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052915
Might Russia Welcome Global Warming? | Center for Strategic and International Studies
Mount Shindake: the moment Japan's volcano erupts in spectacular fashion | World news | The Guardian

Sepp Blatter wins new term as FIFA president - CNN.com
FIFA president Sepp Blatter re-elected despite corruption scandal after opponent concedes. : worldnews
More Indictments Expected in FIFA Case, I.R.S. Official Says - NYTimes.com
FIFA president Sepp Blatter re-elected despite corruption scandal after opponent concedes. : worldnews

Turkish Daily Accuses Govt. of Sending Arms to Syria Rebels — Naharnet (yeah, will McCain/Graham say bombbomb Turkey?)
Video footage showing trucks belonging to Turkey's intelligence service carrying weapons en route to Jihadists in Syria were published Friday in a Turkish daily.The trucks were carrying a total of 1000 mortar shells, 80000 rounds of ammunition for heavy weapons and hundreds of grenade launchers : worldnews
List of militant incidents in Saudi Arabia
Shiite Mosque In Saudi Arabia Hit By Suicide Bomber, At Least 4 People Killed
The US-trained commander of Tajikistan's elite police force just defected to ISIS - Business Insider - "Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers, if only you knew how many boys, our brothers are here, waiting and yearning to return to Tajikistan to reestablish Sharia law there," he said, addressing Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon.
Christian beheads jihadist in Syria revenge killing: monitor : worldnews

Britain's Secret Terror Deals: 'Truly disturbing' BBC Panorama allegations of collusion must be fully investigated, says Amnesty International - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk - 'Truly disturbing' allegations, revealed in a new BBC Panorama investigation, that UK security forces colluded with paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland on a vast scale leading directly to the deaths of hundreds of people must be fully investigated, Amnesty International has said - 'We’re not talking about a security policy we’re talking about a murder policy'

Former FBI assistant director: to keep budgets high, we must 'Keep Fear Alive' | Privacy SOS - In the context of an interview about a case in which a paid FBI informant is alleged to have offered destitute men a quarter of a million dollars to execute an attack, a former assistant director of the FBI admits it's in the bureau's best interest to inflate the supposed terror threat. That's remarkably candid, and profoundly disturbing.
Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed - sources | Reuters

India arrests pigeon accused of spying for Pakistan | The Verge

Cuba removed from US terror list - Yahoo News

iMessage, Facebook, WhatsApp and Hangouts encryption and new spy laws | BGR
Republicans want to kill the FCC's plan to subsidize internet for the poor | The Verge - The 'Obama phone' debate rages on (any delusion will do)

Vladimir Putin declares all Russian military deaths state secrets : worldnews

Emails relating to B.C.'s Highway of Tears allegedly deleted - British Columbia - CBC News - When his concerns continued to be dismissed, Duncan writes, he was told, "It's like The West Wing. You do whatever it takes to win."

Economy Shrinks in Q1; Annual Growth Still Stuck in the Doldrums | Mother Jones (another non-recovery summer)

Health Law Court Case Winner Could Be Political Loser - NYTimes.com - Should the Obama administration win, relieved Democrats would crow that Obama's foremost domestic achievement had stood unscathed. But some say they'd have lost a potentially powerful cudgel for the 2016 campaigns: Being able to accuse Republicans of ending the assistance and disrupting health coverage for many.

America's Morals Are Shifting To The Left - Americans are becoming increasingly more liberal across several moral issues. According to a new Gallup study, a record high percentage of Americans are now accepting of same-sex relationships, having a baby outside of marriage and premarital sex between men and women.
Sex history calculator: Is your number of sexual partners low, average, or high?

Hastert Reportedly Sexually Abused Man While He Was A High School Wrestling Coach - BuzzFeed News
A second person accused Hastert of sexual abuse, official says - LA Times - Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying a former student from Yorkville, Ill., to conceal his alleged sexual abuse of the youth that took place while Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at a high school there, federal law enforcement officials said Friday.
5 questions from the Dennis Hastert indictment - CNNPolitics.com
Dennis Hastert's weird 2014 call on C-SPAN | TheHill - “Hello, Denny,” the caller said. “Do you remember me from Yorkville?” he added, before laughing and hanging up.
Sources: Hastert Lawyers Asked U.S. Attorney To Withhold Details Of Alleged "Misconduct" - BuzzFeed News - Although the indictment says Hastert agreed to pay “Individual A” $3.5 million” in order to compensate for and conceal “prior misconduct” it does not include details of the alleged misconduct nor the identity of Individual A ... According to sources familiar with the case, Fardon had originally been prepared to move forward with a much more explicit indictment of Hastert, who prior to serving in Congress was a high school teacher and wrestling coach for more than 15 years in Yorkville, Illinois. (what's that sound like to you?)
Why Dennis Hastert got indicted by the feds - The Washington Post - Hastert was confronted by someone in 2010 and allegedly agreed to pay money to keep something quiet.
The Scandal That Ended Dennis Hastert's Control Of The House (DenGhazi!)

Media Help Santorum Rebrand As "Champion Of The Working Class," Ignoring Economic Policies That Favor Wealthy | Research | Media Matters for America
Scumbag » Balloon Juice - This guy is just such a crap weasel: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday assured Texans that the state would receive federal relief following major flooding, even though the senator opposed federal funding following Hurricane Sandy.

Police video shows 'horrifying' arrest of pregnant woman, ACLU says : worldnews
Texas Handgun Open Carry Bill Clears Legislature
We Pay A Shocking Amount For Police Misconduct, And Cops Want Us Just To Accept It. We Shouldn't. - Boston - $36 million between 2005 and 2015.
Graphic Video Captures Screams Of College Student As Border Agent Hits Her With A Stun Gun - A New York state college student says Customs and Border Protection agents threw her to the ground and hit her with a stun gun after she was stopped earlier this month at a border checkpoint in Lisbon, New York. ("border")

The 23-Lane Katy Freeway: A Monument to Texas Transportation Futility | Streetsblog.net - n fact, reports Crossley, all that money seems to be doing a great job of generating more traffic: (they love big gov money for certain stupid things)

15 Chinese Accused of Using Test-Taking Impostors for College Entrance Exams - NYTimes.com - BOSTON — Fifteen Chinese nationals have been accused of cheating the college entrance examination system with a scheme that involved fake passports and test-taking impostors, according to a federal indictment unsealed on Thursday.

Americans Choose "Pro-Choice" for First Time in Seven Years - This is the first time since 2008 that the pro-choice position has had a statistically significant lead in Americans' abortion views. (2008: Obama and resulting total warfare on sanity; downhill since '96)
Alabama Jails, Fines Minister After Performing Lesbian Wedding | Advocate.com - To be clear: this is an actual example of a religious official who has been sent to jail for exercising her religious beliefs. It is the very thing that the marriage equality opponents have been claiming will happen to them. And yet none of them are coming to DePrizio's defense.

Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find. - The Washington Post - “No, it hasn’t changed my mind. We all have the same evidence, and it’s just a matter of how you interpret it,” Nernberg told the Calgary Sun. “There’s no dates stamped on these things." (except for that whole "science" thing)

New HIV Study Was So Dramatic, It Had To Be Stopped Early | ThinkProgress
New HIV Study Was So Dramatic, It Had To Be Stopped Early - New research has global implications for the way HIV-positive people receive treatment. : worldnews
Parasites Are Wiping Out Entire Honeybee Colonies. Threat Magnitude Much Higher Than Previously Expected - The Latest News
Chemists discover key reaction mechanism behind the highly touted sodium-oxygen battery which could pave the way for development of the so-called holy grail of electrochemical energy storage : science
Alberta creationist discovers rare fish fossils in basement dig - Paleontologist estimates fossils to be 60 million years old, but discoverer says it's more like 4,500 years : worldnews
Scientists restore lost memory in mice, shedding light on amnesia - Yahoo News

Ford Pretends To Open Up Its Patents Like Tesla, But Doesn't; Media Falls For It | Techdirt - from the bad-reporting-people dept
Google self-driving car: It may never actually happen. - The autonomous Google car may never actually happen. (credulous journos)

Finnegans Wake becomes a hit book in China | Books | The Guardian
An incomplete list of words that are now startups. — The Message — Medium

052815
Blackout Congress.

There Are Over 200 Million Fewer Hungry People Now Than 25 Years Ago: U.N.

Parliament in Greenland unanimously approves same-sex marriage · PinkNews - MPs in the country, which has a population of 57,000, voted to adopt Danish legislation on the issue.

Sepp Blatter Says FIFA Must Police Itself - NYTimes.com (that'll work)
Sepp Blatter’s FIFA Reign of Shame - NYTimes.com - Sepp Blatter, once described by The Guardian as “the most successful non-homicidal dictator of the past century,” (well, if you don't count those Nepalis in Qatar)
Putin Says FIFA Arrests Show U.S. Meddling Abroad, Backs Blatter (oligarches stick together)

Sunnis Fleeing ISIS Find Few Doors Open Elsewhere in Iraq - NYTimes.com (just what is the plan, here?)

Women in Tunisia Tell of Decades of Police Cruelty, Violence and Rape - NYTimes.com

Female Jihadis In Syria Find Themselves Unable To Return To Their Home Countries (the whole sex-slavery gang-rape burqa thing wasn't so romantic)

U.S. Army chief says no human error seen in anthrax mishap | Reuters (the little buggers mailed themselves)

The Secret Service Has the Security Euphemism of the Day - Bloomberg Politics - “Work has begun on preparing White House fence for eventual installation of what the Secret Service calls a 'pointed anti-climb feature'—sharp half-inch steel spikes at the top protruding outward—to deter fence jumpers.”

How Bernie Sanders Learned to Be a Real Politician | Mother Jones - A portrait of the candidate as a young radical.

Here's How Many People In Each State May Not Be Able To Afford Insurance If The Supreme Court Rules Against Obamacare (rockhead states -KY will reap what they sowed, TX and FL especially)

The ‘One Person, One Vote’ Case Relies On Statistics That Nobody Has | FiveThirtyEight - The plaintiffs are challenging the usual method (counting total number of people living in a district) and are asking that states use the total number of eligible voters instead. The trouble is, we don’t have robust statistics on the number of eligible voters. If the Supreme Court were to set new standards for districting, we would need to overhaul the nation’s statistics and surveys. (latest attack on the disenfranchised)

New Jersey Faces a Transportation Funding Crisis, With No Clear Solution - NYTimes.com

Scott Walker to Sign Ban on Abortions for Rape, Incest - The Daily Beast - Potentially complicating his 2016 bid, the Wisconsin governor has said he will sign a 20-week abortion bill that includes no exemption for rape or incest.
Ex-Speaker Hastert charged with lying to FBI about hush money withdrawals - Chicago Tribune - Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Dennis Hastert has been charged with structuring cash withdrawals to evade currency transaction reporting requirements and making false statements to the FBI on May 28
Pa. newspaper: Sorry we published letter calling for Obama's execution - Adam B. Lerner - POLITICO

Award-Winning Teacher Fired for Reading an Allen Ginsberg Poem - The Daily Beast - Defenders of Connecticut teacher David Olio say one mistake shouldn’t have cost him his job. But why is the work of a towering figure of 20th-century American poetry out of bounds? (dirty hippie gay sex literature brought in by a student gets teacher fired)

Polling’s Secrecy Problem - NYTimes.com ("secrecy" = deliberate lying)

We Need More Nurses - NYTimes.com - In a survey of nurses in Massachusetts released this month, 25 percent said that understaffing was directly responsible for patient deaths, 50 percent blamed understaffing for harm or injury to patients and 85 percent said that patient care is suffering because of the high numbers of patients assigned to each nurse.

Young Women Say No to Thongs - NYTimes.com

The chocolate diet, or how to lie with science

052715
India's Heat Wave Death Toll Climbs Past 1,100
Some Californians have found a new drought scapegoat: immigration | US news | The Guardian (brown people be drinking too much of rich white rancher man's water)
Flash floods have left parts of Houston underwater | CityMetric
EPA Announces New Rule To Clarify Protections For U.S. Waters - The new measure says the federal government has jurisdiction over tributaries that show physical features of flowing water as well as water that is within a certain proximity to rivers, lake and tributaries.
Solar Shines as Sellers Sometimes Pay Buyers to Use Power - Bloomberg Business
CIA Stops Sharing Climate Change Info With Scientists : Discovery News - But even as the White House is affirming its focus, the CIA reportedly is ending a key program that shared the agency’s climate change data — some of it gathered by surveillance satellites and other clandestine sources.
Nick Stern: Shell is asking us to bet against the world on climate change | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian - Oil giant is wrong on climate policy and on the progress that will be made in renewables over next 20-30 years, says influential economist Nick Stern (oh, they sell oil?)

Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill | Business | The Guardian - Critics of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership are unlikely to be silenced by an analysis of the flood of money it took to push the pact over its latest hurdle

Chart: The Qatar World Cup Death Toll Is Stunning
How the U.S. can arrest FIFA officials in Switzerland, explained - The Washington Post - There are few secrets so poorly kept that billions of people know them, but FIFA's sketchy practices were one of them. Leave it to the soccer-indifferent Yanks to finally point out that the emperor's clothes appear to be stolen.
FIFA scandal: Why the U.S. is bringing down the hammer - CNN.com - But can the U.S. actually go after FIFA officials? Yes. Because it is ... The United States of America:
Twitter Reaction to the FIFA Indictments - NYTimes.com
In a Five-Star Setting, FIFA Officials Are Arrested, the Swiss Way - NYTimes.com (very discreet)
Here Are the FIFA Officials Indicted on Corruption Charges - NYTimes.com
FIFA officials arrested, to face corruption charges in U.S. - CNN.com ("criminal enterprise")
FIFA Officials Are Arrested on Corruption Charges; Sepp Blatter Isn’t Among Them - NYTimes.com
FIFA Officials Arrested On Corruption Charges In Dawn Raid; Face Extradition To U.S.
Fifa in crisis amid corruption arrests and World Cup voting inquiry – as it happened | Football | The Guardian
Fifa officials pocketed $150m from 'World Cup of fraud' – US prosecutors | Football | The Guardian - US attorney general alleges ‘rampant, systemic and deep-rooted’ racket
Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges as World Cup inquiry launched | Football | The Guardian
FIFA Officials Arrested for Corruption in Zurich: Allegations of Bribery for Soccer's World Cup - The Atlantic - Soccer’s international governing body has long been suspected of mass corruption, but a 47-count U.S. indictment is one of the first real steps to accountability.
FIFA officials indicted on corruption charges : news

Chelsea Manning reveals threats of 'disappearing' at Guantánamo Bay | US news | The Guardian - US soldier marks fifth anniversary of military custody with most personal firsthand account yet and accuses military guards of threatening her with exile

Islamist fighters drawn from half the world's countries, says UN | World news | The Guardian - Report says there are more than 25,000 ‘foreign terrorist fighters’ from 100 countries in jihadi conflicts, who pose an ‘immediate and long-term threat’
Republicans' plans for Isis would drag us back into Iraq for another war | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - The GOP candidates use innuendo and coded language to push the need for ground troops into public discourse. At least the military hawks are more overt (bomb! invade! bomb! reinvade! Republicans like to blow shit up and kill people))
BasNews
Arab air strikes on Yemen's border with Saudi Arabia kill at least 30 - residents | Reuters - most of them civilians, residents of the area said.
Rouhani clashes with Iranian clergy over women arrested for 'bad hijab' | World news | The Guardian - Restricting morality patrols is the beginning of Rouhani’s project for gradually extracting Islamic ideology from the practice of law. Just what he is willing to sacrifice for this project remains to be seen.”

GOLDMAN SACHS: 'There is too much debt' - Business Insider - The world is sinking under too much debt and an ageing global population means countries' debt piles are in danger of growing out of control, the European chief executive of Goldman Sachs Asset Management has warned.

'I was raped as a child, and only now can I tell my story': How James Rhodes fought the law courts in a battle to be heard - Features - Books - The Independent
Finally I can write this without the threat of imprisonment : worldnews

Exclusive: Russia masses heavy firepower on border with Ukraine - witness | Reuters

Website targets pro-Palestinian students in effort to harm job prospects | US news | The Guardian - It remains unclear who is behind Canary Mission – right-leaning, pro-Israel groups have denied having a relationship with the group: The David Horowitz Freedom Center, Daniel Pipe’s Middle East Forum, the AMCHA Initiative and StandWithUS told the Forward that they were not connected to Canary Mission. (protest a lot)

New Evidence Shows Police Did Massacre 42 in Michoacan, Mexico | News | teleSUR English

Cyberattack Exposes I.R.S. Tax Returns - NYTimes.com - Criminals used stolen data to gain access to past tax returns of more than 100,000 people through an application on the Internal Revenue Service’s website, the agency said on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court and the Meaning of 'One Person One Vote' - And it's now damned close to enshrining in law the principle that any electoral disadvantage—self-inflicted or not—that conservatives face is prima facie unconstitutional. It really is quite something. (next up on the Roberts Court dismantling democracy agenda)

Bill Clinton Company Shows Complexity of Family Finances - ABC News - The newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services, but which demonstrates the complexity of the family's finances.
Have Democrats Pulled Too Far Left? - NYTimes.com ... One of the crowning legislative achievements under Mr. Clinton was welfare reform ... (yeah, right - NYT sounds the alarm)
Rand Paul Holds Republican Hawks Responsible for ISIS - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com
Balkinization: Ridiculous Political Reporting on Legal Issues - Politico had a story yesterday about assistance Elizabeth Warren gave the United States in its appearance before a NAFTA arbitration tribunal in the Loewen Group case. (politico bullshit)
The media’s sickening Sanders double standard: How the socialist brings out their true colors - Salon.com - Bernie Sanders' 2016 campaign reveals how skewed our attitudes toward wealth and taxation have become (Eisenhower was a socialist/commnunist)
Scott Walker: Mandatory Ultrasounds Are 'Just A Cool Thing' For Women
Rubio warns: Christianity could be labeled 'hate speech' - Nick Gass - politico (he has a point)

Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon Confirmed By U.S. Air Force | Digital Trends - this new weapon “is a bomb — but without the bomb.”

Theft of copper cable causes major disruption on NYC subways - Subway service was disrupted for hundreds of thousands of commuters Wednesday because of a massive theft of copper cable from train tracks, transit officials said.

Appeals court strikes down key abortion restriction in Arkansas | US news | The Guardian - The court ruled on Wednesday it was inappropriate to ban most abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy in one of the nation’s strictest states for abortion
Nebraska abolishes death penalty after Legislature votes to override Gov. Ricketts' veto

Police officer charged in Waldorf McDonald's homicide ID'd - - A Prince George's County police officer is charged in a murder at the Waldorf McDonald's and detective say his service weapon may have been used by his mother in the crime
CPD cops posed for photo standing over black man dressed in antlers | Chicago

Key notebook in Aurora theater shooting trial released to public - The Denver Post
"Campus carry": Texas is big step closer to bestowing right to carry concealed handguns on college campuses : news

Matt Taibbi: Rolling Stone UVA Report ‘Absolutely' Damaged Rape Victims

No pay, no play! Poor kids banned from school carnival | New York Post - PS 120 in Flushing held a carnival for its students Thursday, but kids whose parents did not pay $10 were forced to sit in the auditorium while their classmates had a blast ... Principal Joan Monroe (just made herself infamous on the internets for all eternity because little moochers)

The University of Minnesota’s Medical Research Mess - NYTimes.com (an honor code with no honor)
Possible vaccine could lower blood pressure for six months - UPI.com - Hypertension in rats in the study was successfully lowered for six months, and the vaccine also appeared to reduce tissue damage that is associated with high blood pressure.
Any dose of alcohol combined with cannabis significantly increases levels of THC in blood : science
Scientists identify key to preventing secondary cancers -- ScienceDaily - Breast cancer is a disease that commonly spreads to other areas of the body; the most common site for the disease to spread is the bone. Leading scientists have identified a possible key to preventing secondary cancers in breast cancer patients, after discovering an enzyme that enhances the spread of the disease. They also report that an existing class of drugs for osteoporosis could stop the spread of the disease.
Autistic adults could take pure MDMA to 'reduce social anxiety' : news

Male cops of reddit, how often do you get offered sex in order to let someone go? : AskReddit

Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility : Scientific Reports : Nature Publishing Group - four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals.
Lockheed Martin says NSA testing smartphones that can identify you from finger swipes

Yahoo must face email spying class action: U.S. judge | Reuters - nationwide class-action lawsuit accusing it of illegally intercepting the content of emails sent to Yahoo Mail subscribers from non-Yahoo Mail accounts, and using the information to boost advertising revenue.
AdBlock Plus secures another court victory in Germany - BBC News
SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows’ account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware [Updated] | Ars Technica
How copyright law threatens your right to repair your car - Vox

052615
Climate Change Debate Fueled by ‘Echo Chambers,’ New Study Finds | SESYNC - “Our research underscores how important it is for people on both sides of the climate debate to be careful about where they get their information. If their sources are limited to those that repeat and amplify a single perspective, they can’t be certain about the reliability or objectivity of their information,” Jasny said.

'Absolutely Massive' Texas Flooding Leaves Motorists Stranded, People Missing
Search resumes for those missing in Texas floodwaters - AOL.com - The water rose overnight after the area received about 11 inches of rain, much of it in a six-hour period.
Texas Flooding Called The Worst Ever By Governor - "It is absolutely massive - the relentless tsunami-type power of this wave of water," he said.

British people watch 9/11 Documentary: 102 minutes that changed America - Gogglebox - [5:23] : videos

102 Minutes That Changed America - Gogglebox - vidme
The Separation of Church and State: America and the American Military (Guest Post) - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Less than one percent serve, and of those most are from a military family. They are stationed in places that mostly military people retire (people stay in places that they are comfortable) so the businesses are generally military serving military (so, will all those military families vote Republican so they can take over the country?)

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the NSA whistleblower “gave up his own life . . . to help the rest of us". : worldnews
Privacy advocates oppose fresh Senate attempt to renew NSA spying powers | US news | The Guardian - Legislation proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein in bid to avoid surveillance expiration this weekend rolls back key provisions of ambitious NSA reform bill

Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is 'defeat for humanity' | World news | The Guardian - Vatican diplomat seen as second only to the Pope insists Saturday’s referendum result shows ‘the church must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation’ (in case you forgot which side the devil is on)

With ISIS in Cross Hairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians - NYTimes.com
How Islamic State’s Win in Ramadi Reveals New Weapons, Tactical Sophistication and Prowess - WSJ - Examination of Ramadi’s downfall reflects complex plans and new weapons
Iraqi Military Losing Ground to ISIS Reflects Political Dysfunction in Country - The Atlantic - The country’s political dysfunction has undermined all efforts to build an effective fighting force ... In the eight years the U.S. formally occupied Iraq, the U.S. invested $25 billion in training and equipping the country’s armed forces before withdrawing in 2011 ... Last summer, a group of several hundred ISIS fighters routed nearly 30,000 Iraqi troops tasked with defending Mosul, (what a scam)
The Iraqi Army Ten Years Ago by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - a 2005 piece in the Atlantic by WaMo Editorial Advisory Board member James Fallows about the struggle to reconstruct an effective Iraqi Army. It’s a story that’s still depressingly familiar. Here’s a brief excerpt: (nothing has changed; Republicans still delusional blunderers and liars)
Fall of Ramadi betrays Obama administration's 'credibility gap' | US news | The Guardian - Isis capture of Iraq city reveals contradictions in White House ‘happy talk’, reminding critics of Donald Rumsfeld downplaying Iraq occupation

Wikipedia edits from inside Parliament removing scandals from MPs' pages, investigation finds - UK Politics - UK - The Independent

Netherlands Approves Partial Ban On Full-Face Veils In Public Areas - A partial ban on wearing full-face veils, including the niqab and burqa, has been approved by the Netherlands government ... The partial ban in the Netherlands is not as restrictive as neighboring countries Belgium and France, where the veil is banned in all public places.

China Plans Naval Expansion Amid South China Sea Tensions

Free Trade and the Export-Import Bank | Beat the Press | Blogs | Publications | The Center for Economic and Policy Research - The gods must have a great a sense of humor. Why else would they arrange to have the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank both come up as great national issues at the same time?

Federal Court Refuses To Lift Hold On Obama's Immigration Executive Action - federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, After Pushing for Keystone XL, Joins TransCanada Lobbying Firm - The Intercept


This Is What The Latest Obamacare Supreme Court Case Is All About (Repubican bullshit)
Wall Street Could Win Big If SCOTUS Guts Fair Housing Act - If the state of Texas prevails in a civil rights case about to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, landlords and developers will have an easier time defending themselves in housing discrimination lawsuits. (Roberts will see post-discrimination America!)

North Carolina Ag Gag Bill Could Impact Daycare Nursing Home Investigations / Public News Service

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts Vetoes Bill That Would Repeal The Death Penalty (Republicans, Party of Death)

Cleveland's Consent Decree With the Justice Department on Excessive Use of Force by Police - The Atlantic - The city and the Justice Department will unveil a consent decree on Tuesday afternoon, aimed at reforming the troubled law-enforcement agency.
N.C. man arrested for recording the arrest of his friend : news (they well never get the memo)

Evangelist Claims Josh Duggar Wasn't Christian At Time Of Molestation Allegations - Christian evangelist Ray Comfort offered his support of Josh on May 24 via Twitter, "Standing by my friend Josh Duggar, as a brother in Christ. This was in his BC days. Such were some of us." (he was a Satanist, or maybe an Episcopalian)

The States With The Most Stay-At-Home Fathers (SD, WVA, RI no jobs)

Still Secret and Secure, Safe Rooms Now Hide in Plain Sight - NYTimes.com - “The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened,” said Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, which has installed a number of safe rooms around New York City. “When you have so much to lose, and you can afford to, you put a premium on your safety.” (the riches are scared)
Why A Wegmans In Brooklyn Is Great News For Low-Income Locals - The proposed grocery store, slotted to open in 2017, would bring affordable food prices to a segment of the Fort Greene neighborhood that has long been waiting for its own high-quality supermarket.

Holiday Box Office Lowest Since 2001 - WSJ - ‘Tomorrowland’ from Disney was a big disappointment

Two 18-year-old girls charged with felonies for putting alarm clocks in empty lockers as their senior prank. : news (yeah, NC)
Psychedelic drugs should be legally reclassified, medical uses explored – academics — RT UK

Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer - Now women with this cancer are suing Johnson & Johnson, claiming the company kept quiet about the product’s putative dangers : news

TIL two esteemed scientists suspected time traveling culprits to be sabotaging mankind's discovery of the Higgs boson. : todayilearned - Obviously, time travelers from 2009 are publishing Time Magazine articles on Reddit in 2015 in order to make the future happen prior to the past.

Vox Media Acquires Re/code - Vox Media, the owner of The Verge and SB Nation, is acquiring Re/code, the tech news website announced on Tuesday.
Review: Microsoft Surface 3 for Artists and Drawing | Parka Blogs

052515
Massive India heatwave 'kills 500' - BBC News
Tornado On U.S.-Mexico Border Kills At Least 13 - A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant from its mother's arms. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided - LA Times - The segregation is so pronounced that it can be traced on a map: Some 49% of the 1.3 million active-duty service members in the U.S. are concentrated in just five states — California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.
For combat veterans, VA ban on IVF coverage adds insult to injury - The Washington Post

Only Iran is confronting Islamic State, paramilitary chief says | Reuters - "Obama has not done a damn thing so far to confront Daesh: doesn't that show that there is no will in America to confront it?" Mehr quoted Soleimani as saying, using a derogatory Arabic term for Islamic State.
Beheaded Corpses Said to be Lining Streets of Ancient City Seized by Islamic State | VICE News
Even The Defense Department Is Questioning Obama's ISIS Strategy - “The Iraqi forces showed no will to fight,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told CNN’s "State of the Union" on Sunday of Ramadi’s fall. “They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site. That says to me, and I think to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves.” ("Iraqis?")
Iraq, Iran Hit Back At U.S. After Criticism Over Fall Of Ramadi ... "We should not judge the whole army based on one incident," al-Hadithi told The Associated Press. (or even 321 "incidents")

Afghans Form Militias and Call on Warlords to Battle Taliban - NYTimes.com - the government in Kabul is turning to a strategy fraught with risk: forming local militias and beseeching old warlords for military assistance (the wheel turns 720 degrees and we're back to where we started but much pooer)

China warned over 'insane' plans for new nuclear power plants | World news | The Guardian - He Zuoxiu, a leading Chinese scientist, says the country is not investing enough in safety controls after lifting of post-Fukushima disaster reactor ban

Erdogan blasts New York Times: ‘Who are you? Know your place’ - politics

Ireland’s voters approve same-sex marriage. Here’s how that happened. - The Washington Post - The final vote was 62.4% in favor of same sex marriage and 37.6% against. The yes vote was well over 70% in Dublin, and between 50 and 65 percent for most of the rest of the country. This is, on the face of it, an amazing result, given Ireland’s past traditions of conservatism. Two decades ago, in a similar referendum, Irish voters barely passed a measure allowing for divorce.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison For Corruption - for unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter, capping the dramatic downfall of a man who only years earlier led the country and hoped to bring about a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians. (the Clinton of Israel)

Punish US Generals for Mismanaging Afghan War Funds, Says Inspector General - Defense One - The Army failed to stop the construction of never-to-be-used $36 million command center. Afghanistan

$1.8 billion disappears in Russian space program - May. 25, 2015

The Big Meh - NYTimes.com - Since then, we’ve been living in an era of iPhones and iPads and iDontKnows, but even if you adjust for the effects of financial crisis, growth and trends in income have reverted to the sluggishness that characterized the 1970s and 1980s.
Greg Mankiw Forgot What He Teaches — Bull Market — Medium - At issue is Mankiw’s Times column claiming that all economists agree on the overall benefits of free trade, so everyone should be in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, among other trade agreements. ("everyone" = wingnuts)

Hillary Clinton vs. the Media: The Real Democratic Primary | The New Republic
Eschaton: Every Clown Car Member Gets The Love From The NYT ("Fiorina talks, Iowa swoons" from 1 to 2 percent)
Jeb Bush To Get Own Home At Family Compound In Maine


Cleveland Reaches Settlement With Justice Department Over Police Conduct - NYTimes.com - The details of the settlement were not immediately clear, but in similar negotiations in recent years, the Justice Department has insisted that cities allow independent monitors to oversee changes inside police departments
County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant | Ars Technica - San Bernardino Sheriff's Department doesn't tell judges it's using spy device. (well, really, who could have predicted that would happen?)

How Austerity Killed the Humanities - In These Times - Not long ago, the Right fought viciously over the teaching of the humanities in American universities. Now conservatives are trying to eliminate them altogether. (Republicans hate education, especially "humanities")
This Is What Happens When You Slash Funding for Public Universities | The Nation - Like other struggling schools, the University of Arizona is raising out-of-state tuition—and courting the affluent students who can afford to pay it. (slash taxes! for profit!)

