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[edit] July 2014

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11U.S. airlines cancel all Israel flights for 24 hours after some rockets fall near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. At least one cancels them indefinitely.
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16First the individual mandate, second the religious exemptions on birth control, and so begins another effort in the courts to dismantle Obamacare — this time to cut off any subsidies for the very needy red states that didn't sign up for the state exchanges. (Check please.) Update: One thing's for sure: This is way too politically dangerous for Roberts to toy around with.
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14Last June was the hottest June on record, according to the NOAA.
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14A new study published in Cognitive Science has found that young children exposed to religion may be less likely to be able to tell the difference between fantastic fiction and reality than their secular peers.
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14Nick Griffin, Chairman President of BNP.
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19Born-again Christian is awarded €70,000 because he was fired for proselytizing at his job. The Supreme Court in Ireland found he had the right to babble on to everyone about Jeebus, because that's what his religion asks him to do.
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17The next in Westboro Baptist Church's iron sights: ... Panic! at the Disco? The Church replete with yet another terrible parody song, the Poe's Law intensifies.
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30Guess who John McCain blames for the Ukrainian plane tragedy...
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29Haggard's Law strikes again.
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23A mysterious 100-meter wide crater has appeared in the Russian Arctic.
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13"Everyone is still focused on the MH17 crash, Mr. Prime Minister." "Alright, invade Gaza." (Also, an IDF soldier risks jail time by hosting an AMA on Reddit)
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36Another Malaysian Airlines plane - nearly 300 passengers - has gone down. This time above separatist-controlled Donetsk in Ukraine. Update: *Cue Jaws theme* ("Russia may have just seen their national interests catastrophically harmed because a couple of schmucks fired off a SAM.")
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16Helicopter parenting now legally required.
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16Carbon tax axed in Australia in a 39-32 vote. Hell of a job, Abbott!
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40Memo to US residents with kids in public high school: If they take a business education class called "Youth Entrepreneurs" (or with texts published by YE), be forewarned that it's a front funded by Koch Industries with the goal of turning them into good little libertarians.
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33Capital punishment struck down in California
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22"Everyone is still focused on the Gaza crisis, Mr. President." "All right, sectoral sanctions on Russia." (BP and ExxonMobil: NOOOOOO) Update: Also, because this question seriously needs to be asked: "Can I still sell an AK?"
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37Climate-change denier compares the demonization of CO2 to Hitler's treatment of the Jews, because “carbon dioxide is actually a benefit to the world, and so were the Jews.”
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23Kevin Martin threatens Facebook with a lawsuit and a personal visit after it takes down several of his pages.
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20The most badass-looking flying dinosaur ever has been discovered in China. Four wings, anyone?
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20The Raelian movement tried to encourage removing the stigma associated with the swastika by putting it on an airplane banner, superimposed onto a Star of David, and sending it over a number of NY beaches. Unsurprisingly, it really doesn't fly with locals.
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12One possible solution to global warming reminds us it's there.
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21Church of England General Synod approves women bishops.
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12R.I.P. Nadine Gordimer.
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36Just when you thought humanity couldn't get worse... turning an underage rape victim into a meme...
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18Pope "admits about 2% of Catholic clergy are paedophiles". (Caveat: "But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words." - but then they always say that when he starts to look too liberal.)
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19Kentucky church hires sex offender pastor who was "forgiven by God" of his previous actions. Any guesses on how well that worked out?
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18Because Israel-Gaza can't get any more depressing: "On both sides, there's a total lack of empathy that I've never seen before."
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21Slavoj Žižek caught plagiarising White Nationalist journal
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27New York City renames a street after George Carlin. The Church of Rome objects.
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18If you thought Aussie politics wouldn't get any weirder during the Abbott months, erm, it just did.
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25I'm a Republican, repeal Obamacare! *uses ACA* Thanks... Obama?
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32Cosmos has earned 12 Emmy nominations
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22Perverse incentives of "publish or perish": 60 articles retracted after being implicated in a peer-review and citation ring. (Discussion including someone who worked on detecting the ring.)
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22Gov. Brownback proposes doubling down on his fiscally disastrous policy of tax cuts.
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40 A group of evangelists, pretending to be gay friendly, offered free food at a Pride event, then went on to tell attendees that they will burn in Hell. More than a dozen people needed counselling after their encounter.
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13Raelians want to "reclaim the swastika," but nobody will put up their billboards.
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15Meet the Muslim-American leaders the FBI and NSA spied on for six years.
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28Brazil 1 - Germany 7. "WELL DONE..BRAVO...LONG LIVE HITLER..." Oops! Does this finally put to bed "The boys from Brazil"??
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19The Mall Galleries freaks out over a woman's pubic hair in a portrait.
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8Interesting: A sane man may actually win the Afghan presidential election.
