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020916

Supreme Court Blocks Obama's Carbon Emissions Plan - On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan.

Julian Assange prosecutor to request interview at Ecuadorian embassy | Media | The Guardian - Swedish prosecutor working on new application to interview WikiLeaks founder in London over rape allegation

Trains Crash Head-On In Southern Germany, Killing At Least 9 - More than 100 people were injured.

Nikkei Posts Biggest Drop In 3 Years As Global Growth Fears Hit Banks - Banks took the brunt of the sell-off in Japan while a stronger yen dragged down stocks across the board.

Syria, already a catastrophe, seems on the verge of an uncontrollable disaster - The Washington Post


FBI still can't figure out how to get into San Bernardino attackers' encrypted phone - James Comey, the bureau's director, admits agents have made no progress in two months as he says encryption technology is thwarting crime fighting efforts


Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders Win the New Hampshire Primaries - The New York Times
Will New Hampshire result persuade Michael Bloomberg to run for presidency?


Why Did Marco Rubio Decide to Run as a Robot? | GQ - A once smart and quick-witted human, Rubio is now running as a machine. Can he make history?
The Anxiety Of Being Marco Rubio - BuzzFeed News - and an occasional propensity to panic in moments of crisis, both real and imagined.
What the RubioBot gaffe really reveals about Marco Rubio.
These Strikes are Wrong - Ed Milliband - YouTube



Frankfurt On Inequality - Lawyers, Guns & Money




Paul LePage Admits That He Was Actually Talking About Black Drug Dealers All Along - So much for this supposedly not being about race.


Oregon standoff Day 39: What you need to know Tuesday | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff: Sheriff's stance in LaVoy Finicum shooting draws outrage | OregonLive.com
Cliven Bundy May Be Coming To Burns, Portland . News | OPB
2/9/2016 - Sean & Sandy speak - YouTube
Remaining occupiers in Oregon reduced to stunts, taunting FBI by driving federal vehicle - The Washington Post
- Bundy Boys In Oregon
The 2014 Range War - Cliven Bundy v. DC | Turning the Tide - Folk Hero or Scapegoat? Media Manipulation in the Age of Instant Messaging
The New Anti-Federalists | Turning the Tide - The Wellspring of the Bundy Sagebrush Insurrection
Propaganda, the Collective Unconscious, and Mass Movements | Turning the Tide


The Political Scientist Who Debunked Mainstream Economics - Evonomics - The Tragedy of Unmanaged, Laissez-Faire, Common-Pool Resources with Easy Access for Noncommunicating, Self-Interested Individuals - The truth about the tragedy of the commons
The Problem with Economists - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Maybe This Is The Reason Neanderthals Went Extinct - But the model showed that the arrival of modern humans on the scene meant almost certain doom for Neanderthals, who had been living there for hundreds of thousands of years.
The Political Scientist Who Debunked Mainstream Economics - Evonomics - The truth about the tragedy of the commons



020816


Hacker Plans to Dump Alleged Details of 20,000 FBI, 9,000 DHS Employees | Motherboard

Turkey's Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with migrants: Greek website | Reuters

War on Isis: Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov claims his special forces are on the ground in Syria


American Electoral - The Huffington Post - The Campaign of Magical Thinking

- Debate slip-up seems to halt Rubio
mminnoww comments on What happened to Marco Rubio in the latest GOP debate?


America Is Flint - The New York Times - , 535,000 children ages 1 through 5 suffer lead poisoning, by C.D.C. estimates.
City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water - Chicago Tribune


What did LaVoy Finicum die for? - LA Times - the radical edge of a larger, well-funded land-transfer, anti-environmental movement that seeks to privatize public property (Kochifacation)
Oregon standoff Day 38: What you need to know Monday | OregonLive.com
Ammon Bundy issues new statement from jail: Urges elected officials to support their imprisoned constituents | OregonLive.com
Refuge occupier calls for feds to leave Oregon in latest release of videos | OregonLive.com
Utah's Ken Ivory recruiting 'leaders' to launch grass-roots lands-transfer movement | The Salt Lake Tribune - Utah lawmaker Ken Ivory is leaving his post as the American Lands Council
Our Team - American Lands Council (the ears)

SF cops admit car-theft victim was wrongly turned over to ICE - San Francisco Chronicle - San Francisco police officers handcuffed a car-theft victim, ran his name for warrants and then released him into the waiting arms of federal immigration agents, records show, in what is being investigated as a possible breach of local sanctuary-city laws.


Who planted drugs in the PTA mom's car? Upscale parents, and for petty reasons


ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: Hi, Baby-Making Factories! - There is no known safe amount of alcohol

Trippy Video Teaches Entire History Of Japan In Just 9 Minutes - The perfect study guide.
The New York Public Library Lets You Download 180,000 Images in High Resolution: Historic Photographs, Maps, Letters & More | Open Culture

The paradoxical psychological effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) : science
Dreaming the dream | plus.maths.org - Boltzmann brain.
What happened before the Big Bang? | plus.maths.org
New, Reading-Heavy SAT Has Students Worried - The New York Times - longer and harder reading passages and more words in math problems
Persistent ADHD associated with overly critical parents
Persistent ADHD associated with overly critical parents. Children with ADHD whose families continued to express high levels of criticism over time failed to experience the usual decline in symptoms with age and instead maintained persistent, high levels of ADHD symptoms. : science


Fuckin' Carl. : funny


020716

TPP Deal Just Signed: Paves Way for Authoritarian Technocracy : technology
Nevada's perplexing war on solar (Opinion) - CNN.com
New York investigates radioactive leak in groundwater near city | US news | The Guardian - alarming levels of radioactivity
Eschaton: Nothing To See Here - Move along, folks. - Radioactive material has been detected in the groundwater below a nuclear power plant north of New York City, prompting a state investigation on Saturday.
Record Missouri flooding was manmade calamity, scientist says

Europeshockwaves could be huge for Web users
"Europe's highest court is considering whether every hyperlink in a Web page should be checked for potentially linking to material that infringes copyright, before it can be used. " : technology

Advantage Assad After Five Years of War in Syria - Bloomberg Business

Indian man could be first recorded human fatality due to a meteorite | Ars Technica - Indian officials say bus driver was killed by a meteorite, pending confirmation.


Lady Gaga - National Anthem - Super Bowl 2016 (HD 1080p) Full Video - YouTube
Lady Gaga Just Nailed the National Anthem : Music


MARCOBOT MALFUNCTIONS - Watch Marco Rubio Give The Same Canned Answer 3 Times In A Row - And then he did it again!
Everyone Ganged Up On Marco Rubio At Saturday's GOP Debate - And Rubio didn't do himself any favors.
Rubio endures an assault in a rollicking Republican debate - The Washington Post
Brit Hume: Rubio's Debate Performance Reminded Me Of Dan Quayle | Video | RealClearPolitics


This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump | Mother Jones
A Panic-Inducing Night for the GOP Establishment | New Republic
- Marcobot Moment

Eschaton: What About Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben, and Craig - the press should write stories about Chelsea Clinton for the sake of writing stories about Chelsea Clinton.

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders - The New York Times


Hope -- and clean water -- remains elusive for the people of Flint - But now the water is poisoned, and the world knows it. (Repubs destroy entire city's home values)
- Rachel Maddow deserves national praise -- for her coverage of the atrocity in Flint, Michigan, where residents were forced to drink lead-contaminated water as a result of a cruel cost-cutting choice by Republican Governor Rick Snyder, who deserves national, even international, scorn for his devious decision-making
Playboy Interview - Rachel Maddow Talks Hillary, Hate Mail & More in Our First Non-Nude Issue

Everyone Hates Martin Shkreli. Everyone Is Missing the Point - The New Yorker - One of the strangest things about the anti-Shkreli argument is that it asks us to be shocked that a medical executive is motivated by profit.

Financial despair, addiction and the rise of suicide in white America | US news | The Guardian - The death rate for white Americans aged 45 to 54 has risen sharply since 1999, but Montana officials wrestle to explain reasons why the state has the highest rate of suicide in the US at nearly twice the national average - The proportion of US pensioners living in poverty is more than double that in Germany and nearly six times that of France (vote Republican and die)

Is DOJ Rethinking Material Support Laws and Domestic Terrorism? - Lawfare

FBI throwing tantrums! - YouTube
- Response to Questions Regarding the Oregon Office of Sheriff
- Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought The Law(1966)

Leaked police files contain guarantees disciplinary records will be kept secret | US news | The Guardian - Guardian analysis of dozens of contracts revealed by hackers shows more than a third allow or require destruction of civilian complaint records
DEAD WRONG - A Botched Police Investigation And A Probable Wrongful Conviction Shed Light On The Murders Of Dozens Of Women In Nova Scotia.

Almost every top official in Texas city arrested in federal corruption case : news - However, according to this article: None of the officials will immediately lose their positions.
San Antonio Observer threatens to publish local cop addresses after 36-year-old unarmed black man Antroine Scott is shot dead | Daily Mail Online - Antronie Scott was fatally shot in San Antonio by police officer John Lee - 36-year-old was holding a cellphone, not a gun Lee thought he had seen

Professor who said Christians, Muslims worship same God to leave school | Reuters - according to a joint statement released by Wheaton College on Saturday night.
Professor who said Christians, Muslims worship same God to leave school : news
TIL a third-grade girl was expelled for a year because her grandmother had sent a birthday cake to school along with a knife to cut it. The teacher used the knife to cut the cake, and then reported the girl to the authorities as having a dangerous weapon. : todayilearned

- Best-Value Schools
Social Practice Degrees Take Art to a Communal Level - The New York Times
Sexual Harassment in the Sciences: Readers React on Social Media - The New York Times - The professor, Jason Lieb, a molecular biologist, made unwelcome sexual advances to several female graduate students
ADHD in kids: What many parents and teachers don't understand but need to know - 13.3 percent of boys and 5.6 percent of girls
KICKFARTED - Series about failed KickStarters : videos
Shitty Kickstarters


020616


Aleppo siege looms as pro-Assad forces cut opposition supply lines | World news | The Guardian - 400,000 remain
Bombarded Aleppo lives in fear of siege and starvation | World news | The Guardian


Elizabeth Warren Looms Large In 2016 Presidential Race - She's not running, and she hasn't endorsed. But her influence is everywhere.

Hillary and Henry - Lawyers, Guns & Money : It's not that she's been bought, it's that she bought in.


Yglesiastical Contrarianism - Lawyers, Guns & Money


The Flint Water Crisis: A Special Edition Environment and Health Roundtable - Edge Effects - lead in plumbing "Helps to Guard Your Health."

Oregon standoff Day 36: What you need to know Saturday | OregonLive.com
30 minutes of chaos: Witness details events of Finicum shooting | OregonLive.com
- Senate rejects Mike Lee's move to limit president's Antiquities Act power (Mormon and Koch-funded land-grab)
[Letter from Nevada] | The Great Republican Land Heist, by Christopher Ketcham | Harper's Magazine - Cliven Bundy and the politicians who are plundering the West
Suspicious mail mostly empty; hazardous substance in one - Local News - East Oregonian - Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was taken to the hospital a little after noon after opening an envelope addressed to him at the Canyon City sheriff's office. The envelope contained a white substance and seconds later Palmer developed a physical reaction, including a rash on his arms, according to a county official at the scene.
THE WESTERNER: BLM pulls workers from Gold Butte after shots fired near surveyors - June 12, 2015

Woman with Asperger's syndrome who shared viral dog video shot dead by police in Arizona. : news (shooting suicidal people who have a knife in their room because you know, suicidal)
Lawsuit: Woman miscarried after cops 'battered' her during 'false' arrest : news - Lawsuit: Woman miscarried after cops battered her during false arrest


Struggling to Get Past Master By Harvey Silverglate By Harvey Silverglate

When Home Internet Means A Smartphone, Can A Kid Succeed At School? : All Tech Considered : NPR

A Conversation with Jonathan Haidt | Minding The Campus (Latinx)
Revisiting whether conservative and libertarian professors are more productive | HeterodoxAcademy.org
Something Slimy: The Signs of Bad Science | HeterodoxAcademy.org
Ray Dalio's unusual management strategy at Bridgewater - Business Insider - At Bridgewater, every employee has a believability score

The billion-dollar CRISPR patent battle: A case of big money shaping science - LA Times
ELI5: Why is it whenever I decide to hydrate myself and drink a lot of water does it seem like 20 minutes later I'm just peeing it all out? Is my body even using it? : explainlikeimfive
Are neutrinos and antineutrinos identical? : askscience - Majorana fermions are indeed their own antiparticle.

What's the strongest opinion you held that you later changed? : AskReddit
[Serious] Girls/Women: What's a bad quality in men that men might be unaware of? : AskReddit
This has got to be the most amazing numbers game answer ever. Countdown 1997 : videos - ...And that's Numberwang!
The Expanse: an ambitious, slow-build sci-fi mystery - Syfy's The Expanse is a handsomely designed, tense ten-episode sci-fi drama that's perfect for binge-watching. : television
PayPal blocks VPN payments, blames copyright infringement : technology

020516

Australia guts government climate research | Ars Technica

FGM: number of victims found to be 70 million higher than thought | Society | The Guardian - Half of girls and women cut live in just three countries as Unicef statistics reveal shocking global scale of barbaric ritual - Indonesia, Egypt and Ethiopia

Zika crisis and economic woes bring gloom to Brazil's Olympic buildup | World news | The Guardian - Six months before Rio de Janeiro hosts the next Olympics, the country is struggling with a Zika epidemic and a cocktail of political and economic woes

Nearly 200 images released by US military depict Bush-era detainee abuse | US news | The Guardian - Court ruling forces Pentagon to release photos after 12-year legal battle over abuse at military sites around Iraq and Afghanistan
Denmark confirms US sent rendition flight for Snowden - The Local - The revelation that the US landed a private aircraft in Copenhagen intended to capture Snowden in June 2013 - Snowden was recently tipped as a favourite to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel watcher Kristian Berg Harpviken
Denmark's justice minister admitted on Friday that the US sent a rendition flight to Copenhagen Airport that was meant to capture whistleblower Edward Snowden and return him to the United States
How did the UN get it so wrong on Julian Assange? | Discussion | The Guardian - The Guardian editorial policy - as always - pro Neoliberal Empire of the Exceptionals no matter what because they are the voice of Neoliberal ideology.

Twitter suspends over 125,000 accounts for 'promoting terrorist acts' | Reuters

ISIS Genocide Against Christians, Yazidis? European Parliament Recognizes Islamic State Targeting Religious Minorities

Homeland Security produces first estimate of foreign visitors to U.S. who overstay deadline to leave | Pew Research Center - The nation with the most visitors who failed to leave at the end of their authorized stay was Canada, followed by Mexico and Brazil (build that wall, eh)

Why the TPP is Terrible, Part the Millionth (Barry owns this)

A crane collapsed in the middle of the street in New York City today. : pics
Construction crane collapse in Manhattan kills David Wichs - NY Daily News

Payrolls in U.S. Climb as Jobless Rate Declines, Wages Rise - Bloomberg Business - Unemployment drops to an almost eight-year low of 4.9 percent - Hourly earnings increase 2.5 percent from a year earlier

Hillary Clinton's self-satisfied privilege: Her Goldman Sachs problem helps explain the popularity of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump

Who Won the Democratic Debate? - The Atlantic - Bernie Sanders doggedly pursued his one big idea about reforming American politics, while Hillary Clinton detailed her many proposals for change.
Bernie Sanders Forced Hillary Clinton to Defend Her Progressive Record Last Night
Highlights From The Democratic Presidential Debate In New Hampshire - time to end the very artful smear that you and your campaign have been carrying out
Sanders-Clinton debate transcript: Annotating what they say - The Washington Post

Meet the New Harry and Louise | Jacobin - Vox's attack on Bernie Sanders is sold as a policy critique. It's actually a dishonest exercise in managing the Democratic Party base. (neo-lib Yglesias)

Donald Trump Soundboard ** Presidential Campaign
Jeb Bush Seeks To Escape The Jaws Of Humiliation In New Hampshire - His deliberative style is a tough fit for 2016, but the nearly defeated candidate remains sanguine.

Questions Surround Marco Rubio's Role at Florida College - NBC News (no-show again)

Who Hates Obamacare? - The New York Times

The seven states that are doing much worse than the rest - The Washington Post - North Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, Louisiana and Alaska (oil+Snyder+dumb)

BridgeGate Defendants Can Subpoena Christie Office Docs

Oregon standoff Day 35: What you need to know Friday | OregonLive.com
Militia group backs down, billboards go up in support of law enforcement as fifth week of Oregon standoff comes to an end | OregonLive.com
Ethical Questions Surround Ammon Bundy's Legal Team, Strategy
State Sheriffs' Association: No support for illegal actions, threats of violence | OregonLive.com
Mourners assemble for LaVoy Finicum funeral in Kanab, Utah today as Oregon standoff continues | OregonLive.com
Sagebrush Insurgency connections Connecting the dots within a vast right-wing network of militia members, state and local politicians, and others.
Nevada ranching family loses federal lands court case | Las Vegas Review-Journal - "A dispassionate observer would conclude that the district judge harbored animus toward the federal agencies," Graber wrote. "Unfortunately, the judge's bias and prejudgment are a matter of public record."
Stonekettle Station: Bomb Shelter (in the trenches)
Stonekettle Station: Refuge of Scoundrels

The Next Christian Sex-Abuse Scandal - As sex-abuse allegations multiply, Billy Graham's grandson is on a mission to ?persuade Protestant churches to come clean.

How the Satanic Temple forced Phoenix lawmakers to ban public prayer - The Washington Post

Twilight of the Superpredators | Natasha Vargas-Cooper - The Clinton administration played its part in the reactionary sentiment of the time by passing the largest, most costly crime bill in the nation's history. Authored by then-Senator Joe Biden, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 allowed children who were thirteen years old and above to be charged with serious crimes

Who Killed the Sheridans? - The New York Times - The police say a prominent New Jersey lawyer killed himself and his wife of 47 years. Their sons refuse to believe it.
Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed - The Washington Post


In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste : The Salt : NPR - babies are most open to trying new flavors between the ages of 4 and 7 months.
Two Grad Students Use Science To Bust The Dinner Hoax Of The Century : The Salt : NPR
Tapestry
Understanding Fourier Approximations & Oscillators

What do you not eat and why? : AskReddit

Error 53 fury mounts as Apple software update threatens to kill your iPhone 6

020416

The Atlantic Ocean Is Acidifying at a Rapid Rate | TakePart - A new study finds the ocean is absorbing 50 percent more carbon than it was a decade ago, and that could have dire consequences for dolphins, whales, and other marine life.
Going, going... | The Economist - This blessed state of affairs is thanks to a 30-year campaign led by the Carter Centre
Winter storm threat early next week increases some - The Washington Post

- We Should All Fear Oilmageddon

UN Panel To Rule In Favor Of WikiLeaks Founder's Complaint Of Arbitrary Detention: BBC - Assange, 44, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over allegations of rape in 2010, which he denies. (thanks, Obama)
Julian Assange is in arbitrary detention, UN panel finds | Media | The Guardian - Guardian understands that WikiLeaks chief, who is avoiding extradition by living in Ecuadorian embassy, has won UN backing

Syrian rebels losing grip on Aleppo | World news | The Guardian - Russian bombardment helps pro-Assad militia close in on key northern city held by opposition forces for three years
Backed By Russian Jets, Syrian Army Closes In On Aleppo

Man Ejected From Somali Plane in Midair Was Suicide Bomber : worldnews

Venezuela Is So Fucked
Latin America Shows No Sympathy for Venezuela - Bloomberg View


Tanzania woman is found in pit where she was kept for EIGHT MONTHS | Daily Mail Online

Read Live Updates From The MSNBC Democratic Debate
There's Only One Question We Need to Ask About a Hillary (or Bernie) Presidency
Hillary Clinton at the groundbreaking ceremony for Goldman Sachs world headquarters in 2005. : pics

Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice Staffers Also Handled Emails Later Deemed Classified on Private Accounts, Officials Say - ABC News
Ryan offers new warning for Chaffetz on email probe

How Screwed Are Democrats in the House? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Really, really screwed.

Islamophobia

Marco Rubio Slams Obama's Speech On Fighting Islamophobia - Seriously? Insults, threats and more insults: What it's like to be a reporter covering Trump

'Jesus' Reads Quotes From Republican Candidates On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' - What would Jesus say?

- Chris Christie's office refusing to release Bridgegate emails

Michigan emails show officials knew of Flint water disease risk | Reuters

Martin Shkreli booted from Congress for refusing questions - NY Daily News (smirk)

U.S. eyes ways to toughen fight against domestic extremists | Reuters - Justice Department is considering legal changes to combat what it sees as a rising threat from domestic anti-government extremists,
Oregon standoff Day 34: What you need to know Thursday | OregonLive.com
- Crook County Sheriff decries Malheur NWR takeover supporter intimidating local lawman


Lawyer: Massachusetts special needs school reported abuse of students - CNN.com
Study participants subjected to Taser shocks and then tested for cognitive impairment showed short-term declines in brain functioning -- dysfunction on par with dementia. It calls into question the legitimacy of police questioning in the immediate aftermath of an arrest involving the use of a Taser. : science


Fentanyl: drug 50 times more potent than heroin ravages New Hampshire | US news | The Guardian

Earth Is Actually TWO Planets, Study Finds - Go ahead and forget what you know about the origins of the Earth and moon.

The removal of road markings is to be celebrated. We are safer without them | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian
After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies - LA Times - Over 18 months, the proportion of these women who gave birth to a child rose from 7% to 8.4% in counties that lost a Planned Parenthood.

Wrecked Ferrari Enzo sells for $1.7 million - Business Insider

Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-Readers : books
rynebrandon comments on Was George W. Bush really such a bad president?
What do you enjoy that Reddit absolutely shits on? : AskReddit
Parents strap a GoPro to Toddler & then play Hide and Seek, what results is adorable : videos
Facebook Just Smashed 'Six Degrees Of Separation' To Bits

020316

The Kremlin Is Not Going To Like Pussy Riot's New Video : Parallels : NPR

When The Bankers Plotted To Overthrow FDR : NPR - Denton says that as she was writing the book, she was struck by the parallels between the treatment of Roosevelt and that of Barack Obama. For example, a cottage industry much like the birther movement grew up around proving that the Dutch-descended Roosevelt was actually a secret Jew.

Bernie Sanders Raised $3 Million in One Day - US News - The average donor gave $27.

Donald Trump Says Ted Cruz Stole Victory in Iowa Caucuses - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times
Eschaton: From Winner To Whiner - I didn't think Trump would lose the plot this quickly. You're the Alpha, Donald. No whining. If you got out-hustled, you double down on being a bully, don't start whining.
Donald Trump Is No Master Campaign Strategist - Let's Bury the Idea That Donald Trump Is a Master Campaign Strategist - Enough, already.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder Will Not Be Called to Testify Before Congress on Flint Water Crisis - He is conspicuous in his absence.

Oregon standoff Day 33: What you need to know Wednesday | OregonLive.com
Federal judge affirms release of Joseph O'Shaughnessy; delays decision on Pete Santilli | OregonLive.com
Prosecutors Bring Sealed Indictment In Bundy Case . News | OPB
Live from Burns Oregon - latest interview with david fry - on 2/3/2016 - YouTube
Last Line Of Communication With Militants Cut . News | OPB
Range War Redux - Bundy Boys In Oregon

Retired cop files complaint against Philly cops

The CDC's incredibly condescending warning to young women

- Police swarm Katherine Clark's home after apparent hoax - Clark, a 52-year-old Democrat who has made fighting cyber abuse one of her top priorities

Sisters help launch cancer study aiming to end chemotherapy - BBC News

After just nine weeks of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, the brain of patients suffering from social anxiety disorder changes in volume. Anxiety is reduced, and parts of the patients' brains decrease in both volume and activity.
MoodGYM Training Program - Learn cognitive behaviour therapy skills for preventing and coping with depression
After just nine weeks of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy, the brain of patients suffering from social anxiety disorder changes in volume. Anxiety is reduced, and parts of the patients' decrease in both volume and activity.
Free, Online CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) | PsychEducation

Killing Off Certain Cells Makes Mice Live Longer : Shots - Health News : NPR - These are cells that have stopped dividing, though not necessarily because the cells themselves are old
Prehistoric human cuisine included roast tortoise, study finds - Technology & Science - CBC News - 400,000-year-old tortoise shells and bones in a cave in Israel that showed hunter-gatherers butchered and cooked tortoises as part of a diet dominated by large animals and vegetation ... Qesem cave was uncovered during road work in 2000 and was believed to be inhabited for about 200,000 years (!)
Qesem cave
Modern humans in Israel 400,000 years ago? : Anthropology - Humans, by most estimates, discovered fire over a million years ago. But when did they really begin to control fire and use it for their daily needs? - impressive levels of social and cognitive development of humans living some 300,000 years ago
With a 75% effectiveness, Ketamine being hailed as a miracle treatment in severe depression. : news
Ravens' fear of unseen snoopers hints they have theory of mind | New Scientist - Ravens hide their food more quickly if they think they are being watched, even when no other bird is in sight.
Nuclear fusion device's 1st test with hydrogen declared a success - Technology & Science - CBC News - Wendelstein 7-X stellarator in Greifswald successfully generated a plasma for a fraction of a second

The Temptation of Co-Working Spaces - The New York Times
Facebook deletes medical marijuana pages | NJ.com

Neighbourhood bullies : AnimalsBeingJerks - As a veteran cockatoo prisoner of almost 40 years

Elon Musk personally bans blogger from buying a Tesla Model X : technology - Not some rando. He and Musk go way back.
[AMA Request] Ray Magliozzi, Co-host of Car Talk : IAmA
Photos from a Fake Instagram Road Trip Across America | VICE | United States
Dad punishes kid for bad grades with ridiculous haircuts : videos
Great use of positive and negative space : pics
Fisherman saved a bobcat from drowning while fishing. : pics

020216

Ponzi Scheme In China Stole $7.6 Billion From Investors, Police Say : The Two-Way : NPR


Army and Marine Corps chiefs: It's time for women to register for the draft

Iowa count: Clinton nudges past Sanders in photo-finish race - The Washington Post
ghostofpennwast comments on C-SPAN Stream: Clinton Precinct Chair lied about the vote counting in Precinct 43 and it was all caught on camera.


Oregon standoff Day 32: What you need to know Tuesday | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff holdout David Fry says: 'This is the time to break the law' | OregonLive.com
Letter: Indians will happily take ranchers' grazing permits | The Salt Lake Tribune
Militiamen, ranchers in showdown for soul of Burns | OregonLive.com

LaVoy Finicum was a moron with a martyr complex Militiamen, ranchers in showdown for soul of Burns | OregonLive.com (history)
Oregon Occupier Loses His AZ Foster Kids | The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch | Tucson Weekly
LaVoy Finicum was a moron with a martyr complex -- who died without becoming a martyr

Study: More Guns Linked to More Mass Shootings | RealClearScience

FBI Joins Investigation Of Flint Water Crisis - It's the latest of four agencies to join the investigation into the poisoning of the city.
Flint water crisis spurs calls to change Michigan open-records law - Chicago Tribune

Why did two parents murder their adopted child? | Giles Tremlett | World news | The Guardian

With a 75% effectiveness, Ketamine being hailed as a miracle treatment in severe depression. : news

Fine Bros are apologizing and retracting all trademarks : technology
THE FINE BROS RANT - h3h3 Productions : videos
Lawyer takes on Fine Bros, free of charge : technology
What are some of the creepiest Wikipedia pages that you know of? : AskReddit
DNA gets a kid kicked out of highschool : 6th Grade Colman was out, for having the genetic markers of Cystic Fibrosis, even though he didn't actually have the disease. : news
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Statement on Palo Alto, Calif., Boy Required to Transfer to New School | CF Foundation
What experience is worse than people think? : AskReddit
A middle school cleaning lady was arrested and shocked with a stun gun after two Collegedale police officers mistook her for a burglar. : news
What's the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen at a party? [NSFW] : AskReddit


020116

Wind, Sun and Fire - The New York Times - So what's really at stake in this year's election? Well, among other things, the fate of the planet. (vote Redumblican and die)

Exclusive: Brazil says Zika virus outbreak worse than believed | Reuters
How Scared Should You Be About Zika? - The New York Times
WHO Declares Public Health Emergency Around Zika Virus - The move will help galvanize a coordinated international response to the virus.

BofA: The Oil Crash Is Kicking Off One of the Largest Wealth Transfers in Human History - Bloomberg Business - A $3 trillion shift.


How Free Trade Killed the American Working Class - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Noah Smith bluntly states that free trade with China has devastated the American working class. Moreover, he attacks economists for being unwilling to question their assumptions that free trade is always good. (hello, Barry)
Free Trade With China Wasn't Such a Great Idea for the U.S. - Bloomberg View

Clinton Appears To Narrowly Beat Sanders In Iowa - But the outcome was so close, the party called the results a "virtual tie."
Donald Trump Came In Second, But The Republican Establishment Still Lost - The chaos has only just begun.

Ban The Iowa Caucus | ThinkProgress
Hillary Clinton May Win Iowa After All | FiveThirtyEight - Polls show Bernie Sanders close, but not gaining on Clinton.

Donald Trump lost the Iowa Caucus. Good job, America.
Iowa, Donald Trump, and the fate of the religious right. - Evangelical power brokers are losing their influence. Donald Trump is the proof.

Four Roads Out Of Iowa For Republicans | FiveThirtyEight - How Trump, Cruz and Rubio finish will set the terms of the campaign.
Now a Solid Bet: Donald Trump's Nomination Chances Are Better Than 50 Percent
The Republican Party May Be Failing | FiveThirtyEight
If You Choose Not to Decide, Have You Really Still Made a Choice? - Lawyers, Guns & Money
What if the party decided not to decide? - Vox
Veep Critique: Reviewing "Presidential Leadership in Political Time"
Republican candidates and the Iraq war | The Mischiefs of Faction
Donald Trump has flip-flopped so much that Stephen Colbert hosted a Trump vs. Trump debate - Vox
Trump Calls His Brownshirt Brigade To 'Knock The Crap' Out Of Disrupters | Crooks and Liars
Donald Trump Insulted Every Other Candidate For Months. Their Supporters Noticed. - Donald Trump's strategy (if you can call it that) of bullying, harassing and, at times, humiliating his primary opponents has proven far more successful than anyone could have predicted

Fox host shreds Ted Cruz over Obamacare falsehoods: More people have jobs and health insurance


Fox Kicks Off Black History Month By Bashing Black Voters As 'Slaves' To The 'Democrat' Party | Crooks and Liars

Ammon Bundy to appeal to another judge to be released pending trial, court records show | OregonLive.com
Tension in air as protesters face off in Harney County - Outside groups demand resignation of Harney County officials
Cliven Bundy Calls For Refuge Occupation To Continue . News | OPB
(2) Bundy Ranch - Notice to Harney Co. Sheriff. Share share share.....
STATEMENT and KEY FACTS as the Bundy Refuge Seizure Nears an End
Freed Oregon occupier Shawna Cox heading home soon, husband says | OregonLive.com
Cowboy Socialism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : their foundational myth that places them at odds with the government also erases a government that subsidizes almost everything about their lives.(super-moochers)
- Sovereign Citizens - A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement

ALS: 'Shockingly successful' Copper-ATSM mice trials show first signs of prolonging life : science


This is the atheist capital of America - MarketWatch - Seattle, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. have the lowest rate of religious affiliation



This Is What It Looks Like When Cancer Cells Form Tumors - Terrifying new video reveals how tumors develop in real time.
Babylonians used geometry to track Jupiter long before the Europeans | Daily Mail Online - Analysis of Babylonian tablets has revealed how they tracked the planets (much better article than DM brlow)
Babylonians used geometry to track Jupiter 1400 years before Europeans | Science | The Guardian - Astronomers discovered how to calculate Jupiter's position with geometry between 350 and 50 BC, predating work of European scholars by 14 centuries

ELI5: Why is it so hard to grip things tightly right after you wake up? : explainlikeimfive

Windows 95 has been compiled into Javascript so it can run Natively in the browser : technology

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Snow falls in Kuwait for 'first time ever' | Middle East Eye - Temperatures have fallen in Kuwait and a small amount of snow has fallen in the country

10,000 refugee children are missing, says Europol | World news | The Guardian - criminal intelligence agency warns pan-European gangs are targeting minors for sex work and slavery

Boko Haram burns kids alive in northeast Nigeria: A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children among people burned to death in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists
Over 100 feared killed as Boko Haram burns kids alive in Borno - TODAY.ng
Accountability: Nigerian Armed Forces' War on Boko Haram
Nigeria profile - Timeline - BBC News (chronology of chaos and corruption)

Spain offers citizenship to descendants of Jews who fled persecution during Inquisition | Fox News Latino




Bernie Sanders' Small Donor Fundraising Continues To Set Records - Almost all of the $75 million his campaign raised in 2015 came from small donors.
The New Anti-Sanders Super PAC Is Funded By Anti-Clinton Donors - Their attack ad did seem suspicious.



Oregon Standoff (@OregonStandoff) | Twitter
Karin Hildebrand (@Karimala1) | Twitter
Maxine Bernstein (@maxoregonian) | Twitter
OPB News (@OPBnews) | Twitter
The Bulletin (@thebulletin) | Twitter

AP News : Things to know about the Oregon wildlife refuge occupation
How A Digital Friendship Created An Unlikely Holdout . News | OPB
The Jihadist Who Wasn't via @intelwire - Joseph Brice of Clarkston, Wash.
- 4 remaining militants want pardons before they will willingly leave
Busy signals on phones of 4 remaining Malheur militia - 4 remaining militants want pardons before they will willingly leave
Oregon standoff Day 30: What you need to know Sunday | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff: LaVoy Finicum's family disputes police version of confrontation | OregonLive.com
Sheriff Dave Ward, the true patriot in Harney County's spectacle: Editorial | OregonLive.com
Oregon Town Torn Apart by Protest at Wildlife Refuge - The New York Times
Costs And Consequences: The Real Price of Grazing on America's Public Lands - CostsAndConsequences_01-2015.pdf (big moochers and still not happy)
Oregon State Police detective wasn't alone in bungling Pedersen-Grigsby case | OregonLive.com
Shop fire turns deadly in Kanab | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KUTV - Police and fire officials are investigating a deadly business fire in Southern Utah.

O.J. Simpson Drama Resurfaces Old Trial Packed With Familiar Issues - The New York Times
'American Crime Story' Finds Plenty Of New Material In 20-Year-Old O.J. Simpson Trial : NPR

Judge orders "Jackie" to turn over communications: A federal judge officially has ordered the young woman at the center of a debunked Rolling Stone article to turn over communications about her alleged sexual assault.


Positive fantasies about the future linked to increased symptoms of depression : science
The World's Best Science Fiction, Chosen By Scientists : books

TIL that in medieval Germany, married couples could legally settle their disputes by fighting a Marital Duel. To even the field, the man had to fight from inside a hole with one arm tied behind his back. The woman was free to move and was armed with a sack filled with rocks. : todayilearned
/ History of Female Combat / Female Single Combat Club)

First Transparency Report for /r/Science : science



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More than 2,100 pregnant Colombian women infected with Zika virus | Reuters

US warship sails near island claimed by China in South China Sea | World news | The Guardian

Turkey warns Russia after a new airspace violation - The Washington Post

Why does Sweden have more boys than girls? - BBC News - There is something odd going on with the ratio between boys and girls in Sweden. The latest estimates suggest there are 123 boys for every 100 girls among 16 and 17-year-olds. That's an even greater imbalance than in the same age group in China.


DEAD WRONG - A BOTCHED POLICE INVESTIGATION AND A PROBABLE WRONGFUL CONVICTION SHED LIGHT ON THE MURDERS OF DOZENS OF WOMEN IN NOVA SCOTIA.

Eschaton: No Wine, No Lunch - beginning to like this Hollande fellow.
Eschaton: Fraud - Really not sure how VW survives.

Judge rules FBI unlawfully refused to comply with information act requests | US news | The Guardian - court rules in favor of plaintiffs, who contend government was trying to shield itself from scrutiny

The Hillary Clinton top-secret email controversy, explained - Vox
- Congressman Who Led Benghazi Investigation Says He Succeeded By Hurting Hillary's Poll Numbers

A Chance to Reset the Republican Race - The New York Times
Will the Empire strike back? Hopes and fears in the GOP establishment. - The Washington Post
The party decides, unless it doesn't , in which case it's still deciding - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In a minimally functional contemporary major American political party, the party decides. In other words, if the current GOP is in the process of actually falling apart, then that would explain why Trump seems to be on the way to winning the nomination.

Bernie Skepticism - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Bernie Sanders's political revolution, explained - Vox


CNN Presses Snyder On Failure To Listen To Top Aide Who Said Flint Residents "Getting Blown Off By Us" | Video | Media Matters for America
Officials Warn Flint Residents That Some Areas Have Higher Lead Levels Than Filters Can Handle

- After November, then, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Mark Halperin, and John Heilemann arguably the biggest superstars of modern political reporting could all be without platforms


1 Dead, Several Injured In Shooting, Stabbing At Denver Coliseum - Nine people were reportedly taken to area hospitals.

Oregon standoff militiaman Sean Anderson is an 'abusive' radical | Daily Mail Online - Step-daughter recalls him as a violent, drunk and 'abusive' parent


Why Haven't We Heard From All The Aliens? Because They're All Dead! - Universe Today
Aditya Chopra - The Case for a Gaian Bottleneck: The Biology of Habitability


Audrie & Daisy review: teenage rape documentary is essential viewing | Film | The Guardian - Film is sure to provoke a national discussion after events that led to California teen's suicide -- and scare viewers from laying foot near Maryville, Missouri

Off with her head! Girls' disdain for Barbie is a sign Mattel needs to do more | Life and style | The Guardian


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- Zika in Texas? We have the perfect storm to allow virus to flourish
Was there ever a time when so few people controlled so much wealth? | Eoin Flaherty | Opinion | The Guardian - Two things are clear: radical new ways of getting rich have been invented, and things have probably never been this unequal since before the second world war

The crazy sequence of events that's making almonds cheap again


Russian fighter within 15 feet of U.S. Air Force jet - CNNPolitics.com - over the Black Sea this week i

White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden | Technology | The Guardian - Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and security researcher Ashkan Soltani says he has been denied security clearance for his new job with White House

US, UK intelligence agencies cracked Israeli drone data

France: If New Peace Initiative Fails, We'll Recognize Palestine - Israel News - Haaretz

Donald Trump Is Giving America Permission To Hate Women - When misogyny is amplified at the highest levels of our political system, it becomes legitimized.
Megyn Kelly Demolishes Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio | Vanity Fair
This is why Trump was smart to avoid her: Megyn Kelly just crushed the GOP debate - Salon.com - This is why Trump was smart to avoid her: Megyn Kelly just crushed the GOP debate -- She is now well on her way to cementing herself as the indispensable star of Fox News, with or without the assistance of Donald Trump.
Sorry, Donald Trump. But Megyn Kelly is a fantastic debate moderator. - The Washington Post - To fact-check Christie on the spot here required a total command of the details and a level of assertiveness that we haven't always seen from moderators in this election cycle -- or any other. It was a great moment for Kelly.

Politico implodes - The Washington Post - In what can be described only as a cataclysm in Beltway media, CEO Jim VandeHei is leaving Politico, the eight-year-old politics website that shook up Washington journalism

Elizabeth Warren Says Obama Administration Must Better Enforce Regulations - Shrewd politics from the Massachusetts senator.
What The Washington Post (and Nearly Everyone) Gets Wrong About Bernie Sanders - Every presidential campaign is necessary aspirational.
Democrats badly underestimated Bernie Sanders. That was a very serious mistake. - The Washington Post ("Dems" = Hillz + DWS)
Morning Joe on Twitter: ".@kasie goes inside @BernieSanders' campaign, Sanders says: Don't underestimate me https://t.co/EgSDnysWtH"
Joe Biden Says GOP Primary Is 'A Gift From The Lord' - "I don't know who to root for more --Cruz, Bush or what's that guy's name

The Republican Party Can't Rid Itself Of Trump, Even When He's Not There - His proposals and ideas came to the Fox News debate, even though he didn't.
- Ted Cruz Is Finding Out It's Hard to Succeed When Nobody Likes You And by nobody, we mean nobody.

You've Probably Missed This Key Struggle Among Democrats - Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing a very serious primary challenge. What happens will say a lot about the Democratic Party. (dirty Debbie must go)


Memo to the Republican candidates: The Flint water crisis matters. Read up on it. - The Washington Post

Oregon standoff: Video of LaVoy Finicum's death fuels rampant rumors, debate | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff holdouts now want pardons for all involved | OregonLive.com
Remaining occupiers tour refuge: 'Feels like a zombie apocalypse' | OregonLive.com
Oregon Militants Will Now Fight Their Battle In Federal Court - Most of the people who occupied a federal wildlife refuge for a month will be defended at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.
Four holdouts want charge dropped for one to end occupation | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff Day 28: What you need to know Friday | OregonLive.com
Life, Liberty & a Consequence-Free Existence - Lawyers, Guns & Money : If I ever need to explain how white supremacy is manifested in America to an alien, violent white people demanding that there be no consequences for their actions will certainly be one of the examples I use.
Voodoo Doughnut Creates Ammon Bundy Donut, Says 'Welcome To Portland' - The militia leader is currently behind bars in PDX.
The 1856 Handcart Disaster - Cholera, childbirth, Indian attack, drowning at river crossings, accidents, even cannibalism.

This Vehemently Anti-Gay Church Might Get The Ultimate Karmic Smackdown - An LGBT advocacy group hopes to secure the ATLAH World Missionary Church for its homeless clients.


Look at how much weight you're going to gain

Huge gas cloud hurtling towards our galaxy could trigger the creation of 200 million new stars : science
New Universe Evolution Simulation Is Most Realistic Yet | Video

Literally no fucks are given by corvids. Ever. : funny
Someone is pretending that he is an expert in your field. What is the single question you would ask to call him out? : AskReddit
The secret world of membership libraries : books
REACTION TO THE FINE BROS "REACT"?!?! (SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT) : videos


012816

Zika virus 'spreading explosively,' WHO leader says - CNN.com

Video: Being Inside a Category 5 Typhoon Is Truly Frightening

Man carrying two guns and a guide to the Koran hidden in a bag is arrested at Disneyland Paris as police hunt a woman accomplice/a>



Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren May Have Just Saved Consumers $14 Billion - Cable rules are changing after months of pressure from liberal senators.

Hillary Clinton and the audacity of political realism - Vox

Hullabaloo - Yet more Republicans in disarray
Politico Co-Founder Jim VandeHei Expected To Leave In Possible Shakeup - Politico is going through some stuff. (organs of influence failing)

- campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said on Thursday that his candidate would be happy to debate Ted Cruz once the Texas senator gets a federal judge to rule him eligible to run for president.
Trump's Veterans Site Directs Donations To Trump's Personal Foundation
- Republican debate: Seven candidates against the man who isn't there

How Planned Parenthood Outsmarted Its Accusers By Turning The Tables On Them

- The Official Investigations Into Flint's Water Crisis Are Shaping Up to Be Republican Hack Jobs
Anger in Michigan Over Appointing Emergency Managers - The New York Times - Public outrage over the tainted water in Flint and the decrepit schools in Detroit has led many people to question whether the state has overreached in imposing too many emergency managers in largely black jurisdictions.
Flint Officials Reportedly Knew of Polluted Water Over One Year Ago - The emails always have a way of coming out.
Should The Times Have Been a Tougher Watchdog in Flint? - The New York Times

Oregon shooting: Police fire on occupiers at traffic stop - CNN.com
The Public Lands

Chicago Police Hid Mics, Destroyed Dashcams To Block Audio, Records Show - Archer Heights - DNAinfo.com Chicago

Police confirm identities of family members dead in Chesapeake murder-suicide | WTKR.com - Six family members were killed during a murder-suicide in the Deep Creek area of Chesapeake on Wednesday.

Did Maine's Governor Just Tell Gun Owners To Track Down Drug Dealers And Kill Them? | ThinkProgress

- Father Arrested For Theft After Taking Daughter's Phone Vindicated

The Latest Adventures Of Richard Dawkins, SUPERGENIUS - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Did he tweet out an atrocious anti-feminist video made by the guy who started the harassment campaign against Zoe Quinn? Was he a dick about it afterwards? I think you know the answers to both of these questions!
Mizzou Professor Who Blocked Reporters From Protest Charged With Assault - The city prosecutor's office charged Melissa Click with third-degree assault over a November altercation with reporters on campus.

Barbie Has a New Body Cover Story

- Sexually transmitted virus strongly linked to risk of breast cancer - Women with abnormal cells on their cervix owing to certain types of human papillomavirus likely to be at higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life
Sticking Weed in Your Vagina Can Help Your Period Cramps | Broadly

Reddit, What are some "Bro," rules? : AskReddit - You can take the last beer or you can take the last slice of pizza. But taking both is just plain selfish.
Decembermouse comments on What are some of the unwritten laws of Guy Code?

Who was the worst guest that stayed at your house? : AskReddit
New survey reveals the book industry is overwhelmingly white, female, and straight. : books
ELI5: Why don't English people have "of the" or "the" in their name like Europeans who have names like "Mario LaSelle" or "Marco de la Rosa" : explainlikeimfive - Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana
Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner has died : Music
The Fine Bros from Youtube are now attempting to copyright "reaction videos" (something that has existed before they joined youtube) and are claiming that other reaction videos are infringing on their intellectual property : videos

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The admiral in charge of Navy intelligence has not been allowed to see military secrets for years - The Washington Post

Turkish journalists face life in jail over Syria report - BBC News - Two Turkish journalists face life in prison over a story alleging that the Turkish government was arming Islamist militants in Syria.

Documentary on radical Islam raises hackles in France : worldnews

What Happened to Jane Mayer When She Wrote About the Koch Brothers - The New York Times


Gates Foundation accused of 'dangerously skewing' aid priorities by promoting 'corporate globalisation' | World Politics | News | The Independent - Controversial new report calls for Bill Gates' philanthropic Foundation to undergo an international investigation

Limbaugh's Conspiracy Theory: Bernie Sanders Is Worried Hillary Clinton Would Murder Him If He "Forcefully" Criticized Her | Video | Media Matters for America
Trump 'Definitely Not' Participating In Last GOP Debate Before Iowa
Fox News Slams Trump Campaign's 'Terrorizations' Against Megyn Kelly - "We can't give into terrorizations toward any of our employees."
Donald Trump Could Do Something Unprecedented In Modern Elections - Donald Trump may be about to do something that has never been done in the modern presidential nominating era: Win a state primary without a single endorsement from a member of Congress.
Fox Statement Taunting Trump Was All Roger Ailes -- NYMag - But Trump is saying he'll only talk to Rupert Murdoch directly. -- Fox News is a Snakepit, and all those mentioned in the article are merely serpents. Stupid but deadly.
- Megyn Kelly: the journalist who dinged Trump's ego
Clinton: Nominating Obama For Supreme Court Is 'A Great Idea' (if you want a spy-state)

Oregon standoff: A timeline of how the confrontation unfolded | OregonLive.com
Occupiers leaving amid mounting calls to end the takeover | OregonLive.com
Ammon Bundy Urges Remaining Militants To Stand Down, Go Home - The leader of the occupation has called for those remaining to "go home and hug your families."
Oregon standoff: 7 occupiers held in Portland; 'LaVoy' Finicum dead (live updates) | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff news conference: FBI says occupiers had 'ample' time to leave | OregonLive.com - Oregon standoff news conference: FBI says occupiers had ample time to leave
Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum shot and killed while charging police, driver says | OregonLive.com
FBI tells Oregon refuge occupiers to leave as authorities set up roadblocks | OregonLive.com - In recent days, it looked as if about 40 people were staying in the buildings, including women and children. (fuckers. game over gtfo)
Leader of OR protest arrested, AZ activist killed in end of stan - CBS 5 - KPHO
Eyewitnesses knock down conspiracy theories about LaVoy Finicum dying with his hands up
Range War Redux - Bundy Boys In Oregon | Turning the Tide
original.jpg (Don't Laugh at Me)
Live video - YouTube

U.S. Shootings Since 1963 Have Killed More Americans Than All Wars Ever - Well, this is depressing.


Wounded Warrior Project Spends Lavishly on Itself, Insiders Say - The New York Times (support our scam)

Miami Doctor Accused of Attacking Uber Driver Calls It 'Biggest Mistake of My Life' - ABC News - Ramkissoon, a fourth-year neurology resident, can be seen in the video berating the driver, trying to hit him, and throwing items out of the window of the passenger seat, and ultimately trying to knee the driver.


- Scientists Move Closer to Understanding Schizophrenia
Antidepressants can raise the risk of suicide, biggest ever review finds - Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated, researchers found
Infants Need Free Tongue Movement to Distinguish Speech Sounds, Say Scientists | Linguistics, Psychology | Sci-News.com
Why the calorie is broken | Ars Technica



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Mahatma Gandhi statue defaced in India and scribbled "Long Live ISIS" : worldnews
Danish teen fought off her attacker - now she'll face fine. A 17-year-old girl who was physically and sexually attacked in Sxnderborg will herself face charges for using pepper spray to fend off her assailant. : news



Bundys in custody, one militant dead after gunfight near Burns | OregonLive.com
5 arrested, 1 dead in connection with Oregon standoff, FBI says: read the press release | OregonLive.com
Ammon Bundy Arrested, Follower Killed, During Confrontation With Law Enforcement In Oregon
LaVoy Finicum the Oregon militant beneath the blue tarp killed in police shootout: report
1 dead, 7 arrested after leaders of armed group occupying refuge clash with FBI | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | KATU
- Man joining Ore. occupation tells police, I will kill all of you during traffic stop
High-profile militant Jon Ritzheimer flees home to Arizona hours before feds spring trap
(7) Jon Ritzheimer

Sanders: It's A 'Mythology' That I Need To Win Iowa - Sanders appeared to lower expectations about his performance in the Iowa caucuses.

Donald Trump, Fox News and the implosion of the conservative media critique - The Washington Post
A group of high schoolers in Tulsa ditched class to sneak into a Trump rally and get this pic taken before being swiftly escorted out. : pics

Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo fired over deadly 2012 chase, shooting | cleveland.com
Cleveland Fires 6 Officers Involved In Deadly 2012 Police Chase - Cleveland officials said Tuesday they're firing six police officers involved in a 137-shot barrage that killed two unarmed people after a high-speed chase.


Lead poisoning strikes another US town - A lead poisoning scandal has struck a second US town, with schools closed in Sebring, Ohio Monday and the water treatment plant operator accused of falsifying reports.


Separate brain circuits for taste and calories helps explain the power of sugar

Latest Apple Earnings Prove The iPhone Is Starting To Struggle - Apple's cash cow sold fewer units than expected last quarter. Analysts are worried.
- Staples Lays Off Hundreds of Employees

Red Bull's 'Chain Reaction' Video Has Every Incredible Stunt You Can Imagine

Colorado city pays $262,500 to family whose dog was killed by cop : news
What is the worst possible way to be woken up? : AskReddit
The 2 Aussies that took the car keys out of robbers' getaway car had a hilarious TV interview : videos
What is something that you were surprised about being able to do? : AskReddit

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Zika virus likely to spread throughout the Americas, says WHO | World news | The Guardian - only Canada and Chile expected to be free of mosquito-borne disease

Refugee crisis: Schengen scheme on the brink after Amsterdam talks | World news | The Guardian

Uncertainty Kills - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Interesting find by Politico, but gets a key part of the story fundamentally wrong: uncertainty was one of the key talking points of hawks within the administration (above and beyond all of the other reasons they wanted to invade Iraq).


Noam Chomsky Says GOP Is 'Literally A Serious Danger To Human Survival' Although 97 percent of climate scientists insist climate change is real and caused by human actions, more than half of Republicans in Congress deny mankind anything to do with global warming.
The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election

The New Gilded Age Court - Lawyers, Guns & Money


Michael Bloomberg has no chance of being president. Why is he trying? | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates - The Atlantic - Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

Exclusive: Gov. Rick Snyder's Men Originally Rejected Using Flint's Toxic River - An emergency manager said no to using the river in 2012 after speaking to environmental regulators. An ex-Flint official said the governor's office reversed that decision.
Flint rewrites water testing directions blamed in lead pollution crisis | US news | The Guardian
Amy Davidson January 22, 2016 The Contempt That Poisoned Flint's Water
all just poison now - Flint reels as families struggle through water crisis
The Tragedy in Flint Is What Conservatives Mean by Smaller Government
- Jeb Bush: Don't Blame Governor Snyder For Flint Crisis, Blame Regulations

MU professor charged with 3rd degree assault for actions during campus unrest: Melissa Click was captured on video attempting to force reporters out of protest space : news

- Rhode Island Proposes NEW Insanity: Children Under 10 Shall Not Be Left Home Alone, Even Briefly Recall that this is the state that once wanted to make it illegal for a child under age 12 to get off the school bus unless an adult was waiting there to walk the child home.

Grand jury investigating Planned Parenthood indicts anti-abortion activists instead | US news | The Guardian

When chickens go wild : Nature News & Comment - The feral chickens of Kauai provide a unique opportunity to study what happens when domesticated animals escape and evolve.



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What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn't Know About Iraq (the plot thickens)

Child Porn Sting Goes Global: FBI Hacked Computers in Denmark, Greece, Chile | Motherboard - effectively authorizes an unlimited number of searches, against unidentified targets, anywhere in the world


The genie grown monstrous: How Donald Trump, the all-American Frankenstein, devoured the GOP - Salon.com

The rise and fall of Sarah Palin: plucked away from Alaska, she lost her soul | US news | The Guardian

This year's first batch of anti-science education bills surface in Oklahoma - "Teach the controversy" is once again dressed up as "academic freedom."

