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

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

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

France Gives Spy Agency Sweeping New Powers - In exceptional cases, surveillance agencies will be able to use so-called "IMSI Catcher" spy devices that record all types of phone, internet or text messaging conversation in an area.

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

Greece Battles To Avert Catastrophic Funding Crunch

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

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

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

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

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

Just What These Goons Wanted by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Last week, Iowa Representative Steve King brought Dutch politician and speaker Geert Wilders to Washington for a series of briefings with conservatives.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missouri Senate Overrides Veto Of Welfare Restrictions Bill

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man, 101, Found Alive After Nepal Quake

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ELI5: Why Tesla's new power wall a big deal. : explainlikeimfive
Out for a walk : pics
Kakkerlak comments on [MA] Post-it notes left in apartment.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vísir - The Pirate Party the biggest in Iceland by far

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What's the weirdest rule your parents had? : AskReddit - Dont drive with the car window down or you might get face paralysis. Also a fan blowing in one spot of your body for a long period of time causes damage to nerves and your face muscles get paralysed. Like a stroke.
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What is the #1 rule of the Internet? : AskReddit

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