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[edit] September 2014

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20FUCK! The Professional Standards Authority has accredited the Society of Homeopaths as a holder of an approved voluntary register of health-care practitioners. (UK) What is this country coming to?
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26Of all the countries to ask for asylum, North Korea is a pretty shitty choice.
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22Russia sets the bar for hypocrisy impossibly high.
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9Oh, did you head back to the Appalachian Trail, Sanford?
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36Part 3 of Atlas Shrugged has been drop-kicked into 242 US theaters. Critics at The Hollywood Reporter, io9.com, and The Arizona Republic are underwhelmed. Reason offers a 29-minute video by the producers. The producer previewed the movie at a Florida art school -- then complained that critics have judged the trilogy on its shitty production values instead of its message, because "attacking its underlying message...would be unethical."
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29Please describe Ted Cruz and his followers with one adjective.
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20This couple had to travel out of state to marry. One of them dies in a car accident. Do you think the mother of the deceased is gracious and accepting of her son? Eff no, she's fighting the widower every way she can, because Jesus: "I am a devout Christian and I am deeply disturbed that the death of my son David is being used by Dr. Paul Hard to advance the cause of same-sex marriage. I did not agree with all of the decisions that my son made, but I loved him very much and we always had a good relationship. It is wrong for David’s death to be used in this manner."
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22A gay kid takes his life after being harassed and bullied by his school in Bogotá, Colombia. This includes the school stealing his phone, where they discovered some "boy kiss boy" (no more naughty than that) pictures.
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9Putin's days are now limited. (Time to start thinking about the unintended consequences.)
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-12Effective immediately, the mods at r/UpliftingNews have bannned all HuffPo links because "a few of the Huffington Post Good News Editors have been sourcing stories from this subreddit for quite a while without any attribution to r/UpliftingNews, to reddit.com and in some cases, even to the original journalists or bloggers whose stories were shared here (and in other subreddits)."
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10Crazification factor alert: Der Crack-Bürgermeister drops out of the 2014 Toronto election due to severe health concerns, leaving his even nuttier brother to run for him at the last minute. (There will be no Canadian Marion Berry.)
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9[1] The reverend Ian Paisley dies.
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47Well, gosh: crocoduck just showed up. Guess evolution must be true, then.
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17Truthers blow big money on ad space in Times Square to promote their "controlled demolition" conspiracy theory
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8One consolation to gun control inaction in the United States: Amusing failures of NRA logic.
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15President Obama authorises the usage of airstrikes in Syria to combat ISIS.
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21CALM launch suicide awareness #ManDown campaign in Liverpool
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24We're in the middle of the worst Ebola outbreak ever. Three guesses what the Republicans' knee-jerk response is, when the White House asks for more funding...
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34Republican Senator from Georgia complains about excessive black voting, stating his preference for "educated voters".
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11First Donald Sterling, now Ray Rice: Who would ever think that TMZ would make discriminatory sports organizations cower in fear?
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18The LA Times, now AP, reporter who cleared all his CIA stories with the CIA.
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-27Recent controversial DNA analysis not yet peer reviewed "reveals the possible identity of Jack the Ripper."
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10"...I just wonder if by allowing these children to run rampant and post whatever they feel will cause the most collateral damage."
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10The New York Times: "Hello, Brookings Institution, Atlantic Council, CSIS, CGD and other think tanks. Goodbye."
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36Atheist Airman rejected for reenlistment because he won't swear "so help me god" oath.
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30CSIRO (Australia's national science body) is only 99.999% certain that global warming is caused by humans. Still not a 100% consensus!
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25Brooklyn man arrested under suspicion of threatening to decapitate Arab-Americans as retribution over recent executions.
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19Homeopathic Ebola drugs to be supplied at no cost to Liberia
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25The CDC just nuked some of the more frequent MRA claims.
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-8RIP Joan Rivers.
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25Paleontologists have uncovered what they are calling Dreadnoughtus schrani, quite possibly the largest dinosaur discovered to date.
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14Rand Paul, Philosophiser.
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23It's life Jim, but not as we know it.
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28Virginia "family values" governor McDonnell guilty of corruption
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27What's not the matter with Kansas? A Democrat attempts to drop out of the Senate race to prevent the GOP from winning control of Congress. The RNC flips a table.
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24South Africa refuses Dalai Lama visa for Nobel summit for the third time in five years, under pretext of not making China pissy. China says, "Thanks!"
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43Two North Carolina black brothers have been released after rotting over 30 years on death row for a crime another man did. The police bullied them into making false confessions. Their father thanks Jesus they are out. Oh, BTW, Justice Scalia previously used this case as an argument for capital punishment.