When the Water Turned Brown - The New York Times (connecting dots is hard work)

Florida leads U.S. in new HIV cases after years of cuts in public health | Miami Herald

Facebook friends are almost entirely fake, study finds | News | Lifestyle | The Independent - You can only count on about four of your friends, and most don't even care if anything bad happens to you

Bill Cosby wins defamation case : news
What is something common that people often do incorrectly? : AskReddit
What is your creepiest true story? : AskReddit
The Ring : Paranormal
[Serious] What seemingly innocuous phrase or term carries with it the most sinister connotations because of a historic event? : AskReddit
Snowboarding in New York City : videos

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Bush laughs at no WMD in Iraq - YouTube



Why North Korea's Arrest Of An American College Student Should Come As No Surprise

Announcing: DEAD WRONG, Morning File, Friday, January 22, 2016


Bloomberg, Sensing an Opening, Revisits a Potential White House Run - The New York Times
Eschaton: Billionaires for Billionaires - Yah good luck with that.



Rick Snyder's Misleading Claim About Who Changed Flint's Water - The city's leaders didn't start this mess.




Haka Wedding Dance Is Tearjerking Expression Of Pride And Honor

Redditors who have completely flip flopped social or political ideologies, what happened? : AskReddit
Transgender Positive

Google just published a free, three-month course on deep learning | The Verge - Get ready to do some deep dreaming of your own

What's the worst sex you've ever had? : AskReddit
One trillion to the tenth power : videos
Quantum knots are real: The very first experimental observations of knots in quantum matter have just been reported in Nature Physics. : science
Toronto man found not guilty in Twitter harassment trial widely viewed as a Canadian first : worldnews


012216

Major Winter Storm Could Cripple Parts Of Mid-Atlantic - Washington, D.C. could get more than 2 feet of snow.
Edward Snowden's Blizzard Tweet Was Awful - And we still have all weekend to go.
Study finds human-made aerosols exert strong influence on the geography of precipitation

C.D.C. Issues Travel Alert for 8 More Locations Over Zika Virus - The New York Times
Zika Virus May be Linked to Surge in Rare Syndrome in Brazil - The New York Times - the potentially life-threatening Guillain-Barre syndrome

ISIS issues threat to launch terror attacks in Spain to reimpose Muslim rule | Daily Mail Online

Trans-Pacific Partnership mirrors worst of NAFTA: Thomas Elias
Independent economists: TPP will kill 450,000 US jobs; 75,000 Japanese jobs, 58,000 Canadian jobs / Boing Boing


War-time 1,900lb naval gun shell found in central Vietnam | Society | Thanh Nien Daily - Unexploded ordnances (UXOs) have killed and maimed more than 8,000 people in Quang Tri, even after the war ended 40 years ago.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Confirms Five Dead, Two Critically Injured In Canada School Shooting - It is the country's worst school shooting in nearly three decades.

How Change Happens - The New York Times - Paul Krugman
Suffolk University Poll Shows Sanders Leading Clinton in NH Democratic Primary - Suffolk University
Clinton Steps Up Attacks On Sanders Days Before Iowa
Bernie Sanders "America" Ad Might Be the Best Political Commercial I've Seen

With Trump and Palin, Republicans get what they deserve - The Washington Post
A G.O.P. Majority in New Hampshire Pipes Up: We're Not for Donald Trump

Inside the Carson campaign meltdown - Behind the candidate with an inspirational life story is a campaign riven by disputes and backbiting.
National Review aims to take down Trump - The influential magazine turns to conservative leaders to make the anti-Trump case.
National Review Fails to Kill Its Monster | New Republic

Ted Cruz Forgets To Sign Up For Health Insurance, Blames Obamacare | ThinkProgress

New documents reveal how Donald Trump's racist dad inspired Woody Guthrie's most bitter writings

The Bundys and Rancher Anger - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Oregon Militia Is Stealing from All of Us - The Federal Government Must Protect Common Lands


Michigan Governor Will Likely Testify on Flint Water Crisis - Rick Snyder is done. He's toast.
As Water Problems Grew, Officials Belittled Complaints From Flint - The New York Times
America's lead poisoning problem isn't just in Flint. It's everywhere.The federal government collects data on lead poisoning. Most states don't bother reporting it.
Flint, Michigan's water crisis: what the national media got wrong - Vox - A Washington Post article from last December doesn't even utter the words "emergency Manager."
Rubio to Flint: Drop Dead | New Republic

The Dark History of Liberal Reform | New Republic - A new history of early 20th-century American progressivism puts eugenics at the center. (or at least near the periphery)

Effects of A Year in Ketosis by Jim McCarter | Quantified SelfQuantified Self

The Seven Signs You're in a Cult - The Atlantic

The Corporate University - Lawyers, Guns & Money : You just have to drown the bunnies put a Glock to their heads.




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Global temperatures in 2015 by far hottest in modern times. Not only was 2015 the warmest year since records began, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed. : science

Germany admits it cannot account for half of its 1.1m asylum seekers | Daily Mail Online

Israel warms to Sunni powers, questions US' Palestinian focus | Fox News

Vladimir Putin Probably Approved Killing Of Ex-Agent Alexander Litvinenko, UK Judge Says - Former agent-turned-Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko died after drinking tea laced with radioactive poison in 2006.

Stephen Colbert perfectly impersonates Sarah Palin endorsing Trump : television

Why the power is still on at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Democratic Underground - So in summary, Harney Electric Cooperative was set up to serve loons, not Loons of the Cowliphate.
The Bundy Family and Armed Resistance to Government Land Grabs Know the Facts
Oregon Standoff Turns Sour as Community Members Issue Ammon Bundy Stern Message | TheBlaze.com
- Our View: Don't make martyrs of Malheur occupiers
Rep DeFazio Urges the DOJ to take Action on Oregon Extremists - YouTube
Maddow: Posse Comitatus, "sovereign citizens", Jim Crow, the Reconstruction, and Cliven Bundy. - YouTube - Apr 26, 2014
Sovereign Citizens Getting Owned Compilation - YouTube




Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought - 'The Smith and the Devil

THE WHITE ROOM - YouTube
A guy in purgatory gets the answers to as many questions as he can ask in one minute : videos
One of my friends students wrote this. : funny
[NSFW] Forensic Scientists of Reddit, what is the most WTF case that you ever had? : AskReddit
Texas high school student suspended after carrying classmate having an asthma attack to the nurse : news
ELI5: Do morbidly obese people burn through all that fat before starving? : explainlikeimfive
jettaboy04 comments on What is your worst field exercise story.
Head transplant has been successfully done on a monkey : worldnews - Dr. Sergio Canavero plans to perform the first human head transplant in December 2017.

California wants to ban encrypted phones - CNET - A bill in the state assembly would prevent companies like Apple from selling its encryption-enabled iPhone on its own turf.
Oracle just revealed how much money Google makes from Android | The Verge - Google has made $31 billion in revenue and $22 billion in profit from its Android operating system - Google has earned less money from Android throughout its existence than Apple earned from iPhone sales in fourth quarter of 2015

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2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say - The New York Times

Markets In Turmoil As Oil Prices Plunge - U.S. Crude prices sank by 6.6 percent in response to a supply glut.

- Russian airstrikes are working in Syria -- enough to put peace talks in doubt - relentless airstrikes that have mostly targeted the Western-backed opposition to Assad (Assad and Putin now winning, Barry looking more stupid)

At Least 20 Killed After Taliban Attack University In Northwest Pakistan - The Pakistani army said four attackers were killed. (their children reaping the death they sowed)

Cologne Imam: Girls Were Raped For Being Half Naked And Wore Perfume


So, Uh, Here's The Full Text Of Sarah Palin's Bizarre Trump Speech - BuzzFeed News - A manifesto for Donald J. Trump.
New York Daily News Rips Sarah Palin's 'Stupid' Endorsement Of Donald Trump - Paper blasts endorsement: "Hate minds think alike." ("half-baked alaska")
Palin's Late Style: He Knows the Main Thing
William Shatner reads Sarah Palin Twitter poetry - YouTube
Meghan McCain on Palin's Trump endorsement: It was hard to watch - POLITICO - It is hard for me to watch her endorse Donald Trump after what Donald Trump said about my father'sservice
- Zippity doobie blobbity ROOOAR summa summa ice ice baby boom boom boom boom da boom boom can't stop this hammertime run run rudolph run right wingy dingy WINGDINGS Clippy bop bop ba loo bop tutti frutti. Amen and praise god.

Scott Walker: He Never Left Us - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - still providing Koch Brothers rule in Wisconsin, seeking to turn back a century of political and labor reform during his time in office. He is now decimating the state's civil service in order that we can return to the spoils system, where a public employee can be fired at any time for political reasons. This is the ultimate in New Gilded Age governance

Rick Snyder To Flint: 'I Will Fix This' - Michigan's governor said in his State of the State address he's very, very sorry for poisoned water. (promises to do better at killing people next time, blames Dems for their stupid regulations)
Michigan GOPer Investigating Flint Water Crisis Also Defending State Against Flint Lawsuit - "We want to know whose side is he really on."

Eschaton: It's Absurd That Not Being Poisoned By Politicians Is Political - Generally this type of thing has been going on for years. Anytime Republican politicians do stuff like, say, poisoning entire cities, the entire conservative-industrial complex starts screeching about how wrong it is to politicize politics! The meta-point is that it's actualy the fault of liberals! If only they wouldn't politicize politics, conservatives wouldn't have to poison everybody!!!

Oregon standoff Day 19: What you need to know Wednesday | OregonLive.com
Ammon Bundy is bad for America by Houston Wade | Kick! Making Politics Fun
- Novelist Obliterates The Bundy Militia -- And Oregon's Largest Newspaper -- In 194 Words
WATCH: Oregon militants sit silently as furious residents shame them for ruining their community
Oregon standoff leader warns feds: Back off | OregonLive.com
- Oregon governor defies feds to slam inaction on militants spectacle of lawlessness -- the Cowliphate.

Republican Lawmaker Meets Teens, Asks If They're Virgins - The high school students had met with state Rep. Mary Dye to advocate for expanded insurance coverage for birth control as part of Planned Parenthood's Teen Lobbying Day when she asked the highly intrusive question.

Sources: Lawmakers to Introduce Legislation Allowing Bankruptcy, Oversight for City and CPS | Chicago Tonight | WTTW - legislation aimed at an emergency financial takeover of the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools. This comes in light of an imminent $500 million shortfall within the Chicago Public Schools system.

Eschaton: Morning Thread - Echidne digs through John Tierney's writings so we don't have to. Important to mention that this guy, with his pseudo science, was a columnist for the NY F*&*ing Times.
ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: John Tierney And His Woman Trouble Through The Ages - John Tierney is a right-wing libertarian science writer at the New York Times. (Sulzbergers love their rightwing assholes, hate science, "Tierney" could be Maureen "I hate women too" Dowd's cousin)

Lawyer: Man Threatened CAIR Offices After A Week Of Watching Fox News

A history of violence: World's oldest massacre unearthed - CNET - The fossilised bones of a group of murdered humans dating back 10,000 years have been found in Kenya.

Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet | Caltech
How can a potential "Planet X" go undiscovered for so long within our own solar system? : askscience

Why Twitter Doesn't Work with Sarcasm, Chap. 823 - The Atlantic
Redditors who live or work in very wealthy communities: what's the most pretentious behavior you've witnessed? : AskReddit

011916

- The snowstorm targeting the I-95 corridor from Richmond to Boston late this week has the potential to rank among the most memorable on record, according to the National Weather Service
Environmentalists warn of disaster for Everglades if oil fracking bill passes | US news | The Guardian - Florida politicians are debating a proposed law that would remove right of cities and counties to ban fracking and instead give power to a single state agency (Lex Luthor at work)
Denmark Just Set a Wind Power Record...Again | Climate Central - turbines accounted for the equivalent of 42 percent of all electricity produced for the year
Oceans running out of fish as undeclared catches add a third to official figures - The Ecologist

Jihadi John dead - CNN.com
Islamic State holding estimated 3,500 slaves in Iraq, says UN | World news | The Guardian - Report says group committing abuses that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and possibly genocide

German police make first arrest in Cologne New Year's Eve sexual assaults - World - CBC News - Assaults have sparked a debate in Germany about integration

Former Marine Amir Hekmati describes what it was like to finally leave Iran - The Washington Post
Family of ex-FBI agent believed held by Iran lashes out at White House | Fox News


Al-Jazeera America - Lawyers, Guns & Money (wrong name)

- Bernie Sanders in Iowa: I can beat Donald Trump

Fox Host: Anyone Who Sees 13 Hours "And Then Goes On To Vote For Hillary Clinton, They're A Criminal" | Video | Media Matters for America (who needs facts when you can go to a Michael Bay action-flick?)

The Party Decides! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, becoming the first current or former statewide elected official in the US to back the real estate mogul for the White House.
Trump's bad bet: How too much debt drove his biggest casino aground
Rubio's Iran Tantrum and the Hawkish Loathing of Diplomacy (who needs it when you got bombs! baby)

Supreme Court Will Rule On Obama's Immigration Policy Before 2016 Election - The justices added an unexpected constitutional wrinkle to the case. (Texas in war with deporter-in-chief, Refucks will side with TX)


Tea Party Congressman Wants to Roll Back Clean Air and Water Acts | Lauren Windsor (and eliminate the EPA because you should just die)

Sagebrush Rebellion Warriors and Government - Lawyers, Guns & Money : the core of these protests is a declining rural economy of poor, older white people who see their power disappearing. Not surprisingly, Harney County is the most government dependent county in Oregon, but these welfare recipients (as well as holders of government jobs of course) look in bitterness upon the government
Exploit Your Children Well - Not only did he use the stipend to support himself, he also made them work on his ranch -- Catholic Charities USA, the largest charitable organization run by the church, receives about 65 percent of its annual budget from state and federal governments (new lows for the Y'all Qaeda Yahoos)

Fitzento comments on Flint water crisis: American city is still charging residents up to $200 a month for contaminated 'toxic waste' water
TIMELINE: Here's how the Flint water crisis unfolded | Michigan Radio



Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy says people judge you on 2 criteria - Business Insider - Can I trust this person? Can I respect this person? (can I fuck this person?)


LinkNYC's free gigabit Wi-Fi is here, and it is glorious (coulda been you, Cambridge, but you are focused on focus groups and preserving Comcast's monopoly)

Mom destorys Wipeout on drums : videos
Alcoholics of Reddit: What is your, "and then I realized I was an alcoholic" moment? : AskReddit

011816

- oceans warming at increasingly faster rate, new study finds - Ocean water has absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat and nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by human consumption of fossil fuels
The Next Great Famine - The New Yorker
Extreme Weather, Past and Present - Lawyers, Guns & Money


Fact-Checking The Fourth Democratic Debate - The three Democratic presidential candidates made misleading claims on health care, energy and guns.

- The One Weird Trait That Predicts Whether You're a Trump Supporter (authoritarian and sociopsychopathic personalities)

Hillary Clinton Readies for a Long Slog Against Bernie Sanders - The New York Times


Oregon standoff Day 17: What you need to know Monday | OregonLive.com
Oregon standoff: Occupiers recruit ranchers to stop paying grazing fees | OregonLive.com
Self-appointed (Federal) "judge" arrives in Burns to ask local residents to charge government officials with crimes
Freedom Fighter | News | Missoula Independent - When rancher Cliven Bundy engaged in a standoff with the BLM, a Montana man initiated a call to action to militia across the country. He considers it just the first battle in a war to reclaim America.
Two Arizona men in Oregon stalemate say Ducey had kids removed; Governor's Office says not true (video) - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona

Increasing mortality rates and whiteness as a marked category : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Gina Kolata and Sarah Cohen have written up a massive study of 60 million American deaths over the last 25 years. Their findings are even more striking than those announced in the startling Case and Deaton paper a few months ago, which found mortality rates rising about middle-aged whites:


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Cancer and Climate Change - The New York Times

Obama Just Got 4 Americans Released From Iran, But Republicans Are Still Criticizing Him - They also criticized him for not doing enough to free them.
Washington Post Declares '545-Day Nightmare' Over As Jason Rezaian Leaves Iran - The paper's staff now looks forward to the journalist's newsroom homecoming.
The American Prisoners Just Left Iran. But Kerry Almost Got Them Out Months Ago. - "We actually shook hands, thinking we had an agreement," the secretary of state said.

Sixty-two people have the same amount of wealth as half the world, says Oxfam
Just 62 people own as much wealth as the poorer half of the global population, a new report reveals, as the widening of the gap between the rich and poor accelerates. : worldnews


Baby, You Can't Drive My Car -- Amazing what a country can accomplish when it decides to invest in infrastructure for people instead of a perpetual war machine or corporate bailouts.


There Is No Evidence That a Sanders Victory Would Hurt Downballot Democrats. It's Likely the Opposite - New polls showing Bernie Sanders tied with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and ahead in New Hampshire is causing some consternation among conservative and corporate-friendly Democrats on Capitol Hill
Majority still supports single-payer option, poll finds | TheHill (you know, that extreme position)

Hillary Clinton Says South Carolina Dems Are One Of Her 'First Lines Of Defense' - The presidential candidates are debating for the last time before voters go to the polls.
DNC Chair Claims Weekend Debates Are Meant To 'Maximize' Attention For Candidates (Dirty Debbie: "maximize" by "minimizing")

Alan Grayson: I'll file suit if 'Canadian' Ted Cruz wins nomination - Washington Times

Is Nikki Haley Lying or Ignorant? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The answer is probably both.

Drug Overdoses Propel Rise in Mortality Rates of Young Whites - The New York Times (worst since Vietnam)


Oregon militia's behavior increasingly brazen as public property destroyed | US news | The Guardian

Tales from the Corporate University - Lawyers, Guns & Money ("study" funded by chocolate milk from "super, natural cows")
The incredible tale of irresponsible chocolate milk research at the University of Maryland - Vox

Drug overdoses are driving up the death rate of young white adults in the United States to levels not seen since the end of the AIDS epidemic more than two decades ago. : news
Surveillance and Control of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus in the United States | Chikungunya virus | CDC
Redditors who quit their jobs in a blaze of glory, what's your story? : AskReddit
If it only takes the Earth 23 hours and 56 minutes to rotate on its axis, why doesn't the sun eventually set "in the middle of the day"? : askscience
Reddit "Ask a Rapist" Thread Is Now the Subject of a Research Study on the Self Justifications of Rapists

Women instinctively guard their sexual partners from other women who are ovulating : science

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Burkina Faso, French Troops End Deadly Hotel Siege Claimed By Al Qaeda Group
Burkina Faso hotel attack: 18 nationalities among dead | World news | The Guardian - At least 27 killed in overnight assault by al-Qaida-linked terrorists on hotel popular with UN staff and foreigners

Iran Complies With Nuclear Deal; Sanctions Are Lifted - The New York Times (oil at $20 in 6 months)
Iran Releases 4 American Prisoners After Months Of Top-Secret Negotiations - Jason Rezaian is coming home. (Repubicans throw fits)
The 4th American Freed By Iran Is A Complete Mystery - No one had ever reported that Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari was in an Iranian prison.
Trump condemns terms of Iran prisoner swap as Republicans join in criticism | US news | The Guardian - Businessman suggests deal is unfair while Marco Rubio and Chris Christie attack prisoner exchanges under Barack Obama

Schoolgirls report abuse by young asylum seekers : worldnews
North African men suspected of stoning transgender women in German city. : news
Public kept in the dark about sexual harassment at youth festival - Radio Sweden | Sveriges Radio
- If we want Germans to accept Arabs, Arabs must also learn to accept them (that's not how it works)




Dow Jones Industrial Average: INDEXDJX:.DJI quotes & news - Google Finance - 15,988.08 -390.97 (-2.39%)

Why We Should Celebrate The Trump-Cruz Ascendancy by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
- We Have a Serious Problem
A Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - the Republican frontrunner has been doing massive construction in Atlantic City for decades now, and all of it has always been completely dependent on working with La Cosa Nostra. (Trump's mob ties)
Why the Republican Field is Incapable of Challenging Trump by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - A general consensus seems to be forming after last night's debate that Republicans are in the phase of resigning themselves to a Trump candidacy.
Have Republicans Given Up on Fighting Trump? -- NYMag
Republicans have surrendered to Donald Trump - The Washington Post
From Panic to Acceptance on Trump?

The Real Reagan by Jacob Heilbrunn | The Washington Monthly - actual record diverges significantly from the posthumous conservative mythology about him. (amnesia for the tax-hikes and failures)

Hillary Clinton doesn't trust you - Vox
Clinton Campaign Underestimated Sanders Strengths, Allies Say - The New York Times (making the same mistake again)

States lead the way in extending open-carry gun laws | US news | The Guardian
Number of Deaths Due to Injury by Firearms per 100,000 Population | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
gunsvscars16.pdf - Gun Deaths Exceed Motor Vehicle Deaths in 21 States and the District of Columbia in 2014
Gun Deaths Are Now Outpacing Traffic Deaths In 21 States, And Counting - Some studies say it's only a matter of time before this trend extends nationally.
Some Inconvenient Gun Facts for Liberals - The New York Times - We spend billions of dollars tackling terrorism, which killed 229 Americans worldwide from 2005 through 2014, according to the State Department. In the same 10 years, including suicides, some 310,000 Americans died from guns

23 officers called before grand jury in Laquan McDonald shooting case | US news | The Guardian - Names of subpoenaed officers appear on court notification logs released on Friday in response to public records requests from the two newspapers

Flint's water crisis: what went wrong - After the water supply was found to contain high levels of lead, evidence is mounting that officials ignored or neglected indicators of a growing crisis (o rly - Synder should go to prison)
- Obama declares emergency in Michigan over bad water

The Destruction of Progressive Wisconsin - The New York Times (one state over, another laboratory for the destruction of democracy)

In Maine, Local Control Is a Luxury Fewer Towns Can Afford - The New York Times (meanwhile, Maine is de-organizing)

Autism rates balloon, but controversy remains over universal screening of children | Society | The Guardian
Study links autism with circumcision | ScienceNordic - A new study suggests that circumcision increases the risk of developing autism. Pain could be a possible reason for the connection, says scientist.
An insight to the Denmark circumcision debate - Opinion - Jerusalem Post (Jews freak out)
Ritual circumcision and risk of autism spectrum disorder in 0- to 9-year-old boys: national cohort study in Denmark
Circumcision and Sexual Function Difficulties - YouTube
Explosive Danish research - Dr. Morten Frisch: Circumcised males and spouses prone to have bad sex life ; Balder Blog
Male circumcision leads to a bad sex life | ScienceNordic - Circumcised men have more difficulties reaching orgasm, and their female partners experience more vaginal pains and an inferior sex life, a new study shows.

My boyfriend walked into his uncle's room today to this : WTF (Mucinex DM - dextromethorphan - and anti-depressant interaction )
Cruise ship being beached at full speed : videos


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Stock Prices Sink in a Rising Ocean of Oil - The New York Times - Global financial damages trump the benefits of cheap oil at anything under $30 a barrel

More people in Europe are dying than are being born

German town bars asylum seekers from pool after harassment complaints - Yahoo News
German town bars asylum seekers from pool after harassment complaints : worldnews

Bill aiming to ban child marriages shot down - The Express Tribune ("un-Islamic" and "blasphemous" pedoIslamics)
- Bill aiming to ban child marriages shot down in Pakistan

Is Vast Inequality Necessary? - The New York Times (only to appease the anger of the rich)

Fact Checks of the 2016 Election - The New York Times

Trump Is Winning, And The GOP Can't Figure Out How To Stop Him - Trump and Cruz dominated the Charleston debate as the Republican race veered more sharply into the surreal.
Republicans have surrendered to Donald Trump - The Washington Post
At Republican Debate, Taunts and Quips as Rivals Battle - The New York Times
Marco Rubio Changes Course During Thursday Night's Republican Debate - The Atlantic - the Florida senator proved willing to betray his core beliefs for a shot at winning over Trump supporters. (sold his soul for less than 5 cents)
WATCH: Christie calls President Obama a 'petulant child' at GOP debate | NJ.com (big fat chicken has a projection problem, oh wait, he's a Repubican)
Republican Debate Recap - Trump Bullies Cruz in Charleston - Rubio is one very small step here from hiding under a tarp in an Oregon bird sanctuary. But his real piece de resistance was reframing his cowardly abandonment of comprehensive immigration reform as a bold and courageous move to keep us all from being killed in our beds. (whiny little panicky babies)
Republican Debate Audience Repeatedly Boos Donald Trump
Here Are The Highlights From The Sixth Republican Presidential Debate - Donald Trump said "the police are the most mistreated people in this country."

Ted Cruz Goes In On Donald Trump Over Birther Accusations
The rebirth of birtherism, schadenfreude edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money (all their lies are biting them on their own butts)

New York Daily News Gives The Middle Finger To Ted Cruz On Its Front Page
Dave Brat Criticizes President Obama for Using 'the Christian Tradition' for Political Purposes - Dave Brat doesn't like President Obama using "the Christian tradition" for political purposes.

John Kasich Predicts What Will Happen If Bernie Sanders Is The Democratic Nominee - "We're going to win every state if Bernie Sanders is the nominee,"

Hillary Clinton Is Botching Her Best Chance To Win - Clinton's gone all the way 'round the bend and has decided to ramp up unnecessary fearmongering, dispatching her daughter to New Hampshire to darkly warn that Sanders is gonna take everyone's health care away
Hillary Clinton doesn't Want Your Vote - Earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton, rather suddenly acting as a campaign surrogate, delivered a blatantly dishonest attack against your favorite old socialist Bernie Sanders - Chelsea Clinton has a masters degree in public health from Columbia. She knows exactly how what she's saying obfuscates the issue.


Michigan Governor Asks Obama To Declare Emergency Over Flint Water Crisis - water is still not safe to drink. (that would be the same Repubican governor Rick Snyder who put the poison in the water, sound familiar?)
- And there's probably no actual statute that says "poisoning an entire town is a crime" -- A group of Virginia Tech researchers who sampled the water in 271 Flint homes last summer found some contained lead levels high enough to meet the EPA's definition of "toxic waste" (drink your poison and shutup)

TIL there used to be an "Office of Technology Assessment" in charge of providing Congress with unbiased analysis of scientific issues but it was closed down as part of the Republicans' "Contract With America" in 1995. (making America stupid for like ever)

Checking in on Bertha - Lawyers, Guns & Money :


A Bitcoin Believer's Crisis of Faith
Gravitational wave rumors ripple through science world

What's a trap that almost everyone will fall into at some point in their lives? : AskReddit

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7 Dead After Islamic State Launches Militant Assault On Jakarta

Denmark is poised to pass a law requiring newly arrived refugees to hand over valuables, including gold or jewelry, to help pay for the costs of lodging them. : worldnews (sort of a "survival tax")

Danish 15yo girl who converted to Islam arrested for possessing explosives, sanctioning terror : worldnews


RNC Gears Up For A Contested Convention - The last time a Republican convention opened without such a clear nominee was 1976, when Gerald Ford led in delegates but lacked a majority coming into the convention.

Why I Will Never Vote for Donald Trump - The New York Times (your elites are scared but not scared enough to vote for Hillary)


Top Emanuel aides aware of key McDonald details months before mayor says he knew - Chicago Tribune (they call him "tiny dancer" in Chitown)

Upstate NY police seize $8.5 million in assets a year without having to prove a crime | syracuse.com


Investigate the newspaper delivery industry - The Boston Globe (but not your owner's stupid "cost-saving" decsions)
Eschaton: Where Did All Our Subscribers Go? - Perhaps the geniuses that run the newspapers should figure out how to actually get the newspapers to the people who are willing to pay for them.

Sean Penn meets God - The Washington Post - Ever since reading Sean Penn's article for Rolling Stone about his meeting with El Chapo, I have been unable to get his writing style out of my head. It was like he was being held at knifepoint by a band of drunk thesauruses.
When Cupid Is a Prying Journalist - The New York Times
Single, and Surrounded by a Wall of Men - The New York Times

What's going on with GoPro? - With layoffs and lower revenues ahead, GoPro needs something new. And it might not be far off.

Why Anne of Green Gables is a patron saint of female outsiders. - And why the makers of the new TV adaptation should take a few risks.

Reefer madness debunked as major UK study finds marijuana does not reduce IQ in teens : worldnews

A Mysterious Mammoth Carcass Could Change Human History - If those advances had already occurred 45,000 years ago, then people could conceivably have crossed the Bering Land Straight into North America around that time. By comparison, our current oldest evidence for humans in North America only dates back about 15,000 years.

Why We Become Such Assholes When We're Behind he Wheel -- 66% of all traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, and that males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.

What movie emotionally destroyed you? : AskReddit
Two Texans roped some runaway cows then gave the most Texas interview imaginable : videos
Want to save money by buying your own modem? Comcast will attack you with unstoppable pop-ups : technology
Skull of prehistoric crocodile Sarcosuchus next to a human : WTF
If you read 20 pages a day, this year you can read Moby Dick, The Grapes of Wrath, Ulysses, Lolita,War and Peace, Crime and Punishment, the Complete Stories of Kafka, and In Search of Lost Time by Proust. : books

011316

Obama Disses Climate Change Deniers - "You'll be pretty lonely"
Scientists say human greenhouse gas emissions have canceled the next ice age - The Washington Post

Crude Falls Below $30 a Barrel for the First Time in 12 Years - Bloomberg Business


US defense chief says Isis strongholds will be targeted by coalition in 2016 | World news | The Guardian
Millions in ISIS Cash Destroyed in U.S. Airstrike - NBC News - when one of its banks was hit


A U.S. Trial For El Chapo Could Expose More Than Some Americans Want - If you want to know more about how cartels work, root for his extradition. (and America's insane war on some drugs some people like)

Obama at his first State of the Union Address and his last one : pics

Here Are The Best Moments From Obama's Last State Of The Union Address - Ask Osama bin Laden
Obama Issues Powerful Rebuke To Donald Trump In State Of The Union Speech - When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn't make us safer
Obama Loves America So Much He Wants To Save It From Becoming Fascist - As frustration grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into tribes, to scapegoat fellow citizens who don't look like us, don't pray like us, or vote like we do, or share the same background
Republican Party Takes Aim At Donald Trump In State Of The Union Response - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley issues call for calm in wake of anti-immigrant rhetoric.


Will America Succumb To Trumpism? The World Is Watching. - If U.S. voters reject their country's unique founding ideals of diversity, inclusion and tolerance, then no democracy on earth is safe (the South rose again and destroyed America)

NARAL dings Nancy Pelosi abortion rhetoric - politico

Chelsea Clinton Said Bernie Sanders Would Take Health Care From Millions (she's not smart enough to know how dumb she is)


'Every gun in house is loaded' -- scare tactics rattle residents near Oregon occupation | OregonLive.com (the gunnuts are harrassing the locals
Rancher: 'I didn't know anything' about Bundy entering property, destroying fence | OregonLive.com (hillbilly vandals)
- The Oregon militia's bizarre PR tactics - from dildos to Facebook videos (dumb-de-dumb)
Militants Use Government Computers To Create Own Website . News | OPB - Fry also posts in support of ISIS.

Al Jazeera America To Shut Down By End Of April - But there was no indication that this sort of thing was coming

Prosecutors move to exclude video of drug raid | Crescent City California News, Sports, & Weather | The Triplicate - Prosecutors are hoping to exclude video footage of an officer allegedly stealing cash from the defendant during a drug raid, concerned that it will compromise the outcome of their case.


Former crazy SO's when did you realize you were the crazy boyfriend/girlfriend? : AskReddit
Naked Skiing and Snowboarding clip from VALHALLA : videos


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Iran holds two US navy boats in Gulf | World news | The Guardian - Reports that 10 Americans are detained as small craft briefly go missing but US Defense Department has received assurances that vessels will be released soon

Explosion In Istanbul Tourist District Kills At Least 10 - Fifteen people were also injured in the blast.

ISIS burns fighters alive for letting Ramadi fall | Fox News (that's a selling point)

Mumbai police identify 16 no-selfie zones after drowning | World news | The Guardian - Mumbai police have identified 16 dangerous selfie spots across the Indian city after a man drowned trying to save a girl who fell in to the sea while taking a photo of herself.


An extremely normal and realistic 26% drop on the S&P 500 is taking shape

The Impact of the Obama Administration - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - But what the Democratic Party did under the leadership of Obama, Pelosi and Reid during a brief two-year window represents at worst the 3rd most consequential set of progressive reforms passed in the last century. This will become increasingly clear in retrospect.

What's Happening to Failing White Men - Ten numbers that explain the roots of white male rage. (screwed themselves by voting Republican, mad at "government")

The 1920s in the 2010s - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Stand for me, not by me - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Reason #I've e lost count why I refuse to regard the Republican Party as a serious political party and look askance at those who think anyone should: br /> Why the 2010s Are Reminiscent of the 1920s - The Atlantic - America is again caught between nationalists longing for the glories of an imagined past, and activists invoking ideals the nation has never yet attained. (that imaginary past has been around for a long time)

Marco Rubio Has Painted Himself Into a Corner - This is something of a dilemma, or it would be, if the Republican Party actually were still a political party, instead of an unwieldy planetary system of competing interests groups and billionaires, all with their own gravitational fields, all affecting each other's orbits in bizarre and strange ways. Which brings us to Marco Rubio. (read it all, CPP sees it better than anyone)
Maybe Ted Cruz Isn't Eligible to be President -- Cheney posing as Wyoming citizen was a fraud (interesting history)

Bernie Sanders Has Edge in Iowa and Widens New Hampshire Lead, Polls Find - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times (feelin' the Bern!)

Eschaton: Casinos and Megamalls - The 1980s called, they want their dumb policy priorities back.

Extremist Members of Congress Complicate Showdown Over Federal Building in Oregon
Oregon judge proposes militia pay $75,000 a day for occupying refuge | Discussion | The Guardian - Why are people like you unsuccessfully attempting to justify armed people threatening violence on federal land if they don't get their way, by comparing them to unarmed people not threatening violence gathering in public spaces to express an idea?

Media Baron Rupert Murdoch And Former Supermodel Jerry Hall Announce Engagement
- Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall announce engagement - in classifieds
The Story Of Sheldon Adelson's Purchase Of A Las Vegas Paper Is Even Crazier Than You Think ... (and way down at the bottom we find) ... famed Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz

Chris Hughes Selling The New Republic After Rocky Stewardship - underestimated the difficulty of transitioning an old and traditional institution into a digital media company ... Bought it, wrecked it, dumped it..

Gravitational wave detection could be a false alarm | Science | The Guardian - Caution is needed over claims that gravitational waves have been found. It could be a fake to test the detectors and scientists involved
- Dark matter and dinosaurs: meet Lisa Randall, America's superstar scientist
The 40,000-Mile Volcano - The New York Times



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Mohammad Javad Zarif: Saudi Arabia's Reckless Extremism (our ally in death and destruction)

Neglect May Do What ISIS Didn't - Breach Iraq Dam (all that money)

Cologne sex assaults: Number of cases in New Year's Eve violence probe rises above 500 | Europe | News | The Independent - Police say around 40 per cent of cases involve allegations of sexual offences

Hospital Aided by Doctors Without Borders Is Bombed in Yemen - The New York Times (once the US did it ... )


The Obama Boom - The New York Times (remember the Bush Boom?)

Governors Get Smarter on Medicaid - The New York Times
Kentucky moves ahead with plans to dismantle health exchange | Fox News (Repub Bevin tells sick people to fuck off and die)


Arizona senate bill introduced to prohibit recording of law enforcement activity : news (laboratories of fascism)



Mega Millions Winners Might Not Be So Lucky: Jack Whittaker and More Unlucky Lotto Winners - The Daily Beast

The Stone - Nothing Remains: David Bowie's Vision of Love
Legendary Singer David Bowie Dead At 69 - "Blackstar," his 25th studio album, was released this month.
My Right to Die: Assisted Suicide, My Family, and Me | Mother Jones - Kevin Drum




Where Are Amazon's Data Centers? - The Atlantic - The company powers much of the Internet, but its cloud facilities are difficult to find.

011016

China's Hunger for Commodities Wanes, and Pain Spreads Among Producers

This Is What Really Happened The Night Women Were Sexually Assaulted In Front Of Police - BuzzFeed News
New years eve 2015, Immigrant riots in Cologne Germany - An eyewitness account - YouTube
(English Translation) Cologne Riot - Yet another first person account - 2016 Jan 07 - YouTube

ISIS commander killed in Iraqi air strike - CNN.com (for the 10Kth time)

Sean Penn Met With 'El Chapo,' And It Apparently Led To His Arrest

Death Valley by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - [T]he Porter Ranch gas geyser is fresh evidence that locking in our [fracked] gas addiction would be a climate disaster.
The Company Behind LA's Methane Disaster Knew Its Well Was Leaking 24 Years Ago | Motherboard
No Short-Term Fix for California Methane Leak - The New York Times
CA in state of emergency after methane leak | MSNBC - Chris Hayes looks at the catastrophic gas leak that has been spewing into the Los Angeles area for months.
Living on Earth: Massive Natural Gas Disaster Hits Los Angeles
Porter Ranch Gas Leak Linked to California's Broken UIC Program | Briana Mordick's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC
Massive gas leak imperils people, environment | MSNBC

Obama's Policy Legacy: The Nation He Built - politico Magazine - the changes he made while nobody was paying attention.

- Hundred Thousand Pentagon Personnel Under Total Surveillance


The Relationship Between Happiness, Income Inequality, and Economic Growth - CityLab - Economic growth alone is not a sufficient condition for happiness, according to a recent study.

Koch Tears Are the Best by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - If you needed anymore evidence that $100 million can't buy you a presidency, take a look at this Gallup report today.

Hullabaloo - Ignorance is power - agnotology, the study of deliberate propagation of ignorance ... low childhood IQ predicts conservative and racist beliefs later in life. (Satanology)
Donald Trump and the Other Wall by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (we don't need no educations)


Ammo Ban - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Got mayo? Militia members in Oregon issue wish list twitchy.com

The Texas Rangers - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - love of memorializing its own racist history in sports nicknames goes farther than just the Washington Football Racists and the Cleveland Baseball Racists. It also extends to the Texas White Supremacist baseball franchise.
- The Genocidal Unconscious of American Sports's Naming Practices - The Texas Rangers bear the moniker of America's most celebrated death squad. (not so un-conscious)

Texas Governor Wants To Amend The Constitution So States Can Ignore The Federal Government - Short of secession, it's probably the next best thing.

"Catfishing" over love interest might have spurred U-Va. gang-rape debacle


As suicide rates rise, researchers separate thoughts from actions | Science News - Better understanding of risk factors could help those contemplating taking their own lives
Physics' metamorphosis explored in slim new book
Human bodies don't contain 10 times as many bacteria as human cells, new calculations suggest. (more like 50-50 and red blood cells 84% of human cells)
Young infants have perceptual superpowers | Science News

Beyonci Joins Channing Tatum on Lip Sync Battle | Vanity Fair



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Era of climate science denial is not over, study finds | Environment | The Guardian - Conservative thinktanks in the US engaging in climate change have increased their attacks on science in recent years, a study of 16,000 documents finds. ("thinktanks" = lietanks +their base is old white male gun-toting confederate-flag racist afactual death-cult necromongers)
The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene (soon to be known as the Extincticene)

Bad Week for U.S. Stocks Dims Outlook - WSJ - In all, U.S. stocks lost $1.36 trillion in value this past week.

FBI Finally Completes FOIA Request 1,393 Days After It Was Filed; Withholds All 509 Responsive Pages | Techdirt

I went to join Isis in Syria, taking my four-year-old. It was a journey into hell
British woman jailed for trying to kidnap her children and place them under ISIS rule in Syria - AhlulBayt News Agency - ABNA - Shia News

I've never experience anything like that : Cologne in deep shock over attacks As police reveal that 18 of the 31 New Year's Eve suspects were asylum seekers, (Arab, North African)
Protests in Cologne after sexual assaults; 379 criminal complaints filed - Chicago Tribune
18 Asylum Seekers Are Tied to Attacks on Women in Germany - The New York Times
Unprecedented sex harassment in Helsinki at New Year, Finnish police report - estimated 1,000 Iraqi asylum seekers who had gathered in the tunnels surrounding the central railway station by 11pm, many of whom appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. (reaping the whirlwind of Bush/Cheney)

Eschaton: Other Countries Are Big - But, you know, dropping some bombs in the restive provinces of Northeast Philly probably wouldn't be heard from here in South Philly and it's only 10 miles away or so. Syria's about the size of Washington State. Libya's three times the size of Texas. Iraq's about the size of California.


A make-or-break moment for Supreme Court appointments - The Boston Globe - a lot at stake in this election. Nowhere is this clearer than in the US Supreme Court (but celebrity millenials will stay home if Hillary is the choice)


Muslim Woman Gets Kicked Out Of Donald Trump Rally For Being Muslim | ThinkProgress

Eschaton: Memories - As absurd as this election season is, I don't think there's been enough funny. Get on that, funny people. (McCain: "Like Hope, But Different")

For Republicans, Mounting Fears of Lasting Split - The New York Times (hatred-based party consumed with hatred)

Heavily armed men offer 'security' for Oregon militia at wildlife refuge | US news | The Guardian - A large group of heavily armed men showed up to the wildlife refuge occupation in eastern Oregon on Saturday, further escalating tensions and causing internal conflicts at the protests. ("showed up")
Oregon standoff: Harney County group asks Bundy to leave but takes on his cause | OregonLive.com - We ask that you organize your people, explain that your point has been made and leave in a peaceful and honorable fashion,
Catholic Church spent millions providing for paedophile priests
Over 200 Members of German Choir Were Abused, Investigator Says - The New York Times - led for 30 years by the brother of former Pope Benedict XVI were abused over a period of almost four decades, a lawyer investigating reports of wrongdoing said Friday.


Beaverton plumber fired after racist road rage rant | KGW.com - The man, who KGW is not identifying, can be heard repeatedly yelling Hispanic racial slurs at Khalaf and clapping ... Video cameras are everywhere now, so it can get out and your hatred will be seen by everybody ... Khalaf is an American of Jordanian descent. She was born in California and moved to Beaverton in 1992.

- Guns now allowed in Texas's state-run psychiatric hospitals (what could go wrong?)

New Video Appears To Show Exonerated Cop Shooting Handcuffed Man - Officer Matthew Taylor was cleared of wrongdoing last year -- but newly released footage has investigators asking questions. (oh, they surpressed evidence?)

- Prints of darkness: macabre vintage posters

What is something someone said that changed your way of thinking forever? : AskReddit
How did you first discover masturbation? (NSFW) : AskReddit

Light exposure and kids' weight: Is there a link? World-first study revealing light exposure plays a role in the weight of preschool children -- ScienceDaily - World-first study revealing light exposure plays a role in the weight of preschool children

You say advertising, I say block that malware - Forbes asked readers to turn off ad blockers then immediately served them pop-under malware.

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Islamic State Militant Reportedly Executed His Own Mother - The woman in her 40s had warned her son that a U.S.-backed alliance would wipe out Islamic State and had encouraged him to leave the city with her.


U.S. Economy Adds 292,000 Jobs In December, Unemployment Steady At 5%

?Huge California gas leak could take months to fix - CBS News
Here's What It's Like To Live Next To California's Gas Blowout Catastrophe

President Obama Holds Town Hall on Guns - He was taking names at his town hall last night.

An Oregon Militiaman Spent the Money He Raised for the Cause on Whiskey - Out on the weekend, where the seditious claques are falling apart.

Donald Trump Rally in Burlington, Vermont - Trump to Speak at Oversold Venue Near Bernie Sanders Headquarters - By loving Trump, you love yourself. By embracing his campaign marked by no ideas and not even the bare bones of policy proposals, you pronounce yourself willing to answer the question on which He, Trump has built his entire career.

Rahm Emanuel and Rick Snyder Should Step Down - And Rick Snyder, too.

Maine Governor Paul LePage Says Out-of-State Drug Dealers Have Caused Heroin Epidemic - Ladies and gentlemen, the governor of Maine.
Paul LePage Makes Racist Claim About Drug Dealers Named D-Money Getting White Girls Pregnant (painfully stupid and racist. look up Eliot Cutler fantasy candidate)


Researchers Just Made An 'Astonishing' Finding About Americans' Sexuality (people are gayer, esp. girls)


010716

NOAA Says 2015 Was Second Hottest Year On Record In U.S.
How China Is (Surprise!) Winning Its War On Air Pollution - Credit for those gains goes to falling demand for coal as Chinese heavy industry slumps, years of investment in renewable energy sources, and an increasingly robust policy framework for punishing polluters.

U.S. Stocks Tumble Again After More Chinese Turmoil - Chinese authorities shut down the market. Then they threw out the rule they used to shut down the market.
World Could Face Months Of Chinese Market Aftershocks - Trading has been halted for the day, the second daylong suspension this week.
SHCOMP - Shanghai SE Composite Index - CNNMoney.com (splat)

U.S. Tactically Surprised by North Korean Nuke (your CIA failing again and again)

What the Spat Between Iran and Saudi Arabia Is Really About | Craig Unger - The recent flare-up between Saudi Arabia and Iran not only exposes the ongoing Sunni-Shiite conflict throughout the Middle East for what it really is -- a proxy war between the two countries -- but it also makes the prospects of stability in the region increasingly remote

Tensions Boil Over As Iran Accuses Saudi Arabia Of Bombing Embassy - Iran on Thursday accused the Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels in Yemen of hitting its embassy in the capital, Sanaa, in an overnight airstrike, but there were no visible signs of damage on the building.

Thanks, Obama, For Confirming That It's Totally Fine For Powerful Men To Cry - Finally, in 2016, crying is not a sign of weakness.
Trevor Noah Has A Question For Fox News Host Who Questioned Obama's Tears - "There is something here that's not really believable: the fact that the rest of us have to share the title of human being with you"

11 Million Sign Up For Obamacare With Weeks To Go Before Deadline - The open enrollment period ends on Jan. 31. (more massive failure, Republicans want you to die)

The Obama Administration Could Repeat Its Biggest Mistake Of The Financial Crisis

Why Bernie Sanders Wants To Make Credit Rating Agencies Into Nonprofits - The presidential hopeful says the industry has a major conflict of interest. He's not wrong. (see Big Short)

This Is How Big A Clusterf#$k The GOP Primary Has Become

Rubio Less Crazy Than Trump, Still Not Moderate -- NYMag - Being Less Crazy Than Donald Trump Does Not Make Marco Rubio "moderate"

How Michigan literally poisoned an entire city to save a few bucks - Trying to be cheap on Flint's water supply will end up costing the state of Michigan (and probably the country as a whole) a ton more money than it would have to fix it properly in the first place. (Rich Snyder, Republican asshole)

alicublog: WHEN LAST WE LEFT OUR HEROES.... - This week Conor Friedersdorf cried The people united will never be defeated! and asked his brothers and sisters to make common cause with the Bundy gang in Oregon because they, too, are against mandatory minimums

DNC chair: Young women have been complacent since Roe. Young women: WTF? - Vox (anti-pot psychotic Dirty Debbie, Rahmbo-protege continues trying to destroy Democratic Party with her cluelessness)

Exclusive: Lawyers Went to Rahm Emanuel, Then Quashed the Laquan McDonald Video - The Daily Beast - The mayor's men demanded that dashcam video be kept confidential for at least several years as part of a $5 million settlement with the teenager's family (time to go, asshole)

Video: Woman Lay In Hospital Parking Lot For 18 Minutes Before Dying - Attorneys for the family of Barbara Dawson renewed their charges of negligence against Liberty Calhoun Hospital and Blountstown Police as multiple state agencies continue their investigation into Dawson's Dec. 21 death.

What You Need To Know About The Government's New Dietary Rules - Most experts are disappointed. (written by big-ag industrifarms)

New York Medical Marijuana Program Begins -- And No One Is Excited - A lack dispensaries and participating doctors will likely cripple the pot program. (otherwise known as "the Massachusetts strategy")

When Liberals Attack Social Science -- Science of Us - Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science
Alice Dreger's disingenuous campaign against transgender activism
julia serano - Debunking Psychological Diagnoses and Theories about Transsexual and Transgender People
The real autogynephilia deniers
Sexology's war on transgender children / Boing Boing
How to Write a "Political Correctness Run Amok" Article

Men Don't Realize The Sexual Dysfunction Risks Of Prostate Surgery Risks include the inability to achieve erections or ejaculate.
The Entire Observable Universe, Captured In One Stunning Image

No Winner In $500 Million Powerball Lottery, Official Says - The estimated prize for Saturday's drawing is $675 million!


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North Korea Says It Successfully Tested Hydrogen Nuclear Bomb - The announcement -- which has not been verified -- followed detection of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake near North Korea's known nuclear test site.
Big earthquake detected near North Korean nuclear site: Reports North Korea says it has the 'H-bomb of justice' after nuclear test
When Will China Finally Abandon the Loons in North Korea? | Mother Jones


Cologne victim of "African and Arab" sex assaults describes ordeal - sex mob as police say they are gang of distraction
Cologne attacks: mayor lambasted for telling women to keep men at arm's length | World news | The Guardian - Henriette Reker urges women to avoid being in close proximity to strangers to prevent sexual harassment


Purity, Disgust and Donald Trump - The New York Times

Ann Coulter Now Suggests Ted Cruz Isn't A Natural Born Citizen < br />
Debbie Wasserman Schultz Thinks Young Women Are Complacent - The New York Times - one of a dwindling number of progressive politicians who oppose legalization of even the medical use of marijuana.

Harney County Sheriff: Armed Occupiers Will Face Charges . News | OPB
Tweet linking militia leader to Rosa Parks a hoax: brother - NY Daily News
Ammon Bundy took out $530,000 federal loan - CNN.com
Law Enforcement Confirms Militiamen Are Free To Come and Go From Refuge
Those Jamokes In Oregon Aren't Terrorists, They're Jamokes
World Wide Words: Jamoke (jamocha and moke and mook)
Gun Store Owner Who Gave Trump a Rifle Has Armed Standoff with CNN Hosts | Mediaite - If you've ever wondered what it would look like if a First Order stormtrooper did a cable news hit while his armor was at the dry cleaners, today is your lucky day

Sagebrush Rebellion Politics - Lawyers, Guns & Money


Grand jury indicts DPS trooper who arrested Sandra Bland - Houston Chronicle


Galileo's Middle Finger and the politics of science - Lawyers, Guns & Money


010516

Melting of massive ice 'lid' resulted in huge release of CO2 at the end of the ice age - However, the new findings suggest that although a decrease in the density of the deep ocean did occur, it happened much later than the rise in atmospheric CO2, suggesting that other mechanisms must be responsible for the release of CO2 from the oceans at the end of the last ice age.

- A Redaction Re-Visited: NSA Targeted "The Two Leading" Encryption Chips

- A British exit could be just the start of Europe's unraveling in 2016 (75 years of refugee crises)

Several Newspapers Publish Scathing Editorials On Saudi Arabia - Western news outlets fear consequences across the Middle East and want the U.S. to take a tougher stance. (when you're owned by both Israel and SA)
How Relations Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Reached A Breaking Point - The two countries have never been friends, but the increased tensions in recent months have a lot to do with the United States.

- About 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened, or sexually molested, and one woman said she was raped - officers described the men as looking as if they were from "the Arab or North African region" and mostly between 18 and 35 years old.

Donald Trump's first TV ad shows migrants 'at the southern border,' but they're actually in Morocco | PolitiFact (they did it on purpose one brown skin is as good as another)

Clinton: Aliens may have visited us already | TheHill - I think we may have been [visited already]. We don't know for sure

What the Bernie Sanders Die-Hards Fail to Realize (principled millenials would prefer a Republican apocalypse)
20 stats about Social Security in 2016 - Business Insider (lots of solutions to the "problem" of old moochers)

Gun Control and American Politics in 2016 - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Obama is "illegitimate ruler)

Internet Reactions To Bundy Militia Snack Request | UPROXX
Authorities plan to cut off power to militia at occupied Oregon refuge | US news | The Guardian - Armed militants will begin their third day at the wildlife refuge and have vowed to remain for months in protest at over the treatment of two local cattle ranchers
Meet Some of the Crazies Fighting the Government in Oregon - They include a former staff sergeant and a border-control activist.
False Flag of Convenience - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The New York Second is no longer the shortest measurement of time. It has been replaced by the Patriot Planck. That is, the amount of time it takes for the SIG-stroking jugheads and their fans to scream "False Flag!" when a fellow jughead does something that is so unpopular that they can't shrug it off of as liberal media bias (the conspiracy just went meta)
The black man always has it better, malheureusement - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In Oregon, the Give us snacks or give us death movement has achieved the airing of racist resentments phase.
Leader Of Oregon Militants Is No Match For Megyn Kelly - The Fox News host's response to Ammon Bundy is perfect.

Anti-Government Extremist Groups Are A Uniquely American Problem - ...And it's growing ... renewed scrutiny to American right-wing, anti-government extremist groups -- a population whose numbers surged in the 1990s and are on the rise once again ... 276 anti-government militia groups in the U.S., a 37 percent jump from 2014

- Kenney restores"sanctuary city" status

- ACLU Wants Students at NJ Elementary School to Stop Saying "God Bless America"

Eschaton: What The Fuckity Fuck - Gov. Rick Snyder quietly helped deliver 1,500 water filters to Flint last month -- even as state officials gave assurances that the city's tap water was safe and meeting all regulatory standards.
Justice Department Investigating Toxic Tap Water In Flint - High lead levels in Flint's water could have harmed thousands of city kids.

Here Are The Complete And Creepy Accusations Against Bill Cosby

Academics And Politics - The New York Times - Overall, the evidence looks a lot more consistent with a story that has academics rejecting a conservative party that has moved sharply right than it does with a story in which academics have moved left. (anti-factual party)

Uber and Employment - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Stephen Greenhouse has your must-read long-read of the day in his exposi of Uber and the argument that their drivers are not employees.

Blowhards, Beware: Megyn Kelly Will Slay You Now | Vanity Fair (in your heart you know she's hot)

New Indiana Bill Aims To Fine Trans People For Using The 'Wrong' Bathroom - The bill constitutes "lining up the potty police to stand at doors of bathrooms," Chris Paulsen tells HuffPost Live.

