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<vote poll=world1291>Ohh look a [http://rapidfire.sci.gsfc.nasa.gov/gallery/?2010007-0107/GreatBritain.A2010007.1150.1km.jpg white Britain]. [[Nick Griffin]] ''will'' be pleased!</vote>
 
<vote poll=world1290>[http://www.alternet.org/workplace/145044/cerberus_capital:_literally_blood-sucking_the_poor_to_make_their_billions?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet Dracula lives] but now he's making a profit. </vote>
 
<vote poll=world1290>[http://www.alternet.org/workplace/145044/cerberus_capital:_literally_blood-sucking_the_poor_to_make_their_billions?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=alternet Dracula lives] but now he's making a profit. </vote>
 
<vote poll=world1289>Pilgrims flock to Graceland to [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/01/08/GA2010010803533.html?hpid=artslot celebrate the birth] of the King (maybe he will return soon)</vote>
 
<vote poll=world1289>Pilgrims flock to Graceland to [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/gallery/2010/01/08/GA2010010803533.html?hpid=artslot celebrate the birth] of the King (maybe he will return soon)</vote>

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January 2010

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14Ohh look a white Britain. Nick Griffin will be pleased!
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9Dracula lives but now he's making a profit.
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2Pilgrims flock to Graceland to celebrate the birth of the King (maybe he will return soon)
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-9Editors at The Nation fail to recognize the difference between an actual threat and wingnut paranoia.
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6Think globally, whine locally. (We are still waiting for the global thinking part.)
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6A new study probably did not take RationalWiki into account, as it concludes that readers of political blogs overwhelmingly favor bloggers they agree with.
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7Another day, another Timothy Geithner scandal. Geithner told AIG to limit swaps disclosure.
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16Oh noes! What real men knew all along - G-Spot a myth, say scientists.
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3It appears that increasing numbers of U.S. Latinos are converting to Islam. No doubt this will add fuel to the fire of those who want to deport illegal immigrants as a "terrorism threat."
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7Mary ("I'll Resign Before I Let a MAN in My Class!") Daly has gone to whatever hell is postulated by the Big Religion of Patriarchy.
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7Mother Nature catches up with the man who survived two atomic bombings.
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4The Ark was circular - according to the Sumerians.
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4Maybe not such a bad year after all for Democrats. Probable loser Chris Dodd (D-AIG) is retiring. To make matters even worse for CT Republicans, WWE CEO Linda McMahon has now taken the lead in a poll for the primary over former Representative Rob Simmons. Well, then again, Jesse Ventura won, right?
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5It's starting to shape up to be a bad, bad year for Democrats. Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) opts not to run for reelection.
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212003: Supreme Court rules in favor of 2 homosexuals arrested by Houston deputies for sexual relations. Flash forward 7 years later: Lesbian sworn in as Houston mayor!!!
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7Brit Hume and Fox News wants Tiger to know about Christianity.
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3Dolphins? More like "Non-human persons".
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11Update regarding that bill to impose the death penalty for gays in Uganda: The bill came about because of a conference led by three not-so-wise-men American reparative therapy advocates. One says he feels "duped" because they advocated "healing" homosexuals, not executing them. Right. They told the Ugandans to act biblically, then feel "duped" when the Ugandans made literal interpretations of the Old Testament and the post-Jesus parts of the New Testament.
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2Europe is starting to adopt secular policies after the Turkish model. This apparently constitutes anti-Muslim rules masquerading as "secularism."
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30Woohoo! Partying like it's 1310, Ireland makes blasphemy a crime.
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9 Traveling from an Islamic country? Expect to receive a full body patdown courtesy of Uncle Sam. Remember, just because a few people are terrorists, everyone traveling from a nearby location automatically is.
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7"These parties are trying to leave an impression among the uneducated and the simple-minded people that they are the guardians of religion and proper behavior" and guess where
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4An effigy of Obama was hanged in Jimmy Carter's hometown in Georgia.
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7Police shoot a man who had broken into the house of the Danish Muhammad cartoon guy with malicious intent.
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3Charges against Blackwater employees have been dismissed

