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June 2014[edit]

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0IRS shoved a giant middle finger up the ass of the Free Open Source Software community.
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11Israel-Palestine relations: November 2012 all over again.
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7Because when the SCOTUS makes the rest of the Western legal world shake their heads in disbelief, they do it in twos.
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37Corporate personhood, meet religious fundamentalism. America is the place for you. Update: The caveat, as predicted: The conservative majority seems to have inserted "get the government to fund it" as a safety valve. (Let's see if it works, because the Scientologists are coming anyway.)
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41Jenny McCarthy finally fired from not renewed for The View... along with a host who didn't know the earth was round.
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35Does anyone need a reminder that mercenaries are a bad idea? Mercenaries are a bad idea.
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14On second thought, let's intervene in Iraq as little as possible. (Here's why.)
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17The Vatican discovers most of their followers are in the cafeteria.
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14How Did the FBI Miss Over 1 Million Rapes?
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40South Carolina police chief, fired for being lesbian, reinstated.
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32Michigan State House GOP candidate: Ignore my arrests for public masturbation in other people’s cars. (Yes, he is the sole Republican candidate for the position.) WHERE DO THEY FIND THESE PEOPLE
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20The NC legislature passes a bill allowing cruelty to opossums during the New Year's week all to prevent a legal challenge to the cruel "Opossum Drop" event.
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20Another "liberal media" story: "If You Were An Iraq War Critic, You're Probably Not Being Asked To Go On TV."
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21So nice to see the "Liberal media" giving Flat Earthers a voice. CNBC seeks Op-Ed on “global warming being a hoax”.
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17Male reporter molested at Men's rights conference
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14$400 billion dollars spent (the equivalent of two International Space Stations), years overdue in development, and the reality that will make every defence hawk cry.
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7Obama asks Congress for $500m to train 'moderate' Syrian rebels
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22Responsible gun owner discharges gun on children
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24OK gun range owner insists howitzer fired safely after shell blasts house 3 miles away
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22Ukraine gives Putin the finger.
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18U.S. Supreme Court bars laws prohibiting anti-abortion activists from obstructing abortion clinic entrances while protesting. (Meanwhile, the Hobby Lobby trainwreck will be decided on Monday.)
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5If only modern Republicans had half as much integrity.
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15Things the Bush administration probably did not foresee in 2003: An independent Iraq buying fighter jets from Russia.
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8The NSA is anti-business.
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15Faux News take a dump all over... Michele Bachmann.
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18New pterosaur species found to live in social groups.
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24House GOP plan to sue Obama Administration over executive actions. (Well, if you want to prove to everyone that you're desperate, sure.)
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4616-0 the score as a federal judge throws out Indiana's anti-gay marriage laws. In addition, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rules Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.
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-4Releasing lost souls and dark energy from your real estate has never been easier.
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33In a unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court prohibits warrantless searches of cellphones.
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16Finland celebrates Pride Month by choosing to remain ín the 20th century.
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29King of the birthers, WND's Joseph Farah, arrested for trying to carry a loaded gun on to an airplane.
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36"An unidentified spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry said in state media that if the U.S. government doesn't block the release of The Interview (a comedy about a plot to assassinate leader Kim Jong-un, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco), it would be considered an 'act of war.'" [No, not The Onion]
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30In Nigeria you can get committed to a mental institution for being an atheist
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18How about this: Unlike Eric Cantor, Thad Cochran just survived in his primary against a flaming ball of crazy by embracing Democratic and black voters (the first time a Southern Republican may have done so in decades). And the flaming ball of crazy won't concede.
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10"Bridgegate" Episode V: The Bridge Strikes Back.
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17Men's rights group fraudulently uses the names of women's rights and queer rights organisations in charity application
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39Federal court upholds New York City school policy allowing schools to bar unvaccinated students.
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25World's Richest Third-World Country decides cholera totally isn't a thing that ever happened, and if it did then the rich are in no danger from a large pool of poor people with diseases.
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20"I'm sorry, you can't enter the Democratic National Committee headquarters right now. The staff has achieved Nirvana." (Just in time for this baby.)
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30The conservative-approved method for reducing the number of school shootings: redefine what a "school shooting" is!
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11Meet the new robot security guard new minion of your robot overlord.