Late-Night Snacking May Have A Surprising Effect On Your Memory (no suger before bedtime)




010416

This Year's El Niqo Is On Track To Rival The Worst On Record - NASA says the destructive weather system "shows no signs of waning"
Large and increasing methane emissions from northern lakes - With climate warming, particularly at high northern latitudes, longer ice-free seasons in combination with permafrost thaw is likely to fuel methane release from lakes, potentially causing their emissions to increase 20-50 precent before the end of this century. Such a change would likely generate a positive feedback on future warming, causing emissions to increase even further.
Wind, solar power soaring in spite of bargain prices for fossil fuels - The Washington Post

U.S. Stocks Fall After Chinese Markets Plummet - Losses in China were bad enough to close stock markets for the day.
DOW falls 450 points, its worst opening day in 84 years. : news
A Guide to China's Stock Market Crisis | Fox Business

worldnews: search results (Flair: Refugees) (Republican-created world crisis grows)

A virus linked to shrinking newborns' brains is spreading reapidly beyond Brazil

- Saudi Arabia stews in policy hell: Spengler - mass executions in Saudi Arabia suggest panic at the highest level of the monarchy. The action is without precedent, even by the grim standards of Saudi repression
Exclusive: UK Government urged to reveal its role in getting Saudi Arabia onto UN Human Rights Council | UK Politics | News | The Independent - Liberal Democrat and Green Party leaders call on David Cameron to reveal whether British government supported Saudi bid - "Based on the evidence, we remain deeply concerned that the UK may have contracted to elect the world's most misogynistic regime as a world judge of human rights." (and Barry?)
Saudi Arabia says to cut flights, trade with Iran, ban visits | Agricultural Commodities | Reuters
Saudi Allies Scale Down Diplomatic Ties To Iran - The tiny island kingdom of Bahrain announced it would sever its ties completely from Iran, as Saudi Arabia did late on Sunday. (Sunni-Shi'a split heats up, gtfo already)

Teachers executed in Mosul for refusing ISIS school curriculum
UN rights monitor on Palestinian territories quits over lack of access - Yahoo News - complaining that Israel had never granted him access to areas he is meant to monitor.

Deadly Siege At Indian Air Force Base Enters Third Day - Five gunmen and seven troops have been killed since the attack began.

In Yet Another Alleged Hate Crime, Elderly Sikh Stabbed To Death In US (land of the stupid)

Why This Was the Year the Traditional Presidential Campaign Died ? | Mother Jones

Donald Trump Highlights Anti-Muslim Stance In His First TV Ad - The commercial touts his call to block Muslims from entering the United States.

U.S. Troops Suspected Of Sexually Assaulting Military Dependents: Report - For a profession that prides itself on honor and discipline, any episodes of abuse cast a pall ... Child sex-assault cases are not included in the Defense Department's annual report to Congress on sexual assaults, which focuses primarily on adult-on-adult incidents (just a small oversight)

Obama's Second Term Could Be The Most Consequential In Recent Memory (still hates immigrants and drugs and loves killing people with drones unless they are white militianuts)

Eschaton: Crazy Ideas - I'm so old I remember when only sucky bloggers living in basements said this kind of thing ... "Social Security, which has become ever more important in retirement, needs to be expanded." (nah, cut those moochers they can die)

Scalia dismisses concept of religious neutrality in speech - Scalia said Saturday the idea of religious neutrality is not grounded in the country's constitutional traditions and that God has been good to the U.S. exactly because Americans honor him. (Jesus fuck, what an Constitutional asshole idiot +God gave us Cheney)

Oregon Militants Vow To 'Kill And Be Killed If Necessary,' But FBI Isn't Biting - The feds are taking a calculated approach to the ongoing standoff in Oregon. (calculate a few tanks)
Vanilla ISIS & Y'All Qaeda: Oregon Gunmen Mocked On Social Media - Self-styled militia comes under a different type of fire.
Explaining the long fight between the Bundys and the federal government, from 1989 to today - The Washington Post

Ban the Box - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday struck down a state law that imposed a lifetime ban from employment on as many as 200,000 people with criminal records in the state (operation enduring racism)

'Making a Murderer' Petition Gets 100,000 Signatures : television

More than 13,000 rape kits remain untested in Florida, officials say | US news | The Guardian - Backlog could take years to clear, with costs up to $32m, report notes - News comes after investigation found 70,000 kits untested across US (just wasn't a big priority for Obama's Justice Dept)

Diversity Policies Don't Help Women or Minorities, and They Make White Men Feel Threatened (that's not hard to do)
- Diversity Policies Don't Help Women or Minorities, and They Make White Men Feel Threatened - A longitudinal study of over 700 U.S. companies found that implementing diversity training programs has little positive effect and may even decrease representation of black women


Sugars in Western diets increase risk for breast cancer tumors and metastasis: Study in mice points to sugar's impact on inflammatory pathways as culprit -- ScienceDaily - mpact on inflammatory pathways as culprit
Promising progress for new treatment of type 1 diabetes - Uppsala University, Sweden - administration of interleukin-35 (a protein made by immune cells) to mice with type 1 diabetes, reverses or cures the disease by maintaining a normal blood glucose level and the immune tolerance.
The Periodic Table Has 4 Brand New Elements - super-heavy man-made chemical elements temporarily named 113, 115, 117 and 118 are the first additions to the table since 2011, according to a statement from IUPAC
Why does psychology not study the effects of religion on the mind? : askscience

- Reading books on your Windows 10 devices

Tor Anonymity: Things Not to Do : technology

010316

Why this National Review global temperature graph is so misleading - The Washington Post (lies are what they do)


Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after Nimr execution | World news | The Guardian - Riyadh gives Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave after two days of protest and the burning of the Saudi embassy in Tehran follow death of Shia cleric
sy Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Iran, Foreign Minister Says - The announcement comes after increased tensions following the execution of a prominent cleric.
The Nation That Executed 47 People In 1 Day Sits On The U.N. Human Rights Council - Saudi Arabia enjoys the support of allies like the U.S. and U.K. at the human rights body. Fiorina And Carson Defend Saudi Government, Which Cites Sharia Law To Execute 47 People


Mexico Mayor Killed Less Than A Day After Taking Office

Oregon Standoff - Bundy Family and Extremist Militias Take Over Federal Property in Oregon - Its roots in our politics are deep and tangled. (none dare call it sedition)
- Why aren't we calling the Oregon militia "terrorists?
Gunmen Seize Federal Building In Oregon - The men include at least two son She had, they said, threatened them.
s of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and have said they'll stay for "years." (what happened to zero tolerance?)
Eschaton: Patriots - The most Merkin of Merkins. (NYT fails to mention the "activists" have machine guns)
Open Letter to All County Sheriffs | BakerCountySolutions.wordpress.com (how they unthink)
A sophisticated standard of journalism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Ammo Bundy had many things to say to CNN - "CNN has not independently corroborated Bundy's claims" (why, that would require, uh, journalism!)
And the home of the brave - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Later, the men showed up at the sheriff's office to complain about the exchange involving his mother. She had, they said, threatened them.


Illinois Considers Allowing Recall Attempts Of Chicago Mayor - Illinois state law currently addresses only the recall of a governor.



010216


A generation of failed politicians has trapped the west in a tawdry nightmare | Pankaj Mishra | Opinion | The Guardian - A cosseted, arrogant elite has presided over a swift decay in the very liberal values it claims, with bombs and guns, to be defending

Al-Shabab terror group uses Donald Trump soundbite in purported propaganda video - CBS News - Terror group al-Shabab, al-Qaeda's Somalia-based affiliate, is using a clip from Donald Trump in a purported Islamist propaganda vide

Eschaton: Buddy Pine - Yes, the chief villain. Right wing talk radio and blogs do nothing but talk about Chuck Schumer all day long. Kudos to getting the NYT to type this up, though I suppose that isn't that hard (never is)

The Big Problem With The FBI's Tracking Of Fatal Shootings By Police - A Washington Post senior editor says the agency did "a very poor job." (killer cops tracking killer cops ... what could go wrong?)


Scientists have used groundbreaking technology to figure out how the Earth looked a billion years ago - Quartz - first Kenorland, which would have broken up some 2.4 billion years ago, then Nuna, and after that, about 1 billion years ago, Rodinia.

Your Brain On Audio Books: Distracted, Forgetful, And Bored

How the Internet changed the way we read : TrueReddit
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
What other subreddits do you get lost in for hours? : RedditForGrownups

The Website Obesity Crisis

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- Happy New Year, It's going to be a doozy - I finally saw Spotlight over the weekend, and it is everything everyone said it was. (for the history and omissions)

France mosque attack: Soldiers open fire on car 'attempting to ram mosque' | Europe | News | The Independent - Three soldiers were reportedly injured, there also appear to be injuries among worshippers at the mosque in Valence, Drome

China's New Spy Airship Hunts Aircraft Carriers From the Edge of Space

Turkish politician jailed for almost three years after 'insulting president Erdogan on Twitter' - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
It's No Surprise That Turkey's Erdogan Likes Adolf Hitler's Government | John A. Tures

- Hillary Clinton was told Angela Merkel is against "Obama phenomenon" - she dislikes the atmospherics surrounding the Obama phenomenon, that it's contrary to her whole idea of politics and how to conduct oneself in general

Saudi Arabia Ends A Brutal Year Of Executions By Beheading A Filipino National - The country hasn't carried out this many annual executions in twenty years ... after he spent nearly six years on death row seeking a pardon.

TIL the Great Bengal Famine of 1770 resulted in the deaths of 10 million people, approximately one-third of the population of the affected area. The famine occurred or was made more severe largely due to the British East India Company's policies in Bengal. : todayilearned

TIL During Prohibition, the government deliberately poisoned the industrial-use alcohol that bootleggers were stealing and turning into booze. 10,000 people died. : todayilearned (and then they made pot illegal ...)


TIL Kenneth Trentadue was arrested due to resembling Oklahoma City bombing suspect Richard Guthrie. It was ruled he committed suicide in his cell after bashing his head and cutting his own throat with signs of torture. Guthrie hanged himself in his cell a day before a television interview over it. : todayilearned

2015: The Year in Trump Tweets Part I - Salon.com

Rubio Outraged by Spying on Israel's Government, OK with Mass Surveillance of Americans (he's bought and paid for)

Privilege, Pathology and Power - The New York Times - Wealth can be bad for your soul - Oligarchy, rule by the few, also tends to become rule by the monstrously self-centered. Narcisstocracy? Jerkigarchy? Anyway, it's an ugly spectacle, and it's probably going to get even uglier over the course of the year ahead (if you had a soul)

The Sudden But Well-Deserved Fall of Rahm Emanuel - The New Yorker - But then so much of the legend of Rahm Emanuel's brilliant career makes little sense. The bigger question, perhaps, is what this says about a political party and the political press that bought the legend in the first place.

- another sign the era of mass incarceration is slowly coming to an end
Two Ways of Dealing With Guns - The New York Times
Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths | US news | The Guardian - Final total of people killed by US police officers in 2015 shows rate of death for young black men was five times higher than white men of the same age

Chicago's sales tax now highest in the nation (10.25%)

Washington Post Claims It Dropped A Progressive Columnist Because Of Poor Readership. Readers Aren't Happy.


- The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors
2015's top 11 websites for insightful and in-depth articles

Reddit in 2015 : blog
What did "that bitch" do at your wedding? : AskReddit
ELI5: How did the term "getting stoned" become synonymous with getting high? : explainlikeimfive
In 365 days I lost 100lbs+, ran a half marathon and live a healthier lifestyle. New years resolutioners: You can do it! : pics

At C.D.C., a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk - The New York Times

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Freak storm pushes North Pole 50 degrees above normal to melting point - The Washington Post

Video: New Year fireworks: Dubai welcomes in 2016
Address Hotel in Dubai is completely engulfed in flames right now. : videos

Who Has Your Back? Government Data Requests 2015 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
- TIL Amazon, Google, Twitter, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Comcast and more don't tell their users when governments demand access to their private data
Microsoft failed to warn victims of Chinese email hack: former employees | Reuters - allowing the hackers to continue their campaign
The New WSJ Report on the NSA Has Some WTF For Everyone

How the battle against the Islamic State is redrawing the map of the Middle East - The Washington Post
- IS And Women. Part 2: Sexual Slavery And Rape of "Non-Believers")

Six more held over alleged New Year's Eve attack plot in Brussels | World news | The Guardian - Suspects detained after police raids in and around Belgian capital, bringing total number of people being held to eight

Response to Paris Attacks Points to Weaknesses in French Police Structure - The New York Times

Connecting the Dots Between Iran-Contra and Peyton Manning (Seriously)

Adventures in plutocracy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Thanks to the No Billionaire Left Behind Act and other assorted legislative reforms passed under the wise reign of Bush the Younger, by 2012 this figure had fallen to 16.7%.
America's self-destructive whites (lemmings following Reagan off a cliff)
Obama's skin looks a little different in these GOP campaign ads - A new study shows that negative ads targeting President Obama in 2008 depicted him with very dark skin, and that these images would have appealed to some viewers' racial biases.

2015 Golden Duke Awards Winners Announced! (Republican superstars)

Marco Rubio's Miami Vice Problem - brother-in-law. Orlando Cicilia was a major drug trafficker at a time and in a place that has gone down in history in movies like Scarface and television programs like Miami Vice for being notoriously violent and destructive.
Two Top Carson Aides Resign From Campaign Over Internal Clashes (ponzi implodes)
As Campaign Crumbles, Christie Hit with Epic BridgeGate Docu Dump (Big Chicken runnin' out of gas)

Kentucky's New GOP Governor Kicks Off Obamacare Shake-Up - But Gov. Matt Bevin gave few details on how he plans to reshape the state's expanded Medicaid program. (Tea Party rules) ("So basically Kentuckians have given up health care so they can ban gay marriage. Well I guess that's sticking to your principles")

Hullabaloo - The Washington Post just dissed the single largest faction in the Democratic Party - Progressives are the single largest faction of the Democratic Party, roughly mirroring the Republican party's evangelical support. And yet, the Washington Post is firing the one columnist on their staff who writes about the issues that are energizing these millions of mainstream Americans. (Bezotic)
- Today in Fred Hiatt's Rag -- Fred Hiatt, who has no problem hiring 312 conservatives who all say the same thing, has fired Harold Meyerson, one of the paper's only liberal voices. Why? Hiatt told him he wrote too much on labor. (in case you had any doubt)
'The Washington Post' Fired Lefty Columnist Harold Meyerson | Peter Dreier

Ties that bind: how the bond between police and prosecutors impedes justice | US news | The Guardian - The fate of police officers who kill often rests in the hands of the prosecutors they typically work alongside. Amid calls for reform led by the White House, a Guardian analysis reveals district attorneys cleared colleagues in more than 200 cases this year

A Crisis of Confidence by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Making a Murderer
The big problem with Texas's newest gun law | Fusion (meanwhile, in the laboroties of democracy and Supreme Court psychosis)

This Family Drives 350 Miles For What Could Be A Common Addiction Treatment - The Huffington Post - To Beat Opiate Addiction, A Mother And Son Must Drive Across Three States For A Hard-To-Get Medication (as planned)


- Daily News Front Page He said-She-said-said-said-said-said
Bill Cosby: criminal case opens door for dozens of women to testify in court | World news | The Guardian - More than 50 women for whom the statute of limitations for sexual assault has expired could now be called by the prosecution to testify about their allegations
The New York Daily News Bill Cosby Cover Doesn't Pull Any Punches - latest issue follows the first criminal charges filed against Cosby.
- The Bill Cosby sexual abuse claims -- 57 women and the date they went public (Cosby rape timeline)
The Smithsonian's Cosby problem only gets worse




Best Florida Man Headlines 2015 - The Year in Florida Man

Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal | Quote Investigator
Asymmetric love, part one: I'm going to tell him how I feel | Life and style | The Guardian

The Devil is starting up a school teaching the seven deadly sins and needs to hire an instructor for each. Which individuals, fictitious or not, have the strongest resumes? : AskReddit
At the entrance of a New Year's party I attended. This is how you keep things running smoothly. : pics
Queen's Freddie Mercury "We Are The Champions" isolated vocal track is absolutely stunning : videos
Sure, our union will sue you so you can attend your own wedding. : labor



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Defense Experts Warn of Nuclear Threat's Return to Prominence - It's real and it's back again. (Obama wants cruise-nukes and who the fuck is in charge?)

How ISIS Replaced Ebola as the Great Fear of the Election Cycle - Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves (any panic will do for a nation of panicky Republican bed-wetters +Trump, of course)

Exclusive: Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves | Reuters (their version of Supreme Court)


Germans claim Belgian nuclear reactors are "falling to bits" (slightly larger than New Jersey)
- Probe into Brussels lockdown orgy - Police and soldiers said to have engaged in group sex while Belgian capital was in lockdown

U.S. Spy Net on Israel Snares Congress - WSJ - National Security Agency's targeting of Israeli leaders also swept up the content of private conversations with U.S. lawmakers (win-win)
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TSA Sued By Miami Activist Over Mandatory Body Scans At Airports | Miami New Times (you are their porn star)

Secret Service Agents Involved In Deadly Car Crash In New Hampshire - four on-duty Secret Service agents have been involved in a head-on collision that killed the driver of the other car.


- Behind the Ronald Reagan myth: "No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill informed" (until ...)


More Police Officers Facing Charges, but Few See Jail - The New York Times (license to kill and get paid for it)

Bill Cosby Charged In Alleged 2004 Sexual Assault - More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault or unwanted advances, but these are the first criminal charges filed against him ... charges relate to the alleged drugging and sexual assault of Andrea Constand in 2004.
Arrest Warrant Issued for Bill Cosby : news - The statute of limitations to charge Cosby runs out in January.

3 Big Stories From Al Jazeera's Doping Documentary That Don't Involve Peyton Manning - "The Dark Side" highlights serious questions about sports leagues' testing policies.


Bristol Palin's hateful hypocrisy: She's now a mother of two, but still the biggest child in the family - daughter Sailor Grace (they live in a cartoon)

This person posts book reviews in 100 words or less. : books
Big Bang Theory Producers Sued Over Soft Kitty Song
Animator shares his experience of getting ripped off by big Youtube gaming channels (such as only being paid $50 for a video which took a month to make). Offers words of advice for other channels : videos
Happening now. Should we go tell them? : funny

After A Decade Of Waiting For Verizon, Town Builds Itself Gigabit Fiber For $75 Per Month | Techdirt (coulda been you, Cambridge)
The Cable Industry's Response To A Banner Year For Cord Cutting? Massive Across The Board Price Increases For 2016 | Techdirt

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The Terrifying Storm That Will Melt the North Pole This Week - The Atlantic - But later this week, something extraordinary will happen: Air temperatures at the Earth's s most northernly region, in the middle of winter, will rise above freezing for only the second time on record.


Isis jihadi linked to Paris terror attacks killed in US-led airstrikes, says Pentagon

Couple found guilty of 7/7 anniversary London bomb plot | UK news | The Guardian - Mohammed Rehman stockpiled explosives and asked Twitter followers whether to target shopping centre or London Underground

2015: The Year in Charts - The New York Times (missing the one on Republican insanity)
We Are Astonishingly Safe From Terrorism | Mother Jones
Obama The Job-Killer - The New York Times
Obama's 'job-killing agenda' continues to impress | MSNBC
Obama's Economic Performance Is Even Better Than It Looks | Mother Jones (Bush was a real turd)
A Bad Day for Republican Lies by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions - The New York Times - The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.

Ramadi Liberated - Will Cable News or the 2016 Candidates Notice? - Ramadi was liberated today, but will anyone notice? (winning the war on exteme fear by making everyone more scared)

No one will go to jail for shooting and killing Tamir Rice. | New Republic - No one will go to jail for shooting and killing Tamir Rice. That outcome was hardly unexpected, since the office of Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty actively sabotaged its own case with "expert" reports (American justice is very crooked)
Eschaton: Open Carry Of AK-47s For White People, Execution By Cop For Black Kids Carrying Toy Guns
Tamir Rice Shooting and Open Carry Laws - Ohio's Open Carry Law Does Not Apply to Everyone (they just followed "instructions")
The American criminal justice system is guilty of killing Tamir Rice - Salon.com - If, as the prosecutor said, officers followed policy in the killing of Tamir Rice something is horribly wrong (murder is their policy)
16 Numbers That Explain Why Police Reform Became An Even Bigger Story In 2015 - Many people said policing was plagued by serious systemic issues. Now we know just how right they were. (systemically rotten)

Ted Cruz Is Campaigning with the A-Team of Congressional Crazies - King? Gohmert? Brooks? Burgess? The gang's all here (team nuts)
At least 28 people holding BB or pellet guns were killed by police in US in 2015 | US news | The Guardian - The fatalities have prompted some lawmakers to push for tighter regulations on the design of non-lethal guns (but not lethal ones, of course)
Kansas: Couple Whose Tea Was Mistaken For Marijuana Loses Federal Suit Over SWAT Raid : news

Texas Strips Planned Parenthood of HIV Prevention Funding Without Warning : news

Dana Perino Has No Time For Y'All City Folk - In which the former Bush administration spokesperson reveals that she is Of The West ... "though I'd have to shed some of my big-city conveniences and haul my own groceries to my kitchen.

History for the Masses - Lawyers, Guns & Money (beyond A People's History)

Here Are the Rightbloggers' Top Ten Facepalms of 2015 | Village Voice


To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This - The New York Times

- I was terrified when my mind detached from my body -- this is depersonalization

Rob Kardashian 'diagnosed with diabetes after being rushed to hospital' | Daily Mail Online - According to TMZ, the star has become 'so insecure and depressed about his appearance' that he opted out of the extravagant occasion to avoid being photographed. (when the product is hyper-femininity)


The Most Popular Online Course Teaches You to Learn - The New York Times
Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects - University of California, San Diego | Coursera
Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity - YouTube
Khan Academy: Rethinking how we learn, David Hu at TEDxUFM - YouTube
The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! | Big Think
Why the Widespread Belief in 'Learning Styles' Is Not Just Wrong; It's Also Dangerous | Big Think

Girl films her progress learning the violin every week for two years : videos
What makes water such a good solvent? : askscience
What is a really inappropriate question you have always wanted to ask? (NSFW) : AskReddit
Women of Reddit, what is the female equivalent of being a "Tit man" or an "Ass man?" : AskReddit

Twitter cracks down on harassment with new rules to clarify what is abusive | Daily Mail Online - The new rules say no threats or promoting of violence, including terrorism, and there will be no harassing any other user via the platform No harassment geared towards race, gender, religion or sexual orientation Users can block, mute and report these types of abusive behavior

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- James Lovelock: "enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan" (so vote Republican)
No end in sight as repair work on California's sinking land costs billions | US news | The Guardian - Central Valley, the most productive US agricultural region, drives need for extensive infrastructure fixes

Refugee crisis creates 'stateless generation' of children in limbo | World news | The Guardian - Babies born to migrants may be ineligible for citizenship in any country because of biased laws and inadequate EU controls

Pentagon Thwarts Obama's Effort To Close Guantanamo - Pentagon officials have been throwing up bureaucratic obstacles. (yet they can invade a country and destabilize a region in a heartbeat)

Eschaton: Maybe Another 28 Friedmans - In private, top Afghan and American officials have begun to voice increasingly grim assessments of the resurgent Taliban threat, (and fail, again and again)
- A year of Taliban gains shows that "we haven't delivered" top Afgan official says (more freedom bombs and defense contracts needed)

Iraq declares Ramadi liberated from Islamic State | World news | The Guardian

North Korea's 'paranoid' computer operating system revealed | World news | The Guardian - Hamburg conference hears that Red Star intranet allows Pyongyang to control citizens' access to websites

Mystery of emergency landings of Qatari royal planes in Switzerland | World news | The Guardian

Israel's armed forces shocked at dismissal of missile defence chief | World news | The Guardian - Israel's armed forces shocked at dismissal of missile defence chief - grave breach of information security


Career opportunities - Lawyers, Guns & Money (education not the whole answer especially when it's super-expensive)
A Look Into the Future American Economy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - 1) It's hardly surprising that health care is the fastest growing overall work sector, although it's also notable that the single biggest category of job growth is wind turbine technician


This Was One Of The Safest Years Ever For Police, So Let's Put That 'War On Cops' Thing To Rest - This is not what a "war" looks like.
No Indictment For Cop Who Fatally Shot 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice - The decision came more than a year after the boy was killed while playing in a Cleveland park. (cop felt "threatened" shooting "reasonable")
No One Was Indicted In The Tamir Rice Case. That Was The Plan All Along. - The prosecutor made it abundantly clear he wanted the two cops to walk.

Here's How Many People Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana Last Year (0 vs 25K for opiates but ban the devil's lettuce)


Irish DNA originated in Middle East and eastern Europe | Science | The Guardian - Genome analysis shows mass migration of Stone Age farmers from Fertile Crescent and Bronze Age settlers from eastern Europe was foundation of Celtic population

Gene Editing Tool Hailed As A Breakthrough, And It Really Is One : Shots - Health News : NPR - , CRISPR-Cas9 allows scientists to make specific changes to specific genes in living cells.


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Paris climate talks: George W. Bush merits some credit for upcoming climate change talks - POLITICO - The U.S. president who doubted global warming science merits a spot in the history books for the upcoming Paris climate accord. (we create our own history)


Theresa May wants to see your internet history, so the independent thought it was only fair to ask for hers | UK Politics | News : worldnews (but she said that would be "vexatious")

China Kicks French Journalist Out Of The Country Over Terrorism Coverage - China said Saturday that it will not renew press credentials for a French journalist, effectively expelling her following a harsh media campaign against her for questioning the official line equating ethnic violence in China's western Muslim region with global terrorism.




Political Dark Money Just Got Darker - The New York Times - Citizens United decision that legitimized the new spending frenzy (they had a "rosy" outlook)

Brent Budowsky: Hillary beats the bully | TheHill - If Jeb Bush were as tough as Hillary Clinton in dealing with Donald Trump the bully, the Bush campaign would not be on the verge of extinction.

You Draw It: How Family Income Predicts Children's College Chances

Pornographic email scandal roils Pennsylvania politics - The Washington Post (white guys hating everyone else)

U.S. Predicts Zero Job Growth For Electrical Engineers: "IEEE-USA said government estimate is probably accurate" : technology - Companies need to focus their energies on investing in their American workers and in America, not lobbying Congress for access to inexpensive foreign workers

NYPD Officer Arrested for Allegedly Framing Man in 2014 Altercation Captured on Surveillance Cameras | NBC New York
Cops Seized Over $107,000 From Couple, Didn't Charge Them With a Crime (cops stole more money than burglers)

Frontier of Physics: Interactive Map | Quanta Magazine
Algorithm Solves Graph Isomorphism in Record Time | Quanta Magazine
Livetweet of Babai's first Graph Isomorphism talk (with images) 7 ptwiddle 7 Storify
Why we can't get our obesity crisis under control -- In the United States, we consistently stop short of using our most powerful policy instruments: taxes and regulations. (that would impinge on corporate freedom to kill you)
Deep Into the Darkness On Pluto | Greg O'Brien
BetterExplained | Friendly lessons for lasting insight.


Playback.fm | #1 Song On Your Birthday
PolyRhythm

XiuathoTheWizard comments on Project Management seems a lot like cooking a banquet.
What's the female equivalent of a fedora? : AskReddit
The scene that made Clint Eastwood the legend he is today. An all time favorite. : videos (Trump is an Eastwood wanna-be)
Where's the most outlandish place you've had sex or masterbated? [nsfw] : AskReddit
What was that one post you made that surprised you with how much hate you got back? : AskReddit

Ex-suicidal people of reddit, what saved you? And what keeps you going now? : AskReddit

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The Year in Pictures 2015 - The New York Times

TIL 13 of the 20 most polluted cities in world are just in India. : todayilearned


The man who exposed the lie of the war on drugs | Books | The Guardian - Roberto Saviano already lives under armed guard after writing about the Neapolitan mafia. Now he is determined to uncover capitalism's complicity with the narco-lords of South America
The man who exposed the lie of the war on drugs - Roberto Saviano already lives under armed guard after writing about the Neapolitan mafia. Now he is determined to uncover capitalism's complicity with the narco-lords of South America.

U.S. Foreign Arms Deals Increased Nearly $10 Billion in 2014 - The New York Times - $36.2 billion in 2014 from $26.7 billion the year before, bolstered by multibillion-dollar agreements with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and South Korea. Those deals and others ensured that the United States remained the single largest provider of arms around the world last year, controlling just over 50 percent of the market. (manufacturing and profiting from death)


As Oil Money Melts, Alaska Mulls First Income Tax in 35 Years - The New York Times (oil moochers)

The Sanders campaign is taking its fight with the DNC to the next level (it has Dirty Debbie's fingerprints on it)

Anti-Muslim group wants Muslim sheriff's deputy fired

Republicans prefer politicians with deep voices | EurekAlert! Science News (and big dicks)
Centaurs as a hazard to civilization


[Serious] What was your first same-sex experience like, if you've had one? : AskReddit
Girl on my facebook was all excited about her GPA. What the hell kind of classes are these? : funny - Stuffin, Sally Alley Muffin
Funniest post I've ever read on Reddit about a guy who discovers prostate stimulation. : bestof
Guts | The Cult
[Serious]What's your in-laws from Hell story? : AskReddit
What is something that you USED to be obsessed about? : AskReddit

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Chinese farmers have overused pesticides since the early 2000s, and now its devastating crops, study says : science

What Jesus, Mary And Joseph Have In Common With Syrian Refugees - The original Christmas story has echoes of the journey thousands face today.

Behold: How the US blew $17 billion in Afghanistan | Public Radio International (could have just dropped the fucking money on their heads and had much better results)

The Black Chamber | The Economist - The man who made Edward Snowden inevitable

The Implications of Russia's Mafia State

Taliban Chief Rebuked by Religious Leaders in Sign of Turmoil - The New York Times


This Christmas, Tune It All Out | Rolling Stone - Americans are just about the safest people in the world, but we're more frightened than ever

Eschaton: Heckuva Job - Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump - Does everyone see that the Democrats and President Obama are now, because of me, starting to deport people who are here illegally. Politics! (Do the Dems have a brain? Why is Obama doing this?)
Tracking Obama's deportation numbers - Border patrol agents no longer just patrol the border; they scour the country for illegals to eject. The deportation machine costs more than all other areas of federal criminal law-enforcement combined (biggest Deporter-in-Chief by far (for what?)
Eschaton: Life - Most people in the US can't imagine themselves in that situation. For various reasons, I can. Deporting people who have been here awhile is a horrible, mean, punitive, pointless thing to do.

Went to a Donald Trump speech on acid SUPER BAD VIBES : Psychonaut

<em>Scientific American's</em> Top 10 Science Stories of 2015 - Scientific American
How Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha became a civil rights symbol - On an April night in New York City, the Hawks forward was injured and arrested by the NYPD. This is the exclusive story of how, in the aftermath, he became what he never wanted to be: a civil rights symbol.



Minneapolis councilwoman publishes personal info of people criticizing BLM protests : news(a real piece of work)

I built /u/ZachSka87's idea: a website that shows random verses from both Islam and Christianity and asks the user to choose whether the Bible or Quran said it. : Lightbulb

Is String Theory Science? - Scientific American - A debate between physicists and philosophers could redefine the scientific method and our understanding of the universe
Does Modern Physics Count as Science? - The Atlantic


Ban his books, Alexie says, and he sells even more | Idaho Statesman - That's "how it is supposed to be done," he said. "But what happens is a handful of parents that are angry are trying to determine what an entire school or an entire community gets to read. They are interested in controlling people's thought processes." (anti-education stormtroopers)
Parents call cops on teen for giving away banned book; it backfires predictably : books (and then it went viral)

Ellen Pao talks about her departure from Reddit. Please don't downvote because you hate her - have a read, and see what you think. : Foodforthought

Christmas dinner is ruined : funny

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How Close Are We to 'Dangerous' Planetary Warming? | Michael E. Mann (very, see Republicans)
Christmas Eve 1955 Was Much Warmer | Real Science
Storm pours 4.3 billion gallons into Lake Tahoe
Killer Tornadoes Sweep Across The South - The storms killed at least seven people and left several others missing.

Heavily redacted Benghazi emails released on Christmas Eve | TheHill

Internet Freedom Is Actively Dissolving in America | Motherboard - Broadband access is declining, data caps are becoming commonplace, surveillance is increasing, and encryption is under attack.

- Israeli PM condemns video of Jewish extremists celebrating toddler's death
Shin Bet: Jewish extremists seek to overthrow Israel's gov't and crown a king - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

Farsnews - Russia Asks Erdogan to Keep Promise of Resignation

Syrian crisis: Pakistan against any attempt to topple Bashar al-Assad - Pakistan - DAWN.COM
U.S. Pursued Secret Contacts With Assad Regime for Years - WSJ - Effort to limit violence and get president to relinquish power failed

Brazil declares emergency after 2,400 babies are born with brain damage, possibly due to mosquito-borne virus - The Washington Post

Grace Mugabe has taken over Zimbabwe, opposition leader claims | World news | The Guardian

U.S. plans raids to deport families who surged across border - The Washington Post

Rove: Obama Should React to Terrorism Like Bush -- NYMag (he did create his own reality)

How Our Corrupt Campaign Finance System Enabled Trump -- And Kneecapped His Rivals - While the rest of the field hopelessly chases megadonors and their unlimited dark money, Trump is having the last laugh.
Trump, Obama and the Assault on Political Correctness - The New York Times
Trump and the media, made for each other - Trump on Putin Killing Journalists - "That's the way it is!" (Joebro and Meat Puppet)

The quiet impact of Obama's Christian faith

Sorry, Conservatives, Obamacare Is Still Working -- NYMag (Ross Douthat has a very hard time with statistics and reality in general)


Kentucky's New Governor Strips Voting Rights For Felons And Lowers Minimum Wage In Sweeping Reforms - 140,000 former felons, he also reduced the minimum wage for some state employees from $10.10 per hour back to $7.25 (fuck yourselves, KY)

Talks break down between Wheaton College, suspended professor - Chicago Tribune - suspended for saying Muslims and Christians worship the same God (Christianity not an Abrhamic rellgion)

Mystery surrounds writer's name | Las Vegas Review-Journal (the sleeze deepens)

OVER THE LINE: Police shootings in Georgia - Nearly half the 184 Georgians shot and killed by police since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back
Audio Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Released - Police radio recordings reveal officers repeatedly requested Taser backup.
Convicted of rape based on a dream, man relishes freedom after 28 years | US news | The Guardian

Americans are drinking themselves to death at record rates - Chicago Tribune - at a rate not seen in at least 35 years

Bank of America gets Twitter to delete journalist's joke, says he violated copyright

Feds seize over $1 million in cash hidden by disgraced Massachusetts politician | masslive.com - The money was seized this week by federal authorities as part of their investigation into John George Jr., the disgraced former state representative and selectman from Dartmouth

GUYS: What is the most awkward thing a girl has ever said to you? : AskReddit
GIRLS: What is the most awkward thing a guy has ever said to you? : AskReddit
Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. : news
Hawk brought down a drone : pics
Adventures in Twitter Censorship

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9 Maps That Show How Completely Bizarre Your Christmas Eve Weather Will Be
California's drought plus El Niqo increase the threat of a muddy disaster - LA Times

U.S.-Backed Iraqi Forces Launch Offensive to Retake Ramadi From Islamic State - The Atlantic - Iraqi government forces, backed by U.S. air strikes, have launched a ground offensive against the Islamic State in the Iraqi city ... U.S. intelligence estimates that only about 250 to 350 Islamic State fighters remain in Ramadi (against 10,000 Iraqi/coalition and US Air Force)

The Melting Away of North Atlantic Social Democracy - By J. Bradford DeLong (as we return to the Gilded Age of hereditary aristocracy)


In blockbuster poll, Sanders destroys Trump by 13 points | TheHill (and Hillary by 6, takes back House and Senate)

How Jeb Bush Enlisted in Florida's War on Black Voters | Mother Jones (no vote for you, ex-con)

America Is Becoming More Liberal - The Atlantic

Republicans are caught in a brutal demographic trap. But they can still win in 2016. - The Washington Post - To win, the report concludes, Democrats need to replicate something close to 2008 and 2012 levels of enthusiasm among the core Democratic voter groups that powered Barack Obama's two victories (the hopey/changey bank is empty)

The Republican Establishment Thinks Ted Cruz Can Save Them From Trump. There's One Big Problem. - return to the gold standard (which wacko neofascist do the elites support?)

Judge rules sexual orientation discrimination falls under purview of landmark Title IX law - LA Times

Kentucky bows to clerk Kim Davis and changes marriage license rules - LA Times - It's a great Christmas present for Kim Davis and for others like her" ("religious exceptions" to doing your fucking job)

Cafeteria Worker Fired After Giving Free Meal To Student Who Couldn't Pay (offered to pay the $1.70 herself, but no ... "Only in America does someone get fired for feeding a hungry poor child" +Idaho pro-lifers)

Texas Drops Planned Parenthood From HIV Prevention Program | The Texas Tribune

When Probable Cause Looks More Like 'Meh, Maybe?' Cause - A new ruling means tea leaves in the trash can be grounds for a drug raid. ("we don't need no steenking reasons)

- In the end, 2015 saw no "war on cops" andno "national crime wave"

The Typical American Lives Only 18 Miles From Mom - The New York Times (most of them in her basement)

An Unbelievable Story of Rape - ProPublica

FitzGibbon Media and the problem of sexual harassment in the progressive movement - Vox

A Christmas carol for the new gilded age - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Recently New York University, the real estate investment consortium disguised as the nation's most expensive undergraduate school, has been getting some bad publicity, for engaging in orgies of spending while some of its students are forced to turn to prostitution to make those pesky tuition and rent payments.

What if Sheldon Adelson buys your newspaper? Write about him, then leave | US news | The Guardian (mic drop +Adelson is a real slimeball)

Customers at McDonald's versus Chipotle - Business Insider - The niche interests of McDonald's customers' include watching movies at home, sleeping, and "sitting around doing as little as possible." Their typical professions involve the wholesale and retail industries, law, and consumer goods ... Chipotle customers' niche interests involve New York, dancing, sustainability charities, and going to restaurants and cafes. They tend to keep cats as pets, while McDonald's customers prefer fish.



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Higher Levels of Fukushima Cesium Detected Offshore : Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The weirdest omission of the Democratic debate ("moderators" not interested in climate change; neither are candidates +Raddatz: "can we have a first gentleman? who will chose the flowers?")

More Than 1 Million Migrants And Refugees Enter Europe In 2015: IOM - The symbolic milestone is driven by war, poverty and persecution in the Middle East and Africa. (but mostly American foreign policy)


Calls for David Cameron to step in after US bars British Muslim family from trip | Politics | The Guardian - The prime minister is facing calls to challenge the US over its refusal to allow a British Muslim family to board a flight from Gatwick to Los Angeles, to visit Disneyland. (who's running this crap, anyway?)


Will the Republican Party Survive the 2016 Election? - The Atlantic - The GOP planned a dynastic restoration in 2016. Instead, it triggered an internal class war. Can the party reconcile the demands of its donors with the interests of its rank and file? (Frum, his monsters got away from him))

- How America's dying white supremacist movement is seizing on Donald Trump's appeal - " his support comes from people who are more like me than he might like to admit"

- For 55 officers involved in fatal shootings this year, it wasn't their first time (professional killers)

Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Anyone For Sandra Bland's Jailhouse Death - The grand jury reached no decision on whether the trooper who arrested Bland should face charges.
First downtown homicides Saturday among 336 counted in Baltimore in 2015 - Baltimore Sun


Arizona GOP taps creationist chemtrail truther to lead Senate education committee - In March, Allen made national news when she derailed a discussion about gun legislation to suggest a law that forces Americans to go to church on Sundays.

Existential Riddles - The New Yorker

ELI5: The taboo of unionization in America : explainlikeimfive

Military Redditors, when you were in boot camp, what was the funniest thing you ever heard one of your Drill Sergeants say? : AskReddit - The rest of you should be lining up to suck his dick so you can remember what pussy tastes like!
Ping Pong Trick Shot : gifs

One of the most well-hidden Easter eggs I've seen in a video game to date (Battlefield 4) : videos
Holy mother of God I found the Sasquatch Peyote. : chiliadmystery

Researchers Report Possibility of Using Unused Human Pancreata to Build New Organs

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Safety Risks Contributed to Shenzhen Landslide, Chinese Reports Say - The New York Times - destroyed at least 33 buildings on Sunday was caused by the collapse not of a hillside but of a sodden mountain of dirt and construction debris in an industrial area. At least 91 people were missing

Snowden: Clinton's Call for a 'Manhattan-Like Project' Is Terrifying | Rolling Stone - Clinton's Big Brotherish proposal at Saturday's Democratic debate was both troubling and vague (not to mention stupid)



Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini banned from football for eight years by Fifa | Football | The Guardian


Cuomo Moves to Pardon Former Youthful Offenders - The New York Times - thousands of people who were convicted of nonviolent crimes as teenagers but have since led law-abiding lives. (dick apologizes for being dick)

Iranian Hackers Infiltrated Computers That Control New York Dam - The dam is a 20-foot-tall concrete slab across Blind Brook, about five miles from Long Island Sound ... after American spies damaged an Iranian nuclear facility with the Stuxnet computer worm (be very afraid)

Conservatives swallow this story whole! You won't believe what happens next!!! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : "At which point does society become utterly irrational? Is it the point at which we start segmenting off into alternate realities?" (become? ha-ha)

Today Among Our Benevolent Local Overlords - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Damn federal bureaucrats, trying to bully well-meaning local officials into interfering with the right of their local citizens to choose to drink carcinogenic water! Hopefully Larry Tribe can save us from this federal overreaching.

Silicon Valley's Homeless Population
An introduction to the geography of student debt - Equitable Growth - As median income increases in a zip code, so does the average loan balance, until income reaches approximately $140,000. After that, the relationship becomes flat. (don't take out loans in low-income/jobs areas)
Mapping Student Debt - Map 1: An Introduction - how borrowing for college affects the nation (Republicans have made education a liability)

Video raises questions over Chicago police account of fatal shooting | US news | The Guardian - Police say Cockerham pointed a gun, but moment does not appear in footage
Car Mows Down Pedestrians On Las Vegas Strip, Killing 1 And Injuring Dozens - It was just massacring people





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Miami is Flooding - The New Yorker - As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels. (tie Scott and Rubio to Miami Beach)
Eschaton: Acqua Alta - interesting that the regular flooding of Miami doesn't get covered. It doesn't take a storm. It just happens.

Debate Upshot: Democrats Are the Only Responsible Party by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The GOP wants to drop more bombs on anything that moves in the middle east, cut taxes on every corporation and rich person it can, and make life miserable for almost anyone who isn't older, wealthy, white, straight and male.

Sanders outshone Clinton on foreign policy at the debate. But who watched? | Lucia Graves | Opinion | The Guardian - The senator from Vermont managed to draw clear distinctions with the Democratic frontrunner. It still might not be enough when the voting starts
Fact-Checking The Third Democratic Debate - The Saturday night showdown featured misleading claims on guns, the minimum wage and Wall Street.

Eschaton: Don't Blame the Voters - . This all came from an internet pie fight lens view of politics, where a few anguished Daily Kos Diarists somehow represented a giant movement of Leftists Against Obama who took their balls and went home and that's how we got Speaker Boehner. (great rant)

Your lies shall be revealed, anon. - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Loomis thinks CPP is "petulant")
Eschaton: That's Their Power - Journalists have, in the past, informed me that the ability to out sources who lie to them is their superpower that prevents sources from lying to them. Take that away, and you presumably get more lying sources.

When did state know kids in Flint were lead poisoned? - assertions that everything was fine. And all that time, data that would have shown what was happening was ignored. (they knew they were destroying kids' brains)

FBI snooped on singer Pete Seeger for 20 years | Music | The Guardian - Bureau amassed huge file from 1943 on writer of classic songs (your spy state has been around a long time)


Mast Brothers: taste-testing $10 chocolate bars as controversy boils over | Life and style | The Guardian - The Brooklyn company has been accused of melting down another company's chocolate

Welcome to Provincetown. Winter Population: Dwindling. - The New York Times



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- Obama: GOP is the "only major party in advanced world" to deny climate change (Party of Stupidity, Death and Destruction)
Eco-Authoritarian Catastrophism: The Dismal and Deluded Vision of Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway | GeoCurrents - Martin W. Lewis ... (inveighs against) doomsayers who think we must forsake democracy and throttle our freedoms if we are to avoid a planetary catastophe (what are you talking about?)

Media Has Symbiotic Ties with ISIS? Ignoring Other Terrorist Groups | Dr. Majid Rafizadeh (Iran is a big player)

South China Sea: US bomber angers Beijing with Spratly islands flypast | World news | The Guardian - US Navy says its B-52 plane had no intention of flying so close to the Chinese-claimed Spratly archipelago in the South China Sea (just a little miscalculation)

ANOTHER top Conservative resigns over bullying scandal: Thatcher foundation chief forced to quit over links to 'Tatler Tory' | Daily Mail Online (really bad Tories)


Anger: An American History - The New York Times (always a nation of haters)

The Big Short, Housing Bubbles and Retold Lies - Krugman (it was all those blacks lying on their mortgages)

It's Barbaric - Yep, 19% of Democrats also want to bomb a fictional Disney sultanate. (we need a national database of stupid white people)

Amid DNC dust-up, Sanders raises $1 million in a single day, campaign associate says - The Washington Post
Democratic debate: candidates to clash amid data scandal that hurts all involved | US news | The Guardian - The tale of campaign snooping that saw the Democratic National Committee bar Bernie Sanders's campaign from a voter database brings Hillary Clinton's electronic records to the fore once again (Debbie Do-Wrong)
Eschaton: Stories Behind Stories - the bigger story, from the perspective that those with the real power are what really matter, is that the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz are not exactly neutral in this primary and they don't even feel the need to pretend.
Democratic National Committee Restores Bernie Sanders' Access To Voter Data - The deal doesn't end the Sanders vs. DNC lawsuit.
Axelrod: DNC putting 'finger on the scale' in favor of Clinton | Washington Examiner (and then there's the insane non-debate schedule)
Bernie Sanders campaign claims win after DNC hands back access to voter file | US news | The Guardian - but Democratic National Committee says move made only after Sanders complied with its requests (time to dump Debbie)

Totally Not Drunk New Mexico Governor Chastises Cops For Breaking Up Her Hotel Party - They were just eating pizza, you see - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) (Jeb!'s future VP!)

- Green light on $1bn St Louis Rams stadium still "fiscally irresponsible" a second publicly subsidized stadium for the Rams in two decades comes amid a particularly precarious time for the city of 300,000. (sportsbros rule with tax-exempt public bonds)

Kathryn Knott Verdict Is In | News | Philadelphia Magazine - On its third day of deliberation, the jury found her guilty on four counts of simple assault, conspiracy, reckless endangerment; not guilty of aggravated assault. Sentencing is scheduled for February 8th.

Judge in Adelson lawsuit subject to unusual scrutiny amid Review-Journal sale | Las Vegas Review-Journal - three reporters at the newspaper received an unusual assignment passed down from the newspaper's corporate management: Drop everything and spend two weeks monitoring all activity of three Clark County judges.

Star Wars Fans Can Bring Real Guns Into Marcus Theaters | Crooks and Liars - As crazy as it sounds, the Marcus Theaters' fake gun policy is stronger than their real gun policy!

Black Holes Only Go Truly Black if They're Really Big


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Haunted by Waters - The New York Times - It's a hoax, says Donald J. Trump, with all the practiced hucksterism of the swampland salesman. He may feel different when one of his resorts is below the sea.

Under Fire From G.O.P., Obama Defends Response to Terror Attacks - The New York Times - old a group of news columnists this week that sending significant ground forces back to the Middle East could conceivably result in the deaths of 100 American soldiers every month. (not the rich kids, for sure)

This BBC Reporter Just Trolled the Chinese Government - He flew into what the Chinese are calling their airspace (they're wrong).
Until Corbyn led the Labour party, we were all wonderfully polite | Voices | The Independent - If the Labour Leader had any decency he'd behave like a proper MP and go to a dinner with arms traders or offshore bankers
Eschaton - British politics/media coverage of politics reminds me of 2003 in the US. Sorry, Britain.

The U.S. Found The People Who Can Beat ISIS. The Only Problem Is Everyone Hates Them.

The New York Times Has a Source Pollution Problem - A certain kind of source has burned the paper more than once this year.
Systemic Change Needed After Faulty Times Article - The New York Times
The NYT Should Have Known This Would Get Streamed into the Primary Campaign

Bernie Sanders Campaign Threatens Legal Action Against DNC - Sanders' campaign manager said the Democratic committee is "actively attempting to undermine our campaign." (Dirty Debbie did the deed)
Why Did the DNC Let the Bernie-Hillary Tech Story Leak? - A better question: Would it have leaked if the roles were reversed?

Eschaton: Jayyuuuubb Creeeeaaashion - job creation policies aren't much use if the Fed is going to ensure that wage growth never happens. In other words, job growth policies, even if they're correct, just inspire the Fed to kill the job creation part. You can't create more jobs than the Fed wants you to.

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Have Tripled Since Attacks In Paris, San Bernardino - off the chart -- and I don't think we've seen the end of it
Schools in Virginia shut over anger at Islam homework - CNN.com - There is only ONE GOD and HIS NAME is JESUS!" (and what was His Dad's Name again?)
Poll: 30% of GOP voters support bombing Agrabah, the city from Aladdin | US news | The Guardian - 54% of the Republicans they polled support banning Muslims from entering the US, as Donald Trump has proposed

Class Differences in Child-Rearing Are on the Rise - The New York Times - The lives of children from rich and poor American families look more different than they have in decades.


It's Getting Harder To Deny That Strong Laws Have An Effect On Gun Violence - A new study finds that states with stricter regulations on firearms see a lower rate of shooting deaths. (MA A- but NH D and VT,ME F)

When Correctional Officers Carry Shotguns, The Result is Death And Mayhem - The Huffington Post

New Orleans Will Finally Tear Down Its Monuments to American Traitors - The city's statues honoring Robert E. Lee and other figures of the Confederacy will be removed.
4 Actual Excuses For Racism So Dumb That Nobody Is Buying Them


The Disturbing Story Of Widespread Sexual Assault Allegations At A Major Progressive PR Firm
Reviled Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli Resigns (they really did a lot of photo-ops)

-Cancer is political -- as the argument about its casues shows


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2016 set to be hottest year on record globally | Environment | The Guardian - UK Met Office estimates 2016 will be at least as hot as 2015, which would mean the three hottest years ever had occurred in a row


Jermaine Baker shooting: Met officer arrested in dramatic development | Crime | News | London Evening Standard - A Met firearms officer has been arrested over the fatal shooting of Jermaine Baker in north London, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Tories rocked by new 'bullying' storm as MP Lucy Allan accused of 'vicious' abuse of sick staff member | Politics | News | London Evening Standard - Tories have a "culture of bullying" (comments priceless: "never seen such a fundamentally evil and dickensian/toff stereotypes as this current lot. Todays TP is full of full of flashman's (see Cameron, Javid, goldsmith, may), greedy useless bunters (johnson, pickles) evil empowered former faggs (schapps, Osbourne), and weasley stoats (apply last two names again) ...
Telford MP Lucy Allan defends adding death threat - BBC News - Mrs Allan responded to allegations that she had doctored the email

Putin admits Russian military presence in Ukraine for first time | World news | The Guardian

Congress adds contested cybersecurity measures to 'must-pass' spending bill | US news | The Guardian - ACLU criticizes inclusion of Cisa information-sharing rules in year-end omnibus spending package amid concerns over privacy

Congress' spending binge: $700 billion in unpaid tax cuts - politico - Budget austerity takes a back seat as lawmakers prepare to pass nearly $700 billion in unpaid-for tax cuts. (you need to die so the riches can have more riches)

Bernie Sanders Picks Up A Major Union Endorsement - It's his biggest one yet.

Fox Contributor Calls Out Carly Fiorina's Debate Lie | Video | Media Matters for America - Fiorina Falsely Claimed Fox Contributor Gen. Jack Keane "Retired Early" After Dispute With President Obama (Failurina makin' shit up again - "I think I heard it on Fox so shutup" )
Watch Ted Cruz Flub A Fox News Interview On Immigration - He struggled to defend confusing claims he made during Tuesday's GOP debate.

The Election and the Death of White Male Power -- The Cut - This is our country in an excruciating period of change. This is the story of the slow expansion of possibility for figures who have long existed on the margins, and it is also the story of the dangerous rage those figures provoke

Eschaton: The Real Issue - Of course Republicans don't care about the deficit, but the bigger issue is that the scolds in the media only care about the deficit when they can blame Democrats for it.
- I wonder where Crazy Eyes Larry got this idea? - Contractionary policy is contractionary

Gentlemen, To Evil! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : some of ALEC's most sinister members? (pull back the curtain and what do we see? #1 Phizer with a half a billion dollars of bought congresscrooks)
Trump as moderate: yes, and that doesn't make him any less appalling - Lawyers, Guns & Money : 2) This is only offensive if we treat moderation as a political virtue worthy of praise. (moderatiion is not a virtue when we're going off a cliff)

Strike Two for Pair of New York Times Reporters | Mother Jones - Schmidt and Apuzzo should be considered on probation. That's at least one big mistake too many. (Judy Millerville)

Police Fight Release Of Another Video Of Cop Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man - The slain man was mentally-ill and carrying a pen. The officer wore a body camera but did not turn it on ... Police later confirmed Nehad was unarmed and was holding a metallic pen at the time of the shooting. (put all the cops in jail)

Congress Poised To Keep Banning Gun Violence Research - The guy behind the ban says agencies should defy Congress and study it anyway. (we don't want none of yer stupid librul "facts")

Man engaging in legal theft also indulges in the illegal kind - Lawyers, Guns & Money (see pix if you haven't already)
CEO Who Price Gouged HIV Drug Arrested - Martin Shkreli was arrested by the FBI in New York on securities fraud charges. (pharmabro: muhahaha)
Martin Shkreli Arrested on Securities Fraud Charges - 32-year-old suspected of plundering Retrophin to pay debts
Pyrimethamine - (trade name Daraprim) is a medication used for protozoal infections.

