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072815
Climate change: world's wealthiest understand, but only half see it as threat In every South American country, along with Mexico, India, Tanzania and Morocco, concern over climate change is above 90% (much smarter than your average Republican)


White House Dismisses Petition Asking for Edward Snowden's Pardon
NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

U.S. drops Boston's bid to host 2024 Olympic Games
Kevin Cullen on Boston 2024: USOC lacked understanding of local culture - Metro - The Boston Globe (Fish and the oligarches)

Iran Ceases Financial Aid to Hamas in Gaza, Official Claims
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise - The Independent - You would have thought that, by now, the Kurds might have learnt their lesson

China Rout Leads Stocks Lower as Dollar Drops, Treasuries Rise - Bloomberg Business - The biggest slump in Chinese shares in eight years led equities lower worldwide and selling spread to the dollar as the turmoil bolstered speculation the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates lower for longer.

Labour is now so passive, it might as well be led by an out-of-office email | Comment is free | The Guardian
The real Lord Sewel scandal is financial, not sexual | Suzanne Moore | Comment is free | The Guardian - Forget the salmon-coloured bra - what really shocks is the extent to which the peer's private life is subsidised by the taxpayer (they hate welfare for everyone else)

Provocative new study finds bullies have highest self esteem, social status, lowest rates of depression | National Post - bullying: that the behaviour is literally in the genes, an inherited trait that actually helps build social rank and sex appeal.
Provocative new study finds bullies have highest self esteem, social status, lowest rates of depression : science

Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back | World news | The Guardian - Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been "massively overspending" despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil (your Hedgie overlords say you don't need no education)
Billionaire hedge fund managers have called on Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools so that the island can pay them back the billions it owes. It accused the island, where 56% of children live in poverty, of spending too much on education : worldnews (""Prostitution is the only job you can charge more for having no prior experience in the work")

$1 of every $5 spent in US will be on health care

Donald Trump's Attorney Defends Him Against Ex-Wife's Rape Allegation - "You can't rape your own spouse" (so, turns out Trumpster is a rapist, figures)
Donald Trump's lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife's allegations: 'You cannot rape your spouse' | US news | The Guardian - Donald Trump's lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife's allegations: "You cannot rape your spouse"

Under Jeb Bush, housing prices fueled Florida's boom. Then it all went bush bust - Florida owed a substantial portion of its growth under Bush not to any state policies but to a massive and unsustainable housing bubble -- one that ultimately benefited rich investors at the expense of middle-class families. (Jebbie!)

AP News : In New Jersey, Christie taps ex-classmates for plum posts (fat fuckup never left high school)
Eschaton: This Comes As A Complete Surprise - A New Jersey asshole whose entire schtick is yelling at people who voted for him isn't massively popular in other parts of the country? This is a complete surprise.
Chris Christie poll shows NJ wants him to resign - Business Insider - This poll is absolutely brutal for Chris Christie ("a lot" = 5%; 89% think he would make a terrible president)

Oklahoma's Top Court Says State Must Remove Ten Commandments Monument (the Satanists did them in)
Mississippi school district fined $7500 for opening assembly with prayer : news (Dumbassippi)

Boy Scouts Break Up with Mormon Church - The Daily Beast - Closely linked since 1913, the Boy Scouts of America royally pissed off the LDS Church this week. The reason? Allowing gay troop leaders.

Chief Blackwell on UC officer's body cam: I've seen the video, "it is not good")
University of Cincinnati officer kill man after traffic stop. Police Chief watches video and says "it is not good." Video won't be immediately released. : news
Seattle police officer faces firing over arrest of man carrying a golf club | The Seattle Times - Officer Cynthia Whitlatch will be given the chance to plead her case after she was notified Monday she faces termination over the arrest of a 69-year-old African-American man who was carrying a golf club as a cane but she accused of wielding as a weapon.
Video captured Medford detective's vulgar threat to driver - In the 2012 incident, LeBert approached a man who was filming him, according to a Boston.com report. (learned nothing)

NFL upholds Tom Brady's four-game suspension -- Brady directed that the cellphone he had used for the prior four months be destroyed. He did so even though he was aware that the investigators had requested access to text messages and other electronic information that had been stored on that phone ... Brady had exchanged nearly 10,000 text messages, none of which can now be retrieved from that device


Research news - Sleep makes our memories more accessible, study shows - University of Exeter - Sleeping not only protects memories from being forgotten, it also makes them easier to access
Anticancer olive compounds | Research News @ Vanderbilt | Vanderbilt University - olive metabolites act as topoisomerase II poisons. This activity may contribute to the cancer preventive properties attributed to the Mediterranean diet.
21 days of mammalian omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves aspects of neuromuscular function and performance in male athletes compared to olive oil placebo. : science
Fish Oil - Scientific Review on Usage, Dosage, Side Effects | Examine.com
21 days of mammalian omega-3 fatty acid supplementation improves aspects of neuromuscular function and performance in male athletes compared to olive oil placebo. : science
Scientists Confirm 'Impossible' EM Drive Propulsion | Hacked - White proposes that the EM Drive's thrust is due to virtual particles in the quantum vacuum that behave like propellant ions in magneto-hydrodynamical propulsion systems, extracting "fuel" from the very fabric of space-time and eliminating the need to carry propellant. "Some damage to our theories of physics is an acceptable payoff if we get a working space drive,"
Science Ama Series: I am Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist. Join me to talk about making the future of technology more human, reddit. AMA! : science

TIL that the Hindu religion states that science only offers a limited view of reality, but all it offers is right and correct, meaning that the religion by it's nature cannot contradict science, leading to the the majority of even highly religious Hindus accepting evolution as fact. : todayilearned
People who have been cheated on, how did you find out? : AskReddit
Reddit what do you know about your SO that they don't know you know? : AskReddit
Whats the most fucked up thing you have ever seen? [NSFW] : AskReddit
DCopperfield comments on "We didn't even know how you vanished the motherfucking marker." Penn&Teller S2.
Provocative new study finds bullies have highest self esteem, social status, lowest rates of depression : science

"Happy Birthday" Lawsuit: "Smoking Gun" Emerges in Bid to Free World's Most Popular Song - Hollywood Reporter

072715
Announcing the Uncertainty Handbook - Have you ever struggled with the communication of climate change uncertainties?
The Debunking Handbook: now freely available for download
AskScience AMA Series: I'm Stephan Lewandowsky, here with Klaus Oberauer, we will be responding to your questions about the conflict between our brains and our globe: How will we meet the challenges of the 21st century despite our cognitive limitations?
Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons | Technology | The Guardian - More than 1,000 experts and leading robotics researchers sign open letter warning of military artificial intelligence arms race

China stocks plunge, suffer biggest one-day loss since February 2007 | Hong Kong Free Press - China stocks plunged more than 8 percent, their biggest one-day drop in more than eight years, as a government-triggered rebound petered out amid profit-taking, concerns over economic health and fears of an end to Beijing's inclination toward looser monetary policies.

How Berlin's Futuristic Airport Became a $6 Billion Embarrassment (Greek-like financial fiasco)

Boston mayor puts city's 2024 Olympic bid in doubt

Anti-abortion hackers attack Planned Parenthood, release databases, employee data
Anti-NYC hacker takes New York Magazine offline - On Sunday night, New York Magazine released a groundbreaking new cover featuring 35 victims of alleged assault from Bill Cosby. But you can't see it.
Spelman College Terminates Professorship Endowed by Bill Cosby - The New York Times

Hillary Clinton's Bernie Sanders Problem Is Bigger Than Anyone Realizes
Donald Trump And The Extraordinary Vapidness Of Political Punditry | ThinkProgress

Obama Slams Huckabee Over Iran Comments - "Ridiculous if it weren't sad."

Confederate Monuments: Memorials to State-Sponsored Terrorism - Lawyers, Guns & Money

N.J. Transit Announces More Delays Amid Work - The New York Times (Christie-fucked)
Pension fund trustees seek billions in damages from state | NJ.com (yeah, more Christie-fucked)

For-profit juvenile detention facility "a disgrace to Florida" says grand jury - Jurors say Florida institution operated by controversial G4S security firm behind London Olympics is dilapidated and unsanitary while staff is undertrained (talk about globalization)

A Clinton Story Fraught with Inaccuracies: How It Happened and What Next? - The New York Times

Man Who Co-Owns Nails Salons Thinks They're Just Great, So (no, much better than the HRC reporting)

Tragedy of "golden" daughter's fall resonates with Asian immigrant children
The Story of Jennifer Pan : toronto

A kiss is not a kiss. In some cultures it's just gross, researchers find.

Cop caught on dash ca m while pulling over a driver who drove the wrong way at a traffic circle. threatening to blow a hole through driver's head - A Medford police detective has been placed on administrative leave

Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Susan Hyman of the University of Rochester Medical Center. I've been studying Autism Spectrum Disorder and treating children with ASD for three decades. Ask me anything!

Marijuana can help treat opioid addiction, study shows - Smell the Truth ("gateway" drug turns out to be "off-ramp")
Scientists have developed an eye drop that dissolves cataracts

Gawker Fires Bill Arkin - Gawker Geithner article retrieved before removal by Archive.org:

072615
James Hansen's controversial sea level rise paper has now been published online

Nigeria Boko Haram crisis: Child bomber hits Damaturu - BBC News - The attack took place near a crowded market in the city of Damaturu in Yobe state. About 50 people were wounded.


A British deputy speaker in charge of upholding standards in the House of Lords has resigned after allegedly being filmed snorting cocaine with two sex workers. (classic)

Unprecedented Life Sentence Recommended for Peanut Executive, for knowingly shipping Salmonella-contaminated peanut butter : news

The 8 Biggest Disasters in U.S. Military History - (8) Disbanding the Iraqi Army, 2003

The M.I.T. Gang - The New York Times - Goodbye, Chicago boys. Hello, M.I.T. gang. (radical free market ideology, the economics of oligarchs)

Eschaton: Every Little Thing - Just stop treating people like crap. We don't even pretend to try to live up to our soaring rhetoric about ourselves anymore. "A federal judge in California has ruled that the Obama administration's detention of children and their mothers who were caught crossing the border illegally is a serious violation of a longstanding court settlement, and that the families should be released as quickly as possible." (Obama has always acted helpless to do anything about these horrible abuses)

Sandra Bland Death May Lead to Disciplinary Action, Sheriff Says - The New York Times (root causes not addressed)
Lousiana's Gun Problem - the 10 states with the weakest gun laws collectively have a level of gun violence that is more than twice as high -- 104% higher -- than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws

Eschaton: America's Worst Humans - Chris Christie (Amtrak's fault)(however) New Jersey Transit's payments mostly go toward operating costs, like train dispatching and inspections, and for electricity to run the trains, and that in the 2014 fiscal year, for example, only about $13.6 million was left for system upgrades.

Planned Parenthood Video To Be Investigated By California - The new investigation adds to scrutiny of both Planned Parenthood and the group behind the video.

Nearly No Consequences For Drunk Executives Who Poured Beer On Native American Children's Heads | ThinkProgress

Cosby Accusers Speak Out In Powerful NYMag Photo Series (35 of 46)

What the Times Got Wrong About Nail Salons (sorta like their Hillary criminal charges reporting)
How the New York Times Bungled the Hillary Clinton Emails Story - And to other reporters: Democracy is not a game. It is not a means of getting our names on the front page or setting the world abuzz about our latest scoop. It is about providing information so that an electorate can make decisions based on reality. It is about being fair and being accurate. This despicable Times story was neither.

Colin Cowherd Is Mad We Didn't Run His Full Racist Musings, So Here
The Great One Speaks - Lawyers, Guns & Money : let us explore some other reasons why Pedro Martinez is awesome

Farming May Have Started Way Earlier Than Scientists Thought - Researchers have found evidence of plant cultivation at a 23,000-year-old site.


072515
"Beepolalypse Not" -- Alec lobbyists abuzz in defense of pesticides amid die-offs (the same assholes that don't believe in AGW)

Amnest Blast "Staggering Iranian Execution Spree - Narly 700 people killed to far this year

Thailand's move to return Uighurs to China is a massive moral failure - Thailand should issue an immediate moratorium on deporting not only Uighurs but also anyone whose refugee status is pending. (don't look over here)

The Unanswered Questions From The NY Times' Debunked Clinton Emails Report | Blog | Media Matters for America (Clinton Rules rule at the conservative core of the NYT)

Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted - The New York Times - But Trump is the brand, to a sizable degree. And the crazies have long flourished in the Republican media wing, where any amount of gaseous buffoonery goes unchallenged. (comments: "Trump shines a spotlight into just how far we've descended ... bullying, arrogant and narcissitic" (the American ideal)


On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies - The New York Times - Because Sandra Bland was driving while black, because she was not subservient in the manner this trooper preferred, a routine traffic stop became a death sentence.


The Singular Mind of Terry Tao - The New York Times - the Navier--Stokes global regularity problem, which has become, since it emerged more than a century ago, one of the most important in all of mathematics.
Terence Tao Proposes Fluid New Path in Navier-Stokes Problem | Quanta Magazine - in an alternative abstract universe closely related to the one described by the Navier-Stokes equations, it is possible for a body of fluid to form a sort of computer, which can build a self-replicating fluid robot that, like the Cat in the Hat, keeps transferring its energy to smaller and smaller copies of itself until the fluid "blows up"
Navier-Stokes existence and smoothness
fluid dynamics - Water explosion and Navier-Stokes global regularity problem - Mathematics Stack Exchange


072415
Australia's climate change stance attacked by UK MP - Australia's climate change stance is "incomprehensible" and "profoundly un-conservative", said a leading UK MP.
It's critical El Niqo hits Northern California. Why experts are growing optimistic.

New Photos Show Bush Administration Reaction to 9/11 Attacks : news

Turkish Warplanes Hit ISIS Targets In Syria - The operation comes a day after Turkey agreed to allow the U.S. access to a key Turkish air base.
How to think about Islamic State | Books | The Guardian - a horrific expression of a widespread frustration with a globalised western model that promises freedom and prosperity to all, but fails to deliver (nothing to do with all the dead people)
Kerry says Israeli action against Iran would be 'huge mistake' - NBC - Independent.ie

Russian austerity: Putin fires 110,000 officials - Jul. 24, 2015

How San Francisco's Progressive Politics Led to Its Housing Affordability Crisis - CityLab

How the American South Drives the Low-Wage Economy - Just as in the 1850s (with the Dred Scott decision and the Fugitive Slave Act), the Southern labor system (with low pay and no unions) is wending its way north.

Lafayette Theater Shooter Fan of David Duke, Neo-Nazis, and Antigovernment Conspiracies

Insiders: Donald Trump has peaked - Katie Glueck - Politico (but Dems say he's not going anywhere)

Manitou Springs woman cited on suspicion of arson for burning Confederate flag

Texas Supreme Court says city must repeal HERO or put it on ballot - Houston Chronicle - The Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that Houston City Council must repeal the city's equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. (because it's something you can vote on)
State Of Georgia Sues Carl Malamud For Copyright Infringement For Publishing The State's Own Laws | Techdirt
Judge Chastises Arpaio's Lawyers for Withholding Records - ABC News

Which of the 11 American nations do you live in? - The Washington Post

Ashley Madison was just the beginning: my dad's secret life of online infidelity (see betrayedone in comments)

Gawker.com Is Coming Back, But Gawker Media May Not Be - "There is a strong argument for a company name that is not the same as Gawker.co.m

Cannabis use among Swedish men in adolescence and the risk of adverse life course outcomes: results from a 20 year-follow-up study : science (possibly lower employment)
The number of sexually-active teenagers in the US is at its lowest point in a quarter of a century, and less than half as many 15- to 19-year-olds are having intercourse compared with those living during the 1980s : news
Galaxy Graveyard May Be Overflowing with Dark Matter - A vast cluster of dead galaxies roughly 300 million light-years from Earth may hold as much as 100 times more dark matter than visible matter, researchers say.

Oliver Sacks: My Periodic Table - The New York Times

TIL that although Jewish people make up only 0.2% of the world's population, they have won over 1/5 of the Nobel prizes since it first began. : todayilearned
What is the creepiest "glitch in the matrix" you have experienced? : AskReddit


072315
Martin O'Malley's Link Between Climate Change and ISIS Isn't Crazy (you know who's crazy?)


Poll Finds Most in U.S. Hold Dim View of Race Relations - The New York Times - Seven years ago, in the gauzy afterglow of a stirring election night in Chicago, commentators dared ask whether the United States had finally begun to heal its divisions over race and atone for the original sin of slavery by electing its first black president. It has not. Not even close.

Not Just the Flag - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Southern states didn't respond to the civil rights movement only by placing Confederate flags on their statehouses or integrating the Stars and Bars into their state flag. They also named public buildings after Confederate leaders during these years. Take the elementary schools of Austin: (they made black kids go to schools named for Confederate traitors who fought for slavery)

Bernie Sanders becomes the first candidate to speak out on Sandra Bland: "We need real police reform">
Blame the Police - Sandra Bland's arrest and death are a national scandal. The police are responsible
8 Shot in Lafayette, La., Movie Theater; Gunman Kills Himself - The New York Times
Teenage Brothers Accused of Killing Parents and 3 Siblings in Oklahoma - The New York Times

Pumped dry - How our roads came to depend on a broken tax scheme Washington can't fix (Repubicans hate infrastructure

On Trump, Murdoch Has Lost Control of Ailes, Fox -- NYMag
Donald Trump Is Not the Frontrunner. Smarter Polls Would Prove It. | The New Republic - Trump brings up the rear at 0.6, suggesting that he has few additional lurking supporters, and is close to maxed out.

Mainstream Republican Candidate Advocates Ending Medicare - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - call to end Medicare comes just as cost projections for Medicare have come down substantially. Jeb! is, of course, lying about wanting to end Medicare because it's fiscally unsustainable. He wants to end Medicare because Republicans are ideologically opposed to providing access to health care for the non-affluenct. (it's not a death panel, it's an execution squad)

On Day 3 of Delays, New Jersey Transit's Shortfalls Are Painfully Clear (good job, Chris Christie and NJ voters!)

Warrior Policing and Sandra Bland's Arrest (vs the "Guardian" model)

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood Video (lies, lies and more lies from the Death Party)

Scientists find first drug that appears to slow Alzheimer's disease - solanezumab, was shown to stave off memory loss in patients with mild Alzheimer's
Attaching Alzheimer's with Ultrasound
Marijuana compound may halt Alzheimer's disease
The potential therapeutic effects of THC on Alzheimer's disease
Marijuana fights Alzheimer's disease -- one in three elderly will die demented -- sixth leading cause of death in the nation, costing America about $203 billion in 2013.

Man found dead in car with 1,200 weapons at home thought he was a spy | US news | The Guardian

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies | Jordan Kisner | Film | The Guardian
The Exorcist: The Sound of Silence (+El Topo)

The Nicki Minaj debate is bigger than Taylor Swift's ego | Music | The Guardian (but TS's giant ego broadcasted Minaj's point by missing the point)
Taylor Swift Apologizes To Nicki Minaj For "Missing The Point"

Jackie Fuchs Discusses Going Public About Her Rape, Joan Jett's Response And Her Message For Her Abuser

072215
Sea level study: James Hansen issues dire climate warning - glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica will melt 10 times faster than previous consensus estimates, resulting in sea level rise of at least 10 feet in as little as 50 years (Jeb, Scott and Marco will still be alive when it's 5 feet)

Mutant Flowers From Japan's Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Go Viral Online - weather.com

Obama's Plan for Guantanamo Is Seen Faltering

Tension in Kashmir after Hindu group burns Muslim flag - The Journal of Turkish Weekly

U.S. decides against publicly blaming China for data hack - The Washington Post - the Obama administration has decided against publicly blaming China for the intrusion in part out of reluctance to reveal the evidence that American investigators have assembled (which would make them look really, really stupid)

Flash - Thirty-seven killed in three days in Brazilian city - France 24 - one hypothesis being considered is a coordinated wave of attacks involving police, an official said.

32 boys dead in South African initiation season -The Tico Times - Of the deaths, 27 were in South Africa's rural and deeply traditional Eastern Cape province, where Ngcobo said over 150 had been hospitalised for burns, serious head injuries and one case of a partially amputated penis. - 400 boys died and half a million were hospitalised after attending the winter initiation schools between 2008 and 2013, with a major cause being complications such as infection after circumcision.

Italian police raids mafia gambling empire, seize assets worth 2 billion euros - Yahoo News Canada

Hacking Drones Close to Being Drawn up by Boeing and Hacking Team (fly a drone over your house and hack your wifi)

Zurik: $11 billion later, Louisiana's incentives fail to deliver - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports - In 2011, the state approved a big incentive package for Cheniere Energy - over a 10-year period, a $1.5 billion package. The next year, 2012, Cheniere CEO Charif Souki received a large stock award, $49 million. His total income jumped from $6 million to $57 million. In 2013, he received an even larger payday, almost $142 million. In the two years following the incentives, Souki and five other executives took home $300 million in compensation.

chickclick comments on randians whose marriages didn't work out/are unhappy with it; what happened?


Sandra Bland Death: Texas to Look Into Alleged Edits of Dashcam Video : news ("look into")
Federal charges brought against officer in no-knock SWAT raid that resulted in maimed toddler (stun grenade in crib) : news
Federal monitor ordered for Newark police for civil rights violations - LA Times
Oklahoma Watch: Law enforcement seizures misspent, missing - Tulsa World: Homepagelatest
SergeantIndie comments on Hey I love you guys and all, but I'm not gonna stand outside a recruitment center with an AR. - The America I signed up to defend, the America I was willing to lay my life down for, isn't an America where people feel the need to parade around with assault rifles to "keep us safe." That isn't fucking America, that's Iraq. It's Afghanistan. It's third-world.

TIL that left-wing and right-wing got their names because during the French Revolution those in favour of the king sat on his right and those in favour of the Revolution sat on his left. : todayilearned

Easy DNA Editing Will Remake the World. Buckle Up. | WIRED
Evolution, not just mutation, drives development of cancer: Solving 'Peto's Paradox,' new model shows selection pressure of healthy tissue keeps cells with cancerous mutations in check -- ScienceDaily - A new article argues against the commonly held 'accumulation of mutations' model of oncogenesis in favor of a model that depends on evolutionary pressures acting on populations of cells.
DNA uncovers mystery migration to the Americas : worldnews
DNA uncovers mystery migration to the Americas - BBC News - The DNA of some native Amazonians shows significant similarity to indigenous inhabitants of Australia and Melanesia.
First Americans came from Siberia 23,000 years ago | Business Standard News
Visceral adipose tissue is associated with microstructural brain tissue damage. - PubMed - NCBI - Our data indicate that increased abdominal VAT rather than SAT is associated with microstructural brain tissue damage in elderly individuals.
How can an electron have the same, yet negative, force to a proton even though it is ~1800th the size? : askscience

Ashley Madison says 1 in 5 Ottawans subscribed to adulterer website | CBCNews.ca Mobile (which means, when you subtract the women, children and old men without internet, every guy in Ottawa has 1.7 AM accounts)

Diner Owner Defends Yelling at 2-Year-Old to Stop Crying : news
What's the most awkward wedding moment you've witnessed? : AskReddit
Reddit what will make you attracted to a person instantly? : AskReddit
What small subreddits deserve more attention? : AskReddit
What 'secret' does your SO think they are keeping from you? : AskReddit

Anonymous affiliate GhostSec causes foiling ISIS terror plots in New York and Tunisia : worldnews
HORNET: Researchers unveil high-speed anonymity network - The new tech is called HORNET: High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer.

