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Glacial Melting In Antarctica Makes Continent The 'Ground Zero Of Global Climate Change'


Russian opposition leaders see Kremlin links to Nemtsov slaying - The Washington Post
Boris Nemtsov allies fear killers of Russian politician will escape justice | World news | The Guardian - History of opposition to Vladimir Putin seen as most likely reason for death of former deputy prime minister
Boris Nemtsov, Putin Foe, Is Shot Dead in Shadow of Kremlin - NYTimes.com - the highest-profile assassination in Russia during the tenure of President Vladimir V. Putin.
World leaders condemn murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov | World news | The Guardian - Former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin who was due to lead major rally on Sunday was killed near the Kremlin
Nemtsov planned to reveal Russian links to Ukraine conflict - Poroshenko - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was murdered because he planned to disclose evidence of Russia's involvement in Ukraine's separatist conflict.
World leaders condemn murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov | World news | The Guardian - Former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin who was due to lead major rally on Sunday was killed near the Kremlin ... The committee, which reports to Putin, said the killing could be linked with events in Ukraine or have been carried out by radical Islamists
Russia Mourns Murdered Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov - A former deputy prime minister who had feared he would be murdered, Nemtsov was the most prominent opposition figure killed in Putin's 15-year rule.
Killing Hope In Putin's Russia - BuzzFeed News - Boris Nemtsov’s shocking murder just outside the Kremlin didn’t just silence a once-formidable Putin critic. Now it’s harder than ever to imagine a Russia where the truth will out and these things don’t happen

The Isis war resolution debate resounds with doublespeak | Comment is free | The Guardian - Neither Congress nor the Senate is preventing the War Powers Act and the Constitution from being twisted by an administration willing to enter into a ‘Forever War’
Pentagon Struggles To Downplay Disclosure Of ISIS War Plan - McCain dismissed the idea that the president and defense secretary didn't know about the briefing's content. "It was sort of an immaculate conception?" he scoffed. "One then wonders about the chain of command." (bomb-bomb John)
Security officials suspect US drone strike killed three al-Qaida militants in Yemen | World news | The Guardian - The US has launched several strikes in recent weeks, reflecting Washington’s resolve to keep fighting militants despite Yemen’s political paralysis
Isis killer Mohammed Emwazi had link to 2005 London bomb plot | World news | The Guardian - Key figure in Mohammed Emwazi terror cell talked to 21/7 attacker who was later jailed for life over failed attack at tube station

White House Offers Rebuttal Before Netanyahu’s Speech - NYTimes.com - Just four days before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to a joint meeting of Congress, the Obama administration sought on Friday to refute the Israeli leader’s expected critique, arguing that he has failed to present a feasible alternative to American proposals for constraining Iran’s nuclear program. (bombs and invasions, what Israel want US to do, which worked out so well last time, apparently not "feasible")
Netanyahu’s Congress speech scuppers bipartisan unity on support for Israel | World news | The Guardian - Israeli PM is accused of ‘conspiring’ with Republicans to condemn Obama’s policy on Iranian nuclear talks
Netanyahu's 'scaremongering' will not stop nuclear deal, says Iranian official | World news | The Guardian - Mohammad Javad Zarif said Israeli leader’s speech to the US Congress next week will not undermine world powers’ efforts to reach final nuclear deal
Obama, Netanyahu On Collision Course 6 Years In The Making


#Gitmo2Chicago: protests target police 'black site' | US news | The Guardian - Homan Square abuse allegations encircle mayor Rahm Emanuel as Anonymous, Occupy and Black Lives Matter take to social media and streets beyond Chicago (Rahm loves torture, of course)

Rand Paul wins CPAC straw poll, with Scott Walker right behind - Ben Schreckinger - Politico
Heads on sticks at CPAC: who do real conservatives want for president in 2016? – video | US news | The Guardian (gearing up for the sadistic clown convention)
The 'War on Women' is the latest war that Republicans at CPAC want to win | Comment is free | The Guardian - Their game plan involves more (opposite-sex) marriage to undo the harm caused by the sexual revolution (that will so work)

House Republicans Call One-Week Timeout On DHS Shutdown Drama
House chaos on DHS funding leaves GOP senators fuming | TheHill
John Boehner allies fret coup attempt - POLITICO - Conservatives warn the speaker’s fate could be determined by how he handles the next seven days.
Shutdown of Homeland Security averted as Pelosi comes to rescue | TheHill
Peter King: ‘I’ve Had It with This Self-Righteous, Delusional Wing’ of the GOP | Mediaite (and when Peter King calls you delusional ...)

Scott Walker, God's Gift to the Democratic Party | Rolling Stone - Walker's ISIS comments might help him in the short term, but in the end his Party will suffer - Walker is surging thanks to his performance at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference, where the union-busting governor inspired raucous applause with his "I was a dick in Wisconsin, and I can be one in Washington, too!" stump speech.

Child Poverty Would Be Almost Twice As High If Safety Net Programs Didn't Exist: Report

Wolf seeks Obama's help in boosting oil-train safety - Gov. Wolf on Friday joined a chorus of officials pressuring the federal government to improve oil-train safety, and urged the government to reduce the volatility of North Dakota crude oil, which has been implicated in several recent fiery accidents (they will blow up Philly)

Missouri shooting rampage: details of alleged gunman's past emerge | US news | The Guardian - Authorities still searching for answers to why dead suspect Joseph Aldridge may have killed seven relatives as victims are identified
City of Cleveland responds to Tamir Rice lawsuit by saying boy's death was caused because of his own actions | cleveland.com - n its filing, the city, as it has done before, denied having knowledge of problems in Loehmann's past police employment history. (well, that makes sense)
Cleveland Police Union Blames 12-Year-Old Tamir Rice For Being Some Kind Of Monster | Wonkette - “Tamir Rice is in the wrong,” he said. “He’s menacing. He’s 5-feet-7, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body.
Protesters question investigation of fatal police shooting in New Jersey | US news | The Guardian - Jerame Reid was killed two minutes into traffic stop in December - New lawsuit filed against one of two officers involved in shooting - On Thursday, Days was accused in a federal lawsuit of raping a 22-year-old woman, Bridgeton resident Shakera Brown, for months while threatening to send her to jail, and continuing to so after the alleged abuse had been reported to his superiors. The suit said Brown complained in summer 2014. (so they did nothing)
Jessica Hernandez, Teen Killed By Denver Police, Had 4 Gunshot Wounds: Autopsy - "These facts undermine Denver Police Department's claim that Jessie was driving at the officers as they shot her," Mohamedbhai said in a statement. "The wound path and trajectory of the bullet that likely killed Jessica Hernandez undermines the version of events as indicated by the Denver Police Department."
Florida police chief arrested in prostitution sting, blames job 'stress' | cleveland.com - A South Florida police chief has been arrested after he was accused soliciting a prostitute.
The Rise and Fall of RedBook, the Site That Sex Workers Couldn't Live Without | WIRED - Then, on June 25, 2014, visitors to RedBook got a rude shock. Instead of a directory of links to sexy ads, forums, and reviews, they saw a dire-looking alert from the Department of Justice, FBI, and IRS stating that RedBook's domain had been seized.

Here's Every Claim Made Against Bill O'Reilly So Far

How NFL stadium promoters are snowing the city of Inglewood - LA Times - In this case, the money includes the nearly $120,000 in campaign donations the stadium's developers have given to elected city officials since 2006. Mayor James T. Butts Jr., the project's chief municipal cheerleader, has received $90,000 from Hollywood Park Land Co., the project developer. The dirty little secret of stadium deals is that most of them don't pay their own way. - Neil deMause, Fieldofschemes.com

Hubble at 25: the cosmos at its most breathtaking – in pictures | Science | The Guardian - The Hubble telescope was launched in April 1990. Ever since, it has been providing astronomers with breathtaking images of the cosmos
The Science Behind Anti-Depressants May Be Completely 'Backwards' - I would suggest that the attempt to pharmacologically reduce depressive symptoms is not likely to produce lasting effects. You can get these temporary effects, but they're not likely to be lasting effects, and they can cause a whole lot of problems. (SSRIs work in 30% of cases often with bad side-effects +weed, man)
The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress | WIRED
#TheDress Was Actually A Mother-Of-The-Bride Dress (And P.S. It's Black And Blue)
I don't get it - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Safety evaluation and risk assessment of electronic cigarettes as tobacco cigarette substitutes: a systematic review - Currently available evidence indicates that electronic cigarettes are by far a less harmful alternative to smoking and significant health benefits are expected in smokers who switch from tobacco to electronic cigarettes.

Predestination (2014) A time travel movie that handles paradox and causality extremely well. : movies

Snapchat tells underage teens to stop sexting - Business Insider
Is Google’s Latest TLD Purchase a Game-Changer? | WIRED - This week, the Silicon Valley giant paid $25m for exclusive rights to the .app domain. The purchase dwarfs the $5m that Amazon paid for the rights to .buy last year.

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Net neutrality activists celebrate internet victory with grumpy cat parade | Technology | The Guardian - Open internet supporters fly plane with banner reading ‘Comcast: don’t mess with the internet’ after FCC voted to approve strict rules to keep the internet free

Watch Jim Inhofe Throw a Snowball on the Senate Floor - NationalJournal.com - "Do you know what this is? It's a snowball," he said to freshman Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, who being from Louisiana may not be familiar with snow. "It's just from outside here, so it's very, very cold out, ... very unseasonable." "Mr. President, Catch this," Inhofe said (he's a funny guy)

Leonard Nimoy: Star Trek's Mr Spock Dies - A former smoker, he had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow | World news | The Guardian - Former deputy PM and critic of Vladimir Putin who was due to lead major rally on Sunday was killed near the Kremlin (latest fad in authoritarian rule: just shoot your opposition)
Russian Opposition Leader Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead In Moscow ... They love his decisive leadership style. "That's what you call a leader" - Rudy Gulliani

Avijit murdered by extremists: Family - bdnews24.com
Bangladeshis protest after atheist writer Avijit Roy hacked to death | World news | The Guardian - Hundreds rally against fundamentalism in Dhaka as Islamists claim responsibility for murder of prominent US-Bangladeshi blogger - Ajoy Roy, Avijit’s father, told the Guardian. He criticised the police for failing to act despite being allegedly just metres away from the scene of the attack.

First Adult Picture Of 'Jihadi John' Emerges - Emwazi had completed a degree in Information Systems with Business Management. (not exactly computer science)
PM Defends MI5 After 'Jihadi John' Named - The Prime Minister defends the security services as questions are raised over what MI5 knew about Islamist militant "Jihadi John".
First Photo Of 'Jihadi John' As Adult Revealed
Pittsburgh Pirates: picture of militant in team's hat 'absolutely sickening' | Sport | The Guardian - “The classic gold P stands for Pittsburgh and is worn by our players, coaches and fans with a great sense of pride.” (well, pirates)
U.S. Northern Command: Loose Llamas Had No Connection To ISIS - Hours after two llamas wreaked havoc on the streets of Phoenix, Arizona Thursday, the United States Northern Command answered the questions on everyone's minds: Who were the llamas working for? And do they have connections to the so-called Islamic State in Syria?


Chicagoans detail abusive confinement inside Homan Square police 'black site' | US news | The Guardian - Four black men recall prolonged shackling and off-the-books interrogation - Lawyers: ‘majority of abuse’ at Homan Square focuses on minority Americans
Chicago 'Black Site' 'Not First Time' Anti-Terror Tactics Allegedly Used On Americans - At least one man was pronounced dead after he was found unresponsive inside an interview room at Homan Square.

House Can't Even Agree To Fund DHS For 3 Weeks (so we have two more years of this?)


CPAC Officially Goes Off The Rails With Phil Robertson's Rant On STDs, 'The Revenge Of The Hippies' (so they have this white taliban-looking guy)
Governor's Islamist terror comparison shocks Wisconsin protesters | US news | The Guardian - compared his handling of the peaceful demonstrations to his stance on Islamist terrorism were he to become president (union protesters are terrorists cutting off the heads of capitalists)
Scott Walker Says He Can Take On ISIS Because He Took On Labor Unions


Aaron Schock reimburses US for $40,000 Downton Abbey office remodel | US news | The Guardian - Schock is under scrutiny for using an office expense account to pay for the redecorating, as well as taxpayer and campaign funds for flights on donor-owned planes and concert tickets.

Bill O'Reilly's LA riots 'bombardment' stories disputed by former colleagues | Media | The Guardian - Fox News host, whose stories of past reporting exploits are under renewed scrutiny, claimed ‘we were attacked by protesters’ when covering the 1992 riots
Only 35 Percent Of Americans Still Think Bill O'Reilly Is Trustworthy (only 8% above the hard-core rightwing insane)

Eight dead in Missouri shooting rampage at multiple crime scenes, police say | US news | The Guardian - Sheriff’s department says gunman upset at the death of his mother killed seven people in a shooting rampage before turning gun on himself - Tyrone, where Aldridge lived, has a population of about 50, the AP reported. “There’s not even a stop sign there,” xs
Texas Serial Shooter 'Won't Stop' (when everyone has a gun)

Heidi Thomas, Former Model, Accuses Bill Cosby Of Assaulting Her In Reno In 1984 - More than 20 women have come forward with similar claims.

The Millions : A Bloodletting: On Mark Doten’s ‘The Infernal’ - the reader has the sense that all the lies and deceit of the last dozen years, the courage shown and the suspicion that it meant little, have been brought together in one place, between the covers of a single book. Here’s hoping that people open it.

STFU Parents: Should Parents Get Special Treatment At Drive-Thrus?

This Super Slo-Mo Video Of An Exploding Rubber Band Ball Will Blow Your Mind - It's not hard to guess what happens when a firecracker stuffed inside a rubber band ball blows up--but it sure is fun to watch.

What do you think about electronic cigarettes? : AskReddit
TIL the Basque language is an absolute isolated language: It has not been shown to be related to any other language despite numerous attempts : todayilearned
ahalenia comments on Why do native populations (e.g. Native Americans, Inuits and Australian aboriginals) appear to have such high rates of substance abuse? - The impact of the widespread child abuse and sexual abuse that took place at residential schools cannot be overstated. In Canada, the United States, and Australia, children (sometimes as young as four years of age) were removed from their families and home communities and sent to remote boarding schools, with the stated goal of assimilating the children into mainstream society.

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Scientists confirm amassing CO2 heats Earth’s surface | Science News - Increase in incoming thermal energy bears signature of greenhouse gas
São Paulo – anatomy of a failing megacity: residents struggle as water taps run dry | Cities | The Guardian - many paulistanos are hoarding water in their apartments – and some are even drilling homemade wells – as they prepare for possible rationing

The Necessity of ‘Citizenfour’ | The Nation

The FCC approves strong net neutrality rules - The Washington Post - “This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Net neutrality activists score landmark victory in fight to govern the internet | Technology | The Guardian - FCC says ‘we listened and we learned’, and passes strict broadband rules that represent ‘a red-letter day for internet freedom’
Why Everyone Was Wrong About Net Neutrality - The New Yorker
Aggressively Neutral: The FCC Drops The Hammer - The FCC has announced that it hereafter will regulate the internet as a public utility. (job-destroying Obamacare for the internets wins)
FCC overturns state laws that protect ISPs from local competition | Ars Technica - Municipal broadband networks could expand because of FCC's controversial vote. (it's always the monopoly thing +bought lawmakers)
FCC approves net neutrality rules, reclassifies broadband as a utility : technology

India calls for UN Security Council reforms this year | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis - arguing the most-powerful body of the United Nations itself embodies the undemocratic stranglehold of the privileges of a few, forged by a wartime alliance that no longer exists. (good points)
China submarines outnumber U.S. fleet: U.S. admiral | Reuters - China is building some "fairly amazing submarines" and now has more diesel- and nuclear-powered vessels than the United States, a top U.S. Navy admiral told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday, although he said their quality was inferior.

Bibi's Latest Lie - But in the course of his scorched earth campaign for reelection, he's done something as yet little noticed in the US. He's run a campaign ad which not only hugely distorts history but also managed to libel the US.
Netanyahu’s Latest Falsehood: The US Didn’t Support the Establishment of Israel | The Nation - Benjamin Netanyahu’s new campaign ad rewrites history.

How ‘Islamic’ Is the Islamic State? | The Nation - Those, like Giuliani, who insist on speaking of “Islamic terrorism” want to shape our language so as to imply that the Islamic tradition authorizes the deployment of terrorism

ISIS losing ground to Kurds - World - CBC News - Fears for 150 Christians abducted by the group grow as an ISIS supply line cut
Numbers Of Christians Abducted In Syria By Islamic State Rises To 220, Monitor Says - Islamic State militants have abducted at least 220 people from Assyrian Christian villages in northeastern Syria during a three day offensive, a monitor that tracks violence in Syria said on Thursday.
‘Jihadi John’: Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi - The Washington Post
UK man behind Isis beheadings named as Mohammed Emwazi | World news | The Guardian - Emwazi, a 26-year-old west Londoner and university graduate, was given the moniker ‘Jihadi John’ by a group of his hostages
IS militant 'Jihadi John' named as Mohammed Emwazi from London : worldnews
Jihadi John defender was filmed calling for jihad outside U.S Embassy | Daily Mail Online - CAGE broadcast was on Sky News for 58 minutes without interruption and the BBC showed it for 52 minutes
At 15, off to behead belt - Britain is witnessing a disturbing phenomenon - schoolgirls as young as 15 telling their parents they are "out for the day", bunking class and then sneaking off to Syria via Turkey in pursuit of fun, adventure - and the possibility of becoming brides of the behead brigade ... of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a London research organisation that studies extremism. As the radicals see it, " a 15- year- old makes a good wife", he said. " A 14- yearold male is less useful as a combatant."

Quote of the Day - Kerry: "The prime minister was profoundly forward-leaning and outspoken about the importance of invading Iraq under George W. Bush. We all know what happened with that decision." (two knuckleheads got together and planned disaster: always listen to Israel on US foreign policy)

Russia's Khodorkovsky: Putin is a 'naked king' facing economic ruin | Reuters - presiding over an economy that will weaken further, eventually provoking a battle between rival clans in Moscow.
Ukrainian military pulls back heavy weaponry from eastern front | World news | The Guardian - Withdrawl of artillery and creation of buffer zone is second step after ceasefire in 12-point agreement agreed in truce talks

Argentina votes to dissolve intelligence agency after Alberto Nisman's death - World - Israel News | Haaretz - President Kirchner had proposed the move. Government had said a renegade spy was linked to AMIA prosecutor's death. (un-huh)

SwissLeaks - the HSBC money laundering machine | All media content | DW.DE | 24.02.2015 - The bank is accused of systematic involvement in tax evasion and money laundering to the tune of more than 100 billion euros. Jan Fritsche discusses how the tax evasion and money laundering practices worked.
One in three Germans say capitalism to blame for poverty, hunger | Reuters - and a majority think true democracy is not possible under that economic system,

Quebec minister quits after strip-search comments - The Free Press - Last week, Bolduc said strip searches were permitted in Quebec high schools as long as they were conducted in a manner that was ``very respectful'' to the student.


Held for hours at secret Chicago 'black site': 'You're a hostage. It's kidnapping' | US news | The Guardian - Protester Vic Suter was shackled to a bench and denied access to a lawyer - Suter claims officer told her: ‘You’re going to get a tour of hell inside Homan’ (time to rendite and torture Rahm)
'Gestapo' tactics at US police 'black site' ring alarm from Chicago to Washington | US news | The Guardian - Shocked politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into Homan Square - Rahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine ‘outrageous’ abuse

The Inside Story Of How Citizens United Has Changed Washington Lawmaking (gunz, money and the end of democracy)

A 2-Day Revolt at a Texas Private Prison Reveals Everything That’s Wrong with Criminalizing Immigration | The Nation - Now administrators are beginning to transfer the 2,800 prisoners—undocumented immigrants, most serving time for low-level offenses—to other facilities, because the protest made the center “uninhabitable.” But reports suggest that Willacy has been uninhabitable for years


Right-to-work bill passes Wisconsin Senate on way to desk of Scott Walker | World news | The Guardian - 2016 Republican hopeful expected to sign bill if it passes Assembly - Opponents case bill as assault on organised labour and blue-collar workers (a lot of whom voted Republican, because)

CPAC’s ‘ask a speaker’ hashtag campaign backfires before the conference even begins - What's the easiest way to incorporate my uterus and then move it overseas to avoid taxes? #CPACQ
Republicans propose declaring Idaho a 'Christian state' - Yahoo News - Members of a county Republican Party in Idaho are to take up a measure on Tuesday evening that would declare the state a Christian one to bolster what the proposal calls the "Judeo-Christian bedrock of the founding of the United States."

Pasco Police Fired 17 Shots At Unarmed Mexican Migrant For Throwing Rocks At Them - “They were just spraying bullets everywhere,” Rios told The Huffington Post. “That shows no concern for the public. ... These are highly trained officers, as we’ve been told over and over again. They were probably no more than 15 feet away from him.”
40 complaints against 1 Denver officer who may cost city over $1M; DPD says 'the department failed' - 7NEWS Denver TheDenverChannel.com (taxpayers in hock for over a million)

Jon Stewart Pulls Out The Big Guns, Unveils '50 Fox News Lies In 6 Seconds' (network of lies)

Jill Abramson signs $1m book deal – but won't settle scores with New York Times | Media | The Guardian - Simon & Schuster wins bidding war for book by former executive editor that will focus on news media remaining relevant in the digital age

My Undercover Expose Of Ashley Madison | Charles J. Orlando | YourTango

CDC investigates deadly bacteria's link to doctors' offices - CNN.com - The bacteria, C. difficile, is typically found in hospitals, but a study out Wednesday reports a substantial number of people contracted the bug who hadn't been in a hospital, but had recently visited the doctor or dentist.

Woman parks in Handicapped zone at school and has no handicapped children : videos - The fuck is a wooga-muffin?
[NSFW] What is the most fucked up act of humanity that you know of? : AskReddit
Cosplayers, what's the creepiest thing that has happened to you at a convention? : AskReddit

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Seventeen people hurt in 75-vehicle Maine pile-up | US news | The Guardian - State police said the crashes in Etna, near Bangor, happened at about 7.30am in heavy snow and involved cars, a school bus and a tractor trailer - “It was almost surreal, something you see in the movies,” Kent said. “giant pile of metal”

Radioactive Fukushima Water Leak Was Unreported for Months: Official - NBC News.com - The operator of Japan's tsunami-stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant admitted it failed to report a radioactive rainwater leak from the facility for about 10 months. (TEPCO will always be TEPCO)

I am Under “Investigation” | The Climate Fix - Congressman Grijalva doesn’t have any evidence of any wrongdoing on my part, either ethical or legal, because there is none. He simply disagrees with the substance of my testimony – which is based on peer-reviewed research funded by the US taxpayer, and which also happens to be the consensus of the IPCC (new Republican tactic: persecute scientists for their sciencey stuff)

F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama - NYTimes.com - And Republicans on Capitol Hill, who once criticized the plan as “Obamacare for the Internet,” now say they are unlikely to pass a legislative response that would undo perhaps the biggest policy shift since the Internet became a reality.
Net Losers: The Debate Over Net Neutrality Gets Utterly Weird - From claims that the White House will gain control of the internet to the idea that the FCC's new regulations will threaten First Amendment rights, conservative resistance to net neutrality is still in full effect ... Rios claimed that net neutrality will give government bureaucrats the power to determine who can start a website, even though that claim is completely false. (they specialize in complete insanity)

U.S. and British Agencies May Have Tried to Get SIM Encryption Codes, Gemalto Says - NYTimes.com - Gemalto, a French-Dutch digital security company, said on Wednesday that it believed that American and British intelligence agencies had most likely hacked into the company’s networks in an attempt to gain access to worldwide mobile phone communications - The F.C.C. plan would let the agency regulate Internet access as if it is a public good. (Republicans hate public goods)
It's time to break up the NSA - CNN.com - By Bruce Schneier (or say your nice little democracy bye-bye)

Terrorism poses no existential threat to America. We must stop pretending otherwise | John Mueller and Mark Stewart | Comment is free | The Guardian - President Obama and other top officials are backing away from this absurd assertion. But others are resisting reality (boots on the ground and bombs the only solution)
Al-Qaida planning kamikaze attacks on ships in Mediterranean, cables claim | World news | The Guardian - Leaked document from Russian intelligence agency claims north African branch wants to extend its range to Europe with marine unit
Three New York men charged over alleged attempt to join Isis in Syria | US news | The Guardian - Two suspects Uzbek, one Kazakh; two intended to fly to Turkey - Bratton: Isis ‘a new, significant addition to the terrorism threat’ (see what he did there?)

Chicago 'black site': former US justice officials call for Homan Square inquiry | US news | The Guardian - Two ex-senior Justice Department officials say allegations about police operation are ‘very disturbing’ and raise serious questions about constitutional violations - difficult to disentangle the “dark history” of interrogation by Chicago and other law enforcement agencies from a post-9/11 militarization of domestic policework (Rahm's "warehouse of horrors" black-site torture chamber)
This Is Not America, Cont'd - This is what can happen when the concept of torture is normalized in the public mind.
Chicago Police deny report of secret interrogation compound at Homan Square site | Chicago

Kerry Blasts Netanyahu: He's 'Wrong' On Iran Deal Like He Was On Iraq War
Susan Rice: Netanyahu Visit 'Destructive' To U.S.-Israel Relationship - there has now been injected a degree of partisanship, which is not only unfortunate, I think it's destructive of the fabric of the relationship," Rice told PBS' Charlie Rose. (Boehner fucking with democracy)
Binyamin Netanyahu criticised for Israel's housing crisis as election nears | World news | The Guardian - Highly critical report published by state watchdog takes aim at the Israeli government’s inaction over the overheated and dysfunctional housing market - – comes only three weeks before Israel goes to the polls in a closely-fought election in which Netanyahu appears increasingly vulnerable.
Netanyahu Invites Arab Ambassadors to His Speech to Congress—and Gets Rejected - The Atlantic - In other news, the Israeli national security advisor tells his American interlocutors that he wishes the prime minister's address to Congress weren't taking place.

Sec. of State John Kerry: Russia is lying ‘to my face’ about having troops in Ukraine - “Russia has engaged in a rather remarkable period of the most overt and extensive propaganda exercise that I’ve seen since the very height of the Cold War,” Kerry told US lawmakers. (Putin is big fat liar)
U.S. military vehicles paraded 300 yards from the Russian border - The Washington Post - U.S. military combat vehicles paraded Wednesday through an Estonian city that juts into Russia, a symbolic act that highlighted the stakes for both sides amid the worst tensions between the West and Russia since the Cold War.

Bishop accuses Turkey over Syrian Christians - MIDEAST - A prominent bishop on Feb. 25 accused Turkey of preventing Christians from fleeing Syria while allowing jihadists responsible for their persecution to cross its border unchecked.
Most British Muslims 'oppose Muhammad cartoons reprisals' - Almost 80% said they had found it deeply offensive when images depicting the Prophet were published.
Austria passes controversial reforms to 1912 Islam law - The bill, which is partly aimed at tackling Islamist radicalism, gives Muslims more legal security but bans foreign funding for mosques and imams.

Exclusive: China drops leading technology brands for state purchases | Reuters - Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has also been dropped over the period, along with Intel Corp's (INTC.O) security software firm McAfee and network and server software firm Citrix Systems (CTXS.O). "The Snowden incident, it's become a real concern, especially for top leaders,"

State Department official arrested, suspected of soliciting sex from minor - LA Times - senior State Department official who oversees counter-terrorism programs has been arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex from a minor, authorities in Virginia said late Tuesday.

Police identify Chelsea fans involved in racist chanting in London | UK news | The Guardian - Incident at St Pancras station came hours after abuse of black man on Paris Métro by Chelsea supporters

Feds raid Texas secessionist meeting - San Antonio Express-News - In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine's Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.

The GOP’s Non-Interventionist Moment Passes by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Today Greg Sargent notes the steady drift of rank-and-file Republican sentiment towards more “muscular” forms of intervention overseas, settling particularly on the use of ground troops to fight IS.

Abercrombie & Fitch case: justices set to side with Muslim woman over headscarf | Law | The Guardian - US supreme court hears arguments in religious discrimination case involving woman who was not hired because she wore a black headscarf to interview
Poll: 57% Of GOPers Support Making Christianity The National Religion (with apostasy punishable by death)

West Virginia GOPers Want To Make Enforcing Obamacare A Felony

In Mayoral Runoff, Rahm Emanuel’s Corrupt Governance Has Finally Caught Up With Him - In These Times - It’s become increasingly clear to Chicagoans that Rahm Emanuel is out for himself and his rich friends, not for us. an Election Day exposé that appeared in the British paper the Guardian by investigate reporter Spencer Ackerman. “The Disappeared” revealed the existence of Homan Square, a forlorn “black site” that the Chicago Police operate on the West Side.
Chicago: An Electoral Blow To Rahmbo by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In a distinct upset, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, despite a massive financial advantage and the backing of the country’s most famous resident of his city, was knocked into a runoff by voters yesterday ... the first mayoral runoff in the city’s history. (close moar schools!)
Progressives Celebrate Rahm Emanuel's Surprise Setback in Chicago - Bloomberg Politics - Progressives versus the mayor in Chicago.
How To Sell Off a City - In These Times - Welcome to Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago, the privatized metropolis of the future. (some would say "corrupt")

Thank you for your service? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : On Sunday the Times had a piece about how some (many?) military veterans don’t like to be “thanked” for their service by civilians: “I pulled the trigger,” he said. “You didn’t. Don’t take that away from me.”

Report: 'Stop-and-Frisk' problems linger - The Philadelphia Police Department's use of stop-and-frisk still has "serious flaws," according to a report filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
LAPD officers won't be charged in fatal shooting of Corvette driver - LA Times - Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against three Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed an unarmed man at the end of a televised pursuit in 2013.

Hullabaloo - He was "jostled" at a street protest once. As I've said before, the idea that this liar took Brian Williams to task for his exaggerations shows just proves what a pathologically dishonest hack he is
O'Reilly Lied About Suicide Of JFK Assassination Figure, Former Colleagues Say | Blog | Media Matters for America - Fox Host's Dallas TV Colleagues Tell Media Matters Of Another Fabrication
Bill O'Reilly Lied About Witnessing Suicide Of JFK Assassin's Friend, Former Co-Workers Say
Jon Stewart Calls Out Bill O'Reilly: 'No One's Watching Him For The Actual Truth'
Bill O'Reilly's "Combat Situation" Reporting, In His Own Words | Research | Media Matters for America - O'Reilly On The Falklands War: "I've Seen Combat Up Close And Personal"
Another Fabrication: O'Reilly Never Witnessed The Murder Of Nuns In El Salvador | Blog | Media Matters for America - O'Reilly's Claim To Have Seen Nuns "Shot In The Back Of The Head" Contradicted By His Own Timeline
Why Has Fox News Stopped Defending Bill O’Reilly?
Another Round Of Prestone For The House: Dylan Byers Is Buying - Why Bill O'Reilly isn't in the same boat as Brian Williams ... Truth, as Himself wrote, is an odd number, but, my Lord in heaven, lad, have some pride. (Himself = Flann O'Brien
May cable news ratings spare no one - POLITICO.com - O'Reilly had his lowest month since 2001 in the key demo, with 308,000 viewers. Yes, O'Reilly is still the No. 1 program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2,136,000 total viewers in May. But the majority of those viewers are over the age of 55. In fact, the median age for O'Reilly is now just over 72 years old. The average Fox News viewer overall is 68.8, while the average ages of MSNBC and CNN viewers were 62.5 and 62.8, respectively.

Bowser: Legal pot possession to take effect at midnight in the District - The Washington Post - “We believe that we’re acting lawfully,” Bowser said, offering a direct retort to House Republicans who late Tuesday urged the mayor — and even threatened prison time — to reconsider moving forward with legalization.
Jamaica Passes Act Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Pot - US News - Jamaica passes act decriminalizing small amounts of pot, paves way for medical marijuana. (anti-drug cartel unraveling)
Lab In Berkeley Accidentally Discovers Solution To Fix Color Blindness « CBS San Francisco - Enchroma CX sunglasses.

University of Colorado settles with student accused of sexual assault | WashingtonExaminer.com - When John brought up these lies to campus investigators, the school justified Jane’s actions on her behalf, according to the lawsuit.

Woman's newly cleaned car flies onto three at dealer - "That's one of the pictures you see on the Internet and say, 'How did you do that?' " said an employee at the car wash who asked that his name not be used ... police do not suspect a "mental episode."