Peak law school? - Lawyers, Guns & Money (peak law scam as the tuition curve goes hyperbolic)

This White Terrorist Plotted To Kill Innocent Americans, But You Probably Haven't Heard Of Him - Eric Feight wanted to blast Muslims with a death ray in upstate New York.


5 Things To Know About The Woman Whose Case Could End Affirmative Action As We Know It - Meet Abigail Fisher, the onetime University of Texas applicant who took her case to the Supreme Court. (affirmative action for dumb white chicks)

Guns are now killing as many people as cars in the U.S. - The Washington Post
Chicago Pays Millions but Punishes Few in Killings by Police - The New York Times - All the while, the city, which is in the middle of a fiscal crisis, has spent more than $500 million settling police cases since 2004. (taxpayers paid $1/2 billion to give cops immunity)

Flint's "toxic soup" polluted water worse for children than thought, doctor says (intended consequences)


Down From the Trees, Humans Finally Got a Decent Night's Sleep (no snakes helps a lot)



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- There is a new form of climate denialism to look out for (renewables not enough, so fuck the planet anyway)

Tory co-chairman claimed Obama sent pollster to UK to stop Miliband, book says | Discussion | The Guardian (sounds plausible)

The Anti-Terror Raid That Asked All The Wrong Questions - BuzzFeed News - Ten months before the deadly attacks in Paris

Eschaton: A Truly Great Partner - For our next bold humanitarian mission - Saudi Arabia has announced the formation of an "Islamic military alliance" (sorry, two dots too many to connect)

Conservatives: Same As They Ever Were by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - the Republican Platform from the 1952 convention (tax cuts!)

Last Night's Debate Winner -- ISIS (Republican panic-babies wet their pants)
Rand Paul Didn't Win, But He Raised the Most Important Questions of the Debate - Namely, if we're willing to start World War III to look "strong" (how WWI started, also, but fuck history)
Watch The Best Moments From The December CNN GOP Debate - It was the last GOP debate of the year. (but there will be 37 after that)
Eschaton: I Can't Believe There's Still a Kiddie Table - The Republicans must be heard. All of them. Again and again and again and again.

GOP Candidates, CNN Debate Moderators Did Their Best To Make America Sh*t Its Pants - Everything is terrifying and we're all going to die.

University of Iowa president sorry for saying unready teachers should be shot - Omaha.com: Education (Trumpism spreads)

- As 640,000 L.A. kids are going home because of terrorism, thousands of Michigan kids don't have clean water (another generation of violent criminals so we can be tough on crime)

How AT&T Execs Took Over the Red Cross and Hurt its Ability to Help People - ProPublica - Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern, who was hired to revitalize the charity, has cut hundreds of chapters and thousands of employees ... A former AT&T executive who had taught marketing at Harvard Business School (executives need higher pay)

An Unbelievable Story of Rape | The Marshall Project

Forensic Science Has Revealed the Real Face of Jesus. - Forensic science reveals the most famous face in history (no, he didn't have long flowing blond hair and blue eyes, even if he did exist)

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Revealed: Prince Charles has received confidential cabinet paper It is a critical stage of life for half the population, yet women struggling with symptoms are confronted with conflicting advice. Why is so little understood about the menopause? s for decades | UK news | The Guardian - Revelation that heir to throne is routinely sent confidential papers comes after three-year freedom of information battle (yes, they really are lizards)

Setting the Record Straight on Clemency by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - todays banner article at Politico - by Bill Keller titled: On Pardons, Obama's the Stingiest President Since John Adams. (noted because Keller is still a lying asshole)

Donald Trump Rally Turns Ugly: 'Light The Motherf**ker On Fire!' - "Kick his ass!" "Shoot him!" "Bitch!" "Sieg Heil!" (fascism alive and well in Amerika)

Los Angeles defends decision to close public schools over threat | US news | The Guardian
The Email That Shut Down LA Schools Came From An 'Internet Meme Sewer' - It's been traced back to a barebones email server that hosts thousands of accounts.
NYPD Commissioner Blasts LA's 'Overreaction' To Bomb Threat - "It's what they want, whether it's a prankster or a terrorist."

What science doesn't know about the menopause


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At This Point, If You Deny Climate Change, You Are a Traitor to Your Species - A landmark deal on the most important issue of our time -- just in time for the Republican debate. (the Necromongers)


Americans are twice as willing to distance Christian extremists from their religion as Muslims - The Washington Post

Spotlight Takes Place 14 Years Ago, But the Catholic Church Is Still Dealing with Sex Scandals

Will the History of White Supremacy Help Stop American Fascism? - Lawyers, Guns & Money (History?)

Trump hits new high in poll | TheHill - It has become abundantly clear that Trump is giving his supporters exactly what they want, even if what he says causes the GOP leadership and many Republican voters to cringe - national security is the most important issue to Republican voters, beating out the economy by 20 points ... survey of 385 registered Republican voters (what a bunch of panic-babies)

Marco Rubio, Master of Adjectives
Hullabaloo - The new litmus test - Also, Marco Rubio is a smarmy little creep.
Getting to Know Ted Cruz's Father, Fiery Rafael (evil didn't fall far from the tree of death)
2016 GOP contenders prep for loud, ugly holiday season - politico (the Grinch is coming for you)

Eschaton: The Partisan Trap - One game our pundits have loved to play for years is blaming democrats for politicizing anything that's a priority of... democrats

Gun deaths in your district: what have your elected representatives done? | US news | The Guardian


The Wall Street Journal Abandons Its Business Readers | Jeffrey Sachs - The Wall Street Journal has become the Fox News of print journalism (the fate of NatGeo)


Techno Viking and the curse of internet celebrity | Fruzsina Eordogh | Opinion | The Guardian - Finding yourself at the centre of a meme sensation should be lucrative


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How US negotiators ensured landmark Paris climate deal was Republican-proof | US news | The Guardian - White House officials at COP 21 helped craft a deal congressional Republicans would not be able to stop (the planet-destroying party)
Republican Lawmakers Vocal In Opposition To Climate Deal - The President should remember that the historic agreement "is subject to being shredded in 13 months," McConnell said. (The Party of Death and Destruction will Doom the planet)
The Climate Agreement - Lawyers, Guns & Money - The whole world has to deal with the mendacity of the Republicans. Christ.
Buying Climate Change Denialism - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Anti-Irish Know-Nothing Mob Burns a Charlestown Convent in 1834 - New England Historical Society

Eschaton: Is That It? - I know nothing about these things, but if attempts to take out oil infrastructure are this ineffective, it's probably because the powers that be don't want to blow up the valuable stuff. (this is from where 350 oil tankers, invisible to satellites, appear)

Heralded Iraq Police Academy a 'Disaster' - - A $75 million project to build the largest police academy in Iraq has been so grossly mismanaged that the campus now poses health risks to recruits and might need to be partially demolished, U.S. investigators have found. (2006: remember when the neo-cons ran everything?)

Maltese ships owned by Turkish president's son being implicated in ISIS oil trade (the kid bought a bunch of oil tankers?)


Ted Cruz Surges To First Place In Iowa - Cruz shows the largest gain any candidate has made in the last five Iowa presidential caucuses.


What The Hell Happened To Mickey Kaus - BuzzFeed News - How a godfather of Democratic political blogging became obsessed with immigration -- and came around to Donald Trump. (voted twice for Obama)


Despair Over Gun Deaths Is Not an Option - The New York Times

Mayor Swears In, But Not On the Bible - WLOS - ABC - I just don't think there's a place for any kind of religious doctrine in government, because we represent everybody."


A simple fix for quantum computing; quantum flux corrupts data but may be prevented using magnets and standard semi-conductor parts. : science

A US town has rejected a proposal for a solar farm following public concerns that solar panels 'suck up all the energy from the sun' : technology - You may not care, but giving attention to these articles simply incentivizes more news companies to keep creating this bullshit to play off of everyone's emotions. THAT should outrage you.

What's your favorite thing in your saved section? : AskReddit
Uncanny Valley : videos
Fuck English : AdviceAnimals - Yes, English can be weird. It can be understood through tough thorough thought, though


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Historic Climate Change Agreement Adopted In Paris - The accord "saves the chance of saving the planet," says one advocate.
Inside the Paris Climate Deal - The New York Times - Holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 20C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.50C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change
Paris climate deal: nearly 200 nations sign in end of fossil fuel era | Environment | The Guardian - but already low-lying countries are worried
Legendary Climate Scientist Is Not Impressed With The Paris Talks - "There is no action, just promises," says James Hansen.
Speaking with One Voice to Solve the Climate Crisis | Al Gore

The World's Most Influential Voices of 2015 | Nathan Gardels - The 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index (Papa first, but Snowden #1 in Germany)

Saudi Women Vote In Election For First Time - Men and women are casting ballots at separate polling stations, and female candidates could not directly address male voters.

Saudi Arabia bombing Yemen's schools, Amnesty International claims | Middle East | News | The Independent - The UN has described the humanitarian situation inside Yemen as 'critical'
- Swiss prosecutors seek interviews with prince and Islamic affairs minister over alleged 2003 kidnap of Sultan bin Turki bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
Eschaton: But What About The Laser Beams That Shoot Out Of Their Eyes? - Silly Trudeau doesn't understand that all Syrians have super-terrorist powers.

The Gambia now an Islamic republic, says President Yahya Jammeh | World news | The Guardian

What Orwell can teach us about the language of terror and war | Books | The Guardian

A History of Violence: Part III by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (and it's gotten even worse)


CNN's Cuomo To Carly Fiorina: The Planned Parenthood Smear Videos "Were Edited. You Know That" | Video | Media Matters for America (Failurina has a melt-down)

Suspect In Cop Killings Found Dead Inside Mississippi Jail Cell - Homicide was ruled out, and investigators say suspect Marvin Banks may have died of natural causes.


Las Vegas Review-Journal Removes Questions About Newspaper's New Mystery Owner

Academia 2015 - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Scott Lemieux and other tenured profs fired: Univerities turning in high-priced trade schools)

What do Americans do without a second thought that would shock non-Americans? : AskReddit

I am the poet, painter, pacifist, publisher, defender of free speech, and owner of San Francisco's City Lights bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. AMA! (at 96)

Google Says its Quantum Computer Works, Is 100 Million Times Faster Than Traditional PC : technology (a computer simulating a quantum computer, anyway)
Shtetl-Optimized ; Blog Archive ; Google, D-Wave, and the case of the factor-10^8 speedup for WHAT?
Prof. Gil Kalai - What can we learn from a failure of quantum computers - YouTube
Why Quantum Computers Cannot Work: An Overview by Professor Gil Kalai - YouTube
Shtetl-Optimized ; Blog Archive ; Ask an unbounded question, get an uncomputable answer

https://xkcd.com/simplewriter/

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COP21: Climate deal final draft 'agreed' in Paris - BBC News
Paris Climate Talks To Run Past Deadline As Diplomats Struggle Over Disagreements
Environmental Change | Arctic Deeply, Focused Coverage of the High North - The Earth's global temperature for September 2015 was 0.9C (1.62F) above the 20th-century average, making it the warmest September in 136 years of record keeping. (will there ever be an accounting?)
Climate Change and the Arctic - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Climate change means days are getting longer, scientists find | Science | The Guardian - Duration of day has lengthened by a millisecond over the past 100 years as water from shrinking glaciers slows Earth's rotation and shifts position of poles

A Muslim American Veteran Was Widely Smeared With a Fabricated Story About ISIS Charges
At least he can still buy a gun - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - 95 percent of the suicide attacks were in response to a military occupation (vide Sam Harris)

ISIS Hits Kurdish Town With Triple Truck Bomb Attack, At Least 50 Dead - The three blasts, carried out by at least two suicide bombers, struck outside a hospital, at a marketplace and in a residential area.

Russia Accuses Mikhail Khodorkovsky Of 1998 Murder - The accusations come two days after Khodorkovsky said that President Vladimir Putin has driven Russia into a position when a revolution is "inevitable and necessary" and that that he will help to bring it about.

Former NYC Police Chief: U.S. Can't Win A Ground War Against ISIS - It was a ground war, after all, that gave rise to the group in the first place. (sorry, that's a dot too far)

- Former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son "kidnapped" in Lebanon - Hannibal Gaddafi appears on TV to appeal for information about Imam Musa al-Sadr, who disappeared in Libya in 1978

Former Chilean soldier charged with murder after stunning radio confession | World news | The Guardian - Guillermo Reyes Rammsy, 62, admitted on live radio phone-in on Wednesday to participating in executions of 18 opponents of late dictator Augusto Pinochet (your CIA at work)

Eschaton: Some Employees - Volkswagen should become an un-company and every executive (let's stop pretending they didn't know) should have all of their income stripped.

Survey of Kentucky Residents on State Health Policy | The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (so they elect people who are against what they want the most)

These Cliven Bundy Impersonators Took Millions in Government Handouts

House: Could Trump Lead to Apocalypse for Republicans? (End Times?)
Lindsey Graham: Trump Leading Because 40% Of GOP Voters Think Obama Is Kenyan Muslim - BuzzFeed News - I can promise you that Hillary Clinton will clean his clock, Graham added
A Contested GOP Convention Possible Next Year -- NYMag - The Republican Race Keeps Getting Weirder:

Rahm Emanuel Has No Acceptable Excuse by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - we now know that his office was apprised of the fact that there was video footage at least two months before election day (resign, asshole)

Trust in Government to Protect Against Terrorism at New Low - About half of Americans say they worry about becoming a victim (Bumfuck IA is very scared)
Poll: Solid opposition to ban on Muslims entering U.S. - CBS News (well that takes care of the whole refugees-caused-by-US-bombs problem, doesn't it?)
Two Muslim women attacked in Tampa
Armed 'Three Percenters' Movement Now Confronting Muslim Americans - "We will interfere with every move they (Muslims) make towards taking over our country."

Gun linked to Paris attacks traced back to Florida arms dealer implicated in Iran-Contra scandal (some things never change)

US police shot more people dead last month than British officers did in 95 years | World | News | The Independent - A total of 1,063 people were killed by US police this year

Arkansas Supreme Court Halts Birth Certificates For Same-Sex Partners - The state Supreme Court said that "the best course of action is to preserve the status quo" (where have we heard that before?)

Chicago's "Black Site" Police Scandal Is Primed to Explode Again | Mother Jones - Homan Square detention facility is reportedly like something out of "Homeland." (his career has been consistent)
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Daniel Holtzclaw: questions for police chiefs after officer is convicted of rape | US news | The Guardian - Attorney promises civil lawsuits against police officials as victims and their supporters ask: why wasn't caught sooner? (you know the answer to that)

Liberty University to allow guns in residence halls - The Washington Post

The Untold Story of the Texas Biker Gang Shoot-Out | GQ - Seven of the nine [dead] were head shots or chest shots. Who trains for that? Who? (and they covered up their murders with a blitz of indictments)
4 Bikers Shot In Waco With Same Rifle Type Police Use - It was not clear whether any bikers had similar guns to the police that day.

EXCLUSIVE: Bronx priest stole $1M for S&M romance: suit - NY Daily News

Women Like Being Valued for Sex, as Long as it is by a Committed Partner. - PubMed - NCBI - Women Like Being Valued for Sex, as Long as it is by a Committed Partner. (science at work)
Women Like Being Valued for Sex, as Long as it is by a Committed Partner. : science


121015

2015 summed up in one amazing illustration : pics

Climate change could leave Chesapeake Bay island uninhabitable in 50 years | Environment | The Guardian

Mina stampede deaths three times higher than acknowledged by Saudi authorities: report - Pakistan - DAWN.COM - The September stampede during the Haj in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,411 pilgrims, a new Associated Press count shows, three times the number of deaths acknowledged by the kingdom three months later.

Three Senior ISIS Leaders Killed In U.S.-Led Strikes
A US military spokesman said Thursday that Islamic State extremists lost as much as half of their defending force after strikes in recent days in the city
- Turkey acts like ISIS ally, should not be EU member - Czech president (the obvious is getting more attention)

El Chapo tells ISIS his men will destroy them | New York Post - his narcotics cartel will wipe them off the planet.

Millennials Want To Send Troops To Fight ISIS, But Don't Want To Serve : NPR


How Cliven Bundy Changed Our National Politics - Things are wild, unhinged, and violent.
American Politics Is Turning into a Middle Ages Theme Park for Grown-Ups - And Congressman Steve King is king of the carnies.

Young Americans: The American Dream Is Dead | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - A new survey finds overwhelmingly gloomy views among youth. (Boomers killed their children's future)

Harry Reid Says Scalia Endorses Racist Ideas - "The only difference between the ideas endorsed by Trump and Scalia is that Scalia has a robe and a lifetime appointment." (ka-pow)

White House Finalizes Proposal To Expand Background Checks On Gun Sales
House Democrats Hijack House Floor For Gun Vote - Democrats are using a parliamentary trick to get a vote on the contentious legislation.
Connecticut Governor To Block People On Watch Lists From Buying Guns - "If Congress will not act, we in the states will."

Fear of Terrorism Lifts Donald Trump in New York Times/CBS Poll - The New York Times (one more attack and it's in the bag)
GOP preparing for contested convention - The Washington Post (the in-bro crowd)
The Crisis of Republican Authority - The New York Times
See How NPR Hacks Up Testy Interview with Ted Cruz

Kim Segal, Assistant Broward County, Florida Public Defender, says make America great again by honoring the Constitution - CBS News - We throw more people behind bars per capita than any other country in the world. There are 2.2 million Americans incarcerated and according to The Sentencing Project that's a 500% increase over the past thirty years.
Risk of being killed by police is 16 times greater for those with mental illness : news

At least 4 reported incidents of suspicious phone purchases across Missouri | Local News - Home - "You know, they could be using these phones for terrorist acts." ("suspicious" = too many, apparently no legal limit on the number of phones you can buy)

Psychiatric Drugs Are Being Prescribed to Infants - The New York Times (seizures and temper tantrums are not the same +Respiridol)

First plasma in Wendelstein 7-X | Max-Planck-Institut f|r Plasmaphysik - A successful start with helium plasma / hydrogen plasma to follow at the beginning of 2016
Electron lifetime is at least 66,000 yottayears - physicsworld.com - five-quintillion times the current age of the universe.

Reading Flannery O'Connor in the age of Islamophobia

Suleiman the Magnificent's tomb believed to have been found in Hungary | Science | The Guardian

Operator Error Investigated After Red Line Train Traveled Without One

Women of reddit: how often to you go on dates just to get free food? : AskReddit
We did it, Reddit. A positive DNA match was made on a 20 year old case because of posts on Reddit and Imgur. : bestof

Mysterious hackers attempting to bring down entire internet by DDoS-ing critical servers : worldnews

120915

Greenpeace exposes sceptics hired to cast doubt on climate science | Environment | The Guardian - William Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett professor of physics at Princeton University ... Frank Clemente, a retired sociologist formerly at Pennsylvania State University Aging Nuclear Plants Fuel Concerns for the Industry's future

Human Rights Groups Criticize U.S. Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia : Parallels : NPR - The State Department has approved a $1.29 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia, which includes as many as 13,000 precision guided weapons or smart bombs. The sale comes as Human Rights Watch charges that Saudi airstrikes in Yemen "have indiscriminately killed and injured civilians" (who's the boss, again?)

Authorities Identify 3rd Paris Concert Hall Attacker - A third man who attacked the Bataclan concert hall in Paris on Nov. 13 has been identified as Foued Mohamed-Aggad, a 23-year-old from Strasbourg.

German woman on trial for Neo-nazi murders breaks silence over attacks | World news | The Guardian

70,000 clerics issue fatwa against terrorism, 15 lakh Muslims support it - Times of India

Homeland Security's Unchecked Corruption at the Border - Want to run drugs, smuggle migrants and get away with it? Join America's biggest law enforcement agency.

Hiring Increased in October, Report Says - The New York Times
The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground | Pew Research Center - No longer the majority and falling behind financially (suck it up, whities, you fucked yourselves)

2016 National Republican Primary - Polls - HuffPost Pollster - This chart combines the latest opinion polls and is updated whenever a new poll is released. (Trump through the roof at 34% - 41%)
Netanyahu set to meet Trump, as MKs urge candidate be shunned | The Times of Israel (birds of a feather)
There's Nothing Donald Trump Can Say About Muslims To Make GOP Leaders Reject Him - Republican lawmakers still say they'll back him if he becomes their presidential nominee.
Trump's Incendiary Comments Throw GOP Into A Tailspin - One by one, Republican officials across the country lashed out at Trump's plan.
Bloomberg Politics Poll: Trump Muslim Ban Proposal - Nearly Two-Thirds of Likely GOP Primary Voters Back Trump's Muslim ban
It's time for Republicans to renounce Donald Trump's candidacy
NY Daily News Cover Shows Donald Trump Beheading Statue Of Liberty - "When he came for the Muslims, I did not speak out as I was not a Muslim." (they've really found their voice lately)
Joe Biden: If Donald Trump Is The GOP Nominee, Hillary Clinton 'Wins In A Walk' - Biden called Trump's Islamophobia "a very, very dangerous brew for America." (and so would Bernie, with more hope and change)
Trump Proves That Liberals Have Been Right All Along | New Republic - The left nailed the pathology of the conservative movement years ago. The Donald is just making that impossible to deny.
ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: First Ban All Muslims? Donald Trump, Polls And Echidne Researches
Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943)

This is what good government looks like: Why Elizabeth Warren is the senator America needs - Salon.com - In an election year, no one cares about process, but the Massachusetts senator just showed how important it is


- Justice Scalia: minority students may be better off where "they don't feel pushed too hard"
Affirmative Action is back in court. Arguments against it made no sense | Scott Lemieux | Opinion | The Guardian - Fisher almost certainly would not have been admitted even if UT used strictly race-neutral admissions criteria.



US police killings are a public health concern, say Harvard researchers | US news | The Guardian - Essay drawing on Guardian data collected for The Counted investigation says killings by US police should be reported to government health authorities
Happiness is a warm gun - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Gun rights groups say they will conduct a mock mass shooting this weekend at the University of Texas campus as they try to end gun-free zones.
- Why mass shootings don't convince gun owners to support gun control

A Texas town stands divided, after armed men in camouflage menace worshipers at a local mosque. Selk says the armed protesters aren't Irving residents. : news
We need to look after our own first, say people who would never help anyone


Diane Rehm To Retire From Long-Running Radio Show : The Two-Way : NPR


A fundamental quantum physics problem has been proved unsolvable - Factor - For the first time a major physics problem has been proved unsolvable, meaning that no matter how accurately a material is mathematically described on a microscopic level, there will not be enough information to predict its macroscopic behaviour.
Paradox at the heart of mathematics makes physics problem unanswerable : Nature News & Comment - (Godel's incompleteness theorems are connected to unsolvable calculations in quantum physics
A fundamental quantum physics problem has been proved unsolvable : science
computability - Why, really, is the Halting Problem so important? - Computer Science Stack Exchange

ELI5: How can the "deep Web" allegedly be so much larger than the surface Web if only a minority of people use the deep Web or hidden Internet. : explainlikeimfive


120815

Blueprint Planet
COP21 is too male dominated and has male priorities, says UN special envoy | Environment | The Guardian
Saudi Arabia accused of trying to wreck Paris climate deal | Environment | The Guardian - is getting in the way of a deal and making implausible objections, say delegates and campaigners
Texas Fracking Zone Emits 90% More Methane Than EPA Estimated | InsideClimate News - missions have been vastly underestimated, sweeping Environmental Defense Fund-backed study finds. (how could that have happened?)

Saudi court to review stoning sentence of Sri Lankan woman | World news | The Guardian - A Saudi court has decided to reopen the case of a Sri Lankan woman who was sentenced to death by stoning for adultery, a Sri Lankan government minister has said. (traditional Muslum values)

David Miranda in fresh challenge over Heathrow detention | World news | The Guardian - The hearing at the court of appeal in London is an attempt to overturn an earlier decision by a lower court that holding him under schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 was lawful.

North_London_Gunner comments on Trump Dares Morning Host to "Go To Break" (Guess what happened)

Amnesty report: ISIS armed with U.S. weapons - CNNPolitics.com

5 Arab Israelis arrested for IS support, planning terror attacks | The Times of Israel - Nazareth family members purchased guns, trained for attacks in Israel, after becoming more religious, security service says

Icelanders flock to religion revering Sumerian gods and tax rebates | World news | The Guardian - Ancient Zuist movement enjoys revival as thousands join as part of protest against requirement that citizens pay taxes to state church


Trump calls for 'shutdown' of Muslims entering US | TheHill
'I. Don't. Care': Trump brushes off horrified reaction to his Muslim ban | US news | The Guardian - Trump brushes off horrified reaction to his Muslim ban
- How does Trump do it? Understanding the psychology of a demagogue's rally
Amazon Founder Offers To Send Donald Trump To Space - In a tweet, Jeff Bezos indicated Blue Origin will not discriminate against any American, even a xenophobic demagogue.
Dick Cheney: Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Plan 'Goes Against Everything We Stand For'
This Neo-Nazi Response To Donald Trump's Anti-Muslim Plan Says It All - Sounds like he has their vote.

Laura Ingraham Suggests The US Should Shoot Deported Immigrants Attempting To Re-Enter The Country | Video | Media Matters for America

Eschaton: Prime Targets - An East Texas police chief is urging residents to arm themselves against terrorists after listening to President Barack Obama's Sunday night address to the nation.

The County: sexual assault and the price of silence | US news | The Guardian - How law enforcement officers in Kern County, California, secretly tried to buy off victims in sexual misconduct cases against the men sworn to protect them
Intense Car Chase and Gun Battle in Downtown Seattle Yesterday : videos
Chicago police commander on trial for putting gun in suspect's mouth | Reuters

No Child Left Behind: An Obituary : NPR Ed : NPR

(14) So simple, anyone SHOULD BE ABLE to understand... - Bonnie Greenfield Warren
Rockstar Dinosaur Pirate Princess | Tea, Dinosaurs and Feminism.

Stonehenge may have been first erected in Wales, evidence suggests | UK news | The Guardian
EHP - Flavoring Chemicals in E-Cigarettes: Diacetyl, 2,3-Pentanedione, and Acetoin in a Sample of 51 Products, Including Fruit-, Candy-, and Cocktail-Flavored E-Cigarettes
Chemical flavorings found in e-cigarettes linked to lung disease : science - Flavorings is plural, but the entire article is just about Diacetyl. - So eliquids have 10-100 times less DA/AP then regular cigs, yet no one has gotten popcorn lung from smoking either. (but more research needed)

Amazon's Prime members just got a new perk: Showtime and Starz, unbundled and cheap.
redneck ingenuity at its finest - Google Search
[Serious] Men of Reddit who have been raped by women, what happened, did you tell anyone, and did they take you seriously? : AskReddit

- Quantum Computers Explained
Controversial Quantum Machine Bought by NASA and Google Shows Promise | MIT Technology Review


120715

Will The World Reach An Agreement To Avert Climate Disaster This Week? - The next few days will decide the planet's future (comment: "The entire world comes together and committs in writting to hold it at 1.7 degrees C or face crippling economic sanctions or we collectely fail. We already know how this will turn out - FAIL"
Beijing Issues First-Ever 'Red Alert' Over Air Pollution (next: Infrared alerts)

Barack Obama Seemed to Be Talking to Some Other Country Last Night - One that is wiser, more rational, and would not buy the snake oil being peddled by Donald Trump.
2016 presidential candidates react to Obama's Oval Office address on ISIS - CBS News (Cruz: I will bomb the shit out of ISIS and kill and maim your kids)
Dear Islamophobes: Your Racism Is Putting Us All In Danger - There's one thing everybody can do to make the country safer.

Eschaton: Another 20,000 Should Do The Trick - I guess we need to buy more freedom bombs. Fortunately they're free. It's right there in the name. Nice things are very expensive, sadly ... leading to depleted munitions stockpiles and calls to ramp up funding and weapons production.
What's It All About Then -- So we're bombing Assad and the people who are trying to take down Assad.

A Majority Of Americans Support Sending Ground Troops To Fight ISIS - Nearly 7 in 10 Americans say the U.S. has not been aggressive enough in fighting the terrorist group. (cause meet effect)

The Doomsday Invention - The New Yorker - Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction? ("Dune" was prescient in many ways ...)
Information hazard - Lesswrongwiki (Nick Bostrom)

- Pearl Harbor and America's Colonial Legacy - December 7, 1941. Asian colonial power attacks U.S. colonial outposts in Hawaii and Philippines. Next 74 years sees no awareness by Americans that racist colonialism of Japan and racist colonialism of the United States have a lot in common.

The Environment in Which Trump Can Thrive - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Growing up, I remember my parents never letting us have Asian food on December 7th. They were children of WWII.- Erick Erickson (yeah, those slant-eyes are all the same)

Donald Trump Calls For 'Complete Shutdown' Of Muslims Entering U.S. (goes full fascist)
Bernie Sanders, Other Presidential Candidates Denounce Trump's Anti-Muslim Proposal - .@realdonaldtrump removes all doubt: he is running for President as a fascist demagogue. -- Martin O'Malley
So I will try to explain why the Trump candidacy has been so confounding to our political press. ; Pressthink (boundaries of convention have vaporized)
Orcinus: Donald Trump May Not Be a Fascist, But He is Leading Us Merrily Down That Path (the potential was always there)
Marco Rubio Asked For Proof Of Islamophobia. Donald Trump Just Made It His Campaign Platform.
A Note on Trump: We Are No Longer Entertained | Arianna Huffington
What's a Journalist to Do With a Trump Campaign That Is Beyond Reality? ( on the one hand, you sanity and on the other, insanity - we report, you decide )

Problem Solved! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Canadian Cruz: If I am elected President, I will direct the Department of Defense to destroy ISIS. And I will shut down the broken immigration system that is letting jihadists into our country. Nothing President Obama said tonight will assist in either case

The Shock Doctrine - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Allison Hantschel on the latest fusilade of dudebro wankery at Salon: (increase the contradictions! Don't vote for Hillary! Let millions suffer and die!)

San Bernardino Shooters Had Target Practice Days Before Attack, FBI Says - The FBI has said it's investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism.
After San Bernardino - The New Yorker
How Many Mass Shootings Are There, Really? - The New York Times - By our measure, there have been four "mass shootings" this year, including the one in San Bernardino, and at least 73 such attacks since 1982. (depends on how you define "mass")
ShootingTracker.com

Supreme Court Won't Hear Major Second Amendment Case From Illinois - Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia fiercely dissented from the court's rejection of the case.

Four Bodies in Elmhurst - Why would an 82-year-old man kill his son, his daughter, his wife and himself?

Prosecutors Release Video Of Chicago Police Fatally Shooting Black Man (it was justified because he was running away and the officer felt threatened)

- The libido crash - Female sex drive has plummeted in our stressed-out world, but can we fix an epidemic of lost desire with drugs? ... giving antibiotics to pigs because of the shit they're standing in (well, no +monogamy)




- Everything Will Be Fine Until It Isn't - how these universities think everything will work out on these Qatar campuses (authoritarian regimes are really keen on free speech)

The Day The Earth Stood Still: 25 Years After America's Earthquake Panic



120615

VersoBooks.com - Jason W. Moore: Anthropocene or Capitalocene?
Do We Live in the Capitalocene? - Lawyers, Guns & Money (commenters miss the point)
- Activist says authorities have "handed a megaphone to the corporations and taken the megaphone away from the social movements"

Saudi must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad: Merkel's deputy - The Express Tribune (another cat out of the bag, tell us again, who is our enemy?)

Lynch: Obama Will Urge Americans 'Not To Give In To Fear' - The White House said Obama would also provide an update on Wednesday's shootings in San Bernardino. (epidemic of rightwing-driven fear)

Removing the gag: how one man took on the FBI for nearly 12 years and won | Law | The Guardian - After years of silence and secrecy, internet service provider Nick Merrill can reveal an FBI demand for confidential information and its attendant gag order (fuck you, Obama and your eternal gag orders)

This Is How London Police Deal With A Knife-Wielding Suspect - In the U.S., the same incident had a very different outcome. (U.S. cops would have turned him into swiss cheese because they "felt threatened)

CIA Admits Role In 1985 Coup To Oust David Lee Roth
Cold War's Cool Calculations - The Chronicle of Higher Education - The Cold War was fought not only with missiles and mines but also with oil paint and trumpet notes.

ISIS-Inspired Terrorism Makes Gun Control a Matter of National Security

Cognitive Therapy for the Country - The New York Times (there's your problem right there)

Time to Tell the Truth About Conservative Religious Extremism by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The fact that Republicans in the Senate have just voted to deny healthcare to women by defunding Planned Parenthood while allowing individuals on the terrorist watch list to continue to buy guns should give us pause. (things are coming to the surface)

Surveillance must increase after terror attacks, say 2016 candidates | US news | The Guardian - Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and others say new monitoring is needed following violence in Paris and San Bernardino

No human being is illegal - linguists argue against mislabeling of immigrants (well, we can think of a few)

The infantilization of American politics - Lawyers, Guns & Money : 45 deaths over 14 years in a country of 320 million people represents such a tiny risk that focusing on it as some sort of special threat is both absurd as a matter of statistics and, practically speaking, utterly perverse, since it's precisely that focus that gives what political power the perpetrators of such attacks gain by undertaking them.

- As with the previous and no doubt future Salon articles urging people not to vote for Hillary Clinton, Shane Ryan's article is so stupid its stupidity cannot be encapsulated by even a lengthy block quote. ("heighten the contradictions worked so well in 2000 +Salon is evil)

Police reports in Laquan McDonald case appear to contradict dashcam video | abc7chicago.com ("appeared" = definitely)

San Bernardino bloodbath born of bigots - NY Daily News - San Bernardino killers were radical, ISIS-loving monsters -- but one of their victims was just as bigoted (he forgot to bring his assault weapon)

Eschaton: Kinda Hard to Use More Than One at a Time - Gun gropers are often a bit obsessed. - A Rochester Hills man who owned 145 guns was arrested for allegedly shooting at his wife earlier this week.

The U.S. Policy Driving Rape Victims Worldwide To Undergo Grisly Abortions - The Huffington Post - Thousands of rape victims around the world undergo grisly and unsafe abortions because of U.S. policy. Obama could change this with a single executive action. Why hasn't he? (he will triangulate until the end)

Macy's Imprisons Minority Customers and Extorts Them for Bogus Fines: Suit - Midtown South - DNAinfo.com New York - rule in New York's General Business Law that allows retailers to detain customers they believe tried to shoplift and ask them to pay a civil penalty without proving them guilty.

DN Editorial: Footing bill, toeing line - EXCUSE US for being surprised by the news this week that the city will be picking up $8 million of the cost of the World Meeting of Families and the visit by Pope Francis in September. (Mayor "Lock Down the City" Nutter lied?)


Elsevier: Article Locator - High intensity interval training improves liver and adipose tissue insulin sensitivity

Carrie Fisher gives zero fucks on Good Morning America : videos

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (HQ) ~ (ReEdit) - YouTube
Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (1967) [psychadelic/acid rock] : Music

What's the biggest lie the government have made and that the population is totally believing in? : AskReddit
What NSFW facts are not mentioned in history books? : AskReddit
ELI5: If Netflix offers unlimited movies each month, why does Audible cost more and only offer one audiobook each month? : explainlikeimfive

120515

Kerry: Exxon could lose 'billions' in climate change lawsuit | TheHill

Learning From Ebola: Was Quarantine Too Extreme a Response? - The New York Times (indefinite rendition to your room)

Eisenhower warns us of the military industrial complex. - YouTube


A Running List Of Shameful Islamophobic Acts Since The Paris Attacks

Leader of UKIP Nigel Farage blames immigrants and vote rigging for Oldham by-election defeat - Business Insider - (Monster Raving Loony) Sir Oink A-Lot &mdash 141 (0.51%)

- This Will Be the Ugliest, Most Leprous Presidential Campaign We've ever seen

Uber-Liberals Are Now Likening Hillary Clinton to Dick Cheney - Does anyone have a thermometer to take the temperature of this take? The professional hysterics at Salon ...
- 95,000 Words, Many of Them Ominous, From Donald Trump's tongue (dude sounds brain-damaged)
How Donald Trump Talks - The New York Times (fascism is trending in white America)
At Donald Trump Rally in North Carolina, the Protesters Just Keep Coming - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times

End the Gun Epidemic in America - The New York Times - ?It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency. (necromongers)
Gun Debate Yields Page One Editorial - The New York Times - The New York Times is running an editorial on its front page on Saturday, the first time the paper has done so since 1920, calling for greater regulation on guns in the aftermath of a spate of mass shootings.

The Latest: Islamic State group praises California shootings
Investigators Piece Together Portrait Of Tashfeen Malik (Wahhabi)
The Latest: Islamic State group praises California shootings
- After San Bernardino Attack, Republican Candidates Talk "war" (that's half their campaign, the other half is convincing stupid white people to give tax-cuts to the rich)
How The San Bernardino Killers Exploited A Loophole To Legally Obtain Assault-Style Rifles In California - It's called the "bullet button loophole."
In Scotland, Unlike America, Mass Shooting Led to Stricter Gun Laws - The New York Times

This GOP Politician's Christmas Card Has a S***load Of Guns On It - Merry Christmas from Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R)! As every Christian knows, "Enormous Stockpiles Of Deadly Weapons" are the reason for the season! (family tht shoots together ...)
Missouri Lawmaker Brilliantly Proposes Bill To Regulate Guns Like Abortions - "If the appetite is for more and more reproductive restrictions, then it makes sense to apply those to gun purchases." (pro-death)

- A Few Words About "prayer shaming" - Then the U.S. senator, Chris Murphy, came forward rather menacingly.
San Bernardino Was One of Three Multiple Shooting Events Yesterday in America - San Bernardino was just one of the mass shootings in America yesterday.

Rahm Emanuel's Next Scandal? Chicago's Public Housing

- Porngate morphs into a "hot ghetto mess" (no racism in Philly justice)

"Mx." - Did The Times Adopt a New, Gender-Neutral Courtesy Title?





120415

Republicans' Climate Change Denial Denial -- But the talks could mark a turning point, the beginning of the kind of international action needed to avert catastrophe. Then again, they might not; we may be doomed. And if we are, you know who will be responsible: the Republican Party. (the Party of Greed, Death and Destruction)
Huffpollster: Americans Sharply Divided On Climate Change, But Most Want U.S. To Lead - "A clear but declining majority of Americans say climate change is a serious problem facing the United States" Sixty-three percent of Americans say climate change is a serious problem facing the country, slipping from 69 percent in June (14% decline in government should do more to 47%, so 53% want to kill the planet)
Microsoft Word - Climate change statement addendum_Final_Template - Climate Change Statement Addendum 2013 Final.pdf
Vikings were not spurred to Greenland by warm weather, research shows | World news | The Guardian - New analysis casts doubt on theory that change in climate influenced Vikings to move to Greenland in 985, and posits it would have been relatively cold
Sky lights up over Sicily as Mount Etna's Voragine crater erupts | World news | The Guardian

Inquiry Into Paris Terror Attacks Widens to Eastern Europe - The New York Times - a Belgian federal prosecutor announcing Friday that one of the people suspected of terrorism traveled in September by car to Hungary, where he picked up two men now believed to have links to the carnage of Nov. 13.

Pentagon Task Force Spent Nearly $150M on Villas and 3-Star Meals in Afghanistan (why we can't have nice things at home)

Molotov Cocktail Attack On Cairo Restaurant Kills 16 - The attacker was an employee who had been fired from the restaurant, one official said.

Iran ready to present proof on ISIS oil trade to Turkey: Official - AhlulBayt News Agency - ABNA - Shia News

Israel Arrests Young Jews Suspected of Terrorism Against Palestinians - The New York Times

- Isis wants an insane, medieval race war -- and we've decided to give it to them

Canada to become first G7 nation to legalize marijuana: government - Yahoo News

If the FCC Loses in Court Today, It Could Be the End of Net Neutrality : technology

Tests on skull fragment cast doubt on Adolf Hitler suicide story | World news | The Guardian - Bone with bullet hole found by Russians in 1946 came from an unknown woman, not the German leader - Why Hitler's world may not be so far away

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Says Obama Policies Could Trigger Nuclear War With Russia - The Hawaii Democrat has been a persistent critic of Obama's foreign policy.

Senate Passes Bill Repealing Key Parts of Obamacare, Stripping Planned Parenthood Funds - NBC News

Is Trump Fascist? - Lawyers, Guns & Money
theartfulcodger comments on GOP in panic over Trump - "They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour." - Hosea 8:7 (NIV) (read this)

How Delusional Nostalgia Is Killing the White Working Class | Alternet - Half of white Americans think the racial tables have turned against them ... The dashed hopes of white Americans in general, and working-class white Americans in particular, were built on a crumbling foundation of white privilege and supremacy ... But who needs the Tea Party when extremism has gone so mainstream? Racist and xenophobic dog whistles from the right in the 2008 election seem almost polite judged by the yardstick of today

If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs - Lawyers, Guns & Money : . . . maybe you don't quite understand the actual situation - Trump: 36% Cruz: 16% Carson: 14% Rubio: 12% Christie: 4% Bush: 3% Fiorina: 3%

Whiteness as Zero Sum Game - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The Tea Party has nothing on Donald Trump. I do think this gets at the fundamentals of the entire right-wing revolt of recent years, including the embrace of gun culture no matter how many Americans die and support for killing brown people abroad. Whites, and especially working class whites, long felt that any rights for black Americans or other racial minorities were direct attacks upon them.

San Bernardino Shooting: The Investigation So Far - The New York Times
What We Know About Female San Bernardino Shooter Tashfeen Malik - ABC News
San Bernardino shooting: Attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS, officials say : news
Law Enforcement Analyst Dumbfounded as Media Rummages Through House of Suspected Terrorists : videos
Feds probe possible terrorism links in San Bernardino massacre - LA Times
Rampage killers led secret life, hiding plans and weapons - LA Times
California Rampage Shocks Those Who Knew Shooters - "This was a person who was successful, who had a good job, a good income, a wife and a family. What was he missing in his life?" (looks kinda zomboid)

New York Daily News Slams 'Terrorist' NRA Boss Wayne LaPierre - Newspaper blasts "sick jihad against Americans in the name of profit."
Here's a map of all the mass shootings in 2015 | PBS NewsHour

Are Americans at high risk of getting murdered? - Lawyers, Guns & Money (depends where you live and what color your skin is)
Senate rejects a series of gun control bills - CBS News - By a vote of 52 to 47, the Senate rejected a proposal to strengthen treatment for mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

TIL Breast Cancer Cure foundation, Susan G. Komen, have been suing other many small charities for using the word "for the cure" in their names or the color pink. : todayilearned

The Green Lady of Brooklyn - The New York Times

The 10 Best Books of 2015 - The New York Times

The world's most popular banana could go extinct - that's the troubling conclusion of a new study published in PLOS Pathogens, which confirmed something many agricultural scientists have feared to be true.

- Textbook prices rise more than 1K percent since 1977

College Students/Graduates of Reddit, what's the craziest thing you ever witnessed in your dorm/residence hall? [NSFW] : AskReddit
79% percent of people don't know the opposite words for the following... : funny


120315

- Rival international negotiations in Geneva could outlaw subsidies for solar or wind power in "great climate change swindle" (why Obama loves secrecy)

Former Isis hostage says airstrikes on Syria are a trap | World news | The Guardian - French journalist Nicolas Hinin, who was held by Mohammed Emwazi, begs international community not to bomb Islamic State (when all you have is bombs, repeating history ad-infinitum)


Gitmo Prisoner Held For 13 Years Was Victim Of 'Mistaken Identity' - U.S. officials said Mustafa al-Aziz al-Shamiri was not a significant member of al-Qaeda as previously suspected. (the worst of the worst superterrorists, Obama knew this for years)

Sweden seeks emergency power to halt Danish bridge traffic | World news | The Guardian - Minister says Vresund road bridge between Copenhagen and Malmv may be shut in emergencies under proposed security legislation

Russian President Vladimir Putin: Turkey Will Regret Shooting Down Bomber Jet - Apparently Russia wants some payback. - "But if anyone thinks that having committed this awful war crime, the murder of our people, that they are going to get away with some measures concerning their tomatoes or some limits on construction and other sectors, they are sorely mistaken." "It appears that Allah decided to punish the ruling clique of Turkey by depriving them of wisdom and judgment," he said. (big mistake, Gollum)

U.S. Targets Islamic State's Baghdadi as Special Forces Gear Up - Bloomberg Politics

FIFA Corruption: Top Officials Arrested in Pre-Dawn Raid at Zurich Hotel - The New York Times - Some of the arrests took place at the same luxury hotel where other FIFA officials were arrested in May. (learn anything?)
Latest indictment in Fifa corruption scandal names 16 new officials | Football | The Guardian - All defendants were members of Concacaf and Conmebol

- Channel 4 News cancels Prince Charles interview due to "draconian" demands - including the pre-vetting of all questions and right to control editing. (lizards)

- New breaches revealed in report that says Secret Service is "in crisis" (too much porn and budget cuts)

Carter opens all military combat jobs to women - politico

Sandy Berger, former national security adviser, dies - politicosy

-Politico's Mike Allen Promised Positive Coverage of Chelsea Clinton

San Bernardino Massacre Is Deadliest Shooting Since Sandy Hook - At least 14 people were killed in San Bernardino. Twenty-eight died in Newtown.
They were a couple: The striking difference between the San Bernardino suspects and other mass shooters - The Washington Post
San Bernardino shooting: Carnage was 'unspeakable' - CNN.com - he'd gone to Saudi Arabia for several weeks in 2013 on the Hajj,
Police Search For Motive Behind San Bernardino Shooting - "I have no idea why he would do something like this," the brother-in-law of one of the suspects said. "I am in shock myself." - "he was very religious. He would go to work, come back, go to pray, come back. He's Muslim
Here's Everything We Know About The San Bernardino Attackers - Police identified the killers as Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27.
- San Bernardino shooting suspects raised few red flags before "horrendous crime" - Sources say Syed Rizwan Farook communicated by phone and social media with people known to FBI, but his and wife Tashfeen Malik's motive is still unclear
There Have Been More Mass Shootings This Year Than There Have Been Days - 355 mass shootings in 336 days ... and counting.
No Way To Prevent This, Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
Which States Have the Most Guns? | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - Nationally, guns outnumber both cars and people. (per capital, KY by far)
Congress still slow to address gun control despite series of mass shootings | US news | The Guardian - due to stiff opposition from Republicans (Party of Death and Suffering)
New York Daily News Skewers Politicians Refusing To Act On Gun Violence: 'God Isn't Fixing This' - Many lawmakers have offered prayers for victims of mass shootings but haven't backed policies to prevent gun violence. (your stupidity is yours to fix, is the contract)
San Bernardino Reminds Us How Many Tyrants - and Patriots - Must Die to Water the Tree of Liberty - After the mass shooting in San Bernardino, the 2nd Amendment and the rhetoric that swirls around it deserve an examination.

Lack Of Sound On Chicago Shooting Tapes Raises New Suspicions - "I've never heard of it before," one expert said. "It raises a red flag." Videos from three other cars that responded have not been released.
Laquan McDonald shooting puts Rahm Emanuel in battle over the truth | US news | The Guardian - Release of dashcam video now puts focus on Chicago mayor's attempt over 13 months to delay release of the footage - and why he did so (the Chicago gang)
Eschaton: Has Rahm Deleted His Account Yet? - There are a lot of "bad Dems" but Emanuel is probably about the most despicable elected official, period. We all heard the charming story about how Rahm's dream job was to be mayor of Chicago. I guess his dream activity was doing his best to cover up for cops who murder black people.
- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Is Throwing Anyone Within Arm's Reach Under the Bus - Over the past two decades or so, I've decided that there is no more inexcusable a figure in our national politics than Rahm Emanuel, who is, for the moment, the mayor of Chicago, but also someone who, throughout his entire career, has made it quite clear that he believes political power derives from being as much of a dick as possible to the people who ostensibly are on your side.



- Fertility clinics destroy embryos all the time. Why aren't conservatives after them? (because they aren't hiding in a woman's body)

School district backtracks on locker room access for transgender student | US news | The Guardian - approves use of private but not curtained areas "God does not make mistakes. God made man and then God made woman"

CEO who set $70,000 minimum wage: ex-wife's abuse accusations 'baseless' | Society | The Guardian (techbros)

New Airbnb Data Reveals Some Hosts Are Raking In Big Bucks | Meredith Broussard (in NYC, anyway)

What mobile app has actually had a legitimate positive impact on your life? : AskReddit

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This Is The Beginning Of The End Of The Fossil Fuel Industry - Oil and coal companies are either going to have to invest in renewables, or perish.
Earth has lost a third of arable land in past 40 years, scientists say | Environment | The Guardian - Experts point to damage caused by erosion and pollution, raising major concerns about degraded soil amid surging global demand for food
- David Cameron accuses Jeremy Corbyn of being "terrorist sympathiser" (learning from Donald)

Cameroon Says It Killed 100 Boko Haram Militants, Freed 900 Hostages - The country is part of a 8,700-strong task force comprising troops of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin, aimed at destroying Boko Haram.

ISIS Sympathizers In The U.S. Are Mostly Young, Male And American - A new study by researchers at George Washington University sheds light on those accused of supporting the terrorist group.

Erdogan wants his precious : pics
Turkish doctor faces 2 years in jail for sharing meme that likens president Erdogan to Gollum in LOTR : worldnews

Pope Francis-Islamic State Plot: Four Arrested In Italy For Planning ISIS Attack On Pontiff Following Paris Terrorism

Challenging the Oligarchy by Paul Krugman | The New York Review of Books - Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few by Robert B. Reich


Former Professional Propagandist for White Supremacist and Torture Regime Decries Nazi Comparisons in Politics - Marc Thiessen (is a bad human and a dick)


- San Bernardino shooting: male and female suspects dead as 14 killed
San Bernardino shooting - LA Times
Authorities Respond to "20 victime Shooting" Incident in San Bernardino: Fire Dept.
- San Bernardino mass shooting: Police say - upwards of 14 people dead
Inland Regional Center: shooting target is community for disabled people | US news | The Guardian - Largest state-operated facility for those with developmental disabilities was holding event when shooters killed up to 14 attendees in San Bernardino
Politicians React To San Bernardino Shooting - Reports indicated there were 20 victims.
At Least 14 Dead In Shooting At Social Services Center In San Bernardino
Congress Is Still Giving 'Quiet Endorsement' To Murders
Shooting rampage at California social services agency leaves 14 dead, 14 wounded | Reuters
994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian

A White Terrorist Gunned Down A Cop And The #BlueLivesMatter Crowd Revealed Its True Colors
Deaths associated with law enforcement intervention rose 45% between 1999-2013. : science (while crime is down 30%)
The New Jim Crow - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Before Colorado shooting, a trail of allegations of violence against women - The Washington Post - At least two of his three ex-wives have accused him of physical abuse, according to court records. And in 1992, Dear was arrested and accused of sexual violence and rape.

Fetal abduction: brutal attacks against expectant mothers on the rise in US | US news | The Guardian - Experts fear easy access to news and information online has contributed to rise of the crime

First language wires brain for later language-learning | Newsroom - McGill University


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Bill Nye Explains The Connection Between Climate Change And Terrorism In Paris - "This is just the start of things." (Republicans call for War on Climate)
Here's All The Nonsense 2016 Republicans Have Spouted About Climate Change - Rubio: "America is not a planet." -- September 2015

- MSF hospital in Syria hit by "double-tap" barrel bombing - Seven killed in Homs attack, latest in apparent escalation of strikes on medical facilities in civil war (U.S. led the way)

Long-Hidden Details Reveal Cruelty of 1972 Munich Attackers - The New York Times (ISIS has been around for a long time)

White House Says Pentagon Plan To Close Gitmo Is Too Expensive, Rejects Proposal - The Pentagon estimate for closing the prison and building another one in the United States was as high as $600 million. (you see where they are going with this)



Senate Democrats Slam Obama Education Chief's 'Absurd' Logic - Sen. Elizabeth Warren and others are "profoundly dissatisfied" with the Obama administration's settlement with a for-profit college chain accused of cheating students and taxpayers. (Obama loves his for-profits)


Star-Ledger Editor Throws Shade On NH Paper's Christie Endorsement - As it turns out, not knowing anything about Chris Christie was the key factor in the New Hampshire Union Leader's decision. "The [Union Leader] knows almost nothing about his record as governor," wrote Moran. Cool, cool, the system works. (they have a history of not knowing anything)
Chris Christie Receives New Hampshire Union-Leader Endorsement - However, the U-L's fulsome endorsement caught the eye of Tom Moran, who runs the editorial page at the Newark Star-Ledger, which has been the go-to source for information on Big Chicken's crony-laden misfeasance as governor of that state


- The County: the story of America's deadliest police Police in Kern County, California, have killed more people per capita than in any other American county in 2015. The Guardian examines how, with little oversight, officers here became the country

Chicago Mayor Fires City's Top Cop In Wake Of Laquan McDonald Criticism - Rahm Emanuel said it was time for "fresh eyes and new leadership." (take your own advice, asshole)

A White Terrorist Is A 'Troubled Loner,' But Unarmed Black Teens Are 'Thugs' - Why does the media use loaded language in crime stories? (take a guess)
If The Anti-Abortion Movement Doesn't Condone Violence, How Do Republicans Explain These Remarks? - Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee recently appeared with a pastor who once said a murdered abortion doctor got what he deserved.
- Ted Cruz cites reports that Planned Parenthood shooter could be "transgendered liberal activist" What?

