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[edit] April 2015

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1Paper about plagiarism detection redacted for... plagiarism.
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3Want a tricorder? Using rapid filter changes on a smartphone camera to do spectral analysis, and identify composition of substances at a distance.

[edit] March 2015

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22In 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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13Enoch "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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15One dead, two injured after vehicle attempted to ram the entry gates of the NSA campus in Ft. Meade, MD.
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27Anything 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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27“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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16Remember how Boehner invited Bibi to Congress and to mess with the nuclear negotiations? Totally Obama's fault.
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22Ted 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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25For 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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14Bowe 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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21How 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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13Turns out Jeremy Clarkson is an asshole
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12The Empire has captured Tataouine.
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36A headline only America could generate: End-times-themed Christian band arrested, after fatal shoot-out with cops, outside Walmart.
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8It seems Benny Hinn can't heal himself.
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16You 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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26Indiana 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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26Duck 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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26Germanwings flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Dusseldorf has crashed in the French Alps. Unfortunately, no reported survivors.
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17Scientific 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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16Riposte to California's "Kill the Gays" act: The Intolerant Jackass Act
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14Inexplicable WTF of Americans, part umpteen: Ejaculating into coworker's coffee is not a sex crime in Minnesota.
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25The 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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12The biggest obstacle to acceptance of nuclear power is the lies the industry tells. Fukushima DID melt down.
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13Cameron says he won't run for a third time if he wins a second term in May.
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16Getting gold from shit. A new take on "Where there's muck there's brass!"
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49The 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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20Lee 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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14Useful 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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22California'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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7Hypoallergenic products ain't necessarily so.
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23Validation of Skarka's Law by frat members, part 2: Defending taking naked pictures of passed-out women without their consent.
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18What products are we making in this plant again? Oh right... fire extinguishers.
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15Daesh shows its disapproval of the Shi'ite Houthi militia by killing 126 people in Mosque bombings in Yemen.
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18You shall know them by their love. San Francisco Catholic church installs a watering system to drench sleeping homeless people. "Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy." They've apologized and will dismantle the system
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20Health Canada approves fake natural remedy, cooked up by a TV crew.
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21Hanging death of Mississippi black man being investigated by FBI and DoJ Civil Rights division.
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25Rev. Creflo Dollar asks for upwards of 60 million dollars in donations for a new "Church" jet.
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20The Hartford minor league baseball team will be named the Yard Goats.
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10Sociology professor smoking on a plane probably is a gesture of revolutionary solidarity, in these times.
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23Maybe, just maybe, if you don't use the N-word when you say "some of my best friends have been niggers." people won't pay as much attention to whatever you have been plotting.
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22An amazing story of determination versus cancer turns out to be less than advertised. Turns out making a profit from fakery can extend to App Stores.
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20Your hate speech has a messaging problem if you have trouble identifying who you hate. And the Swastika is not helping.
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15Despite trailing in the polls on the days up to the election, Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party wins 30 seats in Israeli elections, likely securing him the position of Prime Minster. What this means for international relations is not clear.
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10“Brexit would make 2m Britons abroad illegal immigrants overnight”
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29In shocking conformity with the fates of most darknet markets, Evolution Marketplace, another Silk Road successor, has vanished and its owners fled with $12 million worth of Bitcoins.
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20Jeb Bush calls for the elimination of the federal minimum wage.
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37Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises no Palestinian state if he is re-elected.
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40The scientific evidence is starting to come in, and substandard vaccination rates are almost certainly to blame for the recent measles outbreak.
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19UKIP leader Nigel Farage's election bid is to force the children of migrants out of free education for five years in order to help fund rich private schools the state.
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25Ted Cruz vows to repeal the non-existent federal legislation establishing Common Core.
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0We need moar good clothing items with guns to stop bad clothing with guns.
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9As the Syrian civil war enters its fifth year, Kerry says that the US will have to negotiate with Bashar al-Assad.
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18Two French sociologists "Sokal" the Maffesolian band of sociology.
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12Coming soon: Magnetically triggered mind brain activity control. What could possibly go wrong?
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77"Skeptic" offers 100,000 Euro reward to prove Measles is a virus (rather than psychosomatic), is ordered to pay up.
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21Listening to music affects the expression of genes in the brain. Epigenetics: Because regular genetics isn't complicated enough.
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43Kent Hovind has been found guilty of contempt, faces sentencing on June 12th. Jury not convinced of fraudulent intent.
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33Oklahoma House passes bill to prevent any non-clergy from providing marriage licenses.
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14Skarka's Law strikes again. This time defending the Oklahoma frat house racist chants.
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9Can we now please phase out incandescent bulbs[wp] when we have LED bulbs that looks almost the same in almost every way?
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79At last, Sir Terry, we must walk together. Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night. The End.
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36China tells the Dalai Lama that he will reincarnate, and on their terms too.
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16“As a matter of long-standing policy, the US does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means. Political transitions must be democratic, constitutional, peaceful and legal.”