Season of the witch: why young women are flocking to the ancient craft | World news | The Guardian - Rapper Azealia Banks brought witchcraft back into the mainstream by tweeting ‘I’m really a witch’. But women in the US have been harnessing its power for decades as a ‘spiritual but not religious’ way to express feminist ambitions ... Embracing the witchiness – deciding you can know something about your life by looking at tarot cards and listening to your hunches, or trying to affect a situation by focusing your will on it (ok)

Daily pill Truvada cuts spread of HIV by 86%, study shows | Society | The Guardian - Study looking at transmission among men who have sex with men recruited 545 participants at high risk of contracting HIV
Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D may control brain serotonin, affecting behavior and psychiatric disorders -- ScienceDaily
Tobacco 'kills two in three smokers' - Smoking 10 cigarettes a day doubled the risk, while 20-a-day smokers were four to five times more likely to die.
First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims | Science | The Guardian - Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready
Black hole breaks records, swallows up scientific theory. Supermassive black hole at centre of a quasar is 12 billion times more massive than the sun : science
Interactive wormhole & black hole : interstellar
How do black holes overcome the Pauli Exclusion principle? : askscience
The Largest Black Hole In the Known Universe — Starts With A Bang! — Medium - And those two galaxies, the nearby (and small) NGC 1277 and the ultra-distant OJ 287, house what we know of as the largest black holes in the Universe. There are surely larger ones out there, but it will take both serendipitous configurations and time?—?and better radio-and-X-ray telescope equipment?—?to help us find them!
This Colossal Black Hole Is 12 Billion Times As Massive As The Sun, And It Has Astronomers Baffled
Stone Age Skull Reveals Astonishing Human Diversity - The 22,000-year-old skull is not a new species and is clearly that of an anatomically modern human, but is markedly different from similar finds from Africa and Europe from the same time, the researchers said ... Only a handful of human burials around the world date from about 12,000 to 30,000 years ago, Ambrose said. But the new findings suggest that during this early period of human history, Africa may have supported even greater human diversity, with small, offshoot lineages that no longer exist today, Tryon said.
Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa - Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.
Google's Game-Playing Algorithm Could Be the Future of AI (SkyNet is here)

The 100 best novels: No 64 – At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien (1939) | Books | The Guardian - Jorge Luis Borges who, in 1939, described Flann O’Brien’s masterpiece in the following terms: “I have enumerated many verbal labyrinths, but none so complex as the recent book by Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds…

[Serious] Has Anyone ever Committed Suicide Because of You, or Blamed You in a Note? : AskReddit
What seems to be a huge deal on Reddit, but not so much in real life? : AskReddit
Redditors what is the weirdest thing you have heard of someone not believing in? : AskReddit
City attorney says Grand Rapids police broke no laws when stopping to fingerprint and photograph innocent blacks and Hispanics without IDs because there are "no constitutional issues with taking photos of people in public" and that "fingerprints are left on surfaces all day long" : news
Why does evolution not weed out morality? What stops psychopaths from outcompeting the rest of us? : askscience

Apple Ordered To Pay $533 Million For Patent Infringement - Apple Inc has been ordered to pay $532.9 million after a federal jury in Texas found that its iTunes software infringed three patents owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC ... patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games. (basically, the internet) The trial was held in Tyler, which over the past decade has become a focus for patent litigation. Smartflash's registered office is also in Tyler. (TX "justice")

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Eschaton: The only official to go to prison in connection with torture... - ...wasn't one of the torturers. (Obama has always protected the torturers)
CIA Torture Whistleblower: US Government Lacks "the Guts" to Face Its Crimes | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - John Kiriakou's advice to future national security whistleblowers: 'Get a lawyer first.'
The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' | US news | The Guardian - Secret interrogation facility reveals aspects of war on terror in US - ‘They disappeared us’: protester details 17-hour shackling without basic rights - Accounts describe police brutality, missing 15-year-old and one man’s death (Chicago cops: training for rendition and torture - no consequences)
Chicago’s Homan Square 'black site': surveillance, military-style vehicles and a metal cage | US news | The Guardian - This building looks innocent enough. But those familiar with the secretive interrogation and holding facility describe a shocking display of police abuses
Behind ‘the Disappeared’ of Chicago’s Homan Square - The Atlantic - A criminologist dissects the so-called black site, where military interrogation techniques allegedly substituted for questioning.

How Crazy Am I to Think I Know Where MH370 Is? -- NYMag
Live-Chat With Jeff Wise on MH370 Theory -- NYMag

Africa is new ‘El Dorado of espionage’, leaked intelligence files reveal | World news | The Guardian - Continent emerges as the focus of international spying, with South Africa becoming a regional powerhouse and communications hub
British spies don wigs and makeup to testify at US trial of al-Qaida suspect | US news | The Guardian - Five surveillance officers appear as witness in Brooklyn-based trial of Abid Naseer, who is accused of plotting to blow up a British shopping center
US offers highest-ever cybercrime reward for arrest of Russian hacker | US news | The Guardian - State Department and FBI announce $3m reward for information about Evgeniy Bogachev, accused of running computer attack network - Bureau officials said on Tuesday they believed Bogachev was still in Russia. He could not immediately be reached for comment. (good luck with that)

On ISIS - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The ISIS Theater of Cruelty - NYTimes.com
This stupidity needs to end: Why the Atlantic & NY Post are clueless about Islam - Salon.com - Pundits claiming that ISIS is emblematic of Islam ignore the intellectual traditions at the heart of the religion
ISIS Islamic Credentials Spark Public Debate | The New Republic - The pitched battle of religious legitimacy.
In Defense of Islam - NYTimes.com - By Ross Douthat
The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS - Salon.com - Trolling the Internet with stories dressed up as sober, centrist scholarship -- it's what the Atlantic does best
What The Atlantic Gets Dangerously Wrong About ISIS And Islam | ThinkProgress
What The Atlantic Left Out About ISIS According To Their Own Expert | ThinkProgress ( “it’s a long piece,” he joked) (he's a "scholar") (and yes, it's all Bush's fault)
Who was more Catholic: St. Francis or Torquemada?
The framework of fundamentalist propaganda distorts how we view every religion - When it comes to the meaning of religion, Wood sometimes sounds like he works in the recruitment offices of Bob Jones University.

Salon earnings: revenue plummeting, losses growing - Talking New MediaTalking New Media | The digital publishing website - Revenue for the legacy web property falls over 20 percent as the pioneering website, and now entering its 20th year of publishing, now possibly entering its last

How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International Incident | VICE | United States - He told Rose he got so angry that he choked "it" from behind ... "I think I killed a he-she," Pemberton said. xs


Republicans split on DHS funding, edging closer to partial agency shutdown - The Washington Post
Obama blocks Keystone pipeline in rare veto of Republican bill | Environment | The Guardian - Republicans vow to continue fight after president rejects legislation to approve pipeline from Canadian tar sands to refineries along Gulf coast

There's A Startling North-South Divide When It Comes To Health Care - The states with the highest uninsured rates in 2014 are pretty much all found in the South, the Gallup poll found. Not coincidentally, all 10 of the states with the highest uninsured rates have refused to carry out two key parts of Obamacare. (keep voting to fuck yourselves. southeners)
If SCOTUS kills Obamacare subsidies, Republicans don’t have an exit strategy - Vox - a win for Obamacare challengers is no walk in the park for Republican legislators. A positive outcome would make Congressional Republicans the dog who caught the car: they've managed to eliminate a huge part of Obamacare, but don't have a great exit strategy for what happens afterwards. (consequences of actions is hard)

Ron Paul: Congressional Black Caucus opposes war because they want food stamps (not racist at all)

Union members protest Wisconsin right-to-work bill ahead of likely passage | World news | The Guardian - In scene reminiscent of 2011 collective bargaining protests, opponents of the bill call legislature’s extraordinary session ‘an attempt to circumvent democracy’

Trayvon Martin's family 'heartbroken' over outcome of federal investigation | US news | The Guardian - US attorney general Eric Holder says 2012 killing of Florida teen by George Zimmerman did not meet standard for hate crime prosecution
Robert Meyers Doubts Wife's Slaying Was Road Rage
Video shows deputy dragging mentally incompetent woman by shackled feet - Sun Sentinel - Christopher Johnson, who joined the department in 1988, will not have contact with inmates until an Internal Affairs investigation is complete, the Sheriff's Office said.
Officer Victor Ramirez Slaps Alleged Trespasser Who Wanted To Use Restroom (Raw Video)
850 DNA Matches In FBI Database After Houston Clears Rape Kit Backlog

Secrets of the right-wing “brain”: The hilarious wingnut scheme to pretend Jeb Bush is a squishy liberal - Salon.com - A regular Fox News circus clown is now attacking Jeb Bush. His angle is transparent -- but perhaps effective

The Humbling of Rahm - Carol Felsenthal - POLITICO Magazine - All signs point to a second term for the Chicago mayor. But at what cost?

Bill O’Reilly and Fox News Redouble Defense of His Falklands Reporting - NYTimes.com - During a phone conversation, he told a reporter for The New York Times that there would be repercussions if he felt any of the reporter’s coverage was inappropriate. “I am coming after you with everything I have,” Mr. O’Reilly said. “You can take it as a threat.” (dumb lying bully is a bully)
CBS Has Released The Falklands Protest Footage Bill O'Reilly Asked For. It Doesn't Support His Claims. | Mother Jones - And he insisted, "I told it exactly the way it was." Referring to the controversy about his Falklands claims, he said, "I want to stop this now. I hope we can stop it."

The South’s true face of hate: Oozing nonsense from demented and influential corners of religious right - Salon.com - Celebrating the anniversary of Lincoln's assassination? Disturbing people are pushing sick alternative history (your neo-Confederacy at work)
Nevada Lawmaker Says Cancer Is A Fungus, Recommends Simply Washing It Out | ThinkProgress - Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) wants to reform the rules of end-of-life medical care so that more cancer patients can simply flush out their disease using baking soda ... Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company ... removed from her position as Republican Majority Leader over allegations of more than $1 million in tax liens, Fiore made news last Wednesday for her assertion that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped
Wasilla enacts strict new pot rules as legalization dawns | Alaska Dispatch News - On in the eve of marijuana legalization in Alaska, Wasilla’s city council on Monday banned making pot brownies at home. (Sarah strikes back)

Keith Olbermann Taken Off Air After Tweet Calling Penn State Students 'Pitiful' - I apologize for the PSU tweets. I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students there who did such a great fundraising job. (Keith drunk-rage tweets)

Quiz: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love - NYTimes.com
To Fall Out of Love, Do This - The New Yorker

Toronto mystery tunnel: Rexall Centre discovery prompts dig for clues | World news | The Guardian - A CBC News report said “the sophisticated bunker with tunnel” ran for about seven metres (23ft) and was large enough for an adult to stand in.
Toronto mystery tunnel: #terrortunnel, drug lab or something else entirely? | World news | The Guardian - “What does that tell you?” a reporter asked. “That tells me that this was nailed inside the tunnel on a wall,” the officer responded.

Nobody is immune from resisting science they wish weren’t true. Even liberals | Oliver Burkeman | Comment is free | The Guardian - Many believe that conservatives have a strange relationship to the truth. But we may all be more concerned with shoring up our beliefs than objective reality - argue that this might be why we’ve evolved to be reasoning creatures in the first place: not to get at facts, but because it’s evolutionarily adaptive to be able to win others to your cause. (Fox is very evolved)

Windows And Linux More Secure, Mac OS X And iOS Top List Of Most Vulnerable Operating Systems : technology

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The Great Lakes freeze – in pictures | US news | The Guardian - It isn’t just Niagara Falls, Boston Harbor and the Hudson and East Rivers in New York – as arctic air continues to hammer the US, the Great Lakes in the midwest of the country are more than 80% frozen over
Understanding variations in the rate of global warming - Met Office - Finally it is entirely possible that once the current slow-down finishes, it may be followed by a period of accelerated global surface warming. Understanding this better is one aspect of managing the risks and opportunities associated with future climate variability and change.
Climate science literacy unrelated to public acceptance of human-caused global warming : Top Headlines : MD News Daily - Disagreement did not diminish, however, as the study subjects' climate-literacy test scores increased. On the contrary, "those with the highest scores were even more politically polarized," Kahan said.
Why Genghis Khan was good for the planet | Environment | The Guardian - Laying waste to land scrubbed 700m tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - His murderous Mongol armies were responsible for the massacre of as many as 40 million people.
USGS Release: Coping with Earthquakes Induced by Fluid Injection (2/19/2015 2:15:00 PM) - Large areas of the United States that used to experience few or no earthquakes have, in recent years, experienced a remarkable increase in earthquake activity that has caused considerable public concern as well as damage to structures. This rise in seismic activity, especially in the central United States, is not the result of natural processes.

Lobbyist dubbed Dr Evil behind front groups attacking Obama power rules | Environment | The Guardian - Richard Berman routed funding for at least 16 studies and five front groups attacking Environmental Protection Agency rules on power plant emissions

Stephen Hawking Warns That Aggression Could 'Destroy Us All' - “The human failing I would most like to correct is aggression,” Hawking told contest winner Adaeze Uyanwah, according to the Independent. “It may have had survival advantage in caveman days, to get more food, territory or a partner with whom to reproduce, but now it threatens to destroy us all.”

We are Edward Snowden, Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald from the Oscar-winning documentary CITIZENFOUR. AUAA. : IAmA
SuddenlySnowden comments: Edward Snowden writes an impromptu manifesto on how citizens should respond "when legality becomes distinct from morality", gets gilded 13 times in two hours
Yes, That Was Edward Snowden’s Girlfriend at the Oscars | Vanity Fair (suck it up, liberal bloggers)
Edward Snowden Releases Statement Following 'Citizenfour' Oscars Win

Oscar Winners List For 2015 Includes 'Birdman,' Julianne Moore, Eddie Redmayne & More
This Was The Least-Watched Oscars Ceremony In 6 Years
Microsoft correctly predicted the top Oscars winners | The Verge - Overall, Microsoft successfully predicted 84 percent of the 24 results, with only four incorrect predictions.
Irina Shayk And Rita Ora Lead The Sheer Dress Pack At The Vanity Fair Oscar Party (Heidi K wins +Jane Fonda)
Sean Penn's 'Green Card' Comment May Have Ruined The Entire Oscars - “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?," Penn said right before announcing the winner.
Oscar Night Hijinx From The Right
Patricia Arquette takes up equal pay – an issue that has long plagued the US | US news | The Guardian - The US has to start at the bottom with minimum-wage jobs if it wants to fix its gender wage gap problem – not in an Oscars acceptance speech
Graham Moore Gives The Oscars' Most Moving Acceptance Speech - "I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I'm standing here," he said. "I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along."

How We Decide To Make War In A Place - The decision and debate to create war should be heated and extensive. If the last Bush taught us anything, it is that convincing the country to make war in a place should not be easy and bipartisan.

CIA attempted to contact Hamas despite official US ban, spy cables reveal | US news | The Guardian - Leaked files show US ‘desperate to make inroads’ into Gaza as well as Barack Obama’s alleged threat to Palestinians over statehood
NSA director defends plan to maintain 'backdoors' into technology companies | US news | The Guardian - Mike Rogers mounts elaborate defense of Obama’s cybersecurity strategy and seeks to calm doubts about built-in access to companies’ data (what's wrong with this picture?)
NSA chief declines comment on spyware reports, says programs lawful | Reuters
Chip Maker to Investigate Claims of Hacking by N.S.A. and British Spy Agencies - NYTimes.com - Gemalto, a French-Dutch digital security company, said on Friday that it was investigating a possible hacking by United States and British intelligence agencies that may have given them access to worldwide mobile phone communications

? Al Jazeera Investigates - The Spy Cables promo - YouTube - The largest intelligence leak since Snowden. Cover ups, closed door deals and the secret world of espionage, revealed. The Spy Cables.
There's a massive new leak of confidential spy files from MI6, Mossad and the FSB | Business Insider India - Al-Jazeera has obtained hundreds of confidential "spy cables" from some of the world's top intelligence agencies, in what the news channel is calling "the largest intelligence leak since Snowden."
Leaked cables show Netanyahu’s Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad | World news | The Guardian - Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas - The disclosure comes as tensions between Israel and its staunchest ally, the US, have dramatically increased ahead of Netanyahu’s planned address to the US Congress on 3 March (Nutanfuckyu's ticking time-bomb)
Leaked Documents Reportedly Reveal Mossad Less Worried About Iran's Nuke Program Than Netanyahu (I'd be worried about him too)
Russia offers to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Iran | World news | The Guardian - Tehran said to be considering offer, which could have an impact on nuclear talks approaching a deadline next month
Mossad contradicted Netanyahu on Iran nuclear programme - Al Jazeera English - Spy Cables reveal Mossad concluded that Iran was not producing nuclear weapons, after PM sounded alarm at UN in 2012.
Palestinian groups face $218m Israel attacks fine in US - A US court in New York has found the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority liable for attacks in Israel over 10 years ago.

For Egyptian Survivors Of Islamic State Raid, The Nightmare Continues

France - New Charlie Hebdo issue marks return to business as usual - France 24
Turkey criticises UK over three schoolgirls who flew to Istanbul | World news | The Guardian - Deputy PM, Bülent Arinç, says it was a ‘condemnable act’ for Britain to inform it so late about girls, who were possibly en route to join Islamist miltants in Syria ... “It is an condemnable act for Britain to let three girls ... come to Istanbul and then let us know three days later ... They haven’t taken the necessary measures,”
School reaction to 'Syria-bound' schoolgirls: 'it doesn't make sense' | World news | The Guardian - Parents and pupils at school attended by Amira Abase, Shamina Begum and Kadiza Sultana speak of shock at news girls may have fled to join Isis
Female ISIS captives endure ‘brutal and abnormal’ sex | New York Post - The supposedly ultra-conservative Muslim fundamentalists have been forcing women in the city of Raqqa to marry them and engage in savage sex acts that result in hospital treatment, the report says.

China to credit Ukraine for $3.6 bln to reduce dependence on Russian gas | Info-News (another player enters the game)
China to credit Ukraine for $3.6 bln to reduce dependence on Russian gas : worldnews - This is a geopolitical move to try to promote China's alternate to the IMF and western development banks. That is why it is such a large number.
In China, millions make themselves at home in caves - Los Angeles Times - More than 30 million Chinese people live in caves, many of them in Shaanxi province where the Loess plateau, with its distinctive cliffs of yellow, porous soil, makes digging easy and cave dwelling a reasonable option. The thriving market around Yanan means a cave with three rooms and a bathroom (a total of 750 square feet) can be advertised for sale at $46,000.

Measles death in Germany prompts calls for mandatory vaccinations | World news | The Guardian - Death of 18-month-old boy is the first fatality among 574 reported cases in the country’s worst measles outbreak in more than a decade - “If that doesn’t work, mandatory vaccination for infants should be the next step,” (sorry, can't do that)
Spokane Board Of Health Member Standing Up For Anti-Vaxx Rights Of Tinfoil Hat Community | Wonkette - This weekend, Fagan, a proud anti-vaxxer who somehow got appointed to the Spokane Regional Board of Health, rallied like-minded paranoids to oppose Washington’s proposal to repeal a provision in state law allowing parents to opt out of mandatory vaccinations for their kids on the basis of “personal belief.”

Victoria removes time limits on civil claims over child sex abuse | Australia news | The Guardian - State’s attorney general says the legal change will remove previous limits that were too complex and discouraged victims from making claims in court - “It’s a crisis. The biggest law-and-order challenge is unfolding in our homes,”
Shakespeare's antisemitic lines must be censored at times, says Rylance | Stage | The Guardian (Guardian censors telling you like what?)

HSBC apologizes as CEO's private bank accounts revealed - Business - CBC News - Bank has disappointing earnings as it deals with scandal over private Swiss accounts
Revealed: Swiss account secret of HSBC chief Stuart Gulliver | Business | The Guardian - Leaked files covering 2005-2007 show bank chief executive sheltered £5m of his own money at Panamanian company with Swiss HSBC account (nothing will ever land these guys in jail)
Banks Face Hit From CFPB on $30 Billion in Overdraft Fees - Bloomberg Business - “Despite recent regulatory and industry changes, overdrafts continue to impose heavy costs on consumers who have low account balances and no cushion for error,” (banks steal $30Bn from poor people)

Funding Fight Over Homeland Security Poses Dangers for the G.O.P. - NYTimes.com - nasty partisan impasse over funding for a vital agency would probably damage the party’s brand
Republican governors support DHS shutdown in immigration battle | US news | The Guardian - Congressmen threaten to shut down department funding - Utah governor tells Congress to ‘get off your fanny and get something done’ (terrorists not as scary as brown immigrants)
Immigration standoff intensifies as White House stages emergency legal challenge | US news | The Guardian - White House mounts legal challenge to Texas court injunction - Obama tells governors that stopping DHS paychecks will hurt their states (they are experts in hurting their states, so that won't help)
Deporting Beneficiaries Of Obama's Immigration Action Would Cost $50.3 Billion: Report (totally worth it, Republicans say, pay for it with tax-cuts)

Secrecy around police surveillance equipment proves a case’s undoing - The Washington Post - Rather than show the equipment, the state offered McKenzie a plea bargain.

David Axelrod: Rudy Giuliani Is A 'Fading Politician Lighting Himself On Fire' - "This was more about Rudy Giuliani, a fading politician, kind of lighting himself on fire and trying to get some attention, and he was successful in doing that," Axelrod said. (worse than Trump?)

Anti-abortion lawmaker gets anatomy lesson – women cannot swallow camera for exam | World news | The Guardian - Idaho representative Vito Barbieri asks if a woman can swallow a camera for remote gynecological exam before medical abortion — the answer is no ... Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina. “Fascinating. That makes sense,” Barbieri said, amid the crowd’s laughter. (ladyparts, very complicated)

Prosecutors: Not Enough Evidence Cops Who Shot Unarmed Man 16 Times As He Lay In Bed Acted With ‘Malice’ - Hit & Run : Reason.com - A judge recently ruled the Washington man's lawsuit could move forward, but prosecutors say they aren't impressed by the evidence.
Four-year-old Alaska boy shot in leg when mother's gun falls from holster | US news | The Guardian - Family was leaving pickup when .357 caliber handgun fired - Bullet went through boy’s leg and lodged in a building

Patriot Games » Balloon Juice - Actually bringing up Starship Troopers as an example of a voting society and implying in the next paragraph that maybe having voting and citizenship be earned somehow by “patriots” is so ridiculously and completely peg-the-needle fascist that I honestly believe Reynolds is pulling our leg here, but there’s not anything in the rest of the column that makes me think this is satire or parody.

Eric Engberg Fires Back At Bill O'Reilly On HuffPost Live Over Falklands Controversy: 'He's Completely Nutty' ... O'Reilly is still "bitter" that CBS News told him weeks after the night in question that O'Reilly "wasn't going to make it as a correspondent." (backstory city)
Everyone Who Knew Bill O’Reilly In 1982 Is A Vicious Lying Pinhead | Wonkette

A Time to Heal: Chrono-chemotherapy Tunes In to Body's Rhythms - Recent studies have clearly demonstrated that administration of chemotherapy agents at the ‘right time,’ cued to the biological rhythms of the host, can improve treatment outcomes and reduce drug induced toxicity and side effects.
Large Hadron Collider scientists gear up to discover new particle - A senior researcher at the Large Hadron Collider says a new particle could be detected this year that is even more exciting than the Higgs boson.

Judge OKs cops’ decision to seize Letroy Guion’s cash, truck | ProFootballTalk - A judge has ruled that there is probable cause for police in Starke, Florida, to seize $190,028.21 in cash from Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion, and to seize the new truck Guion was carrying the cash in.

Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana – The Korea Times - Smoking, growing and possessing marijuana becomes legal in America’s wildest state Tuesday, thanks to a voter initiative aimed at clearing away 40 years of conflicting laws and court rulings. (coulda been you, MA, but the Globe had hysterics and now you have no public transportaion in the winter)
Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say - The Washington Post - New study: We should stop fighting marijuana legalization and focus on alcohol and tobacco instead (the research the government didn't want to happen, happened)
CU researchers find no correlation between cannabis and brain changes (this is your brain on pot; oh, wait ...)
11 Wesleyan Students Hospitalized With Symptoms Of Overdosing On Molly
Mixmag | Molly: Everything But The Girl

Schism Emerges in Bikram Yoga Empire Amid Rape Claims - NYTimes.com - The first complaint was filed two years ago. As more surfaced, and more women spoke publicly about accusations of assault and harassment, their accounts have created fissures in the close-knit world of yoga students and teachers who have spent thousands of dollars to study with Mr. Choudhury; opened studios bearing his name; and found strength, flexibility and health in his formula of 26 yoga postures in a sweltering room. (the Bill Cosby of yoga)
Lawsuits’ Lurid Details Draw an Online Crowd - NYTimes.com - Leigh Goodmark, another Maryland law professor, said the online boom of gender-related court documents was a harbinger of a future in which virtually no legal document — an eviction notice, a divorce pleading with embarrassing details — would be safe from public consumption.

The P**sy Test: How to Know If You're With the Right Person | Jenny Block - This test is about real intimacy and real pleasure and real connection between two people.

What was the greatest length you went to just to fuck with someone? : AskReddit
What is one thing you thought existed but it actually doesn't? : AskReddit

Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ could reshape the auto world | New York Post - Currently, at a secret location near its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, Apple is said to be working on a car design — code-named “Project Titan” — at breakneck speed. While auto companies can take as long as seven years to develop a car, Apple is said to be hoping to start shipping its vehicles in five years — as early as 2020. Liquidmetal. It is known for Moldable Metal — “Nanophosphate metal” — which can be shaped like plastic. (Apple will claim they "invented" the iMobile, a new luxury brand)
Lenovo slapped with lawsuit over dangerous Superfish adware | PCWorld - against Lenovo and Superfish, which charges both companies with “fraudulent” business practices and of making Lenovo PCs vulnerable to malware and malicious attacks by pre-loading the adware.
FCC Republicans launch last-ditch effort to sink net neutrality plan | Ars Technica - Vote scheduled for Thursday, but Pai and O'Rielly want at least a month's delay.
Ellen Pao Suit Against Kleiner Perkins Heads to Trial, With Big Potential Implications - NYTimes.com - The couple first had sex “at a work event,” the papers say ... An anonymous Reddit employee sent a letter to Kleiner’s legal team, asking them to subpoena Reddit employees “for information regarding conflicts with Ellen Pao.”
Reddit's interim CEO, Ellen Pao heads to trial against her former employer Kleiner-Perkins. "An anonymous Reddit employee sent a letter to Kleiner’s legal team, asking them to subpoena Reddit employees for information regarding conflicts with Ellen Pao." : news
reddit CEO Ellen Pao takes on former VC firm in gender discrimination case | Ars Technica - Jury will hear Pao vs. Kleiner Perkins, a case that should have settled by all odds.
Total Wipes Decides The Word 'Download' Means Infringement, Issues DMCA Takedown Loaded With Non-Infringing URLs : technology
The SSD Endurance Experiment: Two freaking petabytes - The Tech Report - Page 4

022215
Hudson River is frozen as photos show New York in deep freeze - in pictures | US news | The Guardian

Kochs Paid Massive Money to Intellectual Whores Willing to Lie About Climate Change - A Harvard scientist has been accepting cash from the energy industry, namely the Koch brothers, in order to push junk science that claims to refute man-made climate change, reported The New York Times. This is the most recent case of Koch-purchased science, but it’s hardly the first.
Leading Climate-Denier Harvard Scientist Caught Accepting Bribes from Fossil-Fuel Corporations as well as the Koch Brothers. : worldnews
The Underwater Industrial Revolution Is Driving Ocean Life to Extinction | Motherboard - "We are setting ourselves up in the oceans to replay the process of wildlife Armageddon that we engineered on land,” McCauley said in a UCSB statement.
Rajendra Pachauri to miss key meeting due to sex harassment complaint | Reuters - Delhi police said Pachauri, 74, chairman of the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), is accused of sexually harassing a 29-year-old female researcher from his Delhi-based thinktank The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
Climate Skeptics: Trying to see through the alarmism
OMG Alarmists! Scientists are dumb.

With Earth’s population now at 7 billion, how many people have ever lived? - The Washington Post - The story starts sometime in the 1970s, when a notion came into common conversation that the population was growing so fast that 75 percent of the people who had ever lived on Earth were currently alive. The origin of the idea is murky, but it came amid new fears of a “population explosion”; the organization Zero Population Growth had been founded in 1968 ... His total count of everyone who has ever lived: 108 billion.

Modi bets on GM crops for India's second green revolution - But allowing GM crops is critical to Modi's goal of boosting dismal farm productivity in India, where urbanisation is devouring arable land and population growth will mean there are 1.5 billion mouths to feed by 2030 - more even than China.
Filthy India air cutting 660 million lives short by 3 years - US News
China Used More Concrete In 3 Years Than The U.S. Used In The Entire 20th Century [Infographic] - Forbes - China produces and consumes about 60 percent of the world’s cement
Fresh nuclear leak detected at Fukushima plant in Japan - IBNLive - The higher-than-normal levels of contamination were detected at around 10 am (local time), with sensors showing radiation levels 50 to 70 times greater than usual, TEPCO said.

MERS virus toll rises to 385 in Saudi Arabia - The Hindu - Some 57 people have contracted MERS in the kingdom since the start of February.

Sydney Siege: 18 Warning Calls Before Attack - Australia's Prime Minister admits "the system let us down" as the government releases the first report into the Sydney siege.

ISIS seizes U.S.-made arms in Iraq’s Anbar - Al Arabiya News - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants have reportedly seized armored vehicles and American-made weapons from Iraq’s western Anbar province, CNN reported on Saturday. (America: arming extremists since 2004)

Ukraine crisis: Deadly bomb blast hits rally in Kharkiv - A bomb has killed at least two people, including a police officer, and injured at least 10 more people at a rally in Ukraine's second city Kharkiv.

Mall of America Heightens Security After al-Shabab Threat - ABC News
Al-Shabaab mall threat 'all the more reason' to avoid shutdown, says homeland security chief | US news | The Guardian - Somali terror group releases video threatening US, Canada and UK malls - DHS funding will end Friday if immigration impasse is not solved
ISIS threatens to throw gays off the Leaning Tower of ‘Pizza’ · PinkNews - “#We_Are_Coming_O_Rome, we will conquer and establish the justice of #shariah. We will use your leaning tower of pizza to throw off homosexual

Report: ISIS leader gunned down in Mosul - A group of unidentified gunmen has reportedly assassinated a prominent ISIS leader in the militant-held city of Mosul.
Inside the Islamic State ‘capital’: no end in sight to its grim rule | World news | The Guardian - US air strikes have damaged morale in Raqqa, Syria, but a local anti-Isis activist says no one is expecting the group to be driven out
ISIS Militants Claim Attacks On Iranian Ambassador's Residence In Libya - two days after the group claimed responsibility for a double suicide bombing that killed more than 40 people in the eastern town of Qubbah, one of the worst attacks on civilians since a 2011 uprising toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
Turkish Military Enters Syria To Evacuate Soldiers Guarding Tomb - dozens of besieged soldiers guarding an Ottoman tomb and remove the remains amid fears the shrine was threatened by Islamic State militants.
Nigerian forces retake border town of Baga from Boko Haram | Reuters
Young Girl Bomber Kills At Least 5, Wounds Dozens In Nigeria - A young girl with explosives strapped to her killed five people and wounded dozens at a security checkpoint outside a market in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Sunday, witnesses said. Both witnesses described the bomber as a "small girl," estimating that she could not have been more than eight years old.

A simple world view and the promise of paradise - Salafists in Germany have been on a recruitment drive for quite some time: handing out flyers and free copies of the Koran in city centres. They are also targeting young people at schools, on the Internet and anywhere where young people meet. How can young people be protected? By Arnfrid Schenk
ELI5: What's with these desperate teenage girls trying to join ISIS? : explainlikeimfive

Benjamin Netanyahu Hires Top Defense Attorney For Possible Corruption Case - a "specialist in white-collar crime" to represent him and his wife if they face criminal corruption charges.

Father was 'informer' on Bali nine - National - theage.com.au - Mr Lee Rush claims the Australian Federal Police refusal to warn his 19-year-old son Scott has exposed him to the death penalty under Indonesia's tough anti-drug laws.
Turkish men wear skirts in protest for victimized women
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Taibbi: After Laundering $800M In Drug Money, How Did HSBC Executives Avoid Jail? | Crooks and Liars - "You can do real time in jail in America for all kinds of ridiculous offenses," Taibbi says. "Here we have a bank that laundered $800 million of drug money, and they can’t find a way to put anybody in jail for that. That sends an incredible message, not just to the financial sector but to everybody. It’s an obvious, clear double standard, where one set of people gets to break the rules as much as they want and another set of people can’t break any rules at all without going to jail."
Only Obama and Wall Street Criminals will Love Loretta Lynch as AG

Loretta Lynch: Not Enough Evidence to Charge HSBC Banksters | emptywheel - As part of her Questions for the Record, Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch was asked about her role in the HSBC handslap in 2012.

As many as 2,800 inmates to be moved from Texas prison - As many as 2,800 federal prisoners will be moved to other institutions after inmates seized control of part of a prison in South Texas, causing damage that made the facility "uninhabitable," an official said Saturday.
Even as Many Eyes Watch, Brutality at Rikers Island Persists - NYTimes.com - The brutal confrontations were among 62 cases identified by The New York Times in which inmates were seriously injured by correction officers between last August and January, a period when city and federal officials had become increasingly focused on reining in violence at Rikers.
Police seize cash, property from Michigan residents in raids - Police seized more than $24 million in assets from Michiganders in 2013, under asset forfeiture laws. In many cases the citizens were never charged with a crime but lost their property anyway.
Jail report details recordings of attorney/client consultations | WINK NEWS - WINK News is learning more about the Charlotte County Jail recording conversations between an attorney and his client. The chief public defender in the county believes the conversations protected by the attorney-client privilege are in the hands of the prosecution.

