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January 2014[edit]

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39Ukrainian riot police allegedly beat up a busload of government supporters, mistaking them for opposition activists.
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49"So, Reince, who are our top candidates for 2016?"
"We've got a Randroid, two theocrats, a Canadian citizen, a Jim Crow apologist, Santorum, an up-and-comer who ruined his only relevant speech, an execution addict, the brother of one of the worst Presidents in history, and a crook."
"And who's our best bet?"
"The crook." Update: If you can't take the heat, poison the well.
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11Countdown to hackers creating massive traffic jams in 3.... 2.... 1....
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30Daily Heil: Woman totally dies from "cannabis toxicity" after smoking half a joint!"
New York Daily News: Let me tell you why that's bullshit.
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20Kansas thinks that homes shouldn't have access to broadband internet.
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7BBC Four, reviewing pitches: Hey, how about we commission a documentary that no one will watch?
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10It's claimed children levitated, walked backwards up walls, spoke in strange voices, a whole lot of people including a police captain became convinced the children were possessed by demons. Given a good debunking here with a sub-debunking of the photos here
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16The Danish centre-left coalition is falling apart because the government is partially selling off a state-owned energy company... to Goldman Sachs.
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10After a lengthy call-out feud on social media, actress Scarlett Johansson quits Oxfam in order to shill for SodaStream, a company whose product is manufactured on illegal Israeli settlements.
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38Rich CEO Tells 'Daily Show' The 'Mentally Retarded' Are Maybe Worth $2 An Hour
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12"Toronto: A city at a 50-year crime low, with among the lowest crime rate of any city, in a country with super-low crime rates, has all the best crime stories."
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23Apparently letting kids play like kids improves their behavior. Who'dathunkit??
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16Stem cell breakthrough claimed I don't know if the media are overplaying this, but for those with a subscription to Nature, the published paper is here (paywall alert)
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32Good, Congressman, I can feel your anger. Throw me off the balcony with all your hatred and your journey towards the laughingstock will be complete!
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26Tony Abbott: Why isn't the public broadcaster my own propaganda outlet? I'm very mad!
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25School field trip to the pool in Kent interrupted and the pool evacuated due to teachers spotting a paedophil--wait a minute, that's a prosthetic leg. (December 17 2013)
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14Pete Seeger dies.
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16...visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation."
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22Northern Cyprus gets ready to enter the 20th 21st century.
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27Guess what the first Europeans looked like. Heritage, not hate!
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12Wisconsin state senator wants to remove law requiring that employees get one day off per week, in the name of Freedom.
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19Climate scientist Michael Mann sues good ol' Mark Steyn for defamation over being compared to Jerry Sandusky for his global warming research (which the NR says is, of course, all evil librul lies). You know what's going to happen.
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19GOP Governor goes hunting for welfare fraud; Finds basically none. Demands crackdown anyway.
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12Surprise! SNAP recipents aren't all lazy drug addicts. New Face of Food Stamps
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14It's hard not to feel sympathy for John McCain. 2008: GOP presidential candidate. 2014: RINO. Preceding source is Fox News, so here is coverage from Salon and Politico.
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35In its story on a drug patent squabble, Bloomberg Businessweek buried the lede with this quote at the bottom by Marijn Dekkers, Bayer CEO and professional asshole: "We did not develop this medicine for Indians, we developed it for western patients who can afford it."
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35On the subject of guns and Americans... so far there's been 7 school shootings during the first 14 days of the school year, and some gunman just killed 3 people at a Maryland mall.
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37In Virginia, you can't take something that may be used as a weapon (such as little flags on wooden sticks) in to the State Capitol. However, actual weapons, like guns, are fine.
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20It seems Nigel Farage actually read the UKIP's policy manifesto, finally. He came to the conclusion that it's "drivel".
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-14If the Internet had a standing military, it would be invading Nigeria as we speak: Nigerian woman disowns her cat for being gay.(Warning: Poe's Law in action!)
