'm moving to Japan soon. When should I expect my harem?
It's pretty amazing what testosterone replacement therapy can do for anxiety and depression. [Long] : steroids
ignorantwanderer comments on ELI5: Why is there so much clutter and loose wires on the International Space Station? Isn't it dangerous? Why don't they clean it up?

Wikipedia is booming—so why is it still asking you for money? - "The WMF spent almost $684,000 on furniture [last year], he writes. "That's almost $3,200 per employee. Your donations are going on golden chairs."
AT&T throttles unlimited data plans at 5GB, no congestion required : technology

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Sen. Wyden puts forward a bill to ban data “backdoors” | Ars Technica - Bill prevents FBI from meddling with companies that choose to encrypt by default.
Judge rules that banks can sue Target for 2013 credit card hack | Ars Technica - The development paves the way for more banks to sue merchants with poor POS security.

China Arrests Ex-Security Chief Zhou Yongkang For Leaking Secrets, Corruption - Zhou, a former member of the powerful nine-member Politburo Standing Committee, is the most senior figure to be snared in President Xi Jinping's anti-corruption crackdown.

Anyone but Bibi: why Israeli election is unlikely to be easy for Netanyahu | World news | The Guardian - Allies turned foes, economic fears and poll saying 60% of voters would prefer a PM other than him points to a volatile campaign

ICC drops murder and rape charges against Kenyan president | World news | The Guardian - Blow for court’s credibility as key prosecution witness refuses to testify in Uhuru Kenyatta trial and another admits lying

Not meant to be taken seriously: Morning File, Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - The federal government will argue Wednesday that its social covenant to care for injured veterans was just political speech and not meant to be taken seriously. (Republicans the same everywhere)

Kenya arrests 77 Chinese nationals in cybercrime raids | World news | The Guardian - Police find equipment capable of infiltrating bank accounts and cash machines in raids on homes in upmarket area of Nairobi

McCain blocks Obama's pick as No.2 diplomat over Iraq policy - Democratic Underground - U.S. Senator John McCain said on Thursday he is blocking President Barack Obama's nomination of Anthony Blinken as the country's number two diplomat, citing sharp disagreement with the nominee's past statements on Iraq. (because bomb-bomb has been so right)

US jobs report beats forecasts as 321,000 positions added in November | Business | The Guardian - Harsh weather appears not to impact unemployment numbers - Unemployment rate stays at 5.9% and 9 million still out of work

PolicyMinded comments on Why some Republicans want to cancel the State of the Union address "Though it seems like the pettiest of actions, there’s something significant driving it: A fundamental unwillingness to accept that Barack Obama is legitimately the President of the United States." - . And then, October 26th, 1970 there was a crack in our air-tight democracy - The Legislative Reorganization Act of 1970 opened up the votes of Congress (the committee of the whole). Dubbed a ’sunshine law’, this bill has only ever been considered a good thing.

Eric Garner Protests Spread Across The Country; Police Arrest More Than 200 In NYC
After "Die-In" at White House, Protesters Close Down 14th Street Bridge, 3rd Street Tunnel | NBC4 Washington
Protesters Swarm NYC Over Eric Garner Death For Second Night
Chokehold Cop Is 'Eagle Scout' Blameless In Eric Garner's Death, NYPD Union President Says
Grand Jury In Eric Garner Case Wasn't Asked To Consider 'Reckless Endangerment' Charge: Report - An unnamed source familiar with the case told the station that District Attorney Daniel Donovan only asked jurors to consider charges of manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide as they heard evidence.
Protesters Hit Streets, Cause Delays in Cambridge and Somerville - Massachusetts news - Boston.com - Protesters in Somerville and Cambridge shut down the Davis Square MBTA stop and blocked streets on Massachusetts Avenue on Friday afternoon in another demonstration against the lack of indictments for two high-profile police killings in New York and Ferguson, Missouri.
‘I honestly don’t know what to say’; Jon Stewart gets serious on Eric Garner - The Washington Post - But Stewart said that in contrast to the Ferguson case, the Staten Island case appeared to be clear. "Here, there is is none of that [ambiguity]. The coroner called it homicide, the guy's not acting threatening, and we know that because we are (expletive) watching it. Someone taped it."
Texas Grand Jury Clears Cops Caught on Camera Beating a Woman in Jail

Phoenix Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man, Igniting Outcry - by a white Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a gun demonstrates the challenges law enforcement agencies face at a time of unrest over police tactics.
Cop texted union rep as Akai Gurley lay dying - NY Daily News - . What's more, the sources said, the pair of officers weren't supposed to be patrolling the stairways of the Pink Houses that night.
South Carolina secures series of police indictments as protests rage elsewhere | US news | The Guardian - Prosecutors in the southern state have charged three white officers for on-duty shootings of unarmed black men in the past four months
Tommy Wall Loses Job, House, Reputation After Police Wrongly Charge Him With Child Rape - "It was crazy," Webb said. "The detective finally admitted that he was absolutely sure it was not Mr. Wall. Well why didn't he watch it to begin with? You'd think that would be first thing they would do when arresting someone on a charge like that."
White Ex-Police Chief Indicted In Killing Of Unarmed Black Man - A white man who was the police chief in a small South Carolina town has been charged with murder in the 2011 shooting death of an unarmed black man.

We Don’t Just Need Nicer Cops. We Need Fewer Cops. | The Nation - Here’s what we actually know about proposed police reforms.
Today's Lessons On The Events Of Our Time: The Cleveland Report and The Legal History Of The Chokehold - Esquire - According to law professor and dean Erwin Chemerinsky's book The Case Against the Supreme Court, Lyons discovered that sixteen people died after being choked by an LAPD officer, almost all of whom were black men. When police Chief Daryl Gates was asked why almost all of these fatal chokeholds involved African Americans, Gates replied that the "veins or arteries of blacks do not open up as fast as they do in normal people."
Marvin Tramaine Hill II Attacked Pregnant Wife With McChicken Sandwich: Cops - At first, Hill threw the entire sandwich at his wife. Then he picked up some of the bun off the floor and threw that at her.
‘Hypnotist thief’ robs shopkeeper after appearing to put him in a trance | UK news | The Guardian - Man seen removing bundle of cash from London man’s pocket after touching him repeatedly on stomach

Death penalty secrecy imperils integrity of the procedure, US judge warns | US news | The Guardian - Federal judge considers challenge brought by newspapers including the Guardian who say Oklahoma acted unconstitutionally by limiting reporters’ access

Mary Landrieu’s bitter end: Why her complaints about Democrats abandoning her ring so hollow - Salon.com - The Louisiana senator is "disappointed" that the Democratic Party isn't helping her. But it's helped her plenty (bad Republi-Dems lose, whine)

Voting With Your Feet: Aaron Renn’s New Donut | Newgeography.com - The old model of urban poverty and suburban prosperity (the sweet fluffy “donut” with a dead center) has been replaced by what Mr. Renn calls the New Donut with a thriving downtown core, failing older suburbs, and booming new outer ring suburbs. Poverty then reappears out in the rural hinterlands ... both Lancaster and Palmdale were systematically raiding the homes of lower income black and latino citizens with SWAT style teams of heavily armed police looking for minor code violations and instances of fraud ... The most recent “solution” was for the city of Lancaster to propose shutting down its MetroLink rail station in order to prevent lower income people from traveling in from other parts of Los Angeles County

Bill Cosby's fall: How an extra ticket, an iPhone and a six-month-old comedy bit changed how we think about a legend - The turnaround is stunning, in retrospect. Bill Cosby has lost a Netflix special, an NBC sitcom, a spot on Temple’s board of trustees and years of accumulated respect as the sexual assault accusations that followed him for 14 years have finally stuck ... McQuade didn’t expect his post would go viral
Eschaton: Butterfly Wings - This kind of thing is long how I've seen blogging/internet potential. Anyone without a normal massive platform can, occasionally, set something in motion.

TNR at the Crossroads by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I’m guessing The New Republic’s “transition” is making news in part because the magazine just celebrated its 100th anniversary, and in part because one of those very rare fixtures in American magazine journalism, Leon Wieseltier, is leaving TNR (where among other things he edited the “back of the book,” the arts and culture section, forever) along with editor Franklin Foer, who’s getting the boot for the second time in recent years.
Facebook Prince Purges The New Republic: Inside the Destruction of a 100-Year-Old Magazine - The Daily Beast - Facebook billionaire Chris Hughes and his lieutenant from Yahoo gut one of journalism's great publications, setting off waves of resignations and tears - The irony is that the end of TNR as we know it comes less than three weeks after the 30-year-old Hughes--who had the good fortune to have been Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate, and helped Zuckerberg launch the social networking behemoth ... The friction escalated with the arrival of Vidra, who is said to have complained to Foer that the magazine was boring and that he couldn’t bring himself to read past the first 500 words of an article (no cat pics +what a dick)
Eschaton: So Long, And Thanks For All The Shit - Apparently TNR is getting rid of its current editor, Foer, and moving the operation to New York. This has caused various journalist twitterati to huff and puff their outrage, because nobody is supposed to ever lose their job in that world. Or Something.
New Republic Exodus: Dozens Of Editors Resign Over Management Changes ... New Republic owner Chris Hughes and newly installed CEO Guy Vidra announced Thursday they were repositioning the 100-year-old magazine to become a "vertically integrated digital media company." (whoa, everyone left; Libertarian dudebro at work)
The Lingering Death Of The New Republic - Esquire - out les Twittersphere went izonkospheric when it was announced that Chris Hughes, the Silicon Valley bozillionnaire who bought The New Republic in order to let his dog play with it out in the backyard, had a parting of the ways with his editor, and his literary editor, because Hughes apparently plans to move TNR, as it is adorably referred to by its many acolytes, to New York and turn it into a clickbait machine with upcoming features like "The Ten Hottest Secretaries Of Agriculture."
Even The “Liberal” New Republic » Balloon Juice - Seems Chris Hughes broke his toy to the point where Frank Foer is out as editor at The New Republic and everyone else is jumping ship in protest. People are resigning by Twitter. It’s freaking AWESOME. - The thing survived two world wars, the Great Depression, Watergate, the fall of the Soviet Union, 9/11, New Coke, and 74,927 episodes of Law and Order, but couldn’t handle one Silicon Valley douchebag with a giant checkbook in possession of all the common sense of a chunk of asphalt. Also, anybody else notice that Techbros Turning Journalism Outlets Into Huge Piles Of Shit(tm) seems to be a recurring theme of 2014? There’s an awful lot of that going around.
The End of TNR As We Know It » Balloon Juice
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Twitter: "When you run cover stories questioning the intelligence of 40 million people, because of their skin color, some among them tend to remember."
TNR RIP « The Dish - Well, one thing you could always say about TNR. It has always done drama really well – and this morning’s editorial meeting could probably have been written by Aaron Sorkin. The mass resignations – nine of the twelve editors are out – are effectively the end of TNR ... the danger “of being at a publication which is little more than a rich person’s hood ornament”:
Julia Ioffe - Today, I did something I thought I'd never... Also, TNR's digital media editor Hillary Kelly resigned today. From her honeymoon. In Africa. Consider that.
Goodbye to All That: Has former New Republic starlet Ruth Shalit left Washington in the dust—or is it the other way around? - Washington City Paper - Has former New Republic starlet Ruth Shalit left Washington in the dust—or is it the other way around? (for the memories)
Truth or Dare - The strange case of Ruth Shalit and the Washington Post - by Dan Kennedy

Columbia football coach quits following allegations of abuse | Sport | The Guardian - Letter claims players forced to play concussed - Team currently on run of 21 losses

Good Students Don’t Really Have Any Trouble Getting in at Elite Colleges by Daniel Luzer | College Guide | The Washington Monthly - What this really looks like, indeed, is a story about social class. Sure, rich kids worry about getting into really fancy colleges, but in a larger sense they have no trouble at all getting into a pretty good college somewhere.

The Top 100 Unusual And Surprising Baby Names Of 2014 (Audi and Darko ... and Tymber!)

Smoking erases Y chromosomes | Science/AAAS | News - Researchers have found that smokers are up to four times more likely to have blood cells with no Y chromosome than nonsmokers. That’s worrisome, they say, because a recent study found an association between Y chromosome loss and a shorter life span, as well as a higher risk of multiple cancers.

That annoying coworker - what does he/she keep doing? : AskReddit

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Klein and Kolbert - Lawyers, Guns & Money : So in the nature of fairness, it’s worth noting that Klein is pushing back hard against that review, discussing the many concrete ideas she posits:
‘Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism?’: An Exchange by Naomi Klein | The New York Review of Books
The Ethics of Climate Hope: A Response to Elizabeth Kolbert | This Changes Everything
The Climate Conundrum - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sustainable Energy – without the hot air

C.D.C. Warns That Flu Season May Be More Deadly Than Usual - NYTimes.com - This year’s flu season may be more deadly than usual and this year’s flu vaccine is a relatively poor match to the viruses that are now circulating, federal health officials warned on Thursday.

Inside the Battle Over the CIA Torture Report - Bloomberg View - Although the summary report is said to not use the word “torture,” officials said it would describe practices that any layman would understand as torture. (yeah, "torture" not in "torture" report)

ISIS: What the US Doesn’t Understand by Ahmed Rashid | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books - Accepting that ISIS is primarily waging a war within Islam requires a different kind of strategy than the US is pursuing.
Islamic Militants Wage Fierce Attack on Grozny, Chechnya’s Capital - NYTimes.com - GROZNY, Chechnya — A fierce gun battle between Islamist militants and government security forces paralyzed the center of the Chechen capital, Grozny, overnight Thursday, leaving some 19 people dead and embarrassing President Vladimir V. Putin just hours before he delivered his state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow. - “When this all started,” Mr. Kadyrov told reporters at the Kremlin, “I flew home, organized a special operation, killed the devils, held a meeting, gathered the staff needed to restore the damaged building and made it back in time to listen to the address of our national leader.

Kerry: Russia could rebuild trust with west by easing tensions with Ukraine | US news | The Guardian - Kerry speaks at meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, which includes both the United States and Russia as partners

Abu Dhabi stabbing: suspect arrested in murder of American schoolteacher | World news | The Guardian - Interior minister says suspect also planted makeshift bomb outside house of a US doctor, but did not confirm whether events were considered terrorist attack
Vatican finds hundreds of millions of euros 'tucked away': cardinal | Reuters

Operation AURORAGOLD: How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

The Snowden Effect: The Movie - Esquire - The surveillance state does what it does because it can do it, period. After the events of September 11, 2001, the country stepped into a universe entirely made of shadows and gray, concealing mist.

Booyah! Activist Investor Hurls Purple Prose at Jim Cramer - NYTimes.com - “enjoyed considerable nonpecuniary compensation such as perfumed sedan driver(s) and assorted assistants who spray ionized lavender water on your barren cranium.”

NY Daily News Makes Huge Statement With Front Page On Eric Garner Decision
A Search for Justice in the Eric Garner Case - NYTimes.com
Mayor de Blasio Announces Retraining of New York Police - NYTimes.com
What Comes Next in the Eric Garner Case - NYTimes.com
The Eric Garner case’s sickening outcome - The Washington Post - This time, there were literally millions of eyewitnesses. Somebody tell me, just theoretically, how many does it take? Is there any number that would suffice? Or is this whole “equal justice before the law” thing just a cruel joke?
The Eric Garner case’s sickening outcome - The Washington Post
The long, halting, unfinished fight to end racial profiling in America - The Washington Post - George W. Bush promised to end racial profiling a decade ago. Now Eric Holder is still trying.
#Crimingwhilewhite: White people are confessing on Twitter to crimes they got away with - The Washington Post - Most white Americans think bias against them is worse than bias against blacks, while just 37 percent of whites said the Michael Brown case raised important questions about race. Eighty percent of blacks did. (talk about out-of-touch)
Justice Department finds use of force problems in Cleveland Police Department - The Washington Post
Timothy Loehmann, Cop Who Shot Tamir Rice, Deemed Unfit For Policing 2 Years Ago - "He could not follow simple directions, could not communicate clear thoughts nor recollections, and his handgun performance was dismal,"
Tears at Funeral for Cleveland Boy Tamir Rice Shot by Cop - NBC News.com
No indictments after police shoot and kill man at an Ohio Wal-Mart; Justice Dept. launches investigation - The Washington Post
'Chaotic and dangerous' Cleveland police shamed in withering government report | US news | The Guardian - Cleveland force accused of using excessive and unreasonable force in hundreds of cases as DoJ appoint independent monitor to oversee reforms
The American Justice System Is Not Broken - That is what America does. It is not broken. That is exactly what is wrong with it. (killing black people a feature, not a bug)
The Will of the People - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Albert Burneko is speaking some truth. Because the American justice system is not broken. It’s working just as intended, to use violence against people of color. This is a system that goes back to slavery and has routinely both used violence as part of a state mechanism to ensure racial inequality and covered up for those using violence against people of color for any number of reasons, from slavery to lynching to cops wantonly killing red, brown, and black people.
Grand Jury Clears Jasper Police in Beating Caught on Tape - Diggles settled a civil rights lawsuit against the city and the officers last December for $75,000. And less than a month after the incident, Jasper’s city council voted to fire Cunningham and Grissom. (Grand Juries are a joke)

String of Sexual Assault Cases May Lead to Tipping Point - NYTimes.com
Lawyer urges Bill Cosby to let claims go to trial as new allegations emerge | World news | The Guardian - Gloria Allred challenges comedian to waive statute of limitations as new victims of his alleged sexual abuse emerge

'Unprecedented': Drug May Help Heal Damaged Spine - NBC News.com - The drug works on nerve cells that are cut, sending connections across the break, and it helped injured rats move their back legs again and also gave them back control of their bladders.
the engraving had taken place after the shells were buried
Hominids adapted to metabolize ethanol long before human-directed fermentation
Study: Contraception may change how happy women are with their husbands / More FSU News - Florida State 24/7 - The results showed that women who were using hormonal contraceptives when they met their husband experienced a drop in marital satisfaction after they discontinued a hormone-based birth control. But, what’s interesting is that how their satisfaction changed depended on their husbands’ facial attractiveness ... In contrast, beginning a hormonal contraceptive after marriage did not appear to have negative or positive impacts on a woman’s satisfaction, regardless of her husband’s looks.
84% of Vegetarians and Vegans Return to Meat. Why? | Psychology Today - Hence, the authors of the report argue that animal protectionists would be better off concentrating their efforts to persuade “the many” to reduce their consumption of flesh than trying to convince “the few” to take the absolutist route and give up meat completely.
PLOS ONE: Subclinical Primary Psychopathy, but Not Physical Formidability or Attractiveness, Predicts Conversational Dominance in a Zero-Acquaintance Situation
Psychopathy
What Is a Psychopath? | Psychology Today

Shakeup at The New Republic: Foer, Wieseltier out; mag moves to N.Y. - politico.com

A Weapon for Readers by Tim Parks | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books - Better to read a poor book with alert resistance, than devour a good one in mindless adoration.

Florida Agrees That Satanists Must Have Equal Representation In Capitol
Jenna Bush Admits to "Hanky Panky" on the White House Roof

Zoe Quinn: 'All Gamergate has done is ruin people's lives' | Technology | The Guardian

What was the biggest lie you got away with? : AskReddit
Reddit, what is your favorite "dead" website? : AskReddit

Apple Deleted Rivals’ Songs from Users’ iPods - Digits - WSJ - Apple deleted music that some iPod owners had downloaded from competing music services from 2007 to 2009 without telling users, attorneys for consumers told jurors in a class-action antitrust suit against Apple Wednesday. (another great idea from the Jobs)

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2014 Headed Toward Hottest Year On Record -- Here's Why That's Remarkable | ThinkProgress
West Antarctic melt rate has tripled - A comprehensive, 21-year analysis of the fastest-melting region of Antarctica has found that the melt rate of glaciers there has tripled during the last decade.
The melt rate of the Amundsen Sea Embayment in West Antarctica has tripled in the last decade.

NASA's Orion Test Flight Gets Us Closer to Mars - Businessweek

12 Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report - The Intercept - @froomkin (non-accountable accountability by Obama)

Ukraine nuclear accident 'no threat': Minister (nothing to worry about)
Remember When Putin Was a Colossus Astride the Planet & Laughing Haughtily at Obama? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

ISIS claims constructing dirty bomb after stealing 40kg of uranium - Iraqi News
US: attacks are slowing Isis but defeating jihadis could take years | World news | The Guardian - John Kerry insists international coalition’s strategy is working as Iran joins air strikes against Islamic State fighters (endless war extended)
Iran's air force bombs Isis in Iraq, says Pentagon | World news | The Guardian - Washington and Tehran deny coordination as part of US-led coalition against Islamic State

Hong Kong Democracy Protest Leaders Surrender To Police
India Ranked Less Corrupt Than China for the First Time in 18 Years - India Real Time - WSJ

Japanese vagina kayak artist arrested again for obscenity | World news | The Guardian - But on Wednesday, Igarashi was re-arrested on suspicion of sending a link “that shows her plan to create a boat using three-dimensional obscene data to a large number of people”, a Tokyo police spokeswoman told AFP. (a big no-no)

UN Resolution: Israel Must Renounce Nuclear Arms - ABC News

American couple cleared of charges in Qatar leave country after two-year saga | US news | The Guardian - US ambassador tweets that Matthew and Grace Huang, acquitted on charges related to death of their daughter, have left Gulf Arab nation

Soldier jailed for making nailbomb avoids terror charge | UK news | The Guardian - Ryan McGee told police he made the bomb when he was bored and because he did not like mass immigration (well, not that kind of terror)
No wonder landowners are scared. We are starting to learn who owns Britain | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - The land reform programme announced last week by the Scottish government is the end of civilised life on Earth, if you believe the corporate press. In a country where 432 people own half the private rural land, all change is Stalinism. (riches sold the country to foreign riches)

Hagel refused to hold off resignation - CNN.com - CNN has learned the White House wanted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to wait until this week to resign, so it would have a new nominee in place by then. But Hagel refused to wait, deciding if the White House was going to push him out, he wanted to make his resignation known as quickly as possible.

Is Obamacare Destroying the Democratic Party? - NYTimes.com - “Shorter Chuck Schumer — I wish Obama cared more about helping Democrats than sick people.”
Return of Focus Hocus Pocus - NYTimes.com - ’ve been getting correspondence from people saying that I need to respond to Tom Edsall channeling Chuck Schumer on how health reform was a mistake, Obama should have focused on the economy. The thing is, I responded to this argument four years ago, and everything I said then still applies
U.S. Experiences Unprecedented Slowdown In Health Care Spending - The amount the United States spent on health care went up last year by the smallest amount since federal scorekeepers started tracking these dollars half a century ago

What Might Persuade Hillary Clinton Not To Run In 2016 | FiveThirtyEight - Clinton was quite popular during her days as secretary of state. But since leaving that nonpartisan post in 2013, her net favorable rating has been falling. The most recent YouGov poll put her at an all-time low.

No Charges in Eric Garner Chokehold Case for N.Y.P.D. Officer - NYTimes.com
Grand Jury Declines To Indict NYPD Officer In Chokehold Death Of Eric Garner
The NYPD Has A Long History Of Killing Unarmed Black Men - Cops say they saw Garner selling cigarettes outside the store. Other witnesses, however, said he'd just finished breaking up a fight. He had no cigarettes on him, nor in his car, his family told the Daily News.
Hands Up, Don't Choke: Eric Garner Was Killed By Police For No Reason - No, his apparent crime was selling cigarettes without paying taxes on them. And for that, he was killed.
Cop cleared in Eric Garner chokehold death : news
Cuomo's share of the blame - Lawyers, Guns & Money : As New York’s cretinous governor scrambles to appear to be troubled by today’s outcome, let’s not forget the role he played in today’s miscarriage of justice
Judge Andrew Napolitano Says Eric Garner's Death Was 'Criminally Negligent Homicide'
Conservatives Join Outrage Over Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner's Death
New York City Protests Eric Garner Decision (PHOTOS)
From Daniel Pantaleo To Darren Wilson, Police Are Almost Never Indicted - “You'd have to be blind or prejudiced to say there's no probable cause,” Garner’s mother said before the grand jury's decision came out.
A Grand Jury Did Indict One Person Involved In Eric Garner's Killing -- The Man Who Filmed It - In August, less than a month after filming the fatal July 17 encounter in which Daniel Pantaleo and other police officers confronted Garner for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, a grand jury indicted Orta on weapons charges stemming from an arrest by undercover officers earlier that month. (all lies, they tracked him down and retaliated)

Hullabaloo - "Just the facts" don't answer the main question
Hundreds of Police Killings Are Uncounted in Federal Statistics - WSJ - FBI Data Differs from Local Counts on Justifiable Homicides (paywalled)
Eric Garner’s Death Won’t Even Show Up in FBI Stats on Police Homicides - Hit & Run : Reason.com - “it’s nearly impossible to determine how many people are killed by the police each year” (summary)
BREAKING! Benefits of Arbitrary Police Power Greatly Exaggerated - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Would a vast decline in the number of recorded stop-and-frisk encounters create an opening for violence to return? So far, Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Bratton said, the answer has been no.
Stop-and-Frisk Fades Away Under New Mayor, Crime Goes Down Anyway | Mother Jones (Guiliani and Bloomberg were racists)
'The Daily Show' Tackles 'Sh*tty White People' In Ferguson Race Debate - “I have a dream, Jon,” Wilmore said to clips of Goldman Sachs, Bill O'Reilly and Nickelback. “That one day, the actions of a few shitty white people will be seen as discrediting their entire race.”
Megyn Kelly Goes At It With Congressman Who Made ‘Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Gesture - “On this show, on this channel, unlike any other," said Kelly, "you get both sides!” (they really believe their own shit)
Denver Police Attempt To Erase Video Of Cop Beating Drug Suspect | Global Grind

Florida judge lifts restrictions on public feeding of homeless – for now | US news | The Guardian - Fort Lauderdale hit by protests and cyber attack over park feeding law - Judge suspends ordinance for 30 days and orders mediation

Georgia Town Votes to Ban Muslim Mosque, Residents Hate Islam (Video)

UPS pregnancy discrimination case weighed by US supreme court | Law | The Guardian - Justices begin hearing case of UPS employee Peggy Young with potential to affect many American women who continue to work throughout pregnancies
New court filing shows stunning new evidence of wage-fixing by major Hollywood animation studios | PandoDaily (bros takin care of bros and screwing women)

Gloria Allred Suggests Bill Cosby Waive Statute Of Limitations As Two More Women Step Forward - The three women who joined Allred were Beth Ferrier, who was first publicly identified in 2005 as Jane Doe #5 in Andrea Constand's suit against Cosby, and Helen Hayes and Chelan (who is currently being identified by her first name only), who previously had not made their allegations about Cosby public.
Former Democratic congressional aide pleads guilty to sexual assault - The Washington Post - At the house, prosecutors said, Williams spiked a drink with Ambien. The woman, according to court documents, fell into a “deep sleep,” at which point Williams raped her.
Zillow Accused of Subjecting Female Employees to "Sexual Torture" - Ms. Kremer's male supervisors ranked her according to her breast size, sent pictures of their penis to her, and demanded sexual gratification and obedience by Ms. Kremer to continue her employment (dubebros everywhere)

Building a safer Twitter | Twitter Blogs
Can Twitter Stop Harassment? - NYTimes.com
Twitter makes it easier to report abuse | Poynter. - Young women are “significantly more likely to say they have been stalked or sexually harassed than men,” Pew reports about a recent survey.
Twitter is making it easier to report harassment and block users

What Grown-Ups Are Missing About Boys - NYTimes.com - “People say, ‘well, boys are physically aggressive, but girls are aggressive in their relationships,’” said Dr. Orpinas, “and it just does seem to be a myth.” (mean boys)

The Divorce Surge Is Over, but the Myth Lives On - NYTimes.com - It is no longer true that the divorce rate is rising, or that half of all marriages end in divorce. It has not been for some time. Even though social scientists have tried to debunk those myths, somehow the conventional wisdom has held ... “Two-thirds of divorces are initiated by women,” said William Doherty, a marriage therapist and professor of family social science at University of Minnesota, “so when you’re talking about changes in divorce rates, in many ways you’re talking about changes in women’s expectations.” (+"love marriages" -"shotgun weddings")
Declining divorce - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Now, marriages are more likely to constructed in such a way that women get something closer to as much value out of them as men do, so divorce goes down. Feminism made marriage stronger, by creating the conditions under which women are more likely be in a position to marry, and construct their marriage, on their own terms.

