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Press release: It is now 3 minutes to midnight | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - “Extraordinary and Undeniable” Climate, Weapons Threats Cited for Movement;
NEW DELHI: Can Obama clear the air in Delhi, world’s most polluted city? | White House | McClatchy DC - In the world’s most polluted city, a layer of smog hangs over everything, thicker year after year. (almost as thick as in a Republican's head)
US Senate refuses to accept humanity's role in global climate change, again | Environment | The Guardian - Senators accept global warming is not a hoax but fail to recognise human activity is to blame, nearly 27 years after scientists laid out man’s role
Denialism Should Disqualify Anyone From Office -- NYMag (basic thinking skills would be nice)

Report: ISIS Beheads Japanese Hostage

Saudi Arabia's Tyrant King Misremembered as Man of Peace - The Intercept
Compare and Contrast: Obama's Reaction to the Deaths of King Abdullah and Hugo Chávez - The Intercept
Eschaton: Mourning - If [random left wing South American president] was 1% as horrible as Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post editorial board would never stop freaking out about it.

Prison Dispatches from the War on Terror: Ex-CIA Officer John Kiriakou Speaks - The Intercept - John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter.
Even When Sharing Top Billing with Edward Snowden, the NSA Is Unrepentant - The Intercept
Latest FBI Claim of Disrupted Terror Plot Deserves Much Scrutiny and Skepticism - The Intercept - The alleged would-be terrorist is 20-year-old Christopher Cornell (above), who is unemployed, lives at home, spends most of his time playing video games in his bedroom, still addresses his mother as “Mommy” and regards his cat as his best friend

"We're at War!" -- And We Have Been Since 1776: 214 Years of American War-Making | loonwatch.com

WASHINGTON: Muslims in America are hearing backlash from Paris attack | Washington | McClatchy DC
American Sniper: anti-Muslim threats skyrocket in wake of film's release | Film | The Guardian (mission accomplished)
Is American Sniper historically accurate? | Film | The Guardian - Clint Eastwood’s simplistic film about one of the deadliest snipers in US history piles on Bush-era propaganda and sharp-shoots the facts (Christian Crusader and pathological liar)
In the Crosshairs - The New Yorker (backstory)

Missile attacks kill at least 30 in Mariupol, east Ukraine | World news | The Guardian - Pro-Russian rebels announce major new offensive in Ukraine, after attacks on crowded residential district

Students who survived Mexico’s night of bloody horror accuse army and police | World news | The Guardian - Two who escaped death in the attack on students in Guerrero last September testify to the murderous role of state forces (your war on drugs)

Jewish groups boycott Holocaust event over Argentina prosecutor's death | World news | The Guardian - Alberto Nisman had accused government of conspiring with Tehran to protect Iranian officials allegedly involved in deadly 1994 bombing of Jewish association

Former Miss Turkey, 26, arrest for posting 'funny' satirical poem that criticised the country's president | Daily Mail Online - Merve Buyuksarac quoted poem from weekly magazine on social media

Israel illegally demolishing Palestinian homes, UN says | The Times of Israel - Agency says 77 Palestinians, mostly children, made homeless in East Jerusalem, West Bank in recent days
Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe | World news | The Guardian - in Rotterdam of the world’s biggest ship, the Pieter Schelte, named after a Dutch officer in the Waffen-SS.

Wait! What? FCC ponders plan to route U.S. 911 calls through Russian satellites by Andrew Malcolm - Investors.com - Of course, such a system would also give Russians access to the American emergency response network, including the precise locations of every U.S. first responder.

Welcome back to the bad old days of American politics – only worse - The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United is five years old, which makes it the age of a kindergartner. By all signs the kid is a bully, making everything around him a little bit worse. (dismantling democracy)

There’s Talk About Bloomberg Buying the Times -- NYMag (a match made in hell)

Mile Sly Club: Clinton, Dershowitz and The Prince on Billionaire’s Pedophile Sex Jet
Flight Logs Put Clinton, Dershowitz on Pedophile Billionaire’s Sex Jet

Cowbells, nouvelles révélations sur les pratiques de la NSA (more cowbells)
Snowden: iPhones Have Secret Spyware That Lets Govt's Monitor Unsuspecting Users. The NSA whistleblower's lawyer says the secret software can be remotely activated to watch the user : worldnews

Obama, Clinton tensions build over email lists ahead of 2016 | TheHill
Morning Plum: The only elections that mattered: 2010 and 2014 - The Washington Post

Preet Bharara's warning sends chill through state Capitol - NY Daily News - The big fish reportedly being looked at is Gov. Cuomo.

Yet Another Image to Haunt Sarah Palin if She Ever Does Run for Office? | Mediaite - A loyal Mediaite reader sent along this photograph of former Gov. Sarah Palin during her recent appearance in Las Vegas, Nev. (and then there's that hillbilly brawl)

Proposed bill would end marriage licenses - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo - - Russ says this bill is a way for the State of Oklahoma to prove its independent rights as a state to make laws.

New Jersey police shooting leads to renewed interest in body cameras | US news | The Guardian (and they think bodycams will help)
Prison Guards Strip-Searches Visitor To Prove She Was Menstruating: Lawsuit - "Plaintiff should not be forced to make the intolerable choice between abstaining from visiting an inmate in prison because she is on her period and visiting the prison with the risk of being subjected to another humiliating and degrading search of her exposed genitalia," the lawsuit says. (because they could)
Rapper Tiny Doo facing long prison sentence over lyrics - CNN.com (1st Amendment only for white people)

I had to accept I was gay at the age of 46 when I fell in love with a woman | Life and style | The Guardian - Gayle Anderson had a happy marriage with two children, but knew she couldn’t go on pretending. She told her family and friends – and then her girlfriend dumped her
? The Book Of Eli - Soundtrack Al Green How can you mend a broken heart - YouTube

Why do you see gender differences in sensitivity? Is it knowing how, or wanting to? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : socialization accounts for all or most of the observed differences in empathy or sensitivity (and motivation)
We agree it’s WEIRD, but is it WEIRD enough? | Neuroanthropology
We Aren’t the World - Pacific Standard - The paper basically suggested that much of what social scientists thought they knew about fundamental aspects of human cognition was likely only true of one small slice of humanity
Scott Atran. Psychology, Anthropology, and a Science of Human Beings | Social Evolution Forum

Cat genes could hold vital clues to treatments for human diseases | World news | The Guardian - Researchers aim to sequence feline genomes to help in fight against diabetes and asthma - they suffer from many diseases that humans also contract, from diabetes to the feline form of Aids. They have a lot to tell us
? David Bowie - Cat People (Putting Out Fire) Music Video HQ - YouTube
Scientists Turn Pure Metal into Glass | Materials Science | Sci-News.com - A team of materials scientists headed by Prof Scott Mao from the University of Pittsburgh has managed to make metallic glasses from pure, monoatomic metals.
This Species is Close to Extinction and That’s a Good Thing | TIME - The Guinea worm is inching ever closer to extinction (joining just smallpox and rinderpest)

Changing the World From Within: An Interview With Eckhart Tolle | Suza Scalora - I am referring to someone who is spiritually unconscious. This is to say that the person is completely in the grip of their ego -- their false sense of self. The ego gives rise to a sense of separateness between oneself and others, or between "us" and "them."

No need for speed: Cable industry opposes 25Mbps broadband definition | Ars Technica - Normal people don't need 25Mbps down or 3Mbps up, cable lobby says.
WTF! It Should Not Be Illegal to Hack Your Own Car's Computer | WIRED (sorry, your car is copyrighted and you don't really own it)

Englishgrinn comments on [EU] Lex Luthor's anti-Superman TED Talk.
Married People of Reddit, What's a lie you've been telling your so throughout your entire marriage? : AskReddit
Let's say Sperm A fertilized with my mother's egg. Would I look different if Sperm B had met up with the egg? : askscience
What is it that YOU just can't get enough of? : AskReddit
Baby elephant's first time at the beach. : pics

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ISIS militants execute 2 Japanese hostages Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa
Barzani: Kurds expected invitation to London anti-ISIS conference (main ally in anti-IS war; not invited to anti-IS conf.)

Exclusive: CIA’s Top Spy Steps Down - The Daily Beast - As a practice, the CIA doesn’t identify the head of the clandestine service by name. But Frank Archibald was outed in a Twitter post in 2013, and details of his biography were known to some journalists.
Snowden: Apple is secretly spying on you - Whistleblower Edward Snowden has claimed all iPhones feature spyware that can track users' every move via remote tracking
Apple bows to Chinese demand for iPhone security audit - The Chinese government has succeeded in getting Apple to open up its hardware and software to a security audit, prompted by concerns of ‘backdoor’ surveillance
spiegel Interview with Chief New York Times Editor Dean Baquet - Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, is unusually self-critical. In an interview, he admits that it pained him to see Edward Snowden give his story to others and explains why his paper chose not to run Charlie Hebdo caricatures of Muhammad.
Police Seized 50 Servers in Pirate Bay Raid | TorrentFreak - and left no hardware unturned.
President Obama Drops His Promise To Take Phone Metadata Away From NSA... But Perhaps That's Fine [Updated] | Techdirt

U.S. counterterrorism operations with Yemen suspended, officials say - The Washington Post (that worked out really well)

Investigation Of Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Found Dead Turns To Police

Putting Together A Jury For The Tsarnaev Trial Proves Difficult In Boston - Esquire - The prospective trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for his participation in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing has descended into farce.
Making the case for a change of venue - Metro - The Boston Globe - “69 percent of prospective jurors have a self-identified connection or expressed allegiance to the people, places, and/or events at issue in the case. Stronger support for a finding of presumed prejudice in Boston is difficult to imagine, and the existing record precludes a fair trial in Boston.”

Moroccan-born man jailed on terror charges to lose French nationality | World news | The Guardian - France can strip a French-Moroccan man convicted of terrorism-related crimes of his French nationality, the country’s constitutional council has ruled.

Netanyahu 'spat in our face,' White House officials said to say | The Times of Israel - PM ‘will pay price’ for spat over Congress address; Obama said to have asked him to tone down pro-sanctions rhetoric; Wash. Post: Kerry’s enthusiasm for defending Israel may wane
Democrats rally around Obama amid furore over Netanyahu Congress visit | US news | The Guardian - In the first White House press conference since the Republican House speaker, John Boehner, sparked controversy by inviting Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress amid calls for a tougher approach to Iran (yes, Likud owns Boehner)
Tzipi Livni says Israeli prime minister leading country into 'diplomatic isolation' | World news | The Guardian - Top opposition figure says Netanyahu is driving Israel toward crisis as Obama administration fumes over leader’s planned visit
Iran Sanctions Supporters Don't Want To Improve Nuclear Talks. They Want To Destroy Them. (with "ticking time-bomb" Netanyahu)

Revealed: how Blair colluded with Gaddafi regime in secret | Politics | The Guardian - Libyan government papers pieced together by team of London lawyers show how UK cosied up to Tripoli over dissidents

Met policeman cleared after kicking mother tending to her child in hospital | UK news | The Guardian - Wood Green court clears PC Warren Luke of crime after ‘escalating’ row that left woman with more than 40 injuries (cops walk everywhere)

Rio admits it will fail to clean up 'open sewer' of 2016 sailing venue | Sport | The Guardian

Saudi Arabia’s new king promises continuity after death of Abdullah | World news | The Guardian - Salman bin Abdulaziz’s first public remarks as monarch designed to send reassuring message of stability and cohesion

Eschaton: No-Go Zones - They host guests who actually put numbers to "no-go zones." It's so beyond absurd. We might have to change the question to "stupid, lying, or just completely fucking psychotic?" (all of the above)
CNN, too, trafficked in ‘no-go zone’ chatter - The Washington Post

Republican convene hearing attacking Obamacare: The Affordable Care Act is proving difficult to undermine. - Republicans returned to their war on Obamacare on Thursday. It didn’t go well.

WTF Is She Talking About? » Balloon Juice - Despite Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) rhetoric about growing up poor on Tuesday night, her family actually received hundreds of thousands of dollars in government aid between 1995 and 2009, the District Sentinel news co-op reported.
Eschaton: Farm Subsidies Don't Count - It's baked into the American Way, John. It's been with us for a long time.

Eschaton: FREEDOM!!!!! - Every few years or so conservatives find some example of eminent domain abuse (and while a necessary power, it certainly can be abused) they decide is the Worst Thing Evah and then forget about the whole issue for awhile. Keystone XL would be an eminent domain abuse nightmare.
Defenders of Tradition in Keystone Pipeline Fight - NYTimes.com (LIBERTY!!! for big oil to seize and pollute your land)

Sheldon Silver's Arrest Means Headaches For Andrew Cuomo - Cuomo had undermined the Moreland Commission while it operated and diluted its final report. Soon after Cuomo announced that the panel's work was over in March, Bharara, whose bailiwick is the Southern District of New York, began questioning why the governor made that decision.

Why Republicans can't stop talking about rape - Vox - Republicans were supposed to spend the anniversary of Roe v. Wade passing a bill to restrict abortion, but instead they found themselves this week entangled in another ugly intra-party fight over rape.
Republican behind anti-abortion bill says legislation will be put to vote | US news | The Guardian - Arizona congressman Trent Franks likens campaign to limit late-term abortions to anti-slavery movement and says bill will be voted on in House (womens' access to choice = slavery)
The Republican abortion bill shows they still believe many women lie about rape | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian - ‘Forcible rape’, ‘legitimate rape’ or ‘reported rape’: anti-abortion politicians remain anti-woman, and no female conservative is going to change that (women always like about those rapey men, apparently)
Woman in Vanderbilt rape trial identifies herself in video of alleged assault | US news | The Guardian - Also states she was too intoxicated to remember alleged assault - Defense for former football players to focus on victim’s alcohol consumption (of course)

62-year-old black grandfather choked and held down by three white men who see his legal firearm (2nd Amendment for Whites Only)
Gross Incompetence Cited in Rikers Island Death - NYTimes.com - gross incompetence by medical personnel and correction officers at Rikers Island led to the death of a mentally ill inmate who was found naked and covered in feces after being locked in a cell for six days.

Eschaton: Pricey - New Yorkers do benefit from the fact that the subway system has single fare pricing, that the base fare can take you a very long way, but $2.75 is still pretty pricey... How many of these people do you think are regular riders?

Divisions open up in towns once led by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs | World news | The Guardian - Nearly four years after Jeffs was sentenced to life for child sex abuse, Hildale, Utah, and Colorado City, Arizona, are split between loyalists and defectors - Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS

Sharp Football Analysis - The New England Patriots Prevention of Fumbles is Nearly Impossible
Deflategate explained: like Nipplegate, but it's about balls this time | Sport | The Guardian

Measles Outbreak That Started In California Expanding « CBS Baltimore - A health warning. The extremely contagious measles virus is back. An outbreak that started at Disneyland is starting to sweep the country.
No matter how many times you sing ‘Let It Go’ with your kids, it won’t change the fact that being anti-vaccine is sad and can cause physical harm
Anti-vaccine campaigner Sherri Tenpenny's Australian talks cancelled | SBS News
I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back | The Onion - America's Finest News Source
1 Charge Dropped against Minnesota Mom Who Gave Son Cannabis Oil | KSTP TV - Minneapolis and St. Paul - A judge has dismissed one of two charges against a Minnesota woman who gave her son cannabis oil for chronic pain. (but you don't have to vaccinate them)
Eating Fish While Pregnant -- Worth a New Look? | Medpage Today - The benefits of its fatty acids may outweigh the risk of mercury exposure.

Could Psychedelics Be An Effective Suicide Prevention Measure? - . And according to another new study, use of "classic" psychedelics -- psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline -- may also be an effective suicide prevention measure.
BBC NEWS | Health | Women 'more prone to nightmares' - Women experience significantly more nightmares than men and have more emotional dreams, research suggests.
Telomere extension turns back aging clock in cultured human cells, study finds | News Center | Stanford Medicine - Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically increased, yielding large numbers of cells for study.
The exceptionally powerful TeV ?-ray emitters in the Large Magellanic Cloud
A language family tree - in pictures | Education | The Guardian

4chan founder 'Moot' bids farewell: 'This is it for me. This is goodbye' | Technology | The Guardian - Addressing more than 40,000 people, Christopher Poole, who is known as ‘Moot’, said he felt deeply proud of the community he had created
Wikipedia bans five editors from gender-related articles | Technology | The Guardian - Online encyclopedia’s highest court rules on more than 10 editors deemed to be breaking the site’s rules amid Gamergate controversy
Mark Bernstein: Infamous - The infamous draft decision of Wikipedia’s Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) on Gamergate is worse than a crime. It’s a blunder that threatens to disgrace the internet
Many authors’ earnings fall below $500pa, survey finds | Books | The Guardian - Research shows median income for all authors is now below $5,000, though ‘hybrid’ authors who use both traditional and self-publishing are doing best (starving authors is an oxymoron)

Absolutely incredible archery skills : videos
NHL stars get creative with GoPro : videos
What do you not understand about YOUR OWN gender? : AskReddit
Reddit, what's the loneliest thing you've done? : AskReddit - For me it was when i moved my fish from the kitchen into my living room for company.

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Atomic Scientists: We're Getting Even Closer to Doomsday - NBC News.com - The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years because of global warming and nuclear weaponry
Crews Working To Control Oil From Break In Montana Pipeline - Esquire - Why do pipelines break? Because they're pipelines, that's why.

Jon Stewart Gives 'Implodey' Award For Worst State Of The Union Response

Netanyahu-Mossad Split Divides U.S. Congress on Iran Sanctions - Bloomberg View - The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations. (o rly)

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize | Rolling Stone - it's a simple, well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie that serves up a neatly-arranged helping of cheers and tears for target audiences, and panics at the thought of embracing more than one or two ideas at any time ... The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question.

Barrett Brown sentenced to 63 months for 'merely linking to hacked material' | Technology | The Guardian - The journalist and former Anonymous member says of prison term and fine in statement: ‘They’re sending me to investigate the prison-industrial complex’ (contrast and compare)

US Air Force wants to buy $8.8 billion worth of drones that it doesn't need | The Verge

Ukrainian Forces Retreat From Donetsk Airport, Civilians Killed In Bus Shelling

Argentine Phone Calls Detail Efforts to Shield Iran - NYTimes.com - Intercepted conversations between representatives of the Iranian and Argentine governments point to a long pattern of secret negotiations to reach a deal in which Argentina would receive oil in exchange for shielding Iranian officials from charges that they orchestrated the bombing of a Jewish community center in 1994.


Eschaton: Wonk'd - For years journalists have informed us that Bobby Jindal is one of the brightest bulbs in the Republican shiny light display. Pretty sure that's not really true. (Bobby Dimbulb)
Bobby Jindal Defends "No-Go Zones" Myth: Fox's John Bolton Said It Was True | Blog | Media Matters for America - Jindal: Zones Have Been "Very Well Documented" By Bolton (well, that's a reputable source)

House GOP Cancels Vote On 20-Week Abortion Ban - Republican leaders canceled the vote and replaced it with a less-controversial abortion limit (40 years and they're still attacking women)
Happy Birthday Roe v. Wade! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Links to various arguments about why Roe was correctly decided and why it matters can be found here.

Washington, D.C. Based Fox Reporter Says D.C. "Is Not Part Of America" At Extremist Pro-Gun Rally | Blog | Media Matters for America - "It's great to be in Virginia, which is part of America where you recognize the Second Amendment. I came from D.C. this morning, which is not part of America, because they don't recognize the Second Amendment."

Sheldon Silver, New York Assembly Speaker, Is Accused of Taking Millions in Graft - NYTimes.com - arrested on federal corruption charges on Thursday and accused of using the power of his office to solicit millions in bribes and kickbacks, according to court documents. (why Cuomo vetoed anti-corruption)
Tallying the Damage From Sheldon Silver’s Arrest -- NYMag - The state of New York state politics is … convulsive.
Vito Lopez Spends $178K Campaign Cash On Lawyers In Sexual Harassment Case - The plaintiffs allege, quite reasonably, that the state — and specifically Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — knew Lopez was a hands-y creep and failed to protect them from him. Silver had already signed off on two settlements with former Lopez staffers so he had to know that he was a creepy scumbag.
Look Inside The Function Of Democracy In The States - Esquire - We begin with Breaking News New York, where there was a serious Holy Fking Hell moment in the state legislature.

For LaGuardia, an AirTrain that will save almost no one any time « The Transport Politic - . One can only assume that this image was photoshopped by someone who is not familiar with transportation technology. (Cuomo at work)
New traffic apps may be pushing cars into residential areas - LA Times

The Fascinating Idiosyncracies Of The Austistic Brain - both over and under-connectivity may reflect an underlying principle of brain organization at work: Idiosyncrasy. (oh, they are different, or something)

If allegations prove true, New England Patriots' arrogance should have consequences - ESPN Boston - With integrity at stake, NFL should come down hard if Patriots' culpability proven
Madden: Deflategate's prime suspect should be Brady - "That would have to be driven by the quarterback,"

Measles Cases Linked to Disneyland Rise, and Debate Over Vaccinations Intensifies - NYTimes.com - The outbreak has increased concerns that a longstanding movement against childhood vaccinations has created a surge in a disease that was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. 42 of the 59 California cases have been linked to the Disneyland outbreak. (your special disease-spreading snowflake)
Disneyland says unvaccinated kids not welcome amid measles outbreak | US news | The Guardian - Dozens of California cases prompt warning by park officials • Five Disneyland workers have been diagnosed with illness

Florida toddler fatally shoots himself with father's gun while parents load car | US news | The Guardian - Two-year-old Kaleb Ahles reportedly lifted gun from glove compartment in car and turned it so that it faced his chest and squeezed the trigger (live with that, gun happy parents)

PSA: vaping at high voltages produces high levels of a carcinogen | The Verge - We don't know all the risks of e-cigs, but this might be one

German Court Upholds Tenant's Right to Pee Standing Up - NBC News.com - There is also a derogatory term for men who sit down to pee - "Sitzpinkler" - which implies that it is not masculine behavior.

The 9 biggest announcements from Microsoft's Windows 10 event | The Verge
First Look at Microsoft’s HoloLens Holographic Headset | Re/code
Up close with the HoloLens, Microsoft's most intriguing product in years | The Verge
This is Windows 10: all the news from Microsoft's event | The Verge

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State Of The Union Watchers Give Obama High Marks In Instant Poll
'Ordinary Iowan' Joni Ernst Challenges Obama In State Of The Union Response
Curt Clawson Pushes Personal Liberty, Teamwork In Tea Party Response To State Of The Union - "Our vision is not based on wealth redistribution, but rather on economic liberty, private enterprise and wealth creation that benefits everyone (see, they get two responses)
The Ted Cruz Speech He Did Not Want You To See (thanks, TX)
GOP Mentions Immigration In State of The Union Rebuttal...But Only In Spanish
Felix Salmon: The U.S.'s 'Rather Crazy' Tax Policy 'Doesn't Make Any Sense At All'
The President Acted Like The President Last Night During The SOTU - Esquire - Before we begin, kudos to everyone who time-checked my new friend Joni Ernst and pointed out that, given her given age, Joni was forced to wear the bread-bags on her feet during the presidency of St. Ronald Reagan.
Joni, al-Qaida and rich folks: Fox News has a simple playbook for everything Obama says | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | The Guardian - 1. America is the most powerful nation on earth and can do anything and will never be beaten. 2. You are in constant danger. 3. We have to go to war immediately.

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA - The chairman, North Carolina’s Richard Burr, is also asking executive branch agencies to return unredacted copies of the 6,600 page torture report, he told The Huffington Post in an interview Tuesday night. (why Obama threw the midterm election)
CIA torture report architect denounces Republican attempt to claw back copies | US news | The Guardian - Feinstein’s successor wants Obama administration to give back document - Move would put 6,000-page report outside Freedom of Information Act

Guantánamo officials faked letter from inmate’s mother who could not write | World news | The Guardian - Ploy was intended to persuade inmate to cooperate, brother tells event marking publication of memoir Guantánamo Diary

Pentagon says air force's 'expanding drone fleet' is unjustified and wasteful | World news | The Guardian - Internal watchdog report obtained by the Guardian shows Pentagon has questioned the air force’s increased spending on drones, suggesting it is a waste of money

Palestinian Stabs 7 People On Tel Aviv Bus, Police Say

Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Was Found Dead In A Barely Locked Apartment

'Le Petit Journal,' French TV Show, Totally Trolls Fox News (Fox, cancer on America)
Jon Stewart Shocked By Fox News Apology Over Muslim 'No-Go Zones' In Europe - "What did they say that was so much wronger than usual that it required a network-wide apology?" Stewart asked. “How bad does bullshit have to smell before the odor is detected by people who live on a mountain made out of that substance?”

Lawyers ask Prince Andrew to respond under oath about claims of sex with 17-year-old girl | UK news | The Guardian - Virginia Roberts files document in Florida court and demands that prince and billionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein be ‘brought to justice’

Language Log » Presidential pronouns: This time it's Ron Fournier - I'm therefore willing to place a substantial wager with Ron Fournier as to the outcome of his pronoun count. But I'm betting that he won't take the bet, because his column exemplifies Harry Frankfurt's analysis of "the bullshitter": (facts are hard for blowhards)


Video shows New Jersey police shoot man dead two minutes into traffic stop | US news | The Guardian - “No you not,” Days said. Days then shoots Reid after he pushes out of the car with his hands apparently held in front of him. A total of seven rounds appear to be fired by both officers. As Reid drops to the ground, Days continues to yell “Don’t you fucking move!”

Deflategate: Patriots Used Deflated Footballs In AFC Championship Win Over Colts, Reports Say (Cheatirots)

The boy who didn't come back from heaven: inside a bestseller's 'deception' | Books | The Guardian - “The Bible says people like fables.”

These Are Actually The Coolest Photos Of New York We've Ever Seen

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In State of the Union, Obama Focuses on the Middle Class - NYTimes.com
Obama in State of the Union: The Shadow of Crisis Has Passed - Nation - Boston.com - President Barack Obama declared Tuesday night that the ‘‘shadow of crisis’’ has passed America and urged Congress to build on economic gains by raising taxes on the nation’s wealthiest to pay for reductions for the middle class — an agenda more likely to antagonize the new Republican majority than win its approval.

Offshore Wind Better For Atlantic Coast Than Offshore Drilling - Offshore wind energy would produce twice as many jobs and twice the energy as offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean. (thanks, Teddie)

Ebola has killed off a THIRD of the world's gorillas and chimpanzees - Mirror Online - The great apes are in desperate need of an Ebola vaccine too

Someone is trying to crowdfund $10M to overthrow North Korea

Michael Moore Offers Opinion On 'American Sniper' Following Sniper Tweets - Moore wrote on Facebook that he was thinking about snipers over the weekend because of how Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. "I think most Americans don't think snipers are heroes," Moore wrote. "Hopefully not on this weekend when we remember that man in Memphis, Tennessee, who was killed by a sniper's bullet."
Hegs94 comments on Seth Rogen Slams ‘American Sniper': ‘Reminds Me Of Nazi Propaganda’
The real 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle being interviewed on Conan in 2012. : videos
In the Crosshairs - The New Yorker - Chris Kyle, a decorated sniper, tried to help a troubled veteran. The result was tragic.

Coup Fears Rise in Yemen as Rebels Storm Palace - NYTimes.com
Houthi Fighters Take Yemen's Presidential Palace, Shell President's Residence
Islamic State Threatens To Kill Japanese Hostages Unless $200 Million Ransom Is Paid: Video - The video was not dated, but on a visit to Cairo on Jan. 17, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged around $200 million in non-military assistance for countries battling Islamic State.
The French And Anne Hidalgo Look To Defend Against Fox's Claims That There Are No-Go Zones For Muslims In Paris - Esquire
CNN Correspondent Confronts Bobby Jindal Over False Comments About Muslims | ThinkProgress - But Jindal insisted that such areas do exist and instead of offering any additional details or locations he blamed the radical left for pretending “this problem is not here.”
Hullabaloo - Cranking up the crazy, Jindal style (no-go zones in Bobby's head)
Supreme Court rules for bearded Muslim inmate - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Muslim prison inmate in Arkansas can grow a short beard for religious reasons.
Rumi Followers Fight To Keep Turkey From Cashing In On Mystic's Legacy

Chechens held in France with explosives - The Local - Five Russian nationals of Chechen origin have been arrested in France with explosives, a French prosecutor revealed on Tuesday. On the same day it emerged that counter-terrorism police may also have thwarted an attack in Lyon.

Supporters Doubt Argentine Prosecutor Killed Self
No gunpowder traces found on Nisman’s hands, tests ordered on alleged weapon - BuenosAiresHerald.com - The forensic analysis on AMIA special prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s body confirmed that there were no traces of gunpowder on his hands. However, experts explained that it does not contradict suicide hypothesis.

Japan asks US publisher to change 'sex slave' textbook | Daily Mail Online - Japan has asked a major US publisher to "correct" a school textbook that references World War II sex slaves, the foreign ministry said Thursday, as Tokyo's bid to polish its history moves abroad.

The Sad State Of America's Middle Class, In 6 Charts
Richest 1% Disappointed to Have Only Half of World’s Wealth - The New Yorker

Memo to Dems: Voters you need to win back still really don’t like this economy - The Washington Post - The very voter groups that Democrats need to improve among most are also the ones who continue to say they are falling behind in spite of the accelerating recovery. Those groups are blue collar and older whites.

No, Congress Never Intended to Limit Obamacare Subsidies to State Exchanges | Mother Jones - The Supreme Court will soon hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, in which conservatives will argue that the text of Obamacare limits federal subsidies only to people who buy insurance from state-run exchanges, not from the federal exchange.

GOP Quietly Giving Committee Chairmen Unilateral Subpoena Power - The change would allow GOP chairmen to issue subpoenas without input from Democrats, letting them challenge nearly all of President Barack Obama's signature accomplishments, including the Affordable Care Act, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, immigration reform and environmental protections.

Democrats, Tech Experts Slam Obama's Anti-Hacking Proposal - President Barack Obama proposed overhauling a federal law used to prosecute hackers. His suggested revision has come under fire from fellow Democrats and tech experts, who said that it would make a bad law worse, discourage cybersecurity researchers from doing their jobs, and expand penalties even for hacktivists like the late Aaron Swartz, who killed himself while under federal indictment.


NYPD Union Chief Under Fire From His Own Membership - Patrick Lynch, who has been the president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for 16 years, now faces a challenge from a slate of candidates who want to see him out of power, according to the New York Daily News.
New police radars can 'see' inside homes - At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies quietly deployed radars that let them effectively see inside homes, with little notice to the courts or the public.
Bill would ban police from using military gear in Tennessee. : news
ASU officer who made disputed arrest might be fired - CBS 5 - KPHO - The Arizona State University police officer placed on leave after a professor accused him of wrongful arrest and excessive force could be losing his job.

Police in James Holmes case ordered video footage of suspect in jail deleted | US news | The Guardian - Police ordered the deletion of video recordings of James Holmes in jail during the days after his massacre at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, following a request from the state prosecutors who are seeking to prove that he was sane and should face the death penalty.

Key witness in Serial case Asia McClain says prosecutor suppressed testimony | Television & radio | The Guardian - McClain says Kevin Urick actively suppressed her testimony in which she describes seeing Adnan Syed in the school library at the time the crime allegedly took place

Teen caught after posing as OB/GYN at hospital for month, fooling doctors | fox13now.com

Uber CEO Reveals Mind-Boggling New Statistic That Skeptics Should Put In Their Pipes And Smoke - Business Insider - In its most mature market, San Francisco, the 4-year old Uber is already bigger than the whole taxi market. Much bigger, in fact.
Hearing Pits Tenants Who Denounce Airbnb Against Those Who Profit From It - NYTimes.com - Audrey Smaltz, a longtime Manhattan resident, testified before the Housing and Buildings Committee that entire floors of her building on West 55th Street were now occupied by visitors who cycled through on vacation. “My friends and neighbors are being replaced by strangers and tourists thanks to websites like Airbnb and others,” she said

To Fall Out of Love, Do This - The New Yorker

Who died at your high school? : AskReddit
tbarnes472 comments on Therapist confusing my feelings.
A Mother sent an invoice to my son for not attending her child's birthday party and now wants to go to small claims court. : LegalAdviceUK
AlphaAgain comments on I want to work out

The cat's meow: Genome reveals clues to domestication | EurekAlert! Science News
TIL genome maps show that cats are only really semi-domesticated, even after sharing homes with humans for over 9000 years. : todayilearned

A Letter from Allen Ginsberg Corrects the Record on LSD
Historical Badass: Explorer Alexandra David-Néel | adventure journal - One of the most intrepid explorers in recent history is someone whose name you’ve almost certainly never heard. Alexandra David-Néel stood all of five feet tall and from the age of two was wandering away from her parents through the streets of Paris. At 18, in 1886, she climbed on a bicycle and rode from Brussels to Spain — without telling her parents.

Man shot by police was actor Mark Wahlberg's hometown friend - Massachusetts news - Boston.com - Campbell had a relationship with Mayor Martin Walsh’s girlfriend two decades ago and was her daughter’s father. Walsh issued a statement requesting privacy for the family

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The New Yorker Shares Its 'Dream Of Reconciliation' With Striking MLK Cover - Titled "The Dream of Reconciliation," the cover depicts Dr. King marching alongside Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Wenjian Liu, the NYPD officer killed last month with Rafael Ramos.
Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. And The Others Involved In The Selma March - Esquire - DuVernay decided that she would make a war movie, and by the fact that this truly is the first film that shows the reality of the war waged against the Movement by the forces of organized American apartheid that does not have a white hero at its dramatic center.
‘Cowboy’ conservative claims MLK for the Tea Party until liberals stop bringing up race - During his speech at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition convention yesterday, conservative entertainer and YouTube celebrity “Wild Bill” Finley claimed ownership of slain Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
Robert E. Lee Day: Some Southern states still celebrate the Confederate general on Martin Luther King Day. - Why some states can’t celebrate MLK without remembering the Confederate general, too.

U.S.-built Ebola treatment centers in Liberia are nearly empty as outbreak fades - The Washington Post

Pipeline breach spills oil into Yellowstone River

Tehran Says Iranian General Killed In Israeli Airstrike In Syria
U.S. Support for Syria Peace Plans Demonstrates Shift in Priorities - NYTimes.com
Marine Le Pen: France Was Attacked by Islamic Fundamentalism - NYTimes.com - every year tons of weapons from the Balkans enter French territory unhindered and hundreds of jihadists move freely around Europe.
Open door: The readers’ editor on… the Guardian’s values and Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of Muhammad | Chris Elliott | Comment is free | The Guardian - one not to reproduce offensive cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that the magazine had published before the killings, and the second to show the front cover of the magazine produced afterwards, which also featured an image of Muhammad.
The Economist Pulls Charlie Hebdo Cartoon From Southeast Asia Edition
Charlie Hebdo Founder Says Slain Editor 'Dragged' Staff To Their Deaths - Roussel wonders why Charbonnier, also known as Charb, continued to push his staff despite multiple threats and attacks, suggesting that his "block head" behavior led the rest of the team to their deaths.
AFP Photographer Shot At Anti-Charlie Hebdo Protest In Pakistan
Bobby Jindal slams 'no-go zones,' pushes 'assimilation' - CNN.com - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday stood by his criticism of so-called "no-go" zones in Europe, where sovereign nations allegedly cede authority to Muslim immigrants, a controversial idea that many critics say is overblown.

BasNews - Islamic State killed another 16 insurgents for fleeing conflict
Isis executions: Terror group throws 'gay' men off tower, stones woman accused of adultery and crucifies 17 young men - Independent.ie (necromongers)
ISIS published female sex slave handbook - Middle East - Jerusalem Post - The pamphlet handed out by ISIS militants answers over 27 questions, and approves the enslavement, rape - including of prepubescent girls - and sale of sex slaves.

China's Economic Growth Slows To 7.4 Percent - China's economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent last year, the weakest expansion in more than two decades.