The PP Attack Could Reverse Abortion Politics -- The Cut
Abortion opponents defend their movement after Colorado shooting | MSNBC

We can save atheism from the New Atheists like Richard Dawkins | Jeff Sparrow | Comment is free | The Guardian ("New" = Douchebag)

College coach with $18 million guaranteed contract regrets win at all costs mentality - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Sports Corp U)

Scientists overcome key CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing hurdle
New Diabetes Cases, at Long Last, Begin to Fall in the United States - The New York Times (peak cola)

People who got fired on the first day of the job, what happened? : AskReddit
oldbabies: babies looking older than they should.
How to Calm a Crying Baby - "Shake their little Booty" : videos (make them think they are superbabies)
People in your teens and twenties: Ask people in their 30s about life before the internet. No, seriously, do it. : bestof

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What You Need To Know About The Paris Climate Summit - It's do-or-die time for climate change efforts as world leaders converge on the French capital. (Republicans choose death)
Barack Obama optimistic of reaching climate change deal at Paris summit | Environment | The Guardian
The Devastating Consequences Of A 'Small' Rise In Global Temperatures - More Floods, More Drought Inevitable. How Bad Do We Want It To Get? (very, very bad)
'Our Major Cities Will Be Submerged': Climate-Change Threats (video) (party of death and destruction will be happy)
Tales of a Warmer Planet - The New York Times
Watch How Rising Sea Levels Could Swallow Coastal Cities - This could happen sooner than you might think. (goodbye New Orleans, Miami and Boston and half of Manhattan)
Surging Seas: Sea level rise analysis by Climate Central
What #ExxonKnew Back When | Climate Denial Crock of the Week
The Climate Deception Dossiers: Internal Fossil Fuel Industry Memos Reveal Decades of Corporate Disinformation (2015) - The-Climate-Deception-Dossiers.pdf

The National Security Letter spy tool has been uncloaked, and it's bad - No warrants needed to get browsing history, online purchase records, and other data. (thanks, Obama)
Surprise! The NSA Is Still Spying On You
How Washington's campaign against encryption could help terrorists | Washington Examiner - Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., without specifying what the legislation could look like. He added that encrypted communication is "unacceptable." (your privacy is unacceptable to him and Barry too)
Internet Provider Gagged for Decade Reveals What FBI Wanted Without Warrant - US News (because your Constituion is useless against shit like this)

Former Military Chief: Iraq War Was A 'Failure' That Helped Create ISIS - "We strategically marched in the wrong direction." (that's helpful)

We Obtained Hillary Clinton's Confidential Memo To Obama. Read It Here. - "We must signal to our old and emerging allies alike that we remain serious about turning the page of GTMO and the practices of the prior decade."

ISIS' Grip on Libyan City Gives It a Fallback Option
Turkey Arrests Generals for Stopping Syria-Bound Trucks 'Filled With Arms' (schizo-Turkey hello Erdogan)
Erdogan challanges Putin to resign if he cant prove Turkey buys oil from Daesh - Daily Sabah
Russia hits back at Turkey by changing Syria 'game' - Al Jazeera English - Moscow's retaliation after Turkey downed its military jet could tie Ankara's hands in Syria - The deployment of S-400 anti-air missiles means Russia has effectively imposed a no-fly zone over Syria. (will support Kurds)

How the Paris Attackers Honed Their Assault Through Trial and Error - The New York Times



Eschaton: If It's Sunday - I think there's a pattern here. Anyone see it? Not quite sure I do... thinking... (they don't even pretend anymore)

Robert Dear, Suspect in Colorado Attack, Appears in Court - The New York Times
Searching for Answers and Comfort After Killings at Planned Parenthood - The New York Times
Planned Parenthood Shooter Killed More Than Any Supposed Refugee Terrorist - Remember this stat the next time someone denounces Syrian refugees.
Shooting Won't Affect Senate Planned Parenthood Efforts. - no reason to expect last week's shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood facility will alter the Senate's effort to block funding to the organization this week.
Harry Reid: Republicans Have Created 'A Frenzy Of Hate And Anger' Over Planned Parenthood - He implored the GOP to disband the committee probing "unsubstantiated allegations" against the organization. (Republicans support domestic terrorism especially agains women, sound familiar?)
Alabama Surrenders In Fight Against Planned Parenthood - The state will pay Planned Parenthood's legal fees after failed suit.
Eschaton: Shit Is Fucked Up And Bullshit - Thanks for informing your readers, New York Times. (their bias is so natural)
Eschaton: Pro-Life Murderers - You can understand why our media has problems with this stuff. Both sides, also, too.

Sheldon Silver, Ex-New York Assembly Speaker, Is Found Guilty on All Counts - The New York Times (how have the mightily corrupt fallen)

Algebra Scores Prompt Second Look at Revamped Regents Exams - The New York Times - But to devote so much time to algebra, ninth graders are no longer taking art, music and health.


Is "The Gospel of Jesus's Wife" a revelation or a hoax?
Is the Gospel of Jesus's Wife a fake? - Five questions about

Researchers find new phase of carbon, make diamond at room temperature : science - In addition, Q-carbon is harder than diamond, and glows when exposed to even low levels of energy.

Her incest story : videos


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Climate-Change Summary and Update - Updated frequently, and most recently 28 November 2015. The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian

Turkey's Erdogan Expresses Regret Over Russian Plane Downing - "We are truly saddened by this incident."
Top Kurdish Lawyer Shot Dead During Press Conference In Turkey - A "courageous defender of human rights."


Do Words Kill? Is Political Rhetoric Inciting Christians to Violence? | BJ Gallagher

- Source: Colorado shooter politically motivated, said - "no more baby parts" after attacking Planned Parenthood
Colorado Springs: a playground for pro-life, pro-gun evangelical Christians | US news | The Guardian
Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Made Comment About 'No More Baby Parts': Sources - NBC News
CNN Invites Right-Wing Rep To Slam Planned Parenthood During Active Shooting - Rep. Adam Kizinger used the shooting to bring up the widely debunked videos Planned Parenthood critics have used to attack the health care provider.
Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Robert Lewis Dear Has Unsettling Past - "If you talked to him, nothing was very cognitive," a former neighbor said.
Colorado Survivor Recounts Haunting Moment When Gunman Stared Him In The Eye - "I've never experienced anything like that before."
3 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire Inside Colorado Planned Parenthood - One officer and two civilians were killed, and nine others were injured, during a lengthy standoff.

2016 Republican Contenders Silent On Planned Parenthood Shooting - But they did have something to say about Black Friday gear and Obama's foreign policy.


Swedish court: "We cannot ban Pirate Bay" - After deliberating for almost a month on the closely-watched case, the District Court of Stockholm ruled that copyright holders could not make Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget block Pirate Bay.
BTDigg DHT Search Engine: Free Search Engine For Free Torrent Content
Read the Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations | WIRED

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Bloomberg: Climate 'crazies' are being forced to accept reality - CNN.com - "You've got a guy like Ted Cruz, who I think (prominent American lawyer Alan) Dershowitz said was the smartest law student he ever had, and he says some of the stupidest things I've ever heard." (smart, in a really evil way)
Bloomberg: Cruz Says Some of the Stupidest Things I've Ever Heard on Climate Change (for the comments, which are frightingly stupid)
Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws | Environment | The Guardian - French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week

Paris Attacks Plot Was Hatched in Plain Sight - WSJ - Terrorists used tools of everyday modern life to plan attacks on French capital undetected (more spy powers!)

- Turkey putting Syrian refugees "at serious risk of human rights abuse" (in the news alot, Erdogan)

Commercial scale oil smuggling into Turkey becomes priority target of anti-ISIS strikes (yeah, just where were those 400 oil trucks going?

Suspected Boko Haram Bombing Hits Shiite Procession

Paris Attacks Plot Was Hatched in Plain Sight - WSJ - Terrorists used tools of everyday modern life to plan attacks on French capital undetected

Development From Below | Jacobin - Capitalists are interested in profit, not development. Only workers can empower the Global South. (class over race)

Poland Won't Extradite Roman Polanski To The United States

Swedish court: 'We cannot ban Pirate Bay' - The Local

Tighter Lid on Records Threatens to Weaken Government Watchdogs - The New York Times (Barry is anti-transparent)

Saudi king showered Obamas with $1.3 million in gifts in 2014

Eschaton: Debates - After years of hearing Democrats complain about how the news shows are wall-to-wall Republican crap, it's pretty weird to hear Democrats talking about how we need fewer debates - less airtime! Because what we really need is to hear Republicans all the time, just like the rest of the year. Martin O'Mally is right about this.

Supreme Court Justice Intervenes in Native Hawaiian Election - The New York Times

Online Polls Are Rising. So Are Concerns About Their Results. - The New York Times - One is the rise of online polling. The other is the decline of telephone surveys because of rising costs and possibly declining quality, tied to the fact that fewer Americans are willing to participate in a telephone poll.

Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win - Vox - In an exchange with Paul Krugman, political scientist Alan Abramowitz made one of the best cases I've heard for, as Krugman put it, "thinking the Trumpthinkable."

Alan Grayson Is A Ted Cruz Birther (yeah, that got swept under the rug)
"It's Alive. It's Alive ..." - Read the editorial and news pages today and you'll find a mix of hand-wringing and demands about an uncouth and outrageous outsider who is threatening to wrest the Republican party from its rightful owners (quintessential apotheosis of the stupid, evil and insane)

False Alarms About a National Crime Wave - The New York Times - 1.5 percent lower in 2015 than 2014. (that's quite a "wave" and just who is sounding the "alarms?")

Suspect in Planned Parenthood shooting in custody in Colorado Springs - The Denver Post - Colorado Springs police spokeswoman says gunman fired at police officers inside the Planned Parenthood building
Active shooter in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood parking lot. : news
At Least 8 Shot at a Planned Parenthood Site in Colorado - The New York Times - A gunman inside a Planned Parenthood center here was exchanging gunfire with the police, the authorities said on Friday, wounding at least eight people including four officers. (Republican-encouraged domestic terrorism)
Three officers injured in shooting near Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood | US news | The Guardian - Police spokeswoman says officers do not know where shooter is
Man Kills Waffle House Worker Over Smoking Ban, Cops Say - in Mississippi was shot dead after she asked a customer to stop smoking in the restaurant, police said.
Burger King manager told grand jury of gap in Laquan McDonald video of police shooting - Chicago Tribune - When the police left the restaurant almost two hours later, the video had an inexplicable 86-minute gap that included when McDonald was shot, according to Darshane.
Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Neighbor In Argument Over Loud Music
Mosque Protester Who Posted Muslims' Addresses: I'm Being 'Smeared' - for posting local Muslims' home addresses to Facebook earlier this week.

Black Tape at Harvard Law - The New York Times

100 Notable Books of 2015 - The New York Times
Iconic moments frozen in time from over 100 years of stunning photography - CNN.com - History-makers & risk-takers: 15 of the most compelling photos shot in the last century

When The Mountains Started Exploding: Devastation In Coal Country (VIDEO) - The clip takes viewers from the resplendent green of the forested mountains to the barren wastelands and lunar landscapes of the area after the coal industry has decimated it. (coal's war on you +keep voting for the Death Party, WVA)

Alzheimer's: newly identified molecular mechanism could lead to treatment - Medical News Today - Low NCAM2 levels found in brains affected by Alzheimer's
Scientists Unlock Mysteries Of World's Most Massive Volcano - Located approximately 1,000 miles east of Japan and 6,500 feet below the ocean's surface, Tamu Massif is about the size of New Mexico and nearly as big as the largest volcanoes on Mars. (60 Mauna Loa's)
Scientists get first glimpse of black hole eating star, ejecting high-speed flare
Earth might have hairy dark matter
'Material universe' yields surprising new particle - the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other directions

Which author overuses certain words/phrases? : books (ideosyncratic tropes +what Reddit is reading)
'Man in the High Castle': Inside the Mindblowing Sci-Fi Drama | Rolling Stone - Amazon's new alternate-history series imagines: What if the Nazis won WWII and occupied the U.S.?
- Inside the Mindblowing Sci-Fi Drama - Amazon's new alternate-history series imagines: What if the Nazis won WWII and occupied the U.S.?

TIL Students who dated in Middle School are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates. : todayilearned


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Here's The Crazy Story About Thanksgiving -- especially the parts about Squanto the "friendly Indian."

- Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it
The 5 mass extinctions : gifs
GOP Threatens To Disrupt Obama's Climate Agenda At Paris Summit - Republicans are working to prevent a deal, warning Obama they will use any tool necessary to block funding he has promised to help poor nations fight climate change. (Party of Death manuevers to end world)
Scientists: Ted Cruz Understands Less About Climate Than A Kindergartner
Scientists Slam Lamar Smith's NOAA Witch-Hunt - By Martin Longman - According to Open Secrets, the Oil & Gas industry has donated more than $630,000 to Rep. Lamar Smith during his illustrative career, including $10,000 in the last election cycle from Koch Industries.

Obama compares Syrian refugees to pilgrims on the Mayflower | TheHill (didn't work so well for the natives, though)

Russia Seeks Economic Revenge Against Turkey Over Jet - Turkey dismissed the threats as "emotional" and "unfitting."
Russia will pull out of Syria coalition if downing of jet is repeated, says Putin | World news | The Guardian
Turkish fighter jets violate Greek national air space | News | ekathimerini.com

Russians may have a strong case in Turkish shootdown | TheHill - The shootdown of the Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkish F-16s raises a number of critical issues under international law that the U.S. needs to carefully navigate. This is especially so since the result of the Turkish action was the apparently illegal killing by Syrian rebels of one of the Russian aircrew, as well as the possibly unlawful death of a Russian marine attempting to rescue the downed aviators.


A Post-Truth Party - President Bush weaponized the stupid, but it took McCain to deploy it.

Page 3 of America Is Too Dumb for TV News | Rolling Stone - Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth ("we" = Republicans)
The Ecstasy of Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Campaign Takes a Darker Turn - The Atlantic - As the public's fear and loathing surge, the frontrunner's durable candidacy has taken a dark turn (into the dark heart of America's Republicans)
Trump draws scornful rebuke for mocking reporter with disability - The Washington Post - "Despite having one of the all-time great memories I certainly do not remember him" (he remembers his lies)
Trump Mocking Physical Disabilities Is Nothing New - The Republican candidate drew criticism for apparently making fun of a reporter's joint condition.
- A Definitive Debunking of Donald Trump's 9/11 Claims

The Carson Bubble Has Burst - Lawyers, Guns & Money : - A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday found Cruz essentially deadlocked with longtime poll-leader Trump in Iowa: Trump stood at 25 percent and Cruz at 23 percent,

Kochs Embedded In Major Rift On Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform - The proposed reform could make much white-collar crime harder to prosecute. (especially oil and poisoning companies, in case you were wondering about motives)

Cop in dash-cam video to face murder charge - Chicago Tribune
If police shooting video had been released sooner, would Emanuel be mayor? - Chicago Tribune (no, +scrubbed the audio +"technical difficulties" inside cops' brains)
Laquan McDonald's Shooting Is Just The Latest Episode In Chicago Police's Brutal History - City officials have framed the cop who killed McDonald as one bad apple, but the department has been rotten for almost a century.
What Mayor Emanuel needs to learn from the killing of Laquan McDonald | Bleader | Chicago Reader (not to coverup for cop murderers)
The Race Gap in America's Police Departments
Chicago Just Fired An Investigator Trying To Hold Cops Accountable For Unjustified Shootings - "They're just an arm against the city to hurt people bringing complaints."
Beyond Burge | Better Government Association - Over the past decade, the City of Chicago has spent more than $500 million on police-related settlements, judgments, legal fees and other costs (the whole barrel is rotten)
Crime in the city - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Why Punish Drug Users at All? - The New York Times (because America is very moralistic and sadistic)

- Why a Georgia sheriff posted this "politically incorrect" sign (because people say "in God we trust" all the time)

Drive By by Matt Connolly | The Washington Monthly

cops rush to death threats and screams -- of spider-chasing man (it was probably the size of a small kangaroo)

End of daily injections for diabetes as scientists restore insulin production - Injecting billions of immune cells back into the body boosts insulin production, preventing the need for daily injections - the therapy is safe, and can last up to a year (Type 1)
Will we ever understand the beginning of the univers... - Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over? - the Big Bang might have been a reaction to a contraction, a bounce, perhaps one in a sequence of bounces that extends deep into the past and maybe into eternity.
Smoking high strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain | Science | The Guardian - Study suggests high levels of skunk use may affect the brain's white matter, making communication between the right and left hemispheres less efficient

Moral Dispute or Cultural Difference? - The New York Times

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Scientists Shocked (And Thankful) These Cyclones Missed Hawaii - The image is a stark reminder of a stronger than usual El Niqo.

Putin Sends Air Defense Missiles To Syria To Deter Turkey - The S-400 missile systems, which will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, located just about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey, are capable of targeting Turkish jets with deadly precision. (slouching toward armageddon)

"I gave the order myself" - Turkish PM on downing Russian plane

U.S. cites errors and technical failures in report on Afghan hospital attack - The Washington Post - beset by "fatigue and a high operational tempo"

Hackers knock out ISIS's Dark Net propaganda site


SpikeDescending comments on Blast from the past: I just became aware of Reagan's address to the nation in which he admits that he lied to the public about trading arms for hostages. How did people let him get away with this bullshit? Was there outcry back then?
The Clothes Have No Emperor


Chris Christie Doesn't Recall Muslims In New Jersey Celebrating 9/11 - The New Jersey governor says he'd remember if it happened, "and I don't." (an historian)

CNN Looks More Like Fox Than 'Most Trusted Name In News' Post-Paris - One anchor just asked a Michigan mayor if she's "afraid" of the city's growing Muslim population.

CNN Polled Americans On Racism, And The Results Are Telling - More believe racism is a big problem than they did four years ago. (when the SC decided America was post-racial)

How Chicago tried to cover up a police execution | Chicago Reporter
Traffic halted, but few arrests, as hundreds march in Loop after video release - Chicago Tribune
Chicago Releases 'Chilling' Video Of Cop Shooting Teen 16 Times - The Cook County state's attorney said the officer "was on the scene less than 30 seconds" before opening fire on Laquan McDonald, 17.
A staggering moment for Chicago - Chicago Tribune - Those images are deeply disturbing. Chicago needed to know exactly what happened. (Rahm knew about this for a year)
Reporter Who Forced Release of Laquan McDonald Video Is Barred From News Event - The New York Times
Here's Evidence The Chicago PD Is Worse Than You Thought - The city's police department has a long history of failing to hold its officers accountable.
Chicago cop who injured driver in '07 is probed for shooting teen 16 times - Chicago Tribune - But he was never disciplined for any of the 15 complaints that have been resolved, including the one Nance filed after his run-in with Van Dyke, according to city documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Questions | NBC Chicago - 17-year-old shot 16 times by Chicago police officer (will they be prosecuted also?)
King: Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke's murder charge is too late - NY Daily News
Videos Show Masked Men Threatening Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Before Shooting - The recordings could offer clues to the identities of the men who shot black protesters on Monday night.

CNN Analyst "Shocked There's No Violence" During Chicago Protests | Video | Media Matters for America - CNN's Harry Houck: "Thugs Like To Use This As An Excuse To ... Riot, Destroy Property, [And] Fight The Police" (CNN is very racist)
- The Violent Legacy of Chicago's Police (April)

Judge rules on alleged gay-basher's tweets (live by the tweet ...)

Wedding Venue Owners Want To Be Able To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples - The owners of New York's Liberty Ridge Farm say their faith does not allow them to participate in a same-sex marriage. (what part of serving the public don't you understand)

- Humanism, Doubt, and Optimism - by Lawrence Krauss, 2015 Humanist of the Year 20 October 2015

That "alien megastructure" orbiting a distant star is probably just a bunch of comets ("probably")



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Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syrian Border - The New York Times
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Military Plane Near Syrian Border - This complicates an already complicated situation in the Middle East.
The Latest: Russia Pilot Killed by Groundfire in Syria - The New York Times - Russian news agencies reported the statement Tuesday by general staff spokesman Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, who also said that rebels in Syria fired on a Russian helicopter that was searching for the two pilots of the Su-24.
Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger - The Turkish fighter jet made no attempts to contact Russian pilots before attacking the bomber, Rudskoy added. (which crashed in Syrian territory, so Turkey is really the bad actor here)
- Not Much Putin Can Do About This Turkey Situation - And Putin knows it
Russian Plane Incident Should Show War Hawks the Dangers of a No-Fly Zone Over Syria
The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions - History in the Headlines - The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions

Russia's Putin calls Turkey's downing of Russian jet 'stab in the back' | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Analysts Accuse CENTCOM of Covering Up Cooked ISIS Intelligence - The Daily Beast (crooked "intelligence" and no general will be canned)

West should learn from Iraq and Libya, says Russian envoy Vladimir Morozov - "We can remember Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In both cases, it was said that if you remove the dictator, the country will prosper. The result as we can see is quite different," he said.

US air strike 'hits 238 IS oil trucks' in Syria - BBC News (oh, where did they all come from?)

"Severe Blow" - Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade

Iran Sentences an American Journalist - The New York Times - American journalist Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter held by the government for 16 months and charged with espionage, had been sentenced to prison.

Athens on edge after explosion severely damages buildings | World news | The Guardian - No injuries in timed blast in Greek capital, but it is feared anarchists angry at austerity policies may be launching wave of violence

Silent Arsenal: Israel's Nukes, by the Numbers - nuclear weapons arsenal includes 115 warheads

The Anonymous 'war on ISIS' is already falling apart | The Verge

Deadly Explosion Hits Military Bus In Tunisia - "I saw the bus blow up. There were bodies and blood everywhere."

Mr. Trump's Applause Lies ("Applause" = racist)
NYT Publishes Scathing Takedown Of Trump's 'Racist Lies'
Donald Trump Defends Racist Retweet: 'Am I Gonna Check Every Statistic?' - GOP front-runner refuses to back down after citing bogus crime statistics. (makin' shit up like he always does)
- Donald Trump on waterboarding: "Even if it doesn't work they deserve it" - Republican candidate endorses interrogation method that was scrapped by Bush administration because of torture concerns -- and ineffectiveness

Is Martin Baron the Best News Editor of All Time? - Most all of his colleagues, present and former, sure seem to think so.

CNN's Costello Asks Michigan Mayor If She Is "Afraid" Of Her "Majority Muslim-American" City Council | Video | Media Matters for America -- Carol Costello (of right-wing CNN is a bad human)

Georgia's Rejection of Obamacare Is Hurting the Rural Poor. The decision not to accept the free money and expand Medicaid was not made with Georgians's health in mind, but it has suffered as a result.

Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights To Nonviolent Former Felons - The state is one of a handful that was not already doing this. (Beshear on his way out)

City Releases 'Chilling' Video Of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen 16 Times - The Cook County state's attorney said the officer "was on the scene less than 30 seconds before shooting
Shaun King on Twitter: "Burger King came out publicly and stated that Chicago Police deleted their footage on the murder of #LaquanMcDonald https://t.co/VFA3unJWps"
Chicago Releases Dash-Cam Video Showing Teen's Fatal Shooting by Police : news
Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Questions | NBC Chicago - 17-year-old shot 16 times by Chicago police officer
Cops: Boy, 17, fatally shot by officer after refusing to drop knife (the original lie by the murdering cops)
Chicago police officer who shot black teen 16 times charged with murder | US news | The Guardian - Officer Jason Van Dyke charged with murder one day before judge's deadline for releasing video of shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald (just kept pumping bullets into his prone body)
Chicago Cop Will Be Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Black Teen: Report - Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. - The judge ordered the dash-cam recording to be released by Wednesday after city officials had argued for months it couldn't be made public until the conclusion of several investigations. (investigatin' for a year)
3 In Custody For Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protest Shooting - Two more men -- both white, ages 26 and 21 -- turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon.
Tulane medical student shooting suspect captured, NOPD says | NOLA.com

Why did my university allow a poker night with a gun giveaway? | Kelly Kenoyer | Comment is free | The Guardian - campus group Young Americans for Liberty
Ohio Man Shoots Neighbors, Young Son Dead - Columbus police said they are trying to determine why a man fatally shot a couple and their 7-year-old son and critically wounded their 12-year-old daughter.

A Car Dealers Won't Sell: It's Electric (84% don't give a shit about fuel efficiency)

Cystic fibrosis too 'white' for Ottawa fundraiser

watch: MIT Professor: Why 'Ghosting' Is Bad For Society (Turkle)

Man suffers from broken neck, missing teeth, and fractured face after e-cigarette explodes. : news
ELI5:If we get less Testorone and Estrogen as we age, why do we not get supplements to avoid as an example, decreased bone density. : explainlikeimfive

What's the biggest lie the internet has created? : AskReddit
I'm Jessamyn West, a famous librarian. AMA! : IAmA

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Charles: Syria's War Linked To Climate Change
Ronald Reagan's EPA chief mocks Republicans for ignoring climate science for political gain

Stop the anti-encryption propaganda now | InfoWorld

Report: Russian ground troops arrive in Syria in unprecedented military action - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Emails show DOD analysts told to 'cut it out' on ISIS warnings; IG probe expands | Fox News (lying military)
Eschaton: Of Course They Make Themselves Look Better - But the more "hilarious" thing is that it's almost 2016, and we're still training Iraqi troops. I guess we gave up on painting schools, at least.
Army Colonel says he was retaliated against for blowing whistle on $43 million gas station - The Washington Post (down the drain)

John Oliver's excellent takedown of the fearmongering about Syrian refugees - Vox
Greenwald Goes After CNN's Coverage Of Paris Attacks While On CNN - Well, this is awkward.
The Road To The Paris Attacks Runs Through The Iraq War - So let's be cautious about advice from the invasion's cheerleaders. (sorry, too long ago)
Bashar Assad Likely To Outlast Barack Obama In Office - He's not going anywhere.

Video Appears To Show Greek Coast Guard Attempting To Sink Boat Of Syrian Refugees - The Greek coast guard has denied the allegations, and insists they were working with Turkish crews to rescue the boat.

Eschaton: There's Always Money For Killing Machines - Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans Monday to boost Britain's military equipment budget by 12 billion pounds ($18 billion), the latest in a range of government commitments to fight terrorism and other security threats as Europe remains on a state of high alert. (yeah, that'll help)

Teenage suicide bombers kill at least 12 people in Nigeria and Cameroon | World news | The Guardian - Five girls detonate explosives in two attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, say officials


Why Not Just Print More Money? - The New Yorker - A radical solution to the current economic malaise.

Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government | Pew Research Center - Broad criticism, but positive performance ratings in many areas (Repubicans: party of cruelty)

Fact-checking Trump's claim that thousands in New Jersey cheered when World Trade Center tumbled | PolitiFact - "And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering" (familiar cadence +pants on fire +people of the lie)
The media has no idea how to deal with Donald Trump's constant lying - Vox (lies and the lying liars who believe the lies +media has no standard for truth)
Ben Carson 'Doesn't Stand Behind' His Own Remarks About American Muslims Cheering on 9/11 - ABC News (is that the new dissociative way to say "I lied?"
- Ted Cruz Proves There's No Longer Such Thing as a "Republican Fringe")
Republicans See No Repercussions for Extreme Rhetoric on Syria, Terrorism - a massive problem.
- TV networks unite to fight Trump's restriction on journalists' access (he's directing the show)
Donald Trump Tweets A Wildly Inaccurate Graphic To Portray Black People As Murderers - It falsely claimed that 81 percent of murders involving white people were committed by black people, when only 14 percent were in 2014. (party of lies and delusions)
Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump's Polls

- Massachusetts drops Common Core, will develop own student evaluations:

16 People Injured In Shootout At New Orleans Playground

Letters demand $15 million, say Irving officials worked to smear Ahmed Mohamed after clock arrest | | Dallas Morning News (they lied)

Should The MTA Allow These Nazi Insignias On Subway Cars?: Gothamist

NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it - The Washington Post

- University yoga class canceled because yoga represents "oppression, cultural genocide"

We did it Reddit! After 3 years, Wally Krauss has uploaded a new video! : videos


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Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge - The New York Times - the Iraqi Army had not retreated at all. The soldiers had simply "redeployed" (your lying, corrupt military)

Authorities Missed Many 'Red Flags' Before Paris Attacks - Many point to Belgium as a weak link in European security. (not the smartest "intelligence)

Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil? | Kenan Malik | Comment is free | The Guardian - Jihadis view themselves as waging a war against the west that, in their eyes, is an all-encompassing monster, the source of all manner of horror and dread (couldn't have anything to do with having the shit bombed out of them)

ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape - The New York Times (women are commodities)

Russian sailor drinks half a litre of rum before crashing 7,000-ton ship at full speed into Scotland : worldnews

Nuns dress up as prostitutes to rescue sex slaves : news

Trump and Carson back use of waterboarding in fight against Isis | US news | The Guardian - Technique widely denounced as torture is "peanuts compared with what they are doing to us" says real estate mogul as he does not rule out independent run ("us")
Hullabaloo - Trump, eliminationism and the feckless Dems - The MSNBC reporter asked him why Muslims databases would be different than having Jews register in Nazi Germany. He replied, "You tell me" (they never learn)
- Protester gets punched at Trump rally. Trump: "Maybe he deserved to get roughed up"
daveweigel on Twitter: "Christie on refugees: "I AM concerned about widows and orphans -- the widows and orphans of my state, of September 11.""

John Bel Edwards beats David Vitter to become Louisiana's next governor | NOLA.com
Louisiana Just Voted to Give a Quarter of a Million People Health Care | Mother Jones - anti-abortion, pro-gun, West Point grad
John Bel Edwards Wins Louisiana Gubernatorial Election - A runoff election took place after neither candidate earned 50 percent of the vote in October.

Massachusetts's Rejection of Common Core Test Signals Shift in U.S.


DOJ Lawyers Will Fly To Minneapolis To Probe Jamar Clark Shooting - A key issue during their visit will be whether authorities should release to the public videos of the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Clark a week ago. ("confiscated" witnesses' cellphones, because)


- Addicted to chemsex: "It's a horror story" - An increasing number of gay men are taking part in multi-day, drug-fuelled orgies despite the health risks
Microsoft Word - ChemSex definition 19dec14 FINAL.docx - ChemSex-definition-19dec14-FINAL.pdf

Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over 'cultural issues' | Ottawa & Region | News - But Scharf, a yoga teacher with the downtown Rama Lotus Centre, said the concept does not apply in this case, arguing the complaint that killed the program came instead from a "social justice warrior" with "fainting heart ideologies" in search of a cause celebre."(oppressed by disabled people doing yoga)

In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined in Drought, While the Rich Soak - The New York Times - In Brentwood, one home listed for sale offers 12 bathrooms and a water slide that goes from inside the house to one of two pools. Another home under construction in Bel Air has been issued permits for five pools.

A temporary marriage makes more sense than marriage ... marriages should start with a five-year contract that either spouse could end or renew with a further 10- or 15-year contract and, if all still went well after that, a permanent contract.

English is not normal - No, English No, English isn't uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language (<-read this)

[Theory] Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens : reddit.com


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- I believed we would face an antibiotics apocalypse -- until now -- a new approach to antibiotic development based on bacteriocins - protein antibiotics produced by bacteria to kill closely related species, and exquisitely narrow-spectrum

- NSA did keep its e-mail metadata program after it "ended" in 2011

Brussels in lockdown after terror threat level is raised to maximum | World news | The Guardian - Shops close, football is cancelled and people are urged to stay home


Anonymous Has Now Taken Down 20,000 ISIS Twitter Accounts, Promises to Go On

- Shock UK deficit figures dent George Osborne's economic plan - Gap between state spending and revenue is worst in October for six years with economists warning chancellor will need further austerity or miss annual target (six year of austerity fail, but the plan is really to destroy public services because the rich don't need them)

Ukraine's chief MH17 expert survives assassination attempt - watch on - uatoday.tv - Police suspect the attack could have been motivated by his professional activities (you don't say)

CNN Reporter Suspended for Opinionated Tweet - ABC News - CNN correspondent Elise Labott has been suspended for two weeks after tweeting that the Statue of Liberty "bows head in anguish" following House passage of a bill making it tougher for refugees from Syria and Iraq to enter the United States. (media decides what you're not allowed to think, especially anything logical)

- Clinton Slams Sanders' Free college By Invoking Donald Trump's Kids (because Trump's kids are going to go to a public university, plz Hillary)



Congressman Calls DEA Heads Firing | Video | C-SPAN.org - nt Obama to fire Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rosenberg recently called medical marijuana a "joke."
Alaska Marijuana Control Board votes to allow consumption in retail outlets | Alaska Dispatch News (coulda been you, MA)
Two months after Oregon legalization, pot saturation sends profits up in smoke | US news | The Guardian - over-saturation and shaky business plans mean that for some dispensaries business is not booming


Jenny McCarthy slams Charlie Sheen for not telling her he had HIV - The Washington Post - McCarthy, who waged a years-long war against vaccinations, is known for her, let's say, colorful interpretation of scientific and medical facts, so this gobbledygook about kissing Charlie Sheen would certainly seem in keeping with her brand ... Man, I'm guessing science wasn't her strongest subject in school


Our Dream State, REM Sleep, Influences Memory Consolidation During Other Sleep Phases -- DREADD - Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs.
A Cup Of Joe May Lower Risk Of Death From Disease; Benefits Of Drinking Coffee Extend Lifespan - further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases
Taste comes from the brain, not the tongue, scientists discover - ScienceAlert - Everything we thought about taste is wrong... (it's all in your head)
Inflammation linked to weakened reward circuits in depression

A "dead" galaxy full of dark matter is lurking close to home
Dark matter is really dark, but not totally dark: Scientists are dialing in the darkness - The Washington Post - "But finally, dark matter seems to be doing something! It seems to care about the world around it." (hmmmm)
Is it possible to think of two entangled particles that appear separate in 3D space as one object in 4D space that was connected the whole time or is there real some exchange going on? : askscience
Quantum entanglement achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers : science



If you could write a warning label about your ex that their next SO would read, what would it say? : AskReddit
Has anything you've ever posted on reddit come back to bite you? If so, what was it? : AskReddit
dr_zevon comments on I had sex with a transsexual girl and was on the receptive end. AMA
Men and Women - What is the "sluttiest" thing you have ever done? : AskReddit
Looking for songs that say "everything will be ok." : Music
What is a sub-$100 gadget that everyone needs but few people may already have? : AskReddit


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Tom Steyer talks climate change and the 2016 election | Marketplace.org (hostile interview by Kai Ryssdal, aspiring very special person makes false equivalency with Kochbros and claims "both sides do it' of course ingnoring Citizens United entirely)
Antibiotic Resistance on the Rise Among Chinese Cattle - Out on the weekend, where the wingo di tutti wingnuts is unlikely to get too sciencey. (let's have more anti-factual Texas textbooks)

Deadly Siege Ends After Assault on Hotel in Mali - The New York Times
Paris and Mali Attacks Expose Lethal Qaeda-ISIS Rivalry - The New York Times
- The Mali Hotel Attack Is Not Paris, and That's on Us (what we don't know because media doesn't think it's important)

5 Killed in Tel Aviv and West Bank by Palestinian Attackers - The New York Times

Jonathan Pollard, American Who Spied for Israel, Released After 30 Years - The New York Times
U.S. Releases Jonathan Pollard - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "the people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard." (Obama's long game)

The Civilized and the Damned - The New York Times

How anxiety about terrorist attacks could change our politics - The Washington Post (America, land of fear)
- Trump, Carson and GOP in explosion of rhetoric over Syrians
Holocaust Museum Condemns Treatment Of Syrian Refugees In U.S.
Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S. - The New York Times

How The White House Lost Democrats On The Syrian Refugee Bill
The House of Representatives Votes to Ban Syrian Refugee Settlement - This is where it starts. (only Charlie give us the names: Lynch, Keating, Murphy)

New York Police Form Counterterrorism Force With More Firepower and Training - The New York Times

Texas Man Shoots 6 to Death Over Land Dispute - ix people were shot to death over the weekend in a place called Palestine. - Did you read much about it? No. Because this Palestine is in Texas, and because it was just another example of the price we are expected to pay for our Second Amendment freedom

- The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of "The Book Was Better Than The Movie (interesting)
The Grantland Articles We Loved Most | FiveThirtyEight


A Virtual Reality Revolution, Coming to a Headset Near You - The New York Times
Yahoo Restricts Ad-Blocking Software for Some Email Users - The New York Times (Marissa getting desperate)

The yoyoing subreddit made an awesome community video : videos (don't miss)

Neko Case on Twitter: "Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine believes finding music is "very difficult" for women https://t.co/6oE3c7QfR2 BECAUSE HE IS A STUPID TWAT."
Surface Pro 4 Pen Demo - Photoshop Artist Time Lapse and 14 Pen Tips and Tricks! - YouTube

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Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era' - BBC News (return to medieval death-rates)
Emergence of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism MCR-1 in animals and human beings in China: a microbiological and molecular biological study - The Lancet Infectious Diseases (invincible Staph)

- Paris attacks: suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in St-Denis raid

How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks | World news | The Guardian - Authorities knew of at least three of the Paris attackers but did not act - and ignored a warning about a potential attack (historically, intelligence hasn't been that smart)

Three Israelis killed in attacks in Tel Aviv and the West Bank | World news | The Guardian - Palestinian from Hebron arrested over attack outside shop where prayer service was taking place

The Internment of Japanese Americans Still Haunts the United States - The Atlantic - Seventy years after the mass internment of Japanese Americans was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ugly ideas at the core of its decision are resurfacing. - Tennessee legislator Glen Casada called for the state National Guard to "round up" all Syrian refugees in the state on Tuesday.
House Dems Back GOP On Bill To Pause Admittance Of Some Refugees - They supported the legislation despite White House opposition. Forty-seven House Democrats
Schumer: Refugee pause may be necessary | TheHill (Chuckie Fuckie again)

2016 Republican primary: Lindsey Graham mocks John Kasich's proposed Judeo-Christian agency: 'I think that was the Crusades' - politico - Graham mocks Kasich's proposed Judeo-Christian agency: "I think that was the Crusades" (he occasionally actually says the obvious, unlike the other clowns)

- ISIS Calls Anonymous "Idiots" as Cyber War Heats Up

Syrian man kills judge at ISIS Sharia Court for beheading his brother : worldnews


- More than 1 million civilian guns were stolen over the same period, according to FBI records. (why we can't let any Syrians into America)

Chicago Rarely Penalizes Officers for Complaints, Data Shows - The New York Times (thick blue line)

Texas: We don't need academics to fact-check our textbooks (+video) - CSMonitor.com (proudly anti-factual but influencing whole country's textbooks)

Reporters barred from Mass. college sit-in unless they support Black Lives Matter movement : news

Our Own Private Disaster | Boston Review - Terrible Schools Are Great for Business (golden opportunities!)

Airport commission approves a private LAX lounge for the rich and famous - LA Times

Dark matter might cause fundamental constants to change over time
- Dark matter might cause fundamental constant to change of time - r/science

Stop Playing Monopoly With Your Kids (And Play These Games Instead) | FiveThirtyEight

'Power Over Wi-Fi' named one of the year's game-changing technologies

37 [M4F] WI - Excellent boyfriend material (if a wheelchair isn't a deal-breaker) : r4r
NimbusArchon comments on [WP] You tell Death that you will never tire of living no matter how long you live. It makes you a bet that you will and thus grants you true immortality. You've just lived through the second death of the universe and show no sign of stopping. Death is baffled.
xkcd: A Bunch of Rocks

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October Obliterated Heat Records - The month was so hot that 2015 now has a 99.9 percent probability of being the hottest year on record.

A Helpful Primer on 13 Military Terms - Journos and pols may not understand them, but now you do.

Obama's drone war a "recruitment tool" for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers (another one of those obvious facts everyone ignores, see the Onion's prophecy)
We Need to Re-Learn the Lessons of the Iraq War | Mother Jones - Remember Fallujah? It took the better part of a year and nearly 15,000 troops to take a medium-sized city held by a few thousand poorly trained militants. Now multiply that by ten or so. And multiply the casualties by 10 or 20 or 30 too (Republicans are learning-disabled)

Timeline Of The Paris Attacks And Aftermath - From the first suicide bomb outside the Stade de France to a seven-hour standoff and raid that left two suspects dead. - French President Francois Hollande reiterated the government's commitment to helping Syrian refugees, promising to take in 30,000 people within the next 2 years. That's up 6,000 from France's previous pledge. (and 30,000 more than America, which caused the whole fuckup)

After Endless Demonization Of Encryption, Police Find Paris Attackers Coordinated Via Unencrypted SMS : technology

Paris attacks: The eight terror suspects named so far are not refugees and all have EU passports : worldnews (don't let facts get in your way, Americans)
Paris attacks: The eight terror suspects named so far are not refugees and all have EU passports | Europe | News | The Independent - Several of the suspects lived in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek

Suspected architect of Paris attacks is dead, according to two senior European officials - The Washington Post - The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed Wednesday in a massive predawn raid by French police commandos, two senior European officials said, after investigators followed leads that the fugitive militant was holed up north of the French capital and could be plotting another wave of violence.
French Police Unsure Of Attack Mastermind's Status After Deadly Raid - Starting around 4:30 a.m, local police, backed by the French National Police RAID Team, exchanged gunfire with the suspected terrorists, with police firing over 5,000 rounds,
Saint Denis Siege: Armed Police Storm Apartment In Hunt For Paris Attacks Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud - Two killed in early morning armed raids - Including female suicide bomber who blew herself up
Exclusive: Suspects had planned attack on Paris business district - sources | Reuters
An ISIS Militant From Belgium Whose Own Family Wanted Him Dead - The New York Times
Diesel named as police dog killed in Saint Denis raids hunting for Paris attackers | Europe | News | The Independent - At least five officers suffered minor injuries in the raid
Paris attacks: deadly police raid in St-Denis - as it happened
Massive Police Raid In Paris Suburb Ends With 2 Dead, 7 Arrests - The seven-hour siege focused on Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks.

Shafer: Myth of the Terrorist Mastermind - POLITICO Magazine - Why do we need to keep telling ourselves the plotters are special?

- Syrian Refugees Must Be Kept Out Because It's Too Easy to Get Guns in America alicublog: I'd Rather Be Right. - Obama said this about Republicans who are trying to protect America from pathetic refugees: ""At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three year old orphans"
Scottish Newspaper Puts U.S. Governors To Shame With Refugee Welcome - "Welcome to Scotland."
Bloomberg Poll: Most Americans Oppose Syrian Refugee Resettlement - Bloomberg Politics - Americans agree with Republican presidential candidates on refugees, but are divided on whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, according to the poll - Fifty-three percent
Syrian Refugee Family Bound For Indiana Gets Sent To Friendlier State - Indiana officials pushed to move the mother, father and little boy elsewhere.

Boko Haram Actually Kills More People In Terror Attacks Than ISIS - Let's not forget the horrific terror group taking lives in northern Nigeria. (some other planet)

- On MSNBC, Muslim Refugee Advocate Slams Conservatives' Call For A "Christian Only" Refugee Policy (Jesus would be pround)
Eschaton: How About We Only Let In The One True Christian - Aside from the horrible bigotry, I just get a wee bit frustrated with tribal Christians who apparently know nothing about their own religion

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers: No Syrian refugees to Roanoke Valley until security assured - Roanoke Times: Roanoke News
Mayor Wonders If We Need WWII-Style Internment Camps After Paris Attacks - David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, said in a statement that he has asked local agencies to suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees "until these serious hostilities and atrocities end, or at the very least until regarded as under control by U.S. authorities, and normalcy is restored."
Virginia mayor: wartime internment of Japanese justifies ban on Syrian refugees | US news | The Guardian (sure got himself a little attention)
The Mayor of Roanoke is a Charming & Erudite Individual - Lawyers, Guns & Money : George Takei's reply began with a history lesson for Mr. Bowers ... but of Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. I was one of them, and my family and I spent 4 years in prison camps because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor (Mayor Bowers really stepped in it)

Eschaton: In The Beginning Were The Mushroom Clouds - For those of us who were alive at the time, the runup to the Iraq war was all about mushroom clouds and oceans don't protect us anymore and balsa wood drones of death and gotta fight them over there instead of fighting them over here and scary vials of weapons of mass destruction and we're all going to die unless we take out Saddam, basically

Daily News Compares NRA To Jihadists On Front Page - Do they have a point? - Setting a new record for lethal insanity, Washington's pro-gun absolutists insist that suspected terrorists must have an unfettered right to buy assault weapons rivaling those wielded by ISIS in Paris.

Emanuel's speed cameras issue $2.4 million in bad tickets

My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up. - The Washington Post (white lawyer who called the cops told her to go fuck herself)

Ben Stein: Obama's "Hatred Of America" May Be "Because He's Part Black" | Video | Media Matters for America (said the racist asshole)

- Donald Trump: I should be President because "I can feel" terrorism ... "like a good location" for a casino or hotel

Ben Carson Is Struggling to Grasp Foreign Policy, Advisers Say - NYTimes.com - then failed, on national television, to name the countries he would call on to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State. (Repubicans: the stupider the better)
Ben Carson Lacks Foreign Policy Knowledge - Ben Carson Can't Grasp Middle East - ?Clarridge was pardoned (in the middle of his trial) by President George H.W. Bush in that historic exercise in ass-covering on the way out the door in 1992 (fuckers still out there fucking your country)

Bobby Jindal Drops Out Of The 2016 Presidential Race - "This is not my time." (another clown down)

The Regime Change Problem in American Politics - The New York Times (end of "party decides?"
The Party Decides and the 2016 Republican Primaries - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (durability of the clowns: who's the most serious clown?)

Some Wisconsin Water Is Comparable to a Third World Country (Thanks, Scott Walker) - We can't drink, brush our teeth, wash dishes, wash food; we can't use our water (keep voting Republican, Wississippi)

Eschaton: Hey, Dudes, Child Support is Real - Your uterus isn't about them, but they try to make it about them. I don't think they get that... it will be about them for a lot of money, for a long time.

California judge says ex-wife in divorce case cannot use frozen embryos | US news | The Guardian (but they are little frozen babies!)

Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014 | Armstrong Economics (vast cop crime wave)
Forensic Pseudoscience | Boston Review - The Unheralded Crisis of Criminal Justice (of course cops would use fake "science")

The Scary New Science That Shows Milk Is Bad For You | Mother Jones - More troubling was Willett's finding that men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were almost twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as those who drank no milk

The University as a Capitalist Service Organization - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

World toilet day: from South Sudan to Russia, where not to get caught short | Global development | The Guardian (well well)

ZerothLaw comments on Former Monthly Magic Box Customers Beware - "Don't feed the trolls" is based on a few erroneous assumptions.
What is your #1 tip to improve your relationship with your SO, Reddit? : AskReddit
CucumbersScaringCats


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Appeals court lets NSA phone program continue - POLITICO - A federal appeals court has granted a stay that will allow a controversial National Security Agency telephone surveillance program to continue through its planned end on November 29. (of course)
Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - CIA director John Brennan thinks privacy advocates undermine counter-terrorism work. But snooping on everyone won't protect us

This War Will Destabilize The Entire Mideast Region And Set Off A Global Shockwave Of Anti-Americanism vs. No It Won't - If you thought Osama bin Laden was bad, just wait until the countless children who become orphaned by U.S. bombs in the coming weeks are all grown up. (March 2003: but the VSP's were, like catastrophically stupid and wrong and evil)

France Searches For Second Fugitive Suspect In Paris Attacks - German official says Syrian passport may have been used as a false flag to stir fear of refugees. (hello, Michigan)
Elizabeth Warren Delivers Stinging Critique Of Efforts To Reject Syrian Refugees - "We are not a nation that delivers children back into the hands of ISIS murderers."
Look At These Photos Before You Say We Can't Take In Syrian Refugees
The West Is Giving ISIS Exactly What It Wants - Unfortunately, conservatives in the U.S. and Europe seem to want to do all the wrong things. (and they aren't the only ones)
CNN anchor blames French Muslims for failure to prevent attacks - The Washington Post - CNN anchors John Vause and Isha Sesay spent a good six-plus minutes blaming French Muslims either for not doing enough before the attacks or for not doing enough after the attacks (idiots and very bad people)
France's Le Pen urges 'immediate halt' to migrant intake - Yahoo News
- Paris attacks: arrests in Germany as France requests EU help
- Serbian police arrest man with Syrian passport matching Paris attacker's

Metrojet Crash In Egypt Was Result Of 'Terrorist Act,' Russia Says - A homemade explosive device blew up on the plane, Alexander Bortnikov said.
Russia's security chief says a "terror act" brought down Russian plane in Egypt killing all 224 people on board : worldnews
Exclusive: Egypt detains two airport staff in connection with Russian air crash - sources | Reuters
The Latest: US officials: Russia attacks IS stronghold
Syria 2015 - Footage of What is Claimed to be White Phosphorus Used in Idlib - YouTube - Published on Nov 13, 2015 (hell incarnate)

U.S. Airstrikes Destroy 116 Fuel Trucks Used By ISIS In Eastern Syria (oh, look, we just found 116 oil tankers we didn't know were there before)

To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account | The Nation - And that includes the Saudi kings whose funding of Wahhabi doctrine gave rise to the scourge of Islamic extremism. (barn door fell off long ago)

Fearing Fear Itself - The New York Times (macho whiny-ass titty babies are very stupid +guns are "destroying civilization")

Here's A Running Tally Of The Governors Who Want To Reject Syrian Refugees - Some of them are running for president. (they are never responsible for the problems they cause)

One Day Later, Anonymous Already Takes Down 3,824 Pro-ISIS Twitter Accounts : news



Roe in the Crosshairs - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Next June, the Supreme Court will determine whether Texas' draconian restrictions on abortion are constitutional. If the statute is upheld, Roe has been overruled whether Kennedy says it explicitly or not: (the patriarchy strikes back)





Eschaton: Placing the Right Bets - I'd bet a reasonable amount that the entire New Jersey pension fund is invested in beanie babies. All those seemingly empty transshipment buildings along 95 probably hold them. (yet another very bad decision by fat bully fuck Christie)


News About Ed Kilgore, Don't Freak Out -- I have some news to share: chief Political Animal blogger Ed Kilgore has accepted a new job, at New York magazine. Friday is his last working day here at the Washington Monthly.
No, Don't Freak Out By Ed Kilgore

Losing her mind and watching it go: the slow suffering of Lewy body disease | Society | The Guardian - It is the second most common form of dementia and yet very little is known about the disease that killed Robin Williams.

Scientists Just Spotted The Most Distant Object In Our Solar System - Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the most distant object in the solar system -- a dwarf planet floating some 9.5 billion miles from the sun. ("planet X")

What is the hardest thing you have ever said no to? : AskReddit

- Revealed: Germaine Greer's 30,000-word love letter to Martin Amis, a lover who left her "helpless with desire" - In 2013 the feminist author sold her lifetime archive to the University of Melbourne

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Ghosts of oceans past - ALREADY, the sea level findings indicate that it may not take much more warming to melt large parts of major ice sheets. (looking at 60' sea-level rise)

CIA Director Documentary: The Attacks Will Be "Spectacular" == An exclusive look at how the Bush administration ignored this warning from the CIA months before 9/11, along with others that were far more detailed than previously revealed.
No One in the Bush Administration Will Accept Responsibility for 9/11 - It should be clear to everyone save members of the Bush family who are running for president that C-Plus Augustus and his national security staff were criminally negligent in the summer of 2001.
Fighting Terrorism Was Dubya's Biggest Weakness -- NYMag - Chris Whipple's revelations about the CIA's urgent, ignored pleas to focus on the threat from Al Qaeda before 9/11

- Surveillance Hawk Stewart Baker Confirms Dragnet Didn't Work as Designed (yeah, it never does)

Karl Denninger uncovers the massive amounts of tracking that occurs with phone applications in his review of the Blackberry Priv : technology

France Seeks Unity To Bomb Islamic State - Amidst a manhunt for the mastermind behind the Paris attacks, France beefs up its war against ISIS.
All Paris Attackers Identified So Far Are European Nationals, According To Top EU Official | ThinkProgress - The majority of attackers were identified as French or Belgian nationals
The Return of Republican Islamophobia -- NYMag

Paris attacks | Reuters.com
Manhunt For Paris Attackers Nets Dozens Of Suspects, Arms - Police arrested 23 people and seized arms including rocket launchers in 168 raids overnight. (AKs and RPGs and munitions specialists easy to obtain in Europe)
Rocket Launcher Found In French Police Raids - The French interior ministry says 168 locations were searched across the country and 23 people taken into police custody.
French police are using new powers under the state of emergency to question people in the "radical jihadist movement". Over 150 searches executed, multiple arrests, and a rocket launcher discovered. : worldnews - "This is just the beginning... The response of the Republic will be total... The terrorists will never destroy the Republic, because it is the Republic that will destroy them
Turkey Says It Warned France Twice About Paris Attacker - The country says it told France to look out for the 29-year-old in December 2014 and June 2015. (see, not enought surveillance)
Jordan's King Abdullah II calls upon Muslims to lead the fight against terrorism
Three Syrians arrested in St.Maarten with false Greek travel documents | Times Caribbean Online
How Belgium Became a Terrorism Hotbed - The Daily Beast - Molenbeek, a multi-ethnic neighborhood in central Brussels.

Vowing to destroy terrorism, France seeks global coalition against Islamic State | Reuters - French President Francois Hollande called on the United States and Russia to join a global coalition to destroy Islamic State in the wake of the attacks across Paris, and announced a wave of measures to combat terror in France.
Exclusive: After Paris, Americans want U.S. to do more to attack Islamic State - poll | Reuters - 63 percent of Americans were fearful that a Paris-style attack could happen near them ... When asked about regular ground troops, the opposition grew stronger with 76 percent opposing deploying troops.
As Predicted: Encryption Haters Are Already Blaming Snowden (?!?) For The Paris Attacks | Techdirt

Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, including G20 members : worldnews

U.S. Warplanes Strike ISIS Oil Trucks in Syria - The New York Times (oh, look, trucks carrying oil we never noticed before)
Islamic State Threatens To Attack Washington

Paris attacks: David Cameron warns UK terrorist attack is 'highly likely' | UK Politics | News | The Independent - Mr Cameron vowed to 'wipe out' Isis and its ideology (big words from the mouth of failure)

U.S., China in South China Sea - U.S. Asserts International Law After China's Land Grab - Understanding the stand-off in the Spratly Sea.



