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[edit] April 2014

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17Another Sovereign citizen is going to do jail time. This one's a former child star.
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-2It's nice to live in a country where a story like this will probably not last an entire news cycle, have no substantive political repercussions, or lead to anyone's resignation.
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19Canada's middle class income now surpasses the USA's. Now we can afford to eat more poutine eh?
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6Sweden the world leader in the war on drugs, where everyone is suspect.
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23Ku Klux Klan setting up 'Neighborhood Watch' in Pennsylvania town (Sound familiar?)
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3"Whiskey and water" just took on a whole new meaning...
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27[1] Swedish MP ordered chemtrail probe. Took "a few hours".
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26"The gun was in an unloaded state but did have live rounds in the magazine. We believe the three-year-old had to manipulate the action enough to chamber a live round prior to the incident occurring." How many instances of toddler-on-toddler gun crime have there been since Sandy Hook?
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21Neanderthals share about 99.84 percent of their genetics with humans. Why are we so different from them? Because there are several genetic "switches" turned on in us that were turned off in them, while others that were turned on in them are turned off in us.
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30Rush Limbaugh blames Max Blumenthal for the recent anti-semitic Kansas shootings. , spiraling off into the deep end along the way. The Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at the funerals and a counter protest is also planned.
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25Adrienne Wadewitz, who was a more valuable Wikipedia contributor than most anyone, has died. Go fix some citations in her honour.
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29Southern Poverty Law Center: Stormfront is murder capital of the Internet Full report; Guardian summary
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27GOP congressman tells low-income worker: higher minimum wage is ‘not right’.
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38"Oh no, the health care plan people voted for twice is starting to work."
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19The Koch brothers' money jar has surpassed $100 billion.
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25Marionville, Missouri Mayor Dan Clevenger "kind of agreed" with anti-Semitic alleged killer Frazier Glenn Cross. And apparently nobody cared for years.
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3Last week: Yay! No more PQ! No more separatism! No more silly headgear restrictions! This week: Quebecers may want to ask for a do-over.
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12That's nice and all, Finland. But how about finally legalizing gay marriage next?
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25Today in foreign policy: As Ukraine crisis talks begin in Geneva, Putin admits to lying about everything, this pamphlet is going around to Eastern Ukrainian Jews, and Edward Snowden gets pressed into service to shill. New: Jews are probably not being told to register
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24The ACLU: Damn we have the best legal jobs in the land. A bill that declares the Bible as Louisiana’s book of choice.
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37A victory for transgender rights: India's Supreme Court officially recognizes trans people as a distinct gender under the law.
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40It's the end of the world as we know it... again.
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6No Fly List party! (Further proof that Twitter is for idiots.)
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16Canada's most far-right Tory MP - the answer to Louie Gohmert and a former "professional clown" for James Inhofe, named Rob Anders - goes down to defeat in his own party's nomination.
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14UK: So long, farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, goodnight!
Farage: Adieu, adieu, to you and you and you.
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27Not content to limit access to abortion, birth control and voting rights, Republican politicians are now targeting divorce laws, specifically no-fault divorce statutes because divorce makes God sad.
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-4Another "False Flag Operation"? [2]
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202000 Moonies marry in mass ceremony of arranged marriages.
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22Interesting: The CIA appears to have misled Dubya himself on enhanced interrogation techniques that "failed to produce valuable intelligence" and "[was] brutal and far worse than the agency communicated to policymakers." (Full document still undergoing declassification.)
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243 shot and killed in a Kansas Jewish community center the day before Passover, perpetrator appears to be a Neo-Nazi in his 70s. Update: This is the wanker.
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24In Florida, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department decides that waiting in line for hours to vote isn't restrictive enough, and thus will close all the bathrooms at polling places. Obviously, if you can't hold it, you're just not fit to participate in democracy. Update: It appears this may have been a matter of misinterpretation.
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22A plurality of surveyed economists agree that raising the minimum wage is a good thing. Only 14% disagree.