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13"If we ever mention Ward Churchill to attack the left again, is there anything out there that will make us look like hypocrites?" "Well, it's not like controversial conservatives are being appointed to high-ranked faculty positions, you know."
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54If Obama is for environmentalism -- or anything else, for that matter -- then we're against it in the stupidest way possible.
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20Peer review at work: we have just unseen a couple of planets.
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14Richard Mellon Scaife of vast right-wing conspiracy fame is dead at 82.
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22New NSA leak: "Among the most valuable contents — which The Post will not describe in detail, to avoid interfering with ongoing operations — are fresh revelations about a secret overseas nuclear project, double-dealing by an ostensible ally, a military calamity that befell an unfriendly power..." Say whaaaat?
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14Meanwhile in India, the police help two couples to escape the stigma of premarital sex by forcing them to get married.
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64All hail the BBC.
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37Jesus fucking Christ, Abbott.
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36One for the Haggard's Law book: Anti-gay North Carolina senator worked as a drag queen in a gay bar.
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18#Notallclergy support Hobby Lobby.
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12The thoughtcrime of the Cannibal Cop has been overturned.
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34Fox News rips off BioShock Infinite logo, irony ensues
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21Genetics just can't get any better: Neanderthal, meet Denisovan.
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21"I just wish America would be America again because it's not...they're going to take over our schools!" (Redneck uprising in California.)
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42The Nazis continue to break irony meters after 80 years.
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26Florida's gay marriage ban may be next on the chopping block. Make sure granny and grandpa have their heart medicine ready.
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26And the next domino to fall is... Kentucky.
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12School's out, but children still need to eat. [1]
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30As if Paul LePage, Maine's wingnut governor wasn't bad enough, now it's been discovered that he's been meeting with a Sovereign citizen terrorist group, and largely agrees with them.
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24The Occupy movement is still not dead - and it's manifested in a massive protest by Hong Kong citizens against the Chinese government.
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24Japan renounces pacifism, which won't have any domestic or foreign policy consequences at all.

[edit] June 2014

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0IRS shoved a giant middle finger up the ass of the Free Open Source Software community.
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12Israel-Palestine relations: November 2012 all over again.
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7Because when the SCOTUS makes the rest of the Western legal world shake their heads in disbelief, they do it in twos.
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38Corporate personhood, meet religious fundamentalism. America is the place for you. Update: The caveat, as predicted: The conservative majority seems to have inserted "get the government to fund it" as a safety valve. (Let's see if it works, because the Scientologists are coming anyway.)
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42Jenny McCarthy finally fired from not renewed for The View... along with a host who didn't know the earth was round.
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36Does anyone need a reminder that mercenaries are a bad idea? Mercenaries are a bad idea.
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15On second thought, let's intervene in Iraq as little as possible. (Here's why.)
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18The Vatican discovers most of their followers are in the cafeteria.
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14How Did the FBI Miss Over 1 Million Rapes?
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41South Carolina police chief, fired for being lesbian, reinstated.
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32Michigan State House GOP candidate: Ignore my arrests for public masturbation in other people’s cars. (Yes, he is the sole Republican candidate for the position.) WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE PEOPLE
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20The NC legislature passes a bill allowing cruelty to opossums during the New Year's week all to prevent a legal challenge to the cruel "Opossum Drop" event.
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21Another "liberal media" story: "If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV."
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21So nice to see the "Liberal media" giving Flat Earthers a voice. CNBC seeks Op-Ed on “global warming being a hoax”.
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16Male reporter molested at Men's rights conference
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15$400 billion dollars spent (the equivalent of two International Space Stations), years overdue in development, and the reality that will make every defence hawk cry.
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8Obama asks Congress for $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels
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22Responsible gun owner discharges gun on children
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24OK gun range owner insists howitzer fired safely after shell blasts house 3 miles away
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22Ukraine gives Putin the finger.
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19U.S. Supreme Court bars laws prohibiting anti-abortion activists from obstructing abortion clinic entrances while protesting. (Meanwhile, the Hobby Lobby trainwreck will be decided on Monday.)
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6If only modern Republicans had half as much integrity.
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16Things the Bush administration probably did not foresee in 2003: An independent Iraq buying fighter jets from Russia.
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9The NSA is anti-business.
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16Faux News take a dump all over... Michele Bachmann.
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19New pterosaur species found to live in social groups.
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25House GOP plan to sue Obama Administration over executive actions. (Well, if you want to prove to everyone that you're desperate, sure.)
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4716-0 the score as a federal judge throws out Indiana's anti-gay marriage laws. In addition, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
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-5Releasing lost souls and dark energy from your real estate has never been easier.
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35In a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court prohibits warrantless searches of cellphones.
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17Finland celebrates Pride Month by choosing to remain ín the 20th century.
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30King of the birthers, WND's Joseph Farah, arrested for trying to carry a loaded gun on to an airplane.
