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September 2015

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7Two former teachers have been charged with running a toddler fight club at a New Jersey daycare.
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16"Tenn. judge refuses to grant straight couple a divorce because … gay marriage".
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544 times married Kim Davis sent to jail for contempt of court, marriages may now proceed in her absence. Update: Even the Westboro Baptist Church is against her. Oh, and so is the Donald.
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16Israel strikes a Hamas base after shots were fired at a synagogue. Meanwhile, the UN says Gaza will be uninhabitable by 2020.

August 2015

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18 Statistical extrapolation suggests that every dead seabird found in 2050 will have plastic in its guts.
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28 Scholarly Scott Walker contemplates building the Great Wall of Walker along the Canadian border.
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42Obama officially renames Mt. McKinley to Denali. Alaska Republicans actually support him for once, while Ohio republicans and Fox News do the same old song and dance.
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15 Wes Craven dead at 76.
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13I am sure this will set a lovely precedent: A French court has legally recognized an applicant's electromagnetic hypersensitivity as a genuine medical disorder and cleared her for disability payments.
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32Chris Christie, realizing nobody is paying attention to him, decides to follow Trump and makes his own statement on immigration: "Track them like Fedex packages!"
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37"Hey Supreme Court, I know you just recently ruled that I must give out Gay Marriages, but could you maybe suddenly change your mind and let me not do that".
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13The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers have endorsed the anti-Israeli BDS movement[wp] (no relation to BDSM).[dubious]
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26Smithsonian Mag - Some Brands Are Labeling Products “GMO-free” Even if They Don’t Have Genes [1]
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35Creationists' Utah pterosaur shot down.
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15 Some new progress in the science of aging, paving the way towards immortality. What could go wrong?
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33The University of Kansas has revealed that the Koch Brothers have been actively undermining renewable energy, lobbying for tax cuts while maintaining oil subsidies.
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18David Cameron is full of shit. Literally.
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9A 17-year old from Virginia is sentenced to 11 years in federal prison for operating a pro-ISIL Twitter account.
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32July 2015 was the hottest recorded month ever.
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19The desperately overwhelming importance to New York City of restricting the foul moral corruption invoked by the female nipple. (Seriously, de Blasio was going to tear out the pedestrian plazas to keep twelve uppity women from taking their tops off.)
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48Ashley Madison was always a big sad scam: 31 million men and at most a few thousand women, if that many. The scam: pay to "have an affair", get strung along for a while with fake profiles, realize the site is garbage, pay the "deletion fee" to leave, then they don't even do that.
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34Ebola (Remember that?): Sierra Leone has discharged its last Ebola patient, Adama Sankoh, and now begins the countdown to become epidemic-free.
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31NASA: Average sea levels have risen by around five centimeters since 1992. Meanwhile, France and Australia collaborate on a renewable energy plan. Update: Sea levels is rising faster than previously thought and could go up by at least one meter by the next century.
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23Parents sue a ritzy private school in Massachusetts for exposing their special snowflake to wi-fi signals in the classroom, asking for $250,000 in damage compensation.
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29Meanwhile, in America, TV news anchor Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward shot dead, while live on air. UPDATE: The gunman, Vester Flanagan, was pronounced dead from a self-inflicted gun wound. Social media posts and a long, rambling fax sent to ABC suggest he was motivated by race, exacerbated by strong anger issues/potential mental health issues.
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21District court to Alabama Legislative Black Caucus: Fine, these districts were indeed drawn horribly. You do better.
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24Scientists discover electrical control of cancer cell growth
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23A study confirms the link between gun ownership and mass shootings.
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19 Turkey stops playing chicken and joins the anti-ISIS coalition.
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16Paging Officer Jenny: Two men from Iowa were arrested in Boston for allegedly making threats on Facebook and bringing long guns and ammo to the Pokémon TCG World Championship.
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25Global warming is great! Greenland is becoming more like Greenland and less like Iceland.
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16Scott Walker, who insists his position has not changed since his calls to end birthright citizenship, doesn't want to change the Constitution to do so. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you... Republican logic!
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14No, le Donald did not have 40000 people at his Mobile rally. Maybe 30000. Politico even calls it 20000 (and calls him a straight-up liar in re attendance figures for his Phoenix rally).
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26Trump goes full Southern Strategy. "He echoed Richard Nixon’s 1968 'silent majority' pitch that was aimed at attracting disaffected white Southerners."
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27Sad Puppies at the Hugo Awards: "Everyone hates us and our slate voting and told us to go away. But see, that means we WON. Really." Of course you did, dear.
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10The latest in surprising unintended consequences: Middle East conflict drastically improves air quality >.>
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11Another chemical warehouse explodes in China. This time it was in Zibo,[wp] Shandong[wp] province.
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21A man in Kansas, who is 'pro-life', tries to blow up an abortion clinic. This is the same clinic George Tiller used to work at.
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12Members of Syriza split and form a new party, People's Front of Greece Popular Unity,[wp] ahead of the Greek elections.
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20 Ted Cruz has a very long conversation with a lesbian and fellow Canadian over LGBT discrimination.
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18Two men, who claimed to be inspired by Trump, assaulted and urinated on a homeless Latino man. Luckily, the police were calm enough to arrest them without doing harm, despite threats made against the officers.
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20 The two Koreas engage in a shouting match. Update: No one wants to back down. Update: They are back together again.
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8 What a surprise! The worst invasive species is also an unsustainable superpredator. Update: Boreal forests, which comprise some 30% of all forests, are being pushed towards the cliff by climate change. Guess who are responsible?
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18Correlation or causation? Stillbirths down 8% since smoking ban in UK.
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41 A patriotic volunteer guarding a "Muslim free" gun store in Oklahoma accidentally shot himself.
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12 The media ignores the anti-Balakas in CAR to the detriment of black Muslims in the country.
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32Slovakia: We will accept only Christian refugees because we lack mosques and thus Muslims cannot possibly integrate into society. Don't worry, it's not discriminatory, it's for the welfare of the refugees.
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24Another exciting year for the Totnes orange races!
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23Josh Duggar had a paid account at Ashley Madison. At least he admits he's "the biggest hypocrite ever".
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15IBM wires up 'neuromorphic' chips like a rodent's brain.
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24Can we go back to the times when a headline from The Onion could be reliably discerned from actual news?
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11 Jared Fogle of Subway fame pleads guilty to charges of possessing child pornography and traveling to engage in paid sex with minors.
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20 It seems that the free market is simply not the way towards an entirely renewable energy supply. And while we are at it, electricity generated from renewable energy carried to consumers by high-temperature superconducting cables is a reality within reach.
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5 A "drinkable book" has been brought before the American Chemical Society with the claim that its pages can filter 99% of bacteria from contaminated water. Whether this is real or woo remains to be seen.
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38 BP crews photographed the Flying Spaghetti Monster of the coast of Angola.
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31Massive explosions rock Tianjin, China and release sodium cyanide. A chemical plant in Texas has also exploded. The EPA has also caused a chemical spill in Colorado.
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22 You can now add spousal/POW rape onto the list of reasons to personally hate Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, thanks to the interrogation of former DAESH commander Abu Sayyaf[wp]'s wife and slave.
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-7 The last remaining undecided Republican senator decides to vote against the Iran deal.
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7The FBI will be investigating Hillary Clinton's emails.
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29An 11 year old in Paraguay has given birth because she was denied an abortion after her stepfather raped her.
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19A study finds that Florida city schools are still segregated. Update: Segregation in schools is much worse today than it was during Jim Crow.
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17New study places the blame for the Pleistocene megafauna extinction on the worst invasive species.
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5The Donald will be performing jury duty... this time.
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21The Koch brothers have chosen Scott Walker as their candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination.
