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[edit] January 2015

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11Utah parents murder children, then commit suicide, because they feared a looming apocalypse.
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8President Castro says Obama needs to return Gitmo 7 years after he was elected promising to close it down.
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9Jewish Leader accidentally gets trapped in AuschwitzNot The Onion
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14The 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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11Hey kids! Let's smoke some astro turf and huff moon gas!
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12BENGHAZI 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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30At age 86, James Randi finally retires from the James Randi Educational Foundation.
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18Feminists 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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32Australian anti-vaxxers are encouraging parents to join a fake church to avoid vaccination requirements for daycares
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28We'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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15Russia takes another financial hit.
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15Mass surveillance is a fundamental threat to human rights, says a report by the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.
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27The 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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9The 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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23A simple graph shows the increasing effect of vaccine denial.
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35ahahahaha... 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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41Oklahoma 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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20Alabama 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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19Thatcher 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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32Tennessee 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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11The 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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24King 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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13German 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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21Bakery facing religious discrimination complaint for refusing to make anti-gay cake, despite offering a workaround.
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21Dianne Feinstein denounces Republican attempt to claw back copies of CIA torture report
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19Republicans (Even James Inhofe!) admit Global Warming is happening, but deny it's human-caused
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29Mike 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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21 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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17Remember 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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30One 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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38Miami cops are using the mugshots of black teenagers for target practice. And yes, they defend it.
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19New 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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14Ross 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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28So, 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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37Mike 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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35Map of literally every goat in the United States
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23Meanwhile, 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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23David 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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34Antivax 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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26New Charlie Hebdo cover revealed. Muhammad appears again.
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24South 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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20Meanwhile 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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29Due 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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53Charlie 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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14Judge overturns California ban on pâté de foie gras.
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31Receiving 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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12Filipinos may lose bladder and bowel control during Papal visit.
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35Plop 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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37Another 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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17Mommy 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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20Problem: 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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25Researchers find the ancient genetic link between fish fins and animal hands.
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23You 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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-2 "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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29The 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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13Sony 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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24 Starting off the New Year, the man who helped inspire Viagra and the creator of the "Periodic Table Videos" have been knighted.

[edit] December 2014

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30Closure of Milwaukee voucher school leaves 200 kids in the lurch, but hey! At least the owner got his $35 million... for having 2-3% of his students read and do maths at grade level.
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26So, that 1950s wave of UFO sightings, that kicked the UFO cult into high gear? Literally half of them were the CIA testing the U2 series.
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20Non-biblical vocabulary word of the day -- Gynandromorphism -- courtesy of the half-male, half-female cardinal (this type, not this type) found in northwestern Illinois.
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-6Episcopal bishop Heather Elizabeth Cook, with a previous DUI incident and alcohol in the car, fatally hit biker Thomas Palermo, drove home, and returned 20 minutes later.
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9Woman shot by two year old.[1]
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7Commissioner Bratton defends the indefensible. With an extra helping of "silent majority" BS.
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35Trans teen Leelah Alcorn, whose parents refused to support their daughter, committed suicide this morning. In her suicide note she begged people to try to work for a better world for trans people.
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39John Boehner: "All right, we have control of both chambers of Congress. Now we can't just give everything away to the Democrats now. Avoid any controversies. Rule #1: Don't hang out with neo-Nazis. That should be easy... Right?"
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52On Christmas day, Neil deGrasse Tyson posted this tweet and Christian fundamentalists lost their collective shit guaranteeing increased coverage. On the 27th, NDT commented on the kerfuffle and the fun continued (including in the Facebook comment section at the bottom of the page).
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-2Seems Egypt's still not keen on the Jews being taken away.
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16Russia just won't give up that stoopid story that MH17 was shot down by a Ukrainian Su-25.
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34Netanyahu is disqualified from running for Likud party leadership for alleged misuse of party funds; Netanyahu will appeal. Simultaneously, but without any connection apparent by now, Israel police reveal a huge political corruption investigation: About 30 political figures are said to be involved in nepotism and transfer of funds. The parliamental elections on 2015-03-17 are about to get exciting.
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40Erdoğan : Birth control is treason.
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14Oh, dear God... Context: During a charity event hosted at Glendale Elks Lodge, a performer made a parody of Bad Bad Leroy Brown by Jim Croce called Bad Bad Michael Brown. Both the LAPD and the Glendale Elk's Lodge have said that they did not sanction the event and are launching investigations.
