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Was Genghis Khan history's greenest conqueror? - Interesting Science Articles and Facts - Over the course of the century and a half run of the Mongol Empire, about 22 percent of the world's total land area had been conquered and an estimated 40 million people were slaughtered by the horse-driven, bow-wielding hordes. Depopulation over such a large swathe of land meant that countless numbers of cultivated fields eventually returned to forests.

Ebola patients could get transfusions from survivors ‘within weeks’ | World news | The Guardian - Work has commenced to make it possible to use blood in epidemic-hit countries, says World Health Organisation
Texas nurse's dog tests negative for Ebola | World news | - Dog belongs to Nina Pham who was infected with the virus - King charles spaniel’s quarantine ends on 1 November

Canadian soldier killed as Ottawa thrown into turmoil by shooting | World news | - MPs barricade themselves for safety after gunman, who was shot dead, stormed into parliament and began shooting
Ottawa shooting: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo dies of wounds, gunman also shot dead - Politics - CBC News - Downtown Ottawa remains in lockdown as police conduct searches around parliamentary precinct

Iraqi Forces Clash With ISIS Fighters West of Baghdad

Baby killed and eight wounded in suspected terror attack in Jerusalem | World news | The Guardian - According to a tweet from an Israeli government spokesman for the Arab media, the driver – a former Palestinian prisoner – “is a member of Hamas”.
Mexican military tried to cover up murders of up to 15 people, report says | World news | The Guardian - National human rights commission calls for investigation into deaths of suspected gang members last summer

US jury convicts Blackwater guards in 2007 killing of Iraqi civilians | US news | - Security guards for private US contractor guilty of manslaughter for notorious 2007 incident that left 17 dead in Baghdad

US ordered to explain withholding of Iraq and Afghanistan torture photos | US news | - Obama admistration must justify suppression of never-before-seen photographs depicting US military torture of detainees
U.S. Congress examining deal between NSA official, ex-agency chief | Reuters - The arrangement, which current and former officials said was approved by top NSA managers, has raised questions about the blurring of lines between government and business.
Edward Snowden Should Be Charged With Murder, Says Congressman Mike Rogers - "The [US] government has pressed charges on Mr Snowden," he said. "We are treating him, as I would argue, the traitor that he is." Rogers added: "And by the way, and this is important, I would charge him for murder."

Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked - Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building.

How voter-friendly is your state? | US news | The Guardian

New Michael Brown autopsy supports account of struggle with police officer | US news | - Government autopsy discovers gunshot wound in 18-year-old’s hand that supports ‘significant altercation’ in officer’s car

No, marijuana use doesn’t lower your IQ - The Washington Post - Duke study flawed - "Although it would be too strong to say that the results have been discredited, the methodology is flawed and the causal inference drawn from the results premature," it concluded ... "In particular alcohol use was found to be strongly associated with IQ decline," the authors write. "No other factors were found to be predictive of IQ change."
The State Of Drug Use In America, In 9 Maps

FCC suspends review of Comcast/TWC and AT&T/DirecTV mergers | Ars Technica - Content companies refused to grant access to confidential programming contracts.

Five Conflicts and Collapses That May Have Been Spurred by Climate Change | History | Smithsonian - Earth's changing climate has been a spectre in centuries of civil conflict and, at times, the collapse of whole civilizations

Statement by Secretary Johnson on Travel Restrictions and Protective Measures to Prevent the Spread of Ebola to the United States | Homeland Security - New York’s JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.
Rwanda To Screen U.S. And Spanish Visitors To Keep Out Ebola
Ebola health workers must be covered head to toe, say new US guidelines | World news | - Nurses’ groups and others had called for revised advice Stricter CDC guidance provides ‘extra margin of safety’
BERLIN: Ebola cases in Germany test plans made long ago for other diseases | Europe | McClatchy DC

U.S. accidentally delivered weapons to the Islamic State by airdrop, militants say - The Washington Post (close enough)
Before And After Photos Show The Devastating Toll Of The Battle For Kobani
Turkey to allow Kurdish peshmerga across its territory to fight in Kobani | World news | The Guardian - “The events from two weeks ago clearly showed that if Kobani should fall, the peace process would end. The Turkish government wanted to test how people would react, and they saw what would have happened. Turkey can no longer be seen as watching the drama in Kobani unfold without doing anything.”

Shlomo Sand: ‘I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew’ | World news | The Guardian - His past was Jewish, but today he sees Israel as one of the most racist societies in the western world. Historian Shlomo Sand explains why he doesn’t want to be Jewish anymore

Sweden ready to use force to surface sub - The Local - Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary"
Cluster bombs used in eastern Ukraine, says human rights group | World news | The Guardian - Human Rights Watch evidence suggests use by Ukrainian government forces – and possibly rebels – in Donetsk attacks
Augusto Pinochet’s former bodyguard detained at Santiago military base | World news | The Guardian - Cristián Labbé, outspoken defender of Chilean dictator, charged with conspiracy in kidnapping and homicide of 13 prisoners

Total CEO Christophe De Margerie Killed In Moscow Plane Collision - when his private jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators said Tuesday.
Spice – the synthetic drug gaining a grip on Russia | World news | The Guardian - “The consequences are quick addiction, fast-paced decline, and as far as I can see, irreversible consequences which cannot be cured. Heroin in Russia is yesterday’s problem.”
Freya Newman To Be Sentenced This Week Over Secret Abbott Scholarship | - A 21-year-old journalism student at the University of Technology, Sydney will face a Sydney Court this week to be sentenced for accessing student records that showed the Prime Minister’s daughter received a secret scholarship from the Whitehouse Institute of Design.

White House Chief Of Staff Negotiating Redaction Of CIA Torture Report - The report itself, meanwhile, sidesteps the role of Bush administration officials in ordering or approving torture, focusing instead only on the agency,
WASHINGTON: Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aides | National Security & Defense | McClatchy DC

In Raising Immigration, G.O.P. Risks Backlash After Election -

Soon to become a minority in the US, whites express declining support for diversity - PsyPost - White Americans may view diversity and multiculturalism more negatively as the U.S. moves toward becoming a minority-majority nation, UCLA psychologists report.

Political Polarization & Media Habits | Pew Research Center's Journalism Project
Rush Limbaugh is America’s least-trusted news source - The Washington Post - 47 percent of conservatives name Fox News as their main news source. No single news outlet holds similar sway over liberal Americans.
Pew Study: Americans Are Self-Segregating Amid Proliferating Partisan Media - The Daily Beast - We may have unprecedented access to information, but our fellow citizens are corralling themselves off from opposing viewpoints in their media consumption, according to a new study. (if "citizens" = tribal paranoid Republicans worshipping at the alter of Murdoch)

A New York Times Columnist Spoke At A Fundraiser For A Group Working To Criminalize Gay Sex | Blog | Media Matters for America - Ross Douthat spoke at a fundraising event for the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a right-wing legal group that works to defend anti-LGBT discrimination and supported the criminalization of homosexuality.

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies - - Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on (you've been Rhee'd)

The Palin Brawl Police Tapes - Annotated Edition

Stone Discovered In Jerusalem May Answer A Nearly 2,000 Year-Old Question - Israeli archaeologists said Tuesday they have discovered a large stone with Latin engravings that lends credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 ago was because of their harsh treatment. (Hadrian and Bar Kochba)

Smell the Truth » War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday - The U.S. government claims marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical benefits. But that claim will be up for debate Monday in California when a federal judge is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors that conclude the opposite.
Coffee May Protect the Liver - - Drinking coffee — even decaffeinated coffee — may protect your liver, a large new study has found.
Study Suggests Vegetarian Men May Have Lower Sperm Counts | eCanadaNow - . In addition to the lower sperm counts, the percentage of sperm actively mobile in the samples taken from vegetarian men were significantly lower at 30%. Meat eaters had an average sperm mobility of 60%. (but lived 10 yrs less)
Vegetarians have much lower sperm counts and only 30% of their sperm are active compared to 60% for non-vegetarian men : news

Amazon Kindle Voyage review: The best e-reader is also the priciest

Demos - An analysis of 2 million tweets by the think tank Demos reveals that male public figures are several times more likely than women to receive abuse on Twitter.
The D-List Right-Wingers Who've Turned Gamergate Into Their Loser Army
When the #GamerGate mob targeted Anil Dash for no reason (with images, tweets) · x_glitch · Storify - #GamerGate proponents claim they are only concerned about games journalism and its ethics. How, then, does someone who isn't even a journalist, let alone a games journalist, get involved?

What is your best your mom joke? NSFW : AskReddit

If you want a real answer from conservatives on science, then change the question by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - the latest conservative cool kid response to questions about climate change or evolution is “I’m not a scientist.” It displays a certain humility and folksy ignorance while avoiding tough questions about destructive GOP policy. ("do you believe in science?" "how about statistics?")
Amateur footage shows ferocity of blizzard in Himalayas - video | World news | The Guardian

WHO Declares Nigeria Ebola-Free After 42 Days With No Cases - NBC
Relief in Dallas as dozens declared Ebola-free after three weeks in isolation | World news | - Forty-three of 48 people no longer at risk of developing virus
Ashoka Mukpo, NBC News Freelancer, Doing 'Quite Well' And Could Be Released Very Soon
Ebola hysteria: An epic, epidemic overreaction - - While the threat of Ebola is very real in Africa, the paranoia it's generated in the United States is unreal.
Chicken Little Politics by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Alice Robb reports on “A growing body of literature in psychology suggests that feelings of fear make people’s political outlook more conservative.” (fear!)
Cuba’s Impressive Role on Ebola - - having pledged to deploy hundreds of medical professionals to the front lines of the pandemic, Cuba stands to play the most robust role among the nations seeking to contain the virus.
The Embarrassment Of Being American Today - Esquire - Case in point: this morning's front page, which pairs up two stories about the Ebola outbreak, one from Liberia, where the disease is killing hundreds of people a week, and one from the United States of America, where it has killed one person. Can I just say that the World's Greatest Democracy doesn't profit from the comparison? (Americans are bed-wetting babies)

Turkey to allow Kurdish peshmerga across its territory to fight in Kobani | World news | The Guardian - Dramatic shift in the Turkish position due to internal protests on government inaction and support for regional fight against Isis
Officials: ISIS forces launch multiple attacks in Iraq -
The Reign of 'Terror' -

Three-quarters of Israeli Jews oppose detail of Palestinian state, poll shows | World news | The Guardian - Rightwing thinktank’s poll confirms argument that Israelis who support theory of two-state solution recoil from concrete details (someone tell the Boston Globe)

Gay couple ‘thrown off London bus for kissing’ | World news | The Guardian - Transport chiefs investigating incident where driver reportedly shouted: ‘It’s disgusting. Get off the bus’ at kissing couple

Killing The Message - Esquire - The kickback against Kill The Messenger, the new film about the late Gary Webb's pursuit of the story of how the CIA ran cocaine to help finance its wars in Central America and how his pursuit of that story came to destroy him, has been fascinating, with many of the same institutions who helped run Webb out of journalism now back to contend that, by doing so, they did the craft a great service

Here Are 5 Takeaways From The Harper's Anti-Clinton Story (a non-idealistic ambitious hawk who represents the rich and didn't do much as Senator)
How Obama Transformed the Federal Judiciary - The President considers his judicial legacy - “The majority of Obama’s appointments are women and nonwhite males.” Forty-two per cent of his judgeships have gone to women. Twenty-two per cent of George W. Bush’s judges and twenty-nine per cent of Bill Clinton’s were women. Thirty-six per cent of President Obama’s judges have been minorities, compared with eighteen per cent for Bush and twenty-four per cent for Clinton.

Why the Supreme Court is allowing Texas to hold an unconstitutional election - The Week - Once again, the high court has joined with conservative state lawmakers to restrict minority voting

SC GOP candidate: Don’t be deceived — ‘cute’ same-sex ‘gremlins’ will destroy US - same-sex marriage is “a pestilence that has descended on our society, against our will, by those in the courts and government that do not value the traditional family.”

UN human rights officials visit Detroit to assess impact of water shutoffs | US news | - Human rights experts, who call situation ‘a man-made perfect storm’, travel to bankrupt city withholding water from late payers

Poor kids who do everything right don’t do better than rich kids who do everything wrong - The Washington Post - America is the land of opportunity, just for some more than others.

This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown - The Washington Post - Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O'Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come. And it was available only to whites.

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard Arrested - Hubbard, who is also the chair of the Alabama Republican Party, faces charges that include using his office for personal gain and voting for legislation with a conflict of interest, reported.

The Missing Menino by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - He should have given himself some credit for not knuckling under to the right-wing forces that regard diversity as just so much political correctness. By fighting for diversity, he indeed showed that he was the mayor for a new America. (well, he sucked at making Boston the new Charlottsville)

Are Women Better Decision Makers? - - Men took more risks when they were stressed. They became more focused on big wins, even when they were costly and less likely.

When Women Become Men at Wellesley -
US seeks to learn from allies' experience about transgender troops | World news | - Washington event follows Hagel’s call for ‘continuous review’ 18 countries allow transgender personnel to serve openly
For Starters, 'Unsex' the Birth Certificate -

For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet - The Washington Post - Two women narrate their ordeals. “You will hear of a wife murdered before you hear another one come forward.”

Research shows Portal 2 is better for you than 'Brain training' software (like Lumosity)

Indiana police hint at more victims after seven bodies discovered | US news | - Three female victims found in abandoned house in Gary Man, 43, allegedly confessed to woman’s murder on Saturday

Voyeur Case Spurs Rabbis To Add Post For Women - - A week after a Washington rabbi was charged with videotaping women disrobing for ritual baths as they converted to Judaism,

Brianna Wu and the human cost of Gamergate: 'every woman I know in the industry is scared' | Technology | - We speak to game developer Brianna Wu about the threats that drove her from her home in another explosive week for Gamergate - and reflect on its damaging impact
Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K. - -, the giant online retailer, has too much power, and it uses that power in ways that hurt America.

What's the most important thing in a woman? [0:28] : videos (great multilingual "soul" riff)

'Beijing is like a bonfire' as runners forced to complete marathon in gas masks - An estimated 30,000 runners take part in Beijing’s ‘airpocalypse’ annual marathon despite “hazardous” levels of smog
China to punish carmakers who fail to meet fuel targets in 2015 | Reuters
TSA agent at Hopkins Airport patted down Ebola patient Amber Vin - 19 Action News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports - The TSA does confirm a routine pat-down by one of its agents on Amber Vinson at Hopkins Airport on Oct. 13, the day she traveled back to Dallas from Cleveland.
Dallas Hospital Waited Three Days to Use Hazmat Suits
CNN Host Grills Cruz About Ebola And GOP Opposition To Surgeon General ... "And we don’t have one because President Obama, instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist." (he noticed that bullets put holes in people)
Congressional Hearing On Ebola Was ‘Shameful,' Janet Napolitano Says - “It was outrageous to drag the head of the CDC so that they can make very partisan comments and tell him to do something that makes no sense," said Napolitano, referring to congressional calls to ban travel from Ebola-affected countries.

Ebola: Liberia deaths ‘far higher than reported’ as officials downplay epidemic | World news | The Observer - Ebola is still not under control, with cultural practices and data problems masking the true extent of the epidemic - Liberian authorities appeared to be deliberately downplaying the true number of cases, for fear of increasing alarm in the west African country.
Cruise ship carrying woman monitored for Ebola returns to Texas | World news | The Guardian - Carnival Magic liner was turned away from Mexico and Belize - Monitored passenger disembarks, drives home with husband
Liberian Leader Warns Ebola Risks Causing A 'Lost Generation'
The nasty politicization of Ebola - The Washington Post

Sweden Claims 3 Credible Sightings In Submarine Hunt - The Swedish military said Sunday it had made three credible sightings of foreign undersea activity in its waters during the past few days amid reports of a suspected Russian intrusion in the area.
German Intelligence Blames Pro Russian Separatists for MH17 Downing - SPIEGEL ONLINE - Germany's foreign intelligence agency says its review of the crash of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 in Ukrainian has concluded it was brought down by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists near Donetsk. (in the obvious dept.)

Kobani Sees Fiercest Fighting In Days Between Kurds And ISIS

Mexico Finds Many Corpses, but Not Lost 43 -
Blunt U.S. Appeal Encourages Huangs, Couple Held in Qatar - - a prosecution regarded as rife with racial prejudices and cultural misunderstandings

Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture - - When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest.
WPost’s Slimy Assault on Gary Webb | Consortiumnews - Jeff Leen, the Washington Post’s assistant managing editor for investigations, begins his renewed attack on the late Gary Webb’s Contra-cocaine reporting with a falsehood. (the government must always be presumed to be telling the truth)
In Context of Accusations of CIA Drug Smuggling, WaPo Calls Million a Week "Relatively Small" | Beat the Press - I will give some additional context for the "relatively small" drug trade. relative to today's economy, the cocaine would be worth between $4.0-$6 billion a year at the retail level. It is also enough to supply 100,000 users with a gram of cocaine a week. (more on why Jeff Leen is playing a very dirty game)

Warren in Minnesota: ‘The game is rigged’ - The Washington Post - "The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it," Warren said to loud cheers.
Black Vote Seen as Last Hope for Democrats to Hold Senate - - predicted “crushing Democratic losses across the country” if the party did not do more to get black voters to the polls (black voters disenchanted with Obama)
Obama’s standing with women hurts Senate Dems - Manu Raju -

RealClearPolitics - Election 2014 - Massachusetts Governor - Baker vs. Coakley (Chawley surges past Chokely)

Virginia Tops 2013 List Of The Best States For Business - Maine ranks last for the fourth straight year. Not much has changed. It is still burdened with an aging population and a weak economic forecast (and a dipshit teaparty governor)

Mental Health Issues Put 34,500 on New York’s No-Guns List -

Whites riot over pumpkins in NH and Twitter turns it into epic lesson about Ferguson - How many of the defiant white youth causing mayhem & destruction come from fatherless families? #PumpkinRiot
Riot Police Deploy Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Against Keene State Partiers - New Hampshire news -

Charlotte police investigators secretly track cellphones | - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police use a secretive surveillance system that collects information from cellphones and wireless devices to locate crime suspects but also gathers data from innocent people.

How marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington is making the world a better place - The Washington Post - one of the main obstacles to meaningful reform is layers of entrenched drug control bureaucracies at the international and national levels

Netflix Is Taking The Movie Theatre Industry Head On, And It Will Win
2014 is first year ever with ZERO platinum-certified records | Death and Taxes - The award is given by the RIAA to mark one million units sold, and with only a few weeks remaining in the year, no album is even remotely close to making the threshold. With the reality that songs can get millions of streams and video views, yet only sell tens of thousands of copies, the old model is no longer relevant, and when the big labels collapse, they’ll only have their arrogance and ignorance to blame.

Reading To Children: The Key Benefits Of Reading Aloud To Children And How To Develop Effective Communication Skills - WhytoRead - How To Make Reading Aloud More Effective

Telomerase reverses ageing process : Nature News - Dramatic rejuvenation of prematurely aged mice hints at potential therapy.
New test scans all genes simultaneously to identify single mutation causing child's rare genetic disease -- ScienceDaily - Sequencing the DNA of children with mystery genetic disorders produced a definitive diagnosis in 40 percent of one hospital’s most complex cases -- a quantum leap from the field’s 5-percent success rate 20 years ago.
What Is Jupiter? | NASA - Europa is the smallest of the Galilean satellites. Europa's surface is mostly water ice. Beneath the ice may be an ocean of water or slushy ice. Europa is thought to have twice as much water as Earth.

Hurricane Gonzalo pounds Bermuda with 110mph winds | World news | - Tempest scores direct hit on British territory, knocking out the majority of the island’s electricity but causing no fatalities

More Than 100 Monitored For Ebola Symptoms In Ohio
Life in Quarantine for Ebola Exposure: 21 Days of Fear and Loathing -
Texas hospital mounts '#PresbyProud' fightback as Ebola criticism mounts | World news | - Dallas hospital where nurses were infected engages PR firm Union chief says: ‘There has been no leadership’
The Ebola Conspiracy Theories -
Why An Ebola Flight Ban Wouldn’t Work | FiveThirtyEight - It seems unlikely that travel from Europe or the Middle East will be halted. But the next Ebola patient may be on a flight from London, not Liberia.

Militants Attack Nigerian Villages Despite Reported Boko Haram Cease-Fire - Suspected Boko Haram militants have killed dozens of people in five attacks on Nigerian villages that occurred after the government announced a ceasefire to enable 200 abducted girls to be freed, security sources and witnesses said on Saturday.

United States accused of misleading British minister over treatment of Shaker Aamer in Guantánamo Bay | World news | The Observer - Charity claims British resident cleared for release is being beaten by guards before force-feeding

Catholic Bishops Scrap Welcome To Gays - Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.
Conservative Cardinal Who Clashed With Pope Francis Confirms He Has Been Ousted - Cardinal Raymond Burke, an American who heads the Vatican’s highest court of canon law (purge of the Cult of the Red Beanie)

Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election -
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Pens Scathing Dissent On Texas Voter ID Law - "The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters," Ginsburg wrote. (conservative Supremes dismantling your democracy)

Probe of silencers leads to web of Pentagon secrets - The Washington Post - The mysterious workings of a Pentagon office that oversees clandestine operations are unraveling in federal court, where a criminal investigation has exposed a secret weapons program entwined with allegations of a sweetheart contract, fake badges and trails of destroyed evidence.

Secret space plane lands at US air force base after unknown two-year mission | US news | - Resembling a small space shuttle, the X-37B landed in southern California after a 674 days in orbit on a secret mission

Hullabaloo - Gird your loins ladies, George Will is wading into women's issues again:

Officer who shot Michael Brown says he feared for his life | US news | (they always do)

When Planning for Retirement, Consider Transportation - - From their home, the nearest bus stop is a mile walk. “I can still do it,” Mr. Dion said. But his wife cannot

Quality of Words, Not Quantity, Is Crucial to Language Skills, Study Finds - - increased calls for publicly funded prekindergarten programs and dozens of campaigns urging parents to get chatty with their children
Does Everything Happen for a Reason? - - If there is such a thing as divine justice or karmic retribution, the world we live in is not the place to find it. Instead, the events of human life unfold in a fair and just manner only when individuals and society work hard to make this happen.

Peter Beinart: Do American Jews Live in Cocoon? Answer: No. | New Republic - Peter Beinart thinks so. He's wrong.
Hasidic Jews Becoming Unorthodox Lynn Davidman Interview | New Republic

Margo Howard: Amazon "Vine" Reviewers Sabotaged My Book | New Republic | Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife | Dear Prudence | child of Ann Landers | third memoir! (and I whined because they shouldn't be allowed not to like my book so I wrote this article and made it worse and the internets are mean +she "objects" to people being able to read reviews on Amazon +comments, of course)
Book review: ‘Eat, Drink & Remarry’ By Margo Howard - Books - The Boston Globe - She is also author of two previous book-sploitations of her greatest asset: her pedigree. The only child of Eppie Lederer, a.k.a. Ann Landers, and Budget Rent a Car cofounder Julius Lederer, Howard grew up with such a mouthful of silver spoons, it’s a wonder she learned to talk.
Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife: Margo Howard: 9780373893041: Books (for the reviews)
'Am I being catfished?' An author confronts her number one online critic | Books | The Guardian - When a bad review of her first novel appeared online, Kathleen Hale was warned not to respond. But she soon found herself wading in

Google And Microsoft Battle For Market Cap Supremacy | TechCrunch - Apple and Exxon Mobil will still be worth more than the dueling technology giants. The four firms have a combined market cap of more than $1.5 trillion.
Privacy experts call for Whisper to be investigated over tracking of some users | World news | - Federal Trade Commission could examine issue of ‘anonymous’ app tracking users who have asked not to be followed
? The Beatles - Do You Want To Know A Secret - YouTube

The Montecito, California drought has wealthy residents paying water usage fines - CBS News - One area running out of water is Montecito, an upscale community home to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise and Ellen DeGeneres.
India to build the world's largest Floating Solar Farm. | LIKESWAGON: India to build the world's largest Floating Solar Farm. - the power requirements for about 50000 homes - 5 acres of land are required to produce 1 megawatt of solar power
Experts Skeptical Of Lockheed Martin's 'Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough' - "Getting net energy from fusion is such a goddamn difficult undertaking," he told Mother Jones. "We know of no materials that would be able to handle anywhere near that amount of heat."
Search widens for Nepal snowstorm survivors | World news | The Guardian - Forty-six trekkers rescued 700m below top of Himalayan pass, and smaller groups elsewhere reached by helicopter

World Health Organisation admits botching response to Ebola outbreak | World news | The Guardian - UN health agency acknowledged ‘nearly everyone involved in the response failed to see some fairly plain writing on the wall’
New Study Suggests 21-Day Ebola Quarantine Is Dangerously Short - "the risk is certainly not zero of anyone beyond 21 days converting to symptomatic."
Texas hospital worker quarantined on cruise ship in Caribbean - The Washington Post - A Texas health-care worker who “may have” handled lab specimens from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has been isolated on board a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean.
All four suspected Ebola cases in Spain test negative for the disease | World news | The Guardian - Air France traveller and a patient who had been in the same ambulance as nurse Teresa Romero Ramos remain in isolation
Ebola: Obama not ruling out travel bans as experts watch for more cases | World news | - President considers further interventions and appointing crisis leader, while concern grows over infected woman’s air travel
T&T orders Ebola travel ban | Trinidad Express Newspaper | News - Trinidad and Tobago today took the decision to ban entry to travelers coming from the African countries which have been stricken with Ebola.
Colombia reserves the right to deny entry to people from West Africa | Voxxi - despite the fact no Colombian Ebola cases have been reported.
Obama To Appoint Ron Klain As Ebola Czar - President Barack Obama is naming Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted adviser at the Obama White House, as the point man on the U.S. government's response to the Ebola crisis.
Ebola Outbreak In Senegal Over: WHO
w The Tangled Story Of Why Ebola Vaccine Research Came Up Short - The role that money plays in finding vaccines has come under sharp dispute in recent days after the NIH director, Dr. Francis Collins, told The Huffington Post that the country "probably would have had a vaccine in time" for the current Ebola epidemic if not for a “10-year-slide in research support.”
Syracuse Disinvites WashPost Pulitzer Photographer Due To Ebola Fears | NPPA - Three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Michel du Cille of The Washington Post, who returned from covering the Ebola crisis in Liberia 21 days ago and who is symptom free, was asked by Syracuse University officials today not to come to campus where he was scheduled to participate in a journalism program.
Ebola Quarantine Makes Sense, Says Infectious Disease Doctor | New Republic - An infectious-disease specialist says the time for half-measures is over
Ron Klain is a great choice for Ebola czar - Vox
WHO | Diarrhoeal disease - Each year diarrhoea kills around 760 000 children under five. (time to panic, somebody call Fox News)
GOP Senator: ISIS Using Ebola Is A "Real And Present Danger" - Asked whether the U.S. should be concerned about ISIS militants bringing Ebola into the country, Sen. Ron Johnson said we should do everything possible to prevent such a thing. (viral suicide bombers will poop in Times Sq)

IamA Journalist whose latest investigation found that only 4% of those named as killed by drones in Pakistan were members of al Qaeda. AMA. : IAmA

Military alert over 'foreign subs' off Stockholm - The Local - Sweden's military has deployed planes and ships in the Stockholm Archipelago against what it says is a threat from foreign submarines in the Stockholm Archipelago. (Putin getting ready to invade Sweden)

UN confirms 5,000 Yazidis men were executed and 7,000 women are now sex slaves | Daily Mail Online - Yazidi refugees were lined up, shot dead, then bulldozed into mass graves At least ten men at the village of Hardan were beheaded Jihadists came into villages and selected women at will to make slaves
Why Saudi women languish in jail | Kingdom | Saudi Gazette - Having a guardian’s consent is a prerequisite for the release of female prisoners who have completed their jail terms. Current prison and detention regulations forbid keeping anyone in jail after they have served their sentences but nearly 35 percent of female prisoners remain incarcerated after finishing their jail terms because they are rejected by their families, Al-Sharq newspaper reported Friday.
Hong Kong riot police in new clashes with protesters at cleared site | World news | The Guardian - Chaos in Mong Kok unfolds hours after police had dismantled tents, canopies and barricades in the small protest zone
New Zealand Cops Raided Home of Reporter Working on Snowden Documents - The Intercept

Citizenfour Official Trailer #1 (2014) - Edward Snowden Documentary HD - YouTube
Home | CITIZENFOUR - A film by Laura Poitras
Citizenfour review – gripping Snowden documentary offers portrait of power, paranoia and one remarkable man | Film | The Guardian
Citizenfour review: Laura Poitras’ Edward Snowden documentary. - Citizenfour is a fine documentary. Too bad the director glossed over some important details—and Edward Snowden didn’t gloss over more. (#slatepitch)

FBI director to citizens: Let us spy on you | Ars Technica - Encryption will “lead all of us to a very dark place,” FBI director says ... In a post-Snowden plea for a policy more permissive of spying (you caught us spying on you so moar spying!)
James Comey, F.B.I. Director, Hints at Action as Cellphone Data Is Locked - - The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, said on Thursday that the “post-Snowden pendulum” that has driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had “gone too far.”
ACLU Comment on FBI Director Comey’s Encryption Speech | American Civil Liberties Union - “Director Comey is wrong in asserting that law enforcement cannot do its job while respecting Americans’ privacy rights. In fact, federal law explicitly protects the right of companies to add encryption with no backdoors.
Apple defies FBI and offers encryption by default on new operating system | Technology | - New version of Mac OS X will encrypt users’ hard drives unless they explicitly decline, in spite of pleas by the FBI not to
Senior NSA official moonlighting for private cybersecurity firm | US news | - Patrick Dowd recruited by former NSA director Keith Alexander - Unusual for US official to work for private, for-profit company
Eschaton: New Math - I'm not one who has the knowledge to re-litigate the Gary Webb controversy, but his opponents always seem to have strange arguments.

Leaked draft confirms TPP will censor Internet and stifle Free Expression worldwide | - This morning Wikileaks published a second leaked draft of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The draft confirms people’s worst fears about Internet censorship. That’s according to community-based organization OpenMedia, which is leading a large international Fair Deal Coalition aimed at securing balanced copyright rules for the 21st Century. (Obama's sooper-secrit corporate deal)

Biden’s son discharged from Navy after positive cocaine test - The Washington Post
Leon Panetta and Hillary Clinton: It's Complicated - The Atlantic - Reporters have focused on how the former defense secretary's memoir praises her and criticizes the president. The book itself tells a different story ... As budget director and then White House chief of staff, Panetta was among the Clinton administration’s staunchest deficit hawks. (so he was wrong about everything)

Senate Forecast 2014 | The Huffington Post - 65% chance that Republicans will take control of the Senate. (America is really stupid)
Fate Of Obama's Judicial Nominees Unclear Under GOP-Controlled Senate
How Old People Will Decide Your Future - The Daily Beast - Older voters are the electorate’s fastest-growing demographic—and a major reason Republicans can win big in 2016.
Courting Corruption: The Auctioning of the Judicial System - The Atlantic - Don't believe the Citizens United pollyannas. Watching money flooding into elections for judges' seat shows how dangerous unregulated campaigns can be.
Another Winner From Late-Period Posner - As there is no evidence that voter impersonation fraud is a problem, how can the fact that a legislature says it’s a problem turn it into one? If the Wisconsin legislature says witches are a problem, shall Wisconsin courts be permitted to conduct witch trials

Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Ban Declared Unconstitutional
Wyoming's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down As Unconstitutional

Colleges Are Already Screwing Up New Campus Safety Law That Includes Domestic Violence - At least 23 institutions (listed below) failed to include them, though the Education Department will not say whether colleges will face fines for not complying with those new rules that were already in place.

Southern Evangelicals: Dwindling—and Taking the GOP Edge With Them - The Atlantic - Why are Democrats keeping it close in five key Senate races? Look at changing demographics.
Joni Ernst’s hog-castrating ideology, revealed! - The Washington Post - In it, Ernst claims that we have created “a generation of people that rely on the government to provide absolutely everything for them,” and that wrenching them away from their dependence “is going to be very painful.”
Whistling Past the Graveyard » Balloon Juice - To put it bluntly: we’ve entrusted our national medical system to the managerial competence and goodwill of the Rick Scotts of the world, and that is much scarier than a podium fan.
Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community - A prohibition against using electronic devices during a political debate makes some sense, but no one in their right mind would think that such a prohibition was aimed at electronic devices that circulate air.

Small town's future uncertain after 'astronomical' jury verdict - Post and Courier - Mayor Tim Grimsley, a white-bearded Santa Claus figure who drives an old VW van, said business was normal in the wake of a $97.5 million award by a federal jury to the family of a town leader fatally shot by a Cottageville police officer three years ago. (bankrupt a few more towns, maybe they'll stop killing people)
St. Louis police officer under investigation following call to protester's employer : News - Within hours of the posting of the video, other Twitter users posted Novara’s cell number, photo and email address.

Tesla Faces Possible Prohibition of Sales in Michigan - Bloomberg - Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) would be blocked from selling its electric cars in Michigan under legislation that cleared the state’s legislature and now awaits Governor Rick Snyder’s signature to become law.

Scientists have found “hidden” brain activity that can indicate if a vegetative patient is aware - The new research could help doctors to quickly identify patients who are aware despite appearing unresponsive and unable to communicate.
JPL | News | Saturn Moon May Hide a 'Fossil' Core or an Ocean - A new study focused on the interior of Saturn's icy moon Mimas suggests its cratered surface hides one of two intriguing possibilities: Either the moon's frozen core is shaped something like a football, or the satellite contains a liquid water ocean.
The Principle: A documentary about geocentrism. (no crazy too far)
The Principle | Not Even Wrong - The person behind this is Robert Sungenis, a bizarre figure with extreme religious views. He holds a Ph.D from an institution located in Vanuatu, and is an advocate of the idea of “geocentrism”, the idea that the Catholic church was right, and scientists since Galileo have got it all wrong
Welcome to - Debunking geocentrism, the idea that the entire universe revolves around a motionless Earth.Welcome to | Debunking geocentrism, the idea that the entire universe revolves around a motionless Earth. - “In fact, geocentrism is neither good science, nor is it supported by scriptural exegesis or patristics, nor is it Catholic doctrine. Rather, it is a dated scientific theory which no longer fits the appearances and which has no direct bearing upon Catholicism.”

Family in Anne Arundel pastry gun case loses school board appeal - The Washington Post - School officials in Anne Arundel County rejected an appeal filed by the family of a boy suspended after he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun, according to a decision the family’s lawyer received Wednesday. the so-called “Pop-Tart case.”

Christian Talk radio host accused of sex crime against 3-year-old | Local News - WYFF Home - Josh Kimbrell, who is the host of Common Cents on Christian Talk 660AM/92.9FM, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under 11.
Lizzipp comments on On my grandmothers death bed, she asked me "Do you know who your real mother is?". What major "plot twist" moment have you had in your life?

Thousands of Macbook GPUs Failing - 18K signatures, a lawsuit, a Twitter campaign and a 600-page thread on their forum have yet to provoke any response from Apple : technology

Reddit, What are some of the most mysterious posts ever put on this site? : AskReddit
bigpandamonium comments on Redditors who have been in a coma, what is it like? Did you dream? What was it like waking up?