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21The paleo diet woo pushers won't be happy with this one. For evolving brains, the actual paleolithic diet was full of carbs.
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29Remember Arkansas state legislator, Justin Harris? The one who adopted three girls, then passed two of them on (because the two were supposedly possessed by demons) to another family, where one of the girls was sexually abused? Yeah... the Family Council is giving him their "Power of Courage" award. Because sometimes, a story can get worse.
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26The DOJ says that it is unconstitutional to ban homeless people from sleeping outside.
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19 California will soon be hit by Godzilla an El-Nino pattern. But don't let those evil liberals fool ya, for global warming is a hoax, invented by the weak to control the strong.
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30With a 2 to 3 year lag time, local increases welfare support are strongly correlated with a reduction in homicide rate in that locality.
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19Black Lives Matter activists shut down Jeb Bush campaign event in Nevada.
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33Our best wishes to Jimmy Carter for a speedy recovery from cancer
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19Satanists are invading Texas! The fundies were right all along!
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46Alabama's legislature can't seem to grasp the idea of taxes, so one state senator has set up a GoFundMe campaign for the state. No, really. In five days, it's raised just a thousand dollars against a $300 million goal. It's almost like watching libertarian pipe dreams die slowly. Apparently the elephant in question seriously thinks he's making some grand point about how taxes are bad instead of how voluntary funding of public needs is inadequate.
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19 John Kasich plays the inverse of the standard RINO trope, trying to redefine conservatism into something more person-friendly. Given the present GOP's undeclared efforts to drive moderates anywhere away, he's not too likely to succeed, unfortunately.
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13 Tony Abbott does not want gay kangaroos to marry, at least not yet.
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19 Japan restarts one of its nuclear power plants shut down after Fukushima.
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18Always looking for breaking news, news outlets discover entropy and the universe's heat death remain things we've known about for a long time.
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21Rick Perry's campaign runs out of money and stops paying staffers, with latest polling at 2.5%.
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12William Shakespeare: dope smoker? Could be, could be, could be.....
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14"Darren Wilson Day." Really? REALLY?
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30The American Psychological Association votes to ban psychologists from assisting with torture at Guantanamo Bay and other "black sites".
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20The Taliban is reported to be experiencing a power struggle after their leadership finally confirmed that Mullah Omar[wp] died two years ago. It still isn't clear where he died (either in Afghanistan or Pakistan depending on who you believe). Mullah Omar has been reported dead many times before and when the report of his death came out a week and a half ago there was skepticism regarding whether or not he actually was dead. The fact that the Taliban has confirmed his death means that those rumors can be put to rest; he is definitely dead.
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23Black Lives Matter protesters shut down/take over a Bernie Sanders (You know, the guy that actually marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in the '60s) speech in Seattle. He has recently hired a civil rights activist as his national press secretary in response. Update Bernie Sanders' official reform list for racial justice.
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2The Scottish government plans to ban the growing of GMO on their soil, apparently to assert the nation's "clean, green status".
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5A major terrorist attack in Kabul has raised fears that the Taliban is fracturing during peace talks.
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11The UN will investigate the chlorine gas attacks in Syria.
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22Aurora theater shooter sentenced to life without parole.
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27East Texas judge gives man who got into a fight with his girlfriend's ex- two options: 1) go to jail for 15 days and risk losing his job, or 2) marry his girlfriend on the spot within a month. So much for the "sanctity of marriage".
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20North Korea: Now 60 years and 30 minutes behind the rest of the world.
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25Another secular Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death. The victim strongly supported minority rights and women's rights.
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26“If I’m the nominee, I will pledge I will not run as an independent.”
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24Reddit has banned several more subreddits. The most notable subreddit being r/coontown.
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26Liberty University has invited Bernie Sanders to speak at their college... and he is going.
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17Malaysia confirms the plane wing found on Réunion[wp] is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
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12Mormon church releases photos of ‘seer stone’ used by founder Joseph Smith
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7Camp Shelby, in Mississippi, is attacked for the second time.
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29A federal judge has ruled Idaho's law that prohibits the secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities as unconstitutional.
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29Three men arrested in North Carolina for building bombs to stop the impending Jade Helm takeover. ALSO: Two Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi. (No one injured... yet.)
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49Senate blocks bid to deny funds to Planned Parenthood.
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25 After delivering a lecture on climate change even though he is not a scientist, Emperor Obama, backed by his liberal minions, unveil the evil plan to cut greenhouse emissions by a third in 15 years. In response, protectors of free enterprise have already begun preparing their defenses.
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33 Emperor Obama and the greenies are about to launch an assault on business once again, despite a recent ruling by the Patrician, Unelected, Highly Non-representative Panel of Nine that companies may pollute if it helps them profit. But never fear. God's Own Party will have your back.
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36Putin's Russia is so corrupt that it uses corruption as an alternative to public policy.
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11German state prosecutor decides treason charges against the journalists who revealed NSA spying might not look so good.
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36The only way to stop an incompetent man with a gun is with an armadillo.
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31This is why we can't have nice things. After successful tours across Canada and Western Europe, hitchBOT[wp], an experiment on human kindness, lasted only two weeks in the United States before it was found dead with its electronics torn out.
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8George Washington University has abandoned standardized testing, such as the ACT and SAT, for admission.
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10After the death of Cecil the lion, there were worries that his cubs would be killed by his brother, Jericho. The good news is that it's now no longer a concern. The bad news is that the entire pride is now threatened, because Jericho is dead. UPDATE: The report of Jericho's death has been disputed by Oxford University researchers who have been tracking him by GPS, who say that GPS data shows Jericho moving normally four hours after his death was reported.
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16Mark Karpelès, of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, is arrested in Japan. (This was front-page news in Japan.)
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33Texas Governor Greg Abbott convinced to veto mental-health bill by Scientologists.

July 2015

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15 Hillary Clinton directs a salvo of criticism at Jeb Bush.
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41Former president Jimmy Carter calls the United States "an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery".
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26"Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer'".
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28Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man stabbed six people at 2015 Jerusalem Gay Pride parade... weeks after finishing a 10 year jail sentence for stabbing three people at the 2005 Jerusalem Gay Pride parade.
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-9 The U.S. Senate has lifted a ban on oil exports.
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20 Some stunning pictures from mathematical artworks.
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17An Israeli court rules that two Jewish West Bank settlements are illegal and must be demolished. It's not really as reasonable as you might think - they are illegal only because they did not have correct planning permission, and in the mean time Benny has announced another 300...
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16"Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in China's Party hierarchy"
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17"Kenya Catholic bishops call for polio vaccine boycott"
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9"These Are The Most-Diverse And Least-Diverse U.S. Religious Groups"
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22Donald Trump lambastes Scott Walker over his record as Governor of Wisconsin.
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47The Boy Scouts of America have formally ended their ban on gay leaders. The Mormon church finds the lack of sanctioned gay hate "deeply troubling".
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33Welcome to Circus Republicanius! Ladies and gentlemen, for our first performance, destroying a cell phone! Next, the amazing Huckabee will compare nuclear treaties to the Holocaust! And don't miss the mysterious, the enigmatic, the amazing Rand Paul and the Chainsawing of the American Tax Code! Truly a show for the ages, come one, come all!
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6Hopefully, the professor claiming three scientists who investigated melting Arctic ice might have been assassinated is just paranoid. That would be nice.
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26Iconic Zimbabwean lion Cecil was found beheaded and skinned, reportedly after a foreign hunter bribed local guides $55,000 for the opportunity.
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11Varoufakis reveals his cloak-and-dagger 'Plan B' for Greece, awaits treason charges. Holy crap.
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18Rick Perry wants more guns in cinemas. What could possibly go wrong?
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14Clinton wants to have enough clean energy to power every US home by 2027. Sounds good, but that's really only about a quarter of US energy consumption. Renewable energy sources already make up 8.8%.