[edit] August 2014

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14Well, what do you know? Putin is viewing the Ukraine crisis like American conservatives viewed the situation in Iraq.
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38"Bible Belt leads the nation in consumption of gay porn." The joke writes itself.
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14Texas: Axe the tax and let the National Guard visit the food bank.
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29Fox News host wants Putin as president to get things 'done right'Not the Onion
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50A kid tries to come out as gay. His family is less than understanding. Watch the video only if you want to feel depressed. The last couple of minutes are particularly painful. You can help him live without the bigots here if you feel moved enough.
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46Conservative 7th Circuit Judge smacks down the arguments against gay marriage one by one.
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26Well, so much for subtlety on Russia's part. Reports suggest that Russian troops are now directly aiding the separatists
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10Libya is back in clusterfuck mode.
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0In Omaha, Nebraska man committing robbery with airsoft gun fires twice at police. Popular TV "documentary" Cops sound technician dies in torrent of return fire. Blue Brotherhood claims airsoft guns sound real
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29Silicon Valley technolibertarianism and startup culture have your best interests at heart. About SLOG, Uber's program for lying to customers and fraudulently sabotaging competitors. Creative disruption!
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18Westboro Baptist Church decides to visit Iraq to protest ISIS won't be going anywhere after all. Australian comedian offers to pay for trip, changes his mind and donates $100,000 to charity (in Robin Williams' name) instead.
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37Ohio considers a law that will "prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another". Think it might be about Global Climate Change and Intelligent Design...? Said law will also de-emphasize teaching of the "scientific process".
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369-Year Old Girl Learns to Fire Fully Automatic Uzi at Arizona Shooting Range. What could possibly go wrong?
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28The heartbreaking dark side of when respected academic journals get bought: The formerly respectable journal Experimental & Clinical Cardiology will print any bullcrap you send them for $1,200.
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12Straight from the wire in Cairo: Israel and Hamas reach another truce. Meanwhile in Oakland, Palestinian supporters are blocking an Israeli commercial ship from entering the port.
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23Vermont plans to scale down the War on Drugs. They also plan to implement a single-payer healthcare system by 2017. We could say they're the liberal's version of Texas.
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37Video of now-suspended St. Louis County police officer telling attendees of an Oath Keepers meeting that (a) victims of domestic violence should save the cops time and commit murder/suicide; and (b) his faith in Jesus makes him a killer who has no qualms about it because "God did not raise me to be a coward."
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14Probably one of the reasons why most religions discourage drinking alcohol.
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17Stefan Molyneux's opposition to copyright law is firm and principled! Except when using said form of state violence to send fraudulent DMCA notices to get criticism taken down.
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21Two of the top remaining Khmer Rouge leaders are found guilty of crimes against humanity.[2]
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10Two Galileo satellites were shot into a wrong orbit.
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34Official New Zealand Govt assessment:"No health risk from Fluoride". Anti-fluoride wackos started making excuses a while ago.
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40Ebola cured in 2 American health workers. Recovered Doctor calls it a miracle, thanks God, asks for prayers for Africa, doesn't seem to remember that there was some science involved.
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32Cop waves rifle at Ferguson protestors and threatens to kill them. Has been removed from duty.
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30Fidel Castro's niece and Raúl Castro's daughter, Mariela Castro, becomes the first Cuban MP ever to find out that they can vote with 'no' in parliament. What was the issue? A law against "workplace discrimination based on gender, race and sexual orentation", which she perceived as not broad enough.
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16Who wants solarbroiled birds for breakfast/lunch?
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25The rootin', tootin', cowboy Rick Perry turns himself in.
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2Black man is shot to death by cops near Ferguson, appears to be a suicide by cop
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-10Ebola clinic looted in Liberia. In other news, natural selection is working in Liberia.
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26The US Government was trolling UFO nuts for decades.
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20Hee! Pastafarian fights for his right to wear a colander on his head in driving licence photo.
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37We're gonna miss you in 2016, Rick. (It's effectively Perry pulling a Cuomo, this time with a drunk-as-skunk DA. Interesting stuff.)
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54So, how bad is it to be an African-American in Ferguson, Missouri? In 2009, the Ferguson PD arrested and (allegedly) beat a man inside the police station after finding out that they had arrested the wrong man. Then they charged him with "property damage" -- Translation: Bleeding on their uniforms after they beat him.
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39How to end a riot? Get rid of the soldiered-up riot police.