GCHQ intercepted emails of journalists from top international media | UK news | The Guardian - Snowden files reveal emails of BBC, NY Times and more - • Agency includes investigative journalists on ‘threat’ list (spies hate terroristic journos; your rule of law is a joke)

They were never there: Russia's silence for families of troops killed in Ukraine | World news | The Guardian - The Kremlin denies sending troops into the conflict in east Ukraine, but Russian relatives of those who have served and died across the border tell a different story
Russia outlaws films that 'threaten national unity' or 'defile culture' | Film | The Guardian - Move criticised by film directors as being a relic of the Soviet era, following law banning profanity in Russian films

Did Iran Murder Argentina’s Crusading Prosecutor Alberto Nisman? - The Daily Beast - An Argentine prosecutor died from a single gunshot wound to the head Sunday, hours before giving evidence about Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. Ten members of the Argentine Federal Police force had been assigned to him as bodyguards, but it seems they were not deployed when he was at home. (of course)
Prosecutor in Argentina Bombing Inquiry Is Found Dead - NYTimes.com - A federal prosecutor who accused top officials including the president of protecting Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, considered Argentina’s worst terrorist attack, has been found dead at home from a gunshot wound to the head
Argentine prosecutor Nisman who accused Pres. Kirchner of coverup in AMIA bombing probe found dead in his apartment : worldnews - This is massive news, in only 12 hours he was supposed to be making the accusations in the congress. The president and a lot of members of the state were involved in the tapes he had. I cant believe this is happening in "democracy"

GCHQ intercepted emails from the BBC, New York Times, Guardian and others

Natasha Vargas-Cooper Resigns From The Intercept, Heads To Jezebel - Natasha Vargas-Cooper is leaving First Look Media's The Intercept and joining Jezebel, the journalist announced on Twitter Thursday ... After the article ran, however, Vargas-Cooper took to her Tumblr to air some grievances concerning the decision to leave out an email correspondence between Urick and "Serial" host Sarah Koenig.

40% of British families ‘too poor to play a part in society’ | Society | The Guardian - 8 million lacking required income level, says charity, as rising figure reflects cost of living and benefit cuts

In Texas, Hunkering Down for the Oil Bust - NYTimes.com - With oil prices plummeting by more than 50 percent since June, the gleeful mood of recent years has turned glum here in West Texas as the frenzy of shale oil drilling has come to a screeching halt (drillbabydrill)

Hating Good Government - NYTimes.com - most self-proclaimed conservatives are actually reactionaries. That is, they’re defenders of traditional hierarchy — the kind of hierarchy that is threatened by any expansion of government, even (or perhaps especially) when that expansion makes the lives of ordinary citizens better and more secure.
'Cultural Marxism': a uniting theory for rightwingers who love to play the victim | Jason Wilson | Comment is free | The Guardian - The culture war that so defines current debates between the left and right sides of politics has its history in the barmy theory of ‘cultural Marxism’

Here’s one way you fight inequality: President Obama goes after a big, high-end loophole and uses the revenues to help the middle class. - The Washington Post
Richest 1 Percent To Own More Than Half Of The World's Wealth By 2016, Oxfam Finds
Inequality isn’t inevitable, it’s engineered. That’s how the 1% have taken over | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian - Unless we wake up to the fact that wild inequality isn’t just an unavoidable byproduct of growth, the gap will keep on widening
How Expensive It Is to Be Poor - NYTimes.com - most wealthy Americans believed “poor people today have it easy because they can get government benefits without doing anything in return.”

Dartmouth Has Trained You Well - Lawyers, Guns & Money : - Now that’s good trolling. Dinesh D'imbulb Souza)
Utah College Returns Pro-Confederate Statue To Artist - "What it (settlement) means is that we can officially put the Confederate identity behind us," university spokesman Steve Johnson told The Salt Lake Tribune. "Now the university can move forward."

As Pot Reaches Peak Bougie, Which Stoners Get Weeded Out? - Louisiana’s three-strike rule allows judges to sentence anyone convicted three or more times of drug crimes carrying 12-year sentences to life in prison without parole. (cops seizing your life for drugz that are mostly legal)
Legalized marijuana: What Colorado looks like 1 year after Amendment 64 - World - CBC News - Police officers were worried when Amendment 64 first passed, a Denver police officer tells Sherren, but that fear turned out to be unfounded.
High on Life? Medical Marijuana Laws and Suicide | Cato Institute - We conclude that the legalization of medical marijuana leads to fewer suicides among young adult males. This result is consistent with the oft-voiced, but controversial, claim that marijuana can be used to cope with depression and anxiety caused by stressful life events. However, the result may, at least in part, be attributable to the reduction in alcohol consumption among young adults that appears to accompany the legalization of medical marijuana (Anderson et al., 2013).

Man cited for ‘eating while driving’ in Cobb County | www.wsbtv.com - “He said specifically three times, you can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”

On Edgar Allan Poe by Marilynne Robinson | The New York Review of Books - Edgar Allan Poe was and is a turbulence, an anomaly among the major American writers of his period, an anomaly to this day
The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe | History | Smithsonian - Was the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theories

Epic cosmic radio burst finally seen in real time - space - 19 January 2015 - New Scientist - Blitzars last about a millisecond but give off as much energy as the sun does in a million years, all seemingly in a tight band of radio-frequency waves.
The fuck is this shit? : pics (new math)
Big butts: Female curves give babies brain-building breastmilk | DHA - Researchers have found that the development of babies’ brains relies on fat supplies stripped directly from the mother’s thighs and bottom, especially during breastfeeding.
'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say - Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.

What's the Best Space Heater?

I started Animating the story of Jenny and Kevin from TIFU : videos
My_Normal_Account comments on Is anyone actually buying this?
Jenny vs Carly : whowouldwin
imbeingmauledbybears comments on Does anyone else think that the cheating story on the front page is a total load of bullshit?
turingery comments on [PART 3 w/UPDATES] TIFU by reading my wife's text messages. She's cheating on me.
What is your countries most embarrassing contribution to the world? : AskReddit - Literally Hitler.

I have recut PJ’s Hobbit trilogy into a single 4-hour film (The Tolkien Edit) : tolkienfans

Silk Road Judge: Tor Browser Is "Mumbo-Jumbo To Most People On The Jury Right Now"

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The Long Game on Climate Policy by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - All of this added to the Obama administration’s rules on coal plant and methane emissions mean that the United States goes into the Global Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year with a very strong hand.

Half global wealth held by the 1% | Business | The Guardian - Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland

New Snowden Docs Indicate Scope of NSA Preparations for Cyber Battle - spiegel online - The NSA's mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars -- a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway.
Obama Administration to Disclose New Changes to NSA Spying - NationalJournal.com - The intelligence community will release more information about post-Snowden changes to its surveillance programs by the end of the month.
Chinese Spies Stole F-35 Fighter Design, Edward Snowden Reveals


France - Poll: Nearly half of French oppose Mohammed cartoons - France 24
Anti-Islam PEGIDA Rally In Germany Canceled Over Threat - against one of its organizers, the group and authorities said. But Biard suggested Sunday that following the pope's admonition would set a dangerous precedent. “We do not kill anyone. We must stop conflating the murderers and the victims. We must stop declaring that those who write and draw are provocateurs, that they are throwing gas on the fire,” he said. “We must not place thinkers and artists in the same categories as murderers.”
Ralph Steadman on Charlie Hebdo, the Right to Offend and Changing the World

Ignore the headlines. The world is getting safer all the time. - Vox - "terrorism works through our reaction to it"

Lack of political process in Iraq ‘risks further gains for Isis’ | World news | The Guardian - Iraq’s vice-president for reconciliation says air strikes alongside failure to reconcile Shias and Sunnis may drive more tribes to join jihadis
Sources: Israeli strike in Syria kills senior Hezbollah members, son of group's late leader - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post
Dutch opposition says has documents proving Turkey sent arms to Syrian jihadists
ISIS Cell Busted in Israel - Defense/Security - News - Arutz Sheva
Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding | Reuters - Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the country's foreign minister said on Sunday.

Goodluck Jonathan: from poor boy to accidental president | Observer profile | From the Observer | The Observer - Nigeria’s leader has ridden out storms over corruption and a terrorist war. But as he stands for re-election, even with 2,000 feared dead from Boko Haram attacks, he remains a clear favourite - In one case, payments of $6.4m flowed from the state treasury within 24 hours to “unknown entities” (of the oiligarches)
Boko Haram kidnaps 80 and kills three in attack on villages in Cameroon | World news | The Guardian - Many children kidnapped in raid across border with Nigeria as soldiers exchange fire with militants for around two hours
Ukraine troops retake Donetsk airport area with ‘mass operation’ | World news | The Guardian

Republicans Remain Terrified That President Obama Will Close Gitmo by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - At a news conference on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Ayotte argued the administration’s increased clip of transfers was dangerous because it could allow detainees to re-enter the terrorism fight, citing the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. (whinny-ass scaredy-cat NH dimbulb)


President Obama finally has his Piketty moment - The Washington Post

White House pushes Obama tax plan as Republicans line up to voice opposition | US news | The Guardian - Announcement comes ahead of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, where president will outline $320bn plan to help struggling middle class
Obama To Propose Tax Hikes On Wealthy, Breaks For Middle Class (now that he doesn't have any Dems holding him back)
GOP pounces on Obama's tax plan | TheHill - Republicans pounced on President Obama's tax plan that he will unveil during Tuesday's State of the Union Address as little more than a partisan stunt with virtually no chance of passing in the GOP-controlled Congress.


Vanderbilt students rally against hate speech - following the publication of Professor Carol Swain's op-ed in The Tennessean. Swain wrote the article "Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam"

These Surprising Maps Show How Crime In America Has Changed Over The Last Decade - Movoto
Gunned Down: The Power of the NRA | FRONTLINE | PBS
Oklahoma 'Survivalist' Released After He Shot Police Chief 4 Times - "Don't know what he heard or didn't hear screaming from five officers of the law announcing our presence, requesting to see hands," Ross said. (got swatted)
Packing Heat at the Airport? Oops - NYTimes.com - bullets in the chamber. - “Oops, I forgot,” is usually the armed travelers’ wide-eyed response, as if they’d been caught with a water bottle in their bag or loose change still in their pockets (responsibile gun owners)

Disneyland measles: Rapid spread concerns health officials - LA Times - “The greatest threat to the U.S. vaccination program may now come from parents’ hesitancy to vaccinate their children,” (wow, you wrote that whole article without mentioning Oprah or Jenny McCarthy)

Will the F.D.A. Kill Off E-Cigs? - NYTimes.com
Redefining Mental Illness - NYTimes.com - psychiatric researchers will no longer study people with anxiety; they will study fear circuitry. (sounds like an improvement)

Odd Byproduct of Legal Marijuana: Homes That Blow Up - NYTimes.com
Study: Long-Term Marijuana Smoking Doesn’t Significantly Harm Your Lungs - Reset.me (not even vaping)
Inhalation of one marijuana cigarette per day over a 20-year period is not associated with adverse changes in lung health : science

ELI5:( sorta ) What does the liquid in female ejaculate ( squirt ) consist of and why / how does it happen? (NSFW ) : explainlikeimfive

[PART 3 w/UPDATES] TIFU by reading my wife's text messages. She's cheating on me. : tifu
A German commercial about how important washing your hands is in a strange way : videos
And this is why people dont abort after 6 weeks : ImGoingToHellForThis
All the popular baby names you hate while pregnant will be the names of your child's friends and classmates. : Showerthoughts
What city has the worst design flaws and why? : AskReddit
A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a mall : Jokes
Airforce UFO Reports Declassified: " nearly 130,000 pages of declassified UFO records — a trove that would make Agent Fox Mulder's mouth water — hit the web." : news

Lizard Kids: A Long Trail of Fail — Krebs on Security
LizardSquad's DDoS tool falls prey to hack, exposes complete customer database : technology
Lizardstresser.su User Enumeration / Eric Zhang [Xeroday]

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First atomic blast proposed as start of Anthropocene : Nature News & Comment - Other researchers see earlier beginning to the human-dominated age.
Biggest Reservoir for Brazil's Largest City Is Running Dry - ABC News - Halfway through the rainy season, the key reservoir for the hemisphere's largest city holds just 6 percent of its capacity, and experts warned Friday that Sao Paulo authorities must take urgent steps to prevent the worst drought in more than 80 years from drying it out.

Ron Wyden on Twitter: "It is unreal that no one at @CIA is being held accountable for hacking into Senate computers. http://t.co/kJJ9pUSBD7 #torturereport"
The CIA Has Created A Culture Of Credulous Fear In This Country - Esquire - Danner explains how a complicated infrastructure of mendacity was constructed and how it became equally as vital to the torture program as were the waterboard and the rectal feeding tube. Not only did the CIA arrange this infrastructure in order to lie to the American people about what was done in their name, but also the CIA built this infrastructure to provide an institutional basis for the American government to lie to itself. (Republicans doing what they do)
No penalty for CIA employees accused of spying on Senate - CNN.com - Five CIA employees who improperly accessed data belonging to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will not face disciplinary measures as they "acted reasonable under the complex and unprecedented circumstances in investigating a potential security breach in the highly classified shared computer network," according to an agency accountability board.
White House knew CIA spied on Senate torture investigators - report — RT USA (Obama knew all along and emboldened them)
No penalty for CIA employees accused of spying on Senate : news - Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth. --Lucy Parsons.
John Brennan Exonerates Himself with Sham Investigation - The Intercept

CIA leak trial: 90+ people reportedly knew of secret mission against Iran — RT USA - More than 90 people in the government knew about a covert CIA mission aimed at slowing down Iran’s nuclear program, an agency manager said in a federal court. The plan was eventually leaked to the media.
CIA torture is reason for France to exit NATO – Le Pen — RT News - "Si vraiment il y a une indignation générale sur la torture utilisée par les Etats-Unis, sortons de l'#OTAN !
Condoleezza Rice Testifies on Urging The Times to Not Run Article - NYTimes.com - White House officials favor two primary tactics when they want to kill a news article, Condoleezza Rice, the former national security adviser, testified Thursday: They can essentially confirm the report by arguing that it is too important to national security to be published, or they can say that the reporter has it wrong.

Obama Sees Need for Encryption Backdoor - BankInfoSecurity - Cameron Describes a 'Front Door' to Circumvent Encryption
If you seek to 'switch off' encryption, you may as well switch off the whole internet - (FT)

Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium’s Largest Telco - Snowden told The Intercept that the latest revelations amounted to unprecedented “smoking-gun attribution for a governmental cyber attack against critical infrastructure.” (and the corps left the spyware alone)

The Week | Fourth Khushab nuclear reactor now operational - n: US-based Institute for Science and International Security has said that Pakistan's fourth heavy water reactor at Khushab nuclear site, which allows it to build a larger number of miniaturised plutonium-based nuclear weapons, is now operational. (jihadis w/personal nukes is next)

France Arrests a Comedian For His Facebook Comments, Showing the Sham of the West's "Free Speech" Celebration - The Intercept (for non-Muslims)
Jon Stewart: France's Hate-Speech Arrest 'A Little Weird' After Free-Speech Rallies

Soldiers to guard Belgian Jewish sites as Europol warns of further attacks | UK news | The Guardian - Protection stepped up across Europe – with UK police on highest alert level ever – in wake of series of terrorist incidents
Terror attacks in Europe: the five danger zones | World news | The Guardian - Security experts believe jihadis returning from Syria are most likely to be plotting attacks in five western European countries
Patriot Act Idea Rises in France, and Is Ridiculed - NYTimes.com - “The spiral of suspicion created in the United States by the Patriot Act and the enduring legitimization of torture or illegal detention has today caused that country to lose its moral compass,” he wrote in Le Monde (cf Obama)
Protesters burn French flag at anti-cartoon rally on Temple Mount | The Times of Israel - 500 Muslim worshipers gather at holy site to protest French magazine’s portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad
Niger Protesters Burn Churches On Second Day Of Anti-Charlie Hebdo Violence - "They offended our Prophet Mohammed. That's what we didn't like,"
Isis using UK female jihadis to incite terror acts back home, say researchers | World news | The Guardian - According to monitoring of their social media accounts, a number have been acting as Isis recruiters or openly praising the Charlie Hebdo shootings, while encouraging more bloodshed, including the beheadings of westerners.
Kurds Battle Assad's Forces, Opening New Front In Syria's War - "There has been some serious fighting today. The PYD (the political wing of the YPG) arrested 10 soldiers and Baath party gunmen,"
Report: Egypt uncovers explosives-laden tunnel between Sinai and Gaza - Israel News, Ynetnews - Military forces find, blow up 1,200-meter long tunnel with large amount of explosives, mortar shells; shaft opening located in smuggler's home.

Saudi blogger Raif Badawi’s case referred to supreme court, says his wife | World news | The Guardian - King said to have stepped in amid flogging clamour as second round of 50 lashes delayed on health grounds
US woman held in Saudi for having affair - Emirates 24/7 - Cops arrest woman and Saudi boyfriend while meeting in his car
Hullabaloo - Our close allies the Islamic extremists - Another day another beheading:
Woman Is Publicly Beheaded in Saudi Arabia's Tenth Execution of 2015 | VICE News - Gruesome footage circulating on social media shows Saudi authorities publicly beheading a woman in the holy city of Mecca earlier this week. The execution is the tenth to be carried out in country in the last two weeks; setting 2015 up to be even more bloody than last year, when 87 people were punitively killed by the state.

Thousands see off Chadian troops to fight Boko Haram - Yahoo!7 - Tens of thousands of people joined a march in N'Djamena on Saturday in support of Chadian troops heading to Nigeria and Cameroon to fight the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Pakistan School Massacre Suspects Arrested In Afghanistan - Afghan security services have arrested five men in connection with the massacre at a Pakistan military school last month that killed 150 people, most of them children, officials said Saturday.

A Mysterious Twitter Whistleblower Is Trying to Take Down the President of Turkey | VICE News - An anonymous whistleblower is captivating Turkey by tweeting revelations from the upper echelons of Turkish politics. The latest claims are the most explosive yet: The whistleblower says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plotted terrorist-style attacks on Turkish civilians to frame his opponents.
Turkish anchorwoman faces 5 years in jail for tweet - politics

emr1028 comments on A map of all known militarized features in the Spratly Island/Reef Chain in the South China Sea. Red = China, Green = Taiwan, Blue = Vietnam, Yellow = Malaysia, Purple = Philippines. [1599x875]

Russia could soon run multiple Ukraine-sized operations: U.S. general | Reuters

Hedge funds, speculators face big losses on Swiss franc rally - Yahoo Finance - Currency speculators and global macro hedge funds with large short positions in the Swiss franc are staring massive losses in the face after the Swiss National Bank shocked markets on Thursday by removing a three-year-old cap on the currency.
Casualties From Swiss Shock Spread From New York to New Zealand - Bloomberg - “This was a 180-degree about turn by the SNB. People feel hurt and betrayed.” (riches fee-fees are hurt)
WRAPUP 5-Swiss franc shock shuts some FX brokers; regulators move in | Reuters

Green membership surge takes party past Lib Dems and Ukip | Politics | The Guardian - Party signs up 2,000 in a day amid blaze of publicity over exclusion from general election leaders’ debates ("not a major party")

BP’s maximum fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill is cut by billions | Business | The Guardian - Federal court rules that size of Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 was smaller than the US government had claimed (corps walk)


Restricting abortion high on the agenda for Republican-controlled Congress | World news | The Guardian - Anti-abortion campaigners see the issue as a potentially decisive election issue while pro-choice advocates see ‘very worrisome’ political landscape

Mitt Romney looks to 2016 run and wants to 'lift people out of poverty' | US news | The Guardian (by starving them to death)

Justice Anthony Kennedy Key Figure As Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage

Eschaton: Good Luck, Kansas! - It really is the perpetual story of New Jersey. Christine Todd Whitman was the awesomest, and that awesomeness was paid for by underfunding the pensions. Rinse, repeat, everywhere. (America the dumb)
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - I try to remind myself that plenty of people in Kansas voted against Sam Brownback, but part of me looks at these citizens' looming regressive sales tax increases and thinks, "They're going to get exactly what they deserve." (Kansas now ranks 7th in the nation in net population loss)
Eschaton: Do Any Of These People Ever Leave The Country - I suppose it's just another edition of the endless stupid or lying question - " An advance text of Jindal's speech, circulated by his office, warns that Islamic radicals are fomenting anti-Western sentiment in "no-go zones" where they rule themselves by Islamic religious law, not the laws of their host nations." (lying is what they do, dumb is what they are)
Jindal doubles down on Muslim 'no-go zones' in Europe - British Prime Minister David Cameron responded: "When I heard this frankly, I choked on my porridge and I thought it must be April Fools Day. This guy is clearly a complete idiot."
Fox Guest: "Put Razor Wire Around" Muslim "No-Go Zones" And Catalogue Residents | Video | Media Matters for America (the latest Fox Fantasy: remember, Birmingham is 99% Mooslim)

The NY Police vs. the Mayor by Michael Greenberg | The New York Review of Books - Reuters recently interviewed twenty-five black male NYPD officers and all but one said that when off duty and out of uniform they had been harassed or racially profiled by police: Black officers are also the most frequent victims of cop-on-cop shootings, mainly because fellow officers mistake them for criminals. (you know, those phtographic black targets +NY cops are really disgusting)
North Miami Police Chief Suspends Training Program Immediately after Mug Shots Of Black Males Had been Used As Targets
Poll: New Yorkers don't approve of police rebuffing mayor - Yahoo News - The Quinnipiac University poll found that 69 percent disapproved of the silent protest among police at the funerals of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu and 77 percent considered union leader Patrick Lynch's comment "too extreme." (little PR problem there, cops)
Former Trumbull cop gets 30 months for sex assault - Connecticut Postings - A 20-year veteran of the Trumbull police force Tuesday began serving a 30-month prison term Tuesday for repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenaged girl he met through the department’s explorer program.

How military sex offenders fly under the radar at home - In the calm of Central Wisconsin’s rolling hills, big-city dangers seem as if they’re an entire world away. Yet, right here in the small town of Reedsburg, population 10,000, a serial sex offender from the military chose his latest victim, an unsuspecting civilian.

U.S. education spending tops global list, study shows - CBS News - "When people talk about other countries out-educating the United States, it needs to be remembered that those other nations are out-investing us in education as well," said Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, a labor union.
Test Finds College Graduates Lack Skills for White-Collar Jobs - WSJ - Forty Percent of Students Seen Ill-Prepared to Enter Work Force; Critical Thinking Key (Republicans hate "thinking")
More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty (Americans hate children and education)
Another Maryland Mom Arrested: She Let Daughter, 10, Wait in Car with Baby Sister for 10 Mins : Free Range Kids (six months probation, contrast the copsters; Maryland loves intrusive big goverment)
Parents investigated for neglect after letting kids walk home alone - The Washington Post - It was a one-mile walk home from a Silver Spring park on Georgia Avenue on a Saturday afternoon. But what the parents saw as a moment of independence for their 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, they say authorities viewed much differently ... Montgomery County Child Protective Services, he said, which showed up a couple of hours after the police left.

Supersizing Manhattan: New Yorkers rage against the dying of the light | Cities | The Guardian - ‘Supertall’ buildings are sprouting like beanstalks in central New York, costing its citizens precious sunshine and air, and turning the city’s skyline into a jumble (sunlight is for penthouses)

Eschaton: Affluenza - The poors never feel the special feels that the rich do, that acute loneliness is never felt by the kids whose parent is working 70 hours per week. The rich have special feels.
The Price of Privilege - NYTimes.com - police said, Thomas S. Gilbert Jr., 30, marched into his parents’ apartment this month and shot his father in the head — after asking his mother to run out and get him a sandwich and a soda - spent long hours at shooting ranges honing his skill with a pistol. (riches were left alone too much)

Too rich to get sick? Disneyland measles outbreak reflects anti-vaccination trend | US news | The Guardian - In Orange County, California, wealthier, better-educated parents are less inclined to immunise their children. Doctors warn of a public health time-bomb - At Capistrano Unified school district, for instance, there was a 9.5% rate of children not fully vaccinated because of parents’ beliefs. At the nearby, poorer Santa Ana Unified district, in contrast, only 0.2% of kindergartners had exemptions on file.
Disneyland Measles Outbreak Now In 4 States - The majority of people who get measles aren’t vaccinated and measles can spread when it reaches a community where groups of people are unvaccinated,

A Significant Step Towards Explaining the Cosmic Origins of the Seeds of Galaxies - SciTech Daily
New study finds that closing your eyes boosts memory recall | University of Surrey - Guildford - In a new study, published today in the journal Legal and Criminology Psychology, researchers from the University of Surrey have found further evidence to suggest that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes.
Teens Who Skimp On Sleep Now Have More Drinking Problems Later : Shots - Health News : NPR - Teenagers ages 14 through 16 who had trouble falling or staying asleep were 47 percent more likely to binge drink than their well-rested peers.
What Humans Can Learn From The Mice Utopia Experiment - The limiting factor of Calhoun’s experiment’s was space. As time transpired, the mice passed on the negative behavioural attitudes to the next generation, and these, subsequently passed them on to the next generation, with the addition of new unsocial attitudes
Century-old drug reverses autism-like symptoms in fragile X mouse model -- ScienceDaily - Researchers previously reported that a drug used for almost a century to treat trypanosomiasis, or sleeping sickness, reversed environmental autism-like symptoms in mice

The question isn't if female ejaculation is real. It's why you don't trust women to tell you | Lux Alptraum | Comment is free | The Guardian - The debate about ‘squirting’ is actually about whether or not women can be trusted to accurately report their own sexual experiences
Nature and Origin of "Squirting" in Female Sexuality. - PubMed - NCBI

Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions | RAND - Vermonters likely consumed between 15 and 25 metric tons of marijuana and spent between $125million and $225 million on marijuana in 2014.

Classic psychedelic use is associated with reduced psychological distress and suicidality in the United States adult population (your government wants you depressed and afraid)
What's your drug of choice reddit? Why? : AskReddit
Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions | RAND - Vermonters likely consumed between 15 and 25 metric tons of marijuana and spent between $125million and $225 million on marijuana in 2014.
People who have taken hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD, PCP, etc., how have they changed the way you look at things? : AskReddit
I microdose LSD every third day - AMA! : casualiama
Does marijuana personally have any benefits for you? : AskReddit
[Serious][NSFW] Whats the one thing you hate during sex? : AskReddit - When he's being eerily quiet. You have no idea how hot it is when guys moan during sex so please do it, it's just unffff.
Only in Sweden : WTF
Microsoft virus scam : legaladvice (sauce)
Reddit, what ridiculous sentence does your phone come up with if you keep hitting the word prediction button? : AskReddit
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it.

Two key Republicans shift to backing strong net neutrality - Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), will introduce legislation to "prohibit blocking and throttling (the selective slowing of data), and also ensure that internet service providers could not charge a premium to prioritize content delivery."
Will the FCC’s net neutrality decision cost Americans $15 billion in new taxes? Nope - The Washington Post (would Grover Norquist lie to you? +3 pinocchios but Americans are stupid, so ...)
Sprint vs. AT&T: Net neutrality wouldn’t hurt investment | BGR - Sprint on Friday turned its back on its carrier framily members by saying reclassifying ISPs under Title II of the Telecommunications Act wouldn’t slow down its efforts to upgrade its services.
Man dies after three-day internet gaming binge - A Taiwanese man has died after a three-day gaming binge at an internet cafe in the island's south, the second such case this year.

Every State Should Make the Bold Internet Investment New York Just Did - Good news if you live in New York! Your internet is about to get faster and cheaper, and all it took was the shuffling of funds from big corporate banks to companies working hard to improve infrastructure for the good of the people—if you live in New York. Good job, New York. Your turn, every other state. (and fuck you Massachusetts)
The Book of Broken Promises: $400 Billion Broadband Scandal and Free the Net | Bruce Kushnick - By the end of 2014, America will have been charged about $400 billion by the local phone incumbents, Verizon, AT&T and CenturyLink, for a fiber optic future that never showed up. (a little backstory to the swindle)

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Humanity is in the existential danger zone, study confirms (Republicans have already screwed the world)
Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond four of nine ‘planetary boundaries’ - The Washington Post
Ocean Life Faces Mass Extinction, Broad Study Says - NYTimes.com
2014 Was the Warmest Year Ever Recorded on Earth - NYTimes.com

West Virginia Revisits Science Standards - NYTimes.com - The changes go far beyond mere tweaks and have importance beyond the boundaries of West Virginia, said Minda Berbeco, programs and policy director for the National Center for Science Education, based in Oakland, Calif ... L. Wade Linger Jr., the board member who asked for the changes, said in an interview that members had improved the curriculum. “We simply added some balance, to get the politics out of it,” ... Mr. Linger, who is a technology entrepreneur, said he had come to his conclusions about warming after doing research on the Internet (thinking is hard, Wayne thought)

Wrong Responses to Charlie Hebdo - NYTimes.com - Regrettably, some politicians are proposing the kind of Internet censorship and surveillance that would do little to protect their citizens but do a lot to infringe on civil liberties. (both extremes want the same thing)
French Town Struggles Over Departures for Jihad - NYTimes.com - , Mr. Goumri told local news media that the policies of President François Hollande were the main culprit and complained that it was not his job to denounce the jihadists when nobody protested French citizens who traveled to Israel to help the army “kill Palestinian babies.”
The Belgian connections to Islamic radicalism | World news | The Guardian - Verviers, where police killed two suspects on Thursday, was identified by US researchers as a hotbed of radicalism in 2008
European Police Arrest Over 2 Dozen In Anti-terror Sweeps - Belgium ordered its army into the streets and anti-terror raids across Western Europe netted dozens of suspects Friday as Europe rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Mideast Islamic extremists.
As Terrorism Suspects Are Detained in Europe, Scope of Challenge Is Highlighted - NYTimes.com - Those people, particularly the young, “are completely ready to be radicalized,” said Ms. Renier, though she emphasized that Islam should not be blamed
Four dead in Niger as Charlie Hebdo cartoon sparks protests | World news | The Guardian - Depiction of prophet Muhammad in French magazine also leads to violent reaction in Pakistan, Jordan and Algeria
France’s Jews Have No Choice but Israel - NYTimes.com - “The state of Israel is your home,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Jews of France, refraining from blatantly saying that they ought to leave and come to Israel as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suggested 10 years ago (well, that worked)

Boko Haram Appears to Be Using Abducted Girls as Suicide Bombers: Experts - NBC News.com - The kidnapping of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria by Islamist extremists Boko Haram has sparked global outrage and an online campaign, Bring Back Our Girls. (which has done, like nothing)
Turkish military says MIT shipped weapons to al-Qaeda - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East - Turkey's national intelligence service (MIT

Francs, Fear and Folly - NYTimes.com - Switzerland’s monetary travails illustrate in miniature just how hard it is to fight the deflationary vortex now dragging down much of the world economy ... the same serious people who decided, wrongly, that 2010 was the year we should pivot from jobs to deficits (you know, whats-his-name and whats-her-name)

Guantánamo Diary exposes brutality of US rendition and torture | World news | The Guardian - Memoir serialised by Guardian tells how Mohamedou Ould Slahi endured savage beatings, death threats and sexual humiliation (Republians at work)

Shocking: CIA clears CIA in Senate hacking brouhaha | Ars Technica - CIA snooped on Senate staffers investigating CIA torture practices. (well, that settles that)

D.E.A. Kept Telephone Records on Americans, Justice Department Says - NYTimes.com - The Justice Department revealed on Thursday the existence of yet another database of American telephone records, adding new details to the disclosures in recent years about mass government surveillance.

Russia moves first troops to Arctic base near Finnish border | Yle Uutiset | yle.fi - Russia is stepping up its military activity in the Arctic region. As part of this effort, Russian Armed Forces reopened an abandoned military base on the Kola Peninsula in the Russia city of Alakurtti recently, just 60 kilometres from the Finnish border.

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Gays Nationwide Can Marry - NYTimes.com


GOP Congresswomen Get Cold Feet On Anti-Abortion Bill - A group of Republican congresswomen led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) is expressing concerns about an anti-abortion bill that was expected to have overwhelming GOP support in Congress, National Journal reported on Friday.

Sam Brownback Proposes Tax Increases In Wake Of Budget Problems - Kansas would nearly triple its cigarette tax, raise taxes on alcohol and slow down promised income tax cuts to balance its budget under proposals Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined Friday.

Holder limits seized-asset sharing process that split billions with local, state police - The Washington Post
Breaking down Holder’s move to limit civil asset forfeiture abuse - The Washington Post
Eric Holder Curbing Federal Government's Role In Civil Asset Forfeiture - But Holder says because all states now have civil or criminal asset forfeiture laws, it's no longer necessary for local law enforcement to turn over seized property. (so, nothing changes?)
The police rely on fear and lobbying to defeat reforms. Protestors can't let them do so again | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian - Lobbying can be as hard to argue with as the spectre of terrorism. But, increasingly, Americans are not on law enforcement’s side
One in three Americans believe police 'routinely lie': survey | Reuters
Judge Dismisses Brooklyn Gun Case as Police Are Investigated - NYTimes.com - A Brooklyn man who claimed the police manufactured gun-possession charges against him had his case dismissed on Thursday, amid two investigations into the practices of a group of police officers in the 67th Precinct in East Flatbush.
For Better Crime Prevention, a Dose of Science - NYTimes.com - Crime Lab found that violent crimes committed by this group were 44 percent lower than in the control group. (CBT reduces crime)
Florida police on defense after black men's mugshots used for target practice | US news | The Guardian - Woman finds 15-year-old photo of her brother peppered with bullet holes - Police say real photos are key to training: ‘No discipline forthcoming’
Teenage runaways blazing trail of crime across US south still at large | US news | The Guardian - We’re going to see him as someone who’s stolen three vehicles with two handguns in them (66% of cars have 1.5 guns in them)

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others - NYTimes.com - the most important ingredients for a smart team remained constant regardless of its mode of interaction: members who communicated a lot, participated equally and possessed good emotion-reading skills. (i.e., women)


Far Out: Astronomers Say Two Unknown Planets May Lurk Beyond Pluto - NBC News.com - "Planet X" might actually exist — and so might "Planet Y."
Why Billions of Exoplanets Are Suddenly Looking More Habitable -- Earth-Like Planets - Popular Mechanics - A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.
Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star | EurekAlert! Science News
Woolly mammoth cloning attempt revives ethical debate | CBCNews.ca Mobile - How close are we to bringing back an extinct mammoth? Should we? Scientists weigh in
New version of common antibiotic could eliminate risk of hearing loss, study finds | News Center | Stanford Medicine - A study in mice has found that a commonly used antibiotic can be modified to eliminate the risk that it will cause hearing loss.

Alex Malarkey, 'The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,' Admits He Made It All Up - The 2010 memoir, "The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven," was written by Alex Malarkey and his father, Kevin Malarkey, a Christian therapist in Ohio. (eponymous)
Satan's School Bus Makes Mom Mad As Hell

What It’s Like to Date Your Dad -- Science of Us
This Interview With a Woman Dating Her Father Will Haunt You Forever

Tara Brach - Audio - Guided Meditations

The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard - Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking (they all use Macs, so they don't know you can write longhand on your laptop)
The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom - The New Yorker (oh, look at all the glowing Apple logos!)