Star Tribune publishes second anti-transgender ad | Twin Cities Daily Planet
Minnesota Newspaper Prints Another Ad Condemning Inclusive Policies For Transgender Students ... When asked for comment on the source of the image used in the ad, which was apparently also used on the cover of a novel targeted to young lesbian readers ...

Why Angie’s List Keeps Getting Mixed Reviews | Money.com - “Almost 70 percent of the company’s revenues come from advertising purchased by the service providers being rated,” a 2013 Consumer Reports investigation explained.

Kaling Ward leaves husband's body decomposing in bedroom for SIX MONTHS | Daily Mail Online - He had refused to go to the hospital to treat an infected left foot, deciding God would cure him, and died at 51 after slipping into a coma

New Marijuana Study Says Everyone Knows You're High And You'll Likely Be Stoned Forever : videos (full list below +"you were once a baby, now you're a criminal")

[NSFW] What is something that the opposite gender will never understand? : AskReddit
Redditers, what red flags in your last relationship did you miss until it was too late? : AskReddit
[NSFW] at what age did you lose your virginity? If you could go back to that time would you take it back ? : AskReddit
What is a personality trait that most people see as a positive characteristic that you personally can't stand? Why do you feel this way? : AskReddit

AT&T vs. municipal fiber | BGR
The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought - That saddest part about all of this is that the very worst is probably still to come. Hackers say they stole 100 terabytes of data in total. If only 40 gigabytes contained all of this damning information, just imagine what 100 terabytes contains
Sony hack is potentially the worst in history. 100 TB stolen, including unreleased movies & scripts, medical records, 3800 SSNs, etc. : technology
Billion-dollar Apple iPod antitrust lawsuit gets under way in US court | Technology | The Guardian - Statements by the late Steve Jobs central to trial, which sees Apple accused of unfair tactics for digital music dominance (Stevo has above the law)
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Review: Photography and Writing

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Wife and child of Islamic State leader Baghdadi held in Lebanon | World news | The Guardian - Arrest is described as ‘high-value catch’ and reportedly follows information provided by western intelligence agencies
Eschaton: If Only There Was Something We Could Do To Help The Syrian People - I guess we could bomb them? - SIXTY-FOUR MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL. We could've built 10 Steve Austins for that. In 1973. (bombs always get the money)
‘Hell is never far away’ - female medic risking her life for Aleppo | World news | The Guardian - Umm Abdu has lost her husband and a son to the war in Syria, but the pistol-wearing woman refuses to abandon her embattled city

Gunmen Attack Kenya Quarry Near Somali Border, Kill Dozens Of Workers - Somali al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 36 non-Muslim workers at a quarry in northeast Kenya on Tuesday, prompting the president to change his top security officials to tackle a relentless wave of violence.

Russia Warns Of Recession In 2015 Amid Sanctions And Low Oil Prices

Ireland to clash with UK at human rights court over hooded men judgment | World news | The Guardian - The techniques inflicted on the detainees included hooding suspects, putting them into stress positions, sleep deprivation, food and water deprivation and the use of white noise. They were arrested as a result of the British policy of internment without trial in 1971 when thousands of suspects, mainly from Ireland’s nationalist-republican community, were rounded up. (just a little Obama-style enhanced interrogation)

A long list of sex acts just got banned in UK porn - UK - News - The Independent - Regulations branded 'simply a set of moral judgements'
A long list of sex acts just got banned in UK porn : worldnews

Symbolic Vote in France Backs Palestinian State - NYTimes.com

Ferguson grand jury decision draws sharp racial, partisan reactions - The Washington Post (split, except for hating Obama)
White police officers involved in black couple's death sue Cleveland for racial discrimination | US news | The Guardian - The November 2012 chase, which left two people dead after police fired 137 shots, prompted considerable scrutiny of the Cleveland police department’s use of force
Sheriff Defends Stopping Black Man For Walking With Hands In His Pockets - "You were walking by … well you were making people nervous," the deputy says in the video McKean recorded, above. "They said you had your hands in your pockets."
Albuquerque policeman who shot woman fired over camera lapse - Yahoo News - An Albuquerque police officer who shot and killed a 19-year-old woman in April was fired from the police force on Monday for failing to follow an order to turn on his uniform camera during all citizen contacts, police said.

Bill Cosby sued in underage sex lawsuit | World news | The Guardian - Judith Huth says she was 15 when comedian took her to Playboy Mansion in 1974 and made her perform sex act
California man first to be convicted under state's revenge porn law | US news | The Guardian - Noe Iniguez sentenced to one year in jail after he was found guilty of posting topless photos of his ex-girlfriend on her employer’s Facebook page
Jian Ghomeshi harassed me on the job. Why did our radio station look the other way? | Kathryn Borel | Comment is free | The Guardian - the maddening part is that his celebrity was a creation of the CBC – Canada’s folksy, sweater-wearing public broadcaster and one of the most family-friendly brands in the nation’s history. Ghomeshi – and, by extension, his sleaze – was endorsed, promoted and held up as an example to all by a beloved institution.
ELI5: Why is a rape on a college campus handled as an administrative problem by the school, rather than as a criminal matter, handled by the police? : explainlikeimfive

Widespread Power Outage Strikes Detroit, Disrupts School, Trial And More - The entire Detroit Public Lighting system went down Tuesday morning, causing power disruptions in about 100 buildings, including fire stations, schools, several Wayne State University buildings, government offices, courthouses, the art museum and the hockey arena, according to various reports.

Scientists Confirm These Really Are the Bones of Richard III - Popular Mechanics - Genetic evidence from his skeletal remains proves Richard III is the oldest known individual ever identified through DNA ... somewhere in the line of the family tree that extends up from Duke Henry Somerset to Edward III and down to Richard III, a queen or heiress became pregnant through adultery and then lied about it without anybody ever knowing.
Stephen Hawking warns artificial intelligence could end mankind (the non-artifical kind is doing quite well thank you)

A Look Inside The Insidious And Adulterous World Of Sexting - Weiss also said that once a person is caught sexting, their partner is entitled to ask to see their phone or online messages on a regular basis

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tired_of_nonsense comments on Two of the world’s most prestigious science academies say there’s clear evidence that humans are causing the climate to change. The time for talk is over, says the US National Academy of Sciences and the Royal Society, the national science academy of the UK.
The misunderstood limits of folk science: an illusion of explanatory depth - Rozenblit - 2010 - Cognitive Science - Wiley Online Library
Quote Details: John F. Kennedy: The great enemy of... - The Quotations Page
Drought-hit Sao Paulo may 'get water from mud': TRFN | Reuters - São Paulo, Brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say.

NY Fed's $40 Billion Iraqi Money Trail - It has been called the largest airborne transfer of currency in the history of the world. But finding out what happened to all the money involved has become one of the biggest financial mysteries of all time. (look in Cheney's safe)

Video Feature: Targeting ISIS’ Black-Market Oil Trade - NYTimes.com
ISIS may possesss nuclear material stolen from Iraq, report says - The Times of India
Iraqi army 'had 50,000 ghost troops' on payroll - Correspondents say rampant corruption in the Iraqi army is seen as one of the reasons why it has struggled to contain Islamic State militants.
Waterborne Disease Plagues I.S.-Held Mosul ‹ Newsweek Pakistan - But “the hardships of the locals certainly undermine I.S. claims to be a state meeting the needs of the people and offering them real security,” he added.
Why Young Germany Are Answering Call to War in Syria - Spiegel Online - Hundreds of young German Islamists have traveled to Syria to fight with the terrorist group Islamic State - Jihad is a lot of fun!

Snowden calls on UN to protect privacy, rights
Edward Snowden wins Swedish human rights award for NSA revelations | US news | The Guardian - Whistleblower receives several standing ovations in Swedish parliament as he wins Right Livelihood award

Being Bad Europeans - NYTimes.com (Germany worst)
George Osborne likely to miss deficit reduction target as UK borrowing rises | Business | The Guardian - Increase fuelled by weak tax receipts means chancellor may have to unveil further cuts or raise taxes to meet targets in time for 2015 election (austerity failed for everyone but the riches, so more austerity)

What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel - The Atlantic - The news tells us less about Israel than about the people writing the news, a former AP reporter says.
Palestinian woman shot after Israeli citizen is stabbed in the West Bank | World news | The Guardian - A Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli civilian in the occupied West Bank and was then shot and wounded by security forces, according to the Israeli military and police.

5 mutilated bodies found in southern Mexico - Five mutilated bodies were found in a region of southern Mexico where 11 decapitated corpses were discovered just three days ago, authorities said Sunday.
Mexican president's ratings slump as outrage grows over missing student teachers | World news | The Guardian - Embattled Enrique Peña Nieto facing growing pressure over violence and corruption, with more protests planned across Mexico for Monday night

Up to 35 inmates dead, 20 comatose, after apparent mass suicide in Venezuelan prison | Fox News Latino - Pressure is building on Venezuela's government to fully investigate a rising number of deaths at an overcrowded prison, with human rights activists questioning authorities' claim of a mass drug overdose by dozens of inmates who stormed an infirmary.

Italian man arrested after ‘boasting of his ex-wife’s murder’ on Facebook | World news | The Guardian - One possible scenario being investigated is that Pagnani, bleeding profusely, stumbled out of a side door of the house after the murder and posted the Facebook update from his mobile phone.

Stanley Kutler: Pentagon unwilling to face the Vietnam truth: We lost : Ct - The Pentagon has hijacked the history of the Vietnam War, magically transforming it into a memory to honor and cherish. George Orwell never imagined better.

With executive action, Obama risks losing Chief Justice John Roberts - LA Times

The Hunger Games Economy - The Daily Beast - The popularity of Suzanne Collins’s series suggests it has caught something many Americans sense: This is not the best we can do.
GOP staffer to resign after slamming Obama girls | MSNBC - She had previously been responsible for a gaffe this summer when she accidentally tweeted about “shagging” on Fincher’s official Twitter account. Now, her resignation is “in the works.”
GOP Staffer Elizabeth Lauten Resigns Following Comments About Sasha, Malia Obama - Dress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar. "After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were. (slow on the uptake)
GOP Staffer Who Attacked Obama Girls Was Arrested During Her Own "Awful Teen Years" | The Smoking Gun - Lauten, then 17, was collared for stealing from a Belk department store in her North Carolina hometown

109 women prosecuted for false rape claims in five years, say campaigners | Law | The Guardian

The Science of Why Cops Shoot Young Black Men | Mother Jones - And how to reform our bigoted brains.
Crime and Punishment - NYTimes.com - “white Americans overestimate the proportion of crime committed by people of color, and associate people of color with criminality.”
Armies Of Occupation - Esquire - For far too long, the local police forces in this country have been allowed to cultivate in their membership the attitudes usually found in armies of occupation. For far too long, the local police forces in this country have been allowed to weaponize those attitudes with the kind of firepower usually used by armies of occupation
Bad Memories Down South by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The polling we’ve all seen about divergent perceptions of Ferguson doesn’t even begin to reflect the intensity of the hostility I heard towards “the blacks” (an inhibition against free use of the n-word, at least in semi-public, seems to be the only post-civil-rights taboo left), who have the outrageous temerity to protest an obvious act of self-defense by a police officer.
Obama calls for more police body cameras as part of $263m reform package | US news | The Guardian - President asks for extra federal funds to reform police departments across the country, in the wake of protests that followed the death of Michael Brown
Missouri police union condemns 'tasteless' NFL players' 'hands up' gesture | US news | The Guardian - Officers’ union calls for St Louis players to be disciplined over ‘hands-up’ gesture and threaten boycott of NFL advertisers (the cops will stop buying Bud Light, ha ha)
Police shut down mysterious 'Oath Keepers' guarding rooftops in downtown Ferguson : News
Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl - The prosecution noted that even having his finger on the trigger of his submachine gun was improper. “He could have avoided injury if he had followed his training,” Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Robert Moran explained.
Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl : news - By the way, they were in the wrong apartment.
Category:White American riots in the United States

2013 homicide rate in Canada lowest since 1966 - Politics - CBC News - Police reported 505 homicides in 2013, down 38 from the previous year, StatsCan says

Freed Texas day care owners still want exoneration - Yahoo News - Former day care owners who spent 21 years in prison before being freed amid questions over their convictions for child abuse involving satanic rituals are struggling to convince prosecutors that they should be fully exonerated. They had been convicted in 1992 after therapists testified that they helped three children recover memories of satanic rituals and sexual abuse at an Austin preschool the Kellers operated. The court will be guided by the recommendations of Senior District Judge Wilford Flowers, who presided over the Kellers' 1992 trial and their recent appeals — and who has already twice ruled that they had failed to prove their innocence. (the TX version of McMartin with their own Coakley)
Tampa homeless program uses unpaid, destitute residents as steady labor force, revenue source | Tampa Bay Times - But not for the workers. They leave the game sweat-soaked and as penniless as they arrived. The money for their labor goes to New Beginnings. The men receive only shelter and food.

AIDS campaigners say pandemic has finally reached tipping point | Reuters - The number of people newly infected with HIV over the last year was lower than the number of HIV-positive people who joined those getting access to the medicines they need to take for life to keep AIDS at bay.

British BDSM Enthusiasts, Say Goodbye to Your Favourite Homegrown Porn | VICE | United Kingdom - ?This morning, the laws governing online porn changed. Somewhere in the UK, stooped over a keyboard, teeth bared, the men and women charged with shielding our eyes from anything deemed legally a-bit-off are working to a new set of guidelines: There appear to be no rational explanations for most of the R18 rules – they're simply a set of moral judgements designed by people who have struggled endlessly to stop the British people from watching pornography
Cocaine, Parties and Prostitution: the Lives of Hong Kong's Young, Wealthy British Expats | VICE | United Kingdom - ? "He wasn't mean or aggressive. He was nice, well-educated and OK."
Janay Rice Says Ravens Pushed Her To Apologize After Husband's Domestic Violence
AARP Magazine Prints Two Very Different Bill Cosby Covers - Oops. This month's AARP magazine celebrates "Bill Cosby, A Life of Laughter" #Cosby pic.twitter.com/vApIvJXtDC
U-Va.’s entrenched fraternity culture at tipping point - The Washington Post - “I think the fraternity system probably has one chance to fix itself,” Wright said. “If we don’t get this right, people are going to ask for fraternities to be banned, and they are going to have a point.”
Libertarian Magazine Wonders If UVA Rolling Stone Rape Was A 'Hoax' - The libertarian-leaning Reason magazine published a blog post on Monday asking whether Rolling Stone's recent story about rape culture at the University of Virginia, which depicted a horrific gang rape at a fraternity there, was actually "a gigantic hoax." (ha ha Reason, you so stupid)

US Efforts to Jail Dotcom Fail as Kim Walks Free | TorrentFreak - Efforts by the United States government to have Kim Dotcom put back behind bars have failed. claims from United States authorities who want to extradite Dotcom to face charges of copyright infringement, money laundering and racketeering.

HIV evolving 'into milder form' - HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious, according to a major scientific study.
Earth's Invisible 'Star Trek' Force Field Protects You From Killer Electrons - "If the sun really blasts the Earth’s magnetosphere with a coronal mass ejection, I suspect it will breach the shield for a period of time."
He may have unravelled DNA, but James Watson deserves to be shunned | Adam Rutherford | Comment is free | The Guardian - Franklin’s skill at the technique known as X-ray crystallography was profound, and was indubitably essential to the discovery. Crick and Watson acquired the photo without her knowledge. (racist, sexist old fuck)
James Watson selling Nobel Prize: DNA structure discoverer’s history of racism and sexism. - The disgraced co-discoverer of DNA is selling his Nobel Prize.
How Sociologists Made Themselves Irrelevant - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education - Sadly, this situation is typical because sociologists have become distant spectators rather than shapers of policy. In the effort to keep ourselves academically pure, we’ve also become largely irrelevant in molding the most important social enterprises of our era.
Why Is American Teaching So Bad? by Jonathan Zimmerman | The New York Review of Books
Psychological comments: Are girls too normal? Sex differences in intelligence - This shows that girls predominate over boys at the centre of the intelligence range, but there are fewer at the extremes, which is where boys are slightly more likely to be found. (boys both dumber and smarter, and have bigger heads and 10x more violent)
Price of intelligence: Mental illness - A chance event in the genome of a marine creature about 550 million years ago triggered the evolution of intelligence and brain disorders, from autism to mental retardation to schizophrenia, new research suggests.
Faster cognitive decline may be among the effects of diabetes - The Washington Post
Midlife type 2 diabetes and poor glycaemic control as risk factors for cognitive decline in early old age: a post-hoc analysis of the Whitehall II cohort study : The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology - those with known diabetes had a 45% faster decline in memory (10 year difference in decline -0·13 SD, 95% CI -0·26 to -0·00; p=0·046), a 29% faster decline in reasoning (-0·10 SD, -0·19 to -0·01; p=0·026), and a 24% faster decline in the global cognitive score (-0·11 SD, -0·21 to -0·02; p=0·014).

Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon? - The American Interest - We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God. What would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist context? (it's all about monotheism, so no)
HBO's Pending Scientology Documentary Investigates Church's Hold On Hollywood Stars - The film is expected to feature new revelations about the controversial church and its famous followers, such as Cruise and John Travolta. If it’s finished in time, it will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival in January.
North Dakota May Require High School Students To Pass Citizenship Test - The state's first lady joined educators and lawmakers Monday to unveil legislation that would require high school students to pass a 100-question civics test starting in 2016 (F gets you deported to Mexico or Canada)

The original Squatty Potty toilet stool
ELI5: Why capitalize Alpha Centauri, Mars, Venus, Earth, and Europa (a moon of Jupiter) but not moon and sun as in: “The Earth and moon are warmed by the sun.”? : explainlikeimfive

Vox Media Valued at Nearly $400 Million After Investment - NYTimes.com

AT&T’s good cop, bad cop routine with the FCC - The Washington Post - When AT&T said this month it was halting a plan to give 100 cities ultra-fast Internet, it apparently didn't really mean that.
7 Colorado communities just secured the right to build their own broadband - The Washington Post
ELI5: Why did Reddit shut down r/TheFappening but leaves some truly disgusting subs up? : explainlikeimfive
Whats the biggest thing you hide from your family?. : AskReddit

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Obama to Introduce Sweeping New Controls on Ozone Emissions - NYTimes.com
Scientists: Climate change means sicker world for sea life | Local News | The Seattle Times - It’s not clear if a virus wiping out millions of sea stars is being influenced by climate change. But scientists say rising temperatures likely will make ocean disease outbreaks more problematic in the future. (Repubican death-cult killing the planet)
Grim Reality Amid Optimism Ahead of Climate Talks - NYTimes.com
Canada's process to protect endangered species is failing, study finds - Technology & Science - CBC News - 86% of country's at risk species stay at same risk level or have deteriorated over time
World's Most Polluted City Urged To Close Schools On Bad Air Days | ThinkProgress - A blanket of dust and smog covers the city landscape in New Delhi, India.
Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction - The Daily Beast (don't worry, the stupid will live on)
Next battle in the war on science - Maggie Severns - POLITICO - The GOP Congress is ready to attack science agency funding in 2015.

Flawed 1 World Trade Center Is a Cautionary Tale

Activists: ISIS Is Now Launching Attacks From Inside Turkey - The Atlantic - But the country denies that the terrorist group is operating from its side of the border
US-led coalition bombards Isis at Raqqa with up to 30 air strikes | World news | The Guardian - The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes targeted Isis positions in the city of Raqqa as well as the Division 17 air base, which the militants seized earlier this year from government forces.
Inside the Islamic State’s capital: Red Bull-drinking jihadists, hungry civilians, crucifixions and air strikes | World news | The Guardian - Activists tell of the Isis elite living in relative luxury as civilians face poverty, hunger, inflation and power shortages
Egypt court declares ISIS a terror group | News , Middle East | the daily star
Mubarak verdict fuels protests, mockery in Egypt | Reuters

Boko Haram Kano attack: Loss of life on staggering scale - The tension is palpable in Kano, after bombers and gunmen struck killing more than 100 people at the central mosque.

WASHINGTON: Former al Qaida hostage recounts nightmare – of dealing with FBI | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC - The only thing as bad as being tortured for months as a captive of jihadists in Syria was dealing with the U.S. government afterward, according to one former American hostage. (your government, particularly the security apparatus, is insane)

UK Government Brings In Yet More Counter-Terrorism Measures -- Including Internal Exile | Techdirt - Yes, you read that correctly: the new bill will introduce internal exile for the UK. The parallels between the UK and Soviet Russia become more painfully apparent by the day. (gulag in Scotland)

Abbas accuses U.S. of blocking creation of Palestinian state - Middle East Israel News | Haaretz - PA president 'regrets' U.S. lawmakers' recommendaton to cut aid; also says Egyptian help will be essential for security in future Palestinian state
Politicians roundly condemn attack on bilingual school | The Times of Israel - Justice minister promises punishment for perpetrators of suspected arson incident in Jerusalem Hebrew-Arabic institution Saturday night

Finance Minister's Family Purchase State Assets Behind Closed Doors - The Reykjavik Grapevine - Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson’s family was granted early access to an unadvertised share sale that allowed them to purchase a stake in Landsbankinn asset Borgun, reports Kjarninn. (Iceland still very corrupt)
Ecopop referendum: Swiss reject immigration curbs - Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population.
Hong Kong Protesters Clash With Police for Street Control - Bloomberg - Hundreds of protesters faced off against police officers at key junctions around the offices in the Admiralty district.

UN anti-torture panel urges US to cease indefinite detention without charge - The Committee urged the United States to ensure that no one is held in secret detention under its effective control and take all necessary measures to ensure that their legislative, administrative and other anti-terrorism measures are compatible with the provisions of the Convention.

Russia Arctic Expansion - Business Insider
Large, unauthorized convoy enters east Ukraine from Russia: Ukrainian military - Yahoo News
Hi-tech equipment missing from warship France is building for Russia | World news | The Guardian - Hard drives among material reported missing on day president suspended delivery of the Vladivostok due to Ukraine concerns

German loophole allows BND spy agency to snoop on own people | World news | The Guardian - Intelligence agency can legally intercept calls and emails from Germans working abroad for foreign firms, MPs discover
U.K. police force accidentally admits it spied on journalists - and asked the publication to delete the documents when they realized what they had done. Press Gazette has refused to do so, arguing that “there is a strong public interest in disclosing it.”
Facebook can gain direct access to your mobile and take pictures or make videos at any time, MPs warn - warning that laws will be needed if companies fail to comply.

Justices weigh limits of free speech over Internet


Where Do We Go After Ferguson? - NYTimes.com
No Benefits for Ferguson Police Officer Who Resigned - NYTimes.com
Attorney: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson resigns in wake of fatal shooting of Michael Brown -
Deep South justice in Ferguson - The Washington Post
'Morning Joe' Panel: Michael Brown Was A 'Thug,' Protests Are Based On 'Lies'
Police killing, beating of civilians raise issue of reasonable force - LA Times - Samantha Ramsey, 19, was buried next to her father in Hebron, Ky., after being shot to death by a sheriff’s deputy who said he feared for his life as he tried to stop the car she was driving. A grand jury took one day to review evidence — including the deputy's testimony ... before declaring the shooting justified. (after he jumped on the hood)
Crime law enforcement technology | Homeland Security News Wire - ignificant increase in public requests for video footage under the state’s Public Records Act, which puts no limit on the number of records which may be requested nor requires that the person requesting records have any connection to the information being requested.

Ibuprofen Relieves Women’s Hurt Feelings, Not Men’s | News - People have long been conditioned to believe that hurt feelings and physical injury are separate phenomena. Recent research finds that both kinds of pain activate similar regions of the brain — and that differences in sex reveal opposing ways to mitigate the sting of social pain through over-the-counter pain relievers.
Minocycline supplementation for treatment of negative symptoms in e... - PubMed - NCBI - he addition of minocycline to atypical antipsychotic drugs in early schizophrenia had significant efficacy on negative symptoms but had a slight effect on the attention domains of patients with schizophrenia. It may be considered as a new adjunct treatment for negative symptoms of schizophrenia
Which is faster gravity or light? : askscience
Effect of raw milk on lactose intolerance: a randomized controlled ... - PubMed - NCBI - Raw milk failed to reduce lactose malabsorption or lactose intolerance symptoms compared with pasteurized milk among adults positive for lactose malabsorption. These results do not support widespread anecdotal claims that raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance.
Lack of exposure to natural light in the workspace is associated wi... - PubMed - NCBI - Our study demonstrated that not only may light pollution affect human physiology but also lack of exposure to natural light is related to high levels of cortisol and lower levels of melatonin at night, and these, in turn, are related to depressive symptoms and poor quality of sleep.
El Sidron - Neanderthal Site in Spain - Although there are not carnivore tooth marks on the bone, the bones are heavily fragmented and show cutmarks made by stone tools, indicating that they were almost certainly killed and cannibalized ... lead researchers to believe this family was a victim of survival cannibalism by another group ... between 42,000 and 44,000 years ago,
New Class of Polymers Discovered By Accident - Scientific American - Eco-friendly polymers strong enough to use in cars and airplanes

The Downside of Resilience - NYTimes.com - Others are more like dandelions; they prove resilient to the negative effects of adversity, but at the same time do not particularly benefit from positive experiences. In this sense, resilience, long thought to be an exclusively beneficial characteristic, is actually a double-edged sword ... genetics seems to play a role.

A letter to … the girl who accused me of rape when I was 15 | Life and style | The Guardian
From the Gaurdian: A letter to … the girl who accused me of rape when I was 15 : news

What do you think is the best guitar riff of all time? : AskReddit

Fiber fight: Broadening broadband Gig City touted as model in broadband debate | Times Free Press (coulda been Cambridge, but they spent all their money on traffic-calming and removing parking spaces)


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Pollution and Politics - NYTimes.com - Earlier this week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed regulations to curb emissions of ozone, which causes smog, not to mention asthma, heart disease and premature death. And you know what happened: Republicans went on the attack, claiming that the new rules would impose enormous costs.

