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Climate-Change Summary and Update - Updated frequently, and most recently 28 November 2015. The Central Valley is sinking: drought forces farmers to ponder the abyss | US news | The Guardian

Turkey's Erdogan Expresses Regret Over Russian Plane Downing - "We are truly saddened by this incident."
Top Kurdish Lawyer Shot Dead During Press Conference In Turkey - A "courageous defender of human rights."

Do Words Kill? Is Political Rhetoric Inciting Christians to Violence? | BJ Gallagher

- Source: Colorado shooter politically motivated, said - "no more baby parts" after attacking Planned Parenthood
Colorado Springs: a playground for pro-life, pro-gun evangelical Christians | US news | The Guardian
Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Made Comment About 'No More Baby Parts': Sources - NBC News
CNN Invites Right-Wing Rep To Slam Planned Parenthood During Active Shooting - Rep. Adam Kizinger used the shooting to bring up the widely debunked videos Planned Parenthood critics have used to attack the health care provider.
Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Robert Lewis Dear Has Unsettling Past - "If you talked to him, nothing was very cognitive," a former neighbor said.
Colorado Survivor Recounts Haunting Moment When Gunman Stared Him In The Eye - "I've never experienced anything like that before."
3 Dead After Gunman Opens Fire Inside Colorado Planned Parenthood - One officer and two civilians were killed, and nine others were injured, during a lengthy standoff.

2016 Republican Contenders Silent On Planned Parenthood Shooting - But they did have something to say about Black Friday gear and Obama's foreign policy.

Swedish court: "We cannot ban Pirate Bay" - After deliberating for almost a month on the closely-watched case, the District Court of Stockholm ruled that copyright holders could not make Swedish ISP Bredbandsbolaget block Pirate Bay.
BTDigg DHT Search Engine: Free Search Engine For Free Torrent Content
Read the Transcript of Silk Road's Boss Ordering 5 Assassinations | WIRED


Bloomberg: Climate 'crazies' are being forced to accept reality - - "You've got a guy like Ted Cruz, who I think (prominent American lawyer Alan) Dershowitz said was the smartest law student he ever had, and he says some of the stupidest things I've ever heard." (smart, in a really evil way)
Bloomberg: Cruz Says Some of the Stupidest Things I've Ever Heard on Climate Change (for the comments, which are frightingly stupid)
Paris climate activists put under house arrest using emergency laws | Environment | The Guardian - French police arrest activists for flouting ban on organising protests during climate talks next week

Paris Attacks Plot Was Hatched in Plain Sight - WSJ - Terrorists used tools of everyday modern life to plan attacks on French capital undetected (more spy powers!)

- Turkey putting Syrian refugees "at serious risk of human rights abuse" (in the news alot, Erdogan)

Commercial scale oil smuggling into Turkey becomes priority target of anti-ISIS strikes (yeah, just where were those 400 oil trucks going?

Suspected Boko Haram Bombing Hits Shiite Procession

Paris Attacks Plot Was Hatched in Plain Sight - WSJ - Terrorists used tools of everyday modern life to plan attacks on French capital undetected

Development From Below | Jacobin - Capitalists are interested in profit, not development. Only workers can empower the Global South. (class over race)

Poland Won't Extradite Roman Polanski To The United States

Swedish court: 'We cannot ban Pirate Bay' - The Local

Tighter Lid on Records Threatens to Weaken Government Watchdogs - The New York Times (Barry is anti-transparent)

Saudi king showered Obamas with $1.3 million in gifts in 2014

Eschaton: Debates - After years of hearing Democrats complain about how the news shows are wall-to-wall Republican crap, it's pretty weird to hear Democrats talking about how we need fewer debates - less airtime! Because what we really need is to hear Republicans all the time, just like the rest of the year. Martin O'Mally is right about this.

Supreme Court Justice Intervenes in Native Hawaiian Election - The New York Times

Online Polls Are Rising. So Are Concerns About Their Results. - The New York Times - One is the rise of online polling. The other is the decline of telephone surveys because of rising costs and possibly declining quality, tied to the fact that fewer Americans are willing to participate in a telephone poll.

Why one political scientist thinks Donald Trump might actually win - Vox - In an exchange with Paul Krugman, political scientist Alan Abramowitz made one of the best cases I've heard for, as Krugman put it, "thinking the Trumpthinkable."

Alan Grayson Is A Ted Cruz Birther (yeah, that got swept under the rug)
"It's Alive. It's Alive ..." - Read the editorial and news pages today and you'll find a mix of hand-wringing and demands about an uncouth and outrageous outsider who is threatening to wrest the Republican party from its rightful owners (quintessential apotheosis of the stupid, evil and insane)

False Alarms About a National Crime Wave - The New York Times - 1.5 percent lower in 2015 than 2014. (that's quite a "wave" and just who is sounding the "alarms?")

Suspect in Planned Parenthood shooting in custody in Colorado Springs - The Denver Post - Colorado Springs police spokeswoman says gunman fired at police officers inside the Planned Parenthood building
Active shooter in Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood parking lot. : news
At Least 8 Shot at a Planned Parenthood Site in Colorado - The New York Times - A gunman inside a Planned Parenthood center here was exchanging gunfire with the police, the authorities said on Friday, wounding at least eight people including four officers. (Republican-encouraged domestic terrorism)
Three officers injured in shooting near Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood | US news | The Guardian - Police spokeswoman says officers do not know where shooter is
Man Kills Waffle House Worker Over Smoking Ban, Cops Say - in Mississippi was shot dead after she asked a customer to stop smoking in the restaurant, police said.
Burger King manager told grand jury of gap in Laquan McDonald video of police shooting - Chicago Tribune - When the police left the restaurant almost two hours later, the video had an inexplicable 86-minute gap that included when McDonald was shot, according to Darshane.
Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Killing Neighbor In Argument Over Loud Music
Mosque Protester Who Posted Muslims' Addresses: I'm Being 'Smeared' - for posting local Muslims' home addresses to Facebook earlier this week.

Black Tape at Harvard Law - The New York Times

100 Notable Books of 2015 - The New York Times
Iconic moments frozen in time from over 100 years of stunning photography - - History-makers & risk-takers: 15 of the most compelling photos shot in the last century

When The Mountains Started Exploding: Devastation In Coal Country (VIDEO) - The clip takes viewers from the resplendent green of the forested mountains to the barren wastelands and lunar landscapes of the area after the coal industry has decimated it. (coal's war on you +keep voting for the Death Party, WVA)

Alzheimer's: newly identified molecular mechanism could lead to treatment - Medical News Today - Low NCAM2 levels found in brains affected by Alzheimer's
Scientists Unlock Mysteries Of World's Most Massive Volcano - Located approximately 1,000 miles east of Japan and 6,500 feet below the ocean's surface, Tamu Massif is about the size of New Mexico and nearly as big as the largest volcanoes on Mars. (60 Mauna Loa's)
Scientists get first glimpse of black hole eating star, ejecting high-speed flare
Earth might have hairy dark matter
'Material universe' yields surprising new particle - the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act as insulators for current applied in some directions and as conductors for current applied in other directions

Which author overuses certain words/phrases? : books (ideosyncratic tropes +what Reddit is reading)
'Man in the High Castle': Inside the Mindblowing Sci-Fi Drama | Rolling Stone - Amazon's new alternate-history series imagines: What if the Nazis won WWII and occupied the U.S.?
- Inside the Mindblowing Sci-Fi Drama - Amazon's new alternate-history series imagines: What if the Nazis won WWII and occupied the U.S.?

TIL Students who dated in Middle School are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates. : todayilearned


Here's The Crazy Story About Thanksgiving -- especially the parts about Squanto the "friendly Indian."

- Among many climate scientists, gloom has set in. Things are worse than we think, but they can't really talk about it
The 5 mass extinctions : gifs
GOP Threatens To Disrupt Obama's Climate Agenda At Paris Summit - Republicans are working to prevent a deal, warning Obama they will use any tool necessary to block funding he has promised to help poor nations fight climate change. (Party of Death manuevers to end world)
Scientists: Ted Cruz Understands Less About Climate Than A Kindergartner
Scientists Slam Lamar Smith's NOAA Witch-Hunt - By Martin Longman - According to Open Secrets, the Oil & Gas industry has donated more than $630,000 to Rep. Lamar Smith during his illustrative career, including $10,000 in the last election cycle from Koch Industries.

Obama compares Syrian refugees to pilgrims on the Mayflower | TheHill (didn't work so well for the natives, though)

Russia Seeks Economic Revenge Against Turkey Over Jet - Turkey dismissed the threats as "emotional" and "unfitting."
Russia will pull out of Syria coalition if downing of jet is repeated, says Putin | World news | The Guardian
Turkish fighter jets violate Greek national air space | News |

Russians may have a strong case in Turkish shootdown | TheHill - The shootdown of the Russian Su-24 bomber by Turkish F-16s raises a number of critical issues under international law that the U.S. needs to carefully navigate. This is especially so since the result of the Turkish action was the apparently illegal killing by Syrian rebels of one of the Russian aircrew, as well as the possibly unlawful death of a Russian marine attempting to rescue the downed aviators.

A Post-Truth Party - President Bush weaponized the stupid, but it took McCain to deploy it.

Page 3 of America Is Too Dumb for TV News | Rolling Stone - Trump and others are proving it: we can't handle the truth ("we" = Republicans)
The Ecstasy of Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Campaign Takes a Darker Turn - The Atlantic - As the public's fear and loathing surge, the frontrunner's durable candidacy has taken a dark turn (into the dark heart of America's Republicans)
Trump draws scornful rebuke for mocking reporter with disability - The Washington Post - "Despite having one of the all-time great memories I certainly do not remember him" (he remembers his lies)
Trump Mocking Physical Disabilities Is Nothing New - The Republican candidate drew criticism for apparently making fun of a reporter's joint condition.
- A Definitive Debunking of Donald Trump's 9/11 Claims

The Carson Bubble Has Burst - Lawyers, Guns & Money : - A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday found Cruz essentially deadlocked with longtime poll-leader Trump in Iowa: Trump stood at 25 percent and Cruz at 23 percent,

Kochs Embedded In Major Rift On Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform - The proposed reform could make much white-collar crime harder to prosecute. (especially oil and poisoning companies, in case you were wondering about motives)

Cop in dash-cam video to face murder charge - Chicago Tribune
If police shooting video had been released sooner, would Emanuel be mayor? - Chicago Tribune (no, +scrubbed the audio +"technical difficulties" inside cops' brains)
Laquan McDonald's Shooting Is Just The Latest Episode In Chicago Police's Brutal History - City officials have framed the cop who killed McDonald as one bad apple, but the department has been rotten for almost a century.
What Mayor Emanuel needs to learn from the killing of Laquan McDonald | Bleader | Chicago Reader (not to coverup for cop murderers)
The Race Gap in America's Police Departments
Chicago Just Fired An Investigator Trying To Hold Cops Accountable For Unjustified Shootings - "They're just an arm against the city to hurt people bringing complaints."
Beyond Burge | Better Government Association - Over the past decade, the City of Chicago has spent more than $500 million on police-related settlements, judgments, legal fees and other costs (the whole barrel is rotten)
Crime in the city - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Why Punish Drug Users at All? - The New York Times (because America is very moralistic and sadistic)

- Why a Georgia sheriff posted this "politically incorrect" sign (because people say "in God we trust" all the time)

Drive By by Matt Connolly | The Washington Monthly

cops rush to death threats and screams -- of spider-chasing man (it was probably the size of a small kangaroo)

End of daily injections for diabetes as scientists restore insulin production - Injecting billions of immune cells back into the body boosts insulin production, preventing the need for daily injections - the therapy is safe, and can last up to a year (Type 1)
Will we ever understand the beginning of the univers... - Cosmology has been on a long, hot streak, racking up one imaginative and scientific triumph after another. Is it over? - the Big Bang might have been a reaction to a contraction, a bounce, perhaps one in a sequence of bounces that extends deep into the past and maybe into eternity.
Smoking high strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain | Science | The Guardian - Study suggests high levels of skunk use may affect the brain's white matter, making communication between the right and left hemispheres less efficient

Moral Dispute or Cultural Difference? - The New York Times


Scientists Shocked (And Thankful) These Cyclones Missed Hawaii - The image is a stark reminder of a stronger than usual El Niqo.

Putin Sends Air Defense Missiles To Syria To Deter Turkey - The S-400 missile systems, which will be sent to the Hemeimeem air base in Syria's coastal province of Latakia, located just about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of the border with Turkey, are capable of targeting Turkish jets with deadly precision. (slouching toward armageddon)

"I gave the order myself" - Turkish PM on downing Russian plane

U.S. cites errors and technical failures in report on Afghan hospital attack - The Washington Post - beset by "fatigue and a high operational tempo"

Hackers knock out ISIS's Dark Net propaganda site

SpikeDescending comments on Blast from the past: I just became aware of Reagan's address to the nation in which he admits that he lied to the public about trading arms for hostages. How did people let him get away with this bullshit? Was there outcry back then?
The Clothes Have No Emperor

Chris Christie Doesn't Recall Muslims In New Jersey Celebrating 9/11 - The New Jersey governor says he'd remember if it happened, "and I don't." (an historian)

CNN Looks More Like Fox Than 'Most Trusted Name In News' Post-Paris - One anchor just asked a Michigan mayor if she's "afraid" of the city's growing Muslim population.

CNN Polled Americans On Racism, And The Results Are Telling - More believe racism is a big problem than they did four years ago. (when the SC decided America was post-racial)

How Chicago tried to cover up a police execution | Chicago Reporter
Traffic halted, but few arrests, as hundreds march in Loop after video release - Chicago Tribune
Chicago Releases 'Chilling' Video Of Cop Shooting Teen 16 Times - The Cook County state's attorney said the officer "was on the scene less than 30 seconds" before opening fire on Laquan McDonald, 17.
A staggering moment for Chicago - Chicago Tribune - Those images are deeply disturbing. Chicago needed to know exactly what happened. (Rahm knew about this for a year)
Reporter Who Forced Release of Laquan McDonald Video Is Barred From News Event - The New York Times
Here's Evidence The Chicago PD Is Worse Than You Thought - The city's police department has a long history of failing to hold its officers accountable.
Chicago cop who injured driver in '07 is probed for shooting teen 16 times - Chicago Tribune - But he was never disciplined for any of the 15 complaints that have been resolved, including the one Nance filed after his run-in with Van Dyke, according to city documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Questions | NBC Chicago - 17-year-old shot 16 times by Chicago police officer (will they be prosecuted also?)
King: Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke's murder charge is too late - NY Daily News
Videos Show Masked Men Threatening Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Before Shooting - The recordings could offer clues to the identities of the men who shot black protesters on Monday night.

CNN Analyst "Shocked There's No Violence" During Chicago Protests | Video | Media Matters for America - CNN's Harry Houck: "Thugs Like To Use This As An Excuse To ... Riot, Destroy Property, [And] Fight The Police" (CNN is very racist)
- The Violent Legacy of Chicago's Police (April)

Judge rules on alleged gay-basher's tweets (live by the tweet ...)

Wedding Venue Owners Want To Be Able To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples - The owners of New York's Liberty Ridge Farm say their faith does not allow them to participate in a same-sex marriage. (what part of serving the public don't you understand)

- Humanism, Doubt, and Optimism - by Lawrence Krauss, 2015 Humanist of the Year 20 October 2015

That "alien megastructure" orbiting a distant star is probably just a bunch of comets ("probably")


Turkey Shoots Down Russian Warplane Near Syrian Border - The New York Times
Turkey Shoots Down Russian Military Plane Near Syrian Border - This complicates an already complicated situation in the Middle East.
The Latest: Russia Pilot Killed by Groundfire in Syria - The New York Times - Russian news agencies reported the statement Tuesday by general staff spokesman Lt. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, who also said that rebels in Syria fired on a Russian helicopter that was searching for the two pilots of the Su-24.
Russia deploys missile cruiser off Syria coast, ordered to destroy any target posing danger - The Turkish fighter jet made no attempts to contact Russian pilots before attacking the bomber, Rudskoy added. (which crashed in Syrian territory, so Turkey is really the bad actor here)
- Not Much Putin Can Do About This Turkey Situation - And Putin knows it
Russian Plane Incident Should Show War Hawks the Dangers of a No-Fly Zone Over Syria
The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions - History in the Headlines - The Cuban Missile Crisis Pilot Whose Death May Have Saved Millions

Russia's Putin calls Turkey's downing of Russian jet 'stab in the back' | News , Middle East | THE DAILY STAR

Analysts Accuse CENTCOM of Covering Up Cooked ISIS Intelligence - The Daily Beast (crooked "intelligence" and no general will be canned)

West should learn from Iraq and Libya, says Russian envoy Vladimir Morozov - "We can remember Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. In both cases, it was said that if you remove the dictator, the country will prosper. The result as we can see is quite different," he said.

US air strike 'hits 238 IS oil trucks' in Syria - BBC News (oh, where did they all come from?)

"Severe Blow" - Al Qaeda suicide bomber takes out leadership of key ISIS brigade

Iran Sentences an American Journalist - The New York Times - American journalist Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter held by the government for 16 months and charged with espionage, had been sentenced to prison.

Athens on edge after explosion severely damages buildings | World news | The Guardian - No injuries in timed blast in Greek capital, but it is feared anarchists angry at austerity policies may be launching wave of violence

Silent Arsenal: Israel's Nukes, by the Numbers - nuclear weapons arsenal includes 115 warheads

The Anonymous 'war on ISIS' is already falling apart | The Verge

Deadly Explosion Hits Military Bus In Tunisia - "I saw the bus blow up. There were bodies and blood everywhere."

Mr. Trump's Applause Lies ("Applause" = racist)
NYT Publishes Scathing Takedown Of Trump's 'Racist Lies'
Donald Trump Defends Racist Retweet: 'Am I Gonna Check Every Statistic?' - GOP front-runner refuses to back down after citing bogus crime statistics. (makin' shit up like he always does)
- Donald Trump on waterboarding: "Even if it doesn't work they deserve it" - Republican candidate endorses interrogation method that was scrapped by Bush administration because of torture concerns -- and ineffectiveness

Is Martin Baron the Best News Editor of All Time? - Most all of his colleagues, present and former, sure seem to think so.

CNN's Costello Asks Michigan Mayor If She Is "Afraid" Of Her "Majority Muslim-American" City Council | Video | Media Matters for America -- Carol Costello (of right-wing CNN is a bad human)

Georgia's Rejection of Obamacare Is Hurting the Rural Poor. The decision not to accept the free money and expand Medicaid was not made with Georgians's health in mind, but it has suffered as a result.

Kentucky Governor Restores Voting Rights To Nonviolent Former Felons - The state is one of a handful that was not already doing this. (Beshear on his way out)

City Releases 'Chilling' Video Of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen 16 Times - The Cook County state's attorney said the officer "was on the scene less than 30 seconds before shooting
Shaun King on Twitter: "Burger King came out publicly and stated that Chicago Police deleted their footage on the murder of #LaquanMcDonald"
Chicago Releases Dash-Cam Video Showing Teen's Fatal Shooting by Police : news
Missing Minutes From Security Video Raises Questions | NBC Chicago - 17-year-old shot 16 times by Chicago police officer
Cops: Boy, 17, fatally shot by officer after refusing to drop knife (the original lie by the murdering cops)
Chicago police officer who shot black teen 16 times charged with murder | US news | The Guardian - Officer Jason Van Dyke charged with murder one day before judge's deadline for releasing video of shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald (just kept pumping bullets into his prone body)
Chicago Cop Will Be Charged With Murder In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Black Teen: Report - Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times. - The judge ordered the dash-cam recording to be released by Wednesday after city officials had argued for months it couldn't be made public until the conclusion of several investigations. (investigatin' for a year)
3 In Custody For Minneapolis Black Lives Matter Protest Shooting - Two more men -- both white, ages 26 and 21 -- turned themselves in Tuesday afternoon.
Tulane medical student shooting suspect captured, NOPD says |

Why did my university allow a poker night with a gun giveaway? | Kelly Kenoyer | Comment is free | The Guardian - campus group Young Americans for Liberty
Ohio Man Shoots Neighbors, Young Son Dead - Columbus police said they are trying to determine why a man fatally shot a couple and their 7-year-old son and critically wounded their 12-year-old daughter.

A Car Dealers Won't Sell: It's Electric (84% don't give a shit about fuel efficiency)

Cystic fibrosis too 'white' for Ottawa fundraiser

watch: MIT Professor: Why 'Ghosting' Is Bad For Society (Turkle)

Man suffers from broken neck, missing teeth, and fractured face after e-cigarette explodes. : news
ELI5:If we get less Testorone and Estrogen as we age, why do we not get supplements to avoid as an example, decreased bone density. : explainlikeimfive

What's the biggest lie the internet has created? : AskReddit
I'm Jessamyn West, a famous librarian. AMA! : IAmA


Charles: Syria's War Linked To Climate Change
Ronald Reagan's EPA chief mocks Republicans for ignoring climate science for political gain

Stop the anti-encryption propaganda now | InfoWorld

Report: Russian ground troops arrive in Syria in unprecedented military action - Middle East - Jerusalem Post

Emails show DOD analysts told to 'cut it out' on ISIS warnings; IG probe expands | Fox News (lying military)
Eschaton: Of Course They Make Themselves Look Better - But the more "hilarious" thing is that it's almost 2016, and we're still training Iraqi troops. I guess we gave up on painting schools, at least.
Army Colonel says he was retaliated against for blowing whistle on $43 million gas station - The Washington Post (down the drain)

John Oliver's excellent takedown of the fearmongering about Syrian refugees - Vox
Greenwald Goes After CNN's Coverage Of Paris Attacks While On CNN - Well, this is awkward.
The Road To The Paris Attacks Runs Through The Iraq War - So let's be cautious about advice from the invasion's cheerleaders. (sorry, too long ago)
Bashar Assad Likely To Outlast Barack Obama In Office - He's not going anywhere.

Video Appears To Show Greek Coast Guard Attempting To Sink Boat Of Syrian Refugees - The Greek coast guard has denied the allegations, and insists they were working with Turkish crews to rescue the boat.

Eschaton: There's Always Money For Killing Machines - Prime Minister David Cameron will announce plans Monday to boost Britain's military equipment budget by 12 billion pounds ($18 billion), the latest in a range of government commitments to fight terrorism and other security threats as Europe remains on a state of high alert. (yeah, that'll help)

Teenage suicide bombers kill at least 12 people in Nigeria and Cameroon | World news | The Guardian - Five girls detonate explosives in two attacks by Islamist militant group Boko Haram, say officials

Why Not Just Print More Money? - The New Yorker - A radical solution to the current economic malaise.

Beyond Distrust: How Americans View Their Government | Pew Research Center - Broad criticism, but positive performance ratings in many areas (Repubicans: party of cruelty)

Fact-checking Trump's claim that thousands in New Jersey cheered when World Trade Center tumbled | PolitiFact - "And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering" (familiar cadence +pants on fire +people of the lie)
The media has no idea how to deal with Donald Trump's constant lying - Vox (lies and the lying liars who believe the lies +media has no standard for truth)
Ben Carson 'Doesn't Stand Behind' His Own Remarks About American Muslims Cheering on 9/11 - ABC News (is that the new dissociative way to say "I lied?"
- Ted Cruz Proves There's No Longer Such Thing as a "Republican Fringe")
Republicans See No Repercussions for Extreme Rhetoric on Syria, Terrorism - a massive problem.
- TV networks unite to fight Trump's restriction on journalists' access (he's directing the show)
Donald Trump Tweets A Wildly Inaccurate Graphic To Portray Black People As Murderers - It falsely claimed that 81 percent of murders involving white people were committed by black people, when only 14 percent were in 2014. (party of lies and delusions)
Dear Media, Stop Freaking Out About Donald Trump's Polls

- Massachusetts drops Common Core, will develop own student evaluations:

16 People Injured In Shootout At New Orleans Playground

Letters demand $15 million, say Irving officials worked to smear Ahmed Mohamed after clock arrest | | Dallas Morning News (they lied)

Should The MTA Allow These Nazi Insignias On Subway Cars?: Gothamist

NPR is graying, and public radio is worried about it - The Washington Post

- University yoga class canceled because yoga represents "oppression, cultural genocide"

We did it Reddit! After 3 years, Wally Krauss has uploaded a new video! : videos


Pentagon Expands Inquiry Into Intelligence on ISIS Surge - The New York Times - the Iraqi Army had not retreated at all. The soldiers had simply "redeployed" (your lying, corrupt military)

Authorities Missed Many 'Red Flags' Before Paris Attacks - Many point to Belgium as a weak link in European security. (not the smartest "intelligence)

Why do Islamist groups in particular seem so much more sadistic, even evil? | Kenan Malik | Comment is free | The Guardian - Jihadis view themselves as waging a war against the west that, in their eyes, is an all-encompassing monster, the source of all manner of horror and dread (couldn't have anything to do with having the shit bombed out of them)

ISIS Women and Enforcers in Syria Recount Collaboration, Anguish and Escape - The New York Times (women are commodities)

Russian sailor drinks half a litre of rum before crashing 7,000-ton ship at full speed into Scotland : worldnews

Nuns dress up as prostitutes to rescue sex slaves : news

Trump and Carson back use of waterboarding in fight against Isis | US news | The Guardian - Technique widely denounced as torture is "peanuts compared with what they are doing to us" says real estate mogul as he does not rule out independent run ("us")
Hullabaloo - Trump, eliminationism and the feckless Dems - The MSNBC reporter asked him why Muslims databases would be different than having Jews register in Nazi Germany. He replied, "You tell me" (they never learn)
- Protester gets punched at Trump rally. Trump: "Maybe he deserved to get roughed up"
daveweigel on Twitter: "Christie on refugees: "I AM concerned about widows and orphans -- the widows and orphans of my state, of September 11.""

John Bel Edwards beats David Vitter to become Louisiana's next governor |
Louisiana Just Voted to Give a Quarter of a Million People Health Care | Mother Jones - anti-abortion, pro-gun, West Point grad
John Bel Edwards Wins Louisiana Gubernatorial Election - A runoff election took place after neither candidate earned 50 percent of the vote in October.

Massachusetts's Rejection of Common Core Test Signals Shift in U.S.

DOJ Lawyers Will Fly To Minneapolis To Probe Jamar Clark Shooting - A key issue during their visit will be whether authorities should release to the public videos of the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Clark a week ago. ("confiscated" witnesses' cellphones, because)

- Addicted to chemsex: "It's a horror story" - An increasing number of gay men are taking part in multi-day, drug-fuelled orgies despite the health risks
Microsoft Word - ChemSex definition 19dec14 FINAL.docx - ChemSex-definition-19dec14-FINAL.pdf

Free Ottawa yoga class scrapped over 'cultural issues' | Ottawa & Region | News - But Scharf, a yoga teacher with the downtown Rama Lotus Centre, said the concept does not apply in this case, arguing the complaint that killed the program came instead from a "social justice warrior" with "fainting heart ideologies" in search of a cause celebre."(oppressed by disabled people doing yoga)

In California, Stingy Water Users Are Fined in Drought, While the Rich Soak - The New York Times - In Brentwood, one home listed for sale offers 12 bathrooms and a water slide that goes from inside the house to one of two pools. Another home under construction in Bel Air has been issued permits for five pools.

A temporary marriage makes more sense than marriage ... marriages should start with a five-year contract that either spouse could end or renew with a further 10- or 15-year contract and, if all still went well after that, a permanent contract.