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41Ferguson gets worse: police assault and arrest reporters attempting to cover the events unfolding in the city. Additionally, a no-fly zone is established after a police helicopter is reportedly fired upon. Update: Collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson.
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-28Are your kids bothering you to buy them the new Call of Duty game? Fly with them to a warzone like Gaza so they know what the Real Call of Duty is like.
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29Sovereign citizen nutcase shoots at police. Amazingly, is not cut down in a hail of gunfire.
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6ZOMG Skynet is upon us!
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70The wife of a Texan anti-LGBT crusader left him... for a woman.
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15Say hello to USB Type-C: It's symmetrical, so you won't be trying anymore to find the right orientation for plugging it in. Now that's a standard migration worth taking!
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4You know the joke about "good friends help you move bodies?" Seems Siri might just be that good friend. Or not.
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34Hooray for the first woman to get a Fields medal!
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41American police doing a great job this week to show that they don't have a racism problem. Update: And nobody should act surprised.
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84RIP Robin Williams. (Well, that didn't take long)
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33Texas State Supreme Court to homeschooling fundies: You still have to educate your kids even if you think the rapture is imminent.
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4Guy who thinks recorded history is literally a hoax fails to unseat alien abductee as president of the World Chess Federation. Ultracrepidarianism is a hell of a drug.
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13The things you can do with an old Macca's restaurant and a 40 year old satellite that did not die!
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13Several thousand Yazidis rescued, though not all. Obama: Air strikes will be 'long-term project'. Update: Liability to the cause continues to be a liability to the cause.
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34Rick Santorum predicted it. The CEO of a Missouri Baptist conference center tries to make it come true.
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36Cops gun down Ohio man holding toy rifle in Walmart ‘like he was not even human’. (Bonus comment: "Second amendment patriotism if you're white with a REAL AR-15, execution on the spot if you're black with a pellet gun.")
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56After two years, a documentary about vaccination, made by high school students and suppressed by anti-vaxx activists, has finally been released.
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12Berlin Sinjar Airdrop. Update: And Obama will be the fourth POTUS in a row to bomb Iraq.
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23@Armenia #ThisIsWar #MakeUMyBitch #BombsAway #Azerbaijan
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2Vice (of all sites) goes where other man/woman fear to tread: woman in the Mens Right's Movement.
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28Why do House Republicans fail to pass something so obviously in the country's best interest? Who knows. It certainly isn't racism.
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36Uh-oh. Damn scientists have been proving evolution again.
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19Comics artist uses DMCA to try to take down a blog that criticizes the way he draws women. Fortunately, rationality can take place once people talk to each other.
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16Ukrainian crisis goes from "very concerning" to "ridiculous": As invasion fears increase, Russia effectively sanctions itself.
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-5A father finds out his 10-year-old daughter has been raped. So he does what any loving father would do - tortures her to death.
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0Selective hearing God timely technical difficulties are essential to maintain foreign relations these days.
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2A glimpse of hope for human decency in Alabama
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118 Apparently, God wants food to be cheaper if you pray before eating. Well, that ended quickly.
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-111(Experimental, hard-to-produce) Ebola cure fielded. And all it took was two Americans getting infected! (Warning, article is misleading)
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31 In the United States people who are openly atheist may be attacked, spat on, turned out of the family home, sent to Bible camp and forced to be religious. there's more.
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22Benghazi: Well, that ended quickly?
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34Senator James Inhofe (R-Exxon-Mobil) gets told off by a colleague about his Global warming denial.
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-1"I wonder if it occurs to Israel that Hamas fires from near UN schools because Hamas is trying to get Israel to do exactly what it's doing."
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1Google uses technology to spot child pornography in your email without violating your privacy, then allowing authorities to use a warrant to get confirmation.
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13♫ Who ya gonna call, ♫ when yer Facebook's down? ♫ 911.
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-20Obama tries to defend torture.

[edit] July 2014

[edit] Recent Entries

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13Eric Cantor: "You can't fire me, I quit!"
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48Uganda anti gay law declared unconstitutional illegally passed. Maybe there's hope yet in the world.
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25A House bill to congratulate Pope Francis on his election and deeds to date, looks likely to flounder, because Republicans think he's too liberal.
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33The UK government has decided to display its total ignorance of technology and/or reality and is recommending that online anonymity be abolished.
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9Eric Cantor's ouster really did mean something. Ted Cruz, after all these months, is still tearing the GOP apart. (Pizza!)
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15What's a good way to lure voters? Appeal to their instinctive racism.
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44Utah blogger fired over homophones
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18This is going to be an eventful August. (US Torture Report talking points leaked) Update: The CIA: Oops.
