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October 2017[edit]

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3Trump's pick for the head of the Council on Environmental Quality considers CO2 to be "the gas of life" and believes that fossil fuels helped end slavery
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5The "new and improved" EPA scrubs dozens of links and resources about climate change from its websites.
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5About nine million people died in 2015 due to pollution, a number higher than that due to all wars and other forms of violence.
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17Richard Spencer speaks at the University of Florida. He's received, it should come as no particular surprise, by a barrage of counter-protestors both inside and outside the auditorium - with the former drowning him out with chants for the entire duration. Outside, yet another Nazi ends up getting punched in the face.
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13President Trump declares, "Freedom is a gift from God".
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7President Trump is bringing Merry Christmas back.
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14Raqqa liberated.
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25A Hawaiian judge has struck down Trump's 3rd travel ban. On top of the failures to repeal Obamacare, to build a wall along the Mexican border, and to revitalize the Midwestern coal industry, this adds nothing to the number of major electoral promises Trump has succeeded in keeping, a nice tidy zero.
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22Ironically, Donald Trump's actions undermining the Affordable Care Act hurt those who voted for him the most.
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19Physicists have detected gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars for the first time. This paves the way for improved understanding of the origins of heavy elements of the periodic table.
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9Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives who claims she's been on board a spaceship piloted by extraterrestrials who have "communicated telepathically with her several times in her life."
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17Somalia faces one of the most lethal terrorist attacks in recent history with 239 people believed dead
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17And...this year's award for Worst Pseudoscience Of The Year goes to Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop.
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26Authors face retraction (again) of their study claiming vaccines-autism link. Scientists demolish it - and find fake data.
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16California bans the sale of non-rescue animals in pet shops.
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19Angered by gun control, this lawmaker drafted a bill to require licenses for journalists
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15Rebounding from the Great Recession, the city of Lancaster has become the solar capital of California.
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27Sesame Street teaches children on how to cope with trauma.
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22Sovereign citizen claims to be 'some sort of agricultural product' to get out of trial. Judge is unimpressed.
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12EPA chief Scott Pruitt announced in Hazard, Kentucky, that his agency will repeal the Obama-era Clean Power Act.
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17Utah legislator considers bringing back "porn czar".
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23Geophysicists are confident that the number of anthropogenic earthquakes are on the rise.
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20In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the National Rifle Association (NRA) calls for stronger gun regulations. [No, not The Onion.]
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29Trump issues a ruling that allows employers to opt out of providing free birth control if it contradicts their beliefs.
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25Russian internet troll factories spreading Islamophobia and secessionist ideas in Texas
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35Measles and rubella officially eradicated from New Zealand after 3 years with no new cases.
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31A conservative Republican who has traditionally opposed abortions changes his mind after it was revealed that he had encouraged his mistress to have one.
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29The GOP is losing rich donors over its inability to repeal Obamacare.
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22Fox News Blames CNN and Atheism for Las Vegas Massacre
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14According to Yahoo, all three billion accounts were hacked in the August 2013 data breach.
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18Iraq liberates the last ISIS urban stronghold.
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15The Disturbing Rise of Cyberattacks Against Abortion Clinics
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15A small subset of Technolibertarians who love Bitcoin decided that an all-meat diet was a fantastic idea and is the most healthy diet ever; hint: they are wrong
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17Mississippi’s Draconian Anti-LGBT Law, the Worst in the Nation, Is Set to Take Effect
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25Paul Ryan touts mental health reforms (and the power of prayer) as key to preventing future incidents of gun violence while defending a GOP bill that undoes an Obama-era regulation making it hard for those with mental illness to purchase firearms.
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14This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to three researchers who developed cryo-electronic microscopy, an imaging technique allowing for the visualization of complex biological molecules in exquisite detail. Soon, all the secrets of life at the most fundamental levels will be revealed to us.
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17On the Internet, nobody knows you are a Russian dog. A number of "blacktivists" actually Russian spies. Putin stoked racial tensions during 2016, pitting black against white, to install orange.
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28The U.S. votes against the United Nations' ban on the death penalty for same-sex relations.
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33The Nobel Prize in Physics this year is shared by three American physicists who played an instrumental role in the detection of gravitational waves. Similarly, another three Americans earned the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for advancing our understanding of the circadian rhythm.
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52Worst mass shooting by a single individual in the US, this time at a country music festival in Las Vegas. Currently tied with the Orlando shooting for number dead but far more injured (and the number of dead may rise). Third worst rampage killing of all time (behind Breivik and the Nice mass murders) The shooter was a wealthy real-estate investor.
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19Tensions increase in Downing Street over the quality of the current government. There have now been repeated calls for Boris Johnson to be fired for interfering with other departments, and Theresa May faces similar calls over her failure to do so. In an effort to win over new voters should an emergency election be called (again), a new youth activist wing is to be set up to compete with Labour's Momentum, spearheaded by Reese-Mogg, while more popular policies such as helping people get a Mortgage and changing the policy on paying back student debt are announced.
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27Puerto Rico remains without power after being hit by a hurricane, and upper limit estimates put it at eight months for repairs of the grid to be finished. A million are without drinking water, and homes and hospitals have been damaged, while Washington and Puerto Rico's government are in disagreement over the effectiveness of federal aid. Typically, President Trump has used the event to deride local mayors for being lazy and incompetent in waiting for federal aid, and accused critics of being part of a Democrat conspiracy.
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11Four pedestrians and a police officer in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, have been injured in a suspected terrorist attack using a van and knife as seen in London earlier this year. A man matching the suspect's identity has been arrested.
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11A suspected terror attack has taken place in Marseille as a man stabs several people at the St. Charles train station before being shot by armed police. At least one stabbing victim has also died.
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17As many as 337 people have been injured in riots in Catalonia started by a judicial order to police to forcibly close schools used for their independence referendum.

September 2017[edit]