Cornel West Stumps for Bernie Sanders in Iowa (best speech of them all)

- Donald Trump is playing with fire: How his ugly new bout of race-baiting could be the GOP's Undoing -- will attacks on Carson and Rubio spell doom for him? Maybe not, but any victory could prove pyhrric (still waiting for the mythical rational Republican we see)


TSA failed to catch man with loaded gun on airplane. : news

Chicago cops conducted unauthorized spying on protesters | Chicago Sun-Times

Inside small-town Louisiana feud that led to a 6-year-old boy's police killing (youngest kid killed this year was tradgic collateral damage in small town policing for profit turf war)

The free speech/p.c. argument we need to have, and which the right obscures: College kids are not the enemy, corporations and the government are - Salon.com - Free speech erupts every time there's debate on campus. We're arguing! The real repression comes from elsewhere ... Suzanne Nossel, the head of PEN America, an organization dedicated to the freedom of expression across the United States (is completely wrong and a bad person)
Dartmouth College Breaks Out in Violence After Black Lives Matter Protest on Campus : news
Black Lives Matter protesters berate white students studying at Dartmouth library : news

When scientists falsify data, they try to cover it up by writing differently in their published works. A study of 253 scientific papers retracted for fraudulent data identifies the writing patterns associated with obfuscation. : science
NASA scientists shocked by what they found on Pluto's surface - Could this mean that Pluto is still geologically active?

What's the worst thing that has happened to you during sex? : AskReddit
Vehlin comments on FCC: yes, you're allowed to hack your WiFi router - Because you ARE hacking it, per the actual definition of hacking. (for the riff)

Snapchat's valuation falls by 25%, and more big tech companies will follow - At the time of the Fidelity investment, Snapchat was said to be valued at a jaw-dropping $16 billion. Now it's only worth $12 billion, at least in the eyes of Fidelity.
Snapchat's valuation falls by 25%, and more big tech companies will follow
[NSFW] What's the biggest bullet you've dodged? : AskReddit
NSFW: Doctors and nurses of reddit, despite knocking before entering a patient's room, what's the strangest thing you've walked in on a patient doing? : AskReddit
Married men of Reddit, how often do you touch your wife's boobs? : AskReddit

Allen Toussaint, From A Whisper To A Scream - YouTube

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Today in the Sixth Extinction - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

There Is Only One Way to Defeat ISIS - A 242-ship Navy will not stop one motivated murderous fanatic from emptying the clip of an AK-47 into the windows of a crowded restaurant. - Tough talk in the context of what happened in Paris is as empty as a bell rung at the bottom of a well. We must hold accountable our Middle Eastern "allies" -- the states and bankers and political elites -- who persist in funding mass murder. (root causes too deep for most Americans)

Iraq Warned Of Imminent Attacks: REPORT - Senior Iraqi officials claim they had warned coalition countries of imminent assaults.
France Bombs ISIS Headquarters In Syria
Photos Capture Paris Reeling The Day After Terror Attacks
Passport trade raises doubts over Paris attackers' identities | World news | The Guardian - Trade in fake Syrian travel documents raises concerns that passport was carried to France by more than one person
ISIL - Calling the Shots? - Read the Islamic State's propaganda and you wonder if the followers might be getting ahead of their caliph.
Why A Backlash Against Refugees Only Helps ISIS - The more that happens, the more French Muslims feel alienated and are susceptible to extremist recruitment
Help Us Find The Paris Hero Who Saved This Woman At The Bataclan - "Please, I'm pregnant"
Bill Kristol Calls For 50,000 Troops To Fight ISIS - The pundit is a noted war hawk and heavily advocated for the Iraq War.
- Paris attacks highlight France's gun control problem (porous borders, too many guns everywhere anyway)

Paris Death Toll Rises As Officials Piece Together Information On Suspects - The death toll has risen to 129, with 352 injured and 99 in critical condition.
French Authorities Hunt For 8th Assailant After Discovering Suspected Getaway Car - One assailant has already been identified, and authorities believe one or more are still at large.
Suspected Getaway Car In Paris Attacks Found Abandoned In Suburb - Several AK-47 rifles were in the back seat.
CBS News on Twitter: "UPDATE: U.S. intelligence official tells CBS News Syrian passport recovered in #Paris attacks might be fake https://t.co/lnMCJ4x4dn"
Obama vows to help France hunt down perpetrators of Paris terror attacks - The Washington Post
The Latest: Italian woman, 28, among the dead in Paris hall
Manhunt Underway as Paris Investigation WidensAttackers in Paris
- The New York Times - The authorities had initially said there were eight attackers, but on Saturday night said that only seven attackers had died
Attackers in Paris Did Not Give Anybody a Chance
A Terrifying Account From A Survivor Of The Paris Concert Hall Massacre - You never think it will happen to you.
These Are The Lives Cut Tragically Short In Paris - 129 people have been confirmed dead.
Here's What We Know About The Paris Attackers - One French attacker was identified, and seven were detained in Belgium with links to the attacks.
Paris Gunmen Single Out Frangois Hollande, and Leave Him With Few Palatable Responses - The New York Times
Republican Candidates Urge Aggressive Response After Paris Attacks - The New York Times
Strategy Shift for ISIS: Inflicting Terror in Distant Lands - The New York Times
How ISIS Expanded Its Threat - The New York Times

Eschaton: What Would You Do, Hippies? - No simple cause and effect with these things, ever, but we've been blowing people up and arming other people to blow people up and toppling governments and siding with the "moderate rebels" and then siding with the new moderate rebels and then the new new moderate rebels and then sometimes reconsidering and siding with the people the new new moderate rebels were attacking because those moderate rebels suddenly didn't seem too moderate anymore. Hey, where did all of those weapons go? Better send some more! Also, too, more training. (sorry, way too complicated)


Beating Around the Bush: Part I by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Hard to believe how much has changed in a quarter-century. -- It was twenty-five years ago today that President George H. W. Bush signed into law the 1990 Clean Air Act, which implemented a cap-and-trade system to reduce the sulfur dioxide emissions that were causing acid rain

As Trump Surges to a Big Lead Again, the GOP Establishment Is In Deep Trouble by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Rivals at Democratic Debate Attack Hillary Clinton - The New York Times - instead found herself pummeled by rivals on Saturday over her ties to Wall Street and her foreign policy record.
The Best Moments From The Second Democratic Debate - National security and Wall Street were major topics of conversation.
Fact Check: The Second Democratic Debate - The New York Times



The Great Statistical Schism | Quillette - teach Bayes first.




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Paris Death Toll Rises As Officials Piece Together Information On Suspects - 129 dead. 352 injured, 99 critically.
Graphic Video Shows Concertgoers Escaping Paris Terror Attack - Unrelenting horror.
Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS - The New York Times
Belgium makes three arrests linked to Paris attacks | Fox News
Paris attacks: day after atrocity - as it happened | World news | The Guardian
Survivors Reveal Harrowing Details Of Paris Attacks - It was a bloodbath. It was a slaughter. Dead people everywhere
Horrifying Eyewitness Accounts From Paris Attack Survivors - It looked like a battlefield, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere.
Young Frenchman Identified As Possible Bomber In Attack On Bataclan Concert Hall - The young man had been flagged to authorities in the past.
Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let's stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves - We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change (sorry, two dots too hard to connect and we can't remember yesterday)
Paris Terror Attacks May Prompt More Aggressive U.S. Strategy on ISIS - The New York Times (gotta bomb the shit outta somebody)
Scene of Carnage Inside Sold-Out Paris Concert Hall
Paris Attacks: Suicide Bomber Was Blocked From Entering Stade de France - WSJ - A suicide bomber had a ticket to the France-Germany soccer game, but his explosive vest was found during a security check at the gate
Deadly Paris Attacks Come Amid Rising Religious Tension In France - As violent incidents increase, so do claims of anti-Muslim laws and views in the nation. (according to plan)
Here Are the Most Horrible Tweets About the Paris Tragedy | Mother Jones
Watch Pianist Perform John Lennon's 'Imagine' Outside Paris' Bataclan | Rolling Stone

Mass Grave Of Yazidis Unearthed Near Iraq's Sinjar


How criminologists who study biology are shunned by their field | Quillette

After pot legalization could Colorado spearhead universal healthcare? | US news | The Guardian - Coloradans will vote next year on whether to become the first state to opt out of ObamaCare and set up a single-payer system similar to Medicare (coulda been you, Massholes, but Chawlie and Maarty hate pot)


New derivation of pi links quantum physics and pure math
What causes the repulsive force between atoms? : askscience - Pauli exclusion principle.

Was Ripon school gripped by mass psychogenic illness? | Science | The Guardian - What doctors used to call mass hysteria usually occurs among close-knit groups as anxiety weaves its way through, causing physical symptoms

People with high social skills. What's the biggest mistake that people often make in interactions with others? : AskReddit - Not realizing when another person is uncomfortable.
An Irish guy let his dad borrow his GoPro for his trip to Vegas. He had it turned around the wrong way the whole time, hilarious. : videos
A collection of rare photos. : pics
Intense zoom. : gifs
First time seeing 20/20 : aww

Security News This Week: Someone's Cutting Fiber Optic Cables in the Bay Area | WIRED - Even though authorities aggressively prosecuted Matthew Keys for his involvement in a 2010 hack of the LA Times' website, they apparently never bothered to charge the alleged real hacker (Obama's priorities: reporters are the biggest problem)

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Collapsing Greenland glacier could raise sea levels by half a metre, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian - Huge Zachariae Isstrom glacier has begun to break up, starting a rapid retreat that could continue to raise sea levels for decades to come (and then we have West Antartica, so tie Inhofe and Rubio to the beaches)
- Scientists say Greenland just opened up a major new "floodgate" of ice into the ocean (those librul science-scam climate-hoaxer guys are so funny with their doomsday predictions)
- Idea of slow climate change in the earth's s past misleading

Paris attacks: ISIS claims responsibility after hundreds killed | World | News | Daily Express Islamic State terror group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the co-ordinated shootings and bombings across Paris.
Paris attacked by shootings and explosions - in pictures | World news | The Guardian - Scores killed in French capital in apparently coordinated series of gun and bomb attacks
Paris attacks: shootings and explosions leave at least 158 dead | World news | The Guardian - Scores die in siege at Bataclan concert hall and at scenes of apparently coordinated series of gun and bomb attacks in French capital
Death tolls reach 158 in Paris. : worldnews - Can't believe they just massacred 100 people in the concert hall. That's unfathomable.
Paris attacks: More than 120 killed at Bataclan and restaurants - BBC News (game-changer)
'Shootings' reported in central Paris: Reports of shooting and casualties in central Paris : worldnews
How should France and the rest of the world react following the terrorist attacks? [Serious] : AskReddit
Two attackers killed as Bataclan police raid ends - ITV News
Paris attacks: France declares state of emergency after dozens killed - live | World news | The Guardian - At least 40 people reported to have been killed and scores taken hostage in French capital
Paris attacks: Dozens dead and hostages held at Bataclan - BBC News
Paris Under Assault: Dozens Dead In Multiple Attacks, Up To 100 Held Hostage - France has closed its borders in response to the attacks.
Multiple Attacks Hit Paris Area in Night of Deadly Terror - The New York Times - French television and news services quoted the police as saying at least 60 people had been killed and many dozens wounded in at least four attacks

Kurdish Forces Seize Iraq's Sinjar Town From Islamic State
Jihadi John 'dead': US officials believe Raqqa drone strike killed Mohammed Emwazi | Home News | News | The Independent
Jihadi John 'Probably' Killed In US Drone Strike - Britain said the death of the militant would strike at the heart of the Islamic State group.
Killing Mohammed Emwazi a significant blow to Isis, says US | World news | The Guardian< (or their "prestige" anyway) /a>
Beirut suicide bombings kill over 40 - CNN.com

A federal court has ruled that warrentless tracking of web histories is a violation of the Wiretap Act and other privacy laws : news



Americans Greatly Overestimate Economic Mobility | RealClearScience - Americans greatly overestimate social and economic mobility in the United States, and the effect is most pronounced among younger Americans, Conservatives, and those who perceive themselves to be in a higher social class.

Vincent Asaro, Accused in Lufthansa Heist, Is Found Not Guilty - The New York Times

CIA Director Documentary: The Attacks Will Be Spectacular - An exclusive look at how the Bush administration ignored this warning from the CIA months before 9/11, along with others that were far more detailed than previously revealed. (it's almost like ...)
George Bush Sr book reveals a more dangerous Dick Cheney than anyone knew | US news | The Guardian - Destiny and Power shows a VP with more authority than almost all his predecessors, making plain Bush Jr's administration could have been even worse (let's drop 17 nukes on Saddam insane and very, very evil, but WHOSE IDEA WAS CHENEY??)

- People Want DEA Chief to Resign After He Called Medical Marijuana "a joke" - Protestors point to scientific studies that show the medicinal benefits of marijuana on patients suffering from chronic pain (Obama still a hard-core drug-warrior)
- People Want DEA Chief to Resign After He Called Medical Marijuana "a joke" - No you are mistaken, the people want the DEA shut down, disbanded, the facilities liquidated, and the 2bn a year budget re-purposed to literally anything else.


US supreme court to hear biggest abortion rights case in two decades | Law | The Guardian

Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Maintaining Lead Over Bernie Sanders - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times - Mrs. Clinton has support from 52 percent of Democratic primary voters, while Mr. Sanders has backing from 33 percent, the poll found. In an early October CBS News poll, she led Mr. Sanders 56 percent to 32 percent.
How Gender Bias Plays A Role In Elections - Study finds women have to be more qualified than male opponents.

In new shock poll, Sanders has landslides over both Trump and Bush | TheHill - In a new McClatchy-Marist poll, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leads Republican candidate Donald Trump by a landslide margin of 12 percentage points, 53 to 41. In the McClatchy poll, Sanders also leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) by a landslide margin of 10 points, 51 to 41. (so much of the unelectable thing)

Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win - The Washington Post
Why aren't conservative intellectuals disgusted with the GOP? (I pledge allegiance to the Stupid)

- Springfield Woman Goes Viral After Attending Trump's Speech (good job, Johari Osayi Idusuyi)

University of Illinois Pays $875,000 to Settle Salaita Case | The Academe Blog (read comments, may not really be a "victory")
A Million-Dollar Attack on Academic Freedom - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Bobo and the Ivory Backscratcher - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The Maoists who edit the New York Times style and real estate sections and T Magazine turn to their best unintentional propagandist yet, Mr. David Brooks: (you are so far beneath him)

Eschaton: The Kids Today
Brown U. Disciplines Amy Carter on Protest - NYTimes.com - March 12, 1987 - Missouri student files complaint against professor who called for "muscle" (Melissa not very good a apologies)
Amherst students demand crackdown against free speech ("Free Speech" posters are offensive and should be banned)
A Plague of Racial Hoaxes on Campus | commentary - The two well-publicized incidents of racism on the University of Missouri campus, consisting of offensive slurs directed at African-American students, have not been independently confirmed. (in the Snapchat age, very suspicious)
Amid racial bias protests, Claremont McKenna dean resigns - LA Times
We Dissent | The Claremont Independent - First, former Dean Mary Spellman. We are sorry that your career had to end this way, as the email in contention was a clear case of good intentions being overlooked because of poor phrasing
Eschaton: If Only More German Children Had Been Like My Boy, There Would Not Have Been A Holocaust (WaPo digs out Alice Miller)
- Chris Christie: College unrest a product of "lawlessness" that Obama allows (we need more abusive Republican daddies)

Eschaton: Also, Too, Shut Off All The Plumbing Systems? - The Superbowl Committee has a cunning plan to destroy some of San Francisco's public transit system. (sportstocracy dismisses your public transit)

Protesters Confront Caitlyn Jenner: 'You're An Insult To Trans People' - Protestors used the hashtag #IAintCait. (rich Republican not representative)

Diabetes Now Kills More Than HIV, Tuberculosis And Malaria Combined - Experts: tax sugar to save lives and money.
My textbook says electricity is faster than light? : askscience
Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets - The New York Times - After the end of the grand construction phase of Stonehenge, around 2400 B.C., the monument was altered, but the era of megamonument building was over.
TIL scientists recreated a 9th century onion and garlic eye remedy from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, and found that it killed 90% of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (MRSA). : todayilearned
Giant New Telescopes To Unlock Science's Greatest Mysteries - The world's largest mega scopes could find life outside our solar system.

Study Finds Quitting Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Stressed - "Remaining on Reddit nullified all the benefits"


Who would you rate as a 10/10 in looks? : AskReddit
Redditors who have given their SO's another chance after getting cheated on: How's your relationship now?
What do you spend too much money on? : AskReddit
Internet trolls, what's your worst troll that made you feel terrible afterwards? : AskReddit - like the story of Tom Sawyer, but with dicks


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- Scientists confirm their fears about West Antarctica -- that it's inherently unstable - West Antarctica is estimated to contain enough ice to raise global sea levels by 3.3 meters, or well over 10 feet, were it all to melt. (so actually, their worst fear is that all coastal cities get wiped out)
California 6th grade science books: Climate change a matter of opinion not scientific fact: Textbooks from different major publishers give climate deniers equal weight as vast majority of climate scientists who cite scientific evidence of human-caused global warming -- ScienceDaily - Textbooks from different major publishers give climate deniers equal weight as vast majority of climate scientists who cite scientific evidence of human-caused global warming (what happens when Texas controls your fact-free science)
Nothing can compete with renewable energy, says top climate scientist | Environment | The Guardian - if countries implement their pledges made for Paris climate summit it will give huge boost to wind, tidal and solar power


Four hijackers and three Israeli PMs: the incredible story of Sabena flight 571 | World news | The Guardian

New Zealand female MPs thrown out of parliament after disclosing sexual assaults | World news | The Guardian - Women ruled out of order by Speaker for demanding prime minister John Key apologise for accusing opposition of "backing the rapists"


An Immigration Fight Gives Jeb Bush His Best Moment Of The Entire Debate Season - "Even having this conversation sends a powerful signal."
Republicans Have Trouble Making Case for Change -- NYMag

Young women living with parents, relatives at near-record level | Pew Research Center - A larger share of young women are living at home with their parents or other relatives than at any point since the 1940s ... you'd have to go back 74 years to observe similar living arrangements among American young women. (effect of Republicans on inequality)

Utah judge orders baby taken away from married lesbian foster parents | US news | The Guardian - Welfare official confirms there were no issues with April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce's care but judge ordered child be placed with a heterosexual couple

Missouri Lawmaker Seeks To Block Students From Studying Restrictive Abortion Law - One student is doing research for her dissertation. A state senator says that's illegal - The graduate student's research, Schaefer insists, is a "marketing aid" for Planned Parenthood using taxpayer dollars. (Republicans hate research)

The Supreme Court Just Made Police Shootings a Messier Problem - By undermining the Fourth Amendment. (officer "felt threatened" while standing on highway overpass with high-powered rifle, thanks, Repubicans)
New report: In tough times, police start seizing a lot more stuff from people - The Washington Post

E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review - Press releases - GOV.UK
KnockJohn on Twitter: "@BBCScotlandNews @WiseScot Let's restrict a healthier product by treating it like one that is 20 times as dangerous https://t.co/ieufHHgi3z"
Smears or science? The BMJ attack on Public Health England and its e-cigarettes evidence review + The counterfactual (attacks the attack, five stars, reveals deep politicization of elite British medical research)
Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: BMJ RIP
Why academic journal attacks on Public Health England e-cigarette report should be completely ignored
The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary: Why are Anti-Smoking Groups and Agencies Lying to the Public About E-Cigarettes: A Political History Explanation - Ultimately, Burt comes to the conclusion that episodes of political hysteria occur when groups that previously enjoyed status experience a loss of their prestige. ("American hysteria")
BMJ Blogs: The BMJ ; Blog Archive ; Richard Smith: How public health moralists are promoting harm from tobacco and helping the tobacco industry - Almost every schizophrenic smokes and smokes heavily ... estimated that people with serious mental health problems, including chronic depression, account for 10% of cigarette consumption in the US, which amounts to sales of $10 billion a year. These people are self-medicating: nicotine helps with information overload and improves attention.
TIL, an extensive study by Public Health England has shown E-cigarrettes are 95% less harmful than normal cigarettes, while nearly half of the population are unaware of this. The study also showed that e-cigs do not act as a route into smoking for children and non-smokers. : todayilearned
British medical journal blasts e-cigarette safety study
rbutr - rbutls of E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review - Press releases - GOV.UK

A new study has found that dropping your systolic blood pressure from 140 to less than 120 can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and death by more than 25% : science


Apple's Tim Cook declares the end of the PC and hints at new medical product - taking on the office PC with his new devices and keeping his customers safe from cyber criminals - "I think if you're ooking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?"

Account suspensions: A transparent alternative to shadowbans : announcements

I followed signs for an estate sale for miles into the middle of nowhere. When I pulled up to the house, I saw that someone had painted over the window and the word "help" had been scratched into the paint from the inside. : pics (collective story-telling)
This woman Snapchatted the moment a small plane crashed into a building in Ohio. : videos
Legendary guitarist Slash performs for thousands of fans in Mumbai for the first time. 0:40 is where the Magic begins, Something every musician lives for! : videos
What was the most awkward thing you witnessed in a school classroom? (NSFW) : AskReddit

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100 Million More People Will Be In Poverty By 2030 Without Action On Climate, World Bank Says - The World Bank says climate change threatens the goal of eradicating poverty by 2030.

The Great Climate Change Hoax Has Reached a New Level of Deceit - ?The World Bank is warning us that the Great Climate Change Hoax has reached a new level of sophistication and deceit. Grant-fattened scientists will scour the globe, covertly impoverishing millions of people in furtherance of their anti-capitalist, anti-freedom agenda, and to make more money from George Soros and Tom Steyer. Wake up, sheeple!? - As many as 100 million people could slide into extreme poverty because of rising temperatures, which are caused by greenhouse gas emissions

Study: Dispersants did not help oil degrade in BP spill (but deflected the issue and made it look like they were doing something when it just killed more sealife)

Putin sends 4,000 troops to Syria as he steps up bid to wipe out the Islamic State : worldnews

This snooper's charter makes George Orwell look lacking in vision - The new surveillance bill renders the citizen transparent to the state, putting every one of us under suspicion. It would serve a tyranny well
- NSA phone records collection "likely violates constitution" US judge rules - Edward Snowden hails "victory" after federal judge rules agency must stop collecting defendants' information in a program aht is "likely unlawful" (ya think?)


Ebola - Lawyers, Guns & Money :- almost like coverage of Ebola in the United States was actually race-baiting to motivate the Republican base to vote against Democrats rather than actual coverage of the news! (remember all those infected Mexicans bringing in the plague? +racist zombie Obama - measure of rightwing insanity)

UK Police threaten to seize phones if officers are filmed on duty : worldnews (they never got the memo either)

Bill O'Reilly Is Right on Ronald Reagan's Battle with Alzheimer's (demented for his entire second term)

Appeals Court Upholds Delay Of Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

Math on Rubionomics Way Crazier Than You Think -- NYMag (basically, give everything to rich people)


Eschaton: New Jersey Dreaming - This will continue to be a disaster. (Christie favorite boondogle corporate giveaway)

Lawyer: Father had hands up as police killed son - A lawyer says body camera video shows the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot to death in his car had his hands in the air and did not pose a threat before police opened fire last week.
Body Cam Footage Leads To Arrest Of Police Officers Who Shot 6-Year-Old Boy : news - Birmingham, Alabama police department found a 38 percent drop in use of force cases and a 71 percent drop in police complaints, since putting 319 body cameras in operation. Use of force dropped by more than 50 percent in the Orlando Police Department in Florida. (let that sink in a little bit and you see epidemic cop violence)

Judge mulls constitutionality of child abuse reporting law - The Washington Post ("sacramental confession" or parents reporting their kid was abused?)

Fury and fear in Ohio as IT jobs go to India | Computerworld (you voted for them)

Is Education Reform the Solution to Poverty? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Arguing that education is the key to curing poverty is like saying swimming will prevent drowning. Of course, but could the best instructor in the world teach a child to swim if the student showed up for lessons wearing 20-pound weights on each arm?
Boston Charter Schools - Mayor Marty Walsh Reverses Position on 'School Reform' - Mayor Goes Full Scott Walker on Charter Schools - Mayor Marty Walsh has broken up with Candidate Marty Walsh. - Charterism is privatization on the public's dime, the worst of all possible worlds. It doesn't matter if the tap gets turned on slowly, or all at once. It's about corporations being allowed by law to get their mitts in the till

How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic - The Coddling of the American Mind - In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don't like (they need their safe spaces from reality)

The Halloween Costume Controversy at Yale's Silliman College - The Atlantic - A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views.
The kind of little pricks that American Universities are now turning out : videos
Yale administrators responds to safe space. Hands down well handled. : videos

- Why Is A Mizzou Communications Professor Telling Reporters To "Get Out?" - "I need some muscle over here!" -- a mass media professor identified as Melissa Click - She holds a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current research focuses on consumers of the 50 Shades trilogy of erotic novels and fan culture surrounding pop star Lady Gaga. (real deep thinker +she just fulfilled her eponymic destiny)
Reading "Fifty Shades" linked to unhealthy behaviors - at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners
Melissa Click Issues Apology For Confrontation With Reporters - Melissa Click resigned her "courtesy appointment" in the School of Journalism on Tuesday evening. (that escalated quickly)
Missouri professor who blocked media at protest apologizes - Nov. 10, 2015
Dean David Kurpius Comments on Student's Coverage of Protest on Carnahan Quad - Missouri School of Journalism - Dean David Kurpius Comments on Student's Coverage of Protest on Carnahan Quad

Betty Bowers, Christine Flowers and the Philadelphia Media Network of Stupidity -PDQ (fire you real reporters, keep dimbulb conservative columnists)

Adolescent e-cigarette use is associated with respiratory symptoms. - JAMA Paediatrics : science
Dropping Systolic Blood Pressure Norm By 20 Points Could Save Millions

A new study has found that dropping your systolic blood pressure from 140 to less than 120 can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and death by more than 25% : science


What was the most awkward thing you witnessed in a school classroom? (NSFW) : AskReddit

Chinese photographer came up with an interesting take on a gopro stand : videos
People who have been catfished, how did you catch on that you were being lied to? : AskReddit


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Eschaton: The Wet Prince Of Bel Air - These development projects include excessive numbers of pools and water features, says Levinson. She cites one instance where the city authorities have approved five massive pools for a single family dwelling. ("gigamansions")

Sharm El Sheikh horror: Russian jet bombers spoke with British accents | World | News | Daily Express - The success of the attack could inspire them to target British airports next, a former Special Branch officer warned last night.
Egyptian Airport Had Lax Security, Officials Reveal - Officials told the AP about broken scanners and bribes for looking the other way. (well, who would have thought?)


Jewish court names and shames man for denying wife a religious divorce | World news | The Guardian - naming and picturing John Abayahoudayan, who has refused to grant a religious divorce to his wife for the past 15 years.

Mystery light over ocean was missile test | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com - Nighttime flights into and out of the Los Angeles airport are to avoid passing over the Pacific Ocean just the west of the airport because the U.S. military has activated airspace there


"A turning point for Obama" : : How the president learned to love the national security state - NYT reporter Charlie Savage tells Salon the real reason why Obama has broken less from Bush than many hoped


Donald Trump gives 'SNL' its biggest ratings in years | EW.com
Kind of Dead As Trump Hosts Saturday Night Live - Bloomberg Politics - The dancing and Larry David may have been the best bit as most cast members seemed not to want to be there.
- Trump'sworry night on "SNL" : An overhyped bummer for us all (they bankrupted their credibility)

Marco Rubio's Use of Party Credit Card Reinforces a Picture of Messy Finances (very Dubio +no mention of the 17 speeding tickets)

Ben Carson's Past Faces Deeper Questions -- In harsh light of presidential politics, parts of his inspirational biography are questioned (lying liars and their lies)
Ben Carson Thinks You're the Crazy One - The real reason we should mock Ben Carson's pyramid theory? Because it reveals a very dim view of humankind. (from the dim to the dim)
Ben Carson's Psychology Test Story Gets Even Weirder

The Dying of the Whites - The New York Times - Amid the stresses of the dot-com bust and the Great Recession, it was only white Americans who turned increasingly to drugs, liquor and quietus) ("quietus" = cirroshis of the liver and Republican rich-take-all policies = Douthat is a genuine mouth of Satan)

- Artificial intelligence: "Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us" - Though it promises robot carers for an ageing population, it also forecasts huge numbers of jobs being wiped out: up to 35% of all workers in the UK and 47% of those in the US, including white-collar jobs, seeing their livelihoods taken away by machines. (academia safe, for now)

Text messages paint dark portrait of Illinois officer behind mysterious suicide | US news | The Guardian - Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who investigators say killed himself to hide an embezzlement scheme, was accused of death threats and sexual harrassment (see pic)

Applebee's attack victim - "I'm scared for my life" (assault by crazy white lady who didn't want to hear no foreign languages)

Why some LAUSD teachers are balking at a new approach to discipline problems - LA Times - But many teachers say their classrooms are reeling from unruly students who are escaping consequences for their actions ... former Supt. John Deasy and which he supports, were poorly executed. He compared the implementation to the flawed effort to equip students and teachers with Apple tablets. (needs moar Officer Slam)

Missouri football players to boycott until president Tim Wolfe resigns (7% black students; 58/84 scholarships -- 84 fucking scholarships for the whole undergrad student body??)
- Maryland family faces harsh criticism after daughter is featured in "American Girl" magazine - they got a call Friday from a family friend saying there was online criticism from a group called One Million Moms. The group said it is an online project of the American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss. (a little non=collateral damage with their hate-bomb)

Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states | Reuters (coulda been you, Chawlie and Marty "Pot is a gateway drug to Hell" Walsh)

Is Egypt closer to unlocking the mystery of Queen Nefertiti in King Tut's tomb? | Culture | The Guardian - Infrared scans of the tomb of Tutankhamun could point to a hidden chamber - perhaps helping lead researchers to the mysterious queen

The Association of Cognitive Ability with Right-wing Ideological Attitudes and Prejudice: A Meta-analytic Review - Onraet - 2015 - European Journal of Personality - Wiley Online Library - The Association of Cognitive Ability with Right-wing Ideological Attitudes and Prejudice: A Meta-analytic Review (so that takes care of the stupid part)

Hwft! Beowulf Online - Medieval manuscripts blog

Why is exponential decay/growth so common? What is so significant about the number e? : askscience - Say you had a bank account which gave 100% interest per annum (instantaneous rate) but was continuously compounded. After one year, money you had put into the bank would have grown by e times.

what irrational fears did you have as a kid? : AskReddit
What childhood memory do you have that you just can't explain? : AskReddit

- Lib at Large: Preserving the Grateful Dead's "Bear" priceless music archive

The difference a few hours makes : conspiracy (the DVs)

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China emits nearly 1 billion tonnes more CO2 a year than it discloses, report claims - ScienceAlert (more than all of Germany)


Muzzled Canadian scientists now free to speak with media | Toronto Star - "Our government values science and will treat scientists with respect" (unlike America)


Hillary Clinton Proposes Reclassifying Marijuana As A Less Dangerous Drug - Doing so would allow more medical research, she said. (a little behind the curve)
Marijuana tax to pay for college scholarships | WTKR.com - Starting in 2017, high school graduates in one Colorado county will be able to turn to a college scholarship funded by marijuana tax. (coulda been you, MA, but blockheads ...)

US border patrol staff reject body cameras, citing cost and terrain | AL.com


Critics cite all-white jury for trial of ex-officer accused of raping black women | US news | The Guardian - Trial of former Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces life in prison, comes amid growing scrutiny over the racial composition of juries

- Alabama Education Official Warns Of "Homosexualist" Common Core Takeover She also thinks coloring books are indoctrinating children to do "transgender stuff." (oh, lordy, and it's on tv too)

Adults Are Not Way Happier Than Teens Anymore: Study | TIME (they are growing up in dystopia, instead of causing it)

[Serious] Scientists of Reddit: What's craziest or weirdest thing in your field that you suspect is true but is not yet supported fully by data? : AskReddit
Fighting Obesity with Active Brain Stimulation? - The Latest News - Previous studies have shown that the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that's in charge of behaviour regulation and decision making, is more active in lean people.
Study finds no link between cycling helmet laws and head injury rates : science

TIL student loans have passed credit cards and auto loans to become the second biggest source of personal debt in the U.S., trailing only mortgages. : todayilearned - The world always needs more history. (original thought)
What strange fetish did your boyfriend/girlfriend have? How did it affect you, did you try it? : AskReddit
Normal day in the backyard : WTF
What is one reference you still don't understand on Reddit, and at this point, are too afraid to ask? : AskReddit
What don't you miss about being a teenager? : AskReddit
What have you witnessed a bride or groom do at a Bachelor/bachelorette party that you thought would ruin their marriage if their spouse found out? : AskReddit



More Nightmare Stories of Your Worst IT Jobs Ever

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Intercepted 'Chatter' Suggests Bomb Downed Russian Jet
Putin Agrees To Suspend Russian Flights To Egypt
Chaos As Egypt Slashes Number Of Flight Bringing Brits Home

Mammoth Trade Deal Confirms Advocates' Worst Fears - But Obama calls it the "highest standard trade agreement in history." (there's your problem right there)

The Keystone Pipeline and the Defeat of Faceless Corporate Power - It's like watching the biggest bully on the school grounds getting his nose bloodied. It's very gratifying" - But the real story of what happened on Friday begins years ago, and it begins with ordinary people, and it is a remarkable story of actual populism in action.
Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline - The New York Times
Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline After 7 Years Of Review - Environmentalists praised the decision, which House Speaker Paul Ryan called "sickening."

Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism (Jews run policy for elite Dems, Hillary's in the thick of it +Neera Tanden is an awful human being)
So Hillary Clinton Didn't Send Classified Material on Her Email After All - ?It's been quite a few milliseconds. Has someone yet written that James Clapper is part of the Obama hit squad? (your dark state)
Hillary Clinton's emails did not contain highly classified secrets, inquiry finds. - politico - The initial determination was based on a flawed process (there's a flaw in your thinking)




The Bush Family's Public Implosion Increasingly Resembles Greek Tragedy - The fall of the House of Bush.

America's White Working Class Is a Dying Breed - rising death toll should come as no surprise. (voted for the wrong guys and killed themselves)



Judge Orders Case Of 'Serial' Podcast Subject Adnan Syed Reopened - The order will allow Syed's defenders to introduce new evidence.

People Wrongly Blamed A 'War On Cops' For An Officer's Death. Here's What They're Saying Now. - Crickets.
Records Show Numerous Complaints Against Officer Who Staged His Suicide (career criminal with no job controls)

Tell It About Your Mother - The New York Times - Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?

This Boy Has Outsmarted Us All With His Perfect Math Problem Answer - "I told him over 3 million people had seen his picture and he said, 'Wow! That's like the whole state of Georgia!'" she said.

Simpson's paradox - frequency data are unduly given causal interpretations.[3] Simpson's paradox disappears when causal relations are brought into consideration



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ELI5: Full text of TPP, what it means to the people and countries involved? : explainlikeimfive

Maybe We Should Stop Sending Weapons Where We Can't Keep Track of Them - Arming any side in a Middle Eastern civil war seems unwise ... They lost four Hueys? They lost a CN-235? A CN-235 is 70 goddamn feet long! Have they checked under the cushions of the sofa? This would all be funny if, you know, it were funny. (how to not learn anything from experience +the military is deeply corrupt)
Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen - The Washington Post (half a billion here, half a billion there, pretty soon we've armed everyone human in the ME)

How I Would Reaffirm Unbreakable Bond With Israel - and Benjamin Netanyahu (Hillz says "he's my daddy")
The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department said : worldnews (so who is she loyal to?)
- U.S. calls Netanyahu's new media chief's commnets "offensive"

Doctors Without Borders Staff Shot While Fleeing Kunduz Hospital, Report Finds - "MSF doctors and other medical staff were shot while running to reach safety in a different part of the compound." (thanks, Obama)
European Union states have relocated just 116 refugees out of 160,000 | News | The Guardian - EU agreed in September to transfer 160,000 people from most affected states but so far just 86 have moved from Italy and 30 are due to leave Greece

VW Reveals It Misstated Emissions of Gas Cars - The New York Times (bye-bye VW)



Chris Hedges: Neoliberalism is not long for this world - Salon.com - The journalist and activist warns free market worship is slowly being replaced by something more dangerous still video - the false populism of the far right

Eschaton: The Cossacks Work For The Czar - My little boy was not in charge.
George H.W. Bush Criticizes Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld - He has harsh words for Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, who are basically on Bush family retainer.

Wisconsin: State to Begin Drug Testing Welfare Recipients on Nov. 9 : news (Scott Walker/KochBros continue to fuck over Wississippi)

Texas Congressman Wants To Put Gay People On An Island To See If They Die Out (Louie Gumball and the constant beat of insanity)

Cops Aren't Worried About Marijuana, DEA's Own Report Finds - The federal government continues to crack down on weed despite locals' waning concern. (Obama hates drugs almost as much as he hates your privacy)

Jeb Bush Opens Up About Daughter's Drug Addiction: 'She Went Through Hell'

NASA Makes Major Discovery About Atmosphere On Mars - "What happened?... The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind."

Parents: First-grader suspended after pretending to be Power Ranger during recess : news (zero-tolerance war on drugs/terror/black people/kids pussyfies our youth big surprise +Meanwhile, violent movies and TV shows are hugely popular, violent sports are ingrained in US culture, and once kids graduate high school they'll be encouraged to join the armed forces or at the very least taught that our veterans are heroes and should be celebrated. That a lot of hypocritical BS to be throwing down on our kids.)

No, A Study Did NOT Find That Your Cat Wants To Kill You - "There is a difference between factors and traits -- so no, the most prominent personality traits [in cats and lions] are not dominance, impulsivity, and neuroticism. These are the three personality factors that describe each species -- but each individual will range along the spectrum of traits that make up each of the personality factors."
Personality structure in the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa... - PubMed - NCBI
- he five factors have been labelled: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Acronyms commonly used to refer to the five traits collectively are OCEAN, NEOAC, or CANOE.
Great Ideas in Personality--Five-Factor Model (weak on Freud)
5FMPeerValidationCostaMcCrea.pdf - Validation o fthe five-factor model of personality across instrument and observer
Developing Measures of Psychopathic Personality Traits from the ... - Edward August Witt - Google Books
personalitytest.org.uk

New research suggests hallucinations can occur in relatively healthy people : science

- The orgasm no one talks about - The cervix rarely comes up in conversations about female orgasm. Here's why it should (the MDMA spot)

(NSFW) Whats a fucked up thing you secretly want to happen? : AskReddit
BigNavy comments on BoJack is spot on with why joining the military doesn't make you a hero
Religious kids are harsher and less generous than atheist ones, study says : science
Supermoon in radio telescope. : pics

Leak of Comcast documents detailing the coming data caps and what you'll be told when you call in about it. : technology (because they can, moo-ha-ha)

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Russian plane crash: U.S. intel suggests ISIS involved - CNN.com
Egypt flights on hold as UK says bomb may have caused Russian crash | World news | The Guardian - Flights from Sharm el-Sheikh suspended as David Cameron set to chair emergency committee meeting over Metrojet disaster

The Lessons of Chalabi | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - One way to look at the Syrian civil war is that we created the legitimacy for revolution there.

Money Flooding Out of Canada at Fastest Pace in Developed World - Bloomberg Business - as the nation's decade-long oil boom comes to an end and little else looks ready to take the industry's place as an economic driver.


- The first one is an old lesson, but one the party has yet to learn. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has to go, and she has to take her approach to building the party with her (Dems always fuck themselves)

Ohio Becomes Latest State To Vote Down Gerrymandering - On November 3, Ohio voters approved by a margin of 71% to 29% a constitutional amendment that will greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the gerrymandering of state legislative districts beginning in 2021.

Page 3 of The Case for Bernie Sanders | Rolling Stone - His critics say he's not realistic - but they have it backwards (your stupid media tells you what you can believe in)

- It used to be a simple question of stupid vs. evil, but I think we now need to add a third option, which is "afraid"

Matt Bevin Wins 2015 Kentucky Governor Race - Bevin, only the second Republican elected to Kentucky's highest office in 40 years, is best known for his tea party-backed challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (and KY goes down the TP rabbit-hole)
What Will Happen to Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion? (poor people voted to kill even poorer people)

Donald Trump Takes A Jab At Megyn Kelly -- Again - On Sean Hannity's Tuesday night show, which airs right after Kelly's - "They've asked me some very negative questions, including your Megyn. They've asked me very, very disgraceful questions, frankly"

Ben Carson's Love Affair With a "Nutjob" Conspiracy Theorist | Mother Jones - A top GOP presidential contender has embraced the dark, paranoid, and crazy worldview of a far-right pseudohistorian. (deeper into the crazy)
Ben Carson's Strange Theory About The Egyptian Pyramids - "My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said, referring to the Old Testament. "Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, [something to store that grain] would have to be something awfully big, if you stop and think about it."

How Houston Was Lost: Prop 8 Redux as LGBT Rights Are Put on the Ballot | Michelangelo Signorile

Police Killings Surpass the Worst Years of Lynching, Capital Punishment, and a Movement Responds | Jerome Karabel (legalized distributed lynching by cop)

10 Of The Worst Moments From Morning Joe's Fawning Koch Brothers Interview (Squint and Meat-Puppet)

National Geographic lays off staff following 21st Century Fox merger | Media | The Guardian - National Geographic informed employees Tuesday it would lay off about 9% of its staff, months after announcing it would partner with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox as part of an expanded joint venture. (it's not like he hasn't done this before)
Rupert Murdoch recently acquired National Geographic and has just laid off 10% of the staff. : worldnews - 10%... that's officially a decimation.

Bill Cosby could face charges after DA election in suburban Philadelphia | US news | The Guardian - Steele closely involved in new investigation of sex assault claims against star

Kim Davis Heads Back To Court - In a 126-page filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday, Davis' attorneys called U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning's order that Davis license same-sex marriage a "rush to judgment" that trampled the clerk's religious liberty.

- Family That Made a Fortune off National Oxycontin Epidemic Has Just Landed on Forbes' Richest List - Some drug dealers go to prison. Some get rich. Others get filthy rich.

All aspects of the brand experience - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I believe that the role of marketing is to represent the voice of the customer in strategic decisions affecting all aspects of the brand experience (high-paid "brand" marketers loot education)


Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds - The New York Times - Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.

A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife -- and What It Says About American Society - Drugs, alcohol, and suicide have taken an unparalleled toll on middle-aged whites, especially those with a high school degree or less.

An invisible catastrophe - All told, middle-aged WNHAs with high school degrees or less experienced 135 more deaths per 100,000 per year in 2013 than in 1998 ... the doubling of the homicide rate in the US between 1960 and 1990 -- a development that played a key role in the construction of the prison-industrial complex -- resulted in about four and half extra deaths per 100,000 Americans per year. At its peak in 1990, the AIDS epidemic produced about ten extra deaths per 100,000 per year.

- Mass killings and school shootings spread "contagiously" Not dependent on location, leading researchers to believe that national media coverage of a mass

2,000-year-old Maccabean-era fortress unearthed in Jerusalem after century-long search | The Times of Israel - The Acra fortress was used by his Seleucids to oversee the Temple and maintain control over Jerusalem. The fortress was manned by Hellenized Jews, who many scholars believe were then engaged in a full-fledged civil war with traditionalist Jews represented by the Maccabees.
Man Dies After Tapeworm Inside Him Gets Cancer - This is the first known report of a person becoming sick from cancer cells that developed in a parasite. : science

Scientist May Have Discovered Alternate Universes - The world as we know it may actually just be "a region within an eternally inflating super-region."
- Relativity versus quantum mechanics: the battle for the universe

Staring at computers at night is frying your brain. Here's one easy fix. - Vox
8 Ways To Use Your Gadgets At Night And Still Get A Good Night's Sleep

What's something Reddit has taught you? : AskReddit - People want overly simplistic answers to complex problems.

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Are We Reaching a Milestone in Clean Energy? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Even with Europe clean energy investment lagging with its overall economy, on-shore wind now provides the cheapest electrons available in both Britain and Germany.

Keystone Pipeline Delay Could Make It a Huge 2016 Campaign Issue - TransCanada Asks for Delay on Keystone Pipeline Approval - TransCanada has cleverly sought to push the pipeline's approval timeline beyond 2016, at which time they may have installed a candidate of their choice through mountains of dark money.

Sinai plane crash: unusual sounds on cockpit recordings, says Russian news agency | World news | The Guardian - Interfax says transcripts show no distress call from pilots, while Egyptian president says claims of a terror link are propaganda
Infrared Satellite Detects Flash Near Site Of Russian Metrojet Crash - The new evidence suggests an onboard explosion may have downed the airliner, killing 224.


Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi Politician Who Pushed for U.S. Invasion, Dies at 71 - The New York Times



Consider the Source, Obamacare Edition - The New York Times - So, for example, if The Hill is going to report Sen. John Barrasso's assertion that Obamacare may collapse this year, it would be a service to readers to note that Sen. Barrasso was one of the people claiming that more people would lose coverage than gain it under the Affordable Care Act - and who, when enrollments surged, declared that the administration was cooking the books.

The Low-Wage New Industrial Jobs - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Companies use the same strategies of employment obfuscation and opacity to protect themselves from having to treat employees with respect that they use in the global race to the bottom while the future of the American working class remains dire.

Corporations Are Your Judge, Jury, and Executioner - America: where a company-appointed arbitrator decides if you were sexually harassed by Gary in accounting.

How The Debate Debacle Could Backfire On Republicans - "We've just seen Hillary Clinton go through 11 hours of questioning, and these guys can't go a couple minutes of questioning?"
Eschaton: It's My Party the GOP presidential candidate said - They'll Cry When I Want Them To - Guess they're going to go with the Alpha Dog. (Trump will take over producing the debate events)

Republicans trust Trump on economy, nuclear weapons: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters
Is Ben Carson Running for President? -- NYMag (or running a marketing scam? what's the diff?)

U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious | Pew Research Center - Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before

In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law - The New York Times - Instead, his claim had to be resolved through a mediation or arbitration process that would be bound not by state or federal law, but by the Bible

Margaret Spellings must accept gays or resign from UNC | The Charlotte Observer - She won't address her previous animosity toward gays

- Number of Denver Trick-or-Treaters Dosed With Pot Edibles: Zero -- Again
Election 2015: Ohioans reject Issue 3 | www.mydaytondailynews.com - Ohioans cast a clear vote against pot legalization Tuesday, soundly rejected an amendment that would have legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.
Ohio to vote on marijuana legalization : news

Microsoft drops unlimited OneDrive storage after people use it for unlimited storage : technology

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There's a Fire Burning in Indonesia So Big It's Releasing More CO2 Than the US Economy - It's a perfect storm for a true environmental catastrophe
- But this is also bad news. If the 0.27 millimeters per year of sea level rise attributed to Antarctica in the IPCC report is not really coming from Antarctica, there must be some other contribution to sea level rise that is not accounted for

Russian Airline Rules Out Mechanical Error In Egypt Crash - "The plane was in excellent condition."

- Someone Might Actually End Up Paying for the Crimes of the Iraq War - But it almost certainly won't be George Bush - There has been an outright brawl over when to release the Chilcot Report, which is the result of a 2009 decision by then-PM Gordon Brown to have a full inquiry into how Great Britain - under onetime Third Way heartthrob Tony Blair - came to join C-Plus Augustus in the excellent Mesopotamian adventure.

Covert radio broadcasts tied to China prompt US government investigation | US news | The Guardian


GOP debate revolt crumbles - Nov. 2, 2015

Eschaton: Private Line to the Big Guy in the Sky - Either Boehner should be hailed as some sort of new Prophet or mocked? I don't really understand how people can just claim God speaks to them without there being a bit more skepticism. Instead people just nod their heads. ("God told me ..." because God is a Republican)

Eschaton: Morning Thread - Interesting article about more and more companies forcing customers to go to arbitration instead of using the courts. Basically, privatizing the justice system. Guess who wins and who loses.

Rising deaths among middle-aged Americans could exceed Aids toll in US | Science | The Guardian - Though not fully understood, the increased deaths are largely thought to be a result of more suicides and the misuse of drugs and alcohol, driven by easier access to powerful prescription painkillers, cheaper high quality heroin and greater financial stresses.

Willie Nelson's Crusade to Stop Big Pot (monopolies)
On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With Specter of Marijuana Monopoly - The New York Times
Smoking Marijuana Might Have Some Surprising Health Benefits - Newsy Story - while cigarette smoke damaged lungs, moderate marijuana smokers showed greater lung capacities than non-users.


Last person jailed in Waco biker shooting to be released -- Nine people died and 20 were injured during the shooting -- no one has been charged with any of the deaths : news (Tom Ashbrook, good Republican, didn't believe the cops could have done it)


- approval of cancer-hunting virus signals new treatment era - Imlygic programs viruses to attack only cancer cells and gives patients more humane options

Yale study finds state youth e-cig bans lead to increased traditional cigarette smoking - Winston-Salem Journal: Local News (o rly?)


Reddit, What conspiracy theory has the best chance of being true? : AskReddit - The government keeps posting this question to see how close the conspiracy theorists are to the truth.

Colorado to Vote to Kill Protectionist Broadband State Law | DSLReports, ISP Information - one of more than 20 states where incumbent ISPs have effectively paid state legislatures to pass laws prohibiting towns and cities from improving their local broadband services.

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NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses | NASA
Climate change: The Deniers - series on scientists who buck the conventional wisdom on climate science. Here is the series so far:
Rare tropical cyclone to bring eight years of rain in two days in Arabia | Stuff.co.nz - Eric Holthaus, a US meteorologist, estimates the storm will dump as much as eight times the annual rainfall of coastal regions of Yemen and Oman. These regions typically collect just 100-130 millimetres of rain a year.

- Russian plane "broke up in air" before Sinai crash - Russian aviation official says inspection of wreckage in Egypt shows plane broke apart but this does not necessarily indicate bomb


After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind - The Washington Post (wars, torture and spies)
16 times Obama said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria (it's not like he took a position or anything)
Obama's Foreign Policy Promises Then and Now - Boots are "on the ground" in Syria, and Gitmo is still open. (the end of hope and change)

Turkey To Return To Single-Party Rule After Sweeping Election Victory -


Microsoft Word - Pew Global Attitudes Muslim Report FINAL December 2, 2010.docx - Pew-Global-Attitudes-Muslim-Report-FINAL-December-2-2010.pdf - At least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan say they would favor making each of the following the law in their countries: stoning people who commit adultery, whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery and the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion


Ben Carson's Camp Wants Debates To Have 140 Minutes Of Opening And Closing Statements - It would take the debate out of debating!

And It Begins - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Eventually, a lot of money was going to be funneled to the actual politician acceptable to party elites who emerged as the most viable alternative to Trump and Carson. With Walker out and Jeb/\_(?)_// only formally not out, that person is Rubio. (Jebbietunes out, Dubio in)

The Dawn of Darkness by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - This Wednesday marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of one of the great tragedies in American history, a moment of indelible shame, a choice that harmed so many in this country and around the world: the defeat of President Jimmy Carter at the hands of right-wing former California Governor Ronald Reagan. (as with all their lies, the inverse is true: "morning in America" as the darkness of Republican evil falls on the land +"piss-on-you" economics)
- Seeking America's "lost" greatness and finding Trump most appealing (when Daddy Reagan was raping and pillaging Democracy)



4 dead, including suspected gunman, after morning shootings in downtown Colorado Springs (CS Gazette disables comments because Colorado gunnuts)
Colorado police provide few details after shooting spree in broad daylight | US news | The Guardian - Man killed in gun battle with police after shooting three people (and so does the Graun)
Shooting at North Carolina's Winston-Salem State University leaves one dead | US news | The Guardian - University says suspected gunman is on the loose and counsels caution (moar guns is the obvious solution)




Hundreds Of Cops Kicked Off Force For Committing Sex Crimes - The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. (heros given license to rape and murder, good pay with strong unions)

Conservatives Want to Bring Politics into Academic Hiring - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - I don't think there's a single more surefire way to draw attention to yourself than to claim that academia discriminates against conservatives. (academia discrimates against dumbfucks +no link to poopy-head NYT)

Texas Case Mulls if Home-school Kids Have to Learn Something | KRGV.com | Rio Grande Valley, TX - Parents are accused of not teaching their children, because they were waiting to be "raptured" -- "startling assertion of sweeping governmental power" (Freedumb)

The biggest family in the educational mafia - Exempt from paying taxes, from being transparent to public scrutiny and from truly resolving customer-service queries, ETS is seemingly untouchable ... Nonetheless, there is little about the nature of such expenses. ETS facilities are located on a 360-acre complex, with swimming pools, tennis courts, a heliport, a private hotel and a residence where the CEO lives rent free, according to the New York Times. (they pay themselves well as a non-profit)

Why the Salem witch trials still haunt the American imagination | Books | The Guardian - and with its combination of magic, religion, sexuality and the forbidden, it's no wonder (Hillary is the latest iteration)

Wives Take Problems to Heart, Husbands Get Frustrated | Clark-Garwood, NJ Patch (men don't have emotions)

Living on Earth: The Living and Dead in Good Company Massauchesett's Mount Auburn Cemetery is renowned as the final resting place for American luminaries including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Fannie Farmer, and Charles Sumner.


What is the best thing you have ever heard a child say? : AskReddit ("Looks pretty bad, they said they're going to have to amputate.")


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Russian Plane Carrying 224 People Crashes In Egypt - "The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside."

Global warming: Lamar Smith's conspiracy ideations.
Global warming: Lamar Smith wants to tie NOAA in knots - To me, this stinks of McCarthyism.
Why We Can Stop Government Funding Of Science: It Doesn't Create Much Innovation - Forbes (from the dumbfuck dept of evil)
The Torquemada of the Republican Science Inquisition - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Republicans are the post-rational party)
The Spanish Inquisition - Mel Brooks - YouTube

Will the Trans Pacific Partnership Empower Polluters to Sue the United States? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : As Stiglitz states here, the TPP is barely about trade at all. It's an international corporate-rights document. (Luke turned Sith Lord)

US officials: troops to only fight Isis, Russia risks fueling Syrian quagmire | World news | The Guardian (while Putin is bombing the rebels +speaking of quagmires)

Innocent Gitmo Detainee Released After 14 Years - This man was captured by bounty hunters while doing charity work. He was never charged.