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39Seattle man holds Straight Pride march. Total number of attendees: er, just him.
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8China lifts restrictions on foreign-made game console sales. Wonder what kind of ethical issue Gamergate finds.
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21Kenyan Communist Muslim rants about the evils of the homosexual agenda. Or not.
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20Erv Brinker, CEO of mental healthcare/counseling organization Summit Pointe, has been charged with embezzling $510,000 by sending it to a psychic.
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56House Democrats have proposed a bill that would update the Civil Rights Act to include LGBT people.
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40The latest crazy from Trump: "The RNC is being unfair to me and if they don't stop, I may run as a Third Party." We at RationalWiki heartily endorse Donald Trump as a third party candidate.
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21The latest casualties on the War on Women: A bill that would have provided injured veterans with IVF has been killed and Susan G. Komen has been removed from a breast cancer research bill. All of this for the GOP's crusade to end Planned Parenthood.
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5With increased funding, the Chinese military has managed to liberate itself from a rather nasty problem.
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23It looks like one of Emperor President Obama's first directives is being realized after all.
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24Donald Trump's financial disclosure was released after last week claiming to be worth $10 billion showing he has about $1.4 billion in assets and $265 million in liabilities. His claimed $15.2 million per season of The Apprentice was also relegated to $14,222 over an unknown time on the document. While these are in broad categories and might not be entirely complete...the variance has not been explained.
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25Oldest known fragments of the Quran, possibly written down by a guy who would have personally known Muhammad, discovered in the UK.
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27Donald Trump has doxxed Lindsey Graham by publicly releasing his number. Meanwhile, his poll numbers have doubled compared to Jeb Bush. Most of the polling was done before his comments about McCain's war time, though.
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31 Republicans in Congress put up a barrage of propaganda before launching a full scale assault on Planned Parenthood.
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10 Now that a deal on its nuclear program has been reached, Iran seeks to avoid the return of economic sanctions by economic means. Meanwhile, existing nuclear power North Korea is not interested in dealing with the American imperialists United States.
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12Drag queen performances banned from Free Pride Glasgow, an alternative "non-commercial" Pride event, at call of trans and nonbinary caucus. (The Pink News comments are a shitshow, but an instructive one.) Update: They have reversed their decision.
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16Trump finally gains the ire of the GOP leadership by questioning if John McCain was a war hero because he was a POW. The GOP still doesn't seem to care about any of Trumps other antics enough to make a comment.
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12Last but no least, John Kasich grabs a seat at the Clown Car.
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14The Wall Street Journal is rebelling against Rupert Murdoch imperialism.
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19Another reason why you should be careful with the Internet: AshleyMadison.com, a website devoted to matchmaking for cheating spouses, was hacked and the hackers are threatening to release all of their customer records unless it shuts down.
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22Firefighters in California face a new growing hindrance in their efforts against wildfires: hobby drones.
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20 An awfully big picture of the Andromeda galaxy.
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49 Burning socialist Bernie Sanders attracts larger crowds than any other 2016 presidential candidate. And while we are at it, rabblerouser Elizabeth Warren continues to attract cheering crowds even if she is not running.
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12 Rise of the machines: First FAA-approved cargo delivery by drones.
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10Rupert Murdoch fact checks Donald Trump's comments on the crime rate immigration causes.
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11New study on pareidolia explores who is most likely to see faces in objects and patterns.
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30John McCain criticizes Donald Trump for “firing up the crazies” during a rally in his home state of Arizona. Trump returns fire by saying that McCain is only a war hero because he was captured. Damage control by the GOP quickly ensued.
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24Donald Trump attacks Rick Perry, bashing his work securing the border during his tenure as Governor of Texas. When Perry fired back by saying that what Trump offers as a candidate "is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism — a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense”, Trump retorted "Governor Rick Perry just gave a pollster quote on me. He doesn’t understand what the word demagoguery means.” and that "(Perry) should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate".
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6Tone argument exemplified
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1"When Will China’s Government Collapse?"
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33The worse men are at video games, the more likely they are to be abusive and hostile to women. (Original study.)
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25"Even Nuns Aren't Exempt From Obamacare's Birth-Control Mandate".
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23"Are Americans Ready For A Muslim President?"
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45Fox News is not real news. You think they'd shut up about being outed, but no.....they brag about it!
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28Airway Heights WA Mayor: I can't resign over my apparently-racist comment calling Michelle Obama "gorilla face", because that would mean I was racist.
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19Prime minister Abe has successfully changed Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution[wp] which has led to public outcry.
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14Riots breakout across Athens as the Greek parliament allows for more austerity.
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18The UK has rejected police water cannon use. (Except in Northern Ireland, where it's still used all the time.)
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21The Republican members of the Senate have killed Al Franken's anti-bullying bill that would have protected LGBT students.
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24 Jade Helm 15 gets underway in several states, including Texas, and has aroused suspicion of a government takeover ordered by Emperor Barack Hussein Obama. But do not worry. The Texas National Guard and Counter Jade Helm is keeping an eye on the exercises.
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32Large Hadron Collider has detected elusive pentaquark[wp] particle, CERN physicists determine.
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26 A landmark deal with Iran has been reached.
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18Scandal in Pakistan, as a homeopathy college is found to be teaching fake fake medicine, not real fake medicine! um, ok
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29Mexican immigrant creates a 3D printed Donald Trump butt plug and the writer of this WIGO has nothing to add
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35Mankind gets their first close-up of Pluto; holds its breath for the anticipated stream of data to follow the fly-by.
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16Venezuela is again wanting 2/3rds of its neighbour, Guyana.
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23International sanctions will be lifted in return for limits on Iran's nuclear program.
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45The Pentagon will lift its ban on transgender soldiers.
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26Scott Walker takes seat in the Clown Car.
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29Welsh government uses Klingon to respond to serious UFO questions. The "serious" questions involve sightings of "UFO's" near Cardiff airport (what a mystery).
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36Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, has died.
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45Exxon Mobil knew about global warming back in 1981.
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15As the Taliban begins tearing itself apart thanks to DAESH, the US begins a new wave of drone campaigns on pro-DAESH leaders on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
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16Ellen Pao has resigned from Reddit.
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22And now for the latest moral panic: Parents think that the new Minion toys in Happy Meals are swearing.
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20US torture doctors could face charges after report alleges post-9/11 'collusion'
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18Consumers brought cases against supplement manufacturer GNC for claiming that its TriFlex supplements promote joint mobility because they contain glucosamine and chondroitin. Pretty much every study shows they do no better than placebo. The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, just threw the case out because the company could produce dissenters, or "some reasonable and duly qualified scientific experts", to support the claim.
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13The UN has created a ceasefire in Yemen for the month of Ramadan.
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3Greece agrees to more austerity in return for a €53.5bn bailout
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47Jeb Bush thinks America can grow if Americans would just work more. Even though Americans already work more than those of any other country and productivity has doubled in the last 40 years as wages remained flat.
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27South Carolina finally rejoining the Union.
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25Dear Mr. Trump, ignore the naysayers! Whatever you do, stay the course! Update:Trump is leading in the GOP primary polls.
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23God's Own Party wants to end family planning. Totally no War on Women here.
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22China's stock market has crashed.
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9Kent Hovind is free! Pictured: Hovind with Jim Bob Duggar.
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20History books in Texas will downplay slavery's role in the Civil War while rejecting to mention the Ku Klux Klan and the Jim Crow laws.
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36Making long-term birth control freely available reduced both teenage pregnancies and abortions among teenagers by 40% in Colorado.
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28University of Toronto stands by health-studies course with Anti-vaccine material Update: Not any more, they don't.
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10 Here comes a clash of the titans. American and Japanese robots are getting ready to rumble.