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13Pulling a Godwin out of gun control safety laws. What could possibly go wrong?
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24State Senator Alan Hays wants to mandate the showing of Dinesh D'Souza's latest masterpiece in Florida history classes.
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-11Coming soon: Technological spirit body possession.
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35Hobby Lobby : "We refuse to give you birth control, but and you're fired if you dare to have God gives you a baby"
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23Alabama : EPA regulations are against God's Will. Update : Pray for the coal plants!
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16Wikileaks leaks super-injunction issued by Australian court that forbids any statement that "reveals, implies, suggests or alleges" involvement in bribery amongst 17 current and former top politicians of Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. The order also forbids mentioning an affidavit of a high Australian UN diplomat. Assange says, this case "concerns the subsidiaries of the Australian central bank".
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44Heroic doctor dies of ebola
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8Nate Silver finally punts Roger Pielke Jr. from FiveThirtyEight.
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21John "This impeachment talk is a Democrat-led false flag" Boehner, everyone. Even better, he's effectively calling Sarah Palin a Democrat. (Money money money money, Mahneh!)
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14South Carolina panel "compromises" on evolution.
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15Of course the NRA is all about responsibility instead of killing people. Just ignore the part where their general counsel and architect behind the deregulation of guns got away with murder. These are the "good guys with a gun"?
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15Probably, flight tickets can soon again be advertised in the USA with prices excluding taxes and other costs. Who brought this in? Well, this dude.
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25Happy birthday, NASA, and congratulations, Opportunity rover!
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24Rand Paul tells the Urban League that he's a minority, due to his ideology.
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28Hungary: led by a professional dumbass.
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26Sarah Palin is going to have her own TV channel! And her web team will be run by former Onion employees. [No, not The Onion]
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37About that minefield Ginsberg warned about in her Burwell v. Hobby Lobby dissent... The Satanic Temple is seeking a faith exemption from state abortion "counselling" laws.
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-25We can now turn pedophiles into robosexuals. What could possibly go wrong?
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37There is a campaign to free a Missouri man from rotting in prison over 20 years for Marihuana offenses. 21 similar cases exist nationwide.
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12With Verizon tumbling perpetually from one press disaster to the next: Guess who's holding and buying shares of them? FISA court judges.
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26Remember the negative ads about The Affordable Care Act and the crapload of money that was spent on those ads? What could possibly go wrong?
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27Human Rights activist John McCain condemns screwed up two-hour execution as torture.
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27The US doesn't have a monopoly on crazy politicians
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-8Depending on the source, earth is either on the verge of its sixth mass extinction event, or the event has already started. One thing agreed upon, though, is that it is definitely anthropogenic. Unless, that is, you get your (*cough*) "news" from right-wing sources like Newsmax. Upon reading sentences like "Where human density is high, you get high rates of defaunation, high incidence of rodents, and thus high levels of pathogens, which increases the risks of disease transmission," their (*sneeze*) editorial board concluded in the title of their version of the story that "PERHAPS" the cause is anthropogenic.
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28Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.) mistakes two senior officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar (respectively from the State Department and Commerce Department), for representatives of the Indian government. During a Congressional hearing.
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25I'm sorry, Young-Earthers, did you say something? I couldn't hear you over the sound of a seventy thousand year old human settlement being discovered.
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21Out of control sex geckos in space. Update: Connection restored.
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-15Women and girls in and around Mosul are the targets of a deeply disturbing fatwa. Update: May be fake.
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-2Are the people who refuse to accept climate change ill-informed? Not necessarily, a new study shows.
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19"The irony is that some of the states that have been the loudest in opposing EPA climate regulations have the most to gain in terms of actual economic interest." Guess the governor.
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60Quakers running new Underground Railroad to help LGBT folk escape Uganda.
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31What part in "Do not plagiarize under any fucking circumstances" don't you understand?
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25There's no gentle way to ease you into this... Ben Stein in sexting scandal.
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21U.S. airlines cancel all Israel flights for 24 hours after some rockets fall near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. At least one cancels them indefinitely.
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26First the individual mandate, second the religious exemptions on birth control, and so begins another effort in the courts to dismantle Obamacare — this time to cut off any subsidies for the very needy red states that didn't sign up for the state exchanges. (Check please.) Update: One thing's for sure: This is way too politically dangerous for Roberts to toy around with.
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22Last June was the hottest June on record, according to the NOAA.
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26A new study published in Cognitive Science has found that young children exposed to religion may be less likely to be able to tell the difference between fantastic fiction and reality than their secular peers.
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13Nick Griffin, Chairman President of BNP.
