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Under Pressure, Obama Administration Seeks Tighter Ozone Standards

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

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

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

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

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

Hong Kong Riot Police Clear Protest Site, Arrest Student Leaders

Obamacare Sign-Ups Near 500,000 After First Week

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

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

The Long Autumn Of John McCain - Esquire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Obama Moves To Protect Millions From Deportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Federal Judge Strikes Down Montana Gay Marriage Ban

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Martin Salia, Nebraska Ebola Patient, Dies

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ukraine crisis: Russian troops crossed border, Nato says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What website had the greatest fall from grace? : AskReddit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Federal Court Clears Way For Gay Marriage In Kansas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

? Hey Joe - Johnny Rivers - YouTube

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

US appeals court upholds gay marriage bans in four states

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What next for Burkina Faso? » Africa Is A Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

HUFFPOLLSTER: Odds of GOP Senate Takeover Grow

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

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

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

Cop charged with stealing nude photos from suspect's iPhone - CNET - A California police officer accused of sending nude photos from DUI suspect's phone to his own and sharing them with other officers has been charged with two felonies.

Dark matter: Out with the WIMPs, in with the SIMPs? | Science/AAAS | News - Hypothetical strongly interacting massive particles—or SIMPs—would also better account for some astrophysical observations, they argue.
SIMP or WIMP as Dark Matter | George Rajna - Academia.edu
science.v2.pdf - A Dearth of Dark Matter in Ordinary Elliptical Galaxies
Mirror image RNA enzymes may hold clues to origin of life | Science/AAAS | News - using a technique called test-tube evolution they were able to generate ribozymes capable of assembling RNA strands of the opposite handedness in the presence of a mixture of D- and L-RNA nucleotides.
Scientists Have Discovered How Common Different Sexual Fantasies Are - Business Insider
The Most Common Problems People Have In Bed, According To Sex Experts

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77 : NPR
Tom Magliozzi, Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77 - due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease.
Farewell: Car Talk's Tom Magliozzi left laughing
Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77 : news
How Does Alzheimer's Kill?
? Dawggy Mountain Breakdown - YouTube - The David Grisman Quintet's Dawggy Mountain Breakdown. This is also the theme to the popular radio show Car Talk. This song is the intellectual property of the David Grisman Quintet.

Varieties of Exploitation - Lawyers, Guns & Money : This account of Jian Ghomeshi’s dismissal from the CBC is fascinating and chilling reading. It’s not just that he apparently thought he could bully his CBC superiors like they were 21-year-old journalism students. What’s worse is that I suspect that in his infamous Facebook non-apology he was lying to himself but not to others — that he very sincerely believes he did nothing wrong.
Behind the CBC’s decision to fire Jian Ghomeshi - The Globe and Mail - But the CBC managers were taken aback, and their views on Mr. Ghomeshi’s conduct changed instantly. What they saw, in their opinions, was far more aggressive and physical than anything they had been led to believe during months of discussions.
My Jian Ghomeshi Internship | Bloughts - My first week as an intern included getting a key to his apartment and my duties never went beyond housekeeping or running personal errands. I spent a lot of time in his home, either with others, by myself, or just with him. I never stepped foot in the CBC. My biggest task was probably purchasing his hair wax.
Students were warned away from Q internships: professor | Toronto Star - University of Western Ontario journalism students heard interning at Q was “off limits” over concerns about host Jian Ghomeshi’s “inappropriate” behaviour.
Q producer taking time off as CBC seeks ‘clarity’ around Jian Ghomeshi allegations | Toronto Star - CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson confirmed Arif Noorani has “decided to take a few days off.”
Andrew O’Hagan · Light Entertainment: Our Paedophile Culture · LRB 8 November 2012

Lena Dunham cancels tour dates following bloggers' accusations that she sexually abused her younger sister - CSMonitor.com - Writers for the websites the National Review and Truth Revolt say that passages in Dunham's book 'Not That Kind of Girl' describe Dunham sexually abusing her younger sister. Dunham tweeted, 'Don't twist my words.... I told a story about being a weird 7-year-old.'
Lena Dunham Slams 'Disgusting' Allegations She Molested Her Little Sister
Lena Dunham cancels tour dates following bloggers' accusations that she sexually abused her younger sister : books
Carroll Dunham - Paintings
6-Year-Old Boy Charged With Felony Sexual Assault | TakePart - Kids playing doctor unleash grown-up consequences in Wisconsin.
ApplicableSongLyric comments on FBI 'rescues' more than 100 children forced into prostituion...now many of the children could face criminal prostitution charges. - I'm a 15 year old girl who was charged with Sexual Exploitation of a Minor in my home state and faced 5 years in prison.
When Kids Are Sex Offenders | Boston Review