GOPer Wants Police Chief Who Released Duggar Offense Report To Be Fired - Tabloid magazine In Touch Weekly on Thursday published the offense report, which it obtained through a public records request. The names of the victims, as well as Josh Duggar's name, were redacted. The report was destroyed the same day it was published in the magazine by order of Judge Stacey Zimmerman.
Quiverfull of Shit: a Guide to the Duggar's Scary Brand of Christianity (nice pics)
The Web Has Known About Josh Duggar for Years. When Did TLC Find Out? - Reading a Springdale police report filed in 2006 and released by InTouch yesterday, it seems clear Jim Bob and Michelle knew about Josh’s misconduct from the beginning—and helped him avoid prosecution ... But they weren’t the only ones who knew of Josh’s predation. So did Oprah Winfrey, her producers, the Springdale Police Department—and, apparently, a huge community of message board posters online. (thanks, Oprah)
Tell Your Duggar Tales: Did Michelle Duggar Get a Gay Crew Member Fired? (incredibily small-minded, dumb people)
A Homeschooling Program Promoted By The Duggars Has Troubling Advice On How To Handle Sexual Abuse - BuzzFeed News - The program, the Advanced Training Institute, has been frequently mentioned on the Duggars’ TLC show and blog for years.

Maureen Down the Humble Irish Maid | Progress Pond - Nothing quite says “Irish maid” like living in JFK’s old bachelor pad. Maybe the ghost of Maureen Dowd’s great grandmother is feather-dusting the “huge trompe l’oeil pastorals on the living-room wall” as we speak. (MoDo likes naked women)

Pauline Kael Reviews Godard's 'Band of Outsiders' | The New Republic
Art Garfunkel on Paul Simon: 'I created a monster'
Art Garfunkel - reading list

Asteroid impacts 3.3 billion years ago may have boiled the oceans | Ars Technica - Researchers think up to 100 meters of ocean evaporated away.
Team finds the 'key' to quantum network solution

Ecstasy may soon be a treatment for social anxiety among autistic adults. : worldnews
Kristen Wiig as NASA Spokeswoman Annie Montrose in Ridley Scott's "The Martian"(xpost /r/TheMartian) : movies
ELI5: Why does coke in a glass bottle, or in a can, taste noticeably different from coke from plastic bottles? : explainlikeimfive
Mom who took son into hiding to save his foreskin, sobs in court as she signs consent for circumcision : news
[Serious] Creepiest things to ever happen on Reddit? : AskReddit
[Serious] Reddit, what early signs can clue you in that somebody is an asshole? : AskReddit
Throwaway time! What's your secret that could literally ruin your life if it came out? : AskReddit

Deep AI predicts Reddit image virality better than humans : science

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Texas, Oklahoma Hit By Severe Flooding, At Least 1 Dead
Atlantic Editor Wonders If Maybe Immigration Has Something To Do With California's Water Crisis - David Frum, a conservative pundit and senior editor at The Atlantic, wants to know why The New York Times isn’t putting more emphasis on immigration in its coverage of the California water crisis ... Native births and migration from other parts of the U.S. have accounted for the majority of California's population growth in recent years. (way to go, Atlantic and Christ, what a stupid)
Decade After Katrina, Pointing Finger More Firmly at Army Corps - NYTimes.com

Same-sex marriage: Catholic church needs reality check, says Dublin archbishop | World news | The Guardian - Diarmuid Martin, who says he voted no in Ireland’s historic referendum, believes decision symbolises a social revolution (Ireland hasn't just said "Yes"... Ireland has said: "F??CK YEAAHHHH")

Secrets, the C.I.A. and The New York Times - NYTimes.com - As the nation’s dominant news organization, The Times deserves, and gets, intensive scrutiny for how it has handled that story. The grades, clearly, are mixed. Its role in the run-up to the Iraq War has been rightly and harshly criticized. Its early reporting on surveillance, though delayed, was groundbreaking. Its national-security reporting has been excellent in many ways and, at times, is justifiably slammed for allowing too much cover for government officials who want to get their message out ... Its early reporting on surveillance, though delayed, was groundbreaking (read that more slowly: "delayed" = long enough not to effect Bush's reelection +'most consise deflection ever")
Secrets, Politics and Torture | FRONTLINE | PBS
Why You Never Saw The CIA’s Interrogation Tapes | Secrets, Politics and Torture | FRONTLINE | PBS - Rodriguez was never prosecuted. As FRONTLINE reports in tonight’s documentary, in 2006, President George W. Bush signed legislation granting immunity to anyone at the CIA who had worked on the program.

Greens call to legalize gay marriage in Germany | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2015 - After Ireland's citizens voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality in a historic referendum, members of Germany's Green party have called for the recognition of same-sex marriage in Germany as well.

Pentagon report predicted West’s support for Islamist rebels would create ISIS — INSURGE intelligence — Medium - Anti-ISIS coalition knowingly sponsored violent extremists to ‘isolate’ Assad, rollback ‘Shia expansion’

Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says - Middle East - World - The Independent - "They are institutionalizing sexual violence," Bangura said of the Islamic State. "The brutalization of women and girls is central to their ideology."
Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death | Miami Herald Miami Herald - Dade Correctional Institution officials and officers stand accused of covering up the suspicious death of a mentally ill inmate. (they burned him up, compare and constrast)

Saudi King Salman vows to 'wipe out' Islamic State after mosque attack | News | DW.DE | 24.05.2015 - Riyadh has sworn to seek out the roots of terrorism in Saudi Arabia and destroy them. The king's comments come after a deadly assault on a minority-Shiite mosque.
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says : worldnews
With Victories, ISIS Dispels Hope of a Swift Decline - NYTimes.com - Confounding declarations of the group’s decline, the twin offensives have become a sudden showcase for the group’s disciplined adherence to its core philosophies: always fighting on multiple fronts, wielding atrocities to scare off resistance and, especially, enforcing its caliphate in the Sunni heartland that straddles the Iraqi-Syrian border.
US defense secretary says fall of Ramadi shows Iraqi forces lack will to fight Isis | World news | The Guardian - Ash Carter says defenders vastly outnumbered Islamic State fighters - Iraqi lawmaker says US to blame for failure to provide support (same old story)
Republican Rivals Skirt Specifics on Plans to Fight ISIS - NYTimes.com (Obama's war)
Assad regime accused of 35 chlorine attacks since mid-March | World news | The Guardian - Syrian civil defence workers say Obama’s comments about chlorine at Camp David have in effect given Assad regime the green light - Though Obama said the US was assisting investigators who were looking into the chlorine allegations, he stunned observers at a press conference in Camp David by saying chlorine was not “historically listed as a chemical weapon”. (he missed the whole WWI thing +another hole in Barry's education)

Israel jails Palestinians for Facebook comments - Al Jazeera English - Activists say Israeli authorities are "watching social media closely and targeting Palestinians" for online postings.

Secret Bank of England taskforce investigates financial fallout of Brexit | Business | The Guardian - News of undercover project emerges after Bank staff accidentally email details to the Guardian including PR notes on how to deny its existence

Putin Signs Law To Shut Down 'Undesirable' Foreign Organizations In Russia - Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an "ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society."


Why putting bank bosses behind bars is still nigh on impossible | Business | The Guardian - Bankers are known to have been ‘brazen’ in their illegal behaviour, but apart from in Iceland, few top directors have been jailed – for reasons that may start with fear of an Arthur Andersen outrage (same old bullshit too important to jail)

N.S.A. and Other Matters Leave McConnell’s Senate in Disarray - NYTimes.com - The unexpected legislative collapse on the Senate floor, and Mr. McConnell’s morose departure, pointed up the quandary that has emerged since Republicans took control. (Turtle-face fail)
Senate to Try Again After Bill on N.S.A. Collection of Phone Records Is Blocked - NYTimes.com

GOP's fight for 2016 nomination likely to drag on longer than party desires

Why one in four Silicon Valley homebuyers wants to leave - In the past four years, the number of Bay Area people searching for Seattle homes has quadrupled; for Portland homes, that number has quintupled. For every 13 Bay Area people searching for a home, one is now searching in the Pacific Northwest alone.

Graduating Class of 2015 Most Debt Burdened in History - 43 million people are carrying $1.3 trillion in student debt (good job, America! those little moochers will pay for their very expensive educations!)

Ex-Reagan adviser: Fox News is ‘self-brainwashing’ Republicans into a radical fringe party (the Cult of Fox/Satan)

Obama's New Personal Twitter Account Meets Wave Of Racist Tweets (call John Roberts)

Cleveland police make 71 arrests as protests over acquittal 'cross the line' | US news | The Guardian - Mayor and governor praise largely peaceful protesters
'Runnin' N--ger Target' Sold at North Dakota Gun Show - The Root - The appalled gun show’s organizer said the vendor somehow got it past prescreening.
Biker Gangs, Tamir Rice, And The Rise Of White Fragility

In stadium financing game, Goldman Sachs dominates - LA Times - Goldman Sachs has crafted a public-private partnership to build in Carson the nation’s costliest stadium ("public-private" = public pays, private profits for 8 fucking games a year)

John F. Nash Jr., Mathematician Whose Life Story Inspired ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ Dies at 86 - NYTimes.com
Police: 'Beautiful Mind' mathematician, wife die in New Jersey Turnpike crash | 6abc.com

Echidne Of The Snakes: On The Duggar Ideology: Multiply At Any Cost ... Quiverfull Christian patriarchy cult (children as products)
Founder of Josh Duggar’s ‘treatment center’ left after ‘sexually grooming’ teens and young women - The founder of a chain of Christian “treatment” centers Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar sent their eldest son to for molesting five girls — including his sisters — resigned in 2014 under a cloud of accusations that he had “sexually groomed” and harassed young women and teens in his ministry ... Michelle Duggar later admitted that their son had also been farmed out to a friend who did home remodeling, where Josh did manual labor as part of his rehabilitation ... In 2010, Michelle Duggar received a “Mother of the Year ” award from the head of a ministry who also resigned after admitting to adultery.
There Is No Victim: A Survey of IBLP Literature on Sexual Assault and Abuse
ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: Defiant Hair! On Michelle Duggar's Tips For All Subjugated Wives.
Echidne Of The Snakes: Lock Up Your Women. Advice from Chechnya. (1950's America)

City orders Sharpton’s daughter to save incriminating hiking pics | New York Post

Immune System Reset May Halt Multiple Sclerosis Progression NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) - One promising treatment for MS is HDIT/HCT (high-dose immunosuppressive therapy with autologous hematopoietic cell transplant). The goal of this treatment is to “reset” the immune system so that it will cease attacking the central nervous system.
Alzheimer’s origins tied to rise of human intelligence : Nature News & Comment - Factors that drove evolution of intellectual capacity also implicated in memory disorder ... 50,000 to 200,000 years ago, natural selection drove changes in six genes involved in brain development. This may have helped to increase the connectivity of neurons, making modern humans smarter as they evolved from their hominin ancestors. But that new intellectual capacity was not without cost: the same genes are implicated in Alzheimer's disease ... Humans are the only species known to develop Alzheimer's; the disease is absent even in closely related primate species such as chimpanzees.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) linked to lower maternal 25(OH)D levels | Vitamin D Council - Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) linked to lower maternal 25(OH)D levels - The Vitamin D Council recommends that pregnant women sunbathe when possible, otherwise take at least 5,000 IU/day of vitamin D (photophobic mothers contribute to attention issues in their children)
Why do psychedelic plants exist evolutionarily? : askscience
Infidelity Lurks in Your Genes - NYTimes.com - Women who carry certain variants of the vasopressin receptor gene are much more likely to engage in “extra pair bonding,” the scientific euphemism for sexual infidelity.
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D. - NYTimes.com - So if you are nomadic, having a gene that promotes A.D.H.D.-like behavior is clearly advantageous (you are better nourished), but the same trait is a disadvantage if you live in a settled context - Not all the news is so bad. Curiously, the prevalence of adult A.D.H.D. is only 3 to 5 percent, a fraction of what it is in young people.
Shrinking Hours - NYTimes.com - At present, there are essentially three C.P.T. psychotherapy codes that insurers will pay for: therapy sessions that run 30, 45 and 60 minutes. (frameless insurance-driven therapy)
How long would it take a modern computer with code breaking softwear to crack the German enigma code from WW2? : askscience

15 Eating Habits That Make You Live Longer

Sikh Man Who Removed Turban To Help Injured Boy Surprised When Friendly Strangers Return The Favor
9 Signs You're Finally in a Mature, Adult Relationship | Beth Leipholtz

12 Gloriously Honest Cards Your Crappy Ex Deserves


When the Rapist Doesn’t See It as Rape - NYTimes.com - that false allegations make up between 2 percent and 10 percent of rape cases.
Shoes That Put Women in Their Place - NYTimes.com - The heel has come to be the icon of feminine allure and even female power. But what, exactly, is this power and why do only women have the privilege of using heels to convey it?

Review: Hope Gangloff at Susan Inglett Gallery - NYTimes.com - Hope Gangloff’s “Checkered Flag (Yuri Masnyj)” depicts an artist wearing a “Save Cooper Union” button.

Men of Reddit, what "feminine" thing do you wish was more acceptable for men to do? (Serious) : AskReddit
One of the best prank calls I've ever seen : videos
What is the most NSFW thing you have seen someone openly do in a public place(NSFW)? : AskReddit
Which subreddit would you shut down and why? : AskReddit

Canadian Teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of swatting, harassing online game rivals : technology

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Drought-stricken California loses 50m gallons of water as vandals target dam | US news | The Guardian - Police say vandals caused ‘irreversible damage’ to inflatable dam in Fremont
Vandals destroy dam in California, release 49 million gallons of water into SF Bay - Water could have sustained 500 families for a year : news

Senate Blocks NSA Reform Bill - The Senate struggled to prevent an interruption in critical government surveillance programs early Saturday, rejecting both a House-passed bill and a short-term extension of the USA Patriot Act.
NSA bulk phone records collection to end despite USA Freedom Act fail | US news | The Guardian - Administration has not applied to secret court for 90-day extension - USA Freedom Act fails in early hours after long Senate session
USA Freedom Act fails as senators reject bill to scrap NSA bulk collection | US news | The Guardian
Justice Department issues policy on domestic drone use

Ireland Votes to Approve Gay Marriage, Putting Country in Vanguard - NYTimes.com
Ireland Votes Yes To Legalize Gay Marriage In Historic Referendum - Friday's referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say "yes" to changing the nation's constitution to define marriage as a union between two people regardless of their sex.
Ireland - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Good job America. The Irish have now passed you in civil rights.
Ireland’s Marriage Equality Moment - NYTimes.com
Ireland’s voters approve same-sex marriage. Here’s how that happened. - The Washington Post

Islamic State Group Radio Claims Saudi Arabia Mosque Suicide Attack - The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom.
U.S. Airstrikes In Syria 'Have Killed So Many People. We Want Them To Stop' - The U.S. military's admission this week that an airstrike against extremists last year in Syria killed two children is too little and too late for many Syrians, hardening a deep distrust of U.S. efforts in the war-ravaged country.
Iran Joins Iraqi Fight Against ISIS At Key Oil Refinery (it's getting very complicated and it's all Obama's fault)

Netanyahu thanks US for blocking push for Middle East nuclear arms ban | World news | The Guardian - US, UK and Canada opposed Egyptian plan for nuclear-free region - Israel is believed to be Middle East’s only nuclear-armed power (America vetos nuke-free ME)

Ukraine crisis: Rebel commander Alexei Mozgovoi 'killed' - BBC News - Mr Mozgovoi led the "Prizrak" (Ghost) battalion which was based in the Alchevsk area of Luhansk.


3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam | Global development | The Guardian - Like many Vietnamese children, Hien was brought to Britain for a life of modern slavery. He ended up in prison on cannabis offences. We report on the gangs expanding across the UK and efforts to help their victims

Mexico Gunfight Kills At Least 43, As Government Hits Jalisco Cartel Suspects Hard

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa: Clinton campaigning in a bubble, largely isolated from real people | Elections | McClatchy DC

GOP Guvs With '16 Ambitions Hamstrung By Budget Crises Of Own Making - “It opens you up to the criticisms,” said Robert Hogan, a professor of political science at Louisiana State University. “Who’s running this state? Grover Norquist or Bobby Jindal?”


Michael Brelo, Cleveland Patrolman, Found Not Guilty In Deaths Of 2 Unarmed Suspects - Thirteen officers fired at a car with Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams inside after a long, high-speed chase, but only Brelo was charged criminally because prosecutors said he waited until the car had stopped and the pair no longer a threat to fire 15 shots through its windshield while standing on the hood of the car ... The chase and shooting began when Russell's car backfired (if you shoot them enough times you walk +what ever happened to joint enterprise?)
Cleveland Cop Michael Brelo found not guilty of all charges. : news
Arrest video played in trial of LAPD officer accused in woman's death - LA Times - A video played in court for jurors Wednesday showed a Los Angeles police officer strike a handcuffed woman in the throat and use a foot to kick or shove her in the groin moments before the woman lost consciousness in the back of a patrol car. The officer threatened to "punt" Thomas in the groin, using a profanity for her genital area.
Feds Will Investigate Case Of Cleveland Cop Acquitted In Deaths Of Two People
"War On Cops": Fox News Abandons Its Catchphrase When Bike Gangs Threaten Police | Blog | Media Matters for America - What's more, the discrepancy in Fox's coverage isn't new. When two right-wing shooters killed police officers in Las Vegas in 2014, Fox was slow to cover the story and refrained from using the kind of sensationalist rhetoric the network reserves for protests in the black community or stories about the Muslim community. (bread meet butter)

Police destroy Josh Duggar's record | NWADG - Arkansas police have destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into reality TV star Josh Duggar, a spokesman said Friday, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about sexual misconduct allegations from when he was a juvenile.
Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed - Springdale Police spokesman Scott Lewis said Judge Stacey Zimmerman ordered the 2006 offense report destroyed Thursday. Zimmerman didn't return a request for comment on Friday. (oh, the coverup)
Mike Huckabee Makes Excuses For Duggar Family Hiding Years Of Sexual Abuse | ThinkProgress - Huckabee also berated those who have drawn attention to Josh Duggar’s alleged abuse: “Those who have enjoyed revealing this long ago sins in order to discredit the Duggar family have actually revealed their own insensitive bloodthirst, for there was no consideration of the fact that the victims wanted this to be left in the past and ultimately a judge had the information on file destroyed—not to protect Josh, but the innocent victims.”
Josh Duggar's Police Records Destroyed

Huckabee's Son and His History of Animal Cruelty | Suzy Shuster
Documents Expose Huckabee's Role In Serial Rapist's Release

Meet a Police Chief Who Actually Says Reckless Driving Won’t Be Tolerated | Streetsblog USA - Joseph Marshall, a teenager who already had a record of reckless driving, was hurtling at 83 mph when he struck and killed bicyclist Richard Tom, 47, before crashing into a tree, killing himself.

Culinary Modernism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In Mexico, at the same time, women without servants could expect to spend five hours a day — one third of their waking hours — kneeling at the grindstone preparing the dough for the family’s tortillas. Not until the 1950s did the invention of the tortilla machine release them from the drudgery.
Is Michael Pollan a sexist pig? - Salon.com - "Femivores" have made DIY domesticity cool. But critics who blame feminism for obesity and fast food have it wrong

50 Telltale Signs You're Not As Young As You Used To Be - 2. Every horizontal surface in your house has a pair of reading glasses on it. 30. The first thing you look for in an obituary is the person's age and what killed them.

That’s me in the picture: Tammi Brownlee, aged 3, carried by George Girvan from a fire in south Boston, 1977 | Art and design | The Guardian

FBI investigates as ‘phantom’ cab rides appear on hacked British Uber accounts | Technology | The Guardian - Speculation that account credentials of of customers using the taxi app were sold on ‘dark web’
Android factory reset doesn’t always wipe data, researchers find | BGR

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California accepts historic offer by farmers to cut water usage by 25% | US news | The Guardian - In a twist not even imagined in the film Chinatown, the drought-stricken state accepts a voluntary offer from farmers who hope to stave off mandatory cuts
Edward Snowden: NSA reform in the US is only the beginning | US news | The Guardian - In an exclusive interview from Moscow, Snowden cautions that more needs to be done to curb NSA surveillance two years after his disclosures

FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn't crack any major terrorism cases - Washington Times
FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn't crack any major terrorism cases. : news
Quiz: Just how Kafkaesque is the court that oversees NSA spying? - The Washington Post - Congress is debating a bill that would make the FISA court more transparent. In the meantime, can you tell the difference between the FISA court and Kafka’s court? - The FISA court is basically the intelligence community's own private supreme court as the rulings and interpretations of law it makes cannot be reviewed or appealed.

Hackers build a new Tor client designed to beat the NSA - With the threat of powerful intelligence agencies, like the NSA, looming large, researchers have built a new Tor client called Astoria designed specifically to make eavesdropping harder for the world's richest, most aggressive, and most capable spies.

Pentagon says no one should be held accountable for $34 million debacle | Center for Public Integrity - Defense officials say decision to construct lavish facility in Afghanistan was prudent, even though it was never used

EU dropped pesticide laws due to US pressure over TTIP, documents reveal | Environment | The Guardian - US trade officials pushed EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate TTIP free trade deal
Senate Debate Reveals Absurd Level Of Trade Deal Secrecy - A revealing conversation on the Senate floor Thursday showed precisely how secretive President Barack Obama's pending trade deals are, and the absurdity of arguments to the contrary.
Obama Takes Unexpected Setback On Trade Agenda As Fast Track Passes Senate (Obama protects human traffickers and hates transparency)

U.S. publicly challenges China's moves in disputed islands - LA Times - When the U.S. crew responded that it was flying in international airspace, the Chinese dispatcher answered, "This is the Chinese navy.... You go!"

Iran complains to the U.N. that Israel wants to nuke it - The Washington Post

US officials: Iran enters Iraqi fight for key oil refinery
ISIS Presses Advance Near Iraqi City Of Ramadi
Saudi Arabia Suicide Bombing Targets Shiite Worshippers - A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia as worshippers were commemorating the 7th century birth of a revered Shiite figure on Friday, the Interior Ministry and residents said.
Isis first Saudi Arabia attack: Shi'ite Qatif mosque targeted by Islamic State suicide bomber
Atheism spreads in Saudi Arabia, despite official ban - “I believe people started being fed up with how religion is really controlling their life and how only one interpretation of religion should be followed,” said activist Fahad AlFahad.


BBC NEWS | UK | England | Manchester | Girl arrested in racism inquiry - Codie said: "I asked the teacher could I change groups because I didn't understand them and she said I was being racist and started shouting at me."

Heather Cho, Former Korean Air Lines Executive, Leaves Prison After 'Nut Rage' Scandal - The "nut rage" case provoked mirth as well as outrage in South Korea, where many people are fed up with what they see as heavy-handed conduct by the rich and powerful.

In Mexico, Gunfight Between Armed Civilians And Security Forces Leaves Dozens Dead

Harry Reid Would Rather 'Be Taken To Singapore And Caned' Than Become A Lobbyist (you so cool, Harry)

Fox News Host And Guest Yell Over Each Other For What Feels Like An Eternity - What followed was approximately two full minutes, as noted by Mediaite's Andrew Kirell, of Tantaros and Lee talking over each other so that nothing that either two women said could really be understood. (Fox bitch Andrea Tantaros)

Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor - The Washington Post - For these reasons, cash is one of the most valuable resources a poor person in the United States can possess. Yet legislators in Kansas, not trusting the poor to use their money wisely, have voted to limit how much cash that welfare beneficiaries can receive, effectively reducing their overall benefits, as well. The legislature placed a daily cap of $25 on cash (which is really $20 because what ATMs do $5 bills? +fuckoff and die, KS GOP)
This Is What's the Matter With Kansas - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - I mentioned this briefly in my recent column about Kansas, but the $25 — i.e. de facto $20 — limit on daily withdrawals for TANF recipients merits more sustained attention. Max Ehrenfreund does so: (Clinton's legacy: 1) Welfare reform 2) NAFTA 3) Defense of Marriage Act 4) Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell5) Glass-Stegall killing 6) Blowing political capital because of stupid (and most importantly depressingly awful) sexual adventures
Kansas' experiment in concentrated conservatism keeps getting grimmer - Kansas is in the midst of a grim experiment putting crackpot supply-side economic theories into practice.
WASHINGTON: Kansas could lose millions for limiting welfare recipients to $25 at ATMs | Economy | McClatchy DC
Republicans 'have concerns' about 2011 WEDC loan to struggling business : Wsj - The state’s Republican-led budget committee Thursday retained legislative oversight of Gov. Scott Walker’s troubled job-creation agency, removed the governor from its board and pledged further changes later this fall in the wake of a recent critical audit and a State Journal investigation. (meanwhile, in WI)
Watching Scotty Blow, Cont'd: Please Call Home Immediately - This is not the Wisconsin that Walker's selling around the country. It's like watching an aluminum siding salesman work a neighborhood.

Senate Democrats Slam Arne Duncan Over 'Business As Usual' Treatment Of Controversial Contractor - The sharply worded letter was signed by Sens. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Al Franken of Minnesota, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin. (Arne "Charter Schools" Duncan, Obama's choice to fuck up education in America)

Maddow Blasts Law Requiring Aurora Shooting Victim's Parents To Pay Gun Manufacturers - “That’s not a typo,” Maddow said, adding, “The mother and father of the victim who died in the Aurora mass shooting have just been ordered to pay a quarter-million dollars to the gun makers who sold the bullets that were used in the Aurora mass shooting -- the parents of the girl who was killed.” (the NRA so owns CO, way to go assholes)
Report: D.C. Police Failed To Identify Themselves In Hundreds Of Cases - WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia's Office of Police Complaints issued a scathing report this week on how officers with the Metropolitan Police Department continually fail to identify themselves to citizens. Since 2006, the office fielded about 400 complaints on this issue.
Daron Dylon Wint, DC Quadruple Murder Suspect, Captured By Police: Reports - The police connected Wint to the crime using DNA found on a half-eaten pizza crust at the murder site, The Washington Post reported. The crust was analyzed at a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lab.

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Kill Jobs, and Not Just for Drivers

Kosher Vibrators? This Israeli Rabbi Is Helping Ultra-Orthodox Jews Get Intimate (Google will censor the fuck out of their website)
Turns Out, Being Progressive And Religious Is Hilarious | ThinkProgress

Seton Hall University Priest Says He Was Fired For Gay Marriage Support
Michigan Grindr pastor urged gay teen to kill himself, says mom - Salon.com - The closeted father of five told a gay 17-year-old he was going to hell, so he might as well go now (gay Christian "pastor" Matthew Makela wants gays to kill themselves) St. John’s Lutheran Church, where Makela worked until his resignation on Monday, issued a statement urging people not to read any more about Makela or his “sin.” (stop reading!)
Feminists want us to define these ugly sexual encounters as rape. Don’t let them. - The Washington Post

Josh Duggar apologizes amid molestation allegations, quits Family Research Council - The Washington Post (he was just doin' a little "family research")
TLC pulls ’19 Kids and Counting’ citing ‘heartbreaking situation’ - The Washington Post
Duggars In The Ditch: Five Offenses And Counting - In which we learn (again) that all unhappy families are unhappy in different ways ... There's a fine class-based point to be made here, but it sits at the bottom of a deep lagoon of pure Ick, so to hell with it ... With families like the Duggars, we are being sold a fiction of reality, which is an entirely different kind of transaction. What is presented is sold as a more attainable ideal, which engages a whole different level of identification.
Viewers slam TLC after network airs "19 Kids And Counting" marathon following Josh Duggar's child molestation admission : television
TLC pulls 19 Kids and Counting amid assault allegations : news
Mother agrees to son’s circumcision in exchange for release from Florida jail | US news | The Guardian - Heather Hironimus signs paperwork giving approval for four-year-old boy’s surgery after a yearslong battle with the child’s father and a week in jail
? Jesus Is My Friend by Sonseed - YouTube

BREAKING: Gov. Nixon Commutes Life Sentence Of Jeff Mizanskey | Riverfront Times - Governor Jay Nixon has commuted the sentence of Jeff Mizanskey, a 61-year-old grandfather serving a life sentence for three non-violent marijuana convictions.
Illinois Is Very Close To Decriminalizing Marijuana Possession - The Illinois Senate approved a bill Thursday that would remove criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The bill has already passed in the state House and now heads to the desk of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, where it could become law with his signature.

NPR Publishes Correction That'll Make Your Head Spin - Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin called NPR’s clarification “the Holy Grail of corrections.”
The Wachowskis Make Sci-Fi Sexy | Maxim
New York Times: we can no longer review every movie | Film | The Guardian - Chief critic AO Scott says newspaper lacks staff for universal coverage in move that could hit small documentary-makers’ chances of Oscars qualification

Hubble Observes One-of-a-Kind Star Nicknamed ‘Nasty’ | NASA - The star may represent a brief transitory stage in the evolution of extremely massive stars.
NASA Discovers A Super-Distant Galaxy That's 300 Trillion Times Brighter Than The Sun
TIL: The “women are wonderful” effect is a phenomenon found in psychological research in which people associate more positive attributes with women as compared to men. This effect reflects an emotional bias toward women as a general case. Women's in-group biases are 4 times stronger than men's. : todayilearned

Money For Nothing. Chicks For Free. - Lawyers, Guns & Money (LGM finances)
How Much Sex is Acceptable for Google? - Lawyers, Guns & Money
I Am But A Simple Caveman - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Freddie de Boer

Reddit, what's the most backhanded compliment you've ever heard? : AskReddit
xkcd: Pickup Artist
What feels illegal, but isn't? : AskReddit
What makes you die a little inside every time? : AskReddit
[Serious] Night Watchmen of Reddit, what is the creepiest situation you've been in on shift? : AskReddit

What's Going On At Medium - BuzzFeed News - The publisher/publishing platform is rejiggering itself as a social network for readers and writers — and reconsidering some of its publications and ideals in the process.
Reddit launches a video division to create original content | The Verge
Abbe Diaz's answer to How is Reddit governed? - Quora

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Jeb Bush: It's 'Just Really Arrogant' To Say The Science Is Decided On Climate Change - "I don't think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It's convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you,"
FactCheck: Are 95% of models linking human CO2 emissions and global warming in error? - It’s a well-kept secret, but 95% of the climate models we are told prove the link between human CO2 emissions and catastrophic global warming have been found, after nearly two decades of temperature stasis, to be in error. It’s not surprising. – Maurice Newman, AC, Chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, writing in The Australian newspaper, May 8, 2015. (those secretive scientists, never publishing their facts)
Why the 97 per cent consensus on climate change still gets challenged - If the goal is to sell doubt and delay action on climate, it’s a fact that has to be denied. (evil and stupid)
2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #21A
California oil spill: Up to 105,000 gallons lost - CNN.com - Oil pipeline company officials said Wednesday that as many as 105,000 gallons of crude oil may have spilled from a ruptured pipeline on the California coast.

Senate scrambles to renew Patriot Act surveillance clause as clock ticks | US news | The Guardian - Republicans yet to reach deal that would prevent lapse in the NSA’s surveillance capabilities as momentum builds for House-passed USA Freedom Act
The War In The Shadows - In which we examine the shadowy death of democracy, where we've come from and where we may still go ... Secrecy is addictive. It deforms and mutates political institutions the way that alcohol and heroin deforms and mutates individual lives. It forces those institutions to take secrecy itself as their primary constituency.
A Debate Over How Long Democracy Can Wage Battles in Shadows - NYTimes.com - Secrecy has always been traditional and accepted in wartime, but traditional wars have an end. Under two administrations now, as the United States has remained on a permanent war footing against Al Qaeda and its splintering, morphing progeny, tensions over fighting battles in the shadows have steadily escalated. If this is a forever war, can a democracy wage it in secret?
Just days left to kill mass surveillance under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. We are Edward Snowden and the ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer. AUA. : IAmA
NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones - The Intercept

ISIS Takes Full Control Of Palmyra, Books Second Major Victory In Days

Farsnews - A Yemeni hacking group announced that it has hacked the website, servers and archives of Saudi Arabia's Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and released thousands of top secret documents from the identity and contact addresses of the country's spies to the most confidential correspondence of Riyadh officials in the last several decades.