English is not normal - No, English No, English isn't uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language (<-read this)

[Theory] Jar Jar Binks was a trained Force user, knowing Sith collaborator, and will play a central role in The Force Awakens :


- I believed we would face an antibiotics apocalypse -- until now -- a new approach to antibiotic development based on bacteriocins - protein antibiotics produced by bacteria to kill closely related species, and exquisitely narrow-spectrum

- NSA did keep its e-mail metadata program after it "ended" in 2011

Brussels in lockdown after terror threat level is raised to maximum | World news | The Guardian - Shops close, football is cancelled and people are urged to stay home

Anonymous Has Now Taken Down 20,000 ISIS Twitter Accounts, Promises to Go On

- Shock UK deficit figures dent George Osborne's economic plan - Gap between state spending and revenue is worst in October for six years with economists warning chancellor will need further austerity or miss annual target (six year of austerity fail, but the plan is really to destroy public services because the rich don't need them)

Ukraine's chief MH17 expert survives assassination attempt - watch on - - Police suspect the attack could have been motivated by his professional activities (you don't say)

CNN Reporter Suspended for Opinionated Tweet - ABC News - CNN correspondent Elise Labott has been suspended for two weeks after tweeting that the Statue of Liberty "bows head in anguish" following House passage of a bill making it tougher for refugees from Syria and Iraq to enter the United States. (media decides what you're not allowed to think, especially anything logical)

- Clinton Slams Sanders' Free college By Invoking Donald Trump's Kids (because Trump's kids are going to go to a public university, plz Hillary)

Congressman Calls DEA Heads Firing | Video | - nt Obama to fire Chuck Rosenberg, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rosenberg recently called medical marijuana a "joke."
Alaska Marijuana Control Board votes to allow consumption in retail outlets | Alaska Dispatch News (coulda been you, MA)
Two months after Oregon legalization, pot saturation sends profits up in smoke | US news | The Guardian - over-saturation and shaky business plans mean that for some dispensaries business is not booming

Jenny McCarthy slams Charlie Sheen for not telling her he had HIV - The Washington Post - McCarthy, who waged a years-long war against vaccinations, is known for her, let's say, colorful interpretation of scientific and medical facts, so this gobbledygook about kissing Charlie Sheen would certainly seem in keeping with her brand ... Man, I'm guessing science wasn't her strongest subject in school

Our Dream State, REM Sleep, Influences Memory Consolidation During Other Sleep Phases -- DREADD - Designer Receptors Exclusively Activated by Designer Drugs.
A Cup Of Joe May Lower Risk Of Death From Disease; Benefits Of Drinking Coffee Extend Lifespan - further evidence that moderate consumption of coffee may confer health benefits in terms of reducing premature death due to several diseases
Taste comes from the brain, not the tongue, scientists discover - ScienceAlert - Everything we thought about taste is wrong... (it's all in your head)
Inflammation linked to weakened reward circuits in depression

A "dead" galaxy full of dark matter is lurking close to home
Dark matter is really dark, but not totally dark: Scientists are dialing in the darkness - The Washington Post - "But finally, dark matter seems to be doing something! It seems to care about the world around it." (hmmmm)
Is it possible to think of two entangled particles that appear separate in 3D space as one object in 4D space that was connected the whole time or is there real some exchange going on? : askscience
Quantum entanglement achieved at room temperature in semiconductor wafers : science

If you could write a warning label about your ex that their next SO would read, what would it say? : AskReddit
Has anything you've ever posted on reddit come back to bite you? If so, what was it? : AskReddit
dr_zevon comments on I had sex with a transsexual girl and was on the receptive end. AMA
Men and Women - What is the "sluttiest" thing you have ever done? : AskReddit
Looking for songs that say "everything will be ok." : Music
What is a sub-$100 gadget that everyone needs but few people may already have? : AskReddit


Tom Steyer talks climate change and the 2016 election | (hostile interview by Kai Ryssdal, aspiring very special person makes false equivalency with Kochbros and claims "both sides do it' of course ingnoring Citizens United entirely)
Antibiotic Resistance on the Rise Among Chinese Cattle - Out on the weekend, where the wingo di tutti wingnuts is unlikely to get too sciencey. (let's have more anti-factual Texas textbooks)

Deadly Siege Ends After Assault on Hotel in Mali - The New York Times
Paris and Mali Attacks Expose Lethal Qaeda-ISIS Rivalry - The New York Times
- The Mali Hotel Attack Is Not Paris, and That's on Us (what we don't know because media doesn't think it's important)

5 Killed in Tel Aviv and West Bank by Palestinian Attackers - The New York Times

Jonathan Pollard, American Who Spied for Israel, Released After 30 Years - The New York Times
U.S. Releases Jonathan Pollard - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that "the people of Israel welcome the release of Jonathan Pollard." (Obama's long game)

The Civilized and the Damned - The New York Times

How anxiety about terrorist attacks could change our politics - The Washington Post (America, land of fear)
- Trump, Carson and GOP in explosion of rhetoric over Syrians
Holocaust Museum Condemns Treatment Of Syrian Refugees In U.S.
Donald Trump Sets Off a Furor With Call to Register Muslims in the U.S. - The New York Times

How The White House Lost Democrats On The Syrian Refugee Bill
The House of Representatives Votes to Ban Syrian Refugee Settlement - This is where it starts. (only Charlie give us the names: Lynch, Keating, Murphy)

New York Police Form Counterterrorism Force With More Firepower and Training - The New York Times

Texas Man Shoots 6 to Death Over Land Dispute - ix people were shot to death over the weekend in a place called Palestine. - Did you read much about it? No. Because this Palestine is in Texas, and because it was just another example of the price we are expected to pay for our Second Amendment freedom

- The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of "The Book Was Better Than The Movie (interesting)
The Grantland Articles We Loved Most | FiveThirtyEight

A Virtual Reality Revolution, Coming to a Headset Near You - The New York Times
Yahoo Restricts Ad-Blocking Software for Some Email Users - The New York Times (Marissa getting desperate)

The yoyoing subreddit made an awesome community video : videos (don't miss)

Neko Case on Twitter: "Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine believes finding music is "very difficult" for women BECAUSE HE IS A STUPID TWAT."
Surface Pro 4 Pen Demo - Photoshop Artist Time Lapse and 14 Pen Tips and Tricks! - YouTube


Antibiotic resistance: World on cusp of 'post-antibiotic era' - BBC News (return to medieval death-rates)
Emergence of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism MCR-1 in animals and human beings in China: a microbiological and molecular biological study - The Lancet Infectious Diseases (invincible Staph)

- Paris attacks: suspected ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud killed in St-Denis raid

How French intelligence agencies failed before the Paris attacks | World news | The Guardian - Authorities knew of at least three of the Paris attackers but did not act - and ignored a warning about a potential attack (historically, intelligence hasn't been that smart)

Three Israelis killed in attacks in Tel Aviv and the West Bank | World news | The Guardian - Palestinian from Hebron arrested over attack outside shop where prayer service was taking place

The Internment of Japanese Americans Still Haunts the United States - The Atlantic - Seventy years after the mass internment of Japanese Americans was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, the ugly ideas at the core of its decision are resurfacing. - Tennessee legislator Glen Casada called for the state National Guard to "round up" all Syrian refugees in the state on Tuesday.
House Dems Back GOP On Bill To Pause Admittance Of Some Refugees - They supported the legislation despite White House opposition. Forty-seven House Democrats
Schumer: Refugee pause may be necessary | TheHill (Chuckie Fuckie again)

2016 Republican primary: Lindsey Graham mocks John Kasich's proposed Judeo-Christian agency: 'I think that was the Crusades' - politico - Graham mocks Kasich's proposed Judeo-Christian agency: "I think that was the Crusades" (he occasionally actually says the obvious, unlike the other clowns)

- ISIS Calls Anonymous "Idiots" as Cyber War Heats Up

Syrian man kills judge at ISIS Sharia Court for beheading his brother : worldnews

- More than 1 million civilian guns were stolen over the same period, according to FBI records. (why we can't let any Syrians into America)

Chicago Rarely Penalizes Officers for Complaints, Data Shows - The New York Times (thick blue line)

Texas: We don't need academics to fact-check our textbooks (+video) - (proudly anti-factual but influencing whole country's textbooks)

Reporters barred from Mass. college sit-in unless they support Black Lives Matter movement : news

Our Own Private Disaster | Boston Review - Terrible Schools Are Great for Business (golden opportunities!)

Airport commission approves a private LAX lounge for the rich and famous - LA Times

Dark matter might cause fundamental constants to change over time
- Dark matter might cause fundamental constant to change of time - r/science

Stop Playing Monopoly With Your Kids (And Play These Games Instead) | FiveThirtyEight

'Power Over Wi-Fi' named one of the year's game-changing technologies

37 [M4F] WI - Excellent boyfriend material (if a wheelchair isn't a deal-breaker) : r4r
NimbusArchon comments on [WP] You tell Death that you will never tire of living no matter how long you live. It makes you a bet that you will and thus grants you true immortality. You've just lived through the second death of the universe and show no sign of stopping. Death is baffled.
xkcd: A Bunch of Rocks


October Obliterated Heat Records - The month was so hot that 2015 now has a 99.9 percent probability of being the hottest year on record.

A Helpful Primer on 13 Military Terms - Journos and pols may not understand them, but now you do.

Obama's drone war a "recruitment tool" for Isis, say US air force whistleblowers (another one of those obvious facts everyone ignores, see the Onion's prophecy)
We Need to Re-Learn the Lessons of the Iraq War | Mother Jones - Remember Fallujah? It took the better part of a year and nearly 15,000 troops to take a medium-sized city held by a few thousand poorly trained militants. Now multiply that by ten or so. And multiply the casualties by 10 or 20 or 30 too (Republicans are learning-disabled)

Timeline Of The Paris Attacks And Aftermath - From the first suicide bomb outside the Stade de France to a seven-hour standoff and raid that left two suspects dead. - French President Francois Hollande reiterated the government's commitment to helping Syrian refugees, promising to take in 30,000 people within the next 2 years. That's up 6,000 from France's previous pledge. (and 30,000 more than America, which caused the whole fuckup)

After Endless Demonization Of Encryption, Police Find Paris Attackers Coordinated Via Unencrypted SMS : technology

Paris attacks: The eight terror suspects named so far are not refugees and all have EU passports : worldnews (don't let facts get in your way, Americans)
Paris attacks: The eight terror suspects named so far are not refugees and all have EU passports | Europe | News | The Independent - Several of the suspects lived in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek

Suspected architect of Paris attacks is dead, according to two senior European officials - The Washington Post - The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks was killed Wednesday in a massive predawn raid by French police commandos, two senior European officials said, after investigators followed leads that the fugitive militant was holed up north of the French capital and could be plotting another wave of violence.
French Police Unsure Of Attack Mastermind's Status After Deadly Raid - Starting around 4:30 a.m, local police, backed by the French National Police RAID Team, exchanged gunfire with the suspected terrorists, with police firing over 5,000 rounds,
Saint Denis Siege: Armed Police Storm Apartment In Hunt For Paris Attacks Mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud - Two killed in early morning armed raids - Including female suicide bomber who blew herself up
Exclusive: Suspects had planned attack on Paris business district - sources | Reuters
An ISIS Militant From Belgium Whose Own Family Wanted Him Dead - The New York Times
Diesel named as police dog killed in Saint Denis raids hunting for Paris attackers | Europe | News | The Independent - At least five officers suffered minor injuries in the raid
Paris attacks: deadly police raid in St-Denis - as it happened
Massive Police Raid In Paris Suburb Ends With 2 Dead, 7 Arrests - The seven-hour siege focused on Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks.

Shafer: Myth of the Terrorist Mastermind - POLITICO Magazine - Why do we need to keep telling ourselves the plotters are special?

- Syrian Refugees Must Be Kept Out Because It's Too Easy to Get Guns in America alicublog: I'd Rather Be Right. - Obama said this about Republicans who are trying to protect America from pathetic refugees: ""At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three year old orphans"
Scottish Newspaper Puts U.S. Governors To Shame With Refugee Welcome - "Welcome to Scotland."
Bloomberg Poll: Most Americans Oppose Syrian Refugee Resettlement - Bloomberg Politics - Americans agree with Republican presidential candidates on refugees, but are divided on whether to send U.S. troops to Iraq and Syria to fight the Islamic State, according to the poll - Fifty-three percent
Syrian Refugee Family Bound For Indiana Gets Sent To Friendlier State - Indiana officials pushed to move the mother, father and little boy elsewhere.

Boko Haram Actually Kills More People In Terror Attacks Than ISIS - Let's not forget the horrific terror group taking lives in northern Nigeria. (some other planet)

- On MSNBC, Muslim Refugee Advocate Slams Conservatives' Call For A "Christian Only" Refugee Policy (Jesus would be pround)
Eschaton: How About We Only Let In The One True Christian - Aside from the horrible bigotry, I just get a wee bit frustrated with tribal Christians who apparently know nothing about their own religion

Roanoke Mayor David Bowers: No Syrian refugees to Roanoke Valley until security assured - Roanoke Times: Roanoke News
Mayor Wonders If We Need WWII-Style Internment Camps After Paris Attacks - David Bowers, the Democratic mayor of Roanoke, said in a statement that he has asked local agencies to suspend any assistance to Syrian refugees "until these serious hostilities and atrocities end, or at the very least until regarded as under control by U.S. authorities, and normalcy is restored."
Virginia mayor: wartime internment of Japanese justifies ban on Syrian refugees | US news | The Guardian (sure got himself a little attention)
The Mayor of Roanoke is a Charming & Erudite Individual - Lawyers, Guns & Money : George Takei's reply began with a history lesson for Mr. Bowers ... but of Japanese Americans, two-thirds of whom were U.S. citizens. I was one of them, and my family and I spent 4 years in prison camps because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor (Mayor Bowers really stepped in it)

Eschaton: In The Beginning Were The Mushroom Clouds - For those of us who were alive at the time, the runup to the Iraq war was all about mushroom clouds and oceans don't protect us anymore and balsa wood drones of death and gotta fight them over there instead of fighting them over here and scary vials of weapons of mass destruction and we're all going to die unless we take out Saddam, basically

Daily News Compares NRA To Jihadists On Front Page - Do they have a point? - Setting a new record for lethal insanity, Washington's pro-gun absolutists insist that suspected terrorists must have an unfettered right to buy assault weapons rivaling those wielded by ISIS in Paris.

Emanuel's speed cameras issue $2.4 million in bad tickets

My white neighbor thought I was breaking into my own apartment. Nineteen cops showed up. - The Washington Post (white lawyer who called the cops told her to go fuck herself)

Ben Stein: Obama's "Hatred Of America" May Be "Because He's Part Black" | Video | Media Matters for America (said the racist asshole)

- Donald Trump: I should be President because "I can feel" terrorism ... "like a good location" for a casino or hotel

Ben Carson Is Struggling to Grasp Foreign Policy, Advisers Say - - then failed, on national television, to name the countries he would call on to form a coalition to fight the Islamic State. (Repubicans: the stupider the better)
Ben Carson Lacks Foreign Policy Knowledge - Ben Carson Can't Grasp Middle East - ?Clarridge was pardoned (in the middle of his trial) by President George H.W. Bush in that historic exercise in ass-covering on the way out the door in 1992 (fuckers still out there fucking your country)

Bobby Jindal Drops Out Of The 2016 Presidential Race - "This is not my time." (another clown down)

The Regime Change Problem in American Politics - The New York Times (end of "party decides?"
The Party Decides and the 2016 Republican Primaries - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (durability of the clowns: who's the most serious clown?)

Some Wisconsin Water Is Comparable to a Third World Country (Thanks, Scott Walker) - We can't drink, brush our teeth, wash dishes, wash food; we can't use our water (keep voting Republican, Wississippi)

Eschaton: Hey, Dudes, Child Support is Real - Your uterus isn't about them, but they try to make it about them. I don't think they get that... it will be about them for a lot of money, for a long time.

California judge says ex-wife in divorce case cannot use frozen embryos | US news | The Guardian (but they are little frozen babies!)

Police Civil Asset Forfeitures Exceed All Burglaries in 2014 | Armstrong Economics (vast cop crime wave)
Forensic Pseudoscience | Boston Review - The Unheralded Crisis of Criminal Justice (of course cops would use fake "science")

The Scary New Science That Shows Milk Is Bad For You | Mother Jones - More troubling was Willett's finding that men who drank two or more glasses of milk a day were almost twice as likely to develop advanced prostate cancer as those who drank no milk

The University as a Capitalist Service Organization - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

World toilet day: from South Sudan to Russia, where not to get caught short | Global development | The Guardian (well well)

ZerothLaw comments on Former Monthly Magic Box Customers Beware - "Don't feed the trolls" is based on a few erroneous assumptions.
What is your #1 tip to improve your relationship with your SO, Reddit? : AskReddit


Appeals court lets NSA phone program continue - POLITICO - A federal appeals court has granted a stay that will allow a controversial National Security Agency telephone surveillance program to continue through its planned end on November 29. (of course)
Intelligence agencies pounce on Paris attacks to pursue spy agenda | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - CIA director John Brennan thinks privacy advocates undermine counter-terrorism work. But snooping on everyone won't protect us

This War Will Destabilize The Entire Mideast Region And Set Off A Global Shockwave Of Anti-Americanism vs. No It Won't - If you thought Osama bin Laden was bad, just wait until the countless children who become orphaned by U.S. bombs in the coming weeks are all grown up. (March 2003: but the VSP's were, like catastrophically stupid and wrong and evil)

France Searches For Second Fugitive Suspect In Paris Attacks - German official says Syrian passport may have been used as a false flag to stir fear of refugees. (hello, Michigan)
Elizabeth Warren Delivers Stinging Critique Of Efforts To Reject Syrian Refugees - "We are not a nation that delivers children back into the hands of ISIS murderers."
Look At These Photos Before You Say We Can't Take In Syrian Refugees
The West Is Giving ISIS Exactly What It Wants - Unfortunately, conservatives in the U.S. and Europe seem to want to do all the wrong things. (and they aren't the only ones)
CNN anchor blames French Muslims for failure to prevent attacks - The Washington Post - CNN anchors John Vause and Isha Sesay spent a good six-plus minutes blaming French Muslims either for not doing enough before the attacks or for not doing enough after the attacks (idiots and very bad people)
France's Le Pen urges 'immediate halt' to migrant intake - Yahoo News
- Paris attacks: arrests in Germany as France requests EU help
- Serbian police arrest man with Syrian passport matching Paris attacker's

Metrojet Crash In Egypt Was Result Of 'Terrorist Act,' Russia Says - A homemade explosive device blew up on the plane, Alexander Bortnikov said.
Russia's security chief says a "terror act" brought down Russian plane in Egypt killing all 224 people on board : worldnews
Exclusive: Egypt detains two airport staff in connection with Russian air crash - sources | Reuters
The Latest: US officials: Russia attacks IS stronghold
Syria 2015 - Footage of What is Claimed to be White Phosphorus Used in Idlib - YouTube - Published on Nov 13, 2015 (hell incarnate)

U.S. Airstrikes Destroy 116 Fuel Trucks Used By ISIS In Eastern Syria (oh, look, we just found 116 oil tankers we didn't know were there before)

To Defeat ISIS, We Must Call Both Western and Muslim Leaders to Account | The Nation - And that includes the Saudi kings whose funding of Wahhabi doctrine gave rise to the scourge of Islamic extremism. (barn door fell off long ago)

Fearing Fear Itself - The New York Times (macho whiny-ass titty babies are very stupid +guns are "destroying civilization")

Here's A Running Tally Of The Governors Who Want To Reject Syrian Refugees - Some of them are running for president. (they are never responsible for the problems they cause)

One Day Later, Anonymous Already Takes Down 3,824 Pro-ISIS Twitter Accounts : news

Roe in the Crosshairs - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Next June, the Supreme Court will determine whether Texas' draconian restrictions on abortion are constitutional. If the statute is upheld, Roe has been overruled whether Kennedy says it explicitly or not: (the patriarchy strikes back)

Eschaton: Placing the Right Bets - I'd bet a reasonable amount that the entire New Jersey pension fund is invested in beanie babies. All those seemingly empty transshipment buildings along 95 probably hold them. (yet another very bad decision by fat bully fuck Christie)

News About Ed Kilgore, Don't Freak Out -- I have some news to share: chief Political Animal blogger Ed Kilgore has accepted a new job, at New York magazine. Friday is his last working day here at the Washington Monthly.
No, Don't Freak Out By Ed Kilgore

Losing her mind and watching it go: the slow suffering of Lewy body disease | Society | The Guardian - It is the second most common form of dementia and yet very little is known about the disease that killed Robin Williams.

Scientists Just Spotted The Most Distant Object In Our Solar System - Astronomers have spotted what they believe is the most distant object in the solar system -- a dwarf planet floating some 9.5 billion miles from the sun. ("planet X")

What is the hardest thing you have ever said no to? : AskReddit

- Revealed: Germaine Greer's 30,000-word love letter to Martin Amis, a lover who left her "helpless with desire" - In 2013 the feminist author sold her lifetime archive to the University of Melbourne


Ghosts of oceans past - ALREADY, the sea level findings indicate that it may not take much more warming to melt large parts of major ice sheets. (looking at 60' sea-level rise)

CIA Director Documentary: The Attacks Will Be "Spectacular" == An exclusive look at how the Bush administration ignored this warning from the CIA months before 9/11, along with others that were far more detailed than previously revealed.
No One in the Bush Administration Will Accept Responsibility for 9/11 - It should be clear to everyone save members of the Bush family who are running for president that C-Plus Augustus and his national security staff were criminally negligent in the summer of 2001.
Fighting Terrorism Was Dubya's Biggest Weakness -- NYMag - Chris Whipple's revelations about the CIA's urgent, ignored pleas to focus on the threat from Al Qaeda before 9/11

- Surveillance Hawk Stewart Baker Confirms Dragnet Didn't Work as Designed (yeah, it never does)

Karl Denninger uncovers the massive amounts of tracking that occurs with phone applications in his review of the Blackberry Priv : technology

France Seeks Unity To Bomb Islamic State - Amidst a manhunt for the mastermind behind the Paris attacks, France beefs up its war against ISIS.
All Paris Attackers Identified So Far Are European Nationals, According To Top EU Official | ThinkProgress - The majority of attackers were identified as French or Belgian nationals
The Return of Republican Islamophobia -- NYMag

Paris attacks |
Manhunt For Paris Attackers Nets Dozens Of Suspects, Arms - Police arrested 23 people and seized arms including rocket launchers in 168 raids overnight. (AKs and RPGs and munitions specialists easy to obtain in Europe)
Rocket Launcher Found In French Police Raids - The French interior ministry says 168 locations were searched across the country and 23 people taken into police custody.
French police are using new powers under the state of emergency to question people in the "radical jihadist movement". Over 150 searches executed, multiple arrests, and a rocket launcher discovered. : worldnews - "This is just the beginning... The response of the Republic will be total... The terrorists will never destroy the Republic, because it is the Republic that will destroy them
Turkey Says It Warned France Twice About Paris Attacker - The country says it told France to look out for the 29-year-old in December 2014 and June 2015. (see, not enought surveillance)
Jordan's King Abdullah II calls upon Muslims to lead the fight against terrorism
Three Syrians arrested in St.Maarten with false Greek travel documents | Times Caribbean Online
How Belgium Became a Terrorism Hotbed - The Daily Beast - Molenbeek, a multi-ethnic neighborhood in central Brussels.

Vowing to destroy terrorism, France seeks global coalition against Islamic State | Reuters - French President Francois Hollande called on the United States and Russia to join a global coalition to destroy Islamic State in the wake of the attacks across Paris, and announced a wave of measures to combat terror in France.
Exclusive: After Paris, Americans want U.S. to do more to attack Islamic State - poll | Reuters - 63 percent of Americans were fearful that a Paris-style attack could happen near them ... When asked about regular ground troops, the opposition grew stronger with 76 percent opposing deploying troops.
As Predicted: Encryption Haters Are Already Blaming Snowden (?!?) For The Paris Attacks | Techdirt

Putin: ISIS financed from 40 countries, including G20 members : worldnews

U.S. Warplanes Strike ISIS Oil Trucks in Syria - The New York Times (oh, look, trucks carrying oil we never noticed before)
Islamic State Threatens To Attack Washington

Paris attacks: David Cameron warns UK terrorist attack is 'highly likely' | UK Politics | News | The Independent - Mr Cameron vowed to 'wipe out' Isis and its ideology (big words from the mouth of failure)

U.S., China in South China Sea - U.S. Asserts International Law After China's Land Grab - Understanding the stand-off in the Spratly Sea.

Cornel West Stumps for Bernie Sanders in Iowa (best speech of them all)

- Donald Trump is playing with fire: How his ugly new bout of race-baiting could be the GOP's Undoing -- will attacks on Carson and Rubio spell doom for him? Maybe not, but any victory could prove pyhrric (still waiting for the mythical rational Republican we see)

TSA failed to catch man with loaded gun on airplane. : news

Chicago cops conducted unauthorized spying on protesters | Chicago Sun-Times

Inside small-town Louisiana feud that led to a 6-year-old boy's police killing (youngest kid killed this year was tradgic collateral damage in small town policing for profit turf war)

The free speech/p.c. argument we need to have, and which the right obscures: College kids are not the enemy, corporations and the government are - - Free speech erupts every time there's debate on campus. We're arguing! The real repression comes from elsewhere ... Suzanne Nossel, the head of PEN America, an organization dedicated to the freedom of expression across the United States (is completely wrong and a bad person)
Dartmouth College Breaks Out in Violence After Black Lives Matter Protest on Campus : news
Black Lives Matter protesters berate white students studying at Dartmouth library : news

When scientists falsify data, they try to cover it up by writing differently in their published works. A study of 253 scientific papers retracted for fraudulent data identifies the writing patterns associated with obfuscation. : science
NASA scientists shocked by what they found on Pluto's surface - Could this mean that Pluto is still geologically active?