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15 Only a fool would deny that the future of warfare lies with cyber space. Hackers briefly gained control over German Patriot missile batteries stationed in Turkey.
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24 Oklahoma governor refuses to follow state Supreme Court's order to remove Ten Commandments monument.
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21 Federal prosecutors seek 175 year term for cancer quack described as "worse than Madoff".
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16Bitcoin is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week: a stress test has blocked the network for most of a day, the bad protocol change listed below ... and it turns out over 50% of mining power is just, ah, not bothering to validate transactions.
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6Really real wireless charging.
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11 Obama escalates air campaign against Daesh and recognizes the need for "effective partners on the ground."
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5Chicago celebrates 4th of July in the most American way possible.
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29Tom Cruise, the Scientology poster child, may leave the faith.
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52Obama plans mass clemency for nonviolent drug offenders.
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39The DOJ says transgender students must be allowed to pick their desired bathroom.
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17Remember that time your bank processed transactions without checking their validity, and inadvertently forked the US dollar in the process? Bitcoin does. 30 broken blocks so far.
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18Justice John Roberts dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges has inspired a Montana man to get his polygamous marriage state recognized.
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40Iceland's Pirate Party has passed a bill that legalizes blasphemy.
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31After kicking out the worst people in the world, Reddit proceeds to fire the person who made the actually nice, popular, mainstream subreddits work, and the volunteer mods rebel. Whoops. Update: And it accelerates.
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24 Indiana's Religious Freedom Law is put to the test: Sex offenders, with ACLU, sue the state for prohibiting them from worshiping in churches that have attached schools.
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31 Dutch citizens sued their government for not doing enough to combat climate change and won!
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-1 Jim Webb of the Democratic Party is now running for President.
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35First death due measles in US for 12 years. A "told you so" no-one wanted to make :(
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6The F-35 may not be able to dogfight. Then again if this is the standard then neither can the F-15E or F-18s!
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6Tea Party Republicans fail to renew the Export-Import Bank.
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21RIP Sir Nicholas Winton
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15James Jeffrey Bradstreet, Anti-vaccination doctor behind Autism therapy found dead under suspicious circumstances.
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27The Clown Car is getting fuller as Chris Christie officially enters the race.
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44Oklahoma Supreme Court rules that Ten Commandments monument must come down.

June 2015

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18DAESH has entered Gaza and declares war against Fatah and Hamas.
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26Colorado court rules use of public funds for private schools is unconstitutional.
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31Right wing terrorists have killed almost twice as many Americans in the US as Islamic terrorists since September 12, 2001
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38NBC tells Trump "You're Fired!" after his rant about a majority of Mexicans being illegal immigrant rapists and drug dealers. UPDATE: Trump sues Univision for $500 million, for "attempting to suppress his freedom of speech."
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13As Greece institutes capital controls, Puerto Rico has its own economic crisis.
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286 black churches have been burned down.UPDATE: Another black church has burned down.
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5SCOTUS rules against EPA restrictions on mercury in Michigan v. EPA.
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11SCOTUS with a chilling reminder that it's not all about rainbows and unicorns in the United States. It's also about the state reserving the right to kill people in a painful manner.
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30From the US department of recently rather good decisions, the states are now allowed to outsource the drawing of congressional district lines to a somewhat independent commission, so as to prevent gerrymandering. (You'll never guess which four people voted against it.)
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35Did you hear that? An ISIS flag at the Gay Pride Parade in London?
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24Texas Gov. Greg Abbott picks Homeschooler to chair State Board of Education
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61NJ jury rules that conversion therapy constitutes consumer fraud.
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201Today is a good day to call in sick and spend the day reading your favorite conservative hate-blogs. Marriage equality is the law of the land in the USA
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-2"Abstinance" campaigner announces she's pregnant.......with her 2nd "planned pregnancy"....although apparently she's disappointed the planning worked!! One wonders what momma has to say.....Bristol herself says she is disappointed!
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74California set to mandate childhood vaccines.
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44Yet another case of Sikhs being mistaken for Muslims. This time a Sikh doctor in Wales is attacked with a Machete by a Neo-Nazi seeking vengeance for the murder of Lee Rigby.
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64US Supreme court upholds key part of 'Obama Care' according to the BBC. You can all stop trying to repeal it now.
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22A biotech company that made a stink about giving up its US company status because of taxes...is begging the US government to help it prevent a hostile takeover bid by Israeli Teva Pharmaceuticals. It might actually work since it has an office in Pittsburg as congress condemns the move.
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19So, um. Turns out the new interim CEO of the Tasmanian Health Service ... moonlights as a reiki master and mystical crystal energy theta healer.
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23Bobby Jindal boards the Clown Car. "We wish the term-limited governor the best of luck with his candidacyFOX News audition." And he is so white!!
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19Iowa grants gun permits to the blind.
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21Nation of Islam opposes vaccines.
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46It's a tragic day for free speech, as Reddit clone Voat is forced by the no doubt hair-dyed SJWs of PayPal to ban /v/doxbin, /v/jailbait, /v/truejailbait and /v/thefappening. The middle two of which contained actual underage porn. Commenters consider this a slippery slope, though usually slippery slopes don't have child porn at the top.
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45Several major companies pull Confederate flag merchandise. As per usual, thousands of commenters mistake corporate manoeuvres for government censorship.
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24After a week of explosives preparations, Daesh has announced they have begun destroying Palmyra to coincide with Ramadan along with a further wave of executions.
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24 Australia cuts its renewable energy target. Tony Abbott thinks wind turbines are noisy and cause illness.
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-14The TPP has passed the Senate.
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18South Carolina legislature agrees to debate on removing Confederate flag.
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9Europe continues to have its own immigration crisis. Unfortunately, the Hungarians are channeling the spirt of Fox News at this moment.
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21Well, can't say we're surprised...
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26"420 blaze it buy gold" - Thomas "Fuck The NSA" Jefferson. Rand Paul has been naughty with quotes in his books.
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8Nick Danger bites the dust.
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33Rick Perry claims that the Charleston massacre was an "accident" fueled by "prescription drug use" and not guns or homicidal racism.
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25The dumbest man in Congress tells the Supreme Court that Jesus’ law more important than constitutional law.
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34Santorum strikes again - South Carolina shooting was actually part of the war on religion.
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43Schools saying 'it's OK to be gay' should be liable if kids get STDs, Michigan legislator says. Because we all know that straight people can't get STDs, right?
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19Almost unnoticed by the mainstream UK press, excepting the BBC, a great and brave man passes.
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31Pastor at bombed Charleston church was SC Senator and voted against concealed carry; NRA responds as usual.
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26Russia's investigative committee responds to America's FIFA investigation by calling for a probe into the moon landing.
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24"For believers, fear of atheists is fueled by a fear of death".
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-7"How 'science popularizers' influence public opinion on religion".
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29SCOTUS has decided that Texas was right in saying no to a license plate with the Confederate Flag. License plates are government speech.
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20A new case-control study shows much stronger evidence that DDT increases breast cancer risk
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23The history of bombing black churches.
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28Imperial College nanochemist Dr. Suze Kundu wanted to talk about science. The Sunday Times, of course, just wanted her to do sexy poses. #distractinglysexy
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22This shouldn't be news but it is - a (gasp) woman is to appear on the US $10 bill
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27In what is being described as a hate crime, a white guy shoots up an AME church in South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers. UPDATE: Suspect arrested in North Carolina.
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26What do you do when a whole country is possessed by demons and witchcraft?? Exorcise it of course. The whole country that is......that'll sort them out f'shure!
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7The dangerous power of health media: 28,000 quit statins after scare documentary (statins lower cholesterol).
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5Cliven Bundy denies he's at it with the guns again.
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12What looks like ethnic cleansing is happening now in the Dominican Republic.