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-14North Korea confirms that it has landed a man on the sun. UPDATE: Poe's Law is in effect. Ah well.
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17Oh boy. Countdown to portrayal of Black holes as conspiracy in 3... 2... 1...
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17"Guys, Big Ben's clock hands have stopped."
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18Edward Snowden won't be pressured to end asylum, Russia says.
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14Canada bans Marmite and Irn Bru. Never has there been a clearer case for military intervention. Update: Stand down, emergency over!
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23Dinesh D'Souza has been indicted for violating federal election laws. Reuters didn't know the identity of the candidate at first, but now they do.
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10Coca-Cola has got off their coke.
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10Bryan Fischer is calling Glenn Beck out on his flip-floppery regarding anti-gay bigotry (albeit in his own usual bigoted fashion). Let's see where this goes.
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37Glenn Beck: "I played a role in helping tear the country apart." No shit, Sherlock.
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23So much for this discussion: A Texas hospital thinks that keeping a brain-dead woman on life support to sustain a deformed fetus is something that Gawd would want.
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12Well, Orange Overlord, are you ready to get off your ass for once?
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14The Tories: "Our Olympics, NHS and multiculturalism-hating MP isn't racist for wearing a SS uniform, he's just an arsehole."
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-13Hawaii bans GMO Biotech.
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22Fmr. VA Governor indicted for taking gifts to shill for a drug company that has been caught lying about its health claims.
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13Donald Trump eyes a seat in the 2016 clown car of candidates.
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37Utah is ending homelessness by giving away homes. Woot!
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23Study shows surges in preventable diseases due to anti-vaccination movements
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17Mr. Christie, you make good scandals.
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15Dana Ullman goes too bloody far. The man's really overdone it using MLK to promote his bullshit.
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27Texas charter schools are teaching Creationism. I'm sure we're all just shocked to find gambling in this establishment.
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36Vladimir Putin says he doesn't care about a person's sexual orientation, that he's on friendly terms with "some people who are gay", and that millions of Russians enjoy the music of Elton John, "despite his orientation".
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6Mark 16:18 claims another victim. (May 30, 2012)
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35The International Olympic Committee embarrasses itself even further. (Avery Brundage would be proud.)
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309th circuit court of appeals rules that bloggers are entitled to the same protections against libel suits as the traditional press.
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27Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for child abuse.
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40UKIP councillor blames UK floods on gay marriage: The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war."
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20A little bit of advice: If there is a word that you won't be able to ban, it's "Nazi."
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26Judge strikes down Pennsylvania voter ID law, calls it burdensome.
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23Vladimir Putin Warns Gay Olympic Visitors To "Leave Children Alone."
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15"If the authorities had missed that pipe bomb and you had gone, in Mexico, through a screening device, you would not even get a trial." If you had tanner skin, your name resembled "Mohammed," and were at a US airport, you would be in Gitmo right now. But no, meet the Alberta judicial system. (And some commentary from a Mohammed.)
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15Eat your heart out Springfield: UK tyre fire plume reaches 6,000 feet and is visible to satellites
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13GOP Congressional Candidate Dick Black Doesn't Have A Problem With Spousal Rape.
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22Three days into a vehicular manslaughter trial in Maryland, a Jehovah's Witness on the jury causes a mistrial because she suddenly realized that judging others is against her religion.
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5Roger Lloyd Pack, one of the great British comedy actors, has died
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26World Economic Forum: If we continue to ignore income inequality we're essentially fucking ourselves. Everyone else: Duh?
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24The NSA has declined to comment on Senator Bernie Sanders's request to know if he is being spied on, arguing that responding would violate his privacy. Seriously.
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18In school voucher news, Milwaukee school closes 'in the dead of the night'. And yes, it was a religious school. UPDATE: And now the grifters behind it are trying to open a 'special needs' school in Florida.
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10STRATCOM's got some 'splainin' to do.
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20Net neutrality is dead in the US.