Despite Aid Push, Ebola Is Raging in Sierra Leone - NYTimes.com

Conflicting Policies on Syria and Islamic State Erode U.S. Standing in Mideast - NYTimes.com
US launches 15 air strikes against Isis | World news | The Guardian - Series of US military air strikes hit Isis fighting positions and staging areas in Iraq and Syria earlier this week
Inside The Fight Against ISIS In Kobani
Eschaton: We'll Serve Them Lean Cuisine To Make Them Lean And Mean - We'll Serve Them Lean Cuisine To Make Them Lean And Mean - Well this will work for sure: “The idea is, at least in the first instance, to try and build a kind of leaner, meaner Iraqi army,” said a senior U.S. official, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss planning.
U.S. seeks to build lean Iraqi force to fight the Islamic State - The Washington Post (never learn from experience)
Taliban Press Attacks Against Afghan Targets - NYTimes.com - Taliban Press Attacks Against Afghan Targets

Mexico's President Vows To Reform Police In Wake Of Students' Disappearance (that will surely work)
Turning Mexico’s kingpins into cartelitos | Al Jazeera America - Drug trafficking organizations are rapidly splintering, but there?’s no end in sight to the violence

Wasted investment: China's $6.8-trillion hole? | The Economist - HAS CHINA really blown $6.8 trillion on worthless investments over the past five years? (probably not)

Japanese Newspaper Prints Apology for Using the Term ‘Sex Slaves’ - NYTimes.com - , the newspaper said it was “inappropriate” to suggest that the women — of many nationalities and known euphemistically as “comfort women” — had been recruited against their will.
Choosing to Look at 'War Porn' - NYTimes.com - Most of these pictures weren’t published because they are gruesome. They show very horrific things and the publications I worked for decided not to run them.

Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor | WIRED - 28-year-old hacker Fidel Salinas faced 44 felony computer fraud and cyberstalking counts just months ago.

Another look at how U.S. workers have been screwed over the past 50 years - the so-called supply side economics popularized during the Reagan administration (aka "trickle-down" economics), wasn't very friendly to production and nonsupervisory employees.
The right’s Black Friday con: Who’s really behind the war on low-wage protests - Salon.com - With activists mobilizing to protest low wages at retail stores this week, corporate toads are seeking payback

Learning from my 2014 mistakes: A year of reckoning for Democrats - Salon.com - No, red state women didn't save the party. But Ebola was a phony GOP-made crisis and Dems shouldn't have cowered - Michelle Nunn lost white women to David Perdue 69-27; Wendy Davis lost them 66-31; Alison Grimes lost them 55-41

Do Online Death Threats Count as Free Speech? - NYTimes.com


Current drug-patent system is bad medicine | Al Jazeera America - The $2.6 billion figure, which will undoubtedly be used to justify high drug prices, led many health care experts and advocates to raise questions about the study’s methodology. Part of the concern stems from the fact that the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, which DiMasi directs, receives funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

The coming wave of anti-abortion laws - Paige Winfield Cunningham - POLITICO - New GOP state legislatures will make access to abortion harder than ever.

Ferguson: what the witnesses said
Dehumanizing Ferguson - The Washington Post - The name Ferguson should become shorthand for dehumanization.
Hullabaloo - The #Ferguson #fail
Lawrence O’Donnell: Why did McCulloch pin so much on unreliable ‘Witness #10'?
Protests in Houston after police shoot unarmed man in wheelchair | US news | The Guardian - He "waved a shiny object in his hand in their direction" and attempted to stab one of the officers, at which point the other officer, Matthew Marin, shot Claunch. The shiny object proved to be a ballpoint pen. (from his wheelchair)

Bill Cosby resigns from fundraising post at alma mater | World news | The Guardian - News that comedian agreed to resign from UMass Amherst comes as university in Tennessee cancelled appearance by the comedian at its annual benefit dinner

Christian ‘branding agency’ seeks $1 million for ‘McMass’ project to put McDonald’s in churches - A design firm committed to using “cutting edge communication technology to empower the 21st century church” started a new project, “McMass,” in which it aims to reinvigorate the flock by opening McDonald’s franchises in churches. (two dying industries) does the McEucharist come with BBQ dipping blood of Jesus sauce?




Saudi Arabia is freaking out about digital drugs | Dazed - Saudi Arabia is taking a typically hard stance on any potential dangers of digital drugs. The country has some of the harshest drug laws in the world, with the sale of narcotics almost always resulting in the death penalty. . Binaural beats have been around in the West for a while, but with mixed reports on whether or not you can catch a legitimate buzz. However, Al-Sharif clearly believes in the strength of digital drugs and is doing everything within his power to prevent his country becoming an addled mess zombified by sound.
The Hypnosis Videos That Promise Sweet Dreams and Hands-Free Orgasms | Motherboard
Yes, You Can Really Make DMT From Tryptophan | Motherboard - "Many psychoactive substances are closely related to amino acids." It's definitely possible to perform this sort of route, then, though Morris adds that it would be plain impractical and unnecessary. Tryptamine is cheap and readily available, for one.
Pharmacology - L-tryptophan to tryptamine to DMT in vivo! - Drugs Forum

The Secret Life of Passwords - NYTimes.com


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Yes, the U.S. can reduce emissions 80% by 2050 — in 6 graphs | Grist
New superconductor-powered wind turbines could hit Australian shores in five years - ScienceAlert - Australian scientists are developing wind turbines that are one-third the price and 1,000 times more efficient than anything currently on the market to install along the country's windy and abundant coast.

Germany Warns Wrecking Russian Economy Would Be Perilous - Bloomberg - Germany wants to avoid wrecking Russia’s economy with sanctions imposed in the conflict over Ukraine, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.
Dutch move 122 tons of gold out of US

How to Defeat the Islamic State — Medium - When the Bush administration decided to disband Iraq’s mostly Sunni military and then to impose a de facto ban on Sunni Arab participation in the new Iraqi government through de-Baathification, America effectively provided no incentive for Iraq’s Sunnis to participate in the new Iraq. We humiliated them. (reaping what Bush sowed)

Mexico's missing students draw attention to 20,000 'vanished' others | World news | The Guardian - The shocking disappearance of 43 student teachers lifted the lid on the open secret of Mexico’s many others who’ve disappeared amid drug-fuelled violence (another failed war with disasterous consequences)

Veena Malik sentenced to 26 years in jail for blasphemy after appearing in mock TV wedding scene - People - News - The Independent - Her crime? Appearing in a pretend wedding scene, staged on a daytime show broadcast by Geo TV and based on the marriage of the Prophet Mohamed’s daughter.

Panel Details Plan to Give Scotland More Powers - NYTimes.com
Former UKIP deputy: gays sleep with up to 20,000 people | Dazed - Lord Christopher Monckton writes: ‘One wonders how they found time for anything else.’

Siggi "The Hacker" admits guilty to all charges - mbl.is - The case against Siggi "The Hacker" has un­der­gone a sharp turn-around. Siggi has de­cided to change his plea to "Guilty". Charges against him amount to thirty pages of em­bez­zle­ment and fraud amount­ing to thirty mil­lion kro­nas.

Saudis block OPEC output cut, sending oil price plunging | Reuters

How Robert McCulloch Hoodwinked The Ferguson Grand Jury | Crooks and Liars - A shocking deception on the part of the St. Louis County Prosecutor taints the entire Grand Jury verdict.
Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony - Salon.com - A look at the investigation transcript illuminates a hugely problematic fact: This testimony cannot be trusted
Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents - The Washington Post
Prosecutors grossly mishandled the Darren Wilson investigation - Vox
What do the newly released witness statements tell us about the Michael Brown shooting? | PBS NewsHour (cops and law lie)
Experts Weigh Officer’s Decisions Leading to Fatal Shooting of Michael Brown - NYTimes.com

Ferguson: hundreds arrested in California protests despite relative calm in Missouri | US news | The Guardian - In Los Angeles and Oakland, demonstrators took to the streets for a third night to show solidarity with the family of Michael Brown
Bankers, Immigrants, Darren Wilson and the Injustices of Prosecutorial Discretion by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - All of this is happening against the backdrop of one of the largest and most controversial programs of deliberate non-prosecution in U.S. history: the decision not to pursue criminal sanctions against those in the financial sector who not only violated various laws but wrecked much of the economy and damaged the lives of many millions of people. (Obama had the banksters backs)
Justice Scalia Explains What Was Wrong With The Ferguson Grand Jury | ThinkProgress - . As a consequence, neither in this country nor in England has the suspect under investigation by the grand jury ever been thought to have a right to testify or to have exculpatory evidence presented.
Ferguson’s lawlessness is not a big surprise - The Washington Post - Lawlessness happens when the law breaks down. That sounds like a tautology. It’s not.
Race in America: Ferguson surfaces divisions in views of blacks and whites | Pew Research Center - When asked specifically about confidence in police to not use excessive force on suspects, 36% of whites express a great deal of confidence compared with 18% of blacks
The five leaders who failed Ferguson | US news | The Guardian
Ferguson Grand Jury Testimony Full Of Inconsistencies

Armed and Dangerous · thewalrus.ca - How mission creep is turning our cops into warriors
Wisc. Police Come To Man's Home, Arrest Him For Calling Them Racists On Facebook | Crooks and Liars - A federal lawsuit filed by a Wisconsin man alleges that Arena police violated his civil rights by charging him for calling officers racists on Facebook.
Man Faces Felony Charge Over Aiming Banana At Deputies - He wrote that Love was drawing his service weapon when Channing yelled, "It's a banana!"
Richland Responds to Questions Over Vehicle with Rims - Wilson says a sound system has been added to the car as well as the rims, but he says those things get the attention of children so deputies can teach them about the dangers of drugs and other risky behaviors.

Ohio Could Pass the Country's Most Extreme "Secret Executions" Bill | Mother Jones - A new law could make it almost impossible to know what really happens in the death chamber.

2015 Republican Congress Will Shake Up America's Boring Politics | New Republic - 2. Republicans Are Drunk With Power and Wildly Irresponsible

Krugman's CUNY Salary Doesn't Make Him a Hypocrite on Inequality | New Republic - New York Times op-ed columnist and Princeton economics professor Paul Krugman will receive $250,000 in his first year teaching at the City University of New York (people are stupid)

Drug Maker Gave Large Payments to Doctors With Troubled Track Records - NYTimes.com

Pew Study Makes More Conservative Voters: Ross Douthat Column | New Republic - Pew recently released a study saying that having a daughter makes men more conservative. It followed the release of another Pew study that shows a sister has the same effect on men. Why, you ask? - In short, we are back to sex, and the need to protect women from it
Tennessee university cancels Bill Cosby appearance | World news | The Guardian - Freed-Hardeman University decision comes as numerous dates on Cosby’s tour have been cancelled despite refutations by the comedian’s lawyer

The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism | WIRED - in response to maternal criticism: “youth shut down social processing [and] possibly do not think about their parents’ mental states.” They add: “… the decrement in brain activity in regions involved in mentalizing or perspective taking could help to explain the high frequency of maladaptive conflict resolution in parent-adolescent dyads.”

DNA survives critical entry into Earth's atmosphere -- ScienceDaily - The genetic material DNA can survive a flight through space and re-entry into Earth's atmosphere -- and still pass on genetic information. Scientists obtained these astonishing results during an experiment on the TEXUS-49 research rocket mission.
Light is generally described as having a sinusoidal waveform. Is it possible to have light as other waveforms, such as a square wave, saw-tooth wave or triangle wave? If so, how differently would such light behave in relation to "classic" sinusoidal light? : askscience

The Identity Crisis Under the Ink - The Atlantic (you are your tattoo)
God's Lonely Programmer | Motherboard

BBC - Future - :-o: The surprising power of emoticons

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Under Pressure, Obama Administration Seeks Tighter Ozone Standards

Angela Merkel uses strongest language yet about Putin - German chancellor signals she is ready for long confrontation over Ukraine

Israeli president opposes proposed law to give ‘national rights’ to Jews only | World news | The Guardian - Critics say ‘Jewish nation-state’ bill would diminish freedoms of minorities and give ammunition to enemies abroad
Herzog: Netanyahu focusing on 'Jewish state bill' because he can't lower housing prices - "You talk more and more and more about nationality in order to avoid addressing the inability of the public to afford buying a house."
ISIS says its flag will wave over Jerusalem, even if the Jews don't like it - "While the eyes of the world were all blinded and spellbound by the sorcerous media 'covering' the battle for ‘Ayn al-Islam (Kobani), the eyes of the Islamic State were scanning East and West, preparing for the expansion that – by Allah’s permission – would put an end to the Jewish State, Al Salul, and the rest of the apostate tawaghit, the allies of the cross," the article says.

'Kidnapped boy may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,' say police - The Independent

Schneier on Security: FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process

John Cook Leaving The Intercept To Return To Gawker (the unraveling of Pierre's dream)
Talking to James Risen About Pay Any Price, the War on Terror and Press Freedoms - The Intercept - To me it was wild to hear all of these people inside the intelligence community, especially in 2003, 2004, who were just going nuts. They couldn’t believe the radical change the United States was going through, and that nobody was opposed to it (then Obama came along to cement it)

Hong Kong Riot Police Clear Protest Site, Arrest Student Leaders

Obamacare Sign-Ups Near 500,000 After First Week

What's Next for the Democrats? - The Atlantic - The party is still trying to cope with this month's brutal electoral losses.

U.S. judges overturn gay marriage bans in Arkansas, Mississippi | Reuters

The Long Autumn Of John McCain - Esquire

"Down Outright Murder": A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson - The Intercept
Officer Darren Wilson's story is unbelievable. Literally. - Vox - Every bullshit detector in me went off when I read that passage. Which doesn't mean that it didn't happen exactly the way Wilson describes
‘Fanciful and not credible’: CNN legal analyst destroys Darren Wilson’s testimony - “Their questions were all softballs, he wasn’t challenged, he wasn’t pressed,” she continued. “It was just unbelievable to me the way they treated him in front of that grand jury.”
Michael Brown spent his last day with his friend Dorian Johnson. Here's what Johnson saw. - Vox
The Meaning of the Ferguson Riots - NYTimes.com
The National Bar Association is questioning how the Grand Jury, considering the evidence before them, could reach the conclusion that Darren Wilson should not be indicted and tried for the shooting death of Michael Brown
Allegations Of Police Misconduct Rarely Result In Charges | FiveThirtyEight (law is above the law)
Unorthodox police procedures emerge in grand jury documents - The Washington Post - When Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson left the scene of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the officer returned to the police station unescorted, washed blood off his hands and placed his recently fired pistol into an evidence bag himself.
The Case for Police Reform Is Much Bigger Than Michael Brown - The Atlantic - There are clearer, more persuasive illustrations of law-enforcement misbehavior and the need to rein it in.
Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence Reveals Mistakes, Holes In Investigation
What Ferguson Means: The View From Abroad - “Officers in Ferguson are also not alone in shooting unarmed black men,” the Economist writes, looking at similar cases across the U.S. “Systemic racism is still a problem, and so-called ‘justifiable homicides” are on the rise,’ the magazine reports.
Why does Ferguson still look like Iraq? Congress can stop the military police | Rep Hank Johnson | Comment is free | The Guardian
Ferguson violence broke the mold in three ways — one of which is just unfolding now - The Washington Post
'They're Murdering Our Kids And Getting Away With It'
Tamir Rice Video Shows Cop Opening Fire On 12-Year-Old

Ex-CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault - Former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi has been charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of "overcome resistance -- choking,"
We Let Bill Cosby Into Our Homes, So He Owes Us an Explanation - America's once-favorite TV dad needs to take his own advice.

Jorge Ramos Delivers Riveting Acceptance Speech At CPJ Press Freedom Awards: 'We Have To Take A Stand' - "The best of journalism happens when we take a stand: when we question those who are in power, when we confront the politicians who abuse their authority, when we denounce an injustice,"

The real JFK mystery, 50 years later: Why the infamous murder must be reinvestigated - Salon.com - On the 50th anniversary, so many questions remain. Here's why every piece of evidence must be viewed in a new light (your dark state)

Echidne Of The Snakes: Uber. On "New" Alternatives To Traditional Worker-Employer Arrangements - Its main task is to match buyers of driving services with the sellers of driving services, and that sounds more like a market than a firm, though the Uber app itself is also a form of capital which belongs to the firm. (sold your soul to the company store and they made an app for it)
Uber Said to Be Raising Funds at $40 Billion Valuation - Bloomberg

HBO to make film of Scientology book, hires 160 lawyers - CNN.com - Among Tinseltown's famous Scientologists are John Travolta and Tom Cruise.

12 board games to make you a better person | Technology | The Guardian

'Serial' Is Renewed For Season 2
Prince quits the internet | Music | The Guardian - Prince has had an inconsistent relationship with the online realm. “The internet is completely over,” he declared in 2010, and once threatened to sue eBay, YouTube and torrent sites for illegally distributing his music.

Girls of Reddit, what are signs that you give off to let a guy know that you're interested? : AskReddit
Male Redditors: What hints have girls given you that flew over your head and you now deeply regret? What's your worst "Oh, she wasn't actually inviting me over for coffee at 2am" moment? : AskReddit
Today I wrote a really nice 7 : oddlysatisfying

Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Cat - The Atlantic - Unlike dogs, cats are at best semi-domesticated—and we love them for that.

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Dangerous Levels of Global Warming are Unavoidable, Says the World Bank | VICE News - A two degree increase could wipe out 90 percent of coral reefs, devastating coastal ecosystems and the economies and fisheries that depend on them. (developing countries already screwed)
Wednesday’s East Coast winter storm shaping up to be a travel nightmare — timing and impacts - The Washington Post (travelpocalypse)
House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research - Salon.com - The "reform" measure makes room for industry-funded experts on the EPA's advisory board
Do Democrats and Republicans actually experience the weather differently? - The Washington Post (Republicans have cold hearts, duh)

Feeling — Not Being — Wealthy Drives Opposition to Wealth Redistribution - Association for Psychological Science - People’s views on income inequality and wealth distribution may have little to do with how much money they have in the bank and a lot to do with how wealthy they feel in comparison to their friends and neighbors, according to new findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The strange case of the air marshal who was stabbed by a needle during the Ebola outbreak - The Washington Post - Someone jabbed him with a needle in an airport in Nigeria. Was it the beginning of a new type of terrorism?

Kremlin Whistle-Blower: 'Putin Has No Option But To Stay In Power'

Benghazi: A Poster Child for Covert Ops Blowback | emptywheel - The short version, however, is that the report reveals (but does not dwell on) a number of failures on the part of the CIA that should raise real concerns about Syria.

Afghan woman kills 25 Taliban rebels to avenge her son’s murder - Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency - Sediq Sediq, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said the armed campaign by women against the Taliban militants is a symbol of a major revolution and public uprising against the group.

Blazing the terrorism trail: The US war industry | Middle East Eye - New York Times investigative reporter, James Risen, has released his latest investigation into the hidden costs of the war on terror: Pay Any Price (bottom line: Obama loves war and assassinations which makes people hate us but is enormuosly profitable for his military/corporate pals)

Secret Malware in European Union Attack Linked to U.S. and British Intelligence - The Intercept

Following Taibbi's Departure, eBay Founder Shutters Planned Site - Following a month of turmoil and uncertainty, First Look Media announced Tuesday that it's pulling the plug on a project that was originally going to be led by the journalist Matt Taibbi.
First Look Media Shuts Down 'Racket,' Matt Taibbi's Satirical Project
The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi's Departure From First Look Media - The Intercept

David Roberts explains postmodern conservatism in 36 tweets | Grist (the conservative mind and its problem with reality)

Schumer: Democrats ‘blew’ opportunity by focusing on ‘wrong problem’ — health care - The Washington Post - Democrats hurt themselves politically by not focusing instead on policies aimed at helping a "broader swath" of middle-class Americans.
Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich. - The Week - True to form, conservatives are praising a policy proposal that will deprive millions of Americans of insurance
Washington Post's Glenn Kessler Stands By Discredited Immigration Fact Check | Blog | Media Matters for America - Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler is standing by his blog claiming that the White House had erred in citing President George H.W. Bush's immigration data -- despite evidence discrediting his conclusions. (fact-fucker)

Chuck Hagel: Muddle Accomplished | New Republic - nd after all of that, the impression I got of him, as a person or as a leader, might be summarized as “smudgey.” Looking back on it, there was a pall of futility, maybe even mismatch, that hung over those two weeks, as Hagel, the stage to himself, failed to project any kind of personal force.

Ferguson Grand Jury Faced Mass of Evidence in Decision, Much of It Conflicting - NYTimes.com
Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown: Our courts don’t hold police accountable for using deadly force. - Why Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown.
Ferguson ruling: the key documents from the grand jury's report | US news | The Guardian - After the decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson over the death of Michael Brown, the St Louis County prosecutor released 76 documents related to the case, including a transcript of Wilson’s own police interview the day after the shooting
Ferguson Grand Jury: No Indictment for Darren Wilson in Brown's Death | New Republic - The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict was no surprise. "A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich," the saying goes, but that never applied to police
Legal Experts Explain Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Was Set Up For Failure | ThinkProgress
PHOTOS: Ferguson on fire - The Washington Post
We should get rid of local policing. Ferguson shows why the system just doesn’t work. - The Washington Post - The old, fragmented approach to law enforcement doesn’t work.
Witness: Michael Brown Said 'I Give Up' Before Being Shot - When he reached a nearby telephone pole, Brown stopped running. "And that's when his arms went up and he turnt around, and he was walkin' back towards the police," she says. "But ... I heard him say, 'I give up.' I know I heard him say that ... 'I give up.'" (so the cop shot him 10 more times)
Michael Brown Family Attorneys Address Prosecutors' Failings - "a first-year law student would have done a better job" than the prosecutor's office of cross-examining Wilson. Crump also characterized the prosecution as having "a symbiotic relationship with the local police."
Ferguson Smolders After Night Of Fires, Unrest Following Grand Jury Decision
Ferguson Police: 61 Arrested Following Grand Jury's Decision
Thousands Protest Nationwide After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
Darren Wilson Testimony: Michael Brown Looked Like 'A Demon' - Wilson himself is nearly 6 feet, 4 inches and weighs 210 pounds,
Michael Brown Shooting Witness Admitted Racism In Journal Entry
How municipalities in St. Louis County, Mo., profit from poverty - The Washington Post - By Radley Balko
Witness #40 » Balloon Juice - The oddest thing I’ve seen so far is the account of Witness #40, who just happened to set out on a journey of racial self-discovery on the very morning of August 9, 2014, the day Mike Brown was killed.
Don Lemon Sparks Outrage With Marijuana Comment In Ferguson - And then he said: "Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air."
KKK Leader Meets With Anonymous After Group Hijacks Twitter Account (VIDEO) - Anonymous hacked the account @KuKluxKlanUSA, initiating what it called #OpKKK, after the state KKK chapter sent out fliers threatening "lethal force" against protestors in Ferguson, Mo. - Meanwhile, another Anonymous account, under the hashtag #HoodsOff, began to publish what it claimed were the identities of KKK members in Missouri.

Cleveland police: Video of officer shooting boy is 'clear' | US news | The Guardian - A Cleveland officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun near a playground, and video of the shooting is clear about what happened, police said on Monday.

The Bill Cosby sexual abuse claims – accusation by accusation | World news | The Guardian - A total of 17 women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse at the hands of the popular comedian – allegations that Cosby denies
A Timeline Of How Women's Allegations Against Bill Cosby Have Unfolded


Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps” - Salon.com - . Blaming religion, Armstrong argues, allows Westerners to ignore the essential role that violence has played in the formation of our own societies — and the essential role that our societies have played in seeding violence abroad.

Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies | Science/AAAS | News - Of the estimated 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, only one in 10 can support complex life like that on Earth, a pair of astrophysicists argues. Everywhere else, stellar explosions known as gamma ray bursts would regularly wipe out any life forms more elaborate than microbes
Stunning New Photo Of Europa Shows Jupiter's Icy Moon Just As The Human Eye Would See It
Without self-referencing, is it possible to explain why 1+1=2? : askscience
Homosexuality may help us bond | UoP News - Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. - The hormone progesterone is known to contribute to the formation of social bonds, which have many adaptive benefits for humans
Homosexual behaviour may have evolved to promote social bonding in humans, according to new research. The results of a preliminary study provide the first evidence that our need to bond with others increases our openness to engaging in homosexual behaviour. : science

Reza Aslan: Sam Harris and “New Atheists” aren’t new, aren’t even atheists - Salon.com - In fact, not only is the New Atheism not representative of atheism. It isn’t even mere atheism (and it certainly is not “new”). What Harris, Dawkins and their ilk are preaching is a polemic that has been around since the 18th century – one properly termed, anti-theism. (jihadi atheism)
Right-wing atheism dismantled - Glenn Greenwald has a great long piece tearing Sam Harris’s ideas apart. It was so satisfying to see my own opinions reflected with such clarity and reason — I have to agree with it all. Read it. It is a thing of beauty. (PZ & commenters ignorant of Saudi, let alone Israeli involvment in 9/11)

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Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park - NYTimes.com
Cuomo abstains from global warming 'debate' | Capital New York - It is itself something of a stance for Cuomo to cite the "political debate" over the causes of warming even though most climatologists say the science is clear and that the rise in the planet's temperature and extreme weather patterns are the result of human activity. (what is wrong with him?)
A big reason climate change isn’t a priority: The apocalypse - The Washington Post
Where Oil and Politics Mix - NYTimes.com - After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker-train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie.

US air strikes in Syria driving anti-Assad groups to support Isis | World news | The Guardian - Fighters from the Free Syrian Army and several Islamic military groups say Isis is gaining allies or truces due to US bombings
The Syrian War is a Sectarian Conflict by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I kind of doubt that Jim Webb will be Hillary Clinton’s “worst nightmare,” but his admonition that our nation should “never get involved in a five-sided argument” is looking more and more sound in Syria.

Corrupt Chinese general: It took 12 trucks to haul away all the cash he hid in his home.

HRW calls on Indonesia to scrap 'virginity tests' for female police | Asia | DW.DE | 24.11.2014 - Human Rights Watch has condemned Indonesia's use of "virginity tests" to filter female police applicants. The group's Andreas Harsono says some officials claim they want to get rid of "prostitutes" among the applicants.

41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground | US news | The Guardian - New analysis of data conducted by human rights group Reprieve shared with the Guardian, raises questions about accuracy of intelligence guiding ‘precise’ strikes (but Obama said he never killed any civilians?)
Highest-value terror detainees excluded from Senate investigation of CIA torture | Law | The Guardian - our suspected al-Qaida members not interviewed received brutal treatment - US denied Polish investigators access to two of the detainees this summer (when will Barry face the World Court?)
Obama Administration Preaches 'Human Dignity' While Covering Up Torture - By Thursday, negotiations over the report had broken down into chaos. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) openly accused Obama officials of negotiating in bad faith: “It’s being slow-walked to death. They’re doing everything they can not to release it," Rockefeller told HuffPost last week.

UK, US behind Regin malware, attacked European Union networks | ZDNet - Two governments working together are said to have developed the state-sponsored malware that attacked the European Union. Guess what? One of the makers was an EU country.

