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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fossil Fuel Use Pushes Carbon Dioxide Emissions into Dangerous Territory (via sustainablog)

By Emily E. Adams Increasing global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a heat-trapping gas, are pushing the world into dangerous territory, closing the window of time to avert the worst consequences of higher temperatures, such as melting ice and rising…


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Flaming Bigot, Ted Cruz (R-Dumbfuckistan): Mobilize & Pray Against Gay Marriage

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Dollar dips against euro as traders await Fed meeting

Dollar dips against euro as traders await Fed meeting (via AFP)

The dollar weakened slightly against the euro Friday as traders awaited next week's Federal Reserve meeting hoping for clearer guidance on stimulus policy. The euro bought $1.3278 around 2100 GMT, up a touch from $1.3275 at the same time Thursday. The…


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N.J. gay rights activists, national groups unite to pressure Christie, GOP

N.J. gay rights activists, national groups unite to pressure Christie, GOP (via NJ.com)

View full sizeJohn Munson/The Star-Ledger TRENTON — Following an approach taken in states across the country, a coalition of local and national groups will descend on Asbury Park today to pressure Gov. Chris Christie and Republican lawmakers to clear…


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Judge weighs Manning verdict after final statements

Judge weighs Manning verdict after final statements (via AFP)

The military judge overseeing the trial of US soldier Bradley Manning over his massive transfer of secret files to WikiLeaks began considering her verdict after closing arguments. After hearing the final statements at Fort Meade outside Washington,…


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The hypocrisy of Robert Mugabe

The hypocrisy of Robert Mugabe (via GlobalPost)

After more than three decades in power, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is facing one of his biggest tests yet. On July 31, Mugabe will go head to head with long-time opposition leader and current Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in what is already…


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Governor Goober McDipshit of Texas slams ‘utter contempt’ of Holder’s Voting Rights Act lawsuit

Perry slams ‘utter contempt’ of Holder’s Voting Rights Act lawsuit (via Raw Story )

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) slammed the “utter contempt” of a lawsuit brought against the state by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder under Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act, saying the government’s effort to prevent Texas Republicans from discriminating…


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Why is Latin America cooling on Catholicism?

Why is Latin America cooling on Catholicism? (via The Economist)

WILD excitement greeted Pope Francis as he touched down in Rio de Janeiro on July 22nd. Brazil’s 123m Roman Catholics are doubly happy: firstly that the new Pope is making his maiden foreign trip to their country, and secondly because Francis, formerly…


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The Lake at the North Pole, How Bad Is It?

The Lake at the North Pole, How Bad Is It? (via Climate Central)

By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma The pictures are dramatic — a camera at the North Pole Environmental Observatory, sitting in the middle of what appears to be either a lake or open ocean, at the height of the summer sea ice melt season. Set against…


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Feds probing Arizona school’s ‘Redneck Day’ after student wears Confederate flag

Feds probing Arizona school’s ‘Redneck Day’ after student wears Confederate flag (via Raw Story )

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has said it will open an investigation after a student in Arizona wore a Confederate flag to a school-sponsored “Redneck Day.” Civil rights leaders contacted the ED after a photo emerged of a student wearing…


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Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest

Monsoon Rains Bring Some Drought Relief to Southwest (via Climate Central)

By Brian Kahn Follow @blkahn Dwindling reservoirs, dusty rangeland and desiccated crops have left the Southwest in dire need of rain. Luckily, July marks the typical start of the annual monsoon season, and it has arrived in earnest this summer, bringing…


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How will Britain's porn filters work?

How will Britain's porn filters work? (via The Economist)

ON JULY 23rd, just in time for the traditional summer news drought, David Cameron, Britain's prime minister, announced a crackdown on online pornography. Prompted by a particularly nasty murder of a young girl, the prime minister argued that online…


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Russian Patriarch says gays destroy mankind

So says the man wearing the fabulous robes and fancy hat.

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"Christian" group tries to force 20-week abortion ban on to Albuquerque ballot

Christian group tries to force 20-week abortion ban on to Albuquerque ballot (via Raw Story )

An anti-choice group that calls itself Voices for Family Values claims to have raised enough signatures via petition to have a ban on all abortions after 20 weeks placed on the Albuquerque city ballot this fall. According to KRQE, Voices for Family…


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Via @MajorityFM: The Impact of The NSA Revelations (@SamSeder & @ggreenwald)

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Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate

Arctic’s Boreal Forests Burning At ‘Unprecedented’ Rate (via Climate Central)

By Andrew Freedman Follow @afreedma In a sign of how swiftly and extensively climate change is reshaping the Arctic environment, a new study has found that the region’s mighty boreal forests — stands of mighty spruce, fir, and larch trees that serve…


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Via @MajorityFM: Bank Steals All of Woman's Possessions, Won't Replace Them

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Steve King doubles down on the bat crap cray cray: I picked up cantaloupe-calved immigrants ‘personally with my hands’

Steve King: I picked up cantaloupe-calved immigrants ‘personally with my hands’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is doubling down on his assertion that many undocumented immigrants are drug runners with “calves the size of cantaloupes.” In an interview with Newsmax last week, King had said that for every one valedictorian, “there’…


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Liz Cheney's Crazy Talk Campaign

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Seventh-Warmest Start to the Year on Record

Seventh-Warmest Start to the Year on Record (via Climate Central)

A map showing January-June temperatures across the globe. Credit: NOAA & Climate Central By Climate Central Global temperature records are in for first half of the year, and they indicate a planet with no intention of cooling off. On Thursday, the National…


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Obama Finally Steps Up Against Climate Change

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‘Pepper spray cop’ demands pay for ‘psychiatric injury’

‘Pepper spray cop’ demands pay for ‘psychiatric injury’ (via Raw Story )