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U.N. Panel Warns of Dire Effects From Lack of Action Over Global Warming - NYTimes.com
IPCC: rapid carbon emission cuts vital to stop severe impact of climate change | Environment | The Guardian - Most important assessment of global warming yet warns carbon emissions must be cut sharply and soon, but UN’s IPCC says solutions are available and affordable
UN Climate Change Report Delivers Stark Warnings
The Climate-Change Solution No One Will Talk About - The Atlantic - Studies have shown that improved access to birth control can be a valuable tool in slowing global warming, but many politicians are afraid to broach the subject. (personhood)
Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped - NYTimes.com - Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped (behold, a minion of Satan)
Fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 says IPCC - The unrestricted use of fossil fuels should be phased out by 2100 if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change, a UN-backed expert panel says.

Nurse Apologizes And Promises To Stay Out Of Maine Town Center - "I didn’t mean to bring this media storm onto this community, either, but I think unfortunately sometimes, especially when up against governors, you don’t always have an option," she said Sunday, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Days of Infamy, Days of Hope: Part V by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - On October 27, 2010, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann warned America of the chaos and mayhem that would be inflicted upon this country if Tea Party radicals seized control of Congress: Every word Olbermann said in this commentary has been proven true

FBI Seeking New Invasive Global Hacking Powers - The proposed amendment would allow judges to issue warrants allowing the FBI to hack into any computer, regardless of location. The FBI claims the rule change would help federal investigators conduct surveillance of “anonymized” computers, whose locations have been concealed using tools such as the Internet anonymity networkTor.
The Guantánamo Tapes - NYTimes.com
Microsoft OneDrive in NSA PRISM - ) Bitlocker keys are uploaded to OneDrive by 'device encryption'.

Uprising could trigger Isis undoing, says study | World news | The Guardian - Former counter-terror head at MI6 says Islamic State’s biggest challenge will be controlling dissent
ISIS militants kill 50 tribesmen, women and children, officials say | Fox News
ISIS Militants Kill Over 300 Members Of Defiant Iraqi Tribe - Islamic State militants have killed 322 members of an Iraqi tribe in western Anbar province, including dozens of women and children whose bodies were dumped in a well, the government said in the first official confirmation of the scale of the massacre.
Patrick Cockburn · Whose side is Turkey on?: The Battle for Kobani · LRB 6 November 2014 - Whatever happens at Kobani, Isis is not going to implode. Foreign intervention will only increase the level of violence and the Sunni-Shia civil war will gather force, with no end in sight.
Suicide Bomber in Pakistan Kills More Than 50 People - NYTimes.com - At least 55 people were killed and at least 120 more were wounded Sunday evening after a suicide bomber set off explosives at a border post in eastern Pakistan, police officials said.

Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality - The Atlantic - An editorial in the leading American Jewish newspaper should be read by Prime Minister Netanyahu as a serious warning.
Snowden Leak: NSA Flagged Israel as Leading Espionage Threat

Kiev claims 'intensive' movements of troops crossing from Russia - Yahoo News
Pro-Russian Separatists Vote For Leaders In War-Torn East Ukraine - Pro-Russian rebels voted in an election to set up a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, taking the war-torn region closer to Russia and defying Kiev and the West, as shelling continued across the territory.
US Air Force officers: Russian bombers are flying nuclear drills | Metro News

Government blatantly Photoshopped U.S. images of the iconic Canadarm to include ‘Canada’ logo | National Post - Canada blatantly Photoshopped U.S. photos in order to slap a non-existent Canadian logo on the International Space Station, a blog post by the Economist revealed Friday. (Canaduh)

Branson spaceship explosion: The 'missed' warnings - Sir Richard Branson’s company and US authorities were repeatedly warned about safety issues surrounding Virgin Galactic’s rocket engine system

Governor Forecast 2014 | The Huffington Post
When Conspiracy Theories Don't Fit the Media Narrative - The Atlantic - Why haven't Joni Ernst's flirtation with Agenda 21 or Tom Cotton's ideas about ISIS gotten more attention? (media)
Five things that would change in a Republican-led Senate | TheHill - Senate confirmations: The battlefield tilts
Why 2014 Isn’t as Good as It Seems for the Republicans - NYTimes.com - They are favored to win the Senate, and they could pick up enough House seats to finish with their largest margin since 1928.
Ben Stein On Fox: Obama Is "The Most Racist President There Has Ever Been In America" | Video | Media Matters for America

St. Louis Archbishop Carlson claims to be uncertain if he knew sexual abuse was a crime : Lifestyles - “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not,” Carlson replied. “I understand today it’s a crime.”