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18Born-again Christian is awarded €70,000 because he was fired for proselytizing at his job. The Supreme Court in Ireland found he had the right to babble on to everyone about Jeebus, because that's what his religion asks him to do.
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18The next in Westboro Baptist Church's iron sights: ... Panic! at the Disco? The Church replete with yet another terrible parody song, the Poe's Law intensifies.
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32Guess who John McCain blames for the Ukrainian plane tragedy...
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31Haggard's Law strikes again.
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23A mysterious 100-meter wide crater has appeared in the Russian Arctic.
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12"Everyone is still focused on the MH17 crash, Mr. Prime Minister." "Alright, invade Gaza." (Also, an IDF soldier risks jail time by hosting an AMA on Reddit)
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39Another Malaysian Airlines plane - nearly 300 passengers - has gone down. This time above separatist-controlled Donetsk in Ukraine. Update: *Cue Jaws theme* ("Russia may have just seen their national interests catastrophically harmed because a couple of schmucks fired off a SAM.") Whether Russia is responsible under International law is unclear.
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18Helicopter parenting now legally required.
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16Carbon tax axed in Australia in a 39-32 vote. Hell of a job, Abbott!
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42Memo to US residents with kids in public high school: If they take a business education class called "Youth Entrepreneurs" (or with texts published by YE), be forewarned that it's a front funded by Koch Industries with the goal of turning them into good little libertarians.
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36Capital punishment struck down in California
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24"Everyone is still focused on the Gaza crisis, Mr. President." "All right, sectoral sanctions on Russia." (BP and ExxonMobil: NOOOOOO) Update: Also, because this question seriously needs to be asked: "Can I still sell an AK?"
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41Climate-change denier compares the demonization of CO2 to Hitler's treatment of the Jews, because “carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”
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24Kevin Martin threatens Facebook with a lawsuit and a personal visit after it takes down several of his pages.
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21The most badass-looking flying dinosaur ever has been discovered in China. Four wings, anyone?
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23The Raelian movement tried to encourage removing the stigma associated with the swastika by putting it on an airplane banner, superimposed onto a Star of David, and sending it over a number of NY beaches. Unsurprisingly, it really doesn't fly with locals.
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11One possible solution to global warming reminds us it's there.
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22Church of England General Synod approves women bishops.
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12R.I.P. Nadine Gordimer.
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39Just when you thought humanity couldn't get worse... turning an underage rape victim into a meme...
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19Pope "admits about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles". (Caveat: "But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words." - but then they always say that when he starts to look too liberal.)
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20Kentucky church hires sex offender pastor who was "forgiven by God" of his previous actions. Any guesses on how well that worked out?
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19Because Israel-Gaza can't get any more depressing: "On both sides, there's a total lack of empathy that I've never seen before."
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22Slavoj Žižek caught plagiarising White Nationalist journal
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28New York City renames a street after George Carlin. The Church of Rome objects.
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18If you thought Aussie politics wouldn't get any weirder during the Abbott months, erm, it just did.
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26I'm a Republican, repeal Obamacare! *uses ACA* Thanks... Obama?
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33Cosmos has earned 12 Emmy nominations
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22Perverse incentives of "publish or perish": 60 articles retracted after being implicated in a peer-review and citation ring. (Discussion including someone who worked on detecting the ring.)
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23Gov. Brownback proposes doubling down on his fiscally disastrous policy of tax cuts.
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42 A group of evangelists, pretending to be gay friendly, offered free food at a Pride event, then went on to tell attendees that they will burn in Hell. More than a dozen people needed counselling after their encounter.
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14Raelians want to "reclaim the swastika," but nobody will put up their billboards.
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16Meet the Muslim-American leaders the FBI and NSA spied on for six years.
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32Brazil 1 - Germany 7. "WELL DONE..BRAVO...LONG LIVE HITLER..." Oops! Does this finally put to bed "The boys from Brazil"??
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20The Mall Galleries freaks out over a woman's pubic hair in a portrait.
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8Interesting: A sane man may actually win the Afghan presidential election.
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13"If we ever mention Ward Churchill to attack the left again, is there anything out there that will make us look like hypocrites?" "Well, it's not like controversial conservatives are being appointed to high-ranked faculty positions, you know."
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58If Obama is for environmentalism -- or anything else, for that matter -- then we're against it in the stupidest way possible.
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20Peer review at work: we have just unseen a couple of planets.
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14Richard Mellon Scaife of vast right-wing conspiracy fame is dead at 82.
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23New NSA leak: "Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power..." Say whaaaat?
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16Meanwhile in India, the police help two couples to escape the stigma of premarital sex by forcing them to get married.