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58In Nevada, a brave Patriot a freeloading, self-centered dipshit named Cliven Bundy lets his cattle graze on government land illegally for the past 20 years, and now the government has confiscated his cows. Tea Party and libertarian whackers too lazy to fact-check make him out to be some sort of hero, and a militia group shows up to defend him. Unsurprisingly, Alex Jones is circle jerking to the news. Update: The BLM gives in to armed protesters. Not a good precedent.
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30The Bitcoin train is running out of fuel, as mining becomes way more expensive than the payoff in coins.
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15Bizarro-world diplomacy: UN calls for Kim Jong-un to be summoned to the Hague (which it bloody well won't be able to do without a multilateral invasion force) and China appears to be gullible enough ("because stability") to embarass itself by vetoing it.
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39Manitoba woman demands that she be given the right to put the health of her kids classmates in danger and insists that Homeopathy works. The school and the Manitoba government side with science and public health.
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10Heard about the Heartbleed bug and too lazy to change all the passwords? Do it right now.
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17Kevin Trudeau goes to prison. Says he's very apologetic.
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10Sorry, but hate-spewing bigots aren't welcome here. Update: He will be allowed to speak but few are happy about it. Update 2: I guess he can't take a hint.
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21CBS: It's complete! We have harnessed the power of the Truthiness! Update: And the wingnuts are pissed.
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21Remember the "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" papyrus that the Vatican made a tizzy about? Time for more goalpost-moving.
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38700 scientists from 16 nations used the LHC to observe the beauty quark. They ended up confirming the existence of an exotic hadron that does not fit the standard quark model to 13.9 sigma. At 13.9, winning the lottery five times in one day is more probable than error. (arXiv paper)
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21kluski all round! Poles may now officially enjoy the embrace of His Noodly Appendages.
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20Pat Robertson finally gets what the Bible is about.
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5Who needs a gun to attack a school? (Warning: Autoplay video)
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-24Seymour Hersh: Turkish secret service carried out the sarin attack in Syria (August 2013) as a false flag operation, trying to provoke U.S. attack; Obama got informed about this and stayed at home for that reason. Turkey and U.S. disclaim, some independent weapons experts contradict Update: Claimed to be absolute bullshit by some bloggers.[3]
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30Mississippi students might honestly be better off with no sex-ed than what they're getting.
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31Minnesota GOP nominee running for Congress because evolution made his daughter cry
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13Quebec referenda + "Charter of Values" + Sun Media + Kosher food tax + voter fraud by Anglophone invaders + Rich Muslims from McGill segregating swimming pools = Don't let your ass hit you on the way out. (McGill: La Liberté!)
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21Star Trek actress appears in movie promoting geocentrism. (Also some people we have articles about: Michio Kaku, Lawrence Krauss, Max Tegmark) Update: She was misinformed about the content, and Krauss has also disowned it. (Expelled, anyone?)
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10The conservative answer to the pro-gay Boy Scouts doesn't like Jews either.
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7Chili's cancels charity event that would have given 10% of sales to an organization that espouses vaccine denialist bullshit.
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17Insert usual expression of shock and horror about American gun culture here.
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18When the international community learns what's in this report, Hayden, we'll see who the 'emotional' one really is. (And with slightly less coverage of Dubya's amateur paintings.)
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25Mississippi Sex Ed in 2014: You don't want to be a dirty peppermint pattie do you? Not realizing what the term "Peppermint Patty" means with respect to sex.
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26GOP candidates continue to reach out to minorities... oh... wait...
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13"The U.S. Agency for International Development masterminded the creation of a "Cuban Twitter," a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks." Also, the White House claims this wasn't a secret program, and that Congress was made aware and consenting. Congress's side of the story is very different.
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31Conservatives launch boycott of Mozilla after gays press CEO to quit
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14CBS exec #1: Well, David Letterman's retirement will leave us in a bind. Which comedian do you think can go the long-haul?
CBS exec #2: The only man who can tear apart Bill O'Reilly by telling Brian Williams to fuck off.