What's the worst thing that has happened to you during sex? : AskReddit
Vehlin comments on FCC: yes, you're allowed to hack your WiFi router - Because you ARE hacking it, per the actual definition of hacking. (for the riff)

Snapchat's valuation falls by 25%, and more big tech companies will follow - At the time of the Fidelity investment, Snapchat was said to be valued at a jaw-dropping $16 billion. Now it's only worth $12 billion, at least in the eyes of Fidelity.
Snapchat's valuation falls by 25%, and more big tech companies will follow
[NSFW] What's the biggest bullet you've dodged? : AskReddit
NSFW: Doctors and nurses of reddit, despite knocking before entering a patient's room, what's the strangest thing you've walked in on a patient doing? : AskReddit
Married men of Reddit, how often do you touch your wife's boobs? : AskReddit

Allen Toussaint, From A Whisper To A Scream - YouTube


Today in the Sixth Extinction - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

There Is Only One Way to Defeat ISIS - A 242-ship Navy will not stop one motivated murderous fanatic from emptying the clip of an AK-47 into the windows of a crowded restaurant. - Tough talk in the context of what happened in Paris is as empty as a bell rung at the bottom of a well. We must hold accountable our Middle Eastern "allies" -- the states and bankers and political elites -- who persist in funding mass murder. (root causes too deep for most Americans)

Iraq Warned Of Imminent Attacks: REPORT - Senior Iraqi officials claim they had warned coalition countries of imminent assaults.
France Bombs ISIS Headquarters In Syria
Photos Capture Paris Reeling The Day After Terror Attacks
Passport trade raises doubts over Paris attackers' identities | World news | The Guardian - Trade in fake Syrian travel documents raises concerns that passport was carried to France by more than one person
ISIL - Calling the Shots? - Read the Islamic State's propaganda and you wonder if the followers might be getting ahead of their caliph.
Why A Backlash Against Refugees Only Helps ISIS - The more that happens, the more French Muslims feel alienated and are susceptible to extremist recruitment
Help Us Find The Paris Hero Who Saved This Woman At The Bataclan - "Please, I'm pregnant"
Bill Kristol Calls For 50,000 Troops To Fight ISIS - The pundit is a noted war hawk and heavily advocated for the Iraq War.
- Paris attacks highlight France's gun control problem (porous borders, too many guns everywhere anyway)

Paris Death Toll Rises As Officials Piece Together Information On Suspects - The death toll has risen to 129, with 352 injured and 99 in critical condition.
French Authorities Hunt For 8th Assailant After Discovering Suspected Getaway Car - One assailant has already been identified, and authorities believe one or more are still at large.
Suspected Getaway Car In Paris Attacks Found Abandoned In Suburb - Several AK-47 rifles were in the back seat.
CBS News on Twitter: "UPDATE: U.S. intelligence official tells CBS News Syrian passport recovered in #Paris attacks might be fake"
Obama vows to help France hunt down perpetrators of Paris terror attacks - The Washington Post
The Latest: Italian woman, 28, among the dead in Paris hall
Manhunt Underway as Paris Investigation WidensAttackers in Paris
- The New York Times - The authorities had initially said there were eight attackers, but on Saturday night said that only seven attackers had died
Attackers in Paris Did Not Give Anybody a Chance
A Terrifying Account From A Survivor Of The Paris Concert Hall Massacre - You never think it will happen to you.
These Are The Lives Cut Tragically Short In Paris - 129 people have been confirmed dead.
Here's What We Know About The Paris Attackers - One French attacker was identified, and seven were detained in Belgium with links to the attacks.
Paris Gunmen Single Out Frangois Hollande, and Leave Him With Few Palatable Responses - The New York Times
Republican Candidates Urge Aggressive Response After Paris Attacks - The New York Times
Strategy Shift for ISIS: Inflicting Terror in Distant Lands - The New York Times
How ISIS Expanded Its Threat - The New York Times

Eschaton: What Would You Do, Hippies? - No simple cause and effect with these things, ever, but we've been blowing people up and arming other people to blow people up and toppling governments and siding with the "moderate rebels" and then siding with the new moderate rebels and then the new new moderate rebels and then sometimes reconsidering and siding with the people the new new moderate rebels were attacking because those moderate rebels suddenly didn't seem too moderate anymore. Hey, where did all of those weapons go? Better send some more! Also, too, more training. (sorry, way too complicated)

Beating Around the Bush: Part I by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Hard to believe how much has changed in a quarter-century. -- It was twenty-five years ago today that President George H. W. Bush signed into law the 1990 Clean Air Act, which implemented a cap-and-trade system to reduce the sulfur dioxide emissions that were causing acid rain

As Trump Surges to a Big Lead Again, the GOP Establishment Is In Deep Trouble by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Rivals at Democratic Debate Attack Hillary Clinton - The New York Times - instead found herself pummeled by rivals on Saturday over her ties to Wall Street and her foreign policy record.
The Best Moments From The Second Democratic Debate - National security and Wall Street were major topics of conversation.
Fact Check: The Second Democratic Debate - The New York Times

The Great Statistical Schism | Quillette - teach Bayes first.


Paris Death Toll Rises As Officials Piece Together Information On Suspects - 129 dead. 352 injured, 99 critically.
Graphic Video Shows Concertgoers Escaping Paris Terror Attack - Unrelenting horror.
Three Teams of Coordinated Attackers Carried Out Assault on Paris, Officials Say; Hollande Blames ISIS - The New York Times
Belgium makes three arrests linked to Paris attacks | Fox News
Paris attacks: day after atrocity - as it happened | World news | The Guardian
Survivors Reveal Harrowing Details Of Paris Attacks - It was a bloodbath. It was a slaughter. Dead people everywhere
Horrifying Eyewitness Accounts From Paris Attack Survivors - It looked like a battlefield, there was blood everywhere, there were bodies everywhere.
Young Frenchman Identified As Possible Bomber In Attack On Bataclan Concert Hall - The young man had been flagged to authorities in the past.
Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let's stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves - We must mourn all victims. But until we look honestly at the violence we export, nothing will ever change (sorry, two dots too hard to connect and we can't remember yesterday)
Paris Terror Attacks May Prompt More Aggressive U.S. Strategy on ISIS - The New York Times (gotta bomb the shit outta somebody)
Scene of Carnage Inside Sold-Out Paris Concert Hall
Paris Attacks: Suicide Bomber Was Blocked From Entering Stade de France - WSJ - A suicide bomber had a ticket to the France-Germany soccer game, but his explosive vest was found during a security check at the gate
Deadly Paris Attacks Come Amid Rising Religious Tension In France - As violent incidents increase, so do claims of anti-Muslim laws and views in the nation. (according to plan)
Here Are the Most Horrible Tweets About the Paris Tragedy | Mother Jones
Watch Pianist Perform John Lennon's 'Imagine' Outside Paris' Bataclan | Rolling Stone

Mass Grave Of Yazidis Unearthed Near Iraq's Sinjar

How criminologists who study biology are shunned by their field | Quillette

After pot legalization could Colorado spearhead universal healthcare? | US news | The Guardian - Coloradans will vote next year on whether to become the first state to opt out of ObamaCare and set up a single-payer system similar to Medicare (coulda been you, Massholes, but Chawlie and Maarty hate pot)

New derivation of pi links quantum physics and pure math
What causes the repulsive force between atoms? : askscience - Pauli exclusion principle.

Was Ripon school gripped by mass psychogenic illness? | Science | The Guardian - What doctors used to call mass hysteria usually occurs among close-knit groups as anxiety weaves its way through, causing physical symptoms

People with high social skills. What's the biggest mistake that people often make in interactions with others? : AskReddit - Not realizing when another person is uncomfortable.
An Irish guy let his dad borrow his GoPro for his trip to Vegas. He had it turned around the wrong way the whole time, hilarious. : videos
A collection of rare photos. : pics
Intense zoom. : gifs
First time seeing 20/20 : aww

Security News This Week: Someone's Cutting Fiber Optic Cables in the Bay Area | WIRED - Even though authorities aggressively prosecuted Matthew Keys for his involvement in a 2010 hack of the LA Times' website, they apparently never bothered to charge the alleged real hacker (Obama's priorities: reporters are the biggest problem)


Collapsing Greenland glacier could raise sea levels by half a metre, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian - Huge Zachariae Isstrom glacier has begun to break up, starting a rapid retreat that could continue to raise sea levels for decades to come (and then we have West Antartica, so tie Inhofe and Rubio to the beaches)
- Scientists say Greenland just opened up a major new "floodgate" of ice into the ocean (those librul science-scam climate-hoaxer guys are so funny with their doomsday predictions)
- Idea of slow climate change in the earth's s past misleading

Paris attacks: ISIS claims responsibility after hundreds killed | World | News | Daily Express Islamic State terror group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the co-ordinated shootings and bombings across Paris.
Paris attacked by shootings and explosions - in pictures | World news | The Guardian - Scores killed in French capital in apparently coordinated series of gun and bomb attacks
Paris attacks: shootings and explosions leave at least 158 dead | World news | The Guardian - Scores die in siege at Bataclan concert hall and at scenes of apparently coordinated series of gun and bomb attacks in French capital
Death tolls reach 158 in Paris. : worldnews - Can't believe they just massacred 100 people in the concert hall. That's unfathomable.
Paris attacks: More than 120 killed at Bataclan and restaurants - BBC News (game-changer)
'Shootings' reported in central Paris: Reports of shooting and casualties in central Paris : worldnews
How should France and the rest of the world react following the terrorist attacks? [Serious] : AskReddit
Two attackers killed as Bataclan police raid ends - ITV News
Paris attacks: France declares state of emergency after dozens killed - live | World news | The Guardian - At least 40 people reported to have been killed and scores taken hostage in French capital
Paris attacks: Dozens dead and hostages held at Bataclan - BBC News
Paris Under Assault: Dozens Dead In Multiple Attacks, Up To 100 Held Hostage - France has closed its borders in response to the attacks.
Multiple Attacks Hit Paris Area in Night of Deadly Terror - The New York Times - French television and news services quoted the police as saying at least 60 people had been killed and many dozens wounded in at least four attacks

Kurdish Forces Seize Iraq's Sinjar Town From Islamic State
Jihadi John 'dead': US officials believe Raqqa drone strike killed Mohammed Emwazi | Home News | News | The Independent
Jihadi John 'Probably' Killed In US Drone Strike - Britain said the death of the militant would strike at the heart of the Islamic State group.
Killing Mohammed Emwazi a significant blow to Isis, says US | World news | The Guardian< (or their "prestige" anyway) /a>
Beirut suicide bombings kill over 40 -

A federal court has ruled that warrentless tracking of web histories is a violation of the Wiretap Act and other privacy laws : news

Americans Greatly Overestimate Economic Mobility | RealClearScience - Americans greatly overestimate social and economic mobility in the United States, and the effect is most pronounced among younger Americans, Conservatives, and those who perceive themselves to be in a higher social class.

Vincent Asaro, Accused in Lufthansa Heist, Is Found Not Guilty - The New York Times

CIA Director Documentary: The Attacks Will Be Spectacular - An exclusive look at how the Bush administration ignored this warning from the CIA months before 9/11, along with others that were far more detailed than previously revealed. (it's almost like ...)
George Bush Sr book reveals a more dangerous Dick Cheney than anyone knew | US news | The Guardian - Destiny and Power shows a VP with more authority than almost all his predecessors, making plain Bush Jr's administration could have been even worse (let's drop 17 nukes on Saddam insane and very, very evil, but WHOSE IDEA WAS CHENEY??)

- People Want DEA Chief to Resign After He Called Medical Marijuana "a joke" - Protestors point to scientific studies that show the medicinal benefits of marijuana on patients suffering from chronic pain (Obama still a hard-core drug-warrior)
- People Want DEA Chief to Resign After He Called Medical Marijuana "a joke" - No you are mistaken, the people want the DEA shut down, disbanded, the facilities liquidated, and the 2bn a year budget re-purposed to literally anything else.

US supreme court to hear biggest abortion rights case in two decades | Law | The Guardian

Poll Shows Hillary Clinton Maintaining Lead Over Bernie Sanders - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times - Mrs. Clinton has support from 52 percent of Democratic primary voters, while Mr. Sanders has backing from 33 percent, the poll found. In an early October CBS News poll, she led Mr. Sanders 56 percent to 32 percent.
How Gender Bias Plays A Role In Elections - Study finds women have to be more qualified than male opponents.

In new shock poll, Sanders has landslides over both Trump and Bush | TheHill - In a new McClatchy-Marist poll, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) leads Republican candidate Donald Trump by a landslide margin of 12 percentage points, 53 to 41. In the McClatchy poll, Sanders also leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) by a landslide margin of 10 points, 51 to 41. (so much of the unelectable thing)

Time for GOP panic? Establishment worried Carson or Trump might win - The Washington Post
Why aren't conservative intellectuals disgusted with the GOP? (I pledge allegiance to the Stupid)

- Springfield Woman Goes Viral After Attending Trump's Speech (good job, Johari Osayi Idusuyi)

University of Illinois Pays $875,000 to Settle Salaita Case | The Academe Blog (read comments, may not really be a "victory")
A Million-Dollar Attack on Academic Freedom - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Bobo and the Ivory Backscratcher - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The Maoists who edit the New York Times style and real estate sections and T Magazine turn to their best unintentional propagandist yet, Mr. David Brooks: (you are so far beneath him)

Eschaton: The Kids Today
Brown U. Disciplines Amy Carter on Protest - - March 12, 1987 - Missouri student files complaint against professor who called for "muscle" (Melissa not very good a apologies)
Amherst students demand crackdown against free speech ("Free Speech" posters are offensive and should be banned)
A Plague of Racial Hoaxes on Campus | commentary - The two well-publicized incidents of racism on the University of Missouri campus, consisting of offensive slurs directed at African-American students, have not been independently confirmed. (in the Snapchat age, very suspicious)
Amid racial bias protests, Claremont McKenna dean resigns - LA Times
We Dissent | The Claremont Independent - First, former Dean Mary Spellman. We are sorry that your career had to end this way, as the email in contention was a clear case of good intentions being overlooked because of poor phrasing
Eschaton: If Only More German Children Had Been Like My Boy, There Would Not Have Been A Holocaust (WaPo digs out Alice Miller)
- Chris Christie: College unrest a product of "lawlessness" that Obama allows (we need more abusive Republican daddies)

Eschaton: Also, Too, Shut Off All The Plumbing Systems? - The Superbowl Committee has a cunning plan to destroy some of San Francisco's public transit system. (sportstocracy dismisses your public transit)

Protesters Confront Caitlyn Jenner: 'You're An Insult To Trans People' - Protestors used the hashtag #IAintCait. (rich Republican not representative)

Diabetes Now Kills More Than HIV, Tuberculosis And Malaria Combined - Experts: tax sugar to save lives and money.
My textbook says electricity is faster than light? : askscience
Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets - The New York Times - After the end of the grand construction phase of Stonehenge, around 2400 B.C., the monument was altered, but the era of megamonument building was over.
TIL scientists recreated a 9th century onion and garlic eye remedy from an Anglo-Saxon manuscript, and found that it killed 90% of antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria (MRSA). : todayilearned
Giant New Telescopes To Unlock Science's Greatest Mysteries - The world's largest mega scopes could find life outside our solar system.

Study Finds Quitting Facebook Makes You Happier and Less Stressed - "Remaining on Reddit nullified all the benefits"

Who would you rate as a 10/10 in looks? : AskReddit
Redditors who have given their SO's another chance after getting cheated on: How's your relationship now?
What do you spend too much money on? : AskReddit
Internet trolls, what's your worst troll that made you feel terrible afterwards? : AskReddit - like the story of Tom Sawyer, but with dicks



- Scientists confirm their fears about West Antarctica -- that it's inherently unstable - West Antarctica is estimated to contain enough ice to raise global sea levels by 3.3 meters, or well over 10 feet, were it all to melt. (so actually, their worst fear is that all coastal cities get wiped out)
California 6th grade science books: Climate change a matter of opinion not scientific fact: Textbooks from different major publishers give climate deniers equal weight as vast majority of climate scientists who cite scientific evidence of human-caused global warming -- ScienceDaily - Textbooks from different major publishers give climate deniers equal weight as vast majority of climate scientists who cite scientific evidence of human-caused global warming (what happens when Texas controls your fact-free science)
Nothing can compete with renewable energy, says top climate scientist | Environment | The Guardian - if countries implement their pledges made for Paris climate summit it will give huge boost to wind, tidal and solar power

Four hijackers and three Israeli PMs: the incredible story of Sabena flight 571 | World news | The Guardian

New Zealand female MPs thrown out of parliament after disclosing sexual assaults | World news | The Guardian - Women ruled out of order by Speaker for demanding prime minister John Key apologise for accusing opposition of "backing the rapists"

An Immigration Fight Gives Jeb Bush His Best Moment Of The Entire Debate Season - "Even having this conversation sends a powerful signal."
Republicans Have Trouble Making Case for Change -- NYMag

Young women living with parents, relatives at near-record level | Pew Research Center - A larger share of young women are living at home with their parents or other relatives than at any point since the 1940s ... you'd have to go back 74 years to observe similar living arrangements among American young women. (effect of Republicans on inequality)

Utah judge orders baby taken away from married lesbian foster parents | US news | The Guardian - Welfare official confirms there were no issues with April Hoagland and Beckie Peirce's care but judge ordered child be placed with a heterosexual couple

Missouri Lawmaker Seeks To Block Students From Studying Restrictive Abortion Law - One student is doing research for her dissertation. A state senator says that's illegal - The graduate student's research, Schaefer insists, is a "marketing aid" for Planned Parenthood using taxpayer dollars. (Republicans hate research)

The Supreme Court Just Made Police Shootings a Messier Problem - By undermining the Fourth Amendment. (officer "felt threatened" while standing on highway overpass with high-powered rifle, thanks, Repubicans)
New report: In tough times, police start seizing a lot more stuff from people - The Washington Post

E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review - Press releases - GOV.UK
KnockJohn on Twitter: "@BBCScotlandNews @WiseScot Let's restrict a healthier product by treating it like one that is 20 times as dangerous"
Smears or science? The BMJ attack on Public Health England and its e-cigarettes evidence review + The counterfactual (attacks the attack, five stars, reveals deep politicization of elite British medical research)
Velvet Glove, Iron Fist: BMJ RIP
Why academic journal attacks on Public Health England e-cigarette report should be completely ignored
The Rest of the Story: Tobacco News Analysis and Commentary: Why are Anti-Smoking Groups and Agencies Lying to the Public About E-Cigarettes: A Political History Explanation - Ultimately, Burt comes to the conclusion that episodes of political hysteria occur when groups that previously enjoyed status experience a loss of their prestige. ("American hysteria")
BMJ Blogs: The BMJ ; Blog Archive ; Richard Smith: How public health moralists are promoting harm from tobacco and helping the tobacco industry - Almost every schizophrenic smokes and smokes heavily ... estimated that people with serious mental health problems, including chronic depression, account for 10% of cigarette consumption in the US, which amounts to sales of $10 billion a year. These people are self-medicating: nicotine helps with information overload and improves attention.
TIL, an extensive study by Public Health England has shown E-cigarrettes are 95% less harmful than normal cigarettes, while nearly half of the population are unaware of this. The study also showed that e-cigs do not act as a route into smoking for children and non-smokers. : todayilearned
British medical journal blasts e-cigarette safety study
rbutr - rbutls of E-cigarettes around 95% less harmful than tobacco estimates landmark review - Press releases - GOV.UK

A new study has found that dropping your systolic blood pressure from 140 to less than 120 can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and death by more than 25% : science

Apple's Tim Cook declares the end of the PC and hints at new medical product - taking on the office PC with his new devices and keeping his customers safe from cyber criminals - "I think if you're ooking at a PC, why would you buy a PC anymore? No really, why would you buy one?"

Account suspensions: A transparent alternative to shadowbans : announcements

I followed signs for an estate sale for miles into the middle of nowhere. When I pulled up to the house, I saw that someone had painted over the window and the word "help" had been scratched into the paint from the inside. : pics (collective story-telling)
This woman Snapchatted the moment a small plane crashed into a building in Ohio. : videos
Legendary guitarist Slash performs for thousands of fans in Mumbai for the first time. 0:40 is where the Magic begins, Something every musician lives for! : videos
What was the most awkward thing you witnessed in a school classroom? (NSFW) : AskReddit


100 Million More People Will Be In Poverty By 2030 Without Action On Climate, World Bank Says - The World Bank says climate change threatens the goal of eradicating poverty by 2030.

The Great Climate Change Hoax Has Reached a New Level of Deceit - ?The World Bank is warning us that the Great Climate Change Hoax has reached a new level of sophistication and deceit. Grant-fattened scientists will scour the globe, covertly impoverishing millions of people in furtherance of their anti-capitalist, anti-freedom agenda, and to make more money from George Soros and Tom Steyer. Wake up, sheeple!? - As many as 100 million people could slide into extreme poverty because of rising temperatures, which are caused by greenhouse gas emissions

Study: Dispersants did not help oil degrade in BP spill (but deflected the issue and made it look like they were doing something when it just killed more sealife)

Putin sends 4,000 troops to Syria as he steps up bid to wipe out the Islamic State : worldnews

This snooper's charter makes George Orwell look lacking in vision - The new surveillance bill renders the citizen transparent to the state, putting every one of us under suspicion. It would serve a tyranny well
- NSA phone records collection "likely violates constitution" US judge rules - Edward Snowden hails "victory" after federal judge rules agency must stop collecting defendants' information in a program aht is "likely unlawful" (ya think?)

Ebola - Lawyers, Guns & Money :- almost like coverage of Ebola in the United States was actually race-baiting to motivate the Republican base to vote against Democrats rather than actual coverage of the news! (remember all those infected Mexicans bringing in the plague? +racist zombie Obama - measure of rightwing insanity)

UK Police threaten to seize phones if officers are filmed on duty : worldnews (they never got the memo either)

Bill O'Reilly Is Right on Ronald Reagan's Battle with Alzheimer's (demented for his entire second term)

Appeals Court Upholds Delay Of Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

Math on Rubionomics Way Crazier Than You Think -- NYMag (basically, give everything to rich people)

Eschaton: New Jersey Dreaming - This will continue to be a disaster. (Christie favorite boondogle corporate giveaway)

Lawyer: Father had hands up as police killed son - A lawyer says body camera video shows the father of a 6-year-old autistic boy who was shot to death in his car had his hands in the air and did not pose a threat before police opened fire last week.
Body Cam Footage Leads To Arrest Of Police Officers Who Shot 6-Year-Old Boy : news - Birmingham, Alabama police department found a 38 percent drop in use of force cases and a 71 percent drop in police complaints, since putting 319 body cameras in operation. Use of force dropped by more than 50 percent in the Orlando Police Department in Florida. (let that sink in a little bit and you see epidemic cop violence)

Judge mulls constitutionality of child abuse reporting law - The Washington Post ("sacramental confession" or parents reporting their kid was abused?)

Fury and fear in Ohio as IT jobs go to India | Computerworld (you voted for them)

Is Education Reform the Solution to Poverty? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Arguing that education is the key to curing poverty is like saying swimming will prevent drowning. Of course, but could the best instructor in the world teach a child to swim if the student showed up for lessons wearing 20-pound weights on each arm?
Boston Charter Schools - Mayor Marty Walsh Reverses Position on 'School Reform' - Mayor Goes Full Scott Walker on Charter Schools - Mayor Marty Walsh has broken up with Candidate Marty Walsh. - Charterism is privatization on the public's dime, the worst of all possible worlds. It doesn't matter if the tap gets turned on slowly, or all at once. It's about corporations being allowed by law to get their mitts in the till

How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campus - The Atlantic - The Coddling of the American Mind - In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don't like (they need their safe spaces from reality)

The Halloween Costume Controversy at Yale's Silliman College - The Atlantic - A fight over Halloween costumes at Yale has devolved into an effort to censor dissenting views.
The kind of little pricks that American Universities are now turning out : videos
Yale administrators responds to safe space. Hands down well handled. : videos

- Why Is A Mizzou Communications Professor Telling Reporters To "Get Out?" - "I need some muscle over here!" -- a mass media professor identified as Melissa Click - She holds a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her current research focuses on consumers of the 50 Shades trilogy of erotic novels and fan culture surrounding pop star Lady Gaga. (real deep thinker +she just fulfilled her eponymic destiny)
Reading "Fifty Shades" linked to unhealthy behaviors - at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners
Melissa Click Issues Apology For Confrontation With Reporters - Melissa Click resigned her "courtesy appointment" in the School of Journalism on Tuesday evening. (that escalated quickly)
Missouri professor who blocked media at protest apologizes - Nov. 10, 2015
Dean David Kurpius Comments on Student's Coverage of Protest on Carnahan Quad - Missouri School of Journalism - Dean David Kurpius Comments on Student's Coverage of Protest on Carnahan Quad

Betty Bowers, Christine Flowers and the Philadelphia Media Network of Stupidity -PDQ (fire you real reporters, keep dimbulb conservative columnists)

Adolescent e-cigarette use is associated with respiratory symptoms. - JAMA Paediatrics : science
Dropping Systolic Blood Pressure Norm By 20 Points Could Save Millions

A new study has found that dropping your systolic blood pressure from 140 to less than 120 can reduce the risk of cardiovascular events and death by more than 25% : science

What was the most awkward thing you witnessed in a school classroom? (NSFW) : AskReddit

Chinese photographer came up with an interesting take on a gopro stand : videos
People who have been catfished, how did you catch on that you were being lied to? : AskReddit


Eschaton: The Wet Prince Of Bel Air - These development projects include excessive numbers of pools and water features, says Levinson. She cites one instance where the city authorities have approved five massive pools for a single family dwelling. ("gigamansions")

Sharm El Sheikh horror: Russian jet bombers spoke with British accents | World | News | Daily Express - The success of the attack could inspire them to target British airports next, a former Special Branch officer warned last night.
Egyptian Airport Had Lax Security, Officials Reveal - Officials told the AP about broken scanners and bribes for looking the other way. (well, who would have thought?)

Jewish court names and shames man for denying wife a religious divorce | World news | The Guardian - naming and picturing John Abayahoudayan, who has refused to grant a religious divorce to his wife for the past 15 years.

Mystery light over ocean was missile test | - Nighttime flights into and out of the Los Angeles airport are to avoid passing over the Pacific Ocean just the west of the airport because the U.S. military has activated airspace there

"A turning point for Obama" : : How the president learned to love the national security state - NYT reporter Charlie Savage tells Salon the real reason why Obama has broken less from Bush than many hoped

Donald Trump gives 'SNL' its biggest ratings in years |
Kind of Dead As Trump Hosts Saturday Night Live - Bloomberg Politics - The dancing and Larry David may have been the best bit as most cast members seemed not to want to be there.
- Trump'sworry night on "SNL" : An overhyped bummer for us all (they bankrupted their credibility)

Marco Rubio's Use of Party Credit Card Reinforces a Picture of Messy Finances (very Dubio +no mention of the 17 speeding tickets)

Ben Carson's Past Faces Deeper Questions -- In harsh light of presidential politics, parts of his inspirational biography are questioned (lying liars and their lies)
Ben Carson Thinks You're the Crazy One - The real reason we should mock Ben Carson's pyramid theory? Because it reveals a very dim view of humankind. (from the dim to the dim)
Ben Carson's Psychology Test Story Gets Even Weirder

The Dying of the Whites - The New York Times - Amid the stresses of the dot-com bust and the Great Recession, it was only white Americans who turned increasingly to drugs, liquor and quietus) ("quietus" = cirroshis of the liver and Republican rich-take-all policies = Douthat is a genuine mouth of Satan)

- Artificial intelligence: "Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us" - Though it promises robot carers for an ageing population, it also forecasts huge numbers of jobs being wiped out: up to 35% of all workers in the UK and 47% of those in the US, including white-collar jobs, seeing their livelihoods taken away by machines. (academia safe, for now)

Text messages paint dark portrait of Illinois officer behind mysterious suicide | US news | The Guardian - Charles Joseph Gliniewicz, who investigators say killed himself to hide an embezzlement scheme, was accused of death threats and sexual harrassment (see pic)

Applebee's attack victim - "I'm scared for my life" (assault by crazy white lady who didn't want to hear no foreign languages)

Why some LAUSD teachers are balking at a new approach to discipline problems - LA Times - But many teachers say their classrooms are reeling from unruly students who are escaping consequences for their actions ... former Supt. John Deasy and which he supports, were poorly executed. He compared the implementation to the flawed effort to equip students and teachers with Apple tablets. (needs moar Officer Slam)

Missouri football players to boycott until president Tim Wolfe resigns (7% black students; 58/84 scholarships -- 84 fucking scholarships for the whole undergrad student body??)
- Maryland family faces harsh criticism after daughter is featured in "American Girl" magazine - they got a call Friday from a family friend saying there was online criticism from a group called One Million Moms. The group said it is an online project of the American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss. (a little non=collateral damage with their hate-bomb)

Prescription painkiller deaths fall in medical marijuana states | Reuters (coulda been you, Chawlie and Marty "Pot is a gateway drug to Hell" Walsh)

Is Egypt closer to unlocking the mystery of Queen Nefertiti in King Tut's tomb? | Culture | The Guardian - Infrared scans of the tomb of Tutankhamun could point to a hidden chamber - perhaps helping lead researchers to the mysterious queen

The Association of Cognitive Ability with Right-wing Ideological Attitudes and Prejudice: A Meta-analytic Review - Onraet - 2015 - European Journal of Personality - Wiley Online Library - The Association of Cognitive Ability with Right-wing Ideological Attitudes and Prejudice: A Meta-analytic Review (so that takes care of the stupid part)

Hwft! Beowulf Online - Medieval manuscripts blog

Why is exponential decay/growth so common? What is so significant about the number e? : askscience - Say you had a bank account which gave 100% interest per annum (instantaneous rate) but was continuously compounded. After one year, money you had put into the bank would have grown by e times.

what irrational fears did you have as a kid? : AskReddit
What childhood memory do you have that you just can't explain? : AskReddit

- Lib at Large: Preserving the Grateful Dead's "Bear" priceless music archive

The difference a few hours makes : conspiracy (the DVs)


China emits nearly 1 billion tonnes more CO2 a year than it discloses, report claims - ScienceAlert (more than all of Germany)

Muzzled Canadian scientists now free to speak with media | Toronto Star - "Our government values science and will treat scientists with respect" (unlike America)

Hillary Clinton Proposes Reclassifying Marijuana As A Less Dangerous Drug - Doing so would allow more medical research, she said. (a little behind the curve)
Marijuana tax to pay for college scholarships | - Starting in 2017, high school graduates in one Colorado county will be able to turn to a college scholarship funded by marijuana tax. (coulda been you, MA, but blockheads ...)