Anthropocene: is this the new epoch of humans? | Science | The Guardian - Humanity’s terrifying impact on Earth justifies new Anthropocene epoch
Wind blows away fossil power in the Nordics, the Baltics next | Reuters - Rising wind power output pushes Nordic prices down

Ebola epidemic may not end without developing vaccine, scientist warns | World news | The Guardian - Professor Peter Piot, one of the scientists who discovered Ebola, claims scale of outbreak has got ‘completely out of hand’ (but Republicans will cut all their funding so they can scream some more)
Airline: CDC Warned Patient 'May Have Been Symptomatic' On Board
Amber Vinson, Nurse Infected With Ebola, May Have Felt Ill As Early As Friday
Texas healthcare workers at risk of Ebola asked to stay out of public | World news | - Seventy-five staff members of Dallas hospital asked to sign ‘binding legal order’ that states they will avoid public spaces
Amber Vinson, Dallas Ebola Patient, Says CDC Gave Her Green Light To Fly - Vinson told CBS Dallas Fort Worth that she was feeling ill before boarding her flight. She had a low grade fever, but she said that officials told her it was okay to get on the plane. Vinson told CBS that she called the CDC several times with concerns.
Experts Offer Steps for Avoiding Public Hysteria, a Different Contagious Threat -
Downfall for Hospital Where Ebola Spread - - Long regarded as one of the finest hospitals in Texas, Presbyterian has faced continuing criticism
Ebola crisis: Texas hospital ‘deeply sorry’ for case errors | World news | The Guardian - Official at the hospital where two nurses were infected while treating an Ebola patient has apologised for handling of outbreak
The Ebola outbreak this year that you won’t have heard about | David Heymann | Comment is free | The Guardian - another unrelated Ebola outbreak has taken place in the Equateur province of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Long Quest for Ebola Vaccine Slowed by Science, Ethics, Politics - There are no approved vaccines or treatments, but some in development look promising.
The Real Contagion - Esquire - In case you joined American democracy already in progress, this is the way it is going to work. The private, for-profit hospital in Texas completely screws the pooch. (They sent the tubes containing blood from the late Thomas Duncan through the hospital's general delivery system? This is moronic.) ... Fear will be mongered. Distrust will be sown. And the statistics will tell us that, throughout last year, we lost 30 people a day. No, wait. That was due to firearms. My bad.
The Partisan Divide on Ebola Preparedness - - According to a new ABC News/Washington Post survey, only 54 percent of Republicans are confident in the federal government’s ability to respond effectively to Ebola — far fewer than the 76 percent of Democrats who expressed confidence (cut health funding, defund everything except rich people, can't connect any dots and neither can the NYT)
Republicans Are Responsible for the Ebola Crisis | Slog - . "Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support," Dr. Collins said, "we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would've gone through clinical trials and would have been ready." Our public health infrastructure is crumbling, and that's because of Republican-led budget cuts.

White House says expired War Powers timetable irrelevant to Isis campaign | US news | - Resolution holds that presidents have 60-day window to conduct hostilities without an act of Congress blessing the conflict
Isis targets Baghdad with wave of car bombs and mortar attacks killing 150 | World news | The Guardian - Islamic State car bombs hit Shia districts of Iraqi capital, with one attack killing 36 and wounding 98 within two hours
The Good, the Bad and the Messy: The Legacy of the First Gulf War | The National Interest - In short, the Gulf War seemed to suggest that international institutions, underwritten by revolutionary advances in American military power, could finally solve real military security problems. The political and technological foundations for a transformation in the functioning of global politics were in place. The intervening twenty-three years have given us time to reconsider this conclusion.

Don't Threaten Us, Says India After China Objects to Arunachal Road - Nobody should "threaten or warn India," said Home Minister Rajnath Singh after China objected to reported plans by India to build a 2,000-km long road along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.
Hong Kong chief executive calls for talks with student protesters | World news | The Guardian - Move comes as police use pepper spray to break up pro-democracy activists after video of beating reignites protests
Nearly 500 new FGM cases identified - NHS figures show 467 newly identified cases of girls and women needing treatment after female genital mutilation in England last month.

FBI director attacks tech companies for embracing new modes of encryption | US news | - James Comey says data encryption could deprive police and intelligence companies of potentially live-saving information (they couldn't save any lives before)
New York Times Reporter James Risen Shares The Terrorism Statistic You Won't Hear On Network News - The fear of terrorism has hung over the United States like a dark cloud in the 13 years since 9/11, but New York Times reporter James Risen says the tone of panic that often pervades the news media and the speeches of politicians is not in line with reality.
Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War: James Risen, Christopher Lane: 9781491546536: Books

Republicans Are People Too, Just Awful Ones Who Have No Decent Ideas and Cut Vital Health Funding To Prove It | Common Dreams

Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD - The Daily Beast - There’s one man, some Republicans say, who kept the public from learning about the chemical shells littered around the Iraqi battlefield. He was Bush's most important political adviser. (none of that makes sense)

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law - Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot,

Idaho begins issuing same-sex marriage licenses as ban dissolved | US news | - More than 100 people gathered at Boise courthouse as Idaho became the latest state to begin recognizing gay marriage

Texas abortion providers open and close on whims of recent rulings | US news | - In the two weeks before the US supreme court barred parts of Texas’ strict abortion law, abortion providers had to fire staff and lose leases

Milwaukee Police Fire Officer Who Shot Man in Park - ABC News - Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn has fired an officer who he said instigated a fight with a mentally ill man that eventually led the officer to shoot the man 14 times, killing him.

Cory Gardner Absolutely Nailed By Debate Moderators For Personhood Stance | Crooks and Liars - He then tells Gardner that they are instead looking at what "this entire episode may say about your judgement more broadly. "A favorable interpretation would be that you have a difficult time admitting when you're wrong." "A less charitable interpretation is that you're not telling us the truth," he concluded.

The age of loneliness is killing us | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian - ‘Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Loneliness is twice as deadly as obesity.

Dogged by troubled iPad scheme, Los Angeles schools chief resigns | US news | - John Deasy had clashed with union and lost allies on board - a $1bn plan to give each student an iPad was fraught with problems (Android much cheaper, for one)
iFail: Why John Deasy's Risky iPad Gambit Crashed and Burned at LAUSD | The Informer | Los Angeles | Los Angeles News and Events | LA Weekly - everything from LAUSD students "hacking" devices to the incomplete iPAD-friendly software to an allegedly chummy bidding process in which Deasy gave Apple and Pearson, the software company, a leg up ... even though older students — high schoolers in particular — clearly needed keyboards to write their reports and papers (iPad least suited to task)
#PhlEd: SRC Member to Students: “You Must Go to Failing Schools” | Raging Chicken Press - It looks like Sylvia Simms yelled “You must go to failing schools…you all belong in jail” at a screening of Won’t Back Down, the movie that promotes right-wing stereotypes of public school teachers and attacks teachers unions. (worst person of the day)

Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | Technology | The Guardian ("privacy" apps sends data to NSA and Israel, probably
How the 'safest place on the internet' tracks its users | World news | The Guardian - Whisper app that was intended to be a safe haven for anonymity is exploiting a vast library of texts, photographs and, in many cases, the location of their authors – from Guantánamo to the White House

Lockheed announces breakthrough on nuclear fusion energy | Environment | - 100MW reactor small enough to fit on back of a truck Cleaner energy source could be in use within 10 years

Second Texas nurse with Ebola to be transferred to special facility | World news | - CDC admits failings as director says nurse should not have been allowed on commercial flight in days before diagnosis (exposed to Ebola, get on a plane)
Second Ebola-Infected Nurse Identified, Was Symptomatic With 99.5 Degree Fever While Flying | Zero Hedge
2nd Dallas nurse with Ebola flew with 132 passengers day before showing symptoms — RT USA
Texas dept.: 2nd person tests positive for Ebola - WFLA News Channel 8 - A second health care worker at a Dallas hospital who provided care for the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. has tested positive for the diseas
Second Health Care Worker With Ebola Was In Isolation Within 90 Minutes: Official
Ebola Strikes Second Texas Hospital Worker and More Cases a 'Possibility' - ABC News
Dallas Nurses Cite Sloppy Conditions In Ebola Care - Nurses were forced to use medical tape to secure openings in their flimsy garments, worried that their necks and heads were exposed as they cared for a patient with explosive diarrhea and projectile vomiting
OSHA provides guidance on cleaning surfaces that may be contaminated with Ebola - Transportation, Safety, Human Resources Compliance - J. J. Keller & Associates
Megyn Kelly's Fiery Interview With CDC Director Over Ebola - She accused the CDC of presenting some "misplaced" and "wrong" information on how the Dallas health care worker who treated a patient with Ebola managed to contract the disease despite allegedly taking safety precautions.
Jon Stewart Finds Sanity-Resistant Strain Of Ebola Fear In Congress
NYC rats are infected with at least 18 new viruses, according to scientists | The Verge - Fortunately bubonic plague was not found

Islamic State Militants And Kurdish Fighters Battle In The Streets Of Syria's Kobani
IRBIL, Iraq: Iraqis desperate for air cover as U.S. moves warplanes to Kobani | Iraq | McClatchy DC
C.I.A. Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels - - many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict. They were even less effective, the report found, when the militias fought without any direct American support on the ground.
CIA Report: The CIA Is Fucking Useless - The latest findings from our nation's top intelligence and black ops agency: our black ops have historically been pretty fucking worthless.
The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons - - From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.
Cairo rocked by bomb blast after Islamic militants sentenced to death | World news | The Guardian - Twelve people injured in explosion in centre of city following sentencing of seven militants over killing of soldiers last year

David Greenglass, spy who sent sister Ethel Rosenberg to electric chair, dies | World news | - Sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, executed for passing atomic secrets to Russia, announce death of estranged uncle

No, Bush was not right about Iraq: How conservatives misread new Times bombshell - - The right says a new NY Times report on chemical weapons in Iraq vindicates Bush. Even Team Bush disagrees!

Tennessee anti-abortion Amendment 1: Voters will decide whether legislature regulates women’s health. - That’s right. Tennessee is trying to amend its constitution to never protect abortion, ever, under any circumstance.
Lacey Weld case: Tennessee woman gets six extra years in prison for being pregnant when arrested.
What Stand Your Ground Really Means - Lawyers, Guns & Money : In other words, a woman using armed force to defend herself against a home invading man she had a relationship with doesn’t apply because, again, these laws are about white dudes. And South Carolina refuses to take domestic violence seriously even thought it is an epidemic:

Orphaned by deportation: the crisis of American children left behind | US news | - Andrés Jiménez, under the guardianship of a Florida ‘fairy godmother’ after his father’s deportation, is one of hundreds of children whose families are broken by a fickle system

The Report - How to Fix Congress Now - Esquire - Senator Tom Daschle, Representative Barney Frank, Representative Bob Livingston, Senator Trent Lott, and Lawrence O’Donnell convened in Washington, D. C., and came to unanimous consensus on the following recommendations to reform Congress for the Twenty-First century

Look, Decent Pensions Are Possible - I'll tell you what is really exciting: the cold hard fiscal facts about how this nation is screwing its retirees and what we might learn from a friendly nation by the name of "THE NETHERLANDS," when it comes to proper accounting practices that can assure pension stability. That is "exciting." Because you don't want to be old and broke!

Party Of Ideas - Esquire - wonderful tale of Ron Beaty, Jr., the official, anointed-by-primary Republican candidate for the state legislature down on Cape Cod, the bicep of the Commonwealth (God save it!).

New York police unions push to continue appeal of stop-and-frisk ruling | US news | - Federal judge branded policy discriminatory in 2013 ruling Six-judge panel to hear union case on Wednesday
New York man wrongfully convicted of murder freed after 29 years in prison | US news | - David McCallum calls release a ‘bittersweet moment’ after proseecutors concluded he falsely confessed when he was 16
High School Football Players Secretly Record Girls In Locker Room: Cops - New Mexico state police are investigating allegations that members of a high school football team secretly videotaped the girls' volleyball team as they changed in an adjacent locker room, authorities said on Wednesday.
Teen Arrested For Tipping Waitress With Feces-covered Money - The incident happened Sunday afternoon after the Brothers Bar & Grill waitress left the bill at a table where the unnamed teen sat with three members of the Ball State football team.

Ivory Tower Phony? Sex, Lies and Fraud Alleged in W. Va. University Case - NBC - But there was a problem: Shankar isn’t a Ph.D. He didn’t graduate from the Harvard of India. He didn’t write dozens of the scholarly publications on his resume, and as for the Royal College of Physicians, they’ve never heard of him.

Powerful quantum computers move a step closer to reality | Technology | - A research team from Australia has pushed quantum computers closer to fruition, but a former NSA director warns that the technology could break encryption

Consent Is Not A Particularly Mysterious Concept - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Feminist games critic cancels talk after terror threat | Technology | - Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk at Utah State University over threats of ‘the deadliest school shooting’ in US history
Hip Alt-Lit Editor Quits Public Writing Career After Rape Accusations - other writers have said that Katz was writing about Stephen Tully Dierks, the 29-year-old editor of the alt-lit mag Pop Serial. Pop Serial is influential in the close-knit alt-lit scene
What Counts? Elizabeth Ellen and What Makes A Victim - , writer Sophia Katz published an essay about her rape by a literary magazine editor later identified as Stephen Tully Dierks. In the second, the ex of novelist Tao Lin, E.R. Kennedy, accused him of statutory rape and abusive behavior during their relationship several years ago ... Elizabeth Ellen’s sister did not consent to being molested and did not consent to being publicly outed as a victim of abuse in a magazine article questioning the validity of another woman’s rape. It is profoundly troubling that Ellen did not take this into consideration before deciding to share her essay with the world. (E. Ellen just make a big mistake)
Alt-Lit Icon Tao Lin Accused of Statutory Rape and Abuse [Updated] ("His father invented Lasik. That is a true fact.")

Obama is siding with Amazon at the Supreme Court. It's both illogical and inhumane. - The Week - The administration is indirectly backing the giant e-retailer in a dispute with warehouse workers - The workers allege that they were required to undergo a security process that took as long as 25 minutes after an exhausting 12-hour shift. Although the checks are mandatory, the temp agency refused to compensate the workers for their time.

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Active Perception in the History of Philosophy: From Plato to Modern Philosophy // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame - The fifteen papers in this collection focus on the basic idea that perception is an activity -- something we do rather than something we undergo.

Paul Ryan Thinks Humans Might Not Be The Cause Of Climate Change - "I don't know the answer to that question," Ryan said. "I don't think science does, either."

Sixty Days To Beat Ebola, United Nations Warns - If the deadly outbreak cannot be reined in by Christmas then the UN says there is no plan in place and it could be overwhelmed.
Ebola crisis: Outbreak death toll rises to 4,447 says WHO
New Ebola Cases May Soon Reach 10,000 a Week, Health Officials Predict -
Health Officials Monitoring 125 For Ebola Symptoms - Health officials are now monitoring 125 people who had either definite or possible exposure to the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States.
WHO: New Ebola Cases Could Be Up To 10,000 Per Week In 2 Months
Cases of Ebola Diagnosed in the United States | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever | CDC
Spain Exposes Holes in Plans To Treat Ebola - - The city’s infectious disease center had been mostly dismantled as part of a government cost-cutting plan, and a temporary Ebola ward would have to constructed (Merkel told them to do austerity)
US nurse with Ebola 'doing well' in isolation as hospital monitors others | World news | - Nina Pham, the first person to contract Ebola in the US, was one of 70 who treated the country’s patient zero of the virus
2014 Ebola Outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever | CDC - As of October 5, 2014, there have been 70 cases of Ebola virus disease reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In total, 43 deaths have been reported. This outbreak is unrelated to the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
Sierra Leone soldier with Ebola is not peacekeeper - - The country's chief medical officer put herself under quarantine about two weeks ago, after her office assistant died of Ebola.

Our failing war against the Islamic State - The Washington Post - It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.
White House insists anti-Isis strategy is on track despite setbacks on the ground | World news | The Guardian - Isis advances on Baghdad and Kobani despite 21 air strikes Turkey bombs Kurdish targets in south-east of country (musical bombs)
US security contractor shot dead in Saudi Arabian capital | World news | - One American killed and another wounded in gun attack at petrol station in eastern district of Riyadh
Ultra-secret 'White Shroud' group striking terror in ISIS militants | Zee News - 'White Shroud' - a group that claims to have killed more than 100 militant fighters in in attacks in Deir al-Zor province - is reference to the death shroud that awaits the Islamic State militants for their crimes against the innocent Syrian people, said the group leader who gave his name as Abu Aboud.

Jewish settlers set fire to mosque in Palestinian city | Business Standard News - A group of radical Jewish settlers Tuesday torched a mosque south of the Palestinian city of Nablus, officials said.
A Symbolic Vote in Britain Recognizes a Palestinian State -
Israel Blasts British Over 274-12 Vote for 'Palestine' –
Israel Blasts British Over 274-12 Vote for 'Palestine' : worldnews - Everybody has to move, run and grab as many [Palestinian] hilltops as they can to enlarge the [Jewish] settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Everything we don't grab will go to them.[1]

Ireland closing a tax loophole that saved billions for Apple, Google, and Facebook | The Verge - . "I am abolishing the ability of companies to use the ‘double Irish’ by changing our residency rules to require all companies registered in Ireland to also be tax resident[s]."

?How an FBI Informant Ordered the Hack of British Tabloid 'The Sun' | Motherboard
Data of 850,000 job seekers of Oregon potentially compromised. - News emerge of another hack taking place, this time in Oregon, USA. The system in question is Oregon Employment Department’s WorkSource Oregon Management Information System (WOMIS).

Nobody Understands the Liquidity Trap, Cliff Asness Edition - - But if you’re one of those people who don’t have time to understand the monetary debate, I have a simple piece of advice: Don’t lecture the chairman of the Fed on monetary policy.

The DSCC is no longer running ads against Mitch McConnell - The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, where the party is targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Eschaton: Run Mittens Run - Political reporters love Republicans so much that there are about 20 of them who are unstoppable 2016 juggernauts and also, too, apparently Mitt's the boss ... Just how Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, and Kerry were treated...
South Dakota Senate Candidate Larry Pressler Would Work with Obama | New Republic - He wants to means test Medicare and raise the retirement age for Social Security. He also would consider overturning Roe vs. Wade and is a big proponent of tort reform.
Jefferson County official says she meant 'no ill intent' to Obama in Facebook post : News - having not put on a uniform nor taken any type military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority. What am I missing? (treason?)

Texas Voter ID Law Deemed 'Poll Tax' Reinstated by Appeals Court
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Doesn't Think The Minimum Wage 'Serves A Purpose'

Supreme Court Stops Parts Of Texas Abortion Law
Abortion Rights Without Apology - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Katha Pollitt has a fantastic looking new book about abortion rights coming out. This, in turn, has led to some excellent writing from Laurie Abraham, Hanna Rosin, Lindsay Beyerstein, and Jill Filipovic. I liked Rosin’s open in particular:
Eschaton: Miniature American Flags For Others - What was especially maddening about Saletan-esque arguments over the years, aside from their clear wrongness, was that he seemed to truly believe that if only pro-choice people would admit it was all so icky and horrible then anti-abortion people would just surrender and go home. It was the position that only a High Priest Of Punditry could take, that the discourse was more important than the policy.