Nuclear Deal Again Eludes U.S. and Iran - NYTimes.com

Hagel Resigns Under Pressure as Global Crises Test Pentagon - NYTimes.com
With Chuck Hagel’s departure, Obama is turning into George W. Bush - The Washington Post - In a cruel echo of history, Obama is morphing into the president whose foreign policy he campaigned to overturn. Obama on Monday morning sacked his Pentagon secretary, Chuck Hagel, after huge midterm election losses in the sixth year of his presidency — just as Bush did in sacking Donald Rumsfeld after midterm losses in the sixth year of his presidency. (they aren't the same, Dana)
Eschaton: Hagel's Out - And it seems like the administration is really pissing on him as he goes out the door. Weird.
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - If I remember correctly, the Obama administration waited about seven nanoseconds after the 2012 exit polls were released on Election Day to announce the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus. Once they knew they had won, they threw Petraeus under the bus immediately. Now, with no more election days to worry about, the administration was only modestly more deliberative in cashiering Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. They also made sure to shovel plenty of dirt on top of him while they were at it. (Hagel was right, Obama was wrong, so Hagel must go)
Chuck Hagel forced to step down as US defense secretary | US news | The Guardian - Obama confirms defense secretary’s departure and pays tribute to Hagel’s work in awkward ceremony at the White House
Obama's new leader at the Pentagon will mean more war – not less | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - Chuck Hagel is out, and no matter who replaces him, we know this much about the state of Obama’s administration: it’s still addicted to secret war
The Defenestration Of Chuck Hagel - Esquire - There is evidence that the reservoir may be at a very low level these days, judging by the way that the always-reliable, and nearly always-anonymous, Senior Administration Officials chose to dump their chamber pots on Chuck Hagel's head as he left the Pentagon on Monday, his last day as Secretary of Defense.

Uruguay president Jose Mujica apologises for calling Mexico a 'failed state' | World news | The Guardian - Earlier said disappearance of 43 students suggests authorities have lost control; Mexico ‘categorically’ rejected comments and demanded explanation from Uruguayan ambassador (truth hurts)
Teeth and Bones: Law Enforcement's Weakest Link - spiegel online (one might say, "failed")

Recep Tayyip Erdogan: ‘women not equal to men’ | World news | The Guardian - Turkish president also accuses feminists of not understanding special status attributed to mothers by Islam ... adding that manual work was unsuitable for the “delicate nature” of women.

'Mumbai is on the verge of imploding' | Cities | The Guardian - Residents of this overburdened and polluted megacity are held hostage by a politician-builder nexus that allows rampant ‘development’ to fuel its descent into urban hell

Grand Jury Does Not Charge Darren Wilson in Ferguson Case - NYTimes.com - Grand Jury Does Not Charge Darren Wilson in Ferguson Case (shot 12 times "resisting arrest")
Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson Not Indicted In Michael Brown Shooting
It’s Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson’s Just Did | FiveThirtyEight - U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them.
No indictment in Ferguson case : news
Live Updates: Governor Urges Calm as Grand Jury Announces Decision in the Michael Brown Shooting in Ferguson - NYTimes.com
What else are we waiting for the Ferguson grand jury to tell us? | US news | The Guardian - Prosecutor asks judge to release a slew of evidence if Darren Wilson is not charged – which may offer resolutions to some of the cases’s biggest mysteries
Police: Woman Saying She's 'Ready For Ferguson' Shoots, Kills Self By Accident
Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop | The Nation - It’s not just Ferguson—here’s how the system protects police.

Killings by Utah police outpacing gang, drug, child-abuse homicides | The Salt Lake Tribune - Over a five-year period, data show that fatal shootings by police officers in Utah ranked second only to homicides of intimate partners.
Teaching our sons to be afraid is not the answer to cops who shoot children | Latoya Peterson | Comment is free | The Guardian - Tamir Rice’s mother will have to bury her 12-year-old son. Do I have to tell my son to accept being treated as less than human to preserve his life?

Supreme Court case tests the limits of free speech on Facebook and other social media - The Washington Post - The issue is whether Elonis should be prosecuted for what he says was simply blowing off steam — “therapeutic efforts to address traumatic events,” as his brief to the court says — because what matters is not his intent but whether any reasonable person targeted in the rants would regard them as menacing warnings.

The Gospel of Rudy Giuliani - The Atlantic - Why is no one talking about American-on-American crime? It's almost as if killers tend to murder people who live near them. Moreover, it seems that people actually hold officers operating under the color of law to a different standard. This is an incredible set of insights ...

18 Moments That Led To Bill Cosby's Stunning Downfall - “Basically nobody wanted to live in a world where Bill Cosby was a sexual predator. It was too much to handle.”
Bill Cosby show in Washington state cancelled amid sex assault claims | World news | The Guardian - anuary show in Connecticut also postponed indefinitely - Embattled comedian still has 30 performances scheduled
The Wrap's Stunningly Stupid Op-Ed Was Called 'The Rape of Bill Cosby'
Cosby Today: Ex-NBC Employee Says He Helped Cosby Pay Women Off - Celebrity news - Boston.com - · The interview with Scotti also revealed an alleged arrangement between Cosby and a Manhattan modeling agency, whereby the agency’s owner would deliver models, some “as young as 16,” to Cosby’s dressing room. Scotti claimed Cosby would pick a model to be brought to his dressing room, dismiss the agency’s owner and the other models, and then ask Scotti to “stand outside the door and don’t let anyone in.”
Bill Cosby accuser wants himto admit to sex assaults - NY Daily News - . ‘He must apologize. He has not accepted one single thing,’ Moritz told the Daily News on Monday. She contends the comedian assaulted her before a 1971 appearance on ‘The Tonight Show.’
Calling Out Bill Cosby’s Media Enablers, Including Myself - NYTimes.com - David Carr
Bill Cosby Asks for Memes; Twitter Focus on Rape -- Vulture

University’s Image Suffers After Campus Rape Report - NYTimes.com - after a reported frat house gang rape rocked the university’s vaunted reputation and genteel self-image, and unleashed complaints that it had mishandled and concealed sexual assaults for years.

Men by Laura Kipnis review – witty dispatch from the frontline of sexual politics | Books | The Guardian - From Gropers to Men Who Hate Hillary, in a series of essays Kipnis explores a diverse array of males with humour, insight and a contrarian’s point of view
Jennifer Gable, Transgender Woman, Presented As Man At Her Funeral - Additionally, the late Gable's family cut her hair short and presented her wearing a suit and her obituary reportedly skipped the decade of her life she spent transitioning to live authentically as Jennifer.

Hero Dads Who Are Heroes Cook Dinner Sometimes Like Total F*cking Heroes | Wonkette - Working dads who cook! It’s a growing trend — because there are a least three of them — and they’re a little tired of being taken for granted, what with the New York Times failing to write about their heroic measures every single day.

Protein that rouses the brain from sleep may be target for Alzheimer's prevention : News : Daily News Now - The new research, in mice, demonstrates that eliminating that protein - called orexin - made mice sleep for longer periods of time and strongly slowed the production of brain plaques.
Misunderstood Medicine: 'I feel like a normal boy' | Local & Regional | KATU.com - Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News - Portland, Oregon - "Oil infused with CBD, medical marijuana," she said as she held a jar of medical cannabis pills from TJ's Organic Gardens, a Eugene-based medical marijuana farm with indoor operations in Oregon and Washington.

White Suburbs Are More and More a Thing of the Past | New Republic - The new racial dynamics of the American dream, in three eye-opening graphics

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed : NPR
Bringing Sous Vide to the Home Cook - NYTimes.com - My favorite of the new crop is the Anova Precision Cooker,

‘Serial,’ Podcasting’s First Breakout Hit, Sets Stage for More - NYTimes.com
Sony Comes To A Screeching Halt Targeted By Massive Ransomware Hack - The source, according to the website, is an ex-employee of Sony Pictures who has a friend that still works for the company. According to the source’s friend, allegedly, every computer in Sony’s New York Office, and every Sony Pictures’ office across the nation, bears an image from the hacker with the headline “Hacked By #GOP” which is then followed by a warning.

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More on Christie's Ditched Ebola Policy - But not before finding an abandoned psychiatric hospital, Hagedorn Psychiatric Hospital, in Hunterdon Country where asymptomatic health care workers returning from West Africa would be confined - and not before racking up 500 hours of police overtime hours to guard the abandoned facility even though no one was there.

Iraqi forces say retake two towns from Islamic State | Reuters - Iraqi forces said on Sunday they retook two towns north of Baghdad from Islamic State fighters, driving them from strongholds they had held for months and clearing a main road from the capital to Iran.
What's Wrong With This Picture? For U.S. Fight Against ISIS, Everything - In a surreal turn of events for two countries that have not had diplomatic relations since 1979, the U.S. and Iran are seeing their interests align: Both support the central Iraqi government and the Kurds in the north, and both hope to eradicate ISIS.

Afghan Officials Say Suicide Bomber Kills 'At Least 45' At Volleyball Tournament
Kenya bus attack survivor tells how gunmen selected their victims | World news | The Guardian - Al-Shabaab extremists singled out and killed 28 passengers who could not recite Islamic creed, Kenyan police say

MH17: Dutch complete recovery of Malaysia Airlines wreckage in eastern Ukraine - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - Dutch experts have completed the recovery of wreckage from the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine.

Iran nuclear deal by deadline 'impossible' say negotiating team | World news | The Guardian - Unnamed member of Tehran’s negotiating team says final and comprehensive deal will not be reached by November 24, Iranian news agency reports
Israel Hayom | Iran: We gave Hezbollah missiles that can reach southern Israel - Revolutionary Guard Aerospace Force Brig. Gen. Seyed Majid Moussavi says the Iranian goal is to provide "Hezbollah and Hamas with advanced, modern weapons in order to allow the resistance groups to deal with the bloodthirsty Zionist regime."

The Failed NSA Reform Bill Was a Sham Anyway - "Data handshakes," call records, and the NSA's back door into telecom companies reveal that the Senate's plan to protect Americans' privacy would have done no such thing. (well, DiFi was involved) w
The FBI’s Dangerous Misrepresentation of Encryption Law - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society - The FBI no more deserves a direct line to your data than it deserves to intercept your mail at the post office. But it doesn’t want you to know that.

Fired Nuke Commander Linked To Counterfeit Poker Chips - WASHINGTON (AP) — The admiral fired last year as No. 2 commander of U.S. nuclear forces may have made his own counterfeit $500 poker chips with paint and stickers to feed a gambling habit that eventually saw him banned from an entire network of casinos, according to a criminal investigative report obtained by The Associated Press.

We Don’t Learn From Our Mistakes by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - . I know that 9/11 was a hell of a provocation and that it made us scared and crazy, but we did not rise to the occasion. We made a momentous decision without any thought and we just keep paying and paying and paying for it.


Tamara Green on Cosby assault: 'He was like a spider, sitting there waiting' | World news | The Guardian (comment)
Bill Cosby Controversy: A Decade In The Making
Bill Cosby Defends Silence Amid Sex Scandal: “People Shouldn’t Answer To Innuendos” : television
Women charged with false rape accusations at Keene State College : news

Former leader of 'gay cure' group marries male partner Larry McQueen | Metro News - The former head of a group that claimed it could stop people being attracted to those of the same sex has married his male partner.

ELI5: How did adding "Le-" or "De-" to the beginning of a more traditional name become prominent in Black American culture? : explainlikeimfive
Woman dies after metal detector causes pacemaker to malfunction : news

St. Louis County Police Violate Court Order By Arresting Journalist Standing on Sidewalk - Reason.com - And nobody seems to be in charge as grand jury decision looms
Baltimore residents demand tougher laws on police officers at hearing - Baltimore Sun - "Litigation in some ways is the only way to weed out bad officers," attorney Dwight Pettit, who has sued dozens of officers in 40 years, told the panel of lawmakers. "That $200,000 limit isn't enough incentive to make them stop the behavior."

How to Nail Your Enemies: Ancient Egyptian Spells Deciphered - NBC News.com - The opening of the codex refers to a divine figure named "Baktiotha" whose identity is a mystery, researchers say. The lines read, "I give thanks to you and I call upon you, the Baktiotha: The great one, who is very trustworthy; the one who is lord over the forty and the nine kinds of serpents," according to the translation.
Spice up your memory, Monash University - Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment.
LSD, de-patterning, and death: Terminally ill patients reenvision the end after psychedelic therapy - PsyPost - The double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial of twelve participants found that LSD-assisted psychotherapy can generate lasting psychological benefits in patients with a life-threatening illness ... “Dying is as usual or unusual as life itself. You cannot separate it"

Malware’s new target: your password manager’s password | Ars Technica - Citadel trojan attempts to grab your master key.
Computer spying malware uncovered with 'stealth' features - Symantec - Yahoo News UK - The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton antivirus products said its research showed that a "nation state" was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor.Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries or victims.
Non-Profit Wants To Make Encrypting Web Traffic Easy And Free | Popular Science - But shouldn't secure browsing be the rule, rather than the exception? A project called Let's Encrypt wants to encourage just that, starting in mid-2015.

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Somalia's Al-Shabab Says It Killed 28 In Kenya (distributed hordes)
Obama Quietly Broadens Mission In Afghanistan - President Barack Obama has quietly approved guidelines in recent weeks to allow the Pentagon to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, broadening previous plans that had limited the military to counterterrorism missions against al-Qaida after this year, U.S. officials said late Friday. (because the Taliban were taking over the country again, sound familiar?)

The Disappearance Of 43 Mexican Students Is An Atrocity. But It's No Isolated Incident (part of the terrible cost of Conservatives' War on Drugs)
Top local cop arrested in 43 students' disappearance - CNN.com - Investigators apprehended Cesar Nava Gonzalez, the former deputy director of the Cocula police department who had been on the run since the September disappearance of the students, the federal prosecutor's office said.

Flash - Germany to drop probe into US spying on Merkel: report - France 24 - due to a lack of evidence, magazine Focus said Saturday. (NSA wouldn't give them the evidence)

Media ‘gagged over bid to report MP child sex cases’ | Society | The Guardian - The security services are facing questions over the cover-up of a Westminster paedophile ring as it emerged that files relating to official requests for media blackouts in the early 1980s were destroyed. (National Security for the riches and powerfuls)
UK Security Enforced Media Blackout of Government Child Abuse | News | teleSUR - Two publishing executives were prevented from printing damning details enclosed in a dossier on the child sex abuse scandal.
Vatican arrests former ambassador on child sex abuse charges | World news | The Guardian - The Polish-born cleric was recalled from the Dominican Republic in August 2013 after the archbishop of Santo Domingo told Pope Francis about rumours that Wesolowski had sexually abused teenage boys in the Caribbean country. Prosecutors there say he allegedly paid boys as young as 13 to masturbate.

Anonymous on Twitter: "FCC Commissioner @MClyburnFCC did entire redditAMA without giving any meaningful answers. reddit reacted predictably https://t.co/1gi3ihRcZr" (bureaucratic babble-speak)

Want to know just how much Obama overreached on executive power? Wait for America's next 'king' | Scott Lemieux | Comment is free | The Guardian - The president’s actions on immigration are perfectly legal – probably. And he’s setting precedents for a conservative – definitely (well, there you go)
Here Are Those Immigration Riots Tom Coburn Warned Us About
G.O.P. Accuses Obama of Treating Immigrants Like Humans
On immigration, a tale of two presidents - CNN.com (good mash-up of Bushbama)

On Keystone and the N.S.A., Hillary Clinton Remains Quiet (the nothing candidate)

House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi Report Torches Conspiracy Theories - But perhaps the most significant conclusion is its finding that Rice's talking points -- a key focus of the Benghazi Select Committee empaneled by House Speaker John Boehner -- were not part of an attempt to conceal the severity of the incident.

Understanding the Threat of a Confederate Insurgency by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Rev. William Barber captured the moment we are living in by talking about a Third Reconstruction. - Change to our “social order” is coming, whether we like it or not. The traditions, economics, religion that mask our entitlement are being stripped away and the hate is becoming more perceptible. As a result, the confederate insurgency is threatening to explode.
Not a Tea Party, a Confederate Party | The Weekly Sift - So Lincoln and Grant may have had their mission-accomplished moment, but ultimately the Confederates won. The real Civil War — the one that stretched from 1861 to 1877 — was the first war the United States lost (really, must read)

Indianapolis Star Alters Racist Thanksgiving Cartoon, Then Deletes It And Apologizes

Judge Issues Court Orders To Uphold Right To Record Police In Ferguson (they never got the thousand memos)

Bill Cosby’s legacy, recast: Accusers speak in detail about sexual-assault allegations - The Washington Post - Sixteen women have publicly stated that Cosby, now 77, sexually assaulted them, with 12 saying he drugged them first and another saying he tried to drug her.
Timeline: Bill Cosby's life - Washington Post
Carla Ferrigno, Angela Leslie And Louisa Moritz Come Forward With Allegations Against Bill Cosby - I thought that odd, how would he know that? I always thought it was odd that after I had this drink I would end up in my bed the next morning and I wouldn’t remember anything.” (comment section enters a new phase: reputation-management sock-puppets get buried in derision, see Lily Aijala)
Bill Cosby -- New Allegation ... He Slipped Me A Quaalude and I Woke Up with His Friend | TMZ.com - She says although she never saw Bill drink or do drugs, he often had "a drawer full of drugs," including Quaaludes, in his hotel room. She says women were frequently around Bill and would often take the drug knowingly and voluntarily. She also says men partied with the drugs as well.
Rosemary Williams Of 'My Five Wives' Says Father Sexually Abused Her - A woman featured in a reality TV show about a polygamous family is going public about sex abuse she claims she suffered as a child in hopes of changing a culture of secrecy plaguing plural families in Utah.
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Americans could save a fortune this winter — if they only understood their thermostats - The Washington Post - only about 30 percent of homes actually have thermostats that can be programmed ... just 47 percent of programmable thermostats were actually in the "program" mode -- in which, you know, they can actually be programmed.

'I felt as if I had become fear itself': life after a stroke at 34 | Society | The Guardian
Behind the scenes of a 'shocking' new study on human altruism | Molly Crockett | Science | The Guardian - A recent study suggests most people would rather harm themselves than a stranger for profit. Lead author Molly Crockett takes us behind the scenes of the research
Lost languages leave traces on the brain | Ars Technica - Babies' brains adjust to listening to a language, even if they never learn it.

ESPN Suspends Keith Law From Twitter For Defending Evolution [UPDATE] (Curt Schilling doesn't believe in science)

Startup bros trying to bio-hack vaginas is the problem with Silicon Valley | Arwa Mahdawi | Comment is free | The Guardian - When a man introduces a project to make lady-parts smell like peaches, it’s no surprise that the funders are largely straight, white men - She used Cambrian’s technology to print a virus to kills off the microbes that cause things like yeast infections – and, though Gome told reporters that the fruity smell is an added bonus that lets women know it’s working, the name is reportedly only a reference to the fruit’s long history as reference to vagina. (wait, what?)

Man tells it like it is regarding Shanesha Taylor, the woman who left her child in a hot car to go to a job interview, raised 100K in donations, then blew it on designer clothing and a rap studio for her boyfriend. : videos (wait for it ...)

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Plague kills 40 people in Madagascar | World news | The Guardian - World Health Organisation is concerned about risk of disease spreading in the capital where two cases have been recorded

Flight MH370: Emirates chief Sir Tim Clark believes information is being concealed - The head of the world's largest international airline believes information about missing flight MH370 is being concealed, calling into question who was in control of the doomed aircraft and the role of the Malaysian military.

The CIA’s Review Of Glenn Greenwald’s Snowden Book Is Hilarious | TechCrunch - "Greenwald sums up the common themes of these three books: Snowden’s acts were justified because he chose to seek “reform of the surveillance state,” (248) and journalists have the absolute right to be the final arbiters of what to publish. Greenwald’s often bitter ad hominem rationale for this is unlikely to be the last word on the subject." (and the last word would be ...?)
DOJ Tells Apple Kids Will Die Because of Their Encryption Stand | DSLReports, ISP Information - A child would die, he said, because police wouldn’t be able to scour a suspect’s phone, according to people who attended the meeting.

Police face legal action for snooping on journalists | UK news | The Guardian - ‘Domestic extremists’ unit kept a secret database of details on journalists including medical history of family members
Largest Cyber-Attack in History Hits Pro-Hong Kong Protest Websites

Lithuania President calls Russia ’terrorist state’ - Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaite has called Russia a 'terrorist state' and warns that the current conflict in Ukraine could spread further if not stopped.
Peskov Says Ethnic Russians In Latvia Would Revolt If Radical Nationalists Came to Power | The Interpreter
Mikhail Gorbachev says Vladimir Putin views himself as 'second only to God' - Former Soviet leader warns Russian president not to be a 'bighead' because 'that is what ruined me'

EUobserver / EU parliament to vote on Palestine statehood
Israel held 10,000 Palestinian minors since 2000: Official Anadolu Agency - "Israel does not provide any immunity for children and regularly violates international agreements on children's rights by humiliating and torturing them and denying them fair trials,"

US Warns Citizens to Avoid Resort of Acapulco - NYTimes.com

Barack Obama defends immigration plan at Las Vegas rally | US news | The Guardian - President speaks to around 1,600 at Del Sol high school - Says: ‘We’re not a nation that kicks out strivers and dreamers’
GOP Reaction to Obama Immigration Order is Deadly | New Republic

House G.O.P. Files Lawsuit In Battling Health Law - NYTimes.com (most American don't want you to have health care unlike every other developed country)

White House: Republicans Won The Election, We Won The After-Election - Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer: “We feel very good about how the last two and half weeks have gone.”

Stung by criticism, Fed will review how it supervises large banks

The Day After President Obama's Executive Action - Esquire - I hate to draw comparisons between this president and the late Mr. Lincoln, but popular legend has it that John Wilkes Booth, who did more damage to American government than any other American actor until Ronald Reagan got elected twice,

Uber’s Michael Keeps Supporters Amid Controversial Remarks - Bloomberg - Emil Michael, the Uber Technologies Inc. executive whose criticisms of journalists led to calls for his firing this week, is so far withstanding that pressure. (ubertechnosexistdudebro)

Myron May Was Florida State Gunman: Official - A Florida State University alumnus and attorney shot three people at the school's library early Thursday before being killed by police, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
Principal Suspended Over Unannounced School Shooting 'Drill' - The principal of a middle school in Winter Haven, Florida was suspended for staging an unannounced active shooter “drill” that involved police officers entering classrooms with guns drawn.

Actress Angela Leslie accuses Bill Cosby of sex assault - NY Daily News - Model-actress Angela Leslie is the eighth woman to come forward accusing Cosby of sexual harassment or worse. She tells the Daily News he plied her with alcohol, may have tried to drug her and forced her to fondle him in the freaky scene in a luxury suite in 1992. (wall-eyed)
Cosby lawyers strong-armed tabloid into dropping story about rape claims | World news | The Guardian - Lawyers acting for Bill Cosby cajoled the tabloid magazine the National Enquirer into ditching a groundbreaking investigation it had conducted into his alleged sexual misconduct and replacing it with a celebrity interview in which the comic dismissed the claims as money-motivated “misinterpretations”, the Guardian has learned (2005)
Eschaton: Major League - But what has struck me in the wake of the Cosby rape allegations it that it's increasingly being revealed that the guy is a total asshole generally in ways which there aren't really any excuses for not reporting about.
Bill Cosby Once Publicly Bullied A Notre Dame Football Player To Tears (+comment: "As each new victim comes forward, it's just further confirmation of what a terrible, terrible person Cosby really is."
Bill Cosby and the rape accusers: stop looking away and start believing women | Roxane Gay | Comment is free | The Guardian

Newtown school shooting: Report On Adam Lanza Details Deep Denials, Missed Chances At Treatment - Hartford Courant

Ferguson officer Darren Wilson in talks to resign - CNN.com

'Totally innocent' unarmed man shot dead by New York police | US news | The Guardian - Commissioner Bill Bratton describes death of Akai Gurley, 28, who was shot and killed in a housing block in Brooklyn, as ‘a very unfortunate tragedy’
Eschaton: To Protect And Serve - Ramsey booted Cujdik from the force in May, following a long-running Internal Affairs investigation into allegations that the veteran cop lied on search warrants and had an inappropriate relationship with an informant - and then lied about both to investigators. The allegations were first unearthed in the 2009 Daily News series "Tainted Justice."
America's longest-serving solitary confinement prisoner has conviction quashed | US news | The Guardian - Albert Woodfox, a member of the ‘Angola Three’ who were convicted of killing a prison guard in 1972, sees best hope of release after court rules for racial bias
LA school district settles classroom sexual abuse cases for $139m | US news | The Guardian - The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139mto end all remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous counts of lewd conduct against his students, according to the settlement announced Friday.

Federal Housing Administration Still Tips the Scales Toward Sprawl | Streetsblog.net
Here’s Who’s Parking on City Hall’s Doorstep | News | Philadelphia Magazine - The entitled, ugly backside of $55 million Dilworth Park.

'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains - Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American. But just how much worry is a little poison worth?

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain -- ScienceDaily - "There seems to be a lot in our brains and animal brains that is directional, that neural signals move in a particular direction, then stop, and start somewhere else," says. "I think this is really a new theme that had not been explored."
Scientists have finally found the neurological difference between fantasy and reality - it turns out that information flows through our brains in opposite directions when we’re imagining something compared to really doing it. : science

Most adults who drink too much are not alcoholics, CDC study finds | US news | The Guardian - Study finds that 90% of heavy drinkers fell short of criteria for alcoholism, finding which could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor
Now e-cigarettes can give you malware | Technology | The Guardian - “The made in China e-cigarette had malware hardcoded into the charger, and when plugged into a computer’s USB port the malware phoned home and infected the system.”

luker_man comments on What is something about the male perspective on dating that your female friends don't understand? - f we don't do anything we'll die alone. If we don't take that first step, send that first message, or say that first "Hi, My name is..." we'll end up in a one bedroom apartment choking on a dinner for one in front of a TV reaching for a life alert button.
Insane Japanese Animation Team Holy Shit : videos
TIL that the male urethra produces a spiral stream of urine that has the effect of cleaning the external urethral meatus (Where the urine exits the body). The lack of an equivalent mechanism in the female urethra partly explains why urinary tract infections occur so much more frequently in females : todayilearned

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Western New York Residents Call Snow Worst In Memory - Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more.
NOAA: Globe sets 5th hottest-month record of 2014
I’m Naomi Klein, author of THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: Capitalism vs the Climate. Ask me anything! : IAmA

Obama Moves To Protect Millions From Deportation

White House Putting Up 'Fierce' Fight to Conceal Torture Report - The White House is fiercely resisting the release of an executive summary of a 6,300-page Senate report on the CIA's detention and interrogation program, Senate aides tell Foreign Policy, raising fears that the public will never receive a full accounting of the Bush administration's post-9/11 torture practices.
Torture Report Fight Erupts In Chaos - The talk may not have been necessary. The White House's briefing to Democrats on immigration Thursday erupted instead into a confrontation over the Senate's classified torture report, Senate sources told The Huffington Post.

CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping organizational changes - The Washington Post
Making the Perfect the Enemy of the Good » Balloon Juice - I’m usually with Glenn Greenwald on a variety of issues, but this latest post about the failure of the USA Freedom Act to pas makes absolutely no sense to me:
American Rand Stand, Con’t » Balloon Juice - Team WIN THE MORNING discovers Rand Paul is a self-serving Republican Glibertarian douchebag, and finds that civil liberties groups like the ACLU are 1) mad at Rand darnit and 2) staffed by people with the common sense of a three-week old bowl of German potato salad.