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40Enceladus, Saturn's 6th largest moon, has a warm ocean with hydrothermal vents. This is the first ever discovered outside of Earth, and makes for the most habitable off-world environment ever found.
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15A scientific analysis of conspiracy news consumers. Highlights: Both "pro-science polarized" people and "conspiracy anti-science polarized" people form self-selecting groups, conspiracy nuts outnumber us, conspiracy nuts are far more likely to reshare conspiracy articles, pro-science people are more likely to engage contrary articles in comments or conversations.
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-27Charlie Hebdo staff posthumously named 2015 International Islamophobes of the Year by the London-based Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC)
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22Texan Teabagger newbie representative Molly White offers a bill that states that even if the SCOTUS declares gay marriage legal in Texas, Texas can ignore them.
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18Rationality isn't determined by single factor. That is to say, while individual kinds of biases and fallacies crop up recurringly for individuals, different kinds of biases have weak relationships with each other and intelligence.
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26Just how much more fucked up can a story get? Justin Harris (R-AR) and his wife first adopt two little girls, then rehomed them a year later (after first trying to return them to the Dept. of Human Services) in a house, where the older girl (6) was raped by her foster father. Now it turns out Harris performed exorcisms on the elder girl who "needed specialized care."
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28Huge meta-study by Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council finds homeopathy no better than placebos.
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16South Africa, where being on live TV doesn't stop you getting mugged.
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81After 47 GOP Senators breach federal law by writing to Iran, telling them that any nuclear deal made with Obama could be repealed by the next President, it turns out an Iranian minister knows more about international law and the US Constitution than these 47 fuckwits.
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18Fastest Star Ever Seen In The Milky Way Is Headed Out Of Our Galaxy
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35Lebanese female TV presenter tells Islamic scholar where to put it.
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22Fanta has a funny definition of the "Good Old Times."
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27First rule of Florida Department of Environmental Protection is you don't talk about whether you have a policy of not using the phrase "climate change" or "global warming" in official communication. Second rule of the Florida DEP is you don't use the phrases "climate change" or "global warming".
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37Fitness gym sides with transgender customer after a complaint is lodged against the use of her preferred washroom.
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24Great-grandaddy galaxies rediscovered.
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15Notorious British DAESH member Mohammed Emwazi (Jihadi John) reported to have been held in Tanzania for drunkenness in 2009 while trying to join al-Shabaab. Not very Muslim.
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19Boko Haram pledges allegiance to Daesh.
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24Blaming "teenage risk taking" for crime rates among youth don't make quite as much sense when poverty rates are factored in
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38Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney won the 2007 Oscar for his film about how America became very un-American after 9/11. But the obstacles he faced making that film in the waning years of Bush-Cheney were nothing compared to what he dealt with while making his new Scientology doc, Going Clear. Every single TV news network he contacted (and offered to pay) for news footage about Scientology refused to provide any, fearing endless litigation.
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22Of course all those lefties in the UK in the '80s who spoke of Thatcher and the Tories like they were barely-human in their evil were just exaggerating. Conservatives: The Party Of Fucking Children and Coverups Of Fucking Children.
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17Homeless people a problem? Let loose the wolves!
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12This is your brain on drugs.
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29Dawn is in orbit around Ceres, the first dwarf planet to receive a visitation from Earth.
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22In order to destroy any cultural distinction in the Arab states, Daesh bulldozes the ancient city of Nimrud. Hatra also.
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28As more GOP-led states try to implement religion-based discriminatory laws, we get this gem from Oklahoma State Senator Joseph Silk, "The L.G.B.T. movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions. And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends."
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26In a story just now getting national attention, the Arkansas House of Representatives (controlled by small government-loving Republicans) voted on February 23 to require people employed to work with children to "friend" their bosses on social media so that their activities can be more easily tracked.
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31Bill Nye fixes his inverse stopped clock, renouncing his anti-GMO views.
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21An appeals court rules that Applebee's is not liable for a N.J. man's burning his face while praying over a fajita skillet.
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23Count down to the religious right doing their nut in 3... 2...
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25Ben Carson throws his hat into the ring. Update: Only makes it a few hours before his first gaffe apology after saying prisons prove homosexuality is a choice. "Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight -- and when they come out, they're gay," says Carson.
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29Here's a jawbone that God put in the ground to test our faith.
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33Alabama Supreme Court tries to drag state back out of 21st century, orders probate judges to stop issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Let's see how long before they get overruled.
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21Way to go, Bibi.
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16Yucky eunuch-y business: It has come to light that Indian celebrity religious guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh convinced 400 people to castrate themselves to bring themselves closer to God in 2000.
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19The transitional animal the flying kitty weasel
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30That feeling that your opposition to the death penalty is wavering. That. Delhi rapist says victim shouldn't have fought back
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31In a surprise to pretty much everybody living here, Nebraska's Gay Marriage ban is ruled unconstitutional.