Obama: US must criticize Israel if it is to defend it | The Times of Israel - In Atlantic interview, president lashes Netanyahu over Election Day comments, suggests anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism, insists Iranian regime is ‘rational’ about its survival

Forced Sex Camps Train Girls For Child Marriage In Zambia And Mozambique - forced to go to camps where they are shown how to please a man in bed in order to prepare them for married life ... These sexual initiations begin once menstruation starts and sometimes involve sticks being inserted inside the girls ... some mothers force young daughters to sleep with a man in the belief this can bring on menstruation.

Green Paedo Ring Rumbled -  Gaia Fawkes - A lengthy investigation has revealed that the Berlin branch of the German Green party was a hotbed of paedophilia in the 80s and 90s, with as many as 1000 minors falling victim to shocking organised child abuse. (oh, Germany also)

Fast Track - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The 13 Democrats who have sold out working Americans on the TPP.

House committee draws criticism again for proposed cuts to social sciences | InsideHigherEd - The bill recommends a $140 million cut -- roughly 45 percent -- to the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences and a $165 million, or 8 percent, cut to the Geosciences Directorate. Also on the chopping block is funding for the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which would see a more than 30 percent cut from current levels, and funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, where the budget would be cut in half, to $140 million. (we don't need that kind of science)

Oath Keepers Say They'll Stand Down At Oregon Mine Because BLM Backed Off (white guys with guns take over government property again)

Kansas has found the ultimate way to punish the poor - The Washington Post

Model Janice Dickinson Sues Bill Cosby For Defamation Over Rape Claims - "Cosby knows that he drugged and raped Ms. Dickinson," the lawsuit states. "He knew that calling her rape disclosure a lie was a false statement."

DEA Agents Ran Jersey’s Sleaziest Strip Club - The Daily Beast - They were supposed to be enforcing the law. Instead, the FBI alleges, a pair of rogue agents ran a sex-for-hire stable, staffed with illegal talent. (TwinPeaks franchise)

6 Officers Indicted In Freddie Gray’s Death « CBS Baltimore
When Chicago cops shoot | Feature | Chicago Reader - Since 1986 more than 1,600 people have been shot by Chicago police officers—an average of more than one person a week. ?In the 208 cases closed over the last two years, not a single shooting has been found to be unjustified. Should we be reassured?
Waco Restaurant Video Shows Bikers, Others Seeking Cover
Minneapolis Officer Michael Griffin Accused Of Falsifying Reports After Bar Fights, Assaults - Griffin, a patrol officer, has been the subject of 22 internal affairs investigations stemming from complaints about his behavior (22 strikes and still not out)
Slander On The Cuyahoga: What Cleveland Police Tried to Do - In which we learn what happens when there is no videotape - The officers involved in the killing of Tamir Rice took less than a minute to kill him and considerably more time concocting the preposterous cover story that, in less than a minute, they felt so "menaced," and so much "panic" had been "induced" in them that Rice had to be put down like a dog
Why Not Much Is Going to Change About Policing in America - gave the visible lie to the notion that there is a constituency within conservative politics for actual criminal-justice reform that would involve confronting the racism that drives so much of the country's policing. The votes are no more there than the hearts are.
There Is No Place Like Nebraska - Nebraska, where the nation's only unicameral legislature (tm) is about to get the state out of the sorry-ass business of killing people ... In 2007, he sued God, which should be all the explanation necessary. (The lawsuit was dismissed on the grounds that God did not have a permanent address at which he could be served. And that's the double truth, Ruth.)

Eschaton: Just Throw It In The Warehouse - To me, an incredibly maddening thing about the "rape kit" backlog is that immediately after being the victim of a horrific and traumatizing physical crime, in order to actually report the crime and have any chance at all of it being investigated, rape victims have to subject themselves to another humiliating and potentially re-traumatizing ordeal. That this supposed necessary evidence is just thrown in the corner is despicable
Rape Kits: A Decade and A Billion Dollars Later, Why Can't We Fix the Backlog? - Despite definitional disagreements, a commonly used number is 400,000, but advocates told RH Reality Check that, in truth, no one knows the answer. (400,000 is not a "backlog" it's fuck her she's a woman)
“Mattress Girl” hit with poster campaign calling her “Pretty Little Liar”
Columbia President Ignores Emma Sulkowicz -- The Cut - “I even tried to smile at him or look him in the eye, and he completely turned away,” she said later. “So that was surprising, because I thought he was supposed to shake all of our hands.”

Bombshell Duggar Police Report: Jim Bob Duggar Didn’t Report Son Josh’s Alleged Sex Offenses For More Than a Year - In Touch Weekly ("Jim Bob")
Josh Duggar resigns from Family Research Council after sexual abuse allegations | Fox News - Josh Duggar, of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," resigned his position at the Family Research Council Thursday after reports surfaced that he allegedly sexually assaulted four female siblings in the large family, plus an additional female victim.
Duggar sibling sexually assaulted sisters, another female, according to police report : news

The Journey Out: Peril And Promise In Leaving The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish World - Shulem Deen’s first steps away from Hasidic Judaism were in the direction of a radio.

Swedish Badass Ralph Persson Scares Off Charging Bear - A Swedish man who was outside training his beagle managed to scare off a charging Scandinavian brown bear using nothing more than an intimidating roar -- and the short encounter was caught on video by both himself and his wife, Lena.


Pioneer Pot States Did The Right Thing, Polls Show - Support for legalized marijuana seems to be growing in Colorado and Washington state, which became the first U.S. states to regulate the weed for recreational use two years ago.
New Study Casts Doubt On E-Cigarettes' Long-Term Ability To Break Smoking Addiction (if you kept on using tabacco with e-cigs, which makes no sense)

Sometimes, When Something Is Too Good to be True, It Is - Lawyers, Guns & Money : What would have been a remarkable social science finding turns out to have been based on fraud:
The Co-Author of the Faked Study Speaks Out -- Science of Us
Is Depression a Symptom of Parkinson's Disease? - The Atlantic - A new study suggests depression is an early manifestation of the neurodegenerative disease, not just a byproduct of being chronically ill.
Are individuals who look young for their age actually physically ageing slower in a metabolic sense? Do they live longer than the average for the general population? : askscience - Perceived age—which is widely used by clinicians as a general indication of a patient’s health—is a robust biomarker of ageing that predicts survival among those aged =70 and correlates with important functional and molecular ageing phenotypes.

[Serious]How come "homosexuality is not a choice" but pedophilia is? : AskReddit
Teen pleads guilty to 23 charges of swatting, harassing online game rivals : news

The FCC warns Internet providers they’re on the hook now for user privacy - The Washington Post - Don't misuse your customers' personal information. (because they sure as fuck would otherwise)
Net Neutrality Rules Are Already Forcing Companies To Play Fair, And The Giant ISPs Absolutely Hate It | Techdirt - from the please-stop-doing-your-job dept
LGM is a Family Blog. Happy Families. - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (Google censors history with heavy-handed approach to vibrators)

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Obama: Climate change deniers endangering national security | TheHill
'Nightmare' California oil spill damages rare coastal ecosystem | Environment | The Guardian - Activists say accident is soiling Gaviota coast, a Mediterranean-climate region of which there are only five in the world, and will be closed off for weeks or months
Hungry bear's three-day trashcan picnic ends 12 miles from Manhattan | US news | The Guardian - Black bear sedated and transferred to state forest after Yonkers romp - Conservation official: ‘A bear is nothing more than a large raccoon’

Rand Paul aims to derail NSA 'invasion into your privacy' as key deadline looms | US news | The Guardian - Republican takes to Senate floor hours before deadline to renew justification for NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records

Why You Never Saw The CIA’s Interrogation Tapes | Secrets, Politics and Torture | FRONTLINE | PBS - “I was told, if those videotapes had ever been seen, the reaction around the world would not have been survivable,” Jane Mayer of The New Yorker tells FRONTLINE. (exactly whose "survival" are we concerned about here?)

ISIS Captures Most Of Ancient Syrian City Of Palmyra - The capture of Palmyra is the first time the al Qaeda offshoot has taken control of a city directly from the Syrian army and allied forces, which have already lost ground in the northwest and south to other insurgent groups in recent weeks.
The Fall of Ramadi and the Vietnam Syndrome - In which we relive that which we ought not to have done in the first place ... The only way for the people who shook their moneymakers for the war in 2002 to justify their continued place in our politics is to use ISIL to replace the aluminum tubes and hope that enough people don't notice what a grotesque fast shuffle this is.
ISIS forces overrun ancient city of Palmyra 2 days after being driven out. City has "completely fallen". : worldnews
Italy Arrests Moroccan Migrant Accused Of Role In Tunisia Museum Attack - The arrest of Abdelmajid Touil, and details about his voyage to Italy, fueled criticism of Europe's Mediterranean rescue operations by anti-immigrant politicians, who held it up as evidence that Islamic extremists were slipping into Europe aboard migrant boats to then plot attacks.

Could Erdogan lose Turkey’s upcoming election? - The Washington Post
Chechnya's Leader Kadyrov Urges Men To Lock Up Their Wives, Ban Women From WhatsApp - "Lock them in, do not let them go out, then they will not post anything," Kadyrov was quoted as saying by the BBC. (that'll work)
Chechen President Posts Speculation About Boston Bombing Trial On Instagram (these guys look remarkably similar)

Thai Navy Threatened To Shoot Boat Full Of Stranded Refugees, Survivor Says - After handing over food and drinks to a stranded boat full of migrants in the Andaman Sea last week, a survivor of the ordeal says, the Thai navy then threatened to shoot the vessel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Calls Off Controversial West Bank Bus Segregation Plan - Zehava Galon, leader of the dovish Meretz party, went further, saying, "This is how apartheid looks."

1,400 investigated in child sex abuse inquiry, including politicians | UK news | The Guardian - Officer leading Operation Hydrant inquiry says out of 1,433 alleged offenders 76 were politicians, 43 were from music industry and 135 were from TV, film or radio ... 154 schools, 75 children’s homes, 40 religious institutions, 14 medical establishments, 11 community groups, nine prisons or young offender institutions, nine sports venues and 28 other places including military establishments. (those faces ...)
UK Police Say 261 'People Of Public Prominence' Suspected Of Child Sex Abuse - British police investigating allegations of historical child sex abuse said more than 1,400 people had been named as suspects including 261 described as "people of public prominence" including dozens of politicians and TV stars. (and everyone kept it a secret)

Piketty: 'I Want To Contribute To A Democratization Of Economic Knowledge' - Piketty said that the most positive result of the book so far has been that it encouraged some governments to release economic data that they had previously kept secret, particularly in emerging countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Korea and Taiwan. (elites love their secrets)

Obamacare: What If the GOP Gets What It Wants? -- NYMag - The Obamacare Curse: What If, Next Month, the Republicans Finally Get What They Want? ... This doctrine will now put Republicans in the position of endangering the lives of sick Americans who will lose access to their medical treatment. (a classis hoist by their own hate-bomb +is Chait the Stephen King of opinionators?)
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: The Public’s Views on the ACA | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (crossover point reached with 43% for - 42% against)

Throwing The Pamphlet At Them: Crimes Without Criminals - In which we are amazed at how many crimes are committed by bank buildings.

Federal Court: Notre Dame Can't Cut Off Birth Control For Its Students | ThinkProgress

The Fools On The Hill: This Looks Like Fun - In which we learn that the 1990's will never end, as Sid Blumenthal gets invited to the monkeyhouse. (at look into the insane process living in our Congress)
Gov. Christie loses his marbles on national TV | Editorial | NJ.com - For months, we have wondered how Gov. Chris Christie thinks he can win the presidency when New Jersey is in such rotten shape after his six years in office. Now we may have our answer: The man has lost touch with reality. (he really fucked NJ and they know it)
Joe Morrissey confirms child with former receptionist - NBC12 - WWBT - Richmond, VA News On Your Side - "You seem to keep walking through the bullets, man. You seem to keep walking through the bullets," said Gravely about Morrissey's ability to continue his political career despite a long history of scandals. Prosecutors said he had a sexual relationship with her while she was 17 and working as a part-time receptionist at his law office.
Jindal enacts 'religious freedom' order despite firms' discrimination concerns | US news | The Guardian - Governor and 2016 hopeful’s executive action bypasses state lawmakers who shelved an RFRA-like bill amid push for LGBT rights

Eschaton: The Things We Can Afford - They do play 8 home games per year, after all. Taxpayers could end up investing nearly $1 billion in the new Chargers stadium under the plan released this week by the mayor’s stadium task force, a Voice of San Diego analysis of the plan shows. (remember last month when they said absolutely no taxpayer money involved? all this for 8 fucking games)

Baltimore officer made Taser threat to witness who filmed Freddie Gray stop | US news | The Guardian - Police lieutenant Brian Rice, who has been charged with manslaughter, shown on video taken by witness to crucial first stop made by the police van carrying Gray (the scene they deleted)
1,000 Weapons Found At Scene Of Texas Biker Gang Battle That Left 9 Dead (guns keep us safe)
A Gunfight, Not a Riot: What Happened in Waco | National Review Online
Suspect in Waco shoot-out revealed to be a retired DETECTIVE | Daily Mail Online - 'The magnitude of the arrests is amazing. It could break the bank in McLennan County,' said former federal prosecutor Michael Heiskell
Waco Biker Gang Members Surrender After Release On Low Bond - Low bail was set for the men because they were arrested outside the perimeter of the shooting and had different case numbers than the other detainees, KVUE reports. (arrested for murder and they weren't even there)
Leaked Memo Reveals What ‘Breastaurants’ Actually Think Of Their Customers | ThinkProgress - Twin Peaks attributes its success to a basic understanding of the sexes. “Men are simple creatures and so you don’t have to get too crazy to get them in the door,”

Court Transcripts: Bill O’Reilly’s Daughter Saw Him “Choking Her Mom”
CNN Analyst Jeffrey Toobin Graciously Offered to Pay for Mistress' Abortion - 5/09/10 (history)

Groundbreaking Study On Gay Marriage Views May Have Been Faked - Green told The Huffington Post that he was shocked and dismayed by the revelations about the data set. “There was a mountain of fabrication,” he said. “Graphs and charts and anecdotes and stories of every possible sort about these surveys. So it didn’t occur to me that the whole thing was fabricated because every time I had a question, it seemed as though [LaCour] had an answer.”
Fake study on changing attitudes: Sometimes a claim that is too good to be true, isn’t - The Washington Post
Author retracts study of changing minds on same-sex marriage after colleague admits data were faked - Retraction Watch
Fake Science, Real Consequences

Some People Do More Than Text While Driving - NYTimes.com - The survey found that 27 percent of drivers age 16 to 65 report using Facebook, and 14 percent report using Twitter. Of those, a startling 30 percent who said they post to Twitter while driving do it “all the time.”

Echidne Of The Snakes: Fundraising Day Two. Flat Heels, Ties Or Codpieces?
Cannes: Women denied Palais entry for wearing flats | News | Screen - Stiff ‘croisetiquette’ sees older women denied access for ‘wrong’ shoes. (the venue is worth a look but wtf is "croisetiquette" even fucking google doesn't know)

Epileptic girl who moved to Colorado for medical marijuana has dramatically improved, parents say - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com
Epileptic girl who moved to Colorado for medical marijuana has dramatically improved, parents say - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com : news
Fun With Powdered Alcohol: You Can Stop Being Scared Now : videos

3.3-million-year-old stone tools from Lomekwi 3, West Turkana, Kenya : Nature : Nature Publishing Group
Sophisticated Tool Kit Predates Humans : Discovery News - A recently unearthed stone tool kit consisting of hammer stones, anvils, worked cobblestones and other items dates to 3.3 million years ago, predating our genus Homo by over half a million years, according to a new study.
What is the greatest unexplained astronomical phenomenon in our solar system? : askscience

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Tech giants don’t want Obama to give police access to encrypted phone data - The Washington Post

WATCH: How the CIA Helped Make “Zero Dark Thirty” | Secrets, Politics and Torture | FRONTLINE | PBS
How CIA used Zero Dark Thirty to get a positive image? - The Hindu - the Agency deliberately chose to back the film by Kathryn Bigelow given its likely success at the Oscars, and the opportunity it presented to rewrite the narrative on whether torture yielded any valuable intelligence.

Follow the Money: ‘USA Freedom Act’ Backers in Congress Have Taken More Than Twice as Much Money… — Medium

Bloody, nightmarish scenes: Between 100 and 200 killed in carnage aboard abandoned migrant boat, says survivors who made it to Indonesia | Coconuts Jakarta
Bloody, nightmarish scenes: Between 100 and 200 killed in carnage aboard abandoned migrant boat, says survivors who made it to Indonesia : worldnews

ISIS Finances Are Strong - NYTimes.com - The Islamic State has revenue and assets that are more than enough to cover its current expenses despite expectations that airstrikes and falling oil prices would hurt the group’s finances, according to analysts at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit organization that researches public policy.
Top Dem Blasts Iraq's ISIS Strategy As Baghdad's U.S.-Friendly Leader Struggles - "If Iraqis aren't willing to fix the security problem, we shouldn't send the U.S. military to do the job for them," Schiff said,
Fall of Ramadi reflects failure of Iraq’s strategy against Islamic State, analysts say - The Washington Post

The new axis of evil — Canada: One third of American 8th graders think Canadians live in a dictatorship | National Post

Original Iraq War Skeptics Find The Rekindled Debate Maddening - There were 133 members of the House who opposed the war authorization, along with 23 senators. The current Democratic frontrunner for president, Hillary Clinton, was not among them
Was the Iraq War a Crime or a Mistake? Yes. -- NYMag
Jeb Bush Says His Brother Was Misled Into War by Faulty Intelligence. That's Not What Happened. | Mother Jones - He and other Republican presidential contenders have a new and bogus spin on how the Iraq War began.
David Brooks’ sickening Iraq apologia: How the New York Times hack just rewrote history - Salon.com - The conservative New York Times columnist explains what he's learned from his Iraq war boosting: largely nothing
Hullabaloo - The "Take 'em out" Doctrine in full effect
The GOP’s despicable scheme to play dumb on Iraq: A history lesson for Rubio & Jeb - Salon.com - The same old lies about the war—that it was a result of "faulty intelligence"—need to be corrected once and for all
Why Did We Invade Iraq? - The Atlantic - These “knowing what we know now …” questions are driving me crazy. They should make you mad too.
Bush and Rubio Are Being Asked the Wrong Iraq Question - The Atlantic - Here's the better question: Is war the best response to dictators with WMD?
The right candidates, the wrong debate | MSNBC - Not surprisingly, the question Bush struggled to answer became the new GOP litmus test.
Stop sanitizing the history of the run-up to Iraq War - The Washington Post
David Brooks's Pathetic Iraq Excuses - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Campaign reporters: you are granted no “role in the process.” It is your powers against theirs. » Pressthink - There is no guaranteed “role.” That’s a fiction you and your colleagues created to keep the game the same every four years.
Eschaton: Not A Square Dance - I'm all for journalism, but holding the microphone or printing the release isn't journalism. It's just being a middleman. And it's always good for everybody if we cut out the middlemen.
Joho the BlogCNN's side of the conversation - Joho the Blog - Bernie Sanders gave as good an interview as he could this morning on CNN, trying to stick to the issues as Brianna Keilar repeatedly goaded him to attack Hillary Clinton, or to comment on the horse race. She asked only two questions about policy matters, and they were as non-incisive as questions could be.

Fox News: Stop Dehumanizing Fox News As ‘Blonde’ -- NYMag - Noticing That Fox News Has Lots of Blonde News Personalities Is Dehumanizing, Says Fox News Personality (who happens to look blonde)

Los Angeles Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15

Lifelong Republican Turns On His Party, Embraces Obamacare | ThinkProgress - Luis Lang, who is currently crowdfunding for medical expenses that he can’t afford because he didn’t sign up for insurance under Obamacare, has become a viral sensation.

Staff quit Clinton Foundation over Chelsea | Page Six - Chelsea Clinton is so unpleasant to colleagues, she’s causing high turnover at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, sources say.

Record-High 60% of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage

Federal Judge Says DC Gun Carry Law is Unconstitutional | Washington Free Beacon - Scullin barred DC Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier from enforcing the city’s requirement that a person applying for a concealed carry permit must prove they have a “good reason” to need one. This requirement created a system where only those with police reports detailing violent threats against them could obtain a permit.

Signal Mountain man admits to plotting deadly attack against Muslims | Local News | Times Free Press - Robert Doggart wanted to burn Islamberg to the ground.
Grindr Screenshots Reveal Antigay Pastor Is A Top Who Likes To Cuddle / Queerty
Here's what the NRA got stripped from Louisiana's anti-domestic violence bill | NOLA.com - The provision would have allowed those accused of abusing "dating partners" to be charged with domestic abuse battery, not just "household members." Sport said she was told the NRA "didn't want to increase the pool of people who will dispossessed of their firearms," so the group opposed that provision, among to others. (priorities)

Boys who smoke cannabis ‘are four inches shorter’ - New study finds that youngsters who regularly smoked marijuana are far shorter than their non-smoking peers ("reefer madness")
FTC Accuses Cancer Charities Of Stealing Nearly $200 Million - at the Cancer Fund for America, less than "2 cents of every dollar raised has gone to direct cash aid for patients or families." Even though the charity advertised that it provided direct financial aid to sick patients, it actually sent packages filled with things like "paper cups, napkins, and kids toys,
Valencia College sued over forced vaginal exams - CNN.com - Two college students say they were forced to submit to transvaginal probes as part of their classroom training to learn how to perform the medical procedure.
Florida college sued over forced vaginal exams - CNN.com : news - In some cases, the student would have to sexually 'stimulate' plaintiffs in order to facilitate inserting the probe into plaintiffs' vaginas

Activist Emma Sulkowicz Carries Mattress Across Stage At Columbia Graduation
Witch hunt? Emma Sulkowicz, Columbia student carries mattress to graduation cause her rapist was there

How to Make an Accused Rapist Look Good

The Text Of The Mattress Girl Lawsuit Will Shock You | The Daily Caller

Timeline of the American Transgender Movement - NYTimes.com

Potential new vaccine blocks every strain of HIV : science
Scientists have identified a drug that rejuvenates ageing muscle and brain tissue : science
'Home-brewed morphine' made possible - Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home. They have genetically modified yeast to perform the complicated chemistry needed to convert sugar to morphine. : worldnews
Drugs: Regulate 'home-brew' opiates : Nature News & Comment

North Carolina sues FCC for right to block municipal broadband | Ars Technica - Residents stuck with slow Internet while state fights on behalf of private ISPs.

051815
New study finds a hot spot in the atmosphere | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian - The temperature in the tropical atmosphere is rising roughly 80% faster than at the Earth’s surface
Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian - ‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments (war on subsidies)

Errors and Lies - NYTimes.com - Surprise! It turns out that there’s something to be said for having the brother of a failed president make his own run for the White House. Thanks to Jeb Bush, we may finally have the frank discussion of the Iraq invasion we should have had a decade ago ... false case for war. So let’s get the Iraq story right. Yes, from a national point of view the invasion was a mistake. But (with apologies to Talleyrand) it was worse than a mistake, it was a crime.

Arrested for reporting on Qatar's World Cup labourers - BBC News


Billionaire Russian businessman found dead outside Surrey home could have been poisoned - Crime - UK - The Independent - Evidence has emerged for the first time that a millionaire Russian businessman found dead outside his Surrey home may have been poisoned by assassins - despite the insistence of police that his death was not suspicious.

U.S. Park Police Enters Historic Settlement Over Mass Arrests - a historic $2.2 million settlement with the Justice Department and the Department of the Interior that will ensure the U.S. Park Police will no longer conduct mass arrests of demonstrators known as "kettling."

Elizabeth Warren Details Obama's Broken Trade Promises - Obama has repeatedly insisted the TPP will include robust labor protections, and has dismissed Warren's criticisms as "dishonest," "bunk" and "misinformation." On Monday, Warren fired back, showing that Obama simply has not effectively enforced existing labor standards in prior trade pacts. According to the report, a host of abuses, from child labor to the outright murder of union organizers, have continued under Obama's watch with minimal pushback from the administration.

President Barack Obama Bans Some Military-Style Equipment Provided To Police
Why Are White Gang Members Destroying Their Own Community? (no strong fathers)
High court won’t hear appeal over concealed evidence - The Washington Post - The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from two Los Angeles police detectives found liable for withholding evidence that showed the innocence of a man they arrested and kept in jail for 27 months.
Richland's $4.1 million police station funded by civil forfeiture - Watchdog.org - The Mississippi city of Richland has a new $4.1 million police station, a top-level training center and a fleet of black-and-white Dodge Charger police cars. All of it was paid for through civil forfeitures of property and cash seized during traffic stops of what police say were suspected drug runners on Interstate 20. (crooked cops)
The Mississippi city of Richland has a new $4.1 million police station, a top-level training center and a fleet of black-and-white Dodge Charger police cars. All of it was paid for through civil forfeitures of property and cash seized during traffic stops : news

Bill O’Reilly Accused of Domestic Violence in Custody Battle - Though nearly all documents pertaining to New York family court cases are sealed, Gawker has learned that the justice in the case heard testimony accusing O’Reilly of physically assaulting his wife in the couple’s Manhasset home ... Or, as O’Reilly claimed in August: “The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.”

Group clarifies Johnston County prom kilt controversy | abc11.com - "His delayed admittance into the Praise Prom did not have to do with his kilt," Praise Prom founder and director Traci Lanphere told ABC11 in a written statement. "(I)t had to do with him not wearing the dress pants we required." (logical)

Bertha repair will take longer — there’s more damage | The Seattle Times

Early men and women were equal, say scientists | Science | The Guardian - “When only men have influence over who they are living with, the core of any community is a dense network of closely related men with the spouses on the periphery,” said Dyble. “If men and women decide, you don’t get groups of four or five brothers living together.” (and harems)

Dick steals a home run ball from a grandma. - GIF on Imgur : WTF
Meanest Phillies Fan Ever Steals Home Run Ball From Cute Older Lady - His name is Jim Bergen. Here's his Facebook page.

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It Only Took Four Months For China To Achieve A Jaw-Dropping Reduction In Carbon Emissions | ThinkProgress
The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action on climate - Vox
Book Review: Karen Piper, The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Connecting the subject to the world’s colonial past, she demonstrates how a handful of multinational corporations working with global financial organizations like the World Bank have ridden roughshod over the world’s people in order to turn a profit off the substance of life.
Disappearing Lake Powell underlines drought crisis facing Colorado river | Environment | The Guardian - As water levels plummet to 45% in America’s second-largest reservoir, new islands appear – and fears grow for a waterway that serves 40 million people
California water officials deliver sobering facts on depleted wells - LA Times - When groundwater levels sink low enough, the soil can compact and cause the land surface to sink. Land subsidence can crack irrigation canals, buckle roads and permanently deplete water-storage space. In some areas of the San Joaquin Valley, the land has been sinking as much as a foot a year
Hawaii Will Soon Get All Of Its Electricity From Renewable Sources

Proposed surveillance limits could force US to 'go dark', says Mitch McConnell | World news | The Guardian - Senate majority leader warns against USA Freedom Act, which would end NSA bulk phone records collection, after it passed House this week
UK government quietly rewrites hacking laws to give GCHQ immunity | Ars Technica UK - Changes to the Computer Misuse Act were secretly introduced over a year ago.
Wikileaks releases BND-NSA inquiry transcripts of 'unclassified sessions' | News | DW.DE | 12.05.2015 - Wikileaks has published transcripts of "unclassified sessions" of the Bundestag inquiry into the BND-NSA colloboration. The leaked documents show discrepancies between public and private sessions of the inquiry.
Court won’t force US to divulge secret strategy to cut mobile phone service | Ars Technica - Kill switch policy to be kept under lock and key to protect national security.
Today, a 4096 bit RSA key was factored, more coming as we speak. : technology
I'm almost certain this news is wrong. I know that because I made the same mista... | Hacker News

Report: Saudis to Buy Nuke from Pakistan in Response to Iran Deal | The Tower (they funded the Pakis)

Syria raid yielded 'treasure trove' of intelligence on Isis, insiders say | World news | The Guardian - Discovery could be more crucial than killing of Isis leader - Members of Congress say documents reveal structure of group

US 'deeply concerned' by Egypt's death penalty decision for Mohamed Morsi | World news | The Guardian - US joins Amnesty International and Turkey’s president in criticising mass death sentence handed to more than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supporters
Egyptian judges shot dead in Sinai hours after former president Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death - Africa - World - The Independent - Three Egyptian judges have been shot dead hours after deposed former president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death.

Ireland could be first nation to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote - The Washington Post

Trident whistleblower says nuclear subs are insecure, unsafe and 'a disaster waiting to happen' | Herald Scotland - TRIDENT submarines are plagued by serious security lapses, beset by multiple safety blunders and are "a disaster waiting to happen", according to a nuclear weapons engineer turned whistleblower who is now being hunted by the police.

Inside the Milibunker: the last days of Ed » The Spectator - The Labour leader's court kept its fantasy alive right to the end

Cops Warned of Train Shot on Night of Amtrak Crash | 7online.com - The FBI is looking into whether there is any link between three different trains that were all apparently hit by objects just a few miles apart, within a few minutes, the night of the deadly Amtrak derailment.

American Crash: Part I by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Looking back, it’s clear that our country derailed on November 4, 1980—the dark night of Reagan’s election. Our respect for America’s best virtues—compassion, tolerance, civility, caring—was thrown to the ground. Thirty-five years later, the United States is lying in a crumpled heap, twisted beyond recognition by a crash caused by the excess speed of right-wing ideology.
American Crash: Part II by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - On August 3, 1980, in one of the most repulsive political stunts in American history, Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan addressed a rally in Philadelphia, Mississippi—the active artery of hate’s heart, the cruel city where three courageous civil rights activists had been lynched by the KKK a decade and a half before—and proudly proclaimed that he believed in “states’ rights.”
American Crash: Part III by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - President Reagan not only derailed our progress on infrastructure and race relations, he’s also responsible for this planet speeding towards climate catastrophe.
American Crash: Part IV by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - President Reagan also sent this country off the tracks by launching the Republican war on women in the summer of 1980. In the name of pandering to anti-feminist fundamentalists, Reagan began the process by which the GOP, and America’s overall political culture, began to turn against half the population.

