RationalWiki:What is going on in the world?/June 2015

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June 2015[edit]

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17DAESH has entered Gaza and declares war against Fatah and Hamas.
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26Colorado court rules use of public funds for private schools is unconstitutional.
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31Right wing terrorists have killed almost twice as many Americans in the US as Islamic terrorists since September 12, 2001
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39NBC tells Trump "You're Fired!" after his rant about a majority of Mexicans being illegal immigrant rapists and drug dealers. UPDATE: Trump sues Univision for $500 million, for "attempting to suppress his freedom of speech."
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12As Greece institutes capital controls, Puerto Rico has its own economic crisis.
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286 black churches have been burned down.UPDATE: Another black church has burned down.
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4SCOTUS rules against EPA restrictions on mercury in Michigan v. EPA.
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10SCOTUS with a chilling reminder that it's not all about rainbows and unicorns in the United States. It's also about the state reserving the right to kill people in a painful manner.
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30From the US department of recently rather good decisions, the states are now allowed to outsource the drawing of congressional district lines to a somewhat independent commission, so as to prevent gerrymandering. (You'll never guess which four people voted against it.)
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34Did you hear that? An ISIS flag at the Gay Pride Parade in London?
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23Texas Gov. Greg Abbott picks Homeschooler to chair State Board of Education
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60NJ jury rules that conversion therapy constitutes consumer fraud.
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202Today is a good day to call in sick and spend the day reading your favorite conservative hate-blogs. Marriage equality is the law of the land in the USA
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-3"Abstinance" campaigner announces she's pregnant.......with her 2nd "planned pregnancy"....although apparently she's disappointed the planning worked!! One wonders what momma has to say.....Bristol herself says she is disappointed!
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74California set to mandate childhood vaccines.
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43Yet another case of Sikhs being mistaken for Muslims. This time a Sikh doctor in Wales is attacked with a Machete by a Neo-Nazi seeking vengeance for the murder of Lee Rigby.
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63US Supreme court upholds key part of 'Obama Care' according to the BBC. You can all stop trying to repeal it now.
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21A biotech company that made a stink about giving up its US company status because of taxes...is begging the US government to help it prevent a hostile takeover bid by Israeli Teva Pharmaceuticals. It might actually work since it has an office in Pittsburg as congress condemns the move.
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18So, um. Turns out the new interim CEO of the Tasmanian Health Service ... moonlights as a reiki master and mystical crystal energy theta healer.
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22Bobby Jindal boards the Clown Car. "We wish the term-limited governor the best of luck with his candidacyFOX News audition." And he is so white!!
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19Iowa grants gun permits to the blind.
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20Nation of Islam opposes vaccines.
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46It's a tragic day for free speech, as Reddit clone Voat is forced by the no doubt hair-dyed SJWs of PayPal to ban /v/doxbin, /v/jailbait, /v/truejailbait and /v/thefappening. The middle two of which contained actual underage porn. Commenters consider this a slippery slope, though usually slippery slopes don't have child porn at the top.
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45Several major companies pull Confederate flag merchandise. As per usual, thousands of commenters mistake corporate manoeuvres for government censorship.
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23After a week of explosives preparations, Daesh has announced they have begun destroying Palmyra to coincide with Ramadan along with a further wave of executions.
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23 Australia cuts its renewable energy target. Tony Abbott thinks wind turbines are noisy and cause illness.
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-15The TPP has passed the Senate.
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17South Carolina legislature agrees to debate on removing Confederate flag.
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8Europe continues to have its own immigration crisis. Unfortunately, the Hungarians are channeling the spirt of Fox News at this moment.
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20Well, can't say we're surprised...
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26"420 blaze it buy gold" - Thomas "Fuck The NSA" Jefferson. Rand Paul has been naughty with quotes in his books.
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7Nick Danger bites the dust.
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33Rick Perry claims that the Charleston massacre was an "accident" fueled by "prescription drug use" and not guns or homicidal racism.
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25The dumbest man in Congress tells the Supreme Court that Jesus’ law more important than constitutional law.
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33Santorum strikes again - South Carolina shooting was actually part of the war on religion.
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42Schools saying 'it's OK to be gay' should be liable if kids get STDs, Michigan legislator says. Because we all know that straight people can't get STDs, right?
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18Almost unnoticed by the mainstream UK press, excepting the BBC, a great and brave man passes.
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30Pastor at bombed Charleston church was SC Senator and voted against concealed carry; NRA responds as usual.
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25Russia's investigative committee responds to America's FIFA investigation by calling for a probe into the moon landing.
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23"For believers, fear of atheists is fueled by a fear of death".
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-8"How 'science popularizers' influence public opinion on religion".
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28SCOTUS has decided that Texas was right in saying no to a license plate with the Confederate Flag. License plates are government speech.