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17A record number of Americans have sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), many of them newborn children who contracted STDs from their mothers, said the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
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17Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price resigns after being caught spending some $400,000 of taxpayers' money on chartered flights. He was previously under fire for owning over $100,000 worth of pharmaceutical and medical stocks.
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10In an example of Sunday School environmentalism gone bad, wood burning stoves that were once seen as environmental wonder for heating are being investigated for possible banning by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. This is due to high levels of pollutants coming from the chimneys.
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12Do you want Roko's basilisk? Because this is how you get Roko's basilisk.
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14Evangelicals urge more action from Trump against 'alt-right'
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14Potential members of the scientific advisory board of the EPA consist of numerous people from the fossil fuel industry, including those to reject mainstream climate science.
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14Mimicking the experiences of Anjem Chaudary, British terror group National Action’s latest revivals, Scottish Dawn and NS131, have also been proscribed as terrorist organisations and, since Wednesday, eleven men have been arrested over their continued membership.
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20A wellness blogger in Australia has been found guilty of misleading and deceptive conduct and fined $410,000 after falsely claiming she had brain cancer and was cured through alternative therapies and nutrition.
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22Yet another detection of gravitational waves caused by the collision of two black holes. Now that Virgo, a new detector in Italy, has come online, it is possible to triangulate the source of the waves and to measure their polarization.
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28...aaaaaannnd once again, the Obamacare repeal has been defeated. Somewhere, the Kochs and Mercers are tearing up like in that famous photo of a Frenchman during the Nazi invasion of Paris, whilst the world's littlest violin plays in the background.
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34Saudi Arabia's King Salman decrees that women in the kingdom should be allowed to drive, and from tomorrow they can apply for driving licenses.
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33 Ireland's taoiseach (prime minister) has announced that next year there will be a referendum on whether or not the 8th amendment of the Constitution of Ireland would be repealed. This amendment makes having an abortion illegal in Ireland.
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-35Alejandro Villanueva is NFL's top-selling jersey since standing for anthem.
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8Man opens fire in Nashville church, killing at least one and wounding many.
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26Making public colleges and universities free is not only increasingly popular among Democrats, but is so among Republicans as well.
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17India's minister of education is under fire for attempting to rewrite the history of science and technology.
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24Even Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback and personal friend of Donald Trump, thinks Trump's comments on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem went too far.
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37Pharmaceutical researchers at the US National Institutes of Health and the company Sanofi have engineered an antibody capable of neutralizing 99% of all HIV strains.
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15A giant iceberg (6000 square kilometers in area) leaves the Antarctic ice shelf. On the bright side, fishing (and presumably oil exploration) in the area previously covered by the iceberg is banned for two years.
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19Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos revokes Obama-era rules on the handling of sexual assault cases on college campuses.
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24The President of the USA goes to war with the NFL, using harsher language to attack Colin Kaepernick (Son of a bitch), than he ever did to attack actual Nazis, who actually murdered someone.
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33Neo-Nazis host a "Straight Lives Matter" rally in Sydney in protest of Australia's gay marriage postal poll. (Only a stone's throw away from a monument to LGBT people killed during the Holocaust). The organizer predicted that "hundreds" would show up. 15 actually do, vastly outnumbered by counter-protestors. The organizer boasts that, no, actually, a whopping 30 people turned up, and more people didn't arrive only because they were afraid of violent retaliation from LGBT activists. Yeah, sure.
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18An English Defence League rally has been called off after only six attend.
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10Scott Pruitt, climate change denier and head of the EPA, rescinds an Obama-era plan to protect an ecologically important wetland and fishery in Southwest Alaska from mining activities after a meeting with a lobbyist.
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18NASA opens a new computational research facility in Hampton, Virginia, named after Katherine Johnson, an African-American female mathematician who was instrumental in its space program. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.
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25John McCain to vote against Graham-Cassidy.
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-6Gwyneth Paltrow offers Los Angeles sex dust and vampire repellent.
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17 Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who is pushing for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, is under fire for using a luxurious chartered private jet paid for by tax money in his travels.
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19The U.S. Senate voted to increase the military budget by $80 billion (to around $700 billion), an amount more than enough to make public colleges and universities tuition free, about $47 billion.
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19A large proportion of Canadians apparently think science is a matter of opinion. But over 80% trust scientists and scientific institutions viz ~20-25% social media and word of mouth - so there is hope.
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14Spanish police have arrested the Catalan region's junior economy minister as part of a morning raid on several government offices in the run-up to an independence referendum. The October 1 independence referendum has been dubbed undemocratic and illegal by the central government.
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21Saudi Arabia plans to "accept Israel as a brotherly state", reported by a twitter account believed to be the member of the ruling family.
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4In Brazil., a judge approves gay conversion therapy
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21The real unknown of climate change is human behavior. On the bright side, economic trends indicate that coal can never be great again.
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17At the U.N. Assembly, governors of multiple US states, most notably Jerry Brown of California, indicated that on the topic of global warming and climate change, they will take matters into their own hands, regardless of what the federal government might do. Meanwhile, Gary Cohn, the White House chief economic advisor, reiterates that while the Trump administration intends to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it remains open to renegotiation, but does not clarify what new conditions are required.
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24 The BBC has reprimanded Adam Rutherford, a radio science presenter for breaking impartiality rules. This is because he tweeted a message calling for a climate-change denying MP, not to be re-elected as a member of the science and technology parliamentary committee.
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15Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to his impoverished countrymen - let them eat cake rabbit..
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11Poland demands a trillion dollars from Germany in reparations for World War II.
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41A judge ordered Martin Shkreli, the notorious Pharma Bro, to be imprisoned early, arguing he posed a danger to the public thanks to one of his Facebook posts, in which he offered money to whoever gets a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair.
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22Cassini Crashes Into Saturn, Its Mission Celebrated and Mourned. In related news, the European X-ray Free Electron Laser (XFEL), was inaugurated earlier this month in Hamburg, Germany. Home to the world's most powerful X-ray laser, its mission is to conduct research in materials science, molecular biology and medicine.
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15A terror incident has occurred in London when an IED consisting of chemicals in a paint can was set alight on a train. No deaths have currently been confirmed, and many injuries were from the rush to get out of the cabin rather than the explosion.
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31Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to terminate gerrymandering.
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19Treasury chief Steven Mnuchin is being investigated by his own department after requesting use of a $25,000-per hour government jet to fly him and his wife around Europe for their honeymoon.
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23Bernie Sanders officially announces his Medicare-for-all bill (YouTube link).
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34Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas and fervent opponent of pornography, likes a tweet that shares pornography. He blames the problem on his "staff", who, in turn, blames a "hacker".
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18Thousands take to the streets to protest Macron's labor reforms.
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14Phrenology back in vogue
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26Universal basic income: Half of Britons back plan to pay all UK citizens regardless of employment
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25An IT firm found a way to adapt an algorithm used in experimental high-energy physics to help supermarkets reduce food waste.
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19Hurricane Irma makes landfall in Florida.
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26Woman who sought to join Islamic State group gets 8 years
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30A new study suggests that (at least) 139 countries worldwide could transition completely to renewable energy by the year 2050 and that in some large countries, such as the United States, the process may be easier than first thought.
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28A Democrat instrumental in the passage of the Affordable Care Act changes his mind on universal healthcare, saying its time has come. He joins at least two other Democrats in supporting Bernie Sanders' Medicare-for-all bill.
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18German hackers found security holes in vote-counting software just a few weeks before the German federal election.
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25State Department approves a $3.8 billion arms sale to repressive Bahrain, where dissidents are getting jailed for tweeting.
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30Medical scientists have found a way to re-engineer the Zika virus such that it can be used to treat brain cancer. In equally encouraging news, the FDA approved a gene therapy that treats a form of leukemia. This is the very first gene therapy available in the United States.
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38After telling listeners Irma was a liberal hoax, Limbaugh quietly evacuates South Florida.
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23Equifax doxxes half the population of the United States.
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31Lessons from Germany's push towards renewable energy.
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25Donald Trump nominates a climate "skeptic" who wants to clean up space junk and install a permanent Moon base to head NASA.
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15EPA assigns final financial award decisions to John Konkus, a former Trump campaign aide with, typical of Trump administration asshattery, virtually no qualifications and hostility to climate change researchers.
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21Despite being repeatedly informing that Christmas carols are not banned in South Australian schools by the Department of Education. The local newspaper, commercial talk radio station and two national breakfast TV stations still peddle that line that they are.
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26Trump, or rather racist gnome, Jeff Sessions, gleefully announces he's ending DACA, but tosses the time-bomb to Congress, to pass legislation before March 2018.
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25Four British soldiers have been arrested for being members of the terror group, National Action.
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37What's a bigot to do when those pesky Muslims open up all their local mosques to help out victims of the Texas flooding? Why, invent a mosque that shuts its doors to Christians, of course! Bonus point: the imam in the fake news report lives in Canada and has never even been to Texas.
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24Kenya Supreme Court Nullifies Presidential Election
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25A baby gets lead poisoning after chewing on a homeopathic "healing bracelet".
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28Poland: Law and Justice (PiS) introduced lawful segregation of disabled students in schools. Disabled children are to be taught at their homes without an option to opt for individual classes at school. Funny twist of irony is that the party also opposes abortion - including when the child is going to be severely impaired.

