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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Monsanto testing new GMO wheat (via AFP)

US agriculture giant Monsanto, in the spotlight over the discovery of unauthorized genetically modified wheat growing in Oregon, said Wednesday it has a new GM wheat strain under development. The company is developing a new form of Roundup Ready wheat, resistant to Monsanto's herbicide Roundup (glyphosate…


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Trayvon Martin lawyers slam Zimmerman defense team for ‘fabrication of evidence’

Trayvon Martin lawyers slam Zimmerman defense team for ‘fabrication of evidence’ (via Raw Story )

A lead attorney of the firm representing the family of Trayvon Martin blasted the defense team representing George Zimmerman, Jr. and accused them of fabricating evidence in an attempt to taint the jury pool in Zimmerman’s trial. According to Huffington Post, Jasmine Rand of the civil rights division…


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Manning was 'very political' but effective in Iraq

Manning was 'very political' but effective in Iraq (via AFP)

Bradley Manning was politically outspoken, skilled at operating computers and performed his duties at a very high level when working in Iraq, his US Army supervisors testified Wednesday. With prosecutors pressing the argument that Manning knew he could endanger US national security by disclosing diplomatic…


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Daniel Dobson, son of prominent West Michigan minister, talks about being a gay Christian

Daniel Dobson, son of prominent West Michigan minister, talks about being a gay Christian (via Mlive.com)

Courtesy Art A firefight on the road to Baghdad helped give Daniel Dobson the courage to come out as a gay man. Dobson, then 18, had been in Iraq only a few weeks when his U.S. Army gun truck came under heavy fire from al Qaeda. He froze up momentarily with fear. But he reached deep in his gut to withstand…


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New Alga Discovered In Colorado — Will Possibly Extend Biodiesel Production Northwards

New Alga Discovered In Colorado — Will Possibly Extend Biodiesel Production Northwards (via Clean Technica)

Researchers have discovered a new type of strain of yellow-green algae — heterococcus sp. DN1 — that could potentially be a good source for biodiesel production and allow biodiesels to be produced much further north than they are now. They new strain was discovered living in the snow fields of…


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Climate and land use: Europe's floods raise questions

Climate and land use: Europe's floods raise questions (via AFP)

Less than three months after being battered by snow and ice, central Europe now finds itself fighting floods -- and some scientists are pointing the finger at human interference with the climate system. Leading the charge is the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) near Berlin, which…


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Bill Nye: ‘Heat energy’ caused 2.6 mile-wide tornado in Oklahoma

Bill Nye: ‘Heat energy’ caused 2.6 mile-wide tornado in Oklahoma (via Raw Story )

Excess “heat energy in the atmosphere” contributed significantly to making last week’s EF5 tornado in El Reno, Oklahoma grow to an astonishing 2.6 miles-wide, science educator Bill Nye told CNN on Tuesday. The El Reno tornado was the widest-ever on record, and the National Weather Service said…


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Actor Stephen Fry says he attempted suicide

Actor Stephen Fry says he attempted suicide (via AFP)

British actor Stephen Fry revealed on Wednesday that he attempted suicide last year. The actor, comedian and writer, best known for his role in the long-running BBC comedy "Blackadder", said he had taken a cocktail of pills and alcohol while filming abroad and was only saved because his producer discovered…


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Zambia gay rights case moves to High Court

Zambia gay rights case moves to High Court (via AFP)

The trial of prominent Zambian gay rights activist Paul Kasonkomona was put on hold Wednesday in order for the High Court to rule on a challenge brought by his lawyers. Magistrate Lameck Ngambi granted the defence's application for a hearing in the upper court, where a ruling in the activist's favour…


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Alaska TEAublicans elect ‘racist dentist’ as vice chairman

Alaska Republicans elect ‘racist dentist’ as vice chairman (via Raw Story )

The Alaska Republican Party has elected a controversial figure as their new vice chairman. The political blog The Mudflats on Sunday reported that Dr. David Eichler was known derogatorily as the “racist dentist” because of controversial comments he made in 2006. As president of the Alaska Dental…


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Craig Ferguson jokes that Bill Maher is controlled by the Democrat ‘Borg’

Craig Ferguson jokes that Bill Maher is controlled by the Democrat ‘Borg’ (via Raw Story )

In a lighthearted segment aired Tuesday night, CBS late night talk show host Craig Ferguson joked with HBO’s liberal talk show host Bill Maher that he’s controlled by “the Borg,” by which he meant the Democratic Party. The two veteran television hosts began by reminicing about their careers…


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Rep. McDermott snaps at Fox News host: ‘You are putting words in my mouth! Stop it!’

Rep. McDermott snaps at Fox News host: ‘You are putting words in my mouth! Stop it!’ (via Raw Story )

Things got heated on Wednesday when a Democratic congressman agreed to an interview with Fox News, the conservative network that has apparent obsession with devoting hours of airtime every day to covering the news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted certain political groups. Following…


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Catholic [bigots & hate merchants] declare victory after Illinois same-sex marriage bill stalls

Catholic bishops declare victory after Illinois same-sex marriage bill stalls (via Raw Story )

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Monday applauded the Illinois House’s failure to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage. “The fact that the Illinois state House did not vote on the marriage redefinition bill reflects a failure to have the votes to pass the bill,” said Archbishop…


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From the front lines of the GOP war on women: All-male House subcommittee votes to restrict abortion nationwide

All-male House subcommittee votes to restrict abortion nationwide (via Raw Story )

An all-male House Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday approved legislation that would impose a new nationwide restriction on abortion. By a party line vote of 6-4, the House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved a bill that would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks of pregnancy…


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Obama to confront Xi on cyber spying

Obama to confront Xi on cyber spying (via AFP)