Throw the Truth Out the Door: President Obama Has to Pass a Trade Deal | Beat the Press - Wow, this stuff just keeps getting worse. Apparently anything goes when the big corporations want a trade deal. Otherwise serious people will just make stuff up, because hey, the big campaign contributors want a trade deal to make themselves richer. The latest effort in creative myth-making comes from Third Way, which tells us that post-NAFTA trade deals aren't job losers like NAFTA. (Obama's corporate heart)
President Obama's cyber pitch misses mark in Silicon Valley | TheHill - some wondered why the platform wasn’t used to better explain Obama’s stance on encryption and privacy, the divisive issues causing strain between D.C. and Palo Alto.

Jeb Bush’s Brainless Trust - NYTimes.com - Maureen Dowd (well, this one is pretty good)

Democratic Party Losing Numbers, According to Internal Report - We all know that the Democratic Party has weakened in recent years, but it’s gotten really bad now. An internal report from the McClatchy Washington Bureau noted that “Democrats have become a confused political party with a muddled message and an inability to turn out enough of its loyal voters.”

Speaking Freely About Politics Can Cost You Your Job - NYTimes.com (basically, Republicans)

Embattled Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel courts voters in race to avoid election runoff | US news | The Guardian - Support for challenger Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia and controversy among black voters about schools policy have the former White House chief of staff fighting hard

'We are not anti-science': Mothers defend right to not vaccinate children | US news | The Guardian - She says she now chooses to build her son’s immunity naturally, through diet, while avoiding shots or other medication. (their kids are so pure)

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz calls out Rudy Giuliani for 'offensive' Obama comments - Feb. 20, 2015

Bill O'Reilly's CBS Colleague Says Buenos Aires Was Not A 'Combat Situation' After Falklands War - Buenos Aires was neither a “war zone” nor a “combat situation” after Argentina surrendered to Britain in the Falklands War, says one of Bill O’Reilly’s former colleagues at CBS who was with him in the capital at the time. “It was an ‘expense account zone,’” (O'lielly)

Jacqueline Alexander, Tennessee Mother, Allegedly Beat Son Because She Thought He Was 'Too Feminine' And Gay
Jessica Dutro, Mother Who Allegedly Thought Young Son Was Gay Before Murdering Him, Convicted
Photo Series Explores The Intense Relationship Between Little Girls And The Color Pink - "pinkification" that so many young girls face. Although pink itself is seemingly innocuous, the inundation of the ultra-feminized color supplants a child's agency and personal choice at such a young age.
Everything You Know About Corsets Is False | Collectors Weekly - this undergarment of centuries past is not nearly as evil or confining as modern folks have come to believe.
In 5 Minutes, This Student Destroys Our Double Standards For Men And Women
How to put a bitch in check - YouTube

New HPV vaccine is effective against 9 strains of the virus | Ars Technica - And boys should be vaccinated as well as girls.
Deconstructing mental illness through ultradian rhythms -- ScienceDaily - Might living a structured life with regularly established meal times and early bedtimes lead to a better life and perhaps even prevent the onset of mental illness? That's what's suggested by a new study.
Evolving a bigger brain with human DNA | EurekAlert! Science News - Crucial DNA difference between humans and chimps boosts brain size in mice
US regulators try to tame 'wild west' of DNA testing : Nature News & Comment - Experts, regulators mull how to foster technologies without posing undue risk to patients.
Disc dark matter in the Galaxy and potential cycles of extraterrestrial impacts, mass extinctions and geological events - A cycle in the range of 26–30?Myr has been reported in mass extinctions, and terrestrial impact cratering may exhibit a similar cycle of 31 ± 5?Myr.
Rust Never Sleeps - The Atlantic - America’s losing fight against the insidious enemy within - Report Card for America’s Infrastructure. The latest, from 2013, gives the country a D+ (Republicans love rust)

States Smoking the Most Smuggled Cigarettes - 24/7 Wall St. - In 2013, 58% of all cigarettes consumed in New York were smuggled — by far the highest such share nationwide — and up 22.2 percentage points from 2006, which was the second largest increase.

Kirk Cameron's 'Saving Christmas' Tops 2015 Razzie Awards

Gnome liberation movement strikes Boulder - Boulder Daily Camera - Gnomes in gardens everywhere in danger - The location of Smith's faithful lawn guard is currently "ungnome." The bandit did not leave a ransom "gnome." "Thousands of gnomes are enslaved in gardens across America," Department of Gnomeland Security?

Presidents of the United States (POTUS) - President Adams regularly swam nude in the Potomac River. Anne Royall, the first American professional journalist, knew of Adams' 5 A.M. swims. After being refused interviews with the president time after time, she went to the river, gathered his clothes and sat on them until she had her interview. Before this, no female had interviewed a president.

Why You Should Consider Booking a Trip Through BJ's, Costco or Sam's Club | U.S. News Travel - Offering deals on everything from cruises to rental cars, wholesale retail clubs are quickly becoming a one-stop shop for members' travel needs.

Guy does EVERYTHING 4chan says when they raid his stream : videos
Atheism vs Theism may seem like a battle of wits involving only science, and debate. The real truth is far deeper and darker than this, and anyone who considers discussing atheism with a "person of faith" should consider this: : atheism - The emotional side of religion is by far a larger and darker obstacle than any other that would stand in the way between someone's freedom from delusion and accepting reality.
Which subreddit would you like to shake some sense into? What would you say to them? : AskReddit
Chaperones of middle school dances, what's the most shocking thing you've witnessed? : AskReddit
TIL In Old English, 'man' was a gender neutral term. Males were known as 'wermen' and females were known as 'wifmen'. : todayilearned
IBM's Watson Memorized the Entire 'Urban Dictionary,' Then His Overlords Had to Delete It - The Atlantic - You don't even want to know, they should have explained.
Suddenly_a_Scene comments on TIL that to prepare IBM's Watson for Jeopardy, researchers inputted the entirety of Urban Dictionary. Unfortunately, this had the side effect of Watson adopting profanity. In one test, it even used the word "bullshit" to respond to a researcher's query.
What Is Your Worst Experience With A Home Owners Association? : AskReddit
Reddit, what is the WORST wedding ceremony you have attended? Why was it bad? : AskReddit
ELI5 Why Queensland Australia has different age of consent for anal and vaginal sex? : explainlikeimfive
Where is the worst place you can go for a first date? : AskReddit
ELI5:What is the difference between regular soap and shampoo? Is that long list of chemicals actually doing a better job of cleaning my hair? : explainlikeimfive
Star Wars Ring Theory: How George Lucas used an ancient technique called “ring composition” to reach a level of storytelling sophistication in his six-part saga that is unprecedented in cinema history. Regardless of how you feel about the Prequels, this is an amazing read. : movies - Lucas himself has described the concept of balance in the Force as keeping the light side and the dark side in check
Maps To The Stars - Official Redband Trailer - Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson (NSFW) : movies

Cord cutters on net neutrality: 'It would be the end of wild wild west of the internet' | Technology | The Guardian - The ‘awe-inspiring’ FCC internet protections leave cord cutters wanting. Their main complaint? Lack of competition among internet providers
'Overnight, everything I loved was gone': the internet shaming of Lindsey Stone | Technology | The Guardian

Researcher Discovers Superfish Spyware Installed on Lenovo PCs - NYTimes.com - Researcher Discovers Superfish Spyware Installed on Lenovo PCs
U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops - The U.S. government on Friday advised Lenovo Group Ltd customers to remove "Superfish," a program pre-installed on some Lenovo laptops, saying it makes users vulnerable to cyber attacks.
The Superfish problem is Microsoft's opportunity to fix a huge problem and have manufacturers ship their computers with a vanilla version of Windows. Versions of windows preloaded with crapware (and now malware) shouldn't even be a thing. : technology

022115
Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher - NYTimes.com - For years, politicians wanting to block legislation on climate change have bolstered their arguments by pointing to the work of a handful of scientists who claim that greenhouse gases pose little risk to humanity. One of the names they invoke most often is Wei-Hock Soon, known as Willie, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics who claims that variations in the sun’s energy can largely explain recent global warming ... Dr. Soon is employed by the Smithsonian Institution, which jointly sponsors the astrophysics center with Harvard. (Willie be takin' bribes)
Work of prominent climate change denier was funded by energy industry | Environment | The Guardian - Willie Soon is researcher at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - Documents: Koch brothers foundation among groups that gave total of $1.25m
Senator Edward Markey to investigate energy companies on climate science funding - Nation - The Boston Globe - Senator Edward J. Markey will send letters to fossil fuel companies, trade organizations, and others with a stake in carbon fuels.

Massachusetts Senate reluctantly passes Gov. Charlie Baker's transportation funding cuts | masslive.com
Baker’s role in Big Dig financing process was anything but ‘small’ - The Boston Globe - The documents show that Baker was the chief architect of a financing plan to sustain the project during its peak construction years, just as federal support was diminishing substantially. (usual Republican strategy +Chawlie has always hated the T and the debt he took on to build the central artery is killing public transportation in MA)
Editorial: The Excuse Express | Boston Herald - n 2000 a total of $3 billion in transit-related debt was transferred to the MBTA, making it the agency’s responsibility to pay it down. About $1.7 billion was for those Big Dig obligations. So yes, some of the T’s current debt — which in all eats up a quarter of its annual budget and, along with massive personnel costs, crowds out funds for much else — is “associated” with the Big Dig.
Big MBTA Woes For Weather-Weary Commuters | WBUR - And it was Governor Baker who, as Secretary of Administration and Finance for Governor Weld and Governor Celluci, let them keep their "promise" of financing the Big Dig "without raising taxes, fees, or tolls" by simply piling BILLIONS of dollars in debt on top of the T.
The MBTA's long, winding, infuriating road to failure - Metro - The Boston Globe

Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution Isn’t Over Yet - NYTimes.com - A democracy movement ponders its next move.

Libyan chemical weapons 'seized by extremists' | The Times of Israel - Sources tell Arab newspaper arms could reach Islamic State, as group gains foothold in war-torn country
Families of Missing British Schoolgirls: 'You Belong at Home With Us' - ABC News - The three school friends from East London’s Bethnal Green, ages 15 to 16, left their homes before 8 a.m. local time Tuesday and met at Gatwick airport in London where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight, according to a police news release.
CNN claim ISIS is luring women with kittens and Nutella | Daily Mail Online - 'They have learned our secrets': CNN ridiculed after ludicrous claim
The new ISIS "special forces" training video looks like a cross between a Monty Python sketch and a Bollywood movie. [album in comments] : gifs

Have We Got ISIS All Wrong? - Neither is ISIS authentically Islamic, nor is it in any meaningful sense not Islamic. It is a bizarre interpretation of Islam yoked to a political agenda which is very modern. If we just stop fretting about the relationship of ISIS to the religious base of its ideology and accept that it's a bunch of extremists who come out of a tradition that they manipulate to justify their crimes and their ambitions, it’s not so complicated. (contra Graeme Wood's this is what Islam is)

There's no way of knowing if the NSA's spyware is on your hard drive | Computerworld - 'Equation group' spyware likely only targeted specific hard drives and SSDs
FBI digital search-warrant plan a 'monumental' constitutional threat, says Google - Washington Times

Ukraine prisoner swap under way on frontline - Yahoo News

Moody's Cuts Russia Credit Rating To Junk

For Immigrants, Fear Returns After a Federal Judge’s Ruling - NYTimes.com (Republifucks, literally)

Lynching Mexicans - Lawyers, Guns & Money : When that great study detailing the numbers of African-Americans lynched in the South came out last week, I noted that its weaknesses included that lynching was not confined to the South and that lots of non-blacks were lynched. Those stories are often forgotten about, as is so much about American racial history that is not black-white.
When Americans Lynched Mexicans - NYTimes.com

BarbWire Pundit: Obama Will Create A 'North American Caliphate' As His 'Final Solution For The USA' | Right Wing Watch | "Obama and the Islamo-Nazi new world order" (zombie ideas inhabiting empty brains)
Microsoft Word - Christie2016Feb2015.doc - Rutgers poll: Christie in a word? Bully (fatfuck bully is perceived as bully)
XXL: Wisconsin pipeline dwarfs Keystone and affects every waterway in the state | Wisconsin | Wisconsin Gazette - Smart, independent and revealing. News, opinion and entertainment coverage (why the Kochs bought Wisconsin)

Defendant allegedly asked about hit man to kill child witnesses - The Washington Post - A former Falls Church Democratic Party chairman, charged with molesting two young girls, talked about hiring a hit man to kill them before they could be witnesses at his March 4 trial, according to court documents - Robin Gardner, Gardner’s wife, is a former mayor of Falls Church.

NYC, Orthodox Jews in talks over ritual after herpes cases - The Orthodox Jewish tradition known as oral suction circumcision reaches back to biblical times but it has created a modern-day dilemma for New York City health officials, who have linked it to 17 cases of infant herpes since 2000. Two died and two others suffered brain damage.

Vegas 'Road Rage' Shooting: Suspect Vowed to 'Come Back for You and Your Daughter,' Teen Says - ABC News (ambiguous situation generates 2000+ comments -- range of critical thinking and analytical ability -- as people try to figure out what the fuck happened)
Las Vegas 'Road Rage' Shooting: How Timeline Has Changed Since Arrest - ABC News (story keeps changing, commenters are on it)

Minneapolis Officer Wounded in Apparent Targeted Attack - ABC News - Minneapolis police arrested someone Saturday in the early-morning wounding of an officer who investigators believe was shot because he was a member of the police force. (sovereign citizen?)
Judge decides not to fine two top cops from Hollywood who deleted I.A. files - Sun Sentinel - Two high-ranking Hollywood cops under investigation for deleting Internal Affairs files won't be paying a fine after all, a judge decided Wednesday.
Lawyer: Video of police shooting differs from official account - But what's clear, Mildenberg said, is that Tate-Brown's shooting didn't mirror police accounts of the incident.
Kansas City police officer indicted in connection with 2014 shooting | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star - Various law enforcement and legal sources said Friday that they could not recall the last time a Kansas City officer was indicted after a shooting.
Madison, Wis.: Female inmate in Wisconsin ordered to do jumping jacks during strip search | MCT National News | McClatchy DC - Corrections officials forced a female inmate to perform naked jumping jacks last year because they believed - wrongly - she had hidden a bottle of urine in her vagina so she could falsify a drug test.

Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana - effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant.

Mother Jones Urges Bill O'Reilly To Apologize For 'Violent' Remark After Falklands War Claims Scrutinized

Echidne Of The Snakes: Ban Them Books! (ISIS in America: ideas are dangerous to ideologies)
The Crackdown on Little Free Library Book Exchanges - The Atlantic - All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down. (a box of books = "unattached free structure" +And people like Jeb Bush, who want government so small, it can fit in a bedroom. Specifically, your bedroom.)

<i>Charlie Hebdo</i> and the First Amendment | Geoffrey R. Stone
The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus - The Washington Post - By Wendy Kaminer
5 Ways to Use White Privilege as an Ally | Jordan Houston - Assuming the role as a moderator between the four Smith panelists, among them being lawyer and social critic Wendy Kaminer '71, President McCartney sat in on what turned from a civil discourse on the idea of "free speech" vs. "hate speech" into an explicit act of racial violence. (Wendy might have reported on herself a little better)

Dinesh D'Souza's Anti-Black Racism is Rooted in 'National Review' | The New Republic - Dinesh D'Souza's racism and the shame of immigrant self-hatred (D'stupid)
Oklahoma Lawmaker Wants To Test Everybody For Syphilis Before Marriage - As recently as 1980, there were 34 states that demanded a premarital blood test, but virtually every state has repealed that requirement since. Today, only Montana still has it on the books.

XKCD's "Fundamental Forces" isn't funny, it's sad. Can you do better? : askscience
Winds From This Massive Black Hole Pack The Energy Of More Than A Trillion Suns - Artist's illustration showing a supermassive black hole blasting out radiation and ultra-fast winds.
Popular soda ingredient, caramel color, poses cancer risk to consumers -- ScienceDaily

Nicotine, the Wonder Drug? | DiscoverMagazine.com - To Quik, the upside is clear. “People have tested all their favorites to help treat Parkinson’s and other neurological disease,” she says. “Now nicotine’s time has come.”
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibition Dramatically Increases the Motivation to Self-Administer Nicotine in Rats
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors allow locomotor and rewarding response... - PubMed - NCBI - Our data suggest that MAOIs contained in tobacco and tobacco smoke act in synergy with nicotine to enhance its rewarding effects.

A high school student who had his senior picture go viral a few months back, has passed away from suicide. Rest in peace Draven. : pics
Reddit, What is the dumbest thing YOU have done as a teenager? : AskReddit
[Serious] What link do you regret ever clicking on? : AskReddit

Lenovo committed one of the worst consumer betrayals ever made : technology
The biggest takeaway from 'Superfish': We need to push for "No OS" buying option. : technology (links to places to buy clean systems)

022015
Boston’s Winter From Hell - NYTimes.com
Friday Morning Open Thread: Boston Strung » Balloon Juice - Fights are breaking out on the trains, trolleys, and buses, as too many people relying on too few cars see their commuting times doubled or tripled even when the system isn’t shut down entirely. (And our new CEO-friendly governor Charlie Baker is a Pioneer Institute tool. Thanks for endorsing him, Globe, you giggling hipster jagoffs!) (Globe one of Boston's worst institutions)
Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From its Streets Throughout History - Massachusetts news - Boston.com (try the Sununu hot air machine)
Bostonians Become Territorial Over Parking Spots | BDCwire
Space Saver Saga Part 3: Avenger Unmasked - Weather - Boston.com - All is forgiven. Uber is “awesome.” #Boston2024, not so much.

Global Warming Could Make the Super-Rich Jealous of Rowhouse Residents - NYTimes.com

Fire rips through Dubai skyscraper - A fire has swept through the Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world. ("the Torch")
Fire rips through Torch skyscraper in Dubai, one of the tallest residential buildings in the world : worldnews

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat - CNN.com - Some federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to -- and in some cases greater than -- the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.?
Arrest made in Colorado Springs bombing, NAACP may have not been target - Investigators are looking into the possibility a tax preparation business may have been the target of the bombing as opposed to the NAACP.

U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops | Reuters - . He said the vulnerability was "inadvertently" introduced by Israel-based Komodia, which built the application described in the government notice.

Drums Along The Potomac: How This Country Never Learns Anything - The country seems to be sliding down some very familiar tracks into a military engagement in the Middle East. (mission creep +Barry will leave Hillary the war she always wanted)
John McCain Promotes Sending 10,000 US Troops To Fight ISIS | Crooks and Liars (and Assad and who knows who else)
Brutal ISIS Videos Show Potency of Shock Value - NYTimes.com - Broadcast specifically to frighten and manipulate, the Islamic State's flamboyant violence consumes the world's attention while more familiar threats, like the Syrian government’s barrel bombs, kill far more people but rarely provoke widespread outrage.
Exponential Rise In War Crimes In Syria, UN Panel Warns
Human Rights, Blah Blah Blah — Crooked Timber - Never underestimate the murder and mayhem men will make, just to escape their boredom. Every enthusiasm, though, has a shelf life. Even imperialism.
Gen. Wesley Clark: 'ISIS Got Started With Funding From Our Closest Allies' - OpEd - Eurasia Review - So is the insider, Gen. Wesley Clark, informs us that our closest allies in the Middle East have helped create ISIS — the organization we are spending billions of dollars to fight.
UK police launch hunt for London schoolgirls feared to have fled to Syria | World news | The Guardian - Counter-terrorism police open international search for three girls who left their homes in east London last week and caught a flight to Turkey (enjoy being gang-raped)
Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya - The Daily Beast - As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis. ("death cult" sorta like the Bush family)

Chelsea fans' Paris Métro victim: what happened has left me really afraid | World news | The Guardian - In an interview in Paris, Souleymane recalls his shock at his treatment during his evening commute and says it is important that the injustice has been publicised
Indonesia says 'nothing whatsoever' will stop execution of two Australians | World news | The Guardian - Indonesia has reaffirmed its intention to execute two Australian drug smugglers, despite continuing high-level diplomatic efforts from Australia to prevent their deaths.

Greece Reaches Deal With Creditors - Euro zone finance ministers reached an agreement on Friday to extend heavily indebted Greece's financial rescue by four months, officials on both sides said.

Russian expansionism may pose existential threat, says Nato general | World news | The Guardian - British general Sir Adrian Bradshaw says Nato needs to develop fast-reacting conventional forces and capacities to counter Russian propaganda (Putin will invade Poland next)

The Plot to Kill Health Care - NYTimes.com - But none of that matters to at least four justices on the court who would rule in favor of a ham sandwich, if it meant overturning the health care law. If they get a fifth vote, more than eight million people in 34 states could lose their health coverage. Premiums for several million more would rise enough to make insurance impossible. Thousands of people, lacking basic care, may even die prematurely

Russ Feingold Is Leaving The State Department. Is A Senate Run Next? - Russ Feingold will soon deliver his final speech as United States Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa, closing one chapter of his career and inevitably sparking speculation about the next. (go Russ, kick the teaparty thug out)

How a powerful rightwing lobby is plotting to stop minimum wage hikes | US news | The Guardian - American Legislative Exchange Council combines litigation and legislation in two-pronged attack on ‘new battleground’ of workers’ rights, documents reveal
Nicholas Kristof’s pathetic mea culpa: Why the columnist’s union U-turn is so unsatisfying - Salon.com - The Times columnist says he was wrong to disdain organized labor. But is he now right for the wrong reasons? (you can see where he is coming from)
Kristof on Unions - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Of course one can also ask how a leading columnist at the nation’s paper of record can miss all the obvious evidence that unions are good for an economy–and miss that evidence for years and years. But then Kristof should have been fired over the Somaly Mam incident and it’s hardly news that Times columnists have lifetime sinecures no matter what idiotic columns they write.
Nicholas Kristof knows better: A shameful addition to the Syria hawk club - Salon.com - The New York Times columnist's logic on Syria makes no sense at all, especially considering his previous reporting (9/13: more context)

800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data - NYTimes.com - About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through HealthCare.gov received erroneous tax information from the government, and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected.

Awarded Stolen Wages, Workers Struggle to Collect - NYTimes.com - labor advocates call for changes in New York’s laws that they believe will give workers a fighting chance to recover stolen wages. “Our research identified at least $125 million in judgments and orders, providing a glimpse into the scope of the wage collection problem in New York,”

Two Demographic Trains by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - One is minority voters, and the other voters over 50. Both are increasing as a share of the electorate in all 11 states, but at different rates ... Democrats have been over-performing among older white voters in Rust Belt states like Ohio; if they now falter, they’ve got a problem.

Some Chris Christie Supporters Now Turn Their Backs - NYTimes.com - He does not return phone calls. He does not ask for support. He arrives late for meetings. And he acts as if he has all the time in the world.

White House Spokesman: 'I Feel Sorry For Rudy Giuliani' - "It's sad to see when somebody who has attained a certain level of public stature, and even admiration, tarnishes a legacy so thoroughly," Earnest said. "I don't take any joy or vindication or satisfaction from that."
Wayne Barrett- What Rudy Giuliani knows about love - NY Daily News ... no doubt to the parenting prowess of Harold Giuliani, who did time in Sing Sing for holding up a Harlem milkman and was the bat-wielding enforcer for the loan-sharking operation run out of a Brooklyn bar owned by Rudy's uncle. (911 Fooliani)

Scott Walker Doesn't Care - The Wisconsin governor's budget shows just how petty and small-minded he can be. (a good Republican)

Staffers Quit Tea Party News Network, Say Site Sees Readers As 'Unsophisticated Simpletons' (sounds about right)
The Tea Party’s Own World Star Hip-Hop - The Daily Beast - Two and a half years after the Tea Party News Network launched to give voice to the revolution, it’s trolling party stalwarts with stories that ‘wouldn’t have made the cut at TMZ.’ (grifters ... )

The Cafe Takes On A Strange Glow - The mixing of Human Embryos with Jellyfish cells to create a glow in the dark human, we say not in Georgia. Tom Kirby is right! Georgia needs no glow in the dark humans. Leave that stuff for California, where it will further liven up the nightlife.

Ideology Seen as Factor in Closings in University of North Carolina System - NYTimes.com - While many here take pride in its carefully cultivated rise to the top tier of American public education, conservatives have long groused about some campuses, particularly the flagship school at Chapel Hill, as out-of-touch havens of liberalism (Republicans destroying education in America)
Oklahoma educators fear high school history bill will have 'devastating' impact | US news | The Guardian - Proposals sweeping American south have pitted students and teachers against legislator who thinks course over-emphasises ‘what’s bad about America’ (Oklahoma, where the stupid blows free)

Chilling report details how Elliot Rodger executed murderous rampage | US news | The Guardian - Sheriff’s office report reveals plan was months in the making in 2014 attack that left six people dead, not including Rodger, and 14 people wounded
'Road Rage' Murder Suspect Caught, Lived Block Away From Tammy Meyers: Police
This Florida Man Got a Free Pass for Shooting a Pregnant Woman To Death - The Daily Beast

These Are the Questions Bill O'Reilly Won't Answer | Mother Jones - Why won't the Fox News host address the evidence he mischaracterized his wartime reporting experience? (but Fox is the liars' network)
David Corn hits back at Bill O'Reilly - POLITICO.com - David Corn, the lead author of a new report alleging that Bill O'Reilly lied about his Falklands War experience, says the Fox News anchor is hiding behind name calling and refusing to account for legitimate discrepancies in his statements.

Rent-stabilized tenant evicted after cashing in on Airbnb | New York Post - But his landlord scoffed at the claim, and sources said the family actually lives in a million-dollar-plus home in Jamaica, Queens, while Ikezi used the 46th-floor apartment as a revolving door for paying tourists. (nice place)

10 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Infidelity

When the apocalypse comes, preppers will be ready. But you won't | US news | The Guardian - At the National Preppers and Survivalists Expo in Florida, survivalists are ready to bug out (or in) with everything imaginable – from bowie knives to chainsaws ... My son is too possessed, and my wife is totally mind-controlled by the programs on the TV, the fluoride she’s drinking – because fluoride... ” (zombies with weapons)

Sunlight May Cause Skin Cancer Even Hours After You've Left The Beach - The general process (known as chemiexcitation) routinely occurs in plants and gives fireflies their glow. But this is the first time that it has been observed in advanced mammals.


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Arctic outbreak shatters records in eastern U.S., coldest yet to come - The Washington Post

The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle - AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe, according to top-secret documents provided to The Intercept by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden - “The news of this key theft will send a shock wave through the security community.” - In all, Gemalto produces some 2 billion SIM cards a year. Its motto is “Security to be Free.” (all your firmwares are belong to spies)
Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy | WIRED - “Fundamentally this represents the FBI trying to recruit by indictment,” says Salinas’ lawyer Tor Ekeland, who took the case pro bono last year. “The message was clear: If he had agreed to help them, they would have dropped the charges in a second.”
Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy : news
Lenovo Caught Installing Adware On New Computers : worldnews - This is a big deal, and not just because it is adware. It is installing a "certificate" which is what your computer uses to tell what websites, software and drivers to trust and what not to trust
The Superfish certificate has been cracked, exposing Lenovo users to attack | The Verge
Lenovo PCs ship with man-in-the-middle adware that breaks HTTPS connections [Updated] | Ars Technica - Superfish may make it trivial for attackers to spoof any HTTPS website.

Ideological tensions overshadow Obama's call to combat extremism | US news | The Guardian - As US president calls on Arab world to reject notion there’s a clash with west, critics say ‘unwavering’ military intervention a factor in radicalisation (we invaded the Muslims but we aren't at war with them, only the ones we really pissed off)

How Chicago police condemned the innocent: a trail of coerced confessions | US news | The Guardian - Before his interrogation tactics got supercharged on detainees in Guantánamo, Richard Zuley extracted confessions from minority Americans in Chicago – at least one leading to a wrongful conviction. (the cop-torture nexus)
Australian David Hicks, Former Guantanamo Detainee, Wins Appeal - "What he was doing there was not at that time illegal," said Stephen Kenny, his Australian lawyer. "He wasn't doing anything that was a breach of Australian, international or U.S. law. That is what this decision today confirms." (no one accountable as usual)

Mecca and Medina are main ISIS target, says Hassan Nasrallah - Iraqi News - (IraqiNews.com) Secretary-General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah said that Mecca and Medina are the main targets of ISIS, not Jerusalem, pointing out that its caliphate cannot prevail without the Two Holy Mosques, and that the Iraqis had prevented the terrorist group from accessing the Gulf.
U.S. Won’t Back Egypt’s Attacks on ISIS - The Daily Beast - Two longtime allies are attacking ISIS—and growing frustrated with one another. That’s good news for the so-called Islamic State.
Turkey, US Sign Deal To Train, Arm Syrian Rebels: US Embassy
Once a top booster, ex-U.S. envoy no longer backs arming Syrian rebels | World | The State - Ford said the latest U.S. approach of ditching the old rebel model to build a new, handpicked paramilitary to focus on the Islamic State was doomed; Syrian rebels are more concerned with bringing down Assad than with fighting extremists for the West, and there are far too few fighters to take the project seriously. ... And if those steps can’t be achieved, said the man known for advocating greater U.S. involvement, “then we have to just walk away and say there’s nothing we can do about Syria.” (learn anything?)

Georgia condemns Russia, South Ossetia deal as step toward annexation | Reuters - accusing Moscow of moving closer to annexing a territory it supported in a five-day conflict in 2008.
RAF scrambles jets after Russian bombers spotted near Cornwall coast | Politics | The Guardian - David Cameron says Moscow ‘trying to make a point’, while Kremlin hits back at defence secretary’s warning over threat to Baltic states

Americas - Thousands rally in Buenos Aires over prosecutor's death - France 24

Benjamin Netanyahu's campaign hit by expenses claims | Daily Mail Online - Netanyahu humiliated after he tries to play down wealth with video recorded in his decrepit home... which is revealed to be his servants' quarters
Netanyahu humiliated after he tries to play down wealth with video recorded in his decrepit home... which is revealed to be his servants' quarters : worldnews (Putin wins)

Pentagon Actually Spent $41.6 Million on Viagra Last Year, Not $500K | Five by Five - Then there’s this: And since 2011, the tab for drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra totals $294 million — the equivalent of nearly four U.S. Air Force F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (why we're losing all our wars)

Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS? - CBS News - For the first time, a majority of Americans (57 percent) favor the U.S. sending ground troops into Iraq and Syria to fight ISIS (stupidity + American bloodlust + fear + no memory = tragedy)
Boots On The Ground, Drums In The Air » Balloon Juice - Super awesome. We have learned a grand total of absolutely goddamn nothing over the last 13 years, so let’s just have another decade of boots on the ground and see if that fixes things. I’m sure it will. The last 13 years? Didn’t happen.

Why the Supreme Court's big Obamacare case never should have been filed - LA Times - Now there's evidence that it was never even properly filed. Pressure is growing on the Supreme Court to drop the case because of doubts that its plaintiffs have any standing to sue: "It would be highly improper (and embarrassing) for the Court to decide the merits of such an important case" when there are such doubts, writes Gerard Magliocca of Indiana University school of law
King v. Burwell Obamacare Challengers Expose Absurdist Argument | The New Republic - But its credibility sustained a further hit this week, when reports in the Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones revealed damaging information about at least three, and possibly all four, of the King vs. Burwell petitioners. (their stupidity and delusionality eventually catches up with them, but Roberts has their back)
Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers | TheHill - The administration announced on Tuesday that 11.4 million people had signed up ahead of Sunday's deadline, a figure that puts the administration on track to beat its goal of 9.1 million enrollees. Republicans have been largely silent on the numbers. (or why their golf courses are still there)
A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars - The Washington Post (Florida, Texas and NC suffer the most, how ironic)

Wisconsin to Skip Debt Payments to Make Up for Walker’s Tax Cuts - Bloomberg Politics - Since taking office in 2011, Walker has steered more than $2 billion in tax cuts through the Republican-controlled legislature. (he robbed the bank and gave the money to his buddies and destroyed education and WI voters loved it)

‘NBC Nightly News’ loses 700K viewers after Brian Williams scandal | New York Post
Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem | Mother Jones - The Fox News host has said he was in a "war zone" that apparently no American correspondent reached. (but he's always been a big fat liar)
MSNBC Cancels 'The Reid Report,' 'Ronan Farrow Daily' (commenters like Reid, find Farrow boring)

Everest College shut down in Ontario, 14 schools closed - Business - CBC News - Ottawa student says '6 months ago, we were advised by our campus president that all is well' (the great for-profit education ripoff is crumbling)

Washington Florist Illegally Refused To Provide Flowers For Same-Sex Wedding, Judge Rules - Robert Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, had bought flowers from the shop for nearly a decade, the Tri-City Herald reported in 2013. So the couple was surprised when owner Barronelle Stutzman told them she wouldn't provide wedding flowers because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ." (there's gratitude for you)
Pediatrician wouldn't care for baby with 2 moms - . After "much prayer," she decided that she couldn't treat their baby because they are lesbians.