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38Neo-Nazis arrested for trying to take over a small North Dakota town.
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27Tiktaalik - another transitional fossil added to the list.
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32U.S. District Judge Rules Oklahoma Ban on Marriage Equality Unconstitutional. The Bible Belt is slowly unbuckling.
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26In a legally binding decision, the German Supreme Administrative Court stated that post-Fukushima shutdowns of nuclear power plants, ordered without considering the opinion of the nuclear safety agency, were unlawful
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20At the end of the day, Pope Francis is still Catholic.
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32Atheist Afghan granted religious asylum in UK
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7Pope Francis is selling his Harley
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12Nigeria passes ban on same sex relationships.
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30Well, that came out of nowhere. BBC Worldwide is in negotiations to broadcast Doctor Who, EastEnders, Mr. Bean, Top Gear, Teletubbies, and others in North Korea.
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12Rival militia members hugged after a partial truce in the Central African Republic, brokered by France. Still not out of the woods, however.
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36After three years with zero cases, India is on track to be declared Polio-free by the WHO next month!
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17Mark Connelly, pastor of the Gilbert, Az, Mission Community megachurch, steps down, after admitting to numerous affairs.
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13Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon dies at 85
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25In Britain, a Labour MP is introducing a bill to ban gay conversion therapy. And the usual nuts are getting pissy, which is a good sign.
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43Ken Ham's Ark Park Project is sinking fast, thanks to atheists, secular bloggers, and possibly Satan.
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32York University student refuses to work with women citing religious reasons. Sparks human rights debate involving the teacher who intended to deny the student's request and the campus administration who forced the teacher to comply.
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26Former Reagan economist describes Minimum Wage as "Black Teenage Unemployment Act". Claims that it should be lowered to "$4 an Hour".
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9China temporarily suspends their nationwide ban on video game consoles.
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15After 43 years, 5 of the 8 members of the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI (the group that exposed COINTELPRO) reveal their identities to the public.
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14The governor of Utah has now said that the state will not recognize the 1,300+ same-sex marriages performed in the state until the stay is lifted.
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31List of dumb ways to end political careers: "Break into a political party's national headquarters while on your way to winning a landslide election." "Have sex with an aide in your official residence and lie about it under oath." "Shut down the world's busiest bridge because a nearby mayor didn't endorse you." (Full timeline) Update: "One of the things that most concerned Mitt Romney's staff about Christie in 2012 was that they were 'stunned by the garish controversies lurking in the shadows of his record.'" And now we know just the tip of the iceberg.
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32In what undoubtedly will cause the Religious Right to go into a persecution complex circle-jerk marathon, the Satanic Temple reveals their design for their proposed monument on the Oklahoma state Capitol.
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30How to get free stuff from aliens.
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11Sonia Sotomayor presses pause on Utah gay marriages pending appeal. Update: Hunger strike guy wastes no time begging for free pizza.
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52Years of scientific research being burned and lost in Canada. Claims that it's all backed up digitally are proving to be untrue. It's almost as if the Harper government is afraid of the data.
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24Former Arizona Sheriff rallies citizens to oppose same-sex marriage in Utah. Claims that homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats.
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13Brain dead women kept on life support to save fetus Texas law refused DNR
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22Not news: Man driving around in an authentic NYPD cruiser gets stopped and arrested by cops for impersonating a police officer. News: The cruiser wasn't stolen. What: This happened in the British town of Guildford.
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17Mission Uhhcomplished: Al-Qaeda forces capture Fallujah and declare an Islamic state.
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25BNP leader Nick Griffin declares bankruptcy. (Financial, that is; the moral bankruptcy was long ago)
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25Following the same-sex marriage court decisions in Utah, a Mormon man is now going on hunger strike.
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28Hubble Space Telescope spots clouds on alien worlds
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27In Turkey, a herbal pill called Homofin is now being marketed that claims to cure homosexuality.
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11Maybe you shouldn't have been a Heritage Foundation fellow.