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17Florida extends 'Stand Your Ground' to include warning shots. (Warning: Autoplay Video)
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21When the CIA produced demon-faced Osama bin Laden action figures
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4Japan finally outlaws child pornography. Unless it's in manga, anime or games. Oh, and you have a one year grace period to get rid of your stash.
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18Hillary Clinton, as a young lawyer, did a good job in 1975. 39 years later, manufactroversy and cant: "Why aren't you guys giving this rape victim a voice?"
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25Remember a Chicago area Tea Bagger U.S. Representative named Joe Walsh who served in the previous (2011-12) Congress? He was one of the anti-Obama crowd who slept in his U.S. Capitol office in order to avoid paying rent for a Beltway apartment. He was also famous for being a family values candidate while owing $117,000 in back child support. Well, he just got kicked off of his own right-wing radio show for being too racist on the air.
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21For years, France has been expelling tens of thousands of Roma en masse because of a racist backlash that has enveloped many European countries. Now a Roma boy has been beaten into a coma.
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31A satisfyingly low turnout for NOM's March For Marriage. (And Presbyterians vote to allow gay marriage.)
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10The CDC makes a very rare fuck-up.
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13Scott Walker is totally not a crook.
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12Refusing to understand the US Consul can only do so much so quickly, and believing the US Army will release a suspected deserter without questioning him (Because Obummer), fifty bikers wish to provoke an international incident.
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10Astronomers get Venus envy, build "Extremely Large Telescope". You know, if you have to tell everyone it's big...
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8How do you catch a doomsday prepping, bomb building, murder planning fugitive? With the shakes that'll make him quake. The fries that'll cross his eyes. The burgers that...um...well, the FBI just had burgers.
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5Farewell, Paxman, ya crazy bastard.
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76The UK has officially banned creationism from being taught in science classes..
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27Someone check Glenn Beck's batteries, because his clock has STOPPED.
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14I herd u liek Goats.
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19It was bound to happen: After Native Americans wage a badass campaign to change the name of the Washington Redskins, the owners now have to seriously consider it. (Speaking of patents...)
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21This is all just an effort to distract attention from Benghazi.
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16"The deadly burglary raised questions about the wisdom of Americans clergy possessing weapons."
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26Senator Claire McCaskill punches Mehmet Oz in the face! (metaphorically)
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6It's Cattle mutilation, only of sheep. In England. Probably by aliens.
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18Benefits of the nuclear option: Meet your new, gay, black federal judges.
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24I am shocked, SHOCKED to discover insider trading in this economy.
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19Antonin Scalia: school prayer is like the devil's music.
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21In the ongoing war on teachers, a judge in California resorts to statistics that are pulled out of thin air to strike down tenure.
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26Whooping Cough is now an epidemic in California. Thanks a lot anti-vaxxers!
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45Obama to sign executive order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers. Right-wing meltdown coming soon.
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10WIGO-writers will have to, over the next little while, find ways to say "It's getting worse in Iraq" without repeating themselves. Update: How about this? "Hello, Ayatollah. My enemy's enemy..."
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17Jamaica to decriminalize ganja for personal use.
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33The 15-year-old boy who engaged in a school shooting earlier this week was described by his church elder as "highly spiritual" and wrote about killing "sinners" in his diary.
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36Bitcoin, our modern-day sandbox/universe-in-a-jar of libertarian economics, finally experiences the paradox of unregulated, "free" markets. ("The knee-jerk reaction from the Bitcoin lunatic fringe will be to try to minimize the issue... It's time for a hard fork.") Update: Bitcoin's "chief scientist": If we're all going to eventually get fucked by this, you know, shit happens. *shrugs*
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32The Supreme Court of Canuckistan does it again: Warrantless collection of customer data declared unconstitutional.
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28No money to pay the truancy fines for your 7 children? We'll stick you in jail for a few days to contemplate the error of your ways. What could possibly go wrong?
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14What happens when your economic "plan" is devised by AEI hacks. Additionally, Ontario has now elected their first female Premier and the first openly gay Premier in Canada.
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24Canadian city asks provincial and federal governments to ban fetus-porn pro-life ads.
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22Things the GOP blame on Obama #76,756,463: Eric Cantor's defeat.
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28Hey, remember when we invaded Iraq? I wonder how that turned out? Not well. Not well at all.