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-19David Cameron's Christmas message - "giving, sharing and taking care of others". Pass the sickbag.
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23Ohio town REALLY isn't into zombie Jesus.
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41A Fox affiliate in Baltimore altered footage to make it appear as if protesters in D.C. were chanting "kill a cop".
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41Sean Hannity's own fellow hosts and reporters at Fox News named him the network's worst host. Hannity responds by proving them right.
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22Gaylard Williams, pastor of Praise Cathedral Church of God in Seymour, Indiana, victim of Haggard's Law.
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26Little victories: Australian Competition and Consumer Commission convinces Adelaide court that Homeopathy Plus was being "misleading and deceptive" in their anti-vaxx, pro-homeopathy stance. A penalty hearing is scheduled for February 2015.
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27"We're not anti-police." Emerald Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, offers support and condolences to families of slain NYPD officers.
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Nebraska professor plans to build warp drive in his garage.

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6Mass killers often start by stalking or assaulting women.
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17Joe Cocker, quite good singer, deaded at 70 of lung cancer.
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27Pope Francis begins the celebration of Festivus by airing his grievances over the Vatican Bureaucracy. "spiritual Alzheimer's" ... saucer of milk?
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10Patreon had to make an actual rule against sponsoring child porn, malicious doxing or hate speech. Why? 8chan and Gamergate, of course!
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27San Franciscan police officer batters sleeping hospital patient; claims he was assaulted.
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24Hopefully this is the last we'll ever hear of Andrew Wakefield.
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53Ohioan county jail threatens solitary confinement on a Muslim woman for refusing to go to Church; woman sues state for violating the constitution.
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33Teacher fired by Roman Catholic school for having in vitro fertilization wins $2 million verdict but there will be an appeal.
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13To be fair, there are at least several people involved in Bitcoin who are not money-laundering drug dealers.
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10Obama: Just release the stupid goddamn film. Sony: Okay, okay! Fuck you, everyone.
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26Farewell, Her Excellency The Rev. Sir Doctor Stephen Tyrone Mos Def Colbert, D.F.A., Heavyweight Champion of the World** La Première Dame de France.
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19Persecution of atheism and secular humanism is on the rise ... as these ideas become more widely accepted as legitimate. (A report on the International Humanist and Ethical Union's Freedom of Thought Report.)
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21Sony pulls the release of Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview due to empty North Korean threats. Fucking cowards. Update: Perfect timing, as the Times finally confirms what was long suspected. (It appears the regime is now so unstable that it will cyberattack Hollywood companies to prevent objectionable films from getting smuggled in. Holy Streisand... maybe Babs is no longer worthy.)
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18Not only are wealth gaps at nearly unprecedented levels, actual corporate control is in the hands of even fewer than previously thought
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2Londoners on the Tube, so cold, so unfriendly, so... singalong?
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39"Are we entering a new Cold War?" Well, the Russian economy is imploding and the US is about to lift a little-known embargo... Update: And one of the most counter-intuitve foreign policy initiatives of all time has ended. US to re-establish full relations with Cuba after 50 years.
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21The Taliban massacre over 100 schoolchidren and their teachers, in Pakistan. The government overeacts promising speedy executions and innocent people could die without a proper trial.
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10After Bush and Shrub, what name for this one?
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10See, it takes top Silicon Valley disruptive innovators like Uber to see a hostage siege and immediately think "w00t, price-gouging opportunity!"
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18UKIP candidate Kerry Smith resigns after a series of racist, homophobic and elitist remarks. Apparently, outbreaks of racism and homophobia are side-effects of morphine. Perhaps it should say so on the bottle.
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11A number of people were taken hostage by an Islamic extremist in a cafe in Sydney, Australia, five escaped. The police stormed the cafe and three including the gunman were killed.
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16ISIS leader: "If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no ISIS"
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24Bob Jones University slammed over its handling of sexual abuse incidents in report by a Christian organization they contracted.
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38Raw milk company defends product after 3yo's death ... a few weeks after sharing a Facebook image mocking safety concerns about raw milk.
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16Health officials in Michigan are sounding the alarm thanks to a high rate of vaccine waivers. In California, whooping cough has made a comeback. And the National Hockey League is experiencing an outbreak of mumps.