US border patrol staff reject body cameras, citing cost and terrain |

Critics cite all-white jury for trial of ex-officer accused of raping black women | US news | The Guardian - Trial of former Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces life in prison, comes amid growing scrutiny over the racial composition of juries

- Alabama Education Official Warns Of "Homosexualist" Common Core Takeover She also thinks coloring books are indoctrinating children to do "transgender stuff." (oh, lordy, and it's on tv too)

Adults Are Not Way Happier Than Teens Anymore: Study | TIME (they are growing up in dystopia, instead of causing it)

[Serious] Scientists of Reddit: What's craziest or weirdest thing in your field that you suspect is true but is not yet supported fully by data? : AskReddit
Fighting Obesity with Active Brain Stimulation? - The Latest News - Previous studies have shown that the prefrontal cortex, a region of the brain that's in charge of behaviour regulation and decision making, is more active in lean people.
Study finds no link between cycling helmet laws and head injury rates : science

TIL student loans have passed credit cards and auto loans to become the second biggest source of personal debt in the U.S., trailing only mortgages. : todayilearned - The world always needs more history. (original thought)
What strange fetish did your boyfriend/girlfriend have? How did it affect you, did you try it? : AskReddit
Normal day in the backyard : WTF
What is one reference you still don't understand on Reddit, and at this point, are too afraid to ask? : AskReddit
What don't you miss about being a teenager? : AskReddit
What have you witnessed a bride or groom do at a Bachelor/bachelorette party that you thought would ruin their marriage if their spouse found out? : AskReddit

More Nightmare Stories of Your Worst IT Jobs Ever


Intercepted 'Chatter' Suggests Bomb Downed Russian Jet
Putin Agrees To Suspend Russian Flights To Egypt
Chaos As Egypt Slashes Number Of Flight Bringing Brits Home

Mammoth Trade Deal Confirms Advocates' Worst Fears - But Obama calls it the "highest standard trade agreement in history." (there's your problem right there)

The Keystone Pipeline and the Defeat of Faceless Corporate Power - It's like watching the biggest bully on the school grounds getting his nose bloodied. It's very gratifying" - But the real story of what happened on Friday begins years ago, and it begins with ordinary people, and it is a remarkable story of actual populism in action.
Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline - The New York Times
Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline After 7 Years Of Review - Environmentalists praised the decision, which House Speaker Paul Ryan called "sickening."

Leaked Emails From Pro-Clinton Group Reveal Censorship of Staff on Israel, AIPAC Pandering, Warped Militarism (Jews run policy for elite Dems, Hillary's in the thick of it +Neera Tanden is an awful human being)
So Hillary Clinton Didn't Send Classified Material on Her Email After All - ?It's been quite a few milliseconds. Has someone yet written that James Clapper is part of the Obama hit squad? (your dark state)
Hillary Clinton's emails did not contain highly classified secrets, inquiry finds. - politico - The initial determination was based on a flawed process (there's a flaw in your thinking)

The Bush Family's Public Implosion Increasingly Resembles Greek Tragedy - The fall of the House of Bush.

America's White Working Class Is a Dying Breed - rising death toll should come as no surprise. (voted for the wrong guys and killed themselves)

Judge Orders Case Of 'Serial' Podcast Subject Adnan Syed Reopened - The order will allow Syed's defenders to introduce new evidence.

People Wrongly Blamed A 'War On Cops' For An Officer's Death. Here's What They're Saying Now. - Crickets.
Records Show Numerous Complaints Against Officer Who Staged His Suicide (career criminal with no job controls)

Tell It About Your Mother - The New York Times - Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?

This Boy Has Outsmarted Us All With His Perfect Math Problem Answer - "I told him over 3 million people had seen his picture and he said, 'Wow! That's like the whole state of Georgia!'" she said.

Simpson's paradox - frequency data are unduly given causal interpretations.[3] Simpson's paradox disappears when causal relations are brought into consideration


ELI5: Full text of TPP, what it means to the people and countries involved? : explainlikeimfive

Maybe We Should Stop Sending Weapons Where We Can't Keep Track of Them - Arming any side in a Middle Eastern civil war seems unwise ... They lost four Hueys? They lost a CN-235? A CN-235 is 70 goddamn feet long! Have they checked under the cushions of the sofa? This would all be funny if, you know, it were funny. (how to not learn anything from experience +the military is deeply corrupt)
Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen - The Washington Post (half a billion here, half a billion there, pretty soon we've armed everyone human in the ME)

How I Would Reaffirm Unbreakable Bond With Israel - and Benjamin Netanyahu (Hillz says "he's my daddy")
The United States takes offense at comments by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new communications director accusing President Barack Obama of anti-Semitism and suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry had the mental abilities of a 12-year-old, the State Department said : worldnews (so who is she loyal to?)
- U.S. calls Netanyahu's new media chief's commnets "offensive"

Doctors Without Borders Staff Shot While Fleeing Kunduz Hospital, Report Finds - "MSF doctors and other medical staff were shot while running to reach safety in a different part of the compound." (thanks, Obama)
European Union states have relocated just 116 refugees out of 160,000 | News | The Guardian - EU agreed in September to transfer 160,000 people from most affected states but so far just 86 have moved from Italy and 30 are due to leave Greece

VW Reveals It Misstated Emissions of Gas Cars - The New York Times (bye-bye VW)

Chris Hedges: Neoliberalism is not long for this world - - The journalist and activist warns free market worship is slowly being replaced by something more dangerous still video - the false populism of the far right

Eschaton: The Cossacks Work For The Czar - My little boy was not in charge.
George H.W. Bush Criticizes Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld - He has harsh words for Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, who are basically on Bush family retainer.

Wisconsin: State to Begin Drug Testing Welfare Recipients on Nov. 9 : news (Scott Walker/KochBros continue to fuck over Wississippi)

Texas Congressman Wants To Put Gay People On An Island To See If They Die Out (Louie Gumball and the constant beat of insanity)

Cops Aren't Worried About Marijuana, DEA's Own Report Finds - The federal government continues to crack down on weed despite locals' waning concern. (Obama hates drugs almost as much as he hates your privacy)

Jeb Bush Opens Up About Daughter's Drug Addiction: 'She Went Through Hell'

NASA Makes Major Discovery About Atmosphere On Mars - "What happened?... The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind."

Parents: First-grader suspended after pretending to be Power Ranger during recess : news (zero-tolerance war on drugs/terror/black people/kids pussyfies our youth big surprise +Meanwhile, violent movies and TV shows are hugely popular, violent sports are ingrained in US culture, and once kids graduate high school they'll be encouraged to join the armed forces or at the very least taught that our veterans are heroes and should be celebrated. That a lot of hypocritical BS to be throwing down on our kids.)

No, A Study Did NOT Find That Your Cat Wants To Kill You - "There is a difference between factors and traits -- so no, the most prominent personality traits [in cats and lions] are not dominance, impulsivity, and neuroticism. These are the three personality factors that describe each species -- but each individual will range along the spectrum of traits that make up each of the personality factors."
Personality structure in the domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus), Scottish wildcat (Felis silvestris grampia), clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa... - PubMed - NCBI
- he five factors have been labelled: openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. Acronyms commonly used to refer to the five traits collectively are OCEAN, NEOAC, or CANOE.
Great Ideas in Personality--Five-Factor Model (weak on Freud)
5FMPeerValidationCostaMcCrea.pdf - Validation o fthe five-factor model of personality across instrument and observer
Developing Measures of Psychopathic Personality Traits from the ... - Edward August Witt - Google Books

New research suggests hallucinations can occur in relatively healthy people : science

- The orgasm no one talks about - The cervix rarely comes up in conversations about female orgasm. Here's why it should (the MDMA spot)

(NSFW) Whats a fucked up thing you secretly want to happen? : AskReddit
BigNavy comments on BoJack is spot on with why joining the military doesn't make you a hero
Religious kids are harsher and less generous than atheist ones, study says : science
Supermoon in radio telescope. : pics

Leak of Comcast documents detailing the coming data caps and what you'll be told when you call in about it. : technology (because they can, moo-ha-ha)


Russian plane crash: U.S. intel suggests ISIS involved -
Egypt flights on hold as UK says bomb may have caused Russian crash | World news | The Guardian - Flights from Sharm el-Sheikh suspended as David Cameron set to chair emergency committee meeting over Metrojet disaster

The Lessons of Chalabi | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - One way to look at the Syrian civil war is that we created the legitimacy for revolution there.

Money Flooding Out of Canada at Fastest Pace in Developed World - Bloomberg Business - as the nation's decade-long oil boom comes to an end and little else looks ready to take the industry's place as an economic driver.

- The first one is an old lesson, but one the party has yet to learn. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has to go, and she has to take her approach to building the party with her (Dems always fuck themselves)

Ohio Becomes Latest State To Vote Down Gerrymandering - On November 3, Ohio voters approved by a margin of 71% to 29% a constitutional amendment that will greatly reduce, or even eliminate, the gerrymandering of state legislative districts beginning in 2021.

Page 3 of The Case for Bernie Sanders | Rolling Stone - His critics say he's not realistic - but they have it backwards (your stupid media tells you what you can believe in)

- It used to be a simple question of stupid vs. evil, but I think we now need to add a third option, which is "afraid"

Matt Bevin Wins 2015 Kentucky Governor Race - Bevin, only the second Republican elected to Kentucky's highest office in 40 years, is best known for his tea party-backed challenge to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (and KY goes down the TP rabbit-hole)
What Will Happen to Kentucky's Medicaid Expansion? (poor people voted to kill even poorer people)

Donald Trump Takes A Jab At Megyn Kelly -- Again - On Sean Hannity's Tuesday night show, which airs right after Kelly's - "They've asked me some very negative questions, including your Megyn. They've asked me very, very disgraceful questions, frankly"

Ben Carson's Love Affair With a "Nutjob" Conspiracy Theorist | Mother Jones - A top GOP presidential contender has embraced the dark, paranoid, and crazy worldview of a far-right pseudohistorian. (deeper into the crazy)
Ben Carson's Strange Theory About The Egyptian Pyramids - "My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain," Carson said, referring to the Old Testament. "Now all the archeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs' graves. But, you know, [something to store that grain] would have to be something awfully big, if you stop and think about it."

How Houston Was Lost: Prop 8 Redux as LGBT Rights Are Put on the Ballot | Michelangelo Signorile

Police Killings Surpass the Worst Years of Lynching, Capital Punishment, and a Movement Responds | Jerome Karabel (legalized distributed lynching by cop)

10 Of The Worst Moments From Morning Joe's Fawning Koch Brothers Interview (Squint and Meat-Puppet)

National Geographic lays off staff following 21st Century Fox merger | Media | The Guardian - National Geographic informed employees Tuesday it would lay off about 9% of its staff, months after announcing it would partner with Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox as part of an expanded joint venture. (it's not like he hasn't done this before)
Rupert Murdoch recently acquired National Geographic and has just laid off 10% of the staff. : worldnews - 10%... that's officially a decimation.

Bill Cosby could face charges after DA election in suburban Philadelphia | US news | The Guardian - Steele closely involved in new investigation of sex assault claims against star

Kim Davis Heads Back To Court - In a 126-page filing with the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals late Monday, Davis' attorneys called U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning's order that Davis license same-sex marriage a "rush to judgment" that trampled the clerk's religious liberty.

- Family That Made a Fortune off National Oxycontin Epidemic Has Just Landed on Forbes' Richest List - Some drug dealers go to prison. Some get rich. Others get filthy rich.

All aspects of the brand experience - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I believe that the role of marketing is to represent the voice of the customer in strategic decisions affecting all aspects of the brand experience (high-paid "brand" marketers loot education)

Death Rates Rising for Middle-Aged White Americans, Study Finds - The New York Times - Unlike every other age group, unlike every other racial and ethnic group, unlike their counterparts in other rich countries, death rates in this group have been rising, not falling.

A Shocking Rise in White Death Rates in Midlife -- and What It Says About American Society - Drugs, alcohol, and suicide have taken an unparalleled toll on middle-aged whites, especially those with a high school degree or less.

An invisible catastrophe - All told, middle-aged WNHAs with high school degrees or less experienced 135 more deaths per 100,000 per year in 2013 than in 1998 ... the doubling of the homicide rate in the US between 1960 and 1990 -- a development that played a key role in the construction of the prison-industrial complex -- resulted in about four and half extra deaths per 100,000 Americans per year. At its peak in 1990, the AIDS epidemic produced about ten extra deaths per 100,000 per year.

- Mass killings and school shootings spread "contagiously" Not dependent on location, leading researchers to believe that national media coverage of a mass

2,000-year-old Maccabean-era fortress unearthed in Jerusalem after century-long search | The Times of Israel - The Acra fortress was used by his Seleucids to oversee the Temple and maintain control over Jerusalem. The fortress was manned by Hellenized Jews, who many scholars believe were then engaged in a full-fledged civil war with traditionalist Jews represented by the Maccabees.
Man Dies After Tapeworm Inside Him Gets Cancer - This is the first known report of a person becoming sick from cancer cells that developed in a parasite. : science

Scientist May Have Discovered Alternate Universes - The world as we know it may actually just be "a region within an eternally inflating super-region."
- Relativity versus quantum mechanics: the battle for the universe

Staring at computers at night is frying your brain. Here's one easy fix. - Vox
8 Ways To Use Your Gadgets At Night And Still Get A Good Night's Sleep

What's something Reddit has taught you? : AskReddit - People want overly simplistic answers to complex problems.


Are We Reaching a Milestone in Clean Energy? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Even with Europe clean energy investment lagging with its overall economy, on-shore wind now provides the cheapest electrons available in both Britain and Germany.

Keystone Pipeline Delay Could Make It a Huge 2016 Campaign Issue - TransCanada Asks for Delay on Keystone Pipeline Approval - TransCanada has cleverly sought to push the pipeline's approval timeline beyond 2016, at which time they may have installed a candidate of their choice through mountains of dark money.

Sinai plane crash: unusual sounds on cockpit recordings, says Russian news agency | World news | The Guardian - Interfax says transcripts show no distress call from pilots, while Egyptian president says claims of a terror link are propaganda
Infrared Satellite Detects Flash Near Site Of Russian Metrojet Crash - The new evidence suggests an onboard explosion may have downed the airliner, killing 224.

Ahmad Chalabi, Iraqi Politician Who Pushed for U.S. Invasion, Dies at 71 - The New York Times

Consider the Source, Obamacare Edition - The New York Times - So, for example, if The Hill is going to report Sen. John Barrasso's assertion that Obamacare may collapse this year, it would be a service to readers to note that Sen. Barrasso was one of the people claiming that more people would lose coverage than gain it under the Affordable Care Act - and who, when enrollments surged, declared that the administration was cooking the books.

The Low-Wage New Industrial Jobs - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Companies use the same strategies of employment obfuscation and opacity to protect themselves from having to treat employees with respect that they use in the global race to the bottom while the future of the American working class remains dire.

Corporations Are Your Judge, Jury, and Executioner - America: where a company-appointed arbitrator decides if you were sexually harassed by Gary in accounting.

How The Debate Debacle Could Backfire On Republicans - "We've just seen Hillary Clinton go through 11 hours of questioning, and these guys can't go a couple minutes of questioning?"
Eschaton: It's My Party the GOP presidential candidate said - They'll Cry When I Want Them To - Guess they're going to go with the Alpha Dog. (Trump will take over producing the debate events)

Republicans trust Trump on economy, nuclear weapons: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters
Is Ben Carson Running for President? -- NYMag (or running a marketing scam? what's the diff?)

U.S. Public Becoming Less Religious | Pew Research Center - Modest Drop in Overall Rates of Belief and Practice, but Religiously Affiliated Americans Are as Observant as Before

In Religious Arbitration, Scripture Is the Rule of Law - The New York Times - Instead, his claim had to be resolved through a mediation or arbitration process that would be bound not by state or federal law, but by the Bible

Margaret Spellings must accept gays or resign from UNC | The Charlotte Observer - She won't address her previous animosity toward gays

- Number of Denver Trick-or-Treaters Dosed With Pot Edibles: Zero -- Again
Election 2015: Ohioans reject Issue 3 | - Ohioans cast a clear vote against pot legalization Tuesday, soundly rejected an amendment that would have legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal use.
Ohio to vote on marijuana legalization : news

Microsoft drops unlimited OneDrive storage after people use it for unlimited storage : technology


There's a Fire Burning in Indonesia So Big It's Releasing More CO2 Than the US Economy - It's a perfect storm for a true environmental catastrophe
- But this is also bad news. If the 0.27 millimeters per year of sea level rise attributed to Antarctica in the IPCC report is not really coming from Antarctica, there must be some other contribution to sea level rise that is not accounted for

Russian Airline Rules Out Mechanical Error In Egypt Crash - "The plane was in excellent condition."

- Someone Might Actually End Up Paying for the Crimes of the Iraq War - But it almost certainly won't be George Bush - There has been an outright brawl over when to release the Chilcot Report, which is the result of a 2009 decision by then-PM Gordon Brown to have a full inquiry into how Great Britain - under onetime Third Way heartthrob Tony Blair - came to join C-Plus Augustus in the excellent Mesopotamian adventure.

Covert radio broadcasts tied to China prompt US government investigation | US news | The Guardian

GOP debate revolt crumbles - Nov. 2, 2015

Eschaton: Private Line to the Big Guy in the Sky - Either Boehner should be hailed as some sort of new Prophet or mocked? I don't really understand how people can just claim God speaks to them without there being a bit more skepticism. Instead people just nod their heads. ("God told me ..." because God is a Republican)

Eschaton: Morning Thread - Interesting article about more and more companies forcing customers to go to arbitration instead of using the courts. Basically, privatizing the justice system. Guess who wins and who loses.

Rising deaths among middle-aged Americans could exceed Aids toll in US | Science | The Guardian - Though not fully understood, the increased deaths are largely thought to be a result of more suicides and the misuse of drugs and alcohol, driven by easier access to powerful prescription painkillers, cheaper high quality heroin and greater financial stresses.

Willie Nelson's Crusade to Stop Big Pot (monopolies)
On Ballot, Ohio Grapples With Specter of Marijuana Monopoly - The New York Times
Smoking Marijuana Might Have Some Surprising Health Benefits - Newsy Story - while cigarette smoke damaged lungs, moderate marijuana smokers showed greater lung capacities than non-users.

Last person jailed in Waco biker shooting to be released -- Nine people died and 20 were injured during the shooting -- no one has been charged with any of the deaths : news (Tom Ashbrook, good Republican, didn't believe the cops could have done it)

- approval of cancer-hunting virus signals new treatment era - Imlygic programs viruses to attack only cancer cells and gives patients more humane options

Yale study finds state youth e-cig bans lead to increased traditional cigarette smoking - Winston-Salem Journal: Local News (o rly?)

Reddit, What conspiracy theory has the best chance of being true? : AskReddit - The government keeps posting this question to see how close the conspiracy theorists are to the truth.

Colorado to Vote to Kill Protectionist Broadband State Law | DSLReports, ISP Information - one of more than 20 states where incumbent ISPs have effectively paid state legislatures to pass laws prohibiting towns and cities from improving their local broadband services.


NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses | NASA
Climate change: The Deniers - series on scientists who buck the conventional wisdom on climate science. Here is the series so far:
Rare tropical cyclone to bring eight years of rain in two days in Arabia | - Eric Holthaus, a US meteorologist, estimates the storm will dump as much as eight times the annual rainfall of coastal regions of Yemen and Oman. These regions typically collect just 100-130 millimetres of rain a year.

- Russian plane "broke up in air" before Sinai crash - Russian aviation official says inspection of wreckage in Egypt shows plane broke apart but this does not necessarily indicate bomb

After vowing to end two wars, Obama may leave three behind - The Washington Post (wars, torture and spies)
16 times Obama said there would be no boots on the ground in Syria (it's not like he took a position or anything)
Obama's Foreign Policy Promises Then and Now - Boots are "on the ground" in Syria, and Gitmo is still open. (the end of hope and change)

Turkey To Return To Single-Party Rule After Sweeping Election Victory -

Microsoft Word - Pew Global Attitudes Muslim Report FINAL December 2, 2010.docx - Pew-Global-Attitudes-Muslim-Report-FINAL-December-2-2010.pdf - At least three-quarters of Muslims in Egypt and Pakistan say they would favor making each of the following the law in their countries: stoning people who commit adultery, whippings and cutting off of hands for crimes like theft and robbery and the death penalty for those who leave the Muslim religion

Ben Carson's Camp Wants Debates To Have 140 Minutes Of Opening And Closing Statements - It would take the debate out of debating!

And It Begins - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Eventually, a lot of money was going to be funneled to the actual politician acceptable to party elites who emerged as the most viable alternative to Trump and Carson. With Walker out and Jeb/\_(?)_// only formally not out, that person is Rubio. (Jebbietunes out, Dubio in)

The Dawn of Darkness by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - This Wednesday marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of one of the great tragedies in American history, a moment of indelible shame, a choice that harmed so many in this country and around the world: the defeat of President Jimmy Carter at the hands of right-wing former California Governor Ronald Reagan. (as with all their lies, the inverse is true: "morning in America" as the darkness of Republican evil falls on the land +"piss-on-you" economics)
- Seeking America's "lost" greatness and finding Trump most appealing (when Daddy Reagan was raping and pillaging Democracy)

4 dead, including suspected gunman, after morning shootings in downtown Colorado Springs (CS Gazette disables comments because Colorado gunnuts)
Colorado police provide few details after shooting spree in broad daylight | US news | The Guardian - Man killed in gun battle with police after shooting three people (and so does the Graun)
Shooting at North Carolina's Winston-Salem State University leaves one dead | US news | The Guardian - University says suspected gunman is on the loose and counsels caution (moar guns is the obvious solution)

Hundreds Of Cops Kicked Off Force For Committing Sex Crimes - The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. (heros given license to rape and murder, good pay with strong unions)

Conservatives Want to Bring Politics into Academic Hiring - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - I don't think there's a single more surefire way to draw attention to yourself than to claim that academia discriminates against conservatives. (academia discrimates against dumbfucks +no link to poopy-head NYT)

Texas Case Mulls if Home-school Kids Have to Learn Something | | Rio Grande Valley, TX - Parents are accused of not teaching their children, because they were waiting to be "raptured" -- "startling assertion of sweeping governmental power" (Freedumb)

The biggest family in the educational mafia - Exempt from paying taxes, from being transparent to public scrutiny and from truly resolving customer-service queries, ETS is seemingly untouchable ... Nonetheless, there is little about the nature of such expenses. ETS facilities are located on a 360-acre complex, with swimming pools, tennis courts, a heliport, a private hotel and a residence where the CEO lives rent free, according to the New York Times. (they pay themselves well as a non-profit)

Why the Salem witch trials still haunt the American imagination | Books | The Guardian - and with its combination of magic, religion, sexuality and the forbidden, it's no wonder (Hillary is the latest iteration)

Wives Take Problems to Heart, Husbands Get Frustrated | Clark-Garwood, NJ Patch (men don't have emotions)

Living on Earth: The Living and Dead in Good Company Massauchesett's Mount Auburn Cemetery is renowned as the final resting place for American luminaries including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Fannie Farmer, and Charles Sumner.

What is the best thing you have ever heard a child say? : AskReddit ("Looks pretty bad, they said they're going to have to amputate.")


Russian Plane Carrying 224 People Crashes In Egypt - "The plane split into two, a small part on the tail end that burned and a larger part that crashed into a rock. We have extracted at least 100 bodies and the rest are still inside."

Global warming: Lamar Smith's conspiracy ideations.
Global warming: Lamar Smith wants to tie NOAA in knots - To me, this stinks of McCarthyism.
Why We Can Stop Government Funding Of Science: It Doesn't Create Much Innovation - Forbes (from the dumbfuck dept of evil)
The Torquemada of the Republican Science Inquisition - Lawyers, Guns & Money (Republicans are the post-rational party)
The Spanish Inquisition - Mel Brooks - YouTube

Will the Trans Pacific Partnership Empower Polluters to Sue the United States? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : As Stiglitz states here, the TPP is barely about trade at all. It's an international corporate-rights document. (Luke turned Sith Lord)

US officials: troops to only fight Isis, Russia risks fueling Syrian quagmire | World news | The Guardian (while Putin is bombing the rebels +speaking of quagmires)

Innocent Gitmo Detainee Released After 14 Years - This man was captured by bounty hunters while doing charity work. He was never charged.

Bangladeshi secular publisher hacked to death - BBC News (no secular books for Muslims)

Netanyahu Retracts Assertion That Palestinian Inspired Holocaust - The New York Times (speaking of evil clowns)
The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin - The New Yorker - When Yitzhak Rabin was killed, did the prospects for peace perish, too?

How 1994 Explains 2016 - politico Magazine - The year that stunned Jeb, battered Hillary and changed politics as we know it.

Springtime for Grifters - The New York Times (they love their pyramid schemes)

There's No Evidence In Clinton White House Documents For Clintons' Story On Anti-Gay Law - BuzzFeed News (and then there's the whole truth problem)

We Mapped the Uninsured. You'll Notice a Pattern. - The New York Times - They tend to live in the South, and they tend to be poor. (good job, states, you fucked your residents just like you said you would)

Eschaton: Empowered - I suspect the issue is that people are more likely to listen instead of locking them up in solitary? - If only blah people had known to call a legislator, how to advocate. Everything would have been different!

Braves Stadium Relocation Shaping Up to Be a Disaster | Streetsblog USA - After putting $400 million in public money into attracting the Braves, Cobb County officials are having an embarrassingly hard time getting the site ready for opening day. ("public money" and no public transit so no blahs can get there)

Harlem Success Academy "Got to go" list named undesirable students. (moar charters. thanks Ducan/Obama because support for teacher moochers teaching your moocher kids is unthinkable)
Alabama Teacher of the Year told she's unqualified, resigns : news (of course the system would purge highly-qualified teachers because they are moochers)

Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis - The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology - When compared with dietary interventions of similar intensity, evidence from RCTs does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss. (there goes 20 years of CW)

Cut out carbs, not fat if you want to lose weight, Harvard study finds - A study of more than 60,000 dieters finds those who cut back on bread, pasta and potatoes lost more weight than those who cut back on butter and cheese
A study of more than 60,000 dieters finds those who cut back on bread, pasta and potatoes lost more weight than those who cut back on butter and cheese : science

Coffee does not cause cancer; the WHO is wrong. - The World Health Organization's classification system is seriously flawed.
NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks - The New York Times - High in the skies over Kazakhstan, space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground - geoglyphs

ESPN Closing Grantland Is The Dumbest 'Smart' Business Decision - What it says about our society is troubling. Journalism and business do not mix

TitaniumDragon comments on Colin Powell: I will 'continue to be a Republican because it annoys them' - The actual reason is that the political parties realigned over the course of the 1960s to the 1990s.
ELI5: Why isn't 100% Humidity just pure water? : explainlikeimfive

Snapchat just reserved the rights to store and use all selfies taken with the device : technology (all your selfies are belong the them)

[NSFW] What were you better off not knowing/seeing? : AskReddit (don't look at this)


Greece: Shipwrecks Kill 31 People In Aegean Sea

White House: We're Sending Troops To Syria For Who Knows How Long - Nothing to see here.