The many reasons millennials are shunning cars - The Washington Post - Whatever millennials do right now, it's highly likely that they'll drive more as they age into their 30s and 40s. The question is whether they'll continue to drive less than their parents did at each stage of life — and whether future generations will replicate their patterns.

Yes, It's Legal To Film The Cops -- And What's Been Filmed In Recent Months Is Appalling

Doctor involved in botched execution 'experimented' on inmate, suit claims | World news | - Family of Clayton Lockett, who was killed in prolonged execution, names doctor and says he violated rule established at Nuremberg trials

This Video Shows An Arizona Police Officer Telling An Immigrant He'll Kill Him If He Moves

A Cure for Hyper-Parenting - - PARIS — I recently spent the afternoon with some Norwegians who are making a documentary about French child-rearing. Why would people in one of the world’s most successful countries care how anyone else raises kids?

Debating God: Notes on an Unanswered Question - - the first interview: 73 percent of philosophers said they accepted or were inclined to atheism, while 15 percent accepted or inclined to theism.

There's half as much dark matter in the Milky Way as we thought, new research suggests - Australian astronomers have calculated the weight of mysterious dark matter in our galaxy, and discovered it's far less than previously predicted.
Real happenings and Facts: Scientists have confirmed today that Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, has a watery ocean - Enceladus is the sixth-largest of the moons of Saturn, with a mean radius of 252 km (156 miles). In 2005, the Cassini spacecraft spotted what appeared to be plumes of water shooting into space from cracks in the icy surface of Enceladus. The only reasonable explanation would be that the moon has an ocean of liquid water under the ice. Now, a team led by Luciano Iess of theUniversity of Rome confirmed that the ocean exists, and also showed that, like Earth’s, it doesn’t cover the entire surface.
Oh brother! Having a sibling makes boys selfless - A new study brings good news to all the brothers out there: Having a sibling is just as good for you as it is for your sister. That’s surprising to family scholars because boys typically report that they benefit less than girls from peer relationships.
Memory researchers publish a failure to replicate their own work. : science

The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate
Russian Programmer Linked to Mass Celebrity Nude Photos Leak | News | The Moscow Times - A Russian computer programmer who uploaded thousands of naked Hollywood celebrities' photos to a U.S.-based website has denied hacking the pictures from Apple's iCloud storage system, saying the images were already available online.

What is your favorite pickup line? : AskReddit
Router that anonymises internet activity raises $300,000 on Kickstarter | Technology | - Anonabox, a device that re-routes data through the cloaking Tor network, is tool for freedom of information, developer says

NASA now says vast methane cloud over U.S. southwest is for real - A cloud of methane gas about the size of Delaware was detected over the Four Corners area of the American southwest years ago. The readings were so unusually high that NASA scientists dismissed them. A new study confirms the methane hotspot is real. (coal and gas fracking; karma gets local)
The Planet Just Had Its Hottest September On Record | ThinkProgress
Sea level rise over past century unmatched in 6,000 years, says study | Environment | - Research finds 20cm rise since start of 20th century, caused by global warming and the melting of polar ice, is unprecedented ("polar" and "ice" added to Republican anti-dictionary)
Pentagon: global warming will change how US military trains and goes to war | Environment | - Climate change to become immediate factor for all strategic, operational and planning decisions

Typhoon Vongfong hits Japan | World news | - At least one person missing, dozens injured and flights grounded as typhoon makes landfall in Makurazaki

WHO: Ebola Is Modern Era's Worst Health Emergency - WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, citing World Bank figures, said 90 percent of economic costs of any outbreak "come from irrational and disorganized efforts of the public to avoid infection."
Ebola Vaccine Would Likely Have Been Found By Now If Not For Budget Cuts: NIH Director (Repubicans destroying the planet and the dots are so are to connect)
Brutal New Ad Blames GOP Spending Cuts For Ebola Deaths - "Republican cuts kill"
CHART: Public Health Emergency Funding Has Taken Major Hit
Canadian-made Ebola vaccine begins human trials in US | World news | - Experimental vaccine has shown to be ‘100% effective’ in preventing spread of Ebola when tested on animals
CDC chief urges US 'rethink' of Ebola strategy after second diagnosis | World news | - CDC chief says hospitals need to be prepared to diagnose patients after officials confirm first case contracted in the US
CDC Director Criticized For Blaming 'Protocol Breach' As Nurse Gets Ebola
Monitoring Of Hospital Workers Intensifies After First Transmitted Ebola Case
Massachusetts Man Doesn't Appear To Have Ebola, Hospital Says - The patient, who recently returned from Liberia, had complained of headache and muscle aches, prompting his admittance to an isolation ward with close monitoring, the hospital said.
Louisiana attorney general tries to block ashes of Dallas Ebola victim from entering state  - NY Daily News - The incinerated ashes of Thomas Duncan's belongings are slated to be dumped in a hazardous waste landfill in Calcasieu Parish.

Vatican Proposes Dramatic Shift In Attitude Towards Gays, Same Sex Couples - a Vatican document said on Monday that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and recognize positive aspects of same-sex couples.
Federal judge rules Alaska's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional | Alaska Dispatch - A federal judge ruled Sunday that Alaska’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, paving the way for same-sex couples to begin marrying in the state for the first time. The state quickly said it would appeal the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess, despite recent higher court rulings striking down similar bans around the country.
Judge approves landmark settlement in Minnesota Catholic church abuse case | US news | - Plaintiffs’ lawyer: ‘This is a landmark case’ Catholic church leaders accused of creating public nuisance

Islamic State captive Peter Kassig told parents his 'time was running out' | World news | - Parents of US aid worker threatened with beheading in Syria, released more details from son’s letter written in captivity

Kim Jong-un reappears after six-week absence | World news | The Guardian - North Korean leader makes two official visits, putting an end to speculation over his health and talk of a possible coup

Ban Ki-moon criticises Israel for new settlement-building plans | World news | The Guardian - UN secretary general also calls on Binyamin Netanyahu to show leadership and resume the peace process with Palestinians
Salzburg to pay €1m to prostitutes for illegal medical check charges | World news | The Guardian - Austrian state to reimburse about 600 local sex workers after €35 medical fee introduced in 2010 challenged by brothel owner
?Denmark to ban sex with animals — RT News

Germany's Austerity Obsession Could Take Down The Global Economy - Austerity is the opposite of the gift that keeps on giving: It just keeps taking and taking. (Merkel ran Europe into the ground with her Barvarian housefrau mentality)
Robert Samuelson Tells Us It's All So Complicated! | Beat the Press (Samuelson's pet solution, kicking the poors, failed, so he wants to kick the poors some more)
GOP Civil War: Huckabee Demands Republicans "Grow A Spine" And Oppose Marriage Equality | Blog | Media Matters for America - "utterly disgusted" with Republican governors and other officials that complied with the court orders overturning same-sex marriage bans, arguing that they should "[g]row a spine, show a modicum of knowledge about the way we govern ourselves, and lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way."

The Virtual Interview: Edward Snowden – The New Yorker Festival - YouTube
Edward Snowden: state surveillance in Britain has no limits | World news | The Guardian - Whistleblower and former NSA analyst says UK regulation allows GCHQ snooping to go beyond anything seen in US
The errors of Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald | Prospect Magazine - The NSA disclosures are disturbing but they don’t portend a totalitarian state (May 2014)
George Packer and his problems — Crooked Timber - George Packer’s review of Glenn Greenwald’s book on the Snowden affair is largely based around an argument taken from Max Weber (Packer is very jealous of Glen Greenwald, disses him in the NYorker piece)

Former NSA Director Says Government Shouldn't Pursue Reporter James Risen - Michael Hayden says he is "conflicted" about whether reporter James Risen should be compelled to reveal his sources. ("damaged national security")
In ‘Pay Any Price,’ James Risen Examines the War on Terror - - In “Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War,” James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times, sets out to portray the many seamy sides of the war on terror during the past 13 years - “We have scared the hell out of ourselves,”
Jill Abramson regrets stance on James Risen Iran story -

2014 Midterm Elections: What a Republican Congress Will Look Like | New Republic - The five things to fear about a Republican Congress
The Big Lie Behind Voter ID Laws - - Voter ID laws, as their supporters know, do only one thing very well: They keep otherwise eligible voters away from the polls. (war on voters)
The Republican War on Women Continues, Just More Quietly - The Daily Beast - Republicans are still saying crazy stuff about women. Just not quite as crazy as what Todd Akin said. Will women—and the media—notice?

The Truth Hurts » Balloon Juice - The only people I see getting the vapors about the Davis ad are opportunistic wingnuts and chattering classes (like Taegan Goddard)

Blake Lively's Fall Fashion Inspiration Is Slaveowners

Oklahoma delays executions again despite unveiling new death chamber | US news | - State lacks drug supply and trained medical staff Three executions had been scheduled for 13 November (airsrikes!)
Solitary confinement is cruel and all too usual. Why is it only getting worse? | Tessa Murphy | Comment is free | - Depriving prisoners of space, light and human contact isn’t rehabilitation – it’s a gross violation of human rights (America, land of sadists)
Violent police 'home invasion' leads to $66K bill for victims - Nova Scotia - CBC News - Gilbert was also made to pay $1,000 toward the Bishops' costs. That infuriated the siblings, because their legal bill alone is 66 times that.

Clergy among dozens arrested on final day of Ferguson 'Weekend of Resistance' protests | US news | - Hundreds marched on Ferguson police station in ‘Weekend of Resistance’ to protest killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown

7 Sayreville football players charged in hazing, sexual assault of teammates (Exclusive) | - At least six members of the Sayreville High School football team were taken into custody by police this evening on charges in connection with a series of locker room sexual assaults on four victims
Student-athlete hazing victims may number 800,000 per year | Sport | - Research says hazing is underreported and rampant in US

Birth control pills threaten fish populations, study warns | The Chronicle Herald - The study, which was being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B on Monday, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.
In 'Cosmigraphics,' Our Changing Pictures of Space Through Time - - In 'Cosmigraphics,' Our Changing Pictures of Space Through Time
Criticism of Study Detecting Ripples From Big Bang Continues to Expand - - Stardust got in their eyes.

Marriage Is an Abduction - The New Yorker - Affleck’s Nick is a visual reminder of the fact that men can live their lives, eat whatever it occurs to them to eat, get older, let their guts hang out, and still have gorgeous young girls falling into their laps.

California police field reports of creepy clowns - Yahoo News - Reports of creepy clowns carrying knives and other weapons have been scaring people in the California city of Bakersfield for the past week, police said on Sunday.
Dogs use teamwork to get ball out of the pool [x-post from /r/AnimalsBeingBros] : gifs
New York Comic Con Cosplay gallery (via - Imgur
You're Getting Old!
What are some websites that don't usually show up on Google, or that are interesting but are almost impossible to find? : AskReddit
Space Buckets | DIY indoor gardening

Millions of voiceprints quietly being harvested as latest identification tool | Technology | - ‘Voice biometrics will be the de facto standard in 2-3 years’ More than 65m voiceprints already on databases
Voiceprints Being Harvested by the Millions - ABC News - Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.
Third-party Snapchat site claims photos were hacked from server | Technology | - Developers behind, which stores Snapchat pictures, claim user photos were stolen - while another claim the site’s administrator gave access to hackers

Cyclone Hudhud Lashes Eastern Seaboard Of India
Chinese Emissions and American Consumption - Lawyers, Guns & Money : a lot of that Chinese production is for the American market and our companies choosing to export production to China make those emissions as much American responsibility as Chinese. (outsourcing jobs and pollution)
Republicans Want to Send Your Job Overseas - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Yesterday, Republicans filibustered a bill that would take away tax breaks that encourage jobs to be outsourced overseas.
Naomi Klein: ‘We Can’t Dodge This Fight’ Between Capitalism and Climate Change - In These Times - The author explains why right-wing climate-change deniers are more right than you think.

Patient Isolated, Transported for Possible Ebola Symptoms in Braintree, Mass. | NECN - Officials say the man was in isolation at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates out of an abundance of caution and was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Texas Health Worker Tests Positive for Ebola -
Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola - A Texas health care worker who was in full protective gear when they provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in stable condition, health officials said Sunday.
CDC Director: New Ebola Case Shows There Was ‘Clearly a Breach of Protocol’ | Mediaite
Expert: US Ebola transmission 'distressing' | TheHill - “Let’s all recognize that the most hazardous time for worker is when they’re taking the gear off,” Schaffner said, adding that workers must follow a “careful sequence” in a “deliberative fashion” so they don’t contaminate themselves.
Second Ebola Case in Dallas Shows Limits of Protective Gear - The Daily Beast - While the U.S. public is not any greater danger from Ebola, health care workers remain at risk.
McCain calls for Ebola 'czar' | TheHill - called for President Obama to nominate an Ebola "czar" to coordinate the administration’s response to the deadly virus. (who McCain will promptly block like all the other nominations)
Conservative icon: Obama wants Americans to die from Ebola in order to make US more like Africa - “Obama doesn’t want America to believe that we’re exceptional. He wants us to be just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude.”
The Tenacious Buzz of Malaria - WSJ - Today, it sickens 300 million every year, and kills nearly 1 million, despite the fact that we've known how to cure it (with parasite-killing drugs) and prevent it (by avoiding mosquito bites) for over a century.

Al-Qaeda terror financier worked for Qatari government - Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari is on a US terror sanctions list over the channelling of hundreds of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda

Investigation Into Missing Iraqi Cash Ended in Lebanon Bunker - - $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion had been stolen and moved to a bunker in rural Lebanon for safe keeping

Laura Poitras’s Closeup View of Edward Snowden - Laura Poitras’s closeup view of Edward Snowden.
2014 Lovejoy Address by James Risen · Elijah Parish Lovejoy Journalism Award · Colby College - it’s a great pleasure to be here at Colby, and I’m deeply honored to receive the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award
UK: Now Hackers can face life in prison under new Government's Law - So, UK Government rolled out a new crime law against hackers in which Hackers can face life sentences, means if a hacker harms the the service we talked above will be sentenced for whole life. (more English class, hacker-dudes)

Lehman Brothers’ Demise: Barney Frank’s View - - The next morning, I learned that three British regulators — the Treasury, the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority — unanimously agreed that Lehman’s was so far from solvency that allowing Barclay’s to acquire it would threaten the stability of Britain’s financial system.

Obama FCC net neutrality plan: Opposition signaled | BGR - Obama is unhappy with the Internet ‘fast lane’ plan proposed by the ex-cable lobbyist he tapped to run the FCC (who could have predicted a corporate lobbyist would be corporate?)
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Warren on Barack Obama: “They protected Wall Street. Not families who were losing their homes. Not people who lost their jobs. And it happened over and over and over” - - "There has not been nearly enough change," she tells Salon, taking on Obama failures, lobbyists, tuition. So 2016? (Summers, Geitner, Bernanke, who could have predicted?)

Jesso on Twitter: "Note the lack of nametags. Again. RT @deray: Even TODAY, the police record protestors. Can't make it up. #Ferguson" - Note the lack of nametags. Again. RT @deray: Even TODAY, the police record protestors. Can't make it up.

Eschaton: Steal Your Money To Buy Death Toys For The Boys - What a country.
Asset seizures fuel police spending | The Washington Post - Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles.

The guardians who have kindly taken upon themselves the work of supervision - The failure to think for ourselves will lead us to distrust others and so hand over complete control to a select few (Fox took care of that by thinking for stupid people)

7 New Jersey students charged with sex crimes in hazing of football players | Daily Mail Online - Comes after reports that senior students were 'sticking their finger in the rectums of freshmen players, and then in their mouths'
Cancellation of High School Football Season Leads Sayreville to Ask What Happens Next - - Late on a graying and increasingly gloomy Friday afternoon, with its vaunted football team shut down, shamed and soon to be scarred by the arrest of seven players ages 15 to 17 on sexual crime charges, the band played on ... quoted several of Najjar’s former players at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn about initiations like paddling that were routine in the 1980s during preseason training camp. (the fucking 80's? dude's been around way too long) you go into the diner down the street and you’ve got all these 50-year-old men in their Bombers caps and sweatshirts. “Honestly, I don’t get it. I understand if you’re in Texas, or Iowa, in a town where there’s nothing else around for 20 miles.”

Autism as a disorder of prediction | MIT News - autism may be rooted in an impaired ability to predict events and other people’s actions. From the perspective of the autistic child, the world appears to be a “magical” rather than an orderly place, because events seem to occur randomly and unpredictably. In this view, autism symptoms such as repetitive behavior, and an insistence on a highly structured environment, are coping strategies to help deal with this unpredictable world.
Can Celiac Disease Affect the Brain? - - That, along with an odd rash, prompted Dr. Lagrange to think beyond the brain. Antibody tests, followed by an intestinal biopsy, indicated celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder of the gut triggered by the gluten proteins in wheat and other grains. Once on a gluten-free diet, the man’s seizures stopped; those brain lesions gradually disappeared. He made a “nearly complete recovery,” Dr. Lagrange told me.
A Promising Pill, Not So Hard to Swallow - (poop pills)
Heavier Babies Do Better in School - - 10-pound baby will score an average of 80 points higher on the 1,600-point SAT than a six-pound baby (conventional medical wisdom wrong again)
The Alarming New Research on Perfectionism -- Science of Us (it makes you want to kill yourself)

13 charts that explain why your college major matters - Vox (petroleum engineer wins unless you want to be happy, in which case try religion or nursing; never be an English major)

“It’s a Wonderful Life” Is Communist Propaganda | News | Philadelphia Magazine - Well, in 1947, J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI sent out a memo stating, “With regard to the picture ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ [redacted] stated in substance that the film represented rather obvious attempts to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a “scrooge-type” so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick used by Communists.” (stupid then, stupid now)

This Picture of Boston, Circa 1860, Is the World’s Oldest Surviving Aerial Photo | Smart News | Smithsonian
The (Still) Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe | History | Smithsonian - Was the famous author killed from a beating? From carbon monoxide poisoning? From alcohol withdrawal? Here are the top nine theories

Sci-Fi's Hottest New Writer Won't Tell You the Sex of Her Characters | WIRED
Learning About Sex From Google by Martin Longman | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - American states that identify as more religious and conservative are also more apt to search for sex online (no sex-ed, abstinence-only)

A person so good at his job - This is one big reason I don’t like Sam Harris - From time to time one discovers a person so good at his job that it is almost impossible to imagine him doing anything else."
It's not just Bill Maher: Islamophobia on cable news is out of control - Vox

Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side - The Daily Beast - So of course the study finds that religious communities have a higher percentage of sex-related searches. That’s what happens when you can’t find it elsewhere. Just under a third of all homemade sex tape submissions were created in the “Bible Belt.” Perhaps even more surprising is the increased female involvement. women are now submitting their own videos almost as much as men

Game Developer Brianna Wu Flees Home After Death Threats
No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry | Polygon
Remember, #gamergate isn’t about attacking women - So tweeted Brianna Wu, along with a series of explicitly threatening tweets she received, and
A Thing About #GamerGate - John Walker's Electronic House
Stop supporting Gamergate | The Verge - Don't be fooled by "gamers" who want to enlist you for abuse
#GamerGate Is Not A Hate Group, It's A Consumer Movement - Forbes

? World Cup - Foot 2014 (Rémi Gaillard) - YouTube
Physics! : gifs
? McDonald's GOL! FIFA World Cup - Brasil 2014 | McDonald's - YouTube
'Who gave you this gold medal, sir?' 'The King of Sweden': American Nobel Prize winner for Physics explains what happened when the airport security questioned him over the prize! - IBNLive - And they're like, 'Uhhhh. Who gave this to you?' 'The King of Sweden.' 'Why did he give this to you?' 'Because I helped discover the expansion rate of the universe was accelerating.'