What was the most dangerous thing did you do as a child where you had no idea of the potential risks? : AskReddit
How Germans advertise cow milk : videos
Males of Reddit, what's your most girly secret? : AskReddit
ELI5: When someone buys a URL address, what are they buying, who are they buying it from, and what does the current owner pay/has paid to have the right to sell it? : explainlikeimfive
oz2usa comments on Questions before I (29/m) pop the question.
A very good mythology summary of The Lord of the Rings explains a lot about Gandalf and the other wizards, all in under 5 minutes : movies
'The Ainulindalë' by J.R.R. Tolkien, art by Evan Palmer - Imgur
Collection of awesome LOTR posts! - Imgur
The Glamazon Way

Remember That Undeletable Super Cookie Verizon Claimed Wouldn't Be Abused? Yeah, Well, Funny Story... | Techdirt

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Does climate change exist? The Senate is about to let us know | Environment | The Guardian - An amendent to the Keystone XL pipeline bill hopes to force Republican climate change deniers to state whether they agree with the science or not

Long Watch: “Were Gitmo Murders Covered Up As Suicides?” » Balloon Juice
Evil Sponge Bob and Satan: Inside a Guantanamo Bay Prison Riot | VICE News

Unions target Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal for defeat - SFGate - Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations about a proposed major trade-liberalization deal. The pact is still being hammered out in closed-door negotiations. ("fast-tracked" = you don't need to know)
The New CISPA Bill Is Literally Exactly the Same as the Last One

Man Held In Belgium Over Possible Weapons Sale To Paris Attacker Amedy Coulibaly - Belgian authorities have detained a man for arms dealing and are investigating whether he supplied one of the Islamist gunmen who together killed 17 people in Paris last week, prosecutors said on Thursday. (not sounding like much of network)

Saudi man sentenced 10 years jail and weekly public canings for 5 months. He is guilty of setting up a public online forum for debate and discussion. : worldnews

Israel says Swedish foreign minister not welcome | The Times of Israel - Diplomatic relations with Jerusalem sour since Stockholm recognized state of Palestine


Elizabeth Warren says government hurts business. Huh? - Elizabeth Warren: I'm not running for president

Marco Rubio's new book is full of the word 'innovation' and no actual policy innovations | Jeb Lund | Comment is free | The Guardian - It is the equivalent of someone taking his seminar class improvisations from all those mornings when professors called on him after he didn’t do the reading, then converting them to one massive, incoherent year-end term paper for all his classes. Rubio will pass, just so his professors can be rid of him. But he will not be class president. (real thoughtleading) )



Louisiana - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Public college and university campuses in Louisiana could close if the state ends up cutting $300 million or more out of its higher education budget during the next fiscal cycle. Jindal is supposedly looking to take some $250 million out of state health services in the next fiscal year.

Rikers inquiry finds 'shockingly inadequate screening' for prison guards | US news | The Guardian - Report says current employees of notorious New York prison have past convictions, gang ties, mental problems and unexplained connections to inmates (20 yrs of Guiliani, Bloomberg)


The End of Power by Moises Naím review – a study in mass alienation | Books | The Guardian - predicting that the loss of centralised authority breeds anarchy (just the book for Zuckerberg)

After Satanists Planned to Give Away Coloring Books, Florida School Board Halts Religious Distributions Entirely - In January of 2013, World Changers of Florida, Inc. held Bible distributions at a number of public high schools in Orange County, Florida. No student would be forced to take one, but there would be a table set up where interested students could take a copy if they wanted:

JF Ptak Science Books: Massiveopolis: Filling in the North Sea (1930) (and other big projects)
Another Predatory Publisher Accepts a Computer-Generated Paper | Scholarly Open Access
Why Mothers Kiss Their Babies | Birthing Magazine | Birth Unlimited | Calgary Alberta (lick your baby's germs)
Prolonging lifespan: Researchers create 'Methuselah fly' by selecting best cells -- ScienceDaily - Scientists have managed to considerably prolong the lifespan of flies by activating a gene which destroys unhealthy cells. The results could also open new possibilities in human anti-aging research.
What's at the top of your sexual bucket list? : AskReddit

Men of Reddit, what do you think periods feel like? : AskReddit - It feels like your uterus walked downstairs and missed the last step.
Identical twins of Reddit: What's the greatest thing you've achieved by swapping places, without anyone noticing? : AskReddit
What is being 'mainstreamed' right now that is pissing you off? : AskReddit
TIL no one born blind has ever developed schizophrenia : todayilearned
A Girl and her Monster Friend : pics (reflections on mortality and loss)
If you switched genders for one day with no consequences, what is the first thing you would do? : AskReddit
Christian Mom Alarmed that School Bus Has Tail Lights forming Pagan Pentagram : videos - The school caved in and ordered all new brake lights

Why Stopping #GamerGate And 8chan Is Important For Everyone - Including GamerGate | Badass Digest
If a #GamerGate-r plagiarises the John Birch Society on your blog and no one notices, does it make a sound? | we hunted the mammoth
Mocking GamerGate, the Right Wing Gamer Babies' Playpen

Marriott Will Stop Blocking Your Wi-Fi Devices
Comcast Accused Of Unauthorized Credit Checks On New Customers In Class Action Suit - . A new class-action lawsuit asserts that Comcast Corp. helped itself to a customer’s credit report without authorization, even after he specifically paid the cable giant to prevent the disclosure of his financial information (Fuckcast)

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Senate Will Vote on Sanders' Climate Amendment to Keystone | The New Republic - Bernie Sanders Is Forcing Republicans to Embarrass Themselves on Climate Change
FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions | The White House
Research Updates: Dust Veil of AD 526 - 6th Century Environmental Disaster in Europe - According to written records and supported by dendrochronology and archaeological evidence, for 12-18 months in AD 536-537, a thick, persistent dust veil or dry fog darkened the skies between Europe and Asia Minor. The climatic interruption brought by the thick, bluish fog extended as far east as China, where summer frosts and snow are recorded in historical records; tree ring data from Mongolia and Siberia to Argentina and Chile reflect decreased growing records from 536 and the subsequent decade.
TIL that in 526 AD there was a worldwide dust cloud that blocked out the sun for a FULL YEAR, resulting in widespread famine and disease. More than 80% of Scandinavia and parts of China starved to death, 30% of Europe died in epidemics. : todayilearned

Satellite Images Show Horrifying Scale Of Destruction In Nigerian Towns Attacked By Boko Haram

France cracks down on hate speech, sends carrier to Mideast
Charlie Hebdo print run raised to 5m as copies in France sell out | Media | The Guardian - People queued before dawn at kiosks across France for the first edition of the weekly to go on sale since last week’s attacks
France Arrests 54 For Defending Terror; Announces Crackdown
Al-Qaida in Yemen uses video to claim responsibility for Charlie Hebdo attack | World news | The Guardian - AQAP leader appears to avoid taking responsibility for attack by Amedy Coulibaly – who has pledged allegiance to rival group Isis – on policewoman and Jewish supermarket
Charlie Hebdo killings: ‘Don’t be afraid. I won’t kill you. You’re a woman’ | World news | The Guardian - “It’s Charlie, come quickly. They are all dead … they’re all dead,” she told them.
Dieudonné arrested over Facebook post on Paris gunman | World news | The Guardian - French comedian accused of justifying terrorism after linking attacker to tribute slogan by writing ‘I feel like Charlie Coulibaly’

Article « The Existential Necessity Of Zionism After Paris A Commentary Editorial « Commentary Magazine - Its existence before the Holocaust would have saved millions. Its existence after the Holocaust saved and created millions. Seventy years after the Holocaust, Jews in Europe are in need of it again.
Israeli newspaper edits out Angela Merkel from front page on Paris march | World news | The Guardian - “Including a picture of a woman into something so sacred, as far as we are concerned, it can desecrate the memory of the martyrs and not the other way around,” he said. (logic)
Oxford University Press bans mention of pork and pigs in books to 'avoid offending Muslims or Jews' - As a result, the academic publisher has issued guidance advising writers to avoid mentioning pigs or "anything else which could be perceived as pork" so as not to offend Muslim or Jewish people.
Arbitrary Detention Cannot Fail, It Can Only Be Failed - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Shorter John McCain, Richard Burr, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte: “We can’t possibly release prisoners from Gitmo now. How else could the terrorist attacks in France have not been prevented?”
Eschaton: Supervillains - It's quite impressive that the prisoners in Gitmo are the masterminds behind everything bad that happens in the world. Maybe it isn't a prison camp at all, but an Evil Lair Of Evil, a base of operations for all terrorism everywhere. If so, we probably should close it, no?

With New Charlie Hebdo Cover, News Value Should Have Prevailed - NYTimes.com - Readers responded passionately, and in large numbers, to my post last week about The Times’s decision not to publish the now-famous Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. (In fact, I’ve never had more comments on a post or column.) (Baquet whimps out)

Survivor Of Peshawar School Massacre Posts Devastating Before And After Photo

The plummeting oil price: a guide to the global shockwaves | Business | The Guardian - Oil touches every aspect of our lives and its price is crashing. Here are just some of the mixed blessings that may flow – from cheaper holidays and safer sex to busier roads and more terrorism

Danes agree to keep public services open by making babies | World news | The Guardian - Citizens in Thisted rise to challenge of procreating to help maintain under-populated schools, nurseries and leisure facilities


4 top Secret Service executives told to leave their posts in agency shake-up - The Washington Post - The Secret Service has decided to remove four of its most senior officials while a fifth has decided to retire, the biggest management shake-up at the troubled agency since its director resigned in October after a string of security lapses, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

House GOP Votes To Block Protections For Undocumented Immigrants - House Republicans voted Wednesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, but with the requirement that millions of undocumented young people, parents and others be put back at risk of deportation.
Republicans offer Obama choice between counter-terror funding and immigration reform | US news | The Guardian - House Republicans pass amendments to homeland security budget that White House says it would refuse to sign if they are attached
In New Congress, Wall St. Pushes to Undermine Dodd-Frank Reform - NYTimes.com
House to vote on abortion bill next week | TheHill - The House plans to vote on legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks on the same day as the annual March for Life next Thursday. (Republicans launch anti-women jihad)

Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law - LA Times (the war on your mind)
Iowa Man Who Fought to Use Marijuana Oil on Rare Cancer Dies - ABC News - An eastern Iowa man who was convicted late last year of growing marijuana that he used to treat his rare form of cancer has died.

Supreme Court clarifies rules for rescinding mortgages | UTSanDiego.com - A unanimous Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that home buyers don't need to file a lawsuit, but may simply write a letter if they want to back out of a mortgage because they claim their lender violated the federal Truth in Lending Act.

The American Worker Just Got a Bunch of Good News - Businessweek - This tells the same story as the NFIB survey. It's getting harder and harder for employers to fill jobs. In this environment, the balance of power should begin to tip more toward workers.
Mitt Romney, anti-poverty warrior: Why his latest reinvention is so ridiculous - Salon.com - He once declared that he wasn't "concerned about the very poor," but now Mitt thinks he's the new Bobby Kennedy

Women and Leadership | Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project
Afternoon Open Thread: Madam President? » Balloon Juice - Yep, only 16% of Republican men would hope to see a female president in the US in their lifetime, and only 20% of Republican women do.
Former highest-ranking U.S. cardinal blames ‘feminization’ for the Catholic Church’s problems - The Washington Post (he should know)

Woman Killed in Smoky Metro Tunnel Was 61, Mom of 2 | NBC4 Washington - Nearly 70 people taken to area hospitals - Metro's most recent quarterly safety report showed 86 incidents of smoke or fire in 2013 and 85 such incidents through the first eight months of 2014. (take a ride on the fireway)

Eschaton: We Meant Pony. Catastrophic Herds Of Ponies. - WSDOT’s Todd Trepanier hardly disguised his irritation with the letter and the city council's subsequent line of questioning. "There never has been, and there is currently not, any risk of failure," he said. "That is a gross mischaracterization of that word ‘catastrophic’ in the report."

Mitt 3.0 Fails To Impress Conservatives At Major Conference In Washington - But the prospect of another Romney campaign failed to capture the hearts of social and fiscal conservatives gathered this week in the nation's capital to hammer out the policy agenda for the new Republican-controlled Congress. (upgrade to Mitt 4.0)

Measles outbreak spreads in US after unvaccinated woman visits Disneyland | US news | The Guardian - Highly contagious disease, which spread through airports and the theme park after woman contracted virus, now at 26 cases in four US states - The woman became sick and contagious on 28 December, while at the theme park. From there, the LA Times reports she flew from Orange County to Snohomish County in Washington state. She then returned to Orange County on 3 January, and California health officials announced the outbreak on 7 January.

Yep, Gasoline Lead Explains the Crime Decline in Canada Too | Mother Jones - Unless I've missed something, this might actually be the first time the New York Times has ever mentioned childhood lead exposure as a possible explanation for the decline in violent crime. Progress! (another of the NYT's unthinkable thoughts)

The rise of New York's police unions | US news | The Guardian - For years, New York’s police unions have flexed their muscle to help their members. Now, after orchestrating a politically motivated slowdown in arrests and ticket-writing, they’re on a collision course with Bill de Blasio (9/11Guiliani and Bloomfuck is your answer)
New York jail guards used force against inmates over 4,000 times in 2014 | US news | The Guardian - Figures show an average of 11 use-of-force incidents per day – from pepper spray to punches – amid federal scrutiny to clean up ‘culture of violence’
Albuquerque police fatally shoot man a day after officers charged with murder | US news | The Guardian - Police officer kills man who fled and fired on officers in shooting that comes just after two officers were charged over killing of homeless man
Informant's Lie Leads Swat Team to Kill Man With No More Than $2 of Cannabis : news
A SWAT Raid Based On Faulty Information Kills a Man Over His ‘Huge Stash.’ Worth Maybe All of $2.
Gun purses the ultimate accessory for the pistol-packing woman-about-town | US news | The Guardian - Business is booming but accidental shooting of nuclear scientist by her two-year-old son heightens concern about safety of leaving firearms in handbags - you can, if you wish, buy the Flashbang Bra Holster, which stuffs a gun between your breasts, snapped in between the bra’s cups. Or you can buy a thigh holster, an item that will allow you to strap a firearm to your thigh with lace and elastic.
Arachnophobic driver caused fatal crash after spider fell in lap, court hears | UK news | The Guardian - Dr Amy Elizabeth Walpole, 38, was at the wheel of her red Mazda MX5 when the spider fell from the sun visor, sending her into a “blind panic”. The GP was seen waving her arms frantically before smashing into the oncoming car of 87-year-old John Evans, Llanelli magistrates court was told.

Florida Schools Ban Bibles After Pressure from Atheists | CNS News - Orange County (Fla.) Public Schools have banned Bible distribution in several area high schools after Satanists and an anti-religion group announced plans to pass out their own literature.

The Dark Psychology of the Sexist Internet Commenter - The Atlantic - A new study has found that men and women comment on news stories very differently—and that men don't feel shy about expressing misogyny.
The plight of the bitter nerd: Why so many awkward, shy guys end up hating feminism - Salon.com - MIT professor Scott Aaronson wrote a post about how feminism makes him feel like a monster. Here's what he meant
Now that white people have declared 'bae' over, black people can use it in peace | Robin Boylorn | Comment is free | The Guardian - Suddenly there were articles attempting to define the word “bae”, otherwise reputable businesses began implementing “bae” in their social media ad campaigns, and everybody and they mama started using it. At which point it was declared overused by organs of upper-class white folk media like Time magazine.
Revenge is a dish best served glittery: company offering to glitter bomb your enemies sells out | Australia news | The Guardian - Sydney-based entrepreneur Mathew Carpenter, 22, said he had been swamped with orders from people keen to wreak sparkly revenge on those who had wronged them ... “Have you ever attempted to ship dog shit via mail? It’s a logistical nightmare with both supply and distribution issues. You don’t have that problem with glitter,” he replied.

Where key players from the O.J. Simpson trial are 20 years later | AOL Features

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother - The Atlantic - Perhaps, then, motherhood really is like secret space in a woman's brain, waiting to be discovered.
Bilingualism changes children's beliefs about the world around them - PsyPost - But a new study from Concordia University suggests that certain bilingual kids are more likely to understand that it’s what one learns, rather than what one is born with, that makes up a person’s psychological attributes.
Mastodon Bones Discovered In Michigan Man's Yard - That's right around the time of the area's first known human settlers, the Paleo-Indians who arrived some 12,000 years ago.

Study Suggests Men And Women May View Cheating Very Differently - the average male is more likely to be upset by sexual infidelity, while the average female is much more likely to be bothered by emotional infidelity
What's the best euphemism for masturbation? : AskReddit

When I was 10, my aunt gave me an old copy of National Lampoon magazine. This was one of the features. : WTF (racial stereotypes)

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We Need to Stop the White House From Putting TPP and TTIP on the Fast Track To Ratification | Electronic Frontier Foundation - That has enabled these agreements to include extreme copyright and other digital policy provisions that would bind all signatory nations to draconian rules that would hinder free speech, privacy, and access to knowledge. (Obama's true corporate colors)

More state power, not free speech, the likeliest we-are-Charlie result - World - CBC News - A renewed war on terror seems to be what's on most Western governments' minds
Charlie Hebdo’s new edition ‘made with joy as well as pain’ | Media | The Guardian - Editor-in-chief and cartoonist describe process of putting together latest edition of satirical magazine
Charlie Hebdo Cover Features Muhammad Holding 'Je Suis Charlie' Sign
The Charlie Hebdo Attack in France and the Possibility of Progress out of Tragedy | The New West
Paris march: TV wide shots reveal a different perspective on world leaders at largest demonstration in France’s history - Europe - World - The Independent
French Defense Minister: ISIS Must Be Wiped Out | Bimzz Magazine (off with their heads)

Jake Tapper Ashamed At The Lack Of High Profile Americans At The Paris March For Unity - Esquire - After what this country has done to itself, and to other people all over the world, since the attacks of September 11, the fact that the United States was represented at an elaborate photo op only by Jane Hartley, its Ambassador to France, is what gets you ashamed as an American?
Republican Congressman Randy Weber Compares Obama To Hitler - The ultra-conservative congressman from Texas criticized the president for not traveling to Paris on Sunday to attend a massive unity rally against terrorism,
Republican apologizes for Hitler tweet | TheHill
Saudi cleric condemns snowmen as anti-Islamic | Reuters

Why did the world ignore Boko Haram's Baga attacks? | World news | The Guardian - As media coverage focused on the Paris terror attacks last week, more than 2000 Nigerians were reported to have been killed by Islamist militants. What makes one massacre more newsworthy than another? (non-whitish people)
Cameroon Government Claims 143 Boko Haram Militants Killed

David Cameron in 'cloud cuckoo land' over encrypted messaging apps ban | Technology | The Guardian - The prime minister’s pledge to give security services access to encrypted communications is ‘crazy’, experts say
Banning all encryption won't make us safer, no matter what David Cameron says | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian

Death Toll Rises To 72 From Contaminated Beer In Mozambique

Al Jazeera America Struggles After Network Cancels Programs

Eschaton: We Must Cut Benefits So We Don't Have To Cut Benefits - Democrats can pull the freakout if they go there.
Hullabaloo - The Zombie Rises - The new House Budget Committee chairman hinted Monday that he had big plans for Social Security reform in the next two years, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Role of FBI informant in eco-terrorism case probed after documents hint at entrapment | US news | The Guardian - In the case of Eric McDavid, alleged to be ring-leader of eco-terrorist cell, ‘game-changing’ documents seen exclusively by the Guardian show informant may have entrapped him

Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Armed Career Criminal Act - The Washington Post - Justice Scalia has been arguing with increasing force that the Act is vague, and the reargument order suggests that there’s a good chance he may finally have convinced his colleagues that he’s right.

Steve Scalise Refused To Vote For 1996 Bill Apologizing For Slavery

Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy - The Daily Beast - Is there any chance the potential 2016 hopeful will stand up to the right and embrace paid sick leave?


'A no-brainer': activists hail murder charge against two Albuquerque police | US news | The Guardian - Preliminary hearing in open court will determine if there is probable cause
Man Arrested For Not Handing Over His Camera
Albuquerque PD lieutenant shoots undercover police officer multiple times - The Albuquerque PD has shot another victim and this time its one of their department's own officers working undercover. The circumstances surrounding this latest shooting have yet to be released.

Review - The Myth of Mirror Neurons - Psychology - The Real Neuroscience of Communication and Cognition

Female ejaculation comes in two forms, scientists find - life - 09 January 2015 - New Scientist
Do Women Have a Prostate Gland? | Berkeley Wellness

1946 yearbook captions : WTF
What's something you suspect is bullshit, but can't prove that it is? : AskReddit
TIFU By Telling my HS Biology Teacher That She Had a Nice Ass : tifu

Obama calls for end to 19 state laws that harm community broadband | Ars Technica - President joins FCC in tackling laws that protect ISPs from competition. (all those laws that cable lobbyists got passed to inhibit competition, remember?)

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Living on Earth: This Week's Show - Wow, the most anti-science crowd on Capitol Hill since the Monkey trials, which pitted creationism against scientific evolution? How did we get to this point?
As Oil Prices Fall, Banks Serving the Energy Industry Brace for a Jolt - NYTimes.com (they did it again, of course)
At least one major oil company will turn its back on fossil fuels, says scientist | Business | The Guardian - Jeremy Leggett, former industry adviser, warns over plunging commodity prices and soaring costs of risky energy projects
World’s Largest Indoor Farm is 100 Times More Productive | Urbanist - (100 times more per square foot than traditional methods) with 40% less power, 80% less food waste and 99% less water usage than outdoor fields

France to Deploy Thousands of Troops to Protect Jewish Schools and ‘Sensitive Sites’ - NYTimes.com
Victims of the Terror Attacks in Paris - NYTimes.com - Among the 12 people who were killed in the attack Wednesday on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were cartoonists, a proofreader, a maintenance worker and two police officers. A police officer was killed the next day in a Paris suburb, and four hostages were killed at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday.
Charlie Hebdo's Wednesday edition to include Prophet Mohammed cartoons - Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo will 'naturally' contain cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, the magazine's lawyer has announced
Jihadism Born in a Paris Park and Fueled in the Prison Yard - NYTimes.com

Israeli TV: Hollande didn't want Netanyahu at Paris march | The Times of Israel - French president thought PM would be divisive presence, report claims; highlighted Abbas invite when Netanyahu insisted on coming
Why Benjamin Netanyahu Attended Paris Anti-Terror March Over France's Objections – Forward.com - Did Israeli Politics Cause Premier to Flip-Flop and Go? - French President Francois Hollande asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to come to Paris for the march against terror on Sunday, but the Israel premier decided to attend anyway after hearing that political rivals were going to be there
Benjamin Netanyahu ridiculed over appearance at Paris solidarity march - Israeli leader criticised for urging French Jews to emigrate to Israel following last week's deadly attack on kosher store - The Israeli prime minister was seen elbowing his way to the front of the parade of world leaders and also unsuccessfully tried to jump to the head of queue waiting for a bus that was to take guests to the starting point.
#JeSuisNico trends after Sarkozy sneaks to front of Paris march - Internet users mock former French president Nicolas Sarkozy after he winds his way to the front of the Paris solidarity march

Obama Spokesman Says U.S. Should Have Sent High Profile Representative to March - NYTimes.com - Mr. Earnest declined to say whether the president had considered attending the march himself or considered sending Vice President Joseph R. Biden, or to detail the conversations that led to the decision not to do so
Reza Aslan: Anyone Who Asks Why Muslims Aren't Denouncing Attacks "Doesn't Own Google" | Video | Media Matters for America (or know how to type)
Joe Sacco: On Satire – a response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks | World news | The Guardian
Muslim Mayor of Rotterdam Tells Islamists To F*** Off On Live Television - Breitbart - “There may be a place in the world where you can be yourself, be honest with yourself and do not go and kill innocent journalists. And if you do not like it here because humorists you do not like make a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.

The Paris Mystery: Were the Shooters Part of a Global Terrorist Conspiracy? - The Intercept

Barack Obama’s French kiss-off - Edward-Isaac Dovere - politico - The president's decision to skip the Paris march raises eyebrows. Barack Obama n’est pas Charlie — or at least, he wasn’t this weekend.
America snubs historic Paris rally | Daily Mail Online - No cabinet secretaries or other senior officials attended, leaving only US Ambassador to France Jane Hartley as the top US official there

I read the French far-right party's platform, and it gets one big thing absolutely right - Vox - On finance, Le Pen sounds like Elizabeth Warren (France trapped in Merkel's austerity bubble)
Le Pen’s Moment - The New Yorker

Massacre Survivors Say Boko Haram Slaughtered Civilians 'Like Insects'
Nigeria 'needs same support as France' after Boko Haram attacks kill over 2000: archbishop

China has just banned the burqa in its biggest Muslim city : worldnews

ISIS Is Cited in Hacking of Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube Accounts - NYTimes.com - the “cybercaliphate” was “already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base.” (all your base are belong to us)
Pentagon hacked - Pastebin.com - American Soldiers, We Are Coming, Watch Your Back. ISIS. #CyberCaliphate

Legal Fight Ends for James Risen of the New York Times - NYTimes.com - ending a seven-year legal fight over whether he could be forced to identify his confidential sources
Report: The FBI Oversaw the NSA's Email Surveillance 
F.B.I. Is Broadening Surveillance Role, Report Shows - NYTimes.com
The Corrupt Philanderer Who Built the CIA's Black Sites - The Intercept - One example of the validity of this thesis about the degenerative effects of secrecy on bureaucratic institutions involves the aptly named Dusty Foggo, who concluded a twenty-four-year career in the CIA as executive director. (remember "Dusty Foggo? good times at the CIA)
Q&A: On the Untouchable 'Lords of Secrecy' - The Intercept

Spies should be able to monitor all online messaging, says David Cameron - The Tory leader said: 'If I am prime minister I will make sure that it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that does not allow terrorists safe space to communicate with eachother'
British prime minister: Fox News security analyst is clearly a complete idiot

Why History Will Be Very Kind to Obama -- NYMag - Obama’s uninterest in engaging in the more public aspects of his job — communicating his reasoning and vision, soothing our anxieties with lofty rhetoric, infusing his administration with the sense of purpose that electrified his supporters during the 2008 campaign — has clearly harmed him
Why History Will Eviscerate Obama -- NYMag - Obama will go down as America’s Gorbachev.
Why, Oh Why, Did Barack Obama Turn Mitch McConnell Into A Reflexive Partisan? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Virtually every word of Christopher Caldwell’s evaluation of Obama’s presidency is an embarrassment. Let’s start here:

Ted Cruz, Longtime Foe Of NASA And Science, Will Oversee NASA And Science In New Congress (dumbfucks take over)

The "people aren't perfect, he made a mistake" theory of criminal law - Lawyers, Guns & Money : “This man has suffered enough in my view,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the former Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman, told Gloria Borger, CNN chief political analyst on CNN’s “State of the Union.” (too big to jail)
Rumsfeld References An Ape In Relation To President Obama's Handling Of U.S. Military Forces In Afghanistan - Esquire - "A trained ape could get a status of forces agreement," Rumsfeld said on Monday - Also, it's not About Race because it never is About Race.

Democrats, in a stark shift in messaging, to make big tax-break pitch for middle class - The Washington Post (Dems can't take a position if their political futures depend on it)

Elizabeth Warren, Progressives Sink Obama Treasury Nominee Antonio Weiss

More Sneaky Anti-Gay Laws Popping Up | Matt Baume - And there's an even crazier law under consideration in Texas. It was introduced by Representative Cecil Bell Jr., and it would force Texas courts to dismiss all marriage cases and exempt Texas from having to obey the U.S. Constitution when it comes to marriage for gay and lesbian couples

Police Keep Using Chokeholds, Despite Bans and Scrutiny - NYTimes.com - In free-ranging discussions designed to subject everything to scrutiny, police officials have debated the effectiveness of the 20-year-old bright-line prohibition. (more like an ignored because no consequence dark-line
New York Police Officers Are Quick to Resort to Chokeholds, Inspector General Finds - NYTimes.com
Albuquerque police charged in homeless killing - Two police officers in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will face charges for killing a homeless camper, their lawyers say.

Help Unravel a Gordon Parks Southern Mystery - NYTimes.com - Here, a white baby is held by a Negro maid while the baby’s mother checks on reservations, etc. Although the Negro woman serves as nurse-maid for the white woman’s baby, the two would not be allowed to sit and eat a meal together in any Atlanta restaurant.”

Education Secretary Says Administration Is Committed to Testing - NYTimes.com (no bureaucrat left behind)

Seattle Officials Not Warned About "Catastrophic Failure" Concerns for Bertha Rescue Pit | Slog - When asked what "catastrophic failure" might have meant in the context of SDOT and SPU's letter, Sawant added this: "I would like to ask WSDOT that very question before there is a danger that Pioneer Square sinks into Elliott Bay like Atlantis."
What Does Living 'Close' to Transit Really Mean? - CityLab - New studies suggest proximity to transit is quite flexible and could extend to a mile out ... but the consensus holds that no one makes it farther than half a mile that on foot. (fat America; 1 mile: 22 minutes slow walk)

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Burn Bill Cosby At The Golden Globes

When Diabetes Treatment Goes Too Far - NYTimes.com - There are roughly 11 million Americans over age 65 with diabetes. Most of them take medications to reduce their blood sugar levels. The majority reach an average blood sugar target, or “hemoglobin A1C,” of less than 7 percent. Why? Early studies showed that this can reduce the risk of diabetes complications, including eye, kidney and nerve problems. As a result, for more than a decade, medical societies, pharmaceutical companies and diabetes groups have campaigned with a simple, concrete message — to get below seven. Many patients carry report cards with their scores to clinic appointments. Doctors are often rewarded based on how many of their patients hit the target.
‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine - The Washington Post
Could an ‘Ocean’ of Water Be Trapped Within the Earth?

Why Life Is Absurd - NYTimes.com
A Brief History Of The Crock Pot, The Original Slow Cooker - Today, however, slow cooking is as popular as ever, as 83 percent of families owned a slow cooker in 2011, according to Consumer Reports. The original Crock Pot design has changed little over the years, but now the insert is removable, a major improvement.

13 Ways You Can Make Coloring Books A Part Of Your Adult Life (NSFW)
TIL In the Bible, The New Testament mentions that from Heaven will descend an enormous city named New Jerusalem made of "pure gold, like clear glass" and gives its specific dimensions, 1.9 million square miles. If rested on the Earth, its ceiling would be inside the exosphere. : todayilearned
How can you ruin a date with just 5 words? : AskReddit
dancing-photons comments on is it true that guys can feel girls orgasm with a machine? (dry/prostate orgasms)
A Guide to Multiple Prostate Orgasms : sex
Men's guide to having multiple dry orgasms and multiple orgasms (as requested) : sex
Men who were raped/beaten by women, what is your story? : AskReddit

Metasploit: Google No Longer Provides Patches f... | SecurityStreet - In other words, Google is now only supporting the current named version of Android (Lollipop, or 5.0) and the prior named version (KitKat, or 4.4). Jelly Bean (versions 4.0 through 4.3) and earlier will no longer see security patches for WebView from Google, according to incident handlers at security@android.com.
Google has been criticised by Microsoft after the search giant publicised a security flaw in Windows - which some said put users at risk. : technology
Leaked Palantir Doc Reveals Uses, Specific Functions And Key Clients | TechCrunch

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Saudi prince: $100-a-barrel oil 'never' again (drill, baby, drill)
Stanford professors urge withdrawal from fossil fuel investments | Environment | The Guardian - Faculty members call on university to recognise urgency of climate change and divest from all oil, coal and gas companies
North Dakota county feels Bakken boom ebb away as oil falls - Yahoo News - Today, Divide County may be another vanguard for the state, this time ominous, as the first to feel the full effect of a collapse in prices that has lopped more than 50 percent off the price of oil since the summer.

AirAsia Black Boxes Found
FLUG MH17 | MH17 – Hauptgeschichte – English - The investigation unveiled a clear chain of evidence. MH17 was downed by a ground-launched BUK missile – launched by a unit of the 53rd Russian Air Defense Brigade from Kursk.

Paris anti-terror rally: all religions, ages and nations in massive show of unity | World news | The Guardian - François Hollande says ‘Paris is the capital of the world’ as estimated 3.7 million across France march in solidarity
‘France will shout its love for liberty and tolerance. Come in numbers’ | World news | The Guardian - One million expected in Paris as a country unites in grief and defiance
France Vows To Combat Terror With Massive Rally
World leaders join mass Paris march to honor attack victims | Reuters
National Unity March In Paris Draws World Leaders And Crowd Of Thousands

This map shows every attack on French Muslims since Charlie Hebdo - Vox - Since the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the country's Muslim community, despite universally and repeatedly condemning the attack, has come under a wave of misguided "reprisal" attacks.

Charlie Hebdo shooting: Hamyd Mourad 'in shock' after wrongly linked to attack on newspaper - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Video Shows Paris Gunman Pledging Allegiance to Islamic State - NYTimes.com (was sending naked selfies to his virgins in heaven)
Paris attacks: worldwide inquiry into jihadi networks under way | World news | The Guardian - Priority is uncovering further attacks, as it emerges surveillance on Chérif and Saïd Kouachi was lifted months ago
Photos Of Paris Grocery Store Hostage Situation Show Chilling, Panicked Scene
Charlie Hebdo Gunmen Had Weapons Training In Yemen: report - "These two brothers arrived in Oman on July 25, 2011, and from Oman they were smuggled into Yemen where they stayed for two weeks," a senior Yemeni security official, who declined to be named, said.
Paris terror arsenal: Kalashnikovs, rocket launcher, grenade - Yahoo News - The relatively heavy weaponry — a staple of recent attacks — seems to indicate that terrorist networks are moving away from bombs in favor of military-grade assault rifles and machine guns backed by smaller automatic pistols.

Germany arrests suspected Islamic State militant after return from Syria | Reuters
Wife of Al Qaeda recruiter appeals against her own terror conviction | Daily Mail Online - He recruited Cherif Kouachi when they were in prison together (should obviously renounce welfare)

Lassana Bathily: the Paris kosher supermarket hero | World news | The Guardian - Shopworker hid customers in a cold store then escaped via lift
Paris supermarket attacker claims allegiance to Islamic State in video | World news | The Guardian - • Footage of Amedy Coulibaly refers to Charlie Hebdo attack
France Gunman Linked To Jogger Shooting - A prosecutor says the shooting of a jogger in a Paris suburb on the same day as the Charlie Hebdo massacre has been linked to the gunman who killed a policewoman and four hostages at a kosher grocery.
German Newspaper Attacked After Publishing Charlie Hebdo Cartoons - The newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost said on its website the overnight arson attack destroyed several files in its archive, but didn't injure anyone. (backups, dudes)
Arson attack at German newspaper that printed Charlie Hebdo cartoons : worldnews
Islamic scholar threatens Irish publications with legal action if they publish offending cartoon - Independent.ie
Islamic scholar threatens Irish publications with legal action if they publish offending cartoon : worldnews

Charlie Hebdo: Asterix creator Albert Uderzo comes out of retirement to draw 'Je suis Charlie' cartoon - News - Art - The Independent
Legendary Cartoonist Robert Crumb on the Massacre in Paris | New York Observer - The ex-pat artist, who has lived in France for 25 years, talks to the Observer about his new cartoon of Muhammed - That’s what they have over in America now. Two-hundred and fifty thousand people in public relations. And a dwindling number of actual reporters and journalists.
R. Crumb's Response To 'Charlie Hebdo' Includes Swipe At | Animation Scoop

Belgian paper that ran Charlie cartoons evacuated after threat - Yahoo News
Charlie Hebdo Attack Investigator Commits Suicide: Reports / Sputnik International - Police commissioner, who had been investigating the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine committed suicide with his service gun on Thursday night.
Who Trained Charlie Hebdo Attackers: Terrorist Recruitment Scheme Revealed / Sputnik International - The recent Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in France represents a deeper problem rising across Europe, coping with the growing number of hidden jihadist cells that see this attack as only the dawn of a new wave of international terrorism.
Leaked Al Jazeera emails expose anger over global support for Charlie Hebdo - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

A Timeline of Threats and Acts of Violence Over Blasphemy and Insults to Islam - NYTimes.com (Muslim drama queens)
Before Paris Shooting, Authors Tapped Into Mood of a France ‘Homesick at Home’ - NYTimes.com - “Submission” is already the No. 1 seller on Amazon in France. (French Caliphate with nukes in 2022 +"immigration, feminism and the 1968 student uprisings set France on a path to ruin" - “inquiétude,” - Polygamy is legal and women, now covered in public, take on the role of housewives.)