Fox Gives Giuliani A Safe Space To Explain Why Obama Does Not Love America | Blog | Media Matters for America - "I do not believe, and I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America," Giuliani said
Here's Some Stupid For Lunch - Where Rudy Giuliani tells us President Obama doesn't love America.
Wayne Barrett: What Rudy Giuliani knows about love - NY Daily News - Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was "offended" when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin. Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference. Or ask Judi Nathan, his third wife ... (what an asshole)
Giuliani: Obama Had a White Mother, So I'm Not a Racist - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com

Feelings Journalism Feeds Off Jessica Williams 'Daily Show' Tweets | The New Republic - A condescending article about Jessica Williams is part of an unfortunate media trend (+"whitesplaining")
Tucker Carlson Blames 'Hungover' Editor For 'Kill All The Jews' Headline (first they came for the Jews, and then they killed all the Christians and Pagans)

In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting - World - CBC News - 18 months ago John Geer was shot by police while standing at his front door with his hands raised - That should not have happened. The killing of John Geer is probably the clearest and most compelling example of what amounts to police impunity in recent American history.
New York police union chief under fire for 'exploiting' deaths of two officers | US news | The Guardian - As the photos of Lynch appear, the video states: “He has brought back pride to the PBA” and “unmatched dedication to the members” and “re-elect team Lynch in 2015”.
Biased Seattle police officers can 'go someplace else', says union chief | US news | The Guardian - Seattle police were found to have ‘engaged in a pattern of excessive force’ by a 2011 Justice Department investigation

Sorry, Oklahoma. You don't get to ban history you don't like | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian - Just last month, Education Week gave the state a D- on education and ranked it 48th in the nation. Clearly, Oklahoma could move up from being third dumbest, fourth most incarcerated, and sixth fattest state if it just ignored its unpleasant history, right?
History Is Bunk: The America You Learn About In Oklahoma - Where AP History gets tangled up with issues surrounding Common Core as well as the Second Amendment ... This is Clio, Muse Of History -- also known by her Marvel Comics superhero name, The Proclaimer (!). (the Black Robe Regiment)

Businesses don't live in fear of animal rights activists. Why charge them as terrorists? | Comment is free | The Guardian - The American Legislative Action Council, who brought us the stand-your-ground law, are pushing for more “anti-terror” legislation that will muzzle free speech (any excuse will do)

Superbug at LA hospital linked to two deaths and 179 potential infections | US news | The Guardian - Antibiotic-resistant bacteria strikes at Ronald Reagan UCLA medical center following endoscopy procedure that used infected medical devices - Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, called “CRE”
Sex and STD-HIV Education State Laws - spib_SE.pdf - 39 states require that abstinence be included . 27 states require that abstinence be stressed . 12 states require that abstinence be covered .

Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer - NYTimes.com - Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

Why don't women respond to my online messages? | Life and style | The Guardian (profile/behavior advice)

Student Banned from Areas of Campus for Resembling Classmate’s Rapist : news

Corpse or model? Outrageously skinny model featured in the latest issue of Danish fashion mag COVER : WTF
Sony releases $160 64 GB SD cards marketed for 'Premium Sound', claiming it will produce 'less electrical noise'. Storage media can not change sound quality, but people are spending over $100 more to buy it. : technology
What is a hygiene tip every person should know that may not be common knowledge? : AskReddit - Wash behind your ears. It prevents the "old person smell".
4chan raids a Christian man's twitch stream. This is my new favorite video. : videos
The truth about the leaking of Velox 2. : jailbreak (WakeUpToChrist pwnd)
What do you do in private that would be weird in public? : AskReddit
What is one question that reveals a lot about someone? : AskReddit
World's Worst Driver caught on Dashcam : WTF
Clinically obese to ripped (part three) : Fitness


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Boston Has Reached Peak Snow Mess - Massachusetts news - Boston.com
Icy Storm Pummels Eastern United States, More Cold To Come

New York City Could See Up To Six Feet Of Sea Level Rise This Century: Report - About 400,000 New Yorkers live within the current 100-year flood plain, which is more than any other U.S. city, including New Orleans. (the great climate hoax will drown Wall St)

Whistleblower: Government Lacks The 'Guts' To Charge U.S. Leaders With Torture - "I don't think our government, no matter who is president, would ever have the guts to charge someone at the level of a Dick Cheney or of a CIA director ... with crimes against humanity," Kiriakou said.
How The Administration Destroyed A North Korea Expert For No Reason - The Obama administration destroyed the life of a mid-level bureaucrat for doing what countless other government officials do on a daily basis, The Intercept is reporting in a new investigation out Wednesday.
Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He’s in Jail. This Is His Story. - The Intercept - Stephen Kim Spoke to a Reporter. Now He’s in Jail. This Is His Story. (when all is said and done, this is Obama's "legacy")
Watch: The Surrender - The Intercept

Guantánamo torturer led brutal Chicago police regime of shackling and confession | US news | The Guardian - Longtime detective’s tactics exported from Chicago to Guantánamo - Minority Americans allege catalogue of abuse and coercion similar to detainee - Officials examining complaints after innocent man spent half his life in prison (stunning: they used torture experts: Chicago cops)
Bad lieutenant: American police brutality, exported from Chicago to Guantánamo | US news | The Guardian

Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world | Technology | The Guardian - Google says increasing the FBI’s powers set out in search warrants would raise ‘monumental’ legal concerns that should be decided by Congress
Google Calls FBI's Plan to Expand Hacking Power a 'Monumental' Constitutional Threat - NationalJournal.com - Any change in accessing computer data should go through Congress, the search giant said.

Today's Top 7 Myths about Daesh/ ISIL | Informed Comment
In Fight Against “Extremists,” the Enemy Proves Elusive - The Intercept - The White House is holding an international summit this week to shore up domestic and global support to fight “extremists,” but who those extremists are is difficult to say. (certainly not the Saudis)

Fear of Israeli Leaks Fuels Distrust Over U.S. Talks With Iran - NYTimes.com (oh, where did that distrust come from?)
Report: Netanyahu Might Have Leaked Details Of U.S.-Iran Nuclear Talks - U.S. officials suspect Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized leaking details of U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran to Israeli journalists, according to The Washington Post's David Ignatius.

Civilian Casualties In Afghanistan Topped 10,000 In 2014, UN Report (no one is responsible, least of all Obama and the military) s

Why I have resigned from the Telegraph | openDemocracy - The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Telegraph is a fraud on its readers. If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.

President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism - LA Times

Obamacare-Hater Can’t Find Single True Fact -- NYMag


No, The Rich Have Not Gotten Poorer Since The Financial Crisis - The headline of a recent New York Times piece by The Upshot’s managing editor David Leonhardt is eye-opening and not at all subtle: “Inequality Has Actually Not Risen Since the Financial Crisis.” Unfortunately, the article that follows does not back up the sweeping conclusion of the headline. (Times has the riches back; Upshot can't be trusted)

Immigration Standoff May End With A Congressional Punt

Failed Theory Posed by Wall Street Dems Puts Hillary Clinton in a Bind - I would prefer they go farther and follow my advice, but first they need to go beyond mid-1990s Clintonism. To have any credibility, Hillary Clintonism will need to do better than this.

Jeb Bush’s foreign policy team is eerily familiar, in one Venn diagram - The Washington Post (superset of tragic stupidity and failure)
Jeb Bush backs brother's NSA surveillance program to keep America safe | US news | The Guardian - Presidential contender says of NSA dragnet ‘this is a hugely important program’, in sharp contrast to Republican rivals for the White House
Things In Politico That Make Me Want To Guzzle Antifreeze, Part The Infinity - From Sister Souljah moments to Jeb World to big brother George, Politico's take on his master plan.

How Andrew Cuomo Gets His Way - The New Yorker - How Andrew Cuomo gets his way.
Buy Governor Cuomo's Former Queens Mansion for $2.68M - Monday Mansion - Curbed NY (you can see where he's coming from)

How rich conservatives bilk the rank and file into making them richer - The Washington Post - the little old lady in Tupelo who sends in $50 thinking that she’s striking a blow against Barack Obama, the couple in Topeka who hopes Mike Huckabee’s biblical cancer cure can save their daughter’s life, the man in Toledo who thinks that the group with “Tea Party” in its name is going to have an impact on his state’s races. What none of them know is that their money is just going to make somebody who’s already rich a little bit richer.

Investment Riches Built on Subprime Auto Loans to Poor - NYTimes.com - Across the country, there is a booming business in lending to the working poor — those Americans with impaired credit who need cars to get to work.

In Bid to Allow Guns on Campus, Weapons Are Linked to Fighting Sexual Assault - NYTimes.com (that'll really work)
Michigan Republican official fatally shoots self in eye while adjusting gun in her bra holster
The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership - Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes - POLITICO Magazine - Guns are more likely to do harm than good.

Millennials ditching their TV sets at a record rate | New York Post - This season’s steep slide means there are almost 20 percent fewer young adults watching their TV sets in primetime than four years ago.

The Question | Brooklyn Spoke - If you accept that philosophy — that in order to keep buses moving on New York City Streets people are going to die every once in a while — then you should have to answer a rather serious question: If the occasional death or serious injury is the inevitable cost of keeping the city running, how many of your family members would you be willing to lose? (another piece of Bloomfuck's legacy)

These Google-Owned Nest Smoke Alarms Could Make Anyone Go Crazy - Softpedia - “They false alarm and are unhushable pieces of [expletive]. Please spread the word. Watch this horror video of me trying to quiet mine. You can stop or mute this video if it's annoying, but you cannot stop an actual Nest protect. This went off in my house all day, annoying my neighbors,” he posted.

Your Brain Is Primed To Reach False Conclusions | FiveThirtyEight - Indeed, famous anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy has said her son’s autism and seizures are linked to “so many shots” because vaccinations preceded his symptoms. (correlation is not causation +other cognitive biases)
New Artificial Lighting Tricks Human Brain into Seeing Sunlight | Urbanist - this new form of artificial light is able to dupe humans, cameras and computers alike using a thin coating of nanoparticules to simulate Rayleigh scattering, a natural process that takes place in Earth’s atmosphere causing diffuse sky radiation
How A Single, Simple Guideline Could Help You Lose Weight - researchers say that there’s only one thing to keep in mind: Eat more fiber.
Alessandro Volta: a welcome but misleading Google doodle | Charlotte Connelly | Science | The Guardian
Teen brain scans reveal a key to weight loss - Specifically, they measured activity in the pre-frontal cortex where a process known as “executive function” resides. Executive function is the ability to process and prioritize competing interests.

Behind the Scenes of Elgin Park, a Retro City of Optical Illusions Photographed by Michael Paul Smith | Colossal

Woman stalks couple — posting fake ads for parties and sex services — after they outbid her on dream home | National Post - Kathy Rowe waged an escalating campaign of abuse, signing the buyers up to magazine subscriptions and sending them $1,200 worth of adult diapers before posting ads for fake parties at their home and leaving their photographs on sex websites.

Reddit, Why DON'T you smoke weed? : AskReddit
First time tripping on an eighth of shrooms. *long but a good read* : Psychonaut
What's the longest train of gilded comments in a Reddit thread? : AskReddit

What is HTTP/2 and is it going to speed up the web? | Technology | The Guardian - Biggest change to how the web works since 1999 should make browsing on desktop and mobile faster
What is the oldest page on the internet that you can find? [SERIOUS] : AskReddit

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The Great Snow Of 2015 - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - Part of the reason it’s so incredible is because we don’t have anything officially in the record books to compare this to. We’ve had more snow than any other 14,20 or even 30 day period since the late 1800s and there is still more snow in the forecast.
Bostonians Need To Quit Leaping Out Their Windows, Mayor Says - “This isn’t Loon Mountain, this is the city of Boston, where we’re trying to remove snow off of the street and it becomes very dangerous,” Walsh said.

São Paulo Water Crisis Linked to Growth, Pollution and Deforestation - NYTimes.com - São Paulo Water Crisis Linked to Growth, Pollution and Deforestation

Why does ISIS keep making enemies? - CNN.com - The mistake some make when viewing ISIS is to see it as a rational actor. Instead, as the magazine documents, its ideology is that of an apocalyptic cult that believes that we are living in the end times and that ISIS' actions are hastening the moment when this will happen.
Islamic State militants 'burn to death 45 in Iraq' - Jihadist militants from Islamic State (IS) have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, the local police chief says.
Double-layered veils and despair … women describe life under Isis | World news | The Guardian - Islamic State has imposed a strict dress code in areas it controls in Iraq and Syria, with punishments of fines or beatings for those who do not comply
Saudi cleric rejects that Earth revolves around the Sun - Al Arabiya News - A Saudi cleric has appeared in a recent video rejecting the fact that the Earth revolves around the Sun and claiming the opposite holds true, prompting a wave of social media remarks.
U.S. Intensifies Effort to Blunt ISIS’ Message - NYTimes.com - At the heart of the plan is expanding a tiny State Department agency, the Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, to harness all the existing attempts at countermessaging by much larger federal departments, including the Pentagon, Homeland Security and intelligence agencies (that'll work)
State Dept Spokeswoman Marie Harf: We Can’t Beat ISIS Just by Killing Them | Mediaite - nstead, she said, we must use a combination of military force and an exploration of the reasons why so many young people keep joining up with the Islamic State to fight against the West. (yeah, that "exploration" will help a lot; maybe Bush should've thought of it)

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu Faces New Scandal Over Alleged Lavish Expenses - Israel's government watchdog released a report into alleged financial malfeasance at the prime minister's residence, while his wife faced criticism for pettiness and possible security breaches after complaining in a video about the shabbiness of the kitchen at their official Jerusalem residence. (HuffPo commenters pretty united against Nutanfuckyu)
CNN/ORC poll: Majority of Americans oppose Netanyahu invite - CNN.com - 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% say it was the right thing to do.

Russian-Backed Rebels Claim To Capture Debaltseve, Key Ukrainian Town

Peter Oborne resigns, saying Telegraph's HSBC coverage a 'fraud on readers' | Media | The Guardian - Ex-chief political commentator launches blistering attack on paper, saying it put bank’s interests before readers to save ad contract - “the most important conservative-leaning newspaper in Britain”

Destroying your hard drive is the only way to stop the super-advanced Equation malware - Kaspersky Lab released a report Monday that said the tools were created by the “Equation” group, which it stopped short of linking to the U.S. National Security Agency.
Western Digital Claims to Be Unaware of Alleged NSA Spy Program / Sputnik International
Ban on Government License Plate Cameras Nears in Montana - Hit & Run : Reason.com - The legislative move comes after a stream of revelations of local, state, and federal tracking and databasing of Americans' movements by car, without cause or warrant.

Poll: Blame for DHS shutdown would fall to GOP - CNN.com - 53% of Americans would blame the Republicans in Congress if the department must shut down, while 30% would blame President Barack Obama. Another 13% say both deserve the blame.
The Political Genius Of John Boehner: An Expedition Into The Unknown - The Speaker of the House and his fellow Republicans are refusing to fund the Department of Homeland Security unless the president agrees to reverse himself on immigration. Clever strategy, isn't it? ... Once again, he evinces the political acumen of an andiron.

This Supreme Court Decision Could Encourage One Of The Worst Forms Of Racism - Such a decision would effectively defang the law. It would also shed a disturbing light on how this court believes the law should react to entrenched discrimination.
Judge Temporarily Halts Obama's Immigration Actions
Bid to halt Obama's immigration plan likely to fail, legal experts say | US news | The Guardian - Federal judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction late Monday, but analysts say courts tend to side with presidents and could overturn ruling soon

Millions at risk of losing coverage as justices take up challenge to Obamacare - The Washington Post

Koch Group Claims California Endangers Donors by Demanding Names - Bloomberg Business - who might face “grotesque threats” if identified. (heads on pikes)

Obama wants to 'counter violent extremism'. He should look beyond Muslims | Deepa Iyer and Linda Sarsour | Comment is free | The Guardian - After so many hate crimes against Muslim Americans, why is our government focusing exclusively on Muslim communities as the problem?

Activists suspect cover-up after files into 1946 Georgia lynching destroyed | US news | The Guardian - All records from a grand jury inquiry into America’s last mass lynching have disappeared or been destroyed, US government lawyers have disclosed, reigniting allegations from civil rights activists that the perpetrators have been protected by an establishment cover-up.

North Carolina Republicans Battle UNC's Gene Nichol, Poverty Center | The New Republic - North Carolina conservatives are ousting the state's anti-poverty advocates (what poverty?)

Oklahoma Lawmakers Vote Overwhelmingly To Ban Advanced Placement U.S. History | ThinkProgress - Fisher is part of a group called the “Black Robe Regiment” which argues “the church and God himself has been under assault, marginalized, and diminished by the progressives and secularists.” The group attacks the “false wall of separation of church and state.” (keep it up, OK)

Jason Rapert Wants To Nuke ISIS - The state legislator from Arkansas thinks nuclear weapons are the answer to wipe them out.

Homeopathic vaccine warning labels not enough, doctors tell Health Canada - Health - CBC News - Ineffective homeopathic alternatives to vaccines should be taken off the market because they are a dangerous distraction, public health officials urge as infectious diseases such as measles make a comeback.

Rest in Peace, Lesley Gore » Balloon Juice - … Women, let’s rise up. Our vote alone can win this election. A vote for Obama is a vote for your health and your right to choose. It is a vote for equal pay and equal rights ... (read it)

Roman Polanski to attend Polish hearing to consider extradition to US | Film | The Guardian - The filmmaker will appear in Krakow court on 25 February over a US extradition request related to his 1977 child sex crime conviction, says his lawyer

Is therapy worth it? Seven personal stories about the price of mental health | Money | The Guardian

Molecular inhibitor breaks cycle that leads to Alzheimer’s | University of Cambridge
Scientists uncover marvel molecule that could lead to treatments for inflammatory diseases -- ScienceDaily - The finding could meet a major unmet clinical need by inspiring new non-invasive treatments for arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Muckle-Wells syndrome, among a myriad of other inflammatory diseases.
DijonPepperberry comments on Randomized clinical trial finds 6-week mindfulness meditation intervention more effective than 6 weeks of sleep hygiene education (e.g. how to identify & change bad sleeping habits) in reducing insomnia symptoms, fatigue, and depression symptoms in older adults with sleep disturbances. (how to analyze a "scientific" study)
What is this dog thinking? Scientists now have some fascinating answers | John Bradshaw | Comment is free | The Guardian - From the myth of the ‘guilty look’ to the exciting discovery of dogs evolving an inbuilt affection for humans, canine psychology is finding out more all the time - dogs can discriminate between human faces that are expressing different emotions, even when they can only see half the face, and the person in the photo is completely unfamiliar to them.
Geologists solve the mystery of what tectonic plates float on | Cosmos - They found a 10 kilometre thick channel of lubricating jelly-like rock, which they say allows the plate to slide above it, according to a report in Nature.

Why Tesla's battery for your home should terrify utilities | The Verge - "One can imagine a day when battery storage technology or micro turbines could allow customers to be electric grid independent," the report said, likening the speed of the coming transition to the one from landlines to cellphones 10 years ago.

Vermont Could Be Next State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana (coulda been you, MA ... hope you like your decrepit transportation system)
Stoned Drivers Safer Than Drunk Drivers, Claims Federal Study : science
Ex-smokers, how did you quit? : AskReddit

Couples Play 'Truth Or Drink.' And Yes, Things Get Awkward

I'm getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children | Mumsnet Discussion - I'm getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children - (1000 Posts) (Christians against Dinosaurs)

What is the funniest Wi-Fi name you've come across? : AskReddit
EthErealist comments on My father passed when I was 4, but people always told me that I looked like him, a lot

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Of SNOWTRON and Snowzilla: How Boston Removed Snow From its Streets Throughout History - Massachusetts news - Boston.com - (While then-mayor James Curley suggested using flamethrowers in 1948, that method does not appear to have ever been used, probably for the best.)
theaudaciouskay on Instagram: “This is what happens when you steal a spot in Boston. My friend (not on IG so I can't tag her) posted this pic. Saturday night a woman came home to find that someone had stolen her spot. The woman rang door bells, honked, but no one claimed the car. She spent hours shoveling snow onto the offender's car. She sprayed water over the car to let ice set in. On top of that, the car was hit with a foot of snow from Saturday night's storm. This person isn't going to get their car out until spring.”
Boston Using Prison Labor To Shovel Heaps Of Snow In Frigid Temperatures For Pennies | ThinkProgress - The median wage for state prisoners across all trades is 20 cents per hour ...

A third of Sierra Leone's Ebola budget unaccounted for, says report | World news | The Guardian - Auditors criticise ‘inadequate controls’ over distribution of funds, suggesting mismanagement slowed the government’s fight against the virus (who could have ...)

Huge fire in West Virginia after oil train derails, sending tanker into river | US news | The Guardian - A train carrying more than 100 tankers of crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into the Kanawha River, igniting at least 14 and sparking a house fire, officials said. (so cut your regulations some more)

Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video | World news | The Guardian - President Sisi had vowed to ‘avenge the criminal killings’ after release of video purporting to show killing of 21 Christians, believed to be kidnapped Egyptians
Egypt Launches Airstrikes On Islamic State In Libya After Video Of Mass Killing - "What will be a relief to me is to take a hold of his murderer, tear him apart, eat up his flesh and liver," said Bushra Fawzi in el-Aour village, as he wept over the loss of his 22-year-old son Shenouda. "I want his body back. If they dumped it in the sea, I want it back. If they set fire to it, I want its dust."
64 ISIS Members Killed As Egypt Launches First Foreign Strikes In 24 Years | Egyptian Streets - The airstrikes, Egypt’s first foreign strikes since the Gulf War in 1991, come after ISIS released a video depicting the decapitation of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians that had been abducted in Libya.
flynavy88 comments on Egypt warplanes strike IS targets in Libya after video of mass killing of Christians - Egypt acknowledging they're bombing IS targets - and likely other Islamist targets in Libya - is a huge development.

C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons - NYTimes.com

Get ready for the return of the Global War On Terror - The Washington Post - Are you ready for a revival of the Global War on Terror? Not that it ever really went away (even if President Obama retired the term), but the increasingly complex situation with ISIS is moving America toward a return to the days of fear and loathing, when no threat was too minimal to hype and no policy response was too ill-considered.
What ISIS Really Wants - The Atlantic - The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it. ("Adnani also referred to Secretary of State John Kerry as an “uncircumcised geezer.”) (they are playing their own armageddon game)
On the Impossibility of Fighting ISIS - The Atlantic - "I have come to the conclusion that there is no military solution to this issue that can be generated by the U.S. But I believe there is a political solution." How to think about the next war, as we consider getting into it. (Fallows: "because Americans "honor" their military but don't really take it seriously, we repeatedly send our forces on missions at which they're destined to fail.")

Copenhagen suspect 'was released from prison two weeks ago' - Copenhagen terror attack suspect named as 22-year-old Omar el-Hussein, who 'had violent past'
Copenhagen attacks: Danish police charge two men | World news | The Guardian - Two men ordered to remain in custody after being accused of helping man suspected of carrying out shootings in the Danish capital at the weekend

Ukraine Truce 'Broken 139 Times' On First Day - Heavy fighting continues in the town of Debaltseve 24 hours after an internationally brokered ceasefire came into effect.
"Life News" exposed Russian Federation Army's 136th Motorized Rifle Brigade in Debaltseve
Major war likely in Ukraine thinks Prime Minister - Articles - Rádio RSI English - The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine that has been agreed upon in Minsk will soon be broken, and this may be followed by all-out war, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said on RTVS's Saturday talk show. According to him, "strange games" are being played in Ukraine, and there will soon emerge offers on the sale of arms to Ukraine.
Investor: Putin could be world’s richest man with stolen $200B fortune | New York Post (Putin stole Russia)

Boehner: Didn’t Want White House Screwing up Netanyahu Invitation with Their ‘Animosity’ | Mediaite
A perfect storm brews in the Middle East - The Washington Post - Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran. (Israel is the boss of you)
Piers Morgan asks 'Why does Netanyahu want Jews to run away from Europe?' | Daily Mail Online - Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country is in imminent danger of being nuked off the face of the earth by Iran. But he wants every Jew to flee terror attacks in the rest of the world…and come to live in Israel? Makes perfect sense, right?

Turkey's rate of murdered women skyrockets - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East - In 2010, the Ministry of Justice revealed the numbers on murdered women: From 2003 until 2010, there has been a 1,400% increase in the number of murdered women. The AKP government came under harsh criticism after the release of this information, so in a last-ditch effort to save its reputation, it started altering the numbers. (you voted him in, Muslims)

Weimar on the Aegean - NYTimes.com - The point is that now, more than ever, it is crucial that Europe’s leaders remember the right history. If they don’t, the European project of peace and democracy through prosperity will not survive. (Merkel laying the conditions for the rise of Fascism, having learning nothing from science or history)
Playing Games With Europe’s Future? by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - After all sorts of reports of progress, the negotiations between the new Greek government and Eurozone finance ministers were at least temporarily blown up by a statement from the latter basically saying Greece must live up to its past commitment—you know, the ones decisively repudiated by the winning party in the recent Greek elections
Yanis Varoufakis: No Time for Games in Europe - NYTimes.com

Germany Maintains Hardline Stance In Greece Debt Talks - Debt-laden Greece and EU paymaster Germany struck hardline postures ahead of a crucial meeting of euro zone finance ministers on Monday on the future of an unpopular international bailout for Athens (Merkeltron's Deutschland revenge)
Japanese economy emerges from recession | Business | The Guardian - Analysts say lower-than-forecast growth of 2.2% highlights a fragile recovery and underscores challenges facing Tokyo
$1.75 Million in Bitcoin Stolen from Chinese Exchange Bter - Even as Bitcoin is starting to shake things up in the US, all is not well in the cryptocurrency world. China-based Bitcoin exchange Bter was hacked on Valentine’s Day and $1.75 million worth of Bitcoin was stolen.

U.S. Embedded Spyware Overseas, Report Claims - NYTimes.com - The United States has found a way to permanently embed surveillance and sabotage tools in computers and networks it has targeted in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and other countries closely watched by American intelligence agencies, according to a Russian cybersecurity firm.
Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden | Technology | The Guardian - Security agencies need a ‘real cultural shift’ including protection for whistleblowers and citizens as part of its oversight body (NoBama)
Former CSIS officer warns new federal anti-terror bill will ‘lead to lawsuits, embarrassment’ | National Post - “I find it a little convenient that in the past few years that these radicalized people are the biggest threat to ever hit us,” he said. “There are more people dying because of drunk drivers or because of gang violence.”

KKK crucial to building the South’s enduring Republican majority, study finds - The Ku Klux Klan played an active and enduring role in steering southern white voters away from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party, according to a new study.

Kansas Tax Cuts Deplete Budget, Brownback Proposes More Cuts | The New Republic (Republican voters impervious to emperical data)

Pedestrians With the Right of Way Should Always Have Protection of the Law | Streetsblog New York City - a $250 fine and up to 30 days in jail if convicted (a sentence with jail time for a first-time offense would be nearly unheard of, however). (Bloomberg's NYC: $250/dead pedistrian and the law shouldn't apply to bus drivers because they will eventually kill someone)

AP Exclusive: Many sex offenders killed in California prison - Male sex offenders made up about 15 percent of the prison population but accounted for nearly 30 percent of homicide victims

Lawmaker Who Lamented 'Welfare Crazy Checks' Insists He's Not Racist - After Mississippi lawmakers criticized Republican state Rep. Gene Alday's remarks about "welfare crazy checks" for blacks, Alday insisted that his remarks were taken out of context. "I'm not a bad person, and that makes me look like an evil person,

Randolph Linn, Indiana Man, Drank 45 Beers, Got 'Riled Up' By Fox News Before Mosque Arson (VIDEO) - “Every day you turn on the TV, you see Muslims trying to kill Americans,” he said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. When asked whether he thinks all Muslims are terrorists, Linn reportedly responded, “I’d say most of them are.” ("TV" = Fox)

Texas Fireman Responds To Houston Islamic Center Fire: 'Let It Burn' - A man who claimed to be a firefighter in Houston, Texas responded to a massive fire at a Houston Islamic Center with a controversial tweet that read, “Let it burn ... block the fire hydrant.” (watches Fox)

FBI investigates claim suspects in 1946 Georgia mass lynching may be alive | US news | The Guardian - Federal authorities look into notorious Moore’s Ford Bridge deaths of four African Americans which have long been linked to the Ku Klux Klan - the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) published last week found at least 700 more lynchings than had previously been recorded in southern states, renewing calls from campaigners for any suspects still at large to be brought to justice before it is too late. (hire Israel)
Judge Indicted for Alleged Racist Attack on Mentally Disabled Man - This week, a Mississippi grand jury indicted Justice Court Judge Bill Weisenberger for felony assault on a vulnerable adult after he allegedly struck a mentally disabled black man and yelled, "Run, nigger, run." ... Weisenberger arrested and jailed her client, who is African American, on the nonexistence charge of "roaming livestock."
South Carolina Inmates Get Solitary Confinement for Using Facebook
Police dash cam shows part of contested arrest – until St. Louis officer turns camera off : News
Police hunt suspects in road-rage murder of mother teaching daughter to drive in Las Vegas | Daily Mail Online
Today In Texas Justice - Lawyers, Guns & Money : As improbable as it might seem that Texas might be preparing to execute an innocent man, they very likely are:

The Fartknocker Report: Sarah Palin Moves Lips About Abortion, Lies Ensue. Surprise! | Wonkette - Unfortunately, this was one of those weeks when the Tundra Grifter couldn’t be bothered to do more than one take for a single two-minute-long video.

Double Crap: Fifty Shades of Grey Stars Can't Fucking Stand Each Other
50 Shades of [Sigh]: The Disastrous 50 Shades of Grey Press Tour
6 real quotes from 'Fifty Shades' that could make you rethink how you feel about it

He's Not Chevy, He's an Asshole: A History of Chevy Chase's Horrific Behavior

What is the oldest city in the world? | Cities | The Guardian - Crocodilopolis

Mainly 1940s and 50s movie posters - Album on Imgur
History, Sugar and Sex: Why Mixed Drinks Were Terrible for 30 Years
Unbelievably Dumb Restaurant Customers, Part One

Women are more likely to cheat on their partner if they carry the 'infidelity gene' | Daily Mail Online - Scientists have found variations of a gene are linked to 'extrapair mating' Variants of 'infidelity gene' make women more likely to cheat on partners - AVPR1A gene only has an impact on women - associated with promiscuity and ruthlessness
Hubble's Law: How do we distinguish an expanding universe from an increasing speed of light? : askscience
What's the dumbest conclusion you can draw from statistical correlations? : AskReddit
10 stupid questions about pregnancy and their brilliant answers : funny

What book was so intense/hardcore (fiction or nonfiction) that you had to put it down and never return to it? Also, why? : books
What are some unspoken rules of sex? : AskReddit
What state do you often forget exists? : AskReddit
ELI5: Asshole doesn't understand transsexualism : explainlikeimfive
Surely Morgoth, Sauron, and Saruman had to know that they were no match for the other Ainur and that they would not go unchecked and unchallenged. They had to know if was futile and they were doomed, rite? : tolkienfans
What's something you firmly believed to be true for a long time, but later found out was false? : AskReddit
Forwards From Grandma

AT&T to match Google Fiber speeds, prices in Kansas City and suburbs | The Kansas City Star The Kansas City Star

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Boston this morning. : funny
Snow, dangerous winds, cold strike New England again - Weather - Boston.com
Boston Now At Third Snowiest Winter On Record - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - This puts Boston at 89.7 inches for the season, most of that in the past three weeks. The next snowiest winter is 96.3 set back in the winter of 1993-94. It would take another 18 inches to break the all time snowiest winter. In this pattern, that's certainly possible
Snow, Dangerous Winds, Cold Strike New England Again - Before it is all over, southern New England could get several more inches and Maine could see up to 2 feet, weather forecasters said.

Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears | Environment | The Guardian - US expert Alan Robock raises concern over who would control climate-altering technologies if research is paid for by intelligence agencies

Copenhagen shootings: suspect was 'known to authorities' – live updates | World news | The Guardian
Police Kill Man Believed To Be Behind 2 Shootings In Copenhagen
Terror Attacks By a Native Son Rock Denmark - NYTimes.com - Omar Abdel Hamid El-Hussein, but the Copenhagen police did not confirm his name. They identified him only as a 22-year-old, born and raised in Denmark, whom they knew for gang-related activity and for several criminal offenses linked to weapons violations and violence
Inside the ISIS plot to attack the heart of Europe - CNN.com - What happened next around 5:45 p.m. January 15 was the biggest firefight Belgian commandos have faced since World War II, captured for the world to see on a home movie shot by one of the town's residents.

Snowden Leak: NSA Flagged Israel as Leading Espionage Threat - “Israel has not conducted any espionage operations in the United States, period. Full stop,” Netanyahu said in a May interview with Bloomberg. (and you can always believe him)
The National Security Agency listed Israel among a handful of nations considered to pose the “greatest threat” to American government, military and industrial secrets, classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal. : technology (bomb them)

Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi review – the global war on terror has found its true witness | Books | The Guardian - An extraordinary account of rendition, captivity and torture reveals the radicalisation of the US military-intellectual complex

Eschaton: Maybe We Should Go Back To Painting Schools - All we have to do is keep training... But at the same time, Iraqi commanders, soldiers and police officers who could play a central role in any offensive are raising doubts about the readiness of Iraq’s ground forces. The army has struggled to recapture even smaller towns that pose less of a challenge than Mosul — Iraq’s second-largest city, which is still full of civilians and heavily defended by the militants, they say. ... Another 10 years should do the trick.