He Is Heavy. He’s My Brother. - NYTimes.com - It is simply not true, as Republican presidential aspirant Scott Walker said on Friday, that “any president would have likely taken the same action Bush did with the information he had.” That’s not giving enough credit to W. and his frothing band of Reservoir Dogs ... They used patriotism like brass knuckles. (anyone who was as big a liar as Bush would have invaded)
Questions for Jeb Bush: Iraq Is Just the Beginning - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com - Would you support water boarding as an interrogation technique? (El Jebborino)
Marco Rubio Struggles To Explain Whether He Thinks Invading Iraq Was A 'Mistake'
Unlike His Brother, George W. Bush Stands by His Call to Invade Iraq - NYTimes.com - “Would the Iraq war have occurred without W.M.D.?” Mr. Rove, the president’s senior adviser, wrote in his memoir, “Courage and Consequence.” “I doubt it.” (without those invisbile non-existent WMD's we lied about)

You Simply Must Read This - 'How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics.' (by making people stupid, why do you ask?)
The Great Democratic Crack-Up of 2016 - NYTimes.com - ‘Will the party embrace that sort of populist progressive image? Or is it going to follow the Wall Street wing that’s led the party astray for the past 15 years?’?” (take a guess)

The Civil War in the West - Lawyers, Guns & Money : There’s been a major uptick in books on the Civil War in the West (see here and here) and its long-term impacts and I think integrating these perspectives into the North-South narratives that dominate the historiography of the War is going to significantly expand our understanding of the period ... "Republicans in California twisted themselves into knots to explain why African African-Americans should receive citizenship and voting rights, but Chinese immigrants should not"

Surge in Cases of H.I.V. Tests U.S. Policy on Needle Exchanges - NYTimes.com - In 1988, arch-conservative Senator Jesse Helms successfully pushed Congress to prohibit federal dollars from being used to distribute sterile syringes to intravenous drug users, equating an effort meant to slow the spread of AIDS and other diseases to federal endorsement of drug abuse ... President Bill Clinton continued the Reagan-era prohibition
$25 ATM limit for Kansas welfare recipients may violate federal law | The Wichita Eagle The Wichita Eagle - A first-of-its-kind provision that prevents welfare recipients in Kansas from withdrawing more than $25 a day from an ATM might violate federal law – and could jeopardize the state’s federal funding if not amended. (because banks need their ATM charges)

Texas Shootout Among Rival Biker Gangs Leaves 9 Dead - NYTimes.com (white-on-white violence)

The Coathanger Caucus by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Leave it to the indispensable Rachel Maddow to explain, with skill and style, the Republican Party’s obsession with reversing reproductive rights at all costs: (small goverernment except when it comes to regularing your uterus)

Geraldo: ABC Fired Me for $200 Donation, Why Not the Same for Stephanopoulos? | Mediaite
Geraldo: ABC Fired Me for $200 Donation, Why Not the Same for Stephanopoulos? : television

Schools that ban mobile phones see better academic results | Education | The Guardian - Effect of ban on phones adds up to equivalent of extra week of classes over a pupil’s school year

Rise in Nonreligious Americans Could Affect Elections - NYTimes.com - In the last presidential and midterm elections, , in 2012 and 2014, evangelicals made up more than a quarter of the electorate and voted Republican by a four-to-one ratio.

Poor Little Rich Women - NYTimes.com - The wives of the masters of the universe, I learned, are a lot like mistresses — dependent and comparatively disempowered
Al Sharpton’s daughter sues city for $5M after spraining ankle | New York Post - She was left with “internal and external injuries to the whole body, lower and upper limbs, the full extent of which are unknown, permanent pain and mental anguish,” she alleges ... If she scores her legal windfall, she might want to give her dad a handout; he reportedly owes $4.5?million in unpaid taxes.

'You think I'm mad?' – the truth about psychosomatic illness | Society | The Guardian - Yvonne went blind overnight, Matthew couldn’t walk, Shahina lost the use of her hand – but doctors found nothing wrong. Were they faking it, or was the mind playing tricks? A neurologist on her most intriguing cases
Ironing out oxidative stress | ETH Zurich
Cystic fibrosis treatment found to improve lives of sufferers in trials | Science | The Guardian - Combination of lumacaftor and ivacaftor modifies genetic defect that causes half of cases of disease that affects 10,000 UK children
Matthew Johnson: "Psychedelic therapy may become available in a decade" - OPEN Foundation
Phytochemicals That Regulate Neurodegenerative Disease by Targeting Neurotrophins: A Comprehensive Review - Neurotrophins depletion accelerates the progression of AD and therefore, replacing such neurotrophins may be a potential treatment for neurodegenerative disease. Here, we review the phytochemicals that mediate the signaling pathways involved in neuroprotection specifically neurotrophin-mediated activation

What is your ohmygod how did i not die moment? : AskReddit
TIL Before the Holocaust, Hitler gave the U.S., Great Britain, and many other nations a chance to take in Jewish refugees. They refused. : todayilearned
Fury Road Theory - "Who Killed The World?" Four Horsemen [spoilers] : movies
? Mad Max: Fury Road - Every Easter Egg & Reference - YouTube

MPAA Complained So We Seized Your Funds, PayPal Says : technology

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The awful truth about climate change no one wants to admit - Vox - The obvious truth about global warming is this: barring miracles, humanity is in for some awful shit. (will we execute every Repubican voter?)
Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail - Bloomberg Business - Oil tycoon Harold Hamm told a University of Oklahoma dean last year that he wanted certain scientists there dismissed who were studying links between oil and gas activity and the state's nearly 400-fold increase in earthquakes, according to the dean's e-mail recounting the conversation. (what they do with inconvienient "facts")
California drought shaming takes on a class-conscious edge | US news | The Guardian - Eco-vigilantes told on neighbours through official means, helping local governments issue fines and warnings, but also patrolled streets and used social media to shame people into changing their ways. Many tweets and uploaded videos include street addresses.
Livestock Water Use, the USGS Water Science School - The states that used the most water in 2005 for livestock needs (for those states that reported livestock water use) were Texas, California, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.

The media’s reaction to Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden scoop has been disgraceful - Columbia Journalism Review - Yet instead of trying to build off the details of his story, or to disprove his assertions with additional reporting, journalists have largely attempted to tear down the messenger. (as they always do)
Podcast Extra: Seymour Hersh - On The Media - CNN’s Peter Bergen called his story a “farrago of nonsense”. Bob talks with Hersh about the swirling controversy in this On the Media special podcast.

ISIS Official Killed in U.S. Raid in Syria, Pentagon Says - NYTimes.com - and about a dozen militant fighters, as well as capturing his wife and freeing an 18-year old Yazidi woman whom Pentagon officials said had been held as a slave ... one terrorism analyst compared him to Al Capone’s accountant
News from The Associated Press
Doubt cast on role of Isis leader killed by special forces in Syria | World news | The Guardian - “No one’s going to Gitmo,” Warren told the Guardian.
ISIL advances on Syria's ancient city of Palmyra - Al Jazeera English - Governor of Homs province, where city is located, says army has sent reinforcements and is bombing fighters from air. (these things always seem like big surprises)
ISIS doc says women can become suicide bombers without husbands’ (womens' lib)
Nigeria : Teenage suicide bomber girl seven People killed | Shares Run - Kano: A young girl on Saturday carried out a suicide attack at a bus station in Damaturu in northeastern Nigeria killing seven people and injuring 31, witnesses and the local hospital said.

Saudi King Salman May Visit Washington After All

Court Sentences Egypt's Ousted President Mohammed Morsi To Death - over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power.

George Osborne calls emergency July budget to reveal next wave of austerity | Politics | The Guardian - Chancellor promises a ‘budget for working people’, which will also spell out how the Conservatives will cut £12bn from Britain’s welfare bill (kill the poors Osborne strikes again +you voted for him, idiots)


Police bodycams hit Toronto streets Monday | Toronto Star - Cameras will be activated every time an officer responds to a call for service or is investigating an individual during the course of their duties. (if Canada can do this)

Why Dzhokhar Tsarnaev May Never Make It To The Death Chamber

Hacker told F.B.I. he made plane fly sideways after cracking entertainment system | APTN National NewsAPTN National News - Roberts had posted a joke tweet earlier in the day while on a United Airlines flight between Denver and Chicago. The tweet referred to hacking into the airplane’s in-flight entertainment and passenger oxygen mask system.

U.S. Regulators Order Amtrak To Improve Safety Of Northeast Corridor Route (Boehner says who needs trains?)

Clinton Foundation donors include dozens of media organizations, individuals - politico.com
Claire McCaskill Backtracks On Criticism Of Elizabeth Warren, Admits The Truth About Washington - McCaskill told The New York Times recently that she was "confused" as to why Warren had gotten so much attention over her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement with 11 Pacific countries that the Obama administration is negotiating.

The Worst Ex-Chairman Ever - NYTimes.com - Greenspan will address a counter-conference organized by a group called the American Principles Project. The group combines social conservatism — it’s anti-gay-marriage, anti-abortion rights, and pro-“religious liberty” — with goldbug economic doctrine. (Alan Greenspan, destroyer of economies, is a wingnut)
The Blog Post That Destroyed Free Speech in America - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Sadly, this is actually Lipsky’s argument — Paul Krugman’s four-paragraph blog post (accurately) summarizing Alan Greenspan’s dismal post-Chairman career has now ended debate about monetary policy in America. (well, it should have +the truth always hurts their fee-fees)

driftglass: Everybody Knows - “Saying that Roger Ailes’ network calls people leeches, sponges, and lazy, at a summit that’s supposed to bring both sides together on poverty, is stunning to me,” Scarborough said. “Have you ever heard that on Fox News?” Scarborough asked the table. “Has anybody ever heard that on Fox News?” ... Whipping the crap out or the poor isn't a casual, weekend thing on Fox: it's their entire fucking business plan ... Reminder: Phil Griffin pays Joe Scarborough north of $99,000 a week to run this hustle.
Fox News: We don't call the poor "leeches." Jon Stewart: Let me Google that for you! - Vox - But now I have another theory. Is it possible that Obama, playing a game of eleventy-dimensional chess, attacked Fox News because he knew they'd overreact — only to set up the most damning Daily Show supercut ever? (Joe Deadintern Scarborough can't do basic research)

Marco Rubio's wife long an unseen presence in his career | Tampa Bay Times - Stung by her parents' divorce, she wanted a stable married life and harbored career aspirations beyond a season as a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

Killer Mike Calls Bill O'Reilly 'Full Of S***' On 'Real Time With Bill Maher' - "I like Bill O'Reilly as a character," the Run the Jewels rapper said, prompting the host to laugh. "I hate how white people take him so seriously," Mike continued. "He’s more full of shit than an outhouse."

alicublog: Friday Round-The-Horn. - At National Review David French knows why: "Why Does ‘Organized Religion’ Get a Bad Rap? Because the Elite Lies About It." Evil liberals say Jesus people are obsessed with cultural issues like gay marriage, but the truth is Christians contribute heavily to charity. Yes, it's the old "society claims I'm a pedophile, but I bought twenty tickets to the Policeman's Ball" argument. More interesting to me is this claim:

Someone Requested All Of The FCC Complaints Against '30 Rock,' And They're Magical - Many people were upset with the show's language, including moment's where Fey's character Liz Lemon "called someone a son of a bitch" and an unidentified actor said, "Kiss my daughter's ass." A particularly dismayed viewer was offended by the line "Have you been soaking your tampon in vodka?" and ended their complaint chastising the character Jenna Maroney for "kissing a man dressed as a woman."

List of countries by incarceration rate

The Link Between Mental Illness And Violence Is More Complicated Than You Might Think - Elkington and her colleagues did find one factor that predicted violent behavior: Substance abuse and dependence
The Big Unanswered Questions | Lawrence M. Krauss
Video of Profs. Frank Tipler and Lawrence Krauss's Debate at Caltech: Can Physics Prove God and Christianity? - Google Groups

Call it 'gender fluidity': Schools to teach kids there's no such thing as boys or girls | Fox News - “Human beings are created male and female. But the current transgender ideology goes way beyond that. They’re telling us you can be both genders, you can be no gender, you can be a gender that you make up for yourself. And we’re supposed to affirm all of it.”
Asian American groups file racial quotas complaint against Harvard University | Education | The Guardian - More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for the case, which was filed with civil rights offices - Officials also say the number of Asian students admitted increased from 17.6% to 21% over the last decade.

The Women Pull No Punches In Fiery, Feminist 'Mad Max' : NPR
Yoko Ono and the Myth That Deserves to Die -- Vulture

How Vox is Like Urban Dictionary — The Message — Medium - I had no idea what a “dad bod” was but suddenly it was floating across my Twitter feed.
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Notes on the Surrender at Menlo Park - The Awl - The media finally signs up for a Facebook account

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Vast Antarctic ice shelf a few years from disintegration, says Nasa | Environment | The Guardian - Remnant of Larsen B Ice Shelf, about half the size of Rhode Island, is expected to break apart completely around the year 2020, adding to sea level rises
NASA Finds Antarctic Ice Shelf a Few Years From Disintegration : worldnews
The state of climate change politics is very, very bad - The latest demonstration of President Obama's two-faced position on climate change is his decision to grant preliminary approval to oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea, in the Arctic Ocean between northern Alaska and Siberia ... However, a majority of congressional Republicans are still outright climate deniers. Their position on Arctic drilling (they support it, naturally) is particularly rich. Climate change is a fraud, they say, but oil companies ought to have unlimited rights to drill where the ice cap used to be.
Here Are the 56 Percent of Congressional Republicans Who Deny Climate Change | BillMoyers.com - 170 elected representatives in the 114th Congress have taken over $63.8 million from the fossil fuel industry that’s driving the carbon emissions which cause climate change. (remember these names)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty in Boston Marathon Bombing - NYTimes.com
Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced to death | US news | The Guardian - The problem with this sentence is not that it is wrong, but that there no longer exists any moral equivalence with what is right and what is wrong.
10 Important Moments in the Boston Marathon Bombing Trial - NYTimes.com
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death
Death Penalty Opponents Condemn Sentence For Boston Bombing
Boston marathon bomber will receive the death penalty (discussion Megathread) : news

DHS chief: Drones 'an issue' for security in 2016 race | TheHill - Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that drones will be an issue for federal, state and local security during the 2016 presidential race. (ISIS will attack the debates with drone fleets)
Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking • The Register - Law doesn't say what you think it says, sniggers government
FBI now claims its stingray NDA means the opposite of what it says | Ars Technica - In new statement sent to Ars, FBI says local cops can talk about stingrays.
The New NSA Reform Bill Would Give the Government Even More Power to Spy on Your Smartphone | VICE | United States (generally what "reform" has come to mean with these guys)

FBI had internal concerns over licence plate readers, documents reveal | World news | The Guardian - Agency deployed mass tracking devices across US that could record up to 1,800 license plates a minute, according to internal documents obtained by the ACLU

ISIS Advances Into Iraq's Ramadi Amid Wave Of Suicide Attacks (not exactly on the run)
Jihadi killed 55 people fighting for ISIS - but 'left terror group over unpaid wages' - Mirror Online - Areeb Majeed, 23, is said to have travelled to Iraq to wage holy war, but became disillusioned when his wages were not paid
Islamic State militants seize key areas in capital of Iraq’s largest province - The Washington Post

This Angry Arab Moment - NYTimes.com - When Amr Moussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League, spoke here of the Arab world’s humiliation by three non-Arab states — Iran, Israel and Turkey — and the way they had, through their “hegemony,” turned Arabs into a “laughingstock,” I asked him what exactly he meant. (puts Iraq-Iran war in perspective)

Boat With Hundreds of Migrants From Myanmar Heads Farther Out to Sea - NYTimes.com

AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia's HIV epidemic worsening - Yahoo News - Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the country's state AIDS centre, said the Kremlin's policies promoting traditional family values had failed to halt the spread of the deadly virus.
Trade agreement could limit access to medicines | Chemistry World - A leaked draft of a trade agreement under negotiation among 12 Pacific rim countries, including the US and Japan, contains language that could delay the entrance of generic competition for much-needed medicines and keep pharmaceutical prices high, according to the Foundation for Aids Research (amfAR), an international non-profit headquartered in New York.

Venezuelan currency tanks; inflation seen near 100% - Venezuela's black market exchange rate weakened below a key level on Thursday, as the bolivar's decline steepened in the face of hyperinflation and a rapidly shrinking economy.

End Immigration Detention - NYTimes.com - Of all the malfunctioning parts in the country’s broken-down immigration machinery, probably the most indefensible is the detention system.

Fraternity of Failure - NYTimes.com - So the only “experts” left standing are those who made all the approved mistakes. It’s kind of a fraternity of failure: men and women united by a shared history of getting everything wrong, and refusing to admit it. Will they get the chance to add more chapters to their reign of error? (consensus of delusion and stupidy; the divide between sanity and Republicans becomes clearer)

Eschaton: And Their Enablers - But the "approved mistakes" aren't simply approved by Fox News and The Right, they're also generally approved by the Washington Elite Consensus. Maybe we're at the point where the Iraq war was a wee mistake, bygones, but all the people who supported it supported it for the right reasons and the hippies were still wrong. Inflation didn't happen, but it's still around the corner, etc. The Right still rules our discourse largely because elites are on the right.

The Myth of 'Faulty Intelligence' - o let's make no mistake: "Faulty intelligence" didn't produce the deaths of 4,000 American servicemembers and a couple of hundred thousand Iraqi civilians. Faulty intelligence didn't strengthen Iran's position in the region, lead to an exponential increase in anti-Americanism, and give rise to ISIS. It was the delusions, deceptions, and hubris of the Bush administration and its supporters. They got exactly the intelligence they demanded, and used it to ends they had decided on long before.
Wrong About More Than Iraq by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The attention being given to Jeb Bush’s disastrous handling of a simple and predictable question about the Iraq War has mainly revolved around his efforts to do anything other than admit mistakes—his brother’s mistakes over a decade ago, and now his own mistakes in answering the question (the party of Wrong)

The Jeb Bush Adviser Who Should Scare You | Mother Jones - Paul Wolfowitz not only championed the Iraq War—he obsessively promoted a bizarre conspiracy theory ... Wolfowitz's record in office is littered with profound errors (eccentric academic Laurie Mylroie and Saddam is the root of all evil)
The Continuing Adventures Of Jeb (!) Bush In Reality - Is our Jeb (!) learning? Not very swiftly. (El Jebbo and his magic Apple watch that outsources healthcare to your wrist)
Jeb Bush sees Apple Watch as part of anti-Obamacare plan | MSNBC
Student who told Jeb Bush 'Your brother created Isis' speaks out about incident | US news | The Guardian - Ivy Ziedrich challenged the likely presidential candidate after he blamed the militant group’s formation on Barack Obama for withdrawing troops from Iraq (she nailed him)
Judith Miller And James O'Keefe Discuss Ethics In Journalism (VIDEO) - Ex-New York Times reporter Judith Miller and rightwing guerilla filmmaker James O'Keefe filmed an hour-long discussion trying to answer the question that has persisted through their careers: "Why do they hate us?"
Judith Miller sits down to discuss journalistic integrity with James O’Keefe — and Twitter just can’t even, y’all - Salon.com - "Will there be any actual journalists present at this interview?" VIDEO

Obama’s Warren attacks backfire | TheHill - President Obama’s sharp rebuke of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) over his ambitious trade agenda is backfiring in the House, where the personal attacks are alienating the same Democrats the president is courting for votes.
Elizabeth Warren Is Trade Bill’s Chief Detractor in Name Only - NYTimes.com - Ms. Warren was also one of only four senators who voted against the confirmation of Michael Froman as United States trade representative in 2013, citing what she called his lack of transparency on trade talks.

George Stephanopoulos’s Gifts to Clinton Foundation Reinforce G.O.P. Doubts - NYTimes.com (what wouldn't?)

Washington Post mobile website hacked by Syrian Electronic Army | Technology | The Guardian - The Washington Post’s mobile website was brought down on Thursday evening, with the Syrian Mobile Army claiming responsibility for the attack.

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl admits sexually charged relationship with intern | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star - Diehl, a Republican

Republican Party to Vote in Support of Religious-Freedom Laws | Time (strengthening traditional values will make America strong)

Chief: Miami Beach police sent hundreds of racist, pornographic emails - CBS News
Boy, 10, pepper-sprayed by Minneapolis police: 'At least I got Maced and not shot' | US news | The Guardian - City’s police chief and mayor appeal to witnesses to the alleged incident involving 10-year-old Taye Montgomery at a protest against police shooting

Obama’s claim that one in five American women has been a victim of rape or attempted rape - The Washington Post - To be technical about it, the “rape” category of the CDC reported consisted of rape, attempted rape and “alcohol- or drug-facilitated penetration;” one does not quite get to the one in five statistic without the third category. (Kessler labors mightily to find a problem with 1 in 5, calls Obama a 1-pinnochio liar for not providing citations)
The seven kinds of rape (thx to the GOP for sorting this out) | Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture
Fox Affiliate Faces Backlash After Censoring Breasts On Record-Breaking Picasso Painting - “We get it,” Fox 5 wrote. “A blurred out version of Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece … wasn’t the best move.” (Fox Taliban)

Bill Cosby Responds To Rape Allegations In 'GMA' Interview With Near Gibberish (something is wrong up there)

Is Christianity in America doomed? (Damon Linker, defending Christianity against those pesky Pew polls, resorts to "Moralistic Therapeutic Deists")

A 'Jewish Litmus Test' Was Unacceptable - NYTimes.com (pro-Israel Jewish girl didn't believe he was Jewish: the Cohens vs the McClearys)

The End of the Open Road: The Inside Story of How Hitchhiking Died - And in one particularly deplorable instance, a 1973 story in Good Housekeeping declared that “female hitchhikers practically invented rape”—the extreme and multi-faceted wrongness of which should probably indicate just how knee-jerk the moment’s hysteria was. (cults, Satanism, ritual child abuse, serial killers, child kidnappers be vary afraid and don't stick your thumb out)
How Your Hometown Affects Your Chances of Marriage - NYTimes.com (Utah wins, or loses, depending on how you look at it)

Egg Farms Hit Hard as Bird Flu Affects Millions of Hens - NYTimes.com - J.T. Dean is facing a gargantuan task. Mr. Dean, a son of the founder of one of the country’s biggest egg producers, the Center Fresh Group, must kill and dispose of about 5.5 million laying hens housed in 26 metal barns that rise among the rolling corn and soybean fields here.
Resistant Gonorrhea: CDC Says Just One Drug Left | WIRED - Well, that didn’t take long. - Exactly 6 months after warning, in a major medical journal, that gonorrhea was becoming untreatable by the last two drugs commonly used against it, the Centers for Disease Control has taken one of those drugs off the table, leaving just one antibiotic available to treat the diseas
B Vitamin Is Found to Help People Prone to Some Types of Skin Cancer - NYTimes.com - In a clinical trial, people who took two pills a day of nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3 available as a nutritional supplement, had a 23 percent lower risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer than those who took placebo pills

What happens to electric fields in a very strong gravitational field ? : askscience
Are black holes really a 3 dimensional sphere or is it more of a puck/2 d circle? : askscience
During the decay of hadrons through weak interaction, why isn't strangeness always conserved when other quantities such as charge and lepton number etc. have to be conserved? : askscience
20 Super-Realistic Physics Simulations That Are Satisfying To Watch (Page 2) - CollegeHumor Post

TRAVIC - Transit Visualization Client (MBTA in real time trains+busses)

"Columbia students claim greek mythology needs a trigger warning" : news
What subreddit is the easiest to get banned from? : AskReddit
A nude Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones (Gwendolyn Christie) with a small woman I can only assume will be her dinner. : pics

"Columbia students claim greek mythology needs a trigger warning" : news
A guy I went to high school with went through an amazing transformation. Worth a watch. : videos

Decoding the Enigma of Satoshi Nakamoto and the Birth of Bitcoin - NYTimes.com - While he was still there, though, the array of arcane skills and knowledge at his command led several colleagues to conclude that Mr. Szabo was most likely involved in the creation of Bitcoin, even if he didn’t do it all himself.
Unenumerated (Nick Szabo)

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A Sharp Spike in Honeybee Deaths Deepens a Worrisome Trend - NYTimes.com - A prolonged and mysterious die-off of the nation’s honeybees, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and to farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year (enjoy your food, while it lasts +thanks, Monsanto)
42% of honeybee hives killed off in U.S. last year - Technology & Science - CBC News - More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a U.S. federal survey.

Rachel Maddow Blames Congress For Amtrak Derailment - assailing government officials for failing to implement technology that could have prevented the derailment of Amtrak 188.
Attorney: Brandon Bostian, Engineer Of Derailed Amtrak Train, Does Not Remember Crash
Amtrak crash survivors recount 'awful' moments as train careened off tracks | World news | The Guardian - Passengers describe how they ‘flew across the train’ as it sped at 100mph around a curve: ‘It did not feel like the kind of thing you could walk away from’
The Next Amtrak Catastrophe - The Daily Beast - The most important railways in America keep getting worse, and if we don’t fix them soon, we’re looking at a future of endless delays and tragic accidents ... It seemed totally beyond belief that the train ride from New York to Washington could have been faster in 1964 (50 yrs of Republicans destroying America's infrastructure)

Eschaton: They Hate Democracy - It's worth noting that both the provisions of the TPP (as far as we know!) and the fast-track process are designed to drastically reduce the role of elected officials in determining public (not just trade!) policy

The FBI and Keystone - Lawyers, Guns & Money : It’s ridiculous that the FBI was violating agency protocol by going to rather extreme measures in monitoring those protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Philippine Factory Fire Death Toll Rises As Harrowing Accounts Of Trapped Workers Emerge - Philippine police are investigating as a criminal matter a fire that killed at least 72 factory workers who became trapped in the building's second floor, where a relative said iron grills on windows prevented the victims from escaping.

Migrants From Myanmar, Shunned by Malaysia, Are Spotted Adrift in Andaman Sea - NYTimes.com


Boko Haram Attacks Nigeria's Maiduguri Prompting Fierce Clashes With Army - Hundreds of Boko Haram extremists tried to attack the biggest army base in northeast Nigeria overnight but met fierce resistance from soldiers who fired artillery throughout the night.

Australia Threatens To Kill Johnny Depp's Dogs - "It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States," Joyce said.

The President, Fox News and the Poor - NYTimes.com - “Over the last 40 years, sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top, or to be mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction.

Jeb Bush Confronted By College Student: 'Your Brother Created ISIS' (said the unspeakable)
Idiotic Invasions Cannot Fail, They Can Only Be Failed - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Shorter Quin Hillyer: The Iraq War would have worked out great if it wasn’t for that meddling Barack Obama. ("traces" of WMDs fully justify Bush's disasterous destruction of the Middle East)
Wow, Jeb Bush Is Awful - NYTimes.com - Let’s discuss Jeb Bush’s terrible week ... We had now learned that: 1) Jeb Bush still thinks invading Iraq was a good idea; and 2) he has inherited more of the family syntax issues than we knew (El Jebbo is not the smart one)
Laura Ingraham On Jeb's Iraq Answer: There's 'Something Wrong With You' (AUDIO) - "You can't still think that going into Iraq, now, as a sane human being, was the right thing to do," Ingraham said on her radio show. "If you do, there has to be something wrong with you," she added.
It Took A Week, But Jeb Bush Finally Acknowledges That Invading Iraq Was A Mistake (flop-flip)
GOP Presidential Field May Not Top 20! by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - John Bolton, one of the Republican Party’s most prominent national security hawks, has decided not to run for president. (oh, noooos)
George Pataki to Announce Presidential Plans on May 28 - NBC News.com - He has touted his dedication to smaller government and tax cuts as qualifications for a potential presidential run. (oh, yessss)

Russ Feingold Running For Senate In 2016

George Stephanopoulos Acknowledges Giving Money to Clinton Foundation - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com - Mr. Stephanopoulos said he should have disclosed the donations to ABC and to his viewers. His $50,000 in gifts to the foundation were first reported Thursday morning by Politico.

A Centrist Weepy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This Robert Draper profile of a Democratic Party supposedly in turmoil because its base is demanding politicians stand up for values outside of Beltway centrism is ridiculous.

Pat Toomey Insists He's Not Holding Up A Judicial Nominee He's Holding Up - Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) insisted Wednesday that he's not blocking one of his own judicial nominees for political reasons -- even as he is still refusing to give the Senate Judiciary Committee the green light to give that nominee a hearing.

VA improperly spent $6 billion annually, senior official says - The Washington Post - The Department of Veterans Affairs has been spending at least $6 billion a year in violation of federal contracting rules to pay for medical care and supplies, wasting taxpayer money and putting veterans at risk, according to an internal memo written by the agency’s senior official for procurement.

Abortion Ban Bill: This Time It’s Personal by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The bill is back in the news because House Republicans wanted to provide a decent interval for bad publicity to subside about an earlier version that required rape victims to report to the police to get a certification of their rape and its circumstances before being allowed to terminate the resulting pregnancy. (and you can be sure the cops would give out those "licenses")
Late-term abortion ban passes in House after Republicans drop rape provisions | World news | The Guardian - White House spokesman Josh Earnest contrasted the measure’s strictures with the usual Republican demands for keeping government out of people’s lives, saying: “The bill continues to add a harsh burden to survivors of sexual assault, rape and incest who are already enduring unimaginable hardship.” (Republicans love rape and rape-babies)
House Passes 'Disgustingly Cruel' 20-Week Abortion Ban - Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) called the bill “disgustingly cruel” and read aloud the stories of real women whose struggles with medical and financial hardship brought them to the difficult and expensive decision to have a later abortion. (about what you would expect from disgustingly cruel Republicans)

Homan Square detainee: I was sexually abused by police at Chicago 'black site' | US news | The Guardian
Angel Perez: unarmed and unassuming before alleged Homan Square assault | US news | The Guardian - Video footage shows Perez, who has filed a lawsuit over sexual assault by police, holding out his hand for a handshake before being taken to Chicago warehouse
Virginia man pardoned after 29 years in jail for attempted rape he didn't commit | US news | The Guardian - Michael Kenneth McAlister was convicted in 1986 despite the only trial evidence linking him to the attack being the victim’s eyewitness testimony - McAlister was identified as a suspect based on a police composite sketch

The Rise of Young Americans Who Don’t Believe in God - NYTimes.com - The rise of religious nonbelief is one of the most striking social trends in the United States - 25 percent of Americans born after 1980, the group often known as millennials, are not religious, compared with 11 percent of baby boomers and 7 percent of the generation born between 1928 and 1945. (Millenials are so over you so-called "God")

This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy - "If an old junkyard dog like me was offered the sexual services of little girls to get my hackles down, I wonder what was offered to the powerbrokers of this state to gain their support for silence," Tweedy said. "Shame, shame, shame."
'The Woman' - Missouri's Republican speaker of the House apologizing for, well, he doesn't actually come out and say for what, but presumably sexting with an intern. But this line takes the cake: "I also regret that the woman has been dragged into this situation." The woman. (who'd want to sext with this piece of shit?)
NJ Republican Introduces Resolution Condemning 'Negative' AP History Exam - State Sen. Joe Kyrillos (R) (dude obviously failed history)


School Principal Fired After Racist Remark About 'Black People' At Graduation - Nancy Gordeuk, founder of TNT Academy in Stone Mountain, was ousted from her role as principal of the private school after the school’s board of directors voted to fire her ... Gordeuk made rude remarks throughout the ceremony, including saying that the mouth of a crying baby should be taped shut (internet karma machine shuts down demon-possessed asshole)
When Does Your Google Search Become a Crime? | Lee Rowland - The New York Police Department officer, crowned the "Cannibal Cop" by New York papers, is the subject of the new documentary "Thought Crimes,"

The Last Day of Her Life - NYTimes.com - When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?
Study Asks if Carrot or Stick Can Better Help Smokers Stop - NYTimes.com - Researchers found that offering incentives was far more effective in getting people to stop smoking than the traditional approach of giving free smoking cessation help, such as counseling or nicotine replacement therapy like gum, medication or patches. But they also found that requiring a $150 deposit that would be lost if the person failed to stay off cigarettes for six months nearly doubled the chances of success

In Flight - NYTimes.com

The Limits of Discourse : As Demonstrated by Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky : Sam Harris - As Demonstrated by Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky (the real shadow of evil in the background is Bill Clinton and his bombing of Sudan's only pharma factory because "chem precurors" in the dirt and black people were ants)
Do Intentions Matter? On Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky - In sum, Harris refused to back down from his claim that Chomsky has never thought about the ethical import of intentions, even when Chomsky made it very clear that he has, often, for decades. But what came across extremely clearly was how differently the two feel about whether and how intentions matter.
Noam Chomsky versus Sam Harris: Rationale versus hate – The Express Tribune Blog - He recently blogged an email exchange he had with the great man himself; an exchange which, as with most things with Harris, quickly degenerated into crassness.
Noam Chomsky undresses Sam Harris: Stop “pretending to have a rational discussion” - Salon.com - The new atheist tries to "engineer a public conversation" about terrorism and humiliates himself in the process
What do Sam Harris and Noam Chomsky think about each other? Has either of them mentioned the other in a public talk or interview? - Quora
Sam Harris is dumber than bin Laden (Chomsky was right not to waste his breath) | wavesandmeans
A classic mismatch (PZ on Harris vs Chomsky - "Chomsky possesses a moral clarity that Harris can only dream about" +"When you complain about “God-intoxicated sociopaths”, you’ll have to excuse me for wondering if you aren’t talking about the US congress." +"“Bambi Vs Godzilla”")
Sam Harris gets schooled by Noam Chomsky - Harris seems to be under the impression that he is a major intellectual who is an authority on religious, moral, and political issues and entitled to pontificate on it
Fighting Fire with Ire: 3 Lessons from Noam Chomsky’s Takedown of Sam Harris | Religion Dispatches
Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory - Critics of the attack have estimated that up to tens of thousands of Sudanese civilians died throughout Sudan as the supply of necessary drugs was cut off.
Bruce Schneier vs. Sam Harris

Never-ending universe | TLS - “what we call the expanding universe is just a small part of a much larger ‘multiverse,’ containing many expanding parts like the one we observe, and that the constants of nature take different values in different parts of the multiverse”; “only a tiny minority of the subuniverses in the multiverse would have physical constants that allow the evolution of life”, but “of course any scientists will find themselves in a subuniverse belonging to this minority”.
Is cosmology having a creative crisis? – Ross Andersen – Aeon - Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over?