August 2017[edit]

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22Burmese leader and Nobel prize winner Suu Kyi has turned into an apologist for genocide against Rohingya Muslims. When you're rejecting UN investigations you know there's something wrong.
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11Florence, a nearly 3-mile-wide asteroid, to swing by Earth on Friday
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37'We only kill black people’: Georgia cop caught reassuring nervous white woman during traffic stop.
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14Israel’s Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage is not a right
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29Just stabbed yourself? Blame a black guy, because... um.... politics? Why would anyone create a hoax like this?
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19

The Republican challenging Luther Strange in next month's GOP Senate primary runoff in Alabama? Why, none other than Roy Moore. And he might win.

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25Trump blocks Obama-era rule designed to prevent pay discrimination.
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28"Nowhere is political journalism so free, so robust, or perhaps so rowdy as in the United States." So says a federal judge in dismissing Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times.
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52Major Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Website Stormfront Has Been Kicked Offline
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36Three-for-three. Alt-righters announce a rally and subsequent press conference in San Francisco. The threat of a backlash grows so strong that they cancel the event altogether. Thousands show up to counter-protest them anyway. We can keep doing this forever, alt-right.
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8Transgender troop ban is now official.
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28Sebastian Gorka, who has links to neo-Nazis, leaves White House post.
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17As promised, Trump has pardoned Mr. Pink PJ's, effectively violating the Bill of Rights.
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11South Carolina governor Henry McMaster signs order "directing state agencies to stop providing funds to any medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic."
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23Following the recent terror incidents in London and Manchester, moderate Islamic group Minhaj-ul-Quran UK hopes to do more to counter the effect DAESH propaganda on British teenagers with their annual "al-hidayah" summer camp.
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12Terrorist incident in Brussels as a Somalian man assaults a soldier with a knife before being shot dead.
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1523 people have died and 2500 arrested after a series of riots in northern India following the conviction of religious leader Ram Rahim Singh for rape.
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24Another neo-Nazi rally in San Francisco on Saturday. Local residents have made preparations to welcome them; the neo-Nazis will be up to their jackboots in dog poop
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32A new study investigating publicly available documents from Exxon Mobil and the research on climate science they sponsored suggests the corporation has been deliberately misleading the public about climate change. This comes at a time when the corporation is facing various lawsuits for its position on the issue.
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26Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce
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18Democrats in Congress are trying to form a panel of psychiatrists and psychologists to assess Donald Trump's mental health.
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29A solar eclipse passed along the continental US August 21st.
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37Trump's response to the Navy warship collision that left 10 sailors missing: "that's too bad". Imagine the Republican reaction if Obama or Clinton said this.
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33Two-for-two. Neo-Nazis host an anti-Muslim protest in Vancouver. 28 people turn up. 4,000 people turn up to counter-protest them. Man, everyone sure agrees with you, don't they, alt-right? It'd sure be you who would win in a hypothetical second Civil War, wouldn't it?
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15Information is power: savvy customers taking advantage of genetic testing worry life and health insurers.
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25The anti-vaccine movement may have a new target -- veterinary medicine. So, can dogs and cats even get autism? Vets say "no!" Anti-vaxxers are beginning to say "you don't know, so let's risk rabies!"
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31Neo-Nazis host a "free speech" rally in Boston. Roughly a few dozen people turn up. Between 15,000 and 40,000 people turn up to counter-protest them.
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44Some good news for a change, Steve Bannon has left the White House. Update: "Bannon the Barbarian" is back at Breitbart waging war against the President's opponents.
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15Multiple stabbings left one person dead in Turku, Finland. As of now, there's no indication of the assailant's motive.
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17Five terrorists related to the attack in Barcelona killed by the Spanish police. One woman, stabbed by one of them, has died
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32PayPal shuts down access for Richard Spencer and other right wing extremists after finding out their service was used to raise funding for Charlottesville rally. Apple makes a similar move as well.
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12A rented van has driven into crowds in Barcelona's central street, La Rambla, killing as many as thirteen and leaving fifty more injured. One suspect has been arrested by the police, other has been killed in a gunfight, and another thought to be related to the terrorist attack died in a house explosion
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28Donald Trump unabashedly mourns the removal of Confederate statues from public space. Unsurprisingly, he finds himself increasingly isolated.
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22Russia is erecting statues for dictator Stalin.
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17Racist teens vandalize Asian American cemetery, spray paint racist slurs and topple 40+ headstones.
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20Four Confederate monuments were removed in Baltimore, Maryland.
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14A recent study by Europe's Joint Research Centre suggests that super heatwaves, similar to the one currently scorching the continent called "Lucifer", will likely become increasingly frequent in the future if nothing is done to curtail global warming. In related news, US climate scientists deliberately leaked a report, which shows that global average temperatures and sea levels will continue to rise, to prevent its suppression by Donald Trump.
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7North Korea holds off its plan to launch a nuclear strike against the US territory of Guam.
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21Lebanon abolishes a law allowing rapists to marry their victims in order to escape punishment.
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16Following seven CEO departures in the wake of the Charlottesville rally, the White House has been forced to close both the Strategic and Policy Forum and the White House Manufacturing Jobs Initiative councils. UPDATE: the new National Infrastructure Advisory Council has gone, too.
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9The Rebel Media in steady decline, says Maclean's, as co-founder Brian Lilley quits the site in disgust after Charlottesville. Two part-time contributors, Barbara Kay and John Robson, followed him out the door.
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22Donald Trump's approval ratings continue to drop. Even some of those who voted for him are now having doubts.
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-13Somehow, mom of Charlottesville victim thanked Trump for "comfort".
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5In an attempt to increase its presence in America the Daily Mail is starting on September 18th, a syndicated TV "news" show, Daily Mail TV.
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29FBI just foiled a bombing plot by a white supremacist terrorist in Oklahoma City.
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23In the wake of the Charlottesville riot, protesters in Durham, North Carolina, where a state law prohibits local authorities from removing Confederate monuments, decided to just do it themselves.
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35Martin Shkreli, the infamous "Pharma Bro" who raised the price of a lifesaving drug 5000% overnight, faces up to 20 years in prison for charges of fraud.
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15Despite fiery rhetoric from President Trump, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, clarifies that military actions against North Korea will only be measures of last resort.
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29Web host GoDaddy has given the Daily Stormer 24 hours notice to switch providers, following the site's mocking of a victim of the Charlottesville rally.
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9Research shows a significant decline in sperm count among Western men.
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6The BBC on Robert Hooke's wacky adventures with public funds. All in the name of science, of course!
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34White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA: Car plows into crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.
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236000+ people hold far-right rock concert in Germany featuring Hitler salute, "Heil" chant and 40+ other racist crimes.
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19Hundreds of white nationalists protest in the University of Virginia, against whatever oppression they are facing.
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15US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un confront each other in a nuclear standoff.
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7In a move that leaves many wide... mouthed, Goatse.cx is stretching its boundaries and expanding into Goatse Coin, its own crytocurrency.
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16Shit just got real: Researchers encode malware in a strand of DNA that compromises the computer analyzing it.
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27Emails reveal that scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture are required to avoid making explicit references to climate change.
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18Donald Trump proposes to cut the number of legal immigrants to the United States in half. But economists argue that reducing or halting legal immigration to the United States does not necessarily lead to more jobs for Americans.
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19Special counsel investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 US Presidential Election Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury and issued subpoenas.
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13Venezuela ousts their top prosecutor Luisa Ortega Diaz (a Chavista who has been challenging the legality of Maduro's activities). Her passport and accounts have been seized and her employees in their office have been surrounded by National Guard soldiers.
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18Faced with potential lawsuits, the EPA reverses an earlier decision to delay the implementation of air pollution standards introduced by the Obama administration. In related news, climate change now poses a real workplace hazard in certain parts of the United States.
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22A National Security Council member is fired after writing a crazy memo alleging a conspiracy between Islamists and "globalists" / "Cultural Marxists", utilizing Maoist insurgency tactics, to defeat Trump's political agenda.
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49Jordan votes to repeal its "marry the rapist" law.
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38Sen. Cory Booker introduced a bill that would legalize marijuana at the federal level, with incentives for the states that haven't done so to legalize it, too.