President Barack Obama will tell Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he must deal with cyber spying and hacking of US targets that originate inside his country when they meet for talks this week. Recent official and commercial reports and studies alleging flagrant and sometimes state-sponsored theft…


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SEAL Team 6 member comes out as transgender ‘Warrior Princess’

SEAL Team 6 member comes out as transgender ‘Warrior Princess’ (via Raw Story )

A member of the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 has come out as a transgender woman in a new memoir entitled Warrior Princess. According to Think Progress, Kristen Beck’s memoir comes out Tuesday and details her journey through a 20-year military career to where she is today. Beck retired from the military…


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Manning never talked about aiding US foes: hacker

Manning never talked about aiding US foes: hacker (via AFP)

The computer hacker who turned in Bradley Manning said Tuesday the tormented US soldier had never talked about helping Al-Qaeda after he leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents. On the second day of Manning's court martial, witness Adrian Lamo agreed with a defense attorney's portrait…


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Rep. McDermott wonders why tea party groups applied for taxpayer-funded subsidies

Rep. McDermott wonders why tea party groups applied for taxpayer-funded subsidies (via Raw Story )

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) on Tuesday questioned why tea party groups were seeking to be subsidized by the government. At a House hearing on IRS misconduct, McDermott acknowledged the federal tax agency had inappropriately used political criteria to locate nonprofit applications that needed extra review…


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US commanders face tough questions over rape 'plague'

US commanders face tough questions over rape 'plague' (via AFP)

US military chiefs came under fire from lawmakers over a "plague" of sexual assaults in the ranks, but the top brass argued against plans to strip commanders of authority over criminal cases. A rise in rapes -- along with a wave of high-profile scandals in recent weeks -- has put military leaders on…


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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Military rape about sexual predators, not hormones or hook-up culture

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: Military rape about sexual predators, not hormones or hook-up culture (via Raw Story )

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday chided a Republican senator for suggesting rape in the military was the result of “hormone levels created by nature.” Speaking with MSNBC host Chris Hayes, Gillibrand said there appeared “to be a disconnect between what this crime is and how it’s…


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France says 'no doubt' Assad regime used sarin gas

France says 'no doubt' Assad regime used sarin gas (via AFP)

France said it had proof President Bashar al-Assad's regime has used the deadly nerve agent sarin gas in Syria's civil war, adding that "all options," including armed intervention, are on the table. Washington said it needed more evidence before concluding that sarin has been used. Earlier, a UN report…


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Texas tea party leader: GOP doesn’t want black people to vote

And in other news, the sky is blue and water is wet.


Texas tea party leader: GOP doesn’t want black people to vote (via Raw Story )

A tea party leader in Dallas is facing a backlash after saying the Republican Party doesn’t want African-American voters to show up at the polls. “I’m going to be real honest with you,” Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson said at a Dallas County Republican Party event on May 20. “The Republican…


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Scientists tell Australia to save Great Barrier Reef

Scientists tell Australia to save Great Barrier Reef (via AFP)

Leading marine scientists warned the Australian government on Wednesday of the growing threat to the Great Barrier Reef from unchecked industrial development. More than 150 scientists from 33 institutions signed a statement saying that the mining and gas boom along the Queensland state coast was hastening…


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Christianist TV ‘prophet’ & raving lunatic: Native Americans need to ‘repent for their ancestors’ animism’

Christian TV ‘prophet’: Native Americans need to ‘repent for their ancestors’ animism’ (via Raw Story )

Self-proclaimed television prophet Cindy Jacobs recently warned people with Native American heritage that they should “repent for their ancestors’ animism” because they are particularly vulnerable to evil spirits. In an episode of her web series 10 Minute Prayer School last week, Jacobs said…


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Hong Kong marks Tiananmen as China blocks remembrance

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen as China blocks remembrance (via AFP)

Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers braved thunder and torrential rain to attend a candlelight vigil Tuesday marking the 24th anniversary of China's bloody Tiananmen crackdown, as Beijing blocked commemoration attempts. A crowd packed the former British colony's Victoria Park in an annual act of remembrance…


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Rachel Maddow reflects on Republicans’ infatuation with nonsense

Rachel Maddow reflects on Republicans’ infatuation with nonsense (via Raw Story )

On her show Tuesday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow opined that the Republican Party was hopelessly in love with convenient nonsense. Conservatives have long searched for a “smoking gun” that would take down President Barack Obama, she said. Their latest “smoking gun” was the claim the IRS…


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Jon Stewart compares China to Bank of America: They hurt us and we help them

Jon Stewart compares China to Bank of America: They hurt us and we help them (via Raw Story )

The Daily Show host Jon Stewart was surprised to learn Tuesday night that China — not the United States — was the winner of the Iraq war. “Don’t you have to be in a war to win it?” he wondered. “China, you’ve already beaten us in synchronized drumming, bear cuteness, air chewability,…


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Video: Lake El'gygytgyn, Pleistocene super-Interglacials and Arctic warmth

Video: Lake El'gygytgyn, Pleistocene super-Interglacials and Arctic warmth (via Skeptical Science)

Posted on 1 June 2013 by John Mason Here is a must-see 2012 presentation by Julie Brigham-Grette of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, covering the research her team has been doing into Lake El'gygytgyn (pronouned El-Guh-Git-Kin), a water-filled meteor crater in Arctic Russia that came into being…


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Ben & Jerry's ingredients won't include GMOs, company says

Ben & Jerry's ingredients won't include GMOs, company says (via The Christian Science Monitor)

A carton of Ben & Jerry's 'Americone Dream' ice cream flavor. Ben & Jerry's has committed to elimitating GMOs from its ingredients by the end of the year. (Businesswire/File) Ben & Jerry’s, the affable ice cream-making duo turned global brand from Vermont, has always mixed ice cream with politics…


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