Truth Movie: Dan Rather's Missed Opportunity to Hold George W. Bush Accountable - On the story of Dan Rather and Mary Mapes' pursuit of the 43rd president's National Guard records, and a paralleleffort at The Boston Globe. (it immunized Bush against the truth)

America is changing its mind on Israel: How Netanyahu is alienating his most essential ally - (a lot of years of propaganda squandered)

The story behind the five-year delay in freeing Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo | World news | The Guardian - Barack Obama has repeatedly stated his intention to close the offshore prison since but has lacked the political will or ability to overcome bureaucratic inertia

The Quiet Man Versus the Loud-Mouth by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - all ten candidates endlessly and exhaustively and redundantly attacking government and everything government does

"Shell-shocked" CNBC staffers had long flight home (deep shaden)

RNC Suspends Partnership With NBC News For February Debate - Candidates complained about unfair questions during this week's Republican debate. (so unfair)

Eschaton: It's Fun To Kick Them When They're Down - I'm not going to waste my beautiful mind feeling sorry for Jeb Bush, but it's been interesting watching the discourse shift. All the cool kids in the press now mock the Jebster. He's gone from being the inevitable frontfunner to being the nerd the bullies pick on.

What Should We Believe: Marco Rubio or Math? -- NYMag (Republicans have never believed in math)

- horrifying Iowa surge: Why his campaign's rapid rise bodes ill for this election (Republican post-rational world)
Carly Fiorina Confronts New Post-Debate Factcheck - CNN asked the candidate about her claim that women fared poorly during Obama's first term.

Texas police officer wins immunity from prosecution over fatal shooting | US news | The Guardian - Judge rules Charles Kleinert was deputised by FBI and protected under federal law when he killed Larry Jackson Jr, saying afterwards it was an accident (deputised to kill with immunity)
Texas police prepare for open carry of handguns in January 2016 - Washington Times - This a huge concern for us. We are preparing for a significant increase in calls for carrying guns (what could and will go wrong?)

'Officer Slam' Threw Teen From Her Desk Over Cellphone, Lawyer Says - The lawyer for a 16-year-old girl slammed to a Spring Valley High School classroom floor this week by a sheriff's deputy said Thursday that the confrontation was over a cellphone and "she could have been left alone." (but authority! +pre-prison for future inmates in our incarceration society +"obnoxious" is a crime in the school penal code of Charleston)

Know your audience - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - From a letter requesting donations from University of California-Hastings law school graduates: (yeah, what planet, dude?)

- Louisiana Governor's Race Devolves into the Worst Spy Movie Ever - David Vitter is trying to shake a prostitution scandal, so he hired a private eye to dig up dirt on his opponent, who hired a private eye to follow Vitter's private eye.

New York Times Columnist Gets Schooled on Catholic Doctrine - I missed this over the last couple of days, but Ross Cardinal Douthat, Primate of the Archdiocese of Dorkylvania, has managed to get himself crossways with a whole passel of actual theologians

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ESPN Is Shutting Down Grantland, 'Effective Immediately' - The news comes months after the departure of founder Bill Simmons. (bungled that)

SXSW: 'We Made A Mistake' Canceling Online Harassment Panels - The festival wants to compensate with a full-day summit on the issue. (dialectic)


US science agency refuses request for climate records : Nature News & Comment - House of Representatives committee is demanding documents relating to a study that refuted a global-warming hiatus (Sciencegaaazzzhhhi!)

Air Strikes Hit At Least 12 Syrian Hospitals In Past Weeks: MSF - Russia and Syria had been intensifying their air offensives in west and northwest Syria. (war on doctors spreads)

Police use terror powers to seize BBC Newsnight journalist's laptop | Crime | News | The Independent - Exclusive: Secunder Kermani joined the show early last year and has produced a series of reports on British-born jihadis (your totalitarian fascist state is pretty much here)

- Death in shackles of elderly man stopped at Gatwick "shameful" - Home Office detention of Alois Dvorzac, 84, who was suffering dementia and heart disease, was on 'threshold of inhuman" (but he died of "natural causes")

Mexican soldier shoots one-year-old American girl at US border | World news | The Guardian - Toddler is being treated in Texas with non-life-threatening injuries after her family's car drove between military patrol and vehicle carrying suspects

Eschaton: Things We Can Afford
That runaway blimp is also running away with your tax dollars (don't miss great pic)
Seventeen years and $2.7 billion in, Pentagon's high-tech blimps fail to deliver on promise - Baltimore Sun (but we can't spend any money on schools because teachers are moochers)

More than 20 women detained in Texas immigration facility begin hunger strike | US news | The Guardian - Some of the women, who began protest by refusing dinner on Wednesday, wrote letters about fears of being deported, as well as inhumane treatment in facilities

The Republican Tax Plans Are All Basically Insane - They would cost trillions of dollars.
The CNBC Republican Debate Was A Total Trainwreck | ThinkProgress
Insiders: Bush bombed, Rubio won - POLITICO - In the third GOP debate, the consensus was clear: Jeb Bush blew it and Marco Rubio won the evening.
Fact-Checking The CNBC Republican Presidential Debate - There were quite a few questionable claims made during the event.
GOP Presidential Candidates Talk About Their Wives Like It's A 1950s Sitcom - "My wife is down here in the front, and I'm sure, if you'd like to talk to her later, she can give you more than you'll ever be able to take care of."
Jeb Bush gives Marco Rubio his moment to shine after debate attack fizzles out | US news | The Guardian - Confrontation initiated by Bush failed in dramatic fashion by making Rubio appear the charismatic insurgent who could run away with the race
Megyn Kelly Knocks Debate Moderator Over Donald Trump Question - "Not Quick enough," she tweeted. (Megyn throws shade on Becky)
Flash And Fibs Were GOP Debate's Big Winners - The candidates kept dodging questions on policy -- or just made stuff up.
Here Are The Best Moments From The Third Republican Primary Debate
At Republican Debate, Fantasy Sports Got More Attention Than Wall Street - The New York Times
Ben Carson and Donald Trump Lack Electricity in a Charged Debate - The New York Times
- Jeb Bush's Mayday - veracity is for losers
Peace Breaks Out Among the Republican Candidates -- NYMag

Gov. Christie, Time to Go Home - The New York Times

Political Lies About Police Brutality - The New York Times
Good Guys with guns: how police officers became fixtures in US schools The 1990s-era "tough of crime" movement that encouraged police inside schools has expanded under Obama, despite the lack of consensus it improves safety
New York Times Editorial: Politicians Stymie Progress On Police Brutality - Some politicians "want to soft-pedal or even ignore police misconduct."

Texas campus carry law is a slap in the face of survivors of past shootings | Cindy Casares | Comment is free | The Guardian - At the University of Texas at Austin some still remember the 1966 mass school shooting. Their pleas for gun control have been ignored

Lesbian couple alleges Honolulu ??police officer harassed them over public kiss? | US news | The Guardian - Courtney Wilson and Taylor Guerrero say a police officer "punched" and harassed them because he disapproved of their public displays of affection in a store (they "lost" the video)

Praying Football Coach Suspended After Satanists Plan Invocation - "The school district needs to create religious opportunity for everyone or ban it completely."

The transformation of David Brooks - Columbia Journalism Review (so he's a Jewish Wasp)

Let there be light: Handwritten draft of King James Bible reveals the secrets of its creation - - Every great work of literature is a product of meticulous editing and revision. The King James is no exception

The Sex Lives of College Students -- The Cut - Heirs to the Sexual Revolution

Sleep Paralysis Is an Inescapable Waking Nightmare | Motherboard


The Greatest Threat to Campus Free Speech is Coming From Dianne Feinstein and her Military-Contractor Husband
New Senate Cybersecurity Bill Just Needs You to Trust the NSA - To the surprise of absolutely nobody, Dianne Feinstein was the principal Democratic senator whipping support for the bill and, make no mistake, this is a truly awful law. In brief, it not only opens the door to increased trawling through the lives of American citizens by the intelligence community, in many cases, it mandates it. (+Snowden was right)
Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Clears Senate In Bipartisan Vote (Obama, spies and corps win again)

American Amir Meshal can't sue FBI over abuse claims, federal appeals court says - CBS News - and tortured him for several months in Africa. (pretty much the definition of a totalitarian state)
A federal appeals court says a U.S. citizen can't sue a group of FBI agents he says falsely imprisoned and tortured him for several months in Africa. : news

Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong? - If only there were options other than "killing more people." Bueller? Bueller? - Obama's most senior national security advisers have recommended measures that would move U.S. troops closer to the front lines in Iraq and Syria, officials said, a sign of mounting White House dissatisfaction with progress against the Islamic State and a renewed Pentagon push to expand military involvement in long-running conflicts overseas.
U.S. boots on ground to fight Isis | MSNBC - Defense secretary Ash Carter told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the US military will put boots on the ground in a direct fight to attack Isis in Iraq and Syria. (having learned nothing, here we go again ...)

Toronto on brink of a mob war, Italy warns - Mobsters around Toronto are on the brink of armed warfare in a brewing feud between some of the world's most powerful and wealthiest gangster clans, according to wiretaps secretly recorded in Italy.

Top 100 CEO Retirement Savings Equals 41% of All U.S. Families Retirement Savings : politics

Boehner's Parting Gift: Two-Year Budget Deal Passes The House - All Democrats and 79 Republicans voted in favor of it. (the crazy caucus is strong)

alicublog: No Constitutional Right Not To Be Criticized (conservtive meltdown because Hillz criticized them)

Eschaton: Poor Dears - never been a fan of branding combat Vets as "warriors" but, pretty sure these guys arent' warriors - Kasich joins Bush and Rubio in being extremely open about their own frustrations with campaign and/or day job. No happy warriors right now

Arrest of Girl Who Texted in Class Prompts Civil Rights Case - ABC News
Arrest of girl texting in class prompts civil rights case : news
Sheriff to Announce South Carolina Deputy Ben Fields to Be Fired: Sources - NBC News - "He's known as Officer Slam"
Ben Fields, Officer Seen Manhandling Student, Has Been Sued Twice Before - Fields and other officers are in schools "to serve as role models," a deputy said. ("role model" = how to be a total asshole +repeat offender)
MoveOn Petitions - Charge Deputy Ben Fields with Assault! - Criminalizing the behavior of Black students in school does not help them or the school. This is not just about a bad apple, but a bad way of thinking about an entire segment of this society.
The Worst Moments From CNN's Awful Coverage of the South Carolina HS Classroom Arrest
- Lessons in Brutality - It's shocking to watch a black student violently arrested in school. What is more shocking is how common it is.
The Broader Context of Spring Valley - Lawyers, Guns & Money (school is pre-prison for black kids +Don Lemon is a real jerk, as usual, when it comes to black people)
FBI, Justice Dept to investigate video showing SC deputy tossing student to floor (the cop forum: here's the problem: obey ma authoritay! +"broken windows" policing in schools)

Police officers and their unions should face the same scrutiny as teachers | Jason Nichols | Comment is free | The Guardian - It is not acceptable to demand that teachers bear the burden of fixing the education system and yet allow our police departments to remain as they are
Police are searching black drivers more often, but finding more illegal stuff with white drivers - The Washington Post

SXSW's Astounding Ideals of Cowardice - stunning decision to cancel a panel dealing with online harassment is as embarrassing as it is unjustifiable and pathetic. By Chris Kluwe

Sorry, You Probably Can't Sleep Just 6 Hours A Night - Reading between the lines of a recent study on the sleep habits of indigenous people.

What are the best "get to know you" questions to ask on a first date? : AskReddit - Do talk F.O.R.D. Family, occupation, recreation, dreams - Do not Religion, Accounts, Politics, Exes
(SERIOUS) Former convicts of Reddit, what DID happen to pedophiles in prison? : AskReddit
Resigned /r/TumblrInAction Mod Describes The Subreddits Shift In Tone As It Grew In Size And What They Have Learnt : bestof
The Oatmeal trolled Huffpo UK yesterday when they got caught hotlinking : funny
Causing an avalanche : WTF

Marwencol: the incredible WWII art project created by a cross-dresser who was beaten up by bigots | Art and design | The Guardian


The Great Climate Change Hoax Rumbles On! - research is under increasing fire by some Republican leaders in Congress, who deny or question the scientific consensus.

CISA data-sharing bill passes Senate with no privacy protections : news (Warren and Markey: "no")
Senate Passes CISA Bill : technology

Syria and Iraq Are Still a Disaster as U.S. Involvement Escalates - The mission creep parallels to Vietnam should be cause for concern.

- Chinese foreign ministry says Washington acted illegally when USS Lassen entered waters near disputed Spratly archipelago - the warship had passed within 12 miles of a Chinese artificial island.
US manoeuvre in South China Sea leaves little wiggle room with China | World news | The Guardian - presence in disputed waters sure to draw Beijing retaliation, which could worsen ties and spread to other regional rows
South China Sea: U.S. Sovereignty Challenge Provokes Anger In Beijing - "The Chinese side expresses its strong dissatisfaction and resolute opposition."

Another Doctors Without Borders Hospital Hit By Airstrikes - "MSF facility in Saada Yemen was hit by several airstrikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility." (looks like a real fuckyou move)

Martin, A Quick Word | The Return of the Public - close to the epicentre of the Corbyn milieu (Martin Amis doesn't like Corbyn)

Verbatim: Donald Trump on the Rough Life, and Getting $1 Million From His Father - First Draft. Political News, Now. - The New York Times - Verbatim: Donald Trump on the Rough Life, and Getting $1 Million From His Father (speaks at 4th grade level to his audience)

TIL that the Seventh-day Adventist church teaches that the Anti-Christ will be the Pope, and the Catholic Church will cause the apocalypse. : todayilearned

The Median Rent for a San Francisco Two-Bedroom Hits $5,000/Month : news

How many guns are in America? A web of state secrecy means no one knows | US news | The Guardian - A majority of states actively restrict access to information on gun permits, the FBI must destroy background checks and Congress bans funding for research (hear no, see no, speak no)

Spring Valley High School Student Flung By School Officer On Video - The student had refused to leave class before the officer became involved.
SC Student 'Brutalized' by School Resource Officer, Lawyer Says - ABC News - At least three students caught the incident in the math classroom on video. The videos have since circulated on social media. (game has changed)
- Officer's forceful removal of student made sheriff "want to throw up" Federal civil rights investigation to determine if law was broken during incident captured on camera in which officer drags student from her desk
Learning while black: the latest offense that the police will get you for | Steven W Thrasher | Comment is free | The Guardian

FBI Director Says Videos, Hashtags Are Worsening The Citizen-Police Divide - "Of the explanations I have heard, it is the one that makes the most sense to me."
White House To FBI Director: No, Viral Videos Aren't Causing Crime - James Comey continues to argue the "Ferguson effect" is fueling the crime surge.

No charges against South Carolina police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenage boy on a date last July. Family alleges that the child's body was left on the ground for several hours, during which some officers posed with and high-fived the corpse : news
Video Of Cop Fatally Shooting Zachary Hammond Released, No Charges Filed - The state of South Carolina released video Tuesday of a Seneca police officer shooting 19-year-old Zachary Hammond, and said no charges will be filed.
72-Hour Suspension For Trooper Who Ran Red Light, Killing Woman - Timothy Fagin ran a red light while chasing a driver who wasn't wearing a seatbelt.
- Quentin Tarantino has "destroyed his career" says rightwing host Bill O'Reilly - Fox News commentator blasts director for appearing at a New York rally to highlight police killings less than a week after an NYPD officer was shot dead

Nobody Understands the Internet | First Draft - Over and over, newspaper companies who now try to call themselves media companies make it clear just how much they hate their customers

School Testing and For-Profit Colleges: Both Declining? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - There'S a useful slight reversal of position from President Obama and other Democratic politicians who have pushed a regimen of educational reforms, primarily constant standardized testing (or studying for those tests) that take much of the education and a whole lot of the joy of learning out of education

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and medical research - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Faculty Lounge: No, It Isn't All in Your Head - Is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome an organic disease that should be addressed by biomedical research, or is it a only psychological condition best treated by some form of psychotherapy? (shrinks wanted another disease to "treat" -- "chronic lazyness -- but didn't know how to research)
Health threat of sugar is vastly underestimated, study claims | Society | The Guardian - US research says sugar causes high blood pressure and heart disease regardless of weight gain but critics doubt results

VStarffin comments on Can someone explain why it tends to be young, white men who have libertarian beliefs.
[Serious] People who performed sexual favors in school or in the workplace to get ahead, what was it for? What are things like now? : AskReddit
[Serious] What lie are you living? : AskReddit

Map of all the movies you must watch before you die! : movies
Cormac McCarthy's The Road May Have the Scariest Passage in All of Literature - The Atlantic


Government's handling of Hurricane Patricia is a rare bit of good news for Mexico - The official death count from the strongest hurricane ever measured in the Western Hemisphere: zero.
Powerful Earthquake Hits Afghanistan, India, Pakistan
Deadly Heat Is Forecast in Persian Gulf by 2100 - The New York Times

Oh look. It's that CISA surveillance bill again. Didn't we defeat that? Not yet. One last chance (for real) to #StopCISA. Ask activists from Fight for the Future, Access, EFF, and Demand Progress anything about CISA. (fuckers never give up)
Unit That Called In Kunduz Airstrike Knew Hospital Was Functioning, Believed It Was Overrun By Taliban ("believed" "overrun" but "functioning" so kill them all)

Benjamin Netanyahu's Latest Rejection Of A Palestinian State - "You think there is a magic wand here, but I disagree," he told his political opponents, who have been pushing for peace talks.

- UK accused of doing China's bidding after police raid home of Tiananmen Square survivor over peaceful protest

Airlines Work Together To Declare War On Cyber Attackers

Saudi Prince Arrested in Beirut on Drug Smuggling : worldnews - two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine

Rape Victims Are Being Jailed Under Extramarital Sex Laws in the UAE | VICE News

Anonymous hackers to reveal identities of 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members in #OpKKK

Tea Party Support Falls To A New Low - Only 17 percent of Americans polled say they support the movement - Meanwhile, a record 54 percent of Americans polled this month said they didn't have an opinion about the tea party either way. (their frankenstein ate them)

Prosecution Of U.S. Police For Killings Surges To Highest In Decade - A dozen officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter this year resulting from shootings.

World Health Organization: Processed Meats Cause Cancer - The average American consumes about 18 pounds of bacon each year.
WHO: Processed meats cause cancer. : worldnews

The Scale of the Universe 2
Physicists uncover novel phase of matter - not a conventional metal, insulator, or magnet, for example, but something entirely different. This phase, characterized by an unusual ordering of electrons, offers possibilities for new electronic device functionalities and could hold the solution to a long-standing mystery in condensed matter physics having to do with high-temperature superconductivity

Vox Media -"Hulu has overtaken Netflix to become the best streaming service" - but they fail to disclose that Comcast owns both Vox and Hulu.


Jimmy Carter: A Five-Nation Plan to End the Syrian Crisis - The New York Times

Tony Blair makes qualified apology for Iraq war ahead of Chilcot report | UK news | The Guardian - but defends armed intervention in 2003 (took them 12 years, but at least they did a report)
Bergen: NY Times triples down on bizarre bin Laden tale -

Iraq rescue: video shows US prison raid freeing 70 hostages from Isis | World news | The Guardian - Helmet-camera footage issued by Kurdistan government shows men running through compound in Hawija during operation in which US soldier was killed
NBC Obtains Video Claiming To Show Anti-ISIS Raid That Killed U.S. Operative - According to the McClatchy report, however, there were no Kurds among the rescued, and it is currently unknown if any Baathists were among them.

Tony Blair: 2003 Iraq Invasion Contributed To Rise Of ISIS - "It's not clear to me that, even if our policy did not work, subsequent policies have worked better," he said. (because you fucked it all up, dumbshit)

No, Really, Strange Things Are Happening at the Vatican - The food-taster jokes are no longer funny.

How Republicans saved Hillary Clinton. Again. - The Washington Post
Bob Woodward On The Benghazi Committee: 'It Clearly Is Partisan' - The legendary journalist says, accurately, that politicians mislead all the time. (so no big deal)
Why the Benghazi Hearing Was an Embarrassment to Representative Democracy - It's still unclear what Thursday's hearing was supposed to be getting at.
Because Benghazi Went So Well, We Have a New Planned Parenthood Committee - Because Benghazi Went So Well, We Have a New Planned Parenthood Committee - And it's chock full o'wingnuts
Megyn Kelly Flips Out Over Positive Hillary Clinton Benghazi Coverage From Media | Crooks and Liars (she's so cute when she's mad)
Transcript: Rachel Maddow interviews Hillary Clinton | MSNBC

Obamacare Foes Head To Supreme Court... Again - They say the law is "so unconstitutional in so many ways." (onward, Christian derpists)

Ben Carson Once Again Compares Something To Slavery, This Time Abortion - The insurgent GOP candidate says no to exceptions for rape and incest.
How Do You Explain Ben Carson's Success in Iowa? - The currency of crazy statements. Theoretically, democracy is a hell of an idea, isn't it? Can we just let the cows vote now?
- Donald Trump seeks a sharp contrast with Ben Carson's Seventh-day Adventist faith - Seventh-day Adventists are Protestants who observe the Sabbath on Saturday, unlike most Christians, including Presbyterians, who observe it on Sunday. The church also takes a very literal view of the Bible. (Trump continues to speak on a 4th-grade level)

The Real Effect of Citizens United on the GOP by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - There are plenty of places to point when looking for the source of the chaos they're currently experiencing. But I think we miss a big one if we don't consider the impact of this Supreme Court decision that everyone assumed would simply be a windfall for them.

Eschaton: About The Last Seven Years Of My Education Policy - Maybe I can take some of it back? (your deeply conservative POTUS +his clown, Arne Duncan mumbles)

Chris Christie, Sipping a Smoothie, Was Kicked Off an Amtrak Car For Screaming on His Phone - 47 grams of carbs. Seriously?! Seriously?! indeed. (and a day and a half of sugar for the failed, state-destroying fat fuck bully)

The Disproportionate Risks of Driving While Black - The New York Times - An examination of traffic stops and arrests in Greensboro, N.C., uncovered wide racial differences in measure after measure of police conduct. (deeply racist cop system)
Why Did A Cop Shoot Robert Chambers In The Head? (Texas)

'Bathroom predator' spin on Houston equal rights bill puts Texans in hot seat | US news | The Guardian - Nietzsche: "The last Christian died on the Cross."

- Bill Cosby's "smoking gun" the chilling self-deception revealed in his book - In light of the allegations against him, Emma Brockes revists Cosby's Love and Marriage, published in 1989, and finds a dull book suddenly made fascinating (unconsciously honest)


Hurricane Patricia weakens in Mexico; flood threat remains - (mountains won)
Must We Choose Between Capitalism and Climate? -- NYMag (Chait's true colors)

Maldives Vice-President Adeeb arrested over 'bomb plot' - BBC News

The Unseen Threat of Capital Mobility | Boston Review

Friday Talking Points -- Hillary's Very Good Week | Chris Weigant

'The Daily Show' Covers Benghazi Hearing Number ... Ah, We Lost Count - They started another hearing while you were reading that headline.
/u/HuskeyG digs up a chilling video from 2004 of Elizabeth Warren recounting a story telling of how Hillary would likely be as President. : bestof

The Way of the Whigs? by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (the return of the Know-Nothings in the Tea Party and "Freedom caucus" +always characterized by extreme paranoia)
House Freedom Caucus Demands by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly ... items 4 & 5 demand that members who oppose rule changes and/or vote their conscience not be punished.

Team Bush in a Fog
2016 Republican primary: George W. Bush unleashes on Ted Cruz - politico - "I just don't like the guy"
Trump jabs at Bush in Florida: Not ready to be president - Yahoo News

- Critics say air marshals, much wanted after 9/11, have become "bored cops" flying first class - Fourteen years later, the federal air marshal program is mired in budget cuts, allegations of misconduct and management turmoil, prompting some in Congress to question whether the multi-billion dollar experiment has outlived its usefulness.

FBI Director Blames Crime On Police Misconduct Videos - And officers should be trained to conduct themselves with professionalism regardless of whether a camera is recording them

Vince Wilfork Wants Justice For Friend Killed By Cop - 31-year-old Corey Jones had pulled over to tend to his failing car, was "confronted" by a plain-clothed police officer who never identified himself, was fired at five times and died shortly thereafter, with no dashboard or body cameras recording the incident. (license to kill)

Which States Have the Most Guns? | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - Nationally, guns outnumber both cars and people. (don't go to KY)

AskScience AMA Series: History of Science with /r/AskHistorians : askscience
Since a singularity is infinitely small, can 2 singularities be in the same place? : askscience
One of the oddest predictions of quantum theory,that a system can't change while you're watching it, has been confirmed in an experiment by physicists. Their work opens the door to a fundamentally new method to control and manipulate the quantum states of atoms and could lead to new kinds of sensors : science
- Sorry, Einstein. Quantum Study Suggests "spooky action" Is Real. - the existence of an odd world formed by a fabric of subatomic particles, where matter does not take form until it is observed and time runs backward as well as forward.

China's Ghost Movie Ban Imperils 'Crimson Peak' - The second-biggest film market is off-limits for movies that "promote cults or superstition."
; Yurei: the Ghosts of Japan - ghosts, called yurei ... humans have a god inside of them ... reikon or tamashi is held in check only by the meat-cocoon of the body.

What is the best lifehack you use during your everyday life? : AskReddit
Whats your "Then I noped the fuck out" story? [NSFW] : AskReddit


Hurricane Patricia: What You Need to Know - The New York Times
?? 0 New Updates - Hurricane Patricia Strikes Mexico: Live Updates - The New York Times
Mexico Braces For Impact From Most Powerful Hurricane On Record - Hurricane Patricia barreled toward southwestern Mexico Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere.

Kurds give account of raid that killed American special operator | McClatchy DC - Dead soldier identified as Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, Okla.
Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong - The only thing that can stop a bad guy with an F-16...

Suspected Jewish Extremist Attacks Human Rights Rabbi On Video
- The Limits of Intervention: Coercive Diplomacy and the Jewish Question in the Nineteenth Century.

Dozens Of Elderly Tourists Killed In Fiery Bus Crash Near Bordeaux, France - According to local media, this is the worst road accident in France in more than 30 years.

Eschaton: Could Be - Who can say? I guess we'll have to investigate. Who knows what we might find? All very mysterious, really -- Volkswagen said on Thursday that it was investigating whether substantially more vehicles than previously disclosed were equipped with software intended to deceive emissions tests

The GOP blew it with the Benghazi committee, and conservatives know it
Even Conservatives Realize Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Committee Hearing Was Ridiculous
Clinton emerges stronger for next phase of campaign - POLITICO - Following her debate performance, the Benghazi hearing marked the second time in recent weeks that she made a difficult task look easy.
Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Gang - The New York Times - Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, made it evident that he and his colleagues have squandered more than $4.6 million and countless hours poring over State Department records and Mrs. Clinton's email. They produced no damning evidence, elicited no confessions and didn't succeed in getting an angry reaction from Mrs. Clinton.
Long Twilight Struggle
- Conservative pundits were not impressed with the GOP's disastrous Benghazi hearing

Eschaton: The Grand Grift - But these politically charged appeals to conservatives around the country were often accompanied by a solicitation for money, and the ultimate beneficiaries, records suggest, are the consultants who created the campaigns rather than the causes they are promoting.

Jeb Bush Slashes Spending Amid Campaign Woes - as the one-time front-runner seeks to salvage his bid for the GOP nomination. ("Mother of mercy, is this the end of Little Rico?")