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9Rep. Darrell Issa tries to sneak into Benghazi hearing, gets escorted out. Benghazi applies for restraining order.
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40As if the clown car weren't already full enough, Donald Trump announces he is running for POTUS.
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53 Yet another major "defeat for humanity" from a largely Catholic country: With little fanfare, Mexico's supreme court has ruled laws limiting marriage to heterosexuals discriminatory, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage. This means the Greatest Country on Earth will be the last country in North America, and one of the last in the developed world, to do the same.
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59Welcome back Philae, nice to hear from you again
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31Kurdish militia and FSA make large gains in northern Syria against the Daeshbags. They have cut off the most important supply roads for ISIS's territory and are about to adjoin Kobane to the main Kurdish territory in the east. Latest map here.
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35The American Medical Association is taking a stance against quack doctors like Dr. Oz.
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31"Reverend" Leon Edwards sold sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid to a BBC reporter posing as a relative of an autistic child. For some reason this man is not in prison.
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16Yet another shooting in Texas. Seems to be another case of rage aggravated by potentially undiagnosed psychiatric disorder (VIDEO).
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35Startling scientific breakthrough by California assemblywoman Shannon Grove, who discovers that abortions caused the drought.
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13"Guns don't kill people, people with a severe lack of foresight kill people!"
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29The TPP fails to pass in the House
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-34Some people still haven't gotten with the program that race is a social construction, a matter of how you see yourself and others see you.
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17The Canadian senate makes an excellent case for its abolition.
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18Edmonton police shooting suspect is a freeman-on-the-land.
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17Bond villain steps down
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34Sir Christopher Lee dies in the hospital from respiratory problems.
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28Religion Is Disappearing. That’s Great for Politics.
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14"The North-South Divide on Two-Parent Families". Southern family values my ass.
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-43This is something that does not happen every day. So sorry, but I won't describe it here. You'll have to click and see. (Note/spoiler: possible clickbait. But still highly interesting!)
(OK: Jerome Corsi from WND interviewed Noam Chomsky! Noam FUCKING Chomsky! It's a must see, of course.)
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35California bill to end most vaccine exemptions expected to pass.
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15The last of the Angola 3 will be freed in Louisiana. While in Texas a man on death row has been freed.
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20Having a Nobel is no insurance against saying something profoundly stupid.
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27Draconian abortion laws lead to extremes. (UPDATE: The charges against Jones have been dismissed.)
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7Your future dream is a shopping scheme.
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28In a case of research failure, Billy Graham's church dumps Wells-Fargo over an ad featuring a same-sex couple and switches to another bank, which does fund-raising for gay pride events.
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9Chris Christie wins court case that will let him cut state pensions.
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16Beach bums set to make a contribution to our general welfare!
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26The Sultan falls short of a majority: 99% counted in the Turkish general election and the left/Kurdish HDP is at 12.5%, surpassing the threshold of 10%.
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43Ok, y'all can stop being so gross now. Eating placentas confers no health benefit. Just eat a sandwich like a normal person.
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26Gutfeld: Would Conservatives Show Compassion for Duggar if He Were Muslim?
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28 While Chinese students continue to flock to American campuses, more and more US students travel to the Fatherland Germany for free college.
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34The CIA torture was apparently worse than the Senate report revealed.
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17South Korea successfully tests a new ballistic missile capable of hitting any target in the North.
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27A cop in Virginia with a troubling history kills his second unarmed man.
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3The Senate has passed the USA Freedom Act
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42Corrupt leader of the sporting world's most corrupt governing body finally quits.
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39 Fox News decides that the only way to support Caitlyn Jenner is to be as transphobic as possible.
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7Beau Biden, Joe Biden's son, has died of brain cancer.
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26 The right-wing Spanish government, licking its wounds from the local election results, wants to criminalise disrespect to the national anthem.

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52Nigeria bans female genital mutilation.
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3On Martin O'Malley's religion.
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24"Americans Continue to Shift Left on Key Moral Issues". Related: Nebraska is the first conservative state to ban the death penalty in 40 years, over the governor's veto and Idaho's 20-week abortion ban is ruled unconstitutional.
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13The clown car can never get too full.
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28Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act expires [2] [3].
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24I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How
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21The thing about libertarianism is that we already tried it. Sixteen tons, and what do you get?
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15Not wanting the GOP to have all the primary fun, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley has just launched his bid to secure the Democratic nomination for president.
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17The human heart can taste bitterness. Who knew?
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26Russia goes after grammar Nazis Not The Onion
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11Fewer white Christians in Ohio, other key political states.
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38Albertan creationist discovers new species of 60 million year old fish. Very important find, as fossils from this time period are rare, so knowing what types of species were around right after the dinosaurs mostly died off could give some more insight as to the conditions of the Earth at this time.
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23Hasidic Jews in North London call women driving their children to school immodest
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18Man loses job, drinks, and lies in bed with a knife. Girlfriend wants him taken to a hospital, and calls non-emergency dispatch. You know the rest.
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23At this point, EA is clearly just trolling the gators.
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26Teens are fleeing religion like never before: Massive new study exposes religion’s decline. “Unlike previous studies, ours is able to show that millennials’ lower religious involvement is due to cultural change, not to millennials being young and unsettled.”
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12George Pataki has decided to do the en vogue thing and seek the Republican nomination to run for president. (If, like most Americans, you're scratching your head: he's a former governor of New York.)
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22Rand Paul: Republican War Hawks created ISIS.
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14Frothy Bottom decides to have another go at the circus.
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26Surely FIFA isn't bent! (Much!)
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28Homophobic troll banished from Twitter. And there was much rejoicing.
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35NASA announces a mission to Europa.
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12Vatican Bank Profits Soar As Recovery, Reform Continue
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38Josh Duggar has two more supporters: Ray Comfort (because Josh wasn't really a Christian when he diddled those little girls) and Eric Hovind ("because what one evolved bag of molecules does to another bag of molecules just doesn’t really matter.") Then again, we are talking about people who believe the world was populated - twice - via incest.
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19France and Germany do the only sensible thing, after Dave Cameron has won his election, agreeing to propose closer eurozone ties at the very EU summit at which Cameron seeks to bring forth his demands for looser treaties.
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42John Nash, game theorist with a beautiful mind, has been killed in a motor vehicle accident.
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35An update to the Duggar sex scandal, Huckabee-appointed judge Stacy Zimmerman orders the case report against Josh Duggar to be destroyed, because one of the victims had filed for it in court in order to protect her identity.
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91The people have spoken. The Irish have voted overwhelmingly in favour of marriage equality.
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21"We don't give a shit about this or any of you." Did Chris Christie just announce he's not running for President?
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49Josh Duggar, member of the entirely too large Duggar family and former executive director of FRC Action, is accused of molesting at least five minors, including his sisters. Update: And The Huckster himself has come out in support of the family while saying the media is "sensationalizing" the story. How the Duggars homeschooled their children about sexual abuse. Additionally, the faith healer (and family friend) who counseled Josh quit the center he ran, amid allegations he'd molested more than 30 young girls.
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2Chinese translation app looks into the souls of Republicans – in pictures
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11The TPP passes in the Senate with strong Republican support. Though the Tea Party and House Democrats may not pass it.
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14DAESH has captured the ancient city of Palmyra. There are no reports of destruction as of yet.
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30The links between religious beliefs and acceptance of evolution and climate change - charted.
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15"Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, sounds like a Republican candidate for president."
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24Five of the world's largest banks are to pay fines for manipulating the foreign exchange market.
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48House Democrats introduce bill to ban gay conversion therapy, while 60% of Americans support marriage equality.
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34Former congressional candidate admits plot to massacre local Muslims.
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30After Louisiana's legislators shot down the proposed "hate the gays, because Jesus" law, Bobby Jindal is pushing through his own version, via executive order.
