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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

US state moves to regulate GM foods (via AFP)

The small US state of Connecticut became the first to pass legislation requiring food products with genetically modified ingredients to be labeled as such. But the law, passed on Monday, will not go into effect until a number of other states in the northeastern region where Connecticut is located follow…


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Will Tropical Forests Remain Carbon Sinks?

Will Tropical Forests Remain Carbon Sinks? (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 31 May 2013 by AlexanderAc This short post was inspired by the excellent talk of professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute For Climate Change Research. The aim of his presentation was to give an update for European policymakers on the latest knowledge of the…


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Putin backs gay adoption ban

Putin backs gay adoption ban (via AFP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he would give his backing to a proposed ban on the adoption of Russian children by foreign gay couples but denied there was discrimination against homosexuals in his country. "If such a law is passed by the parliament of the country, I will sign it," Putin…


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Might Chris Christie put a Democrat in Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat? (+video)

Might Chris Christie put a Democrat in Frank Lautenberg's Senate seat? (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Copyright ImageClick to View Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) of New Jersey walks in the Capitol in Washington in this 2012 file photo. Senator Lautenberg, a multimillionaire New Jersey businessman and liberal who was called out of retirement for a second tour of duty in Congress, has died at age 89.(J. Scott…


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ACLU report confirms nonwhites make up most of marijuana arrests

ACLU report confirms nonwhites make up most of marijuana arrests (via Raw Story )

Authorities were nearly 400 percent more likely to arrest people of color than whites for marijuana-related offenses, according to a report released Monday (PDF) by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), despite similar usage rates between 2001 and 2010. The report, compiled using data from the…


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Imbers et al. Test Human-Caused Global Warming Detection

Imbers et al. Test Human-Caused Global Warming Detection (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 3 June 2013 by dana1981 A new study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres by Imbers, Lopez, Huntingford, and Allen tests the robustness of the detection of human-caused global warming in previous studies.  Specifically their study builds on Lean and Rind (2009),…


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Clown car of crazy goes wild as Glenn Beck defends tea party in bizarre ‘self-interview’

Glenn Beck defends tea party in bizarre ‘self-interview’ (via Raw Story )

Donning a Boston Bruins hat and grey sweater in an effort to portray himself as a “hippie 1960s loser,” conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck conducted a self-interview on Monday, while also playing an Internal Revenue Service agent named “Ralph.” “Seriously, have you seen what those crazy tea party…


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Supreme Court turns away newspaper's beef about Pennsylvania election law

Supreme Court turns away newspaper's beef about Pennsylvania election law (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The exterior of the US Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., is seen in this file photo.(R. Norman Matheny/The Christian Science Monitor/File) The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has lost its bid to renew a challenge to a Pennsylvania law that allows local election officials to prohibit news reporters…


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Colorado ‘birther’ radio host loses job after assaulting producer

Colorado ‘birther’ radio host loses job after assaulting producer (via Raw Story )

A controversial Colorado “birther” radio host has lost his job after an in-studio brawl with a longtime associate and producer. According to Denver’s Channel 9 News, Peter Boyles was fired by KHOW in the wake of a “heated physical exchange” with producer Greg Hollenback. What sparked the…


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English gay marriage plans clear hurdle in parliament

English gay marriage plans clear hurdle in parliament (via AFP)

The British parliament's upper house Tuesday voted down a bid to kill off a bill to introduce gay marriage in England and Wales, moving it a step closer to becoming law. Following two days of impassioned debate in the House of Lords that exposed deep divisions in the unelected upper chamber, peers…


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US sanctions go after Iran's currency, auto sector

US sanctions go after Iran's currency, auto sector (via AFP)

The United States unveiled aggressive new sanctions against Iran, directly targeting the rial currency for the first time and also the auto sector, a key source of jobs and revenue. The measures, which could wreak more economic deprivation inside Iran, came days before a presidential election in the…