Bangladeshi secular publisher hacked to death - BBC News (no secular books for Muslims)

Netanyahu Retracts Assertion That Palestinian Inspired Holocaust - The New York Times (speaking of evil clowns)
The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - The New Yorker - When Yitzhak Rabin was killed, did the prospects for peace perish, too?




How 1994 Explains 2016 - politico Magazine - The year that stunned Jeb, battered Hillary and changed politics as we know it.

Springtime for Grifters - The New York Times (they love their pyramid schemes)

There's No Evidence In Clinton White House Documents For Clintons' Story On Anti-Gay Law - BuzzFeed News (and then there's the whole truth problem)

We Mapped the Uninsured. You'll Notice a Pattern. - The New York Times - They tend to live in the South, and they tend to be poor. (good job, states, you fucked your residents just like you said you would)

Eschaton: Empowered - I suspect the issue is that people are more likely to listen instead of locking them up in solitary? - If only blah people had known to call a legislator, how to advocate. Everything would have been different!

Braves Stadium Relocation Shaping Up to Be a Disaster | Streetsblog USA - After putting $400 million in public money into attracting the Braves, Cobb County officials are having an embarrassingly hard time getting the site ready for opening day. ("public money" and no public transit so no blahs can get there)

Harlem Success Academy "Got to go" list named undesirable students. (moar charters. thanks Ducan/Obama because support for teacher moochers teaching your moocher kids is unthinkable)
Alabama Teacher of the Year told she's unqualified, resigns : news (of course the system would purge highly-qualified teachers because they are moochers)


Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis - The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology - When compared with dietary interventions of similar intensity, evidence from RCTs does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss. (there goes 20 years of CW)

Cut out carbs, not fat if you want to lose weight, Harvard study finds - A study of more than 60,000 dieters finds those who cut back on bread, pasta and potatoes lost more weight than those who cut back on butter and cheese
A study of more than 60,000 dieters finds those who cut back on bread, pasta and potatoes lost more weight than those who cut back on butter and cheese : science


Coffee does not cause cancer; the WHO is wrong. - The World Health Organization's classification system is seriously flawed.
NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks - The New York Times - High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground - geoglyphs

ESPN Closing Grantland Is The Dumbest 'Smart' Business Decision - What it says about our society is troubling. Journalism and business do not mix

TitaniumDragon comments on Colin Powell: I will 'continue to be a Republican because it annoys them' - The actual reason is that the political parties realigned over the course of the 1960s to the 1990s.
ELI5: Why isn't 100% Humidity just pure water? : explainlikeimfive

Snapchat just reserved the rights to store and use all selfies taken with the device : technology (all your selfies are belong the them)

[NSFW] What were you better off not knowing/seeing? : AskReddit (don't look at this)

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Greece: Shipwrecks Kill 31 People In Aegean Sea

White House: We're Sending Troops To Syria For Who Knows How Long - Nothing to see here.

Truth Movie: Dan Rather's Missed Opportunity to Hold George W. Bush Accountable - On the story of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes' pursuit of the 43rd president's National Guard records, and a paralleleffort at The Boston Globe. (it immunized Bush against the truth)

America is changing its mind on Israel: How Netanyahu is alienating his most essential ally - Salon.com (a lot of years of propaganda squandered)

The story behind the five-year delay in freeing Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo | World news | The Guardian - Barack Obama has repeatedly stated his intention to close the offshore prison since but has lacked the political will or ability to overcome bureaucratic inertia

The Quiet Man Versus the Loud-Mouth by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - all ten candidates endlessly and exhaustively and redundantly attacking government and everything government does

"Shell-shocked" CNBC staffers had long flight home (deep shaden)

RNC Suspends Partnership With NBC News For February Debate - Candidates complained about unfair questions during this week's Republican debate. (so unfair)

Eschaton: It's Fun To Kick Them When They're Down - I'm not going to waste my beautiful mind feeling sorry for Jeb Bush, but it's been interesting watching the discourse shift. All the cool kids in the press now mock the Jebster. He's gone from being the inevitable frontfunner to being the nerd the bullies pick on.

What Should We Believe: Marco Rubio or Math? -- NYMag (Republicans have never believed in math)

- horrifying Iowa surge: Why his campaign's rapid rise bodes ill for this election (Republican post-rational world)
Carly Fiorina Confronts New Post-Debate Factcheck - CNN asked the candidate about her claim that women fared poorly during Obama's first term.

Texas police officer wins immunity from prosecution over fatal shooting | US news | The Guardian - Judge rules Charles Kleinert was deputised by FBI and protected under federal law when he killed Larry Jackson Jr, saying afterwards it was an accident (deputised to kill with immunity)
Texas police prepare for open carry of handguns in January 2016 - Washington Times - This a huge concern for us. We are preparing for a significant increase in calls for carrying guns (what could and will go wrong?)

'Officer Slam' Threw Teen From Her Desk Over Cellphone, Lawyer Says - The lawyer for a 16-year-old girl slammed to a Spring Valley High School classroom floor this week by a sheriff's deputy said Thursday that the confrontation was over a cellphone and "she could have been left alone." (but authority! +pre-prison for future inmates in our incarceration society +"obnoxious" is a crime in the school penal code of Charleston)

Know your audience - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - From a letter requesting donations from University of California-Hastings law school graduates: (yeah, what planet, dude?)

- Louisiana Governor's Race Devolves into the Worst Spy Movie Ever - David Vitter is trying to shake a prostitution scandal, so he hired a private eye to dig up dirt on his opponent, who hired a private eye to follow Vitter's private eye.

New York Times Columnist Gets Schooled on Catholic Doctrine - I missed this over the last couple of days, but Ross Cardinal Douthat, Primate of the Archdiocese of Dorkylvania, has managed to get himself crossways with a whole passel of actual theologians


Top Documentary Films - Watch Free Documentaries Online

ESPN Is Shutting Down Grantland, 'Effective Immediately' - The news comes months after the departure of founder Bill Simmons. (bungled that)

SXSW: 'We Made A Mistake' Canceling Online Harassment Panels - The festival wants to compensate with a full-day summit on the issue. (dialectic)

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US science agency refuses request for climate records : Nature News & Comment - House of Representatives committee is demanding documents relating to a study that refuted a global-warming hiatus (Sciencegaaazzzhhhi!)

Air Strikes Hit At Least 12 Syrian Hospitals In Past Weeks: MSF - Russia and Syria had been intensifying their air offensives in west and northwest Syria. (war on doctors spreads)

Police use terror powers to seize BBC Newsnight journalist's laptop | Crime | News | The Independent - Exclusive: Secunder Kermani joined the show early last year and has produced a series of reports on British-born jihadis (your totalitarian fascist state is pretty much here)


- Death in shackles of elderly man stopped at Gatwick "shameful" - Home Office detention of Alois Dvorzac, 84, who was suffering dementia and heart disease, was on 'threshold of inhuman" (but he died of "natural causes")



Mexican soldier shoots one-year-old American girl at US border | World news | The Guardian - Toddler is being treated in Texas with non-life-threatening injuries after her family's car drove between military patrol and vehicle carrying suspects

Eschaton: Things We Can Afford
That runaway blimp is also running away with your tax dollars (don't miss great pic)
Seventeen years and $2.7 billion in, Pentagon's high-tech blimps fail to deliver on promise - Baltimore Sun (but we can't spend any money on schools because teachers are moochers)

More than 20 women detained in Texas immigration facility begin hunger strike | US news | The Guardian - Some of the women, who began protest by refusing dinner on Wednesday, wrote letters about fears of being deported, as well as inhumane treatment in facilities

The Republican Tax Plans Are All Basically Insane - They would cost trillions of dollars.
The CNBC Republican Debate Was A Total Trainwreck | ThinkProgress
Insiders: Bush bombed, Rubio won - POLITICO - In the third GOP debate, the consensus was clear: Jeb Bush blew it and Marco Rubio won the evening.
Fact-Checking The CNBC Republican Presidential Debate - There were quite a few questionable claims made during the event. FactCheck.org
GOP Presidential Candidates Talk About Their Wives Like It's A 1950s Sitcom - "My wife is down here in the front, and I'm sure, if you'd like to talk to her later, she can give you more than you'll ever be able to take care of."
Jeb Bush gives Marco Rubio his moment to shine after debate attack fizzles out | US news | The Guardian - Confrontation initiated by Bush failed in dramatic fashion by making Rubio appear the charismatic insurgent who could run away with the race
Megyn Kelly Knocks Debate Moderator Over Donald Trump Question - "Not Quick enough," she tweeted. (Megyn throws shade on Becky)
Flash And Fibs Were GOP Debate's Big Winners - The candidates kept dodging questions on policy -- or just made stuff up.
Here Are The Best Moments From The Third Republican Primary Debate
At Republican Debate, Fantasy Sports Got More Attention Than Wall Street - The New York Times
Ben Carson and Donald Trump Lack Electricity in a Charged Debate - The New York Times
- Jeb Bush's Mayday - veracity is for losers
Peace Breaks Out Among the Republican Candidates -- NYMag


Gov. Christie, Time to Go Home - The New York Times

Political Lies About Police Brutality - The New York Times
Good Guys with guns: how police officers became fixtures in US schools The 1990s-era "tough of crime" movement that encouraged police inside schools has expanded under Obama, despite the lack of consensus it improves safety
New York Times Editorial: Politicians Stymie Progress On Police Brutality - Some politicians "want to soft-pedal or even ignore police misconduct."

Texas campus carry law is a slap in the face of survivors of past shootings | Cindy Casares | Comment is free | The Guardian - At the University of Texas at Austin some still remember the 1966 mass school shooting. Their pleas for gun control have been ignored

Lesbian couple alleges Honolulu ??police officer harassed them over public kiss? | US news | The Guardian - Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero say a police officer "punched" and harassed them because he disapproved of their public displays of affection in a store (they "lost" the video)

Praying Football Coach Suspended After Satanists Plan Invocation - "The school district needs to create religious opportunity for everyone or ban it completely."

The transformation of David Brooks - Columbia Journalism Review (so he's a Jewish Wasp)

Let there be light: Handwritten draft of King James Bible reveals the secrets of its creation - Salon.com - Every great work of literature is a product of meticulous editing and revision. The King James is no exception


The Sex Lives of College Students -- The Cut - Heirs to the Sexual Revolution

Sleep Paralysis Is an Inescapable Waking Nightmare | Motherboard


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The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband
New Senate Cybersecurity Bill Just Needs You to Trust the NSA - To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Dianne Feinstein was the principal Democratic senator whipping support for the bill and, make no mistake, this is a truly awful law. In brief, it not only opens the door to increased trawling through the lives of American citizens by the intelligence community, in many cases, it mandates it. (+Snowden was right)
Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Clears Senate In Bipartisan Vote (Obama, spies and corps win again)

American Amir Meshal can't sue FBI over abuse claims, federal appeals court says - CBS News - and tortured him for several months in Africa. (pretty much the definition of a totalitarian state)
A federal appeals court says a U.S. citizen can't sue a group of FBI agents he says falsely imprisoned and tortured him for several months in Africa. : news

Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong? - If only there were options other than "killing more people." Bueller? Bueller? - Obama's most senior national security advisers have recommended measures that would move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria, officials said, a sign of mounting White House dissatisfaction with progress against the Islamic State and a renewed Pentagon push to expand military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas.
U.S. boots on ground to fight Isis | MSNBC - Defense secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US military will put boots on the ground in a direct fight to attack Isis in Iraq and Syria. (having learned nothing, here we go again ...)

Toronto on brink of a mob war, Italy warns - Mobsters around Toronto are on the brink of armed warfare in a brewing feud between some of the world's most powerful and wealthiest gangster clans, according to wiretaps secretly recorded in Italy.


Top 100 CEO Retirement Savings Equals 41% of All U.S. Families Retirement Savings : politics

Boehner's Parting Gift: Two-Year Budget Deal Passes The House - All Democrats and 79 Republicans voted in favor of it. (the crazy caucus is strong)

alicublog: No Constitutional Right Not To Be Criticized (conservtive meltdown because Hillz criticized them)

Eschaton: Poor Dears - never been a fan of branding combat Vets as "warriors" but, pretty sure these guys arent' warriors - Kasich joins Bush and Rubio in being extremely open about their own frustrations with campaign and/or day job. No happy warriors right now

Arrest of Girl Who Texted in Class Prompts Civil Rights Case - ABC News
Arrest of girl texting in class prompts civil rights case : news
Sheriff to Announce South Carolina Deputy Ben Fields to Be Fired: Sources - NBC News - "He's known as Officer Slam"
Ben Fields, Officer Seen Manhandling Student, Has Been Sued Twice Before - Fields and other officers are in schools "to serve as role models," a deputy said. ("role model" = how to be a total asshole +repeat offender)
MoveOn Petitions - Charge Deputy Ben Fields with Assault! - Criminalizing the behavior of Black students in school does not help them or the school. This is not just about a bad apple, but a bad way of thinking about an entire segment of this society.
The Worst Moments From CNN's Awful Coverage of the South Carolina HS Classroom Arrest
- Lessons in Brutality - It's shocking to watch a black student violently arrested in school. What is more shocking is how common it is.
The Broader Context of Spring Valley - Lawyers, Guns & Money (school is pre-prison for black kids +Don Lemon is a real jerk, as usual, when it comes to black people)
FBI, Justice Dept to investigate video showing SC deputy tossing student to floor (the cop forum: here's the problem: obey ma authoritay! +"broken windows" policing in schools)

Police officers and their unions should face the same scrutiny as teachers | Jason Nichols | Comment is free | The Guardian - It is not acceptable to demand that teachers bear the burden of fixing the education system and yet allow our police departments to remain as they are
Police are searching black drivers more often, but finding more illegal stuff with white drivers - The Washington Post


SXSW's Astounding Ideals of Cowardice - stunning decision to cancel a panel dealing with online harassment is as embarrassing as it is unjustifiable and pathetic. By Chris Kluwe

Sorry, You Probably Can't Sleep Just 6 Hours A Night - Reading between the lines of a recent study on the sleep habits of indigenous people.

What are the best "get to know you" questions to ask on a first date? : AskReddit - Do talk F.O.R.D. Family, occupation, recreation, dreams - Do not Religion, Accounts, Politics, Exes
(SERIOUS) Former convicts of Reddit, what DID happen to pedophiles in prison? : AskReddit
Resigned /r/TumblrInAction Mod Describes The Subreddits Shift In Tone As It Grew In Size And What They Have Learnt : bestof
The Oatmeal trolled Huffpo UK yesterday when they got caught hotlinking : funny
Causing an avalanche : WTF

Marwencol: the incredible WWII art project created by a cross-dresser who was beaten up by bigots | Art and design | The Guardian


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The Great Climate Change Hoax Rumbles On! - research is under increasing fire by some Republican leaders in Congress, who deny or question the scientific consensus.

CISA data-sharing bill passes Senate with no privacy protections : news (Warren and Markey: "no")
Senate Passes CISA Bill : technology

Syria and Iraq Are Still a Disaster as U.S. Involvement Escalates - The mission creep parallels to Vietnam should be cause for concern.

- Chinese foreign ministry says Washington acted illegally when USS Lassen entered waters near disputed Spratly archipelago - the warship had passed within 12 miles of a Chinese artificial island.
US manoeuvre in South China Sea leaves little wiggle room with China | World news | The Guardian - presence in disputed waters sure to draw Beijing retaliation, which could worsen ties and spread to other regional rows
South China Sea: U.S. Sovereignty Challenge Provokes Anger In Beijing - "The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition."

Another Doctors Without Borders Hospital Hit By Airstrikes - "MSF facility in Saada Yemen was hit by several airstrikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility." (looks like a real fuckyou move)

Martin, A Quick Word | The Return of the Public - close to the epicentre of the Corbyn milieu (Martin Amis doesn't like Corbyn)


Verbatim: Donald Trump on the Rough Life, and Getting $1 Million From His Father - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times - Verbatim: Donald Trump on the Rough Life, and Getting $1 Million From His Father (speaks at 4th grade level to his audience)


TIL that the Seventh-day Adventist church teaches that the Anti-Christ will be the Pope, and the Catholic Church will cause the apocalypse. : todayilearned

The Median Rent for a San Francisco Two-Bedroom Hits $5,000/Month : news

How many guns are in America? A web of state secrecy means no one knows | US news | The Guardian - A majority of states actively restrict access to information on gun permits, the FBI must destroy background checks and Congress bans funding for research (hear no, see no, speak no)

Spring Valley High School Student Flung By School Officer On Video - The student had refused to leave class before the officer became involved.
SC Student 'Brutalized' by School Resource Officer, Lawyer Says - ABC News - At least three students caught the incident in the math classroom on video. The videos have since circulated on social media. (game has changed)
- Officer's forceful removal of student made sheriff "want to throw up" Federal civil rights investigation to determine if law was broken during incident captured on camera in which officer drags student from her desk
Learning while black: the latest offense that the police will get you for | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian

FBI Director Says Videos, Hashtags Are Worsening The Citizen-Police Divide - "Of the explanations I have heard, it is the one that makes the most sense to me."
White House To FBI Director: No, Viral Videos Aren't Causing Crime - James Comey continues to argue the "Ferguson effect" is fueling the crime surge.

No charges against South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenage boy on a date last July. Family alleges that the child's body was left on the ground for several hours, during which some officers posed with and high-fived the corpse : news
Video Of Cop Fatally Shooting Zachary Hammond Released, No Charges Filed - The state of South Carolina released video Tuesday of a Seneca police officer shooting 19-year-old Zachary Hammond, and said no charges will be filed.
72-Hour Suspension For Trooper Who Ran Red Light, Killing Woman - Timothy Fagin ran a red light while chasing a driver who wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
- Quentin Tarantino has "destroyed his career" says rightwing host Bill O'Reilly - Fox News commentator blasts director for appearing at a New York rally to highlight police killings less than a week after an NYPD officer was shot dead

Nobody Understands the Internet | First Draft - Over and over, newspaper companies who now try to call themselves media companies make it clear just how much they hate their customers

School Testing and For-Profit Colleges: Both Declining? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - There'S a useful slight reversal of position from President Obama and other Democratic politicians who have pushed a regimen of educational reforms, primarily constant standardized testing (or studying for those tests) that take much of the education and a whole lot of the joy of learning out of education

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and medical research - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Faculty Lounge: No, It Isn't All in Your Head - Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome an organic disease that should be addressed by biomedical research, or is it a only psychological condition best treated by some form of psychotherapy? (shrinks wanted another disease to "treat" -- "chronic lazyness -- but didn't know how to research)
Health threat of sugar is vastly underestimated, study claims | Society | The Guardian - US research says sugar causes high blood pressure and heart disease regardless of weight gain but critics doubt results

VStarffin comments on Can someone explain why it tends to be young, white men who have libertarian beliefs.
[Serious] People who performed sexual favors in school or in the workplace to get ahead, what was it for? What are things like now? : AskReddit
[Serious] What lie are you living? : AskReddit

Map of all the movies you must watch before you die! : movies
Cormac McCarthy's The Road May Have the Scariest Passage in All of Literature - The Atlantic

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Government's handling of Hurricane Patricia is a rare bit of good news for Mexico - The official death count from the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere: zero.
Powerful Earthquake Hits Afghanistan, India, Pakistan
Deadly Heat Is Forecast in Persian Gulf by 2100 - The New York Times

Oh look. It's that CISA surveillance bill again. Didn't we defeat that? Not yet. One last chance (for real) to #StopCISA. Ask activists from Fight for the Future, Access, EFF, and Demand Progress anything about CISA. (fuckers never give up)
Unit That Called In Kunduz Airstrike Knew Hospital Was Functioning, Believed It Was Overrun By Taliban ("believed" "overrun" but "functioning" so kill them all)

Benjamin Netanyahu's Latest Rejection Of A Palestinian State - "You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree," he told his political opponents, who have been pushing for peace talks.

- UK accused of doing China's bidding after police raid home of Tiananmen Square survivor over peaceful protest

Airlines Work Together To Declare War On Cyber Attackers

Saudi Prince Arrested in Beirut on Drug Smuggling : worldnews - two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine

Rape Victims Are Being Jailed Under Extramarital Sex Laws in the UAE | VICE News


Anonymous hackers to reveal identities of 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members in #OpKKK

Tea Party Support Falls To A New Low - Only 17 percent of Americans polled say they support the movement - Meanwhile, a record 54 percent of Americans polled this month said they didn't have an opinion about the tea party either way. (their frankenstein ate them)

Prosecution Of U.S. Police For Killings Surges To Highest In Decade - A dozen officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter this year resulting from shootings.



World Health Organization: Processed Meats Cause Cancer - The average American consumes about 18 pounds of bacon each year.
WHO: Processed meats cause cancer. : worldnews

The Scale of the Universe 2
Physicists uncover novel phase of matter - not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different. This phase, characterized by an unusual ordering of electrons, offers possibilities for new electronic device functionalities and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery in condensed matter physics having to do with high-temperature superconductivity

Vox Media -"Hulu has overtaken Netflix to become the best streaming service" - but they fail to disclose that Comcast owns both Vox and Hulu.

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Jimmy Carter: A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis - The New York Times

Tony Blair makes qualified apology for Iraq war ahead of Chilcot report | UK news | The Guardian - but defends armed intervention in 2003 (took them 12 years, but at least they did a report)
Bergen: NY Times triples down on bizarre bin Laden tale - CNN.com

Iraq rescue: video shows US prison raid freeing 70 hostages from Isis | World news | The Guardian - Helmet-camera footage issued by Kurdistan government shows men running through compound in Hawija during operation in which US soldier was killed
NBC Obtains Video Claiming To Show Anti-ISIS Raid That Killed U.S. Operative - According to the McClatchy report, however, there were no Kurds among the rescued, and it is currently unknown if any Baathists were among them.

Tony Blair: 2003 Iraq Invasion Contributed To Rise Of ISIS - "It's not clear to me that, even if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have worked better," he said. (because you fucked it all up, dumbshit)

No, Really, Strange Things Are Happening at the Vatican - The food-taster jokes are no longer funny.


How Republicans saved Hillary Clinton. Again. - The Washington Post
Bob Woodward On The Benghazi Committee: 'It Clearly Is Partisan' - The legendary journalist says, accurately, that politicians mislead all the time. (so no big deal)
Why the Benghazi Hearing Was an Embarrassment to Representative Democracy - It's still unclear what Thursday's hearing was supposed to be getting at.
Because Benghazi Went So Well, We Have a New Planned Parenthood Committee - Because Benghazi Went So Well, We Have a New Planned Parenthood Committee - And it's chock full o'wingnuts
Megyn Kelly Flips Out Over Positive Hillary Clinton Benghazi Coverage From Media | Crooks and Liars (she's so cute when she's mad)
Transcript: Rachel Maddow interviews Hillary Clinton | MSNBC

Obamacare Foes Head To Supreme Court... Again - They say the law is "so unconstitutional in so many ways." (onward, Christian derpists)

Ben Carson Once Again Compares Something To Slavery, This Time Abortion - The insurgent GOP candidate says no to exceptions for rape and incest.
How Do You Explain Ben Carson's Success in Iowa? - The currency of crazy statements. Theoretically, democracy is a hell of an idea, isn't it? Can we just let the cows vote now?
- Donald Trump seeks a sharp contrast with Ben Carson's Seventh-day Adventist faith - Seventh-day Adventists are Protestants who observe the Sabbath on Saturday, unlike most Christians, including Presbyterians, who observe it on Sunday. The church also takes a very literal view of the Bible. (Trump continues to speak on a 4th-grade level)

The Real Effect of Citizens United on the GOP by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - There are plenty of places to point when looking for the source of the chaos they're currently experiencing. But I think we miss a big one if we don't consider the impact of this Supreme Court decision that everyone assumed would simply be a windfall for them.

Eschaton: About The Last Seven Years Of My Education Policy - Maybe I can take some of it back? (your deeply conservative POTUS +his clown, Arne Duncan mumbles)

Chris Christie, Sipping a Smoothie, Was Kicked Off an Amtrak Car For Screaming on His Phone - 47 grams of carbs. Seriously?! Seriously?! indeed. (and a day and a half of sugar for the failed, state-destroying fat fuck bully)

The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black - The New York Times - An examination of traffic stops and arrests in Greensboro, N.C., uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct. (deeply racist cop system)
Why Did A Cop Shoot Robert Chambers In The Head? (Texas)

'Bathroom predator' spin on Houston equal rights bill puts Texans in hot seat | US news | The Guardian - Nietzsche: "The last Christian died on the Cross."

- Bill Cosby's "smoking gun" the chilling self-deception revealed in his book - In light of the allegations against him, Emma Brockes revists Cosby's Love and Marriage, published in 1989, and finds a dull book suddenly made fascinating (unconsciously honest)


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Hurricane Patricia weakens in Mexico; flood threat remains - CNN.com (mountains won)
Must We Choose Between Capitalism and Climate? -- NYMag (Chait's true colors)


Maldives Vice-President Adeeb arrested over 'bomb plot' - BBC News

The Unseen Threat of Capital Mobility | Boston Review

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week | Chris Weigant

'The Daily Show' Covers Benghazi Hearing Number ... Ah, We Lost Count - They started another hearing while you were reading that headline.
/u/HuskeyG digs up a chilling video from 2004 of Elizabeth Warren recounting a story telling of how Hillary would likely be as President. : bestof

The Way of the Whigs? by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (the return of the Know-Nothings in the Tea Party and "Freedom caucus" +always characterized by extreme paranoia)
House Freedom Caucus Demands by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly ... items 4 & 5 demand that members who oppose rule changes and/or vote their conscience not be punished.

Team Bush in a Fog
2016 Republican primary: George W. Bush unleashes on Ted Cruz - politico - "I just don't like the guy"
Trump jabs at Bush in Florida: Not ready to be president - Yahoo News

- Critics say air marshals, much wanted after 9/11, have become "bored cops" flying first class - Fourteen years later, the federal air marshal program is mired in budget cuts, allegations of misconduct and management turmoil, prompting some in Congress to question whether the multi-billion dollar experiment has outlived its usefulness.

FBI Director Blames Crime On Police Misconduct Videos - And officers should be trained to conduct themselves with professionalism regardless of whether a camera is recording them

Vince Wilfork Wants Justice For Friend Killed By Cop - 31-year-old Corey Jones had pulled over to tend to his failing car, was "confronted" by a plain-clothed police officer who never identified himself, was fired at five times and died shortly thereafter, with no dashboard or body cameras recording the incident. (license to kill)

Which States Have the Most Guns? | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - Nationally, guns outnumber both cars and people. (don't go to KY)

AskScience AMA Series: History of Science with /r/AskHistorians : askscience
Since a singularity is infinitely small, can 2 singularities be in the same place? : askscience
One of the oddest predictions of quantum theory,that a system can't change while you're watching it, has been confirmed in an experiment by physicists. Their work opens the door to a fundamentally new method to control and manipulate the quantum states of atoms and could lead to new kinds of sensors : science
- Sorry, Einstein. Quantum Study Suggests "spooky action" Is Real. - the existence of an odd world formed by a fabric of subatomic particles, where matter does not take form until it is observed and time runs backward as well as forward.


China's Ghost Movie Ban Imperils 'Crimson Peak' - The second-biggest film market is off-limits for movies that "promote cults or superstition."
; Yurei: the Ghosts of Japan - ghosts, called yurei ... humans have a god inside of them ... reikon or tamashi is held in check only by the meat-cocoon of the body.

What is the best lifehack you use during your everyday life? : AskReddit
Whats your "Then I noped the fuck out" story? [NSFW] : AskReddit


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Hurricane Patricia: What You Need to Know - The New York Times
?? 0 New Updates - Hurricane Patricia Strikes Mexico: Live Updates - The New York Times
Mexico Braces For Impact From Most Powerful Hurricane On Record - Hurricane Patricia barreled toward southwestern Mexico Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere.

Kurds give account of raid that killed American special operator | McClatchy DC - Dead soldier identified as Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Okla.
Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong - The only thing that can stop a bad guy with an F-16...

Suspected Jewish Extremist Attacks Human Rights Rabbi On Video
- The Limits of Intervention: Coercive Diplomacy and the Jewish Question in the Nineteenth Century.

Dozens Of Elderly Tourists Killed In Fiery Bus Crash Near Bordeaux, France - According to local media, this is the worst road accident in France in more than 30 years.

Eschaton: Could Be - Who can say? I guess we'll have to investigate. Who knows what we might find? All very mysterious, really -- Volkswagen said on Thursday that it was investigating whether substantially more vehicles than previously disclosed were equipped with software intended to deceive emissions tests


The GOP blew it with the Benghazi committee, and conservatives know it
Even Conservatives Realize Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Committee Hearing Was Ridiculous
Clinton emerges stronger for next phase of campaign - POLITICO - Following her debate performance, the Benghazi hearing marked the second time in recent weeks that she made a difficult task look easy.
Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Gang - The New York Times - Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, made it evident that he and his colleagues have squandered more than $4.6 million and countless hours poring over State Department records and Mrs. Clinton's email. They produced no damning evidence, elicited no confessions and didn't succeed in getting an angry reaction from Mrs. Clinton.
Long Twilight Struggle
- Conservative pundits were not impressed with the GOP's disastrous Benghazi hearing

Eschaton: The Grand Grift - But these politically charged appeals to conservatives around the country were often accompanied by a solicitation for money, and the ultimate beneficiaries, records suggest, are the consultants who created the campaigns rather than the causes they are promoting.

Jeb Bush Slashes Spending Amid Campaign Woes - as the one-time front-runner seeks to salvage his bid for the GOP nomination. ("Mother of mercy, is this the end of Little Rico?")

Insiders: Trump nomination looking more likely - POLITICO - Eighty-one percent of Republican insiders
Iowa Poll: Carson surges to 9-point lead; Trump slides

GOP Lawmakers Want To Make Gun Silencers Cheaper, Easier To Buy - They say it's about protecting people's hearing.
F.B.I. Chief Links Scrutiny of Police With Rise in Violent Crime - The New York Times - additional scrutiny and criticism of police officers in the wake of highly publicized episodes of police brutality may have led to an increase in violent crime in some cities as officers have become less aggressive. (from the guy who doesn't want any "statistics")

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Suggests Women Can't be Trusted with Money


Asimov - The Relativity of Wrong

The Incredible Moment A Black Hole Rips Apart A Dying Star - "This one is the best chance we have had so far to really understand what happens when a black hole shreds a star."
Gluten-free food database: the nutritional quality and cost of packaged gluten-free foods [PeerJ]
Benzodiazepine use may raise risk of Alzheimer's disease - Harvard Health Blog - Harvard Health Publications



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Climate change is not under siege in Utah middle schools. Evolution is. - The Washington Post

U.S. Soldier Is Killed in Raid to Free Prisoners of ISIS in Iraq - The New York Times

Israeli Soldiers Kill Jewish Man Mistaken For 'Terrorist' - "The soldiers had high suspicions that he was a terrorist." ("How to Stab a Jew")

- Benghazi Biopsy: A Comprehensive Guide to One of America's Worst Political Outrages (good research and excellent summary: closes every door in the Benghazi loony bin -- they really made up a lot of shit and subverted democracy and the media didn't call them on it, yet again)
GOP lands no clear punches while sparring with Clinton over Benghazi - The Washington Post
Benghazi Committee Fights Among Itself As Hillary Clinton Enjoys The Show - "It is time now for the Republicans to end this taxpayer-funded fishing expedition."
At Benghazi Hearing, Shouting Match Over Hillary Clinton's Emails
Hillary Clinton Benghazi hearing transcript (full text) - politico
Benghazi hearing: Poll: 3-in-4 say panel is political - CNNPolitics.com (so it didn't work and made Hillary look presidential, good job!)
Live updates: Hillary Clinton testifies before Benghazi committee - The Washington Post - Ironic that career kibitzer and conspiratorialist Sidney Blumenthal should be elevated to epic heights in GOP Benghazi conspiracy theory.
It's Getting Embarrassing - Listening to the questions from Republicans questioning Hillary Clinton, it's hard not to step back and ask what it is they're even trying to prove or what their point is
Stakes Are High For Clinton, GOP As Benghazi Takes Center Stage

- Maddow: Reporters Who Made False Biden Predictions "Rightfully Embarrassed" "I hope this whole saga can be a cautionary tale"


House Leadership: Ryan offers concession to House Freedom Caucus - POLITICO - He promises to delay discussions of overhauling a procedural mechanism to oust a sitting speaker.

Seventh in string of fires set at St. Louis area churches breaks pattern : News

Eschaton: Ammosexuals - Gun nuts get a bit, um, obsessed with their detachable death penises -- the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns.

These Inmates Got Years In Solitary Confinement For Making A Music Video - BuzzFeed News - Seven South Carolina inmates received a combined total of nearly 20 years in solitary confinement after a rap video they created behind bars made its way to WorldStarHipHop.com.

Planned Parenthood says Texas launches politically charged document hunt | Reuters

What U.S. Religious Groups Think About Science Issues | Pew Research Center - Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.

- Mediterranean diet "may slow the ageing process by five years" US survey shows older people who follow vegetable-rich diet have brain volume greater than those who do not (eat your veggies)

Final Kiss of Two Stars Heading for Catastrophe | ESO - The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 could be heading for a dramatic end, during which the two stars either coalesce to create a single giant star, or form a binary black hole.
What Americans know and don't know about science | Pew Research Center

BlackTeaLeaves comments on WikiLeaks obtains CIA chief's hacked emails, says will publish them 'shortly' - Theres a theory that WIKILEAKS has been turned into a FSB operation:

- If you want to understand the mindset that led to those "she can't consent while drunk but he can" posters, here's a video that explains how we got there. ("butchbutter")

Twitter CEO Apologizes For Shutting Down Sites That Save Politicians' Deleted Tweets - However, it's unclear if Twitter plans to reverse its decision.

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The math on staying below 20C of global warming looks increasingly brutal - Vox (Republican Cult of Stupidty and Death has already destroyed the climate)

Fox News Rewrites History To Blame Bill Clinton For The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks | Research | Media Matters for America (Bush kept us safe)

Netanyahu Says Muslim Leader Convinced Hitler To Kill Jewish People - "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu said.

- Kunduz hospital attack: how a US military "mistake" left 22 dead - The US has said its airstrike on an MSF facility in Afghanistan was a mistake. For the 22 dead, the injured survivors and the casualties of fighting still going on in Kunduz, it was a tragedy (but these things happen)

New York Times Editor Dean Baquet Defends Controversial Osama Bin Laden Magazine Story - But he acknowledges the Washington bureau should have been consulted more.
NYT Magazine's Bin Laden Cover Story Sparked Controversy In The Newsroom - Washington reporters told top editor they worried the story gave oxygen to unsubstantiated claims about the raid.

Family Of Journalist Jacqueline Sutton Say No One Else Was Involved In Her Death At Turkish Airport - While the family was "deeply skeptical" of initial reports, they now believe she acted alone. - Sutton was found with two credit cards and "a large amount" of cash, IWPR said. There was no indication of theft or any missing belongings.
Istanbul Airport Video Raises Questions About Journalist Jacqueline Sutton's Death - The video shows Sutton with a full shopping bag, contrasting with reports she didn't have money for a ticket. (hung herself with her shoelace in a bathroom stall)

Proof That The Benghazi Investigation Is Totally Unlike Any Other, In Two Charts | ThinkProgress

WikiLeaks - CIA Director John Brennan emails - non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.
- WikiLeaks obtains CIA chief's hacked emails, says will publish them

Joe Biden Will Not Run for President in 2016 - The New York Times
Joe Biden Praise for Dick Cheney Is Bad Politics if He's Seeking Democratic Nomination - Biden Isn't Running, But Why Is He Praising Dick Cheney? - I actually like Dick Cheney, for real. I think he's a decent man. "Republicans not the enemy" (why he would have been a disaster) "
Hillary Clinton Bounces Back In New Hampshire - For the first time since August, polls show Clinton is moving ahead of Bernie Sanders in the Granite State.

Bill Kristol Is The Wrongest Person In The World Right Now

Commentary: Chris Christie nearly made thousands of disabled residents homeless NewsWorks

Why Pennsylvania Has a Serious Charter School Problem - It's apparently state law that the charter schools get money or nobody does.
Eschaton: First In Line - One cute feature of our state charter school law is that they are first in line for money. School districts have to pay them first. Wonderful!
Eschaton: More Shortages - I thought the invisible hand was supposed lead to increased wages and compensation to solve this shortage problem. Must be the fault of Obama and the communism.

Ahmed Mohamed And His Clock Are Moving To Qatar - But maybe it's not that far. "They even have Texas A&M in Qatar."

In U.S., 58% Back Legal Marijuana Use - Older generations more supportive than they were in the past
Canada's newly elected Liberals may legalize marijuana. That could impact US drug policy. - Vox - If marijuana were legalized in Canada, it would be a first among developed nations. In the US, four states and Washington, DC, have legalized pot, but it's still illegal at the federal level. The only other country to fully legalize marijuana is the tiny developing nation of Uruguay

[Serious] What is the most mysterious and unexplained video on the internet? : AskReddit
The Internet creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information. : science - Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, and DynaMed are my goto sources. There really is no better drug database than Micromedex. So easy to use and very informative. DynaMed pretty much gives you the diagnostic and treatment guidelines of any disease state you want to know about.

Many Antidepressant Studies Found Tainted by Pharma Company Influence - Scientific American - A review of studies that assess clinical antidepressants shows hidden conflicts of interest and financial ties to corporate drugmakers
Our evidence | Cochrane
Honey as a topical treatment for acute and chronic wounds | Cochrane - There is high quality evidence that honey heals partial thickness burns around 4 to 5 days more quickly than conventional dressings. There is moderate quality evidence that honey is more effective than antiseptic followed by gauze for healing wounds infected after surgical operations.
St. John's wort for treating depression. | Cochrane - The available evidence suggests that the hypericum extracts tested in the included trials a) are superior to placebo in patients with major depression; b) are similarly effective as standard antidepressants; c) and have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.

What do you upvote on principle? : AskReddit

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Ohio River's Huge Algae Bloom a Warning for Water Suppliers - ABC News

Latest FBI Terrorist Bust Shows A Future So 'Dark' Some Eye Protection Might Be Warranted | Techdirt - Latest FBI Terrorist Bust Shows A Future So "Dark" Some Eye Protection Might Be Warranted y

Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria, Trudeau tells Obama
Trudeau rides national desire for change to majority government - The Globe and Mail
Justin Trudeau elected new Canadian prime minister as Liberals return to power | World news | The Guardian - Conservatives and New Democratic party routed as Liberals surge to take parliamentary majority
Harper To Resign As Conservative Leader After Election Defeat
7 Ways Canada's Change Of Government Might Affect The World (the last Bush Republican)
For many Canadians, election is about one thing: more Stephen Harper? - CSMonitor.com - Mr. Harper has been prime minister since 2006, and has shifted overall Canadian politics to the right. Polls indicate that a majority of Canadians want to see a change.


Let us now blame George Bush: Trump and Jeb force a long overdue debate about 9/11 - Salon.com - For years, W. got a pass from his party. Questioning him meant questioning our foreign policy. Those days are over

Democrats are in denial. Their party is actually in deep trouble. - Vox (the Vox kids think Hillz and Bern are too leftish, need to be more Centric)


CBS has refused to run advertising for "Truth" the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record.

What are Bill and Melinda Gates talking about? - The Washington Post - Bill and Melinda Gates do not understand teaching and learning, yet they comfortably assume an air of expertise.

NJ prison population down 26 percent since 2000, report finds NewsWorks - "What that tells us is that you can decrease incarceration while also decreasing crime (in fact ...)


The government is stifling medical marijuana research, major think tank declares - The Washington Post
Federal court tells the DEA to stop harassing medical marijuana providers - The Washington Post
- Marijuana industry drives Denver metro area's real estate recovery - One in 11 industrial buildings in central Denver now houses marijuana cultivation, CBRE report says (coulda been you, MA)

25 year old inmate dies in police custody while suffering withdrawals and dehyration. DA clears police of any wrong doong and declares death by "natural causes" : news

What is a free PC program everyone should have? : AskReddit
What do guys wanna hear a girl say as far as 'talking dirty'? : AskReddit
What are the best text-based subreddits to kill time reading? : AskReddit
What subreddit seems the most like a cult? : AskReddit
What was the best way that someone has hit on you? : AskReddit

The Cable Industry Thinks Cord Cutting's A Fad That Will End Once Millennials Procreate : television - Jokes on you cable industry, we can't afford kids.

Why Twitter's Dying (And What You Can Learn From It) - The problem of abuse is the greatest challenge the web faces today
Will Abuse Destroy Social Media? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (no, a Loomis has a pretty narrow view of "comment sections" on the intarwebs)

Wired to fail - politico - How a little known agency mishandled several billion dollars of stimulus money trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities. (money disappeared, another Program Designed to Fail)

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Canada Election 2015 Live Results CBC - CBC News projects a LIBERAL MAJORITY government (bye-bye Harper)
- Canada election: Liberals set to win majority government

News from The Associated Press - Hacker claims to have breached CIA director's personal email - An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file ... also claimed to have breached a Comcast account belonging to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and released what appeared to be personal information.

Eschaton: Arab Spring - Just add mooooaarr weapons and stir. (recipe for another generation of disaster)
ISIL child training camp discovered in Istanbul: Report - LOCAL
Saudi Arabia Hajj Disaster Death Toll at Least 2,121 - ABC News
Saudi Arabia Hajj Disaster Death Toll at Least 2,110 : worldnews - Iranian sources claimed that over 4,000 people died. Saudi Vice Minister of Health Hamad bin Muhammad Al-Duweila supposedly at one point said that death toll had reached 4,173. It's not improbable.

China Tried To Hack American Companies Since Agreeing To Cyber Pact, Security Firm Says - CrowdStrike said it notified the White House of its findings but declined to identify the targeted companies.

- Japan furious at UNESCO listing Nanjing Massacre documents | Japan may halt funding for UNESCO over the organization's decision to include documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in the latest listing for its "Memory of the World" project (history is a bitch, bitches)


British activist Jacky Sutton found dead in Istanbul airport | Media | The Guardian (something doesn't add up)

- Crack-Smoking Mayor Rob Ford Is Wreaking Havoc on Canada's Election
UN attempt to decriminalise drugs foiled - BBC News - A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country.


Hullabaloo - Prosecutor Gowdy faking the evidence? Why yes he is!
Top Dem Slams Benghazi Committee Chair For False Claim Against Hillary Clinton - Democrats have alleged that the committee is primarily focused on damaging Clinton.
GOP Congressman Already Floating Impeachment For Hillary Clinton
- GOP Congressman Wants to Impeach Hillary Clinton the"day she's sworn in" -- These really are the f*cking mole people.
Benghazi Committee Chair Thinks Criticism of His Committee Is a Pro-Hillary Media Conspiracy
In response to Rep. Cummings, Gowdy confesses he "redacted" document (so it meant something else entirely)
Jeb Bush Tries To Explain Why His Brother Isn't To Blame For 9/11, But Hillary Is For Benghazi - "Does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? If they do, they're totally marginalized in our society."

House Republicans Return To Capitol To Face Leadership Mess - All eyes are on Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Texas Eliminates Taxpayer Funding To Planned Parenthood Providers : news

- Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police " disappeared" 7,000 people Guardian lawsuit exposes fullest scale yet of detentions at off-the-books interrogation warehouse, while attorneys describe find-your-client chase across Chicago as "something from a Bond movie"

World of Life Church: couple charged in sons' beatings lived in 'abhorrent' home | US news | The Guardian
Raashanai's story: the dark side of home-schooling | US news | The Guardian

The Cosby Show Didn't Depict "Middle-Class" Life | Antonio Moore (Oprah thinks no Cosby no Obama)

Can ESPN Solve Its Grantland Problem? | Vanity Fair

How much alcohol is safe for pregnant women? US pediatricians say none | Life and style | The Guardian

Life on Earth may have begun 300m years earlier than previously thought | Science | The Guardian - Discovery, if confirmed, indicates that living organisms appeared on Earth 4.1 billion years ago, remarkably soon after its formation

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Exxon Should Be Prosecuted For Covering Up Its Knowledge of Fossil Fuel-Induced Climate Change by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change - Explorer Video - National Geographic Channel

Yes. George W. Bush Failed to Protect Us on 9/11and Democrats Should Have Reminded the Nation of That Fact by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (mostly because post-partisam Obama covered Bush's ass and subverted democracy)


There's Just One Problem with Those Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories

Emails reveal Tony Blair's deal with George Bush over Iraq war was forged before invasion started | Daily Mail Online - Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told 'the UK will follow our lead' (he literally was Bush's poodle)
The Lies That Led Us Into Iraq Were Bigger And Earlier Than We Thought by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started.

John Kerry Will Meet With Netanyahu And Abbas This Week - It is the first time Kerry has confirmed media reports of a meeting with both Netanyahu and Abbas.
Israel says more knife attacks thwarted, four Palestinians dead | Reuters
Street Violence Continues In Jerusalem And West Bank - Forty-one Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in the recent street violence.

Justice for Assange - By claiming that Mr. Assange must give up his asylum in order to receive medical treatment, the UK government is forcing him to choose between the human right to asylum and the human right to medical treatment. No one should ever have to face that choice.


Benghazi Panel Grills Huma Abedin For Six Hours

What is a democratic socialist? Bernie Sanders tries to redefine the name. - The Washington Post (he's a commie, duh)

It's Time To Admit: Nobody Knows Anything About The 2016 Campaign - The old "rules" of presidential politics no longer seem to apply. ("old rules" = let the pundits/media tell you what's going on)



US government will reportedly require all drone purchases to be registered | The Verge (much more dangerous than guns)




Here's What Ahmed Mohamed Has Been Up To Since His Clock Arrest


Fiverr: The marketplace for creative & professional services


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- Exxon's climate lie: "No corporation has ever done anything this big or bad"


Rich nations spend $250 bln on farm subsidies, hurting poor growers - study


- UK Politicians To Hold 'emergency debate" After Spy Tribunal Says GCHQ Is Permitted To Put Them Under Surveillance (your fascist chickens come home)


What Could Raising Taxes on the 1% Do? Surprising Amounts - The New York Times - Given the gains that have flowed to those at the tip of the income pyramid in recent decades, several economists have been making the case that the government could raise large amounts of revenue exclusively from this small group, while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income.


Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street Tycoons - The New York Times
Do Republicans think it will be easy to beat Hillary? - The Washington Post

Geraldo Rivera Calls Out Kansas GOP Official For Drafting A Voter ID Law Aimed At "Suppressing The Vote" | Video | Media Matters for America - Rivera: "This Is An Attempt ... To Restrict Voting By People Who Ordinarily Vote Democratic" (Kobach in KS)

Was George W. Bush President On 9/11? An Investigation Into The Controversy Tearing The GOP Apart | ThinkProgress (it was either Clinton or Obama, then Bush kept us safe)

Families Outraged After Illinois Fails to Pay Out $288 Million in Lottery Winnings - Yahoo News (suck it up, Greece)

These Things Happen From Time to Time | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - I don't want to sound like some kind of weeny liberal nag, but I'm having trouble understanding how we're supposed supposed to use our guns in these cases to act like the good guys who are getting the bad guys with the guns (deep within the psychotic deadly core of the gun-toting American psyche)
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For Students Accused Of Campus Rape, Legal Victories Win Back Rights : NPR : news

- New Boston Exhibition Tackles Urban Renewal

Overselling Breast-Feeding - The New York Times - All too often, advocates cross the line from supporting a woman in her decision to breast-feed into compelling a woman to do so.

Google Translate: abandoned Soviet space shuttles

The Funny Thing About Adversity - The New York Times - Having known suffering in life usually heightens the compassion we feel for others, except when the suffering involves specific painful events that we know all too well. Here, familiarity really does breed contempt.

What pisses you off about your country? : AskReddit
HUGE jump. : woahdude (see Beamon)
woahdude: search results
What is the most ingenious way you have seen a parent punish their kid? : AskReddit
Age 35+ Redditors, what bad path do you see the teenage Redditors headed down? : AskReddit - Going into so much debt for school. Not mad at them, just feel bad for them.

Security flaw makes every Android device on AT&T and Verizon's wireless vulnerable

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Drivers describe long night on road as mudslides engulf nearly 200 vehicles - LA Times (if it isn't fire, it's mud)

Trump Hits W: "The World Trade Center Came Down During His Reign" (the unspeakable)

Drone Papers Reveal Weak Links In The Kill Chain - You may have heard that every drone strike begins with solid intelligence and strict oversight. Not so much! (or not at all; Obama is a murderer)
The Assassination Complex - Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars (worse than Pinochet)

Turkey Shoot: The history of Obamas Down Drone At Border With Syria - The United States, Russia and the Syrian government all operate drones in the region.

- What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden's Death? The history of Obama's most important foreign-policy victory is still being written. (we know Obama murdered him and lied about it)

Fox News - "terror expert" Wayne Simmons arrested for lying about 27-year career as CIA officer

Nigeria Hit With Wave Of Deadly Suicide Attacks - No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but they bore the hallmarks of the jihadi movement.

- The UK Inquiry into Westminster child-abuse has been hit by a "technical glitch" which has permanently deleted testimonies of child abuse victims. (oh yes, a well know "glitch")

Russian Hackers of Dow Jones Said to Have Sought Trading Tips - Bloomberg Business

Guess Who Else Is a Socialist? - The New York Times

Deficit shrinks by $1 trillion in Obama era | MSNBC (but the moochers!)
Deficit shrinks by $1 trillion in Obama era : news

- Wayne Simmons, Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Expert, Declared Fraud By Federal Prosecutors (Fox Liar and Crook)

Democrats Name Clinton The Debate Winner In HuffPost/YouGov Poll - More than half say they want Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.
Snowden Says Hillary Clinton's Bogus Statements Show a "Lack of Political Courage" Hillary Clinton twice this week has insisted, contrary to the facts, that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have accomplished his goals and avoided punishment if he'd raised his concerns through the proper channels. (calculatedly dense) Politifact labeled Clinton's claim as "mostly false" (that's gotta hurt)
Elizabeth Warren Won The First Democratic Debate - shaping the party's agenda.

Karl Rove Calls Bernie Sanders 'An Elderly Dyspeptic Bilbo Baggins' - Rude.
Karl Rove's election night melt-down over Ohio results on Fox News - YouTube (Megyn is hot)
Kicking Lincoln Chafee While He's Down - Looking at you, Wolf Blitzer.

Bloomberg Politics - Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's autocratic ways in limiting the number of primary debates, insiders say, alienated many of her colleagues. And the problem may get worse. (bitch be fuckin shit up for years, fire her lame ass)
The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets the blame for many of the party's problems. Does she deserve it? (please, yes)

A New York police officer who arrested a photographer on assignment for The New York Times on a Bronx street in 2012 was convicted on Thursday of falsifying a record to justify the arrest. : news

Oklahomans Are Suddenly Afraid of Fracking Themselves to Death - Oil barons insist on wreaking havoc on the planet, but the people have won a couple of victories.

Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers's DNA

New Hartford World of Life church beating victim wanted to leave - CNN.com (sadistic Christians)
New York teen beaten to death with a cord for wanting to leave his church : news

Two Gay Bashing Suspects Plead Guilty, But Not Kathryn Knott - Victims wanted the plea deal, prosecutor and friends say. (how "justice" works for white people from the suburbs)

Sale Raises Hopes for Reviving The Village Voice - The New York Times

Google's Massive Book-Scanning Project Is Legal, U.S. Court Rules - The Authors Guild had claimed that the effort violated copyright law. (fuck you, Authors)

Scientists produce clearest-ever images of enzyme that plays key roles in aging, cancer - images of telomerase in much higher resolution than ever before, giving them major new insights about the enzyme.

Scientists Put Shamanic Medicine Under The Microscope - The shaman's recommendations also included ayahuasca, a potent hallucinogenic brew, and kambo, the venom of a rain forest tree frog. (crohn's disease)

What's A Skoliosexual?
Asexuality Archive
ELI5: Why is penis size not necessarily proportional to height (unlike most other body parts) : explainlikeimfive
Who are some young and amazing penis/violinist/guitarist, etc. that we should know and listen too? : AskReddit
What non-sexual thing brings you the most pleasure? : AskReddit

'PewDiePie' Made $12M On YouTube Last Year
Elements - Lindsey Stirling (Dubstep Violin Original Song) - YouTube
YouTube Statistics, Twitch Statistics, Instagram Statistics - SocialBlade.com
Top 10 YouTubers Filtered by SB Score - Socialblade YouTube Stats | YouTube Statistics
Top 100 YouTube Networks filtered by Subscribers - Socialblade YouTube Stats | YouTube Statistics

Every type of tech product has gotten cheaper over the last two decades -- except for cable, satellite TV, and radio service.

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The Drone Papers - The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama's drone wars. (he owns the atrocity)

The Drone Papers - Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars.

Nearly 90 Percent Of People Killed In Recent Drone Strikes Were Not The Target - U.S. drone strikes have killed scores of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. (the terrorists were collateral damage +Obama's signature drone war)
A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs | WIRED - the chain of authorization that goes up directly to the president ... "baseball cards" (Obama at the Hague in 10 yrs)
A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs : news
New Edward Snowden? Whistleblower leaks documents on drones and Obama's assassination program : worldnews
New Whistleblower Is Behind Latest Revelations About U.S. Drone Program - Jeremy Scahill says the source believes the public has a right to know how the U.S. government decides to assassinate people.
Hillary Clinton Is Wrong About Edward Snowden - The New Yorker
Hillary Clinton Is Wrong About Edward Snowden - The New Yorker : politics - "He broke the laws of the United States. He could have been a whistle-blower" (yeah, she's that stupid/disingenuous)

Why We're Not Leaving Afghanistan Any Time Soon - Time to throw all those campaign promises out the window. (and the money needed to make America better down the drain +trapped in stupidity and posturing)
Eschaton: Another 14 Years Should Do It - Another 14 Years Should Do It - We just can't quit you.