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261,400 people, including 135 media personalities, 76 politicians and 43 musicians, under investigation for kiddy-fiddling in the UK.
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33Once again, Grindr is the undoing of a man who made a living attacking homosexuals' rights.
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14"Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits"
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16The Ireland vote on marriage equality begins.
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6Eating the wrong shellfish could give you temporary amnesia. We expect people will use Leviticus 11:12 for fearmongering very soon.
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19Bill O'Reilly accused of domestic violence in child custody battle
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28In the latest from the Clown Car of Candidates, Ben Carson says he only passed his College Chemistry final exam because God gave him the answers, and Jeb Bush has no problem with refusing to serve gay couples on religious grounds.
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29"Satanic Temple abortion battle may become class action, lawyer says"
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28Illinois House resoundingly rejects right-to-work legislation, 76 no, 37 present, 0 yes (out of 118).
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29When will white community leaders speak out against this sort of white-on-white gang violence that is tearing the European-American community apart? If only these disaffected people, who probably grew up without strong father figures, would dress normally and stay in school.
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11The US Navy begins policy of discrimination against goats.
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23While Syrian forces push DAESH away from Palmyra, US special forces assassinate a senior commander, take his wife captive, and free their Yazidi slave.
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28A new low for UKIP as one of their protest group infiltrators is accused of encouraging and committing vandalism so the party could complain the election was unfair.
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32Not to be outdone by Kansas, Wisconsin Republicans ban food stamp recipients from buying ketchup, soup, pickles, canned peas, imported cheese, tuna, rice, any type of spice, and many other foods.
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43Irish referendum to establish same-sex marriage in two weeks. 78% (+/- 1%) support it. The referendum is the first countrywide referendum to establish same-sex marriage rights in the world.
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32A Texas bill would have prevented Texas from spending money to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Texas Democrats "chub"ed it to death.
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16BB King dead.
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20Spurred by a poll of its users and several high-profile cases on the Internet, Reddit has implemented a new anti-harassment policy. Some users are expressing anger over it, claiming it's too vague, stifling of free speech, or merely an advertising ploy.
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20House Republicans approve a bill banning most late term abortion.
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5John Bolton will not be running for president in 2016.
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22 No one can take free speech away from sexist slease-bags, but more and more are paying a steep price for their asshatry. Canadian employee and FHRITP heckler fired from high paying job for harassing and sexually trash talking a female reporter. Trying to impress friends through YouTube, he is now plastered on the internet with his name synonomous with dumbass.
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36Pope Francis has officially recognized Palestine.
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38British Prime Minister David Cameron declares "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'.".
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11Fears of another civil war rise in Macedonia after a battle breaks out with ethnic Albanians.
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12Following weeks of protests against an unconstitutional third term election bid, a coup attempt against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has been launched, with Army General Godefroid Nyombare already claiming success. A spokesperson for Nkurunziza has dismissed the announcement as "a joke".
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56California court rules that abstinence-only sex education is "medically inaccurate" and therefore unlawful under state law.
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19"O’Reilly: Secular Growth in U.S. Could Lead Us to Collapse Like the Roman Empire".
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12"Third atheist blogger in Bangladesh hacked to death by radical Islamists AQIS".
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27Remember when scientists used to burn people at the stake for disagreeing with objectively verifiable facts? No, us neither. But Sen. Elbert Guillory (R-LA) does
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11Shell is now allowed to drill in the Arctic Ocean
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15Senate Dems block fast track of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty.
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-15Psychologist: Will RM8,750 Islamic ‘anti-hysteria kit’ work for everyone?
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17NCLB-like requirements that schools improve test scores hurts actual student learning
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-6A black man in Georgia has been found hanged.
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23"Behind America's seismic shifts on transgenderism, loving parents".
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4The BBC reminds us how ineffective impersonation is compared to other forms of vote fraud.
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7George Zimmerman shot in the face during a road rage incident. Reportedly minor injuries.
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9Bush (Jeb this time) thinks the War in Iraq was a good idea.
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12Focus on the Family's James Dobson blames women for baiting their husbands into beating them.
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15For this mother's day, advocate for paternity leave. John Oliver talks about family leave.
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15Congress declares that they have 'Congressional privilege' on investigations on insider trading and the FEC won't be able to control corruption in the upcoming election, but don't worry you couldn't vote them out even if you wanted to.
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1And now for something to lighten the mood from our usual depressing discourse of idiocracy - Prince Harry at the pub, and slumming it overnight
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13A University of Western Australia cost-benefit analysis concludes that Bjørn Lomborg's centre for cost-benefit analyses is not worth hosting (despite Tony Abbott's assistance). He should be pleased.
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25"Jobless rate at 7-year low as US gains 223,000 jobs in April".
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26Homosexual and bisexual youth more likely to be bullied, even before they determine their sexual identity.
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13Former 15-year-old Canadian Citizen Cuban Disneyland detainee SuperLegitimately Convicted terrrrrrrrrorist Omar Khadr is now out on bail after 13 years. CBC perspective. Totally rational and completely sane point of view. Maclean's Magazine POV with a pretty damned good perspective on scapegoating.
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17Fallout from the 2015 UK elections: Ed Milliband (Labour), Nick Clegg (Lib Dems) and Nigel Farage (UKIP) have resigned as their respective parties' leaders. TL;DR: the Tories won a majority. Update: Farage stays.
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15Stephen Colbert funds every DonorsChoose.org project in his home state of South Carolina, to the tune of approximately $800,000.
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16The Al-Qaeda leader who claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attacks has been killed
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16Your phone data doesn't belong to you.
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16Je suis insulté: Despite the controversy, officials of Granby, Quebec have expanded regulations banning insulting police or municipal officials to the Internet and social media. (Malgré la controverse, les élus de la Ville de Granby au Québec ont modifié leur règlement sur les injures envers la police ou les employés municipaux pour l'appliquer à Internet et aux réseaux sociaux.)
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32NSA Bulk surveillance deemed unauthorised by U.S. court.
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5Terror-bill: Canadian Anti-Terrorism Bill C-51 passes in House of Commons.
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40 Nebraska woman sues all homosexuals for breaking "religious and moral laws". Asks secular court to declare homosexuality a sin.........seriously! UPDATE: Thrown out on grounds of "plaintiff filing the suit was not God’s spokesman."
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27Iran bans "homosexual" and "devil-worshipping" hairstyles
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26An aide to California's attorney-general and two accomplices arrested for running a rogue police force they claimed was 3,000 years old, had jurisdiction in 33 states, and was descended from the Knights Templar. BONUS link: The Masonic Police website.
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10"IRS Is Sued For Investigating Churches".
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-21"Entire Bible being read aloud on US Capitol steps".
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33Alberta's New Democratic Party wrests the most conservative province in Canada from the Tories. Jump for joy!
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28Supreme Court rejects appeal of gay conversion therapy ban.
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22Another UKIP MP candidate has been suspended, just two days before the General Election. This time candidate "Blay" was recorded by the press attacking his Conservative rival's father for being a hard-working accountant benefit-sponging Tamil refugee (Tamil apparently being the worse of the two), and then threatening to murder his rival should he become Prime Minister.
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37Rubella has been officially eradicated from the Americas. So everyone please get the fucking MMR vaccine so it doesn't come back!
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6Saudi-led coalition drops U.S.-made cluster bombs in Yemen.
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24Failed Christian shoe promoter makes anti-gay first-person shooter.
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13Mike Huckabee decides to have another try for the top job.
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38A majority of Americans believe that wealth should be redistributed by taxing the rich.
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9"Supreme Court justices appear divided on gay marriage".
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28GOP-led house overturns DC law, thus allowing employers to fire women for using birth control. And because it's DC, if the Senate passes it, Obama can't veto.