Cover-Up Allegations Against Argentina President Cause Turmoil - after a state prosecutor said he would keep investigating accusations that she tried to cover up Iran's alleged involvement in a 1994 bombing.
New test reveals there were no traces of gun residue on Argentinian prosecutor's hands | Fox News Latino - a second test released yesterday revealed that that no gunpowder was found on his hands – once again leading many to theorize that the 51-year-old lawyer could have been murdered to cover-up his knowledge of the 1994 bombing a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

Turks boycott schools, protest to demand secular education - Yahoo News (the Islamifcation of Turkey will continue)
Turkey rallies over murder of woman who 'resisted rape' - The driver allegedly tried to rape her. She reportedly fought him off with pepper spray, but was then stabbed to death. She was also hit on the head with an iron pipe

Islamic State Video Shows Beheadings of Egyptian Christians in Libya - NYTimes.com - A video released Sunday night by the Islamic State appeared to show the mass beheading of at least a dozen Egyptian Christians by fighters in a recently formed Libyan arm of the militant group
ISIS video claims to show 17 Kurdish fighters in caged procession | Daily Mail Online - 'to be burned alive' like Jordanian pilot:
'Anonymous' hacking group shuts down over 800 Islamic State Twitter accounts - Washington Times - Hackers say they exposed or destroyed nearly 800 Twitter accounts, 12 Facebook pages and over 50 email addresses linked with Islamic State supporters, CNN reported.

Chinese Patrol Ships Enter Disputed Waters / Sputnik International - Japanese officials cried alarm on Sunday as Chinese patrol ships entered the waters of the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands, and Chinese officials vowed to increase their presence in the area.
70th postwar year statement in works / Japan, U.S. to stress stronger alliance - The Japan News

'Nut rage' prompts South Korea to consider law against high-handed conduct | Reuters - Resentment has mounted so much in South Korea against what has come to be known as "gabjil", high-handedness by the rich and powerful, that parliamentarians are proposing legislation to punish some of the worst abuses.

Greece pledges to shut immigrant detention centers | Reuters - "I'm here to express my shame, not as a minister but as a human being," he said. "I couldn't believe what I saw. I really could not believe it. This must change and it must change immediately." (but austerity!)

ACLU sues for records on Border Patrol's 'roving' agents - According to the ACLU, federal law allows the Border Patrol to make warrantless stops and seizures within a "reasonable distance" of the border. Regulations have defined that distance as 100 miles from land and sea borders, which encompasses about two-thirds of the nation's population and nine of the country's 10 largest cities.

Netanyahu Urges ‘Mass Immigration’ of Jews From Europe - NYTimes.com - reopening a contentious debate about Israel’s role at a challenging time for European Jews and a month before Israel’s national elections.
Boehner: I Didn't Want 'Interference' From Obama In Netanyahu Speech - Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting the White House, leading numerous congressional Democrats to boycott the speech. ("interference" ha-ha)
McConnell Is Blowing It…Big Time by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - McConnell’s initial strategy was to paint President Obama as the new obstructionist by forcing him to veto legislation that would otherwise undo his agenda. But that is getting all gummed up by either the Democrats in the Senate standing strong or the lunatic caucus in his party making compromise impossible
Republicans haven't quite worked out a foreign policy beyond 'not Obama' - LA Times

Obama Calls for New Cooperation to Wrangle the ‘Wild West’ Internet - NYTimes.com (20 years too late; does he even know how to type?)
Feds Unveil New Surveillance Tool Developed by DARPA that Could Kill the ‘Dark Web’ | Independent News - And now, DARPA, the Pentagon’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed a surveillance tool known as “Memex” that can be used to reveal what is hidden on the dark web, and pursue criminal groups of interest – and perhaps control or even kill the dark web for good.
Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware - NYTimes.com - Kaspersky Lab says that the scope of this attack on more than 100 banks and other financial institutions in 30 nations could make it one of the largest bank thefts ever — and one conducted without the usual signs of robbery.

West Coast seaports largely shut down amid labor dispute - CBS News

New York Republican's terror registry looks to track where offenders live | US news | The Guardian - Thomas Croci is proposing a bill that would require convicted terrorists to register with the state and if they fail to do so they could face a felony charge - A New York state senator wants to expose the terrorist next door ... “This legislation will send a clear message to all terrorists: stay out of New York,” he said. (oh, a bullshit Republican)

Obamacare Lawsuit Set For Supreme Court Decision Despite Plaintiff Obstacles (the clowns will destroy America)
O-Care fans: SCOTUS case 'unraveling' | TheHill - The standing of the four plaintiffs in the case has come under intense media scrutiny, with at least three of the challengers now facing claims they are not personally harmed by the law and therefore do not have standing to sue. (Scalia could give a shit)

As Dynasty’s Son, Jeb Bush Used His Connections Freely - NYTimes.com

Echidne Of The Snakes - Fox News' Stuart Varney explains how the president buys votes with food stamps. (instead of letting people starve like Republican)_a) the highest percentages of people on food stamps tend to be found in Republican-voting states and b) because the poor are much less likely to vote than the more affluent.

Judge Challenging Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore On Gay Marriage: 'We're On The Right Side Of History' - "what this Harvard professor who is president of our United States does not understand is that a trial court's decision on the constitutionality of a federal question is just that, it's an opinion." (white people voted for the Confederacy)

And Don't Kid Yourself, King and Lincoln Would Have Praised Shelby County... - Lawyers, Guns & Money : From the party that brought you the Martin Luther King whose public career consisted of a one-sentence speech, I guess “Abraham Lincoln: Neoconfederate” isn’t that much of a stretch.
Obama Depicted as Rape Suspect in Fox 5 News Graphic Error - Times of San Diego - At 10:04 p.m., viewers heard anchor Kathleen Bade say: “The only suspect in a sex assault at SDSU will not be charged.” At the same time, a picture of Obama appeared with the legend “NO CHARGES.” (just an honest mistake)

Columbia, S.C.: South Carolina senator says sexist remarks were just jokes | Politics | The State - A South Carolina senator says he was only joking with a female colleague when he referred to women as a "lesser cut of meat" while they dined with others near the statehouse Tuesday. But she says the remarks are sexist and upsetting and that she's frequently asked him to stop. (what's that stuff on the top of your head, Sen. Tom Corbin?)

Jehovah’s Witnesses use 1st Amendment to hide child sex abuse claims | Reveal - The leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses – one of the world’s most insular religions – for 25 years has instructed its elders to keep cases of child sexual abuse secret from law enforcement and members of their own congregations, according to an examination of thousands of pages of documents in recent cases. (confiscate all their assets)

Police Beating Led To Miscarriage: Lawsuit - The suit claims that in May, 2011, Harris came to the Albany Police department after her son was arrested. She waited five hours to pick him up, but then told Jenkins she needed to leave to tend to her other children at home. Jenkins said if she made that request again he would take her head and "'put it to the floor."
Lawyer: Missouri fake kidnap plan was 'born of intense and sincere love' for boy | US news | The Guardian - When the victim – referred to as “JD” in court documents – would not stop crying, Firoved brandished a handgun and a packet of bullets, and told him he would be harmed if he didn’t stop. At one point, JD told investigators, he saw a police car – but was too scared to try to seek help.
Following photo complaint to mayor, police investigate citizen | WBRZ News 2 Louisiana : Baton Rouge, LA | - "They told me they were going to press charges for me emailing the photo of the cop sleeping to the mayor's office," he said. The man told WBRZ, he was contacted via email and told he could be charged with defamation. Police were able to identify him by securing a search warrant, gaining access to his computer IP address, phone records, and place of residence.
Framingham man faces assault with bagel charge - News - MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA - Framingham, MA - A Framingham man is charged with assaulting his infant son on Thursday with a bagel, authorities said.

Dementia hits women hardest – study | Society | The Guardian - Research finds disease now leading cause of death in British women; many are also carers before succumbing themselves - the condition has not only become the leading cause of death among British women but that women are far more likely to end up as carers of sufferers than men – suffering physical and emotional stress and job losses in the process. (or maybe not, read comments)

Gentrification in San Francisco is supplanting culture, not creating it | Shaquina Blake | Comment is free | The Guardian - If you lose a Pandería and gain a Panera, is that really a mark of sophistication?

Colorado’s legal weed market: $700 million in sales last year, $1 billion by 2016 - The Washington Post (coulda been Massachusetts and fixed the T but Boston Globe would have hysterics)
Schools Start Treating E-Cigarettes as Drug Paraphernalia - ABC News - Some schools are getting tougher on e-cigarettes, even punishing possession of the devices more harshly than regular cigarettes.

Meat Puppets by Kukula Glastris | The Washington Monthly - The result is a fascinating, detailed, and highly readable investigative history of how some of America’s most trusted scientific institutions went off the rails. The tale involves a small group of ambitious and influential scientists, a credulous media, crusading politicians, a public desperate for easy answers to complex questions, and the largely hidden hand of industry. It is, in short, a very Washington story.

Scientists just discovered 2 never-before-seen particles, and they're refining our understanding of fundamental physics | Business Insider India
ELI5: New theory says that the Big Bang might not have happened? : explainlikeimfive

SentientCouch comments on Visiting a friend in what seems like rural china, does it offer a pleasant expierence as much as bigger cities does??
Are you banned from any subreddits? If so, why? : AskReddit
unholy88 comments on Are you banned from any subreddits? If so, why?

A new Tow Center report looks at how news outlets help spread (or debunk) false rumors online » Nieman Journalism Lab - “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content,”
Troll toll: Tablet is now charging its readers for the right to comment » Nieman Journalism Lab - a relatively reasonable $2 a day or a whopping $180 a year (that'll work)
µBlock for Firefox - An efficient ad-blocker that is "easy on CPU and memory". Potential Ad-Block Rival? : technology

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One dead and three injured in Copenhagen 'terrorist attack' | World news | The Guardian - Niels Ivar Larsen, one of the speakers at the event, told Denmark’s TV2: “I heard someone firing with automatic weapons and someone shouting. Police returned the fire and I hid behind the bar. It felt surreal, like in a movie.”
Shooting Reported At Copenhagen Synagogue

Islamic State Sprouting Limbs Beyond Its Base - NYTimes.com - The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror.

RajaRajaC comments on Protests across Pakistan to denounce Taliban.
Boko Haram Attacks Nigeria's Gombe, Prompting Fierce Battles With Military

Netanyahu trip to Congress provokes harsh reaction from US Jewish leaders | World news | The Guardian - Israeli prime minister’s decision to instigate a high-level confrontation with the White House is not winning favor in the Jewish community - The Forward said Netanyahu was embracing a political party whose values were at odds with the vast majority of American Jews. (Netanfuckyu)
Meet The Man At The Center Of The Unprecedented US-Israel Rift - When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Ron Dermer as Israel’s ambassador to the United States in 2013, the move was seen as so provocative that aides to the PM were reportedly worried that the White House would balk at the choice. Dermer came with a lot of baggage. An American by birth, he had worked as a Republican operative, helping to draft Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America in 1994, before emigrating to Israel. There, he eventually became a close political adviser to Netanyahu, while remaining deeply connected in Republican politics in America. (well, that explains a lot)

Fears for Ukraine’s ceasefire as clashes with Russia-backed rebels intensify | World news | The Guardian - Neither side seems to expect an end to the conflict, and both were trying to shore up their positions before the deadline
Multicolored Snow in Russia? No Worries, Officials Say - NYTimes.com - In Russia, where it is a bit more familiar, there is typically no fear, unless the snow on the ground happens to be blue, as it was in Chelyabinsk this week, or orange, as it was earlier this month in Saratov on the Volga River.

78 more swine flu deaths in 24 hours | The Indian Express - In the last 24 hours, the government said 78 more deaths from swine flu were reported across the country, even as the Health Ministry held its first official H1N1 briefing of the year. Additional Secretary A K Panda said there is no cause for panic and there are enough medicines in stock.

Thabo Mbeki slams Jacob Zuma over brawl in South Africa parliament | World news | The Guardian - Former president says successor should have answered opposition questions about use of taxpayers’ money to upgrade private residence

'Anonymous' Hackers To Expose Child Sex Abusers - It says it will collect and then publish mass information on abuse scandals in the UK and around the world in the hope of ensuring people are fully aware of "paedo-sadist" abuse.
'Operation Death Eaters': Anonymous Wade Into Child Sex Abuse Scandal And Threaten To Expose High Profile Abusers : worldnews

Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs - Former President Bill Clinton apologized to Mexico during a speech there last week for a backfired U.S. war on drugs that has fueled spiraling violence. (sorry I ruined your country, Mexico)

Canadian man and American woman charged over foiled mass shooting plot | World news | The Guardian - the suspects used a “chat stream” to communicate and were apparently obsessed with death and had many photos of mass killings.

Muslim American caught up in post-9/11 sweep gets an apology - LA Times - He spent the next 16 days in three jails without criminal charges on a warrant as a potential witness in a terrorism-related case. He was shackled, strip-searched and confined in a cell. The government's case eventually fell apart, but not before the husband and father had lost his family and livelihood.
Quba Islamic Institute Fire Probe Arson Possibility - In a video on the institute's Facebook page, Ahsan Zahid, son of the imam, said fire officials told him the fire appeared intentional.

2015 World Press Freedom Index US #49 out of 180 (thanks, Obama)
U.S. Drops to 49th in World Press Freedom Rankings, Worst Since Obama Became President - The Intercept

A Thief, a Dirty Politician, and a Suicide Bomber Walk Into a Bar … by Paul Pillar | The Washington Monthly - Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime, and Terrorism by Louise I. Shelley

Feds Investigate Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber - looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career.

Arkansas House Votes In Favor Of LGBT Discrimination - “I am singled out as a politician. I am singled out because I am married to one woman … I want everyone in the LGBT community to have the same rights I do. I do not want them to have special rights that I do not have.” (sorry, Bart Hester (R) you are specially stupid)

States Consider Increasing Taxes for the Poor and Cutting Them for the Affluent - NYTimes.com - A number of Republican-led states are considering tax changes that in many cases would have the effect of cutting taxes on the rich and raising them on the poor. (what did you expect?)

Jeb Bush On Iraq And Afghanistan Wars: 'I Won't Talk About The Past' (Obama set the example)

The Foolish, Historically Illiterate, Incredible Response to Obama's Prayer Breakfast Speech - The Atlantic - Using religion to brutalize other people is not a Muslim invention, nor is it foreign to the American experience.
Fighting the Extremists Within by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Maureen Dowd's Greatest Misses, Part II - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The fact that Dowd has been given large amounts of money to ostensibly write about politics by the nation’s best newspaper for more than two decades says a lot, and none of it is good.
Tom Brokaw warned for a year that Brian Williams’ Iraq story was a big fib - Salon.com - NPR reports that Brokaw raised concerns well before Williams' exaggerations came to light - Brokaw, who anchored the broadcast from 1982 to 2004, sees Williams as “more of a performer than an anchor,”

Police in Pasco brace for more protests over shooting of Mexican national | US news | The Guardian - Antonio Zambrano-Montes was not carrying a gun or knife - His death marks fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco, Washington

Row over Marlboro-funded research that undermined plain cigarette packs | Business | The Guardian - In both papers, which were not peer-reviewed, Kaul and Wolf acknowledge that PMI provided funding. However, they do not reveal that the company demanded sight of the study before publication and the right to put forward suggestions.

Someone Needs a Good Lawyer - Congressman who told his communications director that she had semen on her skirt and that she "could show her nipples whenever she wanted to" provides formal response to sexual harassment claims. (they just can't help being themselves)
Republican in Montana yoga pants obscenity uproar explains: it was a joke | US news | The Guardian - Stories on his yoga pants remark also obscured the nuanced voting history of the Montanan – he is the only Republican in the state to be endorsed by the National Association to Repeal Abortion Laws (Naral) and is carrying the state house’s annual attempt to repeal the death penalty.
Why Don't Kids Walk to School Anymore? - The Atlantic - "Kids need to walk to school so they learn about active transportation," says University of Utah professor Elizabeth Joy. "When you have to go two, three, or four blocks, that doesn't mean you get in the car. You can actually walk." (look down. feet.)

When a black German woman discovered her grandfather was the Nazi villain of 'Schindler's List' - Jewish World Features - Israel News | Haaretz - An odd series of events led Jennifer Teege to discover that her grandfather was none other than the notorious Nazi Amon Goeth ... He asked me what I intended to do with them, and I offered them to him as a present. He ordered one of the soldiers to take the puppies, and sent me to the side with those who would remain alive.”

Alec Falkenham, Dalhousie student, develops tattoo removal cream - Nova Scotia - CBC News - Falkenham's topical cream works by targeting the macrophages that have remained at the site of the tattoo. New macrophages move in to consume the previously pigment-filled macrophages and then migrate to the lymph nodes, eventually taking all the dye with them.
Interstellar's true black hole too confusing - physics-math - 13 February 2015 - New Scientist - too confusing for audiences, and some of the science had to be toned down.

Subreddit no longer accepts submissions, due to President Obama thanking himself in yesterday's Buzzfeed video, thus making the joke unable to be topped. : bestof
GAME OVER FOLKS : ThanksObama
TIL that America was once constructing a Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) that would have dwarfed the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. It now sits abandoned in the Texas prairie. : todayilearned (because Republicans hate science)
[NSFW] What's the darkest place on Reddit? : AskReddit
What are some of the best trolls in internet history? : AskReddit
HELP reddit turned spanish and i cannot undo it! : AskReddit
CompMolNeuro comments on What is your most cringe worthy moment from your teenage years?


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Blizzard Warning Declared for Eastern Massachusetts - Weather - Boston.com - from 7 p.m. Saturday until 11 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service announced Friday.

U.S. 'Megadroughts' Are Likely Later This Century, Study Finds - As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse "megadroughts" are coming — and they're bound to last for decades.
California's Almonds Suck as Much Water Annually as Los Angeles Uses in Three Years | Mother Jones - What was a $1.2 billion market in 2002 became $4.8 billion market by 2012 (see above)
There's a Horrifying Amount of Plastic in the Ocean. This Chart Shows Who's to Blame. | Mother Jones (China by far, also Indonesia, Phillipines, Vietnam and fucking Sri Lanka)

White House warns tech world that Sony-style hacks 'could become the norm' | US news | The Guardian - Obama speaks at Stanford University and says ‘There’s only one way to defend America from cyber threats – government and industry working together’ ("norm" for companies with really shitty security +do you see what he did there?)
WhiteHouse.gov screwed up its security on the same day as the cybersecurity summit | The Verge (speaking of ...)

Eschaton: How Does This Keep Happening - Maybe the only way to win is not to play? - Nick Rasmussen, who directs the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate intelligence committee that Yemen's American-funded army failed to oppose advancing Houthi rebels in the same way the U.S.-supported Iraqi military refused to fight Islamic State militants last year. - Let's just keep adding weapons, arming whichever "side" John McCain thinks are the good guys who want guns. It always works!
Obama Wanted To Stop Endless Wars. He'll Leave Office Waging One.
CNN.com - Transcripts - In fairness, we did invite Senator Clinton and Senator McCain to join us, on this, the fourth anniversary of the start of the Iraq War. They declined. (2007, before the CIA and military told him they owned him)
Confronting Terrorism Without Another American Ground War | Sen. Barbara Boxer - Sen. Barbara Boxer

Is Jordan Facilitating ISIS' Grand Strategy? | Alastair Crooke - Saudi Arabia and Israel bear much of the responsibility for bringing Jordan into this war with ISIS by pushing so hard on the Syrian issue and entangling the kingdom more and more in their efforts to overturn the government of its close neighbor, Syria (all the major players, especially the US, continue to make the worst possible decisions. ISIS is succeeding with their caliphate, just like AQ destroyed American democracy)
The Ultimate Guide to Womanhood, According to the Female Jihadis of ISIS | Mother Jones - It's not bad, as long as you're okay with getting married at age nine.
How ISIS uses catchy, violent tunes for propaganda | Public Radio International
Isis: Eight suicide bombers killed at Iraqi base HQ for US Marines - The Islamic State (Isis) has launched an attempted suicide attack against an Iraqi air base in Anbar province where hundreds of US marines are training Iraqi troops, according to reports.
ISIS Beheads Cigarette Smokers: Islamic State Deems Smoking 'Slow Suicide' Under Sharia Law

Al Jazeera Journalists Reunite With Family After More Than A Year In Egyptian Prison

Minsk ceasefire in balance as fighting escalates in eastern Ukraine | World news | The Guardian - EU leaders sceptical about ceasefire due to begin on Sunday, while Ukrainian and pro-Russia forces jostle for advantage (oh look, Aspie used the "ceasefire" to "invade moar")

Probe Into Role Of Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez In Cover-Up Moves Forward - Prosecutor Gerardo Pollicita's decision to go forward with the case was significant because it sets the stage for a close examination of the investigation that prosecutor Alberto Nisman was building before he was found dead Jan. 18. The next day, Nisman was scheduled to elaborate his accusations to Congress.

UMass Amherst Tells Iranian Students They Need Not Apply To Certain Programs - Iranian national students will not be admitted to several programs in the university's College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences. After the policy received criticism and circulated on Twitter Thursday evening and Friday morning, UMass removed all references to it from its website. (no science allowed)

About 700 Migrants Rescued Off Coast Of Libya

House Begins Passing Series of Deficit-Hiking Tax Cuts (oh, we were so worried about deficits we could resists give rich people tax-cuts)

Republicans seize on HSBC scandal to hold up Loretta Lynch's confirmation | News | The Guardian - Republicans believe leak ‘throws a monkey wrench’ into Lynch becoming the next attorney general as questions swirl over her role in $1.9bn bank settlement in 2012 (always looking for a scandal)


At least 43 of Alabama's 67 counties are now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples (the other 24 ponder armed resistance)
Bleeding Kansas returns: Gov. Brownback reinstates LGBT discrimination - LA Times - Those who remember their high school U.S. history classes will recognize "Bleeding Kansas" as a reference to that territory's violent fight over slavery in 1854-61, during the run-up to the Civil War. (America's Confederate cancer continues to eat away at the body politic +stupid)
Virginia House Blocks Changes To Abortion Clinic Regulations - The amendment, introduced by Del. Bob Marshall (R), was aimed at halting Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) push to ease existing regulations on abortion clinics. Advocates for abortion rights often refer to those rules as TRAP laws, or targeted regulations of abortion providers.

Why Scott Walker's Views On Evolution Are Totally Relevant
Sandy Rios: 'The Real Experts' Know Evolution Has Been 'Disproven' | Right Wing Watch - The truth of the matter is that the evolutionists like George Will, waving their evolutionary theory, have become as rabid and unreasoned as what they accuse the Scopes monkey religionists of doing to Darwin during that time. It has become a religion. Science has disproven so much of evolution…. These guys are wrong, Scott Walker is right.”

Mississippi Learning: A History Lesson From The Judge - His entire statement is worth burning into your brain, but the most moving part to me was this one. In the church of my birth, this is what we call walking the stations of the cross.
Analyzing The Rise Of The Lone Wolf - But Chief Acevedo's concern for his officers doesn't count as much as does Napolitano's inexcusable cowardice in not standing by her department's report, a sorry episode of epic bureaucratic chickenshit that the SPLC report documents thoroughly.

Governor Charlie Baker and New England Snow (instead of appropriate public policy and 21st century investment Chawlie wants underfund the T and cut employment costs. You've done it again, Ma)
News Details - Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced a moratorium on the death penalty in Pennsylvania that will remain in effect until the governor has received and reviewed the forthcoming report of the Pennsylvania Task Force and Advisory Commission on Capital Punishment (death-cult Republican Corbett would never have done this)
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Resigns - amid allegations of corruption
Oregon governor John Kitzhaber to resign over 'surreal' corruption scandal | US news | The Guardian - Kitzhaber, accused of steering government contracts to his fiancee’s consulting firm, will be replaced by secretary of state Kate Brown
Governor John Kitzhaber announces his resignation | OregonLive.com
This woman will soon become the first openly bisexual governor in American history - The Washington Post (so that accidentally happened)

David Carr, Influential New York Times Media Columnist, Dead At 58 - Thursday night after collapsing in the paper's midtown Manhattan newsroom. He was 58.
David Carr, RIP | Dave Weigel - Look, I hate it as much as you hate it when some beloved person dies and some less beloved person tries to ride the hem of his garments. Gimme a pass on this one. (read)

U.S. Now Seems To Be Exporting Measles To Other Countries - A spike of measles infections in Berlin has been traced to unvaccinated refugees, but at least two cases appear to have come from the United States, authorities in the German capital said Friday.

Utah House Approves Bill Allowing Executions By Firing Squad
Cop Charged With Assault After Unarmed Grandpa Left Paralyzed
Suspect In Chapel Hill Killings Had At Least 12 Guns, Huge Stash Of Ammo
Police Involved In Controversial Death Of Alejandro Nieto Will Not Face Charges - They believed the stun gun was a firearm, and they shot Nieto from about 75 feet away, police said. The medical examiner's report noted 14 to 15 gunshot wounds.
Their Crime: Walking Into Their Own Home | Voice of San Diego - “You’ve got several cops standing by the door telling the family, through an open door, that they believe they are burglarizing their own store and nobody told them, ‘Wait a minute, officers. This is our store’? Who’s going to believe that?” said Hamud, the family’s attorney.
These 15 Black Women Were Killed During Police Encounters. Their Lives Matter, Too

Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives? | Daily Mail Online - She also suggests Stephen Hawking gave himself motor neurone disease - Holocaust victims may have been killers in previous incarnations, she says - Miss MacLaine once insisted that she lived on Atlantis in an earlier life

Two More Women Come Forward With Accusations Against Cosby - Nation - Boston.com - Two former models who met Bill Cosby decades ago said at a Los Angeles press conference Thursday that the comedian lured them to his hotel room and then drugged them in separate incidents. One of the women also said Cosby raped her.

More teenagers trying e-cigarettes than tobacco, US study says | Science | The Guardian - Some experts concerned that vaping may be pathway to nicotine addiction, but others say it is less dangerous than smoking

The convergence of the twain - Lawyers, Guns & Money : And as the smart ship grew / In stature, grace, and hue, / In shadowy silent distance grew the Iceberg too.
When People Stop Being Polite... - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Orwell on Burnham. (always going with the winner of the moment)

Boobs, Booze, and Black People Hair: A Very Thorough Review of Black or White - Film - The Stranger

The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey | GalleyCat - Blogger Jane Litte used the Turnitin plagiarism detection program to measure similarities between the two books. She reported: “According to Turnitin, the similarity index was 89%. There are whole swaths of text wherein just the names were changed from MoTU to 50 Shades.” (that explains a lot, actually)
The most atrocious quotes from 50 Shades of Grey, illustrated : books - "Me, with my strange choice of adjectives. You, with your muscular teeth and clockwise vagina."
Today Australia's Lisa Wilkinson's review destroys 50 Shades of Grey - with her crew hyping her up in the background : videos
Katrina Passick Lumsden (Charlotte, MI)'s review of Fifty Shades of Grey
What You Won't Learn About Bondage In 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Hilarious 'Fifty Shades Of Bae' Parody Might Just Be Better Than 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'
Today Australia's Lisa Wilkinson's review destroys 50 Shades of Grey - with her crew hyping her up in the background : videos

Anita Revel - Inner goddess is a concept used in popular psychology and women's circles to denote the feminine aspect of a woman's psyche. When a woman is able to transcend inhibitive social expectations or perceived behavioral requirements and instead act in a way that is right for her, she is said be honoring her inner goddess. Anita defines the inner goddess as "... the beautiful, sassy, intuitive, lovable, sacred and authentic Self that we were born to be."

Google boss warns of 'forgotten century' with email and photos at risk | Technology | The Guardian - Digital material including key historical documents could be lost forever because programs to view them will become defunct, says Vint Cerf

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Washington: Government wonders: What’s in your old emails? | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC - Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago.

Terrorist Claims Return Sept. 11 Suit to Spotlight - NYTimes.com - In 2002, Mr. Motley sued in federal court on behalf of the families of Sept. 11 victims against the government of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi elite, including banks, charities and even members of the royal family, accusing them of financing Al Qaeda. (Obama sitting on 22 pages of smoking guns)

Qaeda Fighters Gain in Yemen as United Nations Warns of Country's Freefall - NYTimes.com
After Yemen's coup, who controls the US-provided arms? | The New Republic - Where are all the weapons we gave Yemen? - $400 million worth of military equipment provided to Yemen over the last decade (well, that worked out really well)
Yemen Is On The Brink Of Civil War, Says UN Envoy
U.S. Closing Embassy In Yemen

Boko Haram Could 'Destabilize' The African Continent, Nigerian Archbishop Says (may invade US)

Ukraine: 50 Russian tanks and 40 missile systems rolled into the country while Putin talked peace - Business Insider (Aspergers guy stikes again)

Cho Hyun-ah, Former Korean Air Executive In 'Nut Rage' Case, Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison

Vísir - Iceland jails former Kaupthing bank bosses (never in America, land of liberty! for bankers)

In Chapel Hill Shooting of 3 Muslims, a Question of Motive - NYTimes.com

President Obama really really really really hates Maureen Dowd - Vox
Maureen Dowd's Greatest Misses - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Her columns leading up to an election that would result in hundreds of thousands of people being dead all over the world and Sam Alito with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court involved a multi-part series of columns in which Al Gore had an imaginary dialogue with his bald spot.

Republicans Eye Changes to Food-Stamp Program - WSJ - House Lawmakers Want Revision After Plan’s Sharp Expansion During Recession

Federal Judge Orders Alabama Official To Stop Denying Marriage Licenses To Same-Sex Couples - Their defiance is due to instructions from Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), who sent an order to the state's probate judges Sunday night not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. He argued that they were not bound to follow the federal ruling. (you can see where they are coming from)
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama - “This pile of brush is still here, and there are no homosexuals layin’ on top of it, doin’ homosexual things,” Addaway said.

Crazy old man rants in Central Park about young black men committing 95% of all murders - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Wait, did I say in Central Park? I meant at the Aspen Institute: (Bloomberg overestimates young black murderers in NYC by 400% the implications of which are staggering)

Judge Weighs Whether U.S. Marijuana Law Is Unconstitutional | TIME - A federal judge hearing a case of nine men charged with illegally growing marijuana on federal land in California said Wednesday she was considering arguments that the federal government has improperly labelled marijuana as one of the most dangerous drugs. (oh, they lied? and sent millions of mostly non-white mostly-men to prison?)
We are the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), a non-profit research and educational organization working to legitimize the scientific, medical, and spiritual uses of psychedelics and marijuana. Ask us anything! : IAmA

Madison officer charged with assault for use of force incident - Huntsville News | WAAYTV.com and ABC 31: Appnews - MADISON, Ala. (WAAY) - The police officer placed on leave after an incident that left an Indian man hospitalized last week has been charged with third-degree assault.
Disturbing Report Finds New York's Female Prisoners Illegally Shackled During Labor (because sadistic fuckers)
New York City sets new record: no murders for 10 days | US news | The Guardian - NYPD says 10-day stretch breaks 2013 record and shows crime is falling but criminologists urge caution and say crime swings are cyclical (and no cops shot any either)

Mom Accused Of Threatening To Blow Up School After Daughter Fails Test

Dogs know that smile on your face | EurekAlert! Science News - The discovery represents the first solid evidence that an animal other than humans can discriminate between emotional expressions in another species, the researchers say. (thanks, science!)
Aggressive form of HIV uncovered in Cuba: HIV to AIDS in three years -- ScienceDaily - One such recombinant variant observed in patients in Cuba appears to be much more aggressive than other known forms of HIV. Patients progress to AIDS within three years of infection -- so rapidly that they may not even realize they were infected.


Net Neutrality Opponents Go To War (Repubicans, naturally, want to destroy your internets)
Broadband Competition in the US: 12.1% Only Have Access to 1 Wired Provider - In 2010, the FCC reported to Congress that “broadband is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.” [1][2]
After $3.3B Spent, more than 39 Million Americans Still Only Have Access to 1 Wired Broadband Provider : technology

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Letter from the President -- Authorization for the Use of United States Armed Forces in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant | The White House
Obama Seeks an Expansive War Authorization to Combat ISIS - NYTimes.com - While indefensibly late, the move is nonetheless welcome if it triggers the long-needed substantive debate about the goals, scope and justification of a military intervention that was launched with the claim of authority from laws passed more than a decade ago to allow the use of force in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Obama sends Congress draft war authorization that says Islamic State ‘poses grave threat’ - The Washington Post

Judge Rules You Can't Sue the NSA for Secretly Spying on You Unless You Prove You're Being Secretly Spied On | Mother Jones - A federal court raises the bar for challenging the NSA's surveillance programs.
The CIA's Secret Psychological Profiles of Dictators and World Leaders Are Amazing | Mother Jones - Psychoanalyzing strongmen, from Castro to Saddam.

Conservatives Dance On Grave Of ISIL Hostage: 'Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel B**ch' - "No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead," conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel wrote on Tuesday, under the headline, "Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch ... (another fucktard) ... describing the International Solidarity Movement, a group opposing the Israeli occupation, as "pro-terrorist."

Official: Houthis take U.S. vehicles, weapons in Yemen - CNN.com - Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't let departing U.S. Marines take their weapons with them, a top Sanaa airport official said about the latest evidence of unrest in an Arab nation long seen as key in America's fight against terrorists.