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64All hail the BBC.
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39Jesus fucking Christ, Abbott.
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38One for the Haggard's Law book: Anti-gay North Carolina senator worked as a drag queen in a gay bar.
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18#Notallclergy support Hobby Lobby.
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11The thoughtcrime of the Cannibal Cop has been overturned.
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35Fox News rips off BioShock Infinite logo, irony ensues
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21Genetics just can't get any better: Neanderthal, meet Denisovan.
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22"I just wish America would be America again because it's not...they're going to take over our schools!" (Redneck uprising in California.)
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44The Nazis continue to break irony meters after 80 years.
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26Florida's gay marriage ban may be next on the chopping block. Make sure granny and grandpa have their heart medicine ready.
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26And the next domino to fall is... Kentucky.
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12School's out, but children still need to eat. [3]
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30As if Paul LePage, Maine's wingnut governor wasn't bad enough, now it's been discovered that he's been meeting with a Sovereign citizen terrorist group, and largely agrees with them.
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24The Occupy movement is still not dead - and it's manifested in a massive protest by Hong Kong citizens against the Chinese government.
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24Japan renounces pacifism, which won't have any domestic or foreign policy consequences at all.

[edit] June 2014

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1IRS shoved a giant middle finger up the ass of the Free Open Source Software community.
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12Israel-Palestine relations: November 2012 all over again.
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8Because when the SCOTUS makes the rest of the Western legal world shake their heads in disbelief, they do it in twos.
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38Corporate personhood, meet religious fundamentalism. America is the place for you. Update: The caveat, as predicted: The conservative majority seems to have inserted "get the government to fund it" as a safety valve. (Let's see if it works, because the Scientologists are coming anyway.)
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42Jenny McCarthy finally fired from not renewed for The View... along with a host who didn't know the earth was round.
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36Does anyone need a reminder that mercenaries are a bad idea? Mercenaries are a bad idea.
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15On second thought, let's intervene in Iraq as little as possible. (Here's why.)
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18The Vatican discovers most of their followers are in the cafeteria.
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15How Did the FBI Miss Over 1 Million Rapes?
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41South Carolina police chief, fired for being lesbian, reinstated.
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33Michigan State House GOP candidate: Ignore my arrests for public masturbation in other people’s cars. (Yes, he is the sole Republican candidate for the position.) WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE PEOPLE
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21The NC legislature passes a bill allowing cruelty to opossums during the New Year's week all to prevent a legal challenge to the cruel "Opossum Drop" event.
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21Another "liberal media" story: "If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV."
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22So nice to see the "Liberal media" giving Flat Earthers a voice. CNBC seeks Op-Ed on “global warming being a hoax”.
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18Male reporter molested at Men's rights conference
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15$400 billion dollars spent (the equivalent of two International Space Stations), years overdue in development, and the reality that will make every defence hawk cry.
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8Obama asks Congress for $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels
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22Responsible gun owner discharges gun on children
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24OK gun range owner insists howitzer fired safely after shell blasts house 3 miles away
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22Ukraine gives Putin the finger.
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19U.S. Supreme Court bars laws prohibiting anti-abortion activists from obstructing abortion clinic entrances while protesting. (Meanwhile, the Hobby Lobby trainwreck will be decided on Monday.)
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6If only modern Republicans had half as much integrity.
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16Things the Bush administration probably did not foresee in 2003: An independent Iraq buying fighter jets from Russia.
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9The NSA is anti-business.
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16Faux News take a dump all over... Michele Bachmann.
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19New pterosaur species found to live in social groups.
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25House GOP plan to sue Obama Administration over executive actions. (Well, if you want to prove to everyone that you're desperate, sure.)
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4716-0 the score as a federal judge throws out Indiana's anti-gay marriage laws. In addition, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
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-4Releasing lost souls and dark energy from your real estate has never been easier.
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34In a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court prohibits warrantless searches of cellphones.
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17Finland celebrates Pride Month by choosing to remain ín the 20th century.
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30King of the birthers, WND's Joseph Farah, arrested for trying to carry a loaded gun on to an airplane.
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36"An unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in state media that if the U.S. government doesn't block the release of The Interview (a comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco), it would be considered an 'act of war.'" [No, not The Onion]
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31In Nigeria you can get committed to a mental institution for being an atheist
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19How about this: Unlike Eric Cantor, Thad Cochran just survived in his primary against a flaming ball of crazy by embracing Democratic and black voters (the first time a Southern Republican may have done so in decades). And the flaming ball of crazy won't concede.