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34Two Islamists tried to shoot up a "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest" in Texas, police shot them dead.
By the by: The event was organized by Pamela Geller and Geert Wilders was there, too
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5Native Hawaiian panel withdraws support for the Mauna Kea volcano Thirty-Meter Telescope in response to weeks of religious protests, further delaying construction of the project.
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25Just days before the General Election and a UKIP candidate has already been suspended for controversial comments regarding the White extinction hypothesis in South Africa and Europe, and possibly antisemitic comments regarding how a number of Jewish politicians with "divided loyalties" are destroying Europe. He insists these were political comments about liberals with no racial suggestions intended.
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63UPDATE on the Freddy Gray situation : All six officers involved in the incident are now facing criminal charges ranging from 2nd degree murder to assault and false imprisonment. Claims that Gray was carrying an illegal switchblade have also been found to be false.

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13The O hath spoken: Harpo Productions will be changing Dr. Oz's widely broadcast radio segment to Internet-only, replacing it with "A Better Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta."
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57Bernie Sanders is officially running
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23The Republicans want to end the birthright citizenship.
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28Texas governor Greg Abbott to deploy the Texas State Guard to supervise the US Army's Jade Helm exercises so Texans know "their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed". Political posturing or is Alex Jones an adviser to Abbott?
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29A Republican politician. A vote against gay rights. Grindr. Put it together yourself.
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38Ahead of the UK General Election next week, the Torygraph publishes a list of "5,000 small business owners" signing a letter of support for the Conservative Party. A little analysis reveals it to be a crock of shit, directly elicited by Tory canvassers/spammers and padded with duplicate and fraudulent entries, liquidated businesses, charities, menial staff and party stooges.
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28After being told that 28% of UKIP supporters in a survey are racially prejudiced, Nigel Farage shifts the discussion to how the real racists are the Scots.
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20In an attempt to "cherish our Judeo-Christian heritage", the UKIP manifesto outlines its need to protect homophobes concerned traditional Christians Jews and Muslims from anti-discrimination laws biased views so they can make their beliefs known in the workplace.
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19The Northern Irish Assembly rejects same-sex marriages at 49-47 votes against, with only 4 of the 53 unionists voting in favour. Along with this, a senior member of the DUP has received complaints from lesbian couples he canvassed.
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19The Freddie Gray protests in Baltimore are taking a turn for the worse. Amidst a Baltimore City Fire Dep't hose being slashed by protesters, and journalists being attacked by both rioters and police, the Governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency, and a city-wide curfew is now in effect.
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22"Researchers have found evidence of attempts by the tobacco industry to reinterpret Islamic teaching to make smoking acceptable to Muslims and to help develop markets in countries with large Muslim populations." Reinterpreting scripture, just as the profit prophet wanted!
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17Another day, another bullet flying in an American school. No deaths thanks to staff.
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22Posters stating "Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah" to appear on NYC subways and buses, sponsored by a pro-Israel organization.
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27Catholic Church fights bill that would allow victims of child sex abuse to file a lawsuit past the standard statute of limitations.
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31Evidence Louisiana teachers and school board members conspired to teach creationism.
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10Northern Cyprus elects mid-leftist Akinci for president. He wants to pick up talks for reunification which had been put on hold in October because of a row about gas deposits.
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17Starting on Tuesday, the University of Queensland will be offering a free online course on demolishing climate change denialists with your bare hands.
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35The Comcast and Time Warner merger has died.
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24The Senate passes a bill on human trafficking, but the Republicans have attached an anti-abortion bill to it.
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13Racism kills a lot of people.
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32In the name of political correctness, school principal and photographer erase the word feminist from an eighth-grader's shirt.
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21The University of Alabama elects its first black SGA president in 39 years. The SGA Senate refuses to confirm any of his appointments, preventing the consideration of any other business. Sound familiar?
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19Relevant to this site: Amazon.com will help you rent goats.
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19The USA is not the only western country where "white" police like to visit violence on "black" youth..
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24Turns out non-violent garden-variety loons can be found among Western Muslims too - Islamic school principal in Australia bans girls from running sports in case they lose their virginity! (Also thinks ISIS is a plot by Western countries.)
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20More on the FDA's homeopathy inquiry.
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26US uninsured rate drops to 11.9%. Thanks, Obama.
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34"None of it's true," says wellness blogger who claimed to have beaten cancer by changing her diet.
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40"Being an atheist isn't bad for your mental health, new study says"
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17"1.5 Million Missing Black Men"
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71In a massive study involving 95,000 children, researchers have confirmed that there is no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism, even in high-risk populations. Focus is now shifting on studying the effectiveness of the drinking of water as a preventative measure against dehydration, and whether or not the habitual inhalation of oxygen is an effective deterrent against death.
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23Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi said to be in a critical condition following an airstrike.
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22The FBI admits to using flawed hair analysis for decades. Meanwhile, Americans who support the death penalty are unconcerned if innocent people are killed.
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14Is America beginning to accept atheists? ( Probably not, but hey.)
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23And here we go again. Man somehow has spine severed by police while being arrested "without force or incident".
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6John West and Kim Frederick, two Hillary Clinton backers, come up with a list of words they claim constitute "coded sexism". "Sexist words, they say, include 'polarizing, calculating, disingenuous, insincere, ambitious, inevitable, entitled, over confident...'". What happens next is no less brilliant for being predictable.
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28Mehmet Oz gets some love from his fellow physicians. He's also been shilling for Sony.
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37FDA announces public hearing on regulation of homeopathy, Center for Inquiry invited to testify.
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19Kentucky judge rules against gay marriage ban, stays his order until SCOTUS ruling.
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16Sounds like science fiction: Using a laser designed for particle accelerators to deorbit space debris from the ISS
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52Chimpanzees in Fongoli, Senegal, have invented spears.
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15U.S. House, Senate pass HR2. HR2 (among other things) continues federal funding for "personal responsibility" sexual education at $75 mil/year and increases funding for abstinence-out-of-marriage education from $50 mil/year to $75 mil/year.
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12New Star Wars trailer
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21SpaceX "lands" their Falcon 9... and it promptly falls over sideways.
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42In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada rules that prayers at city council meetings are a violation of freedom of religion. (Link to judgment)
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26Iran appoints first female ambassador since the Islamic revolution. (This article also serves as a good overview of women's status in Iran today.)
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25‘You’re just a 10-foot-tall crybaby’. John Stossel defends secularism on Fox News.
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15European Commission to announce antitrust charges against Google
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12Barack Obama plans to remove Cuba from “state sponsors of terrorism” list.
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21Parents flee to Mexico after starving and trying to resurrect their "demon-possessed" baby.
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39Florida Governor Scott takes his anti-science purge to the next level with mental screening and all for Floridan officials who utter "climate change" or "global warming".
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2Barack Obama proposes mandatory voting as a solution to low voter turnout. There are doubts it would change anything.
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2Marco Rubio: Now running for US President.
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21Whoa. The universe might not be expanding as fast as we thought. Meaning there might not be as much dark energy as previously thought.
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31Nigel Farage has been called to the field of honor.
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43To the immense surprise of absolutely nobody, Hillary Clinton is running for president.
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62Anti-vax mother changes her mind after all 7 of her children get whooping cough. And is quite brave to be public about it IMO.
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9Slate: The War to Preserve Slavery ended later than we think
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30Tony Abbott's government goes into stopped clock mode and stops childcare payments for anti-vaccinators.
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32Pope Francis calls Armenian WW1 killings 'genocide'. Now just wait for Turkey's officialdom to to go haywire.
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36Rand Paul throws hissy fit when questioned by a journalist, for the third time in a week.
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49According to a new poll, most Americans do not support ‘religious freedom’ laws.
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-25This just in: Former 49ers coach wants to watch neocon Oscar bait after a screening of it was canceled due to protestors. Naturally, the comments sections is full of pure uncut anti-intellectualism.
