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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Google challenges secret court over gag order (via The Christian Science Monitor)

In the world of technology companies, differentiating your product is everything. Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook have successively released statements about the National Security Agency’s PRISM Internet surveillance program using similar phrases to say the same thing: the company wishes it…


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Steve "Crazier than a Sack of Rabid Ferrets" King: Secret income is ‘part of freedom’

Steve King: Secret income is ‘part of freedom’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Wednesday told a tea party rally that the Internal Revenue Service should be abolished because keeping income secret from the federal government was “part of freedom.” “You know, the IRS audited me one too many years in a row,” King explained at a Tea Party Patriots…


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Scientists clear quantum computing hurdle

Scientists clear quantum computing hurdle (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Large-scale quantum computing, that is, leveraging the seemingly paradoxical behavior of subatomic particles to develop blazingly fast computers, is now one step closer to reality, now that scientists have found a way to better control how these particles behave.  Normal computers store information…


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Democrats want to restore records of servicemembers discharged for being LGBT

Democrats want to restore records of servicemembers discharged for being LGBT (via Raw Story )

Under new legislation proposed by Democrats Rep. Charlie Rangel (NY) and Rep. Mark Pocan (WI), U.S. military service members who were discharged because of their sexual orientation can now have their records restored to reflect their honorable service. A joint press release from the congressmen’s…


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Obamacare behind schedule as Oct. 1 rollout nears

Obamacare behind schedule as Oct. 1 rollout nears (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The central feature of Obamacare – getting the uninsured to sign up for health insurance – is due to start on Oct. 1, less than four months away. But both the federal and state governments are behind in their preparations. That’s the conclusion of two reports issued Wednesday by the congressional…


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Virginia Republican pleads guilty to dozens of counts of voter fraud

Virginia Republican pleads guilty to dozens of counts of voter fraud (via Raw Story )

A Virginia Republican and supporter of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) pleaded guilty on Tuesday to perjury and 36 counts of voter fraud. Adam Ward, 28, claimed he collected more than 11,000 petition signatures for Gingrich during the Republican presidential primaries, in an effort to ensure…


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Talking with the enemy: Obama, Taliban negotiate Afghanistan's future (+video)

Talking with the enemy: Obama, Taliban negotiate Afghanistan's future (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

The key to ending America’s war in Afghanistan has long been a negotiated deal with the Taliban. Finally, such talks will begin Thursday in Qatar. If they go well, the talks will serve primarily as a test of how much the Taliban have accepted the new realities of progress in Afghanistan and elsewhere…


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Head of ‘ex-gay therapy’ group apologizes for causing the suffering of LGBT people

Head of ‘ex-gay therapy’ group apologizes for causing the suffering of LGBT people (via Raw Story )

The president of an organization that promotes “cures” for gay and lesbian individuals on Wednesday offered a lengthy apology to those harmed by ex-gay therapy. “I cannot simply move on and pretend that I have always been the friend that I long to be today,” Alan Chambers of Exodus International…


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Bernanke lets Wall Street down easy: Stimulus to end, but not yet (+video)

Bernanke lets Wall Street down easy: Stimulus to end, but not yet (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

When stock prices fall 1 percent in a single day, that’s a move that’s sizable but not too unusual. So perhaps Ben Bernanke should feel pretty good about his latest effort to communicate Federal Reserve policy and manage investor expectations. Investors around the world were anxiously awaiting…


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Study uncovers anti-black attitudes among tea party supporters — but not members

Study uncovers anti-black attitudes among tea party supporters — but not members (via Raw Story )

Since its inception back in 2010, critics of the tea party have claimed the conservative movement was motivated wholly or in part by racial animus towards President Barack Obama. Former NAACP chairman Julian Bond, for instance, recently described the tea party as an “admittedly racist” movement…


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Obama in Berlin renews call for nuclear disarmament

Obama in Berlin renews call for nuclear disarmament (via AFP)