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35"An unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in state media that if the U.S. government doesn't block the release of The Interview (a comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco), it would be considered an 'act of war.'" [No, not The Onion]
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30In Nigeria you can get committed to a mental institution for being an atheist
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19How about this: Unlike Eric Cantor, Thad Cochran just survived in his primary against a flaming ball of crazy by embracing Democratic and black voters (the first time a Southern Republican may have done so in decades). And the flaming ball of crazy won't concede.
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11"Bridgegate" Episode V: The Bridge Strikes Back.
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16Men's rights group fraudulently uses the names of women's rights and queer rights organisations in charity application
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40Federal court upholds New York City school policy allowing schools to bar unvaccinated students.
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25World's Richest Third-World Country decides cholera totally isn't a thing that ever happened, and if it did then the rich are in no danger from a large pool of poor people with diseases.
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21"I'm sorry, you can't enter the Democratic National Committee headquarters right now. The staff has achieved Nirvana." (Just in time for this baby.)
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31The conservative-approved method for reducing the number of school shootings: redefine what a "school shooting" is!
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12Meet the new robot security guard new minion of your robot overlord.
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18Florida extends 'Stand Your Ground' to include warning shots. (Warning: Autoplay Video)
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21When the CIA produced demon-faced Osama bin Laden action figures
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6Japan finally outlaws child pornography. Unless it's in manga, anime or games. Oh, and you have a one year grace period to get rid of your stash.
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19Hillary Clinton, as a young lawyer, did a good job in 1975. 39 years later, manufactroversy and cant: "Why aren't you guys giving this rape victim a voice?"
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26Remember a Chicago area Tea Bagger U.S. Representative named Joe Walsh who served in the previous (2011-12) Congress? He was one of the anti-Obama crowd who slept in his U.S. Capitol office in order to avoid paying rent for a Beltway apartment. He was also famous for being a family values candidate while owing $117,000 in back child support. Well, he just got kicked off of his own right-wing radio show for being too racist on the air.
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20For years, France has been expelling tens of thousands of Roma en masse because of a racist backlash that has enveloped many European countries. Now a Roma boy has been beaten into a coma.
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32A satisfyingly low turnout for NOM's March For Marriage. (And Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage.)
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11The CDC makes a very rare fuck-up.
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14Scott Walker is totally not a crook.
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13Refusing to understand the US Consul can only do so much so quickly, and believing the US Army will release a suspected deserter without questioning him (Because Obummer), fifty bikers wish to provoke an international incident.
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11Astronomers get Venus envy, build "Extremely Large Telescope". You know, if you have to tell everyone it's big...
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7How do you catch a doomsday prepping, bomb building, murder planning fugitive? With the shakes that'll make him quake. The fries that'll cross his eyes. The burgers that...um...well, the FBI just had burgers.
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5Farewell, Paxman, ya crazy bastard.
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73The UK has officially banned creationism from being taught in science classes..
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27Someone check Glenn Beck's batteries, because his clock has STOPPED.
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14I herd u liek Goats.
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19It was bound to happen: After Native Americans wage a badass campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins, the owners now have to seriously consider it. (Speaking of patents...)
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20This is all just an effort to distract attention from Benghazi.
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16"The deadly burglary raised questions about the wisdom of Americans clergy possessing weapons."
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25Senator Claire McCaskill punches Mehmet Oz in the face! (metaphorically)
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6It's Cattle mutilation, only of sheep. In England. Probably by aliens.
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18Benefits of the nuclear option: Meet your new, gay, black federal judges.
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24I am shocked, SHOCKED to discover insider trading in this economy.
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18Antonin Scalia: school prayer is like the devil's music.
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21In the ongoing war on teachers, a judge in California resorts to statistics that are pulled out of thin air to strike down tenure.
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25Whooping Cough is now an epidemic in California. Thanks a lot anti-vaxxers!
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43Obama to sign executive order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers. Right-wing meltdown coming soon.
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10WIGO-writers will have to, over the next little while, find ways to say "It's getting worse in Iraq" without repeating themselves. Update: How about this? "Hello, Ayatollah. My enemy's enemy..."
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16Jamaica to decriminalize ganja for personal use.
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31The 15-year-old boy who engaged in a school shooting earlier this week was described by his church elder as "highly spiritual" and wrote about killing "sinners" in his diary.
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36Bitcoin, our modern-day sandbox/universe-in-a-jar of libertarian economics, finally experiences the paradox of unregulated, "free" markets. ("The knee-jerk reaction from the Bitcoin lunatic fringe will be to try to minimize the issue... It's time for a hard fork.") Update: Bitcoin's "chief scientist": If we're all going to eventually get fucked by this, you know, shit happens. *shrugs*
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31The Supreme Court of Canuckistan does it again: Warrantless collection of customer data declared unconstitutional.