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31In a perfect example of the Streisand Effect, staff member of the United States Senate tries to remove reference to torture in the Wikipedia article of the CIA torture report.
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34Greenpeace may have unintentionally damaged the Nazca site in Peru; later apologises.
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36No tax breaks for the Ark Park. Update: Here's the actual letter from Kentucky’s Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart to Ken Ham. It's a thing of beauty.
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18Death and rape wishes, still an acceptable part of Twitter discourse.
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28Czech scientists manage to create all the components of RNA in an experiment simulating an asteroid impact.
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22Guess who's running for president again! (GOP national primaries: better than any reality show.)
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36Illinois General Assembly revives recording ban on cops by citizens, makes it a felony.
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40The CIA torture report is out. Highlights: they gravely lied to Congress and the White House, understated the brutality of their methods and the number of torture victims and exaggerated the value of the gathered information or even fabricated it; “At least 26 detainees were wrongfully held”; the CIA itself leaked classified information to journalists, exaggerating the success of interrogation methods in an effort to gain public support. Guardian summary, live feed, background; NYT key points, analysis; Full document (huge PDF). Update: Telling.
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35You know that freedom of religion thing? It cuts both ways.
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29Trickle down economics slows growth, says the OECD
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30Scott Lively runs out of appeals; to stand trial for crimes against humanity.
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20The Satanists are at it again: Holiday Satanic Display Approved By Florida Capitol
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13A scientific study by Maggie Simpson, Edna Krabappel, and Kim Jong Fun has been accepted by two journals. "These outlets both belong to a world of predatory journals that spam thousands of scientists, offering to publish their work — whatever it is — for a fee, without actually conducting peer review"
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23Richard Dawkins apparently had not heard about the men's rights movement.
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37Chemical weapon attack on furry convention. A jar of chlorine powder was used, indicating a very unsophisticated attacker. 19 hospitalized, 18 now released, none dead, thankfully. Additionally, as reality has a sense of morbid irony, a nearby dog show took con-goers in for shelter.
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41Science being awesome again. Six years after launch, New Horizons sends back an "I'm awake!" message, as it prepares for final approach to Pluto.
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37British High Court overrules Jehovah's Witnesses' objections to blood transfusion for son
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21Paid fossil energy lobbyists posing as attorneys general in more than a dozen states. Republicans – who could have guessed that.
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54In view of the Hobby Lobby decision, the Satanic Temple strikes back by filing a lawsuit to exempt their followers from reading pro-life literature which is required in some states when planning to have an abortion. Their argument is that since their beliefs are solely based on scientific facts, and because much of this literature's content is not based on science, having to read it would inflict their freedom of religion.
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18Rolling Stone has cast doubt on its own article relating to a rape scandal at UVA, following discrepancies found by the Washington Post that cast doubt on the veracity of Jackie, the supposed rape victim's claims. Basically a retraction here and a statement from the fraternity in question here.
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26Being Black in Public claims another victim. He was "verbally challenging" the cop, so clearly summary execution was justified... provided the cop's name was Dredd and this was Mega City One... The cop claims to have felt a gun in his pocket, but no, he was unarmed, and it was actually a prescription medicine vial. The police account conflicts with what other witnesses say. What is it with all these black men who try to draw weapons they don't have?
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15Good tidings of great joy: there's a new Ayn Rand novel coming out.
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20Indiana cops are a bunch of dicks.
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11A football-loving goat joins in a game.
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17There's a campaign to put McDonald's in churches.
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21 If you're black in the USA you can't go down the stairs in the place where you live without risking that a rookie police officer will "accidentally" shoot you dead! While Akai Gurley was dying the policeman who shot him didn't even get medical help Why are so many black people the victims of supposed police fatal mistakes and not others? This happens too often and is no coincidence.
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27Bill passes in the Michigan House of Representatives to make it legal to discriminate, on religious grounds.
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13I was hoping that they'd at least be allowed to run for office.
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33Canadian family prays over corpse in home for six months in hopes of resurrection.
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6A Lancastrian vicar is arrested over a suspicious infant death after a series of incidents.
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12Tory Rebel MP Mark Pritchard is arrested on suspicion of rape, and is bailed until January on an election year.