072115
Former Top NASA Scientist Predicts Catastrophic Rise In Sea Levels - Science says it has happened before. projects sea levels rising as much as 10 feet in the next 50 years.
Republicans Are Upset That Martin O'Malley Cited Actual Science On Climate Change And Conflict (Republicans brains)

WikiLeaks: Steinmeier target of systematic NSA spying | News | DW.COM | 20.07.2015 - WikiLeaks has published evidence that the NSA systematically spied on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as well as other officials. The alleged spying reportedly predates the September 11, 2001 attacks. - Today's s publication indicates that the NSA has been used to help the CIA kidnap and torture with impunity. For years the CIA was systematically abducting and torturing people, with the tacit complicity of European governments," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a statement.

The UAE introduces new law criminalising all forms of discrimination on the grounds of religion, caste, creed, doctrine, race, colour or ethnic origin. : worldnews

Why Republican promises to scrap Iran nuclear deal may not be met | World news | The Guardian - If Iran is complying with terms of the nuclear accord then any future Republican president may find dismantling it a very difficult task (the war maniacs will try)

Iran nuclear deal: Satirical website The Onion accidentally breaks story about the US offering missiles to Israel - Middle East - World - The Independent (rewarding bad behavior)

ISIS Transforming Into Functioning State That Uses Terror as Tool - The New York Times
Yemenis are terrorized by a weapon made in America, sold to the Saudis | Public Radio International - Cluster bombs have been banned by 116 countries. Yet one cluster weapon, made in America, is being used on the battlefield in Yemen, dangerously close to civilians.
Islamic State (ISIS) is now in Serbia and threatening to make Christian Serbs their slaves - Walid Shoebat

Economists Troll Germany, Telling It To Leave The Euro First - If one country should leave the eurozone, they argue, it's not Greece -- it's Germany.

NYT: Cell phone found with video of men being shot in the water at sea... : news

The reckless plot to overthrow Africa's most absurd dictator | Andrew Rice | World news | The Guardian - In December, a handful of middle-aged American immigrants attempted to topple the autocratic ruler of the Gambia.

Donald Trump Escalates Feud With "Idiot" Lindsey Graham In South Carolina - The real estate mogul gave the senator's personal cell phone number to supporters.
Donald Trump and the White Working Class by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - new WaPo/ABC poll, though, shows Trump's suddenly inflated position in the Republican field being based very heavily on the white working class vote. He's at 33% among white non-college educated Republicans (Trump is their ideal fool)
162 Talking Heads Have Weighed In On Trump vs. McCain

National Review says Bernie Sanders is a national socialist - Vox - Kevin Williamson has a hot take on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders -- he's a Nazi (Kevin is a very bad human)

One Simple Idea That Could Reduce Domestic Violence - Give victims free lawyers.

About The Washington Post's Campbell Brown Story By Alexander Russo

The old suburban office park is the new American ghost town - The Washington Post - There are 71.5?million square feet of vacant office space in the Washington region, much of it piled in office parks. That's enough emptiness to fill the Mall four times over, with just enough left to fill most of the Pentagon, the granddaddy of office buildings.

Time for a Blogger Ethics Panel ; Balloon Juice - Don't t know if you have been following the Gawker shitshow like I have, but today, two editors, Tommy Craggs and Max Read, both stepped down, and we are now officially in the pity party zone:

The 8 stupidest things Fox News' Brian Kilmeade has ever said live on national television (shark lasers and other dumb shit)

More U.S. Children Are Living In Poverty Than During The Great Recession

Science AMA Series: We're the OCD Research Team at New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center. We will answer questions about treatment and will demystify any misconceptions you have about Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder!
Yes, men gain weight when they become dads, study confirms - The Washington Post - a new, large-scale study that tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn't become dads actually lost weight over the same time period.
Scientist warns against replying to ET signals | News24

What advice was valid 20 years ago, but today is no longer useful? : AskReddit

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway : technology

072015
First Half Of 2015 Was Hottest Ever Recorded - The Earth is on track to beating 2014 as the hottest year ever recorded.


Iran deal isn't Netanyahu's worst defeat, it's proof of his greatest triumphIf the Iran deal proved anything, it is that the PM and his views have taken over political discourse in Israel.

U.S., Cuba Restore Full Diplomatic Ties After 5 Decades


What Donald Trump was up to while John McCain was a prisoner of war - The Washington Post
Donald Trump Is The World's Greatest Troll (sucking up the infowaves)

Planned Parenthood: Secret Video Part Of Years-Long Harassment Campaign

Man With Asthma Dies After Being Hogtied By Mississippi Police - "Video it, just in case he dies," said one bystander.

Intranasal oxytocin reduces caloric intake and has beneficial metabolic effects in men without concerning side effects : science

[Serious] Overthinkers of reddit, How do you control your thoughts or stop over thinking? : AskReddit
What's the biggest sexual mistake you have ever made? : AskReddit

What is the most infamous post in Reddit's history? : AskReddit
Grooveshark co-founder, 28, found dead in home : Music
Ashley Madison is hacked, and the popcorn starts popping as /r/news discusses the aftermath. : SubredditDrama
Ashley Madison's data breach is everyone's problem | The Verge - 37 million users of the adultery-themed dating site Ashley Madison got some very bad news.
AshleyMadison Confirms Hack, Purges Leaked Info From Internet

071915

Palestinian refugee girl allowed to stay in Germany after crying footage goes viral - World - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News - Reem Sahwil is clearly "well integrated" minister says, after online derision showers Chancellor Merkel for stroking teen after reducing her to tears during immigration debate.

france 24 - Saudi Arabia arrests 431 suspected of links to IS group - France 24
ISIS Offensive in Al-Hasakah Ends Miserably: 1,200 Militants Trapped Inside the City

Eschaton: Spongeworthy - Doubt Prince Philip makes the cut. This time, he asked a group of East End women: "who do you sponge off" (because everyone, you know, sponges off somebody)
Royals told: open archives on family ties to Nazi regime | UK news | The Guardian - Historian urges that secret correspondence be made public to reveal the truth after Queen's Nazi salute footage released (more old evil coming to the surface)
Queen launches massive hunt to find source behind leaked footage of her doing a Nazi salute as a kid Queen launches massive hunt to find source behind leaked footage of her doing a Nazi salute as a kid - Daily Record

China Molds a Supercity Around Beijing, Promising to Change Lives - The New York Times - The planned megalopolis, a metropolitan area that would be about six times the size of New York

Flash - Top economist slams Greek handling of bailout showdown - France 24 - Nobel prize winning economist Paul Krugman, a vocal supporter of Athens in their long-running bailout saga, said Sunday that he "may have overestimated the competence of the Greek government."



Republicans plan new abortion push - Rachael Bade and Seung Min Kim - politico - They see a turning point following the release of a secretly filmed Planned Parenthood video. (it worked so well with ACORN)

Donald Trump Will Not Apologize To John McCain - Trump likes "people who weren't captured"

Scott Walker: ""I Don't Know" If People Are Born Gay Or If It's A Choice (he's not a scientist or even a college graduate)
Former Pastor Suggests Christians Should Fight Gay Rights With Guns


19 yr old saves woman from burning car as bystanders film incident. : news

India blocks Colgate patents for spices (Colgate tries to patent cinnamon, tumeric and bismati rice, among other spices -- the word is biopiracy - your food is their "intellectual property")

Cosby Said In Deposition He Was Good At Reading Women's Emotions - He also said in sworn testimony he paid off women to keep his infidelity from his wife.

Caitlyn Jenner's Rep Asked ESPN to Give Her Award in Exchange For PR plugs

Police arrest 29 at Auburn hotel "adult swingers party" after finding listing online (Massashusetts - 5 men and 24 women)

Marijuana can heal broken bones, says new study - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent - The study also found that bones treated with marijuana were stronger and less likely to fracture again
University of Maryland School of Medicine Scientists Identify Novel Compounds That May Treat Depression Rapidly With Few Side Effects - another neurotransmitter besides serotonin, an inhibitory compound called GABA.
Edge.org - 2006 : What Is Your Dangerous Idea?

spez comments on Can we ban this extremely racist asshole?
[NSFW] What is the scariest theory known to man? : AskReddit
bigpandamonium comments on Redditors who have been in a coma, what is it like? Did you dream? What was it like waking up?
Reddit, What are some of the most mysterious posts ever put on this site? : AskReddit
What is a popular trend among the gender of your attraction that you wish would just die already? : AskReddit

How Instagram closed my account and gave it to a football celebrity : technology

071815
Continued destruction of Earth's plant life places humans in jeopardy (rape, pillage and die)
'We prayed to God': California wildfire sweeps freeway, destroying vehicles | World news | The Guardian (highways of fire are the new normal)


In the end, the government's own incompetence turned the worst Snowden leaks fears into reality - US senator: SEAL Team 6 could be at risk after the massive Chinese hack of the US government's employee records : technology

The end of capitalism has begun by Paul Mason < Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. : technology - The Internet lowers transaction costs like never before. The sharing economy is the capitalist economy; the jobs economy was the corporatist economy. The capitalist economy is the post-corporatist economy.

More than 200,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church in 2014, accelerating the downward trend in the Catholic proportion of the country's population ("church tax" what a great idea +Lutherans and Catholics supported Nazis)
BlueHatScience comments on Percentage of Nazi votes in 1933, and percentage of Catholics in 1934 [OC]
? Stephen Fry Catholic Church is Not a Force for Good. - YouTube

Queen's Nazi salute footage is matter of historical significance, says the Sun - Edward, who later became King Edward VIII and abdicated to marry the American socialite Wallis Simpson, faced numerous accusations of being a Nazi sympathiser. (Sun: "Their Royal Heilnesses")

Japan: Elderly overtake teenagers in crime figures - BBC News - Police in Japan have dealt with more elderly crime than juvenile crime in the past six months (olds goin' gangsta)

Chattanooga Shooting Highlights FBI Concerns - In turning away from the grandiose bomb plots of al-Qaida, IS has encouraged followers to carry out smaller-scale gun attacks that cause less carnage but require less planning and are harder to detect.

Barack Obama's Long Game - A month of victories has transformed the president's second term. Second term may turn out better than first, which never happens (Republican heads are exploding)

Hullabaloo - Yes, Wes Clark really said what I said he said folks - "it's our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict." (concentration camps for Muslims; this from a Dem some peopole wanted to be pres)
Clark - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Remember the days when we Democrats were supposed to listen to Wesley Clark? Yeah..

Americans sharply divided on same-sex marriage after supreme court ruling | US news | The Guardian - 49% say officials with religious objections should be able to refuse licences - Republicans say religious rights should come first, Democrats say gay rights (their religious liberty to turn their state job into a church)

Silicon Valley struggles to hack its diversity problem - The Washington Post - Yahoo disclosed last week that African Americans made up just 2 percent of its workers, while Hispanics stood at 4 percent. Those revelations came days after Facebook reported that in 2014 it had employed just 81 blacks among its 5,500 U.S. workers. ("struggles" is not the right word there)

These Native American Tribes Legalized Weed, But That Didn't Stop Them From Getting Raided By The Feds

How to be a Hack, "Nixon was a Liberal!" Edition -- Our friend Freddie deBoer is self-immolating today


The Death of Reddit | Chuq Von Rospach Writing & Commentary (well, no)
Top Reddit Engineer Quits Saying Ousted CEO Ellen Pao Was Set Up to Fail
No One Wants to Admit It, but Reddit Can't Be Saved
Late Night Open Thread: Tragedy of the Reddit Commons ; Balloon Juice (they talk about a "reddit" they don't like)

Women of Reddit, where are places you want men to approach you? Where are places you don't? : AskReddit
Teachers of Reddit, what is the strangest thing a child has brought in for show and tell? : AskReddit
What was the most heartbreaking thing someone has said to you? : AskReddit
Found the coolest website! : Music - thenostalgiamachine.com

Malware discovered in the Stratfor email file dump provided by Wikileaks is not limited to torrents : technology
Kickasstorrents Disappears From Google After Penalty : technology
KAT - Kickass Torrents
Online pirates could face 10 years in jail - BBC News - Online pirates could face jail terms of up to 10 years under plans being considered by the government. (10 yrs in prison for "infringing a copyright")
DepthHub: A jumping-off point for deeply-involved subreddits
Jimbob0i0 comments on A look at what's on the horizon for LibreOffice
nottheprinceofwales comments on Are there any parallels to the Gnostic Gospels or the New Testament Apocrypha in other Abrahamic religions?
Toroidal Metaphysics - neoqabalism, Landian numogram, critical numerology, n-dimensional hypertorus

071715
Australia tops the world for climate change denial, study finds | Celsius - Nearly one in five Australians do not believe in climate change, making the country the worst in the world for climate sceptics, a study of almost 20,000 people has found.
Australia tops the world for climate change denial, study finds : worldnews
The California drought is even worse than you think - the current drought is California's worst in at least 1,200 years.
Hydraulic Fracturing Linked to Increases in Hospitalization Rates in the Marcellus Shale Region, According to Penn Study - PA residents in counties with high well density more likely to be admitted for suite of ailments

Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez: everything we know about the Chattanooga gunman | US news | The Guardian

Obama: Israel has yet to provide better alternative to Iran nuclear deal - Diplomacy and Defense : worldnews
Israel Requests 50% Increase in U.S. Military Aid, Up to $4.5B | Democracy Now! (please don't connect any dots)


The end of capitalism has begun | Books | The Guardian - Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it's time to be utopian


Scott Walker wants to drug test food stamp recipients. That shows why he'll never be president


Police shooting death of Georgia mom drawing national attention | www.ajc.com - But the story of what happened after her death and the legal process that cleared the officers had never been publicly revealed until an Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News investigation this month.

Colorado pot tax for schools hits record, exceeding 2014 total by May 2015 : news

Group Behind Planned Parenthood Sting Video May Have Tricked IRS, Donors - The IRS thought it was some kind of biomedicine charity.

Obese men have just a "1 in 210" chance of attaining a healthy body weight
Colorado board votes no on allowing medical marijuana for PTSD - The Denver Post - Colorado declines to become 10th state to to include condition in medical marijuana program
I'm Dr. Joel Salinas, a neurologist and researcher at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. I have mirror-touch synesthesia -- a neurologic trait that causes me to physically feel everything the people around me physically feel.... AMA!
This Doctor Knows Exactly How You Feel - Pacific Standard - A rare condition causes Joel Salinas to experience other people's emotions and sensations. Is mirror-touch synesthesia a superpower or a curse?
Image generated by a Convolutional Network : MachineLearning
Choosing Altruism - Pacific Standard - Altruism has stumped researchers for years, but a new study finds that it may be as simple as choosing to be generous.
The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet - The Washington Post
Former Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: The trolls are winning the battle for the Internet : technology
Reddit's "decency" reckoning has begun. Why are trolls and racists still winning? (asks the "Guardian")
Meet Voat, the website that wants to be the anti-Reddit: As social news site Reddit tries to clean up its act by limiting some speech, an alternative has sprung up, and it promises to be more free-wheeling. : technology

youmightcouldsaythat comments on How do you sleep with your SO?
Drone flight over Beverly Park California shows you how the 0.05% live (7:30) : videos
Gawker Removes Controversial Post After Huge Backlash - "We all have secrets, and they are not all equally worthy of exposure."
Sons and Daughters of MILFs, how has your mom being super hot effected your life? : AskReddit

071615
Warming of oceans due to climate change is unstoppable, say US scientists | Environment | The Guardian - Seas will continue to warm for centuries even if manmade greenhouse gas emissions were frozen at today's levels, say US government scientists (another doom-datapoint)

Climate-Change Summary and Update - On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction ... even Wikipedia accepts the evidence for near-term human extinction

Four US marines and gunman killed in "act of terrorism" in Tennessee - FBI identifies shooter as Kuwaiti-born Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez
Mass Shooting In Tennessee Leaves 4 Marines Dead

Merkel "gambling away" Germany's reputation over Greece, says Habermas - "Forcing the Greek government to agree to an economically questionable, predominantly symbolic privatisation fund cannot be understood as anything other an act of punishment against a leftwing government."

WikiLeaks Cables Show a Saudi Obsession With Iran - The New York Times (Sunni/Shiite wars)

Ireland passes law allowing trans people to choose their legal gender | World news | The Guardian - Gender recognition bill will eliminate need for medical or state intervention and comes months after the country voted for same-sex marriage

Never-before-seen footage reveals Russian-backed rebels arriving at the wreckage of MH17 : worldnews

Japan finally bans possession of child pronography. : worldnews (cleaning up their act for the 2020 Olympics


Aurora shooting verdict: James Holmes found guilty in theater massacre | US news | The Guardian - Holmes found guilty of first-degree murder exactly three years after gun attack that killed 12 people and injured 70 at a midnight film screening

Lawmakers Knew Of Planned Parenthood "Sting" Video Before Its Release - At least two members of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus admitted to CQ Roll Call that they had seen the video before its public release.

Eschaton: Complete Your Mission Well, Jade Helm - Once Texas is part of the United States, Oklahoma will be next.

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post - We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

Unarmed Mississippi man died after 20-minute police chokehold, witnesses say | US news | The Guardian - one witness alleged that Herrington said he was "going to get that nigger"


Seattle Kids Have Lower Polio Vaccination Rate Than Rwanda | KUOW News and Information - After an outbreak of measles last fall, Washington state health officials hoped that a small subset of parents would change their minds about getting their kids immunized. But those parents weren't moved


Caitlyn Jenner takes ESPY's By storm: "Trans People Deserve Something Vitall They Deserve Your Respect"

A nine-year-old Calgary girl, suffering from severe seizures, will not have her medical marijuana prescription renewed despite its ability to stop her having 30+ seizures per day : news

10/10 creativity 10/10 execution : gifs


071515
Climate Change Seen as Top Global Threat | Pew Research Center - Americans, Europeans, Middle Easterners Focus on ISIS as Greatest Danger

Hacking Fingerprints by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The Office of Personnel Management announced last week that the personal data for 21.5 million people had been stolen. But for national security professionals and cybersecurity experts, the more troubling issue is the theft of 1.1 million fingerprints (you can't change your fingerprints) .

Iran Accord's Shows Impact of Bipartisan Letter
From fear of war to diplomatic accord: the steps to a nuclear agreement - The Washington Post
An Iran Deal, At Last - The New Yorker (which Republicans will try to fuck up because they want bombs)
Obama Makes His Case on Iran Nuclear Deal - The New York Times (oh look, Tom Friedman is a very serious person)
Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Nuclear Deal With Iran - The Atlantic (not enough bombs and dead people)
How the nucler deal can keep Iran from "cheating" according to a formed U.N. inspector -- "This is a stunning accomplishment," said Shea, who is now a Vienna-based consultant, speaking to WorldViews in Washington. "I've been a part of this business for 40 years at this point and I've never seen anything that begins to approach the comprehensiveness of this agreement."
Obama: Iran nuclear deal debate is a choice between diplomacy and war | US news | The Guardian - US president stresses that critics of historic agreement, including Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu, have failed to provide honest alternative to the deal
Netanyahu slated in Israel for foreign policy failure over Iran nuclear accord | World news | The Guardian - PM heavily criticised for isolating Israel diplomatically after he was unable to block deal, while Philip Hammond claims Israel prefers "permanent standoff" (ticking time-bomb was always in Bibi's head; still thinks he owns US Congress)

NSA document: Israeli special forces assassinated top Syrian military official | World news | The Guardian - US intelligence describes how Brig Gen Mahmoud Suleiman, close adviser to Bashar al-Assad, was shot dead near Tartus in 2008 by Israeli naval commandos (connect the fucking dots)
Israeli Special Forces Assassinated Senior Syrian Official

Saudi Arabia borrows $4B as oil price reality hits home - Saudi Arabia has borrowed $4bn from local markets in the past year, selling its first bonds for eight years as part of efforts to sustain high levels of public spending as oil prices slump.

Angela Merkel doesn't believe in gay marriage (oh, what a surprise)
Greek crisis: Protests in Athens turn violent as Tsipras urges MPs to back him - live updates | Business | The Guardian

Narcos -Trailer- Netflix : television

9/11 First Responder - discovers that the medicine she's been paying $120/dose in the USA costs $.05 in CUBA. : videos

Drug Lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's Escape Caught On Video (271 lorries of dirt
?US govt struck deal with Mexican drug cartel in exchange for info - report RT USA
No, Planned Parenthood Is Not Selling Aborted Fetal Body Parts - The Real Story Behind That Shady Video A pro-life group's viral video (by a friend of James O'Keefe)
3 Deceptive Edits In The Video Claiming Planned Parenthood Is "Selling Aborted Baby Parts" | Research | Media Matters for America
Secret Video of Planned Parenthood Employees Makes the Rounds - In which anti-choice supporters allegedly edit a false and controversial video of Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of tissues and parts from aborted fetuses.

In Texas, a Military Exercise Is Met by Some With Suspicion - The New York Times - "Martial law, basically. I try not to listen to all these conspiracy-theory-type people. All they're worried about is their beer and their guns"
Texas Finally Chooses The Brave Souls Who Will Monitor The Military Takeover - In his letter ordering the agency to monitor the exercise, Abbott called on the State Guard to ensure that Texans' civil liberties were protected.

Wisconsin Senate Votes To Give $250 Million To Billionaires - Just a few days ago, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a state budget that includes cuts of $250 million to the University of Wisconsin system (priorities)
Maine Attorney General Agrees That Gov. LePage Massively Botched Vetos (Gov Dimbulb)

Trend? - At this point Sanford began filming the confrontation (apparently through the doorway?) while Kelly continued to ring the doorbell and expose her breasts and "with one breast in each hand [shake] them up and down" in the direction of the camera.

Graphic Video Shows Police Killing Unarmed Man Searching For Stolen Bike - The officers said they feared he was reaching for a weapon.
This is the video Gardena police didn't want you to see - LA Times
Videos of Los Angeles police shooting of unarmed men are made public : news
Questions surround woman's apparent suicide death in Waller County Jail | abc13.com - Bland was stopped just outside of the Prairie View campus for allegedly failing to signal while changing lanes

Whoopi Goldberg Draws Back Bill Cosby Support, Says Evidence "Points to Guilt" (also points to her complete dumb-assery)

Republicans want their lawmakers to keep resisting Obamacare - The Washington Post - But Republicans by more than 2-1, 63%-27%, say the campaign to overturn the law should continue.


Punishment Park - Lawyers, Guns & Money : - post-Kent State, Nixon has ordered the rounding up of all the nation's leftists and sent them to prison camps where they are tried by makeshift tribunals of squares and then forced into Punishment Park, a Mojave Desert training course for cops to kill hippies. (wingnut wet dream)

Men of Reddit who have found out their child isn't actually theirs, how did you react and how are things now? : AskReddit
graywolf0026 comments on Men of Reddit who have found out their child isn't actually theirs, how did you react and how are things now?
You Must Blow Reddit Up to Save It: "Users now know they were just increasing uniques and engagement numbers for, in part, one of the largest publishing companies in the world. Reddit is not a movement. It is not a public service. It is not a nonprofit. But maybe it should be." : technology
Former Reddit CEO Yishan Wong's latest big reveal: Reddit's board has been itching to purge hate-based subreddits since the beginning. And recently, the only thing stopping them had been... Ellen Pao. Whoops.
yishan comments on Content Policy update. AMA Thursday, July 16th, 1pm pst.
Reddit, Inc.: Board of Directors - Businessweek
Please give a warm welcome to our newest moderators: /u/yishan, /u/ekjp, /u/cat_sweaterz, and /u/Ragnar_OK! : circlejerk

Pluto pictures: Nasa reveals first high-resolution images of surface | Science | The Guardian - Mission culminates in images of former ninth planet that show mountain ranges of ice and suggest surface has recently been "paved over" by geological activiity
NASA Probe Passes Pluto Carrying Ashes of Man Who Discovered It - In which Clyde Tombaugh's ashes visit Pluto and we discover that space is still so cool.