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26Meet Skeletorus and Sparklemuffin.
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28Using sales taxes (which hurt the poor) instead of property taxes (which hit the rich) to pay for education has left South Carolina with an $866 million shortfall. Everyone seems to act like fixing the problem would only make it worse.
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30Facts go in, lies come out. You can't explain that.
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23How are some relatives of Coptic Christians (with the concurrence of Franklin Graham) reacting to the recent mass beheadings by ISIS? By thanking them for starting the Apocalypse.

[edit] February 2015

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30Because "sex is priceless" and therefore has no monetary value, North Carolina's Ethics Commission has declared that sex between politicians and other people (as long as they aren't registered as a lobbyist, but can be paid for by a third party) is "not reportable as gifts or ‘reportable expenditures made for lobbying’ for purposes of the lobbying law’s expenditure reporting provisions."
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43So the Siberian permafrost is melting at an accelerating rate, releasing methane, which causes more warming. But don't worry, Jim Inhofe—who is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee—has scientifically proven that global warming doesn't exist because it snowed somewhere.
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23How hypothetical life without liquid water might work
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85Bridge? Spock here. Beam me up. UPDATE: There's Klingons off the starboard bow, starboard bow, starboard bow...
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-13Songs like "Do You Wanna Touch Me" and "I Love You Love Me Love" take on a whole new, creepy meaning as Gary Glitter gets 16 years for sexually assaulting young girls.
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31"If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the globe." The Web mocks Scott Walker's insanely dumb comment.
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19Another day, another shooting spree in US-America. Sometimes it hardly feels newsworthy anymore, especially in a state where gun deaths outnumber deaths from auto accidents.
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27"But there's no connection, and you'd be a fool and a communist to make one. There's no connection between having a gun and shooting someone with it, and NOT having a gun and NOT shooting someone."
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34Rest in peace, Ahmed Rajib Haider. An American atheist blogger has been murdered in Bangladesh, after a long series of threatening messages.
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21In Indiana (and many other US states), you don't need to kill to be a murderer. A then-16 year old could be imprisoned for 55 years, because his friend got killed by the owner of a house they broke into, presuming no-one was there.
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53Score a win for net neutrality Update: That didn't take long Update: Now verizon starts trolling.
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23The leader of UKIP's LGBT group has quit "due to disillusionment of policy direction and dissatisfaction at the failure of the leadership to set a gay-friendly tone".
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28South Korea decriminalises adultery. Condoms rise.
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23The Israel Experience With Mike Huckabee: come for the country-western star with the "Texas: We Don’t Call 911" cap, stay for the proclamation that "If you’re an enemy [of Israel], you’re in real trouble. God doesn’t change his mind about this stuff. It’s an eternal book."
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31Andrew Wakefield continues to make a career out of martyrdom and quackery, this time as an "expert witness" to the Oregon legislature.
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50Bill O'Reilly faces another ethics question after he states in Killing Kennedy he was outside the home of George de Mohrenschildt as he committed suicide in Florida (he related hearing the shotgun blast)...even though he was caught recorded on tape as being in Dallas at the time where he worked as a reporter. Also(blog) Another fabrication: O'Reilly never witnessed the murder of nuns in El Salvador
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43More Republican medical "knowledge:" Cancer is a fungus and can be flushed from the body using salt water. This from a proposed bill, offering cancer sufferers "more options." The bill's proposer is CEO of a dubious healthcare company. (The bill is a "right to try" bill being pushed in several states by the Koch-Libertarian Goldwater Institute.)
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40David Tredinnick, MP: If you don't think the NHS should use astrology for diagnosis, you're a RACIST!!
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38Ron Paul: "Black Caucus only against war because they want that money for food stamps."
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30Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says that civil liberties must be sacrificed in order to protect Australians from attacks.
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29Bill O'Reilly says he doesn't want to play anymore tries to put his scandal to rest by showing footage of other reports confirming what he said, but not that he was actually there, missing the point entirely. If that is not enough"I am coming after you with everything I have," O'Reilly told the Times. "You can take it as a threat."
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25Well, he had a fancy flip chart, so there must have been truth in it when back in 2012 Netanyahu told the UN there was an imminent nuclear threat by Iran despite his own intelligence agency having told him something different.
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39(German) As measles break out in Berlin, too, the German consumer's magazine 'Stiftung Warentest' warns of measles and calls for immunization. What follows is a bullshit storm by anti-vaxxers. The magazine reacts by refuting every factual claim with science and by debunking any imputation in a most enjoyable way.
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27It simply has no end. We now have drug-resistant malaria as well. (Lancet paper, Lancet editorial.)
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40Kirk Cameron cleans up at the Razzies.
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20As well as energy companies, guess who's been funding climate-change denier Willie Soon? That's right. And, he's been carelessly forgetting to mention the conflict of interest in his papers. $oon, however, says that he's been smeared.