What's the most beautiful paragraph or sentence you've ever read? : books

Transparency is important to us, and today, we take another step forward. : announcements
cardevitoraphicticia comments on Transparency is important to us, and today, we take another step forward. - Folks, please stop gilding this website until they fix some of their fundamental problems. You're just rewarding bad behavior. ...not to mention the benefits of being gilded are completely worthless.
Transparency is important to us, and today, we take another step forward. : announcements - Buddy Fletcher, husband of Reddit CEO Ellen Pao, is being described as being the operator of Ponzi scheme
/u/swagmaster4204204200 gets shadowbanned in the "transparency is important to us"-thread in wich ~4500 points are ignored after asking a question of transparency : bestof
What were ye banned fer!?
You have been banned from posting
banned
Karmacourt - we gonna eat sammy l. jackson's kangol tonight!
Beware of cancer hiding in apparently healthy tissue.

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Puerto Rico imposes water rations that could make daily showers a challenge | World news | The Guardian - People living in and near San Juan will have access to water only every other day as El Niño phenomenon leads to drier conditions and high temperatures (meanwhile, in the desert of Puerto Rico)

Derailed Amtrak Train Lacked Latest U.S. Safety Controls (commnenters understand why no funding)
Amtrak Train Was Going At Twice The Speed Limit Before Philadelphia Crash - The Positive Train Control technology is supposed to be installed on U.S. freight and commuter lines by the end of the year, but according to the January/February newsletter, it was only operational on 400 miles of track.
Amtrak train reportedly going 100mph into turn at time of crash | US news | The Guardian - Death toll rises to seven with six more critically injured - Train reportedly travelling at twice the speed limit before derailment
Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia, Killing at Least 6 and Injuring Dozens - NYTimes.com (we need the money for wars and tax cuts for the rich)
The last time Congress passed an Amtrak bill was after a fatal train crash - The Washington Post - In 2008, the Democrat-controlled Congress and the Bush White House were at odds over an Amtrak bill. Democrats wanted to double Amtrak’s budget. The Bush administration wanted to zero it out. A reauthorization bill had languished for years and funding was static. (Bush hated trains and the people who ride them)
The House is poised to slash $100 million from Amtrak’s funding today - Vox - It turns out that the fatal crash of an Amtrak train from Washington, DC, to New York City came just the night before the carrier faced huge cuts to its funding. (Republicans hate your fucking infrastructure)
SEPTA train hit by projectile minutes before Amtrak crash
Frankford Junction Was Site of a 1943 Crash - NYTimes.com - On Labor Day weekend in 1943, a flood of passengers traveled on the Congressional Limited to New York City from Washington. Trains were extended to up to 16 cars to accommodate the travelers, many of whom were soldiers on leave.

House rejects NSA collection of phone records with vote to reform spy agency | US news | The Guardian - House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly to ban mass collection of Americans’ phone records as it votes in favour of the USA Freedom Act
House Approves Bill That Would End NSA Bulk Data Collection

NBC News Walks Back Report That Pakistani Officer Gave Bin Laden's Location To CIA - Instead of pointing the CIA to bin Laden whereabouts, NBC News now reports that the officer “provided information vital to the hunt for bin Laden."
American Killed In Afghanistan Guesthouse Attack

Six Questions for Darius Rejali, Author of Torture and Democracy | Harper's Magazine - Everyone forgets that the Iranian revolution of 1978-1979 was the revolution against torture. When the Shah criticized Khomayni as a blackrobed Islamic medieval throwback, Khomayni replied, look who is talking, the man who tortures. This was powerful rhetoric for recruiting people, then as it is now. (the narrative always starts with the embassy takeover for no reason)
Bad Arguments - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In the world of libertarian economists, Bryan Caplan really isn’t the worst, but arguing that the Shah was “strong on civil liberties” is about the dumbest thing one can possibly say about the history of Iran.

Vatican Officially Recognizes 'State Of Palestine' In New Treaty - The Vatican had welcomed the decision by the U.N. General Assembly in 2012 to recognize a Palestinian state. But the treaty is the first legal document negotiated between the Holy See and the Palestinian state and constitutes an official recognition.

North Korea Executes Defense Chief On Treason Charges: Report - by putting him in front of an anti-aircraft gun at a firing range ... was said to have shown disrespect to Kim by dozing off at a military event
South Korea: North Korean defense chief was not executed - UPI.com - The National Intelligence Service revised its statement hours after claiming Hyon was believed to be dead.

'You can’t trust anybody': the Mexicans caught up in the drug war just south of Texas | World news | The Guardian - Cartel violence in Tamaulipas state has claimed 254 lives in the first three months of this year, but has largely gone unreported in the press (America's war on some drugs fucking everybody up)

Hersh Thoughts - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Osama bin Laden's Controversial Sea Burial - The Daily Beast - Within hours of his death, the U.S. Navy discarded Osama bin Laden’s body in the Arabian Sea, outraging both Glenn Beck and radical Muslim clerics. McKay Coppins on the government’s rationale. (2011)

Senate Cuts Deal To Pass Obama's Secretive Trade Bills - The agreement came after Democrats blew up an earlier agreement Tuesday over fears that key measures they have sponsored would fail, or never get votes.


A “Democrats In Disarray” Story for the Ages by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The New York Times Magazine’s’ Robert Draper, who last drew major attention for speculating that Rand Paul’s presidential campaign might create a “libertarian moment,” swings for the fences again in a “Democrats in Disarray” piece for the ages ... Robert Draper looks at 2014, however, and just becomes confused: (another of the endless NYT anti-Dem pieces, makes you wonder ...)

Eschaton: Human Shields - Something about that Bush gene pool: Bush also dismissed "hypothetical" questions about the origins of the Iraq war as a "disservice" to U.S. troops who died or were injured in the war, and to their families. (we would never look into the reasons we lied to have a war so your kids could get killed and we'd make a shitoad of money and be very manly)
Jeb Bush keeps it all in the family - Politico - Would you let Donald Trump tell you where to get a haircut? Would you take driving tips from Lindsay Lohan? Or ask Sarah Palin’s advice about … anything? (Republicans completely have their act together)
It's Wednesday, So What Did Jeb Bush Say About Iraq That Was Stupid Today - The other day, Jeb (!) Bush said something about Iraq that was really dumb. Since then, he and his people have floundered around, saying even dumber things, trying to get out from under the original dumb thing. Right now, it looks like Jeb (!) may be stuck in Iraq longer than his brother mired the United States there.
Feminism isn't a label Republicans can slap on when it's convenient | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian - Conservatives who eschewed feminist ideals for years have started to call themselves the real feminists, despite wanting to roll back women’s rights (Failurina is apparently a "feminist")

Jay Smooth: Maybe having Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill isn’t the best idea - Salon.com - Although doing so could help fund a scheme for black people to receive reparations - “What we’re doing,” Smooth said, “is talking about honoring the work Harriet Tubman did to free us from slavery by putting her face on the reason we were enslaved.”

Moody's downgrades Chicago debt to 'junk' with negative outlook - "Whether or not the current statutes that govern Chicago's pension plans stand, we expect the costs of servicing Chicago's unfunded liabilities will grow, placing significant strain on the city's financial operations absent commensurate growth in revenue and/or reductions in other expenditures,"

Philadelphia's Osage Avenue police bombing, 30 years on: 'This story is a parable' | US news | The Guardian - On 13 May 1985, Philadelphia police moved in to arrest four members of a radical black liberation group called Move – but a bungled raid left 11 people dead. Alan Yuhas revisits the only aerial bombing carried out by police on US soil

New York Police Involved In Midtown Manhattan Shooting - The suspect appeared to have a weapon, and a spokesperson told HuffPost that it was a “strong possibility” that the weapon was a hammer. (he "went" for his hammer)
U.S. Marshal Allegedly Pistol Whips Man During Road Rage Incident
Baltimore officer Brian Rice accused of threatening to kill ex-girlfriend in 2008 | US news | The Guardian - Lieutenant charged with manslaughter in Freddie Gray case accused in incident that occurred years before he allegedly used position to harass another ex-partner
Jeffrey Klinkel arrested for white powder hoax sent to Boulder synagogue and Jewish Community Center - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com - When advised of his Miranda Rights, the affidavit states, “Klinkel also advised me that he was a Sovereign Citizen and that these rights did not pertain to him.” The affidavit states that Klinkel’s parents told detectives that "he has been manic lately."

When a tragic accident is just a tragic accident: Editorial | OregonLive.com - The light was red, but the 68-year-old former commercial truck driver said he thought it was green and didn't stop. Seconds later, his pickup, traveling at 40 miles per hour, barreled into a woman and her three children on their way home from getting ice cream. They were crossing the street in a crosswalk ... But LaThorpe won't face criminal charges and will likely walk away with a ticket (3 dead kids, no charges)

They’re Pushing People Away from Religion | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - In other words, every time you hear a conservative politician talk about the importance of religious faith and (their particular) religious values, it’s safe to assume that they’re undermining their own ostensible cause. (but their real cause is power)

Abstinence-only curriculum is not sex education, judge rules - SFGate - California’s sex-education law prohibits school districts from indoctrinating students on the need to remain celibate before marriage or teaching them that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, a judge has ruled. ("no-sex education")

95 percent of parents think their overweight children look ‘just right’ - The Washington Post - Over the years, they realized, the chances of a child "being appropriately perceived by the parents declined by 30%." African American and low-income parents had the most inaccurate perceptions.


The New York Times–Facebook Deal Is Here -- NYMag - Wednesday morning, in what marks a tectonic shift in the publishing industry, the New York Times is expected to officially begin a long-awaited partnership with Facebook to publish articles directly to the social media giant, a source with direct knowledge of the talks told me.

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Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial - NYTimes.com - THE Obama administration’s decision to give Shell Oil the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic shows why we may never win the fight against climate change. Even in this most extreme circumstance, no one seems able to stand up to the power of the fossil fuel industry. No one ever says no.
Sea Level Rise Is Happening Faster Than Anyone Thought | ThinkProgress - The study, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, found that sea level rise has been speeding up over the past two decades compared to the rest of the 20th century. This contradicts previous satellite data dating back to 1993, which appeared to show sea level rise accelerating in the 1990s, but slowing slightly over the past decade.
Hundreds feared dead as another strong earthquake strikes devastated Nepal | World news | The Guardian - Officials confirm death toll of 42 after magnitude 7.3 quake hits country still struggling with consequences of previous disaster that killed thousands

Is The CIA's Case For Torture Unraveling? - But now, multiple news sources are backing up at least one aspect of Hersh’s controversial account on the 2011 raid: It was a Pakistani tipster who ultimately led U.S. special forces to the fugitive’s Abbottabad compound, not the courier Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, whose identity was supposedly revealed by CIA detainees. Which, if true, would mean the key to bin Laden’s location was not, as the agency tells it, torture. (Obama lied to justify his torture and killing)
Pakistanis Knew Where Osama Bin Laden Was, U.S. Sources Say - NBC News.com
‘It was Brig Khalid who informed CIA about Osama bin Laden’s compound’ - Daily Pakistan Global
Why Sy Hersh’s Piece Wasn’t in The New Yorker -- NYMag - In August 2011, The New Yorker published a highly detailed recounting of the raid by staff writer Nicholas Schmidle that hewed closely to the Obama White House’s line. (David Remnick in Obama's pocket)
The Spy Who Billed Me: Hersh Did Not Break Bin Laden Cover Up Story - If it's fiction--as some have implied, it's plagiarism. If it's true, it's not original. The story was broken here on The Spy Who Billed Me four years ago, in August 2011:

Senate Democrats Knock Down Obama's Trade Bill
Obama's plans for trade deals with Asia and Europe in tatters after Senate vote | US news | The Guardian - Senate legislation fails to pass after Democrats put concerns about US jobs ahead of president’s argument that trade deals will boost global economy
Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat - Seung Min Kim - POLITICO - Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the top Democratic opponents of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, criticized Obama on Tuesday for what the senator saw as “disrespectful” comments toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren and indicated that Warren’s gender may have played a role.
Three Times President Obama Called Sherrod Brown "Sherrod" In Public - BuzzFeed News - “The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else,” Obama told Yahoo
Trade Show: The Senator Professor Takes Round One - In which we learn that Senator Professor Warren is indeed a politician, and a good one.

Snowden vindicated - Boing Boing - When the courts ruled NSA domestic spying illegal last week, it was the plain fact of that surveillance that was most important. But it also means that whistleblower Ed Snowden, cast as a traitor and spy by his critics, is vindicated.
Many of the NSA's Loudest Defenders Have Financial Ties to NSA Contractors - The Intercept
USA Freedom FAIL - Don't be fooled. This bill is designed to appease the public while cementing the government's surveillance authority for years to come.
Germany gives huge amount of phone, text data to U.S. - report | Reuters
Op-ed: Why the EFF is pulling its support for the USA Freedom Act | Ars Technica - Congress must embrace recent landmark opinion on phone metadata collection limits.
Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Chateau Petrus - In which we learn that the CIA would have preferred to have tortured one guy to death.

North Korea Defence Chief Hyon Yong-chol 'executed' - BBC News - killed on 30 April by anti-aircraft fire in front of an audience of hundreds.

Smuggled Syrian documents enough to indict Bashar al-Assad, say investigators | World news | The Guardian - Prosecution cases have been prepared against president and senior members of his regime for possible war crimes tribunal


Handicapping a Democratic Takeover - NationalJournal.com - The 2016 Senate cycle is shaping up to be the opposite of 2014, with the map heavily stacked against the GOP.

How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime : news
Judge: Warrantless Airport Seizure of Laptop 'Cannot Be Justified' - Slashdot - a ruling in U.S. District Court that the seizure and search of a man's laptop without a warrant while he was in an airport during an international border crossing was not justified.
Feds drop case in which cops nailed webcam to utility pole to spy on house | Ars Technica - The Justice Department on Tuesday withdrew its appeal of a lower court's December ruling that said it was illegal for police to attach a webcam to a utility pole and spy on a suspected drug dealer's house in rural Washington state for six weeks.

Federal Records Agency's Top Lawyer Expressed “Concern,” Surprise At Clinton's Private Email Use, Internal Emails Reveal - BuzzFeed News - Internal emails obtained by BuzzFeed News between officials at the National Archives show officials there were caught off-guard by Hillary Clinton’s personal email usage.

Rand Paul: Advocates for the Disabled Should Help Brainstorm Ways to Cut Social Security Spending - Bloomberg Politics

Tex. bill would bar local officials from issuing same-sex-marriage licenses - The Washington Post - Texas Republicans are pushing legislation to bar local officials from granting same-sex couples licenses to marry, launching a preemptive strike against a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling next month that could declare gay marriage legal. (then they'll secede and demand Federal subsidies because TX has priorites, man)

Jeb Bush Manages To Fumble The Iraq War Vote 13 Years After It Happened
Multimillionaire Carly Fiorina Took 4 Years to Pay Staffers From Her Last Campaign | Mother Jones - Why was this wealthy GOP presidential candidate a deadbeat? (it's what they do)
Allen West Thought He Was The Victim Of "Sharia Law" At Walmart (He Wasn't) | Blog | Media Matters for America - Fox News contributor Allen West went to Walmart and thought he was the victim of "Sharia law" because a checkout clerk under the age of 21 couldn't sell him alcohol. (dumbshit)

What 16 Months Of Police Killings In The U.S. Looks Like - Even the FBI failed to count at least half the number of people killed by state and local law enforcement officers in the past decade, according to a government report released in March. (they kill people and don't report it)
Baltimore Cops Slit This Dog’s Throat—and One Got Away With It - The Daily Beast - An unattended Shar Pei had its carotid artery severed, and one of the two officers eventually charged with felony animal cruelty was let off by Freddie Gray prosecutor Marilyn Mosby.
Mentally Ill Inmates Are Routinely Physically Abused, Study Says - NYTimes.com
Push to End Prison Rapes Loses Earlier Momentum - NYTimes.com - As a reporter left the prison that day, an officer at the security entrance said, “So, did you see him-her?”
Freddie Gray officer had innocent man prosecuted as part of lengthy feud | US news | The Guardian - Brian Rice, charged with manslaughter in Gray death, accused ex-lover’s husband of breaking a court order as part of a feud that police chiefs were warned about
No Charges For Wisconsin Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Biracial Teen Tony Robinson - Police said Kenny was responding to calls that said Robinson was running in and out traffic
Tony Terrell Robinson was shot dead by Madison police. This is how it happened | US news | The Guardian - ‘He needed help and they just took him’ (bullets are on the way)
Man suffers broken nose, teeth in South County road rage incident | FOX2now.com - Her husband adds, “[Officers] told us he was an off-duty police officer. That’s exactly what they told us.”

US is becoming less Christian while percentage of non-believers grows | US news | The Guardian - Pew Research Center finds Christians down eight points to 70.6% since 2007 - Atheists, agnostics and ‘nothing in particular’ up from 16.1% to 22.8% (the Church of Nothing in Particular)
Study: Americans becoming less Christian, more secular : news

Revealed: FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents | US news | The Guardian - Houston investigation amounted to ‘substantial non-compliance’ of rules - Internal memo labels pipeline opponents as ‘environmental extremists’ (terrorists terrorizing big energy)
Polygraph critic goes on trial as part of 'Operation Lie Busters' federal inquiry | US news | The Guardian - Doug Williams faces up to 100 years in jail for coaching people to beat the controversial test that is still used by federal agencies to screen employees (coaching how to beat a bogus test used to imprison and kill thousands is a crime)

Rogue antimatter found in thunderclouds : Nature News & Comment - Aeroplane detects signature spike in photons that does not fit any known source of antiparticles.
Scientists have discovered a new state of matter, called 'Jahn-Teller metals' : science
Nano memory cell can mimic the brain’s long-term memory - RMIT University - the world’s first electronic multi-state memory cell which mirrors the brain’s ability to simultaneously process and store multiple strands of information.
Cuba’s Inventive Vaccine Could Treat More Than Just Lung Cancer — NOVA Next | PBS - Furthermore, epidermal growth factor plays an important role in many other cancers, like prostate, breast, colon, and pancreatic cancer. “All those things are potential targets for this vaccine,”
Artificial Light Associated with Obesity, Study Says - Prolonged exposure to artificial light may be a better predictor of weight gain than diet, and this phenomenon goes back to prehistoric times.
Viagra may stop the spread of malaria: European researchers | Outbreak News Today - By increasing the stiffness of erythrocytes infected by the causal agent of malaria, Viagra favors their elimination from the blood circulation and may therefore reduce transmission of the parasite from humans to mosquitoes. ("stiffening")

'Mad Men' Reveals The Surprising Difficulties Of Being A Woman With Cancer In 1970 - “Our standard of care up until the 1980s was that if someone had quiescent, metastatic cancer of the lung [cancer that has spread but has no symptoms], we actually did nothing,” Brawley explained. “It wasn’t until the mid-90s that someone like [Betty] would be offered chemotherapy when she was asymptomatic."
Mad Men’s Hobo Callback -- Vulture
My Husband And I Stopped Drinking -- And Now We Have Better Sex | High50 - "anybody else bothered that she asked him to stop, but wouldn't stop herself, either in solidarity with her husband or simply to not run it in?" (gaps in story)

Lily Robotics: Camera. Reinvented. (well, we can do this now)

What happened that made you call 911? : AskReddit
Girls, what are some weird things you have to deal with because you have a vagina? NSFW : AskReddit
What do you envy in the opposite sex? : AskReddit

AOL Has Been in Talks to Spin Off HuffPost as Part of Verizon Acquisition Deal | Re/code - In any case, Arianna Huffington is likely to support any deal in which she and her unit gets more money to grow globally. Since AOL bought her company she has talked to bankers about buying it back and has considered other strategies to split off from AOL.
Verizon To Buy AOL In $4.4 Billion Deal (evil empire buys HuffPo)
Verizon Likely To Retain TechCrunch And Engadget - BuzzFeed News - Re/code reported that AOL has been in talks — most seriously with German media conglomerate Axel Springer — to spin off the Huffington Post as its own entity.
Ask the Publisher: What the Hell With This Verizon/Aol Thing? - The Awl - For those who haven’t seen the LUMASCAPE, it’s an insanely complex graphic that shows all of the technology and intermediaries that stand between advertisers and audiences. These are data providers, ad servers, creative agencies, ad exchanges etc. ANYWAY, Aol is an ad exchange—or a marketplace where buyers and sellers can meet.

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Sea level rise accelerated over the past two decades, research finds | Environment | The Guardian - IPCC climate modelling proves right as scientists find a glitch in satellite led to inaccurate records in 1990s suggesting rate of sea level rise was slowing
Walmart found to be sourcing bottled water from drought-stricken California | US news | The Guardian - Residents who have faced increased water use limits amid fourth year of drought push for greater regulation of water-bottling industry
Tornadoes in Texas and Arkansas leave at least five dead and others missing | World news | The Guardian - Arkansas couple died saving 18-month-old daughter after trailer ‘exploded’

Was the bin Laden killing story a lie? - CNN.com
The many problems with Seymour Hersh's Osama bin Laden conspiracy theory - Vox
The Bin Laden Raid: The Man Is Still Dead - In which we learn that what we know is rarely enough ... we willingly surrendered self-government to magic and spellcraft. And Osama bin Laden is still dead, and his body is still at the bottom of the sea. Maybe.
'Walk-In' Pakistani Official May Have Told CIA Where Bin Laden Was Hiding - The NBC News report corroborates part of journalist Seymour Hersh’s article, published on Sunday, saying the official U.S. government story on the bin Laden raid is not true.
Seymour Hersh's Bin Laden Raid Bombshell Draws White House, Media Pushback

Obama Administration Faces Mounting Pressure To Answer For Torture - The Obama administration is facing renewed pressure to answer for its track record on torture after the relative calm that followed the release of the Senate torture report’s damning executive summary in December.
Ex-C.I.A. Officer Sentenced in Leak Case Tied to Times Reporter - NYTimes.com - The former officer, Jeffrey A. Sterling, argued that the Espionage Act, which was passed during World War I, was intended to prosecute spies, not officials who talked to journalists. He asked for the kind of leniency that prosecutors showed to David H. Petraeus, the retired general who last month received probation for providing his highly classified journals to his biographer.

Saudi King, Most Gulf Rulers To Skip U.S. Summit

Obama intensifies TPP push as critics worry trade deal will threaten US jobs | US news | The Guardian - As a congressional vote to fast track the adoption of TPP looms, the president attacks critics, unions and longtime allies who say the pact is a disaster (including infinite copyright and long prison sentences)

David Miliband launches stinging attack on brother Ed’s election campaign | Politics | The Guardian - Former foreign secretary rules himself out of Labour leadership race as he says voters delivered clear verdict on failure to embrace ‘aspiration and inclusion’


Mark Halperin’s Terrible Ted Cruz Interview Unites Left and Right in Mockery | Mediaite
The Prize For The Most Racist Interview Of A 2016 Candidate Goes To Bloomberg's Mark Halperin | ThinkProgress - By the end of the interview, when Halperin asks Cruz to say a few words “en Español,” one can’t help but think that Cruz had unwittingly wandered into a minstrel show, with Halperin demanding that Cruz perform for an audience.
Carly Fiorina is doing an excellent job trolling her online trolls - Vox - Karl Rove registered bushsucks.com and bushblows.com in 1999 (Failurina)
Carly Fiorina’s misleading claims about her business record - The Washington Post ("claims" = outright lies)

Baltimore jail turned away 2,600 injured suspects: report - NY Daily News - Thousands of people have been brought to the Baltimore city jail in recent years with injuries too severe for them to be admitted, newly released records show. (SOP)

Man Reporting Crime Given Less Than 2 Seconds To Drop Gun Before Officer Shoots Him - the officer ordered Heyward to "show me your hands" twice, but discharged his weapon before finishing the phrase a second time. The Charleston Post and Courier clocks the elapsed time at just 1.1 seconds.
George Zimmerman shot at, injured in Florida - Vox - Police initially said the shooting may have been a result of a "road rage" incident, but Bracknell clarified that might not be true.
@_FloridaMan Beguiles With the Hapless and Harebrained - NYTimes.com (NYT goes on the internets, discovers "Florida Man")
Georgia principal blames racial remarks at graduation event on 'the devil' | US news | The Guardian - Nancy Gordeuk says ‘the devil was in the house’ when she commented about only ‘the black people’ leaving during a graduation ceremony ("Satan possessed me and I said bad racist things")
Son of Georgia educator behind racist rant defends her - NY Daily News - “Yall n----s aren’t talkin about s--t so if u got somthing (sic) to say come see me face to face,” Gordeuk added. (Satan's bitch has an asshole kid)
Rich parents stalked HS coach who benched their kid, cops say | New York Post - The wealthy New Jersey parents of a high school basketball bench warmer have been charged with unleashing a two-year barrage of anonymous, negative emails in a bid to get the kid’s coach to quit or be fired.

New York’s emergency crackdown on abuses at nail salons, explained - Vox

The Quest for Transgender Equality - NYTimes.com

Inside the Shocking, Abrupt Divorce of Bill Simmons and ESPN | Vanity Fair

Dooce is retiring - After many years of blogging professionally at Dooce, Heather Armstrong is stepping down to focus on speaking and brand consultation ... "the security systems we've had to set up as an increasingly more diverse group of people throw rocks at our houses with the intention of causing damage" (not "literally" +original mommy-blogger)
Smart Grid consortium rolled its own crypto, which is always, always a bad idea - Boing Boing
Bus company pulls topless 'ride me' adverts after outcry | Media | The Guardian - Cardiff bus adverts featuring topless models holding a placard saying ‘ride me all day for £3’ caused social media storm

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Global CO2 level surpasses 400 mark, poses serious environmental threat: NOAA
Eschaton: But What Can We Do About It - I know it's part of the Republican religious texts that there's no such thing as "man-made climate change." Not our fault! Okay, fine, but if your state is being threatened with massive flooding, maybe it's time to move beyond the blame and just figure out what to do about it.
Sea rise threatens Florida coast, but no statewide plan - StarTribune.com - America's oldest city is slowly drowning ... Republican Gov. Rick Scott is skeptical of man-made climate change and has put aside the task of preparing for sea level rise ... Florida's environmental agencies under Scott have been downsized, making them less effective at coordinating sea level rise planning in the state
Arizona water shortages loom: The state prepares for rationing as Lake Mead hits record low. - The West’s drought is so bad that official plans for water rationing have now begun—with Arizona’s farmers first on the chopping block. Yes, despite the drought’s epicenter in California, it’s Arizona that will bear the brunt of the West’s epic dry spell

How Osama bin Laden really died - Seymour Hersh, writing for the London Review of Books, says that the American account of how Osama bin Laden was located, captured, and killed is not entirely true - Hersh is a regular contributor to the New Yorker -- he broke the Abu Ghraib story in the pages of the magazine -- so I wonder why this story didn't appear there? Perhaps because it goes against the grain of their own reporting on the subject?
Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden · LRB 21 May 2015 - "It was clearly and absolutely a premeditated murder."

The US tortured a child soldier at Gitmo for years. On Thursday, he won his freedom. - Vox - Omar Khadr, often known as the "al-Qaeda child soldier," has been freed in Canada after 13 years in detention, most of that at Guantanamo.

8" Bust of Edward Snowden (Originally placed in Fort Green Park, Brooklyn) by TiderA - Thingiverse
Ron Wyden Threatens Filibuster Over NSA Bulk Data Collection - r a reauthorization of the Patriot Act if it fails to include major reforms, including ending a controversial National Security Agency program that collects data on nearly every American's phone calls.
Intelligence leaders cite Texas attack before deadline on NSA surveillance | US news | The Guardian - Senior figures take to talk shows after NSA phone data collection ruled illegal - House security chair says Garland ‘Isis’ attack shows ‘terrorism has gone viral’ (be very afraid)
NSA asked Germany to spy on tech giant Siemens: report | News , World | THE DAILY STAR
US Government Labeled Al Jazeera Journalist as Al Qaeda

Hullabaloo - The terrorists won again - In the wake of Charlie Hebdo and all the stirring defenses of free speech around the world, look what happened in France ... It's funny how the government authorities are always ready to pounce when the people are afraid. It doesn't matter that the countries that have been doing this stuff, like Britain and US, cannot point to any attacks they've foiled through these methods. They're just running with it anyway. Why waste a good opportunity?

Japanese Whitewashing of the Past - Lawyers, Guns & Money : 187 of the world’s most prominent historians of Japan have written an open letter to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, urging that he stop whitewashing the atrocities committed by the Japanese during World War II.
China publishes court exhibits of Tokyo trials - Xinhua | English.news.cn - China has published compiled documentary evidence from the Tokyo trials, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the victory of World War II.