French Prime Minister: If Jews Flee, the Republic Will Be a Failure - The Atlantic - Manuel Valls: "If 100,000 Jews leave, France will no longer be France."
Netanyahu: Israel will welcome European Jews with open arms | World news | The Guardian - Israeli PM issues invitation to French and other European Jews who want to emigrate to Israel in wake of Paris attacks
Martin Freeman: exposing Adolf Eichmann | World news | The Guardian - The televised trial of Adolf Eichmann in 1961 was a landmark in Holocaust history. To mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the drama is coming to our screens again. Euan Ferguson meets Martin Freeman on set to hear why it has lost none of its power
The Holocaust film that was too shocking to show | Film | The Guardian - Lustig has a theory about why British authorities suppressed Bernstein’s film. “At this time, the Brits had enough problems with the Jews.” By that, no doubt, he means that Britain was dealing with Zionists agitating for a Jewish homeland in the British mandate of Palestine – and seeing the full extent of Jewish suffering would only inflame them.

ISIS Battle In Iraq Kills 30 Kurds, Officials Say

Pakistan Bus Crashes Into Oil Tanker Killing Scores - A passenger bus crashed into an oil tanker in southern Pakistan early Sunday, killing 57 people with remains charred beyond recognition, officials said.

Dick Cheney Targeted By Anti-Torture Protesters - Two protesters were arrested at the McLean, Virginia, home of former Vice President Dick Cheney on Saturday after 20 demonstrators, some in orange prison jumpsuits, walked onto his property to mark the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison.

Silk Road trial to begin as prosecution may introduce evidence of murder plots | Technology | The Guardian - Jury selection starts Tuesday in case against Ross William Ulbricht, who authorities say ran a website where cocaine, heroin and other drugs were sold

China uses long-range intimidation of U.S. reporter to suppress Xinjiang coverage - The Washington Post

Cuba, amid the censorship, wades into WiFi - Cuba, where Internet access is largely limited to government employees and pricey pay-by-hour public access, plans to start offering wireless service for the first time this month, officials said Saturday.

Aerial Photos Expose the American Prison System's Staggering Scale | WIRED - There are some 2.2 million people behind bars in the United States. That’s more people than there are in all of New Mexico. And there are more jails and prisons than colleges and universities in this country. Still, it can be difficult to grasp the scale of incarceration in America, in part because so many of these facilities are tucked away far from view in rural areas. (prison-state America)

Kicking Dodd-Frank in the Teeth - NYTimes.com - The 114th Congress has been at work for less than a week, but a goal for many of its members is already evident: a further rollback of regulations put in place to keep markets and Main Street safe from reckless Wall Street practices.

The Poorest County in Each State - 24/7 Wall St. (Berkshire County MA twice as rich as Sumter County AL)

NYPD Slowdown Results In 0 Tickets During New Year's Celebration
When Will the North Face Its Racism? - NYTimes.com - Generations later, police killings of African-Americans occur as often as twice a week for at times mundane infractions and at three times the rate as for whites, according to conservative estimates from recent studies.

University Of South Dakota Athletes Ran Tax-Fraud Scheme, Made $400,000 - Valdez's now ex-girlfriend, Tampa resident Melissa Dinataly, was employed by an insurance company and managed to collect more than 30 Social Security numbers. Twelve false returns connected to her were filed in 2011 claiming over $110,000 worth of refunds, and authorities caught all but one of the fakes before the defendants got the money.
Mom Gets 25 Years For Encouraging Boyfriend To Sexually Assault 4-Month-Old Daughter - A Missouri mother has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for encouraging her boyfriend to sexually assault her 4-month-old daughter in an attack that later killed the child.
Hope Ruller Lay Dead For 14 Months While Daughter Lived Upstairs - Authorities in Gloversville, New York, are investigating the death of a 94-year-old woman whose body may have been decomposing for nearly 14 months as her daughter lived upstairs.
Couple films their 1 year old daughter playing with a .40 caliber pistol, watching her put it in her mouth while encouraging her to say "pow," "bang" and "shoot". : WTF - According to the Evansville Courier & Press, the child's mother, Toni Wilson, 22, and Michael L. Barnes, 19, face charges of child neglect and recklessness with a deadly weapon.

In Georgia gym mat death suit, 7 judges say they can't be fair - CNN.com - "Given the fact that officials with whom the judges in the circuit deal with everyday are involved, it is not fair to the parties for any judge in this circuit to rule on contested matters of importance to the parties and the community," (wait, that means ... )

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler Burn Bill Cosby At The Golden Globes
Bill Cosby Heckled At Show, Crowd Chants 'We Believe The Women'

Growing Up on Easy Street Has Its Own Dangers - NYTimes.com - When Thomas Gilbert Jr. was arrested on Monday and charged with killing his wealthy father with a gunshot to the head, the rubbernecking and tut-tutting began almost immediately.

Indoor Tanning Poses Cancer Risks, Teenagers Learn - NYTimes.com - tanning beds account for as many as 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States each year, including 6,000 cases of melanoma, the deadliest form.
TSRI Scientists Find Drug That Helps Huntington’s Disease-Afflicted Mice—and Their Offspring - Thomas and other scientists at TSRI have been testing compounds called histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors to see if they can induce “epigenetic” changes to help lessen the severity of diseases such as Huntington’s.
Optimistic people have healthier hearts, study finds | EurekAlert! Science News - Optimists are twice as likely to be in ideal cardiovascular health (heart-ache kills you)
Denying Rape but Endorsing Forceful Intercourse: 1 In 3 college men say they would 'force sex with a women' if they could get away with it; when language is changed to 'rape', 13% agree with statement (open access article) : science
(NSFW) what is your weirdest fetish? : AskReddit (varieties of desire)
The Erotic Mind-Control Story Archive (this is on the internets)
ELI5: Tachyons : explainlikeimfive
Finding faster-than-light particles by weighing them - In a new paper accepted by the journal Astroparticle Physics, Robert Ehrlich, a recently retired physicist from George Mason University, claims that the neutrino is very likely a tachyon or faster-than-light particle

Sia’s video: let’s be wary of seeing paedophilia everywhere | Barbara Ellen | Comment is free | The Guardian
Gamergate: a brief history of a computer-age war | Technology | The Guardian
Unpaid interns charged £300 for a job reference by thinktank | Education | The Guardian - Civitatis International, run by an ex-aide to a Lib Dem peer, condemned over fees for unpaid trainees

Jet stream blasts BA plane across Atlantic in record time - Boeing 777 reported at speeds of up to 745mph as it flies from New York to Heathrow in just 5 hours 16 minutes

Record thin on Steve Jobs’s philanthropy - The Washington Post - “there is no public record of Mr. Jobs giving money to charity. .?.?. Nor is there a hospital wing or an academic building with his name on it.”
TIL Steve Jobs "eliminated all corporate philanthropy programs" at Apple when he became CEO and declined to join Bill Gates' "Giving Pledge" : todayilearned
Steve Jobs secretly gave millions to charity, publically criticised for not doing enough - Jobs kept quiet about his charitable giving even when he found himself under attack for his apparent lack of philanthropy.
TIL a secretary told Steve Jobs she was late for work because her car wouldn't start – Jobs came back the same afternoon and threw her a set of keys for a brand new Jaguar saying: "Here, don't be late anymore." : todayilearned - No, his car would be the easiest to find: badly parked in a handicapped spot he didn't actually need. There used to be a site full of photos of his car all over the area around Apple, always like that.
Steve Jobs Still Parking In Handicapped Spaces — The Pictures | Cult of Mac (didn't believe in license plates, either)

What's the best advice you've ever received? : AskReddit - "Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement."
[Serious] (NSFW) How many people have you had sex with? How do you feel about your number? : AskReddit
Parents of reddit, what's the most NSFW thing your child has done, without realizing it was NSFW? : AskReddit
Gamer nerd gets sweet revenge against trash-talking bully + Thug Life : videos (Boogie's videos!)
What book will enrich your vocabulary and train your thinking mind? : books
LibriVox

RIP Google Analytics, Casualty of Spam | Dither and Bicker - What we're left with however is that Google Analytics is now junk. The code is cracked. It's not worth it to constantly prune away the dozens of spam referrers.
RIP Google Analytics, Casualty of Spam : webdev
I want to build a list of referrer spam links to block. I'm being hit hard on every site I run, and I'm tired of it. Anyone want to add to it? : Wordpress
5G Blacklist 2013 | Perishable Press
AT&T defends unlimited data throttling, says the FTC can’t stop it | Ars Technica - FTC has no jurisdiction because AT&T is a common carrier, company tells judge. (whut?)
If the price of giving everyone internet access is total domination by Facebook, it’s not worth it | Technology | The Guardian - The social media firm’s latest big idea – to allow users in developing nations free net access if they use its app – should be resisted (Facenet)

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At Least 1 Dead In 150-Vehicle Pileup On Michigan Interstate - Lt. Rick Pazder says many vehicles are on fire, including at least two semi-trucks carrying fireworks and other hazardous materials.

Source: Terror cells activated in France - CNN.com - Kouachi, who was studying Arabic grammar, and underwear bomber Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab previously were roommates for one to two weeks in Yemen's capital, Sanaa (no shit)
French Premier Declares ‘War’ on Radical Islam as Paris Girds for Rally - NYTimes.com
Days of Sirens, Fear and Blood: ‘France Is Turned Upside Down’ - NYTimes.com
More than 700,000 rally in France after Islamist attacks - Yahoo News
Hundreds Of Thousands Rally Across France For Terror Victims
Search Continues for Woman Linked to Suspects in Charlie Hebdo Attack - NYTimes.com
Partner of Paris Gunman Believed to Be in Syria - WSJ - Hayat Boumeddiene Is Believed to Have Left France on Jan. 2 - She crossed into Syria from Turkey, the people said.
Al-Qaeda in Yemen threatens France with new attacks: SITE - Yahoo News
France Gripped By Fear After Paris Terror Attacks
'We vomit' on Charlie's sudden friends: staff cartoonist - Yahoo News
Antisemitism in France: the exodus has begun - As gunmen attack a kosher supermarket in Paris, Jews there will pack their bags even faster - Because when it comes to home grown anti-Semitism, France leads the world.
The Charlie Hebdo attack was a strike against free speech. So why is the response more surveillance? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - Let’s not avenge the deaths of journalists by trying to curtail the very rights for which the world has praised them (that's always the response, duh)
Murdoch says Muslims must be held responsible for France terror attacks | World news | The Guardian - News Corp boss tweets to say even peaceful Muslims must bear burden of deadly Charlie Hebdo death toll ‘until they destroy growing jihadist cancer’ (from the mouth of Satan)
BBC NEWS | Europe | French court bans Christ advert - France's Catholic Church has won a court injunction to ban a clothing advertisement based on Leonardo da Vinci's Christ's Last Supper. (très docile: 2005: le double standard)
Business | Brigitte Bardot Vs. Muslim Sheep Slaying -- Animal-Rights Stand Criticized As Racist In Tone | Seattle Times Newspaper - "From one year to the next we are seeing the construction of mosques all over France while our village church bells grow silent for lack of priests," wrote the former actress whose movies once were condemned by the Vatican. (1996)

Intelligence indicates Assad building nuclear plant: report - Yahoo News

Suicide Bombing By Young Girl Kills At Least 16 In Nigeria's Maiduguri - "The explosive devices were wrapped around her body and the girl looked no more than 10 years old," a police source said. Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, lies in the heartland of an insurgency by Sunni Muslim militant group Boko Haram, and is often hit by bomb attacks.
Canada arrests Ottawa twin brothers on terrorism charges | World news | The Guardian - Police say Ashton and Carlos Larmond planned to leave country
Who are the Kharijites and what do they have to do with IS? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East - mbers of the Islamic State (IS) have often been described as modern-age Kharijites, in reference to the Muslims who rebelled against the ruling powers in early Islamic history. The Kharijite rebellions began in the 7th century, against the Umayyad Caliphate, and persisted against the Abbasid Caliphate

North Korea will suspend nuclear tests if US cancels military exercises with South Korea | World news | The Guardian - Pyongyang ‘ready to take such a responsive step’ US rejects overture and calls for North to ‘cease all threats’

Agency boss allegedly gave Epstein models for orgy | Page Six
Jeffrey Epstein: inside the decade of scandal entangling Prince Andrew | World news | The Guardian - How a telephone call set off a cascade of FBI investigations, secret plea deals and lawsuits from Palm Beach, Florida, to Buckingham Palace as questions resurface over whether the disgraced financier used his wealth and power to elude justice - The allegation: that Epstein forced another of his teenage victims into sexual encounters with Andrew on three separate occasions. (bad year for royalty)

Petraeus Fiasco Highlights the Danger of Hero Worship by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - It’s another thing to put a human being on a pedestal and insist that anyone is above attacks on their honor and integrity. General Petraeus clearly wasn’t, and it’s more than a little ironic that he’s now in danger of felony charges for actually betraying national security secrets.

Of course Boston should bid for the 2024 Olympics: it's the best city in the US | Maraithe Thomas | US news | The Guardian - Ask a local – the Massachusetts capital is a hub of history, harmony and graceful sports fans who don’t mind losing in the slightest. It’s perfect for the Games

Why These Democrats Flipped To Defeat Wall Street Deregulation - Actually, 95 Democrats supported a very similar bill as recently as September. Both bills were 11-point packages chipping away at the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law

Bernie and the TPP - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Bernie Sanders is taking the lead in attacking the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the centerpiece of Obama’s trade agenda. [These same sorts of claims were made about NAFTA. Instead, 683,000 American jobs were lost because of NAFTA by 2010, 61 percent of which were the high-paying manufacturing jobs at the backbone of the American union movement of the 20th century.]

Where Are The Friedmans Of Yesteryear? - NYTimes.com (hacks)

Disneyland measles outbreak grows, sparks concern - LA Times

NYPD Union Rejects NYC Mayor As Deep Rift Persists (any other job and their fat asses would be history)
NYPD Close To Changing How It Polices Public Housing Buildings - Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who had defended stop-and-frisk as a vital anticrime strategy, appealed the decision. (facist Bloomfuck)
No Charges Against Nicholas Locilento, Officer Who Struck, Killed Boy With Car - Charges won't be filed against a police officer who was speeding when he struck and killed a 10-year-old boy with his squad car, authorities said Friday. (no siren)
Indiana couple charged over 1-year-old daughter putting gun in mouth | US news | The Guardian - Evansville police discovered the videos after a 19-year-old man was arrested for trying to sell a handgun to an undercover officer.
Videographer arrested for refusing to hand over his camera to police after recording an accident scene. : news

A License to Say Anything? - NYTimes.com

Touring the World - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I love it when my Baptist Bible school teaching home schooling good Christian security men just so happen to sleep with any woman that moves when their wives aren’t around. ( Before joining the Secret Service, he was an airport security guard and then a cop in St. Petersburg, Florida.)

64 Dartmouth Students Cheat in Ethics Class -- NYMag

Alaska man beaten to death by the boyfriend of his "victim" after woman falsely accuses him of rape in Fairbanks hotel room : news
Charges: Fairbanks man was killed after false rape accusation | Local News - KTUU.com Anchorage

What the Mueller Report Doesn't Have to Tell Us | VICE Sports

Why do men fake orgasms? | Nichi Hodgson | Comment is free | The Guardian - We presume that men are simple sexual machines and that, when it comes to sex, their pleasure is something we can see. The truth is more complicated - On average, that means men are more likely to fake an orgasm than inflate their height on a dating site (22% according to a Cornell/WM study) or inflate their salaries in an online dating profile (most add 20%, according to OkCupid’s own stats analysis).


TIL some schizophrenics can tickle themselves. Mentally sane people can predict the sensory consequences of their own actions and reduce them, whereas schizophrenics have trouble recognizing their own actions and often attribute their behavior to an alien source. : todayilearned
Can't Tickle Yourself? That's a Good Thing - Scientific American - Studies of Tit-For-Tat Games And Links To Delusional Thinking - This neurological phenomenon not only explains why we can’t tickle ourselves, but also might help avert delusional thoughts.
These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning | TIME (don't miss, changes your self-image)
Neuromyths like we only use 10% of our brains, sugar causes hyperactivity, and hemispheric dominance determines personality are still prevalent among the public. Surprisingly, a high percentage of teachers also believe in these myths, including some that may influence teaching methods. : science
Neuromyths and the disconnect between science and the public — Neuroscientifically Challenged
I am Cambridge University linguistics professor Bert Vaux. You may have seen the viral New York Times dialect quiz based on questions from my Harvard Dialect Survey. AMA! : IAmA

Truck drivers of Reddit, what city or town do you absolutely refuse to stop in? : AskReddit
Reddit, what is an obscure reference you can post here that will make you instantly friends with the person who identifies it's origin? : AskReddit
James Tiptree - The most interesting female science fiction author you've probably never heard of. : books (+The author of that article couldn't look more NPR if he tried.)

The guy who reviews knobs on youtube posted a new video : videos
Alantutorial - Tutorialheads Wiki - alantutorial is a creative project by artist Alan Resnick. It consists primarily of a series of videos in which Resnick plays a fictionalized version of himself, who is depicted as a reclusive young man obsessed with giving tutorials. As the videos progress, strange things begin happening and Alan's already-tenuous grip on reality begins slowly slipping.

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The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus | ThinkProgress - Climate change is happening, humans are the cause, and a shocking number of congressional Republicans — over 56 percent — deny or question the science (spawn of Satan destroying the planet)

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Killed, Market Shooter Dead
French security forces kill gunmen, end hostage sieges
News from The Associated Press - Two al-Qaida-linked brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre came out of their hideaway with guns blazing Friday and were killed in a clash with security forces
Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects and third gunman killed in twin police raids | World news | The Guardian - Four hostages dead after French Swat teams storm printing firm in Dammartin-en-Goële and supermarket in Paris
French Police Storm Two Hostage Sites, Killing Charlie Hebdo Suspects - NYTimes.com
Charlie Hebdo suspects killed as French police raid siege locations – live updates | World news | The Guardian
Charlie Hebdo Suspects Killed (have fun with your virgins)
Amedy Coulibaly, Paris Kosher Market Terrorist, Had History Of Ties To Violence
Armed Man Takes Hostages In Kosher Grocery Store In Paris
Thirty Jewish shoppers in Paris avoided being taken hostage by hiding in freezer | Daily Mail Online
Paris Hostage Situation Live Thread : worldnews
Police: 2 Hostages Held In Jewelry Store In France's Montpellier
Charlie Hebdo and the Assault on French Identity - NYTimes.com (French Caliphate in 2022)
New York Times Reports On Muslim Proselytizing During Charlie Hebdo Attack, Then Deletes It | The Daily Caller
Another False Charlie Hebdo Analogy by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - It’s not remotely as messed up as Erick Erickson’s comparison of the victims of the Paris massacre to an Atlanta Fire Chief dismissed for public displays of homophobia. But still, David Brooks is far off-base in a column suggesting that “speech codes” at American colleges that prohibit or limit appearances by controversial speakers are a distant cousin to the violent suppression of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists
Juan Cole: Paris Suspects Radicalized By Iraq War, Abu Ghraib Torture | Crooks and Liars
Dean Baquet calls N.Y. Times critic 'a--hole' - POLITICO.com - New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet called an associate professor at the USC Annenberg School an "asshole" on Facebook today after the professor took a shot at Baquet for not running Charlie Hebdo's Muhammed cartoons.
In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons - The Intercept (some speech is freer than others)
Al Qaeda Source: AQAP Directed Paris Attack - The Intercept - A source within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has provided The Intercept with a full statement claiming responsibility for the attack against the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris:
After Taking Hostages, The Fight Inevitably Ended With The Death Of The Gunmen - Esquire

'Takfiris' offend Prophet more than cartoons: Nasrallah | News , Lebanon News | THE DAILY STAR - Extremist religious groups following a "takfiri" ideology have offended the Prophet Mohammad more than the Western cartoons mocking him, Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah said Friday.
Paris attack shows the West is not free from terrorism - Opinion - The Boston Globe - | Andrew J. Bacevich
Raising Questions Within Islam After France Shooting - NYTimes.com - The majority of scholars and the faithful say Islam is no more inherently violent than other religions. But some Muslims — most notably the president of Egypt — argue that the contemporary understanding of their religion is infected with justifications for violence, requiring the government and its official clerics to correct the teaching of Islam ... murder rates were substantially lower in Muslim-majority countries and instances of political violence were no more frequent. (is the Bush family inherently violent?)
Anti-Muslim Attacks After Charlie Hebdo Highlight France's Long History Of Islamophobia
FARK.com: (8553371) It's that 'the world has gotten so crazy, even Hezbollah is starting to make sense' time again - Agreed that the Hebdo terrorists were Salafists, repors are coming out tht 2 of them attended a radical Salafist Mosque before going on their killing spree.
BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi booked for defending Paris terror attack | Zee News - Meerut: A case has been registered against former Uttar Pradesh minister and BSP leader Haji Yakub Qureshi for his controversial comments, in which he defended the terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

New anti-terror laws coming as jihadis ‘declare war,’ Harper says - The Globe and Mail - Warning that an “international jihadist movement” has declared war on Canada and its allies, Stephen Harper says his government plans to bring in new legislation shortly after the Commons winter break to give security agencies more powers to thwart terrorist attacks.

Amnesty: Nigeria Massacre Deadliest In History Of Boko Haram - Hundreds of bodies — too many to count — remain strewn in the bush in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack that Amnesty International suggested Friday is the "deadliest massacre" in the history of Boko Haram ... the town was razed and as many as 2,000 people killed. (Goodluck, Jonathan)
Nigeria: 2,000 feared killed in Boko Haram's 'deadliest massacre' | World news | The Guardian - Amnesty International calls the killings ‘a disturbing and bloody escalation’ and a local defence group says its fighters have given up trying to count the bodies

Exclusive: Edward Snowden on Cyber Warfare — NOVA Next | PBS - By James Bamford and Tim De Chant on Thu, 08 Jan 2015
Snowden Claims U.S. Policy Is Creating A Black Market For Digital Weapons | TechCrunch

NSA Played Key Role Linking North Korea to Sony Hack - The Intercept - National Security Agency data and technical analysis assisted in the U.S. government’s attribution of the Sony cyber attack to North Korea, Admiral Michael Rogers said on Thursday.

Prosecutors Said to Seek Felony Charges against Petraeus - NYTimes.com

Oscar Romero Being Fast-Tracked To Sainthood For His Work With The People Of El Salvador - Esquire - D'Aubuisson was trained at the notorious School of the Americas at Fort Benning in Georgia. He was noted for his use of blowtorches in his interrogations, which is something that somehow slipped by Dick Cheney.
Maher's Atheism Comes Down To His Intellectual Snobbery - Esquire - Upon hearing the words "Hoc" and "corpus" (in the "For this is my body" passage), newly literate and impatient artisans in the pews would mockingly whisper, "Hocus-pocus," finding a tough slang term for the religious obfuscation at which they were beginning to chafe.
Bill Maher’s Charlie Hebdo mess: Last night’s “Jimmy Kimmel” revealed why we need studio audiences - Salon.com - Kimmel had to be polite when the "Real Time" host spouted off about Charlie Hebdo -- but the studio audience didn't

House G.O.P. Proposes Sweeping Reversal of Obama Immigration Steps - NYTimes.com (unremitting evil)

Most of America’s rich think the poor have it easy - The Washington Post - There is little empathy at the top.
The Politics of Financial Insecurity | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press - he rich vote Republican, the poor vote Democratic. And while the reality of the situation is much more nuanced, in broad strokes it has been the case that Republicans have consistently garnered disproportionate levels of support from the financially well-off, while the least financially secure Americans have been significantly more likely to back Democrats.

U.S. Liberals at Record 24%, but Still Trail Conservatives - Conservatives continued to outnumber moderates and liberals in the U.S. population in 2014, as they have since 2009. However, their 14-percentage-point edge over liberals last year, 38% vs. 24%, is the smallest in Gallup's trends since 1992. (stupid and evil dominates in America)
Voodoo Time Machine - NYTimes.com - But while Mr. McConnell’s self-aggrandizement is funny, it’s also scary, because it’s a symptom of his party’s epistemic closure. Republicans know many things that aren’t so, and no amount of contrary evidence will get them to change their minds. (the anti-reality party)

Three Georgia Men Charged With Domestic Terrorism | Crooks and Liars - Will Lindsey Graham have anything to say about this? (boots on the ground in Georgia!)
Here Are Some Of The Major Attacks On The NAACP Since The Civil Rights Act

As Police Go Idle, So Do New York City Courts - NYTimes.com - “This proves to us is what we all knew as defenders: You can end broken-windows policing without ending public safety,” said Justine M. Luongo, the deputy attorney-in-charge of criminal practice for the Legal Aid Society. (well done, NYPD)

Mike Huckabee Sold Out His Fans To A Quack Doctor, Conspiracy Theorists, And Financial Fraudsters | Blog | Media Matters for America (Huckafuck)

Republicans are forcing women to have abortions – and then telling us it's too late | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian

Grand jury wants recommends charges against Kathleen Kane - The Morning Call - A grand jury has recommended criminal charges against Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane after probing allegations she leaked secret information to a newspaper in an attempt to embarrass critics, The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting.

Arizona's Former Education Chief Explains Why He Called For The End Of Spanish - Yet later it was reported that you had used pseudonyms to make strident comments on blogs, including calling for the elimination of the Spanish language from the United States, the elimination of the Spanish-language media. Do you worry that you’ve bred resentment against Hispanics?

Nearly One-Third Of College Men In Study Say They Would Commit Rape - "the No. 1 point is there are people that will say they would force a woman to have sex but would deny they would rape a woman."
Alan Dershowitz tried to discredit girl who accused Jeffrey Epstein of rape | US news | The Guardian - A high school transcript for AH was found by police during a raid of Epstein’s mansion in Florida after allegations of abuse first surfaced ... as a drama student, she was an expert in misleading people.

Who's Paying for Bertha's Overruns Again? | Slog

The 6 biggest lies you’ve been told about vaginas - Salon.com
ELI5: Why is circumcision so popular in the United States and not the rest of the world? : explainlikeimfive - John Harvey Kellogg, the co-founder of Corn Flakes and Kellogg's food company, had extreme views regarding masturbation ... He also suggested that a woman's clitoris be exposed to carbolic acid to limit their excitement and sexual arousal, which he tested on young girls himself. (quack cureall marketed by quack doctors in late nineteenth century)
Has there been a disease that was beneficial to humans? : askscience



U.S. Flu and Cold Reports Among Highest Since 2008 - An average 4.0% of Americans reported being sick with flu on any given day in December. This is higher than all previous Decembers since Gallup began tracking the flu daily in 2008, and is one of the highest rates for any month over the past seven years.
Unraveling the Key to a Cold Virus’s Effectiveness - NYTimes.com

This computer program virtually cannot lose at Texas Hold'em. Researchers present the first algorithm ever to solve poker. : science
ELI5: Why is circumcision so popular in the United States and not the rest of the world? : explainlikeimfive

Males AND females of reddit, who's your 10/10? : AskReddit

FCC net neutrality: Verizon is about to suffer a major defeat | BGR - However, the huge public outrage at the prospect of letting ISPs create Internet “fast lanes” put renewed pressure on the FCC to take a tougher stance on net neutrality, and now it looks like Verizon is about to suffer a humiliating defeat.
Title II for Internet providers is all but confirmed by FCC chairman | Ars Technica - Tom Wheeler says exactly what giant broadband providers didn't want to hear.

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Climate activists won the Keystone fight. Great. Now can we actually fight climate change? | Sarah Laskow | Comment is free | The Guardian - Liberal protesters transformed a construction project into a huge environmental fight. Could liberal politicians trade pipeline approval for progressive energy policies? (no, because planet-killing Republicans)

Boston and Chicago close schools as freezing temperatures grip US | US news | The Guardian - Boston’s mayor closes schools because of ‘extreme weather conditions
2 Dead, Many Injured In 18-Vehicle Pileup During Whiteout In Pennsylvania

If America wants to make sure it never tortures again, it must choose law over secrecy | Katherine Hawkins | Comment is free | The Guardian - Memos to Obama aren’t enough when neither politicians, nor the president, nor the courts can stand up to the CIA’s wall of secrecy. Let’s tear down that wall

Survivors Retrace a Scene of Horror at Charlie Hebdo - NYTimes.com
Hunt for Charlie Hebdo killers switches to rural France | World news | The Guardian - Tens of thousands of French police and soldiers search for Cherif and Said Kouachi, suspected of attack in Paris - Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his brother Said, 34, were born in eastern Paris to Algerian immigrants who died when they were young. They were raised in an orphanage in the city of Rennes
Charlie Hebdo suspect Cherif Kouachi linked to network of French militants | World news | The Guardian - Man who led deadly attack on the satirical magazine had links to disorganised web of extremists for more than 10 years
Charlie Hebdo shooting suspect defended by classmates on Twitter | World news | The Guardian - Students say suspected getaway driver Mourad Hamyd was in class at time of attack, in series of tweets under hashtag #MouradHamydInnocent
ABC News on Twitter: "French Interior minister: 9 people taken into custody as part of investigation into Paris terror attack; 90 witnesses have been interviewed."
The Attack On Charlie Hebdo Newspaper, In Pictures

12 People Murdered At The French Publication's Offices - Esquire - Midnight In Paris: Attack At Charlie Hebdo Kills 12 - Nous sommes Charlie, I guess, but, deep in us all, in that part of us that reeks of stale incense and the smell of old and guttering candles, nous sommes des barbares, aussi. And "political correctness," that empty, impotent phrase, is inadequate to account for the monsters that lurk in the shadows there.

Charlie Hebdo attack: police descend on town in hunt for gunmen - live updates | World news | The Guardian - Anti-terror police converging on area north-east of Paris
Charlie Hebdo attack: Suspects 'rob service station' - The two main suspects in the Islamist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris are said to have robbed a service station in the north of France.
French police converge on small town after Paris attack suspects seen | Reuters
Several Arrests Overnight In Hunt For Charlie Hebdo Attackers, French Prime Minister Says
Police Officer Killed, Street Sweeper Wounded In Paris Shootout - An assailant opened fire on a police officer on the southern edge of Paris early Thursday, killing her and injuring a nearby street sweeper before fleeing,
Why Muslims Are Talking About Islam And Blasphemy After Charlie Hebdo
Mosques Attacked In Wake Of Charlie Hebdo Shooting
Rethinking Security · So Sophisticated? - Sophistication becomes a proxy for the validity of assumptions regarding the nature of jihadist organization (or lack thereof).
After Charlie Hebdo attack, U.S. Catholic group says cartoonists ‘provoked’ slaughter - The Washington Post - "Had [Charbonnier] not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive," Donohue says, in what must be one of the more offensive and insensitive comments made on this tragic day.
"Do You Support ISIS?": Watch CNN's Don Lemon Ask A Muslim Human Rights Attorney If He Supports Terrorists | Video | Media Matters for America - Lemon To Arsalan Iftikhar: "Would You Describe Those Who Support ISIS As Islamic Extremists? Do You Support ISIS?" (eponymous)
After Paris Attack, Fox Anchor Suggests Skin Color Can Help Identify "Typical Bad Guys" | Blog | Media Matters for America - Co-Host Kennedy Exploits Attack To Push Gun Agenda: "I Think The Best Thing That Americans Can Do Is Arm Themselves" Bream suggested profiling may not be effective in situations where criminals are wearing masks or where the tone of their skin doesn't "look like typical bad guys," apparently implying that certain skin tones should raise red flags for law enforcement: (you know, like "black")
Radical hate preacher, Mr Anjem Choudary, wants this photo removed from the Internet. : pics

Boko Haram crisis: Nigeria's Baga town hit by new assault - While he raised fears that some 2,000 had been killed in the raids, other reports put the number in the hundreds. (Muslim death-orgy)

Why is Sexual Assault So Common in Our Military? | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - But, Jesus Christ, look at those numbers. We’re talking about 20 to 25 thousand sexual assaults annually within the ranks of our military. (rape culture)

What's Really Wrong With the GOP | Rep. Alan Grayson - Let me repeat that: every elected GOP Member of the House and Senate was a white Christian. (and spawn of Satan, The Deceiver)
Obama issues veto threat as Republicans flex muscles in new Congress | US news | The Guardian - Republicans push bills to approve Keystone and redefine the Affordable Care Act’s definition of a full-time work week from 30 hours to 40 (vote Republican and get fucked)
Mitch McConnell is off to a bitter start - The Washington Post - In a speech on the Senate floor Wednesday morning outlining his priorities for the new Congress, the Kentucky Republican suggested that the GOP takeover of Congress — not yet 24 hours old — had already boosted the American economy.

Jim Webb's Old Novels Re-Emerge As 'Oppo' In Latest Sign That 2016 Will Be An Unrelenting Storm Of Garbage - Clinton’s longtime communications guru, pitched talk radio producers on the racy, sexually charged writings in Webb’s novels, according to a source." (you don't fuck with the Big Fucker)

Supreme Court Could Kick 10 Million People Off Health Insurance (get ready)
On Their First Day Back, Congress Introduces Abortion Ban
It’s All Right with Sam - NYTimes.com - He is the redemption of the promise that failed a quarter-century ago, when John H. Sununu, chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, assured worried conservatives that the president had selected a hole-in-one Supreme Court nominee: David H. Souter. (Alito most reactionary justice)

Haaretz.com on Twitter: "Rand Paul moves to ban aid to Palestinians until ICC bid withdrawn http://t.co/IxP1wYHbsB http://t.co/H3hEMpVvo1"
Glenn Greenwald on Twitter: "Rand Paul is a panderer and a fraud https://t.co/dg287uY0wf"

The War on Drugs Is Burning Out | Rolling Stone - Leading at the ballot box from Alaska to Washington, D.C., Americans are charting a path to a saner national drug policy
How America Lost the War on Drugs | Rolling Stone - After thirty-five years and $500 billion, drugs are as cheap and plentiful as ever. An anatomy of a failure (imagine what half-a-trillion could have been spent on +millions of less lives wrecked)

Conservatives Admit The Truth On Indiana 'Religious Liberty' Bill | ThinkProgress - Micah Clark of the American Family Association explained to The Indianapolis Star that the bill would allow small businesses to refuse services to same-sex couples and also that it would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples - “license to discriminate”

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin Re-Elected By State Legislature - Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) was re-elected Thursday by the Vermont legislature, which voted 110-69 for Shumlin over challenger Scott Milne.
Grand jury recommends criminal charges against Attorney General Kathleen Kane - The panel concluded that Kane violated grand-jury secrecy rules by leaking investigative material in a bid to embarrass political enemies, sources said.