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34Ethics in journalism strikes again, where you'd least expect it. Mass resignations at the Tea Party News Network over its descent from ideology into clickbait.
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28American and British intelligence agencies broke into the networks of the primary manufacturer of cell phone SIM cards to obtain the cards' encryption keys. They also appear to have gained access to some phone companies' systems.
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39Definitely the worst thing you will read today: Parents try to reverse kids’ autism by ‘flushing out’ vaccines with Miracle Mineral Supplement bleach enemas.
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29After a report at Mother Jones questions Bill O'Reilly's statements about his "war correspondent" credentials, Bill states the writer will be "in the Kill Zone" once the truth comes out.
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27Trans? Genderqueer? Pope Francis has an opinion about you.
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18Judges and court officials in Oklahoma could be fired for performing same-sex marriages, thanks to a bill that's passed committee and moved to the full State House.
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37Schadenfreude department: Fresh after tearing Brian Williams a new one, including invoking the Founding Fathers and insisting "the press must be honest," Bill O'Reilly's been caught lying about his own "war correspondent" credentials.
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23Faced with the highest poverty rate, 2nd highest school drop-out and teen pregnancy rates, Mississippi lawmakers spring into action... and declare churches exempt from commercial driving licence requirements.
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17In all fairness, Rudy, I sincerely doubt your own mother loves you, you really can't expect Obama to. Update: The New York Daily News (by no means a liberal bastion) rips him a new one.
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14Scientists use human DNA to enlarge mouse brains. What could possibly go wrong?
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17Hope you aren't too attached to eating bread
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20Deadly antibiotics-resistant CRE invades Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, kills 2 and leaves more than 160 others exposed.
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8Oops, that was definitely not what we meant with the acronym "KKK".
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21"We’re racist, we’re racist and that’s the way we like it"
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19GOP district delegate fatally shoots herself in the eye adjusting her bra holster. (Only good lingerie with a gun can stop bad lingerie with a gun.)
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20 Chicago cop Richard Zuley, renowned for his psychopathy professionalism and effectiveness, exported his techniques to Guantanamo Bay.
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23Unless you're getting your vaccines prenatally, they're not causing autism.
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28Firm gender binaries are pretty much pseudoscience now. It's really quite a lot more complicated than that.
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16Rand Paul's attempt to troll his way into the White House hits a snag.
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26All-white Faux News team freak out over professor's "whiteness" course. Now Stormfront et al are issuing death threats to said professor.
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51Oklahoma GOP lawmakers protecting your precious kids from that there book larnin': they have literally passed emergency legislation to ban AP US History classes, partially on the grounds that it's not nothing but pro-US propaganda. Some want to ban all AP classes. UPDATE: Instead, students would have to study the 10 Commandments and speeches by Saint Ronnie.
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26A critical mass of nutters? Nigel Farage to join Sarah Palin at CPAC conference for US conservatives. Well, apparently the CPAC'ers didn't give much of a fuck about Farage.
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14Big fat gay Indian wedding. Couple marries with small group of supportive friends and family in traditional ceremony and then attends pride parade.
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22GOP-Dominated Utah House Gives A Green Light To Bring Back Firing Squads
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54Started a week ago, but in case you missed it: In what is called the biggest banking leak in history, over 50 media outlets around the world publish documents, showing that the Swiss arm of the HSBC bank actively helped their customers evade taxes in their home countries. Among them are high-value criminals and, on the same other side, prominent persons and wealthy donors of Clinton's charity or the British Tory party. Side note: The revelations came at a time when Ed Miliband was under fire for being “anti-business” because of his agenda against tax evasion by businesses. Now Cameron has to explain why he made the former HSBC boss Stephen Green his trade minister back in 2011, four months after the first evidence for misbehavior by HSBC was available to him; and why the British tax authority achieved four-times worse in enforcing tax repayals compared to France or Spain. Timeline of events leading up to this, Full story.
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29Saturday afternoon, in Copenhagen, Denmark a terrorist shot one man dead and wounded three police officers during a debate on blasphemy and free speech involving a cartoonist who has caricatured Muhammad. During the night, the gunman went to Copenhagen's synagogue and, attempting to attack a bar mitzvah ceremony, killed a young Jewish guard and wounded two police officers. This was in apparent imitation of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the police spotted the suspected gunman. As the police called out to him, the gunman opened fire on the police; they returned fire, killing him.
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19NY GOP State Senator Thomas Croci thinks a "terrorist registry", modelled on sex offender registries, will stop terrorism. "This legislation will send a clear message to all terrorists — Stay out of New York," he actually said.
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258chan discovers that doxing a federal judge attracts attention.
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39The Arkansas state house and senate votes to enact a sharia-style law that would prohibit cities and counties from enacting local LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws. All in the name of pro-business uniformity, of course.
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15 Halifax dodges a bullet. Thank Goat.
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37Irony alert: World's top celibate tells childfree couples that remaining childless makes them "selfish" and "greedy".