Election may set U.K. on path to a split, isolation - The Washington Post - , David Cameron will now need every ounce of those skills to avoid going down in history with an altogether different title: founding father of Little England.
British Election: What Republicans Can Learn From David Cameron - The Atlantic - Several of the world’s center-right parties have modernized in ways the GOP hasn’t.

Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler - The Washington Post - By one calculation, for every single American soldier killed fighting the Germans, 80 Soviet soldiers died doing the same.
Special Report: Russian soldiers quit over Ukraine | Reuters - Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin's continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any Russians fighting alongside rebels there are volunteers.
Nato kicks out Russian spies but revives Kremlin hotline amid Ukraine tensions | World news | The Guardian - Western military alliance expels dozens of suspected Russian spies from Nato headquarters while upgrading emergency military contacts with Moscow

92% of Married Women in Egypt Have Undergone Female Genital Mutilation | Egyptian Streets
92% of Married Women in Egypt Have Undergone Female Genital Mutilation : worldnews (Egytians disagree)
Female Genital Cutting: A Persisting Practice - More than 130 million women worldwide have undergone female genital cutting (FGC). FGC occurs in parts of Africa and Asia, in societies with various cultures and religions
END FGM // control of women's sexuality, an initiation rite into womanhood, hygiene and religion. - Female Genital Mutilation

Lamia Abillama: Clashing Realities is a portrait series about women living under the constant threat of violence in Lebanon (photos) (meanwhile, in Lebanon)

Paraguay senator says pregnant 10-year-old denied abortion 'became a uterus' | Society | The Guardian - Leading clergy member says country is divided over ‘killing of an innocent’ as official says debate has ignored girl’s own mental and physical health - “This girl became a uterus. She became a birth canal.”

Nepal earthquake victims' families prevented from leaving Qatar Fifa World Cup building sites to attend funerals - Business News - Business - The Independent

U.N. rep accuses Saudis of violating international law - CNN.com - The hospitals and schools that were hit functioned as weapons storage sites, coalition spokesman Brig. Gen. Ahmed Asiri said in a statement. (taking a page from Israel)

Police Arrest President of Self-Declared Liberland, Newest Micronation / Sputnik International - Croatian border police have arrested the president of Liberland, the world's newest micronation, for an attempt to reach the territory of his country situated on the disputed area between Croatia and Serbia, local media said Sunday.

States Confront Massive Budget Gaps (the Confederacy plus Republican governors in PA/WI/IN)

National Media Reporter Admits 'National Media Primed To Take Hillary Clinton Down' | Crooks and Liars - The New York Times alone had publishedmore than 40 articles related to her private email account, spurring other stories across the national print, digital and television media.
Jeb Bush: I, Too, Would Have Authorized Iraq Invasion - putting the likely 2016 presidential contender on the same page as his brother George W. Bush, the president who actually did so.“I would have [authorized the invasion], and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody.

Ted Cruz: Vets Should Sell Cookies For Funding, Like Girl Scouts | USAToday
That Time Mike Huckabee Preached Against Booze, Sex, and Monty Python | Mother Jones
In 1979 Sermon Against ‘Life Of Brian,’ Young Mike Huckabee Was Already One Biggus Dickus | Wonkette


The Washington Monthly - Just in case you haven’t heard, right wingers are freaking out about a conspiracy theory that a military training exercise called Jade Helm 15 is really a plot by the Obama administration to take over the state of Texas.
Anti-government resistance now the beating heart of GOP | The Seattle Times - “the idea of anti-government resistance seemed confined to a lunatic fringe operating in the shadows beyond the mainstream. Twenty years later, it is the mainstream, the beating heart of the Republican Party. And while certainly no responsible figure on the right advocates or condones what he did, it is just as certain that McVeigh’s violent antipathy toward Washington, his conviction that America’s government is America’s enemy, has bound itself to the very DNA of modern conservatism.” (the South shall rise again and shit all over you)

These Absurd Lawsuits Show Why The Anti-Gay Movement Is Failing - Driskell was not acting alone, according to her complaint, but serving as the appointed “ambassador” for “plaintiffs God and His Son, Jesus Christ.” Driskell does not cite case law or legal precedent, but instead relies heavily on biblical citations and her own views.

Read the horrifying racist texts that have prompted a probe of San Francisco police - Vox
Father Apparently Confesses to Family's Murder in Facebook Post - “I shot her in the head and now she’s migraine free.” ... “Then I shot Laurel because a mother should never have hear the news her baby has died.”
Fox's Bolling: "Questioning Cops And Their Tactics Is Emboldening Bad Guys" | Video | Media Matters for America - Bolling: NYPD Cops Are Dead Because Criminals Have Been Emboldened By "People Like De Blasio [And] People On The Left" ("embolden" "teh terrorists")
Top hats and gold cuffs: the curious case of California's fake masonic police force | US news | The Guardian - A trio has been charged with impersonating police officers – among them an aide to state attorney general and Democratic rising star Kamala Harris

Those Lazy Professors - Lawyers, Guns & Money : But what is this to an Emory professor who doesn’t have to do most of these things and who has such a light teaching schedule that he has time to write op-eds in the New York Times about how lazy his colleagues are?

Bertha Running Into that Steel Pipe Was the State's Fault, Dispute Review Board Says - Slog - The Stranger - Here's why. "The board determined that the well casing was clearly identified in contract documents, but that the contract documents did not clearly identify that the casing was made of steel," WSDOT wrote in its update. (it coulda been cardboard, for all we knew)

Mom: The Designated Worrier - NYTimes.com - On average, however, men who are out of work eke out slightly under three hours a day of housework and child care combined — less than working women do (3.4 hours a day).
Why daughters fight with their mothers: A Georgetown linguist explains - Vox - A Georgetown linguist explains - mothers want to protect their daughters, so they offer advice that they think will make their daughters' lives easier. Daughters, on the other hand, want approval from their mothers, so they interpret this advice as criticism, as proof that they're imperfect. (BFFs)

Why ancient Rome kept choosing bizarre and perverted emperors - Vox

Fresh evidence for how water reached Earth found in asteroid debris -- ScienceDaily - New research strongly suggests that water delivery via asteroids or comets is likely taking place in many other planetary systems, just as it happened on Earth. The quantity of water on Earth is not unique.
Can k (the curvature of spacetime) be complex? : askscience
Tinnitus connected to multiple areas of the brain, scientists find - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent - Conventional scientific theory suggests that tinnitus is the brain’s response to damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear; however, a new report in the journal Current Biology challenges this thinking.
Tinnitus connected to multiple areas of the brain, scientists find : worldnews

U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports: MedlinePlus
U.S. Birth Rate Hovers at All-Time Low, CDC Reports: MedlinePlus : news - Millennials can't afford kids.
Ghost in the Shell (1995) has some of the most detailed and interesting backgrounds I've ever seen in an animated movie. : movies
TIL sexual intercourse produces five times more hormones than that of masturbation. : todayilearned
The post-orgasmic prolactin increase following intercourse is greater than following masturbation and suggests greater satiety. - PubMed - NCBI
TIL a Wikipedia admin once deleted the main page. This resulted in a Wikipedia guidance essay, "Don't delete the main page." : todayilearned
schnebly5 comments on I'm at my girlfriend's prom right now. I lost her and her friends didn't want me to hang out with them so I'm exploring the hotel like a secret agent.
Lionel Messi ruined Jerome Boateng's life - SBNation.com - Boateng's Wikipedia page should now just redirect to either the page for obituaries or the spin cycle setting on washing machines.

Why I’m Excited for Medium’s Partnership With Creative Commons — Medium - Medium thereby marks itself as not yet another island of creativity on the Net, but as a platform that encourages people to create and share across the many islands that the Internet has become.

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Attorney: Spy chief had 'forgotten' about NSA program when he misled Congress | TheHill (Clapper "forgot" about all that illegal spying)
The courts stood up to NSA mass surveillance. Now Congress must act | Alexander Abdo and Jameel Jaffer | Comment is free | The Guardian - The appeals court in New York found that the ‘collect it all’ policy is unlawful. On 1 June, Congress can make sure it is stopped once and for all (yeah, that'll happen)
Intel chief ‘absolutely’ forgot about NSA data sweep program, attorney says | Fox News
Senators demand CIA director admit he lied in computer-hacking scandal

Of Snowden and the NSA, only one has acted unlawfully – and it’s not Snowden | World news | The Guardian - With the NSA’s bulk surveillance ruled illegal, the debate on the Patriot Act should be reinvigorated – with Edward Snowden free to join in (CIA trolls still infest Graun's comments)

Nun's sabotage conviction for nuclear facility break-in overturned by court | US news | The Guardian - Second ruling, for injuring government property, upheld after Sister Megan Rice and two fellow activists broke into Tennessee uranium storage facility in 2012 - An appeals court has overturned the sabotage convictions of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow peace activists ("sabotaging" "authority")

General Election Polls To Be Investigated By Independent Inquiry Over Shock Conservative Win - An independent inquiry into why polls for the General Election were so wrong is to take place following yesterday’s shock majority win for the Conservatives.

'Iraq 2: Iran': The Summer Blockbuster You Definitely Don't Want To See - This summer, the old gang is back. The guys who brought you the Iraq War return to scare the nation into invading Iran. If it sounds familiar, it's because it is. New war, same bullshit. Watch the trailer (very scary sequel in the works)

Congress Tells Court That Congress Can't Be Investigated for Insider Trading - The Intercept (above the law)

Tom Cotton says ISIS is winning in Iraq. That is false. - Vox
Norway ends blasphemy law after Hebdo attack - The Local - Norway has scrapped its longstanding blasphemy law, meaning it is now legal to mock the beliefs of others, in a direct response to January’s brutal attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
xs First three jailed under Norway's new Isis law - The Local - A court in Norway has sentenced three men to prison for joining the extremist group Islamic State in Syria, in the first convictions made under its new anti-terror laws.

U.N. Official Accuses France of Delays in Child Sexual Abuse Case - NYTimes.com
Liberia, Ravaged by Ebola, Faces a Future Without It - NYTimes.com -

Japanese government's debt swells to ¥1.053 quadrillion | The Japan Times - The latest figure tops the previous record of ¥1.039 quadrillion set in June last year and was more than double Japan’s nominal gross domestic product in 2014, which was ¥488 trillion. Japan’s fiscal health is the worst among the major developed economies.

Norway’s ‘We’re Sorry’ Monument to 91 Dead Witches - The Daily Beast - As Europe killed more than 40,000 people accused of sorcery in the 17th and 18th centuries, there were vicious witch trials taking place at the edge of the earth, in Norway’s tiny fishing villages.

Triumph of the Unthinking - NYTimes.com - It began very early. President Obama inherited an economy in free fall; what we needed, above all, was more spending to support demand. Yet much of Mr. Obama’s inaugural address was given over to boilerplate about the need to make hard choices, which was the last thing we needed right then (Obama has always had a problem with thinking)

Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » The Map: 11 Angles on the Electoral College (map of the insane and stupid in America)

Study: Congress literally doesn't care what you think | End corruption. Defend the Republic. - What they found was extremely unsettling: The opinions of 90% of Americans has essentially no impact at all.
The popularity of redistributing wealth | MSNBC - has reached a high point of 52% in Gallup’s most recent two surveys, conducted in April 2013 and April of this year.

Adelson denies ties to Chinese official in scandal: 'There’s a lot of Ngs in Macau' | US news | The Guardian - Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor, has denied ties to a senior Chinese official alleged to have been his gambling empire’s “contact with Beijing”. The official was named several years earlier in a US congressional report as a key player in illegal Chinese funding of US political campaigns. (truly, a face of Satan)
Sheldon Adelson faces new scrutiny as documents challenge his testimony | US news | The Guardian - Casino magnate’s trial remarks raised more questions than they answered about Las Vegas Sands’ connection with an alleged organised crime leader in China

Illinois Supreme Court rules landmark pension law unconstitutional - Chicago Tribune - On Friday the justices rejected that argument, saying the law clearly violated what's known as the pension protection clause in the 1970 Illinois Constitution. (defunding education temporarily slowed-down)
Eschaton: We Do Love Our Children - So much that we don't want to pay the people we entrust them with. - The district, which says it is wrestling with a $1.1 billion deficit weighted with pension payments, wants to save millions of dollars by having teachers pay more into their pension fund ... result would be a 7 percent cut in take-home pay for members. The union also says health care premiums could take another 3 percent under a district proposal.(Rahmbo's plan to kill education hits a small bump)
CTU files labor complaint against school board - Chicago Tribune - "This is a new low, and frankly one that we're fairly convinced that they're serious about."

Conspiracy theories flourish over military exercise in Texas - "You're looking at something that's going on under the surface that's clearly of deep concern and making people scared," he said. "You can't ignore that."
'We're Being Set Up': Glenn Beck Warns His Audience To Prepare For The Time When He Is Murdered In The Night | Right Wing Watch - everything that is happening in Baltimore and Ferguson and elsewhere is all a giant set-up, designed to create instability so that the federal government can take control of police departments all over the nation ... but nobody will listen to him ... "There are 10 million people that listen to this show. They cannot kill 10 million people in one night. You were born for a reason, and you’re listening to this show for a reason," (because you are an idiot)

Dashcam footage shows Delaware police officer kicking suspect in face | Fox News - A previous grand jury declined to indict Webster in March 2014, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office, after reviewing the case, found no violation of Dickerson’s civil rights. (they hid the video, of course, but that apparently is not a crime)
Delaware police officer arrested: Dashcam footage showed officer kicking black suspect in the face : news (deep psychopathy of the police-state)
Freddie Gray not the first to come out of Baltimore police van with serious injuries - Baltimore Sun - The initial $7.4 million award, however, was eventually reduced to $219,000 by Maryland's Court of Special Appeals because state law caps such payouts.
San Francisco cops’ racist, sexist, homophobic texts prompt inquiry | Ars Technica - Messages said "we celebrate whiteness" and that black women "should be spayed."
Hawaii Cop Charged With Civil Rights Violations After Attack On Bystanders - Honolulu police officer Vincent Morre has agreed to plead guilty to two counts of depriving people of their rights under color of law, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports. Morre faces a maximum of 10 years imprisonment for each count, according to TV station KHON.
Last of Mississippi killer racist gang sentenced to 10 years for hate attacks | US news | The Guardian - The vehicle, driven by Dedmon, reverses briefly and comes to a halt then accelerates swiftly and smashes straight into Anderson, who was instantly knocked flat and, the court later heard, died in the parking lot as the teens drove away at high speed.
After Seizing Couple’s Bank Accounts, Prosecutors Abandon Forfeiture Case - Law Blog - WSJ - “[T]he fact that the Government’s motion for voluntary dismissal came on the same day that the Government’s discovery responses were due—mere minutes before the close of business—further suggests that Government was motivated by its view of the merits of its case, not by the retroactive application of the new DOJ policy,” (they will fuck you to the bitter end)

Map of State Criminal Disfranchisement Laws | American Civil Liberties Union - A patchwork of state felony disfranchisement laws, varying in severity from state to state, prevent approximately 5.85 million Americans with felony (and in several states misdemeanor) convictions from voting

Jurors in Etan Patz Case Fall One Vote Shy of a Conviction - NYTimes.com - In many ways, Etan’s case changed how parents across the country thought about their children’s safety and how to protect them when they traveled the streets.
The Etan Patz Case and “Take Our Children to the Park…And Let Them Walk Home By Themselves” Day | Free Range Kids - Can you imagine a time before we were obsessed by predators and thought of them not only when a child truly disappeared, but any time we saw a child alone? That is how hugely the culture has shifted.

Boston University prof flunks 'white masculinity' in controversial tweets | Fox News - Grundy posted a number of other controversial tweets, for instance claiming that only whites enslaved entire generations of people. “Deal with your white sh*t, white people. slavery is a *YALL* thing,” she said. (Fox: completely forgetting about all that black-on-black slavery)
Baruch College Bans Rushing And Pledging After Student Death And Lawsuit - Police said the brothers did not seek medical attention for Deng until more than 90 minutes after his injury, in the meantime looking up his symptoms on the Internet. Deng's death was ruled a homicide.

The Corninthian Scam: Education For Suckers - In which we learn what "for profit" really means. There is no finer guide through the moneyed swamps of what our politics has become than Lee Fang, now writing at The Intercept. This week, Fang produced a monumental piece of reporting about the out-and-out long con that was the Corinthian Colleges system ... Citizens United infected more than congressional elections in Alabama. It dropped the last, tattered floodgates holding back a monstrous, foul tide that is sweeping all before it.
Teachers at my local third grade school sent this to every third grade student doing a national academic grading next week. : pics

Synthetic marijuana-related hospitalizations skyrocket in US | Society | The Guardian - Overdoses last month killed two people and sent several others to the hospital in Mississippi; killed one person and sickened two others in Virginia; sent nearly 100 people to the hospital in Alabama; and resulted in more than 30 hospitalizations in New Jersey. More than 100 overdose cases have been reported in Nebraska in the past few weeks, with many users ending up in emergency rooms.





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California's Drought Is Divine 'Judgment' From God Over Support Of Gay Rights, Bill Koenig Claims - "They are attempting a new morality," he declared. "There are sins and there's consequences for sin, especially unrepentant people that continue sins that are mentioned in the Bible." (as opposed to rigging elections which is totally not mentioned in the Bible)

Republicans put plans to reauthorise Patriot Act on hold after court ruling | US news | The Guardian - US appeal court rules NSA bulk data collection illegal under old law - Senate Republicans scramble for short-term fix on surveillance
Old Spy's Tale: A 9/11 Fable Lives Again - In other words, confronted by the disastrous consequences of its own ineptitude and bureaucratic sloth, the intelligence community responded that, if they just had a tad more freedom to spy randomly, they'd have caught the guy they already knew was in the country and already knew was making calls back to Yemen. There is shameless and then there is shameless. And then there are these jamokes ... It is now customary for ambitious politicians to presume the American electorate has the attention span of a sand flea.
Obama And Clinton Endorse USA Freedom Act After Court Ruling | Firedoglake - But the USA Freedom Act is by no means fundamental reform. While the bill would reform NSA’s bulk collection practices domestically it would leave in place the massive spying apparatus along with the unrestricted information warfare overseas that will inevitably lead to the agency vacuuming up US citizen’s data.
Edward Snowden says Australia undertaking 'dangerous' mass surveillance of citizens; criticises metadata laws - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - "Australia's role in mass surveillance around the world is similar to the UK and the Tempora program, which is what's called a rolling internet proffer," he said.

Trans-Pacific Partnership will lead to a global race to the bottom | Rose Aguilar | Comment is free | The Guardian - The trade deal will lead to offshored American jobs, a widened income inequality gap and increased number of people making slave wages overseas

Cameron’s Victory Sets Stage for Fights Over Europe, Scotland and Austerity - NYTimes.com
British PM David Cameron confounds polls to win second term | Politics | The Guardian - Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband left reeling by scale of defeat as David Cameron’s Conservative party looks set to return to office with majority government (nothing succeeds like total failure)
And then there was one: Miliband, Clegg and Farage quit as party leaders | Politics | The Guardian - Labour and Lib Dems swept aside as Conservatives take majority in parliament and leave Ukip and Greens with only one seat each
U.K. General Election 2015 Live Blog | FiveThirtyEight - The World May Have A Polling Problem
Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader | Politics | The Guardian - Miliband steps down after admitting scale of election defeat had taken him and his staff by surprise (useless twit) ("Tories gained in Wales where many voted in ways to be compared to turkeys voting for xmas. Wales is one of the poorest nations in Europe and many n Wales just voted to make it even poorer")
What will the new Tory government do? | Politics | The Guardian - David Cameron’s first priorities will be an effort to reinforce the union, drafting the EU in/out referendum bill and bringing in further cuts to tackle the deficit
This election has deepened the psychological break over Scotland | Comment is free | The Guardian - The union is safe, for now, but SNP’s new position in Westminster could mean the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom as we know it

David Cameron's Conservatives Win Britain's Election With Outright Majority
Labour Party Loses Big In British Election - British opposition leader Ed Miliband quit on Friday after his Labor Party suffered a heavy election defeat and was virtually driven out of Scotland, leaving the demoralized party with no obvious successor. (legacy of Tony Blair)
British Pollsters Shamefaced After Getting Election Badly Wrong - "Polls, in the UK and in other places around the world, appear to be getting worse as it becomes more challenging to contact a representative sample of voters," said U.S. forecasting guru Nate Silver on his FiveThirtyEight website.
Scottish Nationalists Surge In U.K. Election - Scottish nationalists could take nearly every seat in Scotland but be shut out of any role in the British government, according to an exit poll after voting ended in Britain's national election on Thursday.
Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze - Recall that Silver spent the end of the 2012 election cycle helping Byers look stupid in print. Byers, as is his custom, was the last one to get the joke. That Byers embarked on this doomed crusade as part of his other job as the sidewalk shill for MSNBC's ratings-challenged Morning Zoo Crew only made the whole thing more hilarious.

Army Helicopter Crash-Lands In Pakistan, Killing At Least 6 - Pakistan's army says the ambassadors from the Philippines and Norway were killed in a helicopter crash in the country's north.

Report: US drone strike kills man who claimed Charlie Hebdo, kosher market attacks : worldnews
PressTV-‘Girls sold naked in ISIL slave bazaars’
Syria, Iraq girls shipped naked after being sold at ISIL slave bazaars: UN : worldnews - certain girl was forced to marry Takfiri terrorists 20 times and was forced to undergo surgery to regain her virginity after each marriage.
12 seriously hurt in attack on northeast Nigeria school - CNN.com - A gunman wearing a suicide bomb vest attacked a school in northeast Nigeria's Yobe state Friday morning, leaving 12 people seriously injured and the attacker dead, according to a police source and students who witnessed the attack.

Film the Police - The Atlantic - A new app makes it easier - Called Mobile Justice CA

Obama Administration Snubs Rick Scott Proposal - The decision means Florida's already acrimonious state budget process will likely become tenser. The standoff also has implications for eight other states, including Texas, which draw billions of dollars from the same pool of hospital funds. And like Florida, several are also refusing to expand Medicaid coverage.
Obamacare Sparks a Messy Medicaid Fight in Florida - The Atlantic - Governor Rick Scott and conservative state lawmakers are finding that it’s not so easy to cover the poor without expanding Medicaid.

US adds 223,000 jobs in April as unemployment falls to seven-year low | Business | The Guardian - Unemployment rate edged lower to 5.4%, from 5.5% the previous month, the Labor Department said on Friday

Jeb: George W. Bush is a top foreign policy adviser - CNNPolitics.com (what could possibly go wrong with that?)

Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, Senators Both, Lead Republican Attacks on Congress - NYTimes.com - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky prefers “horribly broken.” But he does not stop there. His campaign slogan for president is “Defeat the Washington Machine.”
Mike Huckabee Scoffs At Pulling A 'Taxpayer-Funded Paycheck' While Pulling A Taxpayer-Funded Pension - In the financial disclosure form that Huckabee filed in May 2007 for his first presidential run, he reported approximately $14,000 in a pension from the state of Arkansas between Jan. 1, 2006, and the date of filing.
Eschaton: You Elected Lex Luthor - What the hell Florida. -- He now says his support for Medicaid expansion was a calculated move designed to win support from the Obama administration for the state’s proposal to hand over control of Medicaid to private insurance companies. At the time, he denied that his support was tied to a deal with the federal government.
Medicaid Fraud - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Electing a governor who looked and acted like a villain in a superhero movie seemed like a great idea. What went wrong?
Defense Secretary: No, The Pentagon Is Not Planning A Texas Takeover (VIDEO) - When asked about the program and whether the Pentagon was planning to launch a Texas takeover, Carter smiled and responded with one word: "No."
Vermont GOPer Charged With Pressuring Women To Pay Rent With Sex - Vermont state Sen. Norman H. McAllister (R) was arrested Thursday for allegedly forcing women to have sex with him instead of paying for rent, the Burlington Free Press newspaper reported ... McAllister, who is also a dairy and goat farmer
Carson Warns 'More Groups' Will Want Marriage Equality If Gays Get It - "There are more groups, I guarantee," Carson said. "I think you know there are more groups. Everybody knows there are more groups." "Honest to God, I don't know what you're talking about," Harwood said.

Obama Administration Urges Fast Action on New Hudson River Rail Tunnels - NYTimes.com (Criso fucked northern NJ)

I Don't Think David Brooks Is Okay, You Guys - In the years since, he has been a reliable producer of out-of-touch, tissue-thin pronouncements on the perils of our secularized, technologized 21st century lives, virtually all of which rightly can be interpreted as passive-aggressive nostalgia for what Family Circus comics told him “outdoors” might have been like when he was a kid.

Loretta Lynch opens federal inquiry into Baltimore police department | US news | The Guardian - US attorney general announces civil rights investigation into city’s police after mayor’s request for review of policing practices in wake of Freddie Gray death
Officer in Freddie Gray case demanded man's arrest as part of personal dispute | US news | The Guardian - Baltimore lieutenant Brian Rice used his position to threaten ‘heads will roll’ if officers did not arrest his ex-girlfriend’s husband, police report reveals ... just two weeks before the fatal incident (out-of-control cops)
Fatal police shooting of Atlanta mother triggers transparency concerns | US news | The Guardian - Authorities refuse to call in outside investigators or release video of the incident in which Alexia Christian died after being handcuffed in the back of a squad car
South Carolina authorities investigating police shooting of black homeowner | US news | The Guardian - Sheriff’s deputies were responding to a 911 call about a home invasion (so they shot him)
Ferguson Defends Arrest Of Man Who Was Filming Police - telling a federal court that the city should not be held in contempt for violating an earlier order intended to protect the rights of journalists and citizens to record in public places. (any excuse will do and fuck you and your restraining order)
Watertown Daily Times | Local News, Sports, Features, and Community Information for Jefferson County, St. Lawrence County, and Lewis County in Northern New York. - “They are trying to say that I put my hands on him first,” Ms. Cooke said. “That’s stupid, I had both hands on my phone, recording.”
Woman stopped at border patrol checkpoint because she appeared nervous, tased for non-compliance. Nothing found in fehicle (Video) : news

Psychologist's 'Crazy' Idea Is Now Ending Homelessness - The approach supports giving people on the streets housing and then addressing their addiction, unemployment or mental health issues afterwards.

David Brooks Endorses Nepotism | The New Republic - Today, The New York Times’ David Brooks gave family dynasties a hearty endorsement in one of his increasingly deranged fireside chats, suggesting that since some “powerhouse families” regularly produce successful members, "we should be grateful that in each field of endeavor there are certain families that are breeding grounds for achievement. …

Muscular Christianity and American sport's undying love of violence | Sport | The Guardian - As long as sports fans believe brutality creates nobility, the NFL will leave broken bodies and minds in its wake - The problem is, football has to remain dangerous if it is to remain true to the values of the Muscular Christians who created and promoted it

Complaint Claims University Where Student Was Killed Failed To Act On Relentless Yik Yak Threats - "We have evidence of these posts and have showed them to administrators, and your response is to 'report them to yik yak'? an app that was created by two fraternity guys? We have been trying to do this for months and this approach clearly has not worked in the slightest."

How A Ragtag Group Of Lefties Mainlined Debt-Free College Into The Democratic Primary - Bloomberg Politics - The phrase "debt-free college" was hardly present in the national political lexicon until the Progressive Change Campaign Committee launched a campaign in January to push Democrats to support the idea of federal assistance to help Americans graduate from college without debt.
West Texas school chlamydia outbreak may never have happened | US news | The Guardian - State health officials tell the Guardian that they do not know where figure that 20 students had sexually transmitted infection came from
Lacey kindergartener leaves school grounds, walks a mile home unnoticed; dad steamed | Q13 FOX News - “My mind started racing,” said Canales. “Did he talk to anybody on the way, did somebody drop him off, all the things you think about with the milk carton kids, all the serial killer movies are all the things that were kind of going through my mind.”

South African man raped by THREE women so they could collect his semen | Daily Mail Online - Part of a trend of women kidnapping and raping men using same method
New Jersey woman learns her twins have two dads at child support hearing | US news | The Guardian - Researchers say ‘heteropaternal’ or ‘bipaternal’ twins – when a woman’s ovaries release two eggs that are fertilized by different men’s sperm – are underreported - Ultimately, the twins’ mother was awarded $28 per week in child support from one of the fathers.

Keith Olbermann Wants Tom Brady Suspended For A Year For Deflategate

Transcranial direct current stimulation of frontal cortex decreases performance on the WAIS-IV intelligence test
Clever computers: The dawn of artificial intelligence | The Economist - Powerful computers will reshape humanity’s future. How to ensure the promise outweighs the perils
Scientists May Have Just Found A Solution For Deadly Superbugs - A computer program designed by two scientists could one day be a weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
ALIEN HUNT: Water similar to life-bearing Earth lakes FOUND ON MOON of Saturn • The Register - The model advanced by the boffins suggests that the ocean's high pH is caused by a "metamorphic, underwater geochemical process called serpentinization."
Study Finds No Evidence for 'Aspartame Sensitivity' | RealClearScience

Everyone has at least one good story. What's yours? : AskReddit

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This Is What Happens When You Elect Climate Change Deniers - Committee Chair Lamar Smith (R-Texas) argued that the budget will "restore balance" and "ensure the U.S. continues to lead in space for the next 50 years." ... "Instead of letting political ideology or climate 'religion' guide government policy, we should focus on good science," Smith wrote. "The facts alone should determine what climate policy options the U.S. considers." (which is why we are defunding certain "facts")

Former Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators - A government psychologist who helped craft policies central to the CIA’s torture program is now advising an FBI-led interrogation project, according to a series of emails revealed in a new independent report. (Obama loves his professional torturers)

N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal, Appeals Court Rules - NYTimes.com - By Charlie Savage And Jonathan Weisman - May 7, 2015
Federal Appeals Court Rules That The NSA's Massive Surveillance Program Is Illegal | ThinkProgress - A unanimous panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held on Thursday that the National Security Agency’s sweeping database of U.S. phone calls is not authorized by federal law.
The Snowden Effect: The NSA Loses An Appeal - In which we discover that the NSA has lost its appeal - And, again, I point out that all this ever was about was what kind of government we would be willing to tolerate and still maintain our identity as a constitutional self-governing Republic, and that none of this happens without the intervention of Edward Snowden, International Man Of Luggage, and Glenn Greenwald, who is simply Not One Of Us.
Edward Snowden fans see vindication in court ruling - Nahal Toosi and Josh Gerstein - POLITICO - New York court’s ruling says that the NSA surveillance Snowden exposed was “illegal.” (see Charlie)


Tory vilification campaign against the poor is so clever | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian - David Cameron will oversee the worst child poverty record for a generation. Yet he is winning the public argument on cuts - Who are the poor? Most are in work – repeat that three times, for you will hear no ministers say it. Only 4% are addicts. Most are poor because their wages are so low


Peter King: Pam Geller Event Put "People's Lives At Risk For No Good Reason" - BuzzFeed News - “I think that — listen, she has the right to do what she did. Just because you have the right to do it doesn’t mean you should do it.”
Lindsey Graham: Everything That Starts With 'Al-' In Middle East Is Bad - Graham was referencing the Arabic word for "the." ... "If I put together a finance team that will make me financially competitive enough to stay in this thing…I may have the first all-Jewish cabinet in America because of the pro-Israel funding," (America, a subsiderary of Israel +Al-Abama)

Rise of the GOP’s culture-war zombies: Why the party of right-wing extremism will never give it up - Salon.com - Many on the left like to think that the culture war is a thing of the past. They couldn't be more wrong.