Connecticut court rules teenager must have chemotherapy she does not want | US news | The Guardian - Doctors say treatment offers 85% survival chance from cancer - Girl, 17, known as Cassandra C, can make up her own mind in September - The teen’s mother, Jackie Fortin of Windsor Locks, said after the arguments on Thursday that she would not allow her daughter to die. She said they just want to seek alternative treatment that does not include putting the “poison” of chemotherapy into her daughter’s body. (Christians)

The NYPD found a more destructive way of protesting than shutting down traffic | Jessica Bulman-Pozen and David Pozen | Comment is free | The Guardian - Angry cops don’t like protesters who break the rules. But now they are using the opposite of civil disobedience to defy the law
New Video Of Tamir Rice Shooting Shows Police Arresting Sister, Delaying First Aid - Previously unreleased surveillance footage surrounding the police shooting of a boy in Cleveland shows authorities forcing the young victim's 14-year-old sister to the ground, handcuffing her and putting her in a patrol car. (priorities, the officers "feared for their lives")

Fox News Hosts Apparently Have No Idea What Slut-Shaming Means - "They are essentially trying to slut-shame companies into paying their highest workers less money," Montgomery said. "And slut-shaming companies is not the job of the U.S. government," co-host Andrea Tantaros agreed. ("sluts" are now obscenely paid CEOs)

Gloria Allred Introduces 3 New Bill Cosby Accusers, Criticizes Phylicia Rashad - Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter. They deserve respect and dignity. Phylicia, you should be supporting these women rather than joining Cosby's paid "attack dogs" who are trying to undermine them in any way they can.
Phylicia Rashad Says She Was Misquoted During Cosby Defense
Jian Ghomeshi Facing More Sexual Assault Charges From Three New Alleged Victims

Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Apologizes : The Two-Way : NPR

Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today | Better Ed

Why would people 'choose' to be gay? | Dean Burnett | Science | The Guardian - Those opposed to homosexuality regularly describe being gay as a choice, despite all evidence to the contrary. But what is never explained is why people would make this choice in the first place
Study of gay brothers may confirm X chromosome link to homosexuality | Science/AAAS | News - The finding made some evolutionary sense. An X-linked gene for homosexuality has long been proposed as a way to explain how the trait persists in the population even though gay men tend to have fewer offspring: The gene could increase fertility in females, who would have two “chances” to inherit it. (mommy makes you gay)
Two Infants Too Young For Vaccinations Contract Measles From Unvaccinated People At Disneyland | ThinkProgress (anti-vax park)
Most MS Patients Who Received Stem Cell Transplants Still in Remission Years Later - Newly published study results show no new relapses for most of the HALT-MS study volunteers.

Study Finds More Reasons to Get and Stay Married - NYTimes.com - some old-fashioned advice for people navigating the stresses of life: Find a spouse who is also your best friend.
Stay Away From Guys Who Do This - Men who shower the Internet with photos of themselves are more likely to have narcissistic and psychopathic traits than guys who don’t share their self images online, new research has found.
8 Signs Your Marriage Was Doomed From The Start - Women with at least a $20,000 wedding bill were 3.5 times more likely to divorce than women with $5,000 to $10,000 weddings.

Among the Disrupted - NYTimes.com - By Leon Wieseltier (not sure what he's trying to say)
Brooks Contemplates Meaning And Metaphysics In The New York Times - Esquire - Meaningfulness tries to replace structures, standards and disciplines with self-regarding emotion.

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The Record of Austerity - NYTimes.com (is disasterous failure, but Merkelites can only be failed)
Why Yes, I Do Believe Jeffrey Sachs Has Lost His Mind. Why Do You Ask?: Live from The Roasterie (Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...) - For could anything possibly lead somebody who has not lost his mind to call a real GDP growth rate of 2.2%/year "brisk"? (and "Europe" apparently does not exist)
Warren takes swipe at Reagan, trickle-down economics - Kyle Cheney - POLITICO - “The trickle-down experiment that began in the Reagan years failed America’s middle class,”

Suspect Surrenders In Charlie Hebdo Attack - French police pressed a massive hunt for two brothers suspected in the murderous attack on offices of the French satirical publication Charlie Hedbo after a teenager surrendered early Thursday.
Suspects Identified in Attack on French Newspaper, Charlie Hebdo - NYTimes.com - They were identified as Said and Cherif Kouachi, 32 and 34, and Hamyd Mourad, 18. French news reports said the brothers had been born in Paris,
Charlie Hebdo attacks: ‘It’s carnage, a bloodbath. Everyone is dead’ | World news | The Guardian - Paris magazine staff say gunman knew their targets in advance and entered the building like ‘an organised commando’ raid
Charlie Hebdo magazine attack: vigils held as French hunt suspects – live | World news | The Guardian
Charlie Hebdo attack | World news | The Guardian
Charlie Hebdo: Gun attack on French magazine kills 12
Terror Attack on Charlie Hebdo Newspaper in Paris Kills 12 - NYTimes.com
Gunmen attack office of Charlie Hebdo, French satirical magazine, in Paris - CBS News
4 Cartoonists Killed In Attack On Charlie Hebdo Newspaper
France In Shock After Brutal Attack On Satirical Newspaper Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo killings condemned by Arab states – but hailed online by extremists | World news | The Guardian - Supporters of Isis praise attack, but many Arabic Twitter users point out magazine also satirised Jews, Christians and Buddhists

Cartoonists around the world respond - Imgur
in solidarity with those who lost their lives, here's a cartoon of the prophet, freedom of expression will never die - Imgur
CNN cut off controversial Charlie Hebdo cartoons - The Washington Post - Yet CNN and host Wolf Blitzer hid them in a segment this afternoon.
Many Outlets Are Censoring Charlie Hebdo's Satirical Cartoons After Attack - BuzzFeed News - News outlets shy away from publishing the controversial images of the paper’s satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Internal CNN memo: 'We are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons' - POLITICO.com
Danish Paper That Published 12 Muhammad Cartoons Boosts Security - NBC News.com
These Are The Charlie Hebdo Cartoons That Terrorists Thought Were Worth Killing Over
Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris | Informed Comment - Al-Qaeda wants to mentally colonize French Muslims, but faces a wall of disinterest. But if it can get non-Muslim French to be beastly to ethnic Muslims on the grounds that they are Muslims, it can start creating a common political identity around grievance against discrimination.
The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders - The New Yorker - They are only the latest blows delivered by an ideology that has sought to achieve power through terror for decades.

'Shots fired' at French magazine HQ : worldnews
These two cartoonists for French magazine Charle Hebdo were murdered today for standing up for freedom of expression and satire : pics
Mohammed : funny
German satirical magazine 'Titanic': "If you shoot at satirists, you only make our work more relevant". Put satirical message on their website, telling terrorists when to come. : worldnews
Terrorist Incident in Paris : news

Stephane Charbonnier: The editor of Charlie Hebdo was on al-Qaida magazine Inspire hit list.
Europe’s confused debate about Islam and terrorism: Europeans are both too Islamophobic and too timid about facing the roots of Islamic fundamentalism. - Europeans are both too Islamophobic and too timid to face up to the roots of Islamic fundamentalism.
The case for mocking religion.

Time to crack down on 'Islamophobia', Turkey's Erdogan tells EU : worldnews (good timing, Recep)

The Decline of ISIS Has Already Begun - The Atlantic - Evidence suggests that the Islamic State's power has been declining for months.

Hullabaloo - Every Last Bit Of Authority From God (the Christian version)

Euro: CURRENCY:EUR quotes & news - Google Finance - 1 EUR = 1.1809 USD

Ex-Sony Employees Echo Cybersecurity Company's Suspicion That Hack Was An Inside Job

Jeffrey Epstein scandal: women with new identities run firms from Epstein-linked property | US news | The Guardian - Two women questioned about Prince Andrew in 2010, operating businesses from New York property years after appearing to have left Epstein’s entourage

Is It Surprising That A Bomb Going Off Near An NAACP Office In Colorado Springs Has Gone Mostly Unnoticed? - Esquire - Somehow, another attempted terrorist attack has gone largely unnoticed. It is very strange how this happens sometimes.

Congress’s First Act Was to Declare War on Math -- NYMag

PaterTemporalis comments on I really want to be a teacher, but I'm afraid of the environment I'll be teaching in. - Forget your superficial concerns, the whole discipline you're considering is on fire, collapsing and destroying the lives of a huge number of people involved in it. Pay and respect have never been lower, and the sheer amount of sidework has never been higher. Only martyrs teach now in America. (Republican war on facts, knowledge and teachers has destroyed America's educational system)

Congress Introduces A National Abortion Ban On Its Very First Day Back | ThinkProgress (priorities)
Pregnant woman challenging Wisconsin protective custody law - For the second time, a pregnant Wisconsin woman has challenged a state law that landed her in jail after she admitted to past drug use while seeking prenatal care. (and we wouldn't want that)

No Justice, No Police - NYTimes.com - Call this what it is: a reckless, coordinated escalation of a war between the police unions and Mr. de Blasio and a hijacking of law-enforcement policy by those who do not set law-enforcement policy.
NYPD Union Head Patrick Lynch Lashes Out At Mayor Again (Drama Queen of the Drama Queens makes no sense, either)

First new antibiotic in 30 years discovered in major breakthrough - The discovery of Teixobactin could pave the way for a new generation of antibiotics because of the way it was discovered.
Alcohol Poisoning Kills 6 Americans Every Day

Eschaton: Who Gets Stuck With The Bill - Things are really going to get fun when the fight over Bertha-related cost overruns begins. Seattle muckety mucks embraced building a tunnel which is essentially a Seattle Bypass and they're gonna get stuck with the bill ...
Law is clear: Bertha overruns are not state burden | Northwest Opinion Columns | The Bellingham Herald - In plain English, lawmakers specified that further overruns would be borne by those who stood to profit handsomely from the project, which is to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct that carries state Route 99 through Seattle. (at least the Big Dig worked, eventually)

Jameis Winston's accuser files federal lawsuit against FSU - Orlando Sentinel
Virginia considering mandatory reporting in wake of Rolling Stone rape article | US news | The Guardian - State legislature mulling three new bills that would force universities to report allegations of sexual assault to police

Walker shakes up state gasline board, removes three members | Alaska Dispatch - Gov. Bill Walker took a major step toward revising the way the state is dealing with a proposed gas pipeline by removing three members of the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. board and instructing two commissioners not to sign a secrecy pledge proposed by the Parnell administration.

Stanley Cohen, Lawyer for Terrorists, Goes to Jail For Tax Evasion | The New Republic - Government prosecutors say he neglected to report over $3 million in income and ran his practice largely off-the-books. His license to practice law is suspended, effective Tuesday.

I'd Love To Help My Wife, But I'm Trapped Under Something - Mallory Ortberg
This Brat's for You - The Baffler - William Giraldi - Sometime in 2011, before the gestation of my second son, my employer, Boston University, implemented paternity leave for its male professors
"I am so flooded with awe that I cannot move" - Lawyers, Guns & Money
How to write a bad review - Salon.com - A cruel New York Times piece shows how not to pan a book. But there is a way to do it, without appealing to trolls
Writers and readers on Twitter and Tumblr: We need more criticism, less Liking. - The epidemic of niceness in online book culture.
William Giraldi in the Daily Beast wants you to stop comparing him to Cormac McCarthy - “into the gelid wilds of Alaska"
William Giraldi’s Review of Alix Ohlin: A Failure in Four Parts | htmlgiant
sleeplessness.pdf
James Franco's Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God Review | The New Republic

Kirby Delauter, Who Didn't Want His Name In A News Story, Is Now A Story : The Two-Way : NPR
Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter, Kirby Delauter - The Frederick News-Post : Politics And Government (read the first letters of each paragraph)
#kirbydelauter - Twitter Search (oh look, the moron got himself hashtagged)

So Many Earth-Like Planets, So Few Telescopes - NYTimes.com
Sun may determine lifespan at birth: study - Yahoo News - In an unusual study published Wednesday, Norwegian scientists said people born during periods of solar calm may live longer, as much as five years on average, than those who enter the world when the Sun is feisty.
Why Women Shaving Their Faces Is Now a Thing - Yahoo - "It's definitely a thing," said Alexis Wolfer, editor of The Beauty Bean. "One reason men are thought to get fewer wrinkles is that they're constantly exfoliating their faces every time they shave, literally shaving away the outermost layers of skin and encouraging your skin to create new layers."

Never mind the selfish gene – ribosomes are the missing link - We challenge the “selfish gene” concept, proposing instead that if a cellular component is “selfish” it must be ribosomes. Cells – and DNA itself – evolved, we argue, to optimise the functioning of ribosomes. That upends everything we think we know about the evolution of cellular life and ribosomes themselves. (Dawkin's paradigm shifted)

How ketamine went from dancefloor drug to wonder pill | Dazed - From afterparty to doctor's surgery: we speak to a New York anesthesiologist who prescribes ket for depression and PTSD
World's first drone-filmed porno actually quite picturesque | Dazed - It's called Drone Boning, BTW
? David Coffin - "Roll the Old Chariot" - YouTube
Sea Shanties & Songs
What ISN'T there a Subreddit for? : AskReddit

What stereotype is false about your country, province, or state? : AskReddit

Only 25Mbps and up will qualify as broadband under new FCC definition | Ars Technica - Broadband not being deployed “in a reasonable and timely fashion," Wheeler says.
ESPN Joins Sling TV, Is Finally Killing Cable | The New Republic - You can expect telecoms to fight any constrictive FCC proposal that much harder, and lobby their Republican allies in Congress for protective legislation all the more. That may include the blackmail maneuver of refusing to upgrade broadband infrastructure.
Over 2,300 MS-DOS games now completely free to play at Internet Archive | Ars Technica - Update also shows off website's new beta design for easier game browsing.

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Jones, Lynch, And Graham To Host Press Conference On Resolution To Declassify 9/11 Report | Congressman Walter Jones - calls on President Obama to declassify the 28 pages of the Joint Inquiry into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attacks of September 2001 that were initially classified by President George W. Bush and have remained classified under President Barack Obama.
New questions raised about U.S.-Saudi relationship - World - CBC News - The 28 pages. U.S. legislators pushing to know more about alleged Saudi role in 9/11
New questions raised about U.S.-Saudi relationship. The 28 pages. U.S. legislators pushing to know more about alleged Saudi role in 9/11 : worldnews

NYT reporter refuses to reveal sources on failed CIA effort against Iran - World Israel News | Haaretz - James Risen refuses to answer prosecutor's questions in case against former CIA agent, charged with leaking information about CIA operation against Iran's nuclear program.

The greatest trick Obama ever pulled was convincing the world America isn't still at war | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - Afghanistan, Iraq, the illegal conflict with Isis, secret drone strikes across the Middle East: You would think Congress might want to vote on the Forever War. But you would be very, very wrong

Euro Countries Take Tough Line Toward Greece - NYTimes.com - As a caustic election campaign in Greece revives fears that the country could leave the euro, European officials are taking an increasingly hard line toward Athens, saying they want to keep Greece in the single currency, though not at any cost. (Merkel trashes Europe in Germany's revenge)

Syrian government accuses John McCain of entering country illegally | World news | The Guardian - Syria’s ambassador to the UN said McCain and French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner violated Syria’s sovereignty when they entered country in 2013 (no visa, ha-ha, arrest him)
Israel News - King Abdullah abdicates - JerusalemOnline - Egyptian media reports the ailing Saudi king has decided to vacate the throne.

Egypt's Sisi: Islamic "Thinking" Is "Antagonizing the Entire World" :: Middle East Forum
Pakistan offers $100,000 bounty for Taliban leader | Daily Mail Online
Female suicide bomber hits police station in Istanbul's historic heart | Reuters
Dutch reporter held on terrorism charges in Turkey | World news | The Guardian - Dutch foreign minister expresses shock at Frederike Geerdink’s arrest, while President Erdogan defends Turkish press freedoms
Islamic State ‘police’ official beheaded: monitoring group - The Globe and Mail
Taliban Commander Caught On LinkedIn - Business Insider - A terror leader wanted over the assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai has account in his name on LinkedIn, the networking site for professionals
Islam forbids men from becoming homemakers, says religious research centre | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

90% of Bibi’s Campaign Funds From U.S. - The Daily Beast - “There is a well-established network in the U.S. through the group, American Friends of the Likud, which is connected to people who care about Israel and its future,” said a Likud party adviser. “He doesn’t even have to ask and they give.”

Discovery of witness’s mutilated body feeds claims of state killings in Kenya | World news | The Guardian - Meshack Yebei had been due to testify against Kenya’s deputy president, William Ruto, at the international criminal court
Mexican town's entire police force detained over journalist disappearance | World news | The Guardian - Moisés Sánchez Cerezo was abducted by armed men on Friday - Journalist had been critical of local authorities in Medellín de Bravo, Veracruz
Mexico missing: Organised crime charges for ex-mayor's wife - The wife of the former mayor of the Mexican city where 43 students went missing has been charged with organised crime and money laundering.

Anti-terror plan to spy on toddlers 'is heavy-handed’ - Nursery staff and childminders are given 'duty' to report toddlers they suspect of being at risk of becoming terrorists under new Home Office measures (waterboard the little terrorists!)

Eschaton: The Swedish Way - Uh, dude, you can shop, cook, and clean even if your breasts don't produce milk and stinky diapers give you the sad.

Central Figure In CIA-Senate Spying Scandal To Leave Post - Buckley will end his tenure as the agency's chief internal watchdog after four years in the position and 35 in the government. (who will watch the watchdog's dog?)

John Boehner Retains Position As House Speaker Despite Some GOP Opposition - Tuesday's vote saw the most votes against a sitting speaker since 1923.

Bernie Sanders' Brutal Letter On Obama's Trade Pact Foreshadows 2016 Democratic Clash - The letter Sanders sent on Monday to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman criticizes secrecy standards that Froman's office imposes on the TPP talks. (you aren't allowed to know)

White House Issues Veto Threat Over Keystone XL Pipeline

3 Charts That Illustrate The Bleak Reality About Reproductive Rights In The U.S. | ThinkProgress

Bob McDonnell Sentenced To Prison - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who was once on the short list of potential Republican vice presidential nominees, was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge on Tuesday.

This post shamelessly uses Frederick County (Md.) Council Member Kirby Delauter’s name without authorization - The Washington Post - Kirby Delauter - Kirby Delauter - Kirby Delauter (is an idiot)
Mr. Media Training - As you’ve seen from the reaction to your Facebook post (which appears to have been deleted), you only helped to attract more attention to Ms. Rodgers’ original article; among others, The Washington Post has now helped to make this a national story - Kirby Delauter - Kirby Delauter - Kirby Delauter (got himself a lot of attention there)

Our Failed Police Establishment » Balloon Juice - complete list of groups who stage protests at funerals: - Westboro Baptist Church - New York Police Department
NYPD's de Blasio Protest: Why the Police Turned Their Backs on the City - The Atlantic - Does believing the police are constantly under fire serve a productive function for society? - Policing has been getting safer for 20 years. In terms of raw number of deaths, 2013 was the safest year for cops since World War II. If we look at the rate of deaths, 2013 was the safest year for police in well over a century .... You’re more likely to be murdered simply by living in about half of the largest cities in America than you are while working as a police officer ... and half are car crashes (drama-queen bullies)
This Letter Could Restart The Case Against Darren Wilson | ThinkProgress - under Missouri law, McShane has the authority to investigate McCulloch and appoint a new special prosecutor to handle the case against Darren Wilson. Such a move would effectively restart the case against Wilson for killing Michael Brown, after no charges were filed against Wilson during last year’s grand jury proceeding.
Judge Agrees To Consider Release Of Eric Garner Grand Jury Records
New York Mayor Touts Record Crime Lows In Face Of Restive NYPD - de Blasio said the decreases in both murders and stop-and-frisk encounters last year proved that "it was possible all along to create a safer city and a fairer city." The mayor's remarks came a day after the second funeral for the officers killed in a Dec. 20 ambush.

Giant Pterosaurs Could Fly 10,000 Miles Nonstop - Reptiles burned fat stores equal to a "good-size human" each trip, expert says.

Sharpton's Viagra Rx found in Sandy Rubenstein home: source - NY Daily News - The 70-year-old lawyer was accused of preying on an unconscious 42-year-old woman, a top official in Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, in his Upper East Side apartment in October. During an investigation into Rubenstein’s home, officials found a prescription for the sex pill Viagra issued in Sharpton’s name, a police source told the Daily News

How White Flight Ravaged the Mississippi Delta - The Atlantic - For generations, plantation owners strove to keep black laborers on the farm and competing businesses out of town. Today, the towns faring best are the ones whose white residents stayed to reckon with their own history.

Taming Christian Rage - The Atlantic - On issues like gay marriage and birth control, cultural warriors haven't changed their minds—they just want to be left alone.

Childhood Guilt, Adult Depression? - The Atlantic - "In the kids who had high levels of guilt, even the kids who weren't necessarily depressed, they had smaller anterior insula volume, and that smaller anterior insula volume is predictive of later occurrence of depression," said Joan Luby, one of the study authors. "This research suggests that early childhood experiences impact the way the brain develops."
Anti-Vaxxers Are Idolizing the Amish, Inexplicably - The Atlantic - A viral pseudoscience article claims the Plain People never get sick because they don't get vaccinated. Actually, members of the religious sect are prone to some terrible diseases. (anti-vaxers should stop driving cars and watching TV)
Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be a cosy home for alien life | Science | The Guardian - Kepler 438b is likely to be a rocky world in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone of its parent star where the temperature is just right for liquid water to flow
A Fascinating Year in Breast Cancer Advances - Tamoxifen made headlines again. Widely hailed was the news that the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and other cancer societies changed their recommendation for use, for many hormone positive patients, from five years to ten
King's College London - Exercise allows you to age optimally
High intelligence linked to reduced risk of schizophrenia - Medical News Today - The exact causes of schizophrenia are unclear, but scientists have established that the disorder is familial; around 1% of the general population have schizophrenia, but it occurs in around 10% of people who have have a first-degree relative - such as a parent, brother or sister - with the condition.

Johann Hari: ‘I failed badly. When you harm people, you should shut up, go away and reflect on what happened' | Media | The Guardian - He was the Independent’s star columnist whose lying and cheating destroyed his career. Now Johann Hari is back, with a book about drug-taking – including his own. But will anyone believe a word of it?
Johann Hari Is Still Lying To You — Jeremy Duns
Men of reddit, what's the most hurtful thing a girl has ever said to you? : AskReddit

How were the last N digits of Graham's Number calculated if the number is so big that it does not fit in the observable universe if each digit was written in a Planck volume? : askscience

What personal hygiene norms don't you follow? : AskReddit
Reddit, what was your "I'm getting old" moment? : AskReddit

Developers Of Chrome Extension That Finds Cheaper Textbook Prices Receives Legal Threats From Major Textbook Supplier | Techdirt - All Follett had to do was leave it alone. Now, it's faced with a viral opponent and armed with little more than law firm letterhead.

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2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far | ThinkProgress (Republicans will outlaw the word "hot")

James Risen, in Tense Testimony, Refuses to Offer Clues on Sources - NYTimes.com - James Risen, a reporter for The New York Times, took the witness stand in federal court on Monday and refused to answer any questions that could help the Justice Department home in on his confidential sources.
NYT’s James Risen pushes back in hearing on leaks - Josh Gerstein - POLITICO - The Obama administration’s plan to defuse a First Amendment showdown with a New York Times reporter over his confidential sources was nearly derailed at a court hearing Monday when the journalist rebuffed a series of questions concerning his reporting.

Democrats lose the ‘torture’ debate - The Washington Post - Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, launched a six-year, 6,000-page, $40 million investigation into the CIA interrogation program, with the goal of convincing Americans that a) the program did not work and that b) enhanced interrogations were wrong and should never again be permitted. She failed on all counts (says a pro-torture Republican)

FBI says search warrants not needed to use “stingrays” in public places | Ars Technica - Feds' position on decoy cell-site towers continues anti-privacy theme.

Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says - The Daily Beast - Too many missions and too few pilots are threatening the ‘readiness and combat capability’ of America’s unmanned Air Force, according to an internal memo.

US oil price falls below $50 on supply glut fears

The price of life in Singapore, city of rules: 'It’s a Faustian deal' | Cities | The Guardian - The south-east Asian city-state has been hailed for its urban policies – and condemned for the authoritarianism that underpins them. So what do Singapore’s residents make of life there?
Indian couple granted police protection are hacked to death | Daily Mail Online - Young 'untouchable' Indian couple who had been granted police protection because relatives did not approve of their marriage are hacked to death after officers refused to carry out judge’s orders

Two men in US charged with conspiring to overthrow Gambian government | US news | The Guardian - Prosecutors say a US-Gambian dual national and a US resident helped launch a 30 December coup attempt against President Yahya Jammeh

Billionaire Sex Offender's Phone Book Contained E-Mail Addresses, 21 Phone Numbers For Bill Clinton | The Smoking Gun

Florida issues first same-sex marriage license as statewide ban nears end | US news | The Guardian - Miami-Dade judge clears way for gay and lesbian couples to marry - Florida to be 36th state where same-sex marriage is legal
Jeb Bush on court-ordered gay marriages in Florida: “It ought to be a local decision” | The Miami Herald (states rights! except for you-know-what)
Attracted To Men, Pastor Feels Called To Marriage With A Woman : NPR - Allan Edwards is the pastor of Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church in western Pennsylvania, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America. He's attracted to men, but he considers acting on that attraction a sin. Accordingly, Edwards has chosen not to act on it.

Presidents and the Economy - NYTimes.com - Since then, however, scorched-earth Republican opposition has more than reversed that initial effort. In fact, federal spending adjusted for inflation and population growth is lower now than it was when Mr. Obama took office; at the same point in the Reagan years, it was up more than 20 percent. So much, then, for fiscal policy

Food Stamp Enrollment Expected To Drop By 1 Million Next Year - WASHINGTON -- Food stamp enrollment is expected to fall by 1 million next year thanks to harsher rules, according to a new report by a liberal Washington, D.C., think tank. (let those babies starve, say Republicans)
20 states just raised the minimum wage. It wasn’t enough. - The Washington Post - "The work that we do, it’s modern-day slavery," says one Florida worker who just got a 12-cent raise.
How driver's license suspensions unfairly target the poor | Minnesota Public Radio News

Judicial Activism Is When They Do It, Not When We Do It - Esquire - There is some absolutely stunning Weaselspeak in this piece from the NYT concerning the sudden affection of Republicans for the judicial system, especially that romance that has bloomed recently among conservative Republicans out in the states ("judicial activism" was always projection)
Senator Pushes Keystone XL Pipeline With Egregiously Misleading Statistic | ThinkProgress - Once the project is completed, the State Department estimates that the pipeline would only create 35 full-time jobs, and 15 temporary contractors. (down from 42,000)
Oil-price plunge raises specter that Texas economic boom was mere luck - The Wall Street Journal - MarketWatch - The downturn in energy prices now has triggered a debate over whether Texas simply got lucky in recent years, thanks to a hydraulic-fracturing oil-and-gas boom, or whether it hit on an economic playbook that other states, and the country as a whole, could emulate.

NYC Mayor De Blasio: Police Were Disrespectful To Turn Backs
America's War Machine sells fear and loathing beyond Ferguson. Black and brown people pay the price | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian - From Afghanistan to the NYPD and back again, America’s circle of violence is already repeating itself in 2015. But now is the time to question America’s addiction to violence – and violent racism
Drop in New York Police Arrests Continues for a Second Week - NYTimes.com (looks like you don't need all those cops, NYC)
Wenjian Liu's Funeral Draws Thousands Of Officers, Supporters In Brooklyn - While many officers listened respectfully, some still turned their backs in protest, as they had done previously, at Liu's partner's funeral a week ago.
Darren Wilson Grand Juror Sues, Accusing Ferguson Prosecutor Of Mischaracterizing Case - "From Plaintiff's perspective, the presentation of evidence to the grand jury investigating Wilson differed markedly and in significant ways from how evidence was presented in the hundreds of matters presented to the grand jury earlier in its term," the lawsuit stated. The grand juror believes that the portrayal of the case in the media has not been accurate. (life-time gag order)
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says he didn't trust the Ohio Attorney General's Office to handle Tamir Rice investigation | cleveland.com

Privilege of ‘Arrest Without Incident’ - NYTimes.com - [Charles M. Blow] - The day after Christmas, a shooter terrorized the streets of a Chattanooga, Tenn., neighborhood. According to the local newspaper, the shooter was “wearing body armor” and “firing multiple shots out her window at people and cars.” One witness told the paper that the shooter was “holding a gun out of the window as if it were a cigarette.

Steve Scalise: Damaged goods? - John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman - POLITICO - The majority whip may be toxic in some GOP circles.

Health Care Fixes Backed by Harvard’s Experts Now Roil Its Faculty - NYTimes.com - the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the heart of the 378-year-old university, voted overwhelmingly in November to oppose changes that would require them and thousands of other Harvard employees to pay more for health care

Police Questioning Son in Death of Hedge Fund Manager - NYTimes.com

In U.S., Boston, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco Vie for 2024 Olympic Bid - NYTimes.com - In U.S., Boston, Los Angeles, Washington and San Francisco Vie for 2024 Olympic Bid - Bostonians pretending to live in a big city. It said residents “buzz about their daily routines in a delightful hubbub of excitement as if they lived in a major American metropolis.”

SUV hits, kills man and injures woman on Upper East Side - NY Daily News - Wesley Mensing, 27, died when he and Erin Sauchelli, 30, were struck by a Mercedes SUV as they were crossing Lexington Ave. at E. 62 St. around 7:20 p.m., police said ... The 45-year-old driver stayed at the crash site and was issued a summons for driving without a license. (get a Benz, kill people for free)
Hit-And-Run Driver Arrested After Leaving Teen For Dead: Gothamist - Police arrested a driver in the Bronx last night after he ran over two teens and fled the scene. (just don't leave)

Year of the Condo in New York City - NYTimes.com - The number of units coming to market at the so-called “entry level,” defined by prices at less than $1,700 a square foot, is also expected to rise. More than 800 units in this category are expected to enter the market in 2015, up from 306 in 2014. One-bedrooms in this segment were selling for an average of $1.19 million in the third quarter of 2014, based on contracts signed.

Homophobic, transphobic parents make abusive homes. Let's help LGBT kids get out | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian - Leelah’s mother, Carla Alcorn, told CNN that “we don’t support [transgender identity], religiously.” Misgendering Leelah, her mother continued: “we told him that we loved him unconditionally.” (except for that one little condition that made her kill herself)

Is depression a kind of allergic reaction? | Life and style | The Guardian - A growing number of scientists are suggesting that depression is a result of inflammation caused by the body’s immune system
Coronal Hole Spotted On The Sun Is Hundreds Of Times Bigger Than The Earth
Archaeologists find possible site of Jesus’s trial in Jerusalem - The Washington Post
Fructose More Toxic than Table Sugar in Mice: the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents. : science

Boston officer charged with assaulting Uber driver - Metro - The Boston Globe - A veteran Boston police officer uttered racial slurs during an alleged assault of an Uber driver in South Boston early Sunday, according to a police report and a statement from the department ... At that point, Doherty got behind the wheel of the Uber vehicle and drove off, according to the police report. (Boston's Finest)

Sharyl Attkisson sues administration over computer hacking | Fox News - In a series of legal filings that seek $35 million in damages, Attkisson alleges that three separate computer forensic exams showed that hackers used sophisticated methods to surreptitiously monitor her work between 2011 and 2013 ... as she investigated stories on such subjects as Benghazi, Fast and Furious and ObamaCare. (craaaazzy)

Bess Myerson, 90, Dies; Famed for Beauty, Public Service and Scandal - NYTimes.com - It all ended in a public implosion, a conflict-of-interest scandal involving a married sewage contractor who did business with the city and his bitter public divorce. It led to bribery allegations, indictments and sullied reputations all around, and it left Ms. Myerson less likely to be admired than to be pitied.

Wet Seal May Be the Next Teen Retailer to Declare Bankruptcy - The End is Nigh - Racked National
Employees leave a protest sign at failing Wet Seal mall store (xpost r/Seattle) : pics (employees fucked over; capitalism at work but internets have revenge)
0xdeadf001 comments on How can independent/unknown developers make better, decent, and far more superior applications than Microsoft?
TIL that prostitution was widely legal in the United States up until the early 1900's, when the Woman's Christian Temperance Union lobbied against it. This was the same union that was a driving force behind Prohibition in the 1920's. : todayilearned

The Streisand Effect: Celebrating 10 Years of Internet Pile-Ons
Apple's iOS Is In 'Rapid Decline,' Says Prominent Programmer - Arment had no specific complaints about iOS, but called it "riddled with embarrassing bugs and fundamental regressions." (suck it up, iPhonies)
Republicans Lay Plans to Fight FCC’s Net-Neutrality Rules - WSJ - Newly fortified Republicans in Congress are considering a number of ways to stymie the Obama administration’s planned regulations on broadband Internet providers in 2015, making Capitol Hill a new front in the fight over “net neutrality.” (Republicans hate you)
Brazen Attempts by Hotels to Block Wi-Fi - NYTimes.com - Some large hotel chains want to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices. It’s a blatant attempt to limit customer choice, and the Federal Communications Commission should say no.
Brazen Attempts by Hotels to Block Wi-Fi -- Some large hotel chains want to block guests from using their own wireless Internet devices. It’s a blatant attempt to limit customer choice, and the FCC should say no : technology - Considering all smartphones have wifi access I would honestly love to see them try to prohibit all customers from owning a smartphone, let alone bringing their laptop. RIP Marriot (but really, I hope you go down screaming).

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Playing Dumb on Climate Change - NYTimes.com - SCIENTISTS have often been accused of exaggerating the threat of climate change, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that they ought to be more emphatic about the risk - We are now seeing dangerous effects worldwide, even as we approach a rise of only 1 degree Celsius. The evidence is mounting that scientists have underpredicted the threat

Playing Dumb on Climate Change - NYTimes.com - SCIENTISTS have often been accused of exaggerating the threat of climate change, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that they ought to be more emphatic about the risk - We are now seeing dangerous effects worldwide, even as we approach a rise of only 1 degree Celsius. The evidence is mounting that scientists have underpredicted the threat

North Korea Criticizes U.S. Over New Sanctions - NYTimes.com - North Korea reiterated its denial of involvement in the hacking of Sony and said that Washington’s sanctions would only strengthen its resolve to pursue its “military first
jimmydushku comments on TIL the official Twitter page of North Korea only follows three other accounts, one of which belongs to a random accountant from Texas named Jimmy Duschku. No one knows why.

'ISIL is losing': Iraqis optimistic for 2015 - Middle East - Al Jazeera English - Circumstances of battle have changed in favour of Iraqi troops since June, local security officials say.
Radical Islam, Nihilist Rage - NYTimes.com
WHO ‘probing’ whether ISIS fighters got Ebola | New York Post
Pakistani Judge Upholds Bail for Suspect in Mumbai Attacks - NYTimes.com

Ukraine Leader Was Defeated Even Before He Was Ousted - NYTimes.com - the president was not so much overthrown as cast adrift by his own allies, and that Western officials were just as surprised by the meltdown as anyone else.
Prominent Rebel Commander Of The 'Batman' Battalion Killed In Ukraine - A website of the separatist Luhansk People's Republic said that Alexander Bednov, head of a battalion called "Batman," was killed Thursday when separatist security forces tried to arrest him

Germany Says Greece Exit From Euro Would Be Manageable: Report (after Merkel trashed their economy)

F.B.I. Employees With Ties Abroad See Security Bias - NYTimes.com (because the last thing the FBI needs is people who understand foreign cultures)

The world’s super rich got richer in 2014 - The Washington Post - Global inequality is deepening, with millions of poorer people around the world affected by rising rates of joblessness and decreasing incomes. At the same time, the world's population of billionaires is growing

If Florida Counties Have To Marry The Gays, They Just Won’t Marry Anyone. Happy Now, The Gays? | Wonkette

Palin To PETA Over Dog Controversy: 'At Least Trig Didn’t Eat The Dog'

Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz Are Named in Suit Alleging Sex With Minor - NYTimes.com

? Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture (HBO) - YouTube - "legalized robbery by the police force" - for-profit cops!)
Reforming a Relic of the War on Drugs: Civil Asset Forfeiture

New Bill Would Make Wearing Hoodies A Crime | ThinkProgress
Eschaton: Morning Thread - Oklahoma lawmakers are planning to introduce a bill this February that would make it illegal to wear hooded sweatshirts, or “hoodies,” in public, according to a report from Oklahoma’s Channel 6 News. Can't regulate guns, but by gum, they can regulate hoodies.
Republican Arizona schools chief says Hip-Hop class violates state ban on ethnic studies
Remembering the Rosewood Massacre - On January 1, 1923 a massacre was carried out in the small, predominantly black town of Rosewood in Central Florida. The massacre was instigated by the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexually assaulted by a black man in her home in a nearby community
This map shows you just how many prisoners are in each US state - The incarceration rate in the US is the highest in the world.
NYPD cops turn their backs again on Mayor de Blasio at funeral for slain police officer Wenjian Liu

Mayor Murray Has Some Vague Plans for Dealing With the Bertha Mess! Which of Them Is Best? | Slog

Sex Reassignment Surgery at 74: Medicare Win Opens Door for Transgender Seniors - NBC News.com

A Craigslist ‘Missed Connection’ Lure - NYTimes.com

Book Review: Victoria Vantoch, The Jet Sex: Airline Stewardesses and the Making of an American Icon - Lawyers, Guns & Money


How My Mom Got Hacked - NYTimes.com

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Moving Ice May Mean More Melting for Greenland (La-Di-La)
Health of oceans 'declining fast'

Unruly Factions Hurt Taliban’s Bid to Capture Afghan Hearts, and Territory - NYTimes.com

Following ICC application, Israel freezes Palestinian tax funds - Israel News, Ynetnews (always with the fuck you)
Iran: We thwarted Mossad attempt to assassinate nuclear scientist - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Japanese student kidnapped and gang raped for 3 weeks in India : worldnews

Lawyers seek evidence of prince’s support for billionaire paedophile | UK news | The Guardian - US government asked for any documents it may have showing Duke of York lobbied on behalf of Jeffrey Epstein
State won't cope with volume of sex abuse allegations, MP warns - State institutions including the police and social services will be unable to cope with the volume of child abuse victims coming forward ... The number of people coming forward with allegations about historic child abuse is set to reach "many tens of thousands", an MP has warned.