Insiders: Trump nomination looking more likely - POLITICO - Eighty-one percent of Republican insiders
Iowa Poll: Carson surges to 9-point lead; Trump slides

GOP Lawmakers Want To Make Gun Silencers Cheaper, Easier To Buy - They say it's about protecting people's hearing.
F.B.I. Chief Links Scrutiny of Police With Rise in Violent Crime - The New York Times - additional scrutiny and criticism of police officers in the wake of highly publicized episodes of police brutality may have led to an increase in violent crime in some cities as officers have become less aggressive. (from the guy who doesn't want any "statistics")

Maine Gov. Paul LePage Suggests Women Can't be Trusted with Money

Asimov - The Relativity of Wrong

The Incredible Moment A Black Hole Rips Apart A Dying Star - "This one is the best chance we have had so far to really understand what happens when a black hole shreds a star."
Gluten-free food database: the nutritional quality and cost of packaged gluten-free foods [PeerJ]
Benzodiazepine use may raise risk of Alzheimer's disease - Harvard Health Blog - Harvard Health Publications


Climate change is not under siege in Utah middle schools. Evolution is. - The Washington Post

U.S. Soldier Is Killed in Raid to Free Prisoners of ISIS in Iraq - The New York Times

Israeli Soldiers Kill Jewish Man Mistaken For 'Terrorist' - "The soldiers had high suspicions that he was a terrorist." ("How to Stab a Jew")

- Benghazi Biopsy: A Comprehensive Guide to One of America's Worst Political Outrages (good research and excellent summary: closes every door in the Benghazi loony bin -- they really made up a lot of shit and subverted democracy and the media didn't call them on it, yet again)
GOP lands no clear punches while sparring with Clinton over Benghazi - The Washington Post
Benghazi Committee Fights Among Itself As Hillary Clinton Enjoys The Show - "It is time now for the Republicans to end this taxpayer-funded fishing expedition."
At Benghazi Hearing, Shouting Match Over Hillary Clinton's Emails
Hillary Clinton Benghazi hearing transcript (full text) - politico
Benghazi hearing: Poll: 3-in-4 say panel is political - (so it didn't work and made Hillary look presidential, good job!)
Live updates: Hillary Clinton testifies before Benghazi committee - The Washington Post - Ironic that career kibitzer and conspiratorialist Sidney Blumenthal should be elevated to epic heights in GOP Benghazi conspiracy theory.
It's Getting Embarrassing - Listening to the questions from Republicans questioning Hillary Clinton, it's hard not to step back and ask what it is they're even trying to prove or what their point is
Stakes Are High For Clinton, GOP As Benghazi Takes Center Stage

- Maddow: Reporters Who Made False Biden Predictions "Rightfully Embarrassed" "I hope this whole saga can be a cautionary tale"

House Leadership: Ryan offers concession to House Freedom Caucus - POLITICO - He promises to delay discussions of overhauling a procedural mechanism to oust a sitting speaker.

Seventh in string of fires set at St. Louis area churches breaks pattern : News

Eschaton: Ammosexuals - Gun nuts get a bit, um, obsessed with their detachable death penises -- the average gun-owning household owned 4.2 guns.

These Inmates Got Years In Solitary Confinement For Making A Music Video - BuzzFeed News - Seven South Carolina inmates received a combined total of nearly 20 years in solitary confinement after a rap video they created behind bars made its way to

Planned Parenthood says Texas launches politically charged document hunt | Reuters

What U.S. Religious Groups Think About Science Issues | Pew Research Center - Highly religious Americans are less likely than others to see conflict between faith and science.

- Mediterranean diet "may slow the ageing process by five years" US survey shows older people who follow vegetable-rich diet have brain volume greater than those who do not (eat your veggies)

Final Kiss of Two Stars Heading for Catastrophe | ESO - The two stars in the extreme system VFTS 352 could be heading for a dramatic end, during which the two stars either coalesce to create a single giant star, or form a binary black hole.
What Americans know and don't know about science | Pew Research Center

BlackTeaLeaves comments on WikiLeaks obtains CIA chief's hacked emails, says will publish them 'shortly' - Theres a theory that WIKILEAKS has been turned into a FSB operation:

- If you want to understand the mindset that led to those "she can't consent while drunk but he can" posters, here's a video that explains how we got there. ("butchbutter")

Twitter CEO Apologizes For Shutting Down Sites That Save Politicians' Deleted Tweets - However, it's unclear if Twitter plans to reverse its decision.


The math on staying below 20C of global warming looks increasingly brutal - Vox (Republican Cult of Stupidty and Death has already destroyed the climate)

Fox News Rewrites History To Blame Bill Clinton For The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks | Research | Media Matters for America (Bush kept us safe)

Netanyahu Says Muslim Leader Convinced Hitler To Kill Jewish People - "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews," Netanyahu said.

- Kunduz hospital attack: how a US military "mistake" left 22 dead - The US has said its airstrike on an MSF facility in Afghanistan was a mistake. For the 22 dead, the injured survivors and the casualties of fighting still going on in Kunduz, it was a tragedy (but these things happen)

New York Times Editor Dean Baquet Defends Controversial Osama Bin Laden Magazine Story - But he acknowledges the Washington bureau should have been consulted more.
NYT Magazine's Bin Laden Cover Story Sparked Controversy In The Newsroom - Washington reporters told top editor they worried the story gave oxygen to unsubstantiated claims about the raid.

Family Of Journalist Jacqueline Sutton Say No One Else Was Involved In Her Death At Turkish Airport - While the family was "deeply skeptical" of initial reports, they now believe she acted alone. - Sutton was found with two credit cards and "a large amount" of cash, IWPR said. There was no indication of theft or any missing belongings.
Istanbul Airport Video Raises Questions About Journalist Jacqueline Sutton's Death - The video shows Sutton with a full shopping bag, contrasting with reports she didn't have money for a ticket. (hung herself with her shoelace in a bathroom stall)

Proof That The Benghazi Investigation Is Totally Unlike Any Other, In Two Charts | ThinkProgress

WikiLeaks - CIA Director John Brennan emails - non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.
- WikiLeaks obtains CIA chief's hacked emails, says will publish them

Joe Biden Will Not Run for President in 2016 - The New York Times
Joe Biden Praise for Dick Cheney Is Bad Politics if He's Seeking Democratic Nomination - Biden Isn't Running, But Why Is He Praising Dick Cheney? - I actually like Dick Cheney, for real. I think he's a decent man. "Republicans not the enemy" (why he would have been a disaster) "
Hillary Clinton Bounces Back In New Hampshire - For the first time since August, polls show Clinton is moving ahead of Bernie Sanders in the Granite State.

Bill Kristol Is The Wrongest Person In The World Right Now

Commentary: Chris Christie nearly made thousands of disabled residents homeless NewsWorks

Why Pennsylvania Has a Serious Charter School Problem - It's apparently state law that the charter schools get money or nobody does.
Eschaton: First In Line - One cute feature of our state charter school law is that they are first in line for money. School districts have to pay them first. Wonderful!
Eschaton: More Shortages - I thought the invisible hand was supposed lead to increased wages and compensation to solve this shortage problem. Must be the fault of Obama and the communism.

Ahmed Mohamed And His Clock Are Moving To Qatar - But maybe it's not that far. "They even have Texas A&M in Qatar."

In U.S., 58% Back Legal Marijuana Use - Older generations more supportive than they were in the past
Canada's newly elected Liberals may legalize marijuana. That could impact US drug policy. - Vox - If marijuana were legalized in Canada, it would be a first among developed nations. In the US, four states and Washington, DC, have legalized pot, but it's still illegal at the federal level. The only other country to fully legalize marijuana is the tiny developing nation of Uruguay

[Serious] What is the most mysterious and unexplained video on the internet? : AskReddit
The Internet creates an illusion whereby people mistake access to information for their own personal understanding of the information. : science - Micromedex, Clinical Pharmacology, and DynaMed are my goto sources. There really is no better drug database than Micromedex. So easy to use and very informative. DynaMed pretty much gives you the diagnostic and treatment guidelines of any disease state you want to know about.

Many Antidepressant Studies Found Tainted by Pharma Company Influence - Scientific American - A review of studies that assess clinical antidepressants shows hidden conflicts of interest and financial ties to corporate drugmakers
Our evidence | Cochrane
Honey as a topical treatment for acute and chronic wounds | Cochrane - There is high quality evidence that honey heals partial thickness burns around 4 to 5 days more quickly than conventional dressings. There is moderate quality evidence that honey is more effective than antiseptic followed by gauze for healing wounds infected after surgical operations.
St. John's wort for treating depression. | Cochrane - The available evidence suggests that the hypericum extracts tested in the included trials a) are superior to placebo in patients with major depression; b) are similarly effective as standard antidepressants; c) and have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.

What do you upvote on principle? : AskReddit


Ohio River's Huge Algae Bloom a Warning for Water Suppliers - ABC News

Latest FBI Terrorist Bust Shows A Future So 'Dark' Some Eye Protection Might Be Warranted | Techdirt - Latest FBI Terrorist Bust Shows A Future So "Dark" Some Eye Protection Might Be Warranted y

Canada withdrawing fighter jets from Iraq, Syria, Trudeau tells Obama
Trudeau rides national desire for change to majority government - The Globe and Mail
Justin Trudeau elected new Canadian prime minister as Liberals return to power | World news | The Guardian - Conservatives and New Democratic party routed as Liberals surge to take parliamentary majority
Harper To Resign As Conservative Leader After Election Defeat
7 Ways Canada's Change Of Government Might Affect The World (the last Bush Republican)
For many Canadians, election is about one thing: more Stephen Harper? - - Mr. Harper has been prime minister since 2006, and has shifted overall Canadian politics to the right. Polls indicate that a majority of Canadians want to see a change.

Let us now blame George Bush: Trump and Jeb force a long overdue debate about 9/11 - - For years, W. got a pass from his party. Questioning him meant questioning our foreign policy. Those days are over

Democrats are in denial. Their party is actually in deep trouble. - Vox (the Vox kids think Hillz and Bern are too leftish, need to be more Centric)

CBS has refused to run advertising for "Truth" the film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford that revisits a painful episode in the network's past involving a discredited 2004 news story on former President George W. Bush's military service record.

What are Bill and Melinda Gates talking about? - The Washington Post - Bill and Melinda Gates do not understand teaching and learning, yet they comfortably assume an air of expertise.

NJ prison population down 26 percent since 2000, report finds NewsWorks - "What that tells us is that you can decrease incarceration while also decreasing crime (in fact ...)

The government is stifling medical marijuana research, major think tank declares - The Washington Post
Federal court tells the DEA to stop harassing medical marijuana providers - The Washington Post
- Marijuana industry drives Denver metro area's real estate recovery - One in 11 industrial buildings in central Denver now houses marijuana cultivation, CBRE report says (coulda been you, MA)

25 year old inmate dies in police custody while suffering withdrawals and dehyration. DA clears police of any wrong doong and declares death by "natural causes" : news

What is a free PC program everyone should have? : AskReddit
What do guys wanna hear a girl say as far as 'talking dirty'? : AskReddit
What are the best text-based subreddits to kill time reading? : AskReddit
What subreddit seems the most like a cult? : AskReddit
What was the best way that someone has hit on you? : AskReddit

The Cable Industry Thinks Cord Cutting's A Fad That Will End Once Millennials Procreate : television - Jokes on you cable industry, we can't afford kids.

Why Twitter's Dying (And What You Can Learn From It) - The problem of abuse is the greatest challenge the web faces today
Will Abuse Destroy Social Media? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (no, a Loomis has a pretty narrow view of "comment sections" on the intarwebs)

Wired to fail - politico - How a little known agency mishandled several billion dollars of stimulus money trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities. (money disappeared, another Program Designed to Fail)


Canada Election 2015 Live Results CBC - CBC News projects a LIBERAL MAJORITY government (bye-bye Harper)
- Canada election: Liberals set to win majority government

News from The Associated Press - Hacker claims to have breached CIA director's personal email - An anonymous hacker claims to have breached CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account and has posted documents online, including a list of email addresses purportedly from Brennan's contact file ... also claimed to have breached a Comcast account belonging to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, and released what appeared to be personal information.

Eschaton: Arab Spring - Just add mooooaarr weapons and stir. (recipe for another generation of disaster)
ISIL child training camp discovered in Istanbul: Report - LOCAL
Saudi Arabia Hajj Disaster Death Toll at Least 2,121 - ABC News
Saudi Arabia Hajj Disaster Death Toll at Least 2,110 : worldnews - Iranian sources claimed that over 4,000 people died. Saudi Vice Minister of Health Hamad bin Muhammad Al-Duweila supposedly at one point said that death toll had reached 4,173. It's not improbable.

China Tried To Hack American Companies Since Agreeing To Cyber Pact, Security Firm Says - CrowdStrike said it notified the White House of its findings but declined to identify the targeted companies.

- Japan furious at UNESCO listing Nanjing Massacre documents | Japan may halt funding for UNESCO over the organization's decision to include documents relating to the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in the latest listing for its "Memory of the World" project (history is a bitch, bitches)

British activist Jacky Sutton found dead in Istanbul airport | Media | The Guardian (something doesn't add up)

- Crack-Smoking Mayor Rob Ford Is Wreaking Havoc on Canada's Election
UN attempt to decriminalise drugs foiled - BBC News - A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country.

Hullabaloo - Prosecutor Gowdy faking the evidence? Why yes he is!
Top Dem Slams Benghazi Committee Chair For False Claim Against Hillary Clinton - Democrats have alleged that the committee is primarily focused on damaging Clinton.
GOP Congressman Already Floating Impeachment For Hillary Clinton
- GOP Congressman Wants to Impeach Hillary Clinton the"day she's sworn in" -- These really are the f*cking mole people.
Benghazi Committee Chair Thinks Criticism of His Committee Is a Pro-Hillary Media Conspiracy
In response to Rep. Cummings, Gowdy confesses he "redacted" document (so it meant something else entirely)
Jeb Bush Tries To Explain Why His Brother Isn't To Blame For 9/11, But Hillary Is For Benghazi - "Does anybody actually blame my brother for the attacks on 9/11? If they do, they're totally marginalized in our society."

House Republicans Return To Capitol To Face Leadership Mess - All eyes are on Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

Texas Eliminates Taxpayer Funding To Planned Parenthood Providers : news

- Homan Square revealed: how Chicago police " disappeared" 7,000 people Guardian lawsuit exposes fullest scale yet of detentions at off-the-books interrogation warehouse, while attorneys describe find-your-client chase across Chicago as "something from a Bond movie"

World of Life Church: couple charged in sons' beatings lived in 'abhorrent' home | US news | The Guardian
Raashanai's story: the dark side of home-schooling | US news | The Guardian

The Cosby Show Didn't Depict "Middle-Class" Life | Antonio Moore (Oprah thinks no Cosby no Obama)

Can ESPN Solve Its Grantland Problem? | Vanity Fair

How much alcohol is safe for pregnant women? US pediatricians say none | Life and style | The Guardian

Life on Earth may have begun 300m years earlier than previously thought | Science | The Guardian - Discovery, if confirmed, indicates that living organisms appeared on Earth 4.1 billion years ago, remarkably soon after its formation


Exxon Should Be Prosecuted For Covering Up Its Knowledge of Fossil Fuel-Induced Climate Change by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
5 Things You Need to Know About Climate Change - Explorer Video - National Geographic Channel

Yes. George W. Bush Failed to Protect Us on 9/11and Democrats Should Have Reminded the Nation of That Fact by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (mostly because post-partisam Obama covered Bush's ass and subverted democracy)

There's Just One Problem with Those Bin Laden Conspiracy Theories

Emails reveal Tony Blair's deal with George Bush over Iraq war was forged before invasion started | Daily Mail Online - Bombshell document shows Blair preparing to act as spin doctor for Bush, who was told 'the UK will follow our lead' (he literally was Bush's poodle)
The Lies That Led Us Into Iraq Were Bigger And Earlier Than We Thought by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The sensational leak shows that Blair had given an unqualified pledge to sign up to the conflict a year before the invasion started.

John Kerry Will Meet With Netanyahu And Abbas This Week - It is the first time Kerry has confirmed media reports of a meeting with both Netanyahu and Abbas.
Israel says more knife attacks thwarted, four Palestinians dead | Reuters
Street Violence Continues In Jerusalem And West Bank - Forty-one Palestinians and seven Israelis have died in the recent street violence.

Justice for Assange - By claiming that Mr. Assange must give up his asylum in order to receive medical treatment, the UK government is forcing him to choose between the human right to asylum and the human right to medical treatment. No one should ever have to face that choice.

Benghazi Panel Grills Huma Abedin For Six Hours

What is a democratic socialist? Bernie Sanders tries to redefine the name. - The Washington Post (he's a commie, duh)

It's Time To Admit: Nobody Knows Anything About The 2016 Campaign - The old "rules" of presidential politics no longer seem to apply. ("old rules" = let the pundits/media tell you what's going on)

US government will reportedly require all drone purchases to be registered | The Verge (much more dangerous than guns)

Here's What Ahmed Mohamed Has Been Up To Since His Clock Arrest

Fiverr: The marketplace for creative & professional services


- Exxon's climate lie: "No corporation has ever done anything this big or bad"

Rich nations spend $250 bln on farm subsidies, hurting poor growers - study

- UK Politicians To Hold 'emergency debate" After Spy Tribunal Says GCHQ Is Permitted To Put Them Under Surveillance (your fascist chickens come home)

What Could Raising Taxes on the 1% Do? Surprising Amounts - The New York Times - Given the gains that have flowed to those at the tip of the income pyramid in recent decades, several economists have been making the case that the government could raise large amounts of revenue exclusively from this small group, while still allowing them to take home a majority of their income.

Democrats, Republicans and Wall Street Tycoons - The New York Times
Do Republicans think it will be easy to beat Hillary? - The Washington Post

Geraldo Rivera Calls Out Kansas GOP Official For Drafting A Voter ID Law Aimed At "Suppressing The Vote" | Video | Media Matters for America - Rivera: "This Is An Attempt ... To Restrict Voting By People Who Ordinarily Vote Democratic" (Kobach in KS)

Was George W. Bush President On 9/11? An Investigation Into The Controversy Tearing The GOP Apart | ThinkProgress (it was either Clinton or Obama, then Bush kept us safe)

Families Outraged After Illinois Fails to Pay Out $288 Million in Lottery Winnings - Yahoo News (suck it up, Greece)

These Things Happen From Time to Time | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly - I don't want to sound like some kind of weeny liberal nag, but I'm having trouble understanding how we're supposed supposed to use our guns in these cases to act like the good guys who are getting the bad guys with the guns (deep within the psychotic deadly core of the gun-toting American psyche)
For Students Accused Of Campus Rape, Legal Victories Win Back Rights : NPR : news

- New Boston Exhibition Tackles Urban Renewal

Overselling Breast-Feeding - The New York Times - All too often, advocates cross the line from supporting a woman in her decision to breast-feed into compelling a woman to do so.

Google Translate: abandoned Soviet space shuttles

The Funny Thing About Adversity - The New York Times - Having known suffering in life usually heightens the compassion we feel for others, except when the suffering involves specific painful events that we know all too well. Here, familiarity really does breed contempt.

What pisses you off about your country? : AskReddit
HUGE jump. : woahdude (see Beamon)
woahdude: search results
What is the most ingenious way you have seen a parent punish their kid? : AskReddit
Age 35+ Redditors, what bad path do you see the teenage Redditors headed down? : AskReddit - Going into so much debt for school. Not mad at them, just feel bad for them.

Security flaw makes every Android device on AT&T and Verizon's wireless vulnerable


Drivers describe long night on road as mudslides engulf nearly 200 vehicles - LA Times (if it isn't fire, it's mud)

Trump Hits W: "The World Trade Center Came Down During His Reign" (the unspeakable)

Drone Papers Reveal Weak Links In The Kill Chain - You may have heard that every drone strike begins with solid intelligence and strict oversight. Not so much! (or not at all; Obama is a murderer)
The Assassination Complex - Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars (worse than Pinochet)

Turkey Shoot: The history of Obamas Down Drone At Border With Syria - The United States, Russia and the Syrian government all operate drones in the region.

- What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden's Death? The history of Obama's most important foreign-policy victory is still being written. (we know Obama murdered him and lied about it)

Fox News - "terror expert" Wayne Simmons arrested for lying about 27-year career as CIA officer

Nigeria Hit With Wave Of Deadly Suicide Attacks - No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks but they bore the hallmarks of the jihadi movement.

- The UK Inquiry into Westminster child-abuse has been hit by a "technical glitch" which has permanently deleted testimonies of child abuse victims. (oh yes, a well know "glitch")

Russian Hackers of Dow Jones Said to Have Sought Trading Tips - Bloomberg Business

Guess Who Else Is a Socialist? - The New York Times

Deficit shrinks by $1 trillion in Obama era | MSNBC (but the moochers!)
Deficit shrinks by $1 trillion in Obama era : news

- Wayne Simmons, Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Expert, Declared Fraud By Federal Prosecutors (Fox Liar and Crook)

Democrats Name Clinton The Debate Winner In HuffPost/YouGov Poll - More than half say they want Clinton to be the Democratic nominee.
Snowden Says Hillary Clinton's Bogus Statements Show a "Lack of Political Courage" Hillary Clinton twice this week has insisted, contrary to the facts, that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden could have accomplished his goals and avoided punishment if he'd raised his concerns through the proper channels. (calculatedly dense) Politifact labeled Clinton's claim as "mostly false" (that's gotta hurt)
Elizabeth Warren Won The First Democratic Debate - shaping the party's agenda.

Karl Rove Calls Bernie Sanders 'An Elderly Dyspeptic Bilbo Baggins' - Rude.
Karl Rove's election night melt-down over Ohio results on Fox News - YouTube (Megyn is hot)
Kicking Lincoln Chafee While He's Down - Looking at you, Wolf Blitzer.

Bloomberg Politics - Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's autocratic ways in limiting the number of primary debates, insiders say, alienated many of her colleagues. And the problem may get worse. (bitch be fuckin shit up for years, fire her lame ass)
The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington - DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz gets the blame for many of the party's problems. Does she deserve it? (please, yes)

A New York police officer who arrested a photographer on assignment for The New York Times on a Bronx street in 2012 was convicted on Thursday of falsifying a record to justify the arrest. : news

Oklahomans Are Suddenly Afraid of Fracking Themselves to Death - Oil barons insist on wreaking havoc on the planet, but the people have won a couple of victories.

Cops are asking and 23andMe for their customers's DNA

New Hartford World of Life church beating victim wanted to leave - (sadistic Christians)
New York teen beaten to death with a cord for wanting to leave his church : news

Two Gay Bashing Suspects Plead Guilty, But Not Kathryn Knott - Victims wanted the plea deal, prosecutor and friends say. (how "justice" works for white people from the suburbs)

Sale Raises Hopes for Reviving The Village Voice - The New York Times

Google's Massive Book-Scanning Project Is Legal, U.S. Court Rules - The Authors Guild had claimed that the effort violated copyright law. (fuck you, Authors)

Scientists produce clearest-ever images of enzyme that plays key roles in aging, cancer - images of telomerase in much higher resolution than ever before, giving them major new insights about the enzyme.

Scientists Put Shamanic Medicine Under The Microscope - The shaman's recommendations also included ayahuasca, a potent hallucinogenic brew, and kambo, the venom of a rain forest tree frog. (crohn's disease)

What's A Skoliosexual?
Asexuality Archive
ELI5: Why is penis size not necessarily proportional to height (unlike most other body parts) : explainlikeimfive
Who are some young and amazing penis/violinist/guitarist, etc. that we should know and listen too? : AskReddit
What non-sexual thing brings you the most pleasure? : AskReddit

'PewDiePie' Made $12M On YouTube Last Year
Elements - Lindsey Stirling (Dubstep Violin Original Song) - YouTube
YouTube Statistics, Twitch Statistics, Instagram Statistics -
Top 10 YouTubers Filtered by SB Score - Socialblade YouTube Stats | YouTube Statistics
Top 100 YouTube Networks filtered by Subscribers - Socialblade YouTube Stats | YouTube Statistics

Every type of tech product has gotten cheaper over the last two decades -- except for cable, satellite TV, and radio service.


The Drone Papers - The Intercept has obtained a cache of secret documents detailing the inner workings of the U.S. military's assassination program in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. The documents, provided by a whistleblower, offer an unprecedented glimpse into Obama's drone wars. (he owns the atrocity)

The Drone Papers - Secret military documents expose the inner workings of Obama's drone wars.

Nearly 90 Percent Of People Killed In Recent Drone Strikes Were Not The Target - U.S. drone strikes have killed scores of civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. (the terrorists were collateral damage +Obama's signature drone war)
A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs | WIRED - the chain of authorization that goes up directly to the president ... "baseball cards" (Obama at the Hague in 10 yrs)
A Second Snowden Has Leaked a Mother Lode of Drone Docs : news
New Edward Snowden? Whistleblower leaks documents on drones and Obama's assassination program : worldnews
New Whistleblower Is Behind Latest Revelations About U.S. Drone Program - Jeremy Scahill says the source believes the public has a right to know how the U.S. government decides to assassinate people.
Hillary Clinton Is Wrong About Edward Snowden - The New Yorker
Hillary Clinton Is Wrong About Edward Snowden - The New Yorker : politics - "He broke the laws of the United States. He could have been a whistle-blower" (yeah, she's that stupid/disingenuous)

Why We're Not Leaving Afghanistan Any Time Soon - Time to throw all those campaign promises out the window. (and the money needed to make America better down the drain +trapped in stupidity and posturing)
Eschaton: Another 14 Years Should Do It - Another 14 Years Should Do It - We just can't quit you.

Isis Inc: how oil fuels the jihadi terrorists - - Jihadis' oil operation forces even their enemies to trade with them

- US tank enters ruined Afghan hospital putting "war crime" evidence at risk - forced entry by military vehicle ... caused stress and fear (if any other organization were as incompetent they'd be fired)
U.S. Analysts Knew Afghan Site Hit By Air Attack Was A Hospital - At least 22 patients and hospital staff were killed.

Anderson Cooper: Opposing Illegal CIA Wars Is Unelectable | Robert Naiman - But it's commonplace for big US media to badger politicians for opposing wars, even catastrophic ones. CNN journalist Anderson Cooper is a perfect example of this phenomenon. (more failed wars! more chaos and refugees! more innocent dead people!)

Could a simple mistake be how the NSA was able to crack so much encryption? | Technology | The Guardian - Most encryption software does the high-tech equivalent of reusing passwords, and that could be how the US national security agency decrypted communications - one single prime is used to encrypt two-thirds of all VPNs and a quarter of SSH servers globally

Death by 1,000 defamations: Brazil riven by slow-burn impeachment struggle | World news | The Guardian - in a chaotic and demeaning battle, the country faces economic crisis and endemic corruption

Lagging Behind the World on Paid Leave | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - DC's proposed paid leave benefit would lead the nation - but it still wouldn't match what the Slovak Republic already offers its citizens.

Donald Trump and Ben Carson threaten to pull out of next Republican debate | US news | The Guardian - Letter signed by Republican presidential frontrunners says they will not participate in 28 October debate unless running time does not exceed two hours

Ted Cruz Has the Look of a Dangerously Unhinged Charlatan - His rhetoric on the stump is irresponsible in the extreme. "we're seeing our freedoms taken away every day and last night was an audition for who would wear the jackboot most vigorously. Last night was an audition for who would embrace government power for who would strip your and my individual liberties" (what happens when you reward insanity)

- Fox Regular: Democratic Endorsement Of Black Lives Matter Is "Plantation Politics and whoring for votes"

Feds Arrest Fox News Commentator, Allege He Lied About CIA Past - Wayne Simmons allegedly claimed past criminal history was related to his work at the CIA. (oh, Fox News guy lied? was violent criminal? +"human terrain systems")

Budget Woes Are Forcing One State Lotto To Hold Off On Issuing Prizes (Illinois is a failed state)

Eric Garner and Tamir Rice among those missing from FBI record of police killings | US news | The Guardian - Only 224 of 18,000 law enforcement agencies reported fatal shootings in 2014 - Previously unpublished FBI data sheds new light on flawed voluntary system (FBI wants all the data except for most of it)

Concealed Carry In Maine No Longer Requires A Permit - Keeping a loaded pistol or revolver inside a motor vehicle is allowed as well

This study is forcing economists to rethink high-deductible health insurance - Vox - he new paper shows that when faced with a higher deductible, patients did not price shop for a better deal. Instead, both healthy and sick patients simply used way less health care.