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27Terrible human being Todd Kincannon, who once hoped that Ray Rice's girlfriend "learned her lesson when he beat her," arrested for domestic violence.
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30And not to be outdone, Christian doctors in Ontario are fighting for the right to refuse treatment, on religious grounds.
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24Another entrant in the race to be "the worst kind of human on the planet:" A 2013 bill in Tennessee would allow Christian counselors to reject suicidal LGBT students.
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50Barack Obama calls for end to 'conversion therapies' for LGBT youth
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10Iran calls out 5 nuclear powers on their utter failure to eliminate stockpiles; Russia and China hop on the bandwagon to amp up pressure for Western nations to disarm.
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28CH3CN found in baby star system, with potential implications for likelihood of life forming elsewhere.
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18Human ignorance can be lethal... for baby tortoises.
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24Black man pulled over by cops in 'Merica. You just know it didn't end well.
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17Transitional life ....and it's not even a fossil (yet).
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22Rand Paul: now running for president.
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12The brontosaurus may be coming back.
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28A GOP congressman who sponsored H.R.718 (aka, the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013) has an unmarried 17-year-old daughter. Can you guess the next part of this story?
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24Last Week Tonight interviews Edward Snowden, and has him explain NSA surveillance via the only metaphor many Americans will actually understand: your naked pics. (Writeup.)
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23God Allah joins anti-ISIS coalition.
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22Putin and Le Pen sitting in a tree...
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33Indiana convicts a woman for the murder of her own fetus. 38 states have fetal murder laws. Prosecuters use a discredited technique to convict her of murder. The technique is from the seventeenth century and has been used in other cases with serious risk of miscarriage of justice.
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35Anthony Ray Hinton is yet another African American victim of miscarriage of justice. Hinton was released after almost 30 years enduring the harsh conditions on Alabama's death row. Experts maintained for 12 years the guns Hinton was accused of using did not match evidence in the murder cases but authorities chose to ignore this.
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28The white skin of Europeans is a recent evolutionary innovation that was rare until around 6,000 years ago. It has absolutely nothing to do with other things that are being referenced to as "6000 years ago"
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16Al-Shabaab militants kill 147 students at a Kenyan university.
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31A historic agreement is in the works with Iran including getting them to agree to step back their nuclear development plans in exchange for lifting lots of sanctions.
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23A Canadian Conservative MP quits the party to sit as an independent in order to speak freely about his creationist beliefs
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19Qatari sports club accused of coercing migrant workers into running a half-marathon in jeans and flip-flops in an attempt to beat a world record. No, this isn't an April Fools story.
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15Paper about plagiarism detection redacted for... plagiarism.
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5Want a tricorder? Using rapid filter changes on a smartphone camera to do spectral analysis, and identify composition of substances at a distance.

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30In what can only be described as a backhand by the invisible hand, a labor union becomes first to pull conference from Indy
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14Enoch "Rivers of Blood" Powell now being investigated as part of the historic Westminster paedophile ring. Rumours of him being part of a satanic ritual abuse ring may still be bullshit.
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14One dead, two injured after vehicle attempted to ram the entry gates of the NSA campus in Ft. Meade, MD.
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29Anything Indiana can do, Florida can do worse. Way, way worse.
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14Noah way!! Guess who's replacing Jon Stewart...
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26“Yes, we took her and we raped her. So what?” – At least 54 Colombian girls sexually abused by immune US military
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17Remember how Boehner invited Bibi to Congress and to mess with the nuclear negotiations? Totally Obama's fault.
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24Ted Cruz grew up listening to classic rock. 9/11 changed everything. He either likes country music, or country music makes him feel like a glass being yelled at by Ella Fitzgerald
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12Christianity, pederasty and obesity
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19Stupid shit Republicans did this week #4346567: Sen. David Vitter (R-La) filed an amendment with the Senate Budget Committee that would "strike out a provision that makes it easier for Washington elites to force Americans to give up their dollar bills and use dollar coins, like Europeans."
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24For once, health professionals get the credit they deserve, as British medic cured of Ebola.
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24Indiana Republican governor Mike Pence signs Religious Freedom Bill into law.
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13Bowe Bergdahl charged with desertion; the army's (unreleased) interview purportedly clears him of attempting to aid the Taliban, of the claim that soldiers had died while searching for him, and of his seeking to desert indefinitely.
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15U.S. Army apologizes for (lack of) treatment of their members who became victims of chemical weapons in Iraq.
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16Airlines change cockpit rules after co-pilot blamed for Germanwings crash
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26Apparently, Obama was really pissed at Netanyahu, as he has declassified a formerly top-secret, detailed document (from 1987) on Israel's neither confirmed nor denied nuclear weapons program, thereby allowing it to become public through a FOIA request. That happened just before this dude spoke to congress (before the Israeli election). (Full PDF)
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20How long will life survive on Earth?
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31Ted Cruz: 'Global Warming alarmists are the equivalent of the Flat-Earthers'.
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14Turns out Jeremy Clarkson is an asshole
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11The Empire has captured Tataouine.
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35A headline only America could generate: End-times-themed Christian band arrested, after fatal shoot-out with cops, outside Walmart.
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6It seems Benny Hinn can't heal himself.
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15You need to pay a fine to exercise your liberty of not trolling attending Ted Cruz's speech about running for president at Liberty University.
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25Indiana could lose massive gamer convention as protest against anti-gay bill, cost state approximately $50 million. UPDATE: The bill is in, the con will stay as long as contracts require, with an implication of relocation in 2020.
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27Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has come under fire for making very offensive comme-- Wait, isn't this an old news story? Oh, no, it's happened again, this time towards atheists. Oh dear.
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25Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the French Alps. Unfortunately, no reported survivors.
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16Scientific knowledge continues to evolve: "Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About"
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15Ted Cruz shows off his fantastic political integrity by opting to sign up for Obamacare, saying "we should follow the text of the law".
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15Riposte to California's "Kill the Gays" act: The Intolerant Jackass Act
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13Inexplicable WTF of Americans, part umpteen: Ejaculating into coworker's coffee is not a sex crime in Minnesota.
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23The World still has a long way to go: The Japanese contestant for "Miss Universe" is being criticized for not being Japanese enough.
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11The biggest obstacle to acceptance of nuclear power is the lies the industry tells. Fukushima DID melt down.
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12Cameron says he won't run for a third time if he wins a second term in May.
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15Getting gold from shit. A new take on "Where there's muck there's brass!"
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48The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will deny funds to states whose governors refuse to acknowledge climate change.
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33The Clown Car of Candidates, 2016 edition, is underway, as Ted Cruz officially throws his hat into the ring.
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19Lee Kuan Yew, the autocratic founder and architect of modern Singapore, has passed away.
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26Senate hearing has a little fun with a Florida official who, by decree, can't say 'Climate Change'
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13Useful context on the Iran nuclear deal: Analysts worry whether it could impede (US) weapon sales. But stay relaxed: “According to Hewson [Lockheed CEO], ‘A lot of volatility, a lot of instability, a lot of things that are happening’ in both the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region means both are ‘growth areas’ for Lockheed Martin.”
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21California's ballot initiative process at its very finest
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23Mississippi passes the "Jesus Take The Wheel" bill, in an apparent attempt to kill off church congregations by letting them use actually-unqualified bus drivers. 'Cos not knowing how to drive a several-ton misguided missile is just fine if God is on your side!
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16Attempts in explaining the WTF of Americans, part umpteen: There are as many people who believe judgement day will be the cause of apocalypse as people who think climate change will cause said apocalypse.
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5Hypoallergenic products ain't necessarily so.
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22Validation of Skarka's Law by frat members, part 2: Defending taking naked pictures of passed-out women without their consent.
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