More Sanctions on North Korea After Sony Case - NYTimes.com
Who Was Behind the Cyberattack on Sony? » CounterPunch
Bitcoin theft from MtGox was an 'inside job', according to police

4Chan DDoSed by Lizard Squad’s DDoS Rent-A-Tool Lizard Stresser : technology (just when you thought it couldn't get any weirder)
India 'jihadi' web blocking causes anger - India's Department of Telecoms ordered the blocking of the sites in order to prevent the publicising of "jihadi activities".

Julian Assange has cost Britain £9m to police at Ecuador embassy | Daily Mail Online - Metropolitan police officers have been standing outside building ever since

The worst argument against Thomas Piketty yet - Vox - Harvard economist Greg Mankiw has been a vocal critic of Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century since its release

The Senate's 46 Democrats got 20 million more votes than its 54 Republicans - Vox

Here's Why We Can't Just Put Homeless Families In Foreclosed Homes - Business Insider - According to some reports, there are now an estimated five vacant properties for every homeless person in the U.S., many left empty as the result of the foreclosure crisis.

Republicans in state governments plan juggernaut of conservative legislation - The Washington Post (a tidal wave of stupidity and avarice)

We Need Real Competition, Not a Cable-Internet Monopoly - The New Yorker

alicublog: Mario Cuomo, 1932-2015. - Look at Jacob Weisberg marveling in 1994

The True Relationship Between Crime and Law Enforcement » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names - Corruption is Their Business
Police Chief Who ‘Accidentally’ Shot His Wife Twice Had Been Divorced By Her, and Caught Cheating : news

Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism - The Daily Beast - My Husband’s Not Gay isn’t so much an indication that Mormonism is homophobic as it is a sign that Mormon homophobia has taken an even subtler and more pernicious turn - showcases Mormon men who are open about their attraction to men even as they date and sometimes marry women ... another generation of sham marriages

Feds stick to court argument that marijuana is dangerous - SFGate

Ex-pastor charged with possessing indecent writing - KJRH.com - The McAlester News-Capital reports prosecutors charged 65-year-old Larry Jones on Tuesday with possessing obscene or indecent writings.

A new test measures analytical thinking linked to depression, fueling the idea that depression may be a form of adaptation | neuroscientistnews.com - The research suggests that depression may be a natural condition in which the mind concentrates involuntarily on a complex issue to the point where it allocates resources to analyzing the problem at hand, diminishing concentration on other aspects of living, perhaps giving rise to disrupted eating, sleeping and social interaction that are associated with depression. (yes, it's called "thinking")

Researchers Find Significant Link to Daily Physical Activity, Vascular Health - Even a few days of inactivity can decrease function in certain blood vessels
It's called the Meissner Effect : videos
Archeologists discover Mythical Tomb of Osiris, God of the Dead, in Egypt | Ancient Origins - an enormous ancient reproduction of the mythical Tomb of Osiris as described by Egyptian legend, complete with multiple shafts and chambers. Inside the tomb complex, researchers found a carving of Osiris and a room with a wall relief depicting a demon holding knives.

What subtle signs tells you that a person of the opposite sex likes you? : AskReddit
17-year-old girl fights Connecticut over forced chemotherapy treatment : news
Waiters of Reddit, what's the most ridiculous order someone's placed and how did you deal with it? : AskReddit
totalitarian_jesus comments on PsBattle: Terrified Cheerleaders!

New iCloud hacking tool released, puts iPhone and iPad users at risk | BGR - called iDict on GitHub that is capable of bypassing restrictions and authentication on any iCloud account, potentially giving hackers unfettered access to iOS device
2014's #3 Most Read: Why Google Fiber will never come to Seattle | Crosscut.com - The “Seattle Process” and a balky bureaucracy at City Hall stand squarely in the way.
Samsung Owners Happier Than iPhone Owners : technology

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Sea level report shows increasing pace of change along coast :: WRAL.com (North Carolina is the canary)

Princeton Study: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy - over the past few decades America's political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power (the Reagan revolution)

Cluster of Concerns Vie for Top U.S. Problem in 2014 - Poor government leadership was top problem in 2014 - Economy ranked a close second - No issue averaged 20% or more mentions, a first since 2001
The five major things we screwed up in inequality in 2014 | Money | The Guardian - Among the other ills of 2014, the US failed to take action on economic issues affecting the poor and middle class. Here’s where our lawmakers and CEOs did a shoddy job of helping the economy
What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015 - The Atlantic - Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.

Iran says Saudi Arabia should move to curb oil price fall | Reuters - "The reality is that the United States is not acting to eliminate Daesh. They are not even interested in weakening Daesh, they are only interested in managing it," he said.

U.S. advisers in Iraq stay out of combat but see fighting edging closer - The Washington Post
Germany's Cologne Cathedral To Turn Off Lights In Protest At Anti-Muslim March - One of Germany's most famous landmarks, Cologne Cathedral, will be plunged into darkness on Monday evening in protest at a march by a growing grass-roots anti-Muslim movement through the western German city, cathedral authorities said.
Egypt warns Amal Clooney she risks arrest over al-Jazeera three | World news | The Guardian - Egyptian officials have warned human rights barrister Amal Clooney that she risks arrest after identifying serious flaws in its judicial system that contributed to the conviction of three al-Jazeera journalists now jailed in Cairo.
Israeli settlers stone two cars belonging to US consulate staff | World news | The Guardian - US security staff reportedly unholster weapons during standoff in Jerusalem between US consular party and far-right settlers from illegal West Bank outpost

Abandoned ship Ezadeen with 450 migrants on board being towed to Italy | World news | The Guardian - Sierra Leone-flagged vessel is second in four days to be abandoned by crew in rough seas in new strategy by human traffickers

Prince Andrew named in US lawsuit over underage sex allegations | UK news | The Guardian - A woman who claims that an American investment banker loaned her to rich and powerful friends as an underage “sex slave” has alleged in a US court document that she was repeatedly forced to have sexual relations with Prince Andrew.
Woman who sued convicted billionaire over sex abuse levels claims at his friends - POLITICO.com - A woman allegedly kept as a sex slave by politically-connected billionaire investor Jeffrey Epstein, who went to jail for having sex with underaged girls, is accusing several prominent friends of the financier of having taken part in the debauchery, according to a new court filing.

Katie Hopkins’ Ebola tweets investigated by police | UK news | The Guardian - Police in Scotland are making inquiries after complaints over a Twitter outburst about Ebola by the controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins - “Sending us Ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn’t cricket.”

A Hacker's Hit List of American Infrastructure - The Atlantic - In an 800-page document dump, the U.S. government revealed critical vulnerabilities.

Morning Plum: A SCOTUS decision gutting Obamacare could cause widespread disruptions - The Washington Post (another terroristic attack by Republicans)

Steve Scalise defender's ties to white nationalist group closer than he disclosed, documents show | NOLA.com

Without irony, Christie embraces cross-Hudson capacity | Capital New York - Senator Chuck Schumer called Christie's move "one of the worst decisions that any governmental leader has made in the 20th century, or the 21st century."

What's Wrong With Georgia? - The Atlantic - While many other states are recovering, Georgia's unemployment rate has risen. Some blame the state's laissez-faire approach to policy. (little test-tubes for Republican failures)

The NYPD's 'Work Stoppage' Is Surreal | Rolling Stone - In an alternate universe, the New York Police might have just solved the national community-policing controversy ... It would be amazing if this NYPD protest somehow brought parties on all sides to a place where we could all agree that policing should just go back to a policy of officers arresting people "when they have to."
Heather Mac Donald: De Blasio’s fateful anti-cop slander - NY Daily News - The mayor worries “every night,” he said, about the “dangers” his biracial son, Dante, may face from “officers who are paid to protect him.” (the truth is slanderous)
Won’t an NYPD “work stoppage” set a bad precedent? by Charles Ellison | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - excessive punishment of low-income communities as a slick way to plug police department deficits can contribute to overall distrust and resentment of law enforcement.
How Low Income New Yorkers Are Benefiting From The NYPD’s Work Stoppage | ThinkProgress - The city residents who are normally hit with tickets for minor violations tend to be low income individuals who are forced to pay up a hefty portion of their paychecks. (it was always about fucking with the poor)
Why Broken Windows Policing Is So Broken - "The NYPD trots out this justification that they're arresting people for minor infractions as a way of keeping violent crime down, and yet there is no evidence to show that there's any correlation between turnstile jumping and violence." (just another scam in the war on poor people revealed by the cops quitting their shit)
The Benefits of Fewer NYPD Arrests - The Atlantic - New York cops started a "virtual work stoppage" to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio. That might be a good thing for New Yorkers. (they really didn't think this one through)
St Louis man arrested over alleged Twitter threats against police | US news | The Guardian - A man in St Louis has been charged with threatening to kill police and cause an explosion at the city jail in Twitter posts that referenced Ferguson (terroristic threats)
Duluth case shows police body camera footage is new legal battleground | US news | The Guardian - But when officers broke down the door, saw Zontelli had a knife, shot him twice and then claimed they had feared for their lives, some say the line between public and private vanished. (murder by cop)

L.A. Weighs Options for Fixing 4,400 Miles of Sidewalks – Next City (Repubicans hate infrastructure)

Revlon CEO rips blacks, Jews, hates ‘dirty’ Americans: suit | New York Post - The CEO of Revlon is a bigoted bully who hates “dirty” Americans, thinks Jews “stick together” and believes he can “smell” black people when they walk into a room, according to a new lawsuit.

John Arwood Amber Campbell arrested after being trapped in a closet at Daytona State College - Orlando Sentinel - A man and a woman thought they were trapped in a Daytona State College closet for two days until police let them out Tuesday – and found out the two could have opened the door themselves.

Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes | Society | The Guardian - It may be sheer good fortune that some people exposed to cancer-causing agents do not develop the disease, study suggests ... In two-thirds of the cancers – 22 cancer types – random mutations in genes that drive cancer could explain why the disease occurred.
New diet guidelines might reflect environment cost - Yahoo News
Jupiter Moon Europa's Giant Geysers Are Missing - Scientific American - Research teams are failing to confirm plumes of water vapor reported a year ago to have been spewing about 200 kilometers into space from Europa's south pole

Reddit, what's the greatest non-sexual pleasure? : AskReddit


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Underplayed Conflicts of 2014 - The New Yorker (a lot of very bad actors)
Hullabaloo - With 2014 gone (and good riddance), perhaps in 2015 America will look itself in the mirror and reflect on what it means to behave as if civilized rules only apply to everyone else
What happens when literally everybody is allowed to go all-out with fireworks? New Year's Eve, Manila 2014 : videos

Media Blacks Out New Snowden Interview The Government Doesn’t Want You to See | Ben Swann Truth In Media

Shanghai: dozens killed and injured in stampede at new year celebrations | World news | The Guardian - At least 36 people have died, including 25 women and some children - Crush centred on viewing platform on Shanghai riverfront - at least 36 people dead and nearly 50 others injured

Congo government ‘hounding’ hospital for rape victims | World news | The Guardian - Authorities have slapped a $50,000 (£32,095) monthly tax on the hospital. Patient Bashombe, a lawyer for the facility, said it had been accused of tax evasion even though “no public hospital in DRC has ever paid tax”. He accused the authorities of hounding it, adding: “Seizing the hospital’s accounts is illegal.” (Congo loves rape)

Economist Thomas Piketty refuses France's highest honour - Yahoo News - "I have just learned that I was nominated for the Legion of honour. I refuse this nomination because I do not think it is the government's role to decide who is honourable," Piketty told AFP. "They would do better to concentrate on reviving (economic) growth in France and Europe," added Piketty, who was once close to the Socialist Party but has distanced himself from the policies of President Francois Hollande. (zing)
Members of French far-right party spike vice-president's drink with laxative | World news | The Guardian - Two members of Front National party expelled for prank which involved Marine Le Pen’s boyfriend Louis Aliot (ah, the French)

Syria conflict: 76,000 die in deadliest year - activists
Saudi Beheads 83 People in 2014, the Most in Years - NYTimes.com
Poll: One in 8 Germans would join anti-Muslim marches : worldnews
Turkish man fires on Erdogan's Istanbul offices | The Times of Israel - Gunman arrested after also throwing grenade, which didn’t go off, at Dolmabahce palace complex, local media report
Saudi Arabia's national airline plans to keep men and women apart - Jewish World News Israel News | Haaretz - Move comes after customers complain about on-board gender mixing; on flights to Israel, women object to being asked to move away from men.
The Tablet - Collins Middle East Atlases, which are sold to English-speaking schools in the Muslim-majority Gulf, depict Jordan and Syria extending all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. (that'll work)

Japan suffers lowest number of births on record as population shrinks : worldnews

Supreme Court, in Big Leap, Plans to Put Filings Online - NYTimes.com (you aren't supposed to know what they are doing)

Dana Milbank: How can America inspire the Slacktivist Generation to action? - The Washington Post - John Bridgeland, who worked on national-service initiatives in the Bush White House, sees the decline of military service as the cause of Washington’s problems (WaPo's solution: not jobs, but "national service" and more wars because kids just don't want to work and that will teach them to make "sacrifices" like dying)

GOP legislators thwart bids to expand Medicaid - Yahoo News - Governors across the political spectrum are hitting a roadblock in their bids to expand Medicaid with federal funds: Republican legislators who adamantly oppose "Obamacare." (Republicans always want you to die)

After Years of Cuts, Government Spending Is Starting to Rebound - NYTimes.com - For the first time since 2011, local, state and federal governments are providing a small but significant increase to prosperity.
Republicans To Push Controversial Fiscal Policy In 2015 - Critics say wider use of "dynamic scoring," as the Republican-favored approach is known, would introduce new uncertainties into fiscal policy and degrade the value of present analysis now done by Capitol Hill staff experts.
No evidence of negative fallout from N.J.'s higher minimum wage (another scare-story)

2014 Golden Duke Awards Winners Announced!

De Blasio's bad NYPD relations shadowing DNC bid - NY Daily News - Party officials are concerned the bad blood might still be an issue when the convention is held in 2016, stealing the spotlight from the party’s presidential nominee (Brooklyn is a stupid idea anyway, but who are the drama queens who just lost a lot of overtime?)

Reagan | Video | C-SPAN.org - How did Ronald Reagan get away with giving voice to sentiments that before had seemed beyond the pale? ("liturgy of absolution" - it's ok to be racist - when Republicans really ramped up the bullshit)
Neoliberalism - Neoliberalism also represents a set of ideas that are famously associated with the economic policies introduced by Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom and Ronald Reagan in the United States. (here's the whole problem: neocon and neolib are both Republican)

Much of David Duke’s ’91 Campaign Is Now in Louisiana Mainstream - NYTimes.com (and there we are)

Battle of the billionaires: Why liberals shouldn’t count on their rich patrons to win - Salon.com - The way liberal and conservative billionaires use their money for political change is different. Here's who wins

The Newtown Lawsuit and the Moral Work of Gun Control - But all of the talk about legal and illegal weapons, automatic and semi-automatic—as about the treatment of the psychologically troubled—evades the simple, central point: it ought to be very, very difficult, as it is in every other civilized country, to get your hands on a weapon whose only purpose is to kill people quickly. The N.R.A. and their allies make it very, very easy.
Georgia Police Chief William McCollom Says He Shot His Wife Accidentally -- TWICE - A Georgia police chief, who claims he accidentally shot his wife twice, has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Gov. O’Malley to commute sentences of Maryland’s remaining death-row inmates - The Washington Post
Illinois governor pardons 1800s abolitionists - Yahoo News (better late than ...)

‘Listen up ladies’: Fox News kicks off New Year with absurdly sexist advice for ‘catering to your man’ - Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt (looks terrifying) Doocy said that one way a woman could stroke a man’s ego would be to “prepare his meals, draw him a bath and massage his feet every now and then.”

Will Serial's Adnan Syed ever be exonerated or get a new trial? | Alan Dershowitz | Comment is free | The Guardian - For many listeners there is enough doubt – both factual and legal – to raise serious questions about whether Syed’s continuing imprisonment is just, even if the legal system considers it “justice”.
False rape allegation sparks violence

Eschaton: Does Anybody Remember MOOCs? - Apparently administrators finally figured out that a "course in a box" actually costs a lot of money, that it doesn't scale nearly as well as they hoped, that they are a substitute for "learning from a book" not "learning from a person," and you can't charge $50,000 per year tuition simply because your prestigious name will be on the online course degree.


Researchers Map The Sexual Network Of An Entire High School - The most striking feature of the network was a single component that connected 52 percent (288) of the romantically involved students at Jefferson. This means student A had relations with student B, who had relations with student C and so on, connecting all 288 of these students.
Determination of carbohydrate structure recognized by prostate-specific F77 monoclonal antibody through expression analysis of glycosyltransferase genes
Multiple Allergic Reactions Traced To Single Protein - 12/17/2014 - Points to new strategy to reduce allergic responses to many medications
Belize's 'Blue Hole' May Help Solve Mystery Of Maya Downfall - "When you have major droughts, you start to get famines and unrest,"
Mastodons Disappeared from Beringia before Ancient Humans Arrived | Paleontology | Sci-News.com
Reconstruction of the Gravettian food-web at Predmostí I using isotopic tracking of bone collagen | Herve Bocherens - Academia.edu - “ Palaeolithic dogs ” had a high proportion of reindeer/muskox in their diet, while consumption of mammoth would be expected from the availability of thisprey especially in case of close interaction with humans (who ate mammoths)
Octopus Genome Remains Elusive—But Full of Promise | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network - The California two-spot octopus, for example, is expected to have a genome of about 3.2 billion base pairs—the same size as ours. And blue-ringed octopus is expected to top out at an impressive 4.5 billion base pairs.
ELI5: How come photons have no mass (0.000...), don't interact with the higgs field, but are caught by black holes? : explainlikeimfive

TIL Marion Zimmer Bradley, world-famous author and feminists, husband was jailed for child molestation. Bradley's daughter claims she was molested by her mother (Bradley) many times, and claims the author molested many other children. : todayilearned

What is your most cringe worthy moment from your teenage years? : AskReddit
Just saw a dad teaching his son how to change a tire. All I could hear is, "Great job buddy" ect, both wearing smiles. Looked like a man raising a man to me. : pics
Your username is the answer. What is the question? : AskReddit
How'd you get your username? : AskReddit
What is your most cringe worthy moment from your teenage years? : AskReddit
ELI5: if I had a room covered completely in mirrors, and turned on a flashlight, what would happen? : explainlikeimfive
ELI5: What was/is the point of a middle name? : explainlikeimfive
We found a hidden camera pointing at the bed in our new year's airbnb rental... : WTF - Boink 'n Broadcast
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Comcast Customer Spends Four Hours Canceling His Account | TechCrunch
Google Fiber vs. Comcast: FCC filing is Comcast’s worst nightmare | BGR
Apple sued for shrinking storage space on 16GB devices thanks to iOS 8 | The Verge (any way to screw you)

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Wednesday's Morning Email: Possible AirAsia Wreck Found at Bottom of Java Sea
Indonesia says one body from AirAsia plane was wearing life jacket | Reuters

35 killed and 42 injured in stampede at Shanghai’s New Year celebrations | World news | The Guardian - Chinese reports says injuries occurred at riverfront Bund area, which has become overcrowded during big events in the past

Eschaton: Just A Good Old Boy - I really can't believe there's some debate about whether a prominent Lousiana politician really knew just what that nice Mr. David Duke thought about things. (really)
House Republicans move to contain fallout from Scalise, Grimm controversies - The Washington Post - Republican leaders moved forcefully on Tuesday to control the damage from a pair of scandals that have suddenly disrupted the party as it prepares to take full control on Capitol Hill. (crooks and racists? shut up)
How Louisiana Blogger Lamar White, Jr. Landed The Steve Scalise White Supremacist Scoop
David Duke: the former Ku Klux Klan leader at the centre of Scalise scandal | US news | The Guardian - Republican Steve Scalise’s link to the former KKK Grand Wizard and presidential hopeful has proved politically toxic. But over the course of a two-hour conversation with the Guardian, Duke insisted he’s not a racist

It's Official: Obama Won't Renominate Michael Boggs - The news is a major victory for progressives who have fought Boggs' nomination all year (the great triangulator)

Yes, There is a Laffer Curve. No, It Tells Us Nothing About What Tax Rates Should Be | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - Does anyone at the Washington Post read their Op-Eds before they go up? Like, a quick check for coherence and plausibility? Today we have the Heritage Foundation’s chief economist (really) getting everything about the Laffer Curve wrong. (ho-ho, we screwed you with this piece of bullshit)

When New York City Police Walk Off the Job - NYTimes.com - The list of grievances adds up to very little, unless you look at it through the magnifying lens of resentment fomented by union bosses and right-wing commentators (cops hate voters and the people they elect)

She's not getting any better at this. - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Shorter Phyllis Wise: “I apologize for using the wrong crap excuse for firing Salaita. (No, I won’t be identifying an alternative.) Also, what’s wrong with this guy that he won’t take a payoff to go away?”

7 Big Public Education Stories of 2014 | Alternet - From ed-tech companies that bit the dust to tens of thousands of students opting out of testing, this was a big year for a new kind of education reform.
The Year in Education - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Between the growth in parents opting their students out of stupid standardized testing, the rapid retreat of the technofuturists and their program of replacing professors with MOOCs, a real push back against Teach for America and its union busting program, and stories about the corruption of charter schools (and hopefully someone took the subtle anti-charter school message from True Detective), the year in education policy was unexpectedly someone less terrible than usual.

Four more resign from TNR - POLITICO.com - Managing editor Linda Kinstler, deputy editor Amanda Silverman, assistant literary editor Becca Rothfeld and reporter Yishai Schwartz all submitted their resignations to the TNR leadership. Silverman and Schwartz will leave this week, Kinstler and Rothfeld in January - because of frustrations with TNR's direction under Hughes and Vidra. (iibertariantechnoaspbergerrichdudes gave 1 or 2 thousand dollar bonuses for remaining staff! Hughes broke his toy, for which he will forever be known)
Four More Staff Members Reportedly Resign From The New Republic - Hughes has been called "ham-handed" as well as "callow and incompetent"

Idaho woman shot dead by two-year-old son was successful nuclear scientist | US news | The Guardian - Veronica Rutledge, 29, remembered by friends and family as a ‘beautiful, young, loving mother’ after she was killed in a shooting accident at Idaho Walmart (so she left her little gun in a zippered pocket of her bag with bullet in chamber and safety off) ( Blackfoot mayor Paul Loomis said. “My expectation whenever I meet somebody on the street is they might be packing ... “I think there is an attitude that we’re just a bunch of gunslingers, and that is not the case,”
2-Year-Old Grabs Mom's Concealed Gun, Fatally Shoots Her - A 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed his mother after he reached into her purse at a northern Idaho Wal-Mart and her concealed gun fired, authorities said Tuesday.
The inside story of how an Idaho toddler shot his mom at Wal-Mart - The Washington Post

Is there still a case against Serial's Adnan Syed after Jay Wilds' interview? | Rabia Chaudry | Comment is free | The Guardian

People in Religious, Conservative States Seek Out More Porn
People in Religious and Conservative States Seek Out More Pornography Online : science
Stats Archives – Pornhub Insights

Kiryas Joel, New York - According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, Kiryas Joel has by far the youngest median age population of any municipality in the United States,[1] and the youngest, at 13.2 years old, of any population center of over 5,000 residents in the United States.[2] Residents of Kiryas Joel, like those of other Haredi Jewish communities, typically have large families. According to 2008 census figures, the village has the highest poverty rate in the nation. More than two-thirds of residents live below the federal poverty line and 40% receive food stamps.
A Not-So-Simple Majority | This American Life
Brazen Voting Fraud Alleged Among Ultra-Orthodox In Williamsburg: Gothamist

OUT2connect - Kiryas Joel: Corruption Hidden Under a Religious Blanket

The Truth Will Set You Free: Hasidic Mobsters running amuck in NY state

What are the best subreddits that you discovered in 2014? : AskReddit
Cool Guides

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First Ebola boy likely infected by playing in bat tree - The Ebola victim who is believed to have triggered the current outbreak - a two-year-old boy called Emile Ouamouno from Guinea - may have been infected by playing in a hollow tree housing a colony of bats, say scientists.
Ebola Crisis Made Worse By IMF Austerity Plans For Africa: Study (austerity can only be failed)

U.S. Flu Numbers At Epidemic Threshold, Say CDC - Flu season is in full swing in the United States, and the proportion of deaths related to flu infections have reached epidemic threshold, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AirAsia flight QZ8501: families receive brutal confirmation of lost plane’s fate | World news | The Guardian - Grisly footage shown on live TV triggers hysteria at airport after debris spotted six miles from where aircraft vanished
AirAsia flight QZ8501: crews continue grim task of retrieving bodies and wreckage – rolling report | World news | The Guardian - After items spotted from the air led to confirmation of the flight’s fate on Tuesday, authorities begin the recovery effort and search for clues to the cause of the crash

Oil hits five-and-a-half-year low below $57 on supply glut : News : Daily News Now - as a global supply glut outweighed concerns of lost supply from Libya where battling militias have closed ports.
‘Putin is destroying Russia. Why base his regime on corruption?’ asks Navalny | World news | The Guardian - Russia’s opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner, held under house arrest, says president is using war to stay in power
Alexei Navalny Breaks House Arrest To Join Moscow Rally
As oil falls, Russia choked by military, social spending | Reuters

The Afghan war that didn't really end yesterday ended in defeat - CSMonitor.com - None of the claimed long term objectives for the war in Afghanistan, either from the Bush or Obama administrations, have been achieved. (except more dead people)

Sony hack: sacked employees could be to blame, researchers claim | Film | The Guardian - Exchanges in secretive web forums point to former employees with a grudge, researchers claim, and could explain how hackers knew how to navigate Sony’s systems
New Research Blames Insiders, Not North Korea, for Sony Hack | TIME - The latest allegations add to growing skepticism over the FBI’s assertion — reiterated by President Barack Obama — that linked North Korea to the attack, which the country has denied.
Revealed: the young men who ruined Christmas for Xbox and PlayStation gamers
North Korean defector details 'human experiments' | Asia | DW.DE | 30.12.2014 - A former officer in Pyongyang's armed forces says mentally and physically disabled children are used as subjects in chemical weapons experiments in North Korea, a claim denied by the supporters of the communist nation.

Ultra-Orthodox Men Cause Flight Delay By Refusing To Sit By Women, Again - An international Delta Airlines flight was reportedly delayed for roughly half an hour when several ultra-Orthodox Jewish men refused to sit next to female passengers.
Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men keep delaying flights by refusing to sit next to women - World - News - The Independent
Groups of ultra-Orthodox Jewish men keep delaying flights by refusing to sit next to women:A flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed by half an hour last week after a group of male ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women, the third such incident in recent months. : news

'Nut rage': Korean Air ex-executive Cho Hyun-ah detained
China businessman jailed for 13 years for buying and eating three tigers - East Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times - The wealthy real estate developer, identified only by his surname Xu, has "a special hobby of grilling tiger bones, boning tiger paws, storing tiger penis, eating tiger meat and drinking tiger blood alcohol", the official Xinhua news agency said in June when he went on trial.

Eschaton: Um Because Even Proponents Never Had Any Explanation For How It Would Work? - Nowhere have austerity policies been more aggressively tried — and generally failed to live up to results promised by advocates — than in Greece. After more than four years of belt tightening, patience is wearing thin, and tentative signs of improvement have not yet trickled down into the lives of average Greeks.

Nothing Is Really New, Cont'd - Esquire - the political use to which the murder of two New York police officers is being put by people who have an interest in squashing a serious investigation into the problem of militarized police violence in this country against those whom the police consider to be their expendable fellow citizens. Keep Marching On | JacobinThe recent killing of two New York City police officers can’t be allowed to silence the movement against police brutality.
Police Respect Squandered in Attacks on de Blasio - NYTimes.com
De Blasio and the Men in the N.Y.P.D. Who Turn Their Backs

Newly Elected Republican Senators Sign Pledge to Eliminate Food Stamp Program in 2015 - There is a right way and a wrong to improve our country’s welfare system, and the President’s policies just aren’t working. We need to put poor people first and lower costs,” Senator Gardner said in a statement (lowering costs to nothing will help them a lot)

Revel utility misses bond payment, wants to shut off building - ACR Energy Partners L.L.C., which owns and operates the central utility plant attached to the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, did not have enough money to make a $6.9 million interest payment to bondholders due Dec. 1, according to a regulatory filing.

More adults are using weed in the states that legalized, but teen use is flat - The Washington Post

A brief history of college football coaching salaries in the context of the new Gilded Age - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Harbaugh has signed a contract worth a reported $48 million over six years ... So Jim Harbaugh is going to get paid as much per year as 70 University of Michigan professors, or 250 clerical employees, or a nearly infinite number of adjuncts. This seems . . . disturbing.

Idaho court tosses verdict after prosecutor quotes 'Dixie' in closing | US news | The Guardian - Judges say racism in song’s lyrics may have swayed jury to convict black man in sexual assault of white teenagers
Civil cases against Bloomfield cops move to federal court - Crime and Courts - NorthJersey.com - Of the 137 incidents involving use of force by Bloomfield cops in the last decade, 47 involved Trinidad and nine involved Horn, according to Hinson. The department staffs 125.

The problems with The Times’ flawed QueensWay support :: Second Ave. Sagas (the mind of the NYT)

Who Is Lena Dunham’s Alleged Rapist?

Suspected HIV infection on porn set sparks health alert in California | Society | The Guardian - Public health department says actor tested positive for virus Aids after engaging in unprotected sex in two separate film shoots

drocks27 comments on How do I stop internally vocalizing words as I read them to speed up comprehension of text in books?

The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur - The Atlantic - Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it?

Over 80 Percent of Dark-Web Visits Relate to Pedophilia, Study Finds | WIRED

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Localized climate change contributed to ancient depopulation - WSU News Washington State University - the role of localized climate change in one of the great mysteries of North American archaeology: the depopulation of southwest Colorado by ancestral Pueblo people in the late 1200s.

Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow | World news | The Guardian - Healthcare worker flew from Sierra Leone to Glasgow via Heathrow on Sunday and has been isolated after falling ill

Missing AirAsia Flight: expanded search to start again at first light | World news | The Guardian

Taliban declare 'defeat' of U.S., allies in Afghanistan | Reuters (mission accomplished)

Cyber attack on Angela Merkel aide: Report | News | DW.DE | 29.12.2014 - The German chancellor's office has fallen victim to a hacking attack, according to a German newspaper. The Regin malware in question has been linked to British and US spy agencies. (Obama is obsessed with spying on Merkel)

‘Reopen investigation into Westminster pedophile whistleblower deaths’ – MP — RT UK - A Labour MP has demanded the government reopen an investigation into the suspicious deaths of two whistleblowers he believes were in possession of significant evidence relating to historic child sex abuse, which infiltrated the heart of Westminster.

FBI briefed on alternate Sony hack theory - Tal Kopan - POLITICO - FBI agents investigating the Sony Pictures hack were briefed Monday by a security firm that says its research points to laid-off Sony staff, not North Korea, as the perpetrator — another example of the continuing whodunit blame game around the devastating attack. (the inside attack theory)
'The Interview' Was Pirated Online About As Much As It Was Legally Purchased (SNE)

Google’s Gmail blocked in China | Technology | The Guardian - ‘Great firewall’ blamed as email service reports sharp dropoff in traffic on Friday with services still down on Monday

Ruble Drops 5 Percent As Russian Economy Shrinks

The Tragedy of the American Military - The Atlantic - The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can’t win.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Be the Worst Thing Obama Ever Does - Lawyers, Guns & Money (and that's saying a lot)

Charles Koch Wants To Change America's Criminal Justice System

Five Ways Obama Can Mess with Republicans in 2015 - Bloomberg Politics - He's freed from the constraints of another election. If the end of 2014 foreshadows the president's next set of moves, Republicans will not be amused.
The Obama Recovery - NYTimes.com - At this point in the Bush years, government employment was up by 1.2 million, but under Mr. Obama it’s down by 600,000. Sure enough, now that this de facto austerity is easing, the economy is perking up.

Report: senior Republican Steve Scalise spoke at white supremacist meeting in 2002 | US news | The Guardian - Allies of the House majority whip claim he was poorly advised due to a lack of staff at the time

Texas Is Throwing People In Jail For Failing To Pay Back Predatory Loans ("frontier justice")

Bill De Blasio Booed At NYPD Graduation Ceremony
Republicans and Democrats have vastly different views on race and police. But they agree on solutions. - The Washington Post - 86 percent of Americans support requiring patrol officers in their areas to wear small video cameras while on duty - 87 percent -- support having these outsiders handle cases in which unarmed Americans are killed by police.
READ: Police Chief Tells Pro-Cop Critic To Respect Protesters In Powerful Letter
Clark County Court to Patricia Doninger: You’re FIRED | Las Vegas Tribune - Patricia Doninger is no longer employed by Clark County Courts after an alleged investigation into the August 11 incident in her court, during which she turned her back on a disgusting situation to play with the victim’s underage daughter.
Court officer sexually assaults women and judge ignores her as she cries. Woman gets arrested in front of daughter. : videos
Los Angeles police release autopsy report in shooting of Ezell Ford | US news | The Guardian - The autopsy on Ezell Ford, which was first obtained by the Los Angeles Times, officially classifies his death as a homicide. It was released ahead of a Wednesday deadline imposed by the city’s mayor.

Judd Apatow Blasts Bill Cosby, Venues Hosting Stand-Up Shows - Over a series of tweets posted since Friday, Judd Apatow slammed Bill Cosby, his defenders and a pair of venues hosting the 77-year-old comic in 2015.