Family sues Eaton County, Michigan over son's traffic-stop death - 17-year-old Deven Guilford was fatally shot 7 times after being pulled over for flashing his brights at the officer because he thought the offficer's brights were on : news
Obama's tank take-back ticks off some Florida law officers - Orlando Sentinel - Florida lawmen must turn in their tanks. And some Central Florida sheriffs are mighty ticked about it. (Obama endangering police who need tanks)

Pluto as we know it now: Nasa report unwraps enigma of dwarf planet | Science | The Guardian - Researchers present collection of New Horizons data, revealing water icebergs on "a surface unlike any planetary surface we've ever seen before"

Handheld DNA reader revolutionary and democratising, say scientists | Science | The Guardian - But it can quickly identify bacteria and viruses from their DNA, tell one strain from another, and spot different gene variants in sections of human genetic code. (Tricorder)

What's the most fucked up thing someone has told you about themselves after barely getting to know them? NSFW : AskReddit
What is the best Sc-fi /Fantasy novel you have ever read ? : AskReddit

Adobe confirms major Flash vulnerability, and the only way to protect yourself is to uninstall Flash : technology


- Antarctic ice shelf collapse and unstoppable sea level rise "very likely" without tough climate action, say scientists

- Kunduz hospital patients "burned in beds even wars have rules" says MSF chief

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey critically ill in deterioration that shocks experts | World news | The Guardian

Second GOP Congressman Admits Benghazi Committee Is All About Hillary Clinton - "Sometimes the biggest sin you can commit in D.C. is to tell the truth."
Trey Gowdy's Benghazi Committee and the Problem of False Equivalence - The Atlantic - When a congressional investigation turns into a partisan operation, the media need to treat it as such.
- Second Republican Congressman Admits Benghazi Committee Was "designed to go after Clinton"

Overnight ratings point to Democratic debate record - Oct. 14, 2015 - record 15.3 million viewers
Newly Released Democratic Debate Ratings Prove That Voters Want Substance | ThinkProgress
Democrats Can Stop Freaking Out About 2016 -- The Cut

- The Democrats Proved They're the Party of Sanity. But That's Not Enough -- They need to provide specific solutions without falling victim to Republican anti-intellectual rhetoric.
- Democratic Debate Turns Hillary Clinton's Way After Months of Difficulties (said the newpaper that has published to most anti-Clinton articles)
9 Issues Democrats Just Debated That Have Been Almost Completely Ignored By Republicans - Should it really have taken this long for someone to say "black lives matter"?

The candidate breaking through in the Democratic debate? Bernie Sanders. - The Washington Post
The CNN Democratic debate transcript, annotated - The Washington Post

The First Democratic Debate by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - And that leads to the aspect of the debate that struck me apparently more than most observers: the exceptional hostility of the questioning from moderator Anderson Cooper, who seemed to be trying to defy expectations that he'd be less savage than Jake Tapper (dickitude comes naturally to old Anderson)

Adventures In Hagiography - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Apparently, the now-shelved ESPN documentary about Mr. Michelle Rhee was every bit as appalling as you might expect:

More Barbara Byrd-Bennett CPS Contracts Under Scrutiny | Chicago Tonight | WTTW - There are more questions about multimillion-dollar contracts Chicago Public Schools gave to firms that had previous associations with disgraced schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. (totally Rahm's creation)

Here's What a Billion-Dollar Interchange Expansion Looks Like - So this road expansion will constrain Georgia's ability to invest in transit and other alternatives to driving long after it gets jammed with cars again (since more roadway space will generate more traffic). (almost like they planned it that way)

Wal-Mart Heirs See $9 Billion Vanish in a Day as Shares Plummet : news

People are getting shot by toddlers on a weekly basis this year - The Washington Post

The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy - The Atlantic - Aliens should always be the very last hypothesis you consider, but this looked like something you would expect an alien civilization to build
Ode to Jupiter - The Atlantic - Jupiter Is the Best Planet - Not counting Earth
NASA shows off new 4K views of Jupiter | The Verge
Fossil teeth place humans in Asia '20,000 years early' - BBC News - Scientists working in Daoxian, south China, have discovered teeth belonging to modern humans that date to at least 80,000 years ago.
125-million-year-old mammal fossil reveals the early evolution of hair and spines - The discovery of a new 125-million-year-old fossil mammal in Spain has pushed back the earliest record of preserved mammalian hair structures and inner organs by more than 60 million years.
Study shows antioxidant use may promote spread of cancer
- The kilogram is the only SI unit still based on a physical object.

The Internet's Dark Ages - The Atlantic


More Than 400 U.S. Cities May Be 'Past The Point Of No Return' With Sea Level Threats - But there are still cities that could be saved by reducing carbon emissions. (Dayton, Ohio may survive)

Former CIA Detainees Are Suing The Psychologists Who Developed The Torture Program - An ACLU lawyer representing the former detainees says the Senate torture report is "really why our clients are able to pursue this case."

Four Myths about the European Refugee Crisis (And Why You Need to Know the Reality) - Lawyers, Guns & Money

China's Imports Plunge 20 Percent In New Sign Of Economic Weakness - The fall defies stimulus efforts aimed at halting an economic slowdown.

Israel, Palestinian Territories Suffering Worst Period Of Unrest In Years - The attacks occurred on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups.

Eschaton: Haven't We Been Here Before - Duck-n-cover drills will make their return next - With the enhanced insurgent firepower and with Russia steadily raising the number of airstrikes against the government's opponents, the Syrian conflict is edging closer to an all-out proxy war between the United States and Russia."
Julian Assange: police removed from outside Ecuadorian embassy : news - 10,493,673 meals for the needy - 62,962 children fully vaccinated.

Clinton crushes it - politico - Even Sanders defends Democrats' embattled frontrunner, saying let's shutup about her "damn emails"
Bernie Sanders: 'Congress Doesn't Regulate Wall Street. Wall Street Regulates Congress.'
Hillary Clinton Attacks Bernie Sanders Over His Gun Record

Good Evening from Las Vegas, Where Democrats Are People, Too - . I swear, DWS could screw up a two-car funeral if you spotted her the hearse. (little Debbie Fuckup continues to fuck up)

Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry - The New York Times
The Benghazi! Dominoes by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly
The tide turns against the Benghazi committee - The Washington Post - No news outlet in America has been more fervent in its pursuit of Hillary Clinton than the New York Times, but take a look at this article on their front page today, about how the select committee has all but abandoned Benghazi to focus almost entirely on trying to find something damaging on Hillary Clinton:

The House Benghazi investigation is partisan sham: The GOP committee investigating Hillary Clinton has been completely discredited. - The House Benghazi investigation is now thoroughly discredited as a partisan sham.
The BENGHAZI!!!!!!! Scam - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In a rational universe, as Bouie says, the House Benghazi committee would be a punchline:
Kevin McCarthy Hillary-Benghazi comment is officially a gaffe.

The Families Funding the 2016 Presidential Election - The New York Times

Eschaton: Paul Ryan, Communist - Hilarious -- Now, as he agonizes over whether to answer the appeal of his colleagues to become the\ ir next speaker, the far right is trotting out a fresh concern: Mr. Ryan is too far left.
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - Dick Cheney for Speaker ... Dick Cheney? What, is Satan too busy?

"That Word Extremism, I Do Not Think...." - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Michael Kinsley is, in 2015, being paid to write a column, and this month's insight is that Donald Trump is not qualified to be president. (centrists at work)
And now let us remember the worst economic prediction ever - The Washingt\ on Post - Everybody makes mistakes, but not all mistakes are created equal. Take writer Michael Kinsley's 2010 warning that hyperinflation was "our biggest ecomonic threat" that could be "a disaster sto\ ry on the level of Hurricane Katrina, if not 9/11 itself" (in 2010?)

LA Times "Millennial Pledge": Or Why Print Journalism Doesn't Equal Quality - NeoGAF - LA Times "Millennial Pledge": Or Why Print Journali\ sm Doesn't Equal Quality #1
The Whiny Generation - 10/31/93

Susan G. Komen "For the Cure" is wasting your donations - YouTube

Texas Cops Use Stun Gun On Councilman Outside Of His Home - The incident \ occurred in the same town where Sandra Bland died.

DNA Study Yields Big Surprise About The Tiny 'Molecule Of Life' - Forget about the static littl\ e ladder you heard about in biology class. DNA wiggles like crazy and keeps changing its shape.
Structural diversity of supercoiled DNA : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group

For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree : technology - Worth clarifying: you still cannot build a degree out of free classes. It's just that now, some free classes can comprise a small portion of the degree. The Masters degree still costs $33,000.

This irritates me way more than it should : pics


Scenario That Opens 'The Day After Tomorrow' Actually Not That Far-Fetched, Research Finds - Temperatures could plummet while sea levels spike. -- temperatures in Europe could drop and sea levels on the East Coast of the U.S. could rise up to 3 feet. (bye-bye Bloomhattan)
Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse - A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. (doom impending on all fronts)

Christopher Columbus was a lost sadist. There shouldn't be a holiday in his name | James Nevius | Comment is free | The Guardian

Flood slams South Carolina's already shoddy infrastructure - US News - SC's poor spending may have made the problems from the flood even worse, the rushing water a final blow against crumbling structures, said Galloway, the Maryland professor. (reaping what you sowed, infrastructure-h\ ating abolish-government conservatives)

Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern - The New York Times (stupid in service of fucking over someone's life because they "thought" they had "a case")
White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP | Motherboard (Obama will have quite a "legacy")
DNA Study Yields Big Surprise About The Tiny 'Molecule Of Life' - Forget about the static little ladder you heard about in biology class. DNA wiggles like crazy and keeps changing its shape.
Structural diversity of supercoiled DNA : Nature Communications : Nature Publishing Group

For 1st time, MIT's free online classes can lead to degree : technology - Worth clarifying: you still cannot build a degree out of free classes. It's just that now, some free classes can comprise a small portion of the degree. The Masters degree still costs $33,000.

This irritates me way more than it should : pics


Scenario That Opens 'The Day After Tomorrow' Actually Not That Far-Fetched, Research Finds - Temperatures could plummet while sea levels spike. -- temperatures in Europe could drop and sea levels on the East Coast of the U.S. could rise up to 3 feet. (bye-bye Bloomhattan)
Global marine analysis suggests food chain collapse - A world-first global analysis of marine responses to climbing human CO2 emissions has painted a grim picture of future fisheries and ocean ecosystems. (doom impending on all fronts)

Christopher Columbus was a lost sadist. There shouldn't be a holiday in his name | James Nevius | Comment is free | The Guardian

Flood slams South Carolina's already shoddy infrastructure - US News - SC's poor spending may have made the problems from the flood even worse, the rushing water a final blow against crumbling structures, said Galloway, the Maryland professor. (reaping what you sowed, infrastructure-hating abolish-government conservatives)

Spying Case Against U.S. Envoy Is Falling Apart, and Following a Pattern - The New York Times (stupid in service of fucking over someone's life because they "thought" they had "a case")
White Hat Hackers Would Have Their Devices Destroyed Under the TPP | Motherboard (Obama will have quite a "legacy")
Lord chief justice: security services cannot be above the law | Law | The Guardian - Media appeal against courtroom secrecy in Erol Incedal trial hears remarks from top judge that MI6 and MI5 must comply with public prosecution

Several In Aborted Moscow Bombing Plot Were Trained By ISIS, Police Say - Authorities say the group was planning an attack on Moscow's public transport system.
- Saudis tell Russia its actions in Syria will have "dangerous consequences"

Dutch Safety Board: MH17 Was Brought Down By Russian-Made Missile - But the board does not have the authority to apportion blame for deadly incident.

Eschaton: We Have To Arm Somebody - Aren't there any other ideas for spreading peeance and freeance? Giving more people the ability to kill people doesn't seem to have worked too well in the past ohjesusfuckingchrist twelve years. (funding "non-political" No-Labels Islamicists
Eschaton: Bullets From Heaven - This will solve everything. -- U.S. military cargo planes gave 50 tons of ammunition to rebel groups overnight in northern Syria, using an air drop of 112 pallets as the first step in the Obama Administration's urgent effort to find new ways to support those groups.

ISIS Is Prime Suspect In Attack On Peace Rally, Turkey Prime Minister Says - The explosions happened seconds apart on Saturday as hundreds gathered for a peace rally organized by pro-Kurdish activists and civic groups. (Erdogan in the basement with the Shadow State)

Clinton Emails Became the New Focus of Benghazi Inquiry - The New York Times

The Ungodly, Destructive Power of the Citizens United Decision - The decision prompted an oligarchical revolution in how we conduct the processes of democracy in this country, and that revolution has been financed almost completely by -- and almost completely for the benefit of -- the political right (otherwise known as "the crazies")

Trump, Carson, Bush all benefited from multilevel marketing schemes ... that prey upon the desperate and broke. (fit for the job)

Doctors pioneer pot as an opioid substitute | Boston Herald - Hundreds of opioid addicts are being treated with medical marijuana in Massachusetts, with advocates touting the new therapy as a life-changing alternative to a deadly epidemic -- and facing down critics who contend they are peddling junk science. (lookin' at you, Marty "I am not a scientist but I know addiction counselors" Walsh)
Hundreds of opioid addicts are being treated with medical marijuana in Massachusetts, with advocates touting the new therapy as a life-changing alternative to a deadly epidemic : news

How School Shootings Spread - The New Yorker - How school shootings catch on. (Gladwell: "thresholds" and a little spectrum disorder)

California Governor Vetoes Bill Calling For Minimum Punishments In College Sexual Assault Cases - The law would have been the first of its kind in the country.

Hawaii's Attempt To Control Telescope Protesters Is Invalid: Court - Construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope has been on hold since April as a result of the protests.


Exxon's Climate Concealment

Researcher: Children's cancer linked to Fukushima radiation - "This is 20 times to 50 times what would be normally expected" (Japan Gov lied, again)

muricabrb comments on The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared

Stephen Hawking says we should be more frightened of capitalism than robots - CNET - In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, the physicist expresses more concern about economic inequality than about artificial intelligence. (at least it would be intelligent)

Blasts in Ankara, Turkey's Capital, Kill at Least 86 who had gathered for a peace rally and heightening tensions just three weeks before snap parliamentary elections. (lots of potential culprits but let's go with Erdogan)
- Turkey Imposes News Blackout on "Gruesome" Blast Images
Ankara Bombings Kill Dozens, Injure More Than 100
Turkey hit by protests over government response to suicide bombings | World news | The Guardian - Demonstrators in Istanbul accuse Recep Tayyip Erdogan of slow action after Ankara terror attack on peace rally, and of censoring press and social media ... murdurous mob-state (looking like Erdogan should be Erdogone)
- Ankara terror attack: Turkey censors media coverage of bombings as Twitter and Facebook "blocked" (authoritarian regime facing elections goes step too far as usual)

ISIS Makes Gains in Syria Territory Bombed by Russia - The New York Times (that's working)

The Times Backs Off on Temple Trutherism | Power Line - The question is where precisely on the 37-acre Temple Mount site the temples had once stood, not whether the temples had ever existed there.

38 Killed And 51 Wounded In Suspected Boko Haram Suicide Blasts

Study: Democrats Moving Left Faster Than Republicans Moving Right - The American Interest - some empirical evidence that Democratic Party's leftward drift is more pronounced than the GOP's rightward drift, at least at the state level. (centrist dems lost to wingnuts, purifying the survivors, while GOP destructive cult dove over the cliff of insanity)

Taxing the Polls - This artifact from Sumter, Alabama in 1932 acknowledges the receipt of a $1.50 poll tax or $26.09 in 2015 dollars (costs more now)

FBI data shows record number of September gun sales - National Instant Background Check System shows gun sales hit a record high for the fifth month in a row with 1,795,102 prospective gun owners processed in September (epidemic spreads)
Here's Everything The GOP Blames For Gun Deaths (Other Than Guns, Of Course) ... prayer, video games, violent movies, freedom, Democrats, gun control, gun-free zones and sin (and our Muslim/Kenyan Pres)

Today in the Systemic Persecution of Sex Offenders - Lawyers, Guns & Money : "I don't believe it" Oh, OK. I'm only a state legislator. How am I supposed to actually find out this information? Who can I ask, being so uninformed and powerless??? (RI Dem head)

Moms and Guns - The New York Times (phallic linkage)
Here's How Police Could End Up Making Body Cameras Mostly Useless - Will body cameras be a tool for police reform? Only if bad policy doesn't get in the way. (no, you can't see those videos)
Canada's History of Violence - Canadians kill 1.6 out of every 100,000 people in a year. Americans nearly triple that rate, killing 4.7 out of every 100,000 people in a year. And while Canadians long ago agreed to restrict gun ownership, Americans are far from reaching a similar consensus.
Round Rock High police incident caught on camera | - A Round Rock High School parent says he plans on pressing charges against a Round Rock police officer for allegedly using excessive force on his son.

Julian Assange: Snowden, I and Kim Dotcom all assigned same prosecutor in Virginia
I showed leaked NSA slides at Purdue, so feds demanded the video be destroyed | Ars Technica - Op-ed: Snowden confidante, a journalist, recounts recent tale at Purdue University.

The Bill Cosby Accusers Speak Out on Dateline - NBC News - Twenty-nine women who accuse the comedian of inappropriate sexual behavior tell their stories (America's Dad)

NASA shows where Matt Damon would have been stranded on Mars | The Verge

What is the RAREST thing you have ever seen or experienced? : AskReddit
Has anyone lived an actual porn scenario (plumber, delivery person, nanny, etc), what's your story? : AskReddit
Which company or brand no longer has the quality they were known for? : AskReddit
What is the worst movie you went to see in the cinema? : AskReddit
- What's the deepest, darkest secret you know that isn't your own?

If Your Wi-Fi Is Terrible, Check Your Router - The New York Times
The Best Wi-Fi Router (for Most People) | The Wirecutter

History of flat earth theory: Orlando Ferguson's map of the flat earth. - A Bizarrely Complicated Late-19th-Century Flat-Earth Map (the mind of Conservative is bizzarrely complicated +evolved into climate denialism after jet planes)

- Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes freedom of expression fears - Intellectual property rights chapter appears to give Trans-Pacific Partnership countries' greater power to stop information from going public (Obama's super-authoritrian streak
TPP leaked: final draft of the intellectual property chapter, which some claim will destroy the internet as we know it, made available by Wikileaks : technology
The Final Leaked TPP Text is All That We Feared | Electronic Frontier Foundation
- Leave us in peace : Anti-gun control protesters greet Obama during Oregon visit
1 dead, 3 wounded in campus shooting at Northern Arizona University : news

Two Victims Shot On Texas Southern University Campus - This is the second shooting at TSU this week.

Eschaton: Wanker of the Day - Still it's probably an appropriate award for David Cameron. - This is a marvellous technique, to pretend your opponent said the complete opposite of what they actually said, and then get angry about the words they didn't say (another form of the insane Conservative mind)

Twice As Many People in Died in Last Month's Hajj Stampede Than First Thought\ - The Atlantic - A new tally of the those killed last month makes it the deadliest-ever disaster at the annual pilgrimage.

Eschaton: But They Were So Moderate And So Rebellious - All they needed was more death machines and some quiet Americans to tell them how to use them. - The Obama administration has ended the Pentagon's $500 million program to train and equip Syrian rebels, administration officials said on Friday, in an acknowledgment that the beleaguered program had failed to produce any kind of ground combat forces capable of taking on the Islamic State in Syria.

California's high court appears ready to allow voters to weigh in on Citizens United
New California law extends privacy rights to electronic data

The President Heads to Oregon, Where the Gun Nuts Are Waiting - It feels all too similar to Dallas in 1963. - "He's not wanted here. He's coming here purely to push his garbage, and we don't want it," said Michelle Finn

Why Democrats Bear Some Responsibility for the Republican Party's Madness - Therefore, given all this, if one of the parties goes as thoroughly, deeply, banana-sandwich loony as the present Republican Party has, the other party has a definitive obligation to the Republic to beat the crazy out of it so the country can get moving again. This is a duty in which the Democratic Party has failed utterly. (Charlie sees the basic issue: insanity in the American psyche)

Sure that Yelling Louder Will Work (Farley doesn't get it -- it's not about yelling louder, it's about calling a nut a nut)

The GOP sinks deeper into chaos. Can it still function as a party? - The Washington Post

The Kevin McCarthy Affair Rumors Could Be Destructive For Everyone - Here's some stupid for lunch.

Here's What Happens When You Complain To Cops About Cops - The internal affairs division usually decides the officer did nothing wrong. (move along, nothing to see here, FBI doesn't want to know)

Op-Ed: Philly's Charter School System is Falling Apart - Citified - Gym: The last thing this city needs is a top-down mandate to turn more public schools into charters. (someone tell Charlie Baker)

Oregon Pot Stores Sell More Than $11 Million in First 5 Days - ABC News (coulda been you, MA)

Immigrant workers or slaves? Textbook maker backtracks after mother's online complaint - "The Atlantic Slave Trade between the 1500s and 1800s brought millions of workers from Africa to the southern United States to work on agricultural plantations"

Air Force dental technician accused of being a witch - fired from a dental clinic at \ Fort Meade, Maryland, after complaining that her co-workers discriminated against her because she was Hindu. She claims they then accused her of being a witch. (same thing to demented Christian mind)

Kelsey Grammer Wears Bizarre Anti-Choice Shirt - The message -- "Would it bother us more if the y used guns?" -- asks if those who are pro-choice would still hold their beliefs about the issue if abortions were performed with guns. (douche-bag hall o' famer)

Elon Musk says Apple is the 'graveyard' for fired Tesla staff | Technology | The Guardian - "Did you ever take a look at the Apple Watch? ... You can't ust go to a supplier like Foxconn and say: 'build me a car'"

Mars lakes may have existed long enough for life to evolve, scientists say | Science | The Guardian - Nasa researchers believe some ancient lakes could have lasted for up to 10,000 years, which was enough time for life forms to take hold

NOAA declares third ever global coral bleaching event - Bleaching intensifies in Hawa\ ii, high ocean temperatures threaten Caribbean corals

Amnesty Tells the US to Stop Selling Arms to Saudi Arabia | Mother Jones - The group cites "damning evidence" of war crimes involving American-made weapons in Yemen.

U.S. asks Toyota to explain why ISIS has so many new trucks : news - To destroy the tanks now bein\ g used by ISIS, the U.S. is sending the Iraqi military 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 55,000 rounds of main tank-gun ammunition, $600 million in howitzers and trucks, $700 million worth of Hellfire \ missiles and 2,000 AT-4 rockets (which will promptly all defect to ISIS for the 10th time)

Eschaton: And Justice For All - MPs, a lord chief justice the royal family and public school headmasters all intervened to stop a bishop being prosecuted for sexual abuse 22 year ago, the Old Bailey has heard.
David Cameron on Ali Mohammed al-Nimr and Saudi Arabia - YouTube

JFK Assassination: The Spy Chief Who Lied - politico Magazine
JFK: declassified documents reveal a cunning and cagey president | US news | The Guardian

- Rupert Murdoch implies Obama is not "a real black person"
A Bit of Fry & Laurie- If Rupert Murdoch hadn't been born

McCarthy Drops Out Of Speaker Race, Throwing GOP Leadership Into Chaos : It's All Politics : NPR
The House GOP's historic implosion - politico - McCarthy's stunning move leaves the House with no apparent line of succession to power.
Kevin McCarthy's Exit Came After Personal Threat Over Affair Allegations - "Why not resign like Bob Livingston? (stabbed in the back by a radicon)
Kevin McCarthy Is Out For House Speaker. Who Else Wants It?

Ben Carson Has No Idea What the Debt Limit Is -- NYMag
- Am I the only one who remembers what a terrible presidential candidate the vice president was?

GOP Probe Into Planned Parenthood Funding Comes Up Empty - Jason Chaffetz says he's found no evidence of wrongdoing by the family planning provider.

Megyn Kelly Says She'd Have Donald Trump Back On Her Show - "We just wanted to forge forward and try to put it behind us."

- FBI director calls lack of data on police shootings "ridiculous" "embarrasing (yeah from the guy who didn't want more data)
South Carolina City To Pay $6.5 Million Settlement For Fatally Shooting Walter Scott - Video showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times as Scott ran.

The Ongoing Destruction of Public Education - Campbell Brown is just the latest semi-famous rich person to parachute in and tell teachers they're doing it wrong

Far-Right Idahoans Go Postal on University's Refugee Program Because Sharia Law - Why do local residents think a 30-year-old program is suddenly importing Sharia law and ISIS operatives into Idaho? Talk radio, of course.

20 New Lines from The Epic of Gilgamesh Discovered in Iraq, Adding New Details to the Story : books

My friend found his trail cam destroyed, as if someone had stabbed the lens with a screwdriver. Thi\ s was the last picture it ever took. : pics (riffs)
What movie is the greatest mindfuck? : AskReddit
What's a harsh truth you have for the opposite sex? : AskReddit
[Serious] How did you respond after your ex wanted you back after leaving you? : AskReddit
Identical twins, what's the craziest way which you've abused your powers of mistaken identity? \ : AskReddit

Will the South Carolina Floods Change Lindsey Graham's Tune? - he wasn't too keen on disaster relief funds for New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. (can't remember voting against it)

President Obama Apologizes to Doctors Without Borders Following Kunduz Airstrike - ABC News
Eschaton: But Our Bombs Are Smart! - They're like Mensa smart! So accidentally blowing up a hospital is unpossible!
- Top U.S. general in Afghanistan: Hospital was "mistakenly struck" (oh well then)
U.S. Commander Thinks Troops Didn't Follow Rules, Calls Hospital Bombing A Mistake - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the Pentagon "deeply regrets" the loss of life.

- Emails show Qadaffi son offered talks -- but Clinton ordered toip general to "not take the call" (and that worked out really well for Europe, didn't it, Hillz?)

German channel in trouble after showing Merkel in hijab

The CIA Keeps (Accidentally) Legitimizing JFK Conspiracy Theorists - Now we learn that the CIA chief at the time did all he could to bury "incendiary" information

Shut Down the Benghazi Committee - The New York Times

Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP - She criticized the trade agreement on Wednesday, saying there are too many "unanswered questions."

Biden and Reproductive Freedom - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Is there any reason to think he's a better candidate than Clinton? No. (sketchy policy history)

Washington Post Fact Checker Moves The Goalposts To Claim Obama "Exaggerated" By Including Gun Suicides In "Gun Death" Total | Blog | Media Matters for America (Glenn Kessler, Fred Hiatt's Factfucker)
Ben Carson Defends Controversial Comments About Oregon Shooting - "I want to plant in people's minds what to do in a situation like this."