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19A new case-control study shows much stronger evidence that DDT increases breast cancer risk
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23The history of bombing black churches.
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27Imperial College nanochemist Dr. Suze Kundu wanted to talk about science. The Sunday Times, of course, just wanted her to do sexy poses. #distractinglysexy
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21This shouldn't be news but it is - a (gasp) woman is to appear on the US $10 bill
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28In what is being described as a hate crime, a white guy shoots up an AME church in South Carolina, killing nine black worshippers. UPDATE: Suspect arrested in North Carolina.
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27What do you do when a whole country is possessed by demons and witchcraft?? Exorcise it of course. The whole country that is......that'll sort them out f'shure!
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8The dangerous power of health media: 28,000 quit statins after scare documentary (statins lower cholesterol).
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5Cliven Bundy denies he's at it with the guns again.
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12What looks like ethnic cleansing is happening now in the Dominican Republic.
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9Rep. Darrell Issa tries to sneak into Benghazi hearing, gets escorted out. Benghazi applies for restraining order.
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42As if the clown car weren't already full enough, Donald Trump announces he is running for POTUS.
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53 Yet another major "defeat for humanity" from a largely Catholic country: With little fanfare, Mexico's supreme court has ruled laws limiting marriage to heterosexuals discriminatory, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage. This means the Greatest Country on Earth will be the last country in North America, and one of the last in the developed world, to do the same.
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59Welcome back Philae, nice to hear from you again
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31Kurdish militia and FSA make large gains in northern Syria against the Daeshbags. They have cut off the most important supply roads for ISIS's territory and are about to adjoin Kobane to the main Kurdish territory in the east. Latest map here.
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35The American Medical Association is taking a stance against quack doctors like Dr. Oz.
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31"Reverend" Leon Edwards sold sodium chlorite and hydrochloric acid to a BBC reporter posing as a relative of an autistic child. For some reason this man is not in prison.
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16Yet another shooting in Texas. Seems to be another case of rage aggravated by potentially undiagnosed psychiatric disorder (VIDEO).
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35Startling scientific breakthrough by California assemblywoman Shannon Grove, who discovers that abortions caused the drought.
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13"Guns don't kill people, people with a severe lack of foresight kill people!"
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29The TPP fails to pass in the House
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-33Some people still haven't gotten with the program that race is a social construction, a matter of how you see yourself and others see you.
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17The Canadian senate makes an excellent case for its abolition.
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18Edmonton police shooting suspect is a freeman-on-the-land.
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17Bond villain steps down
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35Sir Christopher Lee dies in the hospital from respiratory problems.
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28Religion Is Disappearing. That’s Great for Politics.
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14"The North-South Divide on Two-Parent Families". Southern family values my ass.
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-42This is something that does not happen every day. So sorry, but I won't describe it here. You'll have to click and see. (Note/spoiler: possible clickbait. But still highly interesting!)
(OK: Jerome Corsi from WND interviewed Noam Chomsky! Noam FUCKING Chomsky! It's a must see, of course.)
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35California bill to end most vaccine exemptions expected to pass.
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15The last of the Angola 3 will be freed in Louisiana. While in Texas a man on death row has been freed.
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20Having a Nobel is no insurance against saying something profoundly stupid.
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27Draconian abortion laws lead to extremes. (UPDATE: The charges against Jones have been dismissed.)
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7Your future dream is a shopping scheme.
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28In a case of research failure, Billy Graham's church dumps Wells-Fargo over an ad featuring a same-sex couple and switches to another bank, which does fund-raising for gay pride events.
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9Chris Christie wins court case that will let him cut state pensions.
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16Beach bums set to make a contribution to our general welfare!
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26The Sultan falls short of a majority: 99% counted in the Turkish general election and the left/Kurdish HDP is at 12.5%, surpassing the threshold of 10%.
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45Ok, y'all can stop being so gross now. Eating placentas confers no health benefit. Just eat a sandwich like a normal person.
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27Gutfeld: Would Conservatives Show Compassion for Duggar if He Were Muslim?
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28 While Chinese students continue to flock to American campuses, more and more US students travel to the Fatherland Germany for free college.
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34The CIA torture was apparently worse than the Senate report revealed.
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17South Korea successfully tests a new ballistic missile capable of hitting any target in the North.
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28A cop in Virginia with a troubling history kills his second unarmed man.
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3The Senate has passed the USA Freedom Act
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43Corrupt leader of the sporting world's most corrupt governing body finally quits.
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39 Fox News decides that the only way to support Caitlyn Jenner is to be as transphobic as possible.
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8Beau Biden, Joe Biden's son, has died of brain cancer.
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26 The right-wing Spanish government, licking its wounds from the local election results, wants to criminalise disrespect to the national anthem.