071415
This Needle-Free Ebola Vaccine Could Change Everything

Iran Nuclear Deal Concludes In Historic Announcement
Tehran Celebrates After Historic Nuclear Deal Announcement
Republicans fume over Iran nuclear deal but hope of undermining accord is slim | World news | The Guardian - it remains unclear what options Congress has to block the agreement
Republicans hate the Iran nuclear deal because it means we won't bomb Iran | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian (the Death Party wants more dead people and Bush is a complete idiot)
Let's Have a Toast for the Assholes - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - As we begin to delve through the details of the Iran deal, let's have a toast for the lying douchebags who've been jabbering away for the past twenty years that Iran was 18 months away from a bomb. (warJews and neocons) Benjamin Netanyahu Doesn't Need To Read The Iran Deal To Know He Hates It
Iranian diplomat: Iran, major powers reach historic nuclear deal. : worldnews

FBI Gives Weapons to Mentally Ill ISIS Sympathizer, Then Captures Him
Court asked to kill off NSA's "zombie dragnet" of American's bulk phone data - ACLU accuses government of continuing to collect Americans' call records until end of year on basis of law which federal court has ruled prohibits exactly this
Three senior officials lose their jobs at APA after US torture scandal | US news | The Guardian - American Psychological Association framed the departures of its chief executive officer, deputy CEO and communications chief as "retirements" and "resignations" - longtime executive officials Norman Anderson and Michael Honaker and Rhea Farberman (remember these names)

Anger after Harriet Harman says Labour will not vote against welfare bill | Politics | The Guardian - Interim leader says Labour should also not oppose child tax credit restrictions, adding party cannot tell public they were wrong after two election defeats


Confederacy and Neo-Confederacy on Stone Mountain by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP officially called for the elimination of all symbols of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain.

Eschaton: Time To Pacify The Restive Province Of Texas - Assholes - But Texas has other plans. In the last year, the state has refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in Texas to undocumented parents.

Man Admits To Plotting To Massacre Muslims, Judge Sets Him Free Anyway | ThinkProgress

Ducan's children Will Enroll in Chicago Lab School (Diane Ravitch) - Duncan attended the prestigious University of Chicago Lab School. The teachers are unionized. President Obama sent his daughters there. Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his children there.

Texas Judge James R. DePiazza Has Bizarre New Wedding Requirement - "I think it's an interesting innovation in trying to hold your nose and do your job by making everybody else hold your nose as well,"

Scott Walker Strips Wisconsin Workers Of 'Living Wage' In New State Budget - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed the new state budget into law on Sunday with a last-minute change that strips the words "living wage" from state laws and replaces it with "minimum wage." (which you can't "live" on)
Oklahoma GOP Compares Food Stamp Recipients to Animals - In which we learn that some people may need to be in a cage themselves.

How "The Cosby show" duped America: The sitcom that enabled our ugliest Reagan-era fantasies
"The View" is on its deathbed -- and it's time to pull the plug -- Whoopi Goldberg just won't stop defending Bill Cosby. Despite the famed sitcom dad's now-public 2005 deposition, which gave credence to allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted women, Goldberg has insisted on defending him.

Police: DNA Links Uber Driver to Sex Assault Spree - The Daily Beast - After a string of assaults on Boston's historic Esplanade went unsolved for almost a decade, police finally identified a suspect on Tuesday: an Uber driver.

An opportunity gamed away | The Washington Post - For a county in the Deep South that reaped millions from casino business, poverty is still its spin of the wheel

White Girl Blames Affirmative Action For Not Getting Into College - YouTube
Fuck Me In The Ass Cause I Love Jesus - YouTube - Finding Those Slippery Biblical Loopholes! (anal sex doesn't count on the virginity score)

theEnzyteGuy comments on Content Policy update. AMA Thursday, July 16th, 1pm pst.
One Way to Reform Reddit: Give Users a Share in Profits - The New York Times (but no idea how to actually do it)

Hadron collider discovers new particle the pentaquark : worldnews
Airway test reveals e-cigarette vapor produces similar result as air | EurekAlert! Science News - Six hours of exposure to cigarette smoke resulted in near-complete cell death, but the same exposure to e-cigarette vapor did not affect tissue viability.

071315
Germany doesn't want to save Greece. It seems to want to humiliate Greece
#ThisIsACoup: Germany faces backlash over tough Greece bailout demands | Business | The Guardian - Deal offered to Greece including measures such as handing over 50bn in public assets is strongly criticised on social media
Exclusive: Yanis Varoufakis opens up about his five month battle to save Greece - says the Eurogroup is "completely and utterly" controlled by Germany, Greece was "set up" and last week's referendum was wasted
Killing the European Project - The New York Times - The trending hashtag ThisIsACoup is exactly right. This goes beyond harsh into pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief (Merkel smash Greece

Germany to Greece: Drop Dead - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Economists React To Greece's Debt Crisis Bailout Deal - "return to gunboat diplomacy"
Greeks see "humiliation" in harsh terms of eurozone bailout

Obama Interrogation Adviser Vindicated In New Report - Dr. Susan Brandon, a former Bush White House official, currently directs the research unit attached to the Obama administration's elite interrogation force was not integral to the former's torture program despite ties to the perpetrators, according to a new report released Friday by the American Psychological Association.

ISIS Cruelty: Baby Blown Up for Demonstration - Middle East - News - Arutz Sheva - Arabic media reports say ISIS trainer taught recruits booby-trap methods by blowing up infant child.



Man arrested after charging iPhone on London Overground train | Technology | The Guardian - handcuffed and mailed for "abstracting electicity" and then de-arrested when everyone laughed at them

Texans monitor Jade Helm military training amid fears of government plot | US news | The Guardian (Chuck Norris is sure they "are likely" coming for his guns or his stupidity, he's not sure which and "two and two don't add up")

Flags in Dent County, Missouri, will be lowered to "below half-staff" for a one-year period of "mourning" the Supreme Court's June 26 decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide.

The thing Bernie Sanders says about inequality that no other candidate will touch - The Washington Post

This Study Should End The Debate About Whether Women Regret Having Abortions | ThinkProgress - These findings contradict the notion that women experience negative mental health effects after ending a pregnancy, as well as the idea that later abortions are more psychologically traumatic.


There have been 500 people shot and killed by police in the U.S. so far in 2015 - The Washington Post
New York City Pays Eric Garner's Family $5.9 Million Settlement To Avoid Lawsuit (in taxpayer money while the cops walked)

Babes In Toyland Bassist: The Jackie Fox rape disclosure shows we still have a lot to learn - Boing Boing - Ignorance about rape can tragically mute any instinct to protect or tell
Let's Stop Blaming Passive Bystanders -- And Start Holding the Actual Predators Accountable | Jackie Fuchs

What happened to you when you were young that you didn't understand until years later? : AskReddit
The Female Paedophile : videos

New Reddit chief won't reverse Ellen Pao's ban on controversial subreddits
Former Reddit CEO alleges co-founder Alexis Ohanian fired Victoria Taylor, not Pao : technology
Reddit alternative Voat knocked offline by DDoS cyberattack

Study: Google hurting users by skewing search results | TheHill - Google

071215
APNewsBreak: Diplomats: Iran announcement planned Monday

By day, at heart of counter-terror policing. And by night, preacher of extremism - The Government watchdog which inspects police forces' readiness for terrorism admitted that it employed one of Britain's most notorious Islamic extremists. (of course)

Lapdocs - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The Hoffman report on the APA's collusion with the DoD and CIA to enable psychologist's participation in torture has been released. I was particularly interested in the issue of motive: ($81 million and an outlet for their sadistic personalities)

Angela Merkel Facing Criticism Over Handling of Greek Crisis - WSJ - German chancellor faces backlash after appearing to be prepared to temporarily kick
Greece debt crisis puts Germany's Merkel under pressure - BBC News - Greece debt crisis puts Germany's Merkel under pressure - "She's not a politician with a vision for the next decade." (little people in big jobs)

Suicide Car Bombing Near U.S. Base In Afghanistan Kills 17 Civilians

Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Escapes From Prison - Security Commission Monte Alejandro Rubido says the tunnel was more than 1,500 meters (yards) long and had ventilation and stairs. Officials also found a motorcycle that was used to remove dirt, Rubido said Sunday.

Serbia's president condemns 'savage' attack on Aleksandar Vucic at Srebrenica | World news | The Guardian - The Balkans were torn apart by the series of wars that accompanied the collapse of the former Yugoslavia. The bloodiest conflict was in Bosnia between ethnic Croats, Muslims and Serbs, which claimed some 100,000 lives.


The Notorious RBG Speaks - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (Bush v. Gore radicalized the libs)

Voting Rights Legacy of the '60's Head to Court as North Carolina Law is Tested to determine whether recent, sweeping changes in the state's election laws discriminate against black voters. These changes were adopted by the Republican-dominated state legislature in 2013, immediately after the United States Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 when it ended a requirement that nine states with histories of discrimination, including North Carolina, get federal approval before altering their election laws. (and there you are)
The Dream World of the Southern Republicans - The New York Times - George C. Wallace who placed the flag on the Capitol dome in 1963 as a sign of contempt (your Southern "tradition")
The Next Battle for the American Swastika - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Travis Waldron notes that a next likely battle over the Confederate flag is at the high school level, with so many southern schools adopting it as their team mascot. (treason is rooted in their "tradition")
Meet the Alabama judges who refuse to issue marriage licenses - gay or straight (they think they work for Fundamentalist Christianity)

Fired LSU Professor Teresa Buchanan Says She Still Doesn't Know What She Did Wrong - using a slang term for vagina that implies cowardice and telling a joke that the quality of sex gets worse the longer a relationship lasts." (2 months from retirement, any excuse will do in Jindalistan)

Hanging Pictures In Your Home Just Got Way Easier


Reddit CEO Ellen Pao's exit has users asking: who was responsible? | Discussion | The Guardian (Guardian behind the curve)
How Ellen Pao lost her job but survived Reddit's swamp of trolls | Technology | The Guardian (Chairwoman Pao-Pao took the fall, but Alexis Ohanian did the deeds)

OneNote for Windows 10 Preview Quick Start Guide

071115
Typhoon Chan-hom: Almost 1 million people evacuated in eastern China as powerful storm crosses coast - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion' | Law | The Guardian - US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 "collusion" (you know who else "colluded?" - they can't go after the "heros" who did the torturing or the special people who ordered it)

WhatsApp, iMessage and Snapchat to be banned in the UK as part of Snoopers' Charter : technology

Afghan agency: ISIS leader killed in drone strike - CNN.com - U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus said American forces conducted a strike in Achin on Friday against "individuals threatening the force." He did not elaborate.

Greece Financial Crisis Hits Poorest and Hungriest the Hardest - The New York Times


How Donald Trump Sees The Globe - A delusional billionaire's perception of a world map.


The Most Important Anti-Terrorism System in America Failed to Stop Dylann Roof by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly (tension between security and giving everyone guns because freedom)

20 Philly Cops Beat Him, Say He Injured Himself: Video shows officers attacking Tyree Carroll and calling him a "piece of shit." The district attorney says it has no plans to investigate yet. (he attacked their batons with his face and body)
Jonathan Sanders, Unarmed Black Man, Allegedly Strangled To Death By Mississippi Cop

Joan Jett Issues Statement On Runaways' Jackie Fox Rape Allegations - "If I was aware of a friend or bandmate being violated, I would not stand by while it happened."

Adolescent Intermittent Alcohol Exposure: Persistence of Structural and Functional Hippocampal Abnormalities into Adulthood - Risher - 2015 - Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research - Wiley Online Library - Adolescent Intermittent Alcohol Exposure: Persistence of Structural and Functional Hippocampal Abnormalities into Adulthood

Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Allegations Prompt Exodus Of Allies

Ellen Pao Steps Down As Reddit CEO
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao's exit has users asking: who was responsible? | Technology | The Guardian - Reaction ranged from celebration to dismay as some wonder whether company used Pao as a scapegoat, a theory rejected by a board member
Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Resigns - The Atlantic - embattled CEO, Ellen Pao, who lost a landmark gender discrimination suit earlier this year, resigned following a week of scandal.
I am Steve Huffman, the new CEO of reddit. AMA. : IAmA
Ellen Pao, CEO of Reddit, resigns : technology ("Pao Wow Out Now")
Ellen Pao Resigns as Reddit Interim CEO After User Revolt : technology
kn0thing comments on An old team at reddit (looks like it was really Alexis who fired Victoria and Pao was designed to take the heat of commericalizing Reddit)
Reddit cofounder drops r/technology mod status after censorship drama
shadow ban admins mods hell
am i shadowbanned
Best of the worst of Reddit's AMA posts


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How Exxon Mobil Lied About Climate Change - Yet the company kept funding climate-change denialists for nearly three more decades. Please tell me how doing something like this -- and there are plenty of people like the Koch Brothers who still are doing it -- won't one day be counted as a crime against humanity? (at the International Climate Court)
How Media Has Helped Advance Big Oil's Climate Deception Campaign
What will climate be like in 2100? Expect surprises, says new Met Office study (oh look, it's snowing!)
In the Race to Control the Arctic, the U.S. Lags Behind - he U.S. Navy predicts the entire Arctic Ocean may be totally ice-free in summers by 2050, with ships able to traverse the top of the North Pole.
Bumblebees Are Dying Out Thanks To Climate Change - Other animals are moving north to flee the heat, but bumblebees are not adapting -- they're simply dying out
China Evacuates Tens Of Thousands Ahead Of Super-Typhoon Chan-hom - nearly 60,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas. The country's railway service said more than 100 trains between the region's cities are canceled

Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds - The New York Times (APA helped shield torture)


California's economy is large enough it could be admitted into G-8 - California's economy has surpassed Russia and Italy to become the eighth-largest in the world, according to the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy.

FBI: Bring Us A Unicorn. Techies: They Don't Exist. Senator: Stop Complaining & Tell Us Where The Unicorn Is | Techdirt - Comey repeatedly admitted that he had no proposed solution to the question of how to do this. He admits that computer scientists say it's not possible, but he insists it's because they're "not trying hard enough" to figure it out.
Galileo, the leaked hacking software from Hacker Team (defense contractor), contains code to insert child porn on a target's computer. : technology (meanwhile, your government is a pedophile)
The FBI doesn't want to have to force tech companies to weaken encryption | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian
A Detailed Look at Hacking Team's Emails About Its Repressive Clients - The Intercept (the kiddieporn injection hackerzz +everyone lies, almost all the time)
John McAfee: New York Stock Exchange was knocked offline by hackers linked to Anonymous - If these events were truly random and independent, then the frequency of all three of these events happening on the same day is once in a billion days (or if you prefer to count in years, almost 2.8 million years). (oh, they lied? really?)

What have young people done to Osborne to deserve such contempt? | Polly Toynbee | Comment is free | The Guardian - As if the chancellor hasn't monstered the young enough, he introduces a gratuitous cut to housing benefit and other exemptions that will cause misery (austerity for the non-elites as usual)

The quiet Social Security revolution: How Democrats learned to stop loving benefit cuts - Salon.com (Duncan Atrios Black)

Eschaton: Pope On A Rope - Most people have no idea just how horrible the church was in Latin America, and how strong the backlash against them was in some places, particularly Mexico. They were bad actors and this should be acknowledged.

Texas town tired of 'war on drugs' at the border sees push for legal marijuana | US news | The Guardian - Many in El Paso would like to see cannabis laws reformed not despite local cartel traffic, but because of it: a military-style border has fractured communities
600 Christian churches call for an end to the War on Drugs - Smell the Truth - A major group of churches throughout the Northeast believe that ending the War on Drugs is the Christian thing to do.

The quiet Social Security revolution: How Democrats learned to stop loving benefit cuts - Salon.com - For the first time in decades, dangerous myths about "insolvency" are fading away. Here's how it happened

Eschaton: Trumped - And the press generally focuses too much on the theater and not on the actual policies. Policies matter much more. Trump is an asshole, but he's really a typical Republican asshole, with just a bit more asshole.

Watch Jesse Ventura's Hilarious Takedown Of The GOP Presidential Candidates - "Nobody's told Mike Huckabee that sex is fun. Nobody's told Mike Huckabee that it's probably the most enjoyable thing men and women could do together," Ventura said. "You're a religious man, Mike. If it was only to produce children, why did God make it feel so damn good?"

Now Republicans Are Whining About Donald Trump, Too - In which respectable Republicans seek to kill their own monster. (Trump, the soul of the Republican Party)

Archdiocese Suspends Priest Who Waited Weeks To Tell Police About Hidden Camera - An Oregon priest waited more than three weeks to tell police about a hidden camera found in a church bathroom, and in the meantime falsely told parishioners there was an ongoing police investigation into the matter, the Oregonian reported Tuesday, citing recent court records.

Judge Throws 3 Kids In Juvenile Center For Not Being Nice To Their Dad - County Circuit Judge Lisa Gorcyca (sentenced to being infamous for all eternity on the internets for being an abusive jerk)
Michigan judge bullies children in open court for refusing to see their dad - The Washington Post - Her husband is David Gorcyca, the former Oakland County DA (where Lisa Gorcyca is a judge). Before becoming a judge, Lisa Gorcyca was a prosecutor in that same office. Last year, David Gorcyca was found personally liable for a $1 million judgment against the parents of an autistic girl. He had tried to prosecute her father for sexual assault. Oakland County paid out more than $6 million to settle the lawsuit. (abusive lying jerk judge and his abusive jerk wife Lisa are costing their county a lot of money)
Michigan judge bullies children in open court for refusing to see their dad : news - These three kids are being housed with kids who have committed crimes such as and not limited to, rape, torture, abuse, a few deadly assaults and many others. Sending the kids here is a complete waste of taxpayer money and is absolutely unthinkable. The judge should be disbarred/reprimanded not only for sending the kids but for acting in a completely unprofessional manner.
Michigan Judge Sentences Kids to Juvenile Detention for Missing Lunch with Dad - In which a Michigan judge drops by to spread some tough love. (oh look, Lisa Gorcyca went viral!)
Former Oakland County prosecutor Gorcyca liable for $1M court judgment
Judge to release "jailed" kids, send them to summer camp (says she's a really good judge)

Prosecutors Drop Ridiculous 'Fleeing Police' Charge For Cautious Driver. But Not Before Exposing A Bigger Issue. - But the fact that prosecutors tried to pressure Wallace into pleading guilty in a case they likely couldn't have won -- or perhaps never even intended to take to trial -- is a symptom of the broader problem with plea bargaining in the criminal justice system.




The big money behind the ongoing student loan disaster | The Bulletin - In the past three years, the number of colleges and universities charging over $50,000 per year for tuition has increased by 2400%. During the same time period, the average wage of the American worker grew by a paltry 2%. (privatise! give all the money to administrators! fuck the students, they're lazy slacker moochers!)

What website could you recommend that most probably haven't heard of? : AskReddit

Google Fiber Has Accomplished More For Broadband Than Our National Broadband Plan Ever Did | Techdirt (another of Obama's designed-to-fail fake "plans")
101 US Cities Have Pledged to Build Their Own Gigabit Networks | Motherboard (coulda been you, Boston, but blockhead mayors who can't use a computer fucked you over)
ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts - WSJ
LPT: Gmail ignores everything after a + in the username of an email address, use it to register for websites : LifeProTips

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Greece debt crisis: Athens accepts harsh austerity as bailout deal nears | Business | The Guardian - Greek cabinet reportedly backs a package of reforms and spending cuts worth 13bn to secure third bailout and modest debt writeoff

Shanghai's Stock Market is Collapsing. Do Chinese People Care?
How the Greek and Chinese Crises Are Linked | Mohamed A. El-Erian - They have benefited from the ultra-loose experimental policies that have been pursued by major central banks around the world.

The day 69 children died - The Express Tribune - It is one of the worst incidents of the entire drones campaign, yet one of the least reported. A CIA strike on a madrassa or religious school in 2006 killed up to 69 children, among 80 civilians.

Zero for 40 at Predicting Attacks: Why Do Media Still Take FBI Terror Warnings Seriously? ("ISIL-inspired" Fourth of July attacks that didn't happen! be very afraid all the time!)
FBI, Justice Dept. take encryption concerns to Congress - Federal law enforcement officials warned Wednesday that data encryption is making it harder to hunt for pedophiles and terror suspects, telling senators that consumers' right to privacy is not absolute and must be weighed against public-safety interests. (it's always pedophiles)
Surveillance company loses control of flagship spy program: Hacking Team - "We believe this is an extremely dangerous situation" : worldnews
Senator: I Don't Believe the NYSE and United Failures Are a Coincidence
United Airlines flights grounded across the U.S. because of a computer system malfunction. : news
Surveillance company loses control of flagship spy program: Hacking Team - "We believe this is an extremely dangerous situation" : worldnews

The Embargo Cannot Fail. It Can Only Be Failed. - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Shorter Marco Rubio: Obama's decision to end the Cuba embargo is awful. The lack of political freedoms in Cuba is proof positive of its immense value.

UN warns of children in peril in North Korea's "worst drought in 100 years"

Anti-Semitism in France: How Fast Is the Tide Rising? | Vanity Fair - How can anyone be allowed to paint a swastika on the statue of Marianne, the goddess of French liberty, in the very center of the Place de la Ripublique? (Netanyahu's plan to get all the Jews back to Israel)

Matt Taibbi: Eric Holder Back to Wall Street-Tied Law Firm After Years of Refusing to Jail Bankers | Democracy Now!

OPM Announces More Than 21 Million Affected by Second Data Breach - NationalJournal.com - The federal personnel agency finally announced Thursday the scope of a massive hack of security-clearance information first revealed last month.

S.C. House Approves Bill To Remove Confederate Flag From Statehouse - The rebel banner could come down within days.
Pelosi ambushes GOP with Confederate flag resolution | TheHill - Pelosi's resolution would have forced Mississippi's state flag, which includes the Confederate flag, to be removed from the House side of the Capitol. (Federal Government flies terrorist flag)
Rep. Jeffries just dropped ALL THE MICS on the Confederate battle flag - Lawyers, Guns & Money :

Jeb Bush says Americans "need to work longer hours" to earn more (for less pay - Jebaroonietunes)
Work More! - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Jeb Bush really is a man of the New Gilded Age. His beliefs about labor are truly Lochner-esque.
More on the Extremely Rich Man Who Hasn't Had Job In 8 Years Who Wants Other People To Work More - Lawyers, Guns & Money :
Jeb Bush Wants America's Workforce to Work Even Harder - And Scott Walker would like to tell us what to do with that time we used to call a weekend. (because otherwise socialism!)
Jeb Bush and longer working hours: gaffesplainer 2016 - Vox

Lindsey Graham Promises to Go to War if Elected - . For example, in Syria, which is the devil's own rat's nest of different groups who want to slaughter each other, Huckleberry would like us to fight...everybody.

YouGov | The GOP frontrunner: Donald Trump? - Trump leads the GOP pack this week, though few think he will win the nomination (star of the clown parade)
Donald Trump says he "will win Latino vote" despite calling Mexicans "rapists"
GOP leaders hear damage to party's image as Donald Trump doubles down (yeah, they have a great "image")
N.Y. Times keeps Cruz off bestseller list - POLITICO - despite the fact that the book has sold more copies in its first week than all but two of the Times' bestselling titles, the On Media blog has learned.