President Barack Obama issued a call for Russian and US nuclear arsenals to be slashed in a speech at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate and warned Western governments against complacency, saying history's work was not done. Obama used the once-divided city's rebirth as a metaphor for progress, as he…


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From the Karmic Justice Files: Gun-loving heckler Tasered after harassing shooting survivor

Gun-loving heckler Tasered after harassing shooting survivor (via Raw Story )

A gun enthusiast was tackled, Tasered and arrested by police at a Concord, New Hampshire gun control rally on Tuesday night after he repeatedly harassed a speaker who was calling for all gun buyers to undergo background checks. The man that Daniel Musso, 52, was interrupting is John Cantin, a survivor…


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France gives Google three-month deadline

France gives Google three-month deadline (via AFP)

France on Thursday threatened Google with a fine of up to 150,000 euros ($198,000) if it does not bring its privacy procedures into line with French law on data protection within three months. In a move that France hopes will be followed by other European states, the national data protection agency…


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Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it

Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it (via Raw Story )

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Wednesday voiced her opposition to President Barack Obama’s top international trade nominee because of a secretive free trade agreement. “I am deeply concerned about the transparency record of the U.S. Trade Representative and with one ongoing trade agreement…


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Obama's African outlook splits opinion ahead of visit

Obama's African outlook splits opinion ahead of visit (via AFP)

Days ahead of only his third official African visit, analysts are split over whether Barack Obama has been overlooking a golden goose in his ancestral continent or shrewdly dodging a white elephant. The 44th US president inspired millions when he told an audience in Ghana during his first year in office…


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‘Spanking for Jesus’ movement lets God-fearing husbands feel good about punishing their wives

‘Spanking for Jesus’ movement lets God-fearing husbands feel good about punishing their wives (via Raw Story )

What happens when you combine Fifty Shades of Grey with fundamentalist Christianity? “Spanking for Jesus” — or a movement known as Christian Domestic Discipline. The alternative lifestyle fell into the media spotlight on Wednesday thanks to The Daily Beast and Jezebel. Both publications detailed…


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European shares dive, gold drops on Fed policy

European shares dive, gold drops on Fed policy (via AFP)

European stock markets tumbled on Thursday and gold slumped close to a three-year low after the US Federal Reserve signalled it would wind down its massive stimulus programme this year, dealers said. The sharp falls in Europe mirrored a steep selloff overnight on Wall Street and earlier in Asia after…


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Watch: Hilarious NSFW video ruthlessly mocks Republicans over masturbating fetuses

Watch: Hilarious NSFW video ruthlessly mocks Republicans over masturbating fetuses (via Raw Story )

Fetuses in wombs across the nation were happy to hear that Republicans had their backs when it came to masturbation. In new video by Andy Cobb, fetuses discuss the recent comments by Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) regarding the unborn pleasuring themselves with “their hand between their legs” One…


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US scraps tons of gear as it leaves Afghanistan

US scraps tons of gear as it leaves Afghanistan (via AFP)

The US military has destroyed more than 77,000 metric tons of military equipment -- including mine-resistant troop transport vehicles -- as it prepares to withdraw from Afghanistan in late 2014, the Washington Post reported Thursday. More than $7 billion worth of military equipment is no longer needed…


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John Oliver can’t believe Putin’s amazingly ballsy and blatant theft of Superbowl ring

John Oliver can’t believe Putin’s amazingly ballsy and blatant theft of Superbowl ring (via Raw Story )

Wednesday night on The Daily Show, host John Oliver mocked President Barack Obama’s troubled overseas trip. He was particularly entertained by the claim that Vladimir Putin boldly stole a Superbowl ring from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, suggesting it could explain the current tensions…


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Alleged pastor: Donate to fix my helicopter and get a new car from God

Texas pastor: Donate to fix my helicopter and get a new car from God (via Raw Story )

A Texas pastor is being accused of “blasphemy” after he sent out a fundraising plea promising that God would give a new car in “52 days or 52 weeks” to anyone who chipped in $52 to fix his helicopter. “Do you need better transportation?” New Light Church Bishop Ira V. Hilliard asks in a…


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