July 2017[edit]

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9A UK "email prankster" tricked a number of WH officials into thinking he was other WH officials.
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17Scientists discovered a patch of plastic garbage 1.5 times the size of Texas in the South Pacific. Cleaning up with nets is no longer plausible. Furthermore, an estimate cited by the U.N. states that plastics could outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.
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26A lawsuit alleges that the White House colluded... with Fox News and a wealthy GOP donor to push the evidence-free Seth Rich conspiracy theory. Fair and balanced!
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40Everyone's favorite (ex)sheriff, Joe Arpaio, has been convicted of criminal contempt.
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46Anthony Scaramucci is fired as the White House Communications Director. His 10-day term pretty much summed up the Trump administration.
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23Two studies posted on the same day both conclude that that the 2° rise in global temperatures is very likely by 2100 and will trigger catastrophic droughts and animal extinctions. If that weren't bad enough, 3° is also likely with not out of the question.
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25Trump replaces former chief of staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.
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35Oops. That domestic violence ruling from the South Carolina Supreme Court? Lawyers from both sides pointed out that, thanks to the court's wording, instead of giving protections to same-sex unmarried couples, it made things equal by taking them away from opposite-sex unmarried couples. The court placed a stay on its own ruling until it can correct the wording to grant rights to all.
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25Another blow to Biblical literalism: The Bible says the Canaanites were wiped out by Israelites, but scientists just found their descendants living in Lebanon.
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21Kris Kobach's vote fraud detection system gets 200 false positives for every problematic vote it finds, is generally garbage.
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16Richard Dawkins hits back at allegations that he is Islamophobic after Berkeley event is cancelled
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35Snopes is in danger of going dark and needs funds to fight a law case.
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20Trump announces that the U.S. military will not allow transgender people to serve, putting that statement at odds with current policy.
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20Extreme nationalists and pro-fascists were invited into the Polish Parliament, while also keeping people protesting against judiciary reforms away. Robert Winnicki, the leader of Nationalist Movement announces he will file a request to ban funding of Polish NGOs by foreign philantropists, like - according to him - George Soros.
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22Surprisingly, good news for gay rights out of South Carolina; state's supreme court rules that unmarried, same-sex couples must be treated the same in domestic violence cases as unmarried opposite-sex couples. Previously, domestic violence laws only applied to same-sex couples if they were married, while unmarried opposite-sex couples got the full protection of the law; violence between unmarried same-sex couples was only protected by the lesser charge of assault, and they had more difficulty obtaining protection orders.
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28The AHCA fails to pass the Senate, 43-57.
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31Scientists have found evidence of widespread water in the Moon's interior.
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25Thousands of protesters against judiciary reform gather just in Warsaw, let alone countrywide. Jarosław Kaczyński will have to build HUGE prisons for these couping, clusterfucking traitors and communists who do not want the Great Polish Poland for Poles™ with proper justice.
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17Physicists performed a table-top experiment that could teach us much about elementary particles, black holes, and electronic properties of materials.
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24A county judge in Tennessee to bring back eugenics for prisoners, "offering" prisoners a month off their sentences in exchange for vasectomies and birth control implants.
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44The NHS in England has received new guidelines asking it to stop prescribing homeopathic medicines.
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32Trump staffers continue to jump ship, as White House Press Secretary Melissa McCarthy Sean Spicer resigns.
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30Special Counsel Mueller expands his probe to Trump's business dealings.
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43After failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans blame each other and Democrats. Trump threatens to let the ACA fail and "force the Democrats" to help the Republicans, and now Republican are attempted to repeal ACA... and then wait and come up with something [1]
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18Switzerland's arbitrary - and sometimes weird - citizenship tests come under scrutiny.
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32A court orders Trump's staff to turn over Mar-a-Lago visitor records.
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34Protests in Poland against Law and Justice (PiS) and Kaczyński's regime, which is about to overtake the Supreme Court of Poland and citizens found that worrying. The national TV claims it was a coup attempt - and that there were very few protesters, too. Something does not hold up.
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26Think people and apes are the only ones that can plan ahead? Quoth the raven, 'Nevermore'. A new study shows compelling evidence for cognitive abilities in ravens, and in one test, they scored better than apes and four year old humans.
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25A self-published study, hyped up by James Delingpole, the Daily Caller, and Breitbart, purports to have evidence that climatologists have been cooking the books on temperature records in order to fabricate evidence for global warming. A closer look reveals that, if anything, corrections to temperature data have gone in the opposite direction, with the original, uncorrected data making temperature rise appear greater than it actually is.
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25Malcolm Turnbull, Australian Prime Minister, claims that "The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia", apparently has no idea how encryption actually works.
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25Rep. Sherman of California introduces articles of impeachment against Trump
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27Iraq formally declares victory in the Battle for Mosul.
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49Trump Jr. admits he met with a Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties during the 2016 election to get dirt on Hillary Clinton. This statement could place him in legal trouble.
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23There is a correlation between voting for Donald Trump and being in a place with high military casualties.
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32Senators John McCain and Bill Cassidy say the bill to repeal Obamacare is probably dead.
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33The Church of England's synod passes a motion that bans conversion therapy, and asks the UK government to make illegal. Church of England demands ban on conversion therapy. It also asks for a proposal to create a ceremony for transgender people, to celebrate their new identity. Transgender worshippers could get church services to celebrate their new identity after synod vote
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26France to phase out vehicles running on fossil fuels by 2040.
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18KKK members march in protest at the planned removal of confederate General Robert E. Lee's statue in Charlottesville, Virginia. 50 or so Klansmen were escorted to and from the event by police and were heavily outnumbered by anti-racist counter protesters, which the police later deemed 'unlawful' after having used tear gas to disperse them.[2]
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13The Catholic Church addresses its most important problem: gluten-free communion bread.
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26El Salvador teen rape victim sentenced to 30 years in prison after stillbirth
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21In a time of increasing opposition to Austerity, a Conservative MP is facing sharp criticism for his opposition to increasing nurses' pay. Not because of his Tory economic views, but because increasing pay means the Communists win!
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1Stephen Hawking says Donald Trump could turn Earth into a Venus-like planet with 250°C and sulphuric acid rain
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19NJ Governor Chris Christie seen on deserted beach after his state shut down all beaches over budget issues, adding to his record unpopularity.
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35German parliament (Bundestag) approves same-sex marriage