Florida Supreme Court orders new congressional map with eight districts to be redrawn | Tampa Bay Times - The Florida Supreme Court took a wrecking ball to Florida's political landscape Thursday, throwing out the state's carefully crafted congressional districts drawn by the GOP-led Legislature and ordering a new map within 100 days.

Obama's Workplace Safety Record - Lawyers, Guns & Money : They have pretty harsh words for President Obama: "Simply put, the Obama administration really isn't any better or much better than the Bush [administration]. I's not a good record" (Obama hates the American worker)

Firing of teacher in same-sex marriage roils Catholic school - The e-mail left many parents at the private Catholic school upset and confused. The well-respected director of religious education had just been fired.

Air conditioning energy: AC saves lives and causes less climate change than heating. (NYT: only really rich people should have AC, everyone else should just melt)

LAPD 'opens investigation' into allegations of sexual abuse by Bill Cosby | World news | The Guardian - Despite statute of limitations for criminal charges, Los Angeles police tell ABC News they will investigate the allegations no matter when crimes took place
"Bill Cosby lectured poor black girls about peer pressuring other girls into having sex." - Lawyers, Guns & Money :
Bill Cosby's Famous "Pound Cake" Speech, Annotated (conservative black folk ate up his bullshit, though)

The Lost Girls - The Huffington Post - One famous band. One huge secret. Many lives destroyed. (the Runaways and Joan Jett's dark history)

Is Caitlyn Jenner Dating Transgender Actress... - Rachel Pilcher

Smoking tobacco might increase risk of schizophrenia, say researchers | Society | The Guardian - Analysis of studies on smoking tobacco and psychosis, of which schizophrenia is most common type, suggests smoking may be causal factor in itself

Pubic hair has a job to do
It's 2015 -- You'd Think We'd Have Figured Out How To Measure Web Traffic By Now
Why We Shut Down Reddit's "Ask Me Anything" Forum (way to bury the lede)
stop shaving and leave it alone | Emily Gibson | Comment is free | The Guardian - Shaving pubic hair only removes a cushion against friction, leaves microscopic open wounds and exposes you to infections

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Exxon knew of climate change in 1981, email says - but it funded deniers for 27 more years

China's market crash dents nation's aura of invincibility
Shanghai stocks plunge, over 1,200 Chinese companies halt trading - The Economic Times
China's Plummeting Stock Market
China's Stock Market Plummets As Sell-Off Continues
China stock market freezing up as sell-off gathers pace | Reuters
China Bans Stock Sales by Major Shareholders for Six Months - Bloomberg Business

Greece crisis: Tsipras under pressure to submit reform blueprint to creditors | World news | The Guardian - Troika of bailout supervisors to receive proposals from Athens by midnight on Thursday, giving them 48 hours to examine them before summit on Sunday


3 Saudi Brothers Held in Kuwait Mosque Attack - The New York Times - Two of the suspects, Majed and Mohammed al-Zahrani, transported the explosives across the border into Kuwait in an ice cooler the day before the attack, Kuwait's Interior Ministry said, passing them on to another man
Isis Blows Up at 1000 year old Ancient Church in Mosul Iraq, ends up killing 4 Children playing near by : worldnews

Israeli Minister Says Reform Jews Are Not Really Jewish - The New York Times - inflaming internal discord over religious issues and underscoring tensions with American Jews, who mostly belong to the more liberal streams of Conservative and Reform Judaism.
The Washington Monthly - heightened tensions between the Netanyahu government and American Jews, who are dealing with constant accusations they are not "good Jews" if they don't back Bibi's foreign policy and/or fail to excoriate Barack Obama for pursuing a foreign policy that's independent of Bibi's

A scathing report also cited evidence that Anthony Batts had instructed officers to refrain from arresting rioters involved in looting during Freddie Gray protests

An Unpopular Man: Norman Finkelstein Comes Out Against BDS Movement | The New Republic - Norman Finkelstein was a rock star of the pro-Palestinian movement. Then he came out against BDS ... Finkelstein was unemployed for seven years after being denied tenure at DePaul University in 2007 following a campaign against him, led by Harvard's Alan Dershowitz

Argentina Rewards Programmer Who Exposed E-Voting Vulnerabilities With A Complimentary Home Police Raid | Techdirt


House votes to ban sale of Confederate flag in Park Service stores | TheHill
House votes to ban Confederate flags at federal cemeteries | TheHill

Why Bernie Sanders's Momentum is Not Build To Last

New York governor to name special prosecutor for killings by police - Yahoo News - o handle investigations when civilians are killed during confrontations with police, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.

Kansas governor: state can't punish religious groups over same-sex marriage objections (Brownback won't force Christian fundies to gay-marry each other)
The Prosecutor Who Says Louisiana Should "Kill More People"

The Jacksonian Democratic Party Could not be Revived Even if it was Desirable, Which it Most Certainly Isn't - Lawyers, Guns & Money

CVS Health Quits Chamber Of Commerce Over Tobacco Stance (Chamber of Death)

Dave Weigel returns to the Washington Post - POLITICO - Weigel, who had been tasked with writing about conservatives, was revealed to have disparaged some of his subjects in an off-the-record listserv called "Journolist."

Women Are Spending $1.4 Billion Less On Birth Control Due To Obamacare: Report

Brain abnormalities in people with schizophrenia identified -- ScienceDaily - Enhancing Neuroimaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis project (ENIGMA)

CNN investigates claims Sanjay Gupta misled viewers in Nepal report | Media | The Guardian



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Greece given days to agree bailout deal or face banking collapse and euro exit | World news | The Guardian - Athens told to present convincing details or EU leaders will hold emergency meeting in Brussels on Sunday to deal with Grexit
Rift Emerges as Europe Gears Up for New Talks on Greece Bailout - The New York Times
Now Europe Must Decide Whether to Make an Example of Greece - The New York Times
Greece's fight is for democracy in Europe. That's why we must support it
Greece Is Just The Beginning Of The Great Austerity Backlash
Austerity Has Failed: An Open Letter From Thomas Piketty to Angela Merkel | The Nation "History - will remember you for your actions this week"
"He's Right, Williamson Merkel." - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Some #realtalk from Thomas Piketty:
Eschaton: The Man Can't Tie His Own Shoes - Dear Greece, if there's anybody you should be ignoring more than you should be ignoring Fred Hiatt and the gang, it's George Osborne.

Chinese Share Sell-Off Spills Over to Hong Kong - The New York Times
Nearly 25% of Chinese stocks have stopped trading - Jul. 7, 2015

This Is How Much You Could End Up Paying to Fund Britain's Mass Surveillance Programme | VICE | United Kingdom




Iowa DOT Chief Says Overbuilt Road System Will Have to Shrink | Streetsblog.net

Rush Limbaugh: Photo Of Gay Youth Whose Story Went Viral From Humans Of New York Is A "Phony" | Video | Media Matters for America


Skin Trouble - Complexion in Jim Crow America could be a tricky thing. In the spring of 1955, Ebony magazine ran a curious story about the Platts (their noses were too wide)

Judd Apatow Had The Best Response To Bill Cosby's Admission He Drugged Women For Sex
Bill Cosby's Admission Could Aid Women's Cases, Lawyers Say
Here Are The Documents Bill Cosby Didn't Want You To Read [Updated]
Anderson Cooper 3600 on Twitter: "This is what #Cosby accuser Patti Masten says about newly obtained docs from 2005 case http://t.co/sNgeSpv0PF http://t.co/y3NgCTG9BA"

Colorado's Teen Birth Rate Fell 40 Percent Thanks To A Free Contraception Program

Parents force 14-year-old to live in woods after eating Pop Tart | WWLP.com

Helicopter parenting is increasingly correlated with college-age depression and anxiety. - The data emerging confirms the harm done by asking so little of our kids when it comes to life skills, yet so much of them when it comes to academics.
Flash - Molecule clue to memory decline: study - France 24 - The protein, dubbed B2M, is found in higher concentrations in the blood and cerebral spinal fluid of ageing humans, they said.

Reddit's fate hangs in the balance as revolt against CEO makes waves | Technology | The Guardian - While more than 200,000 Redditors want Ellen Pao to resign, readers are jumping ship to budding competitor sites as top brass pushes to go mainstream
[Recap] AMAgeddon : SubredditDrama
Petition 7 Ellen K. Pao: Step down as CEO of Reddit Inc. 7 Change.org - 209,263 supporters
Petition 7 Support Ellen Pao 7 Change.org - 18 supporters
What /r/science stands for, where we are going and why we support reddit : science

What are some of Reddit's inside jokes? : AskReddit

BNP Paribas says bitcoin's blockchain could make current securities firms 'redundant' - Business Insider
Encryption's holy grail is getting closer, one way or another. Working with encrypted data without decrypting it first sounds too goodt if they dono be true, but it's becoming possible.
Sales of the new Apple Watch have plunged by 90% since the opening week, according to a new market-research report : technology

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US jets intercepted Russian bombers off the California and Alaska coasts on July 4 - Yahoo Finance

German Line Hardens After Greeks Vote 'No' In Referendum (Merkel can never fail)
Greece's Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis Resigns After Referendum
Just Say No | Robert Kuttner - The No vote to austerity by a margin of 62 to 38 is a stunning vindication of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's tactical gamble and political savvy. However, the Greeks and the austerity-mongers, most notably in Germany, remain as far apart as ever.
Greece is less likely to get a deal after the referendum, but will get a better deal if it does get one - The Washington Post
interfluidity ; Greece - The Greek state has been a shady, opportunistic borrower, no doubt, the kind of character no one would lend money to with any great expectation of seeing it back. And yet, that's precisely what bankers in the relatively not-fucked-up Eurozone countries did! ... The choice Europe's leaders faced was to preserve the union or preserve the wealth, prestige, and status of the community of people who were their acquaintances and friends and selves but who are entirely unrepresentative of the European public. They chose themselves. (Merkel and her bankerpals killed the Greek economy: tiny, evil people)
Europe Wins - The New York Times - we have just witnessed Greece stand up to a truly vile campaign of bullying and intimidation, an attempt to scare the Greek public, not just into accepting creditor demands, but into getting rid of their government.


$2.2m in Mafia bribes to NSW judges alleged in top-secret police reports
Australian minister: 'Gay marriage could damage our cattle exports' - World - News - London Evening Standard - because it is seen as "decadent".




Jacob Remes on Twitter: "Well, this is delightful. Bill Kristol's merit shines right through. http://t.co/Y3IJPQeTjv" (Kristol can never fail because the is a very special person)





APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex ('ludes)

Texas officials: Schools should teach that slavery was "side issue" to Civil War (warping young minds with Satanic lies

Goldie Hawn and Michael Eisner Discuss Sexism, Ageism, and Mindfulness at the Aspen Ideas Festival - The Atlantic - The Disney CEO and the Oscar-winning actress compare notes on Hollywood.
Just Words - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Former Google exec says this word can damage your credibility - Business Insider - A few years back I noticed something: the frequency with which the word "just" appeared in email and conversation from female co-workers and friends.
Just don't do it: No one writes articles telling men how the're damaging their career prospects by using the wrong words. With women, on the other hand, it's a regular occurrence. (speech-shaming)
NPR: TAL: 545 If You Dn't Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS (vocal fry)


Bloomberg - Reddit users call for CEO Ellen Pao to resign : videos
SS - paosafe.space: TheSafe for reddit!


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Greeks defy Europe with overwhelming referendum "No" (now it gets interesting)
Official: Greeks say NO to austerity measures : worldnews
Greeks Reject Bailout Terms in Rebuff to European Leaders - The New York Times
Merkel's Leadership Has Failed in the Greece crisis: Angela's Ashes: How Merkel Failed Greece and Europe - Angela Merkel relishes her reputation as queen of Europe. But she hasn't learned how to use her power, instead allowing a bad situation to heat up to the boiling point. (Queen of Austerity and Failure)
Confusion Remains as Voting Begins in Greek Referendum - The New York Times
Greece: Only the 'No" Can Save the Euro
Greek banks prepare plan to raid deposits to avert collapse - FT.com
Euro a Burning Building With No Exits, Hague Tells Spectator - Bloomberg Business
Eschaton: What's It All About Then - Whatever it is, it ain't democracy. It's banksterocracy.
The Road To Grexit - Forbes
Greek Referendum Day live: the euro's day of reckoning arrives as divided Greeks head to the polls
How Iceland Emerged From Its Deep Freeze - The New York Times (jailed the banksters, duh)


Washington brought in $70M in taxes on legal pot in one year | TheHill (you could have paid for 1/2 an Olympic statium Boston)

Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking "nto everything that doesn't move in America" (demonstrating her complete non-comprehension of how it all works as her metaphor goes off the cliff)

The Activist Roberts Court, 10 Years In - The New York Times (We, the Billionaires)


"By the People" and "Wages of Rebellion" (Packer review racist Murry and progressive Hedges, gives Murry 4 paras and Hedges 2 and himself 6)

alicublog: Hope For America's Future. - The Perfesser adds the perhaps unneeded gloss: that the idea that the Confederacy was a Southern thing is just another way we Northerners oppress Southern whites. I noted this on Twitter -- blaming the Confederacy on "Outside Agitators!

Trump opened this spring on the southeastern shoreline of the Bronx. Paid for by New York City, to the sum of $127 million (one of Bloomberg's gifts to the billionaires)



Teenager's Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Regiistries (another corner of the "tough on crime" industry, sexual paranoia division)

Boy, 7, shot to death, 29 others shot - Chicago Tribune

California, Camelot and Vaccines - The New York Times (anti-vaxxer Robert F Kennedy Jr)


Babies Can Form Abstract Relations Before They Learn Words | Anthropology, Neuroscience | Sci-News.com (like "same" and "different")


Reddit CEO Ellen Pao: "The Vast Majority of Reddit Users are Uninterested in" Victoria Taylor, Subreddits Going Private : technology
Reddit CEO Pao Under Fire as Users Protest Removal of Executive - Bloomberg Business
Reddit CEO Pao Under Fire as Users Protest Removal of Executive : technology
A list of all the Reddit alternatives that I use/keep an eye on as a community manager and a little explanation about them. : RedditAlternatives

What's a sexual fantasy that you enjoy but would never attempt in reality? : AskReddit
I did this and watching it right afterwards was a bit embarrassing. Every dumb comment you make that you think
What is the most legendary time that "OP delivered"? : AskReddit

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2 years ago this man sacrificed his livelihood to save the world. Happy Independence Day : pics (Happy Snowden Day)

The NSA and American Spies Targeted SPIEGEL - Spiegel Online

When Greece Forgave Germany's Debt - The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's loans and restructured the rest, is a landmark case that shows how effective debt relief can be. It helped spark what became known as the German economic miracle.
Greek Finance Minister Says Europe Can't Afford To Let Greece's Economy Crash
Exclusive: Europeans tried to block IMF debt report on Greece: sources - Euro zone countries tried in vain to stop the IMF publishing a gloomy analysis of Greece's debt burden which the leftist government says vindicates its call to voters to reject bailout terms (Europe's elite leaders can never be wrong)
David Attewell: Putting the Greek Referendum in Context - Lawyers, Guns & Money

Chinese stock market has lost #1.5 trillion in the last three weeks - Business News - Business - The Independent
Panic wipes #2tn off Chinese shares | Business | The Guardian - Promise by the stock market regulator to tackle concerns of market manipulation also failed to halt the slide

Afghanistan: Schoolgirls hurt in acid attack in Herat - CNN.com - Men throw acid into girls' faces for going to school
Meditating Portuguese actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane. He was released after 6 hrs of questioning during which police watched videos of him on the Internet showing that he is a theater and television actor, and checked his profile on Wikipedia, which states that he is a Buddhist. : worldnews

Calls grow for UN court on MH17 despite Russian opposition - Netherlands and Malaysia want international tribunal on who downed airliner over eastern Ukraine

Brazil probes Brazil probes currency market activity of 15 global banksurrency market activity of 15 global banks - Fifteen of the world's largest banks are under investigation on suspicion of rigging the Brazilian currency, antitrust watchdog Cade said on Thursday, the first such probe in one of the busiest foreign exchange markets globally.

ISIS Releases Video Claiming To Show Mass Execution In Ancient Palmyra - The video shows 25 men lined up on the stage of the ancient theater in front of the extremist group's flag. They are then shot dead by boys, who appear to be in their teens, before an audience gathered at the heritage site


Obama Plans Broader Use of Clemency to Free Nonviolent Drug Offenders - The New York Times - Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.

Hullabaloo - QOTW: Tweety - Chris Matthews: "I'm starting to lose faith in Scott Walker as a reasonable person. He's aping the right wing." - Seriously? The guy who thinks forced ultrasounds are "cool" and unions are like ISIS? That guy is reasonable? (it's all about their status as "serious" people)

Jon Stewart Slams Donald Trump Supporters For Defending 'Mexican Rapists' Comments (Trump 2016: Somebody's Doing the Raping!)

This Is What The Average Gun Owner Looks Like In America - He's white, married or divorced, high income, and over 55 years old. (and a white supremicist +more guns=more deaths)

Views Clash Where Confederate Flags Fly - The New York Times - This video road trip from Columbia, S.C., to Jackson, Miss., makes it clear that there is still much disagreement about the role of the Confederate flag in the South.

"This decision will not stand" - Republicans seek common cause against same-sex marriage - After the supreme court made gay marriage legal in all 50 states, conservatives are united in opposition but divided over how best to pursue their cause (why don't y'all secede since you hate our Constitution?)


Swanky New York eatery kept workers' tips - CBS News - Critically acclaimed Manhattan restaurant Per Se will fork over $500,000 to settle claims it pocketed gratuities that should have gone to employees who worked at private-dining events. (how the riches do it)

Chart: Every possible emotional overlap in Inside Out (Spoilers? Link in comments.) : movies
Inside Out's Restricted Range - Bambi's mother dies. Charlotte dies. Dumbo is separated from his jailed mother for most of the movie. Kids can tolerate fiction where bad stuff happens. In Inside Out, on the other hand, Riley once lost a hockey tournament and now has had to move into a million dollar Victorian in San Francisco, poor lil snipy (+comment: As my own 11-year old put it: it was really funny, but the plot wasn't that interesting) Contrasting and categorization of emotions
Chart: Every possible emotional overlap in Inside Out (Spoilers? Link in comments.) : movies


[live] Victoria's Secret/AMAgeddon
David Frum tweet on Pao and the reddit blackout : Blackout2015 (says Pao was a bad hire +no one has noticed the center-of-drama genius of Pao)
Reddit in uproar after staff sacking - BBC News (who could have predicted extemely litigious borderline Chairman Pao-Pao would rekt Reddit?)
Reddit CEO sorry for 'letting down' users after popular subforums shut down | Technology | The Guardian
Reddit in uproar after staff sacking : technology
Calling for Reddit's CEO to step down reaches 14,000 (now 18,000 plus) (now: 90,000)
Petition 7 Ellen K. Pao: Step down as CEO of Reddit Inc. 7 Change.org
Moderator gives a concise summary of just how terrible reddit has been to moderators. : bestof ("unpaid interns")
Regarding today's Reddit drama : fountainpens
A message to our users : askscience
Reddit's ex-CEO, u/Yishan, gives his thoughts on the current situation : bestof
''Ellen Pao Talks About Gender Bias in Silicon Valley'' She sued the company she worked for because she didn't get a promotion, claims it was because she was female. Company says she just didn't deserve it. : videos
[AMA Request] Ellen Pao; Current Reddit CEO : IAmA
[AMA Request] Victoria, ex-AMA mod : IAmA
yishan comments on I am a former reddit employee. AMA.
[AMA Request] Dacvak continue his now deleted AMA where he talks about Reddit firing him for having leukemia and also discuss the community backlash from his subreddit /r/gaming becoming public again. : IAmA
[Megathread] Chooter, subreddits shutting down megathread : AskReddit
[Mod Post] A statement on yesterday's Chooting : AskReddit
Someone edited Hitler's Wikipedia page : funny (how about Mao Tse Tsung's?)
RIP to the beloved fallen admins /u/chooter and /u/kickme444 : pics
[AMA Request] kickme444 (former reddit SVP of product who left 2 weeks ago, and has toyed with the idea of doing an AMA) : IAmA

[Serious] Redditors who had sex with their teachers, what was it like? Did anyone find out? And if so what was the aftermath? : AskReddit
DuhTrutho comments on TIL Texas no longer offers a special "last meal" to condemned inmates. Instead, the inmate is offered the same meal served to the rest of the unit. (why our thirst for "justice" is childish and evil")
[SERIOUS] Redditors who are *actively* cheating on their partner - why? : AskReddit

Arianna Huffington's Improbable, Insatiable Content Machine - She did more than anyone else to invent the Internet news business. After a decade, despite setbacks, she is still setting the pace. (the Times commenters are enraged)

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Koch-Backed Group Calls For No More National Parks | ThinkProgress (hack op-ed reprinted by sportsball-owned Boston Globe)

WikiLeaks drops new set of secret TISA docs: Yep, no one agrees | Ars Technica - US: Any party can "undertake any action" to protect "essential security interests." (Obama is going to have quite a "legacy")

Obama administration spied on German media, government - CNNPolitics.com (no boundaries Obama)
Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, denied asylum in France - World - CBC News - Assange is living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid extradition to Sweden

Arab tourist arrested under Terrorism Act in Brighton | Daily Mail Online - Nasser Al-Ansari was recording condolence video for Kuwait bomb victims
Meditating Portuguese actor mistaken for terrorist on Paris plane | Reuters - He was released after six hours of questioning during which police watched videos of him on the Internet showing that he is a theater and television actor, and checked his profile on Wikipedia, which states that he is a Buddhist. (do we see a pattern?)

This Is What The End Of European Democracy Looks Like
Angela Merkel Will Be Responsible For A Greek Exit From The Eurozone (Bavarian House Frau runs Europe like her home, doesn't listen to science or facts ... "Rumor has long held that Merkel, Thatcher, and Reagan are triplets, separated at birth....")
Europe's Many Economic Disasters (revenge of Germany though France is doing pretty well)
These Economists Are Calling For An End To Greece's Austerity Nightmare - "I can think of no depression, ever, that has been so deliberate and had such catastrophic consequences," wrote Joseph Stiglitz
Jamie McGeever on Twitter: "And you wonder why Greeks voted for change... Would deval & Grexit be any more catastrophic? - Chart

N. Korean scientist flees to Finland with info on inhumane experiments - The Korea Times - The 47-year-old left with 15 gigabytes worth of data and information regarding human experimentation, which he felt may have crossed ethical boundaries according to Yonhap News Agency.


3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake - Vox

The Great Recession's Last Casualties - For many Americans who've been out of work long-term, there may never be a recovery. (Obama's unemployment strategy: get people to give up looking for a job)

Obama administration scales back deportations in policy shift - The Washington Post (Deporter-in-Chief could have done this years ago but he loves torturing brown people)

The Blatant Ignorance of Republican Presidential Candidates - In which conservatives continue to defend Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, endlessly perplexing Jonathan Chait. The symptoms of the prion disease are beginning to become so obvious that even some of our more prominent pundits are beginning to notice them. (Center for Immigration Studies cited by Rich "Sparkle Pants" Lowry is a white supremicist org, wow)
Surprise! Donald Trump is wrong about immigrants and crime. - The Washington Post (fact-immune asshole Republicans: native born Americans have highest crime-rate)

American Independence Myths: Lies May Comfort, But Facts Matter | The New Republic - Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions (who are immune to facts, duh)

In uphill 2016 bid, Jim Webb brings conservative bent to Democratic field - The Washington Post (just in time)

Hispanic Leaders Tell Republican Party To Stand Up To Donald Trump

Bobby Jindal administration will start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in downtown New Orleans | NOLA.com (Bobby Dimbulb)

Charleston Suspect Was in Contact With Supremacists, Officials Say - The New York Times

This Week in the Laboratories of Democracy - In which we examine grifting, large and small, among states like Texas, Mississippi and Wisconsin.