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24To all them freedom lovin' folks in Georgia: Don't even think of trying to feign shock when the inevitable happens.
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27Guess who profits from "abortion."
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22Hang in there, Anayasa Mahkemesi.
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31Brendan Eich steps down from Mozilla.
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29No Rick Scott, you can't remove voters from the voter rolls right before an election. That's not ok.
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28Daylight saving claims another victim.
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19Dietary supplement linked to almost 100 cases of hepatitis.
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29Toxic mix of two of the US' unresolved crises: an Iraq veteran with PTSD buys a .45, then kills three people at Fort Hood, wounds 16 and commits suicide.
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14Uh oh. All non-ISS related NASA-Roscosmos ties have been severed.
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30The Roberts Court is now in extreme retrograde.
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35Affluenza may be becoming a pandemic
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33Right-wing nutter arrested for planning a bombing campaign "to restore America Pre-Constitutionally and look forward to stopping the Regime with action by bloodshed."
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35Glenn Beck's chickens are coming home to roost.

[edit] March 2014

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36SC state senate crushes little girl's hopes and dreams.
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10Rand Paul, the gift that keeps on giving.
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15Kimmy is in a tantrum again. Must be time for more food subsidies.
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43A four year old Oregon boy was beaten to death because his mother thought he was growing up gay.
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7What the hell did Putin tell Obama? (Karma for the Syria diplomatic 'coup'?)
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40#CancelColbert; because some people just don't understand satire.
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19Three California state senators suspended following independent corruption charges. Sen. Yee in particular for selling illegal weapons while passing gun control legislation. Of note liberal friends: "we" do the hypocrisy and corruption thing too.
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31Conservative Iraq refugee who painted patriotic art gunned down for looking Muslim.
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22Sigh. Wednesday's meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has far more stupid than science going on (although Representative Eric Swalwell (D–CA) did manage to get in some good zingers, at least.)
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29Though it pains us all to say it: Thank you, David Cameron.
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37Tennessee's Governor signs into law what can only be described as a pretty fucked-up take on religious freedom.
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9Antonin Scalia is trying to redefine the word 'domestic assault', Todd Akin style.
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14Even Chris Christie's lawyers' take on Fort Lee scandal is not good.
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19Obama sends NSA reform to Congress, probably to put the House GOP in a hard place. In full irony, Rand Paul asks why he isn't doing it via executive power.
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54Croatian Constitutional Court upholds the constitutionality of mandatory vaccination of children, stating that the right of children to have good health is more important than the right of parents to make wrong decisions.(In English.)
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32Astronomers and cosmologists are having a great month: A "surprise discovery" soon to be announced by the European Space Observatory. Update: Everyone, meet the newest members of our solar system... the an asteroid with rings and Joe Biden!
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27As if North Korea couldn't get more outlandish. Update: It's more of a recommendation than strict order.
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38Homeopathic manufacturer recalls product because it might contain real medicine.
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44Because being transphobic is not bigoted enough, meet a school that's tomboy-phobic.
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6Condom-wrapped illegal highs, worth €40,000 were intercepted en route to the Vatican. Someone at the Vatican has a use for condoms after all.
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18Our international nightmare of CNN turning its remaining vestiges into the History Channel of News (and making a mockery out of affected relatives' lives) is finally over. (Occam's Razor.)
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12The lunar bukkake theory takes a hit.
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25Note to anti-vax parents: It's not fun to have your kid be the "last documented case" of a preventable disease in a modern state. On a brighter note, however: on March 27 India will become the most recent nation to be declared polio free! (As long as they keep the anti-vaxxers out, at any rate.)
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31My question to the Editor of the Daily Mail: Why do you deliberately suck so fucking hard at even the simplest of things?Link is to The Guardian, so no advertising monies to the Daily Heil from this link. Hooray!!!!
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17Folks counter-protesting the Westboro Baptist Church take the high road.
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14It would appear that Russian troops have attacked Ukrainian bases in Crimea.