Maine could elect the country's first gay governor – but LGBT activists are split | US news | The Guardian - He made 18 similar votes against it during his 22 years in Maine’s legislature, and was among just five state senators to oppose it even up to its long-awaited passage in 1997. (Michaud is anti-gay gay guy)

From Michael Brown to Assata Shakur, the racist state of America persists | Angela Davis | Comment is free | The Guardian - what interest would the FBI have in designating a 66-year-old black woman, who has lived quietly in Cuba for the last three and a half decades, as one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world – sharing space on the list with individuals whose alleged actions have provoked military assaults on Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria?
Huntsville schools paid $157,000 to former FBI agent, social media monitoring led to 14 expulsions | AL.com - Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison said the numbers suggest the system is targeting social media activities of black children. "That is effectively targeting or profiling black children in terms of behavior and behavioral issues," said Harrison.

Ferguson No-Fly Zone Was Aimed At Media, Recordings Show - The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.

Nic Kristof: The King of the 21st Century White Slavery Scare - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Even though Nic Kristof has been shown to be incredibly gullible about child prostitution, that hasn’t stopped the Times from letting him promote his insane horror rhetoric: "IF prostitution of children is illegal, why is it that we allow an estimated 100,000 underage girls and boys to be sold for sex in America each year — many on a single American website, Backpage.com?" (might be 2.4 million or 1 in 10 kids in America are sex slaves!)
CWA_Decriminalization-of-Prostitution-for-Minors2012.pdf
Concerned Women for America | Right Wing Watch - Concerned Women for America (CWA) describes itself as "the nation's largest public policy women's organization." CWA opposes gay rights, comprehensive sex education, drug and alcohol education, and feminism, while advocating what it calls "pro-life" and "pro-family" values.
Concerned Women for America - The group was launched in the late 1970s by Beverly LaHaye, who still serves as chair, as a counter to Betty Friedan’s National Organization for Women. CWA created “Prayer/Action Chapters” and opposed the Equal Rights Amendment both with television ads and weekly prayer and fasting groups.

Brothers in arms over man hugs | Life and style | The Guardian - Professor Eric Anderson, professor of masculinities, sexualities and sport at the University of Winchester (professor of dude-broism)

Alabama teen's disappearance helps unravel large-scale, incestuo - ABC 33/40 - Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

Handling of Sexual Harassment Case Poses Larger Questions at Yale - NYTimes.com - A sexual harassment case that has been unfolding without public notice for nearly five years within the Yale School of Medicine has roiled the institution and led to new allegations that the university is insensitive to instances of harassment against women.
Outing sexism is a growing sport – and a big step for equality | Lauren Laverne | Life and style | The Guardian - 2014 is a terrible year to be a sexist arsehole.

The New Heroin Epidemic - The Atlantic - “The distribution to health care professionals of branded promotional items such as OxyContin fishing hats, stuffed plush toys, and music compact discs was unprecedented.”

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Lawsuit | TIME

Earth’s water has been present since the planet’s earliest days | The Space Reporter - Studies of meteorite samples known to have come from the protoplanet Vesta indicate Earth’s surface had water much earlier than scientists previously believed. Oceans, which now cover 70 percent of the planet, were here as early as 14 million years after the solar system formed.
There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome - NYTimes.com
The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net - Rather than patch things up with adversarial training cases, research is needed to explore and eliminate the problem. Until this happens you cannot rely on a neural network in any safety critical system..
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D. - NYTimes.com - Recent neuroscience research shows that people with A.D.H.D. are actually hard-wired for novelty-seeking — a trait that had, until relatively recently, a distinct evolutionary advantage.
Measuring America’s drinking habit is tricky – here’s how to do it - The Washington Post

LIFT - Upgrade Your Desk to a Sit-to-Stand Smart-Desk by iSkelter — Kickstarter

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Parts Of South Carolina See Earliest Snowfall On Record - Winter arrived early for South Carolina this weekend, as parts of the state received their earliest snowfalls on record. (see, AGW is a hoax)

