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Endangered whale used for Japan dog treats: NGOs

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Endangered whale used for Japan dog treats: NGOs (via AFP)

Meat from endangered whales caught by Icelandic hunters is being sold in Japan as luxury dog treats, environmental campaigners said Tuesday. Michinoku Farm, a Tokyo-based company, is offering chews made from North Atlantic fin whales on its company website, with the meat described as a "low calorie…


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Synthetic psychoactive drug use 'rapidly rising' in EU

Synthetic psychoactive drug use 'rapidly rising' in EU (via AFP)

New synthetic psychoactive substances are making their way into Europe where the Internet is becoming a big challenge in the fight against illicit drugs, the continent's drug agency warned Tuesday. Drug use in Europe remains high even though the consumption of cannabis and cocaine appears to be slowing…


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President Obama Lays a Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery

President Obama Lays a Wreath at Arlington National Cemetery (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook President Obama lays a wreath on Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Romanians protest against Chevron shale gas plans

Romanians protest against Chevron shale gas plans (via AFP)

Thousands of Romanians protested on Monday against plans by the US company Chevron to explore for shale gas in eastern Romania. "I have three children and I want them to grow up within a safe environment with clean water. Exploring for shale gas threatens to contaminate ground water," Alina Secrieru…


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Uncertainty no excuse for procrastinating on climate change

Uncertainty no excuse for procrastinating on climate change (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 26 May 2013 by dkaroly By Roger Bodman, Victoria University and David Karoly, University of Melbourne Today we released research which reduces the range of uncertainty in future global warming. It does not alter the fact we will never be certain about how, exactly, the climate will change…


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German railways to use mini drones to stop graffiti

German railways to use mini drones to stop graffiti (via AFP)

Germany's railway operator plans to deploy mini drones to catch vandals who deface its trains with graffiti, with the aerial vehicles shooting thermal images of its train depots at night. Deutsche Bahn plans to soon start testing the vehicles which have four helicopter-style rotors and can shoot high…


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Illinois teacher in trouble for advising students about Fifth Amendment before drug-screening survey

Illinois teacher in trouble for advising students about Fifth Amendment before drug-screening survey (via Raw Story )

A high school teacher in Batavia, Illinois could be disciplined for informing his students of their Fifth Amendment rights before administering a survey school officials was intended to gauge their emotional needs. The Batavia Daily Herald reported on May 25 that social studies instructor John Dryden…


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Tea Party Tax Cheats Should Face Prosecution (VIDEO)

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Openly gay Rogers makes unforgettable MLS debut

Openly gay Rogers makes unforgettable MLS debut (via AFP)

Robbie Rogers first tried to play down the historic aspect of becoming the first openly gay man to play in a major North American team sports league, but the Los Angeles Galaxy winger finally gave in. "I won't ever forget tonight," Rogers tweeted after his substitute's role in a 4-0 home victory Sunday…


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Deficit Reduction Exposes Austerity Lies (VIDEO)

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Texas lawmakers okay law to allow college kids to bring guns on campus

Texas lawmakers okay law to allow college kids to bring guns on campus (via Raw Story )

Lawmakers in Texas approved a bill on Sunday that will let college kids possess guns on campus so long as they keep them in their vehicles, according to The Associated Press. The Texas House and Senate previously approved the measure amid a flurry of pro-gun bills the legislature passed earlier this…


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Corporate Tax Avoidance Borders On Evasion (VIDEO)

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Croatia holds first same-sex marriage march

Croatia holds first same-sex marriage march (via AFP)

Some 400 people took part Monday in the first ever same-sex marriage march in staunchly Catholic and largely conservative Croatia, set to join the European Union on July 1. "We seek protection of our basic human rights. Our families are not inferior," gay rights activist Sanja Juras told the crowd. "…


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"Katherine Harris" Brings "Unique" Perspective to "Scandals" (via @MajorityFM)

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Conservatives freak out over Lena Dunham’s peculiar Memorial Day tweet

Conservatives freak out over Lena Dunham’s peculiar Memorial Day tweet (via Raw Story )

Conservatives lashed out at actress and filmmaker Lena Dunham on Monday over her odd Memorial Day message. On the day Americans are supposed to commemorate the ultimate sacrifices made by the country’s veterans, Dunham informed the world of her voiding habits. The tweet left many perplexed. It outraged…


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Calls for Australia's top Catholic to resign over sex abuse

Calls for Australia's top Catholic to resign over sex abuse (via AFP)

Victims of child sex abuse by Catholic clergy in Australia and their supporters on Tuesday called for the resignation of the church's top ranking cardinal, saying they were unimpressed with his apology. Sydney Archbishop Cardinal George Pell on Monday fronted a Victorian state government inquiry into…


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Student delivers Christian prayer at high school graduation ceremony despite objections

Student delivers Christian prayer at high school graduation ceremony despite objections (via Raw Story )

A student at Lincoln County High School delivered an overtly Christian prayer at the Kentucky school’s 2013 graduation ceremony, despite opposition from non-Christians. “Thank you for helping us get here safely today, Lord, and thank you for the many blessings you have given us because we are a…


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Youth in crisis-hit Spain becoming a 'lost generation'

Youth in crisis-hit Spain becoming a 'lost generation' (via AFP)

Despite having a bachelor's degree, five years of professional experience and speaking three languages, Paloma Fernandez has joined the swelling ranks of Spain's "lost generation" that can't find work in a grinding recession. The 28-year-old, who has a degree in translation, lost her job of four years…


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Journalist explains how utter lack of expertise in Congress is ruining America (via Raw Story )

For his new book, journalist Robert Kaiser intensely researched the political maneuvering surrounding the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. His conclusion? Most members of Congress don’t understand what they’re arguing about. Speaking on PBS, Kaiser said Wall Street reform…


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Neil deGrasse Tyson on whether to be amazed or terrified by the universe

Neil deGrasse Tyson on whether to be amazed or terrified by the universe (via Raw Story )

Those frightened and distressed about the massive scale of the universe need to rethink the size of their egos, according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. “There is something about the cosmic perspective which for some people is enlightening and for other people terrifying,” he explained…


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