Obama bribed by the Koch brothers to destroy the Rule of Law - Lawyers, Guns & Money : It’s the only reasonable explanation for the administration’s basically fascistic attempt to stop the federal government from shoveling tens of billions of dollars into the coffers of university administrators every year with no strings attached:


This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy - We know down to the street address the gun shops at which the weapons used to kill cops begin. We even know which store is the fifth-largest source of guns used in gun crimes around the country. Not that we are capable of doing fk-all with this detailed information.
Oklahoma House OKs handguns in schools by trained personnel | News OK - Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk is the next stop for legislation that allows a school district to designate a school worker with firearms training to carry a handgun on school property.
Los Angeles Police Killing Of Homeless Man Leaves Chief 'Concerned' - "Any time an unarmed person is shot by a Los Angeles police officer, it takes extraordinary circumstances to justify that, and I have not seen those extraordinary circumstances at this point," Beck said.

Equality On TrialFederal lawsuit against all gay people dismissed » Equality On Trial


Hullabaloo - Good lord this is bad: "The spectacular crash of Corinthian Colleges after years of systematically deceiving thousands of students into enrolling into low-quality, high-cost education programs has once again raised questions about how the for-profit college industry staved off stronger rules governing the $1.4 billion per year in federal loans that helped keep Corinthian afloat." (privatize, loot and destroy education in America)
The Never-Ending Debate Over John Oliver’s Testing Segment | The Grade | The Washington Monthly - Stephen Colbert won the day (and bridged the reform divide) by announcing that he was going to fulfill $800,000 in DonorsChoose classroom projects requested by teachers in a South Carolina district.

Best Leftist Films - Lawyers, Guns & Money

? Giorgio A. Tsoukalos Ancient Aliens Series Montage - YouTube

Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook (FB knows your ideology)
How friendship became a tool of the powerful | William Davies | Media | The Guardian - Corporations and governments have co-opted the idea of the ‘social’ for their own ends. Is there anything we can do about it?

Research firm GlobalWebIndex also claims that 62% of the app’s users are men, while hinting that Tinder’s new premium tier could catch on
42% of people using dating app Tinder already have a partner, claims report | Technology | The Guardian - 62% of the app’s users are men

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Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Topped 400 PPM Throughout March In Unprecedented Milestone - “This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide concentrations to rise more than 120ppm since pre-industrial times,” Pieter Tans, lead scientist of NOAA's greenhouse gas network, told The Guardian on Wednesday. “Half of that rise has occurred since 1980.” (Republicans move to outlaw the words "temperature," "rise" and "disaster")

Why 2016 Republicans Oppose Net Neutrality | TIME - Republican voters overwhelmingly like net neutrality. The likely GOP candidates for president do not. (because Obama)

CIA's Ex-No. 2 Says ISIS ‘Learned from Snowden’ - The Daily Beast - The former deputy director of the CIA says in a new book that the NSA contractor’s disclosures allowed the forerunners of the terrorist group to evade electronic surveillance.

Boko Haram’s Rescued Sex Slaves Tell Their Horror Stories - The Daily Beast

ISIS threatens Pamela Geller, claims militants in U.S. - NY Daily News (she just made herself into a trophy)
Who is Pamela Geller, the Muhammad drawing contest host? - NY Daily News (nice jewelry)

Binyamin Netanyahu closes last-minute deal to form new Israeli government | World news | The Guardian - Prime minister relents to demands of Jewish Home party to strike agreement just before deadline to form rightwing coalition that will be sworn in next week - it set the stage for the formation of a narrow coalition dominated by hard-line and religious parties that appears to be on a collision course with the US and other allies. (there you go)
More on the Ethiopian Jewish Situation » Balloon Juice - Israelis of Ethiopian Jewish descent are experiencing discrimination and outright racism and prejudice, such as forced birth control. (racist, classist ethno-centric apartheid state in charge of Congress)

Your Occasional Pope - In which, thanks to Papa Francesco, shit's about to get real in the Vatican - This is a generational fight that, if it is to be won, is going to have to extend over at least a couple of papacies. This is the fundamental corruption of secrecy and access that has been business as usual for these people for centuries. It is the corruption that was relied upon not just by crooked bankers, but by child molesters as well. If he can break the power of secrecy, he really can get started on the easier problems, too.

Alberta election 2015 results: NDP wave sweeps across province in historic win - CBC News | Elections Alberta - Alberta is traditionally Canada's most conservative province, but anger at the long-governing Progressive Conservative Party seems to have spurred an orange wave that has swept over most parts of the province. (seachange for sanity)

One Of These Is Not Like The Others: Two Clintons, No Waiting - Clinton herself seems to be acknowledging this political reality. She started talking on economics like Elizabeth Warren. Her speech on criminal justice reform was aimed at excesses many of which have roots in her husband's law-and-order compromises in the mid-1990's. (So, it should be noted, do many of the Patriot Act's more controversial provisions.) (Bill was the model for no-moral-center Barry)
Clinton Foundation backer lashes out at 'political assassination process' - Kenneth P. Vogel - POLITICO - "I used to respect the American media," billionaire Mo Ibrahim says. (having completly corrupted the campaign finance system, we turn our attention to Hillary)

Hullabaloo - Put the real issues on the table this time

Krugman’s blog, 5/4 and 5/5/15 | Marion in Savannah - Monday’s second post was “Paranoia Strikes Derp:”

Jon Stewart Plays 'Let's Get Rid Of Ted Cruz'

Analysis: Republican Budget Claims Don't Add Up - ABC News (math has always been hard for Republicans)

Baltimore Police Chief: 'We Are Part Of The Problem'
Chicago agrees to pay $5.5m to victims of police torture in 1970s and 80s | US news | The Guardian - Historic deal will see reparations paid to those tortured by police commander Jon Burge, who ran a group of rogue detectives know as the Midnight Crew
Surveillance planes spotted in the sky for days after West Baltimore rioting - The Washington Post -
Readers outraged by L.A.'s pedestrian ticket 'muggings' - LA Times - 22-year-old Glendale Community College student-athlete Eduardo Lopez, who was on his way to school when he got smacked with a $197 ticket for entering a crosswalk after the flashing countdown had begun. (the cops are the broken windows of democracy)
Testicle-Biting Cop Arrested On Cinco de Mayo In Baltimore, Police Say - This officer took the law into his own mouth.
Colorado's ACLU Says Two Black Men Were Victims Of Police Bias, Racial Profiling - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detained in an encounter that was caught on video and which the organization on Tuesday described as racial profiling.
Montana Governor Signs Law To Protect Innocent People From Having Their Property Seized By Police - Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) signed a bill Tuesday that will overhaul the state's civil asset forfeiture laws.
Group Claiming To Be Descendants Of Knights Templar Arrested In Impersonating Police Officers « CBS Los Angeles (meanwhile in LA)
Kamala Harris Aide Accused Of Running Rogue Police Force Claiming To Be 3,000 Years Old - An aide to California Attorney General Kamala Harris and two others claiming to be part of the "Masonic Fraternal Police Department" and descendants of the Knights Templar were arrested last week on suspicion of impersonating police officers ... “I always see them with their uniforms, so I thought they were part of any department, I didn’t know it was a fake one,” she said.

This Woman Is Suing All Gay People On Earth On God's Behalf. Yes, Really. - Sylvia Ann Driskell of Auburn argues in a seven-page, handwritten petition delivered to the U.S. District Court of Omaha that “homosexuality is a sin and that the homosexuals know it is a sin to live a life of homosexuality,” according to the Lincoln Journal Star. “Why else would they have been hiding in the closet(?)”
VIDEO: Gay Couple Bashed With Chair at Chelsea Dallas BBQ - Chelsea - DNAinfo.com New York
'Men Should Be Able To Veto Women's Abortions,' Says Fox News Psychiatrist - Fox's Keith Ablow thinks getting an abortion should be a two-person decision.

Confederate flag photo upsets Chapel Hill students | abc11.com
100 Tennessee students banned from graduation for prank - NY Daily News - Students ransacked Sequoyah High School, urinating on the walls, plopping gold fish in the toilets and dumping a dead opossum on the hay-strewn floor.

What If There Is No Autism Epidemic? - The Daily Beast - Swedish researchers suggest that outside factors, from diagnosis to socioeconomics, may have inflated reports that suggest rates of autism are spiking.

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years
Neural network chip built using memristors | Ars Technica - Paired memristors act like synapses to link circuitry that acts like neurons.
Observation of isolated monopoles in a quantum field

Physicists observe magnet with only one pole : science

Utah professor signs amicus brief arguing same-sex marriage is bad for families | fox13now.com - They claim legal gay marriage will lead to an additional 900,000 abortions and 600,000 more children being born to unmarried women. (thats ... perfectly ... logical)

Meet the female pedophile - "Women have, I think, been able to disguise their abuse more cleverly than men". : videos
Some terrifying audio files to keep you up at night : WTF

Apple and Microsoft’s visions for the future are delightfully different | The Verge - One wants the device at the center of your life, the other wants to make the device irrelevant

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How Republican presidential candidates are getting away with denying evolution | US news | The Guardian - Experts voice concerns that science ‘ends up being a proxy for identity politics’ as presidential candidates play to their conservative base (how about "having a brain" as a proxy for "identity politics?"

How the NSA Converts Spoken Words Into Searchable Text - The Intercept - Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored.
BBC - Future - World-Changing Ideas Summit 2014: Bruce Schneier - In other words, we need to choose between security and surveillance: we can only build technologies that are secure for all users, or are vulnerable to all attackers.
One of the Biggest Privacy Wins in Recent Memory Has Been Reversed | Motherboard - Cops no longer need a warrant when seeking cellphone records from wireless carriers in the US a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday—reversing its own decision from last year.
European Court To Explore If Linking To Infringing Material Is Infringing | Techdirt (how about a link to a link to a link?)

How Moscow’s migrant workers are being recruited to Isis | World news | The Guardian - Up to 4,000 central Asian migrants are said to have travelled to Syria after being recruited by Chechens in Moscow

France Gives Spy Agency Sweeping New Powers - In exceptional cases, surveillance agencies will be able to use so-called "IMSI Catcher" spy devices that record all types of phone, internet or text messaging conversation in an area.
Canada poised to pass anti-terror legislation despite widespread outrage | World news | The Guardian - Criticism of anti-terror bill C-51 has united a diverse array of prominent opponents as many fear the legislation creates the potential for a police state

Qatar detained German reporters investigating FIFA World Cup | Journalists from Germany’s biggest television networks were reportedly detained, questioned and not allowed to leave Qatar for days while working on a story about FIFA President & Doha’s vexed nomination for the 2022 football World Cup. : worldnews -

Greece Battles To Avert Catastrophic Funding Crunch

TIL The Quran does not explicitly forbid images of Muhammad : todayilearned - "Survivors said that the waters of the Tigris ran black with ink from the enormous quantities of books flung into the river and red from the blood of the scientists"

U.S. troops have stolen tens of millions in Iraq and Afghanistan: Center for Public Integrity investigates military personnel who bribed and rigged contracts for personal profit.

Over 3,000 police officers being investigated for alleged assault - and almost all of them are still on the beat - Crime - UK - The Independent - More than 3,000 police officers are being investigated for alleged assault – with black and Asian people significantly more likely than white people to complain of police brutality, according to an Independent investigation. (UK)

The Top 5 Countries with the Most Guns (firearms) Per Capita (America beats Yemen!)

The Rise in Health Care Coverage and Affordability Since Health Reform Took Effect - The Commonwealth Fund (don't worry, Roberts will fix this problem)

McConnell Will Move Iran Bill Forward Without Controversial Amendments From Senate Hawks - Because of the way Cotton filed his amendment package, the Senate could not vote on any of the 66 pending amendments before addressing his proposed changes.

Just What These Goons Wanted by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Last week, Iowa Representative Steve King brought Dutch politician and speaker Geert Wilders to Washington for a series of briefings with conservatives.
Texas police shooting: Overmatched officer stops 2 with assault rifles : news
Garland and Garry Trudeau: Investigating the Myths Surrounding Charlie Hebdo - The Atlantic - Critics don't seem to understand that the magazine specializes in attacking ideas, not people.

Bloomberg: on Bobby Jindal's watch, Louisiana’s tattered finances the consequence of two key factors | News | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican presidential candidate, is trying to close a $1.6 billion budget hole without touching as much as $415,000 per episode in tax breaks that may be due to “Duck Dynasty.”

Return To Mena Airport: Calling It From Altitude - Anyway, here comes Peter Schweizer, the career ratfker with whom The New York Times and the Washington Post have decided to do business ... Well, Schweizer went on the radio with gunslinging seditonist Dana Loesch and he took the 7 p.m. non-stop straight to the Mena Airport ... "there is always that concern for anyone who goes up against the Clinton machine that they could be Vince Fostered" (good move, NYT)
Louie Gohmert Sounds The Alarm About Possible Military Takeover Of Texas (Gumball is on the case)

Auburn woman files federal case against homosexuals - An Auburn woman calling herself an ambassador for God and his son, Jesus Christ, filed a federal lawsuit Friday against all homosexuals.
Comer says woman's abuse, abortion allegations are untrue - Two weeks until the May primaries and the GOP race for governor in Kentucky is getting intense. Candidate James Comer is fighting off allegations of abuse and abortion.

Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Well, I was concerned that her comments really smacked of politicization of the terrible tragedies that are going on there. When she said, "Look, we're not going to have mass incarcerations in the future, it's like, what is she referring to? We don't have mass incarcerations in America. (Romnoid says we have "tribunals")
It's Now 5 Months Into Tamir Rice's Investigation, And Still No Answers ... why the investigation is still pending despite the confrontation being captured on surveillance video that showed the officer firing within two seconds of a police car stopping near Tamir. (OH is an "open carry if you are white state")
Palm Beach Co. commissioner wants independent board to investigate officer-involved shootings - wptv.com - The Contact 5 investigators recently found that since 2000, PBSO has justified nearly all its deputy-involved shootings, and in deadly ones, the clearance rate is 97 percent.
PBSO accused of cover up, destroying evidence from shooting death of Seth Adams - wptv.com
Miami Beach officer suspended for using excessive force against model during 2013 arrest - Sun Sentinel
Body Cameras Capture BART Cop Slamming Woman Face First Into Floor | News Fix | KQED News
DEA agents jailed a student for five days without food or water--and just got a slap on the wrist - LA Times - Federal agents responsible for leaving a 23-year-old UC San Diego engineering student in a holding cell for five days without food or water received only reprimands or short suspensions from the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the Justice Department.
Jersey Cops Let K9 Maul Man to Death, Then Try to Steal the Video - The Daily Beast - A police dog tears apart an unarmed black man's face while officers watch.

Couple found guilty of having sex on Florida beach | Miami Herald Miami Herald - The convictions carry a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
Couple found guilty of having sex on Florida beach. Must register as sex offenders. : news - 15 years in prison, really? That's like manslaughter, typically? This is nuts.

Texas Sex-Ed - Abstinence only sexual education works great : Officials from the Crane Independent School District confirmed to KWES that the state health department was sending a letter to Crane High School parents informing that at least 20 cases had been reported. The school has an enrollment of about 300 students ... And students must be taught that abstinence until marriage is the best way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
Marriage promotion and the myth of teen pregnancy | Family Inequality - In other words, teen births follow general trends toward older births. (40-44 yr olds popping them out)
Colorado Republicans Say No to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (sowing the seeds for their anti-abortion insanity)

Mad Men season 7 reviewed: The villains of Mad Men have never been quite this crudely drawn. - The villains of Mad Men have never been quite this crudely drawn. (born 1970 in Israel, went to Sty High)
Why Women Aren't Welcome on the Internet - Pacific Standard - In the epilogue to her book The End of Men, Hanna Rosin—an editor at Slate—argued that harassment of women online could be seen as a cause for celebration
Was the Sexual Harassment Portrayed On Mad Men Unrealistically Crude or Implausible? (Spoiler: No.) - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Hanna Rosin objects to the sexual harassment depicted on last night’s Mad Men as unrealistically crude: "The bros at McCann were like guys you usually encounter only on workplace training videos about sexual harassment."
Mad Men’s Joan Faces Realistic Workplace Sexism – Flavorwire
Joan Would Have Lost Her Sexual Harassment Suit Against McCann Erickson | ThinkProgress
Sasquatch Sexual Harassment Is Real, Part III - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Sasquatch Sexual Harassment Is Real, Part II - Lawyers, Guns & Money : My first post responding to Hanna Rosin’s assertion that Joan Holloway’s sexual harassers were cartoon villains was already running long, but I there are a couple more examples that I think are instructive. First, Irin Carmon passes on this from Lilly Ledbetter’s autobiography:
SCRIBNER v. WAFFLE HOUSE, INC. | Leagle.com - ... asking her, "have you ever been eaten by a man with ice in his mouth?" and "do you want to sit on my face?"

Game of Fear: The Story Behind GamerGate - What if a stalker had an army? Zoe Quinn’s ex-boyfriend was obsessed with destroying her reputation—and thousands of online strangers were eager to help.
5 Things I Learned as the Internet's Most Hated Person | Cracked.com

SC College Student Allegedly Caught on Camera Poisoning Roommates' Food - ABC News - A University of South Carolina student is facing felony charges and possible jail time after allegedly being caught on camera spitting and pouring chemicals into her two roommates’ food in early February, police said.
University of South Carolina student Hayley King is facing felony charges after a hidden camera allegedly showed her pouring cleaning fluid in her roommates' food. : news
Sheriff allegedly shoots real estate agent at house showing | PennLive.com - Sheriff Hill was re-elected in Clayton County, which is south of Atlanta, in 2012 despite facing 37 charges of corruption at the time of the election. Hill was later acquitted of all charges
Lottery ‘Winner’ Who Was Given $75 Instead of $75,000 Was Undercover Inspector : news
BCSO: Former SAPD officer shot, girlfriend in custody - Ex-Officer Jackie Neal arrested in 2013 on sexual assault charge

Ancestry.com Caught Sharing Customer DNA Data With Police With No Warrant : news

How Republican Presidential Candidates Are Getting Away With Denying Evolution - A neurosurgeon who believes the human brain is too complex for anyone but God, an ophthalmologist who refuses to talk about the age of the Earth, and a Harvard-trained lawyer beloved by creationists are running for president of the United States, raising the prospect of an election without science.

DEA Approves Ecstasy For Anxiety, MDMA Trials Begin In California - Decoded Magazine - amid a growing resurgence in therapeutic psychedelic drug usage in the medical community.
Archaeologists find 4,500-year-old statue of little known Egyptian king | Ancient Origins - Sahure’s name means ‘He who is close to Re’. Re, also spelt Ra, was considered to be the god of the sun and a creator god. He ruled for 12 years and was the second king of the Fifth Dynasty. Egyptologists believe he was the first son of Queen Khentkaues. Another of her sons is also believed to have ruled Egypt
Parkes telescope scientists discover 'strange signals' from kitchen microwave - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - The strange signals detected by the Parkes telescope in central-west NSW were not intergalactic signals but instead, emissions escaping from a microwave in the site's kitchen, scientists say. (did you look inside the microwave?)
Maternal caffeine intake during pregnancy and risk of obesity in offspring: a prospective cohort study

What, as a kid, did you think could kill you? : AskReddit
Hiring managers of Reddit, what's the most strange or cringeworthy thing a potential candidate has said or done during the interview ? : AskReddit
How did you realize you had matured? : AskReddit

And millennials’ technology problem isn’t limited to functions like emailing and creating spreadsheets. Researchers have found that a lot of young adults can’t even use Google correctly. One study of college students found that only seven out of 30 knew how to conduct a “well-executed” Google search : technology (whoa, Goog took away the "+" operator and weakens ""-"")
Google search exact phrase doesn't work - Web Applications Stack Exchange
America's Skills Challenge: Millennials and the Future - U.S. millennials (born after 1980, ages 16–34): while they may be on track to be our most educated generation ever, they consistently score below many of their international peers in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments
Verizon: Netflix Slow, Verizon Lies to Try to Up-sell Pricey Broadband | BGR - : Verizon tried to convince a subscriber that he needed a pricy 75Mbps plan instead of a 50Mbps plan in order to make Netflix smoother. That subscriber, however, turned out to be one of the most widely respected streaming media experts in the country.
Uber Shuts Down In Kansas - The move came after state lawmakers voted to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a transportation bill that would impose new regulations on ride-hailing companies. (because you can always get a cab in KS)

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UN scientists warn time is running out to tackle global warming | Environment | The Guardian - Governments are running out of time to address climate change and to avoid the worst effects of rising temperatures, an influential UN panel warned yesterday.
Science AMA Series: I am John Cook, Climate Change Denial researcher, Climate Communication Fellow for the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland, and creator of SkepticalScience.com. Ask Me Anything! : science
Climate drives 'new era' in Arctic Ocean - BBC News - Changes in the Arctic Ocean are so profound that the region is entering what amounts to "a new era", according to Norwegian scientists.
Electric Car Batteries Just Hit A Key Price Point | ThinkProgress - So the best manufacturers have already reached the battery price needed for cost parity with conventional cars.

Berlin in July 1945 (HD 1080p color footage) - YouTube (Do.Not.Miss)

Around 100 Bodies Found In Nepal Trekking Village, As U.S. Military Arrives - about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens more missing, officials said on Monday ... The entire village, which includes 55 guesthouses for trekkers, was wiped out by the avalanche,
Govt to take all bank deposits meant for disaster relief | Top Stories - The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) issued a circular to A, B and C class banks in the country on Thursday afternoon stating that all the amount deposited in them for the purpose of relief for Saturday’s Great Quake will be automatically transferred to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund. (and you know what will happen then)

Former CIA official cites agency’s failure to see al-Qaeda’s rebound - The Washington Post

Germans, still outraged by NSA spying, learn their country may have helped - The Washington Post - The uproar shaking the halls of power here could aptly be titled, “NSA Scandal II: The Sequel.” But in this latest spy drama, the nefarious Americans have a co-conspirator: the recalcitrant German intelligence service.

Why did EFF just side with the NSA? They endorsed a toothless NSA reform bill that would extend the Patriot Act to 2019 and derail real reform. : technology

Slave Trade Booms In Dark Triangle | The Daily Star - Transnational traffickers lured some 2.5 lakh Bangladeshi fortune-seekers through sea route in 8 years, held them in Thai jungles for ransom, used them as slaves (lakh = 1,000)

Israeli soldiers reveal they were ordered to shoot to kill in Gaza – even if targets were civilians - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Israeli soldiers cast doubt on legality of Gaza military tactics | World news | The Guardian - Testimonies of Israeli combatants about last year’s war show apparent disregard for safety of civilians (that was fairly obvious)

Pregnant 10-year-old rape victim denied abortion by Paraguayan authorities | World news | The Guardian - Mother reported in January 2014 that stepfather was sexually abusing child

Russian military plane intercepted over Baltics - watch on - uatoday.tv - another Russian military plane flying over the Baltic Sea with its transponder switched off.
Finland Sends Letters To Reservists - The Finnish military has begun sending letters to some 900,000 reservists amid increased tensions between the Nordic states and Russia over the Ukraine crisis.
Pro-Putin bikers Night Wolves dwindle en route to Germany | World news | The Guardian - German and Austrian officials say gang undertaking 3,700-mile ‘second world war victory tour’ has been reduced to a handful of leather-clad men in rental car
Russian Official Severely Beaten After Reporting Electoral Fraud | News | The Moscow Times

Elton Simpson: FBI had monitored Texas gunman since 2006 | US news | The Guardian - Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi were roommates, while Simpson had court record resulting from lengthy surveillance centred on his ambitions of violent jihad
2 Men Shot Dead After Opening Fire Outside Muhammad Art Exhibit In Garland, Texas - The exhibit, according to CBS DFW, was organized by Geller in response to a Muslim event held earlier this year at the same venue which was meant to combat Islamophobia. (fair and balanced phobia)
One gunman reportedly ID'd in shootings outside Muhammad art show in Garland | Dallas Morning News

One of Garland, Texas Shooting Suspects ID'd as Elton Simpson, Official Says - ABC News

Anti-Muslim Activist And Cartoonist Speak Out Following Garland Shooting - Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative president and sponsor of the "Draw Muhammad" contest in Garland, Texas, defended her event to CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Monday. (she's Jewish)

Mexico declares all-out war after rising drug cartel downs military helicopter | World news | The Guardian - The full force of the Mexican state will be felt in Jalisco’ - New Generation Jalisco Cartel killed 15 and 19 injured in coordinated attacks

Sheldon Adelson laughs off allegations from 'pompous, arrogant' ex-CEO | US news | The Guardian - Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire gambling magnate and major Republican donor, has accused the former head of his company’s Macao casinos of “squealing like a pig to the government” with allegations of influence-peddling and ties to organised crime.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Accuses Pentagon Of Withholding Information About Sex Crimes In Military Communities - he number of sex-related crimes occurring in U.S. military communities is far greater than the Defense Department has publicly reported, a U.S. senator said Monday in a scathing critique that asserts the Pentagon has refused to provide her information about sexual assaults at several major bases.


Carly Fiorina's election resumé: yachts, John McCain and layoffs | US news | The Guardian - Carly Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, has announced she’s running for president as a Republican. She also owns two dogs – and two yachts (and a record of total failurino)
Monmouth Poll: Most New Jerseyans say Christie knew about lane closures | New Jersey News, Politics, Opinion, and Analysis - t just 1-in-10 Garden State residents believe that the three individuals indicted in the scheme were the only ones involved ... Christie’s overall job rating currently stands at 35% approve to 54% disapprove among New Jersey residents ... an all-time low in Christie’s net job rating

Wal-Mart: 'No Truth To The Rumors' Of Tunnels Being Built To Take Over Texas
'Texas Ranger' Chuck Norris warns of government plot to take over state | US news | The Guardian - Actor, martial arts master and conservative questions US military training exercise and praises Ted Cruz for refusal to believe Jade Helm 15 is no threat
Waitress Gives Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback A Tip - Although a state district court ruled in December that Brownback may be violating Kansas' constitution by allocating an “inadequate” amount of funding for schools, the governor proposed cutting $44.5 million from the education budget earlier this year. (making sure KS is really stupid)
Government Provolone - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Conservatives seemingly never run out of ideas for trying to deprive and humiliate poor people. (WI continues down the path of insanity and tells poor people they can't have sharp cheese or brown eggs or kosher food unless you have a yellow armband)
Wisconsin Republicans Don't Want Food Stamp Recipients Buying Beans, Potatoes, Pasta Sauce | ThinkProgress

Missouri Senate Overrides Veto Of Welfare Restrictions Bill

Pa. law: Criminal checks for school moms? - "This is just one more piece of madness in the whole story of how we parent our children," said Byala, a University of Pennsylvania history professor with three children who called the child-protection law a deterrent to volunteering.

Same-Sex Parents: More Time with Children » Families as They Really Are

New York state police handcuff and shackle 'combative' five-year-old | US news | The Guardian - “An officer told me they had to handcuff his wrists and ankles for their safety,” she said. “I told him that was ridiculous. How could someone fear for their safety when it comes to a small, five-year-old child?” (he's lucky he didn't reach for his waistband)
Utah Police Hail Man Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Carjacking Suspect - Utah is one of the most gun-friendly states in the United States, and it is among more than a dozen states that issue concealed-carry permits to residents of other states. About two-thirds of the nearly 577,000 permits Utah has issued in the last two decades have gone to residents from other states.
South Carolina police refuse to release video of officer killing man in driveway | US news | The Guardian - When Satterwhite stopped in his driveway, Craven ran up to his car and fired several shots through the closed door, telling deputies later that Satterwhite tried to grab his gun, according to a report from Edgefield County deputies who joined the chase after it crossed the county line.
Video Shows Miami Beach Detective Punch Handcuffed Woman in the Face | Miami New Times

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (HBO) - YouTube
Burglars of reddit, what are the best ways to keep you out of my house ? : AskReddit

Jon Krakauer’s ‘Missoula,’ About Rape in a College Town - NYTimes.com

Teen Issued A Suspension Over 'Revealing' Prom Dress Targeted Because She's Plus-Sized, Mom Says - "I couldn't believe it," Miller-Wigfall's mother, Alisha Sneed, told PennLive. "I don't see anything wrong with that dress. What do they want her to wear, a turtleneck?" (schools enforcing "morality")

Bikes vs Cars: why it’s war between cyclists and drivers on city streets | Film | The Guardian - there’s a man in São Paulo who had his arm torn off by a car. The driver didn’t stop, drove another five miles, dropped off a friend, then tossed the arm in a creek
Cyclist hit by a car manages to land on his feet. : gifs

Better than GPS: a history of cartography in 12 amazing maps | David Shariatmadari | Comment is free | The Guardian - Smartphones may answer our navigation needs these days, but over the centuries, paper maps have done more than just get us from A to B
‘Megafloods’ Spurred Collapse of Ancient City of Cahokia, New Study Finds | Western Digs - At its peak — between around 1050 and 1200 — Cahokia was the continent’s largest and most prominent cultural center north of Mexico, wielding economic power and religious influence from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico.

Virtual Library of Babel makes Borges's infinite store of books a reality – almost | Books | The Guardian

D.A.R.E. gets duped by anti-pot satire - The Washington Post - "Marijuana candies, sold on the street as ‘Uncle Tweety’s Chewy Flipper’ and ‘Gummy Satans’ are taking the country by storm." That's the breathless opening sentence of a news story posted on the website of D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), the infamous anti-drug organization that sends police into schools to teach kids about the dangers of drug use.

Too many Britons are risking skin cancer by getting sunburned, says study | Society | The Guardian - A ‘shocking’ 72% of people admitted having been sunburned in the previous year, the survey by the British Association of Dermatologists shows

Girls who make the first move, what advice could you give to those who don't so that it isn't so intimidating? : AskReddit
Burglars of reddit, what are the best ways to keep you out of my house ? : AskReddit

Facebook opens Internet.org to developers amid net neturality controversy - Technology & Science - CBC News - 'You're effectively disadvantaging other companies and broader usage of the web,' activist says
US telecoms try to kill net neutrality by blocking key rules - . Purportedly, these moves would require "crushing" costs and might chill investments in network upgrades -- arguments we've definitely heard before.
Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch : technology
SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg Died From Head Injury At Gym - Goldberg, the husband of Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, fell off a treadmill at a private villa in Punta Mita and hit his head, the prosecutor's spokesman said.

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Pro-life anxiety over Pope Francis’ looming ecological manifesto | Crux - Reframing the Vatican’s financial reform, how facing global threats may help US religious freedom debates, and a clarification on ‘luxury issues’
The Deported by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - climate-change deniers also tend to be bigots (a point Peter Sinclair has long made), and suggested that climate hawks should point out that as seas soar and droughts devastate, more and more people will try to come to the United States, legally or illegally, to survive (notwithstanding America’s own climate-caused chaos).
The End of California? - NYTimes.com - “We are embarked upon an experiment that no one has ever tried,” said Gov. Jerry Brown in early April, in ordering the first mandatory statewide water rationing for cities.