June 2017[edit]

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28Less than 24 hours after it was put up, Arkansas's 10 Commandments monument is destroyed by a man with a car.
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24Australia's most popular religious affiliation is now "no religion."
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11In Pakistan, a fuel tanker has overturned and, while nearby people tried to gather the fuel, it exploded, resulting in 153 deaths.
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18A new call for British patriotism in the media by a minister in Her Majesty's Government. No comment on if it involves demonizing Washington, Franklin and Gandhi.
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42Trump admits he lied about White House tapes.
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43The White House concedes that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. However, they deny that it changed the result.
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37A pathetic attempt to go green: Trump proposes adding solar panels to his wall to cut costs, inadvertently admitting that solar power is cost-effective.
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31Pennsylvania Supreme Court finds that the state's Environmental Rights Amendment must be interpreted broadly, in a victory for environmental groups.
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17Two separate terror incidents in Europe this week. On the Monday an Islamist on the terror watchlist killed himself by ramming a car filled with weapons and gas bottles into a police van. On Tuesday, a DAESH sympathiser detonated a small explosive in Brussels before being shot. No civilians reported dead in either attack.
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37The European Court of Human Rights shreds Russia's "gay propaganda" law, stating it shows "predisposed bias, unambiguously highlighted by its domestic interpretation and enforcement" and that "by adopting such laws the authorities reinforce stigma and prejudice and encourage homophobia, which is incompatible with the notions of equality, pluralism and tolerance inherent in a democratic society."
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38An apartment block in an affluent district of London burns down, killing at least 58 people. Allegations the council did not meet up with fire safety standards also lead to demonstrations highlighting class and wealth disparity.
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25Another terror incident in London as a far right extremist hits Muslim worshipers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park with a van.
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11Bill Cosby's trial for rape ends in a mistrial.
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18The US government is finally dropping its Y2K preparedness bureaucracy.
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47In a rare moment of honesty, Fox News is dropping its ‘fair & balanced’ slogan
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30South Carolina law reduces crime by being both soft and tough: most non-violent criminals aren't sent to prison, but violent offenders get harsher sentences.
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37Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.
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23A shooting takes place at a GOP baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Five people are wounded, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and two Capitol Police officers. The only fatality was the shooter, who was stopped by police.
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15The Trump Administration eliminates a rule protecting endangered whales and turtles from being caught in fishing nets.
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-23The Guardian to become tabloid.
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34In what is totally not a Nixonian move, Trump may be considering firing the head of the Russia investigation Robert Mueller.
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32Sandy Hook families denounce NBC and Megyn Kelly for an Alex Jones interview.
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27Montana Republican Greg Gianforte sentenced to community service for assaulting Guardian reporter.
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32Michael "lemme remove global warming from the school curriculum" "the people are tired of experts" Gove has been appointed the UK's new Environment Secretary. BoJo remains Foreign Secretary.
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18A New York attorney has been dismissed by President Trump after refusing an offer of close friendship as unprofessional.
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13Struggling to form a sizable administration, Theresa May risks the Good Friday Agreement with a pact with the extreme-right DUP. Orangemen rejoice over the pact, starting an unscheduled celebration march spate of civil disobedience in Liverpool, and have hopes of un-banning sectarian events. Meanwhile, Sinn Fein ominously declares that the DUP has betrayed the people of Northern Ireland.
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21A Florida judge rules that a neo-Nazi armed with guns, ammunition, explosives and who had in his possession white supremacist propaganda as well as a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh is not a threat and could be released on bond.
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26Donald Trump's state visit to Britain put on hold until the British public supports him coming.
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15Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that a recent ISIS attack in Iran could be a “good thing” and even suggested that the U.S. government support ISIS for attacking other terrorist groups.
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23Bernie Sanders and other left leaning Democrats draw strength from the UK Labour Party and argue for compassionate policies that appeal to the many, not the few
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28James Comey testifies before the Senate. Warning: Autoplay video.
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43Sandy Hook truther gets prison time for threatening victim's father.
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43Paleoanthropologists unearthed the oldest known fossils of Homo sapiens, dating back 300,000 years. Previously, the oldest human fossils are almost 200,000 years old.
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32Ironically, the push towards renewable energy is the most aggressive in "red states".
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30Trump allegedly told James Comey,"I need loyalty. I expect loyalty."
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49As Trump’s problems mount, Breitbart’s numbers are cratering.
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30Attorney General Jeff Sessions suggested he could resign amid rising tension with President Trump (Warning: Autoplay video)
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28Leaked NSA report says Russians tried to hack state election officials Alleged source of leak arrested by FBI after Intercept provided copy to NSA.
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36A Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill a prescription related to a girl's birth control due to his religious beliefs. The ACLU and the Southwest Women's Law Center have filed two complaints to the New Mexico human rights bureau for the girl and her mother.
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18A terrorist attack has taken place in London with both a car crash and stabbing spree. Three suspects wearing fake suicide vests were found and shot within minutes, and controlled explosions took place on London Bridge. Police confirm an additional six civilian deaths.
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34After 334 years on being on the books, Denmark abolishes blasphemy
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12HBO under pressure to fire Bill Maher after he calls himself a "house n****r" on TV show.
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22Once again, Ireland shows us how it's done, as Leo Varadkar, an openly gay man, becomes the leader of Ireland's ruling party Fine Gael. He is a conservative, for austerity, for banning public workers from striking, and is anti-abortion.
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31Trump campaign plans ‘Pittsburgh, not Paris’ rally to cheer climate deal exit. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto releases the following statement where he condemns Trump's decision, labeling it as "disastrous for our planet, for cities such as Pittsburgh, to the commitments the United States made to the rest of the world, and to our responsibility to save the globe for future generations."
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27The governors of New York, California and Washington, in opposition to Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, agree to form a U.S. Climate Alliance and urge other states to join. (Warning: autoplay video).
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10Trump asks the Supreme Court to reinstate the Muslim travel ban.
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22Air has officially become a highly priced commodity in places where air pollution is particularly bad.
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20Alea iacta est: Trump is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement.