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28No money to pay the truancy fines for your 7 children? We'll stick you in jail for a few days to contemplate the error of your ways. What could possibly go wrong?
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14What happens when your economic "plan" is devised by AEI hacks. Additionally, Ontario has now elected their first female Premier and the first openly gay Premier in Canada.
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23Canadian city asks provincial and federal governments to ban fetus-porn pro-life ads.
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22Things the GOP blame on Obama #76,756,463: Eric Cantor's defeat.
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28Hey, remember when we invaded Iraq? I wonder how that turned out? Not well. Not well at all.
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32The guy who shot up Las Vegas was a huge Alex Jones fan. (Bonus clog included: Jones is calling the incident a false flag staged by Harry Reid).
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40Guess which US news network has dropped all coverage of the Teabagger cop killers.
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13Some lucky copper is about to have the best day of his life.
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19Of the $830 billion the US spent on Iraq, 93% went to the Pentagon while 6% to the State Department/USAID. The results.
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45Mother of God. The House Majority Leader has lost his seat in the primary against a Teabagger. Starting in 2015, there will be zero Jewish Republicans in Congress. (There must be some quote out there pertaining to "unforseen consequences.") Update: Welcome to 1968. It's gonna be fun.
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0Canada and the USA now seem to be engaged in a competition over who can manage the most shootings.
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34No, seriously. At what point are mass shootings no longer to be considered "news", but merely every day events like car crashes?
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48Archbishop seriously claims he didn't know if raping children was against the law. Really.
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24UK Muslim extremists have been taking over schools intimidating head teachers and staff in those schools extremism was taught and girls faced discrimination.
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22South Carolina governor wishes to ban a African-American biker event, but nothing similar is said on a white biker event.
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12Sheriff bought armored car for law enforcement from army surplus; everone goes nuts one way or another.
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27Virginia GOP resorts to outright bribery of a Democratic state senator in order to derail the expansion of Obamacare and Medicare in the state. (Of course, the asshole took them up on the offer).
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20Russia keeps forgetting these aren't her colonies anymore
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-9Don't mix sport with politics, unless you are the Argentinian National Football Team.
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14Rik Mayall, a true comedy great dies, aged 56.[2] the utter utter b'stard.
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3Evolutionary biology is BLATANT MISANDRY: men evolved specifically for you to PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE! (why evolution failed to protect men from a knee in the veg basket is, presumably, the subject of a different paper altogether) Update: No, they didn't..
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19At what point, exactly, do mass shootings stop becoming "news"?
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51Belgium gives homeopathy statutory regulation. Nobody meets statutory criteria. Homeopathy effectively banned. (Still operating until the statutory guillotine falls.)
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13Turing test, passed apparently. (Update : not so much)
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24Rapes happen accidentally, according to minister Ramsevak Paikra, responsible for law and order in India’s central Chhattisgarh state.
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24Meet the post-Rick Perry Republican Party of Texas.
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18Unexpected effect of global warming #1: Exhuming Pacific War dead.
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31While we're on the subject of guns, a sovereign citizen tries to take over a Georgia courthouse, doesn't get very far.
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27Wisconsin becomes the latest state to rule in favor of marriage equality. In related news, there are now lawsuits in progress in every state that still bans same-sex marriage.
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2There's still remnants of sanity in Iran.
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15Libya apologizes for detaining a man for black magic.
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23What time is it? Campus shooting time, again! (It appears that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with... pepper spray.)
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25Three Mounties are killed, two others shot in Moncton, New Brunswick. Manhunt on for what appears to be the typical gun nut; city had zero homicides in 2012. Update: It's over. Bastard's in custody.
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33Another example of the Catholic Church's attitude towards the sanctity of life. Could be the worst example of the Magdalene laundries thus far.
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2725th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. Let's hope that it isn't suppressed for another 25.
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26So much for the NRA's apparent moment of sanity.
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20Only a Mormon can call a Mormon Mormon...
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5RIP Alexander Shulgin.
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34 And the latest moral panic is...Slenderman.
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24It's official: The era of the gas-guzzler is ending.
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21Improving the sanitation system in developing countries is important for various reasons, including privacy/safety/women's concerns, as this latest atrocity illustrates.
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40Worker in Tennessee cotton warehouse records his boss's efforts at private-enterprise segregation, complete with white-only water fountains.
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5BLATANT MISANDRY: People get themselves killed by hurricanes because they think the female-named ones are harmless. U of I and Arizona State researchers even suggest reconsidering the practice of hurricane naming. (Hurricane Asskicker? Hurricane Skullcrusher? Hurricane Poochsodomizer?)
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22Juan Carlos I continues the trend of abdicating instead of waiting til death.
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23Tomorrow could be one the EPA's most important moments. Update: Not a bad start.
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57In Pakistan, clerics issue a fatwa against honor killings.
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