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11The British courts effectively rule on foetal personhood
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21Yet again a grand jury wouldn't indict a white police officer who caused the death of a black man. Eric Garner refused to be handcuffed and felt police were harassing him for trying to break up a fight. Obama with other leading US politicians are trying to address a breakdown in trust between police and communities and Al Sharpton says the grand jury system is broken.
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23Not-So-Complementary Medicine: A recent Australian study has indicated that many alternative therapies can reduce or compromise the effectiveness of concurrent chemotherapy or conventional cancer treatment.
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14Obviously it's a mad biotinker wanting to revive the clock tower sniper in a robotic spider body. Obviously.
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19Hypothetically, if a bill was tabled with the name "No Social Security for Nazis Act," would anyone (in the most polarized Congress of all time) vote against it? So far, no.
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25HIV is evolving - very publically, in a time scale that is readily understandable, to become somewhat milder.
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39Cameron knows which sexual acts are bad and bans them from porn produced in the UK. IF THE WOMEN EJACULATE THEN THE TERRORISTS HAVE WON. (Cameron must not be a Monty Python fan. His list "blows away" the subject matter of one of their most popular -- and one of their most NSFW -- short songs.)
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27If you're communications director to a Congressman, don't diss Obama's kids. Especially if you ever did something newsworthy as a teenager, or have ever shown any lack of class.
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10Outgoing congressidiot Steve Stockman has introduced a bill demanding America conduct a study on what Rep. Steve Stockman has named the "Stockman Effect."
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12"Hands down the weirdest story I've ever covered." (Of course it has to involve North Korea.)

[edit] November 2014

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15Bad weekend for Syria: While Islamic State militants drink expensive Red Bull in front of impoverished masses in Raqqa, Kobani appears to be under attack from the Turkish border.
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21@keithlaw is back on Twitter. First tweet back: "Eppur si muove."
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23Relevant to our interests: Swedish Christmas Goat built again this year. Last year it was burned down for the 27th time. Live feed here.
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31“With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never needed a defense lawyer.” She gave to the Grand Jury a 1979 state law which was ruled unconstitutional in 1985. This unconstitutional law allowed police to shoot fleeing suspects just for fleeing.
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28Same-sex marriage is coming to Finland.
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28President Obama: the only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans.
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54President Obama uses this year's turkey pardon to stick it to the GOP on immigration: "I am here to announce what I'm sure will be the most talked about executive action this month. Today, I am taking an action fully within my legal authority, the same kind of action taken by Democrats and Republican presidents before me, to spare the lives of two turkeys, Mac and Cheese, from a terrible and delicious fate. . . They'll get to live out the rest of their days respectively at a Virginia estate with 10,000 acres of roaming space. I know some will call this amnesty."
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40Researchers: There isn't a STEM worker shortage, industry just wants cheap indentured labour.
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-7This title was derived algorithmically. That's why it's so bad.
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31Update on Ferguson: A Grand Jury isn't going to indict officer Darren Wilson over the death of Michael Brown. America.
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59Israel says "fuck you" to 20% of its population.
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32Yet another black American youngster, this time 12 years old, shot dead because he carried a fake firearm (an AirSoft replica with the identifying orange marker removed) and didn't obey a police order to raise his hands. (Update: Police allege he was waving his gun in the air. A surveillance video of the incident exists, and will eventually be released to the public.)
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31Judge to sovereign citizen: No, you cannot just mint your own silver "liberty dollars." (47-page judgement, a masterpiece of judicial literature.)
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23The Plague is enveloping Madagascar. If it's anything like the Ebola reaction, expect Nigerians to be treated with misplaced suspicion.
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38Former Reparative therapy leader John Smid marries same-sex partner
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29BENGHAZI! ...what a waste of time.
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26House Republicans vote to "turn the EPA into a Trade Show." (Will be vetoed.)
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17When batshits collide: Christopher Monckton lends support to Australian right-wing evangelical Christian micro-party Rise Up Australia.
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28And so begins the second (third?) phase of the Republican Civil War: Obama pulls a Reagan/Bush/whatever, announcing executive action to shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. (Get ready for a historic two years.)
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26Ultra-conservative Arizona sues GM for $3 billion due to safety defects that are harming and killing Americans, supporting the American people for a change instead of corporations.
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39The people of Rudolf Hess's home town find a constructive way to deal with the annual Neo-Nazi march
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26"Not conducive to the public good" Julien Blanc not permitted UK visa.