Oregon Bakery Fined For Refusing To Make Wedding Cake For Lesbian Couple - The owners of an Oregon bakery must pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, a state official ruled on Thursday.
Here's The Idiocy of Glenn Grothman - Some Stupid for Lunch: The Idiocy of Glenn Grothman: Inn which the stupid crown passes from Blake Farenthold to a new and deserving recipient in Glenn Grothman (R, WI, KochBros, Incredibly Stupid: thinks Civil War was faught against gay marriage)
Kentucky clerk sued for not issuing marriage licenses to couples | US news | The Guardian - Kim Davis said her Christian beliefs prevented her from complying with the decision, so she decided to issue no more licenses to any couple, gay or straight (she thought she worked for a church)
The quotes tht will follow Glenn Grothman forever: (among others:) "Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa," he said. "Just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans (they elected him knowing this and it's always an oral sex metaphor)

The Science of "Inside Out"

For a Better Steak, Cook Directly on Charcoal - The New York Times - this simple act demolished everything we thought we knew about cooking proteins (invented by Ike)


Go Set a Watchman: mystery of Harper Lee manuscript discovery deepens | Books | The Guardian - The legal representative of a woman who only ever published 1 book attends a meeting in her stead with a "rare book expert" from Sotheby's leaves that meeting to "run an errand" and then never enquires into what that meeting was supposed to be about??? Sounds likely..... A Johnnie Cochran moment.

Struwwelpeter, a German children's book from 1845 : WTF
Struwwelpeter: Merry Stories and Funny Pictures by Heinrich Hoffmann - Free Ebook
? Shockheaded Peter - The Tiger Lillies - YouTube

Reddit Is Tearing Itself Apart (Chairwoman Pao, who could have predicted?)
karmanaut comments on Why has R/Iama been set to private?
I had the pleasure of meeting u/chooter in person a few months ago. Letting her go is the biggest mistake reddit has made in years. : pics
What's the deal with the jesse jackson ama? : OutOfTheLoop (5 illegitimate children didn't like being asked real questions)
Why was /r/IAmA, along with a number of other large subreddits, made private? : OutOfTheLoop
Top mod of /r/IamA explains why it's been set to private. : bestof
In response to reddit firing Victoria and /r/iama going private : AdviceAnimals
Please stop Messaging Modmail Regarding going PRIVATE : WTF
Should /r/windowsphone go dark? : windowsphone
/r/ WindowsPhone will not be going private in protest. : windowsphone
[AMA Request] kickme444 (former reddit SVP of product who left 2 weeks ago, and has toyed with the idea of doing an AMA) : IAmA

Watching Terminator: Genesys with my father. (Some spoilers) : movies (don't miss this)
Dishy31983 comments on Going through my childhood diaries when I discovered that I bullied "Eddie" Snowden in the third grade. (or this)
Germany: Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar : worldnews (great pun)

The Internet Is Now Officially Too Big as IP Addresses Run Out - NBC News

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Oklahoma Court Rules Homeowners Can Sue Oil Companies Over Quakes - The New York Times

Leaked TPP paper shows US pushing drug company rights - Business - NZ Herald News (thanks, Obama)

US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State - Middle East allies accuse Barack Obama and David Cameron of failing to show strategic leadership in fight against Isil, as MPs could be given vote on whether to bomb Syria
Top ISIS Leader Killed by US Drone Strike in Syria - ABC News - The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Tariq bin Tahar-Al-Awni-al-Harzi was killed in an airstrike in Syria on June 16, the day after his brother Ali was killed in another drone strike in Mosul, Iraq.

Eschaton: What's It All About Then - Sadists and sociopaths, basically. (letting Greece burn)
Eschaton: Do Not Disobey - Compromise means give Merkel everything she demands. Don't they understand that?
Merkel admitted in 2011 Greek debt unsustainable - Call intercepted by NSA and circulated by Wikileaks to media

Nigeria Female Genital Mutilation Outlawed - "More than 130 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation or cutting ..."

BP hit with record $18.7 billion fine over Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill - Business News - Business - The Independent

Saudi money floods India to promote Wahhabism - Daily Pakistan Global
Saudi government funding private Islamic schools in Canada, documents show - The Globe and Mail

U.S. seeks FIFA officials' extradition from Switzerland - CNN.com - seven high-ranking FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland in May. They are suspected of taking bribes worth over $100 million in connection with soccer tournaments.

Quebec bill calls animals "sentient beings" and includes jail time for cruelty - Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis wants to change Quebec's infamous image as a haven for puppy mills


U.S. Adds 223,000 Jobs In June; Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.3% (recovery summer for the rich is finally here)
Economic Policy Inst on Twitter: "CEO pay has grown 90 times faster than typical worker pay since 1978
CEO Pay Has Grown 90 Times Faster than Typical Worker Pay Since 1978 | Economic Policy Institute (keep voting Republican, stupid white people)

Quietly, Congress extends a ban on CDC research on gun violence | Public Radio International (Republican war on facts they don't like to hear)

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: Late June 2015 -- A Special Focus On The Supreme Court Decision (well, for starters, 61% don't know anything)

Bernie Sanders Gains on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, Quinnipiac Poll Says - Bloomberg Politics

George Takei: Justice Thomas "a clown in blackface"

Today in Racist History - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - Any number of racist sites refer back to Moynihan today; meanwhile this paragon of institutionalized racism became a respected Democratic senator without ever questioning his blaming of black people for their own poverty and ending his career as a big supporter of slashing welfare. Among other great things in this man's life was ensuring the UN did nothing to stop the Indonesian slaughter in East Timor when he was UN Ambassador during the Ford administration and opposed the Clinton health care plan.

Donald Trump Goes After Immigrants Again, Claiming To Have Facts - "Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?" Trump responded, according to the CNN clip. (56% white men, asshole)

Poll: Majority sees Confederate flag as Southern pride - CNNPolitics.com - The poll shows that 57% of Americans see the flag more as a symbol of Southern pride than as a symbol of racism, about the same as in 2000 when 59% said they viewed it as a symbol of pride. (uneducated stupid white people especially)
White Men Wave Their Butts in the Air for the Confederacy - Thanks to Vice co-founder and anthropomorphized subreddit Gavin McInnes, the terrible internet trend of our past is back. And this time, it's here to speak out against the atrocious shaming and reverse racism currently oppressing the country's white males, or something
No More Mister Nice Blog: But We Like Scolding People! - In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, David Brooks notes that social conservatives still seem determined to turn back the clock on sexual morality (+Rod Dreher: "I am recommending a strategy for resisting, enduring and thriving under the reality of occupation" - his head is "occupied" by immoral sex)
Obama Set To Legalize Dog-On-Boy Rape, Says Clinically Sane Tom DeLay | Wonkette
Polygamous Montana trio applies for wedding license

Antonin Scalia's Fraudulent "Textualism" - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Patterico argues that federal judges not abiding by the tenets of ACA tooferism is not merely wrong, it's an impeachable offense:

De Blasio Slams Cuomo for 'Lack of Leadership' (Cuomo's little dick problem)

Attorney General Paxton could face first-degree felony case - The criminal investigation against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has taken a more serious turn, with special prosecutors now planning to present a first-degree felony securities fraud case against him to a Collin County grand jury

This Bill O'Reilly piece on homeless people might be the worst Fox News segment ever

Museum of Christian Passive-Aggression (Hobby Lobby has a museum on the National Mall)

Violent crime against women massively understated, statistics agency told | Society | The Guardian - Crime Survey of England and Wales fails to account for nearly half the attacks on women, particularly those where victim knows the attacker, warns professor
More people than ever being convicted of violence against women, figures show | UK news | The Guardian
ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES: Short Posts 6/30/15. On Growing Income Inequality in the US, Fifty Shades of Gray and the Way To Write About Violence Against Women

Cruel and All-Too-Usual (how cops treat kids: trigger warning)
Police shootings: Distraught people, deadly results | The Washington Post - Officers often lack the training to approach the mentally unstable, experts say (well, "trained" to kill them)
Pasco police officers who shot Antonio Zambrano-Montes not questioned for months | US news | The Guardian - So much time had passed that two of the officers said they could no longer remember basic details relating to standard personnel issues, the documents show.

Elizabeth Warren Reams Private Accreditor Who Certified Corinthian College Up to Its End | naked capitalism

TIL of the Photon Sphere, a spherical region of space where gravity is strong enough that photons are forced to travel in orbits. If you were to stand in this region and look straight ahead you would see the back of your head. : todayilearned
"A Kugelblitz is a concentration of light so intense that it forms an event horizon" from Wiki. Light is made up of photons and photons do not have mass. How can a massless energy form a black hole? : askscience
The Spectrometer, one of the most important tools in science, has been miniaturized to a size that could fit on your phone. The revolutionary breakthrough is reported in the journal Nature. : news
US announces first death from measles in 12 years : news


070115

Leaked: What
FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines (CIA/NSA is testing infrastructure attacks)

More than 100 dead as militants, Egyptian army clash in North Sinai | Reuters
Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal - Is the White House going to bat for Big Pharma worldwide? (he really has a dark side)

Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity - BBC News - He said he had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1997. The money would be used to "foster cultural understanding", "empower women", and "provide vital disaster relief", among other things, he said.


Clinton emails: Obama aides knew of private address - CNNPolitics.com (well duh)
Clinton: Benghazi panel a "charade" The Benghazi Select Committee is spending $8,000 a day in taxpayer money to keep digging (you'd think she would have expected it)
Hillary Clinton emails: The dozen you must read - POLITICO - The 12 Hillary Clinton emails you must read - From Hillary's frustration with the White House to that epic battle with the fax machine
An Inside Look at How Hillary Clinton Plays the Media | Mother Jones - "Greta...is malleable." (like poop)

Cruz: Cuba embassy a "slap in the face" to Israel (because everything is about Cruz, Israel, or both +check out the picture this guy is really weird)

CPS set for $200 million in cuts; mayor says classes won't grow - Chicago Tribune - Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday laid out $200 million in cuts to staff and programs he said Chicago Public Schools needs to make after fulfilling a $634 million payment to the teachers pension fund.

Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong. - The Washington Post - False history marginalizes African Americans and makes us all dumber. (which is why Texas has control of America's textbooks)
The Confederacy Won the Peace - Lawyers, Guns & Money : in Kentuck.y Eventually, 90,000 Kentuckians would fight for the United States, while 35,000 fought for the Confederate States. Nevertheless, according to historian Thomas Clark, the state now has 72 Confederate monuments and only two Union ones. (they wrote the history)
Oregon Was Founded As a Racist Utopia
TV Land pulls Dukes of Hazzard episodes off its schedule (for the pic: The car is named General Lee just a traditional ha-ha)

How The Washington Post is examining police shootings in the U.S. - The Washington Post - The Washington Post is compiling a database of every fatal shooting in the United States by a police officer in the line of duty in 2015.
Since 1976, the FBI hasn't counted more than 460 fatal police shootings in a year. We've counted 462 already in 2015 (sorta like those rape kits)

Federal Judge: Alabama Judges Must Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses - NBC News
Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Marriage in Churches - NBC News
In a review of Hood County Clerk Katie Lang's emails obtained through an information request, her comments to staff were strident: "We are not issuing them because I am instilling my religious liberty in this office (you keep on instillin' Katie)
More than 26 million people have changed their Facebook picture to a rainbow flag. Here's why that matters

Rand Paul Sits Down With Cliven Bundy - In which Rand Paul has a nice chat with a freeloading white supremacist.

The Ascendance of Donald Trump - In which we see again that there is no actual Republican Party that might stop this. (becasue it's the party of Insanity)

Progressives Should Weigh In on de Blasio vs. Cuomo - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (Cuomo has a dick and an asshole problem)

Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder : : NPR - effects of cognitive style interact with cultural input. Creationism and belief in God might be "intuitive" for many Kentucky undergraduates not only because these beliefs align well with basic human tendencies, but also because these are the beliefs they grew up with and that dominate their communities. (or thinking at all in a culture of non-thinking)

Texas Town Is Charging Us $79,000 for Emails About Pool Party Abuse Cop


Alzheimer's Caregivers May Be at Risk for Dementia - Stress and Shared Lifestyle May Raise Risk of Mental Decline for Spouses Who Are Also Caregivers
Kids With ADHD Getting Wrong Drugs, Study Finds - NBC News - "What's especially important is the finding that around 1.5 percent of boys aged 10 to 18 are on antipsychotics, and then this rate abruptly falls by half as adolescents become young adults,"- The drugs, which include clozapine, Zyprexa, known generically as olanzapine, and Haldol, can calm agitated patients.

Duggars Facing Lawsuit From Nonfamily Molestation Victim - In Touch Weekly

Ethicist: Why Jim Carrey is Wrong About Vaccines - NBC News - The actor Jim Carrey is one of a small number of anti-vaxxers who is beside himself at the passage of the tough new law. (always look to entertainers for sciencey stuff)

TIL A mathematical equation that can accurately determine whether a married couple will divorce with a 90% success rate is almost completely identical to one that can accurately describe the relationship between countries and whether they will go to war at a very similar rate. : todayilearned - The most successful relationships are the ones with a really low negativity threshold. In those relationships, couples allow each other to complain, and work together to constantly repair the tiny issues between them. In such a case, couples don't end up being blown completely out of proportion.

Too damn high: Manhattan average apartment prices reach record of $1.87m | Business | The Guardian - Trend of renting over buying driving up real estate prices by 11% from 2014 (99% apts occupied)

Mom pranks are the best. : videos (sibling rank/birth order stories)

What's the most insane coincidence you've experienced? : AskReddit - Here one minute, gondola the next.
Did your high school ever have an "incident" or event? What was it? : AskReddit
TIL In the entire Lord of the Rings film trilogy, no two female characters ever speak to each other. : todayilearned

063015
Greece Floats New Bailout Proposal, Merkel Rules Out More Negotiations (her plan was always to destroy the EU, but what will history think?)
This Is The Terrible State Of Greece's Austerity Economy, And Now Things May Get Even Worse (Merkel destroyed Greece
Greeks, don't give in to the EU's austerity ultimatum
Argentina Shows Greece There May Be Life After Default | Joseph E. Stiglitz (EU inhumane, wanted to make a profit on Greece)
From Greece To France To China, Nationalism Is Back In A Big Way

Court Revives Defunct NSA Mass Surveillance Program - NationalJournal.com - The NSA's phone dragnet is back -- for now.
? SNOWDEN - Official Trailer #1 (2015) Joseph Gordon-Levitt Biographical Political Thriller Movie HD - YouTube
CIA Study Finds Low Minority Representation in Agency's Senior Ranks - ABC News

Cuba first to ?eliminate mother-to-baby HIV transmission | Society | The Guardian - World Health Organisation hails "one of the greatest public health achievements possible" five years into regional initiative

Majorities back Court rulings on marriage, ACA - CNNPolitics.com - 63% support the Court's ruling upholding government assistance for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run health insurance exchanges. Slightly fewer, 59%, say they back the ruling which made same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states.

Obama's approval rating grows following memorable week - CNNPolitics.com - for the first time in more than two years, 50% of Americans approve of the way Obama is handling the presidency. And his overall ratings are bolstered by increasingly positive reviews of his treatment of race relations and the economy.

In Alabama, One County Exits the Marriage Business - The New York Times
Several Kentucky county clerks defy same-sex marriage ruling, refuse to issue marriage licenses | Politics and Government | Kentucky.com

One in Three Americans Own Guns; Culture a Factor, Study Finds - NBC News - Most are white males over the age of 55, and a "gun culture" is closely linked with ownership, the team at Columbia University reports.

California vaccine bill SB 277 signed into law by Jerry Brown - ContraCostaTimes.com - In a historic decision that could reverberate nationwide, Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill mandating that almost all California schoolchildren be fully vaccinated, regardless of their parents' personal or religious beliefs.
California Lawmakers Pass One Of The Nation's Strictest Vaccination Laws

10 Commandments statue must be removed from state Capitol, Oklahoma Supreme Court rules | Oklahoma City - OKC - KOCO.com - The 7-2 ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the monument could stay. It prompted calls by a handful of Republican lawmakers for impeachment of the justices who said the monument must be removed.

A simple twist of fate ; Balloon Juice (Joe Nocera looks pretty dumb)

Mexico Won't Be Sending Anyone To Miss Universe Pageant After Donald Trump's Comments

Who Set Jessica Chambers On Fire? The Internet Is Trying To Find Out - BuzzFeed News

Fox Guest: Alleged Charleston Shooter "Is The Product Of The Left Wing, He's A Product Of Their Education System" | Video | Media Matters for America - Kevin Jackson: Everything Dylann Roof Has Done "Absolutely Adds Up To Leftism" (there is no lie they won't tell)
Confederate Flag Truck Parade In Dalton, Georgia Ends With A Hilarious Bang - God don't like ugly




062915
New York state officially bans fracking | syracuse.com (which Obama says is perfectly safe except for the earthquakes and poisoning your water)


Neocons Urge Embrace of Al Qaeda | Consortiumnews (your enemy is now your friend according to the Bushies)
Is ISIS's capital city under threat? - Vox - S is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital
ISIS is in trouble: Kurdish forces have advanced to within 35 miles of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State's capital. : worldnews

Angela Merkel Will Be Responsible For A Greek Exit From The Eurozone (disasterous policies imposed by elites can only be failed)
Greece Over the Brink - The New York Times - And this collapse, in turn, had a lot to do with the euro, which trapped Greece in an economic straitjacket. Cases of successful austerity, in which countries rein in deficits without bringing on a depression, typically involve large currency devaluations that make their exports more competitive. This is what happened, for example, in Canada in the 1990s, and to an important extent it's what happened in Iceland more recently. But Greece, without its own currency, didn't have that option

The Bloody Legacy of Indian Partition - The New Yorker - The violent legacy of Indian Partition.


U.S. Not Contemplating A Federal Bailout Of Puerto Rico, White House Says

Some States Are Still Trying To Resist Gay Marriage - Texas was one of 13 states that banned gay marriage before the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that those bans were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing gay marriage across the country. Therefore, it's not surprising that its lawmakers are trying to resist following the ruling.
A Photographer Lost A Client For Supporting Marriage Equality. His Response Shows Why #LoveWins - It's not that because you have a different view from us, but it's because, since you don't like and support gay marriage, no else should be able to have it. That's ike me not liking broccoli, and demanding that everyone else in the world should not have broccoli either! (rightwing Xtians controlling other people's lives)
The Trajectory of the Gay Rights Movement - Lawyers, Guns & Money : - The rise of the gay rights movement to popular acceptance is probably the most amazing political event of my lifetime, perhaps outside of this nation electing an African-American president

Ginsburg decision in Arizona case: Supreme Court rules against gerrymandering.

US supreme court refuses to let Texas close 10 abortion clinics | US news | The Guardian - Justices rule 5-4 to grant emergency appeal from clinics that will for now prevent state from enforcing restrictions that would have caused clinics to close (fuck Texas) 6

f execution by torture isn't "cruel and unusual" punishment, what is? (Republicans love torture)

Supreme Court Will Reconsider Affirmative Action Case - The New York Times (discrimination against whites, supposedly)

Restrict White Supremacist Hate Speech Online - NYTimes.com - One of these sites, Stormfront, has grown from 124,000 registered users in 2008 to over 300,000 today.

Donald Trump dropped by NBC over candidate's comments about Mexico | US news | The Guardian - NBC Universal says it will no longer broadcast Miss USA or Miss Universe pageants after businessman attacked Mexico for sending "rapists" to US (they're raping your white women, sound familiar?)

Scanning ultrasound removes amyloid-beta and restores memory in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model
Starve a Fever, Feed a Cold? Really? - Cold and Flu - Everyday Health - This bit of medical advice goes back to the 16th century, and it might even be true.
Oregon Is Celebrating Marijuana Legalization With Free Weed | Money.com (coulda been you, NH)

Years Of Pretending Netflix Cord Cutting Wasn't Real Is Biting The Cable Industry In The Ass | Techdirt

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A Prayer for Relief by D.R. Tucker | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Cardinal Donald Wuerl's stirring defense of Pope Francis's environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, on last weekendand may have changed a few minds as well.
Misfit of Science - Mark Steyn after Steyn baselessly accused Mann of fraud and compared him to a child molester. Republican climate scientist (yes, some actually exist!) Barry Bickmore updates us on the latest bizarre turn in this case:
Smithsonian to improve ethics policies on research funding - WTOP - After revelations that a scientist failed to disclose his funding sources for climate change research, the Smithsonian Institution said Friday it is improving its ethics and disclosure policies to avoid conflicts of interest. after recent allegations that scientist Wei-Hock Soon did not disclose conflicts of interest in his research funding

Obama's Grace - The president delivers his single most accomplished rhetorical performance, and it's one you should eatch rather than read
President Obama: Emanuel AME 'a phoenix rising from the ashes' | MSNBC
Grace, Amazing - Lawyers, Guns & Money : I'm a tough sell when it comes to both the rhetoric of politicians and religious rhetoric, but Obama's eulogy on Friday really was quite extraordinary:

Spy Agency's Secret Plans to Foster Online "Conformity" and "Obedience" Exposed | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community - Internal memo from secretive British spy unit exposes how GCHQ and NSA used human psychological research to create sophisticated online propaganda tools (wow, the 11 "D"s of Damnation : discredit, distrust, dissuade, deter, delay, disrupt, deceive, denigrate, degrade, deny, deleting

CIA photos of "black sites" could complicate Guantanamo trials The existence of the approximately 14,000 photographs will probably cause yet another delay (oh, *those* pictures)

One Step Closer to Grexit by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - More bad news on the Greece front in Europe: the Eurozone has refused to extend bailout provisions for Greece:
Greece To Consider Bank Closures And Capital Controls On Monday

Kuwait mosque attack: suicide bomber identified as Saudi citizen | World news | The Guardian - Fahad Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Gabbaa named by interior ministry as suicide bomber behind Friday's attack in which 27 people died
africametro africannews - Jihad is not a video game; it is real life, with real consequences.Al Qaeda tells ISIS that there will be darkness for its perpetrator

Iran nuclear talks likely to miss Tuesday deadline | World news | The Guardian - Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to fly back to Tehran to finalise bargaining position on curbs to nuclear programme

Today's Court Ruling, Though Expected, is Still Shocking -- Especially for Those Who Grew Up LGBT in the U.S. (Glenn weighs in)
Eschaton: Keep Hate Alive - The asshole caucus. - There is a striking unanimity among the candidates who are running for the party's presidential nomination in 2016: Not one supports allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry
Supreme Court gay marriage: John Roberts' dissent in Obergefell is heartless (they have hearts?) Here's How 9 Predictions About Gay Marriage Turned Out (dutifully repeated by your media)
Scalia Is a Twitter Egg - Scalia is not just wrong. He is wrong in the same way that the thousands of anonymous conservative Twitter accounts with default egg avatars swarming liberal politicians and pundits are. He writes his dissents using the same jokes and the same arguments. (and a racist asshole)
Justice Scalia Is a Homophobe - Barney Frank - POLITICO Magazine
On Scalia's Showoff Dissents - Lawyers, Guns & Money :
Republicans Accuse Obama of Using Position as President to Lead Country - The New Yorker (leading while black)
Badass Bree Newsome Climbs S.C. Flagpole To Remove Confederate Flag

Just Secede Already and Give Us An Excuse ; Balloon Juice (Putin supports Texas' secession)



July 2015: Probably a Very Bad Month for Abortion Rights - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Now get back to fighting to preserve basic reproductive rights for women that are under severe attack from your Confederate-flag waving, gay marriage hating states.
Big Win in the Fight for $15 - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Big victory for home health care workers in Massachusetts.