Scientists Try To Predict Number Of US Ebola Cases - This week, several top infectious disease experts ran simulations for The Associated Press that predicted as few as one or two additional infections by the end of 2014 to a worst-case scenario of 130.
S.Leone Ebola outbreak 'catastrophic': aid group MSF - Yahoo News - Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll, a senior coordinator of the medical aid group MSF said Friday.
Ebola-- Failures of Imagination (Jody Lanard and Peter M. Sandman article) - The two of us are far less worried about sparks landing in Chicago or London than in Mumbai or Karachi. We wish Dallas had served as a teachable moment for what may be looming elsewhere in the world, instead of inspiring knee-jerk over-reassurance theater about our domestic ability to extinguish whatever Ebola sparks come our way
Heroes of the day - Lawyers, Guns & Money : know that after decades of the wars on terror and (some people who use some) drugs, the notion that the evidence used to justify restricting basic rights should actually have to meet some kind of quality standards might seem rather quaint. But it’s not quite dead yet, despite the mendacious, lazy, and casually racist stupidity of ebolanoia and those who pander to it.
Craig Spencer, American Doctor With Ebola, In 'Stable' Condition At Bellevue Hospital
Happy reunion for Dallas Ebola nurse and dog after both complete quarantine | World news | The Guardian - Nina Pham greets Bentley after his 21 days in isolation
ME-Gov LePage Says 13% Of Ebola Victims Die Without Showing Any Symptoms | Crooks and Liars (he's a scientist)

US bombs Isis positions in Syria and Iraq | World news | The Guardian - Five targets hit near Syrian town of Kobani and five in Iraq - Isis executes hundreds of tribesmen in western Iraq

Magna Carta 800 years on: recognition at last for ‘England’s greatest export’ | Culture | The Guardian - For centuries the importance of King John’s surrender in 1215 has been underplayed. Next year’s anniversary will be different

Boko Haram: Kidnapped Girls Have Been Married Off, Truce Never Happened - Abubakar Shekau says in a new video released late Friday that Boko Haram is still holding the unidentified German who he says is "always crying." He says they could "hack him or slaughter him or shoot him." (married off 7 yr old girls and Jonathan Goodluck is a scam)

Iran poised to choose poverty over nuclear disarmament - The Washington Post (sez WaPo)

Israeli Cartoonist Compares Netanyahu to 9/11 Hijackers - NYTimes.com
Israeli Cartoonist Criticized For Comparing Benjamin Netanyahu To 9/11 Hijackers - The cartoon, by Amos Biderman of Haaretz, shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the controls of an aircraft headed for a building topped by an American flag. The plane says "ISRAEL" on the side: (they've totally lost control of their image machine)

You'll Probably Never Know Why The CIA Spied On The Senate (it's a secret and the CIA is running Obama)
Does the CIA want Republicans to win the midterms? | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - If it’s hard to imagine an intelligence committee chair less inclined to provide the spy agency with any oversight, just Google ‘Richard Burr’
BTAgent - CPE backdoor - The CPE with that particular backdoor, are the ADSL2 and VDSL2 modem/routers supplied by the "Openreach" division of the incumbent British Telecom. Around ten million of these CPE have to date been supplied to households and businesses. (little spy boxes installed in all your houses)

The First Look Mess - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I never really understood what Pierre Omidyar was doing with his non-Intercept project, which seemed to involve hiring interesting writers and not letting them write anything. Now we know:
From Russia With Lust | New York Observer - In between snorting lines, Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi discuss the new book version of eXile, their raucous biweekly tabloid in Moscow (he did have quite a time in Russia)

Apologizing to Japan - NYTimes.com - The point, however, is that the West has, in fact, fallen into a slump similar to Japan’s — but worse. And that wasn’t supposed to happen.
This Map Depicts The Staggering Highs And Lows Of The U.S. Economy Since 1999 (a stable economy)

Richard Branson Casts Doubt On Future Of Private Space Tourism After Virgin Galactic Crash

Jim Crow returns | Al Jazeera America - by

The Party of Nonvoters | Pew Research Center for the People and the Press - Younger, More Racially Diverse, More Financially Strapped (and part of the 60% non-voters)
Forecast: Right Turn Ahead - NationalJournal.com - The newest Senate Republicans will cement the party's conservative consensus. (if conservative = insane, then yes)
Harry Reid: Joni Ernst May Be Too Extreme Even For GOP (nah)
The Rude Pundit: Mary Landrieu's "No Shit, Sherlock" Moment: Obama Unpopular in the South Because of Racism (Updated) - Update: When asked if she would apologize, Landrieu more or less told Republicans, "Go fuck yourselves, you racist, sexist piglets."