May 2017[edit]

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6Trump expected to withdraw from Paris climate deal.
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20Citizenship of certain countries is now a commodity.
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12Trump is launching his own subscription box service. Order now and receive “a handpicked bundle of exclusive and vintage OFFICIAL Donald J. Trump merchandise delivered to your door every month as a recurring donor.”
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9Lebanon calls for ban of Wonder Woman 2017 movie due to the film's lead star, Gal Gadot, being an Israeli that served in the Israel Defense Force and supports it.
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29Dr. Farid Fata, a convicted cancer quack who administered unnecessary treatments to his victims, will spend forty years in prison.
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30A man goes on an "anti-Muslim and anti-everything" rant at two Middle Eastern-looking women on a commuter train in Portland, Oregon. When other passengers get up and confront him over it, he fatally stabs two of them.
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334th Ct. Court of Appeals pwns Trump's Muslim ban: "an Executive Order that in text speaks with vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination." (text of the order)
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13"He had the massive boat designed by a veteran of amusement park attractions, commissioned an original soundtrack to enhance the experience, and stocked the interior with an animatronic (and freakishly real) talking Noah, along with lifelike models of Earth’s manifold creatures. Including dinosaurs...And he saw that it was good." The Washington Post profiles the Creation Museum, an amusement park in Kentucky built by Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis.
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20An astroturfing bot is spamming the FCC website with anti-net neutrality comments using customer names and addresses. You can check if your name's been misused at comcastroturf.com - for now.
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30The Trump administration has been warned by the British Home Secretary to stop leaking details of their ongoing counter-terrorism investigations to reporters after the identity of the bomber was revealed before his house was searched.
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17Pope Francis and Trump exchange gifts during the president's visit to the Vatican. Trump gave His Holiness books by Martin Luther King Jr. while the Pope gave the president copies of his writings, including his encyclical on climate change.
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17Donald Trump praised Rodrigo "I am like Hitler" Duterte for his drug policy.
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17Trump signs Holocaust memorial guestbook the way only he can. (Warning: Autoplay video).
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24Trump's latest budget proposal: "dead on arrival on Capitol Hill."
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23Emergency services on alert in Manchester after an explosion is reported at an Ariana Grande concert. Update: 22 fatalities reported.
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24Facebook's bizarre rulebook on dealing with violence, sex, etc. Making threats towards Trump, for example, is not acceptable, but insinuating violence against anyone else is totally okay.
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25The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has begun dismantling Obama-era regulation on Internet service providers, better known as Net Neutrality.
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39After the hottest year ever, The Global Seed Vault, designed to preserve crop varieties for future generations, is flooded by melting permafrost.
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34Fired FBI Director James Comey agrees to testify before a Senate intel committee.
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7Sweden temporarily suspends rape investigation surrounding Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
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34Lawsuit: The male athletes at America's largest Baptist university (Baylor University) used gang rape as a "bonding experience".
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21Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is expected to announce today Thursday that he is resigning before the end of this congressional term.
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-10A car has sped into pedestrians in Times Square, injuring at least twenty-two people and killing one person. The suspected driver is in police custody.
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26New anti-scientific education legislation finds success in various US states, encouraging the teaching of controversies. Naturally, evolution and climate change are the victims.
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39Roger Ailes, founding CEO of Fox News, dead at 77.
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6Four people have been arrested in East London in another MI5-corrdinated anti-terror raid.
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50Chelsea Manning has been released from prison.
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23NATO is scrambling to tailor its upcoming meeting to avoid taxing President Donald Trump’s notoriously short attention span. (Not the Onion).
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43Trump Revealed Highly Classified Intelligence to Russia, via New York Times.
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20The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal in a case which struck down discriminatory voting laws in North Carolina, via Vox.
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12GOP overturns 14 Obama-era rules.
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6 Is Mexico really the second deadliest country? Contradictory evidence abounds.
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33Andrew Snelling of Answers in Genesis is suing the National Park Service for refusing to give him a Grand Canyon research permit.
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33The US Senate blocked the repeal of an Obama-era environmental protection rule restricting the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. In related news, here is a (possibly incomplete) list of environmental protection rules the Trump administration has attempted to overturn so far.
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27Because when half of the country is making Watergate comparisons, who better to invite to the White House than... Henry Kissinger?
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44White house press secretary Sean Spicer literally hid in the bushes to avoid answering questions about James Comey's firing.
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62Recently-elected French president Emanuel Macron wants to fight global warming and is inviting U.S. experts to France to help.
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67In a totally above-board move that in no way looks like Watergate, Nixon Trump fires Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox FBI Director James Comey.
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26Belgium's Walloon parliament has banned the killing of unstunned animals, harming the production of traditional Kosher and Halal meat in the country - those that do stun should be fine.
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63After the House voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump admitted to the Prime Minister of Australia that Australians have better healthcare. Ironically, Australia's universal healthcare system is called Medicare.
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24Texas adoption agencies could ban couples that are Jewish, Muslim, gay, interfaith, and/or single from adopting based on religious grounds.
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28The religious right are the latest constituency that Donald Trump abandoned his promises towards, as his "religious freedom" executive order turns out to be more smoke and mirrors.
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26Gardaí (Irish Police) launch blasphemy probe into Stephen Fry comments on 'The Meaning of Life'
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25Tennessee Senator Mark E. Green, Trump’s second nominee to be secretary of the Army, pulls out of the nomination after being lambasted for criticizing federal attempts to bar discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people in workplaces and businesses.
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45Trump tries to air "fake news" 2020 campaign ad; is rejected by all major TV networks.
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35Donald Trump freezes funding for groups fighting white supremacism.
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38The US House successfully votes to repeal Obamacare. It could only get enough votes once they found a way to strip protections for those with pre-existing conditions and exponentially raise their costs in addition to ensuring that 24 million people will lose their insurance. The bill still has to pass the Senate, where it is likely to face massive changes in order to even have a chance. Actually, the Senate won't vote on House Trumpcare bill, will instead draft a whole new bill (Warning Autoplay Video).
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36In a stroke of irony, alt-righters call for Stephen Colbert to be taken off the air after allegedly homophobic comments involving Donald Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin. Who's a special snowflake now?
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19Despite claiming it to be a racist organization run by Nazis, Ottoman Sultan Recip I continues to demand entry into the European Union despite no attempt to conform with its entry requirements or else he is leaving and never coming back.
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14DAESH claims responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul which killed eight civilians and wounded three American soldiers.
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16With inter-religious tensions increasing in Uttar Pradesh, four members of a Hindu nationalist group are arrested for the murder of a Muslim farmer over an interfaith marriage.
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21Brexit 'divorce bill' could go up to €100bn after fresh demands from EU member states.
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11Puerto Rico officially files for a bankruptcy-like proceeding to restructure its massive debt load after talks with its creditors failed.
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17California Lawmakers Want Third-Gender Option on IDs. NBC News Fox News InfoWars (can you believe InfoWars isn't transphobic here?)
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27Founder of Reddit's RedPill forum outed as a New Hampshire state senator Bobby Fisher.
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28The Supreme Court rejects an attempt to overturn the gay conversion therapy ban in California.
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30Congress rejects Trump's call for $1.2 billion cut for the NIH in the 2017 fiscal year and approves $2 billion funding boost for the next five months.