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Ted Cruz (R-Dumbfuckistan) pushes for flat tax but wants to abolish the IRS

Ted Cruz pushes for flat tax but wants to abolish the IRS (via Raw Story )

Monday on Fox News Channel, Sen. Tex Cruz (R-TX) said that the U.S. should abolish the Internal Revenue Service and charge everyone in the country a “flat tax.” “We ought to abolish the IRS and instead move to a simple flat tax, where the average American can fill out our taxes on a postcard.”…


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Ten dead, thousands evacuated as floods sweep Europe

Ten dead, thousands evacuated as floods sweep Europe (via AFP)

Thousands were forced from their homes and at least 10 people were killed as floodwaters deluged swathes of Europe including the historic centre of the Czech capital Prague. Shops and schools were shut and road and rail transport were disrupted across the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany following…


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Call the waambulance: College Republicans’ report warns: GOP faces ‘a dismal present situation’

College Republicans’ report warns: GOP faces ‘a dismal present situation’ (via Raw Story )

A report released Monday by the College National Republican Committee (CNRC) rang like an encore of the Republican party’s March 2013 “autopsy” study, warning the party to change its’ approach if it wants to win back the youth vote in future elections, Talking Points Memo reported. “Our research…


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Agreement over Statue of Liberty security screening

Agreement over Statue of Liberty security screening (via AFP)

A standoff over security screening procedures for the reopening of the Statue of Liberty next month was resolved on Monday after authorities agreed to carry out checks on tourists in Manhattan. The world famous landmark has been closed since Hurricane Sandy struck last October, destroying security…


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In 4th Amendment attack Supreme Court sanctions warrantless DNA collection from arrestees

Supreme Court sanctions warrantless DNA collection from arrestees (via Raw Story )

Police in states that collect DNA evidence from everyone arrested for felony crimes may continue to do so, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a 5-4 decision (PDF) that saw arch conservative Justice Antonin Scalia side with the nation’s three reliably liberal justices, the court upheld a ruling…


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US says Apple led 'deliberate' scheme on ebooks

US says Apple led 'deliberate' scheme on ebooks (via AFP)

A US government lawyer accused Apple Monday of concocting a deliberate scheme to fix prices of electronic books as the antitrust trial against the tech giant got underway. "Apple knowingly and intentionally committed to a common scheme of publishers to raise prices," Justice Department attorney Lawrence…


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Secret Service: Man wrote ‘KKK forever’ and threatened to shoot Obamas

Secret Service: Man wrote ‘KKK forever’ and threatened to shoot Obamas (via Raw Story )

A West Virginia man was being held in jail on Monday after he threatened the life of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in a letter filled with racial slurs. WTRF first reported that Ryan Kirker of McMechen had been charged with sending the threatening letter in April that concluded…


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Kerry warns Israel of last chance for Mideast peace

Kerry warns Israel of last chance for Mideast peace (via AFP)

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday issued a stark warning to Israel to resume long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians, saying if efforts fail now they may never get another chance. "We are running out of time. We're running out of possibilities... If we do not succeed now, we may not…


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Maddow: Get ready for ‘long, hot, stupid summer’ with Republicans in Congress

Maddow: Get ready for ‘long, hot, stupid summer’ with Republicans in Congress (via Raw Story )

On Monday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the “long, hot, stupid summer” we can look forward to on Capitol Hill. With the IRS legally unable to defend itself and subpoena powers in the hands of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the White House and Democrats…


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Monsanto claims to be baffled by reappearance of GMO ‘zombie wheat’ in Oregon

Monsanto baffled by reappearance of GMO ‘zombie wheat’ in Oregon (via Raw Story )

The company that engineered an herbicide-resistant strain of wheat which was never cleared for commercial use is baffled as to how the genetically modified organism (GMO) came to be growing in an Oregon wheat field. According to New Scientist, Monsanto, which says it abandoned research on the wheat…