People’s Champ: The Case for Coakley by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Ask yourself: why do the media and political elites want Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley to lose? (someone who has served the public interest for years, or the hedge-fund rich guy?)

Report: Armed Guard Who Rode Elevator With Obama Was Not A Convicted Felon - An armed guard who rode on an elevator with President Barack Obama and his aides at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was not a convicted felon, as previously reported by the Washington Post (oh, they made shit up)

We must still hate our kids: Philadelphia and “education reformers” fight demented war on elementary schools - Salon.com - No nurses, few textbooks, closed libraries: Money to urban schools is being starved, intentionally. It's just wrong (reform!)

Missouri advances towards goal of ending all abortions, one law at a time | World news | The Guardian - After a series of legal restrictions, only one clinic remains in the state – ‘I don’t view abortion as a choice that should be out there,’ legislator explains

Probe of FBI agent leads to release of convicted drug dealers from prison - The Washington Post - Said another defense lawyer, Gregory English, whose client was released as he awaits trial: “This is stunning.” (oh, crooked Feebs?)

Austin Police Department Apologizes For Officers' Rape Joke, Launches Investigation
Police Investgating Ex-CBC Host Jian Ghomeshi In Sex Assault Case
Ask A Canadian: Explaining The Jian Ghomeshi Scandal To Americans - And now, new details and revelations seem to be coming in every hour, a rolling nightmare unfolding live on Twitter and Facebook ... In one startling Facebook post, his friend Owen Pallett wrote things like: "Just ten days ago, I helped him find musicians for his father's funeral. Three women have said that Jian beat them without their consent." Jesse Brown sent this message: "Stay tuned. We've only just begun."
Amanda Palmer Stands By Jian Ghomeshi, Still Guest At 'The Art Of Asking' Book Tour Stop (UPDATE) - UPDATE II: Amanda Palmer has officially cancelled Gian Ghomeshi's planned appearance
Image for Lights Drops Ghomeshi As Manager
These Are The Women Who've Come Forward With Accusations Against Jian Ghomeshi
Reva Seth Says She Was Assaulted By Jian Ghomeshi - Another woman is going public with allegations of abuse against Jian Ghomeshi. Author and lawyer Reva Seth has detailed her experience with Ghomeshi in a blog published by The Huffington Post Canada.
Big Ears Teddy, Jian Ghomeshi's Stuffed Bear, Treated 'Anxiety Disorder' - According to the Toronto Star, two women recall Ghomeshi introducing them to his teddy bear. They then told the Star that Ghomeshi said "Big Ears Teddy shouldn't see this" and turned the bear around before allegedly slapping or choking them.
Jian Ghomeshi Biography Charts A Long Rise Before Recent Scandal (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Hannibal Rising by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I never realized just how much Cosby’s 2004 speech ticked people off: “Bill Cosby has the (expletive) smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said in his set. “‘Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom.’ Yeah, but you [allegedly] raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple notches.”
We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America - Salon.com - He asked us to invest in the lie of his own life, and the lie of "respectability." We can't laugh with him anymore (the narcissistic sexist pigs are having a hard time lately)

Mini-D.C.’s: A small-city boom revitalizes downtowns once left for dead - The Washington Post (WaPo thinks DC invented the "city")

Only 8.2 % of Human DNA is Functional, Say Genetic Researchers | Genetics | Sci-News.com - According to a group of genetic scientists led by Dr Gerton Lunter of the University of Oxford’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, only 8.2 percent of human genome is likely to be doing something important ... A little over 1 percent of human DNA accounts for the proteins that carry out almost all of the critical biological processes in the body.”

View From Nowhere – The New Inquiry - On the cultural ideology of Big Data ... The view from nowhere that informs books like Dataclysm and much of the corporate and commercialized data science must be unmasked as a view from a very specific and familiar somewhere. ("abstracted empiricism" - CW Mills)
The OKCupid data blog is back, in book form | The Verge - The dating site founder's new book is a love letter to big data ... "If Dataclysm has a central idea, it’s that it’s okay for the tech industry to scrape your data off every surface you touch"

Politically Incorrect by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Be the bigger man, Bill. End this controversy in real time. UPDATE: Oh, for crissakes, Bill…

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