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12Bob Nygaard, scourge of psychic fraud.
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32Canada's long media nightmare ends with the quiet death of Fox News North
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42Je suis en train d'intenter un procès. The City of Paris votes to sue Fox News over false reporting after the Charlie Hebdo killings.
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38Prospective presidential candidate Ted Cruz introduces a bill to strip federal recognition of same-sex marriages. Meanwhile, in Florida, a lawmaker says people are not forced to use the bathroom and that trans people "choose to go to the restroom." What a time to be alive.
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-8Turkish children are increasingly destroying buildings with pickaxes and using the materials to make giant stone dicks. Apparently.
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29Kansas governor Sam Brownback yanks protection for LGBT state workers.
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39New Jersey Judge: Gay Conversion Therapy Claims Are Fraud
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15Childhood exposure to smog can have 10 point effect on IQ.
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34Islamophobic bus ads defaced with pictures of Muslim superhero.
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26You know, just saying it was a poor choice of words would've gotten your point across just as well.
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43Anti-theist is charged with a triple homicide against Muslims in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, allegedly over an ongoing parking dispute.
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4The National Academy of Sciences floats a proposal to seed the atmosphere with sulfur pollution to mimic volcanic eruptions to slow global warming.
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28A sad, sad day for satire and for journalism: after over fifteen years, Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show.
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24Welp. Jeb Bush basically inadvertently doxxed a whole bunch of people. Whoops. (No actual personal information in article)
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32My parents acting out as a stranger danger
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52Anti-vax book "Melanie’s Marvelous Measles" gets 800 one-star reviews on Amazon.
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19Anonymous reports its first successes in taking out Daesh Twitter accounts.
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33If you're a microbiologist looking to identify some unknown DNA, you need look no further than the NYC subway system. "Almost half of the DNA found on the system’s surfaces did not match any known organism and just 0.2 percent matched the human genome."
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20There's an excellent reason why Charles Manson called off his impending wedding: she only wanted him for his body.
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25SCOTUS refuses to extend stay of judicial ruling on same-sex marriages in Alabama, with only Tony and Tommy dissenting. Local politicians and judges all defer to the court's wisdom, and promise to read the Constitution and to abide by it in future (I made that last bit up).
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4No big surprises here: e-cigarettes pose a substantial risk to human health. (If you vape at voltages actual users hardly ever do.) Well, maybe one surprise no exception for nicotine free vapes.
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11For a mere US$ 10,500, you can have an Ethernet cable that will make your MP3s sound better.
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22Oregon, where upskirt pictures of a minor aren't a privacy issue, as long as she's wearing underwear, and the pictures aren't taken in a locker-room.
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21After shooting a classmate, what should you not do? a) Take a selfie; b) Send your selfie to others c) All of the above
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20Aging dictator president Robert Mugabe took a tumble at Harare Int'l Airport on the 4th of February. For some reason, the Zimbabwean government issued a denial that he ever fell in the first place and reportedly tried to force journalists to delete evidence. Instead, it goes viral.
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20"Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in him later.” Look, NRA, even this big-time firearms collector of a WIGOer thinks your guys are insane.
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15Britain invents the protest tax.
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13A British journalist's personal analysis of current Republican Party attitudes in the U.S. Congress. (Gary Younge: in general, thoughtful and sound.)
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26Florida Man wants to convert artificial intelligences to Christianity. (Roko's basilisk should go for this one big time.)
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-26Woman becomes overweight after fecal transplant, despite carefully designed/monitored diets. Append obligatory fecal jokes here.
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-31OMG Newcastle's favourite mud puddle coloured brew causes cancer. Spoiler: It probably doesn't. (Sorry the only site I could be bothered to find was the Daily Fail. [Replaced link with DoNotLink --])
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5An attempt to replicate the "cold fusion" Energy Catalyzer goes bang.
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7The ioye of sexe, 1684 style: Aristotle's Masterpiece.
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50In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down laws against assisted suicide
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19Only in Florida, I guess...
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2Talks in Moscow over the Ukraine... Looks promising, maybe...?
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-5Dear Richard Dawkins: Just stop talking!
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30Kickstarter -- Now the home of the Laundry ball. Crystal Wash 2.0, Clean Laundry with No Detergents. The page claims that the balls increase the pH of the water to 8.5, and release Hydrogen Peroxide into the wash (Fun fact: Those should not work together. Hydrogen Peroxide lowers PH.) Hits all the marks for the Laundry-Ball scam, including focusing on gimmicks like an embedded, Bluetoothed PH scanner and a phone app. Guess what? It's over half-way funded, asking for $100,000, and it's Staff-Picked.
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30One does not simply get suspended from school for stupid reasons. Or maybe one does. 9-year-old suspended from Texas school after making "terroristic threats" with the One Ring To Rule Them All.
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17First they came for the drug-pushing, money-laundering, hitman-hiring Bitcoin advocates, and I was pretty okay with that actually.