U.S. to Release 6,000 Inmates From Prisons - The New York Times - as part of an effort to ease overcrowding and roll back the harsh penalties given to nonviolent drug dealers in the 1980s and '90s (hello, Reagan and Clinton)

We must despise our kids: Our ugly war on teachers must end now - - Republicans and Democrats can agree on one thing: Demonizing teachers. It's the "reformers" doing the most harm
Oregon shooter then the internet struck back -

House Republicans Create Special Committee To Harass Planned Parenthood - There's still no proof the family planning provider did anything wrong. (that's never stopped them)

For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong? - The Washington Post

Tennessee's first year of drug testing welfare recipients uncovered drug use by less than 0.2 percent of all applicants for the state's public assistance system

Eschaton: Eat Your Own Shit, Lindsey - I hate these people : Graham was among the Republican senators who opposed a federal aid package in January 2013 to assist states hit by Hurricane Sandy, but now he doesn't remember why ... "I'm all for helping the people in New Jersey. I don't really remember me voting that way"

Doctors Without Borders airstrike: US alters story for fourth time in four days | World news | The Guardian - Commander of war in Afghanistan tells Senate panel that US forces had called in airstrike at Afghan request - "an admission of a war crime" says MSF
Doctors Without Borders Enraged Over 'Deliberate' Kunduz Hospital Bombing - "We are working on the presumption of a war crime."
Eschaton: What You Expect Us To Have Any Idea Who We're Bombing And Why? - Really, libturds, you expect too much from the Pentagon.

Nuclear Smugglers Shopped Radioactive Materials To ISIS And Other Terrorists - "In the age of the Islamic State, it's especially terrifying to have real smugglers of nuclear bomb material apparently making connections with real buyers."

VW Warns Staff Of Impending 'Massive Cutbacks' - "I will be very open: this won't be painless," the new CEO said.

Clinton Can Thank Obama for Her Benghazi Headache - Bloomberg View
Hillary Clinton: Obama's Deportation Strategy Didn't Work - She says she won't break up families while pushing for immigration reform.

Ten Commandments Monument Removed From Oklahoma Capitol Grounds - Workers removing the monument were protected by a heavy security presence.

When You Have Police In Schools, Kids End Up Getting Pepper-Sprayed (the South, Appalachia, and Wississippi)
The Congressman Who Restricted Gun Violence Research Has Regrets - Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) authored the controversial 1996 amendment that remains in place. He wishes Congress would change it. (we don't need your stupid libturd "research")

- Christian group predicts the world will be "annialated" on Wednesday - Over a week after blood moon doomsday forecasts were proven wrong, eBible Fellowship leader Chris McCann says "the world will pass away" on 7 October

Reddit Admits Its Front Page Is Broken, Is Working on an Entirely New Algorithm : technology
What website should everybody have bookmarked? : AskReddit
What is the scariest or most disturbing crime that remains UNSOLVED today? : AskReddit
The East Area Rapist AKA The Original Night Stalker
What is a secret that you know about someone that could ruin someone's life if it came out? [NSFW] : AskReddit
A student diversity officer who tweeted the hashtag #killallwhitemen has been charged by police with sending a threatening communication. : news

Experience the power of a bookbook - YouTube

South Carolina floods: climate change intensified conditions, scientists say | US news | The Guardian - Once-in-a-thousand year storm (since the 500-yr flood caused by Floyd in 1999 +they don't believe in AGW and voted against Sandy aid)
- Eight dead as South Carolina hit by "once in a millennium" floods
The meteorology behind South Carolina's atastrophic, 1,000-year rainfall event

Edward Snowden: US has not offered me plea deal | US news | The Guardian - Whistleblower says he has offered to do time in prison as part of a deal to return to US, but "we are still waiting for them to call us back"

TPP deal: US and 11 other countries reach landmark Pacific trade pact | Business | The Guardian
Officials Reach Deal On Trans-Pacific Partnership

Doctors Without Borders calls US bombing of its hospital a war crime | Public Radio International
Doctors Without Borders calls US bombing of its hospital a war crime : worldnews

Air France workers rip shirts from executives after airline cuts 2,900 jobs | World news | The Guardian
Air France Execs run for their lives after they cut 2900 jobs : videos

Babysitter who had sex with 11-year-old boy gets suspended sentence | UK news | The Guardian

On Guns, Fear Is Winning - The New York Times
Hillary Clinton Goes Big On Gun Policy, Creates Contrast With Bernie Sanders
In fact, she shared it: In a series of online postings over a decade, Ms. Harper, a registered nurse, said she kept numerous firearms in her home and expressed pride in her knowledge about them, as well as in her son's expertise on the subject (same setup as Sandy Hook: Asberger's +gun-nut mom afraid of "people dropping by") the unlikely revelation that she used to read to her son a book by Donald J. Trump, the real estate mogul
Which States Have the Most Guns? | Republic 3.0 | The Washington Monthly - Nationally, guns outnumber both cars and people.

Dems release closed-door Benghazi testimony | TheHill - Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi are going on offense ahead of Hillary Clinton's public testimony later this month.

The Supreme Court Is Back At Work, And Things Look Pretty Ugly Already - Affirmative action, public unions and legislative representation are all on the chopping block in the next nine months.

Ohio court upholds school suspension of 12-year-old black boy accused of staring at a white girl

Kasich's War on Ohio Minorities - By March 2014, six months into the new system, the six counties with the highest rate of terminating food stamps for able-bodied, childless adults were all counties populated mostly by minorities

Self-Refuting Actions of the Day - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Whole Paycheck: all supervisors in all departments were demoted to getting paid $11 an hour from $13-16 per hour and were told they were no longer supervisors, but still had to fulfill all of the same duties, effective immediately (experienced workers downgraded, laid off, WF "beyond" unions)

Crisis of Masculinity, 1987 Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

What is the biggest "fuck you" in recorded history? : AskReddit
The Many Facets of Hamlet on Vimeo
I'm not very well read, and I just watched Much Ado About Nothing by Joss Whedon. Is Shakespeare really this witty and entertaining? : books

Eschaton: A Little More Evil Every Day (incremental evilism)

I'm Wearing A Sweater Right Now It's Cold, Libturds ... And then we lit one trillion dollars on fire in Iraq and the Middle East ...

French floods: 19 feared dead after storms sweep French Riviera | World news | The Guardian - Violent storms and flooding send water cascading through Antibes, Cannes and Nice, inundating a retirement home and killing three people inside - More than 17cm (6.7in) of rain fell on the Cannes region in two hours
Record-Breaking Rainstorms Pummel Carolinas - South Carolina was hit 2.3 inches of rain Saturday, smashing the previous record of 0.77 inches set in 1961
The flooding here in South Carolina is insane : pics

"Unspeakable": An MSF Nurse Recounts the Attack on MSF's Kunduz Hospital | MSF USA - In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds.
Doctors Without Borders Denies Hospital Was 'A Human Shield' For Taliban - "In any case, bombing a fully functioning hospital can never be justified."
Doctors Without Borders Leaves Afghan City After Airstrike - ABC News
Death Toll in Hospital Bombing Climbs to 22 as MSF Demands Answers | VICE News
- Medical aid group Doctors Without Borders denied that Taliban fighters were firing from its hospital at NATO forces before a US air strike killed at least 19 people
Why Afghanistan Is Going To Fall To The Taliban Again. And It's Not Why You Think. - "I'm afraid I don't see how the U.S. can helpfully respond in Afghanistan, at this point."
Eschaton: Did We Win? - We started bombing Afghanistan almost 14 years ago.
Afghanistan: Another Nation That Should Be Grateful to the West - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Cass Sunstein is right once again. The West brings nothing but gifts wherever it goes, totally eliminating any claims from those nations for justice. And what nation has received more of these gifts than Afghanistan: (Sunstein is a real tool)

What Does Dylan Matthews Think The Worst New York Times Article Published in the Last Decade Is? - The chances that Matthews has ever read anything by Theroux, someone who knows far more about the developing world that Matthews sitting at his Vox desk could ever dream of, seems unlikely, although how I am to know.

Eschaton: Robust - I'm sure we'll make it work this time: Mrs. Clinton arguing for a more robust approach and Mr. Obama dismissing her ideas as campaign politics ... As secretary, she joined with David H. Petraeus, then the C.I.A. director, and Leon E. Panetta, then the defense secretary, to push a plan to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels. (all 5 of them; Hillz the hawk wrong again and again)

Four California students arrested for plotting mass shooting - Yahoo News
- Oregon shooting occurred in state that "actually forces colleges to allow guns" Amid 142 school shootings since Sandy Hook, states have moved to allow more guns on campuses. Oregon is one of a handful that allows concealed carry (next up: you must hae a gun at all times) - Trump: mass-shooting gunmen are "sick as hell and geniuses in a certain way" - At rally, Trump invokes Charles Bronson vigilante movie Death Wish
Many school shooters, one common factor: a warped view of masculinity - - As debate rages over gun control, media portrayals of shooters, and other factors, one topic doesn't get enough discussion, those who study mass shootings say: masculinity (see Trump)

Holocaust historians criticise Austria's jailing of Jewish author - Stephan Templ highlighted cases of Jewish property stolen by the Nazis but has now been punished for omitting an aunt's name in a restitution claim (Austria, same as ever)

Bernanke: Wall St execs should have gone to jail for crisis

Hail to the Pencil Pusher | Boston Review - American Bureaucracy's Long and Useful History (no, FDR didn't invent "big government)

The Historical Roots of American Domestic Worker Organizing Run Deep - Working In These Times - What was the legacy of slavery in the domestic labor sector, especially in the first half of the 20th century?

The hidden costs of funding prisons instead of schools - - As state incarceration rates continue to rise across the country, so are cuts in higher education funding.
Adjuncted to Death - Lawyers, Guns & Money : You may have heard about the Duquense University adjunct who died in dire poverty in 2013. Well, it's happened again, this time to a long-term adjunct at Seattle University.

25 Is the New 21 - The Atlantic - So, after we spent nearly a quarter of a million dollars on her college education ($125K/yr including $75K/yr for parties, clothes and iPhones)

Perfect Brown Rice Recipe | SAVEUR - brown rice looks and tastes the best when it has been boiled and drained like pasta and then steamed in the small amount of moisture that remains in the pot. The boiling cooks the rice, while the subsequent steaming allows the grains to retain their integrity and come out light and fluffy.

What is the most unbelievable coincidence you ever experienced? : AskReddit

NASA shows off a stunning new color photo of Pluto's moon, Charon | The Verge
- Over 8,400 images from NASA's Moon missions are now on Flickr in high resolution
Project Apollo Archive's albums (hi-res Flickr)

Kasich On Climate Change: 'I Just Don't Know Enough About It' - "I think there are things we can do to protect the environment. We should. But we shouldn't worship the environment." (we should desecrate as much as possible +dude, can you think?)

Afghanistan: MSF Staff Killed, Hospital Partially Destroyed in Kunduz | MSF USA - MSF wishes to clarify that all parties to the conflict, including in Kabul and Washington, were clearly informed of the precise location (GPS Coordinates) of the MSF facilities in Kunduz, including the hospital, guesthouse, office and an outreach stabilization unit in Chardara northwest of Kunduz. (fire your blunderin army)
At Least 19 Killed After Airstrike Hits Afghan Hospital - The medical charity said its staff phoned military officials at NATO in Kabul and Washington during the morning attack, but bombs continued to rain down for nearly an hour. (fuckers wouldn't stop collateralizing humans ... "or, as a Bush would say, stuff happens..." )
U.N. rights chief says Afghan bombing may be war crime - Yahoo News - An airstrike that killed at least 16 people in hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the Afghan city of Kunduz on Saturday was "utterly tragic, inexcusable, and possibly even criminal," the U.N. human rights chief said.
NATO Strike Magnifies Divide on Afghan War - The New York Times
Why Afghanistan Is Going To Fall To The Taliban Again. And It's Not Why You Think. - "I'm afraid I don't see how the U.S. can helpfully respond in Afghanistan, at this point." (just GTFO, finally)

Oregon Shooter Died Of Suicide - The suicide occurred during a firefight with law enforcement officers.
Sheriff In Charge Of Oregon Massacre Probe Posted Sandy Hook Truther Video - Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin posted a link to a YouTube video called "The Sandy Hook Shooting - Fully Exposed," which summarized conspiracy theories surrounding the shooting and quickly racked up millions of views, about a month after the massacre took place. The post was deleted or made private sometime after 2:30 p.m. Friday. (Obama staged a fake shooting to take away your gunz, irony comes home to roost like a vulture)
Oregon Sheriff Handling Massacre Fought the White House on Gun Control After Newtown | Mother Jones
Gunman in Oregon college shooting executed classmates, saying 'I'll see you soon' | - "And then he would ask them if they were a Christian, knew God, or had religion. And it wasn't like it was stated on TV. It wasn't about that he was just trying to pinpoint Christians, no."
Families Remember Victims Of Tragic Oregon School Shooting
Jeb Bush Opposes New Gun Laws On Grounds That 'Stuff Happens' - The former governor has been making some pretty big gaffes lately. (see above for dead people that "stuff happened" to)
maniac_rn comments on The Oregon Shooter Obtained All His Guns Legally
After Oregon, Death By Gunfire Is a Natural Law in America - Nothing will change. Nothing will be different.
The Daily Show - Gun Control Whoop-de-doo - YouTube
John Oliver's 3-part Daily Show report on Gun Control, political suicide and The results of Australia's gun legislation : television

Like Clockwork by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly there's a principal and a police chief in Irving that will likely think differently next time. But we badly need the same kind of focus on the long-lasting, underlying abuses of corporate might. As it happens, Exxon is based in Irving, Texas too. (Bill Maher is nutty about Muslims)

Tell-all peace prize book upsets Nobel committee | World news | The Guardian - Geir Lundestad, former secretary, accused of breaching Norwegian Nobel committee's code of silence in The Peace Secretary (yeah, Obama was a mistake, which was immediately obvious)

Stockton mayor was briefly detained on return flight from China - SFGate - The mayor of Stockton was briefly detained and had two of his laptops and a cell phone confiscated by homeland security agents at the San Francisco International Airport earlier this week after returning from a trip to China, according to a statement by the mayor.

Canada dead last in ranking for environmental protection - The Globe and Mail
Feds penny-pinched on science libraries while lavishing funds on religion and oil | National Observer (Canadian Conservatives: who needs your stupid science when we have the Bible to interpret any way we want?)
Marijuana is infinitely worse than tobacco, Harper says as he encourages pot debate to go up in smoke (don't bother me with your sciencey facts")

Eschaton: Morning Thread - Terrific article from the Guttmacher Institute: Prosecuting Women for Self-Inducing Abortion: Counterproductive and Lacking Compassion. Basically makes the point that outlawing abortion won't stop women from having abortions. It will just make it more dangerous, partly because she will be reluctant to seek medical treatment if anything goes wrong.
Fiorina makes distortion of Planned Parenthood a centerpiece - US News - Carly Fiorina has spent the last two weeks repeating an erroneous description of videos secretly recorded by anti-abortion activists. That seems bound to continue as she makes her opposition to Planned Parenthood a centerpiece of her 2016 campaign. (that'll work +the most anti-woman candidate is a ... woman!)

Handcuffing Little Kids May Not Be 'Reasonable,' Says Obama DOJ (on the other hand, it might be)

BBC - Culture - The mysterious origins of punctuation - Aristophanes' breakthrough was to suggest that readers could annotate their documents,

Island boulders reveal ancient mega-tsunami : Nature News & Comment - Massive prehistoric landslide of Cape Verde volcano unleashed waves 170 metres high. (head for the hills)

Vladimir Putin wants Russia to have more influence in the Middle East. Good luck with that. - The Washington Post - At this point Russian-American diplomacy mostly consists of trolling each other, and Putin is better than anyone at trolling ... not a good sign for U.S. interests in the Middle East when Washington is surprised by Iraqi agreements with Russia. (Obama has totally failed in his war-making)
Rhetorical Entrapment and Syria: Let's Not Do Dumb Stuff - preventing Syria from being taken over by ISIS would be far worse and trying to instill life in our unicorn army of moderate rebels is a recipe for continued humanitarian tragedy in Syria with spillover effects on Europe that are very high.
Russia, Russia Burning Bright? (Spoiler: Not So Much) | Duck of Minerva - the world's fourth largest military budget ... by spending a larger percentage of its GDP on defense than does the United States, China, Britain, France, Japan, or Germany ... a smaller economy than the state of California (giant gas station is declining, can't really afford all those guns +warlord Putin is counting his days +Cali needs more missles)

Saudi Objections Halt U.N. Inquiry of Yemen War - The New York Times - In a U-turn at the United Nations Human Rights Council, Western governments dropped plans Wednesday for an international inquiry into human rights violations by all parties in the war in Yemen that has killed thousands of civilians in the last six months.

Authorities: Weapons Recovered In Oregon Shooting Purchased Legally - Some weapons may have been purchased by family members.
Oregon shooter was anxious and liked guns and target shooting, neighbors say - LA Times - "The Switzer Learning Center, also in Torrance, teaches students with special needs, emotional disturbances, autism, Asperger's" ... "conservative, professional, intellectual, introvert ... Not Religious, but Spiritual." ... (mother) circulated a petition to get the apartment owner to eradicate a cockroach infestation. Neighbors said she told them the insects kept her son awake at night ... " She would call him "baby" all the time. I thought it was strange because he was an adult"

994 mass shootings in 1,004 days: this is what America's gun crisis looks like | US news | The Guardian

Chris Harper Mercer, Oregon Gunman, Is Recalled as a Recluse Close to His Mother - The New York Times
Chris Mercer, Oregon Gunman, Hinted of Anger and Loneliness - The New York Times

Nancy Pelosi Calls For A Select Committee On Gun Violence - She said Congress takes "a solemn oath to protect and defend the American people." (again, who are the real terrorists?)
This just happened on CNN. Behold, the hypocrisy of the media (especially in regards to coverage of mass shootings) in one, succinct 30 second clip Seriously, WTF CNN? : videos
Guns Kill An Average Of 36 People Every Day, And The Nation Doesn't Even Blink - The shooting at Umpqua Community College is part of a steady beat of U.S. gun violence. (9/11 every day, and we haven't invaded the NRA)
Eschaton: Not Capable Of Learning - Once again the nation is shocked to discover the tools designed for killing people are used to kill people. (arm the moderate Americans!)

TIL the US Murder rate in 2014 is less that half of what it was in 1990, and far lower than the 70's and 80's. : todayilearned

Oregon college shooting is all the more reason to carry guns, say local residents | US news | The Guardian - Interviews with almost a dozen residents of the rural Oregon community on Friday yielded unanimity on their biggest threats: gun control and Barack Obama

Not a Dime's Worth of Difference! - Jeb Bush: "I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It's very sad to see. But I resist the notion, and I had this challenge as governor -- look, stuff happens" (thanks Ralph, you really fucked the country)
Eric Boehlert on Twitter: "Can't wait for "context" debate over Jeb likening gun massacre to a kid drowning in pool.
A Day in Mass American Death - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Wayne LaPierre and his henchmen are as evil as Osama Bin Laden and his henchmen. And Frick and his fellow Gilded Age capitalists are as evil as the other two. But maybe we can lighten up our morning by discussing who is actually the most evil - Good times America. Good times.

Fifty killed in a knife attack at a Chinese colliery | - Nine suspects are being pursued after they launched a coordinated knife attack and killed 50 workers at a northwestern Chinese coal mine, reports Radio Free Asia.

Coca-Cola calls for FIFA President Sepp Blatter to step down immediately.

For Corporations, Sticks, Not Carrots - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Corporations simply cannot be trusted to self-regulate. It will never work because all the incentive is there for them to cheat. They want to profit and if the government isn't watching, they will cut corners to do so. The auto industry has shown this for decades. (de-regulate, destroy unions, pay their execs beyond your wildest dreams)

Voodoo Never Dies - The New York Times - that tax-cut enthusiasts have a remarkable track record: They've been wrong about everything, year after year (so? that never stopped them before?)

The Benghazi Investigation Is The 1990s All Over Again - The GOP spends millions investigating a Clinton for one scandal, and ends up uncovering another. Sound familiar?

Why the Washington Post's Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Bunk | Robert Reich (Fred Hiatt hates Bernie and public education)

Arne Duncan stepping down, returning to Chicago - Chicago Tribune - made his first signature initiative the Race to the Top program, in which states competed for federal grants ... encouraged states to adopt the Common Core, a controversial set of curriculum guidelines that to some have become symbolic of federal overreach
Arne Duncan Resigns Amid Legacy-Threatening Student Debt Crisis - The education secretary leaves behind 1 in 4 borrowers in distress. (moar charters! moar debt! +the only guy in the admin taller than Obama)
Eschaton: Where Did All The Teachers Go - Apparently there's a shortage. Who could have predicted that demonizing them, cutting salaries and benefits, and reducing job security might make it a slightly less attractive option for people. (America hates teachers) How will our great school administrators deal with this? Increasing teacher salaries is unpossible, because that might mean that the Viceroy For District Charterization and Martini Tasting might take small pay cut.

Record 94,610,000 Americans Not in Labor Force; Participation Rate Lowest in 38 Years
Affordable rent hampering about 1/3 of Florida residents - - South Florida has the highest percentage of renters devoting at least half their income. (Rubio'd)

- The Decline of 'Big Soda' - The drop in soda consumption represents the single largest change in the American diet in the last decade ... Over the last 20 years, sales of full-calorie soda in the United States have plummeted by more than 25 percent. (liquid diabetes; no wonder Coke is worried)

- If the face fits: science of attraction is based on personal experience
?9-Tetrahydrocannabinol attenuates allogeneic host-versus-graft response and delays skin graft rejection through activation of cannabinoid receptor 1 and induction of myeloid-derived suppressor cells
- Inuit Study Adds Twist to Omega-3 Fatty Acid's Health Story -- the idea the Inuit adapted to eating fatty food was very plausible,
Study Finds Asteroid Ahead of Dinosaur Extinction Accelerated Volcanoes - The New York Times
IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors - The New York Times - a new way to make transistors from parallel rows of carbon nanotubes

Ch-ch-changes.. After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon (Amanda Marcotte)

Cogent CEO: Interconnection Congestion Has Magically Disappeared | DSLReports, ISP Information - But after the FCC voted to approve new net neutrality rules and Cogent and Level 3 hinted they'd use the new rules to file complaints about this behavior, everybody is just getting along famously.

What is something that most women want that most men aren't willing to do? : AskReddit
What websites did you frequently visit in the past but no longer visit? What caused you to stop visiting them? : AskReddit
What are the most legendary posts from 4chan? : AskReddit
- Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE's upset people are "reviewing" her (that didn't take long)
calafragilistic comments on Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 - m4w
I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972 - m4w : boston

Adblock extension with 40 million users sells to mystery buyer, refuses to name new owner : news

9 in 10 scientists think climate change is real - One in four Americans believes climate change isn't happening - Nearly 92 percent of surveyed scientists, however, believe the world is warming and humans are to blame (all scientists, not just climate scientists)
Eastern U.S. Flood Threat to Continue No Matter Where Hurricane Joaquin Tracks (Forecast) | Weather Underground

- Bill Nye discusses how incredible it is that flowing water has been found on Mars... and the "Daily Show" proceeds to bring in ignorent panelists that disrespect him, his work, and declare that we shouldn't even give a fuck about this discovery. (we are all Martians)

Shooting in Oregon: So far in 2015, we've had 274 days and 294 mass shootings
Oregon College Shooter Identified As Chris Harper Mercer - Reports say the shooter had three handguns and an assault weapon.
A not very well regulated militia - Lawyers, Guns & Money
UCC SHOOTING RAMPAGE: At least 13 reported dead including shooter |
Mass Shooting At Umpqua Community College In Oregon, 13 Reported Dead - "We've become numb to this," Obama said. "This is something we should politicize, it is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic." (NRA warns not to politicize event)
Did The Oregon Shooter Warn Of His Plans On 4chan? - On 4chan, little is clear, and even less can be proven.
Active Shooter Reported at Oregon College : news
School Shootings in America Since Sandy Hook | Everytown for Gun Safety (45 this year)
Politicians Can't Pass Actual Laws To Stop Gun Violence, So They Tweet Prayerfully (Supreme Deity listens to Speaker John Boehner's prayers)

- State Department "Planted" Anti-Wikileaks Questions For 60 Minutes Interview With Julian Assange - from the nice-of-them dept

Eschaton: The Left Is Always Very Silly - Reasonably sure the UK doesn't actually need a nuclear deterrent, but expressing your unwillingness to vaporize a few hundred thousand people is Very Silly Indeed. So Utopian, unlike tax cut fairies and all that peeance and freeance spreading that Blair and Bush did in the Middle East. That was serious!

- US accuses Russia of "throwing gasoline on fire" of Syria's civil war - first major military action outside borders of former Soviet Union since cold war (Putin bombs US-trained "moderate" rebels, all 5 of them)

Eschaton: Instincts - OK then - An email involving passport applications was notable for the raw nerve the issue of gay rights seemed to touch. Clinton expressed anger that the application form had been changed from its reference to traditional parents, and she demanded to know who was behind it. - It's hard to get your back when you won't get your own. Crouch position is not a winning position. This was in 2011. Even Politico realized Palin was a joke by then. (it's in their DNA)

Newly released interviews show depth of Ted Kennedy frustration with Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton approach to health care reform - The Boston Globe - "I think everybody understands now that that was a catastrophic mistake" ... "Was there any consultation about this strategy with people in the Congress?" "No," Kennedy said (naive, inexperienced and arrogant, even back then)
What Happened to Health Care Reform? - The Republicans enjoyed a double triumph, killing reform and then watching jurors find the president guilty. It was the political equivalent of the perfect crime ... Perhaps the fateful choice was the decision to design a proposal inside the White House and put the Clinton name on it. (1994, for the history)

Pelosi threatens to end Dem participation in Benghazi probe | TheHill - "It's just a stunning admission on the part of the Republican leader that the Benghazi Committee was created with a political purpose in mind. In fact, it's really an ethical question" Pelosi said

- A long-standing sycophant of Niall Ferguson and Henry Kissinger was commissioned by the NYT Book Review to review Niall Ferguson's hagiography of Henry Kissinger. (By the way, is there anything more pathetic than being a sycophant of Niall Ferguson?) The results may not surprise you:

John Oliver Doesn't Care About Donald Trump

Police use of chemical spray on Alabama schoolchildren violated civil rights | US news | The Guardian - Federal judge finds officers attached to Birmingham schools routinely used a military-grade pepper spray-teargas mixture to quell normal adolescent behavior (Republican war on America's black children)

Voter ID and driver's license office closures black-out Alabama's Black Belt |

- Investigation Continues After Man "Armed With Chapstick" Is Shot By Police
Orlando police officer Peter Delio, Sgt. Michael Faulkner fired for treatment of inmate - Orlando Sentinel

The spread of marijuana legalization, explained - Vox

Effectiveness of Talk Therapy Is Overstated, a Study Says - The New York Times - Medical literature has overstated the benefits of talk therapy for depression, in part because studies with poor results have rarely made it into journals, researchers reported Wednesday. Treatments like cognitive behavior therapy and interpersonal therapy are indeed effective, the analysis found, but about 25 percent less so than previously thought. (towards placebo range) manualized approaches, in which therapist and patient use a standardized manual to guide the treatment. (oh, there you go) "There's a sense of desperation out there because we do need something new and there's nothing on the horizon"

Short-term dynamic psychotherapy versus pharmacotherapy for major depressive disorder: a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. - PubMed - NCBI - This trial of urban MDD patients failed to confirm that either active treatment was better than placebo. Minority status and gender had significant and differential effects on outcome that warrant replication in future studies.
Antidepressant, Talk Therapy Fail to Beat Placebo--Really? | Psychology Today
Pornography users found to be more supportive of women and hold less sexist views than nonusers in representative US sample : science

Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices - Bloomberg Business - latest example of the company using its clout to promote products that fit with its own retailing strategy

Would drinking "heavy water" (Deuterium oxide) be harmful to humans? What would happen different compared to H20? : askscience
Sorority Girls at a Baseball Game : videos
What are some common pieces of advice that you disagree with? : AskReddit
I have an inferiority complex, but it's not a very good one.
Conformity - elevator candid camera on Vimeo

Tennessee Voraciously Defends Its Right To Let AT&T Write Awful State Broadband Laws | Techdirt - completely within its right to let AT&T write shitty telecom law that ensures Tennessee remains a broadband backwater, and the federal government has no standing to intervene in this noble effort
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