Radwan Taleb Al-Hamdouni Dead: Senior Islamic State Figure Reportedly Killed In Mosul - They said Radwan Taleb al-Hamdouni, who they described as the radical militant group's leader in Mosul, was killed with his driver when their car was hit in a western district of the city on Wednesday afternoon.
Eschaton: Let's Not Think About What We've Wrought - Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, warned the American public against a kind of intervention fatigue, emphasizing that U.S. leadership is needed now more than ever amid global threats from Ebola to the Islamic State.

Julian Assange: Swedish court rejects appeal to lift arrest warrant | Media | The Guardian - Ruling means WikiLeaks founder still faces extradition to Sweden if he leaves Ecuador embassy in London

Mexico on the brink: thousands to protest over widespread corruption and student massacre | World news | The Guardian - Mexico is facing an escalating political crisis amid growing fury over a mansion built for the presidential family and the disappearance and probable massacre of 43 student teachers.

PM: No room for discrimination against Israeli Arabs - Israel News, Ynetnews - Netanyahu, Livni, Lapid and Erdan lash out at Ashkelon mayor for banning Arab construction workers from vicinity of kindergartens in southern Israeli city.

Obamacare FAQ: Everything you need to know about why conservatives want to repeal the president’s health care law. - Everything you need to know about why conservatives want to repeal the president’s health care law.
Majority Say Not Gov't Duty to Provide Healthcare for All - For the third consecutive year, a majority of Americans (52%) agree with the position that it is not the federal government's responsibility to ensure that all Americans have healthcare coverage. Prior to the start of Barack Obama's presidency in 2009, a majority of Americans consistently took the opposite view.
Obamacare Sign-Ups Were Inflated With Dental Plans - Bloomberg

Hullabaloo - What does "poisoning the well" really mean? - Live by the crazy, die by the crazy. That well is already long since poisoned
The Solid South Will Rise Again - NYTimes.com - Maybe Democrats are simply giving up on Landrieu. Or maybe it’s something bigger: They’re giving up on the South, at least in the short term. (Southistan)
Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks says Obama’s executive action over immigration could prompt impeachment or prison time.

Florida State University gunman killed by police after shooting wounds three | US news | The Guardian
thejasond123 comments on Dangerous Situation" Reported at FSU
FSU student found this bullet in his backpack after leaving the scene of the shooting - @AlexSmithNBC : pics
Scary video footage from the Florida State Library earlier tonight/morning... : videos

The National Organization for Marriage has collapsed into debt. - NOM’s higher-ups will release that they’re on the brink of officially folding. At that point, they’ll give the piggy bank one last shake, then jump ship for good. The resulting collapse will be pitiable, painful, and pathetic—a finale befitting an organization built on a platform of nothing but hate.

Calling Nevada's Incoming Speaker Racist And Sexist Would Be A Huge Understatement
Incoming Nevada Speaker Said Democrats Have 'Master-Slave' Relationship With 'Simple Minded Darkies' | ThinkProgress
Post-Racial America Update, Simple Minds Edition » Balloon Juice - I mean this guy is a walking caricature of Republican Racist Asshole, and the guy still ends up Speaker of Nevada’s Assembly. The dean of Nevada politics, Jon Ralston, has more on how Hansen ended up winning that position.

Hullabaloo - That time when Lynn Cheney said Jim Webb was full of baloney (wow.just.wow)

Huffington Post Is Said to Be in Talks to Host a Jill Abramson Journalism Start-Up - NYTimes.com - Jill Abramson, a former executive editor of The New York Times, and the journalist Steven Brill are in talks with The Huffington Post to host a new journalism site that would run long articles monthly and pay writers advances of up to $100,000, according to people briefed on the discussions.

Reaction to Uber Tactics Highlights Tech Journalists’ Fine Line Between Critic and Booster - NYTimes.com

Therese Serignese, Florida Nurse, Says Bill Cosby Drugged And Raped Her In 1976 (dude had a consistent M.0.)
BIll Cosby Rape Allegations: Why America Took So Long to Wake Up | New Republic
Bill Cosby accused of sexual assault by seventh named woman | World news | The Guardian - Latest allegations add to snowballing public anger surrounding Cosby as woman comes forward to say she was drugged and raped by the comedian in 1976 (how many will it take? +Guardian neutron-bombed their BTL)
How Bill Cosby’s image shielded him from claims of rape | Comment is free | The Guardian - Richard Pryor initially copied him and then reacted against Cosby’s cosy persona, rejecting it as phoney and safe. Eddie Murphy famously ridiculed Cosby in his legendary 1989 live show Raw.

Peter Sellars: ‘The United States is coming close to censorship’ | Music | The Guardian - Their voices are almost completely missing from the Bible, yet it was women who were closest to Jesus in his final days

'Darwin's Dilemma' May Finally Have Been Solved - : a major shift in the continents, which created ideal conditions for complex new life forms to evolvE ... opened up a gateway between the ancient continents of Laurentia (modern-day North America) and Gondwanaland

What's the most mindblowing fact you've ever heard? : AskReddit (many but here's one: Africa is as big as the United States, China, Europe, Japan, and Mexico combined.)
AskReddit - epi + 1 = 0

Women of Reddit, what is the female equivalent of being a "Tit man" or an "Ass man?" : AskReddit (sample size: 10,000+ comments :: %: shoulders: 42, ass: 10, hands: 9, strong back: 8, forarms: 6 ... eyes: .28 :: women objectify men and are turned on by lumberjacks. or: "TIL Men analysis: Tits or Ass Women analysis: 50913 different variables)
iwantahouse comments on Women of Reddit, what is the female equivalent of being a "Tit man" or an "Ass man?" - Asses are the best...

Comedian Impersonates Celebrities Stuck In Traffic, Is Spot-On Awesome

The public is being warned about a website containing thousands of live feeds to baby monitors, stand-alone webcams and CCTV systems : worldnews
What XFINITY Internet Data Usage Plans will Comcast be Launching? - XFINITY Internet tiers would increase from 250 GB to 300 GB. (see, they're giving you more!)
Comcast to begin charging for data usage on home internet the same way cell phone companies are charging for data : technology

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Buffalo area braces for more snow - CNN.com - About 50% of the United States had snow on the ground Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. (in fucking November)
There’s a global warming generation gap in the GOP, like on the issue of gay marriage - The Washington Post

Man tests positive for Ebola in Delhi, quarantined - The body fluid of a 26-year-old Indian man, who landed in Delhi from Liberia, has tested positive for Ebola virus, even as another man in Rajasthan showed Ebola-like symptoms. (round two)

NSA Bill Killed By Fillibuster - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This was probably unsurprising. Also unsurprising to anyone paying attention is that 41 of the 42 no votes were Republican. Including, natch, America’s foremost champion of civil liberties and the true progressive alternative in 2016, Mr. Rand Paul.
The good news about the 'death' of NSA reform: surveillance supporters may have dug their own grave | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - Snowden haters may have blocked the USA Freedom Act, but the clock is ticking before the law that justifies vacuuming your phone records blows up in the face of newly conservative Washington
CITIZEN FOUR | Movieguide | The Family Guide to Movie Reviews - Also, MOVIEGUIDE® has discovered that both the main journalist and the filmmakers in CITIZENFOUR have an Anti-American, anti-capitalist leftist agenda.

Dianne Feinstein Says Torture Report Almost Ready For Release After Months Of Delay

Jerusalem synagogue attack: protests and clashes flare after day of mourning – as it happened | World news | The Guardian
After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada? - The Daily Beast - As Israeli PM Netanyahu reacts to the murder of four rabbis in Jerusalem, he lashes out at supposed enemies around the world—and a new Arab uprising takes shape.

Extremists are hijacking identity of Arab world, says Queen Rania at Abu Dhabi Media Summit - “Education reform doesn’t come cheap. But the price of ignorance is far, far greater.”


Eschaton: Everything Is Horrible - Let's Stay The Course - Politically, Conservatives believe an emphasis on the risks still facing the UK will make anxious voters recoil from handing stewardship of a fragile economy to a relatively untried Labour team. (they couldn't be as good as us at totally fucking things up)

Number Of People Killed In Militant Attacks Jumps More Than 60 Percent
UAE Designates Two American Muslim Groups As Terrorist Orgs | The Daily Caller - The United Arab Emirates has officially designated 83 groups as terrorist organizations, including two based in the U.S., the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society.
Female Indonesian police recruits forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’ | World news | The Guardian - Two-finger examination that leaves women traumatised, humiliated and in pain is listed as requirement to join force

Iceland jails former Landsbanki CEO - fastFT: Market-moving news and views, 24 hours a day - FT.com - Iceland has secured a conviction against the last of the former chief executives of its three largest banks, as the Nordic island continues to plough a lone furrow in its attempts to prosecute the misdeeds of the financial crisis. Sigurjon Arnason, former chief executive of Landsbanki, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for market manipulation, but nine months were suspended. (tap)

Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana Gay Marriage Ban

Rep. Steve Israel thinks DOOOOM! was an appropriate way to cheerlead for Democrats (they will study their leadership and decide they did a great job, but you sucked)

For the First Time Ever, a Prosecutor Will Go to Jail for Wrongfully Convicting an Innocent Man | Mark Godsey - 500 hours of community service, and spend 10 days in jail
Chief Flynn of Milwaukee PD speaks a harsh truth about African American crime in his community during a press conference. : videos

Page 4 of A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA | Rolling Stone - Jackie was just starting her freshman year at the University of Virginia when she was brutally assaulted by seven men at a frat party. When she tried to hold them accountable, a whole new kind of abuse began

Bill Cosby’s “Moment” by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But by far the most fascinating look at him in this new light is from Ta-Nehisi Coates, who writes an apology for failing to think and write enough about those allegations when he was focusing on Cosby in a big Atlantic piece back in 2008. Putting aside the rape allegations (as he did then), this could be Bill Cosby’s big moment:
An awkward kind of justice - Lawyers, Guns & Money : If anything, this suggests that the role racism played in this story was to keep accusations against a “beloved” –i.e., acceptable to white people — black man from getting the attention they otherwise would have gotten.)
CNN's Don Lemon To Cosby Rape Accuser: "You Know, There Are Ways Not To Perform Oral Sex If You Didn't Want To Do It" | Video | Media Matters for America - CNN Host Tells Joan Tarshis How She Could Avoid Being Raped
Janice Dickinson Alleges That She Was 'Sexually Assaulted' By Bill Cosby
Don Lemon Asks Bill Cosby Accuser Why She Didn't Bite His Penis To Stop Her Rape
Bill Cosby's New NBC Show Is No Longer In Development

The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women | PandoDaily - No, these new attacks threatened to hit at my only vulnerability. The only part of my life that I’d do anything to protect: My family and my children. (dudebrotechsexistbulliesslime)
Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt On Journalists - Senior vice president Emil Michael floated making critics’ personal lives fair game. Michael apologized Monday for the remarks.
San Francisco Magazine | Modern Luxury | Uber Employees Warned a San Francisco Magazine Writer That Executives Might Snoop on Her - While I was reporting my recent cover story on Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick, several current and former Uber employees warned me that company higher-ups might access my rider logs.
Fellow Uber Dinner Attendee Suggests Buzzfeed Is Shilling For Competitor
"God View": Uber Investigates Its Top New York Executive For Privacy Violations - In the wake of a BuzzFeed News story, the transit company is looking into the official’s tracking of a journalist’s location.

New subatomic particles predicted by Canadians found at CERN - Technology & Science - CBC News - New baryons found at Large Hadron Collider are 6 times more massive than protons
d Marijuana Drastically Shrinks Aggressive Form Of Brain Cancer, New Study Finds
Cannabis extract can have dramatic effect on brain cancer, says new research — St George's, University of London - Cannabis extract can have dramatic effect on brain cancer, says new research
? Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time (Extended Cut) - YouTube
Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time : videos

E-cigarettes significantly reduce tobacco cravings – KU Leuven - Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction. In a new study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, scientists at KU Leuven report that e-cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects.
Electronic cigarettes offer smokers a realistic way to kick their tobacco smoking addiction. In a new study scientists report that e-cigarettes successfully reduced cravings for tobacco cigarettes, with only minimal side effects. : science
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5 Facts That Everyone Gets Wrong About Vaping
List of e cigs studies & vaping research | Vapeorama - vapeorama
E Cigarette | Buy Electronic Cigarettes Online | E Juice - Mt Baker Vapor

"U2 Week" on Jimmy Fallon got cancelled, so Jimmy (and The Roots) covered U2 themselves.. The result is ridiculously amazing! : television
Tiny Flip Books Filled with Secret Slots & Negative Spaces | Urbanist
Syllepsis - Rhetorical Definition and Examples - "She tracks sand in as well as ideas, and I have to sweep up after her two or three times a day." (E.B. White, "On a Florida Key")
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John Hodgman: ‘The government should be laying down broadband like Eisenhower laid down interstates’ - The Washington Post
Tales From the Dark Ages of the Internets - Lawyers, Guns & Money : People with long memories for trivia may remember beloved HIV troofer and advocate for executing journalists insufficiently deferential to George W. Bush, Mr. Dean Esmay. He’s apparently found a new gig as a men’s rights crank. Hopefully he’s thrown some work to Kim Du Toit and Stephen Den Beste!

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Meet the Republicans in Congress who don't believe climate change is real | Environment | The Guardian - here’s a round-up of some of the most prominent climate sceptics (and deniers) in the GOP - “We believe Al Gore deserves an ‘F’ in science and an ‘A’ in creative writing.” (they're not scientists)

Martin Salia, Nebraska Ebola Patient, Dies

Peter Kassig murder: experts try to identify foreign jihadis in Isis video | World news | The Guardian - UK medical student is suspected of being in an Isis killing squad that murdered 17 hostages including US aid worker
Frenchman, Brit Thought To Be Among Killers In ISIS Beheadings - The disclosure came hours after a father in Britain said he believed his son, a British medical student, was in the Islamic State squad filmed beheading the soldiers.

Putin claims west is provoking Russia into new cold war as ‘spies’ deported | World news | The Guardian - Russian president denies fanning tensions and says Nato ‘expansion’ in Europe had been ‘geopolitical game changer’

Haaretz obtains full document of EU-proposed sanctions against Israel - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - Sanctions could apply to Israeli politicians opposed to the two-state solution, which could include Bennett and Rivlin; steps against European companies working in settlements; punitive measures against Palestinians over 'negative measures.'

A Void in the History of September 11th
Zacharias Moussaoui Gives It Up - Esquire - apparently, he's willing to sing, and he has so informed the lawyers who are pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the families of some of the 9/11 victims. And some of his proferred testimony has the potential to make some people very, very nervous ... those 28 pages are being held back not because they cast a shadow on the House of Saud, but because they cast a shadow on the House of Bush, one member of which is said to be considering a run for the presidency in 2016.

Remembering U.S. Complicity in Salvadoran Military Crimes - Lawyers, Guns & Money : 25 years ago yesterday, the Salvadoran military massacred six Jesuit priests and two women who worked for them. The National Security Archive has collected documents showing how the Bush administration refused to acknowledge that its client state’s military could have committed such an atrocity, when in fact it committed human rights violations all the time.
Mark Danner The Massacre at El Mozote - In December 1981 soldiers of the Salvadoran Army's select, American-trained Atlacatl Battalion entered the village of El Mozote, where they murdered hundreds of men, women, and children, often by decapitation.


One in 30 US children are homeless as rates rise in 31 states, report finds | US news | The Guardian - State-by-state report links racial disparities, increasing poverty and domestic violence to rising rates as southern states rank particularly poorly (whites hate "welfare" for non-riches)

Missouri governor declares state of emergency as national guard brought in to Ferguson | US news | The Guardian - Jay Nixon signs executive order activating national guard to help police ‘maintain peace and protect those exercising their right to free speech’
St Louis police chief says only criminals were teargassed at Ferguson protests | US news | The Guardian - described Belmar’s comments as “disingenuous at best, and downright dishonest at worst”. He said: “We saw projectiles that were rubber. It is clear that Chief Belmar is attempting to revise history. A lie continuously repeated is not the truth.”
Misuse of a Grand Jury | Rev. Al Sharpton (HuffPo commenters pretty pro killing black people)
Missouri Governor Declares State of Emergency - Esquire - whatever the reaction within the community at large is, that it will collide with the full force of state power, more than likely aimed at those people who take exception to the rule that police officers get to shoot down teenagers for walking in the street -- or, more precisely, for not knowing their place.
KKK Warns They Will Use ‘Lethal Force’ Against Violent Ferguson Protesters « CBS St. Louis

Another Cosby Victim Comes Out - Hollywood Elsewhere (more wandering eye)
Another Woman Comes Forward To Accuse Bill Cosby Of Rape - In an essay on Hollywood Elsewhere, music industry publicist and journalist Joan Tarshis claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her twice in 1969 when she was 19. The former actress and Cosby were both working at Universal Studios, and she said he took an interest in her. (commenters still believing Cosby after 14 victims)
If you can't talk about rape without blaming victims, don't talk about rape | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian - The truth? According to data from the Department of Justice, a whopping 97% of rapists receive no punishment, while false accusations only account for an estimated 2 - 6% of rape cases (around the same number as false reports for any other crime).
WATCH: 'The View' Hosts Awkwardly Grapple With Cosby Rape Allegations (Whoopie has questions, not for Cosby, but for his victims)

More guns, more crime: Stanford research undermines the NRA’s favorite study - contrary to the political commonplace that right-to-carry (RTC) or concealed-carry laws decrease violent crime, such laws have actually increased the number of violent crimes in the states that have passed them since 1999.


Huge twin study homes in on 'gay genes' - life - 17 November 2014 - New Scientist - A genetic analysis of 409 pairs of gay twins has provided the strongest evidence yet that gay people are born gay. The study clearly links sexual orientation in men with two regions of the human genome that have been implicated before, one on the X chromosome and one on chromosome 8.
Massive study of gay twins (409 pairs!) gives strongest indication yet that being gay is genetic : science


New York City is building 10,000 internet pylons for free public Wi-Fi | The Verge - "LinkNYC will be the fastest and largest free municipal Wi-Fi deployment in the world."
Ted Cruz Doubles Down On Misunderstanding The Internet & Net Neutrality, As Republican Engineers Call Him Out For Ignorance | Techdirt

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Can Climate Change Cure Capitalism? by Elizabeth Kolbert | The New York Review of Books - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein

Islamic State Claims It Has Beheaded American Hostage Peter Kassig - The 16-minute video also appears to show a mass beheading of men alleged to be Syrian soldiers. "To Obama, the dog of Rome, today we are slaughtering the soldiers of Bashar and tomorrow we will be slaughtering your soldiers," a masked ISIS militant said.
Obama Calls Kassig Murder 'Pure Evil' (so was invading them in the first place)
Peter Kassig Worked Tirelessly For Syrians. This Is How He Helped The Country's Refugees.
Britain Investigating Reports That Suspect In Islamic State Beheadings Was Wounded In U.S.-Led Airstrike - The man, dubbed "Jihadi John"

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Iran Is Your Enemy' (you are our enemy)
moopoint comments on Doctor from Israel joined Islamic State, hospital confirms (why Muslims join IsIS)
How correct is this map "Palestinian Loss of Land from 1947 to Present"? : AskHistorians

Death and corruption prove that the idea of a new Mexico was a mirage | Anabel Hernandez | Comment is free | The Guardian - The fate of 43 missing students and a property scandal reveal the emptiness of the president’s rhetoric on reform

The Comfort Women and Japan’s War on Truth - NYTimes.com
First passengers on Japanese maglev train travel at speeds of 311 mph - Asia - World - The Independent

'I watched Tory MP MURDER a boy during depraved Westminster VIP paedophile party' - Mirror Online - The abuse victim's claims are being treated as credible by detectives now investigating THREE murders allegedly linked to a network of VIP perverts.

State Department shuts down email system after suspected hacker attack | US news | The Guardian - ctivity of concern’ occurred at same time as attack on White House - Entire unclassified email system closed to repair possible damage

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state - Salon.com - Inside the high-level, complicated deals -- and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power
First Snowden. Then tracking you on wheels. Now spies on a plane. Yes, surveillance is everywhere | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - The US government’s secret airborne dragnet is just the latest tool to snoop on your phone. Why aren’t we stopping this?

Eschaton: The Heartland - This bit from Catch-22 can't be re-run often enough.
The So-So Society: Democrats Have Forgotten What Made Them Great | The Fiscal Times - Democrats have given sway to more business-friendly interests - Meanwhile, wages have lagged behind productivity gains since 1973 - It’s time for new thinking on economic security and prosperity
David Axelrod Slams Jonathan Gruber Over Obamacare Comments - As one who worked hard to make ACA and its benefits clear, let me say: if you looked up "stupid" in dictionary, you'd find Gruber's picture.
Arkansas’s Blue Collar Social Conservatives Don’t Know What’s Coming - The Daily Beast - Around 200,000 people have gained coverage under Arkansas’s hybrid Obamacare program. After the election, they may be about to lose it. (they still won't connect the dots)

Chesapeake Energy Faces Subpoena on Royalty Payment Practices - ProPublica - The Justice Department’s inquiry comes after a ProPublica investigation and years of complaints from landowners who say they have been underpaid for leasing land to the energy giant for drilling - landowners in Pennsylvania who had leased their gas rights to Chesapeake saw the payments they were receiving abruptly slashed by as much as 97 percent. In some cases checks for thousands of dollars a month were replaced with payments for less than a dollar ... using the fees it had been been paying those landowners to repay billions of dollars of hidden corporate debt instead. (they were fracker-fucked)

Thalidomide: how men who blighted lives of thousands evaded justice | Society | The Guardian - Newly exposed files show how victims were betrayed by political interference in trial – and how the pill has remained on sale - And more than half a century since the pill’s threat to an embryo was proven, the company that produced the first disaster has continued to sell the drug in parts of Latin America, on prescription only, where babies continued to be born with malformations similar to the survivors from the 1960s.

Ferguson: video shows Darren Wilson arresting man for recording him | US news | The Guardian - Officer who shot and killed Michael Brown is seen telling Mike Arman ‘I’m gonna lock your ass up’ if he does not stop
Comparing Two Hit and Run Cases - NYTimes.com - A starting cornerback for the Florida State University football team left the scene of a collision on Oct. 5 but was not charged with a hit and run, an examination by The New York Times found. That contrasts with another case in the same area in the same month.
D.C. police plan for future seizure proceeds years in advance in city budget documents - The Washington Post - D.C. police have made plans for millions of dollars in anticipated proceeds from future civil seizures of cash and property, even though federal guidelines say “agencies may not commit” to such spending in advance, documents show.
St. Louis woman sentenced 78 years in prison for waterboarding her children : News - A St. Louis woman was sentenced Friday to 78 years in prison after admitting to beating, whipping and waterboarding her children in a prolonged pattern of abuse that prosecutors described as "systematic torture."

Lawyer says Bill Cosby 'will not dignify' sexual abuse allegations with comment | US news | The Guardian - Attorney refers to ‘decade-old, discredited’ allegations - ‘No further statement’ from Cosby or representatives
Leonard Part 7 by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Isn’t damage control supposed to, you know, control damage? Apparently, it’s not working out for Bill Cosby.
Bill Cosby refuses to address sexual assault allegations on NPR interview, will no longer appear on David Letterman’s show : television

The new strain of cannabis that could help treat psychosis | Society | The Guardian - Purified CBD has been shown to have antipsychotic and anti-anxiety effects, and can lessen the psychotic symptoms normally experienced by people given high doses of THC.
How Berkeley took on the might of Big Soda and won | US news | The Guardian - Almost lost in the Republican sweep in this month’s midterm elections was a referendum in Berkeley in which a proposed tax of one cent for every ounce of soda won 75% voter approval.

District meets as group wants to pass out Satanic material at... | www.wftv.com - The issue is now being driven by The Satanic Temple, which wants to pass out religious material like "The Satanic Children's Big Book of Activities."

[Serious] Those who oppose the idea of legalising drugs like Cannabis, or Psilocybin, why? : AskReddit
ELI5: Why do Jews not try to convert people like other Abrahamic religions? (Christianity, Islam) : explainlikeimfive

Al Franken Explains Net Neutrality To Ted Cruz - “When [Cruz] says this is the Obamacare, Obamacare was a government program that fixed something, that changed things,” Franken said. “This is about reclassifying something so it stays the same. This would keep things exactly the same that they've been.” (stupid or evil? both, but mostly evil)

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Barack Obama tells G20 a global climate change deal is possible and vital | World news | The Guardian - US president says every nation has a responsibility to do its part and ‘overcome old divides, look squarely at the science and reach a strong global climate agreement next year’

Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong - Nothing of course - Arming and training. That will fix everything. It always does.

Indian sterilisation patient: ‘I was slapped and told to calm down’ | World news | The Guardian - Woman recounts treatment at camp where 15 women have died after taking antibiotics possibly tainted by rat poison chemical

askur comments on Iceland - Minister of the Interior imposes a media blackout as her political attaché is found guilty of leaking fabricated criminal charges against an asylum seeker. Minister refuses to step down. (dirty laundry +a lot of dysfunction and conflict under the surface of the "recovery")


More Federal Agencies Are Using Undercover Operations - NYTimes.com - The federal government has significantly expanded undercover operations in recent years, with officers from at least 40 agencies posing as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and even doctors or ministers to ferret out wrongdoing, records and interviews show.

Health Insurance Marketplace: Enroll for 2015 Healthcare Coverage | HealthCare.gov
Obamacare Train Not Wrecking As Sign-Up Period Kicks Off - The website hasn't crashed, government officials aren't scrambling, and Americans are actually using the Obamacare exchanges to shop for health insurance. What a difference a year makes.
Cost of Coverage Under Affordable Care Act to Increase in 2015 - NYTimes.com - — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans.
Shocker: Obamacare customers are happy with their coverage

Misery Index: Part I by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Much like Prince’s parents, Tea Party Republicans are too bold and never satisfied. Massachusetts Governor-Elect Charles Baker is learning that lesson the hard way.
Misery Index: Part II by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Resolved: Democrats should just write off working-class whites and be done with it. (who are stupid and hate the welfare moochers so they vote for their billionaire overlords)
Indiana to Start Requiring Food Stamp Recipients Work, Be in Job Training, or Job Hunting

Howie Carr Question: Where Will The Talk Jock Land? | WGBH News - For years, local talk jock Howie Carr has had a rocky relationship with WRKO, the station that broadcast his show. But no longer, as the station declined to renew Carr’s contract, which expired last week. (don't let the door ...)

Right-To-Carry Gun Laws Linked To Rise In Violent Crimes: Study - Laws in all 50 states permitting people to carry concealed firearms in public have been connected to a rise in violent crimes, according to a new report from researchers at Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities.
Police Officers Draw Guns During Unannounced ‘Active Shooter Drill’ At Elementary School « CBS Tampa - Students at Jewett Middle Academy said they were terrified when police officers burst in the doors for a planned active shooter drill – but students and teachers are irked they were not told ahead of time.

IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 16, No. 3 (Fall 2014) - Falling - - it embarrasses me—and a lot of other things as well. It’s humiliating to be poor, to be dependent on the kindness of family and friends and government subsidies. But it sure is an education. (retiring poor; the riches took all the money)

But, there's one thing the 77-year-old actor would not comment on: accusations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him. (his eyes tell the story)
Head Of Elite L.A. School Resigns After Sex Misconduct Scandal - The longstanding head of Los Angeles’s prestigious Marlborough School will resign next June, following a public scandal over how she handled multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by a teacher who taught at the private all-girls secondary school for over a decade. Wagner spent 25 years at Marlborough, 24 as head of school. In 2007, the Wall Street Journal named her one of the country’s most highly compensated heads of school (She made $475,000 from 2004-2005).

Women who have sex before marriage are like ‘filthy dishrags,’ California pastor roars - Paul Chappell, founder and president of West Coast Baptist College and pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church, lamented what he perceives to be a lack of purity and modesty among women.

Echidne Of The Snakes - Got that? Some people made a giant mountain out of a molehill and then tried to suffocate a well-meaning but socially inept scientist under that mountain.
Akrotiri Minoan Site in Santorini island - Greeka.com

Can moons have moons? : askscience
Girls of Reddit, what are some NSFW tips you wish every guy knew? : AskReddit
Reddit, what's a fairly unknown yet super interesting subreddit that will pass the time? : AskReddit
When you see the same /r/AskReddit threads as yesterday, who you gonna call?
The Daily Dot | Daily Reddit digests, weekly Reddit news summaries
DepthHub: A jumping-off point for deeply-involved subreddits


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Obama's $3bn for climate fund could kickstart action on global warming | Environment | The Guardian - reen Climate Fund pledge broadly welcomed by campaigners - Move may help erode divisions between developed and developing states

New Details About Ebola In Dallas Revealed In CDC Report - One of the new details is that 12 people who had contact with one or more of the Ebola patients were tested for the virus during their 21-day monitoring periods, because these 12 individuals developed a fever or other symptoms that can occur with the disease (1/12 of 147 developed Ebola-like-but-not-Ebola symptoms in 21 days?)

Rat poison linked to India sterilisation deaths, with death toll expected to rise - Antibiotics bought from Mahawar Pharmaceuticals withdrawn, after quantities of zinc phosphide discovered at its factory (and how did rat poison get into the Cipro?)

'Killer robots' should be strictly monitored, nations demand at UN | World news | The Guardian - Countries warn of potential dangers of autonomous weapons systems they say are at risk of violating international and humanitarian law (programmed to ignore Asimov's three laws of robotics)

U.N.: Obama Takes Torture Seriously? Give Us A Break - The government has released documents, attempting to demonstrate accountability. There’s a 6,300-page Senate report that has been given to the White House and even a Justice Department investigation into abuses of the Bush years. The United Nations doesn’t buy it ... One member of the U.N. committee suggested the investigation was a whitewash ... “Well ... you won’t find what you’re not looking for.”

Libya is on the verge of collapse | World | DW.DE | 14.11.2014 - Three years after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Libya is being torn apart by power struggles. The security situation is catastrophic and the country is sliding into civil war.

John Doar, 1921-2014 - Esquire - The second monotone appeared in July of 1974. It belonged to a lawyer named John Doar. It cut out Richard Nixon's heart and ate it in the marketplace.

Shocking secret emails reveal that political operatives can be dorky - Salon.com - Democratic operatives jockeying for position on Hillary's campaign are making lame jokes -- and the media is on it!

How misinformation goes viral: a Truthy story : Columbia Journalism Review - On August 26, Fox’s Megyn Kelly aired a four-minute segment on an Indiana University project called Truthy, declaring sarcastically, “Some bureaucrat deciding whether you are being hateful or misinforming people — what could possibly go wrong?” Fox & Friends jumped onto the bandwagon two days later (Republicans, spawn of Satan, hate the truth)

Democratic Turncoats In The Senate - Esquire - Today saw yet another proud chapter in the seemingly endless saga of Snakes In A Party. Harry Reid was elected to be the leader of the Democratic Party in the Senate when the next Congress convenes. There were at least three dissenting votes. Guess who they were. (McCaskill, Manchin, Heitkamp)

Congressional Republicans consider using short-term funding bill to pressure Obama - The Washington Post

US to offer refugee status to some undocumented child migrants | US news | The Guardian - Children under 21 in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras with parents who are legal US residents could start applying next month under the plan

Newly Insured Through Exchanges Give Coverage Good Marks
In U.S., 55% of Uninsured Plan to Get Health Coverage
The Latest #Grubergate Video Could Rattle Vermont's Single-Payer Health Care Experiment - Bloomberg Politics - Another day, another Gruber video.
Did Jonathan Gruber earn ‘almost $400,000' from the Obama administration? - The Washington Post

3rd Arrest for 90-Year-Old Man Who Feeds Homeless | Sarasota, FL Patch - The city of Fort Lauderdale has issued three criminal citations against him, but he says he has no fear of spending time in jail.

English Composition 101 - Esquire - the importance of The Topic Sentence (CPP devastating Bobo)

The Drugging of the American Boy - Esquire - By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them

Fox News, Where Conservative Senior Citizens Get to Look At Half-Naked 'Girls' - Give it a thin veneer of moral condemnation, and it's all good.

Bill Cosby Accuser Details Alleged Rape: 'I Wonder How He Sleeps At Night' - Barbara Bowman, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post this week recounting her history of alleged sexual assault by Bill Cosby, joined HuffPost Live Friday morning to discuss her allegations against the famed comedian.
Bill Cosby's 'Late Show With David Letterman' Appearance Canceled - According to Newsday, Bill Cosby's Nov. 19 appearance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" has been canceled. No reason was given for the schedule change, but Regis Philbin will replace Cosby on the broadcast.
New Orleans police routinely ignored rape cases, scathing report finds | US news | The Guardian - Police chief ‘deeply disturbed’ by allegations that five detectives failed to investigate properly more than 1,000 cases of sex crimes and child abuse
Utah protesters wear bull's-eyes, decry officer-involved shooting of Darrien Hunt | The Salt Lake Tribune - Taylor clarified on Friday that investigators knew Judson was wearing a camera that day, and they knew the officer didn’t turn it on.

Analysis shows widespread discrepancies in staffing levels reported by nursing homes | Center for Public Integrity - Data compiled for Medicare shows lower levels of care than website for consumers

ALL THE YOUNG JEWS | Village Voice - In the Village of Kiryas Joel, New York, the Median Age Is 13

Mystery Big Cat Evades French Police And Military Forces - A two-day search by some 200 French police and members of the armed forces for a wild cat roaming through towns and across a major highway came to one conclusion Friday: It isn't a tiger.
Tiger schmiger – big cat sightings simply play on our will to believe | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - A tiger, at least, was original. In Britain, most of the big cats reported (three-quarters according to a survey by the author Merrily Harpur) are black, and generally, according to the 2,000 or more people who claim to have seen them
The AskHistorians Master Book List : AskHistorians
What's the Most Niche NSFW Subreddit? : AskReddit

After Losing 160 Pounds, Man Strips Down To Show Excess Skin, His Biggest Insecurity

AT&T Stops Using Undeletable Phone Tracking IDs - A Verizon spokeswoman says its tracking program is still continuing, but added "as with any program, we're constantly evaluating."
FCC calls AT&T’s fiber bluff, demands detailed construction plans | Ars Technica - AT&T claims net neutrality forced it to "pause" fiber builds it never started.

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Rosetta: Philae tight spot on comet prompts tough decisions for Esa | Science | The Guardian - Rosetta mission controllers must decide whether to risk making lander hop from shadow of cliff blocking sunlight to its solar panels

The China Deal Over Global Climate Change - Esquire - But it is only recently, as the prion disease acquired by the Republican party when it first ate the monkeybrains back in 1980 has come to eat away fully the party's reasoning faculties, that the fights over treaties became unmoored from reality, and drifted off into the skies over Crazytown.
Projected increase in lightning strikes in the United States due to global warming

Liberia Will End Its Ebola State Of Emergency, Says President - Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Thursday she would not seek an extension to a state of emergency imposed in August over Ebola, which has hit the country harder than any other this year.

US military considers sending combat troops to battle Isis forces in Iraq | US news | The Guardian - General Martin Dempsey tells House committee that he would consider abandoning Obama’s pledge and send troops to fight Isis in Iraq (who's the boss?)
Opposition Figures Claim ISIS, Nusra Front Agree To Cooperate In Syria - Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated Press.

Ukraine Warns Of A Worsening Security Situation - The Interfax-Ukraine news agency cited Zoryan Shkiryak, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister, as saying Thursday that he anticipated an imminent attack by Russian forces.

U.S. Tells U.N. Panel of Steps to Revise Interrogation Policy - NYTimes.com - the United States had tortured terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks but that it had since taken steps to prevent any future use of unlawful, coercive interrogation techniques. (with loopholes)
Doubt cast over US torture investigation as more CIA detainees come forward | US news | The Guardian - Lawyers for men allegedly tortured by the CIA say their clients were never interviewed as part of a major criminal investigation concluded in 2012
Mark Udall to consider all options to reveal CIA torture report - The Denver Post

What an Uncensored Letter to M.L.K. Reveals - NYTimes.com

The troubling truth behind these anti-net neutrality op-ed writers - Time and the Wall Street Journal both published opinion stories this week from people who oppose strong net neutrality protections—without disclosing that each of them did or do receive money from Internet service providers.

Government planes mimic cellphone towers to collect user data – report | World news | The Guardian - US Marshals Service reportedly fitting aircraft with ‘dirtboxes’ that interrogate phones on ground for identity and location

Israeli Police Officer Held in Deaths of 2 Teenagers - NYTimes.com - An Israeli border police officer has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the fatal shooting of two Palestinian teenagers in the West Bank during a protest in May, officials said on Wednesday.

The Republican Obsession With 'Restoring' America - The Atlantic - Why so many conservatives have nostalgia for an era that wasn't all that golden

Law in the Raw - NYTimes.com - Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated. “This is Bush v. Gore all over again,” one friend said as we struggled to absorb the news last Friday afternoon. “No,” I replied. “It’s worse.” (completely corrupt)

because of a succession of “performance, organizational, technical” and other failures by the Secret Service, according to a damning review of the incident by the Department of Homeland Security.
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » 14 from ’14: Quick Takes on the Midterm - 2. Republicans still ride roughshod in Appalachia
Axelrod Calls Martha Coakley ‘A Demonstrably Bad Candidate’ - Washington Wire - WSJ

The Charleston Gazette | Longtime Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship indicted - Don Blankenship, the longtime chief executive of Massey Energy, was indicted today on charges that he violated federal mine safety laws at the company’s Upper Big Branch Mine prior to an April 2010 explosion that killed 29 miners.

Elizabeth Warren Gets Senate Democratic Leadership Spot - Warren's new role, which was created specifically for her, will be strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, helping to craft the party's policy positions and priorities. (HuffPo: "the left is clearly controlling the Democratic party")

Debts Canceled by Bankruptcy Still Mar Consumer Credit Scores - NYTimes.com - In the netherworld of consumer debt, there are zombies: bills that cannot be killed even by declaring personal bankruptcy ... Paying no heed to the courts, the banks keep the debts alive on credit reports, essentially forcing borrowers to make payments on bills that they do not legally owe)

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - During the protest, Simms got caught on video berating the students, who alleged that the commissioner screamed "I'll bet y'all go to failing schools. Y'all ought to be locked up!" The video went viral, and she wound up as Atrios's Worst person in the World ... Well. Yesterday, new video surfaced:
Eschaton: We Do Love Our Children - We put hideous people in charge of our schools, let the grifters steal all the money, and then put on our sadfaces and talk about our failing urban schools. Because this is America, where we believe that children are the future. And we love them so much

Malcolm Gladwell: 'Football Is a Moral Abomination' - Bloomberg - The NFL recently revealed that nearly a third of retired players develop long-term cognitive issues much earlier than the general population. "We're not just talking about people limping at the age of 50. We're talking about brain injuries that are causing horrible, protracted, premature death,”

JFK's Sister's Lobotomy Was 'Tragic Choice,' New Book About Disabilities Reveals - But, at 23, when Rosemary started displaying aggressive mood swings and grew increasingly difficult, her father secretly scheduled her a lobotomy, a relatively new procedure at the time that he was told would calm down his daughter, according to People.

Bill Cosby raped me. Why did it take 30 years for people to believe my story? - The Washington Post - Only when a male comedian called Cosby a rapist did the accusation take hold.
Watch Men Explain Why They Harass Women On The Street - Apparently, this is a real justification for catcalling: "If you have a beautiful body, why can't I say something?"

Polygamy wasn’t a theological debate for early Mormon women. It was part of their lives | David Ebershoff | Comment is free | The Guardian - By acknowleding that founder Joseph Smith had multiple wives, the Mormon church is finally offering those – and many other – women dignity

The Cable Industry Thinks Mindlessly Raising Rates Is A Good Idea In The Face Of Fleeing Subscribers | Techdirt - from the that'll-work dept

Roosh’s Reaxxion: Douchebag Non-Gamer Starts Gaming Website for Douchebags | we hunted the mammoth ("neoreactionaries")

Evangelicals increasingly putting faith in medicine to treat mental health issues | World news | The Guardian - Evangelical writer and musician Carlos Whittaker faced a negative response when he went public about his psychological issues, but attitudes are changing - Carlos Whittaker found that prayer and Bible study were insufficient to tackle his mental health problems. ‘This has nothing to do with whether I believe in Jesus,’ he say

'Quantum reporters' measure magnetic resonance of one proton - physicsworld.com - The positions of individual protons on a surface can be pinned down to within 0.1 nm, thanks to a new quantum technique based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) developed by researchers in the US

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Rosetta: Waiting game after comet lander glitch
Philae Lands on a Comet After 10-Year, 4-Billion-Mile Chase - Popular Mechanics
The Philae lander has successfully landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. AskScience Megathread. : askscience
The coming climate onslaught - Andrew Restuccia and Erica Martinson - POLITICO - President Obama readies a sweeping list of executive actions.
Where Obama's potential successors stand on climate change | Environment | The Guardian (elect Republicans and drown your grand-kids)

John Kerry: Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change - NYTimes.com - John Kerry: Our Historic Agreement With China on Climate Change
BREAKING: The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and It's a Game Changer | Mother Jones - The surprise agreement aims to double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.

Mali Reports 2 New Ebola Deaths In Bamako - Malian authorities on Wednesday reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be linked to the nation's only other known case, an alarming setback as Mali tries to limit the epidemic ravaging other countries in the region.

$300,000 an Hour: The Cost of Fighting ISIS - The Atlantic - What price will the U.S. ultimately pay to neutralize the Islamic State?
Afghanistan sees rise in poppy cultivation - Central & South Asia - Al Jazeera English - UN report says opium production has increased by seven percent over last year despite counter-anti-narcotics programmes.

Ukraine crisis: Russian troops crossed border, Nato says

Sailors attacked, have bags placed over heads in Turkey - CNN.com

India mass sterilisation: women were ‘forced’ into camps, say relatives | World news | The Guardian - The exact cause of the deaths was not yet clear but officials said they suspected blood loss and infection caused by unclean surgical equipment. Government guidelines recommending that a surgeon should not use a single instrument for more than 10 operations appear to have been ignored.

Obama’s call for an open Internet puts him at odds with regulators - The Washington Post (who he appointed +Wheeler: “What I’ve got to figure out is how to split the baby.”)
Watch out: the US government wants to pass new spying laws behind your back | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - . The vague and ambiguous law would essentially allow companies like Google and Facebook to hand over even more of your personal information to the US government, all of which could ultimately end up in the hands of the NSA and the FBI.
Obama’s call for an open Internet puts him at odds with regulators - The Washington Post

Fight for Big Ideas: Expand Social Security | Nancy Altman - Why did Democrats lose on election night? Because not enough of them were fighting for big ideas. As Sen. Bernie Sanders says in the video at the top of the post, the American people are united in support of expanding Social Security, but too few candidates were talking about that big idea.
U.S. Companies Now Stashing $2 Trillion Overseas - NBC News.com - That total, while daunting in its own right, is now greater than the amount held on U.S. shores, which totals just under $1.9 trillion, according to the latest Federal Reserve flow of funds tally.

Without Obamacare, I would have died. I’m scared the Supreme Court is going to gut the part that saved me. - The Washington Post

South Carolina's gay marriage ban struck down in federal court | US news | The Guardian - Judge cites fourth circuit decision in Virginia in ruling knocking down same-sex marriage ban, but gives time for state to appeal
Maryland schools avoid recognising Muslim holiday by renaming others | US news | The Guardian - Maryland’s largest school district has voted to strip religious labels from holidays on next year’s school calendar after Muslims sought recognition of a holy day.

Officials: Kansas Faces $279M Budget Gap By July - The state will also be required to close an even bigger additional gap — $436 million — during the following 12 months, according to the new forecast. (cut taxes! go bankrupt! get re-elected! dismantle schools!)

There Is No Rise of Republican Pragmatists | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - Maybe the definition of insanity isn’t doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result but watching the same thing over and over again and expecting the Republicans to become practical or moderate.

Don't Soul-Search. Stiffen Your Backbone. | Bill de Blasio - As a Democrat, I'm disappointed in last Tuesday's results. But as a progressive, I know my party need not search for its soul -- but rather, its backbone.

Police Use Department Wish List When Deciding Which Assets to Seize - NYTimes.com - “little goodies.” (cops are the new organized crime)
Police killings highest in two decades - The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report.
Study: Brazilian cops killed more than 11,000 people in 5 years | CTV News

Palmer school officials cited Fifth Amendment in charter revocation hearing - 77 times - Even in a school district with more than its share of charter-school controversies, the answers stood out. Questioned about billing practices, two officials of an embattled Philadelphia charter school cited their Fifth Amendment right to silence - 77 times. (for-profit education! profit! from your local charter school grifters)
How baby boomers ruined parenting forever - Quartz - A “helicopter parent” micromanages every aspect of his child’s routine and behavior.

Terry Eagleton reviews Trouble in Paradise and Absolute Recoil by Slavoj Žižek | Books | The Guardian - Every emergence of fascism, Walter Benjamin wrote, bears witness to a failed revolution. In the Muslim world, the west has played a major role in stamping on such movements, creating a political vacuum into which fundamentalism was then able to move. It cannot now feign innocence of its predatory past in the face of the Islamist backlash it has helped to unleash.
Gentrification as Total War or "Triumph of the Williamsburg" - Social Matter - The essay that follows is a very brief history of the conquest of many American cities by a predominantly black underclass, the nascent Reconquista, and an examination of the strategies and tactics in use. I choose to look at gentrification through the lens of total war.

How To Eradicate A Disease | More Intelligent Life - A generation ago, guinea-worm disease was bringing misery to millions; now it is down to two cases a week. Tom Whipple talks to its nemesis, Donald Hopkins, who has already helped to see off smallpox
New Statesman | Genes are not as important as you might think - According to a growing number of researchers, the standard story of the influence of genes is overblown. So many other factors influence how we turn out as individuals and how we evolve as a species that the fundamentals of biology need a rewrite. “This is no storm in an academic tearoom,” a group of biologists wrote in the journal Nature in October. “It is a struggle for the very soul of the discipline.”

Gut–brain link grabs neuroscientists : Nature News & Comment - Although correlations have been noted between the composition of the gut microbiome and behavioural conditions, especially autism1, neuroscientists are only now starting to understand how gut bacteria may influence the brain

What website had the greatest fall from grace? : AskReddit

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Craig Spencer, declared free of Ebola, says he is 'living example' of how virus protocols worked | US news | The Guardian - Spencer, 33, says ‘I am healthy and no longer infectious’ and leaves hospital in New York to rapturous applause
There Are Now Zero Cases Of Ebola In The United States | ThinkProgress

China Turns Up the Rhetoric Against the West - NYTimes.com - He compared unfavorable American news coverage of China to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews

Indian women die after state-run mass sterilisation campaign goes wrong | World news | The Guardian - Eight women have died and dozens more are in hospital after doctor reportedly carried out 80 operations in five hours

My Best Hacker Source Was Snitching for the Feds — Backchannel — Medium

HUFFPOLLSTER: What Last Week's Election Tells Us About Latino And Asian Voters
The secret to raising the minimum wage may be to stop trusting Democrats | Sarah Jaffe | Comment is free | The Guardian

Republicans Vow to Fight E.P.A. and Approve Keystone Pipeline - NYTimes.com

Highway seizure in Iowa fuels debate about asset-forfeiture laws - The Washington Post - By the time the encounter was over, the gamblers had been detained for more than two hours. Their car was searched without a warrant. And their cellphones, a computer and $100,020 of their gambling “bankroll” were seized under state civil asset-forfeiture laws.

Cancer's 'Frankenstein' DNA mystery solved › News in Science (ABC Science) - The creation of a 'Frankenstein' chromosome that steals the DNA it needs to grow and survive has been detailed for the first time in research led by Australian scientists ... However, neochromosomes are much bigger than normal chromosomes, in some cases containing over 700 million base pairs
Scientists Discover Genes That Helped Turn Fearsome Wildcats Into House Cats | WIRED

It’s Official: Mormon Founder Had Up to 40 Wives - NYTimes.com - some already married and one only 14 years old.

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‘Nobody Is Truly Ready' For Rise Of Seas - The report warns that coastal property and infrastructure could be a foot lower in just a few decades than is the case today, portending an unprecedented crisis for which the nation appears to be frightfully ill-prepared. U.S. coastal cities, established in centuries past when seas were 8 inches lower than they are today, are now flooding regularly during high tides

Syrian rebel leader: US-led attacks on Isis are undermining anti-Assad forces | World news | The Guardian - Hadi al-Bahra claims Syrians see US-led coalition turning a blind eye to Assad’s forces while failing to liaise with Free Syrian Army

Mexican police injured in Acapulco during protests over student massacre | World news | The Guardian - Fury at the disappearance of 43 student teachers continues to spread as masked protesters clash with riot police
Catalonia’s independence vote – illegal, and hopefully irresistible | Matthew Tree | Comment is free | The Guardian - Within months Catalonia could be the latest of Europe’s new countries: an example to the world of how to resolve border disputes
Geologists Who Didn't Predict an Earthquake Aren't Killers, Italian Court Rules | Motherboard
Suicide bomber in school uniform kills 47 in Nigeria - Yahoo News

Everything you need to know about the Trans Pacific Partnership - The Washington Post
Obama Urges World Leaders To Approve Elusive, Potentially 'Historic' Trans-Pacific Trade Deal - Disputes between the U.S. and Japan on market access for their major industries have been at the heart of the stalemate over the trade deal. China is not a party to the trade talks.

The Latest Frivolous Attack on Obamacare - NYTimes.com - What they are, instead, is corrupt, willing to pervert the law to serve political masters. And what we’ll find out in the months ahead is how deep the corruption goes.

GOP-Obama Compromise Would Mean a Scary Win for Big Business | The Fiscal Times

Cable companies 'stunned' by Obama's 'extreme' net neutrality proposals | Technology | The Guardian - Major telecoms, lobbyist groups and politicians sharply respond to president’s call for greater regulation of internet as utility
Ted Cruz Lashes Out Against Net Neutrality, Calls It 'Obamacare For The Internet' - "Net Neutrality" is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.
Dear Senator Ted Cruz, I'm going to explain to you how Net Neutrality ACTUALLY works - The Oatmeal
All I can think of when I hear that Obama has weighed in on Net Neutrality. His actions speak much louder than words. : AdviceAnimals

Six Points on the Midterm Elections | Jacobin - It’s not the 1930s anymore — white people in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Arkansas despise anything that reminds them of the national Democratic party, which they already think is socialist as it is. They don’t want it to move left, they think it’s grotesquely left enough.

Valerie Jarrett, The Obama Whisperer | New Republic - When I asked a longtime source who left the Obama White House years ago for his impressions of Jarrett, he confessed that he was too fearful to speak with me, even off the record. (she opposed Larry Summers at Treasury and was among the first Obama aides to come around on Hillary Clinton at State)
The knives are out for Valerie Jarrett, the close adviser who 'gets' Obama | US news | The Guardian - with The Obama Whisperer, a piece by Noam Scheiber of the New Republic that captures an unusual number of gripes – anonymously reported, of course – about the Obamas’ vacation companion and closest confidant.

States Listen as Parents Give Rampant Testing an F - NYTimes.com - Because schools do not have computers for every student, tests are staggered throughout the day, which translates to more hours spent administering tests and less time teaching. Students who are not taking tests often occupy their time watching movies. The staggered test times also mean computer labs are not available for other students.
Eschaton: Did The Grifters Go Too Far - The testing is there to make testing companies get rich and to provide an excuse to turn schools in to for profit charters.

Detroit bankruptcy exit plan approved by US judge - The plan includes a 4.5% cut to the pension plans of general retirees

Police Can Seize And Sell Assets Even When The Owner Broke No Law : The Two-Way : NPR (all your stuff are belong to them)
More Than Six in 10 Americans Say Guns Make Homes Safer - The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be (63%) has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this. Three in 10 Americans say having a gun in the house makes it a more dangerous place.

This Is What It's Like To Fly Above Manhattan



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Remains of Typhoon Nuri beat north Pacific records and Sandy - NY Daily News - The record-breaking storm was stronger than anything that ever whipped through the north Pacific Ocean in recent recorded history and even Hurricane Sandy that slammed the East Coast in 2012.

Kaci Hickox, Nurse Who Fought Ebola Quarantine, To Leave Maine: Report - Tom Pelletier, Fort Kent's chief of police, said he had received calls from people who wanted him to arrest Hickox, local media reported. - Wilbur told the Press Herald he has withdrawn from his nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent because university officials were not doing enough to stop threats against him. (they were all listening to Fox and voting for LePage)

Fall Of The Berlin Wall 25 Years Ago Marked In Germany
It's Been 25 Years Since The Fall Of The Berlin Wall. These 16 Photos Tell The Story.

Pentagon: leaked special forces mission details could endanger national security | US news | The Guardian - Statement comes after identification of two members of the team that killed Osama bin Laden (National Security is a wimp)

ISIS Leader Wounded In Airstrike, Report Iraqi Officials - Neither knew the extent of al-Baghdadi's apparent injuries. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential material. State television later also reported that al-Baghdadi had been wounded.
Obama confident US troop surge in Iraq will put coalition on offensive | World news | The Guardian - Comments draw emerging parallel to past US military strategy in Iraq
Times of Iraq: Iraqi troops takes back control of Iraq's biggest oil refinery from ISIS
How A Libyan City Joined The Islamic State Group - Darna, a Mediterranean coastal city long notorious as Libya's center for jihadi radicals

Protesters set fire to Mexican palace as anger over missing students grows | World news | The Guardian - Attack on building in Mexico City caps day of protest at the apparent massacre of 43 students
'I've had enough,' says Mexican attorney general in missing students gaffe | World news | The Guardian - ‘Ya me canse’ becomes a rallying call for anger over the government’s handling of the apparent killing of 43 students
Mexican gang members admit to burning alive 43 students found massacred | Daily Mail Online - Gang members waded into the ashes to remove remaining teeth and bone

Violence spreads across Israel after shooting in Galilee | World news | The Guardian - Video evidence shows police firing at Kheir Hamdan, 22, as he was running away from them – contradicting the police story
Iran's Khamenei proposes plan for Israel's elimination - on Twitter - Diplomacy and Defense Israel News | Haaretz - The plan does not condone throwing Jews into the sea, but does call for arming the West Bank.
Israel recognises "Aramaics" as separate ethnic group - But critics call it an attempt by the government to encourage splits within its Arab population, which largely defines itself as Palestinian and makes up about a fifth of the country's 8.2 million citizens.