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3Faux News sinks to new low, contemptible even by their standards.
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31Scientists may be on to the first stages of a general anti-viral medication.(original paper)
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40Revenge porn site founder guilty, faces 20 years in jail.
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13Bobby Jindal's official portrait is all white right. (Update: not the official portrait. The official one is merely lightened.)
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35Being LGBTQ apparently gives an unfair advantage in video games.
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22Not content with earning the wrath of the planet by beheading their hostages, ISIS executes their latest victim by burning him alive. UPDATE: Well played, Jordan, well played.
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41Hillary Clinton: "The earth is round and vaccines work".
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21British MPs approve mitochondrial transfer law, despite objections from the Anglican and Catholic churches.
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33Think the GOP's anti-vax stance is bad? Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) says he’s okay with the idea of service industry workers returning to work without washing their hands after touching their unmentionables, as long as customers are made aware of the situation.
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26Chris Christie decides there's votes in dead children too. He slightly walks back his original embrace of "parental choice", but not so much you'd notice.
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41Rand Paul states that he knows children who wound up with profound mental disorders from vaccination, so he wants to give parents a choice. One wonders if his source was the same as Michele Bachmann's that made her look like a goofball. Either way since Obama has come out in favor of vaccines then the GOP must come out against it. UPDATE: A new world record in backpedaling has been set.
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34Croatia cancels debts for its poorest citizens.
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22Slicing into a woman's pelvis with a hacksaw and cauterising the wound with a soldering iron is love for the child
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56President Obama to parents doubting ‘indisputable’ science: ‘Get your kids vaccinated’
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9South Africa grants parole to apartheid hitman known as "Prime Evil". Which gives us an important question: Who appointed Minister Masutha?

[edit] January 2015

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9Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president Zhelyu Zhelev dies.
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36Mitt Romney will not run in 2016.
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22Yet another media triumph for GamerGate
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31Texas, where teachers are allowed to shoot students.
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32Utah parents murder children, then commit suicide, because they feared a looming apocalypse.
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22President Castro says Obama needs to return Gitmo 7 years after he was elected promising to close it down.
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18Jewish Leader accidentally gets trapped in AuschwitzNot The Onion
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23The American Family Association has fired Bryan Fischer for comments regarding teh gayz and Nazi Germany (Update: but only "as a spokesperson and director of issues analysis", he still will host his AFA talk show).
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18Hey kids! Let's smoke some astro turf and huff moon gas!
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19BENGHAZI WAS A COVER-UP! Of course, we mean the Republican manufactroversy.
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0Conspiracy theories might be right, if they involve waging war for oil. (This apparently came as news to someone, somewhere.)
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10The Nightly Show tackles vaccines and the measles epidemic.
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34At age 86, James Randi finally retires from the James Randi Educational Foundation.
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21Feminists are just a bunch of ‘hatchet-faced miserable' women so I'm standing for parliament, here's my manifesto, (tl;dr: "Waaaa, waaaaah, whaa!") (Incidentally he's a big fan of Paul Elam)
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36Australian anti-vaxxers are encouraging parents to join a fake church to avoid vaccination requirements for daycares
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32We're shocked! A fad diet supplement woo meister Dr. Oz has been pushing is "a total hoax." Also found on this page: ads for various questionable weight-loss treatments.
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18Russia takes another financial hit.
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18Mass surveillance is a fundamental threat to human rights, says a report by the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.
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28The myth of a Good Guy with a Gun is statistically wrong on every level.
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17The anti-austerity, anti-capitalism party, Syriza, wins the Greek general election. Euro plummets amidst talk of renegotiating the bailout and reversing austerity measures.
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10The North Korean government has been opening North Korean-themed restaurants all over the world, setting off a debate over (irony meter alert) who has the property rights to the Korean culinary tradition.
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24A simple graph shows the increasing effect of vaccine denial.
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37ahahahaha... hahahahah... BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA... (Warning: Contains Sarah Palin.)
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25Senate Republicans remove "civil rights" and "human rights" from subcommittee name, stating that the subcommittee would be a "watchdog against unconstitutional overreach and will hold the Obama Administration accountable for its actions." Long live the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
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44Oklahoma state legislators are pushing for bills that would: require a confirmed religious official to perform a wedding, removing judges entirely from the process; remove any official who grants marriage licenses to gay couples; and legalize antigay discrimination.
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22Alabama joins other states where gay marriage bans have fallen as everybody looks to the Supreme Court's decision this year. When a deep south Shrub appointee calls you out on your bullshit, you may need to rethink your arguments.
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21Thatcher knew about the Westminster pedophile ring. The evidence was found in a place where the Government denied there being evidence when they looked. Hmmm.
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16Cooperation between British spies and Gaddafi’s Libya revealed in official papers. It's ugly. Meanwhile, the inquiry into the Iraq war by the British parliament gets delayed until after the general election in May 2015.