Bristol Palin's pregnancy announcement is her coming out - It would be extraordinarily easy here to note that Candies really did not get their roughly one quarter of a million bucks worth of bang -- so to speak -- out of their ambassador for teen pregnancy prevention here ... she is now as effective a spokesperson for abstinence as Lindsay Lohan is for safe driving (it was always the grift)

Former Seattle police chief on Kurt Cobain's death: "I would reopen this investigation"

A 100-Year Debate About the Eardrum Comes to an End - Scientific American - Why does the membrane look remarkably similar in mammals and reptiles? - supporting the hypothesis that the similar anatomy evolved independently in mammals and in reptiles and birds.

12 Crazy Amazing Facts About The Clitoris | Pamela Madsen - Did you know that the word "Clitoris" is from the Greek work for "key"?

Dr. Jeff Bradstreet, who published research based on the medically disproved claim that vaccines cause autism, has been found dead in an apparent suicide in North Carolina. : news

What was the biggest bluff in history? : AskReddit

Mummified monk in Mongolia 'not dead', say Buddhists - BBC News - The monk was found as he was about to be sold on the black market

Reddit is selling ad space to a doxxing website : technology
Who Is Archiving the Internet? | Al Jazeera America

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This was the best week of Obama's presidency
Ten Days in June - The New Yorker
Liberal justices prevail in high-profile Supreme Court cases - Roberts has been on the same side in all these cases, but his single, momentous vote in 2012 to uphold the health care overhaul has altered perceptions of him. That was the first time that Roberts joined with the four liberals in a 5-4 ruling.
God and Marriage Equality - The New Yorker - The four dissenters in the case work themselves up, in varying levels of frenzy, in disagreement, but their position is also fairly simple to understand. They say that the issue of same-sex marriage should be left to voters, not to unelected judges.
What Scalia's "Jiggery-Pokery" Means
The GOP Gay Marriage Freakout - The Daily Beast - It is treasonous for public officials to defy the Supreme Court. Yet that's what Republican presidential candidates have promised. (treason is their thing)
Marriage Equality Is a Win for Single People Too -- The Cut - The fetishization of marriage as the inevitable endpoint of the revolutionary fight for gay marriage is something about which many critics have expressed anxiety.
Supreme Court -- Gay Marriage and Health Care Decisions Were Lawless| National Review Online - Let's Drop the Charade: The Supreme Court Is a Political Branch, Not a Judicial One (rightwingers are lacking in thoughtfulness and are totally immune to hypocrisy)
Parts of Alabama are refusing to issue marriage license to ALL couples, straight or same-sex, in defiance of legalization of same-sex marriage. : news



Tunisia launches security clampdown after Sousse attack - BBC News - About 80 mosques accused of "spreading venom" will close within a week, he said.
Kurdish recapture of Syria's Kobane reported - Al Jazeera English - Activists say ISIL fighters expelled from Kurdish town, a day after they killed hundreds in apparent act of vengeance.
Erdogan says Turkey not to allow Kurdish state in northern Syria
Syrian Kurds Claim Capturing 3 Turkish Special Forces in Kobani - AhlulBayt News Agency - ABNA - Shia News - The Syrian TV reported on Thursday that the ISIL managed to return to the border town of Kobani through Turkey. The report said that the terrorists reentered the Kurdish city through coordination with the Turkish intelligence-security apparatus. (Erdogan loves ISIS)
CNN's "ISIS Flag Spotted at Gay Pride Parade" consists of Butt-Plugs, Dildos, and Cock-Rings : funny

Christian event in Jerusalem? Only if rabbis approve - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews - Jerusalem Municipality gives in to haredi uproar following major Christian conference held at city's multi-purpose sports arena last month. (about what you expect)

Thousands march in Honduras to demand resignation of president | Reuters - Thousands of angry, torch-bearing Hondurans marched on Friday to call for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez and demand an independent probe into one of the worst corruption scandals in the country

Police recommended the Labour Lord face trial on charges of six rapes and 16 sexual assaults alleged to have taken place between 1969 and 1998, but prosecutors decided the 86-year-old was unfit to stand trial. (Brit pedo-culture)

Holi color powder catches fire at Taiwan's water park concert, hundreds serverely burned... (omfg.) [NSFW] : videos (sulphuric acid prevents unions from forming and:
dart22 comments on I'm 85% certain that there is an adult actress in my philosophy class. - Isn't this putting Descartes before the whores?

Six Year Old Boy With Diphtheria In Catalonia Dies | The Spain Report - Eight other children were found to be carrying diphtheria bacteria.

Australian Government Contractors Will Now Go to Jail for Reporting Child Abuse in Detention Centers : worldnews


Baltimore County police fatally shoot unarmed black man in condominium | US news | The Guardian - An unarmed black man was fatally shot on Thursday by officers who thought he had a weapon when they were called to a home from which he was barred by protective order, police said. ("might have had")







Poppies provide missing piece of morphine biosynthesis puzzle | EurekAlert! Science News - Now that the biosynthetic pathway to morphine is complete, researchers can investigate more efficient, microbial-based approaches to opiate-based pain-relievers, which generate billions of dollars in sales each year. (serious competition for Afgan drug trade)
Earth's colossal crater count complete | Science/AAAS | News (only 128 nice number colossal craters)
Magnetic mirror holds promise for fusion | Ars Technica - The Polywell reactor arranges magnetic fields differently to that of a standard, traditional tokamak. In a tokamak, the fields set up a plasma that has a donut shape. The plasma is free to circulate around the donut but is squeezed to a thin, high pressure stream.
Lockheed Martin's Fusion Reactor To Go Live By 2020 : technology


How States Are Fighting to Keep Towns From Offering Their Own Broadband - ProPublica - North Carolina and Tennessee are the latest states to side with telecoms, which have long lobbied against allowing cities to become Internet providers. (big government controlling your town internets? no problem!)

062615
World's Aquifers Losing Replenishment Race
In California, Water Restrictions Above Ground and Leaks Below - The New York Times
Most California farmers ignoring water restrictions - CBS News

Documents - The Intercept (new release from Snowden Files)
GCHQ monitored own staff excessively | UK news | The Guardian (just a little "technical error" no one has to go to prison)
Hackers Stole Secrets of U.S. Government Workers's Sex Lives -- Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They're in the hands of foreign hackers

Gay Marriage Backers Win Supreme Court Victory - The New York Times
A Profound Ruling Delivers Justice on Gay Marriage - The New York Times
In Supreme Court Case, a Couple Not Recognized in Life or Death - The New York Times
Americans face being "labeled as bigots" over gay marriage ruling, justice warns (sounds about right, and you too Scalia)
Gay Couples Celebrating Today Could Be Fired Monday for Being Gay | The New Republic - That, most likely, is the movement's next big fight: Most states don't prohibit workplace and housing discrimination against LGBT people.

June 26, 2015: The Day the Law Changed - In which the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage Bonauto completely overmatching not only opposing counsel, but also those justices clearly in opposition to her position.

Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide (for the comments)

Eschaton: Why Do They Care - Watching some conservatives completely lose their shit over this Supreme Court ruling (including 4 Supreme Court justices) is entertaining but also just bizarre. I mean, why do they care so much? No one is making you get gay married. No one is telling your pastor he has to have God bless this legal arrangement established by the state. The only theory I can come up with is that they're running out of people who it's acceptable to hate, and when there's no one left to hate what will be the fun in life, really?
Scalia's Same-Sex Marriage Dissent Is Amusing - In which Justice Antonin Scalia (unintentionally) makes us laugh.
Antonin Scalia Dissent In Marriage Equality Case Is Even More Unhinged Than You'd Think - This from a justice who thought it was OK to stop democracy in counting ballots in 2000.
Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage : news

Memorial for a Leader Summoned to Pulpit and Politics - The New York Times - Obama Leads Charleston in "Amazing Grace")
Obama: Amazing Grace
Out On the Weekend - In which we are amazed by grace, by love, by the president, and by the agility of the dwarf mongoose ... No president, ever. Not like that.

Not the Confederate Flag - CGP Grey : videos

Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history - Vox
Obama's Best Week Ever Summed Up In Hilarious Video

Democracy on the Retreat in Over 96 of the 193 U.N. Member States, Says New Study | Inter Press Service

Terrorist Attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait Kill Dozens - The New York Times
Tunisia Attack Kills at Least 37 at Beach Resort Hotel - The New York Times
British And Irish Tourists Die In Beach Horror - The gunman, disguised as a tourist, pulled out a Kalashnikov hidden in an umbrella before firing at holidaymakers on the beach.
Attack, Explosion At Gas Factory In Southeastern France Leaves 1 Decapitated, Several Wounded

Breaking Greece - The New York Times - what do the creditors, and in particular the IMF, think they're doing? (bankers take over your political system)

Vatican Formally Recognizes Palestinian State by Signing Treaty - The New York Times

The Long, Long Battle For Health Care Reform by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - a token of how far our political system has drifted to the right that redeeming the vision of Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman and Richard Nixon strikes so many people as a horrifying lurch into socialism.

State Department Computer Glitch Creates A Visa Nightmare : NPR - Of the 50,000 visa applications received every day, only a handful of emergency visas are getting issued. (yeah, it's always a "glitch")


Scalia and the West - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - The most important part of Scalia's dissent is when he defines California as not part of the West. Because San Francisco and Hollywood no doubt. (no "western" state can be blue in dimbulb's mind)


Whole Paycheck - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money - One has to wonder how deep into Whole Foods corporate culture ripping off consumers goes: (Republicans with their thumbs on the scale)

An interview with the Baltimore cop who's revealing all the horrible things he saw on the job




Physicists theorizes that Black Holes may not have an Event Horizon and may not even be a hole. Instead it's like a "FuzzBall" : science


An Advance May Double the Capabilities of Fiber Optics - The New York Times - a way to extend the range that beams of laser light in fiber-optic glass wires can travel and, in theory, achieve that dramatic improvement.
Facebook Is Still Overwhelmingly White, Asian And Male - Fifty-five percent of all employees are white and 36 percent are Asian -- both groups that are wildly over-represented in the tech industry. In addition, 73 percent of the company's senior leadership is white

062515
The truth about Nestle's business with water : videos

ELI5: What does the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) mean for me and what does it do? : explainlikeimfive
Landmark anti-BDS law passes final Senate legislative hurdle | The Times of Israel - The anti-BDS language, passed as part of the controversial Trade Promotion Authority legislation, is expected to be signed into law by President Barack Obama, who had pushed Congress to pass the trade bill as soon as possible.

State Dept. Gets Libya Emails That Hillary Clinton Didn 't Hand Over -- The emails that Mrs. Clinton did not give to the State Department were between her and her longtime confidant and adviser Sidney Blumenthal. He did not work for the department at the time, but was routinely sending her intelligence memos on Libya.

TIL that in the South Carolina Declaration of Causes of Secession, slavery is referenced 18 times. States rights is only referenced twice. : todayilearned - From Mississippi's, the second sentence: "Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery - the greatest material interest of the world." ("traditional values" = slavery and controlling women's reproductive systems)
Symbolism of the Confederate Flag and Other Forms of Racial Oppression - New Orleans (in which Charlie reminds us of certain forgotten episode of America's dark heart)

Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies - The New York Times
Obama Gains Vindication and Secures Legacy With Health Care Ruling - The New York Times
King v Burwell Ruling: Game Over, Obamacare Opponents | The New Republic
"Words Don't Mean Anything": Conservative Media React To Supreme Court's Health Care Decision | Research | Media Matters for America - "Words Don't Mean Anything": Conservative Media React To Supreme Court's Health Care Decision - Right-Wing Commentators Savage Chief Justice Roberts As "Scumbag," "Disgrace" For Preserving Affordable Health Care For Millions
Conservatives Unleash Fury at One-Time Hero John Roberts - Bloomberg Politics - "Has Supreme Court Justice John Roberts been blackmailed or intimidated? I would put nothing by the Obama administration that lives and rules by the Chicago thug playbook." ("thug" = n-word)

Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions
Obamacare ruling: what about the 35 million people who are still uninsured? | US news | The Guardian - With the Affordable Care Act secured by the supreme court, Obama must now address gaps in a flawed system while pushing for universal healthcare in the US
Doom for a Cynical Assault on Obamacare - The New Yorker
2016 GOP Presidential Hopefuls: Now It's Up To Us To Repeal Obamacare
Here Are The Best (Worst) Lines From Antonin Scalia's Raging SCOTUScare Dissent

Justices Back Broad Interpretation of Housing Law - The New York Times - The Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed a broad interpretation of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, allowing suits under a legal theory that civil rights groups say is a crucial tool to fight housing discrimination.


Judge Blocks Kansas Law Banning Procedure Used In Most Second-Trimester Abortions

Chillicothe, Ohio: In a little over 1 year, Six women have disappeared from the town of only 21,000 town fears a serial killer is on the loose : news
Police charge woman for making up a rape after she was exposed by her own FitBit : news

Mandatory vaccination bill for public schools passes California legislature | US news | The Guardian - It is uncertain if Governor Jerry Brown will sign bill into law

Blood test for pancreatic cancer could catch disease in time - health - 24 June 2015 - New Scientist - The disease has one of the worst cancer survival rates, with less than 4 per cent of people living for five years or more after diagnosis. A major cause of this is that by the time symptoms start appearing, pancreatic cancer is often too advanced to treat successfully.



What's your deep web story? : AskReddit
Bat-Crocodile War : videos
TIFU by losing my phone (the epic phone chase) : tifu

IRS employees can use 'password' as a password? No wonder we get hacked | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian
Samsung silently disabling Windows Update on some computers : technology

062415
Energy Insider: Solar Prices to Reach $1 per Watt Target 3 Years Early - Insider Monkey

Obama Administration On Plan To Take Away CIA's - Drones: Nevermind, Keep 'Em

Alabama Governor Removes Confederate Flag From State Capitol
Ann Coulter Attacks Gov. Nikki Haley As "An Immigrant" Who "Does Not Understand America's History" | Blog | Media Matters for America - Immigrant" Who "Does Not Understand America's History" - Fact: Governor Haley Was Born In South Carolina
White Supremacists More Dangerous To America Than Foreign Terrorists, Study Says - At least 48 people have been killed stateside by right-wing extremists in the 14 years since since the September 11 attacks -- almost twice as many as were killed by self-identified jihadists in that time
Homegrown Extremism: Deadly Attacks Since 9/11 | The International Security Program

Pelosi Stands Down On TAA, Clearing Way For Obama's Trade Agenda - Pelosi Stands Down On TAA, Clearing Way For Obama's Trade Agenda
Senate Fast-Tracks Trade Bill, Obama Gets His Way - In which we learn that most victories are temporary ... There is one thing that Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi and Chris Cillizza have in common. None of their jobs ever will be outsourced to a 12-year old Southeast Asian child making 85 cents a month. A real breakthrough, this is.


Former ambassador's bizarre attack on Obama lays bare strains in US-Israeli ties | World news | The Guardian - Michael Oren has suggested that the president is disloyal to his country and his "hostility" to Israel is motivated by issues with his Muslim father and stepfather - It's a peculiar feature of American relations with Israel that more than a few senior diplomats posted from Jerusalem to Washington were once US citizens (Obama not loyal enough to Israel, his boss)

The secret world of Isis brides: "U dnt hav 2 pay 4 ANYTHING if u r wife of a martyr" - What draws western women to Islamic State and it ends up costing her - The Washington Post

Jindal All the Way: Today in Abject Futility - In which delusions of grandeur stalk the Bayou.

Missouri newspaper criticized for naming possible sexual assault victim | US news | The Guardian - The St Louis Post-Dispatch published a story naming a woman who filed a police report saying she may have been sexually assaulted

Dwarf Planet Ceres: Just When We Needed It - First, there were mysterious bright spots on the surface. And, now, a pyramid?
Dwarf planet Ceres reveals pyramid-shaped mystery : worldnews
5 Findings From The First Major Analysis Of Medical Pot Benefits - The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis
Tell It About Your Mother - The New York Times - Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?
The Problem With the Grain Brain Doctor -- Science of Us (gluten myths)
Is there a maximum gravity? : askscience
Viagra Unlikely To Cause Skin Cancer, Study Finds - What our study results show is that groups of men who are more likely to get malignant melanoma include those with higher disposable incomes and education -- men who likely can also afford more vacations in the sun -- and who also have the means to buy erectile dysfunction medications, which are very expensive

What are some subtle body language signs that reveal a lot about someone? : AskReddit
Toledous comments on i will paypal you $50 if you can bring a lug wrench to the chevron at 1934 n cahuenga so i can change this fucking tire


062315
Huge solar storm hits Earth: power grid and GPS could be disrupted, but auroras might be seen - News - Gadgets and Tech - The Independent
Huge solar storm hits Earth: power grid and GPS could be disrupted, but auroras might be seen : worldnews
Health risks of shipping pollution have been underestimated: One giant container ship can emit almost the same amount of cancer and asthma-causing chemicals as 50m cars, study finds - Climate change threatens 50 years of progress in global health

Drive to call time on Confederate flag sweeps south - 150 years after civil war | US news | The Guardian - Charleston church shooting prompts wave of action across southern states on controversial symbol representing heritage for some, hatred for others (heritage of hatred)
The Confederate Cause in the Words of Its Leaders - The Atlantic - The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it.
Wack Flag - The Daily Show - Video Clip | Comedy Central (Fox is Mouth of Satan)
Jon Stewart: Fox News Such Obvious Hypocrites on Rush to "Politicize"
Nikki Haley and the Confederate Flag of Treason - In which the self-congratulation continues.
Protests of Confederate Symbols Spread Nationwide - The New York Times
Confederate flag sales are skyrocketing - Business Insider
Council of Conservative Citizens Promotes White Primacy, and G.O.P. Ties - The New York Times ("nothing like the KKK" or anything)
6 Companies Ban Confederate Flag Sales

Which US States Imprison More People Per Capita Than Russia Or China? - Russia has 475 inmates per 100,000 residents as of 2013, according to data from the Sentencing Project. China has 121. Those numbers are much lower than states like Louisiana (893 per 100,000) Mississippi (717) and Alabama (650) based on 2012 statistics from the same report. Oklahoma (648) and Texas (601) are also significantly higher than Russia or China. (prison state America)

N.S.A. Eavesdropped on Last 3 French Presidents, WikiLeaks Says - The New York Times
U.S. government hack could actually affect 18 million - CNNPolitics.com - CNNPolitics.com - may be 4 times larger than the government originally said (NSA needs 4 times the spying to make up for 4 times the incompetence)
Why We Encrypt - Schneier on Security - Encryption should be enabled for everything by default, not a feature you turn on only if you're doing something you consider worth protecting.
NSA Has Reverse-Engineered Popular Consumer Anti-Virus Software In Order To Track Users : technology
NSA Has Reverse-Engineered Popular Consumer Anti-Virus Software In Order To Track Users | TechCrunch

Isis "crucifies children for not fasting during Ramadan" in Syria

Sickening new ISIS video shows caged prisoners lowered into a swimming pool and drowned, shot with an RPG and blown up with explosive-filled 'necklaces' : worldnews

A Victory for Privacy at the Supreme Court in Los Angeles vs. Patel - The Atlantic - Innkeepers may now challenge cops who want to spy on guests, but can still be jailed for failing to collect and store detailed information at check-in.

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Explain Your Mood? - The New York Times (your six lb microbiome)
BPS Research Digest: Expert philosophers are just as irrational as the rest of us
Expert philosophers are just as irrational as the rest of us : science
BPS Research Digest: Is CBT for depression losing its efficacy? - One suggestion they have is that CBT is somehow losing its placebo effect over time:
News from The Associated Press - Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders ... Side effects were common and included dizziness, dry mouth and sleepiness. (science!)

Will Book Publishers Ever Start Fact-checking? -- Vulture

What instantly ruins porn for you? : AskReddit
Guys of reddit: what is something you don't get told about moving in with your girlfriend? : AskReddit (hair)


062215
Society will collapse by 2040 due to catastrophic food shortages, says Foreign Office-funded study - Climate Change - Environment - The Independent
New Zealand scientists voice concern over gagging on climate change | GlobalPost - When 40 percent of scientists say they are being gagged and can't speak out on issues of public importance, it's clear evident something is wrong (KochBros bought NZ)
Giant toxic algae bloom off West Coast may be largest ever | CTV News - What may be the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded on the West Coast is poisoning sea lions in Washington State and shutting down fisheries as far north as B.C.

Fracking poses "significant" risk to humans and should be temporarily banned across EU, says new report (but Obama says no problem, prefectly safe)

Julian Assange: The Byline Interviews, Part One - The God of Mass Surveillance
Australian senate passes controversial anti-piracy, website-blocking laws

White Supremacists Without Borders - The New York Times (what happens when you let old white Republican "Justices" decide there's no racism in America)
Slavery's Long Shadow - Krugman - Only one former member of the Confederacy has expanded Medicaid, and while a few Northern states are also part of the movement, more than 80 percent of the population in Medicaid-refusing America lives in states that practiced slavery before the Civil War
In Charleston, a Millennial Race Terrorist - The New York Times
White Supremacist Who Influenced Charleston Suspect Donated to 2016 G.O.P. Campaigns - The New York Times
South Carolina moves toward united front in battle over the Confederate flag | US news | The Guardian - Pressure to remove flag from state capitol intensifies as politicians and activists say it continues to inflame racial tensions in the wake of Charleston shooting
Nikki Haley Calls For Confederate Flag To Be Removed From South Carolina Capitol
Mississippi House Speaker Says Confederate Symbol Should Be Removed From State Flag
Wal-Mart Will Stop Selling Confederate Flag Merchandise
A Trip Down Heritage Lane... - Lawyers, Guns & Money : - I'm old enough to remember when Jason Zengerle of Even-the-Liberal-New-Republic thought the Confederate flag was all about the heritage:
"Meet the Press" Shows Anti-Gun Montage Of All Black Shooters Following South Carolina Rampage (Chuckie Todd is racist)
Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans: The Supreme Court confronts the ugly power of the Confederate flag. - The justices rule on a Confederate flag case as the nation once again grapples with the ugly power of that racist Southern symbol.
The American civil war then and now
Georgy_K_Zhukov comments on Is this AskReddit comment about the U.S. Civil War not being about slavery accurate?

Stop Fast Track! - These 8 Senate Democrats are the key swing votes for halting Fast Track for the TPP.

Taliban attacks Afghan parliament | Reuters
Taliban attack on Afghan parliament in Kabul ends - BBC News

The Saudi Cables - Over half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry. A total of 61214 published so far


Key Army commander accused of steering a contract to ex-classmates - The Washington Post

Tensions Build As U.S. Supreme Court Readies Blockbuster Rulings

The Surprising Reason So Many People Still Don't Like Obamacare (they are Reublicans and hate anything that works)
Republicans Take Aim at Poor Women - The New York Times (Uterus Police)

White House Takes Huge Step Forward In Fight Over Marijuana Research - to support research into the medical properties of marijuana, lifting a much-maligned bureaucratic requirement that had long stifled scientific research. (Obama finally gives in)


Billy Graham's grandson steps down from Florida megachurch after admitting an affair - He is the fourth Florida megachurch pastor to resign after having affairs, including the son of megachurch pastor Joel Hunter.