Marking fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev warns the West - LA Times - “Instead of building new mechanisms and institutions of European security and pursuing a major demilitarization of European politics, the West, and particularly the United States, declared victory in the Cold War.” As a result, he said, “a blister has now turned into a bloody, festering wound.”
Winston Churchill's 'bid to nuke Russia' to win Cold War - uncovered in secret FBI files | Daily Mail Online - Britain's war-time leader urged the US to launch a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union to win the Cold War (guy with a hammer)

Ukraine crisis: Heavy bombardment in rebel-held Donetsk
Ukraine crisis: Intense fighting in rebel bastion Donetsk; monitoring group OSCE 'very concerned' by military convoys - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - Intense artillery fighting has broken out in the separatist bastion of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to AFP journalists in the area.

?Putin, Xi Jinping sign mega gas deal on second gas supply route — RT Business
China's Corruption Crackdown Pummels Macau Casinos : Parallels : NPR - Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal. It's also a giant pipeline for moving money out of the mainland and beating the government's strict currency controls.

Waning Power for Blacks and Democrats by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - With the defeat of Rep. John Barrow of Georgia, there are no longer any white Democrats from the Deep South in the U.S. House of Representatives. We’re excluding Florida here, which I think is justified in this day and age, and if Mary Landrieu loses her runoff election next month, there will no longer be any white Democrats from the Deep South in the U.S. Senate, either. There’s no point in sugar-coating this. In the Deep South, the Democratic Party is now the non-white party
The GOP Won’t Stop Suppressing Our Votes by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Nearly five times as many voters in 2010 used the voting reforms eliminated by the North Carolina GOP—200,000 voted during the now-eliminated first week of early voting, 20,000 used same-day registration and 7,000 cast out-of-precinct ballots.

Big Review Set By Democrats After Election Losses - A party committee will conduct a "top-to-bottom assessment" of the Democrats' performance in recent midterm elections and try to determine why they have struggled to turn out its core voters in nonpresidential elections. (Debbie and Steve will investigate themselves, which will really work)
GOP-Obama Compromise Would Mean a Scary Win for Big Business | The Fiscal Times (some compromise, eh?)
Current And Incoming Republican Senators Set Out Pro-Corporate Agenda For 114th Congress (because Obama wasn't pro=coporate enough)

Eschaton: The Audience - Or is it plumping the Hungarian goose-down pillows of the already quite cozy? -- (Ombud:) I asked the executive editor, Dean Baquet, whom he has in mind when he directs coverage and priorities. “I think of The Times reader as very well-educated, worldly and likely affluent,” he said. “But I think we have as many college professors as Wall Street bankers.” - (Atrios:) The college professor poors reader our paper too! - There just aren't that many rich people.

Elizabeth Warren: It’s time to work on America’s agenda - The Washington Post
Bernie Gets it Right » Balloon Juice - Bernie Sanders got it right (around 2:30): “The vast majority of people are giving up on the political system.” If you believe that, and if you couple it with Bernie’s other observation near the end of the video, which is that Democrats are afraid of taking positions that will anger the big money donors financing their campaigns, then how are we going to get the people who have given up to engage? (Barry destroyed the Democratic Party for 100 years)

George W. Bush: ‘You have to earn your way into politics,’ nothing ‘is ever given to you’ (the "flotsam" is in his head)

Lessons from the Rabbit Hole by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Pamela Harriman - it seems fitting to think about Harriman’s role as kingmaker for the Democrats. The mother of Winston Churchill’s grandson and economic populism don’t necessarily go together, and that could be a metaphor for problems that still bedevil us.

Breitbart's Attack On Obama Attorney General Nominee Goes After The Wrong Loretta Lynch | Blog | Media Matters for America - UPDATE: Breitbart.com posted corrections to the articles that confused the two attorneys, noting at bottom that "[t]he Loretta Lynch identified earlier as the Whitewater attorney was, in fact, a different attorney." (idiots)
Same old Clinton attacks again | Gene Lyons | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art - However, a journalist who chooses to question a presidential candidate's character by dragging up 20-year-old controversies owes it to readers to know two or three things about them. (more idiots)

Mormon Bishop Under Fire For Barring Reid From Temple - A Mormon bishop in Los Angeles is under fire for his assertion that Sen. Harry Reid is unworthy to enter the faith's temples because of his support of Democratic Party positions.
Top GOP Senator Complains Obama Doesn't Seem Ready To Compromise - Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), the No. 4 Senate Republican, on Sunday said President Obama has not shown that he's willing to work with Republicans. (they have no irony sensors)

WATCH: Deputy suspended for hitting, threatening man who declined to be searched | FOX31 Denver
A New York sheriff’s deputy was suspended late this week after a viral video surfaced that appeared to show him slapping and threatening a man who declined to let him search his car without a warrant : news
Deputy Who Killed 19-Year-Old Samantha Ramsey Won't Be Indicted - A Kentucky deputy who witnesses say jumped onto the roof of a 19-year-old girl's car and opened fire on her will not be indicted in the girl's death. ("self-defense")

Scientists Achieve Direct Brain-To-Brain Communication Between Humans - The accuracy among the pairs ranged from 25 to 83 percent, with errors attributed primarily to the sender's failure to "accurately execute" the fire-command thought rather than the hardware.
Higher antioxidant and lower cadmium concentrations and lower incidence of pesticide residues in organically grown crops: a systematic literature review and meta-analyses
Synthetic Platelet Super-Mimics Halt Bleeding Three Times Faster | Neomatica
Silicon Nitride Microtubes Direct Neuron Growth | Chemical & Engineering News - Bioengineering: Arrays of silicon nitride microtubes could be used to design synthetic neural circuits for studying the brain and developing new medical devices


Crypto attack that hijacked Windows Update goes mainstream in Amazon Cloud | Ars Technica - Collision attack against widely used MD5 algorithm took 10 hours, cost just 65 cents.


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News from The Associated Press - Tensions between the major powers have pushed the world closer to a new Cold War, former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said Saturday.

North Korea releases US citizens Bae and Miller as Clapper flies in | World news | The Guardian - Director of national intelligence brings Americans home - Officials: release not related to nuclear question, no quid pro quo

Pope demotes outspoken American conservative cardinal | Reuters - Cardinal Raymond Burke, 66, was removed as head of the Vatican's highest court and appointed to the ceremonial post of chaplain of the charity group Knights of Malta. (Francis continues his purge of the Cult of the Red Beanie Assholes)

ISIS chief ‘critically wounded’ in air raid: reports - Al Arabiya News
US air strikes destroy Isis convoy but reports leader targeted are unconfirmed | World news | The Guardian - US says unclear if Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi present at time of strike - Iraq hit by suicide bombings on Friday and Saturday

If America is going to reveal the truth about torture, Obama must end Gitmo’s cover-up court | Anthony D Romero | Comment is free | The Guardian - At last, the report on Bush-era secrets is coming – and it’s the perfect chance for Obama to finally keep his promise about justice at Guantánamo Bay
War. Torture. The NSA. And Jerusalem? The American president's addiction to king-like power must end | Erwin Chemerinsky | Comment is free | The Guardian - On Monday, the US supreme court will argue Zivotofsky v Kerry in the context of a decades-long dispute between Israelis and Palestinians, and in a moment when the symbolism of statehood matters as much as ever ... but if anything in the Constitution remains clear it is that the framers rejected unchecked executive power
Fascism, American-Style » CounterPunch: Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including:
US government sees off legal challenge over Guantánamo force-feeding | US news | The Guardian - Federal udge denies inmate’s request to change treatment Criticises administration’s lack of ‘common sense and compassion’ (so Obama seems to be torturing people)
Imprisoned terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui wants to testify in Oklahoma City federal court | News OK - Zacarias Moussaoui also is claiming a Saudi prince assisted him in Norman in “my Islamic Terrorist activities” there in 2001. Moussaoui took flight lessons at a Norman flight school in 2001 as part of his plan to pilot a plane into a building. (another piece of Obama's continuing coverup)

Destroying online freedom in the name of counter-terrorism will make the world a more dangerous place - It is not terrorists who threaten that future of the internet, but our intelligence and security services

Emails Show Holder’s Anger During ‘Fast and Furious’ Probe - Washington Wire - WSJ - Newly revealed emails show Attorney General Eric Holder trying and failing to contain his temper over the botched Fast and Furious probe, at one point saying “some people can kiss my a—‘’ if they think he was too hard on a U.S. Attorney pushed out over the scandal.
Because Shut Up, That’s Why » Balloon Juice - Basically, Caroline Felsenthal has a fact free piece up at Politico demanding that President Obama fire Valerie Jarrett because. And no, that is not a typo, that is her entire argument (+politico disappeared lines that "didn't fit the narrative")
A Politico Hit Job on Valerie Jarrett by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Carol Felsenthal

Why many aren't celebrating low U.S. unemployment | CTV News - "People aren't looking at the statistical aggregates," said Bill Galston, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. "They care about their standard of living, and most Americans think their standard of living has declined."
CBRE report warns 50 per cent of occupations will be redundant in 20 years time | Daily Mail Online - Artificial intelligence will mean that many jobs will be done by computers - Customer work, process work and middle management will 'disappear'

Supreme Court Obamacare Decision in King v Burwell Is Life or Death | New Republic - The Supreme Court Is Now a Death Panel (they were always obsessed with it)
Health Care Reform Imperiled - NYTimes.com - Will five Supreme Court justices eliminate essential health care subsidies for more than four million lower-income Americans, based on a contorted reading of four words?

More homeless-feeding arrests in Ft. Lauderdale amid national backlash | News - Home - Police break up homeless feeding at Stranahan Park


Our addiction to criminalising human behaviour makes a mockery of private responsibility | Simon Jenkins | Comment is free | The Guardian - From drinking while pregnant to urinating on a war memorial, the law’s ambition has no limits- If poisoning your foetus with alcohol is a crime, why is it not a crime to abort it?


PLOS ONE: Interaction between Neuroanatomical and Psychological Changes after Mindfulness-Based Training - Taken together, these findings documented the significant impact of a brief MBSR training on brain structures, as well as stressing the idea of MBSR as a valuable tool for alexithymia modulation, also originally providing a plausible neurobiological evidence of a major role of right insula into mediating the observed psychological changes.
Why Scientists Think Completely Unclassifiable and Undiscovered Life Forms Exist | Motherboard
DNA Sequencing Led Researchers to Discover "Microbial Dark Matter" | Motherboard - "This is what we call 'microbial dark matter,'" Tanja Woyke, a researcher at the DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said. "They are branches in the tree of life that have no representatives."

Police: 4 teens accused of videotaping sex with intoxicated... | www.wsoctv.com - “It's not just calls. It's pictures, texts, Facebook all of them,” said mother Cathy Davis.

Update to "I found out my 13 y/o son is gay... He hasn't told me, but I want to support him. What can I do?" : askgaybros

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Intense Storm Headed To Alaska's Aleutian Islands Will Also Bring Cold Temps To Much Of U.S. - hurricane-force winds and waves 50 feet high
Climate Diplomacy as Partisan Fun | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - President Obama’s political situation after the mid-term election defeat of the Democrats is the same as it was before

Mark Udall: What He Should Do And Why He Won't - Esquire - I wish Mark Udall would do what the Guardian suggests, but I do not propose he martyr himself in the process. It is long past time for the country to know the horrors perpetrated in its name, and the people who committed them on the country's dime. (because Obama won't because the CIA won't let him)

Obama doubles US troop levels in Iraq for war against Isis | US news | The Guardian - Pledge to avoid ‘boots on the ground’ strained as 1,500 additional US troops ordered to Iraq to bolster Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State
Purely in an Advisory Capacity » Balloon Juice - #POTUS has authorized #SecDef Hagel to deploy up to 1,500 additional U.S. personnel over the coming months, in a non-combat role to #Iraq. - Haven’t we been training the Iraqi military for 10 years now, to the tune of tens of billions of dollars? They’ve got to be the most trained motherfuckers in the world by now.

Bin Laden ‘Shooter’ Story Is FUBAR, Special Ops Sources Say - The Daily Beast - One man says he killed the world’s most wanted terrorist. His former colleagues say that’s a stretch—at best.

Mexico: ‘We Are Not Sheep to Be Killed’ by Alma Guillermoprieto | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books
Mexico: Gang Members Confess To Mass Killing In Missing Students Probe - Members of a gang arrested in a probe into the disappearance of a group of 43 trainee teachers feared massacred have admitted to killing a large group of people, Mexico's attorney general said on Friday - 30 years of drug war by the U.S., and this is the result: our southern neighbor is a narco state. Didn't anybody see what happened during Prohibition?

Ukraine Says Tank Column, Artillery Systems And Trucks Have Crossed Into Eastern Ukraine From Russia
The Advocate Names Vladimir Putin 'Person of the Year' - "Driving the governmental, religious, and popular disdain for gays and lesbians," writes the magazine's Jeremy Lybarger, "the Russian president became the single greatest threat to LGBTs in the world in 2014."

Matt Taibbi On Leaving First Look Media: ‘I Am Sad That It Didn't Work Out' ("I really can't talk about it")
Matt Taibbi and JPMorgan whistleblower rip Justice Dept.’s coddling of Wall Street offenders

FBI Admits Agent Impersonated Reporter During Criminal Investigation - FBI Director James Comey says an agent impersonated an Associated Press reporter during a 2007 criminal investigation, a ruse the news organization says could undermine its credibility.

Supreme Court To Almost Certainly Deny Millions of People Health Insurance - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Supreme Court Accepts New Challenge to Health Law - NYTimes.com - potentially imperiling President Obama’s signature legislative achievement two years after it survived a different challenge in the court by a single vote. (fuck off and die, non-rich)
Supreme Court Grants Cert in Obamacare Challenge, King v. Burwell | New Republic - The latest legal challenge to Obamacare just became very credible—and very dangerous.
Newest, Craziest Legal Challenge to Obamacare -- NYMag - This is a mind-blowing development, given that the challenge was dismissed as frivolous outside of the right-wing activists who initially devised it ... King v. Burwell is not so much a radical legal doctrine as it is a Monty Python-esque exercise in extreme tendentiousness.
Steven Dennis on Twitter: "By this time next year, CBO expects net +20M people will have health insurance due to ACA. By end of 2016: +25M." (Supremes: "well, screw them")

Triumph of the Wrong - NYTimes.com - obstructionism bordering on sabotage is a winning political strategy. (and in 2010, President Obama said "After all, small businesses and families are tightening their belts. Their government should, too" as he announced a two-year pay freeze on federal government workers)
Midterms Rewarded Personal Irresponsibility by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - You’d better believe that if Republicans are ever in the position Democrats were in when McConnell and company decided on this scorched-earth strategy, this lesson of 2014 will be remembered—because after all, personal irresponsibility was rewarded.

Are you reflected in the new Congress? | US news | The Guardian
AmericanStudies: November 7, 2014: Exemplary Elections: 1994 - November 7, 2014: Exemplary Elections: 1994

Unemployment Is Down, But Wages Aren't Up (only shit jobs left, no point in voting Dem)
Bringing the Financial Sector To Heel by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - And despite the heavy responsibility of the financial sector for the disaster of 2008, its fundamental problems have by no means gone away.

Consumers to Get Peek at 2015 Obamacare Premiums - DailyFinance
Public Opinion Strategies » Blog Archive » Poll shows that the ACA was not as much of a vote factor in 2014 as it was in 2010.

Federal Court Clears Way For Gay Marriage In Kansas

Mpls. Mayor Flashes Gang Sign with Convicted Felon; Law Enforcement Outraged | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul (their own commenters destroy them)
#pointergate may be the most racist news story of 2014

This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy_11.7.14 - Esquire - t was a very big week out in the Wild Kingdom, and what can we say, but...Gordon Klingenschmitt.
Gordon Klingenschmitt of Colorado is the craziest anti-gay legislator in America.
Meet 'Dr. Chaps' Gordon Klingenschmitt: Colorado's New Anti-Gay, Demon Hunting State Legislator | Right Wing Watch - Klingenschmitt is a viciously anti-gay theocrat who believes that gay people "want your soul" and may sexually abuse their own children, which is why he says they should face government discrimination since only people who are going to heaven are entitled to equal treatment by the government:

You’ll Never Guess Why This Woman Was Arrested -- NYMag - This woman was arrested in Kentucky on Tuesday, but you will literally never guess what for. It's a complete and utter mystery.

Starbucks enforces new dress code for employees - AOL.com - Can't believe @Starbucks won't let women wear engagement rings but facial piercings are okay. THAT is NOT OKAY.

Swiss robot tricks brain into hallucinating ‘ghostly presences’ in empty rooms - “You really need a sensorimotor mismatch for Feeling of Presence,” EPFL scientist Giulio Rognini said.

The American Shakespeare Center's Education Department Blog: "Not Amurath an Amurath succeeds, but Harry Harry": Political Rhetoric in Inaugural Speeches - I began with a rhetorical analysis of President Obama's 2009 and 2013 inaugural addresses (and Shakespeare, interesting)

Inside America's Number 1 Party School: The University of Pennsylvania | New Republic - The University of Pennsylvania has the least distinctive identity of any prestigious college in America. In September, Playboy conferred on Penn a surprising new title: Number One Party School in America.

? Hey Joe - Johnny Rivers - YouTube

Serial: listeners of podcast phenomenon turn detectives – with troubling results | Television & radio | The Guardian - Based on a real-life murder, Serial has captivated listeners around the world. But when the show’s fans started doing their own investigations on Reddit, it took the phenomenon into uncharted waters

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Climate change denier Jim Inhofe in line for Senate's top environmental job | Environment | The Guardian - Obama faces a fight to protect his climate change agenda after midterm results suggest Senate’s top environmental post will fall to Republican stalwart of climate denial

Brussels Airlines CEO issues stern warning to Ebola affected States | Sierra Express Media - “any passenger tested Ebola positive on board Brussels Airlines will provoke an automatic suspension of flights to the three countries of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea”.

Khorasan group back in US crosshairs as air strikes hit non-Isis targets in Syria | US news | The Guardian - Air strikes on little-known group alleged to be al-Qaida affiliate raise questions about expansion of US air war in Syria and Iraq

Obama pens secret letter to Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei as nuclear deadline looms | US news | The Guardian - Letter, written in October, reportedly referenced shared interest between the US and Iran in combatting Isis militants in Iraq and Syria (that was some "secret")

Law enforcement lost public's trust after NSA leaks, says UK police chief | World news | The Guardian - Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan police commissioner, says law enforcement must strike balance between security and privacy in wake of Snowden revelations
Intelligence agencies spying on lawyers in sensitive security cases | World news | The Guardian - Internal MI5, MI6 and GCHQ documents reveal routine interception of legally privileged communications

The Dickens Dossier: Secret file on establishment paedophiles may be opened - Crime - UK - The Independent - A secret file which is said to contain the names of paedophiles with links to the British establishment and which is rumoured to be locked away in archives at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, could be made public as part of the Government’s child abuse inquiry.
FBI Arrests SpaceX Employee, Alleging He Ran The 'Deep Web' Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0 | Business Insider - FBI Arrests SpaceX Employee, Alleging He Ran The 'Deep Web' Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare | Rolling Stone - By Matt Taibbi | November 6, 2014
Taibbi Returns To Rolling Stone With Piece That Was 'Supposed To Launch' New Site

Anger Over Executive Action On Immigration Is No Excuse For GOP Stalling, Politicians Say (another brilliant strategy from the Deporter-in-Chief who lost the Latino vote and further screwed the country with more Repubicans by not being a Democrat)
Boehner warns of 'big trouble' if Obama forces through immigration reform | US news | The Guardian - Republican House speaker sets confrontational tone in first post-midterms comment, saying the president will ‘burn himself’ if he uses executive action to overcome congressional deadlock

Republicans Crush Democrats At State Level, Control Two-Thirds Of Legislatures Now
Democrats Have Great Exciting New Idea: Being Democrats | Wonkette
Eschaton: Let's Keep Chasing The People Who Don't Vote For Us - Instead of the people who might. The Dem midterm strategy is just wrong. The consultants can get rich and everyone can blame The Left, but whatever. It isn't working
On his way to a slim victory in a changing Va., Warner may have wooed wrong voters - The Washington Post (the 'ol DSCC brilliant strategy of wooing Republicans)
Climate Denier Ted Cruz May Lead Senate Science Subcommittee | New Republic (that'll work)
5 New GOP Governors Could Undercut Medicaid Expansion (just die, poors)
Mark Warner, Loyal to (Nearly) the End by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Sometimes very smart people have a hard time abandoning the monuments of their brilliance. And it nearly cost Warner—and the Democratic Party—a slam-dunk Senate race.
Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office
Democrats Have Two Choices: Gridlock or Disaster -- NYMag
Racism and Republican Victory - Lawyers, Guns & Money : It’s pretty difficult to argue that racists are not a huge part of the Republican coalition. Every since the moment Obama won the presidency, white racial resentment has been flowing out of American conservatives and that is a hate well that remains uncapped.

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Esquire - Reached in the Beyond, St. Thomas More shook his head. Then he put it back down on the table and resumed drinking heavily. (classic CPP)

US appeals court upholds gay marriage bans in four states

Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers - Oct. 7, 2014 - The cut applies to part-timers who work fewer than 30 hours a week -- about 2% of the company's U.S. workforce.
Wal-Mart cuts health benefits for 30,000 part-timers : news

Arnold Abbott arrested for feeding the homeless is arrested again | Daily Mail Online - Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler is speaking out against Abbott, saying homeless people should have to interact with the government to get food

A Japanese court ordered a restaurant to pay more than half a million dollars damages to the family of a man who killed himself after being forced to work nearly 200 hours overtime a month. : worldnews
Texas Girl Was Taken Away From Parents Because They Smoked Pot, Only To Be Killed in Foster Care : news
TIL that in 1963, some Barbie dolls came with a book entitled "How to Lose Weight" which advised "Don't eat!" and a bathroom scale permanently set at 110 lbs. : todayilearned

Harvard Under Fire For Secret Classroom Photos (after they caught flack for spying on everyones email)

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Climate Change? An Issue for Losers | Power Line - And nobody, but nobody, cared how many millions liberal billionaires spent trying to make climate change an issue.

WHO Lowers Ebola Death Toll, Virus Slowing In Liberia - The three countries have reported 1,828 Ebola cases of the disease over the past 21 days, the maximum incubation period of the virus, and 64 percent of those new cases were in Sierra Leone, 22 percent were in Liberia and 14 percent in Guinea.

Erdogan Decorates $615 Million Palace as Presidency Cost Surges - Bloomberg - A palace four times the size of Versailles. A custom-built Airbus jet. Dozens of servants.

What The Hell Happened To The Democratic Vote? - What did change is that Republicans boosted their percentage among African-Americans from 6 percent won by Romney to 10 percent yesterday; from 27 percent to 35 percent among Latinos; and from 26 percent to 49 percent among Asians.
Postmortem - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A few thoughts, loosely tied together, on last night’s disaster.
Breaking! Working Poor In Florida Freed From Neoliberal Shackles of the Affordable Care Act - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Shorter newly-reelected Gov. Lex Luthor to Florida citizens being offered Medicaid at little cost to the state: “Drop dead, literally.”
9 takeaways from the 2014 election - Vox
Democrats sift through the debris | TheHill
What really went wrong for Democrats - The Washington Post - The failure of the Democrats’ economic message to win over persuadable voters, ones outside the ascendant Democratic coalition, in the numbers needed to offset the structural disadvantages Democratic incumbents and candidates faced.

2014 Election Results: Here's Why Democrats Lost the Senate to GOP | New Republic
Negativity Wins the Senate - NYTimes.com - “If you’re not a voter, you can’t stop Obama.”
The Democrats’ Southern Problem Reaches a New Depth - NYTimes.com - The inability of Southern Democrats to run well ahead of a deeply unpopular Mr. Obama raises questions about how an increasingly urban and culturally liberal national Democratic Party can compete in the staunchly conservative South.
The Polls Were Skewed Toward Democrats | FiveThirtyEight
Harry Reid Should Use Filibuster in Republican-Majority Senate | New Republic
Hullabaloo - And as Howie points out, all those Republicans in Democratic clothing the Party recruited lost as did all the Blue Dogs who've been very reliable GOP votes. It just doesn't pay to be a conservative Democrat these days.
DownWithTyranny!: Why Did The Democrats Do So Badly Last Night? It Goes Beyond Gerrymandering And Obama's Poor Ratings - DSCC Executive Director Guy Cecil will reap big rewards for his incredible string of abject failures yesterday
DownWithTyranny!: Steve Israel Failed Miserably This Cycle-- Here's A Taste Of The Next Week Of Posts - There are 21 seats like this in the House, winnable seats Steve Israel willfully ignored, even if they were much easier than impossible targets in deep red districts where he ran his handpicked Blue Dogs and New Dems.
Even In Deep Red States, Voters Reject Radical 'Personhood' Measures | ThinkProgress - The radical “personhood” movement was dealt a significant blow on Tuesday night, when voters in North Dakota and Colorado resoundingly defeated two ballot initiatives that would have redefined life to extend legal protections to fertilized eggs.

Kansas Stays Kansas - Esquire - The sun is up, and it's Kansas again. All that stuff about competitive independents and reliable polling and there'll be hell to pay for ideological excess? All that was just a dream.
Newly Minted Republican House Of Cranks - Esquire
Gray power and death bets » Balloon Juice - Old people want their Medicare and Social Security untouched or enriched, and don’t give a fuck about birth control as they are no longer in the childbearing cohort, and have minimal direct stakes in costs that are only incurred in fifteen or twenty years from now. They are making a death bet that the costs of their good times today won’t be borne by them as they’ll be dead when the bill comes due. It is a rational bet.
Meet your new craziest Republicans - Rep. Jody Hice, the face of New Republicanism. He'll be defending his Georgia district from the Gays, Muslims, and women who enter politics without their husbands' permission.

Your Weekly Van Loon - Esquire - "On the other hand, when you grow up you will discover that some of the people in this world never passed beyond the stage of the cave-man."

Most States Will Now Have A Higher Minimum Wage Than The One Set By Congress - But after Tuesday's referendums, and after legislation recently passed in Maryland, Hawaii and West Virginia, 29 states and the District of Columbia will soon have minimum wages higher than the federal level.
Poloz’s prescription for unemployed youth: Work for free - The Globe and Mail
Bank of Canada Governor asks unemployed youth if they’ve considered serfdom - The Beaverton - North America's Trusted Source of News
On the phenomenon of bullshit jobs - David Graeber - Hell is a collection of individuals who are spending the bulk of their time working on a task they don’t like and are not especially good at.

Judge overturns Missouri ban on gay marriage - A state judge overturned Missouri's constitutional ban on gay marriage Wednesday in a ruling that immediately set off a rush among some same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses.