December 2009

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11On FoxNews, Rep. Peter King (R-duh) said, "100 percent of the Islamic terrorists are Muslims, and that is our main enemy today. So why we should not be profiling people because of their religion?" 100% of Islamic folk are Muslims? Good to know.
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392010: Click up if you prefer "Twenty Ten," down if you prefer "Two Thousand (and) Ten." (No link, just the question.)
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9Our people are rioting in the streets because they hate the dictatorship, thus it must be America and Britain's fault.
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7California Science Center is sued for canceling a film promoting intelligent design
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7Tom Ridge, the man who used to be head of Homeland Security, doesn't think the suspect in the Christmas day airliner incident deserves constitutional rights.
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10California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington consider legalizing marijuana in order to tax it.
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9Couple uses GPS rather than a printed map, then gets lost and stuck on a snow-bound logging road. How to find them? Their uncle uses a similar GPS to find the same disastrous "short cut".
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7Pay no attention to what those brain-damaged experts say; the best of the public are smarter than them, especially when their poll numbers are threatened! With that in mind, all daycares are hereby ordered to make three-year-olds scribble write more.
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6"The undignified and disruptive behavior of the pro democracy demonstrators rioters is no longer tolerable for our leaders people
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0Charlie Sheen gets drunk, chokes his wife, and his lawyer will probably get the wife to drop charges ... Typical domestic violence meme. But the real story here is will the Guardian ever learn to stop copying Wikipedia? Notice whole sentences that just seem copied and pasted?
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-1In Sweden, a giant straw Yule goat is burnt down.
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8In China you have the right to remain silent, and stay silent.
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6Mentally ill woman knocks down Pope. Christmas celebrations begin
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14Officer Scrooge, you don't bring a gun to a snowball fight.
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10It's semi-official -- Catholics are now free to watch The Simpsons without the risk of eternal damnation.
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6 Nineteen million dollars down, $146 million to go.
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11Stem cells (not from embryos, it should be noted) are used successfully to restore a man's eyesight.
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14Mexico City legalizes same-sex marriage, the first jurisdiction in Latin America to do so.
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3Unemployment insurance funds in 40 states will go broke in the next two years unless the feds cough up at least $90 billion. Meanwhile, next year Goldman Sachs will move into a brand new skyscraper that was partially funded with tax breaks and government grants, all thanks to its location across from the World Trade Center site. Isn't the rugged individualism of free market capitalism wonderful?
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-1"My advice, as a Christian priest, is to shoplift." Good thing it's not expressly forbidden in the Bible, or anything.
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-5The internet sticks it to Mr. Nasty.
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10Worst snowstorm in a decade hits U.S. east coast. That's why it's called "climate change" and not "global warming".
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24Nearly half of Detroit's workers are unemployed - Analysis shows reported jobless rate understates extent of problem Nothing witty here; vote up if you feel there is significance to bringing the plight of the one of the hardest hit communities of the Great Recession to light.
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7Now that there is an uproar over the anti-gay measures in Uganda, suddenly evangelical leaders are all sweetness and light on the topic, denying that they had anything to do with it.
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11A possible glimpse of dark matter is announced
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11A NZ church puts up a poster to encourage debate. For some reason the Catholic Church finds it offensive. Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
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21Ten years, thousands of deaths and one insane policy too late.
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10Oral Roberts has been called home to the Lord, if only people had donated to his latest cash raising drive.
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5A poster uses the Nativity story to promote the upcoming U.S. census among Latino evangelicals. The evangelicals are not at all amused, calling "blasphemy."
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11Gay marriage legalized in Washington, D.C. The Catholic archdiocese threatens to shutter adoption services in the city. Congress has the power to veto the measure. Culture warriors prepare for the fight.
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1In today's "...what?" department, weightlifter gives birth to baby boy while training. The catch is, she never realized she was pregnant.
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3A news organization publishes some juicy details about orgasms. Cue religious-right outrage in 3...2...1...oops; the religious right isn't allowed to criticize that news organization...
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8Not all food supplements are woo, as the milk thistle has been found to have proven efficacy against cancers in tests.
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4The United Nations's oopsies in Congo.
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2My country of Eritrea is a brutal military dictatorship where people are allowed to pick one of four religions, and all the smart people are fleeing left and right, but I'm a Red, so obviously all of my problems aren't my fault; they're America's!
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8The 22 million e-mails that were intentionally mislabeled lost during the Cheney Bush administration have been recovered.
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11Tool use in octopuses octopodes. Nature isn't only brilliant, but pretty funny.
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2"When officials reject stimulus funds, sparks fly: Communities split over attempts to forgo Recovery Act money"
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5Not to be outdone by Nick Griffin and John Prescott who were attacked in recent years with eggs, Silvio Berlusconi gets hit on the head with a scale model of Milan Cathedral
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8Judith Levine once said there are two kinds of sex education in the U.S.: mainstream and right-wing. She forgot to mention a third kind: Orthodox Jewish sex education, a.k.a. "Sex With the Rabbi."
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-9Eight students at Berkeley are arrested after pitching Molotov cocktails at the university president's house because they thought the tuition was too high. Cue great long whiny column demanding amnesty for them in 3...2...1...