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32The guy who shot up Las Vegas was a huge Alex Jones fan. (Bonus clog included: Jones is calling the incident a false flag staged by Harry Reid).
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40Guess which US news network has dropped all coverage of the Teabagger cop killers.
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13Some lucky copper is about to have the best day of his life.
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19Of the $830 billion the US spent on Iraq, 93% went to the Pentagon while 6% to the State Department/USAID. The results.
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45Mother of God. The House Majority Leader has lost his seat in the primary against a Teabagger. Starting in 2015, there will be zero Jewish Republicans in Congress. (There must be some quote out there pertaining to "unforseen consequences.") Update: Welcome to 1968. It's gonna be fun.
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0Canada and the USA now seem to be engaged in a competition over who can manage the most shootings.
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35No, seriously. At what point are mass shootings no longer to be considered "news", but merely every day events like car crashes?
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50Archbishop seriously claims he didn't know if raping children was against the law. Really.
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24UK Muslim extremists have been taking over schools intimidating head teachers and staff in those schools extremism was taught and girls faced discrimination.
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22South Carolina governor wishes to ban a African-American biker event, but nothing similar is said on a white biker event.
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12Sheriff bought armored car for law enforcement from army surplus; everone goes nuts one way or another.
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27Virginia GOP resorts to outright bribery of a Democratic state senator in order to derail the expansion of Obamacare and Medicare in the state. (Of course, the asshole took them up on the offer).
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20Russia keeps forgetting these aren't her colonies anymore
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-10Don't mix sport with politics, unless you are the Argentinian National Football Team.
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16Rik Mayall, a true comedy great dies, aged 56.[1] the utter utter b'stard.
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2Evolutionary biology is BLATANT MISANDRY: men evolved specifically for you to PUNCH THEM IN THE FACE! (why evolution failed to protect men from a knee in the veg basket is, presumably, the subject of a different paper altogether) Update: No, they didn't..
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19At what point, exactly, do mass shootings stop becoming "news"?
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54Belgium gives homeopathy statutory regulation. Nobody meets statutory criteria. Homeopathy effectively banned. (Still operating until the statutory guillotine falls.)
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13Turing test, passed apparently. (Update : not so much)
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25Rapes happen accidentally, according to minister Ramsevak Paikra, responsible for law and order in India’s central Chhattisgarh state.
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24Meet the post-Rick Perry Republican Party of Texas.
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18Unexpected effect of global warming #1: Exhuming Pacific War dead.
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31While we're on the subject of guns, a sovereign citizen tries to take over a Georgia courthouse, doesn't get very far.
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27Wisconsin becomes the latest state to rule in favor of marriage equality. In related news, there are now lawsuits in progress in every state that still bans same-sex marriage.
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0There's still remnants of sanity in Iran.
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16Libya apologizes for detaining a man for black magic.
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23What time is it? Campus shooting time, again! (It appears that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with... pepper spray.)
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25Three Mounties are killed, two others shot in Moncton, New Brunswick. Manhunt on for what appears to be the typical gun nut; city had zero homicides in 2012. Update: It's over. Bastard's in custody.
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33Another example of the Catholic Church's attitude towards the sanctity of life. Could be the worst example of the Magdalene laundries thus far.
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2725th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre. Let's hope that it isn't suppressed for another 25.
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26So much for the NRA's apparent moment of sanity.
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20Only a Mormon can call a Mormon Mormon...
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6RIP Alexander Shulgin.
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35 And the latest moral panic is...Slenderman.
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24It's official: The era of the gas-guzzler is ending.
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21Improving the sanitation system in developing countries is important for various reasons, including privacy/safety/women's concerns, as this latest atrocity illustrates.
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41Worker in Tennessee cotton warehouse records his boss's efforts at private-enterprise segregation, complete with white-only water fountains.
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5BLATANT MISANDRY: People get themselves killed by hurricanes because they think the female-named ones are harmless. U of I and Arizona State researchers even suggest reconsidering the practice of hurricane naming. (Hurricane Asskicker? Hurricane Skullcrusher? Hurricane Poochsodomizer?)
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21Juan Carlos I continues the trend of abdicating instead of waiting til death.
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23Tomorrow could be one the EPA's most important moments. Update: Not a bad start.
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60In Pakistan, clerics issue a fatwa against honor killings.