Eschaton: Because Rich People - Ministers were under increasing pressure to explain why they did not take earlier action against massive tax evasion involving HSBC’s banking in Switzerland. A document unearthed by the Evening Standard shows that ministers were aware in 2010 that large numbers of wealthy customers were hiding money from the UK tax authorities in accounts at the HSBC branch in Geneva. - But some poors have an extra bedroom, so we gotta kick them.
Mexican Political Family Has Close Ties to Ruling Party, and Homes in the U.S. - NYTimes.com - The Murats’ real estate holdings stand in contrast to the Everyman image that José Murat, renowned for his political might and booming personality, worked to project as governor.

Chapel Hill police: Parking dispute may have led to triple shooting :: WRAL.com
3 Members Of Muslim Family Murdered In Chapel Hill, Sparking #MuslimLivesMatter Campaign
Chapel Hill shooting: Craig Stephen Hicks condemned all religions on Facebook prior to arrest for murder of three young Muslims - The Independent

Lynching as Racial Terrorism - NYTimes.com - hangings, burnings and dismemberments of black American men, women and children that were relatively common in this country between the Civil War and World War II were often public events. They were sometimes advertised in newspapers and drew hundreds and even thousands of white spectators, including elected officials and leading citizens who were so swept up in the carnivals of death that they posed with their children for keepsake photographs within arm’s length of mutilated black corpses. (oh, sounds like ...)

Randomgate is why politicians are so boring - Vox - In Vox's interview, Obama contended that terrorism is "absolutely" over-hyped compared to a threat like climate change or epidemic disease. This is something Obama said, as far as I can tell, because he thinks it's true.

David Axelrod has a lot to say about Hillary Clinton - Business Insider - "The conversation seemed to begin calmly enough, as Hillary spoke and Barack listened. Then, when Barack responded, Hillary became very agitated, jabbing her finger at him and speaking in an animated fashion

Warren's not-so-subtle shot across Rand Paul's bow | MSNBC - “Is there any scientific evidence that vaccines cause ‘profound mental disorders’?” (not unless you already have one)
Scott Walker When Asked About Evolution: 'I'm Going To Punt On That'

Montana GOP Legislator Wants to Ban Yoga Pants | Mother Jones - Montana Republican state Rep. David Moore has a plan to guide America out of the darkness—ban yoga pants ... Moore elaborated that he also believes Speedos should be illegal ... Just last December the Republican-controlled legislature issued new dress-code guidelines for the state capitol, advising women that they should "should be sensitive to skirt lengths and necklines." (Sharia Law comes to Montana)

In Some Alabama Counties, Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Denied Despite Court Order - "I don't want Alabama to be seen as it was 50 years ago when a federal law was defied. I'm not going to do that," Bentley said. "I'm trying to move this state forward." (good luck with that)
New Jersey judges rules 'gay conversion therapy' is consumer fraud | World news | The Guardian - a case involving the Jersey City-based Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (Jonah) that those claims are illegal based on the state’s Consumer Fraud Act. Bariso also said it’s fraudulent to offer “success statistics” because “there is no factual basis for calculating such statistics” ... forced to do activities including being made to strip naked while standing in a circle with other men and to be naked with their fathers at bathhouses. (that'll work)

This Was Jon Stewart's Best Moment | Mother Jones - Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show later this year. Here is the time he went on Crossfire and destroyed, well, Crossfire. ("hurting America" 101504!)

Brian Williams Suspended From NBC for 6 Months Without Pay - NYTimes.com (tap on the wrist)

4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol, It’s Got the Electrolytes We Need! » Balloon Juice - This reads like an article from the Onion. The Republican response to the one year anniversary of the Elk River chemical spill is to weaken regulations, block new regulations, cockblock federal regulators, and then, for shits and giggles, make it impossible for citizens who have been poisoned to sue for redress. - These people are fucking sociopaths.

Study Shows Heavy Adolescent Pot Use Permanently Lowers IQ - Forbes - Marijuana smokers have long been characterized as dimwitted and slow. (+EQ)

Needed: More Bourgeois Buses for the Middle Class | Mother Jones - according to a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, is that "Bus-based public transit in the United States suffers from an image problem." But what if transit agencies tackled that image problem head on? (Emily Rooney would never ride a "bus")

Grandfather visiting Alabama from India stopped by police while taking walk, left partly paralyzed | AL.com - "This is broad daylight, walking down the street. There is nothing suspicious about Mr. Patel other than he has brown skin,"
Family Asked Cops To Check On 74-Year-Old Vet After Surgery… They Broke In and Killed Him Instead - a “decision was made to enter the house, concerned that he may be inside in need of emergency assistance,” (to die)
Jurors In Lacey Spears Trial Shown Graphic Video Of Boy Suffering Before He Died Of Salt Poisoning - "This mother was intentionally feeding her child salt at toxic levels," prosecutor Doreen Lloyd said at Spears' arraignment last month. Garnett suffered a swollen brain, seizures and death as a result, they said.
Ohio Girl, 11, Charged With Murder In Death Of 2-Month-Old Zuri Whitehead - An 11-year-old suburban girl has been charged with murder in the beating death of a 2-month-old who was staying overnight with her and her mother to give the baby's mom a break.
Kyle Kraska, San Diego TV Sports Anchor, Shot Outside His Home - A San Diego television sportscaster was shot and wounded outside his home, and the man suspected of shooting him surrendered to a SWAT team after a manhunt of several hours, police said.
Advocates Join Fight To Eliminate Detroit's Rape Kit Backlog : NPR - In Detroit six years ago, 11,000 untested rape kits were found in an abandoned police storage unit. - Since then, most of those kits have been sent to crime labs for testing. Prosecutors say the initial results point to at least 188 serial rapists.

Doulas, a Growing Force in Maternity Culture, Seek Greater Acceptance - NYTimes.com

Shakespeare's Sonnets - With the commencement of the so called 'Dark Lady' sonnets, there is a marked change of tone from that of serene reflection on a love that has been almost eternized, to a slightly disturbed analysis of a passion which is at times close to frenzy
xs The Dark Lady Sonnets (127 - 154) by William Shakespeare - Famous poems, famous poets. - All Poetry

How often do you shower per week on average? (Survey Results) [OC] : dataisbeautiful (men shower more than women) ("That smelled like flowers compared to some of the things I've had to clean up in women's bathrooms.")
YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music | TorrentFreak - “Phantom is currently independent, but looking to sign on with an indie label. Phantom’s lawyer filed a complaint, looking for 10 lbs of catnip in damages,” Digihaven says.
YouTube Flags Cat Purring as Copyright Infringing Music : nottheonion
Chinese students were kicked out of Harvard's model UN after flipping out when Taiwan was called a country : nottheonion
gofigureskate comments on Missoula lawmaker: Yoga pants, Speedos should be illegal in public

Smartphone Theft Plummets In Major Cities Thanks To 'Kill Switches'

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The Great Snow Of 2015 - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - Meteorologcially it’s fascinating to see records being shattered. But the records only go back 130 years or so
Winter's Coldest Yet to Come for Northeast; Next Arctic Blasts Could Reach Florida - weather.com

The FBI Is Making House Calls to Keystone XL Opponents | ThinkProgress - Tar sands activists in several states have been getting visits from the FBI, and no one knows yet exactly why. (because they are terrorists, duh)
Anti-Oil Sands Activists Getting Visits From The FBI - Esquire

The careless, astonishing cruelty of Barack Obama’s government | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - The US, it seems, couldn’t care less if it causes a humanitarian crisis in Somalia, one of the world’s poorest countries (no-moral-center Obama)

Julian Assange 24hr guard leaves London police with £10m bill | Media | The Guardian - Metropolitan police commissioner says preventing escape of Wikileaks founder from Ecuadorian embassy is ‘sucking resources’
Twitter transparency report: US among biggest offenders requesting user data | Technology | The Guardian - According to latest report from July to December 2014, government requests for specific users’ information rose 40% on the previous six months to about 2,871

Family of Isis hostage Kayla Mueller confirms aid worker has been killed | World news | The Guardian - Family ‘heartbroken’ after receiving confirmation that 26-year-old aid worker held hostage since August 2013 has been killed
Isis war to extend far beyond Iraq and Syria under Obama's proposed plan | US news | The Guardian - Sources say White House plan will bless anti-Isis war for three years and ensure that Obama, like George W Bush, will hand over two wars to his successor - Asked if the anti-Isis AUMF opens the US to a second worldwide war against a nebulous adversary, one congressional aide answered: “Absolutely.” (Osama: mission accomplished)
20,000 Foreign Fighters Flock To Syria, Iraq - as many as 150 Americans have tried and some have succeeded in reaching in the Syrian war zone

Netanyahu: speech to US Congress about 'the very survival of my country' | World news | The Guardian ("my country" = "me and my political future pandering to the far, far right")
Patrick Leahy: Netanyahu Address To Congress 'A Tawdry And High-Handed Stunt' (he's just showing you who's boss, which probably is a mistake)

Second Person's DNA Found In Apartment Of Argentine Prosecutor Nisman
Argentina investigates mystery DNA found at dead prosecutor's home | World news | The Guardian - Conspiracy theories abound about Alberto Nisman, who had accused president of whitewashing a 1984 terrorist bombing and was found shot dead in bathroom
What Happened to Alberto Nisman? - The New Yorker

Methodology change sees Indian economy grow faster than China's | Reuters - Under the new method, the economy expanded 7.5 percent year-on-year during the last quarter, higher than 7.3 percent growth recorded by China in the latest quarter.

Strauss-Kahn’s Strange Sex-Party Math - The New Yorker - Many people would consider four orgies a year a rather high toll. Perhaps it is just as well that D.S.K. is no longer making decisions that affect quite as many lives—it sounds as though he got very tired.

Does Scandinavia Have it All Figured Out? - The New Yorker (well, basically, yes)

Robert Samuelson Is Unhappy that Seniors Get Social Security and Medicare | Beat the Press - Yes, it's Monday morning at the Washington Post and Robert Samuelson wants to raise the retirement age and cut Social Security and Medicare benefits. How else would one begin the week?

HSBC files: why the public should know of Swiss bank’s pattern of misconduct | Business | The Guardian - Scores of clients of lucrative operation are already under criminal investigation amid claims of their involvement in drug smuggling, frauds and terror financing
Clinton foundation received up to $81m from clients of controversial HSBC bank | US news | The Guardian - Leaked files reveal identities of wealthy donors with accounts in Geneva - Hillary Clinton expected to make inequality a key issue of any 2016 campaign

David Axelrod Describes The No Good, Very Bad Minefield Of Obama's Early Presidency - The one person that Axelrod describes as actively gunning for the treasury job was former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. But when the title went to Geithner, Emanuel had to sweeten the pot to get Summers to accept a lesser post.
Racial fear has infected US politics, former Obama adviser Axelrod says | US news | The Guardian - There was no doubt there was a core of hostility motivated by race’ Former adviser laments continued questions about Obama’s citizenship (and who prompted the delusion?)
16 Times The Obama Administration Lied About The President's Position On Same-Sex Marriage (c'mon, he was evolving)
Eschaton: HAMP'd - Rightly or wrongly, a lot of the bad stuff of the Obama era can plausibly be blamed on political constraints. The failures of HAMP are on his administration entirely. (Obama's program designed to completely and utterly fail ... meanwhile, bankers!)

NY prosecutor Preet Bharara disputes Gov. Cuomo's corruption claim | MSNBC - Cuomo set up a commission to investigate political corruption in New York, the Moreland Commission, and then disbanded it in March 2014. Bharara seized its files and began a review of its closure, setting off a clash between two of the most powerful Democrats in New York.

New Questions Swirl on an Affordable Care Act Challenger - WSJ - Plaintiff Listed Motel as Her Address, Which Was Basis for Her Legal Grounds (Roberts will still buy the scam)
The Wind Comes Sweeping Down The Plaintiffs - Esquire - This is the ultimate crossroads for the institution of the Supreme Court. Legacy moment, Chief Justice Roberts. The ghost of Roger Taney awaits your decision to see if he's finally off the hook. (nail, meet CPP)

Federal Appeals Judge Compares People Who Say Bush Lied To Rise Of Nazis - A federal appeals judge wrote in a column published on Sunday that people who accuse former President George W. Bush of lying about the Iraq War are peddling myths like those that led to the rise of Hitler ... . "It is quite another to make the horrendous charge that President Bush lied to or deceived the American people about the threat from Saddam." (planet stupid wants you back, dumbfuck)

To Save Money on Building Rail, Spend Money on Marketing Buses - NYTimes.com - “Bus-based public transit in the United States suffers from an image problem.” (Emily Rooney would never ride a "bus")

Occupy Burning Man: Class Warfare Comes to Desert Festival - Bloomberg Business - Move over, Google Bus. There's a new symbolic fight over tech money, class, and privilege
Hullabaloo - Talk about missing the point - And it wasn't just them, it was the board of Burning Man too which went out to find rich patrons and you know what happened next. This is the world in which we now live: everything is a toy for rich people and the rest of us are just supporting players, servants and slaves to their needs and wants.

Meet the Unusual Plaintiffs Behind the Supreme Court Case That Could Destroy Obamacare | Mother Jones - One has called Obama the "anti-Christ." Another didn't realize her case might wipe out health coverage for millions. (good enough for Roberts)
Court concludes firing a woman for breastfeeding isn’t sexist because men can lactate - The Mommy Files - Instead of a ruling in her favor, the Supreme Court rejected her petition to overrun the trial court’s decision that included the amusing finding “that breastfeeding-related firings aren’t sexist because men can lactate, too (and if they can think that ...)
Governor Tom Wolf Launches Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania

Gay Marriage in Alabama Begins, but Only in Parts - NYTimes.com - up to 52 of Alabama’s 67 counties, according to the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, declined to process the required paperwork.

History of Lynchings in the South Documents Nearly 4,000 Names - NYTimes.com - under the gaze of hundreds of soda-drinking spectators, were castrated, stabbed, beaten, tied to a plow and set afire in the spring of 1922. (ISIS in America: "Southern Justice")
Remembering Lynching - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Leaving these incidents out of the history of lynching is problematic because it reinforces the idea of racism as a southern problem and covers up a lot of horrible crimes committed in left-leaning places today. There are some attempts to alleviate this loss of public memory, such as this walking tour of lynching sites in downtown Los Angeles (Americans like to string non-white people up; this is the same impulse that drives IS)

NYPD Officer Indicted In Death Of Akai Gurley, According To Reports
NYPD officer indicted over fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, lawyer says | US news | The Guardian - Nature of charges against Peter Liang, who claimed to have fired his gun accidentally in Brooklyn stairwell, as yet unclear, says lawyer of Gurley’s partner
Ferguson police arrest wheelchair user at Michael Brown anniversary protest | US news | The Guardian - Several photographs taken outside the department and posted to Twitter showed De Mian on the ground beside her wheelchair.
Corey Fallen Jailed 6 Months Despite Alibi Showing Him Nowhere Near Murder - The only problem was that Fallen, now 33, was working hundreds of miles away on the night witnesses say he was in the New Jersey club with Ramsey. Ample evidence, including time sheets from the Atlanta restaurant where Fallen was a cook, proved his whereabouts. Still, for six months, Fallen sat in jail. His letter to the judge finally spurred prosecutors to check his alibi and free him.

Stanford, the swimmer and Yik Yak: can talk of campus rape go beyond secrets? | Society | The Guardian - When word of an alleged public assault went viral, students turned to the private world of anonymous apps – and feared for their Silicon Valley careers. Now the most transparent high-profile rape case since the White House launched a taskforce is at risk of vanishing into digital thin air

Israeli film breaks ultra-Orthodox taboo on masturbation | World news | The Guardian - Filmmaker Ori Gruder explores how ultra-Orthodox Judaism requires boys and men to go against their natural urges in the name of religion - In the documentary, one rabbi explains how young boys are taught to urinate without physically touching themselves, and how, from the age of 13, they wear special underwear that lets them pass water freely.

Scott Walker’s hilarious screwup: How he messed with University of Wisconsin — and infuriated his state - Salon.com - This guy is seriously the best the Republicans have? Here's why he's backtracking on a lame new education "reform"
“Play-It-Forward” Bill Would Allow Pennsylvania College Students and Grads to Gamble Their Debts Away | Raging Chicken Press - “Play-It-Forward” Bill Would Allow Pennsylvania College Students and Grads to Gamble Their Debts Away (education in America)
App Alerts Parents if Their Kid Skips a College Class : Free Range Kids - There’s a new app, Class120, that pings parents when their kids don’t show up for their college classes.

How the New York Times Bestseller List Works | Love, H - the official site of author Heather Maclean

Earth's Inner Core Found To Have A Core Of Its Own

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Heavy Snow In Pockets Into The Afternoon - Weather Wisdom - Boston.com - “Yes, the weather is bad, and if I were dealing in weather it is not the brand that I'd put up in cans for future use.” the snowiest 17 days in modern day record keeping in this area.
Boston sets 30-day snowfall record during latest storm - Weather - Boston.com - The National Weather Service said Boston had received 61.6 inches in the last 30 days by 7 a.m. Monday, breaking the record of 58.8 inches in one 30-day period ending in February 1978.
Snowstorm cancels London mayor's stop at Harvard - Weather - Boston.com - Johnson instead planned to deliver a speech at midafternoon at the British Consulate in Cambridge. (who knew?)

Citi: Oil Could Plunge to $20, and This Might Be 'the End of OPEC' - Yahoo Finance - The recent surge in oil prices is just a "head-fake," and oil as cheap as $20 a barrel may soon be on the way, Citigroup said in a report on Monday as it lowered its forecast for crude.

How the ACLU, Ron Paul and a former EFF Director helped jail a CIA whistleblower | PandoDaily - The story behind the 1982 law used to jail Kiriakou fills in some of the blanks about how the modern secrecy apparatus was first put together beginning in the Reagan-Bush years. It also reveals the complicity and collaboration of our leading civil libertarians in creating the secrecy-and-censorship leviathan that these same civil libertarians claim to be fighting today on our behalf ... the percentage of Americans who distrusted government rose from 22 percent in 1964, to 62 percent in 1974.

Leaked Data From 30,000 Swiss Bank Accounts Reveals Mass Tax Avoidance - A slew of 30,000 leaked Swiss HSBC bank account details—what the Guardian calls the "biggest banking leak in history"—lays bare the practices of the organization and its customers. And it doesn't look pretty.

Paul Krugman on Greece: “There will be no consolation prizes for failing conventionally” - Salon.com - Greece will never be held in high esteem by "the Davos set," argues the economist in the New York Times (it was always about the failure of "elite" opinion)
“It’s complete horse sh*t!”: Watch an Ivy League professor dismantle GOP’s austerity lie - Salon.com - Mark Blyth tells Salon why German Chancellor Angela Merkel's neoliberal nonsense is threatening the entire eurozone (dimbulb sadistic Bavarian hausfrau goes 50 shades on Europe)

Anonymous hacks hundreds of ISIS emails, twitter and Facebook accounts. : worldnews

Merkel and Obama hold White House news conference on Ukraine strategy – live | World news | The Guardian - German chancellor and president hold urgent Ukraine talks - Counter-terrorism and Iran nuclear negotiations also up for discussion
Twitter says Russia repeatedly tried to erase tweets by critics of Putin. : worldnews
Putin’s Way | FRONTLINE | PBS
? Complete History Of The Soviet Union, Arranged To The Melody Of Tetris - YouTube

Pentagon spent $504,816 on Viagra last year | Fox News - Last year DoD also ordered $3,505 worth of Levitra, and $14,540 of Cialis, other popular erectile dysfunction drugs. The contracts were filed under "Troop Support."

Cash pilgrims and bricks of money: HSBC Swiss bank operated like cash machine for rich clients | Business | The Guardian - Cache of leaked data show how throughout 2005, scores of account holders arrived in Geneva, often emerging with currency foreign to Switzerland
Senate leader calls for US government's explanation in wake of HSBC leaks | News | The Guardian - Sherrod Brown, leading Democrat on Senate banking committee, asks for full explanation upon learning of allegations in biggest leak in banking history

Deluded and dysfunctional, the Republicans have lost the plot | Gary Younge | Comment is free | The Guardian - They may have won Congress, but an instinct for obstinacy means the party is now fighting itself (the party of obstruction is obstructing itself)

GOP’s anti-school insanity: How Scott Walker & Bobby Jindal declared war on education - Salon.com - It's come to this: To appeal to the party's far-right base, GOP leaders want to gut public education. Here's why (stupid loves stupid)

Ryan Visited a Bookstore — Guess I Misjudged Him -- NYMag - Paul Ryan recently attacked the Obama administration’s economic policies for, supposedly, exacerbating income inequality. (that's pretty funny, but ...) New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman (is even funnier)

Missouri cities sued over municipal court practices - The Washington Post - Civil rights lawyers filed federal lawsuits Sunday night accusing authorities in Ferguson and Jennings, Mo., of running the equivalent of debtors’ prisons by illegally jailing hundreds of mostly poor, black residents for unpaid debts, many of them from traffic tickets.

In Alabama, Judge Defies Gay Marriage Requirement - NYTimes.com - “only issue marriage licenses and solemnize ceremonies consistent with Alabama law and the U.S. Constitution; namely, between one man and one woman only, so help me God.” ... His argument has deep resonance in a place where a governor, George Wallace, stood in a doorway of the University of Alabama in 1963 in an unsuccessful bid to block its federally ordered integration. (bomb the rebels into submission)
Supreme Court Refuses To Stop Gay Marriages In Alabama - Roy Moore, chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Clown Court, sent an order to state probate judges Sunday night telling them not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, according to the AP. The Supreme Court justices ruled 7-2 Monday morning that same-sex weddings could start in Alabama, making it the 37th state where gay marriage is allowed ... Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia dissented (Confederate traitors)
Alabama same-sex couples get marriage licenses as legal confusion swirls - LA Times - “Right now we’re not going to do it,” said Probate Judge Jerry Powell. “We have direct orders from the state Supreme Court here in Alabama, and I’m going to adhere to it.”
Justice Thomas objects: Court shows support for gay marriage - Salon.com

Brian Williams' Story About Rocket Fire In Israel Comes Into Question - Another Brian Williams tale has come under scrutiny. (serial misrememberer)
Ronald Reagan’s wartime lies: The president had quite a Brian Williams problem - Salon.com - Reagan spent WW II in Hollywood. He told the Israeli prime minister he was at the liberation of Nazi death camps
I’m a U.S. veteran, and “American Sniper” is rife with lies - Salon.com - And let’s focus our anger and our organizing against the authorities and the institutions that craft the lies that the Chris Kyles of the world believe, that have created a trail of blowback leading from dumb war to dumb war, and that have sent 2.5 million veterans to fight a “war on terror” that persists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Pakistan.

Lessons From Vaccine Trooferism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The logic here is straightforwardly akin to the predominant corporate attitudes of our day: The anti-vaxxers are trying to privatize profit (their pure and uncontaminated child) and socialize the risk (the outbreak of an epidemic is someone else’s problem). (“cui bono”) (+"Seriously – I do wonder if we would have been at war with Iran sometime in the past few decades had Hussein not decided that he needed to “reclaim” Kuwait.")

6ynth God on Twitter: "Kanye West told a nigga who plays like 14 instruments that he needs to respect the artistry of a woman who needs 4 writers for one song" - Kanye West told a nigga who plays like 14 instruments that he needs to respect the artistry of a woman who needs 4 writers for one song
Kanye West Interviewed by E! Following Stage Invasion: "Beck Needs to Respect Artistry and He Should Have Given His Award to Beyoncé" : Music - Fact check: Beck is actually credited for 16 instruments on his album (plus orchestral arrangements). Beyonce's album had one song with 9 writers and 6 producers.
Kanye pulls a Kanye : videos

Louisville Cop Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Two Children; Previously Commended for His Work With Youth - Hit & Run : Reason.com - Cop had multiple commendations for working with youth. Psychologist says she was kicked out of clinical program after reporting kids's allegations against him.
Louisville Cop Arrested for Allegedly Assaulting Two Children: he hit one student with a closed fist, knocking him to the floor, and choked another student until he lost consciousness. Both students were 13 years old : news
Domino’s Delivery Woman Kidnapped, Raped At Gunpoint After Antioch Delivery « CBS San Francisco - After the attack, the woman called police. At 1 p.m., Antioch police officers arrested the suspect at the same home where he had asked for the pizza to be delivered.
Suspected meth lab turns out to be sweet maple syrup - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi - "I think my neighbors on their way to church see the buckets and stuff and think we've got a meth lab operation going on here. I just want to put their minds at ease, and let them know it's maple syrup. And that they're all welcome for pancakes if they want to come on over." (well played)

Blood type can affect brain function - Salon.com - A new study finds that people with AB blood type are at higher risk for age-related cognitive decline - People with O blood type may be more likely to have depression and intense anxiety; children may be at a greater risk of attention-deficit disorder.
The ‘Sapiens’ Story | On Point with Tom Ashbrook - Homo sapiens may be in their last few hundred years, he says. Ready to merge with machines.
Hairless_Talking_Ape comments on The nuclear test Operation Teapot's effects on houses
If one black hole falls into another black hole will the first black hole be pulled apart and cease being a black hole? : askscience
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning : science

Slate’s podcast audience has tripled in a year, and its bet on audio over video continues to pay off » Nieman Journalism Lab - According to Bowers, Slate’s 14 or so podcast shows get about 6 million downloads a month, and its audience has tripled in just the last year. (because you don't have to watch a fucking video)

Bruce Jenner not texting while driving at moment of fatal car collision | US news | The Guardian - Jenner was driving a black Cadillac Escalade when he rear-ended a Lexus sedan that slammed into a Toyota Prius that had slowed down or stopped on the highway, sheriff’s sergeant Philip Brooks said ( 'Karcrashian' )
How not to write about the Bruce Jenner car accident - Salon.com - An uninjured celebrity trumps a tragedy

Boston Uber Driver Charged with Sexual Assault - News - Boston.com - An Uber driver sexually assaulted a 30-year-old Boston woman early Sunday morning en route to the North End, according to Boston Police.

One year later, has Michael Sam been frozen out of the NFL? - Outsports (National Homophobic League)
Texas frat told partygoers to wear Western gear, but everyone showed up in racist Mexican costumes - However, many of the attendees dressed as construction workers bearing hard hats with Latino-sounding names like “Pablo Sanchez” written on them — and many of the decorations consisted of individuals in stereotypical Mexican attire.

Never tried BDSM? Go on, it’s good for you | Brad Sagarin | Comment is free | The Guardian - Fifty Shades of Grey is opening people’s eyes to the joys of BDSM. And it isn’t just a bit of bedroom fun – it has serious benefits for you and your partner - But not far below were fantasies about being dominated sexually (present in 65% of women and 53% of men), dominating someone sexually (47% of women, 60% of men), and being tied up for sexual pleasure (52% of women, 46% of men). This altered state, often referred to as “subspace” within the BDSM community, aligns with psychologist Arne Dietrich’s “transient hypofrontality hypothesis”, an explanation for a diverse set of altered states from runner’s high to daydreaming to hypnosis.
What every man (and woman) needs to know about cunnilingus - Salon.com - Long ignored by popular culture, women's needs are finally getting the special treatment they deserve ... n “because our culture is so dominated with the sexual pleasure of straight men, anything that doesn’t feature a penis getting pleasured is radical and counterculture.” (don't miss " The Art of Cunnilingus")
The anti-Pick Up Artist’s Guide: A new graphic novel teaches teen boys how to form healthy hook-ups - Salon.com - Sex educator Colin Adamo is working on the illustrated guide to healthy and enjoyable sex for young straight guys
Teens Who Get The HPV Vaccine Don't Have Riskier Sex - That contradicts what right-wing groups have been saying (right-wing groups always lie, duh)

Jennifer Logan dies after drinking 'tobacco purge' tea in Peru - Toronto - CBC News - Cleansing ceremony at rainforest retreat ends in tragedy for Canadian woman
South Korean woman's hair 'eaten' by robot vacuum cleaner as she slept | World news | The Guardian - The woman was sleeping on the floor of her home when the robotic cleaner ingested her hair leaving her in agony ... a peek into a dystopian future in which supposedly benign robots turn against their human masters.
Who knew a short film about building a bridge could be so moving? | The Verge

Females of reddit, how did you react the first time you saw a penis in real life? : AskReddit
My 9 year old son (who is the middle of being tested for autism), has always HATED to read, no matter what awesome books I plied him with. This melted my heart and gave me hope: he read the whole thing. : books
The One Ring Explained. (Lord of the Rings Mythology Part 2) : videos
No Big Bang? Quantum equation predicts universe has no beginning : science
TIL they detected a particle whizzing about at 0.999 999 999 999 999 999 999 9951 times the speed of light - with energy *20 MILLION* times more than the highest energy measured in radiation emitted by an extragalactic object! They call this the "Oh-My-God Particle". : todayilearned
xkcd: Diamond

Watch out: Samsung's TV is watching YOU as you watch it • The Register - Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition. (Big Samsung is always watching)
Imgur Pro features now free for all users : technology
Net Neutrality Saves Pornland - Eros Media - Porn is still the number one most searched thing on the internet. It generates $25 billion dollars a year in revenue in the US alone, and pioneers new technology (an irony, then, that the streaming speeds it had a hand in developing could be used against it).
Time Warner Cable's High-Speed Internet 97 Percent Profit Margin is a Big, Bright Red Flag; Critics Rebuked. | Bruce Kushnick (Big Predators)

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Almost 2,500 now killed by covert US drone strikes since Obama inauguration six years ago: The Bureau’s report for January 2015 | The Bureau of Investigative Journalism - Almost 2,500 now killed by covert US drone strikes since Obama inauguration six years ago: The Bureau’s report for January 2015 - Of the total killed since Obama took his oath of office on January 20 2009, at least 314 have been civilians, while the number of confirmed strikes under his administration now stands at 456.

Sweden Tells the UN that Indefinite Detention Without Charge is Fine - Sweden fell under fire at the UN over its decision to insist on the detention of Assange for more than 1,500 days without charge. It aborted its own press conference after pointed questions from journalists, and explicitly stated that it had no problem with indefinite detention without charge, not just for Mr Assange, but as a principle. Most countries place strict limits on detention without charge. In the UK and Australia, and in the US (except for Guantanamo Bay), a matter of hours. (you can see where their priorities are)

Ukraine conflict: four-nation peace talks in Minsk aim to end crisis | World news | The Guardian - Planned summit in Belarus capital on Wednesday comes after intense diplomacy between France, Germany, Ukraine and Russia

Explore the Swiss Leaks Data | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Jordan: Approximately 7,000 IS members killed in strikes | The Times of Israel - AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Approximately 7,000 Islamic State group fighters have been killed since Jordan began participating in coalition airstrikes, the country’s air force chief claimed on Sunday.
Isis has reached new depths of depravity. But there is a brutal logic behind it | World news | The Guardian - Murder in public is the new signature of the Isis conflict - One of the most prominent of those jihadi texts is a book called Idarat al-Tawahush, or Management of Savagery, by an anonymous jihadi ideologue who calls himself Abu Bakr Naji.
ISIL burns 16 Iraqis to death for not pledging allegiance - Members of the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group have burned to death sixteen people in Iraq’s violence-ridden northern city of Mosul.

Nigeria Postpones Elections, Citing Boko Haram Violence - Nigeria's election commission on Saturday postponed presidential and legislative elections for six weeks due to security concerns.
Malala Yousafzai criticises ‘weak’ effort to free girls kidnapped by Boko Haram | World news | The Guardian - The joint Nobel peace prize-winner said much more would have been done to win the girls’ release had they come from a more privileged background.

At Least 14 Dead In Egypt Soccer Riot, State TV Reports - A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.

Anti-Defamation League Urges Benjamin Netanyahu To Cancel Congress Speech (those optics look very bad, and when you've lost Abe Foxman ... )
Even Abe Foxman ... - Think the Netanyahu speech lead up is going well? Now even Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), one of the oldest and most respected institutions of American Jewry, is saying the speech should be canceled. Foxman has run the ADL for almost thirty years.
Iranian Officials Say Now Is The Time For A Nuclear Deal

Greek Leader To Reject Austerity, Lay Out Hard Leftist Program

Experts question Mexican investigation of 43 students' disappearance | World news | The Guardian - Argentinian forensic team hired on behalf of students’ parents says government presented biased analyses of the scientific evidence

Troops fathered 400,000 children in post-war Germany | News | DW.DE | 06.02.2015 - They resulted from widespread rapes as well as love affairs.

The Needle Trauma | in February 1995 the police cleared Zurich's drug hell once and for all. On the occasion of the historical anniversary the Tages-Anzeiger presents a web documentary about one of Switzerland's greatest social disasters.

Conservatives want to rewrite the history of the Crusades for modern political ends | David M Perry | Comment is free | The Guardian - One of history’s lessons is that any ideology, sacred or secular, that divides the world into ‘us versus them’ can and will be used to justify violence - To compare the Jordanian pilot who was burned to death by Isis militants to the public burning of Jesse Washington in Waco, Texas does not make one un-American.