Man, 101, Found Alive After Nepal Quake

Working to Stop Rewriting Copyright Laws via TPP Treaty | Internet Archive Blogs - The Internet Archive joined Our Fair Deal along with EFF and Public Knowledge to stop the US from using the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty from changing our copyright laws.
MPAA Funds Pro-Copyright Scholars to Influence Politics | TorrentFreak (your new perpetual copyright overlords)
German prosecutor to investigate state spy agency’s partnership with the NSA | The Verge - The case is in 'preliminary' stages

Antisatellite race heats up with China, Russia -- Defense Systems - The Air Force is stepping up its "counterspace" operations as concerns grow about Chinese antisatellite weapon capabilities and the side effects of continuing friction with Russia over Ukraine.

Fighting the lure of the galaxy of jihad (nice infographic: Snowden directly connected to ISIS! and Teaparty to Game of Thrones)

US will look into claim Friday air strike killed 52 civilians in Syria | World news | The Guardian - The death toll from an air strike by US-led forces on the northern Syrian province of Aleppo has risen to 52 including seven children, a group monitoring the conflict said on Saturday.
Yemen: Saudi-Led Airstrikes Used Cluster Munitions | Human Rights Watch - US-Supplied Weapon Banned by 2008 Treaty (didn't stop US from giving them to the Saudis, though)

McConnell’s tough choice on Iran | TheHill - Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who spearheaded the Iran legislation, said Rubio’s move all but killed a deal he had been working on to allow votes on a large group of amendments, including one from 2016 presidential contender Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). (Republican Senators from Israel)

Russian warships force Lithuania to halt Baltic power cable construction - read on - uatoday.tv - Lithuania has accused Russia of attempting to disrupt construction of an undersea power cable to Sweden that would reduce the country's dependence on Russian energy. (Putin is a real bully)

Israeli leaders don’t meet with Jimmy Carter during Middle East visit - The Washington Post - Carter said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “does not now and has never sincerely believed in a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”, former US president Jimmy Carter has said : worldnews
46 wounded in clashes at Ethiopian Israelis' protest - Israel News, Ynetnews - Mass demonstration that clogged Tel Aviv's roads devolves to violent skirmishes between police and protesters at Rabin Square; 23 officers wounded; flash grenades used to disperse protesters.


Girls Freed From Boko Haram Extremists Receive Food, Medical Care - Hundreds of girls and women, many bewildered and traumatized, are being registered, fed and given medical care in their first day out of Nigeria's war zone.

3,690 Migrants Rescued From Mediterranean In One Day, Italy Says - Italian Coast Guard and commercial vessels came to the rescue of at least 16 boats of migrants Sunday, saving hundreds of them and recovering 10 bodies off Libya's coast, as smugglers took advantage of calm seas to send packed vessels across the Mediterranean.

F.E.C. Can’t Curb 2016 Election Abuse, Commission Chief Says - NYTimes.com (Republifuckers won)

Rules Change on I.R.S. Seizures, Too Late for Some - NYTimes.com - Under mounting pressure, the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department have announced in recent months that they will no longer use a law designed to go after drug dealers and terrorists to seize the bank accounts of small business owners who are not suspected of criminal activity. (there was apparently no problem doing that: we can grab all your money if we feel like it)

Republicans Want $194 Billion More in Cuts to Federal Government Employees by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Among the numerous outrages of the proposed Republican budgets including privatizing Medicare and Social Security and slashing food stamps, comes this more minor but still appalling development: (kill government and give all the even more money to the riches!)

Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Fall into the Income Gap Edition - Nicholas Kristof reminds us that the structure of our economy is not an inevitable outcome. It's a choice - I'm going to pause here to let that sink in. The bonus pool, not the salaries of everyone on Wall Street, but just the bonus pool of a few people in a single city, working at tasks most of us could not name and few of us would miss, exceeded the total income of everyone across the nation who waited on you at a restaurant, who picked up your trash and recycling, who stocked the shelves in your grocery, and a hundred other daily things that you would most certainly notice if they were to vanish.

Hullabaloo - Sanders on Nordic Nirvana
What Makes the Nordic Countries Gender Equality Winners? | Saadia Zahidi (compare with Alabama, Mississippi, Geogia, etc)
Bernie Sanders raises $1.5m and gains 100,000 supporters in a day | US news | The Guardian - Shortly after announcing presidential candidacy, Vermont senator says he believes he can raise funds for a ‘strong, credible and winning campaign’
The Democrats We Need - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Here’s the thing about Bernie Sanders as opposed to say Ralph Nader–he is neither consumed with his own ego nor an idiot who doesn’t understand American politics. Rather, he is challenging Hillary Clinton in a way that is going to force her to move to the left on real issues, through the primary process. That matters a lot.

Why Do So Many People Hate the Sound of Hillary Clinton's Voice? | The New Republic - "Apparently in pitch range, as in other respects, Rand Paul is sui generis (Hillary talks like a girl but Rand is the off the charts)

Carly Fiorina will run for president as a successful tech CEO. Silicon Valley says that's a fantasy | US news | The Guardian - t ex-colleagues insist Fiorina ‘didn’t know what she was doing’ - repeatedly being named one of the worst CEOs in American corporate history (Failurina)

Wingers Debate Why Obama Is Plotting Military Takeover of Texas - Texas residents were up in arms this week over a planned U.S. military training exercise that's been portrayed in right-wing conspiracy theory circles as everything from a ploy to confiscate Americans' guns to an excuse to abduct political dissidents.
Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It's All Politics : NPR (it's going viral)

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes bill cutting Missouri welfare benefits | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star - that would remove several thousand low-income families from Missouri’s welfare rolls by shortening how long they can receive cash payments and tightening their work requirements.

Baltimore mayor lifts curfew imposed over Freddie Gray protests | US news | The Guardian - Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issues statement ending 10pm curfew - Decision comes after night in which around 50 arrests were made
Exclusive look inside the Baltimore Police investigation into Freddie Gray's death - Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Unrest Puts Spotlight On Martin O'Malley's Stint As City's Mayor - the O'Malley administration left a legacy of "hyperaggressive and militarized policing" that, in his view, contributed to the outrage behind the riots. "I think the idea that you can arrest your way to public safety has always been deeply misguided and counterproductive," (extreme policing targeting black people, there's a liberal position for you)

U.S. cities pay out millions to settle police lawsuits - The Washington Post ("millions" = "billions" - NYC + Chi = $1.75Bn but it's Wapo and math is hard +they just bill the taxpayers and move on)
Murder trial reveals nuances of lethal gang politics inside Supermax - The Denver Post

Periscope made it easy to watch the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight for free | The Verge
This Is How Las Vegas Protects Floyd Mayweather  - Ignore the police reports, the court records, and his own plea deals, he says into the camera lens, never an ounce of doubt on his face, because there are no pictures.


BBC - Culture - Evelyn Nesbit: The world’s first supermodel - During her time as a ‘Florodora Girl’ Nesbit met the architect and New York socialite Stanford White - Nesbit was the star witness in a trial so full of shocking details about her relationships with the men (both of whom it was alleged had been abusive to her) that a church group attempted to ban reporting of the gory details ... the jury was sequestered – the first time ever in American legal history that such a restriction had been deemed necessary

Oxytocin enables maternal behaviour by balancing cortical inhibition : Nature : Nature Publishing Group - Our results describe fundamental synaptic mechanisms by which oxytocin increases the salience of acoustic social stimuli. Furthermore, oxytocin-induced plasticity provides a biological basis for lateralization of auditory cortical processing.
Oxytocin receptor agonist (TGOT) reduces spontaneous firing but enhances EPSP-spike coupling in CA1 pyramidal neurons. : Oxytocin enhances hippocampal spike transmission by modulating fast-spiking interneurons : Nature : Nature Publishing Group - Oxytocin enhances hippocampal spike transmission by modulating fast-spiking interneurons
AskScience Cosmic Inflation Follow-Up Thread : askscience

Does Post-Apocalyptic Literature Have A (Non-Dystopian) Future? | NPR : books
Is there proof that Wikipedia is a good encyclopedia? : askscience
What's an essential childhood experience that you missed out on? : AskReddit


The Truth About Smartphone Apps That Secretly Connect to User Tracking and Ad Sites | MIT Technology Review - Security researchers have developed an automated system for detecting Android apps that secretly connect to ad sites and user tracking sites.
Alibaba actually posted this job for a “stunning” woman to motivate programmers - Quartz - Chinese internet powerhouse Alibaba has taken down a job posting that sought a woman to fill the role of “programmer encouragement specialist.” It was just as bad as that sounds ... You must understand technology and dingtalk, otherwise your mystification in conversation might slow the programmers down. (or dongtalk)

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Nepal earthquake death toll exceeds 7,000 | i24news - See beyond - 14,023 people injured; 1000 Europeans still missing; Thousands waiting for aid
5.1-magnitude quake again hits Nepal - News - with its epicentre at Barpark in Gorkha district
Nepal government criticised for blocking earthquake aid to remote areas | World news | The Guardian - Finance secretary denies material is subject to import duties, as police stop private aid trucks and state orders all overseas money to be paid into its fund (everyone has their hand in the till)
Earthquake Aid Still Scarce In Nepal's Remote Villages As Anger Grows - Many mountain roads, often treacherous at the best of times, remain blocked by landslides, making it extremely difficult for supply trucks to get to the higher Himalayan foothills.

Assange: More leaks to come - "There'll be more publications – about large international so-called free trade deals, and about an intelligence agency," Mr Assange said ... In March, a US court confirmed that WikiLeaks and Mr Assange are still being targeted in a long-running investigation by the US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation ... even if the Swedish warrant disappeared British police would still seek to arrest Mr Assange for breaking his bail conditions when he sought refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy.
Snowden, Assange and Manning statues unveiled in Berlin | euronews, world news - Activists and members of Germany’s Green party unveiled the life-size bronze statues on Friday.
Berlin Deleted '12,000 NSA Spying Requests': Report | NDTV Gadgets - The German chancellor's office has known since 2008 of US economic espionage targeting European companies such as Airbus but did not react, said Bild, citing intelligence agency documents.

ISIS militants execute 600 Yezidis northern Iraq - ARA News
First Group Of Nearly 300 Women And Girls Freed From Boko Haram Reach Safety

More Bodies Found At Mass Grave In Suspected Thai Trafficking Camp - "The discovery of these mass graves should shock the Thai government into shutting down the trafficking networks that enrich officials but prey on extremely vulnerable people," (government is corrupt)

Election 2015: Top Labour figures question Miliband's SNP stance | Politics | The Guardian - Growing number of senior politicians say Labour leader cannot deny himself chance of being prime minister by refusing to talk to SNP (what a klutz)
Two Jewish residents of Paris assaulted by mob in latest anti-Semitic incident | Fox News - Two Jewish residents of Paris were assaulted on the street Friday by a gang of about 40 people, prompting police to warn Jewish business owners in the neighborhood to be extra vigilant, the Algemeiner reported.
Modi Government’s Reasons Why Marital Rape Is Not a Crime - India Real Time - WSJ - it’s because of poverty, religious beliefs, social customs and the mindset of the Indian society, among other things. (we've always raped women it would destabilize the country if we tried to stop)

Seven killed in Mexico after gunmen down helicopter in series of attacks | Weather | The Guardian - A drugs cartel is suspected of shooting down the military chopper, setting up roadblocks and firebombing banks in the western state of Jalisco

Victim in landmark Kenya rape case forced to leave village after threats | Society | The Guardian - the gang rapists of a 16-year-old girl in a small Kenyan town were sentenced to cut the grass around their local police station as a punishment,

Lord Janner was still director of his firm THREE WEEKS ago despite dementia | Daily Mail Online - Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders sparked outrage when she ruled the Labour peer's dementia meant he would not be prosecuted ... Yet less than a week earlier, the former Labour MP was at the top of a list of company directors for his firm West Heath Road Seasons Ltd

Rep. Alan Grayson on Sanders, Hillary, TPP, SCOTUS and Disneyland: 'BradCast' 4/30/15 | The Brad Blog

Bernie Sanders signals aggressive challenge to Hillary Clinton - The Washington Post - By Greg Sargent May 1 - I do not believe that Congress has the capability of regulating Wall Street. I believe that Wall Street regulates the Congress and that you gotta break these guys up. (of voice of sanity in the wilderness of lies)
Bernie Bashing by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Well, you knew the corporate media’s coverage of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s presidential run would be bad—but did anyone expect it to be this bad? (well, since it's the Boston Globe, yes)

Rove’s Bush Administration Post-Traumatic Shock -- NYMag - He is also the victim of a severe psychological trauma that has rendered him unable to recollect anything that transpired between January 2001 and 2009, when he masterminded one of the most disastrous presidencies in American history, an ordeal that is the possible source of his trauma

David Brooks is not on a Path of Upward Intellectual Mobility - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Poverty Policy Truths - NYTimes.com - What needed correcting? Basically, the “nation of takers” narrative, according to which we have been pouring ever-growing sums into helping the poor while making no dent in the poverty rate ... So it is somewhat disheartening to see the thoroughly debunked narrative still emerging in some of the Baltimore-inspired discussion. (who could he be talking about?)
David Brooks Is Not Buying It, Poor People -- NYMag (conservatives always, always, lie lie lie)
David Brooks and the Federal Government's $14,000 Per Year Per Poor Person | Beat the Press | Blogs | Publications | The Center for Economic and Policy Research - Today, David Brooks does the welfare queen routine in his NYT column, telling readers:
No More Mister Nice Blog: Y Kant David Brooks Read? - In today's column, David Brooks looks at troubled urban enclaves like Freddie Gray's Baltimore and, naturally, blames the residents' failures to learn self-discipline: (Zombie Brooks got a little behind the story-line)
David Brooks Collects Enough Pennies To Buy His $4 Million Dream House | Wonkette

the daily howler: Supplemental: Nicholas Kristof, music man! - Biggest journalistic hoax concerning test scores yet: In today’s first post, we discussed the “pseudo-journalism” which is so common at the New York Times - The other examples Kristof presents are also cherry-picked. He had to sift through 88 examples to mislead his readers so. (Kristoff spent serious time on his carefully considered lies +thank you Bob Somerby +no fact checkers at the NYT)

U.S. Indictment Details Plotting in New Jersey Bridge Scandal - NYTimes.com - Bill Baroni, Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein waited for the first day of school. They held off on telling people so their secret would not get out. They steered cars to a cash lane, to make drivers sweat even more. (high-school mentalities with Crisco at the head of the rotting fish)
Bridgegate baggage weighs down Chris Christie's trip to New Hampshire | US news | The Guardian - Can the New Jersey governor’s personal appeal keep campaign hopes alive after a friend’s guilty plea and two conspiracy indictments against allies?
Governor Christie’s People - NYTimes.com - These are his people, charged with a conspiracy to exact revenge against a local mayor by closing lanes to one of the world’s busiest bridges.

Experts Caution Convictions In Freddie Gray Case Against Baltimore Police Unlikely
Accused officers have wide range of experience - The Washington Post
Baltimore protesters stage city hall rally after charges over death of Freddie Gray | US news | The Guardian - Celebrations of charges against six officers continue after relatively quiet night - Family asks marchers to ‘come in peace’ or ‘please don’t come at all’
May Day protesters clash with police as violence erupts in Seattle and Oakland | World news | The Guardian - Demonstrations take tense turn as police and protesters are injured - City officials praise right to free speech but decry unrest
My 49 hours in a Baltimore cell – for being a reporter | US news | The Guardian - I was one of hundreds confined in squalid, overcrowded cells with inedible food and rights ignored waiting for a criminal charge that in my case never came (after they shot him in the head)
Man Who Filmed Freddie Gray Arrest Detained By Baltimore Police, Along With Ferguson Video Activists - Jackson's mother Catherine spoke with her son after the police stop. She told HuffPost by phone on Friday morning that her son claimed Baltimore police were following him and Moore for a significant amount of time ... Moore has since been released with no charges. (because they can fuck with you they will)
Police violence is putting the lie to the Tea Party conservatism by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The reason is obvious, of course: the only government tyranny conservatives truly fear is one in which the poor—and particularly the non-white poor—have the ability to constrain their property rights.
GoFundMe For Freddie Gray Officers Removed After 41 Minutes : news One of the largest Unions in the world, begging for money. Shameful.
The ACLU unveiled a new mobile app designed to help you record and report abusive cops : technology

Two More Women Say They Were Drugged And Assaulted By Bill Cosby - "I realized I had just survived an encounter with a scheming madman who hid his demons behind an alluring persona,"

Judge: “Drug Enforcement Administration does not owe the owner of a small Texas trucking company anything, not even the cost of repairing the bullet holes to a tractor-trailer truck that the agency used without his permission for a wild 2011 drug cartel sting” : news

Students Can’t Work Their Way Through College Anymore by Daniel Luzer | College Guide | The Washington Monthly
The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - The Atlantic - Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student's annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter ... Well OK, but tuition at Foxx’s alma mater, the University of North Carolina, was about $223 a year when she went there.

Michigan Shaken By 4.2-Magnitude Earthquake - Never in 36 years have I felt an earthquake in Kalamazoo, MI. It just shook the whole building for approximately 5-7 seconds


I froze embryos to have reproductive choice, but I nearly lost my reproductive autonomy | Adrienne Munsdorf | Comment is free | The Guardian - Like Sofia Vergara, my ex and I signed paperwork to give us equal rights our frozen embryos. After we broke up, he wanted to dictate when I could parent - Instead, as he was so committed to retaining his right to my embryos, I asked him to pay his share of the $400 annual storage fees for them. That got his attention

Muscular Dystrophy Association Ends Jerry Lewis Telethon - "Last summer's Ice Bucket Challenge once again affirmed for us that today's families, donors and sponsors are looking to us for new, creative and organic ways to support our mission.
‘Chemo brain’ is real, say UBC researchers

Steve Quartz: the neuroscientist who studies what's "cool" and why | Books | The Guardian - “Specifically, we found that buying a desirable item or even finding a retro t-shirt in a thrift store impacts a part of the brain known as the medial prefrontal cortex,” Quartz said. ("three pleasure machines ... three consumers within us: an instinctual consumers, an habitual consumer and a social consumer" -- consume this!)
AskScience Cosmic Inflation Follow-Up Thread : askscience
Steve Quartz: the neuroscientist who studies what's "cool" and why | Books | The Guardian - We think of cool as ephemeral, a moving target. But a California neuroscientist and author of a new book on “neuromarketing” says he’s got it down to a science
Woman Gives Birth to Children, Discovers Her Twin is Actually the Biological Mother, But She is Technically Her Own Twin - “A chimera happens when two fertilized eggs fuse in the womb. If the fusion does not happen, the result would be fraternal twins, but when it does happen, you get a twin that is not visibly a twin at all.
TIL that a pregnant single mom was investigated for welfare fraud after a DNA test showed she wasn't the mother of her own children. When she went in for follow-up tests, doctors realized she was a chimera. : todayilearned (see halo00to14)

Bruce Jenner and the 'trans narrative': it's time for a little bit of Transgender 201 | Society | The Guardian - As a trans woman, I understand how cathartic sharing coming-out stories can be. Reaching beyond ourselves to tackle systemic oppressions is the next step
Keeping Up With Bruce Jenner & Trans* Issues | The Queer Av
[Serious] Transgenders of reddit, when did you realize that you were the wrong sex? What does it feel like to be in the body of the wrong sex? How do you know that you are suppose to be the other sex? : AskReddit
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ELI5: Why Tesla's new power wall a big deal. : explainlikeimfive
Out for a walk : pics
Kakkerlak comments on [MA] Post-it notes left in apartment.

Kim Dotcom Awarded Millions For Legal Bills and Living Expenses | TorrentFreak - Kim Dotcom has succeeded in getting more of his seized funds released by the courts in New Zealand. In addition to millions for legal expenses, the entrepreneur will receive $128K per month including $60K to pay mansion rent, $25,600 to cover staff and security, plus $11,300 for grocery and other expenses.
Unnoticed for years, malware turned Linux and BSD servers into spamming machines : technology
Microsoft Surface 3 review: one of the best tablet-laptop hybrids | Technology | The Guardian - A fanless design, full PC innards and Windows 8.1 make the Surface 3 arguably a better work machine than an iPad, if you buy the optional keyboard (which you don't even need on an iPad because it doesn't come with one either)

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NASA Administrator Statement on House Authorization Bill - WSET.com - ABC13 - "The NASA authorization bill making its way through the House of Representatives guts our Earth science program and threatens to set back generations worth of progress in better understanding our changing climate, and our ability to prepare for and respond to earthquakes, droughts, and storm events. (Repubicans hate anything to do with actual reality)
Tesla announces low-cost batteries for homes | Technology | The Guardian - Elon Musk claims at launch that two billion large batteries could provide enough electricity to meet the world’s needs
Elon Musk Debuts the Tesla Powerwall - Full Keynote : videos

Nepal earthquake death toll exceeds 6,000 with thousands unaccounted for | World news | The Guardian - Thousands of villages devastated and 90% of clinics and schools in some districts unusable as Kathmandu slowly returns to normal
Buddhist Monastery In Nepal Takes In Thousands Displaced By Earthquake
CNN physician-journalist poses ethical dilemma after treating Nepal victims | Media | The Guardian - Questions raised after celebrated neurosurgeon and CNN reporter Sanjay Gupta is filmed performing surgery on those injured by earthquake

Psychologists met in secret with Bush officials to help justify torture – report | US news | The Guardian - Newly disclosed emails reveal American Psychological Association coordinated with officials in CIA and White House to help ethically justify detainee program - Hundreds of thousands -- perhaps a million or more -- have died and as many have been made refugees in this process of satisfying Israel's need for "security."
Report of the APA Presidential Task Force on Psychological Ethics and National Security - July 5, 2005 - It is consistent with the APA Code of Ethics for psychologists to serve in consultative roles to interrogation (Jewish neocon Ed.D from Harvard - APA pres approved torturing Arabs)

Isis leader incapacitated with suspected spinal injuries after air strike | World news | The Guardian - Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is being treated in hideout two months after attack while deputy leader Abu Alaa al-Afri runs terror group intent on revenge

Traumatically brainwashed Boko Haram captives open fire at rescuers | The Indian Express

Vísir - The Pirate Party the biggest in Iceland by far

Ecuador May Decriminalize All Illegal Drug Use | The Fix - Ecuador aims to end its war on drugs by providing treatment and rehabilitation options.

Irish priest jailed for 'sending round the IRA' to threaten nephew | World news | The Guardian - Father Francis Kelleher jailed for four years for hiring three men who claimed they were from Continuity IRA in bid to get nephew to drop legal action

The World Bank Group's Uncounted - On India’s Coast, A Power Plant Backed By The World Bank Group Threatens A Way Of Life (superriches at work)

Patriot Act Faces Revisions Backed by Both Parties - NYTimes.com - On Thursday, a bill that would overhaul the Patriot Act and curtail the so-called metadata surveillance exposed by Edward J. Snowden was overwhelmingly passed by the House Judiciary Committee and was heading to almost certain passage in that chamber this month.
Irate Congressman gives cops easy rule: “just follow the damn Constitution” | Ars Technica - Rep. Ted Lieu lambasts gov't request for more access to encrypted devices.
Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets • The Register - Fighting terrorism, huh?

Ideology and Integrity - NYTimes.com - I still think this election should turn almost entirely on the issues. But if we must talk about character, let’s talk about what matters, namely intellectual integrity. (vs insanity)

With Bridge Case Charges, a Cloud Descends on Christie’s White House Hopes - NYTimes.com
2 Indicted in George Washington Bridge Case; Ally of Christie Pleads Guilty - NYTimes.com - The United States attorney for New Jersey, Paul J. Fishman, announced the indictments at a news conference on Friday, breaking his long silence about a scandal
George Washington Bridge Scandal: What You Need to Know - NYTimes.com
Dean Skelos, New York Senate Leader, and His Son Are Said to Face Arrest Next Week - NYTimes.com
Former Chris Christie Aide Bridget Kelly: 'Ludicrous' To Think I Was The Only One To Know About The Bridge Scandal

Open Thread: Happy May Day, Here’s Your (Democratic) Socialist Candidate! » Balloon Juice - A Dem points out that Sanders is polling about as well in his field as Chris Christie, who’s being taken seriously. (as is every Republican clown on the clown train)
Give 'Em Hell, Bernie Sanders | Rolling Stone - Bernie Sanders is more serious than you think (Taibbi is enthusiastic: "He is the rarest of Washington animals, a completely honest person." also, see Liz)

Bridgegate: Charges in George Washington Bridge scandal to be announced today | NJ.com
Chris Christie Ally Expected to Plead Guilty in George Washington Bridge Lane-Closing Case - NYTimes.com - David Wildstein, a high school classmate of Mr. Christie’s who ordered the closing of several access lanes to the bridge in September 2013, was expected to plead guilty before Judge Wigenton - Mr. Wildstein told several people in the Christie administration that he had discussed the lane closings with the governor as they were happening, an assertion the governor denies. (Fishman grinds slowly but is still grinding)
George Washington Bridge Scandal: What You Need to Know - NYTimes.com (Chris Crisco is a corrupt bully, for one)

Eschaton: What The Everloving Fuck - Emergency lights and sirens are obviously necessary, but they're also a major hazard and should be used for, you know, emergencies, not when America's Worst Governor (and really, there's a lot of competition) needs to go for a burger run: quietly changed state regulations to reclassify any “motor vehicle owned or operated by” the governor ... as emergency vehicles, allowing them to have flashing red and white emergency lights.
Indiana Republicans Look For Path Forward After Mike Pence 'Religious Freedom' Mess - "It didn't do our brand any good, for sure. One, it didn't do the state brand any good. Two, it didn't do the Indiana Republican Party brand any good. And three, it didn't do Mike any good. And that's pretty obvious," said former Indiana GOP Chair Jim Kittle. (newsflash: your brand sucked before that)

Jon Swaine on Twitter: "All 6 cops now in custody for Freddie Gray death. All have bail set lower than teen who smashed police car with cone http://t.co/EtMYipxxAB"
Baltimore Sergeant Warns Superiors: “It Is About To Get Ugly” - BuzzFeed News
Marilyn Mosby’s amazing press conference - The Washington Post
Baltimore Burning: The Case For Homicide - In which we learn that the killing of Freddie Gray is a homicide.
Freddie Gray’s Injury and the Police ‘Rough Ride’ - NYTimes.com
Baltimore Mayor: 'No One Is Above The Law In Our City' : The Two-Way : NPR
Marilyn Mosby, Prosecutor in Freddie Gray Case, Seen as Tough on Police Misconduct - NYTimes.com
Baltimore: Charges Filed Against Six Officers in Death of Freddie Gray - NYTimes.com - Prosecutors have charged six police officers with a range of crimes, including homicide, manslaughter, assault and misconduct in the death of Freddie Gray.
Who Is This Objectively Badass Attorney Running The Freddie Gray Investigation?
Sonia Moghe on Twitter: "The six @BaltimorePolice officers charged in connection with #FreddieGray's death. Mugshots via @wbaltv11 http://t.co/Dqu3klyitA"
Freddie Gray protests: second prisoner in Baltimore police van comes forward | US news | The Guardian - City braces for more demonstrations as Donta Allen dismisses reports he told police Freddie Gray caused his own injuries - “And they’re trying to make it seem like I told them that, I made it like Freddie Gray did that to himself,” Allen said. “Why the fuck would he do that to himself ?” (oh, they lied about that too?)
Someone Isn't Telling The Truth About Freddie Gray's Death - doctors had attempted to repair three fractured neck vertebrae and a crushed voice box. Last week, The Baltimore Sun spoke to medical experts who said that Gray's injuries were, in the paper's words, comparable to those seen in “victims of high-speed crashes.” - When asked last week for an explanation for Gray’s arrest, Baltimore police Commissioner Anthony Batts said that “just running -- there is no law against running.” (except running while black which gets you the death penalty summarily)
Timeline: Freddie Gray's arrest, death and the aftermath - Baltimore Sun
Freddie Gray, Rough Rides, and the Challenges of Improving Police Culture - The Atlantic - Freddie Gray isn't the first person to be gravely injured while riding in a police van. (sadistic cop fuckers)
Rioting: An American Tradition : We're History (white people love to riot)
Detroit Prosecutor Resigns After Saying Baltimore Rioters Should Be Shot - "Simple. Shoot em. Period. End of discussion," Walsh posted.

Gruesome video of dog chewing man's face shows he was sitting in his home with his hands up when Utah police ordered the K9 to attack : news

Complaints in Baltimore About Law Offering Protections for Officers - NYTimes.com - a state law that gives special legal protections to police officers suspected of abusing their power. (yes, a special law for bad cops! perfect!)
Few Conservatives Take Police Abuses Seriously - The Atlantic - There is overwhelming evidence of widespread civil-rights violations and unlawful brutality. Yet the movement's reflex is still to ignore or deny the problem.

Israeli Researcher Challenges Jewish DNA links to Israel, Calls Those Who Disagree 'Nazi Sympathizers' - Forbes - The Genetic Literacy Project reports that the ongoing conflict between Israel and its neighbors over the origins of the “Jewish people” has surfaced again as an issue of great controversy—with science in the crosshairs (Khazarian myth)
Autism in our DNA? Slew of studies points to genetics as main driver, but there is no “autism gene” | Genetic Literacy Project
Editing Human Embryos: So This Happened – Phenomena: The Loom
Ethical and science conundrum: Did reporters, scientists miss nuances of embryo gene-editing story? | Genetic Literacy Project - What was so interesting is that many reporters seemed to have interviewed only harsh critics of the procedure
BIT's 6th World DNA and Genome Day-2015
New Test Suggests NASA's "Impossible" EM Drive Will Work In Space - The EM appears to violate conventional physics and the law of conservation of momentum; the engine converts electric power to thrust without the need for any propellant by bouncing microwaves within a closed container. : worldnews
Evaluating NASA’s Futuristic EM Drive | NASASpaceFlight.com
EM Drive Developments - related to space flight applications - Thread 2
A volcano may be erupting off the Oregon coast, scientists say | OregonLive.com
Most Countries Have No Plans For When Antibiotics Stop Working | Smart News | Smithsonian - World Health Organization sounds the alarm on “one of the biggest threats to the future of global health”

Colorado gov now says legalizing marijuana helps state's fiscal health | Fox News - The Democratic governor recently told Fox Business Network that the issue is “not as vexing” as he feared it would be, and partly ties Colorado’s strong fiscal health to the popularity and economic opportunities connected with the legal pot industry. (coulda been you, MA)
The real question this matter raises is why the New York Times agreed to publish such a vengeful screed. Where is the public interest in this case? Loeb’s decision to violate Vergara’s privacy like this should be roundly condemned.
Why the penis is having a moment in men's fashion | Fashion | The Guardian

What's the weirdest rule your parents had? : AskReddit - Dont drive with the car window down or you might get face paralysis. Also a fan blowing in one spot of your body for a long period of time causes damage to nerves and your face muscles get paralysed. Like a stroke.
jkh107 comments on Men of reddit, what about women baffles you the most? - 1) How do you clean your vagina in the shower?
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What is the #1 rule of the Internet? : AskReddit

California ACLU group launches app to record possible police misconduct | Reuters - will let bystanders record cell phone videos of possible cases of police misconduct and then quickly save the footage to the organization's computer servers.
John McAfee: 'Bad people are still after me' | Technology | The Guardian - The Scots-born software entrepreneur says hit men are on his tail after a hasty exit from Belize but his focus is on warding off tech companies’ all-seeing eye