Exclusive: Jay, Key Witness from 'Serial' Tells His Story for First Time, Part 1 - The Intercept

On “The New Republic” | The Los Angeles Review of Books - by David Bell
Hullabaloo - The revolutionaries of evunthelibrul you-know-what
David Bell Praises "The Old New Republic" as "Not Predictably Reaganite": Live from La Farine (Brad DeLong's Grasping Reality...)
Even the liberal New Republic… | Corey Robin

Massive ancient underground city discovered in Turkey's Nevsehir - Archaeology

Parents of Reddit: what parenting decisions did you make that turned out to be mistakes? : AskReddit

Running Android APK’s on Windows/Mac/Linux using Chrome | Scotho's Corner

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Pope Francis’s edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches | World news | The Guardian - However, Francis’s environmental radicalism is likely to attract resistance from Vatican conservatives and in rightwing church circles, particularly in the US
Book Review: H.H. Shugart, Foundations of the Earth: Global Ecological Change and the Book of Job - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In the Book of Job, God knows that humans don’t understand the world. Humans have acted upon the world without understanding it, despite their attempts to do so. As Shugart says, “We must find better answers than we have. Our future depends on it (255).”
NPR Reduces Its Environment Team to One Reporter | InsideClimate News - NPR says move to shift reporters off the environment beat was driven by an interest to cover other fields more in depth (case you missed it)
Jeb Bush is no moderate and he won’t fight climate change | Grist - Bush said, “It is not unanimous among scientists that [climate change] is disproportionately manmade. … What I think on the left I get a little tired of is the sanctimonious idea that somehow ‘science’ has decided all this so therefore you can’t have a view.”

Klain warns Ebola still a global threat - Kyle Cheney - POLITICO - White House Ebola czar Ron Klain warned on Sunday that despite promising efforts to contain the disease, it’s still a grave threat to global health.

Search For Missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Resumes
Search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 halted as darkness falls | World news | The Guardian - Plane lost contact after taking off from Indonesian city of Surabaya for Singapore with 162 people on board
AirAsia Flight From Indonesia To Singapore Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control
AirAsia Indonesia flight QZ8501 to Singapore missing
Air Asia flight loses contact with air traffic control : worldnews
Ferry Carrying More Than 450 Catches Fire Off Greece - trapping passengers on the top decks as gale-force winds and choppy seas hampered the evacuation.

Eschaton: We Will Bring America To Its Knees By Releasing Amy Pascal's Emails - Has seemed to me that a sophisticated understanding of what hollywood gossip would interest people by hackers didn't suggest North Korean involvement...
North Korean demand for 'The Interview' - Business Insider - It says people are willing to pay almost $50 a copy of the movie, which is 10X higher than what a regular South Korean TV show’s DVD would cost in the black market. (so many levels of irony)
Demand For ‘The Interview’ Is Shooting Up In North Korea And Its Government Is Freaking Out : technology
Beware: Fake 'The Interview' App Affects Android Users - Hacker News - Researchers have identified that the malware campaign is targeting Android users in South Korea and is active from the last few days. The campaign is attempting to exploit the popularity of The Interview movie that triggered tension over its release on Christmas.
Lizard Squad attacks Tor network, ignoring warning from Anonymous

Anonymous To 'Lizard Squad': Stop Attacking Tor - Business Insider - This computer programmer says Lizard Squad has claimed nearly half of Tor’s ~8,000 relays. (sounds like you know who ...)

The Mysterious Case of Prisoner 212 - The Intercept

ISIS loses ground to Kurds in Syria’s Kobane - Al Arabiya News
ISIS releases horrifying sex slave pamphlet, justifies child rape — RT News (avoid the comments)

Eschaton: The War Is Over - Gen. John Campbell, commander of ISAF, rolled up and sheathed the green and white ISAF flag and unfurled the flag of the new international mission, called Resolute Support. (how the forever war doesn't end: just gets rebranded)
U.S. and NATO Formally End War in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com

High alert in Delhi after Bengaluru blast - The Times of India - High alert has been sounded in the capital following the IED blast in Bangalore on Sunday evening.
ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: Treason. That's Erdogan's Opinion on Birth Control. - The president of Turkey has firm opinions about women's proper place and function, the former being at home and the latter producing many children.

Dutch Railways Have Had It With Leaves On Their Tracks, So They're Bringing In Lasers | Co.Exist | ideas + impact - It's perhaps hard to think of leaves as the reason for thousands of hours of transit delays (and probably millions of dollars of economic damage). But that's the reality for train operators the world over.

Critical decisions after 9/11 led to slow, steady decline in quality for Secret Service - The Washington Post - Immediately after the attacks, temporary details were mobilized for Bush’s extended family, including his grown siblings. Later, with the country at war in Afghanistan, the agency provided details for Vice President Dick Cheney’s grandchildren in addition to those for his adult daughters, Liz and Mary.

Hillary Clinton questions Cristina Kirchner's mental health | US news | The Guardian - Hillary Clinton has questioned the mental health of Cristina Kirchner and asked US diplomats to investigate whether the Argentinian president is taking medication to help her "calm down". (she's got the "nerves")

Cuomo, Christie Veto Bill To Reform Port Authority - "It's really just an awful thing for them to do. Neither of them can ever stand up and say they're for effective reform," (fatfuck and the mobster)


GQ Presents: America's 20 Craziest Politicians
Hey GQ, can’t find any crazy Democrats? Here are 16 (that word doesn't mean what you think it does)


The Acquisitive Self, Minus the Self - The Baffler - Rich Kids of Instagram (RKOI for short) curates and tags photos posted on Instagram by the likes of Barron Hilton, Tiffany Trump, and other “funemployed” trust-funders.
How a Woman’s Rape at a Gay Nude Bar Sparked a Battle Over New Orleans’ Libertine Soul

Always Low Wages? Wal-Mart's Other Choices - Bloomberg View - Wal-Mart's low wages have led to full-time employees seeking public assistance. These are not the 47 percent, lazy, unmotivated bums. Rather, these are people working physical, often difficult jobs. They receive $2.66 billion in government help each year (including $1 billion in healthcare assistance). That works out to about $5,815 per worker. And about $420,000 per store. (your taxdollars at work)

From the Likes of the Roosevelts and the Haneses, Family Lessons Gleaned - NYTimes.com (NYT trolls you again with lectures from the super-rich on how to be poor)

All Class, These Guys » Balloon Juice - Last night, a bunch of cops and former cops paid to have the following Yodafied statement of disapproval flown over NYC in an apparent attempt to show their displeasure for the current mayor. All they have really accomplished to date is making themselves look foolish and evil, and now we know they can’t write a simple sentence. (Blas created a "climate of distrust" not them)
Akai Gurley Protest Draws Hundreds In Brooklyn
Cops: Woman Smeared Bacon On Police Station Window, Offered To 'Feed The Pigs' - Police in Massachusetts have arrested a woman who they say smeared uncooked bacon and sausage all over a police station dispatch window offering to "feed the pigs."
Indecent proposition from New London chief was 'chilling' says victim | New Hampshire Crime - Speaking publicly for the first time, Janelle Westfall said state laws failed her after New London's former police chief made her a proposition: If she posed nude for him, the underage alcohol charges against her would be dropped ... Westfall, who was 18 at the time, was arrested by Seastrand, then 50, on March 2, 2013, as she walked home from a party. She was charged with giving a false name and for being in possession of a beer can. (cop walks, natch)

Why Airlines Want to Make You Suffer - Here’s the thing: in order for fees to work, there needs be something worth paying to avoid. That necessitates, at some level, a strategy that can be described as “calculated misery.” Basic service, without fees, must be sufficiently degraded in order to make people want to pay to escape it. And that’s where the suffering begins.

The New ADHD Debate Every Woman Should Know About - ADHD medication use among women is rising rapidly.

A heart-warming twist in the tale of the books industry | Books | The Guardian - New research shows that the book-buying universe – both digital and printed – is expanding, not contracting (well, online, anyway +Who knows what had happened to the Times and Sun behind their paywalls? Those walls take the stock and stow them out of sight.)
Young people are 'lost generation' who can no longer fix gadgets, warns professor - Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, is giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (but they're really good at Flappy Birds)

Innocent boy's jail nightmare | Perth Now - Just before the trial started, the girl admitted lying about her sex life the whole time. She had insisted she was a virgin. DNA tests excluded Patrick from her claims of rape. (which took 7 months to process)
TIL A 15 year old boy was locked up for a year on false rape charges, and the girl received no punishment when she admitted lying a year later. : todayilearned

English Is Seldom at a Loss for Words | David Grambs - perfuncturate, to do halfheartedly
Why “Into the Woods” Matters - The New Yorker - the new movie “Into the Woods,” based on the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical of the same name.

Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017 - The Daily Beast - Vasalgel, a reversible, non-hormonal polymer that blocks the vas deferens, is about to enter human trials. How will rhetoric change when male bodies become responsible for birth control? Long-term treatments like Vasalgel are much less appealing to potential funders in the pharmaceutical industry who, as they observe, would much rather “sell pills to men’s partners every month.” Why sell a flat-screen television to a man, after all, when you can rent one to a woman for a decade?
Male Birth Control, Without Condoms, Will Be Here by 2017 : news - Gotta love how huffpo spins this topic: Can men be trusted to take birth control?!

Bill Cosby reportely hires private investigators to dig up dirt on accusers | Fox News ('ol wandering eyes)

My Most Retweeted Tweet - "On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world. Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642" (at least Isaac was actually born on 12/25)
6,000-Year-Old Temple Unearthed in Ukraine | Archaeology | Sci-News.com - A team of archaeologists led by Dr Mykhailo Videiko of the Kyiv Institute of Archaeology has discovered the remains of a 6,000-year-old temple at a Trypillian culture village near modern-day Nebelivka, Ukraine.

What is the creepiest thing you've found or experienced outside that you can't explain? : AskReddit
What's the most fucked up thing you've seen at a funeral? : AskReddit
[Serious] [NSFW] Redditors who have been on the brink of death/legally dead, can you describe what it felt like? : AskReddit

Editorial: A giant, secretive merger - Times Union - Comcast and Time Warner want to keep key details of their proposed merger secret.

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After Scrutiny, C.I.A. Mandate Is Untouched - NYTimes.com
ACLU accuses NSA of using holiday lull to ‘minimise impact’ of documents | US news | The Guardian - Released on Christmas Eve, the documents are heavily redacted versions of reports by the NSA to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board

North Korea Blames U.S. For Shutting Down Its Internet, Says Obama Was Behind 'The Interview' Release - "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,"

Russia's Economy Headed For Even More Trouble - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession and double-digit inflation next year,

Twitter user claims Daily Mail story of white British jihadi is a hoax | World news | The Guardian - As @_AbDwd1 has shown, if you wave ‘white English convert’ and ‘scary Muslims’ in the Daily Mail’s face, they’ll run it regardless of facts.”

Obama hopes to enlist GOP in push for trade pact, despite Democratic resistance - The Washington Post (or, Obama backs Republican bill, ignores Democrats)


De Blasio and police at odds as thousands mourn NYPD officer Ramos | US news | The Guardian - Officers from across US attend funeral of Brooklyn shooting victim
Airplane Hauling Anti-De Blasio Banner Flies Above New York City - The officers' deaths followed protests around the country over the deaths of black men at the hands of white officers, and New York police unions have blamed de Blasio for allowing protests they say foster an anti-police sentiment.

Sadism and the Online Mob - Bloomberg View - But I think there’s an important aspect of outrage that the Slate writers mostly left out -- the connection between outrage and sadism.
Zeal for death penalty circumvents advocates' efforts to end executions | World news | The Guardian - Despite botched executions states still exploring old methods as alternatives - Historian: in the US ‘violence is a part of frontier culture’ ("frontier" = sadistic and violent)

Eden Was a Scary Movie About Sex-Trafficking Based on a True Story—Or Was It? by Jen Graves - Seattle Features - The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper - What does art that claims to be "based on a true story" owe its audience? When the "true" part gets called into question, and the art-makers go silent, what are we supposed to think?

Hullabaloo - Who's the real Scrooge here? - I'm sure everyone remembers Cokie Roberts kvetching about President Obama having the audacity to take a vacation in his home state of Hawaii (they really can't think and don't want you to, either)

Opting Out of Adulthood Is Becoming More Common - NYTimes.com ("adulthood" defined as having a good job and buy a house)
Eschaton: What If The Kids On My Lawn Are Having More Fun Than Me - I really don't get this media obsession with the idea that The Kids Today aren't living their lives precisely as the olds imagine the lived their lives back in the day. Except for trust fund kids, who the hell can avoid "adult responsibilities" as an adult unless we narrowly define such things as promised lifelong monogamy and home ownership.
Millennials Are Redefining What Adulthood Means - NYTimes.com - Our research shows that millennials who don’t have a college degree are paying a much stiffer penalty in terms of low wages and high unemployment than previous generations did

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Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic | Science | The Guardian - The icebound crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy made headlines but, a year on, the fruits of their expedition are revealed
Water Use and the Rio Grande - Lawyers, Guns & Money : But really, the entire structure of post-1945 growth in the American West is completely unsustainable and with each drought, that becomes more and more clear.

NSA Drops Christmas Eve Surprise - The Intercept - The National Security Agency on Christmas Eve day released twelve years of internal oversight reports documenting abusive and improper practices by agency employees (Ho-Ho-Ho)
The Snowden Effect: Seasons Greetings From Your Friends At The NSA - Esquire - There are holiday document dumps and there are holiday document dumps. And then there is holiday document carpet-bombing from 30,000 feet ... And for those who attempt to separate the ACLU's formal request from Edward Snowden's whistleblowing, forget it. You might as well try to separate the Boston Tea Party from the Second Continental Congress. (pow)

Reporter Jürgen Todenhöfer Was Embedded With Islamic State. He Came Back Alive. - On his return, he issued a stark warning. "From my point of view this is the biggest threat to world peace since the cold war," he wrote in a detailed Facebook post. "We now pay the price for the inconceivable folly of George W Bush's attack on Iraq. The West has no concept of the threat it faces."

The Islamic State is failing at being a state - The Washington Post - The Islamic State’s vaunted exercise in state-building appears to be crumbling as living conditions deteriorate across the territories under its control, exposing the shortcomings of a group that devotes most of its energies to fighting battles and enforcing strict rules.
A. Ibrahim on Twitter: "Jihadi tourism; new Muhajireen (migrants) arrived in #Fallujah, #IslamicState
ISIS governor of Mosul killed in airstrikes - CNN.com - The latest ISIS-appointed governor of Mosul was killed in coalition airstrikes on Thursday, according to Iraqi police.
ISIL hit with 31 air strikes in one day | Al Jazeera America - Anti-ISIL forces make 16 strikes in Syria, 15 in Iraq on intense day of fighting
Erdogan says more journalists will see inside the prison - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said more journalists will be taken into custody, brushing off criticisms over media freedom and claiming that nowhere in the world the media is as free as it is in Turkey.
Mauritanian Journalist Sentenced To Death For 'Insulting The Prophet' In Article - Mauritania on Thursday condemned a man to death for "insulting the prophet," a human rights group said, a day after the country opened the trial of an anti-slavery activist ... Mauritania became the last country worldwide to legally abolish slavery in 1981 and still has the highest prevalence worldwide of slavery per head of population
Death toll rises to 81, operations launched against NDFB - The Hindu - Operations were on Friday intensified against NDFB(S) militants along the border with Arunachal Pradesh even as the death toll in the massacre rose to 81.
Pakistan forces kill key planner of Peshawar school massacre - The Economic Times - A senior Taliban commander, believed to be a key planner in the Peshawar school massacre, has been killed by the security forces in Pakistan's troubled Khyber Agency.

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Mull Bigger Role for Women - ABC News - A struggle for women's rights is brewing within Israel's deeply conservative ultra-Orthodox community, where women, largely shut out of politics, are beginning to demand greater representation in the country's parliament.
Senior UN officials expelled from Sudan | News | DW.DE | 26.12.2014 - Khartoum has been angered at UNAMID's attempts to investigate a report that government troops committed mass rape of women and girls in a Darfur village on October 31. Days ago, it denied peacekeepers permission to pay a second visit to the site of the alleged rapes.

The Interview and the Year That Voters Got Scared of Everything - Bloomberg Politics - Terrorists didn't attack cinemas, and that's important. (terror is the new normal and the genius of "homeland")
New Study May Add to Skepticism Among Security Experts That North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack - NYTimes.com - A number of private security researchers are increasingly voicing doubts that the hack of Sony‘s computer systems was the work of North Korea (but wasn't Obama and the Federal Bureau of Incompetents absolutely sure?)
Audiences 'Let Freedom Ring' At 'The Interview' Screenings In New York City
Xbox live and Playstation attack: Christmas ruined for millions of gamers | Technology | The Guardian - Sony and Microsoft networks suffering outages after an apparent denial of service attack that rendered them useless for millions
Egypt Has Reportedly Banned ‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Movie - NYTimes.com - will not be shown there because it asserts historical falsehoods and spreads a “Zionist view,” the Egyptian culture minister was quoted as saying on Friday. (Jews built the pyramids)
Kim Dotcom Makes Deal with LizardSquad to stop attacks towards Xbox Live and PSN - The Tech Game

Tunisia Wins Again - NYTimes.com - first freely chosen president, Tunisia has taken another important step on its post-Arab Spring transition toward democracy
Oregon woman held in Timor Leste for months without charges is released | World news | The Guardian - the absence of a US ambassador in Timor Leste was hurting the effort to free Addison and called on Senate leaders to end the partisan gridlock and schedule a vote on the long-blocked nomination of Karen Stanton.
Flash - PM under fire as 100,000 flee worst Malaysia floods in decades - France 24 - premier Najib Razak came under fire after photos showed him golfing with US President Barack Obama during the storms.

PressTV - US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 'Nazi crimes': Russia

Brain-dead pregnant woman’s life support can be switched off, Irish court rules | World news | The Guardian - Ireland’s high court grants family wish that she be allowed to die, in landmark judgment that challenges constitution

At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italian coast on Christmas Day | World news | The Guardian - Most of the migrants saved were on boats adrift off Sicily, including a Nigerian woman who gave birth on a rescue vessel

Boxing Day tsunami: 10 years on, the scars are not hard to find in Aceh | World news | The Guardian - The Guardian has tracked the fortunes of Nusa, Indonesia, since the deadly wave. A decade on, the shockwaves are still being felt
Asian Tsunami Anniversary: LIVE REPORT - Yahoo News
Newport Papers 28: Waves of Hope - Waves-of-Hope.aspx - The U.S. Navy ’ s Response to the Tsunami in Northern Indonesia

Guantánamo Dreams - NYTimes.com - Judge Edwards said the circuit’s precedents on how to define a detainable enemy combatant required him to go along with the majority. But with no end in sight to the “war on terror,” he said, the result of the decision could well be to consign Ali to detention for the rest of his life. ("suspicion")

In Oil States, Bracing for a Price Bust’s Ripple Through the Economy - NYTimes.com - The drop in oil prices from June to December has amounted to a loss of $83 million per day in potential revenue for the industry in Texas (drill, baby, drill and bye-bye, Alaska and don't put all your eggs in one basket, LA)

Why Liberals Should Fear the Supreme Court in 2015 - NationalJournal.com - Obamacare, religious freedom, and same-sex marriage equality are all on the judicial agenda.

Ratification of Arms Trade Treaty, Others Blocked by Republicans | The New Republic - Why do they oppose the Arms Trade Treaty? Because the NRA tells them to. (NRA is running foreign policy)

Tidings of Comfort - NYTimes.com - In fact, Year 1 surpassed expectations on every front. Remember claims that more people would lose insurance than gained it? Well, the number of Americans without insurance fell by around 10 million; members of the elite who have never been uninsured have no idea just how much positive difference that makes to people’s lives.

GOP learns lessons from Sam Brownback's tax scare - Rachael Bade - POLITICO - Republicans once idolized the tax-cutting superstar; now they look askance at him. (teaparty disaster, suck it up, Kansas)

The Best Lawyers Money Can Buy - NYTimes.com - The court’s front doors are locked and its vast “public” plaza is off-limits to protesters. Alone among the branches of government, it refuses to televise its proceedings, even though its gallery can seat only 250 members of the public ... And of that already minuscule fraction, a stunning proportion is argued by an extremely small and well-connected group of lawyers


NYPD on alert after spate of anti-police threats in wake of officers' shooting | US news | The Guardian - Six people have been arrested for making threats against officers, as police force warns officers to act with increased vigilance while on- and off-duty (more "terroristic threats")

David Brooks: Chris Hughes 'Callow And Incompetent' - "The country suffered a great loss this year with the destruction of The New Republic at the hands of its callow and incompetent owner, Chris Hughes," Brooks said.
The Sidney Awards, Part I - NYTimes.com - Ta-Nehisi Coates’s blockbuster, “The Case for Reparations”

Baby Jesus replaced with pig's head in Massachusetts church nativity scene | US news | The Guardian - Haverhill mayor James Fiorentini said the desecration had “all the elements of a hate crime”.

How One College Handled a Sexual Assault Complaint - NYTimes.com - As the case illustrates, school disciplinary panels are a world unto themselves, operating in secret with scant accountability and limited protections for the accuser or the accused (frats and football)

To Raise Science Scores, Colleges Look Beyond the Lecture - NYTimes.com - Rather than try to help students who falter in introductory classes, he said, “they have seen it as their job to weed people out and limit access to upper-level courses.” - “Higher education has this assumption that if you know your subject, you can teach it, and it’s not true,” (because "teaching" isn't something you have to "learn")


In Hollywood, It’s a Men’s, Men’s, Men’s World - NYTimes.com (check out Amy's off-the-shoulder look)

[Stories]What is the worst thing any redditor did to another redditor, over something said on Reddit? : AskReddit
What are some psychological life hacks you can do to give you an advantage in situations? : AskReddit
What is a cool Psychology trick you could try on friends/family? Either a perception issue or some associations we automatically make? : AskReddit
Reddit, what is one skill you'd learn if you weren't so fucking stupid? : AskReddit ("You've Been Learned")
What is shockingly LEGAL? : AskReddit
What's everyone on about? - OutOfTheLoop
First World Anarchists
I am a trans man with a functioning penis, balls, and vagina. AMA! : IAmA

Facebook’s Last Taboo: The Unhappy Marriage - NYTimes.com (managing your "maritial brand")
Facebook Is Not the Public Square - NYTimes.com - Facebook’s decision serves as an important reminder that social media companies are under no obligation to support free speech if doing so would harm their business.

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Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change - NYTimes.com
Australia records biggest emissions drop in a decade as carbon tax kicks in | Environment | The Guardian - Greens and conservation group say significant drop in annual emissions shows the carbon price, which was scrapped by the Abbott government, was effective (Tories at work destroying the planet)
Supertrawlers to be banned permanently from Australian waters | Environment | The Guardian

U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans - Bloomberg - The National Security Agency today released reports on intelligence collection that may have violated the law or U.S. policy over more than a decade, including unauthorized surveillance of Americans’ overseas communications.
NSA Reports It May Have Broken Laws With Decade of Spying on U.S. Citizens - Businessweek

Saudi to Dig Into Reserves for 2015 Budget - NYTimes.com - due to sliding oil prices, resulting in a nearly $39 billion deficit.

U.S. Strikes Have Killed 1,100 ISIS Fighters And Cost $1 Billion : The Two-Way : NPR

An illegally pirated version of 'The Interview' is on the frontpage of one of reddit's most popular default subreddits. This is why "Simultaneous Digital and Theatrical Release" is a pipedream and nothing more. : movies
ELI5 why does it appear so easy for hackers to shut down multimillion dollar services like PSN and xbox live? : explainlikeimfive

Print Magazine Covers Tell The Most Powerful Stories Of 2014 (Putinazi)
Chinese University Bans Christmas, Calls It 'Kitsch'

U.S. Senate and CIA agree torture program was mismanaged - Al Arabiya News - The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation program and the spy agency's official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency's secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the media.
U.S. prepares to accelerate detainee transfers from Guantanamo Bay prison - The Washington Post

Tunisia: Have the Islamists learnt their lesson? - Al Arabiya News - The situation in Tunisia could have ended up mirroring either the Libyan or the Egyptian scenario if the Ennahda Movement and Islamist groups did not realize that political participation means accepting all democratic conditions and not just counting the voting ballots.
Two women referred to ‘terror’ court for driving in Saudi Arabia | World news | The Guardian - Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, thought first female drivers to be referred to specialised court in Riyadh (terrifying)

MH17: Russia claims to have airfield witness who blames Ukrainian pilot | World news | The Guardian (comments full of Putin-bots)

Nigerian Girl: My Father Gave Me To Boko Haram

Is Netanyahu Finished? Maybe So - You can be the archest anti-Arab racist, and this reality should be no less clear. Which is to say, you can be Avigdor Lieberman.

What Was Alan Gross Doing in Cuba? - Gross was actually doing work as a subcontractor for a pro-democracy program funded by the U.S. government, work for which Gross was being paid about a half million dollars

Glasgow Crash 'Joke' Tweet Ends In Arrest For Sunderland Man - The tweet said: "So a bin lorry has apparently driven in 100 people in Glasgow eh, probably the most trash it's picked up in one day". (dark humor illegal)


Woman arrested after damaging Satanic display at Florida Capitol | Fox News - Hemeryck, who said she was wearing a shirt that said "Catholic Warrior" when she arrived at the Capitol, told the Associated Press "I was there at the right time and the right moment and I needed to take a stand against Satan."
BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | So what colour was Jesus?

St Louis protests after police shooting of black teenager Antonio Martin | US news | The Guardian - Pprotesters held vigils, with some briefly blocking traffic on Interstate 170 but actions were calmer than previous night amid mayor’s call for calm
The NYC police union has a long history of bullying City Hall - Quartz - “I am sick and tired of giving in to minority groups, with their whims and their gripes and shouting,” said John Cassese, then president of the P.B.A. “Any review board with civilians on it is detrimental to the operations of the police department.”
6 New Yorkers Now Arrested For Threatening Cops After Officers Killed - Melville was charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and aggravated harassment, a misdemeanor.
The Bad Kind of Unionism - When police unions have widened their gaze beyond issues like compensation and working conditions, it’s been almost exclusively to conservative ends.

Could playing Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker' and other music improve kids' brains? -- ScienceDaily
Long-Term Culture of Genome-Stable Bipotent Stem Cells from Adult Human Liver: Cell
1.2-Million-Year-Old Stone Tool Unearthed in Turkey | Archaeology | Sci-News.com - Archaeologists have found a Paleolithic stone flake in the ancient deposits of the Gediz River, revealing that human ancestors passed through the gateway from Asia to Europe much earlier than previously thought.

Comcast and Time Warner Are the Most Hated Companies in America - The Wire

The Best On-Ear Headphones (At Any Price) | The Wirecutter

US Internet to offer higher-speed connections in Minneapolis | Star Tribune - US Internet to roll out a faster, 10-gigabit fiber-optic service in Minneapolis

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Let's leave behind the age of fossil fuel. Welcome to Year One of the climate revolution | Rebecca Solnit | Comment is free | The Guardian - Tiny towns standing up to Big Oil. Gigantic marches taking on the future. Technology that works. We started to save ourselves in 2014, but we must make 2015 worth remembering – before it’s too late
White Christmas? Start worrying about El Niño and its effect on food prices | Business | The Guardian

Did Anyone See 2014's Many Crises Coming?
The 15 artworks that define Christmas – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian
Today's Document • fdrlibrary: Who wants a Christmas tree? One of...

C.D.C. Head Says Fight on Ebola Will Be Long - NYTimes.com

Official Google Blog: “The Interview” now available on Google Play and YouTube Movies
Is Sony's crackdown a bigger threat to western free speech than North Korea? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - The Interview may be released after all, but just because a Hollywood studio got hacked doesn’t mean it can censor Twitter, the news media and sites across the web
'The Interview' Gets VOD Release Via YouTube, Google Play - A day after Sony authorized screenings of "The Interview" in a limited number of theaters, the studio announced that the film will also be available via on-demand services.
Schneier on Security: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony? - It's too early to take the U.S. government at its word. (since it lies all the time) - I am deeply skeptical of the FBI's announcement on Friday that North Korea was behind last month's Sony hack. The agency's evidence is tenuous, and I have a hard time believing it ... "Sony was not just hacked, this is a company that was essentially nuked from the inside,"
Was FBI wrong on North Korea? - CBS News - Cybersecurity experts are questioning the FBI's claim that North Korea is responsible for the hack that crippled Sony Pictures. Kurt Stammberger, a senior vice president with cybersecurity firm Norse, told CBS News his company has data that doubts some of the FBI's findings. (would the Federal Bureua of Incompetency get some wrong?)
FBI may have been wrong on NK hack : news
The Case for N. Korea’s Role in Sony Hack — Krebs on Security
Video: Debating North Korea’s involvement in the Sony hack | Watch PBS NewsHour Online | PBS Video
metsuken comments on Sony & "The Interview" -- what's your take? - North Korea is the only Orwellian police state in the world and it has been that way for almost 70 years
North Korea: UN Condemns Crimes Against Humanity | Human Rights Watch - Security Council Should Refer “Unspeakable Crimes” to International Criminal Court

ISIS Captures Jordanian Pilot After Warplane Reportedly Downed In Syria
Exclusive: Senior Kurdish rebel leader warns Iraq must stay united to defeat 'savage' Isis | World news | The Guardian - Cemil Bayik, co-founder of the PKK, hopes cooperation with US-led coalition against Isis would result in group being de-listed as a terrorist organization

Palestinian Sniper Attack on Israeli Patrol at Gaza Border Sets Off Clash - NYTimes.com
Israel police reveal huge political corruption investigation | World news | The Guardian - Police announce ongoing covert operation involving 30 unnamed public figures over suspected nepotism and transfer of funds
Terror attack thwarted: 4 Palestinians carrying pipe bombs arrested - Israel News, Ynetnews - Israeli security personnel stop Jenin residents from committing attack on soldiers; suspects confess at scene.

Death toll among Qatar’s 2022 World Cup workers revealed | Global development | The Guardian - Despite Qatar’s promises to improve conditions, Nepalese migrants have died at a rate of one every two days in 2014

Russia Blames NATO For Ukraine Dropping Nonaligned Status

Protests as Nicaragua starts work on $50bn interoceanic canal | World news | The Guardian - Chinese telecoms magnate launches construction in Rivas - Environmentalists call for release of project’s feasibility studies

Hopping mad: Morning File, Monday, December 22, 2014

Bachmann: Obama Supports The Agenda Of Islamic Jihad "At Every Turn" - BuzzFeed News - “And I have been very surprised, to answer your question, to see the president of the United States, at every turn, cut the legs off of our ally, Israel, and in fact embrace and lift up the agenda of Islamic jihad.”

No, States Cannot Commandeer Docs to Lobby Against Abortions by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - a very prominent conservative judge (Harvie Wilkinson), drew a line where so-called “health” requirements theoretically aimed at informing women seeking an abortion become an effort to commandeer medical personal to talk them out of it
Law and Order Issues, Once G.O.P.’s Strong Suit, Now Divide Party - NYTimes.com (lawnorder for non-whites)

NYPD Shooting: Blue Lives Matter - The Atlantic - Talking about "police reform" obscures the task. Today's policies are, at the very least, the product of democratic will.
'To Protest Is A First Amendment Right': New Yorkers Defy Mayor's Request To Pause Demonstrations
Antonio Martin, Black Teenager, Fatally Shot By Police 2 Miles From Ferguson - The police officer had been assigned a body camera but wasn't wearing it at the time of the incident, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said in a news conference Wednesday morning.
Houston grand jury will not indict police officer over fatal Jordan Baker shooting | US news | The Guardian - After months of testimony, a grand jury has decided not to indict police officer Juventino Castro over the fatal shooting of 26-year-old unarmed black man in January
Milwaukee police reforms proposed after fatal shooting of an unarmed man | US news | The Guardian - after prosecutors declined to charge an officer who shot a man 14 times.
St. Louis Police quick to release security tape in Antonio Martin shooting : news
Tracing the Gun Used to Kill 2 New York City Police Officers - NYTimes.com (from GA, of course)
Federal officials may use little-known civil rights statute in police shooting cases | US news | The Guardian - Department of Justice and FBI have for weeks been examining the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford III and now Dontre Hamilton
LA police investigate song mocking dead black teen at ex-cop's party - Yahoo News - "Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese" ... his brain "splattered on the floor."
Veteran arrested after threatening cops on YouTube | Circa News - The FBI arrested a military veteran on Dec. 22 for allegedly making online threats advocating the killing of active and retired police officers.
Huffington Post gets it wrong in last night’s St. Louis police shooting story - The Washington Post - In its initial story, the Huffington Post quoted a Twitter user named “Jesus Christo” who claimed to have been with the victim, whom he called “Antonio.”
ACLU Asks Court to Halt Punishment of Student who Participated in a Silent Protest - “School administrators cannot punish students for communications they think will bring negative attention to the school,” explained Sarah Rossi, the ACLU of Missouri’s director of advocacy and policy. “The First Amendment does not permit that.”

Eschaton: Innumeracy - Silly Sully is back on his Bell Curve kick because Coates wrote some hurtful things which failed to realize the overall importance of being incredibly civil in the high minded intellectual debate about whether black people are, in fact, stupid, and whether the innumerate editor of a prominent magazine might have some responsibility for catapulting racist pseudoscience he's incapable of understanding into the discourse.

A Backlash Brews Against Low Pay On The Factory Floor : NPR - Forty years ago, a manufacturing job was often a ticket into the middle class. That's not the case today. Wages for manufacturing jobs are plummeting, and some states are questioning whether competing for those jobs is still worth it. (corporate serfdom)

Columbia Journalism School to Scrutinize Rolling Stone Rape Article - NYTimes.com - Rolling Stone magazine said Monday that it had asked the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to conduct a review of a widely disputed article about a gang rape at the University of Virginia

When Men Try To Draw Vaginas - "America's male elected officials continue to aggressively legislate women's bodies in the year 2014, even though they often seem not to know basic facts about women."

Scientists use skin cells to create artificial sperm and eggs | Science | The Guardian - Early-stage sex cells research in Cambridge has potential to help people with fertility problems
Mysterious Virus That Killed a Farmer in Kansas Is Identified - NYTimes.com - Researchers have identified a previously unknown virus, thought to be transmitted by ticks or mosquitoes, that led to the death of a farmer in Kansas last summer ... the Bourbon virus
5 Prehistoric Mammals That Were Way More Monstrous Than You Probably Thought (VIDEO)
Using weights to target belly fat | Harvard Gazette - Study shows aerobics fights pounds, but weight training trims the waist
Bedtime Technology for a Better Night’s Sleep - NYTimes.com
TIL If an atom were as big as the Solar System, a neutrino would as small as a golf ball. : todayilearned
How do protons and neutrons stick to one another? : askscience

Marriot Petitions FCC to Allow it to Block Guests' WiFi HotSpots. Google and Microsoft Weigh in. FCC Taking Comments. : technology

FCC States It Misplaced Around 600,000 Net Neutrality Comments | DSLReports (you know what you can do with your "comments")

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This Year's International News In 46 Iconic Photos

CIA torture report: rights groups call for criminal investigation – as it happened | US news | The Guardian - Senator Mark Udall blasts CIA on Senate floor (video) - ‘The CIA is lying’

Algerian forces kill leader of militants that beheaded French tourist | World news | The Guardian - Abdelmalek Gouri, also known as Khalid Abu Suleiman, is reported killed in ambush near Boumerdes; he led Soldiers of Caliphate that kidnapped and beheaded Hervé Gourdel

North Korea struggles to stay online
Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google | The Verge - SOPA was just the beginning
val broeksmit (@BikiniRobotArmy) | Twitter
Sony threatens Twitter with legal action if it doesn't ban users linking to leaks | The Verge
Sony threatens Twitter with legal action if it doesn't ban users linking to leaks : technology - Sony threatens to unfollow Twitter on Twitter.
Sony approves limited US release of The Interview on Christmas Day | Film | The Guardian - Move comes after Obama said Sony had ‘made a mistake’ pulling the movie following a campaign to kill film the White House believes was organised by North Korea (greatest marketing stunt, evar)
North Korea internet service resumes after shutdown | World news | The Guardian - No indication as to whether a cyber-attack caused outage, and if so who might have been behind it
House Democrat seeks full details from Sony on sweeping cyber-attack | US news | The Guardian - Says increasing cyber-attacks pose ‘clear and present danger’ to US security - Sony’s information will be helpful as Congress examines laws, he adds in letter
US may put North Korea back on state terror list after Sony 'cybervandalism' | US news | The Guardian - Obama says North Korea’s Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war - North Korea warns ‘toughest counteraction will be boldly taken’
Cispa cybersecurity bill passed by House of Representatives | Technology | The Guardian - Republican-controlled House defies Obama over legislation to prevent electronic attacks on US - "This is the last bastion of things we need to do to protect this country," Republican Mike Rogers (protect big content, you mean)

Jakarta to ban virginity tests for female civil servants - 9news.com.au

Russia Entering 'Full-Fledged Economic Crisis,' Former Finance Minister Says - Kudrin: Russia to be downgraded to 'junk' status next year

Record 17,000 join 'Pinstripe Nazi' anti-Islam march in Germany | World news | The Guardian - Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest
Soldiers to be deployed around France after string of attacks on public | World news | The Guardian - Announcement that up to 300 troops will keep the peace follows incidents in Nantes, Dijon and Tours

Saudi Oil Minister Will Not Cut Oil Production - Business Insider
SAUDI OIL MINISTER: I Don't Care If Prices Crash To $20 — We're Not Budging : worldnews

NYPD Union President Patrick Lynch Is Completely Nuts: A History
De Blasio’s nightmare - Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush - politico - New York’s mayor has lost the police — and maybe much more than that (oh, sure)
Eschaton: Convicted Felons Are Always Given Prominent Platforms In Our Media - Why is Bernie Kerik on my teevee? Especially when his crimes were, you know, related to his job from which he supposedly can bring his expertise. I know the answer is "he's Rudy's buddy and the media loves Rudy." But, um, why is Rudy on my teevee? He's a horrible person.
NYPD Union Has Attacked Every Mayor In Recent History
Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting - De Blasio also isn't the first mayor to get into an argument with the PBA; the union has gone after at least the last four New York City mayors.
When Officers Die and Protests Get the Blame - NYTimes.com
watch: Protester Confronts Fox Station That Deceptively Edited 'Kill A Cop' Chant

Mitt Romney flips then flops on support for abortion legislation - US politics live | US news | The Guardian - Mitt Romney denies support for anti-abortion legislation – forcing campaign to issue 'pro-life' clarification amid criticism

Study: ‘White’ Southerners have more African ancestry than they know - Vox (s'up, niggas?)

