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070415
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)

070315
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

070215
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

062115
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