Aaron Swartz stood up for freedom and fairness – and was hounded to his death | Comment is free | The Guardian - On Monday, BBC Four screened a remarkable film in its Storyville series. The Internet’s Own Boy told the story of the life and tragic death of Aaron Swartz, the leading geek wunderkind of his generation who was hounded to suicide at the age of 26 by a vindictive US administration. On Monday, BBC Four screened a remarkable film in its Storyville series. The Internet’s Own Boy told the story of the life and tragic death of Aaron Swartz, the leading geek wunderkind of his generation who was hounded to suicide at the age of 26 by a vindictive US administration

Anchors Aweigh - NYTimes.com - THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while. NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography. ("Facebooked")

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Al Franken Isn't Joking Around (well played, Al)

Kansas Gov. Brownback's Budget Hits Cherished Highway System - Kansas voters who re-elected a Republican governor known for aggressive tax cutting are learning that the state won't solve its serious budget problems without putting a normally sacrosanct asset in the crosshairs — its state-of-the-art highway system. (having already destroyed education and health care, keep it up Kansans)

Empire State of Mind by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Let’s be honest: if the convention is held in Columbus or Philadelphia, would that not symbolize, on some level, yet another desperate attempt to get the “Reagan Democrats” back?
Eschaton: Um, What? - I do not think Philadelphia is what you think it is. - Not that it's the only measure of diversity, but Philly is 44% black/37% white. Brooklyn is 55% white, 34% black.

The Dangers of Vaccine Denial - NYTimes.com - At the Waldorf Early Childhood Center in Santa Monica, Calif., 68 percent of the children had “personal belief exemptions” to avoid vaccination requirements, according to The Hollywood Reporter (the school declined to comment). That suggests that kids in some wealthy areas are as well vaccinated as children in, say, Somalia ... the measles vaccination rate in 2013 stood at 91 percent in the United States — lower than in Zimbabwe or Bangladesh.
Eschaton: But We Are Awesome - Great White Father Kristof is shocked to discover that countries with a lot of people sometimes do things better than we do!
This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll campaign - Salon.com - "Melanie's Marvelous Measles" was written to teach children the "benefits" of having the disease
This Anti-vaxxer children’s book is getting destroyed in Amazon troll campaign : books

Police: 5 Dead In Georgia Shooting - A man shot six people Saturday afternoon, killing four of them, including his ex-wife and several children before turning the gun on himself on a quiet, suburban street west of Atlanta, police and neighbors said.
Teen Accused Of Pennsylvania Mall Shooting That Wounded 3 - The Monroeville Mall went on lockdown Saturday evening after the shooting. The gunman managed to escape but police say they were able to identify him by matching surveillance video with images on social media.
snopes.com: FBI Admits Sandy Hook Hoax? - Claim: The FBI has revealed that no murders occurred in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, inadvertently admitting that the Sandy Hook massacre was an elaborate hoax. (they are really incapable of thinking)
One pill, 10 years: Ky. high court reviews vet's sentence - An injured Gulf War veteran with no prior felony record, Kidd was convicted of drug trafficking in a controlled substance in 2009 for selling a single pill and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Depression and the fragility of the strong, silent male | Yvonne Roberts | Comment is free | The Guardian - Suicide is the single biggest cause of death among men under 50. That truth must be faced

Bruce Jenner -- Cops To Get Search Warrant for Cellphone -- Was He Texting? | TMZ.com - A Hummer struck the Lexus, killing the Lexus driver.
Bruce Jenner Okay Following Deadly Car Crash [comments]

Bill Cosby cancels two Boston shows which were set to attract protests | World news | The Guardian - Comedian accused of sexual assault was to perform at Wilbur Theater - Theatre owner said: ‘I can’t wait for Sunday to be over. I’m done with it’

Don’t go to art school — I. M. H. O. — Medium - The traditional approach is failing us. It’s time for a change ... the cost of a four year education at RISD is $245,816. As way of comparison, the cost of a diploma from Harvard Law School is a mere $236,100.
The 7 Keynote MBA: How to Save 2 Years and $100,000 | Jonathan Fields

Antibiotics that target mitochondria effectively eradicate cancer stem cells, across multiple tumor types: Treating cancer like an infectious disease | Lamb | Oncotarget

Tixati.com - Tixati is a New and Powerful P2P System
Tixati - Software Informer. Tixati is a powerful alternative to other BitTorrent clients.
Game Recreates Entire Galaxy, 1,000 Players Determined To Explore It
How long WOULD it take to explore the entire galaxy? (Math Included_) : EliteDangerous

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2013 record heatwave 'virtually impossible' without climate change, Climate Council of Australia report says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - to be the hottest year in the country's record without man-made emissions in the atmosphere.
There’s No Doubting Climate Change Anymore by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The “debate” is over. Climate change is not only real, it’s the biggest crisis mankind has ever faced. Among conservatives it’s apparently not a matter of debate that ISIS represents an existential threat to freedom, but climate change does not. Truly reasonable people know it’s quite the other way around.
Climate Change’s Bottom Line - NYTimes.com - But inside the offices of Cargill, the food conglomerate, Greg Page, the company’s executive chairman, felt compelled to talk about global warming.

In Latest Vindication of Snowden, Court Rules UK Mass Surveillance Illegal | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - 'We must not allow agencies to continue justifying mass surveillance programmes using secret interpretations of secret laws,' said Privacy International director Eric King.
Top UN Official Says 'Global War on Terror' Is Laying Waste to Human Rights | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - Battling terrorism shouldn’t justify torture or mass surveillance, says Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein (thought that was the whole point)

New Allegations Renew Old Questions About Saudi Arabia And 9/11 - For years, some current and former American officials have been urging President Barack Obama to release secret files they say document links between the government of Saudi Arabia and the Sept. 11 attacks. (Obama thought he could get away with this, and he may still)
‘A Line in the Sand’ in Fight to Release Thousands of Prisoner Abuse Photos - The Intercept - A federal judge is demanding that the government explain, photo-by-photo, why it can’t release hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of pictures showing detainee abuse by U.S. forces at military prison sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Obama has covered this up for so long he now owns it)

"We will enter Bahrain by arms not passports, and we will behead the King" - AhlulBayt News Agency - ABNA - Shia News - Bahraini ISIS respond to striping their nationalities:
Girls can marry aged nine, says new Islamic State guide for women - World - News - London Evening Standard - A UN report today said that IS was systematically killing, torturing and raping children and families of minority groups in Iraq.

Dems lining up to skip Netanyahu | TheHill - One Democratic aide lamented that the debate has evolved in such a way that lawmakers risk the perception of being forced to choose between their support for Israel and that for the White House. (they pledged allegiance to the racist state of Israel)
Explosion rocks Gaza in apparent assassination attempt | The Times of Israel - Vehicle of senior Hamas official blown up by Palestinian assailants in sign of increasing instability in the Strip

Ukraine leader shows off captured Russian military IDs - Yahoo News - "How much evidence does the world still need to recognise the obvious fact there is a foreign military" within Ukraine's sovereign territory, he asked.

Eschaton: Maybe That Wasn't Such A Good Idea After All - We're not quite responsible for everything that happens Iraq the way we arguably were a few years ago, but the consequences of W's grand Middle Eastern adventure continue.

Why I Heart King Abdullah | The Nation - He was an old-school monarch who made America feel good about itself again. (well done, Katha)

Pope says it’s okay to smack your children ... as long as dignity maintained (dignified whooping)

Jeffrey Epstein accuser: video exists of underage sex with powerful men | UK news | The Guardian - New affidavit alleges ‘physical abuse’ and ‘major cover-up’ Virginia Roberts: ‘I didn’t know whether I was going to survive’

U.S. sisters arrested for nude photos at Cambodia's sacred Angkor site | The Japan Times - Lindsey Adams, 22, and 20-year-old sister Leslie were discovered taking “nude pictures” inside Preah Khan Temple at the World Heritage site on Friday, the Apsara Authority — the government agency managing the Angkor complex — said in a statement.
Two American sisters have been arrested in Cambodia for taking naked photos of each other inside the country’s famed Angkor temple complex, officials said Saturday — the latest nude stunt by tourists to spark anger. : worldnews

Immunity for Politicians! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : A new bill proposed by Oklahoma State Representative Kevin Calvey (R) would prohibit district attorneys from prosecuting state elected officials, legislators, district court and appellate judges, and appointees to state commissions for public crimes, The Oklahoman reported.

Cartoon Villains Deny Health Care to Large Numbers of Poor People - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Tennessee, despite being given concessions by the Obama administration that won the governor’s support, says no: (America has its own sadistic religious death cults)

Germany is battling a measles outbreak that is 10 times worse than the one in the U.S. - The Washington Post - 254 new cases emerged in January, primarily in Berlin. "There are several communities in the United States with close ties to countries with circulating measles and low vaccination rates, and these are certainly at risk. Since 2001, outbreaks in the US have been sparked by disease acquired in Romania, Kenya, Switzerland, and many more,"
Rand Paul on defensive in Iowa after comments about vaccination dangers | US news | The Guardian - The trained ophthalmologist said on Monday he had heard about “many tragic cases” of children who got vaccines and ended up with “profound mental disorders”.
Flu Jab Found To Work In Just 3% Of Cases - The flu vaccine issued this winter is estimated to work in just 3% of cases, Public Health England (PHE) has revealed. (i.e. useless)
2014 - 2015 flu shot only 3% effective against currently circulating stains. It is usually 50% effective. : news
? The Flu Vaccine is Effective - YouTube

Stream of Foreign Wealth Flows to Elite New York Real Estate - NYTimes.com - About $8 billion is spent each year for New York City residences that cost more than $5 million each, more than triple the amount of a decade ago, according to the website PropertyShark. Just over half of those sales last year were to shell companies.
Eschaton: The Big Money - One thing that's maddening is that if individuals, without shell companies, try to move large amounts of money around they're going to get noticed. Quickly. Corporations aren't just people, they're very special people.

Inside NBC News | Public Relations - In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.

He’ll Rot For Pot: 55 Years For Weed - The Daily Beast - A father of two was sentenced to 55 years in jail for selling pot. The Koch brothers want to help set him free and make him the face of their new campaign for criminal justice reform.

Anti-Tesla Motors states win 2014 Luddite Award - TSLA AMZN - Investors.com - The states blocking Tesla received 34% of the vote. Coming in second with 27% of the vote was the National Rifle Association for its opposition to smart guns ... . The worst offenders are Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas,

Cambridge Journals Online - Psychological Medicine - Abstract - Course of cannabis use and clinical outcome in patients with non-affective psychosis: a 3-year follow-up study - Course of cannabis use and clinical outcome in patients with non-affective psychosis: a 3-year follow-up study
"Cannabis use in patients with a psychotic disorder has a long-lasting negative effect on illness outcome, particularly when persistent. Treatment should focus on discouraging cannabis use. : science

415.full.pdf - Symptomatology of the initial prodroma phase of schizophrenia
'Darwinian' test uncovers an antidepressant's hidden toxicity -- ScienceDaily - Males exposed to Paxil were about half as likely to control a territory. They also lagged behind control males in body weight throughout the weeks of competition and were more likely to die. Exposed males produced 44 percent fewer offspring

60 years of law school tuition increases in the context of American family income - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Harvard’s tuition had by that point already quadrupled in real terms over the previous 30 years.
Wow that is depressing. Even though the federal income tax is 4% lower for our modern hypothetical minimum wage earner, they're still earning thousands less than in 1970. (see correction for $1.60 minimum in 1968)

Dad refuses to give up son with Down syndrome after wife’s ultimatum - National | Globalnews.ca - In Armenia, it’s reportedly common for families to abandon children born with disabilities.
Samuel Forest has raised over $450k on GoFundMe to help raise his son with Down Syndrome after his wife asked for a divorce in the delivery room. : news

Serial: Maryland special appeals court grants rare hearing to Adnan Syed | US news | The Guardian - Appeal seeks new trial for man convicted of killing high-school girlfriend or allow witness testimony to be heard in lower court - The power of podcasts

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Room for a Baby - NYTimes.com (perfect)

The Gunfighter on Vimeo
The Gunfighter - a hilarious short film about a lone Gunslinger who walks into a saloon. However, the people in this saloon can hear the narrator (x-post from r/shortfilms) : videos

Man awakens after 12 years in coma, says he was aware of ‘everything', including his mother wishing he would die. : WTF - The story is from Invisibilia, an NPR/ Radio IQ show
IWasSurprisedToo comments on [WP] A father and son sit down for a serious talk. The father is going to tell the son he is the last of an ancient race, and must carry on the bloodline. the son is coming out to the father. neither knows what the other has to say. - If you liked this story, you might like to read about how Nazis fight time-travelling assassins, what might happen if the Antichrist found himself in the wrong Apocalypse, how hard it is for a super-spy to explain being late at his day-job.. If you like more serious things, maybe you'd like to meet Death in an elevator, free an innocent prisoner as a death-row cook, or to wake up to a duplicate of yourself every morning.
A light-hearted moment from a children's bible : WTF - Reading the Bible was like reading the recipe on the back of an oatmeal box.
What's the slimiest thing you've ever done to "get ahead" in life? : AskReddit
Oregon judge: taking photos up girl's skirt not illegal : news
Mom charged with attempting to sell teen daughter's virginity for $400 : news
What is the scariest fact that you wish you could unhear? : AskReddit

Psychosis
NoEnd House – Creepypasta Wiki
Abandoned by Disney – Creepypasta Wiki

Youtube Ditches Flash, and it Hardly Matters: Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss | Electronic Frontier Foundation (Netflix is the new boss and owns both your browser and your computer)
Gamer gets swatted while streaming before thousands of viewers : news
Gamer gets swatted while streaming before thousands of viewers | Ars Technica - Incidents of so-called swatting pranks appear to be increasing - Joshua Peters, aka Koopatroopa787
Alleged swatting prankster “Famed God” arrested in Las Vegas | Ars Technica - Teen's computers point to swatting incidents nationwide, authorities said.

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BP's Deepwater Horizon spill has left tons of oil on the Gulf's floor - Business Insider

In Historic Ruling, UK Surveillance Secrecy Declared Unlawful - The Intercept - The United Kingdom’s top surveillance agency has acted unlawfully by keeping details about the scope of its Internet spying operations secret, a British court ruled in an unprecedented judgment issued on Friday. In its 15-year history, the tribunal has never before upheld a complaint against any intelligence agencies.
Hullabaloo - And they don't even have a Bill of Rights - Somebody should inform some of our resident intellectuals who believe that the Snowden revelations meant nothing and that nobody with any sense cares about it.

Russian Inflation Soars to Staggering 15 Percent | Business | The Moscow Times (nice little economy you have there)
U.S. and Europe Working to End Ukraine Fighting - NYTimes.com

Burning Victims to Death: Still a Common Practice - The Intercept - In addition, because the Hellfire missiles fired from drones often incinerate the victims’ bodies, and leave them in pieces and unidentifiable, traditional burial processes are rendered impossible. (Obama: incinerating people since 2009)
Boko Haram has up to 6,000 ‘hardcore’ fighters, claims US intelligence | World news | The Guardian - Dozens of Boko Haram fighters thought killed by Niger and Chadian forces after attacks on Bosso and Diffa, near Nigerian border
Boko Haram, and Massacres Ruled by Whim - NYTimes.com - “They were parking” — imprisoning — “young girls and small, small children, parking them in the big houses,” said Bawa Safiya Umar, 45, whose 17-year-old son was killed when her town fell under Boko Haram’s control. “They parked 450 girls in four houses.”
Boko Haram Attacks Town Inside Niger After Cameroon Assault - On Wednesday and Thursday, Boko Haram fighters attacked a town inside Cameroon, leaving nearly 100 people dead and some 500 others wounded, according to Cameroonian officials.
American Hostage Killed In Retaliation For Immolation Of A Jordanian Pilot - Esquire - There is one thing we know about the band of barbarians we now apparently call "The Islamic State" and that is that they all missed their true calling as executive producers of cable news networks
ISIS Declares Airstrike Killed A U.S. Hostage - NYTimes.com - Kayla Mueller’s name remained a closely guarded secret, whispered among reporters, government officials and hostage negotiators — all fearing any public mention might imperil her life.
Justice Department Charges 6 With Terrorism - The six are Bosnian natives living in Missouri, Illinois and New York. Five of them were arrested in the United States and charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. The sixth person is overseas, the department said in a statement.

Supreme Court of Canada strikes down ban on doctor-assisted suicide | National Post

Uruguay demands to know why Iranian had fake bomb near Israel embassy | World news | The Guardian - Uruguay expels Iranian diplomat and summons explanation - Convincing-looking dummy bomb detonated outside offices 8 January

Dems lining up to skip Netanyahu | TheHill
Consuls in U.S. warn: Israel's friends fear Netanyahu's speech to Congress will harm ties - Diplomacy and Defense - Israel News | Haaretz - Despite the extensive criticism, Netanyahu tells group that he has no intention of backing out of the speech. (always in your face)
Benjamin Netanyahu’s side strikes back - Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jake Sherman - politico - Now comes the backlash to the Bibi backlash
The Blame Game Over The Israeli Leader's Visit Has Commenced - Esquire - I'm sure that Boehner and his colleagues in the monkeyhouse leadership thought inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to come over here and submarine the president and the administration on the negotiations with Iran was a brilliant idea when they thought it up. Once Operation Suckup went into effect, however, almost nothing went right and now, of course, everybody's blaming everybody else.
Joe Biden skipping Benjamin Netanuahu’s speech - POLITICO - Joe Biden won’t be there to welcome Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint meeting of Congress — or even shake his hand.
Israeli official suggests Boehner misled Netanyahu on Congress speech | Reuters (Orangeman assured Netanfuckyu it would be bibi-partisan)

A Game of Chicken - NYTimes.com - Germany to Greece: Nice banking system you got there. Be a shame if something were to happen to it. Greece to Germany: Oh, yeah? Well, we’d hate to see your nice, shiny European Union get all banged up. (Merkel's germanic sadism can't let up)

2,089 billionaires in the world: This is who they are, where they live and how they made their fortunes - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

This Is a Great Jobs Report Across the Board - NYTimes.com - But the beauty in this report was in the more subtle indicators it offered. That uptick in the unemployment rate? It happened not because fewer people had jobs, but because the size of the labor force rose by a whopping 703,000 in January after annual population adjustments. That was enough to drive upward the proportion of Americans in the labor force and the proportion holding a job

Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast - The Washington Post - “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”
Obama, slavery, Jim Crow, and Christianity - The Washington Post

Wyoming turns down Medicaid expansion - Rachana Pradhan and Sarah Wheaton - POLITICO - Wyoming has become yet another state where a Republican governor’s effort to expand Medicaid has been defeated by his own Legislature. ("staunch" Republifuckups)

Federal Government Set To Crack Down On Drug Courts That Fail Addicts - The federal government is cracking down on drug courts that refuse to let opioid addicts access medical treatments such as Suboxone, said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, on Thursday. (instead of sending them to Christian 12-step programs)

Rep. Alcee Hastings Says Old Texas Dildo Law Shows The State Is 'Crazy' - "One of their cities has a law that says that women can only have six dildos, and the certain size of things," Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) told CNN. "And if that ain't crazy I don't know what is."
Another GOP Lawmaker Wades Into Rape Debate - A Republican state lawmaker said Thursday that women who become pregnant from sexual assault should not be exempt from an anti-abortion measure, because childbirth resulting from rape is "beautiful."
S.C. Mayor: Objection To Changing Segregated War Memorial May Be 'Racism Hiding Behind History' - Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is a war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing them into two categories: "white" and "colored."

Kansas Gov. Brownback announced $45M in cuts to Kansas public schools and higher education : news (the goal all along)
As Jindal’s G.O.P. Profile Grows, So Do Louisiana’s Budget Woes - NYTimes.com - On Monday, Moody’s Investors Service, the credit ratings agency, noted a number of warning signs about the state’s credit outlook, including the plunge in oil prices, “muted job growth” and “a structural deficit.” John Kennedy, the state treasurer, a Republican, pointed to the report as evidence of how “fiscally irresponsible” the state had been for the last seven years. (Republicans at work)

Federal subpoena seeks travel records of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson - News - NorthJersey.com (drip ... drip)
Investigations Might Sink Christie After All - According to an insider, Samson referred to the briefly-lived and lightly-used Newark-Columbia route as “the chairman’s flight.” (he had his own airline route)

Police Reform Is Impossible in America - In a country that has identified black people as its criminal element, public safety (and perceived security) is more tied to the suppression of blacks than it is to the suppression of crime. And as long as the public insists on its myth of black criminality—almost as an article of faith—police practices will be impossible to reform.
San Francisco Public Defender Files Complaint About Her 'Rough' Arrest (VIDEO) - Tillotson maintains that police were wrong to try to separate her from her client, an African-American man, as he was questioned and photographed by police.

Mississippi: Number One in Vaccinations by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Mississippi backed its mandate with policies that made vaccinations available to all, regardless of income, race, or location. The head of the state’s Department of Health, Alton Cobb, made vaccination accessibility a top priority, and he held his post for 20 years, from 1973 to 1993
Insane Anti-Vaxxer Children’s Book Will Make Every Kid Want Measles | Wonkette - And a note on the author: Stephanie Messenger is an Australian anti-vaxxer who claims that vaccines killed her one-year-old son 30 years ago (doctors reportedly attributed the boy’s death to a rare genetic disorder, Alexander Disease; it is not caused by vaccines). The book has been widely condemned for suggesting that disease is fun and wonderful;

New System Seen As 'Promising' Alternative To Mandatory Reporting Of Campus Sexual Assaults - Sexual assault victim advocates who are pushing against a mandatory reporting bill in Virginia are paying closer attention to a "promising" new third-party reporting system called Callisto, which would let victims choose when their report of sexual assault is submitted and who receives it.
Upskirt Photos Of Teen In Oregon Store Is Not Illegal - An Oregon judge has ruled that a 61-year-old man did nothing illegal when he crouched in the aisle of a Target store and snapped photos up a 13-year-old's skirt. It was lewd and appalling, but not outlawed, Washington County Judge Eric Butterfield said.

This Is The Ultimate Routine For A Perfect Work Day
Hellmann’s mayonnaise different texture: Has something changed in Unilever’s recipe? - Something is different about Unilever’s signature spread, but it’s not clear what.
My 10th-grade English teacher changed my life. I got to say “thank you” before he died. - Sidwell Friends

NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny | News | The New Orleans Advocate — New Orleans, Louisiana

Fewer Top Graduates Want to Join Teach for America - NYTimes.com - The group, which has sought to transform education in close alignment with the charter school movement, has advised schools that the size of its teacher corps this fall could be down by as much as a quarter and has closed two of its eight national summer training sites, in New York City and Los Angeles. (oh, it turned out to be an abusive, exploitative scam?)

Out On The Weekend - Esquire - Because this is no longer about politics, it seems to be about civility in someone's outside writing. Having been whacked on similar grounds by my previous employer, I am uniquely sensitive to these kind of cases ... I believe that because I learned it at Marquette University's College of Journalism. I'm not entirely sure that John McAdams would have lined up behind me when I got knuckled for calling Christine O'Donnell "a sideshow freak," but that doesn't matter. Right is right. I learned that there, too.
Marquette to Fire John McAdams for His Blog | The Academe Blog

Missouri Family Allegedly Kidnaps Boy To Teach Him Lesson About Strangers - Three Missouri women were arrested on Thursday and charged with kidnapping after they allegedly arranged for a man to kidnap their six-year-old relative because he was "too nice" and he needed a shock lesson in the dangers of the world family. (FTFY)

Canadian student has "out of body experiences" whenever she wants - After attending a lecture on "out of body experiences," a 24-year-old student from the University of Ottawa approached her professor saying, "I thought everybody could do that." She can apparently do this at will — making her the first person with this condition to be studied.
Shots of brain cells restore learning, memory in rats | Science News - Technique may someday ease radiation-related side effects for cancer patients, study suggests

If You Like _____ I Recommend ______ : Music

The internet is full of men who hate feminism. Here's what they're like in person. - Vox - All of it breeds a certain paranoia, one I encountered in all the men I spoke to
More Violent Video Game Research Says Real World Violence Link Is Crap | Techdirt - there is simply no link between violence and gaming, it's worth highlighting, particularly considering the antagonistic approach new, younger researchers are taking against the old guard and their reaching methodologies.
Anthem Hackers Tried To Breach System As Early As December - The hackers who stole millions of health insurance records from Anthem Inc. commandeered the credentials of five different employees while seeking to penetrate the company's computer network — and they may have been inside the system since December.

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Hijacker Claims Possible Involvement Of Saudi Government In 9/11 - Esquire - The kerfuffling centered around why the United States must constantly protect the delicate fee-fee of one of its most revolting allies, a retrograde society that combines all the worst aspects of monarchy and theocracy, and a governing elite that covertly funds extremism all over the Middle East so that reform doesn't come to Saudi Arabia, one way or the other ... And then, of course, there are those 28 pages that were redacted from the Senate report that, as recently as a month ago, Graham was demanding be released to the public. (the official version of history is fraying at the edges)
U.S. considers declassifying report on Saudi funding of al Qaeda | Reuters - White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters that following a congressional request last year the intelligence community was undertaking a review of the decision to classify the secret section. He did not say when it might be completed. (they've been "reviewing" it since 2002)

Say It! Say It! by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Peter Beinart addresses an issue that’s been rattling around in the back of my mind for a good while: the incessant conservative demands that Obama say the word “Islam” in describing the source of terrorist threats. It makes no real sense.
Is America at War With Radical Islam? - The Atlantic - Critics insist that Obama's reluctance to say so robs the struggle of moral clarity, but such attacks reflect a muddled understanding of the fight.

Female jihadis publish guide to life under Islamic State | World news | The Guardian - “The model preferred by infidels in the west failed the minute that women were ‘liberated’ from their cell in the house,” it says. (yeah, "cell")
Fox News Hosts Disagree Over Network's Decision To Post ISIS Video On Website - "I disagree with the Fox decision," Kurtz said. "Here's why: I fear that many of us in the media are helping ISIS spread its propaganda using its fear tactics."

Two Israeli diplomats recalled after tweets criticising Netanyahu | World news | The Guardian - Ambassador to Switzerland and official in Delhi face a hearing over posts targeting prime minister’s policies as he prepares for US visit - “Every time one thinks Netanyahu has taken the relationship with the White House to the lowest point ever, he manages to take it even lower,”
Israeli officials fail to quell Democratic revolt - Edward-Isaac Dovere - politico - Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein rushed to meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday trying to calm a furor created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned speech to Congress next month and quell a Democratic revolt that has dozens threatening a boycott. (Likud owns both parties; and we give THEM the money)

Argentine Former Spy Called To Testify About Dead Prosecutor: Report - For years, Stiusso had been one of the most powerful and feared men in the SI. The agency played an important role in the military government's "dirty war" against suspected Marxist rebels, union leaders and other leftists in the 1970s.

Merkel and Hollande’s surprise Moscow visit raises hopes of Ukraine deal | World news | The Guardian - Summit announcement spawns suspicions that Putin is seeking to split Europe and America as US officials hint at military aid to Kiev

Gary Glitter found guilty of child sex offences | UK news | The Guardian - Former Glam rock star Gary Glitter faces spending the remainder of his life in prison after being found guilty of a series of child sex offences on three young girls, aged between 8 and 13 ... a “voracious” appetite for child abuse images. He was convicted in 1999 of building up a library of 4,000 such images, some involving children as young as two.

D-squared Digest -- FOR bigger pies and shorter hours and AGAINST more or less everything else - The D-Squared Digest One Minute MBA - Avoiding Projects Pursued By Morons 101 (2004, more relevant than ever)

An Elite That Has Lost the Impulse to Police Itself - The Atlantic - In fact, he believes that the DEA's behavior was egregious enough that the public's failure to respond more forcefully calls the value of transparency itself into question.

Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court - NYTimes.com - Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court (Roberts has higher ambitions)

Anthem Hacked, Millions Of Records Likely Stolen - Health insurer Anthem Inc, which has nearly 40 million U.S. customers, said late on Wednesday that hackers had breached one of its IT systems and stolen personal information relating to current and former consumers and employees ... names, birthdays, social security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and employment information, including income data

Massachusetts, Maryland Most Democratic States - Massachusetts and Maryland rank as the most Democratic states, and Wyoming and Utah are the most Republican

The College Loan Bombshell Hidden in the Budget - Michael Grunwald - POLITICO Magazine - The 40 million Americans with student loans are now saddled with more than $1.2 trillion in outstanding debt. And with higher education costs rising much faster than inflation, the already massive program has been growing at a spectacular clip (expensive education, predatory loans and no jobs)

The History Of The Wisconsin Idea And A Self-Governing Political Commonwealth - Esquire - It was one of those conservative scams whereby you preach freedom (removing control of the university from the state itself) in order to destroy that of which you do not approve (handing that control over to a Board of Regents you've packed with cronies). This clever con has not escaped notice in Wisconsin.

Measles cluster at Chicago daycare prompts health department investigation | US news | The Guardian - Five children younger than 12 months old – under the recommended age to receive the measles vaccine – diagnosed with infectious disease - Measles and its complications, including encephalitis and blindness, were linked to 145,700 deaths worldwide in 2013.
Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don't | US news | The Guardian - vaccination is understood by many as an individual choice, when science makes clear that the choice – to vaccinate or not to vaccinate – can affect an entire community. (special snowflakes spreading deadly diseases)
Measles outbreak: doctors see tighter 'philosophical' vaccine exemption as fix | US news | The Guardian - California moves to change law allowing parents to opt out on philosophical grounds as medical experts warn of link between such laws and disease rates - At least 20 states, including California, currently permit such broad “personal belief” vaccination exemption for parents, many of whom are skeptical of mainstream science (philosophical objections to facts)
6 Dangerous Anti-Vaccination Arguments Analyzed, Explained, And Shut Down
'It's never the science itself': why the right questions climate and vaccines | US news | The Guardian - Movement’s doubts about climate change, vaccination, and other matters of science are tied to ideas of morality and belief in limited government ... The Pew Research Center, in a poll released last week, found two-thirds of Americans supported mandatory vaccines. But there was a deep strain of suspicion among those under 30 years old, with 41% thinking vaccines should be a parental choice.
Wingnuts Pretty Sure It Was Illegals What Gave Measles To All Our Unvaccinated Kids | Wonkette
Eschaton: Disrupting The Purity Of Our Body - This isn't surprising, as one of the big narratives underlying anti-immigration views is the idea that "illegals" somehow carry dirt and disease and disrupt the purity of our country. It isn't always this literal, but there is a basic belief that the purity of our essence is being tainted.
Republicans Planning To Use Vaccination Issue To Put Wedge In Democratic Party? - Esquire - In short, there is a very active, and loud, liberal claque opposed to compulsory vaccination. Two of the states with the loosest laws regarding exemptions from mandatory vaccinations are Oregon and Vermont, neither of which will be voting for Scott Walker in 2016. And both Hillary Clinton and the president wobbled on the issue a bit while campaigning six years ago.

Chris Christie Administration Is Target Of New Federal Criminal Probe (corrupt Big Chicken)

Utah Lawmaker Questions Whether Sex With An Unconscious Person Should Always Be Considered Rape | ThinkProgress - Representative Brian Greene voiced his concerns ...
In Facebook Posts, Congressman Aaron Schock's Press Secretary Compared African Americans To Zoo Animals | ThinkProgress
alicublog: Makes A Perfect Gag Gift - Can't help but notice that the name of this little shindig is "Bullets & Bourbon." And that the activities suggest that some people might bring their kids along. This is just good ideas all the way down, isn't it? (they really are demented children)

Suit: Man held 20 hours after asking to file TSA complaint | www.wpxi.com - A traveler detained for more than 20 hours after a search of energy bars and a sports watch in his carry-on bag at an airport has sued the Transportation Security Administration and accused a TSA supervisor of lying.
Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant • The Register - And that's OK with the courts – if it's declared later on (perfectly Constitutional)
Prosecutors shouldn't have immunity from their unethical – or unlawful – acts | Alexa Van Brunt | Comment is free | The Guardian - Law enforcement officers only receive qualified immunity against legal liability for their actions on the job. But getting lawyers to amend the law isn’t easy
2 Philadelphia officers charged with aggravated assault | 6abc.com - "Hopefully this case will show Philadelphians that our system here works," Williams said. (if the "system" is an unnoticed surveillance cam)

Controversy grows over Brian Williams' Iraq apology - Feb. 5, 2015 - He was actually aboard a different helicopter.
Can Brian Williams' NBC career survive the retraction of his Iraq tale? | Television & radio | The Guardian - He has built a career on trustworthiness, but the false story was perpetuated for 12 years. Now the question is whether the deception was deliberate (deception is their game)
Brian Williams' apology leaves out key details of Iraq incident - U.S. - Stripes - News anchor's apology met with cynicism from servicemembers who were there
Amy Pascal steps down from Sony Pictures in wake of damaging email hack | Film | The Guardian - One of Hollywood’s most powerful executives is leaving company after hacking scandal that resulted in leak of her emails, but is starting studio-backed venture (more fallout)

FGM affects three times more people in the US than previously thought | Society | The Guardian - Campaigners call for action to deal with ‘state of emergency’ as figures show more than 500,000 US women are living with or at risk from consequences

Mirror Touch : NPR - mirror-touch synesthesia?
Michael Banissy – Mirror-touch synaesthesia (supertasters, superrecognizers)
HIV and syphilis biomarkers: Smartphone, finger prick, 15 minute diagnosis -- ScienceDaily - Medical researchers have developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers -- HIV and syphilis -- from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.
First stars appeared 100m years later than thought, research finds | Science | The Guardian - Data from European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that star formation began about 550m years after the big bang - this finding may have major consequences on our attempts to understand the dark components of the universe
Marquette moves to fire controversial faculty blogger @insidehighered - The McAdams dispute may also renew debate over the concept of civility as a value in academe.
Skull May Solve Mystery of First Humans in Europe | NewsTook - It is believed to be the primary proof of humans living in the Levant region during that time, according to discoveries published in the journal “Nature.” The Levant region is the area in the Middle East that includes modern-day countries including Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria.
Scientists just cracked the viral equivalent of the Enigma code - The Washington Post
New algorithms allow autonomous systems to deal with uncertainty

The Exit Of Andrew Sullivan Marks The End Of The Dish - Esquire - And yes, the conversation will continue - just not in this form and not in this place. The Dish, after all, is a very new media invention. It's less an institution than an organism - a living breathing creature that is more than the sum of its parts.