A police officer who was caught on camera hosing down a group of student protesters with pepper spray for no apparent reason has filed for worker’s compensation, asking taxpayers to pay him for a “psychiatric injury” he claims to have sustained…


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Gohmert Rhetoric Echoes Racist Militia Talk

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NOAA Scientists Find No Clear Human Connection to Deadly 2010 Russian Heat Wave, But…

NOAA Scientists Find No Clear Human Connection to Deadly 2010 Russian Heat Wave, But… (via Climate Central)

By Alyson Kenward Follow @alysonkenward Scientists see increasing risks of similar heat waves as the world warms Amidst last summer’s record-breaking heat wave and wildfires that enveloped Western Russia in a noxious mix of haze and smoke, the question…


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Detroit Bankruptcy Exhibit A For Bad Republican Policy

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Christie dismisses Rand Paul and libertarians as ‘dangerous’: I remember Sept. 12, 2001

Christie dismisses Rand Paul and libertarians as ‘dangerous’: I remember Sept. 12, 2001 (via Raw Story )

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) didn’t mince words on Thursday when asked for his thoughts about Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R) and the strain of libertarianism that is spreading among some in the Republican Party. According to Salon.com’s Alex…


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Detroit -- The New Billionaire Utopia

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Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us

Climate Change Will Alter the Soil That Feeds Us (via Climate Central)

By Tim Radford, Climate News Network London – Global warming may be about to change the ground under our feet – and perhaps not in a good way. It could be about to affect one of the most important communities on the planet: the tiny microbes that…


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Forget Carlos Danger: The Real Problems With Anthony Weiner

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Atheist activist on Ohio Holocaust memorial: ‘It’s important that we not give the Holocaust to just the Jews’

Atheist activist on Ohio Holocaust memorial: ‘It’s important that we not give the Holocaust to just the Jews’ (via Raw Story )

The leader of an atheism activist group clashed with Fox News host Sydney Bream on Friday over a proposed Holocaust memorial for the Ohio Statehouse that would bear a Jewish Star of David, saying it would marginalize other groups affected by genocidal…


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Via @MajorityFM: Leaked: Inside the Most Silly Right Wing Conspiracy Yet

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Temperature Plateau Likely Due to Deep Ocean Warming

Temperature Plateau Likely Due to Deep Ocean Warming (via Climate Central)

By Fiona Harvey, The Guardian A recent slowdown in the upward march of global temperatures is likely to be the result of the slow warming of the deep oceans, British scientists said on Monday. Oceans are some of the Earth's biggest absorbers of heat…


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Via @MajorityFM: Let's Expand The Most Successful Government Program Ever Say Experts

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Maher confronts liberal priest: ‘God in the Old Testament is a psychotic mass murderer’

Maher confronts liberal priest: ‘God in the Old Testament is a psychotic mass murderer’ (via Raw Story )

Real Time host and aggressive non-theist Bill Maher grilled a progressive minister on Friday over the litany of contradictions he found between the written word of the Bible and how many people actually interpret its teachings. “It’s pro-slavery…


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Sixteen arrested at British anti-fracking protest

Sixteen arrested at British anti-fracking protest (via AFP)

Sixteen protesters were arrested on Friday as British police broke up a blockade against exploratory drilling by a fracking company in southern England. Campaigners demonstrated for a second day against planned test drilling by British firm Cuadrilla…


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US convict who was 'too fat to execute' dies in jail

US convict who was 'too fat to execute' dies in jail (via AFP)

A 485-pound (220-kilogram) convicted murderer who escaped execution after his lawyers argued he was too fat to be put to death has died in prison, authorities in Ohio confirmed Friday. Ronald Post, who spent 28 years on death row for the 1983 killing…


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Good news for fellow coffee addicts!—Coffee cuts suicide risk in half, say Harvard researchers

Coffee cuts suicide risk in half, say Harvard researchers (via Raw Story )

A study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) concluded that drinking several cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of suicide by 50 percent in men and women. According to a report in the Harvard Gazette, researchers found that adults who…


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Russian neo-Nazi ‘Occupy’ group tortures LGBT youths

Russian neo-Nazi ‘Occupy’ group tortures LGBT youths (via Raw Story )

A Russian neo-Nazi group calling itself “Occupy-Pedofilyay” has taken to luring LGBT teens with personal ads, then kidnapping and torturing them before making their victims “come out” to friends and family on camera, human rights groups claimed…

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Guns, grenades and rockets at N. Korea flower show

Guns, grenades and rockets at N. Korea flower show (via AFP)

It's a long way from your average flower show, with mock missiles bristling behind the begonias, and garden gnome-sized troops lobbing grenades over a bed of orchids. But then, as the North Korean staff inside the cavernous bloom-decked exhibition hall…


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David Simon urges public to block Koch brothers ‘ideological’ newspaper buyouts

David Simon urges public to block Koch brothers ‘ideological’ newspaper buyouts (via Raw Story )

In a video message on Thursday, award-winning TV producer, director and former journalist David Simon (“The Wire,” “Treme”) urged members of the public to fight the acquisition of the Baltimore Sun by billionaire corporatists Charles and David…


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Apple is squeezed as smartphone market expands

Apple is squeezed as smartphone market expands (via AFP)

The global smartphone market showed healthy growth in the second quarter, but Apple's iPhone was squeezed by competition from Samsung and other Asian manufacturers, surveys showed Friday. Apple's share of the global smartphone market fell to 13.1 percent…


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Maddow: Sleazy politicians like Weiner, Filner and McDonnell are ruining U.S. public service

Maddow: Sleazy politicians like Weiner, Filner and McDonnell are ruining U.S. public service (via Raw Story )

On Wednesday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow discussed the wave of scandals currently engulfing the careers of former congressman and New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner (D), San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (…


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