Techdirt's Response To Roca Labs' Demand For A Retraction | Techdirt - As you know, we've been reporting on a lawsuit involving Roca Labs against Consumer Opinion Corporation, better known as PissedConsumer. (redact this, now much more famous assholes than you were before)

Cyclone Hudhud: hundreds of thousands evacuated in India | World news | - Storm set to hit largest city in Andhra Pradesh while typhoon Vonfong is set make landfall in Japanese island of Kyushu

You Thought California's Drought Couldn't Get Any Worse? Enter Fracking. | Mother Jones - I have a great idea. Let's take one of the globe's most important agricultural regions, one with severe water constraints and a fast-dropping water table. And let's set up shop there with a highly water-intensive form of fossil fuel extraction, one that throws off copious amounts of toxic wastewater. Nothing could possibly go wrong ... right? Well...

Officials Admit a ‘Defeat’ by Ebola in Sierra Leone -

They're Not Kidding - Esquire - As the American political dialogue, from which no wingnut truly can ever fall, entertains the notion that the president is deliberately allowing the Ebola virus to come here for Halloween, or that he is imperiling lives of American soldiers by sending them to Africa to fight disease rather than imperiling their lives by sending them to Syria to fight almost everybody, the people actually in the trenches keep standing up and screaming for attention.

With its pick, Nobel Committee draws renewed attention to India-Pakistan conflict - The Washington Post

U.S.-led air war in Syria is off to a difficult start - The Washington Post

Boko Haram frees 27 hostages, says Cameroon government | World news | - Ten Chinese workers and the wife of Cameroon’s deputy prime minister among those released, president announces

David Cameron pushes for repeal of U.K.'s Human Rights Act - - British Prime Minister David Cameron said he intends to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. (for rich people)

Citizenfour review – Poitras' victorious film shows Snowden vindicated | Film | - Laura Poitras’ documentary disentangles NSA surveillance and plots the story of Edward Snowden in Hong Kong and Moscow
Edward Snowden's girlfriend living with him in Moscow, film reveals | US news | - Lindsay Mills, thought to have been deserted by Snowden before NSA revelations, appears beside whistleblower in Citizenfour
Second leaker in US intelligence, says Glenn Greenwald | US news | - Citizenfour, new film on spying whistleblower Edward Snowden, shows journalist Greenwald discussing other source
New leaker disclosing US secrets, government concludes -
Why Privacy Matters: A TED Talk by Glenn Greenwald - The Intercept
Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs in China and Germany - The Intercept - The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept.

Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb (who revealed crack epidemic started by CIA to fund the Contras; took 18 years for the truth to be recognized)

Please Tell Me More About How It Was Obama Who Failed To Close Gitmo | Crooks and Liars - “I stopped him once from trying to send a Gitmo terrorist to Leavenworth. I shall do it again, I shall do it again and if he tries it again I will shut down the Senate,” Roberts said

Europanic 2.0 - - The crisis takes a much longer time coming than you think, and then it happens much faster than you would have thought. (austerity fail; Merkel has destroyed Europe)

Turnout fears mount for Dems | TheHill - Polling in recent weeks suggests turnout on Election Day could be very low, even by the standards of recent midterms. That’s bad news for Democrats because core groups in the liberal base are more likely to stay home than are people in the demographic segments that lean Republican.

Arkansas Tossed Ballot Of 79-Year-Old Woman Who Has Been Voting Since Jim Crow | ThinkProgress

Constitutional challenge brought against Kansas gay marriage ban | The Kansas City Star - The constitutional assault on same-sex marriage bans zeroed in on Kansas on Friday with a new legal challenge that could clear the way for gay marriage in the state.

Holder urged to investigate 'racially fractured' Little Rock police force | US news | - US attorney general called on by police sergeant Troy Ellison, whose unarmed father was killed by fellow officers in 2010
Security firm involved in shooting of St Louis teen has history of lawsuits | US news | - over incidents involving other off-duty police officers working for it, according to the plaintiffs in those suits.

At Florida State, Football Clouds Justice - - at least nine players have been arrested on charges ranging from sexual assault to being an accessory to a fatal shooting
Police, Florida State hampered Jameis Winston investigation, documents show | FOX Sports - university officials apparently turned copies of the police report over to Winston’s attorney days before his office even knew the allegation existed.

School Forces 5-Year-Old To Sign Suicide, Homicide Contract After She Makes Gun Joke - "While I was in the lobby waiting, they had my 5-year-old sign a contract about suicide and homicide," Rebecca says. "There should be a different way to handle this situation. If this is protocol it needs to be looked at again." The school is trying to convince Rebecca to take her daughter to a psychologist
Colorado high school shooter kept 'diary of a madman' about bullying | World news | - Karl Perison, who killed a classmate and himself in December attack, wrote that he had become ‘a psychopath’ in book

Bill Maher Isn't a 'Politically Incorrect' Liberal, He's Just a Bigot - The Intercept - Needless to say, I don’t really have high expectations for the “civil dialogue about Islam” Maher is planning on holding along with fellow Islamic scholar Glenn Beck.

Billy Idol: The Story of My Drug-Fueled Recording of 'Dancing with Myself' - Esquire

Cure for Type 1 diabetes imminent after Harvard stem-cell breakthrough - Harvard University has produced the vast quantities of insulin-producing cells needed for transplants

Asshole ignores crosswalk : gifs (many puns and multilayer riffing comments, from which comes:
SWAGGER WAGON | Toyota - YouTube
Hornbach "Sag es mit deinem Projekt" - YouTube
Hornbach TV-Spot - Hammer aus Panzerstahl - YouTube
? Imagine- Ukelele slide-whistle - YouTube

Explicit Snapchat images leaked via third party, reports say | Technology | - Many of the photo-sharing software’s users are teenagers, raising fears the so-called Snappening may affect children

Ebola Death Toll Tops 4,000: WHO
The ominous math of the Ebola epidemic - The Washington Post - The number of Ebola cases in West Africa has been doubling about every three weeks. There is little evidence so far that the epidemic is losing momentum
Ebola: Cutting-Edge Science Offers Hope for Containing the Most Severe Acute Health Emergency in Modern Times | Margaret Chan
Medical records reveal deceased Texas Ebola patient sent home with high fever | World news | - Thomas Duncan was released from hospital with 103F degree fever, despite telling nurse about recent travels
Here Are All The Times Doctors Without Borders Tried To Warn Us About Ebola - In the nearly seven months since the Ebola outbreak was originally confirmed in Guinea, the NGO Doctors Without Borders has been pleading for the world to act
Heart-Rending Test in Ebola Zone: A Baby -
David Vitter Unhappy With Ebola Aid Strategy Because It 'Focuses On Africa' - instead of "our own borders."
Israelis: Send Obama Ebola » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names - According to an August 2014 poll, half of Israelis want to send Obama Ebola for only supporting Israeli terrorism 95, not 100%. 46% of Israelis “said they wanted to give Barack Obama an envelope containing the Ebola virus as a present for his 53rd birthday.” (10% more wanted to send Obama a song based on Prime Minister Netanyahu telling Obama to “never second guess me again.” Never second guess the supreme leader of your totalitarian apartheid ethnostate. Does anyone else smell fascism?)

Obama Weighs Options to Close Guantanamo - WSJ - Any Move to Override Congressional Ban on Bringing Detainees to U.S. Would Spark Fight

The Merger of ISIS and al-Qaeda Could Cripple the Civilized World | The Fiscal Times - Take a barbaric army, add strategic jihadists—and a new evil is born. Organized and disciplined, ISIS is grabbing territory to build a state. On their hit list—the state of Israel. (a few nukes might convince them otherwise)
Unnamed U.S. Officials Blame News Reports Based On Unnamed U.S. Officials For Militants' Escape
3 New Findings On ISIS Weapons That You Should Know About - 1. Most of the Islamic State's arms ultimately came from China, Russia and the U.S.
Willmiot: ISIS Leader Threatens to Invade Russia - In a telephone conversation with his father, an Islamic State (IS) commander, Tarkhan Batirashvili, also known as Omar al-Shishani or Omar the Chechen, stated that the militant group plans to invade Russia, Bloomberg reported.
Eschaton: The Grand Conspiracy - It's impressive that a group we didn't hear about until 3 weeks ago has amassed the powers of several thousand super-Hitlers. (CIA never heard of them either)
Explosion at Key Military Base in Iran Raises Questions About Sabotage -

Eschaton: Obviously The Pentagon Needs More Money - Because no one is better at lighting it on fire than they are. The Defense Department destroyed nearly half a billion dollars worth of defective Italian aircraft that U.S. taxpayers bought for Afghanistan and then sold the scrap for $32,000, according to an agency watchdog.

Key Figures In CIA-Crack Cocaine Scandal Begin To Come Forward - Now, Webb’s bombshell expose is being explored anew in a documentary, “Freeway: Crack in the System,” directed by Marc Levin, which tells the story of “Freeway” Rick Ross, who created a crack empire in LA during the 1980s and is a key figure in Webb’s “Dark Alliance” narrative. (never any consequences)

Ads Paid for by Secret Money Flood the Midterm Elections -

Eschaton: Almost Correct - Krugman's right that the deficit scolds love deficits more than anyone, but there's one exception. If it gets anywhere near surplus, it'll let them advocate for their first favorite thing: tax cuts for rich people. Kicking the olds and poors is just their second favorite thing.
Secret Deficit Lovers - - What if they balanced the budget and nobody knew or cared?
The Federal Budget Deficit Is Back to Normal - - The federal budget deficit has narrowed sharply, and is back to relatively normal levels.
From Mid-Atlantic to Midwest, Voters Express Frustration and Fatigue - - “There’s nothing left in this area,” she said. “There’s no industry. There’s nowhere to work for men or families.”

Conservatives Proven Utterly Wrong On Key Aspect Of Obamacare (Republican lies turn out not to be true)
Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin Voter ID Law - Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented,
Federal Court Blocks Texas Voter ID Law, Calling It A 'Poll Tax'

Many Governor’s Races Remain Close, and Democrats Make Gains - - 11 governor's races within five percentage points, and 16 races within 10 percentage points

Eschaton: Just Give Up Already - Stop fighting the inevitable. CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says his office will no longer fight a court challenge to West Virginia's ban on same-sex marriages.

This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade - ProPublica - His writings fuel the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation. The school itself was a project of Vision Forum, a Texas-based ministry whose founder was also a leader in the Christian Patriarchy movement, which preaches, among other things, that husbands should vote for their wives. Tom Parker, then a few months into his first term on the Alabama Supreme Court, gladly accepted an invitation to speak at that year’s Witherspoon retreat.

Eschaton: Centrism - How the fuck does it work?
Centrists’ clueless obsession: Why do so many want to cut Social Security? - - Social Security is enormously popular among all voters. So why is it on "centrist" Greg Orman's chopping block? (a Republican running as an "independent")

Deadly Force, in Black and White - ProPublica
Deadly Force, In Black And White - lacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.i7 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.
'Just Because He's Black, Doesn't Mean He's Here To Rob A House' (VIDEO) - District police spokesperson Gwendolyn Crump told the Post “there’s no misconduct by the officer in that video.”
Woman exonerated of murder after 17 years in prison: 'the system failed' | US news | - The witness who claimed she heard Mellen confess was June Patti, who had a long history of giving false tips to law enforcement, according to documents in the case. She died in 2006.
Another Mistrial In Case Of Officer Who Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old To Death (sleeping while black)
The 21st century death chamber: $100,000 for a civilised execution | World news | - A tour of Oklahoma’s state-of-the-art killing room unveils how the state spent thousands on restraints, an electric bed and medical equipment, but also how a theatre of transparency hides actual practices
Voyeur charges dropped against photographer at Lincoln Memorial - The Washington Post - The move was opposed by U.S. Attorney Akhi Johnson, who wrote in a filing that “it would be difficult to dispute that women generally have a subjective expectation of privacy against photographs of their private areas while wearing clothing to cover the private area.”
The Nation's Shame: The Injustice of Mandatory Minimums | Rolling Stone - For decades, lawyers, scholars, and judges have criticized mandatory drug sentencing as oppressive and ineffective. Yet tens of thousands of nonviolent offenders continue to languish behind bars. (America, land of sadists)

A Teacher Accused of Abuse Seen to Have Never Grown Up -
The Case for Driving as Fast as You Want in a School Zone | Streetsblog New York City - Bob Friedrich, an Eastern Queens eminence who believes NYC’s small and constrained speed camera program is a government conspiracy to balance the city budget on the backs of working stiffs who just want to ignore traffic laws without interference. (freedom! to run over small children)

The Police Report From The Palin Family Brawl Is Full Of Crazy Details

Inside the Bounds of a Hasidic Neighborhood - - Eruv - As of Tuesday, August 6th, 2013, the Young Israel of Sunnyside is proud to announce the finalization of our neighborhood Eruv, which is quadruple the size of our previous one. See below for a map of the new borders.

Amazon's Monopoly Must Be Broken Up: A Radical Plan for the Tech Giant | New Republic - It's too big. It's cannibalizing the economy. It's time for a radical plan. (book author Franklin Foer hates Amazon)

Microsoft CEO Tells Women To Trust The System And Not Ask For Raises [UPDATED] - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella caused a stir on Thursday when he told an audience of tech industry women they should trust they will get raises when they deserve them -- despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. (Indian guy is patriarchal)
Why Microsoft’s Nadella Is Wrong About Women and Raises - - Microsoft’s chief executive advised women not to ask for raises. Social scientists who have studied the issue would beg to differ.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: women, don't ask for a raise | Technology |

Alexandra Billings, transgender actor: 'Transparent came up when I had nothing to lose' | Television & radio | The Guardian

Feral pig drinks 18 cans of beer, fights cow and then passes out drunk under tree in Port Hedland, Western Australia | Metro News
Spanish woman ' pregnant after sex with dwarf stripper on hen night' | Daily Mail Online - Spanish woman had to confess to cheating on her husband with dwarf
TIL the "half your age plus seven" rule for dating has been around since at least 1901. : todayilearned

New Standards Seek to Measure What Students Actually Know by Jon Marcus | College Guide | The Washington Monthly
NASA Stumbles Upon A Dead Star That's 10 Million Times Brighter Than The Sun - The super-bright pulsar--the brightest ever recorded--is located about 12 million light-years from Earth in the Messier 82 galaxy. It's an example of a class of mysterious celestial objects known as ultraluminous X-ray sources, or ULXs.

200,000 Snapchat Photos Leaked On 4Chan - 50 percent of Snapchat's users are between the ages of 13 and 17. (a lot of nude child-porno selfies)
Hawk takes out quadcopter drone, reclaims the sky | Digital Trends - Filmed over Magazine Beach Park in Cambridge, Massachusetts recently, a large hawk gave Amazon a reason to rethink the company’s Prime Air drone delivery initiative.
? quadcopter, Raven Attacks - YouTube
Hawk takes down drone : gifs

GOP Congressman Says His Medical Background Qualifies Him To Deny Climate Change - “Well, I am a scientist,” said Benishek, who worked as a general surgeon for nearly 30 years before running for Congress in 2011. “You know, I believe in peer-reviewed science. But, I don’t see any peer-reviewed science that proves there is man-made catastrophic climate change.”

Quarantined family of US Ebola victim left to mourn in isolation | World news | The Guardian - Vigil for Eric Duncan at Dallas church turns to memorial after news of his death, but family members forced to stay at home
Ban Ki-moon: 20 Times More Ebola Aid Needed
Ebola panic is getting pretty racist | The Verge - The real culprits in Ebola's spread have been cuts to public health budgets - Instead of asking government officials why the WHO has a much smaller budget than the CDC or why it has suffered massive cuts in the last two years, Americans have preferred to focus on themselves.
Texas Ebola cases expose troubling contrasts and spark fears of race divide | World news | - The faltering response to a Liberian’s Ebola diagnosis in Texas contrasted starkly to the mobilization after the mere suspicion of the disease in a local law enforcement officer. Some wonder whether it was no coincidence

Coalition air strikes against Isis aid Bashar al-Assad, Syrian rebels claim | World news | The Guardian - Shelling and bombing by the Syrian government intensifies in the two weeks since coalition air strikes against Isis began

Yemen suicide attack kills dozens | World news | The Guardian - Bomber targets checkpoint operated by Shia Houthi rebels in centre of capital Sana’a, near where rally was about to be held

If Kim Jong Un doesn’t show up Friday, get ready for some even crazier rumors - The Washington Post - Does Kim Jong Un have Ebola? Is he a member of ISIS? Is he selling meat on the side of the road in China? Where’s Dennis Rodman? Is he available for an interview?
Mexico arrests alleged leader of Juarez drug cartel Vicente Carrillo Fuentes | World news | - Arrest of Carrillo Fuentes, better known as ‘The Viceroy’ or ‘The General’, was the second recent capture of major drug lord

Feds 'Hacked' Silk Road Without a Warrant? Perfectly Legal, Prosecutors Argue | WIRED (they don't need no steenking warrents)

The Service Involved Is No Longer Secret - Esquire - Also, pro tip: while advancing a president's trip, don't hire hookers in the middle of the night.