April 2017[edit]

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0Rumors circulate that Anthony Kennedy may be considering retiring from the US Supreme Court. If he does retire, Trump/Pence-led conservatives will certainly have the 5-seat majority on the Court needed to roll back decades of progress. If any others retire or pass away, we're looking at a conservative majority for potentially decades.
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28China bans Muslim names for babies in Western China.
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8Milo Yiannopoulos's back! With what he says is a $12 million stake from secret investors, the former Breitbart tech editor is launching Milo Inc., a live-event touring company, dedicated to making progressives’(read: journalists, professors, politicians, feminists, Black Lives Matter activists, and other "professional victims") lives a “living hell.”
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22Donald Trump signs an executive order eliminating restrictions against oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic put in place by the Obama administration.
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28The Environmental Protection Agency removes all of its websites that contain information about climate change data and research.
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20If we are to rely more and more on renewable energy, such as sunlight, we may have to extract certain minerals from the ocean floor. (Video link) Update: Even if there is a drastic reduction in carbon emission into the atmosphere, dramatic effects of global warming will likely be seen in the upcoming decades, as the Arctic is warming at a rate twice that of the rest of the planet.
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43Donald Trump finds out that running a country is not the same thing as running a corporation.
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23Democrats are proposing a bill to raise the US federal minimum wage to $15 per hour in stages.
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14Over the past week over a dozen DAESH militants have been arrested and another thirty killed by Lebanese forces on the Syrian border.
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26Supreme conspiracy theorist, champion of the far-right, and Internet meme Alex Jones loses custody over his children.
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29Finally, something we agree with Trump on. Even he misses life before he became President.
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26A German soldier has been arrested under suspicion of registering as a refugee and linking this identity to terrorism in order to promote anti-refugee sentiment ahead of the election.
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37Trump sets up 'criminal alien' hotline, people use it to report UFOs.
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13A Russian spy ship has sunk off the coast of Turkey after colliding with a freighter in the fog.
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13A terror suspect carrying knives has been arrested near the Houses of Parliament in a planned police operation, having been under surveillance for some time. A further four people have been arrested, and another suspect shot by police.
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17The rudiments of Trump's tax plan have been released, and they're a disaster of flat taxes and tax cuts.
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22A Republican representative from New Hampshire is outed as the creator of Reddit's r/redpill. Democrats call for his resignation and Republicans denounce him, but he still pledges to "stand strong for Men's Rights."
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22The Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii, found that Earth's atmosphere now contains more carbon dioxide than in all of human history. This means bad news even if the Paris Climate Agreement is working, which it is not.
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22A federal judge has blocked a Trump order on sanctuary cities that would withhold funding from communities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities.
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31Ivanka Trump booed after calling her father a champion for women. No really.
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47Yogurt company Chobani sues conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for allegedly posting false information about the company.
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39Trump complains about "fake" polls giving him very low approval ratings.
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38Nationalists rejoice as Le Pen makes her way into the second round of the French election. Conveniently, they leave out that Macron received the most votes.
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16For the first time ever, a judge in Italy has ruled that excessive cellphone use can result in brain cancer. (more details translated from an Italian article) The 2016 study mentioned in the Newsweek article was criticized for its apparent flaws and lack of publication in a reputable peer-reviewed journal, and there seems to be little scientific justification for this kind of ruling.
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14Former Colombian presidents and anti-peace accord with the FARC hard liners Alvaro Uribe and Andres Pastrana took a trip to Mar-a-Lago and met with Trump. Meanwhile, Nicky had to go and mouth off and claims that Colombia secretly plans to massacre the FARC.
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22People trust science, so why don't they believe in it?
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25Trump's love affair with Wikileaks is apparently quite over as the Justice Department prepares criminal charges against Julian Assange. (Autoplay video, but original source)
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13One police officer dead and two others seriously injured after a man opened fire in Paris before being killed.
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33Dow Chemical pressures US government to ignore results of studies showing pesticides are harmful to endangered and threatened species.
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24 Over in the UK, Theresa May realises she doesn't have the parliamentary leverage to deliver her corrosive plans so she asks the opposition parties to help her out. They say OK.
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67Fox News to drop Bill O'Reilly amid allegations of sexual harassment.
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-13In a great victory for multiculturalism and secularism, Jakarta has decided to keep their Chinese Christian governor. Wait no, the opposite of that. The new governor insists he is a "moderate" Muslim in spite of his disturbingly close relationship with various Islamists.
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35The old joke finally enters real life, as a Clairvoyant Evening is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances
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29In Zimbabwe, the goat is now legal tender for school fees.
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33Meanwhile in North Carolina: the same Representative that introduced a bill to "reverse" Obergefell last week said that "Lincoln was the same sort of tyrant as Hitler" (because apparently same-sex marriage is just as bad as the Holocaust).
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37In his lawsuit to get custody of his kids, Alex Jones' lawyer is claiming that he is playing a character and that he is a "performance artist", likening his entire media persona to Jack Nicholson's The Joker. (Original source. Also, he said Obama's kids aren't really his a few days before the hearing.)
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27U.N. peacekeepers ran a child sex ring in Haiti. (full report).
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30All hail the autocracy! Erdogan wins vote to expand his powers, may be able to stay El Presidente until 2029.
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44The European Court of Human Rights has struck down French regulations requiring mandatory sterilisation for transgender people. (Text of the judgement, in French)
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26North Carolina wants to ban same-sex marriage, because Obergefell v. Hodges and the Supremacy ClauseWikipedia's W.svg apparently do not exist.
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34A Detroit emergency room doctor has been charged with performing genital mutilation on young girls in what is believed to be the first criminal case of its kind brought by U.S. prosecutors.
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28The U.S. Air Force has dropped the largest non-nuclear weapon in their arsenal, the GBU-43/B, more often known as the "Massive Ordnance Air Blast" or "Mother of All Bombs" in Afghanistan, marking the first time it has been used in combat.