The Cooper Union Tragedy - The New Yorker (when hedgies take over and ruin everything)
President and five trustees quit amid bitter unrest at Cooper Union | InsideHigherEd - It was a matter of hours from when the resignations of five Cooper Union trustees rolled in until their names were erased from the college's website
2nd-degree murder charges sought in Boyd shooting | New Mexico News - KOAT Home - The two Albuquerque police officers accused of shooting and killing homeless camper James Boyd will face second degree murder charges.

I Fact-checked Alice Goffman With Her Subjects -- Science of Us
Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, and Fixes | ARTnews


Genetics and Pain - HowStuffWorks - Beyond this, scientists can only speculate why the gene may have an effect on pain. One explanation could be that the MC1R gene is also involved in hormones that stimulate pain receptors in the brain. The same mutation that inhibits the production of one pigment and increases another could also overproduce a pain-related hormone, making redheads more sensitive to pain.
An optometrist invented a lens that would give people 3x 20/20 vision in a simple 8 minute surgery. : technology
Extreme Exercise Can Poison the Blood - Scientific American - Even four hours of intense activity may be enough to let bacteria escape from the gut into the blood, setting off a chain of inflammation
US military admits it carried out secret race-based experiments to test impact of mustard gas on US soldiers - Americas - World - The Independent

Major internet providers slowing traffic speeds for thousands across US | Technology | The Guardian - Study finds significant degradations of networks for five largest ISPs, including AT&T and Time Warner, representing 75% of all wireline households in US (profiteering job-destroyers)

To the father that created a scene with my managers when I asked his daughter what movie they were going to see. : AdviceAnimals
What is the creepiest/ scariest unsolved mystery you have heard of? : AskReddit
Obese Americans now outnumber those who are merely overweight, study says : news
truthlesshunter comments on Dad catches home run while holding his baby (xpost from r/dadreflexes) - So, figuratively, "dropping the mic" means you've done something cool as shit and just walked away. Hence, if his baby was named "Mike," he could just drop it and walk away because that was alpha as fuck.
[Post Title] : heroesofthestorm

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UK Government-backed scientific model flags risk of civilisation's collapse by 2040
Mike Huckabee: Climate Science "Not settled"

Racism in the Obama Era: "You're Taking Over Our Country" (our white-supremicist country +entitlement")
"The home of racism" - Walter Scott and church shootings lay bare Charleston's original sin - The city's history and much of its wealth were born from the slave trade - the tension from which, many believe, lingers in race-tinged incidents to this day
The Silver Bullet That Will Create A Progressive South Doesn't Exist - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The brutal truth is that most of American political history is an experiment in seeing what will happen if national political elites agree not to offend white supremacist Southern white men. Republicans Tread Carefully in Criticism of Confederate Flag - The New York Times
Charleston Mayor Joseph Riley: Lack Of Gun Control Is "insane"
Huckabee, Santorum Say Confederate Flag Is A State Issue (so was slavery)
Detroit Newspaper Op-Ed: Start Burning Confederate Flags

Small Steps Towards Progress in Libya by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have been fighting a proxy war in that country.

Saudi Arabia tells citizens to ignore latest WikiLeaks release | World news | The Guardian - 61,000 leaked cables give rare insight into kingdom's habit of buying influence and monitoring dissidents

Wife of Israeli politician tweets racist Obama joke - Judy Shalom Nir Mozes quickly deleted the offending tweet and apologizes - but it was too late to avoid mounting criticism - "You'd better erase this") (too late, deeply racist state)


Greece is Europe's failed state in waiting - Lawrence Summers
Greece crisis: creditors aim to strike deal to include six-month rescue extension | World news | The Guardian - Deal may also include up to 18bn in rescue funds, and later debt relief, but EU officials stress Alexis Tsipras must make concessions

Texas Abortion Law Teed Up For Supreme Court Review - "In Texas, a uterus has more regulations than a fucking gun." (+"Y'all Qaeda")

FIFA's rot goes far beyond Sepp Blatter, insiders say

"Liberal Isn't a Bad Word Anymore -- Democrats are moving left. And America may be too. (but 49% believe government aid to the poor does more harm than good so stupid and evil)

Attackers open fire on child's birthday party in Detroit; 10 people shot - CNN.com
Los Angeles police shoot unarmed man in head - and then handcuff him



New sleep genes found | EurekAlert! Science News - Researchers discover that a protein called Taranis could hold the key to a good night's sleep
fimilestonethrowaway comments on If light is massless, how is a black hole able to prevent it from escaping? - The only way to really conceptualize this is that from its point of reference the entire universe is completely singular - there is no space, there is no time. There is nothing and that nothing happens all at once.

What villain lived long enough to see themselves become the hero? : AskReddit

Freedom of Panorama is under attack - On 9 July 2015, the European Parliament will vote on whether to abolish our right to freely take and share photographs, videos and drawings of buildings and works of public art. (no selfies in front of copyrighted public spaces (next they'll copyright your memories)
Australia bans more than 240 games in six months + Player Attack

062015
America's drone policy is all exceptions and no rules | Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian - the CIA has a new example to only extend its grip on extrajudicial killing

End Austerity Now: 250,000 people gather in London to protest against austerity measures | City A.M.

At least three killed in Austria after man drives into crowd before 'stabbing passers-by' in Graz - Europe - World - The Independent - The driver, identified by police as a 26-year-old Austrian man of Bosnian heritage, has been arrested. He works as a professional driver and is married with two children.

Dylann Roof Photos and a Manifesto Are Posted on Website - The New York Times
Racist Manifesto Purportedly Written By Dylann Roof Surfaces Online
Is it a good idea to try to shame conservative/white/southern Americans about the history and persistence of endemic racism? - Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Greatest Crime One Can Commit in The United States: Calling Racist Whites Racist - Lawyers, Guns & Money : " It's just gotten to a point where is there a fog of hate clouding the Capitol building, and I certainly do not understand the total dysfunction that exists" (Kansas has a lot of hatred and very stupid)
Charleston shooting: Confederate flag at heart of growing political storm | US news | The Guardian
FBI investigates website and manifesto linked to Charleston shooting suspect Dylann Roof | US news | The Guardian - Source: agency probing site filled with pictures and Confederate imagery
Juneteenth: The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn't
14 and 88: Why white supremacists love the numbers. - What's up with 14 and 88? And what about the shaved heads and white tuxedos?
Slavery records will soon be easily searchable online
Charleston and the Age of Obama - The New Yorker - We want our country back!
11 myths about the future of gun control, debunked after the Charleston shooting | US news | The Guardian


Hundreds Attack China Police Station In Dispute Over Woman's Death - The violence reflects the public's deep distrust in the local government's ability to properly investigate and adjudicate disputes and increasing hostility toward local authorities.

061915
Major study confirms that Earth is currently witnessing the start of a mass extinction event the likes of which have not been seen for at least 65 million years. It is being precipitated by human actions over past 500 years. : science
Master-planned community at risk of losing all water within days - LA Times - But now, an upscale master-planned community of 15,000 residents in San Joaquin County is facing the loss of all water supplies within days prompting a frantic search for new sources.
ALARMING study show dangerous water along Barnett Shale - What's being called one of the most comprehensive groundwater studies ever done in the U.S. was published Wednesday, and, according to the lead scientist, some of its findings are incredibly alarming - a growing link between fracking and groundwater contamination (basically what CPPierce has been saying for years: they are poisoning the whole aquifer: you can't use your water because it will kill you: vote Republican and die)

Officials: Suspect in church slayings unrepentant amid outcry over racial hatred - The Washington Post
Dylann Roof Had A Rhodesian Flag On His Jacket -- Here's What That Tells Us (he was "taking his country back" where have we heard that before?
Rhodesia 1976 - Lawyers, Guns & Money :
Charleston Shooting: We Need to Talk About This - In which we confront the dark heart of America. Again.
"Blacks in America have lived with terrorism for centuries" : Monstrous history at the heart of the Charleston massacre - Many have noted how the church where 9 people were killed this week is full of history -- a history that runs deep (the half has never been told)
When John Roberts Said There Isn't Enough Racism In America To Justify The Voting Rights Act
An Emotional Jon Stewart Drops the Comedy to Talk Charleston: We Still won't Do Jackshit - No way to prevent this, says only nation where this regularly happens
NRA blames Charleston victims as the mass shooting reaction echoes Newtown | US news | The Guardian - Board member Charles Cotton, however, strayed from the script late on Thursday, when he posted a comment online blaming the pastor killed in the South Carolina shooting, Clementa Pinckney, for the death of his eight congregants. NRA Board Member Blames Murdered Reverend For Death Of His Congregants In Charleston Church Mass Shooting | Blog | Media Matters for America
The Charleston Suspect Is a Racist, But Republicans Claim His Motives | The New Republic
Wherever Someone Needs to Defend White Supremacy, the National Review Will be There - Lawyers, Guns & Money :
Eschaton: What To Do About The Guns
Dylann Roof and America's heart of darkness
Baker apologizes for remarks on Confederate flag - Politics - The Boston Globe
Baker's damaging remarks on the Confederate flag (Charlie's dark heart)

Read the TPP

A Glimpse Into the Black, Shriveled Hearts of the Republican Class Warriors - Lawyers, Guns & Money : (seriously)


Building for the Future, in California's Famously Failed City - The Atlantic


[Serious]What unexplained memories do you have from your childhood? : AskReddit


061815
Pope Francis Aligns Himself With Mainstream Science on Climate - The New York Times (Republicans align themselves with Satan and his minions, the Kochbros)

Metadata: Australians' phone and internet details accessed 334,658 times in 2013-14

Eschaton: Just a small country - The "centrist" push-back against the story of Iceland's recovery is that it doesn't count because it's such a small country. Of course, the same solution was tried in a much bigger country and worked fabulously well, making it the richest country in the world even though they were in the midst of a great depression.

Mothers of Isis recruits find healing and resolve through support network | World news | The Guardian - As young men from western countries are fighting and dying for jihadi groups, mothers work to counter their recruitment efforts through Mothers for Life


Democrats in the U.S. Shift to the Left - Democratic candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination face a significantly more left-leaning party base than their predecessors did over the last 15 years. (7% of Dems are really Republicans)

Texas can reject Confederate flag license plates, supreme court rules | Law | The Guardian - The Sons of Confederate Veterans had sought to put the flag, which is their logo, on vanity plates but 5-4 decision finds plates are not a forum for private speech - "We are certainly disappointed in the supreme court's decision to not allow us to honour our heroes" ("heros" = "racist terrorists" +four racist "justices" -Clarence, interestingly)
The supreme court is right: Confederate flag license plates aren't free speech - Justices find that First Amendment protections do not extend to having racist imagery on offer by the state of Texas - Let's not mince words: the Confederate battle flag originated as a symbol of treason in defense of slavery that was repurposed as a defense of apartheid during the massive resistance to Brown v Board of Education. It's about hate, not heritage
Clarence Thomas v. Sons of Confederate Veterans - The Atlantic - In every culture, certain things acquire meaning well beyond what outsiders can comprehend. That goes for both the sacred and the profane. I believe that cross burning is the paradigmatic example of the latter ... Cross burning is not "expressive activity" it is a "a signal of implending terror and lawlessness."
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy Goes Out Of His Way To Denounce Solitary Confinement

Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Captured In Shelby, North Carolina
Dylann Roof: the cold stare of a killer with a history of drug abuse and racism
Obama On Charleston Shooting: This Type Of Mass Violence Does Not Happen In Other Advanced Countries
South Carolina Has Permissive Gun Laws. Here's Why That Won't Change
Using Guns In Self-Defense Is Rare, Study Finds
Charleston Shooting: A Closer Look at Alleged Gunman Dylann Roof - ABC News
The Charleston shooter killed mostly black women. This wasn't about "rape"
Charleston killings leave US reckoning with race and guns amid "broken peace"
Take Down the Confederate Flag - The Atlantic - The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed.
Fox News Twists Itself In Knots To Find An Explanation Other Than Racism For Charleston Shooting
Lindsey Graham: Charleston Shooter May Have Been "Looking for Christians to Kill" - "not a window into the soul of South Carolina"
Santorum Calls Charleston Shooting Assault On Religious Liberty
Queen Mikayla on Twitter: "Media: lol we don't know why he did it Dylann Roof: I did it because I hate black people Media: lol we don't know why he did it"

Prison Worker Joyce Mitchell Admits to Having Sex With Escapee in Tailor Shop, DA Says - ABC News


All 50 US states fail to meet global police use of force standards, report finds | US news | The Guardian - Amnesty International report describes "shocking lack of fundamental respect for the sanctity of human life" as nine states have no laws to deal with police force

The self-deception of the intentionally childless (another Damon Linker special)
Eschaton: They Really Get In The Way Of The Cocaine Parties And Orgies - Anyway, make up your minds. Having children is THE GREATEST THING EVER or it's a SELFLESS ACT THAT SELFISH NON-BREEDERS DON'T DO BECAUSE THEY'RE SELFISHLY SELFISH.

Georgia zoo flooding: what to do if you encounter a tiger | World news | The Guardian

Age of puberty predicts diseases in later life, find researchers | Society | The Guardian - Early developers at greater risk of diabetes and heart disease while late developers more prone to asthma, according to Cambridge University study
DNA analysis reignites fierce debate over fate of 9,000-year-old skeleton | Science | The Guardian - Genome sequencing indicates Kennewick Man is Native American, reopening the bitter battle over whether he should be reburied or studied
Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep | Technology | The Guardian - Google sets up feedback loop in its image recognition neural network - which looks for patterns in pictures - creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying


In Turnabout, Disney Cancels Tech Worker Layoffs - The New York Times (little PR problem)
Today in the American Meritocracy - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Mark Penn apparently brought the same quality of ideas to Microsoft that he did to the Clinton campaign: Penn was the main driving force behind Microsoft's highly criticized Scroogled campaign

061715
Jeb Bush joins Republican backlash against pope on climate change | US news | The Guardian - I don't get economic policy from my bishops or my cardinal or my pope (I get it from the Koch Bros)
How The Earth Dried Up - It still beggars the imagination that, on Earth, water is going to become a scarcecommodity. Like gold. Or oil.

Congress warned that drones present 'a nightmare scenario for civil liberties' | Technology | The Guardian - House committee considering future of US airspace worries about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) filming football games but silent on law enforcement use (throw them all in prison)

DuckDuckGo traffic soars in wake of Snowden revelations | Technology | The Guardian
The Guardian view on surveillance after Snowden: an outlaw rewrites the law | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian - Many called him a traitor, but now Capitol Hill has felt moved to act on truths that Edward Snowden exposed. Berlin is starting to move on, and yet Westminster remains in denial that there is any surveillance problem


Two-Thirds Of People Who Would Be Affected By Obamacare Ruling Live In Republican Districts

CBO: Debt to hit 101 percent of GDP by 2039 | TheHill

Third-grade teacher who read class same-sex fairy tale resigns after backlash | Education | The Guardian - Assistant principal who loaned teacher The King & King also resigned Teacher read story after class taunted student, calling him gay as an insult (empathy is a crime in NC)


AT&T just got hit with a $100 million fine after slowing down its unlimited Uber Driver Is An Employee, Not An Independent Contractor, Rules California Labor Official ("sharing economy" should get interesting)

061615
Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate - The New York Times - approach has been to dig deeply into the history of climate change denial, documenting its links to other episodes in which critics challenged a developing scientific consensus.
Review: Merchants of Doubt, Separating Science From Spin
Jeb Bush: 'The Climate Is Changing' But We Don't Know Who's To Blame (Jebaroonietunes "I am not a scientist, either" Bush)
Senate Votes To Outlaw Torture (Obama will veto) (McCain didn't want anyone to know)

As Stress Drives Off Drone Operators, Air Force Must Cut Flights - The New York Times - After a decade of waging long-distance war through their video screens, America's drone operators are burning out, and the Air Force is being forced to cut back on the flights even as military and intelligence officials are demanding more over intensifying combat zones in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Eschaton: Don't Know Nothing (David Brooks and more non-factual "facts" this time about NAFTA - VSP Washington Consensus lies)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Questions and Answers - The New York Times


Why the FDA's new ban on trans fats may be most important change in our food supply ever (they lied for decades and killed millions of Americans but no problem +Bloomberg got this one right)
Obama Administration Cracks Down On Trans Fats
To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More - The New York Times


Medical Use of Marijuana Doesn't Increase Youth's Use, Study Finds (someone call Marty "I am not a scientist" Walsh)

061515
Nearly 400,000 Homeland Security Employees May Have Had Private Data Compromised

John Oliver Has Helen Mirren Read The Most Horrible Parts Of The Torture Report

Reporter Who Wrote Sunday Times 'Snowden' Propaganda Admits That He's Just Writing What UK Gov't Told Him | Techdirt

Pay low-income families more to boost economic growth, says IMF | Business | The Guardian(finds "trickle-down" doesn't work, 25 yrs later)


Bernie Sanders on Late Night with Seth Meyers : television

Open Thread: At Play in the Fields of the Lordly ; Balloon Juice (Mitt Romney, the empty heart of the Republican party)

The facts vs. David Brooks: Startling inaccuracies raise questions about his latest book - Salon.com
Joe Mitchell's Secret

Rachel Dolezal sued Howard for racial discrimination. Because she was white. - The Washington Post

Antonin Scalia is unfit to serve: A justice who rejects science and the law for religion is of unsound mind - Salon.com - The justice claims to be an originalist, but his real loyalty is to religion and a phony man in the sky


Notepad++ leaves SourceForge : technology
A Closer Look at IronSource Installation Tactics

061415

Sunday Times Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst - and Filled with Falsehoods (thinking is hard for reporters: Russia and China "hacked" unbreakable encyption too hard for UK, Israel and US)
Edward Snowden Leaked Documents Have Been 'Cracked,' Glenn Greenwald Criticises Sunday Times Report: "Unsourced, unverifiable nonsense smears by a group that knows it's losing, the spying fascists.")
Ryan Gallagher | RJGallagher.co.uk: Questions About The Sunday Times Snowden Story
Snowden files 'read by Russia and China': five questions for UK government | US news | The Guardian - The government has an obligation to respond to the Sunday Times report that MI6 has been forced to pull agents out of live operations in hostile countries


Eschaton: What Could Go Wrong - Really can't think of anything. - In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. (dick-waving will be disasterous)

Libya Says Algerian Militant Belmokhtar Killed In U.S. Strike (AQ guy, helps ISIS, natch)


"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial..." - Lawyers, Guns & Money - Kalief Browder, who was arrested and on the most threadbare of evidence charged with a minor theft. He was held at Riker's Island, sometimes in solitary confinement and sometimes subject to horrible abuse, for three years without trial. (America's internal war crimes)


How Utah Became a Bizarre, Blissful Epicenter for Get-Rich-Quick Schemes ("Because you have a population which has already demonstrated a propensity to believe in outrageous scams.")

Philae comet lander wakes up [After 7 months] : worldnews
Message to retirees: sit less, live better and longer - every hour a person over 60 spends sitting is linked with a 46 percent increased risk of being disabled -- struggling with activities such as bathing, eating, walking and getting in and out of bed. (3 hrs in chair = 138% chance of being disabled; math is hard for reporters)
Stanford study finds walking improves creativity - They examined creativity levels of people while they walked versus while they sat. A person's creative output increased by an average of 60 percent when walking.
Chronic SSRI stimulation of astrocytic 5-HT2B receptors change multiple gene expressions/editings and metabolism of glutamate, glucose and glycogen: a potential paradigm shift : science
How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

This cannot be hygienic. : WTF - Thought it'd be Ol Greeeeeeeg and his mangina.
[Serious]Redditors who have had to kill in self defense, Did you ever recover psychologically? What is it to live knowing you killed someone regardless you didn't want to do it? : AskReddit

061315
Hillary Rips GOPers in Campaign Rally: Why Don't You Start Listening to Scientists? (pretty much right on)
The Pollution Laboratory of the States: Wyoming Edition by David Atkins | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - Most recently in Wyoming literally made it illegal to collect data about pollution: (outlawing "data collection" is a Republican specialty)

Feds Who Didn't Even Discover The OPM Hack Themselves, Still Say We Should Give Them Cybersecurity Powers | Techdirt - from the really-now? dept (you'd almost think it was intentional)
Why The OPM Breach Is Such a Security and Privacy Debacle | WIRED
Security News This Week: The NSA Can't Stop, Won't Stop (Neither Will Israel, China, or Britain) | WIRED - Looks like Israel could be behind the attack,

ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes - NYTimes.com
ISIS Is Winning the Social Media War, U.S. Concludes - NYTimes.com ("messaging working group" "not really coming togeter")

Bush: You need 'boots on the ground' | TheHill - The United States will need combat troops on the ground to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), former President George W. Bush suggested in a new interview.

Only two drug cartels left in Mexico and all others have splintered, top official says | Fox News Latino - Also, despite the arrests and breakdown of cartels, little has stopped the flow of drugs into the U.S. Seizures at the U.S.-Mexico border have fluctuated since 2010, when 2.7 million pounds were seized overall, to a high of 3.1 million in 2011 and down to 2.3 million pounds in 2014, (lbs of weed, presumeably? for this we destroy a country)


Democrats Just Shot The Hostage In Obama's Trade Deal Negotiations (hostage = the bone they throw you after feasting on the body of democacy +comments are interesting: " lost it before today.....today he was rightfully defeated by betraying the American people" )
Pro Fast Track Representatives took more money | Congressional Dish - Representatives who voted for fast track have taken 91% more money from corporations backing the trade deals
US trade bills seek to halt boycotts of Israel - Israel News, Ynetnews - Amendments to Obama's sweeping trade package would fight BDS, but Democrats opposed to other sections are holding things up.

Eschaton: Grift - It's cute how reporters pretend to not understand that the GOP primary is, for most, an audition for wingnut welfare and a Fox gig.


OU Study Lounge To Segregate Gay Students | The Daily Caller (if "segregate" means "opt-in")




What is the weirdest sexual thing you have been asked to do? did you go through with it? [NSFW] : AskReddit


061215
Climate Investigations Center (Koch funded Willie Soon)
Climate sceptic researcher investigated over funding from fossil fuel firms | Environment | The Guardian - Willie Soon from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics probed over failure to disclose more than $1.2m from energy industry when submitting articles

DOC_0006184107.pdf (Obama releases completely redacted Saudi/911 report)
The CIA has finally released its report on Saudi ties to 9/11... and more than 29 out of the 30 pages has been redacted. : news

How Private Contractors Have Created a Shadow NSA | The Nation - A new cybersecurity elite moves between government and private practice, taking state secrets with them.
NSA Backdoor Searches Would End if House Amendment Survives
6 Hackers Likely Gained Access To Sensitive Data About Military, Intelligence Personnel (because they couldn't secure t heir own computers, you lose your civil rights and China is undeterred)

Six Drone Facts from New History "Sudden Justice" (if justice means the reverse of what it means)

We Wrote A Report On What The Red Cross Did With A Half Billion Dollars Donated For Haiti Relief. We are reporters from ProPublica and NPR. We're Joined By A Haiti Aid Expert And A Former Community Organizer in Haiti. Ask Us Anything. : IAmA (Red Cross always lies)

Isis's deadliest atrocity: 600 bodies confirmed found following 'worst massacre' by jihadists - Middle East - World - The Independent - Isis's deadliest atrocity: 600 bodies confirmed found following 'worst massacre' by jihadists
Far From The Battle Zones In Iraq And Syria, ISIS Is On A Rampage In Libya
How Isis crippled al-Qaida | Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman, Mustafa Khalili | World news | The Guardian - The inside story of the coup that has brought the world's most feared terrorist network to the brink of collapse (mission accomplished, again)
PressTV-Turkey escorting ISIL into Syria: Video
The Worst of All Horrors | Foreign Policy - Psychologists in Iraq, a country long afflicted by violence, say they've never seen more terrible trauma than that caused by the Islamic State
U.S. Has No Idea How Long It Will Keep an ISIS Bride Locked Up - The Daily Beast

Breaking the taboo: the Moscow women taking a stand against domestic violence | Cities | The Guardian - When Anna Zhavnerovich wrote about a beating she received from her boyfriend, it triggered a huge reaction. Now there are signs of a political shift in attitudes regarding the campaign to identify domestic violence as a crime

Iowa Supreme Court affirms right to be drunk on front porch - The right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home was endorsed Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court, which said a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps.