An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the World's First Digital Weapon | WIRED
President Obama: Stop the next unacceptable net neutrality propose from FCC Chair Wheeler - Thomas Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has come up with yet another proposal for net neutrality that is not about net neutrality, but a gift to big telecom (always triangulating with himself)
To Nobody's Surprise, Australian “Terrorism” Law May Be Used for Copyright Enforcement | Electronic Frontier Foundation

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Eschaton: The Ebola Panic Epidemic And Need to Vote - A teacher in Lousville, Kentucky, resigned because of the Ebola panic in the US: How close did Susan Sherman go to the areas of Ebola? This map gives you an idea if you remember that Kenya is on the right edge of the African continent: (they don't teach geography in Catholic schools) can you even imagine what would happen if the party in power during a real Ebola epidemic in the US were the one which wants to choke the public health care system to almost-death and save lots of money through privatizations?
New Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone raises fears of new infection chain | World news | The Guardian - Koinadugu had prided itself on being the only area to have kept Ebola at bay by operating self-imposed quarantine system

ISIS Tortured Kurdish Children Captured In Kobani: Group - Islamic State militants tortured and abused Kurdish children captured earlier this year near the northern Syrian town of Kobani, beating them with hoses and electric cables, an international rights group said Tuesday. (which they learned from Obama's black sites)

Christians beaten to death for allegedly desecrating Qur’an in Pakistan | World news | The Guardian - Bodies of couple burned in a brick kiln in Kot Radha Kishan, in latest case of violence against minorities accused of blasphemy (Islam is going all Republican)

Former NSA lawyer: the cyberwar is between tech firms and the US government | Technology | The Guardian - Stewart Baker said that Apple and Google could be restricting their business in markets like China and Russia by encrypting user data

Senate Control Is The Top Prize In The Midterm Election
Senate Election Results 2014 | The Huffington Post - 36 out of the Senate's 100 seats are up for election.
READ IN: Election Day Edition - The Washington Post
Where 25 of Tuesday’s most important state ballot measures stand - The Washington Post
Even Without Voter ID Laws, Minority Voters Face More Hurdles to Casting Ballots | Mother Jones - Heavily black and Latino precincts often have long lines and fewer voting machines on Election Day. Why?
Here Are The Governor Races Still Too Close To Call

Hullabaloo - Pearl clutching strategists run screaming to the press - If the Democratic Party wants to know what's wrong with the Democratic Party it isn't the "professional left" or the "emoprogs" it's the institutional Democrats who run to press and whine like infants every time the Party looks like it's about to an election --- even if it was entirely predictable and is completely reversible 2 years later:
Rachel Maddow Calls Out Conservative Right For Plotting Obama Impeachment

E-mail points to White House involvement in USDA’s firing of Shirley Sherrod - The Washington Post - A 2010 e-mail from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says his department was “waiting for the go-ahead” from the White House before accepting the resignation of Shirley Sherrod, according to newly released documents, despite Obama administration assertions that her ouster was Vilsack’s decision alone. (Obama lied to hide his utterly stupid descision which was an early sign being a Republican at heart)

Mexican mayor arrested over students’ abduction | World news | The Guardian - José Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, were arrested in Mexico City without resisting, according to two security officials. They provided no other details. (she thought they might mess up her self-celebration, so she had them all murdered)

The Economic Case for a National Per-Mile Driving Fee - CityLab - It could generate more revenue than we know what to do with—not a bad problem to have. (just raise the damn gas tax)

Do You Decarboxylate Your Weed Before You Cook With It? It Is Highly Recommended | Food Republic
Wake And Brew And Bake: A Morning 'Pot' Of Coffee Takes On An Entirely New Meaning | Food Republic

Two photons interact for the first time in fiber optic experiment : FUTURE TECH : Tech Times
Two photons interact for the first time in fiber optic experiment : science

Danish soldiers get ambushed and surrounded by Taliban fighters. Really intense shit. (12:42) : videos
What are some ugly truths of having sex? : AskReddit

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What next for Burkina Faso? » Africa Is A Country

So Much For That: Obama Syria Strategy In Tatters As U.S.-Backed Rebels Lose To Al Qaeda

Two teenage siblings were arrested with would-be Isis recruit at Chicago airport | World news | The Guardian - Siblings aged 16 and 17 not charged despite sharing ‘barbaric rhetoric’ US citizen Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, could face 15 years in jail
FBI warns against homegrown terror threat - Yahoo News - The United States faces an increasing number of homegrown violent extremists radicalized online and inspired by jihadists in Syria to carry out acts of violence, the FBI warned Monday. (it's all going exactly as planned)

GCHQ chief accuses US tech giants of becoming terrorists' 'networks of choice' | UK news | The Guardian - New director of UK eavesdropping agency accuses US tech firms of becoming ‘networks of choice’ for terrorists (privacy=terrorism)
Glenn Greenwald and Snowden: ‘Nobody Should Use Facebook’ | Mediaite - “He doesn’t use Facebook because he hates Facebook,” he said. “They’re one of the worst violators of privacy in history. Nobody should use Facebook.”

Congressman warns of 'civil war' among Democrats unless Obama acts on immigration | US news | The Guardian - Luis Gutiérrez, a key figure in the push for immigration reform, said president’s decision to delay action has sapped enthusiasm among Hispanic voters (Deporter-in-Chief chased Republicans for six years, reaping what he sowed)
White House insists: we won't fire top advisers if Democrats crash in midterms | US news | The Guardian - Spokesman Josh Earnest downplays suggestion of major cull of president’s team – despite polls showing Republicans on course to claim Senate (nothing succeeds like total failure)
Birthers Hope GOP Congress Will Launch Obama Birth Certificate Probe | Right Wing Watch (get ready for the insanopocalypse)

Two Bad Tastes That Taste Worse Together - Lawyers, Guns & Money : An elected judiciary is a bad idea. An elected judiciary with virtually no campaign finance restrictions is an even worse idea. Charles does an excellent job of explaining why. Let me add this:

What My Book Got Wrong About Obama, Summers, Geithner, Recovery | New Republic - All the other mistakes Obama and his economic team made were painful, but essentially second-order and forgivable. In any case, it’s only fair to grade on a curve in a situation as challenging as the one Obama faced. Financial reform is the one exception. It’s the mistake we’ll be ruing for years.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Odds of GOP Senate Takeover Grow

What Are The Gobshites Saying These Days? - Esquire - Before we begin, let's stop and pay homage to ol' Panchito himself, Frank Bruni, of The New York Times, who may have written the beau ideal of what Jay Rosen calls journalism's "View From Nowhere," something I was taught against my better judgment in journalism school and which now, confronted with a party gone mad from three decades of a prion disease, is something that is worse than inadequate
Mornings With Joni - Esquire - It was the second stop on Joni Ernst's Just One Thing, 24-hour, Wingnuts Over Iowa Tour. It had begun that morning in Ankeny, at a bagel shop, and it had wound itself up through the sprawling, autumn-browned landscape up to the Newton Manufacturing Company, a century-old firm specializing in the production of promotional detritus for other businesses, large and small.
Former pig castrator Joni Ernst poised to win Iowa Senate seat for Republicans | US news | The Guardian - Republican once considered an obscure one-term state senator has the momentum in Iowa despite suffering the ridicule of her rivals

Chris Quinn, vice president for content at the Northeast Ohio Media Group… What’s up? » Pressthink - The leading news organization in the state sponsors the only event of the campaign when the two major candidates for governor meet face-to-face to discuss the issues. The candidate it endorses behaves contemptuously toward his opponent and tries not to acknowledge his existence. These events are captured on video. The video is posted at the news organization’s own site, then abruptly removed without explanation. Lawsuits are threatened if others post clips. Calls to explain these actions are ignored. National media attention is given to the missing video. The readers representative is prevented from commenting. The editor in charge of the debate goes silent. The election is three days away. (elites always rig elections)

Sex Trafficking Isn't An 'Over There' Issue, 100,000 U.S. Kids Are Sold Into It Every Year (Kristof's meme take off; 300,000 kids are "at risk") "Many of the organizations that received grants didn't really have to do anything," said Wagner, former head of HHS's anti-trafficking program. "They were available to help victims. There weren't any victims."

Cop charged with stealing nude photos from suspect's iPhone - CNET - A California police officer accused of sending nude photos from DUI suspect's phone to his own and sharing them with other officers has been charged with two felonies.

Dark matter: Out with the WIMPs, in with the SIMPs? | Science/AAAS | News - Hypothetical strongly interacting massive particles—or SIMPs—would also better account for some astrophysical observations, they argue.
SIMP or WIMP as Dark Matter | George Rajna - Academia.edu
science.v2.pdf - A Dearth of Dark Matter in Ordinary Elliptical Galaxies
Mirror image RNA enzymes may hold clues to origin of life | Science/AAAS | News - using a technique called test-tube evolution they were able to generate ribozymes capable of assembling RNA strands of the opposite handedness in the presence of a mixture of D- and L-RNA nucleotides.
Scientists Have Discovered How Common Different Sexual Fantasies Are - Business Insider
The Most Common Problems People Have In Bed, According To Sex Experts

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77 : NPR
Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77 - due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Farewell: Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi left laughing
Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77 : news
How Does Alzheimer's Kill?
? Dawggy Mountain Breakdown - YouTube - The David Grisman Quintet's Dawggy Mountain Breakdown. This is also the theme to the popular radio show Car Talk. This song is the intellectual property of the David Grisman Quintet.

Varieties of Exploitation - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This account of Jian Ghomeshi’s dismissal from the CBC is fascinating and chilling reading. It’s not just that he apparently thought he could bully his CBC superiors like they were 21-year-old journalism students. What’s worse is that I suspect that in his infamous Facebook non-apology he was lying to himself but not to others — that he very sincerely believes he did nothing wrong.
Behind the CBC’s decision to fire Jian Ghomeshi - The Globe and Mail - But the CBC managers were taken aback, and their views on Mr. Ghomeshi’s conduct changed instantly. What they saw, in their opinions, was far more aggressive and physical than anything they had been led to believe during months of discussions.
My Jian Ghomeshi Internship | Bloughts - My first week as an intern included getting a key to his apartment and my duties never went beyond housekeeping or running personal errands. I spent a lot of time in his home, either with others, by myself, or just with him. I never stepped foot in the CBC. My biggest task was probably purchasing his hair wax.
Students were warned away from Q internships: professor | Toronto Star - University of Western Ontario journalism students heard interning at Q was “off limits” over concerns about host Jian Ghomeshi’s “inappropriate” behaviour.
Q producer taking time off as CBC seeks ‘clarity’ around Jian Ghomeshi allegations | Toronto Star - CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson confirmed Arif Noorani has “decided to take a few days off.”
Andrew O’Hagan · Light Entertainment: Our Paedophile Culture · LRB 8 November 2012

Lena Dunham cancels tour dates following bloggers' accusations that she sexually abused her younger sister - CSMonitor.com - Writers for the websites the National Review and Truth Revolt say that passages in Dunham's book 'Not That Kind of Girl' describe Dunham sexually abusing her younger sister. Dunham tweeted, 'Don't twist my words.... I told a story about being a weird 7-year-old.'
Lena Dunham Slams 'Disgusting' Allegations She Molested Her Little Sister
Lena Dunham cancels tour dates following bloggers' accusations that she sexually abused her younger sister : books
Carroll Dunham - Paintings
6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Felony Sexual Assault | TakePart - Kids playing doctor unleash grown-up consequences in Wisconsin.
ApplicableSongLyric comments on FBI 'rescues' more than 100 children forced into prostituion...now many of the children could face criminal prostitution charges. - I'm a 15 year old girl who was charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in my home state and faced 5 years in prison.
When Kids Are Sex Offenders | Boston Review


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U.N. Panel Warns of Dire Effects From Lack of Action Over Global Warming - NYTimes.com
IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change | Environment | The Guardian - Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable
UN Climate Change Report Delivers Stark Warnings
The Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About - The Atlantic - Studies have shown that improved access to birth control can be a valuable tool in slowing global warming, but many politicians are afraid to broach the subject. (personhood)
Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped - NYTimes.com - Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped (behold, a minion of Satan)
Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC - The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.

Nurse Apologizes And Promises To Stay Out Of Maine Town Center - "I didn’t mean to bring this media storm onto this community, either, but I think unfortunately sometimes, especially when up against governors, you don’t always have an option," she said Sunday, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Days of Infamy, Days of Hope: Part V by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - On October 27, 2010, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann warned America of the chaos and mayhem that would be inflicted upon this country if Tea Party radicals seized control of Congress: Every word Olbermann said in this commentary has been proven true

FBI Seeking New Invasive Global Hacking Powers - The proposed amendment would allow judges to issue warrants allowing the FBI to hack into any computer, regardless of location. The FBI claims the rule change would help federal investigators conduct surveillance of “anonymized” computers, whose locations have been concealed using tools such as the Internet anonymity networkTor.
The Guantánamo Tapes - NYTimes.com
Microsoft OneDrive in NSA PRISM - ) Bitlocker keys are uploaded to OneDrive by 'device encryption'.

Uprising could trigger Isis undoing, says study | World news | The Guardian - Former counter-terror head at MI6 says Islamic State’s biggest challenge will be controlling dissent
ISIS militants kill 50 tribesmen, women and children, officials say | Fox News
ISIS Militants Kill Over 300 Members Of Defiant Iraqi Tribe - Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children whose bodies were dumped in a well, the government said in the first official confirmation of the scale of the massacre.
Patrick Cockburn · Whose side is Turkey on?: The Battle for Kobani · LRB 6 November 2014 - Whatever happens at Kobani, Isis is not going to implode. Foreign intervention will only increase the level of violence and the Sunni-Shia civil war will gather force, with no end in sight.
Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Kills More Than 50 People - NYTimes.com - At least 55 people were killed and at least 120 more were wounded Sunday evening after a suicide bomber set off explosives at a border post in eastern Pakistan, police officials said.

Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality - The Atlantic - An editorial in the leading American Jewish newspaper should be read by Prime Minister Netanyahu as a serious warning.
Snowden Leak: NSA Flagged Israel as Leading Espionage Threat

Kiev claims 'intensive' movements of troops crossing from Russia - Yahoo News
Pro-Russian Separatists Vote For Leaders In War-Torn East Ukraine - Pro-Russian rebels voted in an election to set up a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, taking the war-torn region closer to Russia and defying Kiev and the West, as shelling continued across the territory.
US Air Force officers: Russian bombers are flying nuclear drills | Metro News

Government blatantly Photoshopped U.S. images of the iconic Canadarm to include ‘Canada’ logo | National Post - Canada blatantly Photoshopped U.S. photos in order to slap a non-existent Canadian logo on the International Space Station, a blog post by the Economist revealed Friday. (Canaduh)

Branson spaceship explosion: The 'missed' warnings - Sir Richard Branson’s company and US authorities were repeatedly warned about safety issues surrounding Virgin Galactic’s rocket engine system

Governor Forecast 2014 | The Huffington Post
When Conspiracy Theories Don't Fit the Media Narrative - The Atlantic - Why haven't Joni Ernst's flirtation with Agenda 21 or Tom Cotton's ideas about ISIS gotten more attention? (media)
Five things that would change in a Republican-led Senate | TheHill - Senate confirmations: The battlefield tilts
Why 2014 Isn’t as Good as It Seems for the Republicans - NYTimes.com - They are favored to win the Senate, and they could pick up enough House seats to finish with their largest margin since 1928.
Ben Stein On Fox: Obama Is "The Most Racist President There Has Ever Been In America" | Video | Media Matters for America

St. Louis Archbishop Carlson claims to be uncertain if he knew sexual abuse was a crime : Lifestyles - “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson replied. “I understand today it’s a crime.”

Maine could elect the country's first gay governor – but LGBT activists are split | US news | The Guardian - He made 18 similar votes against it during his 22 years in Maine’s legislature, and was among just five state senators to oppose it even up to its long-awaited passage in 1997. (Michaud is anti-gay gay guy)

From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists | Angela Davis | Comment is free | The Guardian - what interest would the FBI have in designating a 66-year-old black woman, who has lived quietly in Cuba for the last three and a half decades, as one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world – sharing space on the list with individuals whose alleged actions have provoked military assaults on Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?
Huntsville schools paid $157,000 to former FBI agent, social media monitoring led to 14 expulsions | AL.com - Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison said the numbers suggest the system is targeting social media activities of black children. "That is effectively targeting or profiling black children in terms of behavior and behavioral issues," said Harrison.

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Was Aimed At Media, Recordings Show - The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.

Nic Kristof: The King of the 21st Century White Slavery Scare - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Even though Nic Kristof has been shown to be incredibly gullible about child prostitution, that hasn’t stopped the Times from letting him promote his insane horror rhetoric: "IF prostitution of children is illegal, why is it that we allow an estimated 100,000 underage girls and boys to be sold for sex in America each year — many on a single American website, Backpage.com?" (might be 2.4 million or 1 in 10 kids in America are sex slaves!)
CWA_Decriminalization-of-Prostitution-for-Minors2012.pdf
Concerned Women for America | Right Wing Watch - Concerned Women for America (CWA) describes itself as "the nation's largest public policy women's organization." CWA opposes gay rights, comprehensive sex education, drug and alcohol education, and feminism, while advocating what it calls "pro-life" and "pro-family" values.
Concerned Women for America - The group was launched in the late 1970s by Beverly LaHaye, who still serves as chair, as a counter to Betty Friedan’s National Organization for Women. CWA created “Prayer/Action Chapters” and opposed the Equal Rights Amendment both with television ads and weekly prayer and fasting groups.

Brothers in arms over man hugs | Life and style | The Guardian - Professor Eric Anderson, professor of masculinities, sexualities and sport at the University of Winchester (professor of dude-broism)

Alabama teen's disappearance helps unravel large-scale, incestuo - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Handling of Sexual Harassment Case Poses Larger Questions at Yale - NYTimes.com - A sexual harassment case that has been unfolding without public notice for nearly five years within the Yale School of Medicine has roiled the institution and led to new allegations that the university is insensitive to instances of harassment against women.
Outing sexism is a growing sport – and a big step for equality | Lauren Laverne | Life and style | The Guardian - 2014 is a terrible year to be a sexist arsehole.

The New Heroin Epidemic - The Atlantic - “The distribution to health care professionals of branded promotional items such as OxyContin fishing hats, stuffed plush toys, and music compact discs was unprecedented.”

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit | TIME

Earth’s water has been present since the planet’s earliest days | The Space Reporter - Studies of meteorite samples known to have come from the protoplanet Vesta indicate Earth’s surface had water much earlier than scientists previously believed. Oceans, which now cover 70 percent of the planet, were here as early as 14 million years after the solar system formed.
There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome - NYTimes.com
The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net - Rather than patch things up with adversarial training cases, research is needed to explore and eliminate the problem. Until this happens you cannot rely on a neural network in any safety critical system..
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D. - NYTimes.com - Recent neuroscience research shows that people with A.D.H.D. are actually hard-wired for novelty-seeking — a trait that had, until relatively recently, a distinct evolutionary advantage.
Measuring America’s drinking habit is tricky – here’s how to do it - The Washington Post

LIFT - Upgrade Your Desk to a Sit-to-Stand Smart-Desk by iSkelter — Kickstarter

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Parts Of South Carolina See Earliest Snowfall On Record - Winter arrived early for South Carolina this weekend, as parts of the state received their earliest snowfalls on record. (see, AGW is a hoax)

Scientists Try To Predict Number Of US Ebola Cases - This week, several top infectious disease experts ran simulations for The Associated Press that predicted as few as one or two additional infections by the end of 2014 to a worst-case scenario of 130.
S.Leone Ebola outbreak 'catastrophic': aid group MSF - Yahoo News - Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll, a senior coordinator of the medical aid group MSF said Friday.
Ebola-- Failures of Imagination (Jody Lanard and Peter M. Sandman article) - The two of us are far less worried about sparks landing in Chicago or London than in Mumbai or Karachi. We wish Dallas had served as a teachable moment for what may be looming elsewhere in the world, instead of inspiring knee-jerk over-reassurance theater about our domestic ability to extinguish whatever Ebola sparks come our way
Heroes of the day - Lawyers, Guns & Money : know that after decades of the wars on terror and (some people who use some) drugs, the notion that the evidence used to justify restricting basic rights should actually have to meet some kind of quality standards might seem rather quaint. But it’s not quite dead yet, despite the mendacious, lazy, and casually racist stupidity of ebolanoia and those who pander to it.
Craig Spencer, American Doctor With Ebola, In 'Stable' Condition At Bellevue Hospital
Happy reunion for Dallas Ebola nurse and dog after both complete quarantine | World news | The Guardian - Nina Pham greets Bentley after his 21 days in isolation
ME-Gov LePage Says 13% Of Ebola Victims Die Without Showing Any Symptoms | Crooks and Liars (he's a scientist)

US bombs Isis positions in Syria and Iraq | World news | The Guardian - Five targets hit near Syrian town of Kobani and five in Iraq - Isis executes hundreds of tribesmen in western Iraq

Magna Carta 800 years on: recognition at last for ‘England’s greatest export’ | Culture | The Guardian - For centuries the importance of King John’s surrender in 1215 has been underplayed. Next year’s anniversary will be different

Boko Haram: Kidnapped Girls Have Been Married Off, Truce Never Happened - Abubakar Shekau says in a new video released late Friday that Boko Haram is still holding the unidentified German who he says is "always crying." He says they could "hack him or slaughter him or shoot him." (married off 7 yr old girls and Jonathan Goodluck is a scam)

Iran poised to choose poverty over nuclear disarmament - The Washington Post (sez WaPo)

Israeli Cartoonist Compares Netanyahu to 9/11 Hijackers - NYTimes.com
Israeli Cartoonist Criticized For Comparing Benjamin Netanyahu To 9/11 Hijackers - The cartoon, by Amos Biderman of Haaretz, shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the controls of an aircraft headed for a building topped by an American flag. The plane says "ISRAEL" on the side: (they've totally lost control of their image machine)

You'll Probably Never Know Why The CIA Spied On The Senate (it's a secret and the CIA is running Obama)
Does the CIA want Republicans to win the midterms? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - If it’s hard to imagine an intelligence committee chair less inclined to provide the spy agency with any oversight, just Google ‘Richard Burr’
BTAgent - CPE backdoor - The CPE with that particular backdoor, are the ADSL2 and VDSL2 modem/routers supplied by the "Openreach" division of the incumbent British Telecom. Around ten million of these CPE have to date been supplied to households and businesses. (little spy boxes installed in all your houses)

The First Look Mess - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I never really understood what Pierre Omidyar was doing with his non-Intercept project, which seemed to involve hiring interesting writers and not letting them write anything. Now we know:
From Russia With Lust | New York Observer - In between snorting lines, Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi discuss the new book version of eXile, their raucous biweekly tabloid in Moscow (he did have quite a time in Russia)

Apologizing to Japan - NYTimes.com - The point, however, is that the West has, in fact, fallen into a slump similar to Japan’s — but worse. And that wasn’t supposed to happen.
This Map Depicts The Staggering Highs And Lows Of The U.S. Economy Since 1999 (a stable economy)

Richard Branson Casts Doubt On Future Of Private Space Tourism After Virgin Galactic Crash

Jim Crow returns | Al Jazeera America - by

The Party of Nonvoters | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press - Younger, More Racially Diverse, More Financially Strapped (and part of the 60% non-voters)
Forecast: Right Turn Ahead - NationalJournal.com - The newest Senate Republicans will cement the party's conservative consensus. (if conservative = insane, then yes)
Harry Reid: Joni Ernst May Be Too Extreme Even For GOP (nah)
The Rude Pundit: Mary Landrieu's "No Shit, Sherlock" Moment: Obama Unpopular in the South Because of Racism (Updated) - Update: When asked if she would apologize, Landrieu more or less told Republicans, "Go fuck yourselves, you racist, sexist piglets."

People’s Champ: The Case for Coakley by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Ask yourself: why do the media and political elites want Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley to lose? (someone who has served the public interest for years, or the hedge-fund rich guy?)

Report: Armed Guard Who Rode Elevator With Obama Was Not A Convicted Felon - An armed guard who rode on an elevator with President Barack Obama and his aides at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was not a convicted felon, as previously reported by the Washington Post (oh, they made shit up)

We must still hate our kids: Philadelphia and “education reformers” fight demented war on elementary schools - Salon.com - No nurses, few textbooks, closed libraries: Money to urban schools is being starved, intentionally. It's just wrong (reform!)

Missouri advances towards goal of ending all abortions, one law at a time | World news | The Guardian - After a series of legal restrictions, only one clinic remains in the state – ‘I don’t view abortion as a choice that should be out there,’ legislator explains

Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison - The Washington Post - Said another defense lawyer, Gregory English, whose client was released as he awaits trial: “This is stunning.” (oh, crooked Feebs?)

Austin Police Department Apologizes For Officers' Rape Joke, Launches Investigation
Police Investgating Ex-CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi In Sex Assault Case
Ask A Canadian: Explaining The Jian Ghomeshi Scandal To Americans - And now, new details and revelations seem to be coming in every hour, a rolling nightmare unfolding live on Twitter and Facebook ... In one startling Facebook post, his friend Owen Pallett wrote things like: "Just ten days ago, I helped him find musicians for his father's funeral. Three women have said that Jian beat them without their consent." Jesse Brown sent this message: "Stay tuned. We've only just begun."
Amanda Palmer Stands By Jian Ghomeshi, Still Guest At 'The Art Of Asking' Book Tour Stop (UPDATE) - UPDATE II: Amanda Palmer has officially cancelled Gian Ghomeshi's planned appearance
Image for Lights Drops Ghomeshi As Manager
These Are The Women Who've Come Forward With Accusations Against Jian Ghomeshi
Reva Seth Says She Was Assaulted By Jian Ghomeshi - Another woman is going public with allegations of abuse against Jian Ghomeshi. Author and lawyer Reva Seth has detailed her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog published by The Huffington Post Canada.
Big Ears Teddy, Jian Ghomeshi's Stuffed Bear, Treated 'Anxiety Disorder' - According to the Toronto Star, two women recall Ghomeshi introducing them to his teddy bear. They then told the Star that Ghomeshi said "Big Ears Teddy shouldn't see this" and turned the bear around before allegedly slapping or choking them.
Jian Ghomeshi Biography Charts A Long Rise Before Recent Scandal (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Hannibal Rising by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I never realized just how much Cosby’s 2004 speech ticked people off: “Bill Cosby has the (expletive) smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said in his set. “‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you [allegedly] raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.”
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America - Salon.com - He asked us to invest in the lie of his own life, and the lie of "respectability." We can't laugh with him anymore (the narcissistic sexist pigs are having a hard time lately)

Mini-D.C.’s: A small-city boom revitalizes downtowns once left for dead - The Washington Post (WaPo thinks DC invented the "city")

Only 8.2 % of Human DNA is Functional, Say Genetic Researchers | Genetics | Sci-News.com - According to a group of genetic scientists led by Dr Gerton Lunter of the University of Oxford’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, only 8.2 percent of human genome is likely to be doing something important ... A little over 1 percent of human DNA accounts for the proteins that carry out almost all of the critical biological processes in the body.”

View From Nowhere – The New Inquiry - On the cultural ideology of Big Data ... The view from nowhere that informs books like Dataclysm and much of the corporate and commercialized data science must be unmasked as a view from a very specific and familiar somewhere. ("abstracted empiricism" - CW Mills)
The OKCupid data blog is back, in book form | The Verge - The dating site founder's new book is a love letter to big data ... "If Dataclysm has a central idea, it’s that it’s okay for the tech industry to scrape your data off every surface you touch"

Politically Incorrect by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Be the bigger man, Bill. End this controversy in real time. UPDATE: Oh, for crissakes, Bill…

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