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11"Bridgegate" Episode V: The Bridge Strikes Back.
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18Men's rights group fraudulently uses the names of women's rights and queer rights organisations in charity application
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40Federal court upholds New York City school policy allowing schools to bar unvaccinated students.
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26World's Richest Third-World Country decides cholera totally isn't a thing that ever happened, and if it did then the rich are in no danger from a large pool of poor people with diseases.
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21"I'm sorry, you can't enter the Democratic National Committee headquarters right now. The staff has achieved Nirvana." (Just in time for this baby.)
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31The conservative-approved method for reducing the number of school shootings: redefine what a "school shooting" is!
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12Meet the new robot security guard new minion of your robot overlord.
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18Florida extends 'Stand Your Ground' to include warning shots. (Warning: Autoplay Video)
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22When the CIA produced demon-faced Osama bin Laden action figures
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5Japan finally outlaws child pornography. Unless it's in manga, anime or games. Oh, and you have a one year grace period to get rid of your stash.
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19Hillary Clinton, as a young lawyer, did a good job in 1975. 39 years later, manufactroversy and cant: "Why aren't you guys giving this rape victim a voice?"
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26Remember a Chicago area Tea Bagger U.S. Representative named Joe Walsh who served in the previous (2011-12) Congress? He was one of the anti-Obama crowd who slept in his U.S. Capitol office in order to avoid paying rent for a Beltway apartment. He was also famous for being a family values candidate while owing $117,000 in back child support. Well, he just got kicked off of his own right-wing radio show for being too racist on the air.
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22For years, France has been expelling tens of thousands of Roma en masse because of a racist backlash that has enveloped many European countries. Now a Roma boy has been beaten into a coma.
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32A satisfyingly low turnout for NOM's March For Marriage. (And Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage.)
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11The CDC makes a very rare fuck-up.
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14Scott Walker is totally not a crook.
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13Refusing to understand the US Consul can only do so much so quickly, and believing the US Army will release a suspected deserter without questioning him (Because Obummer), fifty bikers wish to provoke an international incident.
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11Astronomers get Venus envy, build "Extremely Large Telescope". You know, if you have to tell everyone it's big...
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7How do you catch a doomsday prepping, bomb building, murder planning fugitive? With the shakes that'll make him quake. The fries that'll cross his eyes. The burgers that...um...well, the FBI just had burgers.
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5Farewell, Paxman, ya crazy bastard.
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75The UK has officially banned creationism from being taught in science classes..
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27Someone check Glenn Beck's batteries, because his clock has STOPPED.
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14I herd u liek Goats.
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19It was bound to happen: After Native Americans wage a badass campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins, the owners now have to seriously consider it. (Speaking of patents...)
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21This is all just an effort to distract attention from Benghazi.
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16"The deadly burglary raised questions about the wisdom of Americans clergy possessing weapons."
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25Senator Claire McCaskill punches Mehmet Oz in the face! (metaphorically)
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6It's Cattle mutilation, only of sheep. In England. Probably by aliens.
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18Benefits of the nuclear option: Meet your new, gay, black federal judges.
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24I am shocked, SHOCKED to discover insider trading in this economy.
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19Antonin Scalia: school prayer is like the devil's music.
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21In the ongoing war on teachers, a judge in California resorts to statistics that are pulled out of thin air to strike down tenure.
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25Whooping Cough is now an epidemic in California. Thanks a lot anti-vaxxers!
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44Obama to sign executive order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers. Right-wing meltdown coming soon.
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10WIGO-writers will have to, over the next little while, find ways to say "It's getting worse in Iraq" without repeating themselves. Update: How about this? "Hello, Ayatollah. My enemy's enemy..."
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17Jamaica to decriminalize ganja for personal use.
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32The 15-year-old boy who engaged in a school shooting earlier this week was described by his church elder as "highly spiritual" and wrote about killing "sinners" in his diary.
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36Bitcoin, our modern-day sandbox/universe-in-a-jar of libertarian economics, finally experiences the paradox of unregulated, "free" markets. ("The knee-jerk reaction from the Bitcoin lunatic fringe will be to try to minimize the issue... It's time for a hard fork.") Update: Bitcoin's "chief scientist": If we're all going to eventually get fucked by this, you know, shit happens. *shrugs*
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32The Supreme Court of Canuckistan does it again: Warrantless collection of customer data declared unconstitutional.
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28No money to pay the truancy fines for your 7 children? We'll stick you in jail for a few days to contemplate the error of your ways. What could possibly go wrong?
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14What happens when your economic "plan" is devised by AEI hacks. Additionally, Ontario has now elected their first female Premier and the first openly gay Premier in Canada.