Indiana Woman Convicted Of Feticide After Using Abortion Drugs - Esquire - If you are now saying, "Wait a second. They convicted this woman of killing her baby and also of then neglecting a baby that was already dead?", you are far from alone in your confusion.

Are there a lot of spiders in NZ, compared to the US. : newzealand

Cable TV viewing declined by more than 12 percent in January — Tech News and Analysis - Looks like Netflix and other streaming services are starting to have an impact on traditional TV viewing: Total live TV ratings were down 12.7 percent year over year across the networks of major media companies,
The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke - ProPublica - Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.
Can a Novel’s Plot Be Reduced to Data Points?

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US officials: 9/11 plotter's claims Saudi royals aided al-Qaida 'inconceivable' | US news | The Guardian - Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called ‘20th hijacker’ in the 9/11 plot, has alleged that Saudi diplomat discussed plans to shoot down Air Force One (so release the report)
Zacarias Moussaoui says al-Qaida was backed by Saudi Arabia. But can he be believed? | World news | The Guardian - Extremist serving life in prison for his role in the 9/11 attacks makes new claims about dealings with the kingdom that while intriguing don’t pass the smell test
New allegations of Saudi involvement in 9/11 : worldnews

What the Warren Commission Didn’t Know - Philip Shenon - POLITICO Magazine - A member of the panel that investigated JFK’s death now worries he was a victim of a “massive cover-up.”

Jordanians turn their minds to revenge after Isis killing of pilot | World news | The Guardian - Muadh al-Kasasbeh’s death galvanises Amman locals, as mood changes in favour of war against Isis
Fox News site embeds unedited Isis video showing brutal murder of Jordanian pilot | Media | The Guardian - “[Fox News] are literally – literally – working for al-Qaida and Isis’s media arm,” he added. “They might as well start sending them royalty checks.”
ISIS Reportedly Crucified, Buried Children Alive In Iraq: UN
Outrage In Mideast Over ISIS Killing Of Jordanian Pilot (counter-chopping)

Jets bomb Boko Haram in Nigeria's first major offensive
Jets bomb Boko Haram in Nigeria's first major offensive : worldnews

TIL: Islamic countries are one of the top Porn users. : todayilearned

Democrats might skip Benjamin Netanyahu speech - Edward-Isaac Dovere and Jake Sherman - POLITICO - Democrats have had to balance publicly supporting Israel with backing Obama (this level of ridiculousness)


Jeb Bush lashes out at 'liberal mindset' in presidential appeal to middle class | US news | The Guardian - Bush lays out ‘plan of action’ that distances himself from family legacy and points to education record in Florida as proof he can help to ‘close the opportunity gap’

NBC's Brian Williams Admits He Was Never On Helicopter Forced Down In Iraq - Mike O’Keeffe, the door gunner on the damaged helicopter, commented on the same post that Williams was "a liar."

Christie stays out of vaccine greeting card program embraced by 2016 rivals | US news | The Guardian - Hallmark cards for new mothers list recommended vaccinations, including for measles, and are sent out by several of the New Jersey governor’s counterparts - a county circuit court judge who found that Florida law defines “sexual intercourse” as between men and women. (and only men and women can get married, so ...)

Alabama's Top Judge: "State Doesn't Have to Allow Gay Marriage." Despite a federal court having ruled they must. : news - "Alabama state officials object to Federal interference" would be a headline from almost any decade in the last 150 years. (loonatic Roy Moore)

Neuroscience: The brain, interrupted : Nature News & Comment - Babies are increasingly surviving premature birth — but researchers are only beginning to understand the lasting consequences for their mental development.
Mother brought to tears hearing Johnson & Johnson's Risperdal tactics - Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical subsidiary tried to manipulated data in versions of reports to hide evidence that the company's antipsychotic drug Risperdal had caused boys like her son to grow breasts.
The Polygraph Has Been Lying for 80 Years - The Daily Beast - Eighty years ago, Leonarde Keeler’s lie detector made its debut in court. Decades later, we’re still paying the price for his con job.
Do you stray or stay? Humans divide into promiscuous or faithful groups | University of Oxford - One group had a ring finger which was much longer than the index finger, suggesting that they had been exposed to more testosterone in the womb and may be more likely to seek many sexual partners. The other group had fingers which similar in length, making them more likely to seek long-term relationships. (check your boyfriend's fingers, girls)
U.S. Surgeon General: ‘Marijuana Can Be Helpful’ | Marijuana - The nation’s top doctor says that marijuana has medical benefits for some patients.

What is sex? HIV case forces Florida supreme court to define intercourse | US news | The Guardian - State law requires people living with HIV to tell sexual partners of their infection but a lower court found that only covers certain acts between men and women

Deadly Metro-North Crash Highlights Concerns About Railway Grade Crossings
911 Operator to Teen Whose Dad Is Fatally Hit: "Stop Whining" : news

Neuroscience: The brain, interrupted : Nature News & Comment - more than one in 10 babies — around 15 million in total — are born prematurely each year. The great majority are born between 32 and 37 weeks of gestation, but 1.6 million are born between 28 and 32 weeks and 780,000 are born 'extremely pre-term', before 28 weeks
Purvi Patel found guilty of feticide and child neglect over unborn baby's death | US news | The Guardian - Kathrine Jack, an attorney who has followed the case closely, said that the verdict “sends a message to pregnant women in Indiana that if they have still-birth, or miscarriage, or in some cases seek an abortion they could be criminally investigating and charged for fetucide.”

Movie Trivias: A Kiss Worthy of Cinema History - Supposedly, after receiving complaints about Bankhead putting her genitals on display for everyone below her, Hitchcock quipped that he wasn’t sure whether it was a concern for the costume department or hairdressing.
9 Albert Einstein Quotes That Are Totally Fake | Gizmodo Australia - 1. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

TIFU by thinking I looked cute : tifu >At least once a week, some person just......explodes in there. (women and bathrooms)
TIL that the Greeks had proposed heliocentrism 2000 years before Copernicus: Aristarchus arranged the planets in order of distance from the Sun, concluding that it could not be in orbit around the Earth because a body that large could not orbit a body so small. : todayilearned
New here. I just love how it's called "The Chart". : badhistory
Carl Sagan, the Library of Alexandria, and 'The Chart'. So *much* bad history in this one. : badhistory
Brother of the Chart, The HISTOMAP! : badhistory
the_last_carfighter comments on The War on Democracy: How corporations and spy agencies use "security" to defend profiteering and crush activism
A "World History" test in which almost every question is insane. Japan was first inhabited 2000 years ago, India isn't 85% Hindu, and prehistory (and grammar) doesn't exist. : badhistory
MedievalPOC, Ancient Egypt, and pre-Colombian trans-oceanic contact : badhistory
Magna Carta hits the Front Page, and I hit the bottle : badhistory - This is one of those rare cases in which the devil is not in the details but actually sitting on your face.
How common is our Moon's orbit which causes it to always show us the same face to Earth? : askscience

'Awe-inspiring' FCC internet protections could alter landscape for net neutrality | Technology | The Guardian - Tom Wheeler pens op-ed in Wired magazine to declare support for ‘strongest open internet protections ever’ in what could be titanic shift on hot-button issue

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Deadly Northeast Snow Storm Slows Travel, Sets Record In Boston - Boston sets record for snowiest 7-day period in city

Keystone pipeline: Obama given boost from EPA report revising climate impact | Environment | The Guardian - Falling oil prices could mean higher carbon pollution for the controversial pipeline, a finding that gives Obama new cause to reject the project

No one knows what happened to NSA staffers who snooped on their lovers | Ars Technica - Senator blasts DOJ in delayed answer to query about LOVEINT consequences. (under the spy rug)
Do webcams watch the watchmen? No sticker on ex-NSA chief's laptop camera | US news | The Guardian - ACLU’s principal technologist spotted former NSA director Keith Alexander on a train working on his laptop. Its webcam was conspicuously uncovered ... working away on his Apple Macbook ... Alexander was apparently fully clothed while using his laptop

Isis video shows Jordanian hostage being burned to death | World news | The Guardian - Muadh al-Kasasbeh, who was captured by Islamic State just before Christmas, was set alight while locked in a cage
Pilot’s murder may weaken Jordanian support for role in anti-Isis campaign | World news | The Guardian - It is hard to see Jordan withdrawing from the US-led coalition, but King Abdullah may now become more cautious despite public’s calls to avenge Muadh al-Kasasbeh’s death
Jordan To Execute Sajida Al-Rishawi After ISIS Video Released
New ISIS Video Appears To Show Death Of Jordanian Pilot Muath Al-Kaseasbeh
Jordanian Pilot's Death Adds To Worries About U.S. Fight Against ISIS - But in a troubling signal for the coalition, Jordan watchers have suggested in recent days that the pilot's case was exacerbating internal divisions within the country about the Arab nation's participation in the anti-ISIS campaign.
Why ISIS Murdered Kenji Goto - The New Yorker - In this sense, ISIS is less like a conventional authoritarian or totalitarian state than like a mass death cult.
Casus Belli Dance » Balloon Juice - By getting involved militarily in the campaign against ISIS, the US is playing a dangerous game. The opponent may be depraved death cult, but its leaders aren’t necessarily stupid or irrational; they may hope to bring out the stupid and irrational in us.
ISIS Burns Jordanian Pilot Alive : worldnews

French Soldiers Attacked By Man With Knife In Nice - A man with at least one large knife hidden in his bag attacked three French soldiers Tuesday as they patrolled in front of a Jewish community center in southern France. He and a possible accomplice were detained and a terror investigation was launched, authorities said.

Iranian president says nuclear deal with the west is getting closer | World news | The Guardian - Mehr news agency quotes Hassan Rouhani saying sides have ‘narrowed the gaps’ as second report emerges of uranium enrichment deal with US

Arrest Warrant For Argentine President Found At Dead Prosecutor's Home

UN Court: Serbia Did Not Commit Genocide In Croatia During Balkan Wars - neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed genocide against each other's populations during the wars that accompanied the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.

Over 100 drugged and raped in Japan fake clinical study | GulfNews.com - Tokyo: Japanese police have arrested a man for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting more than 100 women who believed they were taking part in a medical study, detectives and local media said on Tuesday.

The conspiracy theorists are right. Research shows nations really do go to war over oil. - The Washington Post - We found that the decision to interfere was dominated by the interveners’ need for oil – over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.

Pentagon loses track of weaponry sent to Yemen in recent years | World news | The Guardian - Chaos in the functionally leaderless country has seen Houthi rebels reportedly take control of Yemeni military’s arms depots and bases (same mistake again and again)

U.S. judge quits commission to protest Justice Department forensic science policy - The Washington Post - criticizing the U.S. Department of Justice for muzzling its work to benefit prosecutors. (Obama)

Justice Deferred Is Justice Denied by Jed S. Rakoff | The New York Review of Books - Too Big to Jail: How Prosecutors Compromise with Corporations by Brandon L. Garrett

Supreme Court King Sebelius Obamacare Decision Could Kill Thousands | The New Republic - in Massachusetts, for every 830 adults gaining insurance coverage there was one fewer death per year,” the brief reads. “Using the national estimate that 8.2 million people can be expected to lose health insurance in the absence of subsidies on the federal marketplace, this ratio equates to over 9,800 additional Americans dying each year. (Supreme Court Repubican Death Machine)

Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill - NYTimes.com - The private plane, on which Mr. Christie had his own bedroom, had been lent by Sheldon G. Adelson, the billionaire casino owner and supporter of Israel. At the time, he was opposing legislation then before the governor to legalize online gambling in New Jersey. (Gov Fuckup is totally corrupt and has screwed the NE so bad)

Measles Outbreak Proves Delicate Issue to G.O.P. Field - NYTimes.com - It is a dance Republican candidates often do when they hedge their answers about whether evolution should be taught in schools. It is what makes the fight over global warming such a liability for their party, and what led last year to a widely criticized response to the Ebola scare. (facts are very hard for Republicans)
13 Numbers That Explain The Resurgence Of Measles In The U.S.
Rand Paul's Vaccine Comments Are Latest Chapter In 136-Year-Old Debate
Chris Christie Ducks Media After Controversial Vaccination Comments
Vaccines Should Be As Nonnegotiable As Seat Belts, Experts Say
Your feelings about vaccines don't trump another child's medical reality | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | The Guardian
GOP Rep On Vaccines: An 'Oppressive State' Shouldn't Tell Us What To Do - Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) became the latest Republican on Tuesday to speak out against vaccine mandates
Congressman Speculates 'Illegal Aliens' Could Be To Blame For Measles Outbreak - Immigration hardliner Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) said Tuesday that "illegal aliens" may be to blame for the recent measles outbreak that began in California and has continued to spread to other states. (the clowns are out)
Congressman: Measles Outbreak May Be Caused By 'Illegal Aliens' | ThinkProgress - Many cases come from children of parents who have been fed misinformation about vaccinations by people like Jenny McCarthy. In California, where the outbreak is spreading rapidly, wealthy Los Angeles-area residents are increasingly opting out of vaccinations at historically high rates.
Virginia lawmaker wants parents held accountable for refusing to vaccinate children | WTVR.com - “We are paying the price for letting people opt-out,” Del. John O’Bannon (R – Richmond) said. O’Bannon, a physician,
Blame Hollywood for Anti-Vaxxers - The Daily Beast - Famous folks who have made dumb or reckless comments about vaccines range from Bill Maher and Jim Carrey to Oprah Winfrey, who helped give crusader Jenny McCarthy a soapbox.
Pat Robertson Rails Against Fluoride In Water And Vaccine Mandates (back to Goldwater)
We Asked A Lot Of Likely 2016 Candidates Two Questions About Vaccinations - BuzzFeed News - The science is clear: The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork. Let's protect all our kids. #GrandmothersKnowBest - — HillaryClinton (@Hillary Clinton)

Schock's Office Is Decorated To Resemble Downton Abbey - Esquire - Could a congresscritter decorate his office as the Fortress Of Solitude, or the race and sports book at Caesar's, or the Winnipeg Jets locker room, as long as the c-critter in question obeyed the congressional ethics regulations regarding gifts and so on? (Somebody could do up an office as an 1870's New Orleans bordello, but that would be redundant.) The things you learn on this job, I'll tell you
Poll: Iowa Republicans Side with Obamas After Huckabee's Beyoncé Attack - Bloomberg Politics - Still, 40 percent of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers said they agreed with Huckabee's characterization of Beyoncé's music as “mental poison,” according to the poll. Thirty-eight percent said Huckabee “went too far” with his criticism of the singer, while 22 percent said they were unsure.

Barry Diller's Pier 55 Park: How Money Is Changing City Parks | The New Republic - America's Billionaires Are Turning Public Parks Into Playgrounds for the Wealthy

A Future Segregated by Science? - NYTimes.com - (In Mississippi only one person — not female, black or Hispanic, by the way — took the test that year. Oh, Mississippi.) (AP in computers: 1)

Columbia Student: I Didn’t Rape Her - The Daily Beast - Sulkowicz’s act, which is also her senior project for her visual arts degree, has been praised as both protest and art. To Nungesser, however, it is something else altogether: harassment. “It’s explicitly designed to bully me into leaving the school—she has said so repeatedly,” he says, referring to Sulkowicz’s statement that she will carry the mattress until either Nungesser leaves Columbia or they both graduate. (her "art" project)

New York AG Targets Herbal Supplements At Major Retailers - . In many cases, unlisted contaminants were the only plant material found in the product samples. Overall, 21 percent of the test results from store brand herbal supplements contained DNA from the plants listed on the labels. The retailer with the poorest showing was Walmart, where 4 percent of the products tested showed DNA from the plants listed on the labels.
New York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers - NYTimes.com - The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies ... Three out of six herbal products at Target — ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep aid — tested negative for the herbs on their labels. But they did contain powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots.
Nearly 80% of supplements found to contain NONE of herbal supplement claimed on label. : news

How One NYPD Officer Went To Jail For Using A Chokehold -- And Why That's Unlikely To Happen In The Eric Garner Case - But Francis Livoti, the officer who killed Baez, ultimately spent seven years in a federal prison. In December, a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death.
NYPD officer charged after video seems to show him stomping on man's head | US news | The Guardian - Officer could face a year in jail after indictment for the incident in Brooklyn, which occurred less than a week after Eric Garner died in a police chokehold

Maternal Depression Often Starts Before Giving Birth, Study Says - NYTimes.com - t in those with the severest symptoms — suicidal thoughts, panic, frequent crying — depression most often began during pregnancy, not after giving birth, as is often assumed.
For Americans, Second Hand Smoke Exposure Cut in Half, C.D.C. Reports - NYTimes.com - over the past decade, federal health authorities reported Tuesday, as states and municipalities banned smoking in bars, restaurants and offices, and fewer Americans smoked inside their homes.
Preventing Chronic Disease | Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach - CDC - Watercress - 100.00
The Well Flu Quiz - NYTimes.com

DC_MJ-Monitoring-Health-Concerns-Related-to-Marijuana-in-CO-2014.pdf

Ore. bakery will have to pay same-sex couple up to $150K - The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery will have to pay the couple up to $150,000, BOLI spokesman Charlie Burr said. The exact amount will be determined at a hearing on March 10. (karma's a bitch, bitches)

Conrad Hilton, Brother Of Paris Hilton, Arrested For His In-Flight Antics - BuzzFeed News - “I will fucking own anyone on this flight; they are fucking peasants.”

In 24 Hours, Internet Helped Change Life Of Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work - Evan Leedy, a student at Detroit's Wayne State University, set up a GoFundMe account to help raise money to buy Robertson a car. It began with a simple goal of $5,000 and skyrocketed to over $200,000 from thousands of people after Robertson's story was picked up my media outlets around the world.

What statistic blows your mind? : AskReddit - 20% OR MORE of pregnancies end in miscarriage. 20% is just "known pregnancies"
TIL that the Greeks had proposed heliocentrism 2000 years before Copernicus: Aristarchus arranged the planets in order of distance from the Sun, concluding that it could not be in orbit around the Earth because a body that large could not orbit a body so small. : todayilearned
What has sex taught you in life? : AskReddit
What is the largest group of people you have been naked in front of? How did you find yourself in that situation? : AskReddit
dedinthewater comments on Mummified monk is ‘not dead’ and in rare meditative state, says expert

The FCC Says Your City Can Build a Public Internet, Even If Your State Says No | Motherboard - ?The Federal Communications Commission is going to allow two cities to ignore state laws that ban them from building community-owned broadband networks, according to chairman Tom Wheeler.
Google Search scratches its brain 500 million times a day - CNET - On a daily basis, 15 percent of queries submitted have never been seen before by Google's search engine.

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The Patriots Are Super Bowl Champions at Last and Again Because the Last Miracle Went Their Way - Touching All the Bases - Boston.com
Yes, That All Actually Happened (Just Don't Ask Us How) - Eric Wilbur's Sports Blog - Boston.com
New England Patriots Beat Seattle Seahawks 28-24 In Super Bowl XLIX

The science is clear: Forest loss behind Brazil’s drought | CIFOR Forests News Blog (deforestation has fucked Brazil)

Former CIA & NSA Boss: September 11th Gave Me Permission To Reinterpret The 4th Amendment | Techdirt - Michael Hayden, the former CIA and NSA director, has revealed what most people already suspected -- to him, the Constitution is a document that he can rewrite based on his personal beliefs at any particular tim

ISIS getting 'desperate,' struggling to replenish fighters - World - CBC News - U.S.-led airstrikes, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters having significant effect
Judge Accused Of Human Rights Violations To Preside In Trial Of Washington Post Journalist - A hard-line judge in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court has been chosen to preside in the case of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been jailed in Iran for six months on unknown charges and without access to a lawyer.

Westminster child abuse scandal: KGB and CIA kept secret dossiers on Britain's VIP paedophiles - Mirror Online - Both Russian and US intelligence knew about a group of powerful paedophiles operating in Britain and the KGB hoped to blackmail them in exchange for information

Ukraine: US considers military help for Kiev as separatists plan to mobilise army | World news | The Guardian - John Kerry, US secretary of state, will use visit to Ukrainian capital to consider options amid frustration in the west at failure to find diplomatic solution

Experts raise alarm as plague kills dozens in Madagascar - CNN.com - The plague is caused by Yersinia pestis, a bacteria found in rodents and spread by fleas.
'Suppressed' EU report could have banned harmful pesticides worth billions | Environment | The Guardian - Science paper recommended ways of identifying hormone-mimicking chemicals in pesticides linked to foetal abnormalities, genital mutations, infertility and other diseases including cancer

German neo-Nazi party cancels protest after boarding wrong train | World news | The Guardian - NPD members due to arrive in Freiburg to support woman banned from exam due to her party allegiance
Police alerted to planned march against ‘Jewification’ of north London borough | World news | The Guardian - ‘Fascist supporter of white rights’ Joshua Bonehill has called for a mass protest in Stamford Hill, home to around 20,000 Jews - the centre of the ultra-orthodox Haredi population.
Iceland to build first temple to Norse gods since Viking age | World news | The Guardian - A modern version of Norse paganism has been gaining popularity in recent years as followers see the stories as metaphors for life not worship of the gods (praise Thor!)

Tech pioneer Phil Zimmermann calls Cameron's anti-encryption plans 'absurd' | Technology | The Guardian - PGP inventor rubbishes Tory plans to ban encryption and says modern commerce depends on it: ‘End-to-end encryption is everywhere now’

War Is the New Normal | William J. Astore - 3. “Support Our Troops” as a substitute for thought

Obama Budget Sets Up Battle With Republicans - WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday proposed a $3.99 trillion budget for fiscal year 2016 that sets up a battle with Republicans over programs to boost the middle class that are funded by higher taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans.

Christie Says Parents Should Have 'Choice' on Vaccinations - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com - Mr. Christie said that “not every vaccine is created equal, and not every disease type is as great a public health threat as others.”
Measles vaccine row escalates as Christie and Obama differ on advice | US news | The Guardian - Christie, who is considered a leading presidential candidate, told press during his visit to the UK that parents should have “some measure of choice” in the decision to vaccinate their children. (Gov Ebola) Within hours, Christie’s office had sent a clarification. (that Christie is an idiot)
Chris Christie waffles on vaccination issue during tour of British laboratory | Society | The Guardian - Calls for ‘balance’ between public health concerns and parental discretion before spokesman walks back comments in shades of last year’s Ebola quarantine fiasco
Chris Christie: Parents Should Have 'Some Measure Of Choice' On Vaccinating Their Children (for the comments)
Rand Paul: Children Got 'Profound Mental Disorders' After Receiving Vaccines
Fevered Dreams And Flaming Rants » Balloon Juice - When people say “You know, Obama should come out in support of breathing just to see Republicans turn blue and pass out” as a joke, and then hours after Obama says “Vaccinate your kids to keep them from getting awful shit like measles” (one of the most infectious diseases out there people) we have Chris Christie saying “Well, the government should respect parents not wanting to vaccinate your kids
Arizona measles exposure worries parents of at-risk kids - CNN.com - CNN asked Wolfson if he could live with himself if his unvaccinated child got another child gravely ill. "I could live with myself easily," he said. "It's an unfortunate thing that people die, but people die. I'm not going to put my child at risk to save another child." "My child is pure"
Anti-Vaccine Doctor: I Don't Care If My Kids Make Others Gravely Sick : videos - "It's not my responsibility to protect other people's child."
The Good Thing About the Disney Measles Outbreak | Claire McCarthy, M.D. - But as scary as this outbreak is, it may ultimately be a good thing -- because it may get more parents to immunize their children.
"Get your kids vaccinated," Obama tells parents doubting science: “There is every reason to get vaccinated — there aren’t reasons to not.” : news


State let oil companies taint drinkable water in Central Valley - SFGate - Oil companies in drought-ravaged California have, for years, pumped wastewater from their operations into aquifers that had been clean enough for people to drink.

Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment - Chris Christie and the Republican default on public investment. (dumbfuck fucks his state and the whole northeast)

US consumer spending weakest since 2009 despite lower gas prices | Business | The Guardian - Consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, fell 0.3% but cheaper gas is expected to provide a tailwind in first quarter

Paul Ryan’s Most Shameless Lie Ever -- NYMag - Ryan’s complaint is that Obama’s economic policies have exacerbated the gap between the rich and the poor. “The Obamanomics that we’re practicing now have exacerbated inequality,” he claims. “They’ve exacerbated stagnation. They’re made things worse. The wealthy are doing really well. They’re practicing trickle down economics now.” (they really believe their bullshit because they are bullshit)
Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Jeb Bush Has a Big Problem - Bloomberg Politics - His family ties aren't being held against him, but the Republican base is worried about his stands on immigration and Common Core.

Here Are The States That Spend The Most On Public School Students (and the usual dumb states)

Alabama Lawmaker: Same-Sex Couples Don't Deserve Same Financial Benefits As Other Families | ThinkProgress - “Let’s face it. If gay marriage is approved, I assume that those types of unions, those people would be entitled to Social Security benefits, insurance. Where does it end?” (with turtles getting SSDI, obviously, you dumb shit)


What harsh truth has life taught you? : AskReddit - It's okay to miss people you no longer want in your life
Motorcycled across Southeast Asia : motorcycles
My cousin's son is obsessed with Minecraft. While he was away at a sleepover, she changed his room up a little bit! : gaming
What was the most hurtful thing that anyone has ever said to you? : AskReddit - 'You're really easy to forget'. It hurt because it's soooo true
What's something you do, that you think everyone else does but dont have the courage to ask anyone about it? : AskReddit
If you could choose the next step in human evolution, what would it be and why? : AskReddit - Literally every single one of your fears is negated by the TELEPORTATION.

Our Inner Viruses: Forty Million Years In the Making – Phenomena
PLOS Genetics: Clonal Expansion of Early to Mid-Life Mitochondrial DNA Point Mutations Drives Mitochondrial Dysfunction during Human Ageing
National Sleep Foundation Updates Recommendations For How Much Sleep You Really Need - Older Adults (65+): 7-8 hours (new age category)

Acid flashback: one man's LSD adventures – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian - Dawn love-ins at Stonehenge, dune diving in Carmel ... Roger Steffens met his wife when he was tripping, then spent years taking acid-soaked photos of her and his friends

Time Warner Cable's 97 Percent Profit Margin on High-Speed Internet Service Exposed | Bruce Kushnick
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits - The Washington Post - Tennessee, for example, has passed rules forbidding cities from building high-capacity networks beyond a certain geographic area. Publicly run broadband in North Carolina may not offer service at prices below what a private carrier offers. (yeah, they could do that with their bought state lawmakers)
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits: Federal regulators are moving ahead with a proposal to help two cities fighting with their state governments over the ability to build public alternatives to large Internet providers. : news
Net neutrality battle pitches activists and FCC against Big Cable and GOP | Technology | The Guardian - President Obama supports new rules that if passed will regulate the internet like water and electricity – executives and Republican politicians do not (Rethugs hate your internetz except for big cable)
Porn video malware infects 110,000 Facebook users | IT PRO

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Iraqi old man kills 7 ISIS militants in revenge for slain son : worldnews
Iraqi libraries ransacked | TribLIVE - When the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria invaded the Central Library of Mosul last month, it was on a mission to destroy a familiar enemy: other people's ideas.
Boko Haram Attacks Biggest City In Northeast Nigeria - Nigerian troops Sunday repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria, with several civilians killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground.

Laos suffers lethal legacy of Vietnam war | World news | The Guardian (see Iraq for the next 100 yrs)

Greece’s problems are the result of the eurozone having no fiscal policy | Business | The Guardian - Germany and Greece are on a collision course because there is no large-scale method of recycling taxes in the eurozone (same deal: bankers fuck everything up, so bail out the bankers by bankrupting the country)

PressTV-‘Russian bomber carried nuke near UK’ - Sources within the Ministry of Defence have revealed that one of the two long-range bombers was carrying at least one air-dropped “seek and find” nuclear missile, designed to seek and destroy a Vanguard submarine, Sunday Express, reported Sunday.
Huge library containing historic texts and 14 million books goes up in flames Moscow - Europe - World - The Independent - The Academic Institute of Scientific Information on Social Sciences (INION) has 14.2m texts in ancient and modern languages and includes the biggest collection of Slavic language books in Russia.
Fire rages through library in Moscow - comparing it to a cultural Chernobyl, referring to the 1986 nuclear power plant accident in Ukraine. "It's a major loss for science. This is the largest collection of its kind in the world, probably equivalent to the (United States) Library of Congress,"

A Walk Down Memory Lane on Republican Obstruction by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Norquist immediately replied: “We will make it so that a Democrat cannot govern as a Democrat.”

Jeb Bush the Fundamentalist by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward.

Student found dead last June quit working as confidential informant shortly before disappearing | Grand Forks Herald - In November 2013, SEMCA searched Sadek’s dorm room and found a plastic grinder with marijuana residue, which Sadek admitted to using ... Asked whether confidential informants are put in harm’s way, Thorsteinson acknowledged they are working in “a dangerous subculture.”
Toddler Wounds Both Parents With 1 Shot From Handgun - Authorities say a 3-year-old boy got ahold of a handgun from his mother's purse and fired just one shot that wounded both his parents.

History Is Made: 'Beat The Press' Host Emily Rooney Rides The T | WGBH News - Friday on Boston Public Radio, Beat the Press host Emily Rooney revealed on BPR that for the first time in her life, she rode on the MBTA. In the past, no less than former Transportation Secretary Rich Davey had tried, and failed, to convince Rooney to ride (they make the policy)
Dame Helen Mirren Rides The Subway Like The Rest Of Us Plebeians - Mirren rode the downtown R train with the rest of the commuters.

Where did the missing oil go? New study says some is sitting on the Gulf floor -- ScienceDaily - Some 6 million to 10 million gallons of oil from the BP oil spill are buried in the sediment on the Gulf floor, about 62 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta, researchers have discovered.
Research uncovers connection between Craigslist personals, HIV trends -- ScienceDaily - Craigslist's entry into a market results in a 15.9 percent increase in reported HIV cases, according to research.
EPA Approves Continued Use of Pesticide That Causes Brain Damage | Ready Nutrition - chlorpyrifos, a chemical developed by Dow AgroSciences in 1965 that’s widely sprayed on a variety of crops.
Adherence to a Mediterranean Diet and Prediction of Incident Stroke - High adherence to MeD seems to be associated with a lower risk of incident IS independent of potential confounders
Added fructose is a principal driver of type 2 diabetes, experts argue -- ScienceDaily - Recent studies have shown that added sugars, particularly those containing fructose, are a principal driver of diabetes and pre-diabetes, even more so than other carbohydrates.
Interaction between the protective effects of cannabidiol and palmi... - PubMed - NCBI - Interaction between the protective effects of cannabidiol and palmitoylethanolamide in experimental model of multiple sclerosis in C57BL/6 mice. (your war on wonder drugs)
Dying To Be Free - The Huffington Post - There’s A Treatment For Heroin Addiction That Actually Works. Why Aren’t We Using It? Yet of the dozens of publicly funded treatment facilities throughout Kentucky, only a couple offer Suboxone, with most others driven instead by a philosophy of abstinence that condemns medical assistance as not true recovery
Confusion about terms: In what sense are fractals' dimensions non-integer numbers? : askscience
List of fractals by Hausdorff dimension

Rush After 'A Rape On Campus': A UVA Alum Goes Back to Rugby Road

Texas boy suspended after bringing 'ring of power' to school - NY Daily News - Two of the disciplinary actions this year were in-school suspensions for referring to a classmate as black and bringing his favorite book to school: "The Big Book of Knowledge." Principal Roxanne Greer (remember her name, internets) (can't have that in Texas, or any imagination)

What is your personal NSFW tip? : AskReddit - Pantyhose makes very soft, pleasant handcuffs.
That's illegal : funny
"Casablanca" Alternate Ending Could Be the Sketch of the Year On SNL - The Interrobang

Research says iPads and smartphones may damage toddlers' brains | Technology | The Guardian - Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self control, new research has shown.
Google Earth Pro drops $399 subscription, now available for free. : technology
Virtual Reality, The Empathy Machine | TechCrunch - Project Syria
Flash is dead, and YouTube dealt the killing blow | Technology | The Guardian - Will anyone miss Flash when it’s gone? Maybe, if these internet hits spark some nostalgia