What's Next in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Battle? - Lawyers, Guns & Money : After the stunningly large defeat of Trade Adjustment Assistance in the House, a move promoted by Democrats to torpedo fast track of the TPP, what is next? Time to turn to a real reporter. Dayen:
The President Gets Beaten on the Trade Vote - You can't really understand what happened -- or appreciate what may happen next -- without taking into account the transformative effect of the economic collapse of 2008 on our politics (Obama, playing like it's 2007)
Harry Reid Calls Trade Push By Obama And GOP 'Insanity'
Leaked trade deal terms prompt fears for Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme | Business | The Guardian - Documents on the Trans-Pacific Partnership revealed by Wikileaks have revealed draft rules for medicines provided by national health care schemes


The Iowa Straw Poll Is No More

North Carolina's Magistrates Now Can Legally Ignore Marriage Laws (free to discriminate)

911 caller in Texas pool party incident was convicted of torturing animals | US news | The Guardian - Sean Toon, who called police to complain about group of black teenagers trying to enter a party on Friday, was jailed for violent behaviour and animal torture (reality is getting very ironic)

Missing link found between brain, immune system -- with major disease implications | EurekAlert! Science News - Implications profound for neurological diseases from autism to Alzheimer's to multiple sclerosis - Vessels directly connecting brain, lymphatic system exist despite decades of doctrine that they don't

Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living - NYTimes.com (apps! energy efficiency!" )


Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living - NYTimes.com (this passes for "content")


Courtney Love sends Cease and Desist order to theaters playing Soaked In Bleach movie which makes a strong case that Kurt Cobain was murdered. Most theaters call her bluff and show movie anyway
What happened at the worst party you've ever been to? : AskReddit
Removing harassing subreddits : announcements
IAmAN00bie comments on CMV: Reddit was wrong to ban /r/fatpeoplehate but not /r/shitredditsays.
I respectfully resign from /r/koans : Koans
__the_operator comments on Imgur is deleting /r/FatPeopleHate images that hits its frontpage. News reaches /r/Undelete and people start arguing about the origin vendetta, extremism, and free speech.
Subs are getting banned for violating the new safe space policy. What should be the first to go? : AskReddit
/u/karmanaut shares his thoughts on the recent FatPeopleHate drama : bestof

ParanoydAndroid comments on France gives Google 15 days to expand right-to-be-forgotten worldwide or face sanctions

061115
Alaska just had its hottest May in 91 years - The Washington Post

U.S. May Create More Military Hubs In Iraq To Fight Islamic State (moar training! and moar free guns!)

Israel Won't Charge Anyone Over The Death Of Four Boys On Gaza Beach - BuzzFeed News - An IDF spokesman said Israel had closed its investigation into the deaths of the four children, who were killed when Israel's air force shelled a beach in Gaza.
Hackers Stole Every Federal Workers' Social Security Numbers, Union Says - BuzzFeed News - The hackers, who have not yet been identified, also stole information on federal workers's age, race, pay history, and health insurance (we maintain really shitty security even after being told multiple times over the years, so we can have a big problem that justifies further spying)

Co-Author Of Mike Huckabee Books Was Accused Of Child Molestation In Two Legal Cases - BuzzFeed News - Prominent Christian author John Perry, who has also co-authored a book with Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, has been accused of child molestation in two separate lawsuits.

Disunion: The Final Q & A - NYTimes.com

Judge Finds Probable Cause To Charge Officer Timothy Loehmann With Murder In Tamir Rice Killing

O'Reilly: "Is There Going To Be A War Between The Police And Minorities In America?" | Video | Media Matters for America

'The Nightmare' and the science of sleep paralysis | Fusion - ALIENS AND DEMONS - Why people with sleep paralysis have supernatural visions

Female Scientists Respond Brilliantly To Biochemist Calling Women Distractions
Echidne Of The Snakes: Meet Tim Hunt, A Nobel-Winning Biologist With Opinions On Girls In Laboratories

Code | Bloomberg

Reddit Users Revolt After Site Bans "Fat People Hate" And Other Communities - BuzzFeed News (Chairman Pao)

Kaspersky Finds New Nation-State Attack -- In Its Own Network
We aren't the copyright cops, ICANN's president says

061015

Americans Still Say Liberties Should Trump Anti-Terrorism - 65% say anti-terror efforts should not violate liberties (30% are very afraid)
Justice Department Subpoenas Reason.com To Unmask Commenters - BuzzFeed News - The Justice Department made the classic mistake of reading the comments, and now it wants to know the identity of internet commenters who talked about putting a federal judge in a wood chipper.
Congress Didn't Notice the FBI Creating a "Small Air Force" for Surveillance - Excessive executive branch secrecy and the legislature's "oversight" failures

Between Iraq and a hard place President Barack Obama was elected on a promise of extricating the U.S. military from Iraq what he called a "clean break"
060515
Scientists Drop Science Bomb on Climate Skeptics -- NYMag
Making Sense of Climate Science Denial | edX - Climate change is real, so why the controversy and debate? Learn to make sense of the science and to respond to climate change denial.
Walmart Heirs Spending Millions to Undermine Solar Power - The Other 98% - The report finds that the Waltons have provided $4.5 million in funds over the last four years to organizations campaigning against cleane More than six years later, henergy.

Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance - NYTimes.com
Snowden: balance of power has shifted as people defy government surveillance | US news | The Guardian
US government responds to latest hack: give us more power over data collection | Technology | The Guardian - attack on high-level security clearance agency reignites push by Congressional leaders to hand federal government greater cybersecurity powers (oh, what a coincidence)

Secret 9/11 dossier said to implicate Saudi Arabia in attack | The Australian - Bob Graham, who was chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, at the time, says an inquiry that he led uncovered evidence that the Saudis were the principal financier (of the attacks: there's a deselected fact for you)

Trade agreements like TiSA, TPP and TTIP will sideline national laws, Wikileaks says - Business News - Business - The Independent

Women fleeing ISIS areas throwing their black abayas when reaching safety checkpoints. - Album on Imgur
ISIS is turning US Humvees into Iraq's worst nightmare - Yahoo Finance - More than two-thirds of the Humvees the US supplied to Iraq to fight terrorists have ended up in the hands of Islamic State militants. (good job!)
More than two-thirds of the Humvees the US supplied to Iraq to fight terrorists have ended up in the hands of Islamic State militants : worldnews
Insurgent Offensive Bogs Down After Capturing US Humvees

Saudi-led naval blockade leaves 20m Yemenis facing humanitarian disaster | World news | The Guardian - Aid agencies say embargo imposed by US and UK-backed Arab coalition has had dramatic effect, with almost 80% of population in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies

The Red Cross, Haiti and the 'black hole' of accountability for international aid | World news | The Guardian - Experts said there is virtually no way to monitor how nonprofits operate, nor for governments or disaster victims to hold them accountable for mismanagement

A dark day for Fifa after claims of arms deals for World Cup votes | Football | The Guardian - Reports in Germany reveal Saudi deal in 2006 (where did they get that idea?)
Egypt Confirms Top FIFA Official Demanded Bribe for 2010 World Cup | Egyptian Streets - Former Egyptian Minister of Youth and Sports Aly El Din Helal claims that ex-FIFA Vice President Jack Warner had requested a $7 million bribe from Egypt to allow the 2010 World Cup to be hosted there.

Deutsche Bank probes $6 billion suspected money laundering: source | Reuters - some of its clients in Russia

Greece moves closer to eurozone exit after delaying 300m repayment to IMF | Business | The Guardian - Athens takes creditor by surprise, saying it will bundle together 1.6bn of debt payments due to International Monetary Fund and settle up on 30 June


Robert Reich Still Sees No 'Convincing Explanation' on Hillary Clinton Email - ABC News

U.S. Adds 280,000 Jobs In May; Unemployment Rises To 5.5 Percent
Lone Star Stumble - NYTimes.com - More broadly, conservatives have long held Texas up as a supposed demonstration that low taxes on the rich and harsh treatment of the poor are the keys to prosperity.

Kansas May Furlough 7,000 Workers Due To Revenue Shortfall

Rubios on the Road Have Drawn Unwanted Attention - First Draft. Political News, Now. - NYTimes.com - A review of records dating back to 1997 shows that the couple had a combined 17 citations: Mr. Rubio with four and his wife with 13. On four separate occasions they agreed to attend remedial driving school after a violation.

Sister Of Alleged Dennis Hastert Victim Approached Media In 2006
Sister of another alleged Dennis Hastert abuse victim says FBI questioned her | US news | The Guardian - olene Burdge said she told investigators that her brother, Stephen Reinbolt, said before he died in 1995 that the abuse lasted through all his high school years
Secrets - Lawyers, Guns & Money : According to this ABC story, Dennis Hastert sexually abused Steve Reinbolt, the manager of the high school wrestling team Hastert coached, throughout the four years Reinbolt was a student at Yorkville High School, where Hastert taught between 1965 and 1981

Most Americans Want Their State To Allow The Death Penalty (and starve all the moochers to death, also)

More on Lib-Bro-Tarians
CNN Poll: Rand Paul Not Popular With Republican Women | The New Republic - Rand Paul is polling terribly among women. His political philosophy might be to blame.

TIL a Queen's University Professor was banned from his own class and pushed to an early retirement when he used racial slurs while "he was quoting from books and articles on racism," after complaints were lodged by a TA in Gender Studies and from other students. (see Zizek vid in commnets +Chomsky "manufactured consent")

Cop in fatal wrong-way crash, who had a blood-alcohol content of .24, still on payroll : news

deFederalist - Lawyers, Guns & Money : The Federalist has gone feminist - And they are very concerned that Caitlyn Jenner is bad for feminism.
Rhonda Garelick Also Thinks Caitlyn Jenner Is Bad for Feminism - Lawyers, Guns & Money : She's too femme (thank you, NYT)
Caitlyn Jenner comes out, and social conservatives take an apocalyptic view - The Washington Post
US air force: being transgender is no longer grounds for discharge | US news | The Guardian - Eviction permissible if condition interferes with duties, statement said Pentagon still instructs recruiters to reject applicants with gender dysphoria

Megyn Kelly Interviews the Duggars on Fox News - Like many other suckerinterested Americans, I watched Megyn Kelly's televised Encounter session with Ma and Pa Duggar on Wednesday night ... Pa Duggar made the point that "parents are not mandatory reporters."
Echidne Of The Snakes: The Christian Family. On Megan Kelly Interviewing the Duggars.

Sean Fieler Is Out And Proud About His Anti-Gay Marriage Donations Even As The Country's Opinion Shifts - . He and his wife, Ana Fieler, have also started funding anti-transgender rights efforts across the country.

'Female viagra': FDA panel backs Flibanserin with safety restriction | US news | The Guardian

Emma, J.Law, and Scarlett's Older-Man Problem (nice infographics)

New Look At Pot-Smoking Pygmies Suggests Marijuana Helps Deter Parasites - "Non-human animals often consume plant toxins to kill their own parasites, and we thought maybe humans might be doing the same thing."

Study Uncovers Link Between Blood Type And Risk Of Cognitive Decline - The results, published in the Brain Research Bulletin, show that individuals with an O blood type have more gray matter in the posterior proportion of the cerebellum. In comparison, those with A, B or AB blood types had less gray matter in parts of the brain including the left hippocampus, which deals with the formation of long-term memories.
Cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii linked to mental illness, schizophrenia : science - Actually, contracting it directly from your cats isn't likely, unwashed vegetables and undercooked meat are the most common ways to get it
Toxoplasmosis & Brain Cancer: Cats Don't Give Disease To Owners After All, Study Shows
Congenital toxoplasmosis: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia - Congenital toxoplasmosis is a group of symptoms that occur when an unborn baby (fetus) is infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.
Toxoplasma gondii

Which one quote changed your way of thinking? : AskReddit
MrStevetic comments on ELI5: Australia. Did it really start as a place to exile criminals and lepers and how did it become full of seemingly normal people and not a completely lawless society (larrikin, second chance and fair go)


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Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus
Global warming 'pause' didn't happen, study finds | Environment | The Guardian - Reassessment of historical data and methodology by US research body debunks "hiatus" hypothesis used by sceptics to undermine climate science (onward to the apocalypse)
Solar cell sets world record with a stabilized efficiency of 13.6%


New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying - by Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson, ProPublica, Charlie Savage, New York Times, and Henrik Moltke, special to ProPublica, June 4, 2015, 11:01 a.m.
New Snowden Documents Reveal Obama Administration Expanded NSA Spying | TIME - The Justice Department was looking for evidence of computer hacking schemes

NSA's use of 'back-door searches' against hackers is reformers' next target | US news | The Guardian
House Overwehelmingly Passes Amendments Blocking Funding For Undermining Encryption | Techdirt - from the closing-the-backdoor dept

Chinese breach data of 4 million federal workers - The Washington Post
Federal Government Suffers Massive Hacking Attack - China-based hackers are suspected of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. government personnel office and stealing identifying information of at least 4 million federal workers, American officials said Thursday

House Lawmakers To Force Debate On Withdrawing U.S. Troops From Iraq And Syria - In a surprise move, a bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday to force a debate on whether U.S. troops should withdraw from Iraq and Syria in the war against the Islamic State.

Pamela Geller was target of alleged Boston terrorist, police confirm | US news | The Guardian - Usaama Rahim, who police shot dead, later decided to go after the "boys in blue")

In Search Of The Red Cross' $500 Million In Haiti Relief : NPR - The American Red Cross vowed to help Haitians rebuild, but after five years the Red Cross' legacy in Haiti is not new roads, or schools, or hundreds of new homes. It's difficult to know where all the money went.

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner Promises 'Avalanche' Of Secrets
They said no force is powerful enough to take down FIFA. They were wrong. : funny


Last Exit Before Chaos - NYTimes.com - odd summer-of-1914 feel to the current state of the Greek crisis

Hillary Clinton Calls For Automatic, Universal Voter Registration
HRC Goes All In On Voting Rights by Ed Kilgore | Political Animal | The Washington Monthly - In a much-anticipated speech at an HBCU in Houston, Hillary Clinton today went a good deal farther than Barack Obama has gone in making national voting rights standards a national political issue
Joe Scarborough Ignores History Of Voter Suppression To Claim Improving Voter Access Is A Non-Issue | Research | Media Matters for America (paid big by MSNBC to lie like the fucker he is)

Scott Walker's Real Legacy (it ain't pretty)
Rick Perry Announces He's Running For President In 2016 Because Why The Hell Not (all aboard the clown train)
9 Completely Bonkers Things The Newest GOP Presidential Candidate Believes About The Constitution | ThinkProgress

Shocking new video shows unarmed Utah man was listening to headphones when killed by police [NSFW] : news

Maryland's governor thinks the Purple Line is too expensive, but wants to build a $10 billion maglev. Huh? - Greater Greater Washington - Maryland's governor thinks the Purple Line is too expensive, but wants to build a $10 billion maglev. Huh?

I Can't Even ... Four relatives who cheered their children at a high school graduation in Senatobia, Mississippi, have been served with arrest warrants
Why Were These Black Families Fined $500 For Cheering At A High School Graduation? | ThinkProgress (contact info goes viral)

Duggar Interview: 7 Crucial Facts They Didn't Tell You -- The Cover-Up Continues - In Touch
19 Excuses and Counting: Every Excuse the Duggars Made for Their Son
Michelle Duggar Doubles Down On ClaimsT Mr. Hundal said. hat Transgender People Will Molest Children - When Kelly implied that she had unfairly compared transgender people to child molesters given her son's recent admissions, Michelle doubled down on that stance.

A.I. Expert Sounds Alarm Over 'Killer Robots' - "Despite the limits imposed by physics, one can expect platforms deployed in the millions, the agility and lethality of which will leave humans utterly defenseless. This is not a desirable future."
Hormones: What Boys and Girls are Made of? | NeuWrite San Diego - When baby monkeys were exposed to either dolls or trucks, the males played more with trucks and the females more often reached for the dolls

[Serious] Ex-Cult members of reddit, how did you get involved, and why did you leave? : AskReddit
[Serious] Satanists of Reddit, what are some common misconceptions about Satanism that you would like to set straight? Non-Satanists, what questions do you have about Satanism? : AskReddit (" But every day I think about the things I said to her, the things that I id He said the subsidence could be caused d, and I wonder which of those things was the grain of sand that became the pearl of her death.")
Who can tell me a useless but cool fact? : AskReddit - Elvis never performed an encore.

PayPal responds to Internet fury over its new terms of service:

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Edward Snowden and the USA Freedom Act - In which we try to remember where real change comes from.
Terror prosecutors want Edward Snowden's name banned from trial | US news | The Guardian
Back from the dead: US officials to ask secret court to revive NSA surveillance | US news | The Guardian

Boston ISIS 'Social Media Plot' Leaves Many Questions - How did Usaama Rahim end up shot dead in the street?
Secret Aerial FBIP he said, before adding, rogram Uncovered By 23 -Year-Old Journalist + CBS Minnesota

FBII he said, before adding, he said, before adding, s Looking Into Russia And Qatar's World Cup Bids
How a curmudgeonly old reporter exposed the FIFA scandal that toppled Sepp Blatter - The Washington Post - Andrew Jennings

More Than 10,000 Islamic State Militants Killed During 9-Month Campaign, U.S. Says
Terrorism and Civil War: Rebel groups like ISIS who use terrorism almost never achieve their objectives. So why to they keep at it?

Chinese Cruise Ship Capsize Death Toll Rises As Families Demand Answers

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti -and Built Six Homes - ProPublica - Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures


Scott Walker: women only concerned with rape and incest in 'initial months' of pregnancy | US news | The Guardian
Wisconsin Abortion Ban Would Allow Father To Sue For Emotional Distress - regardless of his relationship with the woman having the procedure.
North Carolina approves 72-hour waiting period for abortions | US news | The Guardian

Four People Charged For Cheering At Mississippi High School Graduation - Foster (pictured on the right), who is white, pressed disturbing the peace charges against the attendees

Duggars Say Oldest Son Josh Molested Four Of His Sisters

Irritable Gestures - Freddie daBoer
Good Work, Kipnis Critics: You Made Your Enemy A Martyr -

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Twenty-Three Geniuses | KUNSTLER - If there is a Pulitzer Booby Prize for stupidity, waste no time in awarding it to The New York Times
The Population Bomb - Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eschaton: Too Many People, Too Little Planet

Sepp Blatter to resign as Fifa president live updatse plan they still won | Football | The Guardian

Nearing Possible Government Shutdown, Alaska Governor Issues Layoff Notices To 10,000 State Employees - Alaska is facing a $3 billion budget shortfall, worsened by a global oil price plunge, and lawmakers have been fighting for more than four months over how to fund day-to-day operations.

How your eyes betray your thoughts | Science | The Guardian - A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain

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UN Climate Deal

US surveillance reform: what has happened and what happens next? | US news | The Guardian - Is the Patriot Act gone forever? What exactly is the USA Freedom Act? Can the government still monitor terrorist groups? Here’s what you need to know
Daniel Ellsberg credits Edward Snowden with catalysing US surveillance reform | US news | The Guardian - Prominent US whistleblowers applaud Snowden’s Patriot Act revelation for inciting Congress to take action, though they doubt he can ever return to the US
The Elephant InT she said. he Room: Senators Finally Credit Edward Snowden For Role In Patriot Act Reforms - “Because of Edward Snowden, there’s a perception -- which is not true -- but there’s a perception that we’re invading people’s privacy,” Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), explained last month.

Ship With 457 People Reported Sunk in China’s Yangtze - NYTimes.com

Sepp Blatter’s Top FIFA Deputy Is Said to Have Transferred Money Central to Bribery Case - NYTimes.com ("I know nothing")

That 1914 Feeling - NYTimes.com - A forced Greek exit from the euro would create huge economic and political risks, yet Europe seems to be sleepwalking toward that outcome. So Mr. Lew was doing his best to deliver a wake-up call. (austerity failed but we blunder on)


The Uncomfortable Truth About The Political Nature Of Fox News | Blog | Media Matters for America - It's Not "Entertainment," It's The Engine Driving The GOP Agenda

The Court and Online Threats - NYTimes.com - If you post violent thoughts about someone on Facebook, does it matter what you intended to convey when you wrote the words?

Banks Behind Hillary Clinton's Canadian Speeches Really Want The Keystone Pipeline
Challenging Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders Gains Momentum in Iowa - NYTimes.com

How Virginia paid more than $250 million for a road that never got built - The Washington Post - public-private partnership deals, a sharp shift in tone in a state that has for 20 years been a national leader in pushing such projects.


Surviving Child Sexual Abuse - NYTimes.com

Caitlyn Jenner, Formerly Bruce, Introduces Herself in Vanity Fair - NYTimes.com
'Call me Caitlyn': Jenner owns her identity in Vanity Fair interview | Television & radio | The Guardian - After months of speculation, the Olympic gold medalist reveals details of surgery and how life has changed. ‘Bruce always had to tell a lie’ - “I have high hopes that Caitlyn is a better person than Bruce. I’m very much looking forward to that,” said Jenner’s eldest son, Burt.


A Bad Voting Ban in Maryland - NYTimes.com - What is the logic behind state laws that deny the vote to people who have been convicted of a felony, even after they are released from prison? The short and easy answer is: there isn’t any (voter suppression of non-Republicans cannot be stated)

The Counted: people killed by police in the United States in 2015 – interactive | US news | The Guardian
Black Americans killed by police twice as likely to be unarmed as white people | US news | The Guardian - Guardian analysis finds 102 people killed by police so far this year were unarmed, and that agencies are killing people at twice the rate calculated by US government
William Chapman: unarmed 18-year-old shot dead by officer who killed before | US news | The Guardian - Black teenager accused of shoplifting at Walmart killed in April by white officer Stephen Rankin, who had been suspended for shooting another unarmed man - Rankin, 35, a US navy veteran trained in martial arts, was once disciplined for posting violent remarks and Nazi images online.
Texas lawmakers approve bill to allow guns on college campuses | US news | The Guardian - The bill’s success after a surprise vote minutes before a midnight deadline shocked anti-gun advocates. The governor is expected pass it into law
Vince Vaughn: guns in schools will prevent mass shootings | Film | The Guardian - “We don’t have the right to bear arms because of burglars,” he said. “We have the right to bear arms to resist the supreme power of a corrupt and abusive government." (they really think this way)


Dinosaurs May Have Been Warm-Blooded After All - But now a new paper -- essentially a reanalysis of a 2014 study putting forth the mesothermy theory -- argue s Santorum added. that dinosaurs' metabolisms and growth rates were strikingly similar to those of modern-day mammals. In other words, they were warm-blooded after all.
Yes! Acquiring 'Perfect' Pitch Is Possible For Some Adults, Scientists Say
Hacking The Nervous System

What was momentarily the highest-voted article on /r/Feminism's frontpage has just been deleted, and I've been banned for my trouble : undelete