Howie Kurtz mansplains the news: Fox’s media reporter has some advice for lady journalists - Salon.com - Howard Kurtz explains to female reporters how to do their jobs right, with insider tricks like "quote Republicans" ... He’s observing that the questions would have been better if Obama had called on some of the seasoned bros in attendance.

Bucking trend, Overstock.com switches back to controversial lobby group Alec | Business | The Guardian - Top tech companies have cut ties with Alec due to climate change stance - Retailer says it rejoined group to work on internet sales tax issues (boycott overstock) Google chairman Eric Schmidt said his company could no longer be aligned with people who deny climate change. “They are just literally lying,” he said. Alec denied Schmidt’s charges.

Charles Pierce on Terri Schiavo and Jeb Bush - Idiot America Book Excerpt - Esquire - As Jeb Bush emerges as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, we look back at the Terri Schiavo case.

Scientists tallied up all the advice on Dr. Oz's show. Half of it was baseless or wrong. - Vox
The Oz Effect - NYTimes.com - But the thing is, there are a lot of Ozzes out there, including in areas you might not consider the entertainment business.

Why Canada should de-activate Uber - Whimsley
How Much do uberX Drivers Actually Make Per Hour? | BostInno
Fort Worth $30/hr Lies | Uber Drivers Forum
The Uber Driver's Subreddit

North Carolina abortion ultrasound decision: Quotes from Judge Wilkinson on medical ethics and first amendment. - A conservative judge sticks up for medical ethics and the First Amendment - And it is intended to convey not the risks and benefits of the medical procedure to the patient’s own health, but rather the full weight of the state’s moral condemnation.
Why rape is so intrinsic to religion - Salon.com - Stories like the virgin birth lack freely given female consent. It's telling how ready we still are to embrace them ("virgin rape" is foundation of patriarchy)
The Not-So-Virgin Birth of the Christmas Story | ValerieTarico
The Virgin Births - YouTube
Captive Virgins, Polygamy, Sex Slaves: What Marriage Would Look Like if We Actually Followed the Bible | ValerieTarico
Reza Aslan And Theological Scholar Peter Lillback Debate Who Jesus Really Was
Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith - Salon.com - Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Twitter: "This @HeerJeet ethering is the last word. "Liking jazz is not enough."https://t.co/aD4NJkeH37"
Sullivan Whitewashes TNR History (with tweets) · JeetHeer1 · Storify

Casey Kasem buried in Norway after protracted family squabble | US news | The Guardian - The decision to bury the body thousands of miles away from Kasem’s home in California has renewed interest in a family feud that was ongoing well before the former radio personality died in June.

“She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.
Joe Cocker Misheard Lyrics with subtitles - YouTube
Maybe I'm Amazed - YouTube
"You Are So Beautiful"... Joe Cocker - YouTube
Joe Cocker - "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" 1970 /w Leon Russell - YouTube
Janis Joplin - Ball And Chain (Amazing Performance at Monterey) - YouTube
George Harrison: Something - YouTube (Sinatra: "Best love song ever written")

Historic discovery: huge electric field occurs spontaneously in laughing gas | ScienceNordic - Scientists have discovered a new, astonishing electric phenomenon = spontelectric phenomenon.
FDA lifts ban on blood donation from homosexuals : news

What is the most bullshit thing you have ever been taught? : AskReddit
What is NEVER funny? : AskReddit

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Global Warming Threshold: What 2 Degrees Celsius (3.6 F) Looks Like | The New Republic
Surging Seas / States / Massachusetts

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses - NYTimes.com - Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (and why would that be, do you suppose?) “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. (no learning from experience is Obama's specialty)
New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture
Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA's Torture Scandals - The Intercept - The person described by both NBC and The New Yorker is senior CIA officer Alfreda Frances Bikowsky. Multiple news outlets have reported that as the result of a long string of significant errors and malfeasance, her competence and integrity are doubted — even by some within the agency.
The Other Torture Report: The Secret CIA Document That Could Unravel The Case For Torture - the Panetta Review reveals that there was doubt within the agency itself about the morality and effectiveness of torture.

If Our Torturers Are Superior To The Political Institutions Of The Government, Self-Government Descends Into Bloody Farce - Esquire - For the past two weeks, on two different fronts, we have been confronted with the unpleasant fact that there are people working in the institutions of our self-government who believe themselves not only beyond the control and sanctions of the civil power, but also beyond the control and sanctions of their direct superiors ... The last thing to go to the waterboard is the tattered remnant of what we thought ourselves to be.

Pakistan to execute 500 terror convicts in coming weeks: officials - Yahoo News

Putin, Neocons and the Great Illusion - NYTimes.com - Vladimir Putin never got the memo. And neither did our own neocons, whose acute case of Putin envy shows that they learned nothing from the Iraq debacle. (learn? what's that?)

North Korea Loses Its Link to the Internet - NYTimes.com - A strange thing happened to North Korea’s already tenuous link to the Internet on Monday: It broke.
North Korea's internet appears to be under mass cyber attack - Vox
A Lot of Smart People Think North Korea Didn't Hack Sony
FAUXTRIBUTION? | Krypt3ia
The Evidence That North Korea Hacked Sony Is Flimsy | WIRED
A Breakdown and Analysis of the December, 2014 Sony Hack
Reaction to the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid' | Motherboard
How Obama Took Sony’s Crisis From Bad to Worse | Variety - But as much as Sony seemed to mishandle its sorry situation in recent days, the severity of the circumstances Sony faced are so extreme that it begs the question of whether anyone could have handled it better. (no, but it certainly raises it; you guys have editors?)
The Interview IMDB Ranking Jumps to 9.9 - Esquire - Never mind the fact that the vast majority of Internet users have not, you know, seen it.

South Korea Nuclear Plant Operator's Computers Hacked, But Officials Say No Risk To Safety Of Reactors - Computer systems at South Korea’s nuclear plant operator have been hacked, but only non-critical data has been lost and there is no risk to the safety of nuclear installations including the country's 23 atomic reactors, the company and the government said on Monday. (what else would they say?)

How Crimea Crashed the Russian Economy - The Daily Beast - “Get used to being at least twice as poor next year as you were before the annexation of Crimea,” says Vladimir Ryzhkov, a prominent Russian politician and professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economy.

The Top 10 Charts of 2014 | Economic Policy Institute (summary: we're screwd and the riches are laughing)

Anti-intellectualism is taking over the US | Comment is free | The Guardian - The rise in academic book bannings and firings is compounded by the US's growing disregard for scholarship itself (hello, Republicans)

Ambition Will Facilitate Ambition By Passing the Buck - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Fuckfurter and the Constitution)


Obama's job approval plummets among US service members | TheHill
AMERICA'S MILITARY: A conservative institution's uneasy cultural evolution - A deeply unpopular commander in chief is forcing profound change inside the ranks.

Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law | CharlotteObserver.com - A North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman is "ideological in intent" and violates doctors' free-speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

How Vermont's single-payer health care dream fell apart - Vox

The 2016 Senate Race Is Already Shaping Up To Be Tougher For Republicans (but they have a thousand-year majority!)
Tea partier braces for primary challenge from the establishment - Manu Raju - POLITICO - “All I can say is Mike Lee is an embarrassment to the state of Utah,” Huntsman said in an interview, calling Lee “an extremist” for his role in the government shutdown fight
What Kind of Revolutionary, Exactly, Is Bernie Sanders? - Bloomberg Politics - The 2016 hopeful's tour through Iowa provides some clues.

How David Gregory Lost His Job | People & Politics | Washingtonian - Last summer, Gregory was let go from his gig as host of "Meet the Press." Here's an inside look at his fall from the top—and what it says about the state of TV news. - Between 2008, when Gregory took over, and last summer, just before he left, Meet the Press lost 43 percent of its viewers and dropped from first to third place in the ratings. (Comcast took over)
Misinformer Of The Year: George Will | Blog | Media Matters for America

Ocwen CEO William Erbey: Finally a Wall St. Exec Is Forced to Resign | The New Republic - William Erbey, the billionaire chairman of the mortgage servicing giant Ocwen,

If Our Torturers Are Superior To The Political Institutions Of The Government, Self-Government Descends Into Bloody Farce - Esquire (above and way beyond the law)
The NY Police Union’s Vile War with Mayor De Blasio - The Daily Beast - So two decades’ worth of statistics tell us that black men are killed by police at 21 times the rate white men are, and yet half the public has persuaded itself that police treat blacks and whites no differently (white people are stupid)
NYPD Chief Bill Bratton on police tension: 'We're in a change moment' - News - TODAY.com - New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton believes that Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the trust of "some officers," telling TODAY's Matt Lauer the city finds itself in a "change moment."
Why Cops and Republicans Are Blaming #BlackLivesMatter Protests for a Double Murder - Bloomberg Politics
Bernie Kerik: War Is Being Waged on Our Homeland | TIME - Yet if you have listened to some in the media, purported civil rights leader Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and others around the country over the last several weeks, you’re forced to believe that nearly all of America’s local and state police are out to kill minorities. It’s a lie! (convicted felon gets a podium at Time for lies)
Slimy Baltimore FOX Affiliate Caught Faking "Kill a Cop" Protest Chant
NYPD Shooting: Blue Lives Matter - The Atlantic - Talking about "police reform" obscures the task. Today's policies are, at the very least, the product of democratic will.
Eschaton: Nice Civilization You Have There - If somebody, somewhere, hurts a cop's feelings, he might just not be up to doing the job that day ...adding, #notallcops, of course, just those who think that people protesting police abuses somehow justify them taking their ball and going home.

Downton Abbey George Clooney Sketch Video - Downton Abbey Comedy Skit - Esquire

Do you speak Uglish? How English has evolved in Uganda | World news | The Guardian - Side dish – somebody’s mistress

So My Sister Is Bringing Her Sex Scandal Fiancé Home for the Holidays
NSFW- What is your SO's best sex trick? : AskReddit - "I run this bedroom, babe."
/r/DeadBedrooms - There's only one Love Language, those other four things are *Like* Languages
Did you high school have an "incident"? What was it? : AskReddit - "No, it didn't happen at Milton Academy."
ELI5: Why are some subreddits private? and How do you gain access to these Subs? : explainlikeimfive
To the children of polyamorous relationships, what was your childhood like? : AskReddit

Busted: The Internet Tax Hoax of 2014 | BillMoyers.com - So phone and cable company claims that Title II threatens broadband investment have imploded. Now we can add their fear-mongering about mythical new taxes to the scrap heap of misinformation.

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"It was an act of cybervandalism," Obama said in an interview with CNN's Candy Crowley that aired Sunday on "State of the Union."
Sony hack reveals threat of ‘psychological’ cyber warfare | TheHill - “It’s more than a burglary and home invasion,” said Tom Kellermann, chief cybersecurity officer at security research firm Trend Micro. “It’s, ‘I want to slaughter your family as well.’” (hyperbole much?)
Sony needed to have basic digital protection. It failed | Comment is free | The Guardian - ‘Guardians of Peace’ hackers took advantage of Sony’s abysmal levels of network security – and obliterated the privacy of the company’s employees (but that would subtract from their executive salaries)
BitTorrent Offers Distribute Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Via Its Bundle Service | Deadline
CSMastermind comments on BitTorrent Offers Distribute Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Via Its Bundle Service
Hollywood Tries to Crush Popcorn Time, Again | TorrentFreak - It was never revealed whether Hollywood forces had threatened the developers, but an MPAA update that surfaced as part of the Sony leaks now reveals that this was indeed the case.
George Clooney Was the Only One Who Saw the Sony Hack Coming - But when the time comes to lay blame, lay it not on George Clooney. For as with everything else in life, George Clooney had the upper hand. His prophecy by email lies below.

Sheikh Abdullah Daoud, Saudi Arabian Cleric Issues Fatwa Calling For Female Babies To Wear Burkas

Peshmerga forces heave Isis away from Mount Sinjar | World news | The Guardian - As many as 300 militants are believed killed as US-led airstrikes assist the Kurdistan regional government in northern Iraq
Taliban kill seven Afghan police officers in raid on checkpoint | World news | The Guardian - Official says five other policemen injured and five insurgents killed during attack in Qashtepa district of Jawzjan province

Boko Haram Slaughters Mass Of Captives In Horrific New Video - "We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels," the group leader says in a message. "From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade."

Court Rules Orangutan Held In Argentina Zoo Is 'Non-Human Person' And Can Be Freed

Hillary Clinton Support Dips In New Poll - 61% of likely Democratic voters say they would vote for Clinton. This is down from last month's lead of 63%, and January's 73%. (tanking)

Elizabeth Warren And The Independent Community Bankers of America Are Right: Antonio Weiss Should Not Become Undersecretary for Domestic Finance | The Baseline Scenario - The Obama administration has continually refused to put forward any potential nominee for a senior position who has shown serious backbone with regard to financial reform. There appears to be a litmus test. If you want to be tough on reform – in the sense of confronting Too Big To Fail head-on or even just reducing the reckless risks that big banks take with derivatives – you cannot have a senior administration job. (bankers and CIA own him)

100,000 prisoners are in for low-level drug offenses. Obama just gave relief to 8. - The Washington Post

De Blasio at centre of police storm after two NYPD officers shot dead | US news | The Guardian - Ex-NYPD commissioner says mayor’s comments ‘set off this firestorm’
Two NYPD cops get killed and 'wartime' police blame the protesters. Have we learned nothing? | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian - “[W]e have, for the first time in a number of years, become a ‘wartime’ police department,” read a statement from the NYPD union. “We will act accordingly.”
NYPD cop killer shot girlfriend in Baltimore first - CBS News - "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours, let's take 2 of theirs."
Rudy Giuliani: 2 NYC Cops Were Killed Because Obama Told Everyone To 'Hate The Police' | ThinkProgress - Pat Lynch, the president of the largest police union in New York City, said there was “blood on many hands tonight” including “those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protest” and starting with “the office of the mayor.” (they've always been out of control)
video: NYPD officers turn away from Mayor de Blasio as he enters police presser for murdered cops | New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV (disrespect)
Ray Kelly: Bill De Blasio Ran 'Anti-Police Campaign' (Ray "Stop and Frist Black People" Kelly)
Here are some awful tweets by conservatives blaming Bill de Blasio for the death of two cops

Police around state gain military firepower; critics see danger | Local News | The Seattle Times - As law-enforcement agencies around the state make use of assault rifles, armored vehicles and a windfall of other surplus tactical equipment from the military, some fear community policing will give way to a “militarized” mindset. (citizens are now "insurgents")

Bing Crosby: the man behind the myth - The Gonzaga Bulletin: News - The Crosby children were beaten constantly because of their attitudes, grades, eating habits, staying up past bedtime, entering the wrong wing of the house and many more infractions. Not only were the whippings frequent, they were severe.
TIL Bing Crosby used to whip his children for being overweight, and two of them committed suicide : todayilearned
Gary Crosby (actor)

Americans aren’t getting married, and researchers think porn is part of the problem - The Washington Post

A Tree Is Known By Its Fruit: Page 2 of 9 | Texas Monthly

If you’re a devoted listener of the actual podcast, you might come away impressed at how pitch-perfect SNL 's SERIAL spoof is : television

Crows Can Understand Analogies | IFLScience
Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’ | Science | The Guardian - Scientists to launch £5m study that explores links between immune disorders and mental illness – and could lead to new treatments
First direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter competes with high-temperature superconductivity -- ScienceDaily

[Serious] Have you ever saved anyone's life? How did it happen? : AskReddit

Madonna: ‘I’m living in a state of terror’ | Music | The Guardian - In an exclusive interview, the singer defends her description of the leak of demos from her new album as ‘artistic rape’ (good PR)
The Artist Margaret Keane, Vindicated in Tim Burton’s Film - NYTimes.com - The Artist Margaret Keane, Vindicated in Tim Burton’s Film

Pirate Bay Domain Back Online, Waving a Pirate Flag | TorrentFreak

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Eschaton: Who's The Boss - If the CIA will do this, they'll do anything.

The ABC'S Of Jihad In Afghanistan * Courtesy, USA - By Joe Stephens and David B. Ottaway - Washington Post, 23 March 2002 (the whole reaping what you sow thing is too complicated)

North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion | Reuters
CEO Says Sony Pictures 'Did Not Capitulate,' Is Exploring Options : The Two-Way : NPR
Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation" | Mother Jones - In an email to Mother Jones, the actor says if the US, China, Russia, and UN don't react strongly, global culture will be "very different."
Evan Goldberg wonders if the Sony hack was an inside job | Georgia Straight, Vancouver's News & Entertainment Weekly
"The Interview" Co-Director Evan Goldberg on the Sony hacking scandal. “For two seconds it was the North Koreans, and then the younger guys in our office who know way more about computers were, like, ‘No way. You’d have to know Sony’s network, it has to be somebody on the inside.’" : news
Hustler Video announces porn parody of ‘The Interview’ | www.wsbtv.com (it went viral)

Pakistan: Several Taliban killed after school massacre - CNN.com - At least five militants, including a key commander, were killed Saturday in a battle between security forces and militants in the Mattani area of Peshawar, sources said.
Why Pakistan won't hunt down the terrorists within its borders - The Week - Thanks partly to exaggerated fears about India, Pakistan has built its army and its intelligence arm, the Inter-Intelligence Service (ISI), into all-powerful entities that are scarcely answerable to civilian rulers. (oh gee, sounds like ...)

A Refugee Crisis in Calais is an Example of a World Wide Problem | The New Republic

Sydney siege timeline: how a day and night of terror unfolded at the Lindt cafe | Australia news | The Guardian - Just after the morning rush at the Lindt cafe on Monday, Man Haron Monis held up a gun and began a 16-hour hostage crisis. Here Guardian Australia reporters detail the key moments of the siege that ended in the death of two victims

Castro's Hipster Apologists Want to Keep Cuba ‘Authentically’ Poor - The Daily Beast - The thawing of diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba has elicited a lot of patronizing, asinine fretting about the imminent “Americanization” of Cuba.
Presenting Guest Op-Ed Writer Samuel Beckett - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Shorter Fred Hiatt: “China and Vietnam prove that normalization of relations does not necessarily guarantee freedom. Therefore, we should maintain the embargo of Cuba, which has a superb 50-year track record of promoting freedom, with plenty of unnecessary impoverishment as a side benefit.”
Eschaton: Our BFFs, Saudi Arabia - I don't want to litigate just how evil the Castro governments have been in Cuba. But it would be nice if every now and then a journalist would ask people who think it's unpossible to normalize our relationship with Cuba because they are "human rights violators" just why we're so nice to Saudi Arabia. (who knew about 9/11)

North Korea demands joint inquiry with US into Sony Pictures hack | World news | The Guardian - Pyongyang denies responsibility for cyber-attack and threatens grave consequences if Washington continues to blame it
North Korea Threatens Film Studios With Obliteration.. And Other Crazy Warnings - "If the U.S. imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival ... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon -- the sources of all evil," Hwang Pyong-So said, according to The Telegraph.

Israel Airstrike Hits Hamas Site In Gaza - Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war.

Backed by U.S. Airstrikes, Kurds Reverse an ISIS Gain - NYTimes.com
IS has executed 100 foreigners trying to quit: report - Yahoo News
Kurdish forces kill dozens of European, African ISIS fighters
Elderly Nigerians, Unable To Flee Boko Haram, Rounded Up And Shot Dead

Russia Dismisses New U.S. Sanctions As Useless (said the gas station)
Muscovites brace for economic winter as rouble plunges | World news | The Guardian - After a week of currency meltdown, traditional Russian fatalism is back in force. Are the good times over for Moscow’s big spending elite?

TIL Alfred Hitchcock pieced together a compilation of videos from Holocaust. Originally filmed by British and american soldiers who liberated the camps. The video was hiden from the public for over 40 years. VERY NSFW/NSFL : todayilearned
Tests confirm Cambodia HIV mass infection - Asia-Pacific - Al Jazeera English - UNAIDS to join Health Ministry to conduct full epidemiological investigation in affected community in Battambang.

US Sends 4 Afghans Home From Guantanamo

Panel to Advise Against Penalty for C.I.A.’s Computer Search - NYTimes.com (of course)
PressTV - CIA experimented on humans in black sites: Report (you know who else ...)

Obama Unbound - NYTimes.com
Obama Ends 2014 With Swagger And A Boatload Of Unanswered Questions - “I’m energized. I’m excited about the prospects for the next couple years,” Obama said Friday. “A new future is ready to be written. We’ve set the stage for this American moment.”
In Case You Missed It, Obama Made History Today: Calls Only on Female Reporters - ABC News
Obama is unpopular. He's also accomplished an incredible amount. - Vox - In his second term, Obama has also managed to get a record number of judges confirmed thanks to Democrats' use of the nuclear option to reduce filibustering. When Obama took office, 10 of the 13 appeals courts had Republican majorities — today only four do.

Why Republicans Admire Putin by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - This week Jonathan Chait reminded us of the origins of the neoconservative movement in the Republican Party.
Democratic techies’ divided loyalties - Darren Samuelsohn - POLITICO - Ex-Obama hands split between Clinton, rivals ... more than 300 of Obama’s former campaign staffers, including his chief information officer and senior aides who handled email, online fundraising and field efforts, released a letter begging Warren to jump into the race.

F.B.I. Evidence Is Often Mishandled, an Internal Inquiry Finds - NYTimes.com - mislabeled and lost evidence, according to a highly critical internal investigation that discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed. (Feebs totally incompetent and corrupt)

Gay marriages to begin in Florida after supreme court rejects delay | World news | The Guardian - Nuptials legally move forward on 6 January and the state must allow and recognize same-sex marriages performed in and out of state

Why single payer died in Vermont - Sarah Wheaton - POLITICO - Vermont under Shumlin became the most visible trailblazer. Until Wednesday, when the governor admitted what critics had said all along: He couldn’t pay for it.

Gunman kills self after 2 NYPD cops shot dead ‘execution style’ as ‘revenge’ for Garner | New York Post - Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s execution-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
NYPD Plainclothes Cop Appears To Punch Restrained Teen (raw video, updated)
Oklahoma Executions To Use Same Drug As In Botched Execution
NY police officer suspended after new video shows brutality | Reuters - A New York City police officer who appears to punch a black youth during an arrest that was captured on video and widely circulated on the Internet has been suspended from duty, the department said on Friday.
S.F. sheriff’s deputy arrested in assault on hospital patient - SFGate
Cleveland police union defends fired cop, saying others did far worse | cleveland.com
Major Chicago study finds red light cameras not safer, cause more rear-end injuries | Ars Technica - "This entire program is strictly to generate revenue and always has been," Alderman says.
Philadelphia drops civil asset forfeiture case against family | PA Independent - Chris Sourovelis and his family lost their home earlier this year after his son was caught by police selling $40 of heroin.

Alleged Cosby Victim: ‘He's Wicked With Power, Lust And Manipulation' (VIDEO) - After that, I passed out, and I woke up to him [clapping] and saying, ‘Daddy says wake up.’”
Lawmaker Rick Brattin defends controversial abortion bill requiring father’s consent - + KSHB.com - he bill drew national attention after Brattin defended it to Mother Jones magazine and invoked the now infamous phrase “legitimate rape” in discussing the bill’s exemption for victims of rape and incest.
The Personal and the Political | Jacobin - ndividual narratives have their place in progressive struggles, but Rolling Stone’s controversial article shows why they have to be wedded to a wider analysis.
Girl’s discredited story of sex assault cost dad chance at job | Toronto Star - Robert Ireland's foster daughter made allegations of sexual assault against him, never leading to a charge or conviction. His recent application for a transit job ended after the allegations appeared on his police check

The 32 Sixth Boroughs of New York City, According to the 'Times,' in Order from Worst to Best - The Awl

Tina Fey Parodies NPR In Flawless Vintage Improv Sketch

ELI5: The millennial generation appears to be so much poorer than those of their parents. For most, ever owning a house seems unlikely, and even car ownership is much less common. What exactly happened to cause this? : explainlikeimfive

Viking women were most certainly not stay-at-home moms | Ars Technica - The boats weren't just filled with hairy men in helmets.
Stem cell scandal scientist Haruko Obokata resigns
Quantum physics just got less complicated with 'Rosetta Stone' breakthrough - "The connection between uncertainty and wave-particle duality comes out very naturally when you consider them as questions about what information you can gain about a system. Our result highlights the power of thinking about physics from the perspective of information."
Machine learning reveals unexpected genetic roots of cancers, autism and other disorders | U of T News - Researchers from engineering, biology and medicine teach computers to ‘read the human genome’ and rate likelihood of mutations causing disease, opening vast new possibilities for medicine
The Strange Tale of a New Species of Lizard - NYTimes.com - Aspidoscelis neavesi is quite exceptional. The lizard was produced in the laboratory by mating two other species, and its creation defies conventional ideas about how new species evolve ... But parthenogenic female whiptail lizards can duplicate the chromosomes in their offspring without males.
Men Who Like Spicy Food Have Higher Testosterone Levels
Ibuprofen use leads to extended lifespan in several species, study shows : science
What's a grammatical mistake that's so common that people don't even think it's a mistake? : AskReddit
xkcd: Effect an Effect

Staples Data Breach May Have Affected Over 1 Million Payment Cards

Tina Fey Parodies NPR In Flawless Vintage Improv Sketch
Can We Criticize Foucault? | Jacobin - Late in life, Michel Foucault developed a curious sympathy for neoliberalism.

Watching a Chiropractor fix a damaged neck is surprisingly entertaining : videos

The year of outrage 2014: Everything you were angry about on social media this year.
Facebook is dropping in Popularity with Teens Again, Study Shows - EWT News Website
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED
Mississippi attorney general calls 'time out' in legal battle with Google | Technology | The Guardian - shortly after the search giant filed a lawsuit against him ... The company says his request violates the open principles of the internet and was made at the behest of a major film lobbying firm ... asking that the company turn over information about its search engine and sales of illegal drugs, pornography and other materials. (Google major purveyor of drugs and porno)
Google Slams MPAA for Trying to Censor Internet: Project Goliath Reveals Rift : Personal Tech : Tech Times

The 2014 /r/askreddit Best Of Awards are here! : AskReddit
What is the luckiest thing that has ever happened to you? : AskReddit - One stormy day

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Front Yards Turn to Wetlands in Virginia as Climate Change Takes Toll - Bloomberg
Ebay joins Google and others in dumping Alec over climate stance | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian - The online retailer is the latest tech giant to leave the right wing lobbying group over its position on climate change

Ebola kills Sierra Leone's most senior doctor | World news | The Guardian - Victory Willoughby is the 11th of the country’s 120 doctors to die during the outbreak

U.S. Companies Clamor to Do Business in New Cuban Market - NYTimes.com - While some Americans will be itching at the opportunity to obtain the famed Cuban cigars more easily, the country also has a surprisingly robust biotechnology industry that makes a number of vaccines not now available in the United States. Another hot spot for the economy could be mining, as Cuba has one of the largest deposits of nickel in the world.
Obama’s Cuba moves come amid demographic, economic, and political shifts that have weakened US hardliners - Nation - The Boston Globe - Recent polls not only show that a majority of Americans favor normalizing relations but also that a majority of Cuban-Americans in South Florida agree.
Marco Rubio Challenges The Pope On Obama's New Cuba Policy
a Republicans Fight Amongst Themselves Over Restored Cuba Relations - Esquire - Ever since the president announced that it was no longer 1962, and that the United States would demonstrate its belief that Cuba existed by opening an embassy there, the Washington Post Opinion sections -- Fred Hiatt, Official 'Ho-Master -- has been one small comic step away from all-out slapstick on the subject ... Anybody who opposes this deal based on Cuban repression without calling for the trials of the American torturers and their superiors, or the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay is a moral idiot.

Putin’s Bubble Bursts - NYTimes.com - Russia has an economy roughly the same size as Brazil’s. And, as we’re now seeing, it’s highly vulnerable to financial crisis — a vulnerability that has a lot to do with the nature of the Putin regime ... a classic case of locking the barn door after the oligarch is gone.

We May Never Prove Who's Really Behind The Sony Hack - North Korea has denied involvement, and called the hack "a righteous deed."
North Korea was responsible for Sony computer hack, US official says | US news | The Guardian - The official, who said there may be a Chinese link, said the conclusion was to be announced later by federal authorities
Obama: Sony 'Made A Mistake' By Canceling The Release Of 'The Interview' - "We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States," Obama said
Sony CEO Says President Obama, Press 'Are Mistaken' About What Happened With 'The Interview'
Hackers To Sony Pictures: You're Safe 'Unless You Make Additional Trouble' (submit to us for approval)
Now Paramount Is Banning The Screening Of Team America, Which Came Out Ten Years Ago - Esquire - The Great Christmas Chickening continues, this time surrounding a movie that's been out for ten years.
News from The Associated Press - The evidence implicating North Korea was previously described as largely circumstantial
Ex-Anonymous hacker questions North Korea's role in Sony hack: "The pipes going in, handling data, they only have one major ISP across their entire nation. That kind of information flowing at one time would have shut down North Korean Internet completely" : technology
Ex-Anonymous hacker questions North Korea's role in Sony hack - CBS News
If you were going to assassinate Kim Jong Un, how would you do it? : AskReddit
Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In North Korean Cyberterror Attack | Deadline
George Clooney attacks press and Hollywood over Sony hack fallout | Film | The Guardian - "We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all fucking people ... we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”

Sony's Top-Secret Password Lists Have Names like Master_Password_Sheet
Sony's IT security is a 'joke,' say former employees - serious questions are being raised about the Hollywood studio’s security procedures—with one former employee describing the “information security team” as a “complete joke.”
Sony Pictures leak shows employees used worst passwords ever

The race to save Peter Kassig | Ali Younes, Shiv Malik, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili | News | The Guardian (Feebs fucked it up, as usual)

Pakistani Military Kills Dozens Of Militants In Retaliation For School Massacre
Umar Mansoor: The Man Behind The Brutal School Attack In Pakistan - A video posted on Thursday on a website used by the Taliban shows a man with a luxuriant chest-length beard, holding an admonishing finger aloft as he seeks to justify the Dec. 16 attack. The caption identified him as Umar Mansoor.
Kurdish pershmerga forces prepare escape route for Yazidis trapped on Sinjar | World news | The Guardian - Thousands of people who fled after Isis attacks will be led out of mountains after pathway is secured

Pentagon anti-bomb force 'improperly retained' information on Americans | US news | The Guardian - Group ‘improperly’ held data from Five Eyes: UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada

The Woman the Center of the C.I.A.'s Torture Report - The Unidentified Queen of Torture - By Jane Mayer
Greenwald - The Intercept - Naming Bikowsky allows people to piece together these puzzles and hold American officials accountable. The CIA’s arguments for suppression of her name are vague and unpersuasive, alluding generally to the possibility that she could be the target of retaliation.
Torture, 'Meet the Press' and Cheney's Quest for Revenge - The Intercept - Dick Cheney gave no ground in his “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, but he did something arguably even better: He bared his twisted soul.
Bush officials gave CIA wide latitude - Yahoo News - In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election. (remember the raised terror alerts?)

Judge Who Ruled Against Obama Immigration Action Has Checkered Past - The judge, who has a highly unusual history of being removed from cases due to temperament and charges of bias, was not asked to rule on the issue and instead inserted his opinion into a criminal case.

Klingenschmitt: Americans Should Rely On God For Healthcare | Right Wing Watch - Gordon Klingenschmitt is excited about a recent Fox News poll that claims that 58 percent of Americans want to repeal Obamacare, declaring on his "Pray In Jesus Name" program recently that people ought to be relying on God for their healthcare.

Some witnesses lied to Michael Brown grand jury, McCulloch says. So why have them testify? : News
Ferguson prosecutor says witnesses in Darren Wilson case lied under oath | US news | The Guardian - The Smoking Gun also reported that McElroy came forward as a witness in another high-profile criminal case in 2007 - with a story that authorities later dismissed as “a complete fabrication.”
Witnesses Lied Under Oath In Ferguson Grand Jury, Prosecutor Says - McCulloch talked about at least one witness who he said appeared to have pulled her account of Michael Brown's death from a newspaper report.
NYPD plainclothes officer hits youth as he's cuffed - NY Daily News - “I can’t believe he just did that after everything that’s happened,” she said, an apparent reference to the Eric Garner case and other incidents captured on video.

Carly Fiorina Hiring for Presidential Campaign - NationalJournal.com - Despite her improving political skills, the California businesswoman would be an underdog in a likely all-male GOP field. (loser can't get enough of the spotlight)
Rep. Blake Farenthold Joked Online About Drinking And Hitting On Women - Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), who is being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment, wrote posts about alcohol and female travelers on an online forum geared toward frequent fliers.

Why white evangelicals rule the midterms - The Washington Post - One of the reasons that Republicans won the midterm elections is because white evangelicals turned out, while Democratic-leaning groups stayed home

Laboratory Investigation - Derivation of male germ cells from bone marrow stem cells

Los Angeles Apartment Fire Was Arson: Officials - A fire that reduced an unfinished downtown apartment building to a block-long mountain of blackened wood was an act of arson that caused an estimated $20 million to $30 million in damage, the Fire Department announced Thursday.

Democrats to Colbert: Thanks For Your Help! [Updated] | Power Line - why shouldn’t Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central be prohibited from airing millions of dollars worth of pro-Democratic Party propaganda?

You Probably Just Lost A Bunch Of Instagram Followers (Kardashians' have 3 of the top 100 accounts, Kim just kicked Bieber out of #1) )
A Mother's Struggle. : funny

The FCC ignored hundreds of thousands of net neutrality comments (proof) : technology

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No Torture. No Exceptions
Taking a Stand Against Torture
Hullabaloo - Doctors without Boundaries: Professional Courtesy: In reading the Bybee torture memo, you see that he refers constantly to the "professionals" and the medical personnel who oversaw the interrogations. (Digby: 2009)
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)

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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