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16The Keystone XL pipeline is down... for now.
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37Catholic Church: Having to defend against discrimination claims is a violation of our religious freedom.
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40Putin finds Wikipedia dangerously informative, and has announced already underway plans for a Government-controlled version.
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37NRA claim: If more people had the right to carry guns in public, violent crime rates would drop. Stanford University study: Nope.
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48While MRAs are busy complaining about video game journalism, UK charity #BEAT starts campaign to draw attention to men who suffer from eating disorders.
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33US woman faces bankruptcy after being taken to wrong hospital, whilst unconscious.
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16Oh, by the way, the U.S. government is tracking Americans' cell phones with a fleet of spy aircraft.
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13Russia plans long-range patrols as far away as the Gulf of Mexico. Russia vs. the United States just got more likely... but probably to waste gas trolling.
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30The Ferguson police now have some allies: The Ku Klux Klan. This will end well. Update: Anonymous starts unmasking Klansmen. Update 2: The Klan reacts predictably.
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39"The credibility of Italy's entire scientific community has been restored." Manslaughter charges against six of seven Italian scientists involved in the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake forecasts have been overturned on appeal, with the remaining charge downgraded.
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22Jovian, Lemur mascot and co-host of late 90's animal edutainment show Zoboomafoo, has passed.
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37Philae touches down. Photos of the comet's surface have emerged. Also alien conspiracy theries have emerged.
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23South Carolina becomes the next Homogay™ domino to fall.
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28It appears we need to have a lot more of these APEC summits (aside from the Star Trek regalia and Putin hitting on everyone): China has agreed to its first serious climate targets, bringing the denial staircase to #10.
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3Obamacare architect is bad at extemporaneous speaking.
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31Glenn Beck admits he has a 'mysterious brain illness'. Any jokes would be tasteless. And redundant.
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30With the clearing of a New York doctor, there are now no known possible cases of Ebola in the United States.
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3Death panels are coming to the interwebz! Obama backs net neutrality; Ted Cruz:"'Net Neutrality' is Obamacare for the Internet."
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51Sorry, Harry Reid, you're too Democratic to be a Mormon.
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20Mexico's ongoing cartel problems seem to be going critical: Protesters Set Presidential Palace On Fire. (They're protesting missing students believed to have been murdered by the cartels and corrupt police.)
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20Gorbachev warns of a new cold war caused by the west not handling the end of the old one correctly.
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12Remember the craziest challenge to Obamacare yet? Well, four of those members of the Supreme Court have now decided to bring it up for a ruling next year!
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32The results of the 2014 elections are in for science: everybody loses.
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32Loathsome pick-up artist Julien Blanc thrown out of Australia.
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-15In a scene not unlike that one Torchwood episode, police in Wales kill a murder suspect after he is found eating a woman's eyeball.
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20Perfect record ruined! U.S. Appeals Court upholds gay marriage bans in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. (Dubya really knew how to pick judges.)
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3553% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people.
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7Coming soon to a physics set in the store near you: Collider@home (LHC@home is taken already)
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10What is Sarbanes-Oxley law good for? Nailing commercial fishers for throwing away undersized fish destroying evidence.
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21We can't employ you. You're Irish and, thus, a drunk.
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45Florida, where you are free to shoot your fellow man, so long as you make sure you kill them, but don't give homeless people food.
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32Meanwhile in Britain: A new study concludes that migrants pay more through tax than take through Welfare.
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19The Republicans have taken control of the US Senate and retain control of the House. In other news, Marijuana is legal in Alaska/Oregon/DC and we have 100 women in Congress. Update: Well that didn't take long.
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14"The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership threatens to blow the sovereignty of parliament unless it can be stopped"
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10Baltimore toddler shoots three-year old in the leg with a shotgun.
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27Solar power is getting dramatically cheap.
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42New Zealand Green party to its MP's: we support evidence based medicine, so no you can't be health spokesman if you sign a stupid petition urging the WHO to treat ebola with homeopathy!
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25A UK boy, 15 at the time admitted stabbing a teacher to death and planned more homicides. Fortunately guns aren't easy to get in the UK or there could have been a mass shooting.
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32Death with dignity advocate, Brittany Maynard dies with dignity aged 29. Maynard suffered from cancer and became the latest spotlight in the right to die debate, surprise the Vatican and many social conservatives condemned the right to die.
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