Isis Inc: how oil fuels the jihadi terrorists - FT.com - Jihadis' oil operation forces even their enemies to trade with them

- US tank enters ruined Afghan hospital putting "war crime" evidence at risk - forced entry by military vehicle ... caused stress and fear (if any other organization were as incompetent they'd be fired)
U.S. Analysts Knew Afghan Site Hit By Air Attack Was A Hospital - At least 22 patients and hospital staff were killed.

Anderson Cooper: Opposing Illegal CIA Wars Is Unelectable | Robert Naiman - But it's commonplace for big US media to badger politicians for opposing wars, even catastrophic ones. CNN journalist Anderson Cooper is a perfect example of this phenomenon. (more failed wars! more chaos and refugees! more innocent dead people!)

Could a simple mistake be how the NSA was able to crack so much encryption? | Technology | The Guardian - Most encryption software does the high-tech equivalent of reusing passwords, and that could be how the US national security agency decrypted communications - one single prime is used to encrypt two-thirds of all VPNs and a quarter of SSH servers globally


Death by 1,000 defamations: Brazil riven by slow-burn impeachment struggle | World news | The Guardian - in a chaotic and demeaning battle, the country faces economic crisis and endemic corruption

Lagging Behind the World on Paid Leave | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - DC's proposed paid leave benefit would lead the nation - but it still wouldn't match what the Slovak Republic already offers its citizens.

Donald Trump and Ben Carson threaten to pull out of next Republican debate | US news | The Guardian - Letter signed by Republican presidential frontrunners says they will not participate in 28 October debate unless running time does not exceed two hours

Ted Cruz Has the Look of a Dangerously Unhinged Charlatan - His rhetoric on the stump is irresponsible in the extreme. "we're seeing our freedoms taken away every day and last night was an audition for who would wear the jackboot most vigorously. Last night was an audition for who would embrace government power for who would strip your and my individual liberties" (what happens when you reward insanity)

- Fox Regular: Democratic Endorsement Of Black Lives Matter Is "Plantation Politics and whoring for votes"

Feds Arrest Fox News Commentator, Allege He Lied About CIA Past - Wayne Simmons allegedly claimed past criminal history was related to his work at the CIA. (oh, Fox News guy lied? was violent criminal? +"human terrain systems")

Budget Woes Are Forcing One State Lotto To Hold Off On Issuing Prizes (Illinois is a failed state)

Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings | US news | The Guardian - Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies reported fatal shootings in 2014 - Previously unpublished FBI data sheds new light on flawed voluntary system (FBI wants all the data except for most of it)

Concealed Carry In Maine No Longer Requires A Permit - Keeping a loaded pistol or revolver inside a motor vehicle is allowed as well

This study is forcing economists to rethink high-deductible health insurance - Vox - he new paper shows that when faced with a higher deductible, patients did not price shop for a better deal. Instead, both healthy and sick patients simply used way less health care.

Family sues Eaton County, Michigan over son's traffic-stop death - 17-year-old Deven Guilford was fatally shot 7 times after being pulled over for flashing his brights at the officer because he thought the offficer's brights were on : news
Obama's tank take-back ticks off some Florida law officers - Orlando Sentinel - Florida lawmen must turn in their tanks. And some Central Florida sheriffs are mighty ticked about it. (Obama endangering police who need tanks)

Pluto as we know it now: Nasa report unwraps enigma of dwarf planet | Science | The Guardian - Researchers present collection of New Horizons data, revealing water icebergs on "a surface unlike any planetary surface we've ever seen before"

Handheld DNA reader revolutionary and democratising, say scientists | Science | The Guardian - But it can quickly identify bacteria and viruses from their DNA, tell one strain from another, and spot different gene variants in sections of human genetic code. (Tricorder)

What's the most fucked up thing someone has told you about themselves after barely getting to know them? NSFW : AskReddit
What is the best Sc-fi /Fantasy novel you have ever read ? : AskReddit

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash : technology

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- Antarctic ice shelf collapse and unstoppable sea level rise "very likely" without tough climate action, say scientists

- Kunduz hospital patients "burned in beds even wars have rules" says MSF chief

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey critically ill in deterioration that shocks experts | World news | The Guardian


Second GOP Congressman Admits Benghazi Committee Is All About Hillary Clinton - "Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth."
Trey Gowdy's Benghazi Committee and the Problem of False Equivalence - The Atlantic - When a congressional investigation turns into a partisan operation, the media need to treat it as such.
- Second Republican Congressman Admits Benghazi Committee Was "designed to go after Clinton"

Overnight ratings point to Democratic debate record - Oct. 14, 2015 - record 15.3 million viewers
Newly Released Democratic Debate Ratings Prove That Voters Want Substance | ThinkProgress
Democrats Can Stop Freaking Out About 2016 -- The Cut

- The Democrats Proved They're the Party of Sanity. But That's Not Enough -- They need to provide specific solutions without falling victim to Republican anti-intellectual rhetoric.
- Democratic Debate Turns Hillary Clinton's Way After Months of Difficulties (said the newpaper that has published to most anti-Clinton articles)
9 Issues Democrats Just Debated That Have Been Almost Completely Ignored By Republicans - Should it really have taken this long for someone to say "black lives matter"?

The candidate breaking through in the Democratic debate? Bernie Sanders. - The Washington Post
The CNN Democratic debate transcript, annotated - The Washington Post

The First Democratic Debate by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - And that leads to the aspect of the debate that struck me apparently more than most observers: the exceptional hostility of the questioning from moderator Anderson Cooper, who seemed to be trying to defy expectations that he'd be less savage than Jake Tapper (dickitude comes naturally to old Anderson)

Adventures In Hagiography - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Apparently, the now-shelved ESPN documentary about Mr. Michelle Rhee was every bit as appalling as you might expect:

More Barbara Byrd-Bennett CPS Contracts Under Scrutiny | Chicago Tonight | WTTW - There are more questions about multimillion-dollar contracts Chicago Public Schools gave to firms that had previous associations with disgraced schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (totally Rahm's creation)

Here's What a Billion-Dollar Interchange Expansion Looks Like - So this road expansion will constrain Georgia's ability to invest in transit and other alternatives to driving long after it gets jammed with cars again (since more roadway space will generate more traffic). (almost like they planned it that way)

Wal-Mart Heirs See $9 Billion Vanish in a Day as Shares Plummet : news

People are getting shot by toddlers on a weekly basis this year - The Washington Post

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy - The Atlantic - Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build
Ode to Jupiter - The Atlantic - Jupiter Is the Best Planet - Not counting Earth
NASA shows off new 4K views of Jupiter | The Verge
Fossil teeth place humans in Asia '20,000 years early' - BBC News - Scientists working in Daoxian, south China, have discovered teeth belonging to modern humans that date to at least 80,000 years ago.
125-million-year-old mammal fossil reveals the early evolution of hair and spines - The discovery of a new 125-million-year-old fossil mammal in Spain has pushed back the earliest record of preserved mammalian hair structures and inner organs by more than 60 million years.
Study shows antioxidant use may promote spread of cancer
- The kilogram is the only SI unit still based on a physical object.

The Internet's Dark Ages - The Atlantic


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More Than 400 U.S. Cities May Be 'Past The Point Of No Return' With Sea Level Threats - But there are still cities that could be saved by reducing carbon emissions. (Dayton, Ohio may survive)

Former CIA Detainees Are Suing The Psychologists Who Developed The Torture Program - An ACLU lawyer representing the former detainees says the Senate torture report is "really why our clients are able to pursue this case."

Four Myths about the European Refugee Crisis (And Why You Need to Know the Reality) - Lawyers, Guns & Money

China's Imports Plunge 20 Percent In New Sign Of Economic Weakness - The fall defies stimulus efforts aimed at halting an economic slowdown.

Israel, Palestinian Territories Suffering Worst Period Of Unrest In Years - The attacks occurred on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups.

Eschaton: Haven't We Been Here Before - Duck-n-cover drills will make their return next - With the enhanced insurgent firepower and with Russia steadily raising the number of airstrikes against the government's opponents, the Syrian conflict is edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia."
Julian Assange: police removed from outside Ecuadorian embassy : news - 10,493,673 meals for the needy - 62,962 children fully vaccinated.

Clinton crushes it - politico - Even Sanders defends Democrats' embattled frontrunner, saying let's shutup about her "damn emails"
Bernie Sanders: 'Congress Doesn't Regulate Wall Street. Wall Street Regulates Congress.'
Hillary Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders Over His Gun Record

Good Evening from Las Vegas, Where Democrats Are People, Too - . I swear, DWS could screw up a two-car funeral if you spotted her the hearse. (little Debbie Fuckup continues to fuck up)

Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry - The New York Times
The Benghazi! Dominoes by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
The tide turns against the Benghazi committee - The Washington Post - No news outlet in America has been more fervent in its pursuit of Hillary Clinton than the New York Times, but take a look at this article on their front page today, about how the select committee has all but abandoned Benghazi to focus almost entirely on trying to find something damaging on Hillary Clinton:

The House Benghazi investigation is partisan sham: The GOP committee investigating Hillary Clinton has been completely discredited. - The House Benghazi investigation is now thoroughly discredited as a partisan sham.
The BENGHAZI!!!!!!! Scam - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In a rational universe, as Bouie says, the House Benghazi committee would be a punchline:
Kevin McCarthy Hillary-Benghazi comment is officially a gaffe.

The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election - The New York Times

Eschaton: Paul Ryan, Communist - Hilarious -- Now, as he agonizes over whether to answer the appeal of his colleagues to become the\ ir next speaker, the far right is trotting out a fresh concern: Mr. Ryan is too far left.
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Dick Cheney for Speaker ... Dick Cheney? What, is Satan too busy?

"That Word Extremism, I Do Not Think...." - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Michael Kinsley is, in 2015, being paid to write a column, and this month's insight is that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president. (centrists at work)
And now let us remember the worst economic prediction ever - The Washingt\ on Post - Everybody makes mistakes, but not all mistakes are created equal. Take writer Michael Kinsley's 2010 warning that hyperinflation was "our biggest ecomonic threat" that could be "a disaster sto\ ry on the level of Hurricane Katrina, if not 9/11 itself" (in 2010?)

LA Times "Millennial Pledge": Or Why Print Journalism Doesn't Equal Quality - NeoGAF - LA Times "Millennial Pledge": Or Why Print Journali\ sm Doesn't Equal Quality #1
The Whiny Generation - 10/31/93

Susan G. Komen "For the Cure" is wasting your donations - YouTube


Texas Cops Use Stun Gun On Councilman Outside Of His Home - The incident \ occurred in the same town where Sandra Bland died.

DNA Study Yields Big Surprise About The Tiny 'Molecule Of Life' - Forget about the static littl\ e ladder you heard about in biology class. DNA wiggles like crazy and keeps changing its shape.
Structural diversity of supercoiled DNA : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group


For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree : technology - Worth clarifying: you still cannot build a degree out of free classes. It's just that now, some free classes can comprise a small portion of the degree. The Masters degree still costs $33,000.

This irritates me way more than it should : pics

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Scenario That Opens 'The Day After Tomorrow' Actually Not That Far-Fetched, Research Finds - Temperatures could plummet while sea levels spike. -- temperatures in Europe could drop and sea levels on the East Coast of the U.S. could rise up to 3 feet. (bye-bye Bloomhattan)
Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse - A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. (doom impending on all fronts)

Christopher Columbus was a lost sadist. There shouldn't be a holiday in his name | James Nevius | Comment is free | The Guardian

Flood slams South Carolina's already shoddy infrastructure - US News - SC's poor spending may have made the problems from the flood even worse, the rushing water a final blow against crumbling structures, said Galloway, the Maryland professor. (reaping what you sowed, infrastructure-h\ ating abolish-government conservatives)

Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern - The New York Times (stupid in service of fucking over someone's life because they "thought" they had "a case")
White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP | Motherboard (Obama will have quite a "legacy")
DNA Study Yields Big Surprise About The Tiny 'Molecule Of Life' - Forget about the static little ladder you heard about in biology class. DNA wiggles like crazy and keeps changing its shape.
Structural diversity of supercoiled DNA : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group


For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree : technology - Worth clarifying: you still cannot build a degree out of free classes. It's just that now, some free classes can comprise a small portion of the degree. The Masters degree still costs $33,000.

This irritates me way more than it should : pics

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Scenario That Opens 'The Day After Tomorrow' Actually Not That Far-Fetched, Research Finds - Temperatures could plummet while sea levels spike. -- temperatures in Europe could drop and sea levels on the East Coast of the U.S. could rise up to 3 feet. (bye-bye Bloomhattan)
Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse - A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. (doom impending on all fronts)

Christopher Columbus was a lost sadist. There shouldn't be a holiday in his name | James Nevius | Comment is free | The Guardian

Flood slams South Carolina's already shoddy infrastructure - US News - SC's poor spending may have made the problems from the flood even worse, the rushing water a final blow against crumbling structures, said Galloway, the Maryland professor. (reaping what you sowed, infrastructure-hating abolish-government conservatives)

Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern - The New York Times (stupid in service of fucking over someone's life because they "thought" they had "a case")
White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP | Motherboard (Obama will have quite a "legacy")
Lord chief justice: security services cannot be above the law | Law | The Guardian - Media appeal against courtroom secrecy in Erol Incedal trial hears remarks from top judge that MI6 and MI5 must comply with public prosecution

Several In Aborted Moscow Bombing Plot Were Trained By ISIS, Police Say - Authorities say the group was planning an attack on Moscow's public transport system.
- Saudis tell Russia its actions in Syria will have "dangerous consequences"

Dutch Safety Board: MH17 Was Brought Down By Russian-Made Missile - But the board does not have the authority to apportion blame for deadly incident.

Eschaton: We Have To Arm Somebody - Aren't there any other ideas for spreading peeance and freeance? Giving more people the ability to kill people doesn't seem to have worked too well in the past ohjesusfuckingchrist twelve years. (funding "non-political" No-Labels Islamicists
Eschaton: Bullets From Heaven - This will solve everything. -- U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

ISIS Is Prime Suspect In Attack On Peace Rally, Turkey Prime Minister Says - The explosions happened seconds apart on Saturday as hundreds gathered for a peace rally organized by pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups. (Erdogan in the basement with the Shadow State)

Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry - The New York Times

The Ungodly, Destructive Power of the Citizens United Decision - The decision prompted an oligarchical revolution in how we conduct the processes of democracy in this country, and that revolution has been financed almost completely by -- and almost completely for the benefit of -- the political right (otherwise known as "the crazies")


Trump, Carson, Bush all benefited from multilevel marketing schemes ... that prey upon the desperate and broke. (fit for the job)

Doctors pioneer pot as an opioid substitute | Boston Herald - Hundreds of opioid addicts are being treated with medical marijuana in Massachusetts, with advocates touting the new therapy as a life-changing alternative to a deadly epidemic -- and facing down critics who contend they are peddling junk science. (lookin' at you, Marty "I am not a scientist but I know addiction counselors" Walsh)
Hundreds of opioid addicts are being treated with medical marijuana in Massachusetts, with advocates touting the new therapy as a life-changing alternative to a deadly epidemic : news

How School Shootings Spread - The New Yorker - How school shootings catch on. (Gladwell: "thresholds" and a little spectrum disorder)

California Governor Vetoes Bill Calling For Minimum Punishments In College Sexual Assault Cases - The law would have been the first of its kind in the country.

Hawaii's Attempt To Control Telescope Protesters Is Invalid: Court - Construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope has been on hold since April as a result of the protests.

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Exxon's Climate Concealment

Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation - "This is 20 times to 50 times what would be normally expected" (Japan Gov lied, again)

muricabrb comments on The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

Stephen Hawking says we should be more frightened of capitalism than robots - CNET - In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, the physicist expresses more concern about economic inequality than about artificial intelligence. (at least it would be intelligent)

Blasts in Ankara, Turkey's Capital, Kill at Least 86 who had gathered for a peace rally and heightening tensions just three weeks before snap parliamentary elections. (lots of potential culprits but let's go with Erdogan)
- Turkey Imposes News Blackout on "Gruesome" Blast Images
Ankara Bombings Kill Dozens, Injure More Than 100
Turkey hit by protests over government response to suicide bombings | World news | The Guardian - Demonstrators in Istanbul accuse Recep Tayyip Erdogan of slow action after Ankara terror attack on peace rally, and of censoring press and social media ... murdurous mob-state (looking like Erdogan should be Erdogone)
- Ankara terror attack: Turkey censors media coverage of bombings as Twitter and Facebook "blocked" (authoritarian regime facing elections goes step too far as usual)

ISIS Makes Gains in Syria Territory Bombed by Russia - The New York Times (that's working)

The Times Backs Off on Temple Trutherism | Power Line - The question is where precisely on the 37-acre Temple Mount site the temples had once stood, not whether the temples had ever existed there.

38 Killed And 51 Wounded In Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Blasts

Study: Democrats Moving Left Faster Than Republicans Moving Right - The American Interest - some empirical evidence that Democratic Party's leftward drift is more pronounced than the GOP's rightward drift, at least at the state level. (centrist dems lost to wingnuts, purifying the survivors, while GOP destructive cult dove over the cliff of insanity)


Taxing the Polls - This artifact from Sumter, Alabama in 1932 acknowledges the receipt of a $1.50 poll tax or $26.09 in 2015 dollars (costs more now)

FBI data shows record number of September gun sales - National Instant Background Check System shows gun sales hit a record high for the fifth month in a row with 1,795,102 prospective gun owners processed in September (epidemic spreads)
Here's Everything The GOP Blames For Gun Deaths (Other Than Guns, Of Course) ... prayer, video games, violent movies, freedom, Democrats, gun control, gun-free zones and sin (and our Muslim/Kenyan Pres)

Today in the Systemic Persecution of Sex Offenders - Lawyers, Guns & Money : "I don't believe it" Oh, OK. I'm only a state legislator. How am I supposed to actually find out this information? Who can I ask, being so uninformed and powerless??? (RI Dem head)

Moms and Guns - The New York Times (phallic linkage)
Here's How Police Could End Up Making Body Cameras Mostly Useless - Will body cameras be a tool for police reform? Only if bad policy doesn't get in the way. (no, you can't see those videos)
Canada's History of Violence - Canadians kill 1.6 out of every 100,000 people in a year. Americans nearly triple that rate, killing 4.7 out of every 100,000 people in a year. And while Canadians long ago agreed to restrict gun ownership, Americans are far from reaching a similar consensus.
Round Rock High police incident caught on camera | KXAN.com - A Round Rock High School parent says he plans on pressing charges against a Round Rock police officer for allegedly using excessive force on his son.

Julian Assange: Snowden, I and Kim Dotcom all assigned same prosecutor in Virginia
I showed leaked NSA slides at Purdue, so feds demanded the video be destroyed | Ars Technica - Op-ed: Snowden confidante, a journalist, recounts recent tale at Purdue University.

The Bill Cosby Accusers Speak Out on Dateline - NBC News - Twenty-nine women who accuse the comedian of inappropriate sexual behavior tell their stories (America's Dad)

NASA shows where Matt Damon would have been stranded on Mars | The Verge

What is the RAREST thing you have ever seen or experienced? : AskReddit
Has anyone lived an actual porn scenario (plumber, delivery person, nanny, etc), what's your story? : AskReddit
Which company or brand no longer has the quality they were known for? : AskReddit
What is the worst movie you went to see in the cinema? : AskReddit
- What's the deepest, darkest secret you know that isn't your own?

If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router - The New York Times
The Best Wi-Fi Router (for Most People) | The Wirecutter

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History of flat earth theory: Orlando Ferguson's map of the flat earth. - A Bizarrely Complicated Late-19th-Century Flat-Earth Map (the mind of Conservative is bizzarrely complicated +evolved into climate denialism after jet planes)

- Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes freedom of expression fears - Intellectual property rights chapter appears to give Trans-Pacific Partnership countries' greater power to stop information from going public (Obama's super-authoritrian streak
TPP leaked: final draft of the intellectual property chapter, which some claim will destroy the internet as we know it, made available by Wikileaks : technology
The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared | Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Leave us in peace : Anti-gun control protesters greet Obama during Oregon visit
1 dead, 3 wounded in campus shooting at Northern Arizona University : news

Two Victims Shot On Texas Southern University Campus - This is the second shooting at TSU this week.

Eschaton: Wanker of the Day - Still it's probably an appropriate award for David Cameron. - This is a marvellous technique, to pretend your opponent said the complete opposite of what they actually said, and then get angry about the words they didn't say (another form of the insane Conservative mind)

Twice As Many People in Died in Last Month's Hajj Stampede Than First Thought\ - The Atlantic - A new tally of the those killed last month makes it the deadliest-ever disaster at the annual pilgrimage.

Eschaton: But They Were So Moderate And So Rebellious - All they needed was more death machines and some quiet Americans to tell them how to use them. - The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.

California's high court appears ready to allow voters to weigh in on Citizens United
New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

The President Heads to Oregon, Where the Gun Nuts Are Waiting - It feels all too similar to Dallas in 1963. - "He's not wanted here. He's coming here purely to push his garbage, and we don't want it," said Michelle Finn

Why Democrats Bear Some Responsibility for the Republican Party's Madness - Therefore, given all this, if one of the parties goes as thoroughly, deeply, banana-sandwich loony as the present Republican Party has, the other party has a definitive obligation to the Republic to beat the crazy out of it so the country can get moving again. This is a duty in which the Democratic Party has failed utterly. (Charlie sees the basic issue: insanity in the American psyche)

Sure that Yelling Louder Will Work (Farley doesn't get it -- it's not about yelling louder, it's about calling a nut a nut)

The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party? - The Washington Post

The Kevin McCarthy Affair Rumors Could Be Destructive For Everyone - Here's some stupid for lunch.

Here's What Happens When You Complain To Cops About Cops - The internal affairs division usually decides the officer did nothing wrong. (move along, nothing to see here, FBI doesn't want to know)

Op-Ed: Philly's Charter School System is Falling Apart - Citified - Gym: The last thing this city needs is a top-down mandate to turn more public schools into charters. (someone tell Charlie Baker)

Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days - ABC News (coulda been you, MA)

Immigrant workers or slaves? Textbook maker backtracks after mother's online complaint - "The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations"

Air Force dental technician accused of being a witch - fired from a dental clinic at \ Fort Meade, Maryland, after complaining that her co-workers discriminated against her because she was Hindu. She claims they then accused her of being a witch. (same thing to demented Christian mind)

Kelsey Grammer Wears Bizarre Anti-Choice Shirt - The message -- "Would it bother us more if the y used guns?" -- asks if those who are pro-choice would still hold their beliefs about the issue if abortions were performed with guns. (douche-bag hall o' famer)

Elon Musk says Apple is the 'graveyard' for fired Tesla staff | Technology | The Guardian - "Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? ... You can't ust go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: 'build me a car'"

Mars lakes may have existed long enough for life to evolve, scientists say | Science | The Guardian - Nasa researchers believe some ancient lakes could have lasted for up to 10,000 years, which was enough time for life forms to take hold

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NOAA declares third ever global coral bleaching event - Bleaching intensifies in Hawa\ ii, high ocean temperatures threaten Caribbean corals


Amnesty Tells the US to Stop Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia | Mother Jones - The group cites "damning evidence" of war crimes involving American-made weapons in Yemen.

U.S. asks Toyota to explain why ISIS has so many new trucks : news - To destroy the tanks now bein\ g used by ISIS, the U.S. is sending the Iraqi military 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 55,000 rounds of main tank-gun ammunition, $600 million in howitzers and trucks, $700 million worth of Hellfire \ missiles and 2,000 AT-4 rockets (which will promptly all defect to ISIS for the 10th time)

Eschaton: And Justice For All - MPs, a lord chief justice the royal family and public school headmasters all intervened to stop a bishop being prosecuted for sexual abuse 22 year ago, the Old Bailey has heard.
David Cameron on Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and Saudi Arabia - YouTube

JFK Assassination: The Spy Chief Who Lied - politico Magazine
JFK: declassified documents reveal a cunning and cagey president | US news | The Guardian

- Rupert Murdoch implies Obama is not "a real black person"
A Bit of Fry & Laurie- If Rupert Murdoch hadn't been born

McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos : It's All Politics : NPR
The House GOP's historic implosion - politico - McCarthy's stunning move leaves the House with no apparent line of succession to power.
Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations - "Why not resign like Bob Livingston? (stabbed in the back by a radicon)
Kevin McCarthy Is Out For House Speaker. Who Else Wants It?

Ben Carson Has No Idea What the Debt Limit Is -- NYMag
- Am I the only one who remembers what a terrible presidential candidate the vice president was?

GOP Probe Into Planned Parenthood Funding Comes Up Empty - Jason Chaffetz says he's found no evidence of wrongdoing by the family planning provider.

Megyn Kelly Says She'd Have Donald Trump Back On Her Show - "We just wanted to forge forward and try to put it behind us."

- FBI director calls lack of data on police shootings "ridiculous" "embarrasing (yeah from the guy who didn't want more data)
South Carolina City To Pay $6.5 Million Settlement For Fatally Shooting Walter Scott - Video showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times as Scott ran.

The Ongoing Destruction of Public Education - Campbell Brown is just the latest semi-famous rich person to parachute in and tell teachers they're doing it wrong

Far-Right Idahoans Go Postal on University's Refugee Program Because Sharia Law - Why do local residents think a 30-year-old program is suddenly importing Sharia law and ISIS operatives into Idaho? Talk radio, of course.

20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered in Iraq, Adding New Details to the Story : books

My friend found his trail cam destroyed, as if someone had stabbed the lens with a screwdriver. Thi\ s was the last picture it ever took. : pics (riffs)
What movie is the greatest mindfuck? : AskReddit
What's a harsh truth you have for the opposite sex? : AskReddit
[Serious] How did you respond after your ex wanted you back after leaving you? : AskReddit
Identical twins, what's the craziest way which you've abused your powers of mistaken identity? \ : AskReddit

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Will the South Carolina Floods Change Lindsey Graham's Tune? - he wasn't too keen on disaster relief funds for New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. (can't remember voting against it)

President Obama Apologizes to Doctors Without Borders Following Kunduz Airstrike - ABC News
Eschaton: But Our Bombs Are Smart! - They're like Mensa smart! So accidentally blowing up a hospital is unpossible!
- Top U.S. general in Afghanistan: Hospital was "mistakenly struck" (oh well then)
U.S. Commander Thinks Troops Didn't Follow Rules, Calls Hospital Bombing A Mistake - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon "deeply regrets" the loss of life.


- Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks -- but Clinton ordered toip general to "not take the call" (and that worked out really well for Europe, didn't it, Hillz?)

German channel in trouble after showing Merkel in hijab


The CIA Keeps (Accidentally) Legitimizing JFK Conspiracy Theorists - Now we learn that the CIA chief at the time did all he could to bury "incendiary" information

Shut Down the Benghazi Committee - The New York Times

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP - She criticized the trade agreement on Wednesday, saying there are too many "unanswered questions."

Biden and Reproductive Freedom - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Is there any reason to think he's a better candidate than Clinton? No. (sketchy policy history)

Washington Post Fact Checker Moves The Goalposts To Claim Obama "Exaggerated" By Including Gun Suicides In "Gun Death" Total | Blog | Media Matters for America (Glenn Kessler, Fred Hiatt's Factfucker)
Ben Carson Defends Controversial Comments About Oregon Shooting - "I want to plant in people's minds what to do in a situation like this."

U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates From Prisons - The New York Times - as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug dealers in the 1980s and '90s (hello, Reagan and Clinton)

We must despise our kids: Our ugly war on teachers must end now - Salon.com - Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing: Demonizing teachers. It's the "reformers" doing the most harm
Oregon shooter then the internet struck back - Salon.com

House Republicans Create Special Committee To Harass Planned Parenthood - There's still no proof the family planning provider did anything wrong. (that's never stopped them)

For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? - The Washington Post

Tennessee's first year of drug testing welfare recipients uncovered drug use by less than 0.2 percent of all applicants for the state's public assistance system


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Eschaton: Eat Your Own Shit, Lindsey - I hate these people : Graham was among the Republican senators who opposed a federal aid package in January 2013 to assist states hit by Hurricane Sandy, but now he doesn't remember why ... "I'm all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don't really remember me voting that way"

Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days | World news | The Guardian - Commander of war in Afghanistan tells Senate panel that US forces had called in airstrike at Afghan request - "an admission of a war crime" says MSF
Doctors Without Borders Enraged Over 'Deliberate' Kunduz Hospital Bombing - "We are working on the presumption of a war crime."
Eschaton: What You Expect Us To Have Any Idea Who We're Bombing And Why? - Really, libturds, you expect too much from the Pentagon.

Nuclear Smugglers Shopped Radioactive Materials To ISIS And Other Terrorists - "In the age of the Islamic State, it's especially terrifying to have real smugglers of nuclear bomb material apparently making connections with real buyers."



VW Warns Staff Of Impending 'Massive Cutbacks' - "I will be very open: this won't be painless," the new CEO said.

Clinton Can Thank Obama for Her Benghazi Headache - Bloomberg View
Hillary Clinton: Obama's Deportation Strategy Didn't Work - She says she won't break up families while pushing for immigration reform.


Ten Commandments Monument Removed From Oklahoma Capitol Grounds - Workers removing the monument were protected by a heavy security presence.

When You Have Police In Schools, Kids End Up Getting Pepper-Sprayed (the South, Appalachia, and Wississippi)
The Congressman Who Restricted Gun Violence Research Has Regrets - Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) authored the controversial 1996 amendment that remains in place. He wishes Congress would change it. (we don't need your stupid libturd "research")

- Christian group predicts the world will be "annialated" on Wednesday - Over a week after blood moon doomsday forecasts were proven wrong, eBible Fellowship leader Chris McCann says "the world will pass away" on 7 October

Reddit Admits Its Front Page Is Broken, Is Working on an Entirely New Algorithm : technology
What website should everybody have bookmarked? : AskReddit
What is the scariest or most disturbing crime that remains UNSOLVED today? : AskReddit
The East Area Rapist AKA The Original Night Stalker
What is a secret that you know about someone that could ruin someone's life if it came out? [NSFW] : AskReddit
A student diversity officer who tweeted the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been charged by police with sending a threatening communication. : news

Experience the power of a bookbook - YouTube

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South Carolina floods: climate change intensified conditions, scientists say | US news | The Guardian - Once-in-a-thousand year storm (since the 500-yr flood caused by Floyd in 1999 +they don't believe in AGW and voted against Sandy aid)
- Eight dead as South Carolina hit by "once in a millennium" floods
The meteorology behind South Carolina's atastrophic, 1,000-year rainfall event

Edward Snowden: US has not offered me plea deal | US news | The Guardian - Whistleblower says he has offered to do time in prison as part of a deal to return to US, but "we are still waiting for them to call us back"

TPP deal: US and 11 other countries reach landmark Pacific trade pact | Business | The Guardian
Officials Reach Deal On Trans-Pacific Partnership

Doctors Without Borders calls US bombing of its hospital a war crime | Public Radio International
Doctors Without Borders calls US bombing of its hospital a war crime : worldnews

Air France workers rip shirts from executives after airline cuts 2,900 jobs | World news | The Guardian
Air France Execs run for their lives after they cut 2900 jobs : videos


Babysitter who had sex with 11-year-old boy gets suspended sentence | UK news | The Guardian

On Guns, Fear Is Winning - The New York Times
Hillary Clinton Goes Big On Gun Policy, Creates Contrast With Bernie Sanders
In fact, she shared it: In a series of online postings over a decade, Ms. Harper, a registered nurse, said she kept numerous firearms in her home and expressed pride in her knowledge about them, as well as in her son's expertise on the subject (same setup as Sandy Hook: Asberger's +gun-nut mom afraid of "people dropping by") the unlikely revelation that she used to read to her son a book by Donald J. Trump, the real estate mogul
Which States Have the Most Guns? | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - Nationally, guns outnumber both cars and people.

Dems release closed-door Benghazi testimony | TheHill - Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are going on offense ahead of Hillary Clinton's public testimony later this month.

The Supreme Court Is Back At Work, And Things Look Pretty Ugly Already - Affirmative action, public unions and legislative representation are all on the chopping block in the next nine months.


Ohio court upholds school suspension of 12-year-old black boy accused of staring at a white girl

Kasich's War on Ohio Minorities - By March 2014, six months into the new system, the six counties with the highest rate of terminating food stamps for able-bodied, childless adults were all counties populated mostly by minorities

Self-Refuting Actions of the Day - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Whole Paycheck: all supervisors in all departments were demoted to getting paid $11 an hour from $13-16 per hour and were told they were no longer supervisors, but still had to fulfill all of the same duties, effective immediately (experienced workers downgraded, laid off, WF "beyond" unions)

Crisis of Masculinity, 1987 Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

What is the biggest "fuck you" in recorded history? : AskReddit
The Many Facets of Hamlet on Vimeo
I'm not very well read, and I just watched Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon. Is Shakespeare really this witty and entertaining? : books

Eschaton: A Little More Evil Every Day (incremental evilism)

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I'm Wearing A Sweater Right Now It's Cold, Libturds ... And then we lit one trillion dollars on fire in Iraq and the Middle East ...

French floods: 19 feared dead after storms sweep French Riviera | World news | The Guardian - Violent storms and flooding send water cascading through Antibes, Cannes and Nice, inundating a retirement home and killing three people inside - More than 17cm (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours
Record-Breaking Rainstorms Pummel Carolinas - South Carolina was hit 2.3 inches of rain Saturday, smashing the previous record of 0.77 inches set in 1961
The flooding here in South Carolina is insane : pics

"Unspeakable": An MSF Nurse Recounts the Attack on MSF's Kunduz Hospital | MSF USA - In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds.
Doctors Without Borders Denies Hospital Was 'A Human Shield' For Taliban - "In any case, bombing a fully functioning hospital can never be justified."
Doctors Without Borders Leaves Afghan City After Airstrike - ABC News
Death Toll in Hospital Bombing Climbs to 22 as MSF Demands Answers | VICE News
- Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at NATO forces before a US air strike killed at least 19 people
Why Afghanistan Is Going To Fall To The Taliban Again. And It's Not Why You Think. - "I'm afraid I don't see how the U.S. can helpfully respond in Afghanistan, at this point."
Eschaton: Did We Win? - We started bombing Afghanistan almost 14 years ago.
Afghanistan: Another Nation That Should Be Grateful to the West - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Cass Sunstein is right once again. The West brings nothing but gifts wherever it goes, totally eliminating any claims from those nations for justice. And what nation has received more of these gifts than Afghanistan: (Sunstein is a real tool)

What Does Dylan Matthews Think The Worst New York Times Article Published in the Last Decade Is? - The chances that Matthews has ever read anything by Theroux, someone who knows far more about the developing world that Matthews sitting at his Vox desk could ever dream of, seems unlikely, although how I am to know.

Eschaton: Robust - I'm sure we'll make it work this time: Mrs. Clinton arguing for a more robust approach and Mr. Obama dismissing her ideas as campaign politics ... As secretary, she joined with David H. Petraeus, then the C.I.A. director, and Leon E. Panetta, then the defense secretary, to push a plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels. (all 5 of them; Hillz the hawk wrong again and again)

Four California students arrested for plotting mass shooting - Yahoo News
- Oregon shooting occurred in state that "actually forces colleges to allow guns" Amid 142 school shootings since Sandy Hook, states have moved to allow more guns on campuses. Oregon is one of a handful that allows concealed carry (next up: you must hae a gun at all times) - Trump: mass-shooting gunmen are "sick as hell and geniuses in a certain way" - At rally, Trump invokes Charles Bronson vigilante movie Death Wish
Many school shooters, one common factor: a warped view of masculinity - CSMonitor.com - As debate rages over gun control, media portrayals of shooters, and other factors, one topic doesn't get enough discussion, those who study mass shootings say: masculinity (see Trump)

Holocaust historians criticise Austria's jailing of Jewish author - Stephan Templ highlighted cases of Jewish property stolen by the Nazis but has now been punished for omitting an aunt's name in a restitution claim (Austria, same as ever)


Bernanke: Wall St execs should have gone to jail for crisis


Hail to the Pencil Pusher | Boston Review - American Bureaucracy's Long and Useful History (no, FDR didn't invent "big government)

The Historical Roots of American Domestic Worker Organizing Run Deep - Working In These Times - What was the legacy of slavery in the domestic labor sector, especially in the first half of the 20th century?



The hidden costs of funding prisons instead of schools - CSMonitor.com - As state incarceration rates continue to rise across the country, so are cuts in higher education funding.
Adjuncted to Death - Lawyers, Guns & Money : You may have heard about the Duquense University adjunct who died in dire poverty in 2013. Well, it's happened again, this time to a long-term adjunct at Seattle University.

25 Is the New 21 - The Atlantic - So, after we spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars on her college education ($125K/yr including $75K/yr for parties, clothes and iPhones)

Perfect Brown Rice Recipe | SAVEUR - brown rice looks and tastes the best when it has been boiled and drained like pasta and then steamed in the small amount of moisture that remains in the pot. The boiling cooks the rice, while the subsequent steaming allows the grains to retain their integrity and come out light and fluffy.

What is the most unbelievable coincidence you ever experienced? : AskReddit

NASA shows off a stunning new color photo of Pluto's moon, Charon | The Verge
- Over 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions are now on Flickr in high resolution
Project Apollo Archive's albums (hi-res Flickr)

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Kasich On Climate Change: 'I Just Don't Know Enough About It' - "I think there are things we can do to protect the environment. We should. But we shouldn't worship the environment." (we should desecrate as much as possible +dude, can you think?)

Afghanistan: MSF Staff Killed, Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz | MSF USA - MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara northwest of Kunduz. (fire your blunderin army)
At Least 19 Killed After Airstrike Hits Afghan Hospital - The medical charity said its staff phoned military officials at NATO in Kabul and Washington during the morning attack, but bombs continued to rain down for nearly an hour. (fuckers wouldn't stop collateralizing humans ... "or, as a Bush would say, stuff happens..." )
U.N. rights chief says Afghan bombing may be war crime - Yahoo News - An airstrike that killed at least 16 people in hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday was "utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal," the U.N. human rights chief said.
NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War - The New York Times
Why Afghanistan Is Going To Fall To The Taliban Again. And It's Not Why You Think. - "I'm afraid I don't see how the U.S. can helpfully respond in Afghanistan, at this point." (just GTFO, finally)

Oregon Shooter Died Of Suicide - The suicide occurred during a firefight with law enforcement officers.
Sheriff In Charge Of Oregon Massacre Probe Posted Sandy Hook Truther Video - Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin posted a link to a YouTube video called "The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed," which summarized conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting and quickly racked up millions of views, about a month after the massacre took place. The post was deleted or made private sometime after 2:30 p.m. Friday. (Obama staged a fake shooting to take away your gunz, irony comes home to roost like a vulture)
Oregon Sheriff Handling Massacre Fought the White House on Gun Control After Newtown | Mother Jones
Gunman in Oregon college shooting executed classmates, saying 'I'll see you soon' | OregonLive.com - "And then he would ask them if they were a Christian, knew God, or had religion. And it wasn't like it was stated on TV. It wasn't about that he was just trying to pinpoint Christians, no."
Families Remember Victims Of Tragic Oregon School Shooting
Jeb Bush Opposes New Gun Laws On Grounds That 'Stuff Happens' - The former governor has been making some pretty big gaffes lately. (see above for dead people that "stuff happened" to)
maniac_rn comments on The Oregon Shooter Obtained All His Guns Legally
After Oregon, Death By Gunfire Is a Natural Law in America - Nothing will change. Nothing will be different.
The Daily Show - Gun Control Whoop-de-doo - YouTube
John Oliver's 3-part Daily Show report on Gun Control, political suicide and The results of Australia's gun legislation : television

Like Clockwork by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly there's a principal and a police chief in Irving that will likely think differently next time. But we badly need the same kind of focus on the long-lasting, underlying abuses of corporate might. As it happens, Exxon is based in Irving, Texas too. (Bill Maher is nutty about Muslims)

Tell-all peace prize book upsets Nobel committee | World news | The Guardian - Geir Lundestad, former secretary, accused of breaching Norwegian Nobel committee's code of silence in The Peace Secretary (yeah, Obama was a mistake, which was immediately obvious)

Stockton mayor was briefly detained on return flight from China - SFGate - The mayor of Stockton was briefly detained and had two of his laptops and a cell phone confiscated by homeland security agents at the San Francisco International Airport earlier this week after returning from a trip to China, according to a statement by the mayor.

Canada dead last in ranking for environmental protection - The Globe and Mail
Feds penny-pinched on science libraries while lavishing funds on religion and oil | National Observer (Canadian Conservatives: who needs your stupid science when we have the Bible to interpret any way we want?)
Marijuana is infinitely worse than tobacco, Harper says as he encourages pot debate to go up in smoke (don't bother me with your sciencey facts")

Eschaton: Morning Thread - Terrific article from the Guttmacher Institute: Prosecuting Women for Self-Inducing Abortion: Counterproductive and Lacking Compassion. Basically makes the point that outlawing abortion won't stop women from having abortions. It will just make it more dangerous, partly because she will be reluctant to seek medical treatment if anything goes wrong.
Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece - US News - Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign. (that'll work +the most anti-woman candidate is a ... woman!)


Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ (on the other hand, it might be)


BBC - Culture - The mysterious origins of punctuation - Aristophanes' breakthrough was to suggest that readers could annotate their documents,

Island boulders reveal ancient mega-tsunami : Nature News & Comment - Massive prehistoric landslide of Cape Verde volcano unleashed waves 170 metres high. (head for the hills)


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Vladimir Putin wants Russia to have more influence in the Middle East. Good luck with that. - The Washington Post - At this point Russian-American diplomacy mostly consists of trolling each other, and Putin is better than anyone at trolling ... not a good sign for U.S. interests in the Middle East when Washington is surprised by Iraqi agreements with Russia. (Obama has totally failed in his war-making)
Rhetorical Entrapment and Syria: Let's Not Do Dumb Stuff - preventing Syria from being taken over by ISIS would be far worse and trying to instill life in our unicorn army of moderate rebels is a recipe for continued humanitarian tragedy in Syria with spillover effects on Europe that are very high.
Russia, Russia Burning Bright? (Spoiler: Not So Much) | Duck of Minerva - the world's fourth largest military budget ... by spending a larger percentage of its GDP on defense than does the United States, China, Britain, France, Japan, or Germany ... a smaller economy than the state of California (giant gas station is declining, can't really afford all those guns +warlord Putin is counting his days +Cali needs more missles)

Saudi Objections Halt U.N. Inquiry of Yemen War - The New York Times - In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.

Authorities: Weapons Recovered In Oregon Shooting Purchased Legally - Some weapons may have been purchased by family members.
Oregon shooter was anxious and liked guns and target shooting, neighbors say - LA Times - "The Switzer Learning Center, also in Torrance, teaches students with special needs, emotional disturbances, autism, Asperger's" ... "conservative, professional, intellectual, introvert ... Not Religious, but Spiritual." ... (mother) circulated a petition to get the apartment owner to eradicate a cockroach infestation. Neighbors said she told them the insects kept her son awake at night ... " She would call him "baby" all the time. I thought it was strange because he was an adult"

994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian

Chris Harper Mercer, Oregon Gunman, Is Recalled as a Recluse Close to His Mother - The New York Times
Chris Mercer, Oregon Gunman, Hinted of Anger and Loneliness - The New York Times

Nancy Pelosi Calls For A Select Committee On Gun Violence - She said Congress takes "a solemn oath to protect and defend the American people." (again, who are the real terrorists?)
This just happened on CNN. Behold, the hypocrisy of the media (especially in regards to coverage of mass shootings) in one, succinct 30 second clip Seriously, WTF CNN? : videos
Guns Kill An Average Of 36 People Every Day, And The Nation Doesn't Even Blink - The shooting at Umpqua Community College is part of a steady beat of U.S. gun violence. (9/11 every day, and we haven't invaded the NRA)
Eschaton: Not Capable Of Learning - Once again the nation is shocked to discover the tools designed for killing people are used to kill people. (arm the moderate Americans!)

TIL the US Murder rate in 2014 is less that half of what it was in 1990, and far lower than the 70's and 80's. : todayilearned

Oregon college shooting is all the more reason to carry guns, say local residents | US news | The Guardian - Interviews with almost a dozen residents of the rural Oregon community on Friday yielded unanimity on their biggest threats: gun control and Barack Obama

Not a Dime's Worth of Difference! - Jeb Bush: "I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It's very sad to see. But I resist the notion, and I had this challenge as governor -- look, stuff happens" (thanks Ralph, you really fucked the country)
Eric Boehlert on Twitter: "Can't wait for "context" debate over Jeb likening gun massacre to a kid drowning in pool.
A Day in Mass American Death - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Wayne LaPierre and his henchmen are as evil as Osama Bin Laden and his henchmen. And Frick and his fellow Gilded Age capitalists are as evil as the other two. But maybe we can lighten up our morning by discussing who is actually the most evil - Good times America. Good times.

Fifty killed in a knife attack at a Chinese colliery | MINING.com - Nine suspects are being pursued after they launched a coordinated knife attack and killed 50 workers at a northwestern Chinese coal mine, reports Radio Free Asia.

Coca-Cola calls for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately.

For Corporations, Sticks, Not Carrots - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Corporations simply cannot be trusted to self-regulate. It will never work because all the incentive is there for them to cheat. They want to profit and if the government isn't watching, they will cut corners to do so. The auto industry has shown this for decades. (de-regulate, destroy unions, pay their execs beyond your wildest dreams)

Voodoo Never Dies - The New York Times - that tax-cut enthusiasts have a remarkable track record: They've been wrong about everything, year after year (so? that never stopped them before?)

The Benghazi Investigation Is The 1990s All Over Again - The GOP spends millions investigating a Clinton for one scandal, and ends up uncovering another. Sound familiar?

Why the Washington Post's Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Bunk | Robert Reich (Fred Hiatt hates Bernie and public education)

Arne Duncan stepping down, returning to Chicago - Chicago Tribune - made his first signature initiative the Race to the Top program, in which states competed for federal grants ... encouraged states to adopt the Common Core, a controversial set of curriculum guidelines that to some have become symbolic of federal overreach
Arne Duncan Resigns Amid Legacy-Threatening Student Debt Crisis - The education secretary leaves behind 1 in 4 borrowers in distress. (moar charters! moar debt! +the only guy in the admin taller than Obama)
Eschaton: Where Did All The Teachers Go - Apparently there's a shortage. Who could have predicted that demonizing them, cutting salaries and benefits, and reducing job security might make it a slightly less attractive option for people. (America hates teachers) How will our great school administrators deal with this? Increasing teacher salaries is unpossible, because that might mean that the Viceroy For District Charterization and Martini Tasting might take small pay cut.


Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Lowest in 38 Years
Affordable rent hampering about 1/3 of Florida residents - wptv.com - South Florida has the highest percentage of renters devoting at least half their income. (Rubio'd)


- The Decline of 'Big Soda' - The drop in soda consumption represents the single largest change in the American diet in the last decade ... Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by more than 25 percent. (liquid diabetes; no wonder Coke is worried)

- If the face fits: science of attraction is based on personal experience
?9-Tetrahydrocannabinol attenuates allogeneic host-versus-graft response and delays skin graft rejection through activation of cannabinoid receptor 1 and induction of myeloid-derived suppressor cells
- Inuit Study Adds Twist to Omega-3 Fatty Acid's Health Story -- the idea the Inuit adapted to eating fatty food was very plausible,
Study Finds Asteroid Ahead of Dinosaur Extinction Accelerated Volcanoes - The New York Times
IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors - The New York Times - a new way to make transistors from parallel rows of carbon nanotubes

Ch-ch-changes.. After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon (Amanda Marcotte)

Cogent CEO: Interconnection Congestion Has Magically Disappeared | DSLReports, ISP Information - But after the FCC voted to approve new net neutrality rules and Cogent and Level 3 hinted they'd use the new rules to file complaints about this behavior, everybody is just getting along famously.

What is something that most women want that most men aren't willing to do? : AskReddit
What websites did you frequently visit in the past but no longer visit? What caused you to stop visiting them? : AskReddit
What are the most legendary posts from 4chan? : AskReddit
- Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE's upset people are "reviewing" her (that didn't take long)
calafragilistic comments on Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 - m4w
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 - m4w : boston

Adblock extension with 40 million users sells to mystery buyer, refuses to name new owner : news

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9 in 10 scientists think climate change is real - One in four Americans believes climate change isn't happening - Nearly 92 percent of surveyed scientists, however, believe the world is warming and humans are to blame (all scientists, not just climate scientists)
Eastern U.S. Flood Threat to Continue No Matter Where Hurricane Joaquin Tracks (Forecast) | Weather Underground

- Bill Nye discusses how incredible it is that flowing water has been found on Mars... and the "Daily Show" proceeds to bring in ignorent panelists that disrespect him, his work, and declare that we shouldn't even give a fuck about this discovery. (we are all Martians)

Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we've had 274 days and 294 mass shootings
Oregon College Shooter Identified As Chris Harper Mercer - Reports say the shooter had three handguns and an assault weapon.
A not very well regulated militia - Lawyers, Guns & Money
UCC SHOOTING RAMPAGE: At least 13 reported dead including shooter | NRToday.com
Mass Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Oregon, 13 Reported Dead - "We've become numb to this," Obama said. "This is something we should politicize, it is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic." (NRA warns not to politicize event)
Did The Oregon Shooter Warn Of His Plans On 4chan? - On 4chan, little is clear, and even less can be proven.
Active Shooter Reported at Oregon College : news
School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook | Everytown for Gun Safety (45 this year)
Politicians Can't Pass Actual Laws To Stop Gun Violence, So They Tweet Prayerfully (Supreme Deity listens to Speaker John Boehner's prayers)

- State Department "Planted" Anti-Wikileaks Questions For 60 Minutes Interview With Julian Assange - from the nice-of-them dept

Eschaton: The Left Is Always Very Silly - Reasonably sure the UK doesn't actually need a nuclear deterrent, but expressing your unwillingness to vaporize a few hundred thousand people is Very Silly Indeed. So Utopian, unlike tax cut fairies and all that peeance and freeance spreading that Blair and Bush did in the Middle East. That was serious!

- US accuses Russia of "throwing gasoline on fire" of Syria's civil war - first major military action outside borders of former Soviet Union since cold war (Putin bombs US-trained "moderate" rebels, all 5 of them)


Eschaton: Instincts - OK then - An email involving passport applications was notable for the raw nerve the issue of gay rights seemed to touch. Clinton expressed anger that the application form had been changed from its reference to traditional parents, and she demanded to know who was behind it. - It's hard to get your back when you won't get your own. Crouch position is not a winning position. This was in 2011. Even Politico realized Palin was a joke by then. (it's in their DNA)

Newly released interviews show depth of Ted Kennedy frustration with Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton approach to health care reform - The Boston Globe - "I think everybody understands now that that was a catastrophic mistake" ... "Was there any consultation about this strategy with people in the Congress?" "No," Kennedy said (naive, inexperienced and arrogant, even back then)
What Happened to Health Care Reform? - The Republicans enjoyed a double triumph, killing reform and then watching jurors find the president guilty. It was the political equivalent of the perfect crime ... Perhaps the fateful choice was the decision to design a proposal inside the White House and put the Clinton name on it. (1994, for the history)

Pelosi threatens to end Dem participation in Benghazi probe | TheHill - "It's just a stunning admission on the part of the Republican leader that the Benghazi Committee was created with a political purpose in mind. In fact, it's really an ethical question" Pelosi said

- A long-standing sycophant of Niall Ferguson and Henry Kissinger was commissioned by the NYT Book Review to review Niall Ferguson's hagiography of Henry Kissinger. (By the way, is there anything more pathetic than being a sycophant of Niall Ferguson?) The results may not surprise you:

John Oliver Doesn't Care About Donald Trump


Police use of chemical spray on Alabama schoolchildren violated civil rights | US news | The Guardian - Federal judge finds officers attached to Birmingham schools routinely used a military-grade pepper spray-teargas mixture to quell normal adolescent behavior (Republican war on America's black children)

Voter ID and driver's license office closures black-out Alabama's Black Belt | AL.com

- Investigation Continues After Man "Armed With Chapstick" Is Shot By Police
Orlando police officer Peter Delio, Sgt. Michael Faulkner fired for treatment of inmate - Orlando Sentinel

The spread of marijuana legalization, explained - Vox

Effectiveness of Talk Therapy Is Overstated, a Study Says - The New York Times - Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals, researchers reported Wednesday. Treatments like cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal therapy are indeed effective, the analysis found, but about 25 percent less so than previously thought. (towards placebo range) manualized approaches, in which therapist and patient use a standardized manual to guide the treatment. (oh, there you go) "There's a sense of desperation out there because we do need something new and there's nothing on the horizon"

Short-term dynamic psychotherapy versus pharmacotherapy for major depressive disorder: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. - PubMed - NCBI - This trial of urban MDD patients failed to confirm that either active treatment was better than placebo. Minority status and gender had significant and differential effects on outcome that warrant replication in future studies.
Antidepressant, Talk Therapy Fail to Beat Placebo--Really? | Psychology Today
Pornography users found to be more supportive of women and hold less sexist views than nonusers in representative US sample : science

Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices - Bloomberg Business - latest example of the company using its clout to promote products that fit with its own retailing strategy

Would drinking "heavy water" (Deuterium oxide) be harmful to humans? What would happen different compared to H20? : askscience
Sorority Girls at a Baseball Game : videos
What are some common pieces of advice that you disagree with? : AskReddit
I have an inferiority complex, but it's not a very good one.
Conformity - elevator candid camera on Vimeo

Tennessee Voraciously Defends Its Right To Let AT&T Write Awful State Broadband Laws | Techdirt - completely within its right to let AT&T write shitty telecom law that ensures Tennessee remains a broadband backwater, and the federal government has no standing to intervene in this noble effort
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