DOC_0000619161.pdf - Bestiary of Intelligence Writing - Studies in Intelligence - CIA - Confusion is probably almost inevitable

Fracking company teams up with Susan G. Komen, introduces pink drill bits “for the cure” - - Pinkwashing hits a new low - Komen said ... “the evidence to this point does not establish a connection between fracking and breast cancer.”
Lego ends Shell partnership following Greenpeace campaign | Environment | - Toymaker will not renew current multimillion pound deal, that sees Shell-branded Lego sets sold at petrol stations, following a viral video against Arctic drilling by the green group

Should Airplanes Be Flying Themselves? | Vanity Fair - Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small errors turned a state-of-the-art cockpit into a death trap.

Supersized dinosaurs divided up their dinner | Science | - New study reveals that giant, long-necked sauropod dinosaurs evolved skulls to eat different foods, promoting diversity

Ferguson police continued crackdown on protesters after federal, state interventions - The Washington Post (what else could they do?)
Prisoner Walks Free After Years On Texas Death Row - The case "contained a litany of injustices, including police misconduct, prosecutorial deception, ineffectiveness of defense counsel, and untruthful witnesses" (completely corrupt, but TX has never executed an innocent person)
Crowds in streets of St. Louis after fatal shooting of 18-year-old by off-duty police officer - The Washington Post - “I pray this is not another Mike Brown situation,”
Suspected killer left 'chilling' journal at campsite found by police manhunt | US news | - Water-logged book, allegedly written by Eric Frein, gives account of ‘disaster’ of ambushing police barracks and getaway

New Study Claims Half Of Married Women Have A Backup Husband - Esquire - Here’s another one: a new study shows that half of all married women have a back up man, a spare in case the first one blows out on the highway.

The truth about trolls and the men they worship | Jess Zimmerman | Comment is free |
Why the Trolls Will Always Win | WIRED
Vivian Schiller resigns as Twitter head of news | Technology | - Former NBC and NPR executive quits as incoming boss of social network’s media division makes changes

US east coast cities face frequent flooding due to climate change | Environment | - From Miami to Washington DC, towns and cities on America’s east coast could see triple the number of tidal floods by 2030 as sea levels rise, say researchers ... Annapolis, Maryland, Lewisetta, Virginia, and Wilmington, North Carolina, will see more than 300 tidal floods a year. (Republicans don't believe in "sea" and "level")
Coastal Cities Are Drowning, Thanks To New Reality Of Sea Level Rise

Ebola patient in Dallas dies
'I touched my face with gloves': nurse with Ebola : worldnews
UN Medic In Liberia Tests Positive For Ebola
Spanish nurse reported Ebola symptoms many times before being quarantined | World news | The Guardian - Teresa Romero Ramos says when she first told health authorities of her symptoms she was given only paracetamol
Could take 48 hours to confirm if deputy has Ebola
WHO | Frequently asked questions on Ebola virus disease
Sex in a time of Ebola - The Washington Post - the Ebola virus can survive in semen for months after a man recovers from the infection, posing an ongoing threat to sexual partners long after he is well. At a time when a man's bloodstream is swimming with antibodies, and he is immune to the disease, he still may be able to infect others.
Man Infected with Ebola Misinformation Through Casual Contact With Cable News - The New Yorker
Ebola: What It Is - Is Ebola the ISIS of biological agents? Is Ebola the Boko Haram of AIDS? Is Ebola the al-Shabaab of dengue fever? Some say Ebola is the Milosevic of West Nile virus.
If someone survives Ebola do they develop an immunity to the virus? : askscience
? Why You Are Still Alive - The Immune System Explained - YouTube
Conservative Columnist: Is The Government Orchestrating The Ebola Crisis To Confiscate Guns? | Blog | Media Matters for America - WND's Brittany: Ebola And "Disposable FEMA Coffins" Could Point To "Martial Law"

Turkey's Refusal To Help Besieged Kurds Fight ISIS Is Backfiring
Duncan Hunter: Border Patrol Caught 10 ISIS Fighters. DHS: Wrong. | New Republic (with Ebola bioweapons)
The Divine Bank-Shot Theory For War by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - . But if America fails to do its divinely appointed duty in “standing up” for Israel, then God will “remove his hand [of protection] from us,” exposing us to terrorist wrath.
When Ben Affleck and Bill Maher Debate Islam, Everyone Loses | Ten Miles Square | The Washington Monthly
Figuring Out Islam In One Cable Segment by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly

Guantánamo use of olive oil in force feedings 'astonishing', doctor tells court | US news | - Testimony on second day of court challenge to force feedings focuses on long-term health effects on detainees after procedure (the shit Obama didn't want you to know about)

Leon Panetta Is What’s Wrong With DC - The Daily Beast - Obama’s former defense secretary is out with a scathing new memoir about his time in the White House. But why should we buy anything he says?
The FBI’s Secret Surveillance Program Is About to Go on Trial - - A federal appeals court this week will review whether the government can secretly conduct electronic surveillance on Americans without first obtaining a warrant.
Google chief blames feds for phone locks | TheHill - Top officials including Attorney General Eric Holder have criticized tech companies like Google and Apple for making their phones inaccessible to anyone except the owner — even police with a warrant.

China's Economy Just Overtook The U.S. In One Key Measure (GDP)
IMF warns period of ultra-low interest rates poses fresh financial crisis threat | Business | The Guardian - Almost zero borrowing costs has encouraged speculation rather than hoped-for pick up in investment, says Fund (the inflation faires never showed up but bankers made another ton of money)
The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century -
It Is News That the AIG Bailout Was a Way to Give Money to Goldman Sachs | Beat the Press - Andrew Ross Sorkin tells us that the fact the AIG bailout was about helping Goldman Sachs and other big banks is not news because we knew it all along. (except the pundits who were controlling opinion at the time)
Eschaton: Panic Time - What will deficit scolds do if the deficit keeps shrinking? The olds and poors have not yet suffered enough! Obviously it's time for a tax cut. It always is.

UN Says At Least 3,660 Killed In Ukraine Violence Since April

Fox’s Kilmeade: Why Didn’t Obama’s Advisors ‘Put Their Stars Down and Walk Out?’ | Mediaite (Fox calls for sedition)

In Defense of Obama | Rolling Stone

Beard rules draw supreme court justices' mockery in religious rights case | Law | - Jokes and banter about security combs and arbitrary rules fill surreal hearing about prisoners’ religious rights to grow beards

Federal Court Rejects Virginia Black-Majority District - The 2-1 ruling Tuesday by a panel of judges leaves the district intact for November's elections but orders the General Assembly to draw new boundaries by April 1, 2015. (Republicans: rig and suppress the vote)

Andrew Cuomo Is A Very Flawed Concept, Cont'd - Esquire - There is no more horrible Democratic politician than Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York. (he doesn't have to be a corporate Republican fracking asshole)

Once you’ve dehumanized drug offenders, it’s easy to steal their identities - The Washington Post
Police sued for using stun gun on man after smashing car window | US news | - Video is basis of complaint that officers in Hammond, Indiana, attacked passenger Jamal Jones without justification
A Good Faith Mistake - Esquire - Remember that case in Georgia where a SWAT team serving a warrant broke into the wrong house, threw a flash-bang grenade blindly into the room, and blew the nose clean off a toddler's face? Just an honest error by the boys in blue. (wrong address, no drugs or weapons, no knock bombs in the front door; never any consequences)
Watch: Cop Caught on Tape Threatening to Take Baby Away from Interracial Couple for No Reason Before Arresting Them | Occupy Democrats - An Ohio police officer recently threatened to take away an interracial couple’s two week old infant during a traffic stop after the couple refused to get out of their car. Officer Denny claimed Stockett, a black man, looked like another black man, Jeremy Newell, who was wanted on felony warrants. (they all look the same) (comply with our made-up "laws" or die)
SWAT Team Shot David Hooks At Home After Tip From Meth Addict - Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thief. (any excuse will do)
Police pepper spray Wake County teen inside his home after he's mistaken for burglar |
Woman, 90, locked officer in basement, settles with police | I-Team - WBAL Home - Baltimore woman receives $95,000 settlement - In the past two fiscal years, the city has paid out $16.8 million in claims against the Police Department.
Police shot dog while raiding wrong house, lawsuit says - A pair of dog owners here have filed a federal lawsuit against a state investigator, alleging he shot their 15-year-old dog in the face while raiding the wrong house. (happens all the time)
Open carry enthusiast robbed at gunpoint: ‘I like your gun. Give it to me.’

When The Law Gives A Fetus A Lawyer » Balloon Juice - In the department of extreme new laws, Alabama takes the cake. The new law forces minors who want to abort a pregnancy without the consent of their parents to undergo a court trial to get permission. Included in the trial are time-consuming inquistions, witnesses to testify against the pregnant teen, and possible disclosure of the minor’s identity on a “need to know” basis. The unborn fetus can even be appointed a lawyer. Sadly, that last part isn’t even new:
Duggar daughter blames the Holocaust on evolution, then compares it to abortion - - Jessa Duggar, the young evangelical reality star, stirred up controversy on Instagram with an antiabortion comment - “19 Kids & Counting,” (Show should be renamed "Spreading My Legs for Jesus," or "Lord Come Into Thee.")

George Will's Offensive Rape Comments Alienate Another Institution | Blog | Media Matters for America - On October 6, a college newspaper called the Claremont Independent reported that the all-female Scripps College had revoked an invitation for Will to speak as part of a program "designed to promote conservative views on campus." (what?)

Sayreville football parent reveals sexual nature of alleged locker room hazing ritual (Exclusive) | - Then, the victim would be lifted to his feet while a finger was forced into his rectum. Sometimes, the same finger was then shoved into the freshman player’s mouth.

Blind people have four times more nightmares than sighted people | ScienceNordic - New study provides insight into what blind people dream about and why we have nightmares.
The Limits of Friendship - The New Yorker - Judging from the size of an average human brain, the number of people the average person could have in her social group was a hundred and fifty. Anything beyond that would be too complicated to handle at optimal processing levels - Our skin has a set of neurons, common to all mammals, that respond to light stroking, but not to any other kind of touch.

What “Gone Girl” Is Really About - “Gone Girl,” in a sense, is “Fight Club” squared

sv-datasheet-a.pdf - Sexual Violence - National Center for Injury Prevention and Control - Division of Violence Prevention - Facts at a Glance - Nearly 1 in 5 (18.3%) women and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives
Is Sexting Normal? | Psych Central News - Provocative new research suggests sexting may be a new “normal” part of adolescent sexual development and is not strictly limited to at-risk teens.
Easing the Law for New Yorkers Shifting Gender -

Ding Ding Ding! Video Poker 'Hackers' Cleared of Federal Charges | WIRED - “All these guys did is simply push a sequence of buttons that they were legally entitled to push.”

Posing : WTF

'Craft' Soda: The Next Big Thing for Soda Pop? - DailyFinance - A 10-ounce bottle of Caleb's Kola has 110 calories and 29 grams of sugar, according to the site. (seven teaspoons of sugar in a small bottle)

Verizon’s attempt to compete with Netflix ends in hilarious failure | BGR - Although Redbox Instant predictably didn’t attract many customers, what made its failure actually funny was the fact that it became a magnet for criminals.
Adobe’s e-book reader sends your reading logs back to Adobe—in plain text [Updated] | Ars Technica - Digital Editions even tracks which pages you've read. It might break a New Jersey Law.

21 Numbers That Explain Why We Need To Address Climate Change Right Now
Eschaton: Not A Drop - Some researchers looked at what happens to California in an extended drought situation. - tl;dr: water gets expensive, lawns disappear, agriculture changes, central valley towns empty out, but the state survives.

More Cases Of Ebola In Europe Unavoidable: WHO
What is Marburg, the Ebola-like virus that killed a health-care worker in Uganda? - The Washington Post - Marburg, like Ebola, is a hemorrhagic fever. It's rare but severe.
First Ebola, now Marburg. Here’s why deadly viruses are on the rise in Africa - Quartz

IMF says economic growth may never return to pre-crisis levels | Business | The Guardian - World economic outlook expects global growth to be 3.3% in 2014, down from its April forecasts as countries fail to recover strongly from recession

Turkish President Says Syrian Town Under Islamic State Siege Is About To Fall
Hullabaloo - Bad for the good guy, good for the bad guys and really good for the money guys

Republicans brace for 2016 free-for-all - Maggie Haberman and Jake Sherman - (the clown bus)

Anti-Abortion Groups Are Still Fighting Birth Control Coverage In Court

'Unusual' number of bomb threats disrupt schools across New England | US news | - Nearly a dozen schools and colleges in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut have received the threats, forcing evacuations and cancellations in many of the schools this past week.
Indiana State Trooper Brian Hamilton Sued For Handing Out Religious Lit At Traffic Stop - The pamphlet advertised a radio program called “Policing for Jesus Ministries” hosted by “Trooper Dan Jones.”

'Yes means yes' laws will not actually reclassify all sex at universities as rape | Jessica Valenti | Comment is free | - Are people really so frightened of the consequences of a law that says sexual partners must enthusiastically consent?

What The Cost Of Your Engagement Ring May Say About Your Marriage - Interestingly, spending $1,000 or less on the wedding decreased the chances of divorce, but spending too little on an engagement ring backfired; those who spent less than $500 experienced higher rates of divorce.

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized | Climate Central (Republicans don't believe in "temperature")
SF’s waterfront land could be soaked by sea-level rise in just decades | San Francisco Examiner - To rebuild the seawall along The Embarcadero would take an estimated $5 billion. Without some sort of a fix, water could rise up to the area of The Embaradero BART and Muni tunnels by midcentury. (Republicans don't believe in "sea-level")
Carbon Commentary · Wind power exceeds nuclear output (for a few minutes) - gusts over the western side of the United Kingdom supplied more than 6 gigawatts and a temporary slight dip in nuclear output meant that wind was more important for electricity supply than the UK’s ageing nuclear fleet ... after news stories about new cracks in the graphite blocks of one of the reactor at EdF’s Hunsterston plant.
Summer's over but heatwave pushes southern California towards meltdown | US news | - Temperatures hit 104F in San Fernando valley - Cycling enthusiasts brave scalding heat in downtown LA event

Spanish Nurse First To Contract Ebola Outside West Africa - A Spanish nurse who last month treated a priest in Madrid who died of Ebola has tested positive for the disease, becoming the first to contract it outside West Africa, a source within the health authorities said on Monday.
News Crew Is Inexplicably Excited About '#EbolaOutbreak' - Others, like this FOX 9 News crew, are all smiles. One might even say they give it a "thumbs up":

Isis flags raised in Kobani near Turkish-Syrian border | World news | The Guardian - Kurdish commander pleads for help as Isis plant banner on hill overlooking Kobani and on a building in the town
ISIS’ Ammunition Is Shown to Have Origins in U.S. and China - - ammunition transferred into Syria and Iraq to help stabilize governments has instead passed from the governments to the jihadists, helping to fuel the Islamic State’s rise (who could have predicted?)
Pentagon yet to decide on Syrian rebel force central to Isis offensive | US news | - US military officials consider raising trustworthy rebel force to destroy Isis on the ground without committing US soldiers (which enemy of our enemies' friends' enemies to support)
Naomi Wolf - I stand by what I wrote today: the videos of... - More conspiracy theories by the lunatic known as Naomi Wolf.

Guantánamo force-feeding amounts to punishment, detainee's lawyers argue | US news | - Government lawyers clash with those of hunger-striking detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab, whose wheelchair and underwear were removed before procedure

At least 28 badly burned bodies recovered in mass graves in Mexico | World news | The Guardian - Guerrero state officials say it could take weeks to identify bodies feared to be those of students missing since clashes with corrupt police (on-going tragedies of your war on some drugz)

9/11 terrorists caught testing airport security months before attacks: secret docs | New York Post - At least three eyewitnesses spotted al Qaeda hijackers casing the security checkpoints at Boston’s Logan Airport months before the 9/11 attacks. They saw something and said something — but were ignored, newly unveiled court papers reveal.

Occupy activist Cecily McMillan threatened officer's family, police allege | US news | (with her boobs) he heard McMillan, 26, accuse his partner, officer Brian Rothermel, of being a “male chauvinist pig” in the cells area of their transit police precinct inside the subway station. (that will get you jailed every time)
Convicted murderer's speech to graduating US students raises hackles | Education | - Police raise concerns about speech from Mumia Abu-Jamal, once on death row and re-sentenced to life in prison, to Vermont college students - “Think about the myriad of problems that beset this land and strive to make it better,” Abu-Jamal said in the video. (which made the cops very upset)

Eschaton: Probably Need More Austerity In Spain - Only solution I can see. German factory orders (GRIORTMM) plunged the most since 2009, underlining the risk of a slowdown in Europe’s largest economy. (Merkel killing Europe's economy with austerity!)
Voodoo Economics, the Next Generation - - One thing they will be able to do, however, is impose their will on the Congressional Budget Office, heretofore a nonpartisan referee on policy proposals. As a result, we may soon find ourselves in deep voodoo. (Republicans hate reality)
Come around tomorrow and I'll take you again - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The whole power of positive thinking racket is based on ignoring the latent tension between these beliefs. The Gospel of Prosperity, the Millionaire Next Door, The Secret — it’s all the same grift in the end, and yet we the people never seem to tire of it.

A Really Small Slice of Americans Get to Decide Who Will Rule the Senate - Bloomberg Politics - The number of people who'll decide this election will likely be smaller than the population of Florida.

Gay marriage advocates hail 'extraordinary' victory after supreme court declines to hear appeals | US news | - Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Oklahoma, Utah, Indiana, Wisconsin and Virginia after justices’ decision lifts stays
The supreme court refusal to hear gay marriage cases may be the best thing to happen to gay marriage | Scott Lemieux | Comment is free | - The threat of one big case going wrong could spell human rights catastrophe. Did the liberal justices pull a fast one?
Oklahoma governor: 'will of the people has been overridden' on same-sex marriage – live | US news | The Guardian (the will of white Republicans to suppress the shit out of you)
Supreme Court Rejects Gay Marriage Appeals From 5 States
60 Percent Of Americans Soon Will Live In States With Marriage Equality
The GOP's Shift on Same-Sex Marriage - - Fewer GOP gubernatorial candidates actively oppose gay marriage, and many are quietly accepting it.
Congressional Republicans Virtually Silent On Supreme Court Marriage Decision - Utah Sen. Mike Lee is the lone Republican to issue a statement as of Monday afternoon.
The Big Dive - Esquire - You wanted states' rights, gang? The Nine Wise Souls just gave them to you. By the bucketful. There will be no national policy on marriage equality. It will come to your state either through legislation, or through the local federal courts that rely on the Supreme Court ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. (Thanks, Antonin!)