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35Tennessee woman freaks out over "pentagram" on school bus. Not sure what's dumber, her reaction or that this gets reported as news. Even other Southerners mock her.
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27The King is dead. Western leaders pay tribute and overlook the poor Saudi Arabian human rights record.
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13The Doomsday Clock moves closer to midnight, citing Climate Change and stasis on Nukes. Internet reaction is to reference an Iron Maiden song.
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25King Tutankhamun's Burial Mask, the most famous archaeological relic in the world, has been "irreversibly damaged" during a botched cleaning attempt.
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15German court rules that men are allowed to stand and deliver. Yes this is taking the piss!
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9In the face of Shi'ite Houthi rebels, the Yemeni federal government has stepped down.
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24Bakery facing religious discrimination complaint for refusing to make anti-gay cake, despite offering a workaround.
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24Dianne Feinstein denounces Republican attempt to claw back copies of CIA torture report
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20Republicans (Even James Inhofe!) admit Global Warming is happening, but deny it's human-caused
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30Mike Huckabee, a potential presidential candidate for 2016, says that if the SCOTUS rules for Gay Marriage, the states can just ignore them
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17Yemen's presidential palace attacked by Shia Houthi rebels.
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4050,000 gallons of oil spill into Yellowstone River after a pipe line bursts.
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33Remember the First Nations girl who chose traditional medicine over conventional chemotherapy for her completely treatable leukemia back in October? Her health made a turn for the worse, and she has passed away following a stroke indicative of the cancer spreading to her brain. Her parents blame the chemotherapy.
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14Same old, same old. *sigh*
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31Liam Neeson criticizes America's gun culture during a press tour. No points for guessing what happened next.
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22 Saudi national, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a liberal blog and criticising Saudi religious authorities. The first 50 lashes were carried out but the second 50 were postponed twice because the wounds had not healed and further lashings might kill him. Future lashings are planned every week after Friday prayers till the sentence is complete . There are Five suggested ways you can help Raif Badawi and an online petition that Amnesty hopes can help.
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18Remember Civil Forfeiture? Eric Holder has now somewhat prohibited it.
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20It's happening: the SCOTUS has granted writs of certiorari (an announcement of a plan to review lower court findings) to the same-sex marriage cases in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee, and Kentucky, and will decide if the 14th amendment protects it.
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31One of the boys who claimed to have visited and returned from Heaven recants his tale.
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22Mohamedou Ould Slahi's Guantanamo Diary is finally published. WARNING: the extracts are not easy reading.
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37Miami cops are using the mugshots of black teenagers for target practice. And yes, they defend it.
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21New York mayor Bill de Blasio says he'd veto a bill by city lawmakers that would make it illegal for a police officer to put a person in a chokehold during an arrest.
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18Japan asks U.S. publisher to ‘correct’ textbook references to 'comfort women', the Japanese euphemism for the women forced into prostitution during military conflicts.
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17Ross Ulbricht, a.k.a. Dread Pirate Roberts, drug-dealing money-laundering hitman-hiring proprietor of the Bitcoin-powered Silk Road, who was busted by feds using a library computer logged into the Silk Road admin panel, puts forward as his defence that he started the site, but handed it over to someone else, who only talked him into coming back in time to be busted by the feds. This is literally his defence. But wait! He's just claimed that Mark Karpeles, of massively-failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, was the real Dread Pirate Roberts! But wait, there's actually links to Karpeles in the story. Good Lord.
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18Clemson University in South Carolina begins process of renaming building dedicated to Benjamin Tillman, virulent 19th-century racist. Well, better late than never.
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30So, Pope Francis has developed a reputation as an enlightened breath of fresh air in the Vatican. Except when it comes to Charlie Hebdo, free speech and satirizing or insulting someone's faith and belief. In that case, Papa Frankie thinks that there are limits to questioning the "dignity" that he says every religion has.
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23The dumbest man in Congress is named "Legislator of the Year" by Texan judges.
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38Mike Huckabee questions Obama's parenting skills for letting his daughters listen to Beyoncé. Of course, Huckabee's kid had hung a stray dog, slit its throat and stoned it to death.
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29March for solidarity in Paris? Cool! Just keep those nasty vaginas out of it!
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38Map of literally every goat in the United States
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24Meanwhile, winning the award for fewest fucks given, Charlie Hebdo's next cover features Muhammad holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign. Also considers a run of three five million copies.
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25David Cameron: If we don't ban encrypted messaging apps like Snapchat, then we can't read your messages, and the terrorists win!
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37Antivax parents spread disease through Disneyland
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14Sri Lankan astrologer didn't have the heart to tell the president what the stars really said.
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11Old school RatWiki goats!
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25New Charlie Hebdo cover revealed. Muhammad appears again.
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25South Dakota's ban on Marriage Equality is declared unconstitutional, as the bans of the deep south are under review as well
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11Is the security of the West in competent hands? Yes, of course it is!