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24Canadian city asks provincial and federal governments to ban fetus-porn pro-life ads.
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22Things the GOP blame on Obama #76,756,463: Eric Cantor's defeat.
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28Hey, remember when we invaded Iraq? I wonder how that turned out? Not well. Not well at all.
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32The guy who shot up Las Vegas was a huge Alex Jones fan. (Bonus clog included: Jones is calling the incident a false flag staged by Harry Reid).
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40Guess which US news network has dropped all coverage of the Teabagger cop killers.
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13Some lucky copper is about to have the best day of his life.
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19Of the $830 billion the US spent on Iraq, 93% went to the Pentagon while 6% to the State Department/USAID. The results.
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45Mother of God. The House Majority Leader has lost his seat in the primary against a Teabagger. Starting in 2015, there will be zero Jewish Republicans in Congress. (There must be some quote out there pertaining to "unforseen consequences.") Update: Welcome to 1968. It's gonna be fun.
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0Canada and the USA now seem to be engaged in a competition over who can manage the most shootings.
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34No, seriously. At what point are mass shootings no longer to be considered "news", but merely every day events like car crashes?
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49Archbishop seriously claims he didn't know if raping children was against the law. Really.
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24UK Muslim extremists have been taking over schools intimidating head teachers and staff in those schools extremism was taught and girls faced discrimination.
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22South Carolina governor wishes to ban a African-American biker event, but nothing similar is said on a white biker event.
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12Sheriff bought armored car for law enforcement from army surplus; everone goes nuts one way or another.
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27Virginia GOP resorts to outright bribery of a Democratic state senator in order to derail the expansion of Obamacare and Medicare in the state. (Of course, the asshole took them up on the offer).
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20Russia keeps forgetting these aren't her colonies anymore
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-10Don't mix sport with politics, unless you are the Argentinian National Football Team.
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15Rik Mayall, a true comedy great dies, aged 56.[4] the utter utter b'stard.
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2Evolutionary biology is BLATANT MISANDRY: men evolved specifically for you to PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE! (why evolution failed to protect men from a knee in the veg basket is, presumably, the subject of a different paper altogether) Update: No, they didn't..
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19At what point, exactly, do mass shootings stop becoming "news"?
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53Belgium gives homeopathy statutory regulation. Nobody meets statutory criteria. Homeopathy effectively banned. (Still operating until the statutory guillotine falls.)
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13Turing test, passed apparently. (Update : not so much)
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25Rapes happen accidentally, according to minister Ramsevak Paikra, responsible for law and order in India’s central Chhattisgarh state.
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24Meet the post-Rick Perry Republican Party of Texas.
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18Unexpected effect of global warming #1: Exhuming Pacific War dead.
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31While we're on the subject of guns, a sovereign citizen tries to take over a Georgia courthouse, doesn't get very far.
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27Wisconsin becomes the latest state to rule in favor of marriage equality. In related news, there are now lawsuits in progress in every state that still bans same-sex marriage.
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0There's still remnants of sanity in Iran.
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15Libya apologizes for detaining a man for black magic.
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23What time is it? Campus shooting time, again! (It appears that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with... pepper spray.)
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25Three Mounties are killed, two others shot in Moncton, New Brunswick. Manhunt on for what appears to be the typical gun nut; city had zero homicides in 2012. Update: It's over. Bastard's in custody.
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33Another example of the Catholic Church's attitude towards the sanctity of life. Could be the worst example of the Magdalene laundries thus far.
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2725th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. Let's hope that it isn't suppressed for another 25.
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26So much for the NRA's apparent moment of sanity.
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20Only a Mormon can call a Mormon Mormon...
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5RIP Alexander Shulgin.
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34 And the latest moral panic is...Slenderman.
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24It's official: The era of the gas-guzzler is ending.
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21Improving the sanitation system in developing countries is important for various reasons, including privacy/safety/women's concerns, as this latest atrocity illustrates.
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41Worker in Tennessee cotton warehouse records his boss's efforts at private-enterprise segregation, complete with white-only water fountains.
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4BLATANT MISANDRY: People get themselves killed by hurricanes because they think the female-named ones are harmless. U of I and Arizona State researchers even suggest reconsidering the practice of hurricane naming. (Hurricane Asskicker? Hurricane Skullcrusher? Hurricane Poochsodomizer?)
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21Juan Carlos I continues the trend of abdicating instead of waiting til death.
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23Tomorrow could be one the EPA's most important moments. Update: Not a bad start.
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60In Pakistan, clerics issue a fatwa against honor killings.
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