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40Another domino falls. A U.S. district judge has overturned Michigan's bans on gay marriage and same-sex adoption.
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17The US' stance on the head of government filling Supreme Court seats with partisan, unimpartial judges: "If it gets approved in the Senate, it's fine. All presidents do it, what could go wrong?" The Canadian stance: "You are in direct violation of the Constitution. See that door behind you?" (Paragraphs 88-95 are heavenly.)
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22Mar. 17: I fart in your general direction, Obama!
Today: *crickets* Erm... shit. Shit. What are we gonna do, sanction the man the Americans call 'Orange Overlord'? Boehner: Yay!
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75Fred Phelps is dead. [4] On the UN "Day of Happiness."
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23Who is Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new pick for finance minister? A guy who claims that global warming is "exaggerated" and who said that aboriginal people would benefit from pipelines run through their "socially dysfunctional" communities.
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14So, will we get a Glenn Beck pony soon? Stopped clock I suppose...
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25Add Wyoming to the list of States where you don't want your children to be educated.
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22"Hi, I can't access my bitcoin server, but I promise that I'm totally the owner of it. Pinky swear" Oh, in that case, here you go...
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14Anything Glenn Beck can do, Caribou Barbie can do too.
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16How conspiracy theories emerge on Facebook. tl;dr Poe's law, crank magnetism.
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2Kevin Trudeau is going on a 10-year vacation.
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2Study shows that both US public and police view black kids as older, less innocent than whites. (Warning: auto play video)
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20"So we're a global warming denial institute. How do we get young urbanites to agree with us?" "Buy an organic coffee shop!"
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44The Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network is stripped of charity status over its misinformation.
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39*BICEP2 scientists shove in to Peter Higgs* Hand over the Nobel, we've just completed the theory of relativity. (Full report here and live stream here.) Update: Potentially two Nobels.
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24Crimea votes overwhelmingly to join the Russian Federation. (Putin's got some decisions to make.) Update: He's ignoring the referendum. Update #2: Oh wait, now he's recognizing it.
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47Fred Phelps has apparently been excommunicated from the WBC and is near death. Update: WBC's spokesman Stephen Drain confirms that Fred is is in a care facility.
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17After China abstains from a Russian veto at the UN (Sino-Soviet split reunion!), протесты начнутся в Москве.
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43A federal judge in Tennessee grants a preliminary injunction against the state's same-sex marriage ban in certain cases, further remarking that, "proscriptions against same-sex marriage will soon become a footnote in the annals of American history."
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15They might just have discovered themselves some Gravitational Waves.
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15How Quebec intends to sell its "Charter of Values": anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
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30Creationists attack Neil deGrasse Tyson for his blind faith in science.
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24Such exchange. So crash. Very panic. Wow.
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18Just in case you thought of the Church of England as basically benign. (National Secular Society protest petition.)
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23There may be as much water trapped deep in the earth as there is in all the world's oceans. We can't wait for the Hydroplate theory crowd to start up.
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19Remember Arizona's hate the gays religious freedom bill, that Jan Brewer vetoed? Turns out she helped work on the wording.
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13The Malaysia Airlines disappearance just got very bizarre.
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19Mr. Goatachev, tear down this wall!
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10Time to have a look into Prince Charles' mind.
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14No wonder why the Turkish government wants to ban Facebook and YouTube.
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4Comment of the day: "They'll want to put a kiwi on it, but really it should have a sheep on it. A sheep holding a rugby ball. A sheep with tattoos holding a rugby ball."
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15Porn problem: not Canadian enough.
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23Free State Project interlopers are causing civil disturbances as they attempt to take over New Hampshire. All in the name of freedom, of course.
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20Newsmax wants to start their own TV channel to compete with Fox News. "Our goal is to be a little more boomer-oriented, more information-based rather than being vituperative and polarizing,"
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43Sad news for female children in Iraq: A draft law has been approved by the Iraqi cabinet that would permit the marriage of nine-year-old girls and assert a husband’s right to insist on sexual intercourse with his wife whenever he wants. A mother also would have no rights to custody of their children after age 2.