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21Meanwhile in Nigeria, Boko Haram has massacred an estimated 2.000 people. Not heard about it?
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19Under Abbott's education "reforms", the Australian government will fund education in homeopathy, iridology, naturopathy, and other forms of alt-med nonsense.
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28Not all Muslims are terrorists: the brother of the murdered Paris policeman speaks. Update: Lassana Bathily: the Paris kosher supermarket hero
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27Winfield, Alabama city council announces that God now owns their town. God was not asked if He wanted it.
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27Reconstruction of the face of a Native American girl who died 12000 years ago reveals a face that doesn't match contemporary ideas about race, though genetic tests confirm she's related to the ancestral population.
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28Due to high rate of road accidents, Russia has announced tightened medical restrictions and contraindications to driving, encompassing those with hereditary eye disorders, severe epilepsy, dementia... compulsive gambling, PTSD, transvestism, and transgenderism? Oh dears.(Official Russian Gov Doc with ICD-10 references can be found at http://government.ru/media/files/A5X9GSAYrpA.pdf)
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54Charlie Hebdo: What do you do after much of your staff is murdered on the job? Cease publication? Suspend operations temporarily? How about publish next week's issue on schedule and print over 20 times the standard run.
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16Judge overturns California ban on pâté de foie gras.
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33Receiving food stamps objectively boost academic performance and IQ in children compared to children living in poverty who don't receive assistance.
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13Filipinos may lose bladder and bowel control during Papal visit.
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36Plop open some vials of penicillin and gulp it down in celebration! We need space for our new antibiotic, defeating all tested mutants of Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium tuberculosis!
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35Another stupendous victory for Gamergate! Intel announces a $300 million diversity initiative, directly inspired by Gamergate fooling them into pulling an ad campaign. And Anita Sarkeesian and Feminist Frequency are directly involved. (Gamergate are evidently deep cover cultural Marxists.)
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26NAACP office bombed in Colorado Spring, no deaths or injuries to be reported.
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51Charlie Hebdo's Paris office was attacked by Islamists, 12 people dead. UPDATE: The shooters have reportedly been identified; one has reportedly turned himself into the police, claiming he was not in Paris the day of the shooting.
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19British farmer forced to turn murderous Nazi cows into sausages. [No, not The Onion]
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12A story that gives HuffPo a chance to talk about Streisand effect: At a recent county council meeting in Frederick County, Maryland, councilman Kirby Delauter got upset at the local newspaper for publishing the name Kirby Delauter without first getting the permission of Kirby Delauter to publish the name Kirby Delauter in the paper. Aw, that Kirby Delauter. He's such a Kirby Delauter. Update: Mr Delauter realises what a huge dick he was being and properly apologises.
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18Mommy Dearest Phylis Schlafly says college women are being raped because they go to college, duh.
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11South Carolina legislators file bills to teach gun rights in school, with help from the NRA on defining just what those rights include.
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19Problem: People keep robbing stores. Solution: Ban guns. Ban hoodies everywhere in Oklahoma’s public!
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14Three cheers for Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay! ...And three more jeers for the Fraternal Order of Police.
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18The dumbest man in in Congress believes global warming will lead to more plants. For context, the decrease in plant biomass from deforestation is one of the primary anthropogenic causes of global warming.
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18The dumbest man in in Congress wants John Boehner's job.
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13John Boehner - Scalise's 10-year association with KKK Grand Wizard was an "error in judgement," but GOP top brass are happy to have the totally-not-a-white-supremacist as their majority whip.
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3Randy Andy has allegedly gone way beyond the Koo-ee I'm Stark-ers stage. We don't know the truth but court cases are pending and there may be a book. This will run and run. The Queen is not amused.
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27Researchers find the ancient genetic link between fish fins and animal hands.
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24You just can't start early enough to find out potential terrorists.
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20Evolutionism goes on beyond zebra mere Darwinism! (actual title far more inflammatory) “Under certain conditions, matter inexorably acquires the key physical attribute associated with life”
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9In the past 24 hours, Bitcoin has dropped from US$310 to US$260. Follow the carnage live on Coindesk! Update: Bitstamp? Aaaand it's gone. What an amazing coincidence they got hacked the day after a price crash!
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11It turns out that, even in terms of revealed preferences, Uber-style price gouging means the free market doesn't trust you after you burnt them once.
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-3 "Just the way she goes sometimes". Actually 2/3 times, apparently. Recent studies suggest that about 2/3 forms of cancer are not preventable, so sit back, crack open a beer, and let the chips fall where they may.
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32The Bible - so misunderstood it is a sin. Pull up the deck chairs, get a beer, let's watch the fun....right on time!
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14Sony tries to use the DMCA to suppress people reposting leaked documents detailing their financial malfeasance. We're sure that will work just fine.
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25 Starting off the New Year, the man who helped inspire Viagra and the creator of the "Periodic Table Videos" have been knighted.
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