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15A large city has just elected a gay mayor. Where is this city? Texas.
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12Three Associated Press reporters reviewed the 1,073 stolen e-mails that recently raised questions about scientific fraud in the field of climate change research. Their judgement: The e-mails show that the scientists had doubts, but worked through them; they were petty and competitive; but in the end, THEY DID NOT COMMIT SCIENTIFIC FRAUD. Not that research by the librul media will sway the Limbaughs, Palins and Faux Newsies of the world.
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9Health insurers pay facebookers to write anti-health reform letters to congressmen
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11The University of Minnesota puts out a report recommending that students in its education college be required to call the American Dream a pile of bunk, etc. Having gotten the idea that this is some sort of new development, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education reminds the university president that such a requirement is unconstitutional.
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1A high school in Texas (big surprise) refused to let a pregnant student play on her volleyball team, even though she recieved medical clearance to do so. Whatever happened to the old days, when those dirty whores were just sent to live with relatives or nuns for a few months?
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28A new bill in Uganda could execute people for the terrible terrible crime of... being gay. This bill, inspired by the fundamentalist right in the United States, would place people in prison for 7 years for giving rooms to gays, and would place doctors in prison for failing to tell the state about gay patients. Conservatives continue to fret about healthcare, but at least Rick Warren has come out against the bill.
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3Stanford University researchers debunk the previous theoretical limit on Moore's Law by writing the university's initials in electron-sized type.
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1New York Times: Communism is dead. In other news, Christianity died with the Nazarenes.
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3How to speak Australian: Stubborn Ignorance
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10Disney World twins with ...Swindon?.
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10Go ahead punk, make my day.
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4A RationalWiki meet up in Dubai is starting to look quite financially viable.
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9Muslim woman 'abused' over dress by Christian hotelier. No doubt part of that "persecution of Christians" argument heard so often, except this time the Christian is actually getting persecuted. Update: The incident may have ruined the business, the trial continues and concludes with dismissal.
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5If you don't give us back our obscene bonuses, we're gonna hold our breaths until we turn blue and die! Then you'll be sorry!
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7What a difference a year makes. The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency says that ALL greenhouse gases -- not just CO2 -- are harmful and must be regulated.
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-4The GOP has a new leader! Zombie Ronald Reagan!
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3Backward Forward masking as a children's toy supposed to sing "Jingle Bells" sings... something a bit less appropriate.
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0 It's Student Day in Iran and that only means one thing, cracked skulls.
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3DARPA assesses the accuracy of information on the internet with an interesting experiment.
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13In a move that is certain to be welcomed from all sides of the political spectrum, and cause no controversy at all, an Episcopalian diocese in Los Angeles elects a gay woman as bishop.
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8In an average year before Dubya, the Internal Revenue Service approved only 5 percent of the charities that applied for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. By the end of Bush's last year in office, the I.R.S. was rejecting only 0.5 percent of applicants. The number of tax-exempt "charities" grew by 60 percent during the Bush era, which will cost the federal government $50 billion this year.
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-7Fuck you I won't do what you tell me!
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8Good grief, will Obama's crimes never end?
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6The results are in, the H1N1 vaccine is... no safer or more dangerous than the vaccine for the seasonal flu.
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3The War on Terror isn't the only thing that's more expensive because of private contractors. The U.S. Forest Service used to operate many free campgrounds. After Reaganomics, you had to pay a fee at most campsites, but you got 50% off if you were over 62 and/or handicapped. Now, thanks to Dubya, private concessionaires run the campsites and they have a message for all nature loving Americans: Pay up or stay home.
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6Obama's latest eeeeeevil scheme? Cancel Christmas! (or Charlie Brown's, at least)
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-4Thanks to the latest news article about the Conservapedia Bible Project, Assfly got his picture in teh paper.
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16Scientists wanted to study the habits of men who don't watch porn. Problem was, they couldn't find any.
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6Britain's Ministry of Defence closes its UFO investigation section.
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5Meet Barack Obama's latest critic. Bill Ayers.
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6A study into terrorism finds that al‐Qa’ida is eight times more likely to kill a Muslim than anyone else.
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6New evidence suggests that the last ice age occurred suddenly -- in less than a decade, maybe in only a few months -- when Lake Agassiz burst through its banks. And if the Greenland ice sheet melts, then we could see (pre)-history repeat itself.
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0 The rest of the world says don't do it, but Iran decides it will go ahead and enrich even more uranium.
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0 American scientists can start experimenting on embryonic stem cells with federal government funding!
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6Charities in America, most notably the Salvation Army, accused of discriminating against illegal immigrants.
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4The former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, is to host a new television show promoting conspiracy theories.
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6What goes around, comes around.
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11South Africa begins to undo the effect of Thabo Mbeki
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7Moms are great, especially if she gives you $10.4 million over the course 5 years. And if you're running for Prime Minister of Japan just say it came from dead people
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14It is now a sin to hug. Damn hard to get into heaven these days