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19The Sword of Damocles is over Putin's head.
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22Thursday saw CPAC's most important panel: Minority outreach. Look at the crowds! (A photo of this same panel room full of people exists, because the outreach panel went over its time and the room began to fill for the next scheduled talk: NRA exec Wayne LaPierre.)
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25United States of Socialist America!
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3Hot on the heels of the conspiracy about Obama wanting to nuke America, Arizona's Senate passes a Teabagger-sponsored bill to protect its citizens against an EMP that could "cast America into the Dark Ages."
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14For the sentimental: A online community helps a little girl with a 3D printed prosthesis.
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38Jason Priest is a Pro-life, Tea Party state senator in Montana. He allegedly threw his 4 year old daughter 8 feet so she landed on her head and the child had injuries consistent with this. A police officer witnessed other serious assaults, "his commitment to “protecting” the unborn is apparently not matched by an equal commitment to protect children who have been born."
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44Michele Bachmann explodes irony meters across the globe, by saying, that the Tea Party "at its core is an intellectual movement."
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15Payback's a bitch for the bro who outed the Duke porn star.
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14Thought CPAC was bad? Comments from the rival NSAS, "The Jews are the problem." Also, Obama's mind control raises its head again.
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-1So, how do you think the British would react if they found out that a right-wing billionaire had secretly owned BBC News and BBC World News since 1994? Now let's see how Americans react when they learn that PBS has been leading viewers to believe that the (MacNeil/Lehrer) NewsHour has been an in-house production for the last 20 years. (Full disclosure: Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer have had full editorial control over the NewsHour the full time. It's just that some taxpayer dollars may have made their way into the billionaire's pockets and . . . WHAT?!? Miley Cyrus said what about Katy Perry? Gotta read about that!)
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28Another psychic fraud never saw it coming.
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22The Dalai Lama now all but supports gay marriage.
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17Newsweek: "We found the creator of Bitcoin!" Satoshi Nakamoto: "Get the fuck away from me! It's not me!" Newsweek: "Shit?" Everyone else: *Facepalm* Update: And the magazine's glorious return to print is... outta here! (And the cryptocurrency itself.)
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19Countdown to wingnut response of "See, there is a international movement that agrees that Evolution is wrong, and it's not just Christians." in 3...2...1...
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15Media Matters creates new directory of wingnut lies, Mythopedia. Just in time for the Conservative Political Action Conference.
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2Not only does the CIA lie to the oversight committee, they spy on them too (possibly to figure out who told them they were lying)
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2Facebook clamps down on people using the site for illegal gun sales
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2American politics: Where the term "Establishment Republican" is now a badge of sanity. (Well, relative to the Teabaggers.)
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2Baptist pastor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, arrested for allegedly raping a woman with mental disabilities.
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2 Ah...that god fella....what a trickster.....hiding the biggest virus ever seen in the permafrost 24,000 years before creation to save it from the floods so it could be newly discovered in the thaw!
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2The Serbian Orthodox Church seeks to posthumously claim Nikola Tesla.
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18Financial regulations are unconscionable statist oppression, part two.
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18Haggard's Law of Internet Porn Filters: Patrick Rock, senior Tory involved in Internet porn filter plan, arrested on ... child porn charges.
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24Since 2011, Phoenix area cops have been arresting "lawfully detaining" sex workers and taking them to a local church where they are given the ultimatum of prison time or time in a church-run diversion program. And no they aren't allowed to meet with defense council first.
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8SCOTUS rules that merely a grand jury indictment, not an actual conviction, is enough for the government to freeze your assets.
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15If only this happened to another country that invaded a certain state for a similarly trumped-up pretext. Update: And the reaction? Ultimatum to attack! ...no, we didn't call one! What a mess, Putin.
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24Apple, Inc. to climate change deniers: fuck off. (Of course, it was probably the Comic Sans that really annoyed Tim Cook.)
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