Supreme Court Rejects Appeal On South Carolina Redistricting - The justices on Monday rejected without comment an appeal from black South Carolina voters who wanted the justices to take another look at the state's new lines for state house and congressional districts. (racist Republicans win again with the SC)

No, This Won't Work, Either - Esquire - One of my favorite replies to Christianists who want to sneak their personal Jeebus into the public school curriculum by including Him in a course on "The Bible As Literature" or as part of a course on "World Religions" is to say, "I think those are splendid ideas. Good luck, by the way, when it comes to that take-home unit on the Koran. I'll just be lying under this bed over here."

'Comply or die is not the law' -- Utah police shootings come under fire | The Salt Lake Tribune - Justice » Relatives of Utahns killed by law enforcement call for equipment, policy changes.
New York Times Editorial Board Calls On States To Legalize Recreational Use Of Marijuana (Massachusetts will get around to it in 2020)
Cops Mistake Okra For Marijuana, Send The Big Guns To Man's House - Dwayne Perry of Cartersville tells WSB-TV ( ) that he was awakened by a helicopter flying low over his house Wednesday and then some heavily-armed deputies and a K-9 unit showed up at his door. They were from the Governor's Task Force for drug suppression and they were out looking for marijuana plants. What they had seen, apparently, were Perry's okra plants and a shrub at the end of his house ... Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes says the plants did have characteristics similar to marijuana. (they are both green and he's lucky they didn't blow up his kids)

John Oliver Explains The Insanity Of Civil Forfeiture, Introduces New 'Law & Order' Spinoff (license to steal all your money)

Balter's Blog: Why I have taken a leave of absence from Science: to protest the abrupt firing of 4 colleagues - Rob Covey came on board at AAAS in September 2013, and at first many of us thought that he was serving mostly in an advisory capacity ... we have gone from a culture appropriate to a nonprofit, membership organization like the AAAS, to the culture more typical of a Manhattan publisher or a Wall Street corporation ... . I wonder how many AAAS members would approve of such practices if they knew about them, especially since they have been endorsed by a CEO who himself earns just over $1 million/year (with the compensation for Science’s publisher at about $860,000/year according to the lastest available report to the IRS.) (hedge fund guys take over your so-called "science")

Colon carcinogenesis is inhibited by the TRPM... [Carcinogenesis. 2014] - PubMed - NCBI - Colon carcinogenesis is inhibited by the TRPM8 antagonist cannabigerol, a Cannabis-derived non-psychotropic cannabinoid.
Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for finding brain’s ‘you are here’ cells | Science | The Guardian - Winning research answered question that stumped philosophers for hundreds of years: how do we know our place in the world? - These “grid cells” provided the brain with the equivalent of latitude and longitude, and together with place cells formed an inner GPS in the brain ... The early stages of Alzheimer’s can affect the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex, causing people to lose their way and forget their surroundings.

What is the worst example of helicopter parenting you've ever seen? : AskReddit
Stevie Nicks on Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, and Don Henley | Billboard - The world is not ready for my memoir, I guarantee you. All of the men I hung out with are on their third wives by now, and the wives are all under 30. If I were to write what really happened between 1972 and now, a lot of people would be very angry with me

Why the FCC will probably ignore the public on network neutrality - Vox

Gas Pains by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - I don’t know about you, but I could use some “liberal mainstream media” right about now—and no, Tea Partiers, the Boston Globe doesn’t count. Consider the paper’s love letter to fracked natural gas: (no mention of climate risk)
3 Things No One is Telling you About Rising Energy Costs
National Petroleum Broadcasting? Climate Notes (PODCAST) | Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN)

Top US health official 'confident we won't see large number' of Ebola cases | World news | - CDC head says all Dallas patient’s contact being monitored - NBC cameraman with Ebola reported on way to Nebraska
How Ebola sped out of control | The Washington Post - How the world’s health organizations failed to stop the Ebola disaster
Ebola’s Cultural Casualty: Hugs in Hands-On Liberia - - It is hard enough to push away family and friends, shunning an embrace or even a shake of the hand to protect yourself from Ebola.
'In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy' | World news | The Observer - Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire
Former SC GOP director: Execute anyone who comes into contact with Ebola — ‘it’s just math’ ... We should put Wendy Davis' vagina in charge of the Ebola outbreak. It will kill all of them without mercy and go to Nordstrom's afterwards. (your GOP)
Ebola is the new Africanized honeybee by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But scary foreign invaders from “other there” capture the xenophobic imagination, and provide easy targets for unscrupulous hucksters in politics and media alike.
CDC officials rush to Newark Liberty airport after Liberian man began vomiting | Daily Mail Online - Fears virus could spread further - but ill man on plane does NOT have Ebola
PBS science reporter: Fox’s Ebola coverage is ‘a level of ignorance we should not allow’
NIH Official Dismisses Fox Host's Question On Ebola As Bioterrorism - "What are the chances that illegal immigrants are going to come over our porous southern border with Ebola or that terrorists will purposely send someone here using Ebola as a bioterror weapon?" Wallace asked.
Fox News Host Knows The Real Danger Of Ebola: Witch Doctors - "In these countries they do not believe in traditional medical care," she said. "So someone could get off a flight and seek treatment from a witch doctor."
David Axelrod mocks ‘Dr. Joe Scarborough’ for exaggerating Ebola ‘fire from hell’ in America
Bigger Problem in US Than Ebola: Enterovirus D68 Spreading Respiratory, Paralytic Diseases in Children | emptywheel

Germany's Merkel under fire over NSA scandal | Europe | Worldbulletin News - A report in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper revealed that Germany's secret service shared Internet data about German citizens with the American National Security Agency (NSA).
Retired NSA Technical Director Explains Snowden Docs - I had an opportunity to attend a presentation by a retired technical director at the NSA, William Binney, which provided context for some of the published documents released by former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.

Why war? It's a question Americans should be asking. - LA Times - As the United States charges once more into war, little debate has centered on the actual utility of war. Instead, policymakers and pundits have focused their comments on combating the latest danger to our nation and its interests as posed by Islamic State militants.
Air strikes against Isis are not working, say Syrian Kurds | World news | The Guardian - Isis fighters have pushed to the edge of Kobani, undeterred by western strikes, says city official (time to drop McCain and Graham on them)
VP Biden Apologizes for Telling Truth About Turkey, Saudi and ISIS - The Daily Beast - “My constant cry was that our biggest problem is our allies — our allies in the region were our largest problem in Syria,” Biden told his listeners
Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings? | Coleen Rowley - 4) A fourth reason why most Americans now go happily along with perpetual war in a kind of blissful stupor, cheering on their favorite war hawk politician comes from the lessons learned so well from the Vietnam War.
IRBIL, Iraq: Sources: U.S. air strikes in Syria targeted French agent who defected to al Qaida | Syria | McClatchy DC - A former French intelligence officer who defected to al Qaida was among the targets of the first wave of U.S. air strikes in Syria last month, according to people familiar with the defector’s movements and identity.
Ben Affleck Slams Bill Maher's Anti-Muslim Sentiment As ‘Gross’ And ‘Racist’ | ThinkProgress
Bill Maher and Ben Affleck Battle over Radical Islam video | Mediaite

Hong Kong Protesters Make Apparent Concessions To Authorities - In an apparent concession to authorities warning pro-democracy protesters to clear Hong Kong's streets by the beginning of the work week, students occupying the area outside city government headquarters agreed Sunday to remove some barricades that have blocked the building's entrance during the weeklong demonstrations.

Russian Tycoon: We Must Prepare For Putin’s Inevitable Downfall - The Daily Beast
Rehtaeh Parsons: Canadian journalists can't print her name as a suspect pleads guilty in her case.
The Real Reason It's Nearly Impossible to End the Cuba Embargo - The Atlantic - Bill Clinton tried engaging Castro. After Havana shot down two U.S. planes, it all fell apart.
Why the president can't repeal the Cuban Embargo, despite almost every nation in the UN urging him to. : Foodforthought

The Kill Team: How U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan Murdered Innocent Civilians | Rolling Stone - Plus: An exclusive look at the war crime images the Pentagon tried to censor
Daniel Ellsberg: United States Nearly Used Nukes During Vietnam War

Governor says victims found in Mexico mass grave 'savagely slaughtered' | World news | - Blanco said eight more people had been arrested in the case, adding to the 22 Iguala city police officers detained after a police confrontation with student protesters last weekend set off a series of violent incidents in the city.
Huge majority thinks 'war on drugs' has failed, new poll finds | Society | The Observer - Observer survey shows an increasing number of Britons want illegal drugs decriminalised

How Apple's Cork HQ became the centre of a bitter global war over corporate tax avoidance | Technology | The Observer - The Californian corporation is Cork's largest private employer, but has not won over all local hearts and minds. Now the city is at the heart of a fight over taxation that involves not just Ireland but also the European commission and the US senate

Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud in £250m divorce | Daily Mail Online - Elisabeth got caught in the crossfire when her husband sided with Blair after her father filed for divorce from Ms Deng after her reported ‘crush’ on the former Prime Minister and his discovery that the pair had spent weekends together without his knowledge. (much more to the story)

As Supreme Court term begins, prospect of a gay-marriage ruling looms large - The Washington Post
Can Antonin Scalia actually read the Constitution? by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - But Scalia is saying that the Constitution doesn’t prevent the government from favoring religion over non-religion. That’s crazy. The Constitution is actually very clear on that point. It doesn’t say that Congress can’t establish one religion over another. It says that Congress shall make no law establishing religion. Period.

Lunatic Fringe: Coakley vs. Koch’s Lies by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (oh look, Charlie Baker is a sleezy lying Republican)

Republicans Maintain Edge in Senate Races, Poll Finds -
Independent Greg Orman Holding A Lead In Kansas, Polling Shows

Eschaton: Apocalypse Soon - I don't think one can overstate how screwed Northern New Jersey commuters will be if one of the Hudson tunnels is shut. Amtrak owns them. NJT would probably just be told to piss off. If I'm counting correctly, 6 commuter lines run through that tunnel. Everyone would have to be dumped onto PATH trains and I doubt the capacity is there.
This upcoming traffic apocalypse will be the end of Chris Christie - The Week - Then Christie unilaterally canceled the project, charging that costs were skyrocketing, that New Jersey would thus have to pay 70 percent of the bill, and that the feds were going to stick the state with any cost overruns. He was lying through his teeth (fat fuck Christie screws NJ workers while spending billions on failed casinos and his developer buddies)

Corbett asks third official to resign over porn e-mails - - Gov. Corbett on Friday sought the resignation of a third state official - his appointee to the state Parole Board - amid disclosures that the man had participated in the exchange of pornography over state computers. But Randy Feathers said he would not step down from the $116,000-a-year job. (just look at his face)

The NFL's breast cancer scam sells bunk science to profit off pink clothes | Karuna Jaggar | Comment is free | - The league’s claim that “annual screening saves lives” has been widely discredited by numerous studies showing that it’s not mammograms that save lives: regardless of whether breast cancer is found through an annual screening or by a woman herself, the best way to prevent death from breast cancer is by providing accessible, high-quality, evidence-based healthcare and treatment in a timely, sensitive way. Imagine seeing that on a pink NFL billboard.

Is it a coverup? House of Cards level corruption in Ferguson and beyond

Washington Post Staffers Stage Protests Against Jeff Bezos's Retirement Cuts - Bezos, who bought the Post in 2013, announced in September that he would be slicing medical and pension plans for union and nonunion employees and instead creating a new cash balance system. (what did you expect?)

Hark, the Herald… by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - For all of the Boston Globe’s aforementioned flaws, the paper is miles ahead of its crosstown rival, the Tea Party newsletter known as the Boston Herald.

The Church’s Gay Obsession - - REPEATEDLY over the last year and a half, I’ve written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and — in many cases — had decided to marry.
Eschaton: Emphasis - And it isn't just the church, it's the entire focus of the political religious right. "Values Voters" means no gays and slutshaming. Um, ok, great values.
Meet two activists who brought sweeping change to the gay rights movement - The Washington Post - Michelangelo Signorile does not hold back. Not then, not now.

CNN Host: Reza Aslan's "Tone" Demonstrated Why People Fear Islam | Blog | Media Matters for America - CNN host Chris Cuomo argued that professor of religion and author Reza Aslan's heated arguments against anti-Muslim bigotry on CNN recently demonstrated "what people are fearful of when they think of" Islam. (he was "angry")
Cops: Woman Who Burglarized Students' Cars Was "Looking for ISIS" (too much Fox)

What falsehoods or incorrect information do you see other redditors commonly regurgitate about a topic you are an expert in (or fairly well educated on)? : AskReddit
Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research - The Washington Post - First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school ... Second, even at the high school level, the research supporting homework hasn’t been particularly persuasive ... “no substantive difference in grades between students who complete homework and those who do not.”

Microsoft's Windows 10 has permission to spy on you

California heatwave brings fears of wildfires and power outages | US news | - Hot weather expected to peak on Saturday • LA temperature could hit 108F

Dallas Hospital Alters Account, Raising Questions on Ebola Case - - But on Friday evening, the hospital effectively retracted that portion of its statement, saying that “there was no flaw” in its electronic health records system (they fucked up big time and lied)
Dallas Ebola patient in critical condition as two Europeans recover | World news | - Thomas Duncan could be prosecuted for not declaring illness CDC director: nine individuals in Dallas are at ‘highest risk’
Crews Race To Contain Ebola In Dallas
Dallas Ebola case spurs concern about hospital readiness - The Washington Post - A D.C.-area hospital admitted a patient with symptoms and a travel history associated with Ebola.
US Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo once hailed as reincarnated lama | World news | - The photojournalist and NBC freelancer was trying to raise awareness about the virus when infected with Ebola in Liberia ... His mother, Diana Mukpo, comes from an upper-class aristocratic family in Britain. At age 16, she left boarding school in Scotland and married Tibetan Buddhist leader Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, who founded the Shambhala community that spread Buddhism in the west. She was one of several wives.
National Nurse Survey Shows Hospitals Still Not Prepared for U.S. Ebola Patients | National Nurses United - National Nurse Survey Shows Hospitals Still Not Prepared for U.S. Ebola Patients
ECDC provides assessment of accidental polio incident in Belgium | Vaccine News Daily - the accidental release of more than 11 gallons of concentrated live poliovirus into the environment in Belgium. GlaxoSmithKline released the polio into the water in the city of Rixensart on Sept. 2

Peter Kassig: Isis hostage threatened with death was captured on aid mission | World news | - Militants say Kassig, from Indiana, will be next western hostage to die unless US stops its bombing campaign against Isis
Parents of US hostage Peter Kassig appeal to Isis for his release | World news | - Mother of aid worker mentions son’s conversion to Islam - Pakistani Taliban declares allegiance to Isis

Hong Kong protesters must be cleared by Monday, chief executive says | World news | The Observer - Leung Chun-ying makes TV address as legislators suggest government might act to clear streets no later than Sunday
Hong Kong Leader’s Warning Renews Protesters’ Zeal as Crowds Swell -
Violent mobs with triad links threaten Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

NSA defenders think they can make surveillance reform vanish. This is how wrong they are | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | - A dirty trick by politicians will come back to haunt them if a looming fight exposes the motherlode of spying power – and shuts off the data vacuum
Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes in FBI’s Story — Krebs on Security (sounded fishy at first - FBI lied, of course)

JP Morgan Chase hackers targeted nine other banks and brokerages – report | Business | - New York Times does not identify targets, severity of attacks Information on 83 million customers stolen from JP Morgan (watch out for phishing spam)

The New Establishment 2014 | Vanity Fair

Ferguson Protesters Outfitted In Orange Jumpsuits And Jailed With High Bail (UPDATE) - The 13 protestors, including many seized while standing on the sidewalk, were arrested by police officers from St. Louis County Police and Missouri State Highway Patrol and were jailed in nearby St. Ann. Video of the arrests show protestors on the sidewalk, and not blocking the street, when officers moved in.

The lab-grown penis: approaching a medical milestone | Science | The Observer - After more than 20 years of research, a team of scientists are bioengineering penises in the lab which may soon be transplanted safely on to patients ... “The phallus is actually much longer than you think,” he explains. “It goes all the way behind the pelvis, so no matter the extent of the damage, there is a high probability that there are salvageable cells.”
Womb transplant birth worth the risk, says mother | Life and style | - First woman to give birth from transplanted uterus says pregnancy option was perfect idea despite lack of guarantees

N.C.A.A. Fan Map: How the Country Roots for College Football - (New England has ... BC!)

In Colorado, a Rebranding of Pot Inc. - - “We’re weeding out the stoners,” said Olivia Mannix, the 25-year-old co-founder of a start-up called Cannabrand, an advertising agency devoted exclusively to marketing marijuana.

Minnesota delays vote on transgender student athletes amid outcry | US news | - Transgender student laments ‘scary’ sexualisation of issue by opponents of policy to support athletes’ gender identification ... The ad said: “A male wants to shower beside your 14-year-old daughter. Are you OK with that?”

Initiation Wells. | Random and awesome pics from all over the world. - The Initiation Wells (AKA initiatic wells or inverted towers)

Crumpled graphene could provide an unconventional energy storage | MIT News - Two-dimensional carbon “paper” can form stretchable supercapacitors to power flexible electronic devices.
Science AMA Series: I’m Maxim Makukov, a researcher in astrobiology and astrophysics and a co-author of the papers which claim to have identified extraterrestrial signal in the universal genetic code thereby confirming directed panspermia. AMA! : science
Does the Placebo Effect Work in Reverse? : askscience - Not only is the 'nocebo effect' thing, so is the reverse placebo effect. This is when you give someone a drug that does one thing, tell them it does the opposite, and they feel described effect rather than the actual one.