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Obama Is No Nixon

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US to send Patriot missiles, F-16s to Jordan for drill

US to send Patriot missiles, F-16s to Jordan for drill (via AFP)

The United States will send a Patriot missile battery and F-16 fighters to Jordan for a military drill and may keep the weapons there to counter the threat posed by Syria's civil war, officials said Monday. The Patriot missile launchers and F-16 warplanes "were approved for deployment to Jordan as…


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From @MajorityFM: @SamSeder Discusses Chris Christie's Post Frank Lautenberg Move

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Zimmerman lawyers apologize for lying about video evidence

Zimmerman lawyers apologize for inaccurate testimony about video evidence (via Raw Story )

Mark O’Mara, lead attorney on the defense team for George Zimmerman, Jr. apologized Sunday for mischaracterizing video evidence his team claimed to have in a pre-trial hearing last week. According to NBC News, O’Mara and the Zimmerman team claimed on Tuesday that it had three videotapes, two in…


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Panama’s Indigenous People Reject UN Forest Plan

Panama’s Indigenous People Reject UN Forest Plan (via Climate Central)

By Alex Kirby, Climate News Network LONDON – Indigenous people in Panama are asking the United Nations to close down its global forestry program, REDD, in their country. REDD – Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation – is designed to slow climate change by preventing the…


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Obama urged to raise rights on Tiananmen anniversary

Obama urged to raise rights on Tiananmen anniversary (via AFP)

US lawmakers and activists called Monday on President Barack Obama to speak firmly on human rights when he meets his Chinese counterpart, 24 years after Beijing crushed protests in Tiananmen Square. President Xi Jinping heads to California on Friday for his first talks with Obama since assuming office…


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Severe Storms Bring More ‘Weather Whiplash’ to U.S.

Severe Storms Bring More ‘Weather Whiplash’ to U.S. (via Climate Central)

By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma A weekend of violent weather left 18 people dead in Oklahoma and Arkansas from flash flooding and a string of tornadoes that ripped through the Oklahoma City metro area, which was still recovering from the devastating EF-5 twister that struck on May 20, killing 24…


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New Jersey dad wears Nazi uniform in court during custody hearing

New Jersey dad wears Nazi uniform in court during custody hearing (via Raw Story )

The founder of a New Jersey Nazi group insisted his wearing an accompanying uniform should not impact his chances of regaining custody of his four children, WCAU-TV reported on Monday. “I’m going to tell the judge, I love my children,” “Hitler’s Order” leader Heath Campbell said to the…


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Severe Storms, Water Woes and Hurricane Season (Slideshow)


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US offers $23 mn for AQIM, Boko Haram bosses

US offers $23 mn for AQIM, Boko Haram bosses (via AFP)

In an unprecedented move, the United States on Monday posted up to $23 million in rewards to help track down five leaders of militant groups accused of spreading terror in west Africa. The highest reward of $7 million is offered for the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who last week called on Islamists…


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New Climate Magazine Launched - ClimateState


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Dispatch from Wingnutia — Glenn Beck: My listeners are ‘civil rights leaders’ who will ‘save the nation’

Glenn Beck: My listeners are ‘civil rights leaders’ who will ‘save the nation’ (via Raw Story )

Fashioning himself as a kind of new wave civil rights prophet on Monday, conspiracy talk show host Glenn Beck predicted that his “long term” listeners would rise up and become “civil rights leaders” themselves before going on to “save the nation” from an unspecified threat. “Things are…


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Jon Stewart ‘audits’ the IRS: ‘Where’s your receipts, a**holes?’

Jon Stewart audits the IRS: ‘Where’s your receipts, a**holes?’ (via Raw Story )

Monday night on “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart discussed the irony of the IRS being under scrutiny for supposedly reckless spending and its targeting of tea party political groups. Stewart, incensed by the alleged improprieties, said to the IRS, “Where’s your receipts, assholes?” “Sucks…


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