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12German soccer team Borussia-Dortmund's team bus was hit by an explosion, wounding only two people.
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56What the Hell is even going on anymore? White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, "You had someone who was despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons." When immediately called out by reporters in the room over holocaust denial, he fumbles the clarification, "Thank you, I appreciate that. There was not in the – he brought them into the Holocaust centers – I understand that. But I’m saying in the way that Assad used them, where he went into towns, dropped them down into the middle of towns." Also, note in the video he almost said "where he went into towns and dropped them to innocent", then managed corrected himself realizing how much worse he almost made it.
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37Schadenfreude: South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson, who infamously yelled "you lie" at President Obama, now has those same words shouted at him by his constituents during a meeting about health care.
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33Chicago plans to become the first major US city to have all of its government buildings powered entirely by renewable energy by 2025.
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24Smoking causes one in ten deaths globally. According to the study, "The scale-up of tobacco control ... is a major public health success story. Nonetheless, smoking remains a leading risk for early death and disability worldwide".
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20Sir Tim Berners-Lee wins the 2016 ACM Turing Award for inventing the World Wide Web, the first web browser, and the fundamental protocols and algorithms allowing the Web to scale. (the press release indicates the formal event will take place on June 24, 2017)
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32Chechnya opens first gays only concentration camp.
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19Dylann Roof is sentenced to 9 life sentences by the state. He has been sentenced to death by a federal court already.
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27Millions of children in Yemen vaccinated against polio through UN-backed campaign while Australia considers bill to ban childcare centres for unvaccinated children.
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19The Basque separatist group ETA gave up its guns. "ETA has been defeated."
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14Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has announced a three-month state of emergency after attacks on two Coptic churches that left at least 44 dead. The attacks have been claimed by ISIS as part of a campaign against Egypt's Christian minority.
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30In a new study, Washington University researchers found that a previously reported connection (probably here) between the serotonin gene, depression and stress wasn't evident. Meanwhile, Australian scientists begin the world’s largest genetic study into depression. The results of this research will eventually help eliminate the guesswork involved in treatment.
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62 Trump's CBP tried unsuccessfully to get usernames and other details about a fake USCIS Twitter account which criticised him.
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37Non-religious population of Ireland increases by nearly 3/4 in just 5 years
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21Suspected terror attack as a hijacked truck rams into people at a shopping centre in central Stockholm, Sweden. More details here and here.
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24In other news, U.S. unemployment has hit an all-time low, at 4.5%
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8An MIT graduate was arrested on charges of terrorism and possession of weapons of mass destruction. "He thought people were following him. He thought certain groups were following him."
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24Atheists and highly religious people are the least scared of death according to a study by researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK.
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24It's official. The U.S. has launched an assault on Syria.
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26War breaks out between the Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner (whom Bannon called a "cuck") factions in the White House.
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22Researchers have generated the first immortalised cell lines which allow more efficient manufacture of red blood cells.
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16Newly uncovered report details fallout from 1950s Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan.
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24Amy Robertson, recently hired as principal of a Pittsburg, Kansas high school, resigned after her credentials were questioned in the high school's newspaper. Robertson claimed dubious experience and degrees, including a masters and PhD degrees from "Corllins University," a known diploma mill.
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56Steve Bannon removed from National Security Council role.
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12Acupuncture becomes popular as battlefield pain treatment. "some people just don’t want to take medicines; they just want something else for a change." According to this blog the quackery that is "battlefield acupuncture" is almost always primarily auricular acupuncture. On the bright side, "It’s a little uncomfortable but it’s not like being shot".
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36Attempting to create a worldwide dystopian hellhole, the US withdraws from the UN population fund, the arm of the UN that provides family planning and sex ed to the poorest parts of the world.
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23Newly discovered cavefish displays superfast evolution.
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24South Africa's credit rating slips to junk, as mismanagement by the ANC and Zuma continues.
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34Muslim school in NYC disciplines teacher for pointing out Adam and Eve probably aren't real.
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28DAESH militants shoot dead the Imam of a mosque — in front of his parishioners — for refusing to approve a death sentence against people who refused to take part in terrorist operations against the security troops deployed there.
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16How did medieval villagers prevent the Zombie Apocalypse? They multilated the dead to stop them rising.
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30In keeping with growing xenophobia and hate crimes in the United States, a Baha'i refugee from Iran is being forced out of his home by a far-right Oregon mob who think he is an Islamist terrorist.
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24The makers of the horror film franchise The Conjuring are being sued for $900 million by a biographer of Ed and Lorraine Warren who claims that they ripped him off. The fun part: a key component of his lawsuit is that the Warrens are frauds, and that therefore, his book The Demonologist ought to be treated as a work of fiction (and therefore not subject to fair use like a historical event).
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25Text analysis reveals, 'Violence more common' in Bible than Quran. The Old Testament was found to be more than twice as violent as the Quran.
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13Super-hard Brexit: how UK planned to blow up the Channel Tunnel with a nuclear bomb
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15Flooding and landslides in Colombia have killed 254 people, injured hundreds and devastated entire neighborhoods.
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15Gilbert Baker, designer of rainbow flag, enduring symbol for gay rights, has died.
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19The Somali Federal Parliament approved of a new 27-Minister cabinet that includes six women, the largest number of female ministers ever to be named to a Federal Government cabinet. In addition, Somalia’s new prime minister, Hassan Ali-Khaire, vowed to tackle corruption.
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23More protests in London as Britain First and the English Defense League independently make anti-islam demonstrations veiled as anti-terrorism demonstrations. Several Antifascist protestors, who have become increasingly violent since the murder of Jo Cox, broke out of their own police-guided demonstration and attacked the far-right demonstrators and have been arrested. Turning to the lighter side, The Guardian notes that barely 10% of Biffers who showed interest in the event actually attended.
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-40Authors of the famous pee-pee memo may themselves be Russian agents.