Redditors who've been caught having sex by their parents, how did they react? [NSFW] : AskReddit ("My mom busted in on me pounding my girlfriend doggy style said "reeeeaaalllllllyyy" and closed the door")

Budget Cuts "Eroded Our Ability to Respond" to Ebola, Says Top Health Official | Mother Jones (Republicans eroding our defenses against terrorist viruses)
CDC chief on Ebola: We can’t shut the border - Jonathan Topaz - - Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on Friday said restricting travel between the U.S. and West Africa would likely “backfire” and put Americans more at risk of contracting Ebola.
CDC And Dallas Health Officials Now Monitoring 50 People Who May Be At Risk For Ebola - The number of people being monitored for direct or indirect contact with the Dallas Ebola patient has been lowered to 50, health officials reported on Oct. 3.
Dallas District Attorney's Office Weighs Criminal Charges For Ebola Patient - Liberian authorities said Duncan, who was traveling to the U.S. for the first time to visit family in Dallas, lied on his airport screening questionnaire about being in contact with Ebola patients
US Ebola case: hospital admits 'flawed' initial response as officials scramble | World news | - Hazardous materials team arrives to clean Thomas Duncan’s apartment as officials work to rehouse other residents in the complex in Dallas
Ebola: NBC News cameraman diagnosed with virus in Africa | World news | - Freelancer working for US network in Liberia has tested positive for virus and will be flown back to America for treatment
US Ebola patient's friends quarantined under armed guard | World news | - Girlfriend and her family are forced to remain in quarantine as officials admit they failed to clean apartment where sufferer was staying
U.S. Nurses Say They Are Unprepared To Handle Ebola Patients
The Country Simply Can't Go On Like This - Esquire - The country simply cannot go on this way, with one of our two political parties completely insane, and with a counter-cultural universe that claims the right to promulgate its own science as equal to the science produced by actual scientists, and with this dangerous lunacy treated as legitimate by powerful people who ought to know better.
Fox Host Asks CDC Director: Obama Lied About 'Things' So How Can We Trust You On Ebola? | Crooks and Liars - Fox News host Steve Doocy on Wednesday asked CDC Director Dr. Tim Frieden how he could be trusted to tell the country the truth about Ebola when President Barack Obama had misled Americans about "a lot of things." (science is a matter of opinion)
Ebola isn’t the big one. So what is? And are we ready for it? | World news | The Guardian - Humanity is locked in a millennia-old battle to the death with diseases. The current outbreak of Ebola reminds us that as our cities get bigger and international travel easier, the risks in an outbreak grow even higher

Judge Denies DOJ's 'Deeply Troubling' Request To Close Gitmo Force-Feeding Hearing

Former Top Official Says Kim Jong-un Is No Longer in Control of North Korea | VICE News
Kim Jong-Un has lost control of North Korea claims former intelligence officer | Daily Mail Online - Pyongyang in lockdown with even the elite banned from entering or leaving

ISIS Claims To Have Killed British Hostage Alan Henning
How a Blonde Tattooed Texas Girl Became an ISIS Twitter Star | New Republic

Hong Kong protesters beaten and bloodied as thugs attack sit-in | World news | The Guardian - Pro-democracy leaders call off talks with government and accuse police of sending triads against Occupy Central rally
Violence Erupts Among Hong Kong Protests

Turkish President Erdogan tells conference: 'I am increasingly against the internet every day' - The Independent (with good reason)
Nine UN peacekeepers from Niger killed in ambush by rebels in Mali | World news | The Guardian - Fears for future of UN mission to support Bamako government against Islamists insurgency after pullout by French troops
Arrival of Russian cossacks sparks fears in Bosnia | World news | The Guardian - Cossack group led by man who commanded unit in Crimea is taking part in re-enactments a day before key election

Time is running out on the USA Freedom Act — which could drastically curtail US surveillance powers | World news | - If the Senate doesn’t pass the USA Freedom Act after the midterm elections, a key section of the Patriot Act could expire

Depression Denial Syndrome - - Call it depression denial syndrome: the refusal to acknowledge that the rules are different in a persistently depressed economy.

Kansas: GOP Has Numbers Advantage, but Support Drops - Kansas Least Conservative of Top 10 Republican States (the state went insane when Obama got elected)

U.S. Creates 248,000 Jobs In September; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.9% Most of the new jobs in this recovery have been low-wage jobs

Texas women's access to abortion 'depends on zip code' after new curbs | US news | - Reproductive rights groups plan appeal against court decision • Only seven clinics remain open in entire state
Appeals Court Allows Texas To Enforce Harsh Abortion Restrictions

Silver: It's Not Me Vs. Sam Wang, It's Wang Vs. The World - Nate Silver wrote on Thursday that he doesn't see his ongoing dispute with Princeton University's Sam Wang as a mano-a-mano showdown. Rather, it is the entire world that is at odds with Wang's election forecast, he argued.
Nate Silver Rebuts Sam Wang

Lindsey Graham: Marco Rubio 'Not Quite Ready' To Be President, But I Am - -- me and McCain have been talking --
Lindsey Graham: The Embodiment of Everything Wrong with the GOP | The American Conservative
Antonin Scalia Says Constitution Permits Court To 'Favor Religion Over Non-Religion' (that word, separation ...)

School board defies protest of hundreds to pass review of US history curriculum | Education | - Despite hours of emotional speeches from students, teachers and faculty, Colorado school board passes conservative plan
Colo. Ed Board Member: Give U.S. Credit For Voluntarily Ending Slavery - A member of Colorado's state Board of Education argued that the fact that the United States voluntarily ended slavery proved "American execptionalism" and this perspective should be taught to students in a recent Facebook post about the AP U.S. History curriculum. (and the South won the Civil War)

How The Law Turns Battered Women Into Criminals (cluster of insanity in the middle of the country +WV)

Sweet Cakes By Melissa's Owners Say Fine For Rejecting Lesbian Couple Will Leave Them Bankrupt - Previously, the Kleins had argued that they were simply living in accordance with their religious beliefs when they rejected a lesbian couple's request for a wedding cake. Furthermore, they said they believed their decision to deny service to the two women was protected by their right to practice their religion as they see fit. (religious freedom to oppress you)

Ferguson hands control of Michael Brown protests back to St Louis County | World news | - Police chief calls in St Louis County force that oversaw intense clashes immediately after teenager’s killing by Ferguson officer (meanwhile)
The Brief Life And Baffling Death Of John Crawford III
The Charleston Gazette | Sources: Charleston cop suspended over videos - he videos depict Williams’ young daughter dressed in what appear to be articles of a police uniform and dancing to an anthem of the Ku Klux Klan. The refrain of the song repeats the words, “Stand up and be counted, show the world that you’re a man. Stand up and be counted, go with the Ku Klux Klan.” (in case you thought the KKK hadn't worked on branding)

Anthony Horowitz to copyeditor: "I'M NOT CHANGING THIS." » MobyLives
Dominant Male Atheist Leaders Seem to Have a Problem with Women | Alternet - Many of the most prominent leaders of New Atheism are quick to express sexist ideas. (like Sam Harris with his "estrogen vibe")

stunning-architecture.jpg (Pure color – a gorgeous masjid in Iran)
15 Famous Landmarks Zoomed Out To Show Their Surroundin - Imgur

Marriott Fined $600,000 for Jamming Guests' Wi-Fi - ABC News - Marriott International will pay a $600,000 fine for jamming conference attendees' own Wi-Fi networks at its Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, forcing them to pay hefty prices to use the hotel's own connection.
Hackers Have Found A Flaw In Macs And Are Using It To Control 17,000 Apple Computers ... Via Reddit - Yahoo Finance - The iWorm reportedly uses Reddit's search function to find comments left by the criminals in a Minecraft discussion section of the site.

Family members linked to US Ebola patient told to stay home as 100 are checked for exposure | US news | - Health officials raise number of people monitored to 100 ‘We have tried-and-true protocols to protect the public’ (don't panic)
Texas Officials Say 80 People May Have Been Exposed To Ebola Patient: Report
Ebola Patient Told Hospital He Came From Liberia - initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa
A Hospital From Hell, in a City Swamped by Ebola -
Ebola Suspected in U.N. Worker’s Death - - The United Nations lost its first staff member from what a spokesman for the organization on Wednesday called a “probable” case of Ebola in Liberia.
Man in U.S. With Ebola Had Been Screened to Fly, but System Is Spotty -
Liberian Officials Identify Ebola Victim in Texas as Thomas Eric Duncan - - Liberian Officials Identify Ebola Victim in Texas as Thomas Eric Duncan

Islamic State In Iraq Carried Out Mass Executions, Abductions: UN Report - At least 9,347 civilians had been killed and 17,386 wounded so far this year through September, well over half of them since the Islamist insurgents also known as ISIL and ISIS began seizing large parts of northern Iraq in early June, the report said.

Judge rejects White House plea to keep Guantánamo force-feeding hearings secret | World news | - Judge Gladys Kessler dismissed the government’s argument that an open hearing would jeopardize national security

Hong Kong leader's daughter creates controversy with Facebook post - The Times of India - "The necklace on my profile pic is not a dog collar, silly!!!" she said. "This is actually a beautiful necklace bought at Lane Crawford (yes - funded by all you HK taxpayers!! So are all my beautiful shoes and dresses and clutches!! Thank you so much!!!!)".

JP Morgan says 76 million households affected in largest ever data breach | Business | - Bank said financial information not compromised but customers’ contact information, including phone numbers, captured

IOC demands: Oslo drops bid after over-the-top list of requirements. #hey demand to meet the king prior to the opening ceremony. Afterwards, there shall be a cocktail reception. Drinks shall be paid for by the Royal Palace or the local organizing committee.

New Secret Service head comes from Comcast | TheHill (will throttle visitors)
How The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig Broke Open The Secret Service Scandal
Julia Pierson, Women Leaders, and the Perils of the Glass Cliff | New Republic

Here’s how to draw a sharp contrast with Republicans - The Washington Post
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball » Republican Chances of Senate Takeover Are Improving - But Kansas race complicates matters (prepare to reap the whirlwind)

Eschaton: And It All Falls Down - The amazing thing about Christie cancelling the tunnel project is that it was much more of a gift to NJ than NYC. Sure NYC needs those tunnels, too, but it's commuters from NJ who are really going to be screwed.

Asian-Americans Make Up The Fastest Growing Voting Bloc In The South - Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI) are by far the fastest growing racial group in the South, even outpacing the growth of Latinos

Teen Pregnancies, Abortions Plummet With Free Contraception - When teenagers have access to free, long-acting contraception, pregnancies, births and abortions plunge well below current national averages. (why Republicans hate birth control and sex-ed)

Police investigate Dallas Cowboys C.J. Spillman in alleged sexual assault on woman in team's hotel - NY Daily News - “We have asked the NFL whether or not this alleged rape was reported to them and if they approved this accused individual’s playing in the game notwithstanding the allegations that had been made against him.”
Eschaton: Good Enough For The Ladies - The difference matters: plastic pitches alter how the game is played, pose unique safety risks and are considered inferior for international competition.

Eschaton: Effed - Oh crap : Amtrak officials said on Wednesday that they will have to sharply curtail use of the century-old rail tunnels leading to New York City for at least a year to repair the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, a move that would affect train service for tens of thousands of commuters. (+fatfuck Christie screwed NJ bigtime)
Repairs to New York Tunnels Will Limit Rail Service -

Witnesses contradict police account of warnings before Walmart shooting | US news | - Investigation file reveals differences about specific command given by Ohio officers before John Crawford III was shot dead
Disgraced Chicago police commander accused of torture freed from prison | World news | - Jon Burge alleged to be architect behind serial police torture, as 100 people linked to Burge-era confessions still in prison

Your baby looks like your ex? This research is scarier than Alien | Daisy Buchanan | Comment is free | - It is thought that molecules of the semen produced by the first partner might be absorbed by the mother’s immature eggs.
HIV pandemic originated in Kinshasa in the 1920s, say scientists | Science | The Guardian - Thriving city with multiple transport links and influx of male labourers made it perfect incubator for pandemic strain of HIV

Some Thoughts on DMT Art | Singing to the Plants

Reddit, what is the most dangerous sentence in the world? : AskReddit
Actual Summary of Greek Mythology : funny
Google threatened with $100m lawsuit over nude celebrity photos | Technology | The Guardian - Firm threatened with lawsuit over failure to remove hacked photos from subsidiaries including YouTube and BlogSpot

Walruses forced on to Alaska beach at risk of being trampled to death | Environment | - An estimated 35,000 walruses were forced on to beach in north-west Alaska because of disappearing summer sea ice
Plaquemines Louisiana Environmental Disaster: The Land Is Vanishing | New Republic - And guess who's blocking efforts to save the land
IEA: Solar costs heading to 4c/kWh, rooftop solar “unbeatable” - - The Technology Roadmap: Solar PV 2014 shows that the IEA now expects solar to become the biggest single source of energy by 2050. The IEA has doubled its forecast capacity for solar PV compared to previous forecasts.

Dallas Ebola patient identified - - Between 12 and 18 people have been identified as having come in contact with the patient, who is the first to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, officials said.
US Ebola patient told staff of Liberia travel but was allowed to leave hospital | World news | - Revelation comes as Dallas witness recounts victim ‘throwing up all over the place’ as ambulance took him away
In Dallas Ebola Case, Officials Are Monitoring Children Exposed to Patient -
Epidemics Are Not Natural
What Ecologists Can Tell Virologists - Annual Review of Microbiology, 68(1):117 - John J. Dennehy

Hong Kong Students Battle Exhaustion To Continue Protests - Huge crowds filled the streets of Hong Kong for the fifth day of mass protests, sparked by Beijing's decision to pre-screen candidates in the semi-autonomous territory's forthcoming leadership election.

ISIS Beheads 3 Women In Syria, School Bombed
The dumb war in Syria will haunt Democrats' 2014 prospects - The Week - Leave the starting of unwinnable wars to the GOP
The Case Against Qatar - The tiny, gas-rich emirate has pumped tens of millions of dollars through obscure funding networks to hard-line Syrian rebels and extremist Salafists, building a foreign policy that punches above its weight. After years of acquiescing -- even taking advantage of its ally's meddling -- Washington may finally be punching back. (sorta like another little middle eastern country)

Eschaton: You Fucked Up, You Trusted Us! - The outgoing SNP leader and first minister said Mr Brown was "calling for guarantees on the delivery of something which he himself said during the referendum campaign was already a done deal".

Australia passes security law, raising fears for press freedom | Reuters - The first of a series of security powers requested by Australia's government to combat Islamist militants passed through parliament on Wednesday, despite criticism that they could land journalists in jail for reporting on national security.

Secret service director Julie Pierson resigns after series of security lapses | World news | - First female secret service chief bows to pressure to quit after House hearing revealed evidence chronicling security failures
Politico Magazine: Obama might need to be assassinated before we can get Secret Service reform - - Sickening piece blames Obama for Secret Service failures -- and suggests change may require his assassination
Threat Levels, Day Two - Esquire - "Have you tried the new watermelon-flavored toothpaste?" (Boston Herald of Satan)

Eric Holder raises concerns over privacy advances by tech companies | Society | - US attorney general suggests an increase in privacy protections may thwart attempts to crack down on child exploitation

Court Won't Force Democrats To Field Candidate In Kansas Senate Race
Tea Party revolt imperils Kansas | TheHill - Kansas Tea Party supporters are threatening to sit out the state’s pivotal Senate election, potentially dealing another blow to the reelection hopes of Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).
Court Strikes Down GOP-Backed Voting Restrictions In North Carolina - North Carolina will now be required to reinstate same-day voter registration, as well as allow voters to cast ballots even if they show up to vote in the wrong precinct.
In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

Database shows $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals - LA Times - Doctors and teaching hospitals had $3.5 billion in financial ties with medical firms in the last half of 2013

Hullabaloo - When Corporate Sponsors Leave ALEC and Rush. What We Learn

Grand Jury In Ferguson Shooting Investigated For Misconduct - The county prosecutor's office received information Wednesday morning suggesting that a juror may have discussed evidence in the case with a friend, office spokesman Ed Magee told The Washington Post.
Gun nuts’ tragic confusion: Why “open carry” groups don’t get police brutality -
Michael Dunn Found Guilty Of First-Degree Murder In Killing Of Jordan Davis - Michael Dunn was found guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Jordan Davis in September, 2012 after an argument over loud music.
Dillon Taylor police shooting body cam video - YouTube
Woman Spends A Month In Jail After Cops Mistake SpaghettiOs For Meth
After Denials, Chicago Police Department Admits Purchase Of Cell-Phone Spying Devices « CBS Chicago - The Chicago Police department has finally acknowledged that it had purchased cell-phone interceptor devices back in 2008, raising serious privacy concerns among activists who question how they are being used.
Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers | FiveThirtyEight - Today, only 15 of America’s largest police departments have a strict residency requirement for police officers, and a majority of cops live outside the cities they serve.

76 Of 79 Deceased NFL Players Had Brain Disease, Frontline Reports

New York Times Announces Deep New Round Of Staff Cuts As Digital Initiatives Stall - the New York Times is planning to make deep cuts in its newsroom staff, executives announced Wednesday. More troublingly for the paper, its attempts to gain new sources of revenue through digital products appear to be stalling badly.

Women Prefer Gay Porn To 'Female-Friendly' Straight Porn, Says Survey

11 Reasons You Should Be Watching The Legend Of Korra
? John Oliver Demands to Know How Ayn Rand Is ‘Still a Thing’ (HD) - YouTube
The Internet Has a Problem(atic) - The Awl - But if you look at "problematic" in newspapers like the Washington Post, you'll see that "problematic" doesn't get a spike until 2007:

What causes paranoia, hallucinations and grandiose ideas? | Daniel and Jason Freeman | Science | - The widespread symptoms typically associated with schizophrenia are at least as likely to be triggered by people’s environment as their genes, a new study suggests
A brief history of psychedelic psychiatry | Mo Costandi | Science | - In the 1950s a group of pioneering psychiatrists showed that hallucinogenic drugs had therapeutic potential, but the research was halted as part of the backlash against the hippy counterculture.
Your nose knows death is imminent | Mo Costandi | Science | - Losing the sense of smell predicts death within five years, according to new research.
Golden ratio discovered in quantum world: Hidden symmetry observed for the first time in solid state matter -- ScienceDaily
How Zapping the Brain With Electricity Can Help Fight Disease | Motherboard
92% of patients say medical marijuana works - The Washington Post

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