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Nevada House speaker who called African-Americans ‘simple minded darkies’ steps down

Raw Story shows how this idiot lost his job… embattled incoming speaker of the Nevada State Assembly notified his colleagues Sunday morning that he was withdrawing as Speaker Designee, saying, “Politics of personal destruction win.... Read More
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The Quiet German: The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.

The New Yorker has a powerful article about a very powerful woman and her rise. A summer afternoon at the Reichstag. Soft Berlin light filters down through the great glass dome, past tourists ascending the... Read More
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Why does “Serial” need donations? explains… I’m bullish when it comes to the business of podcasting. I’m not alone, as evidenced by articles explaining why podcasting is surging, like this one from New York Magazine and this one from... Read More
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Clinton by acclamation!

by Brent Budowsky As a populist, progressive, liberal, Kennedy and FDR Democrat, who is a long-term champion of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and a devout believer in the teachings of Pope Francis, I support Hillary... Read More

How to Prevent People from Knowing When You’ve Seen a Message In Apps has the greatest privacy protector… It seems like every messaging app these days, from iMessage to Facebook, insists on sending “read receipts” letting people know that you’ve seen their message. This can be annoying.... Read More

Sony Pictures hacked, entire computer system reportedly unusable

Ouch! has the story…. Reports that Sony Pictures has been hacked have been trickling in this morning, after a thread appeared on Reddit claiming all computers at the company were offline due to a hack.... Read More
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This government rule could cripple commercial drone flight

The Washington Post’s ‘The Switch’ has the details… One of America’s most popular consumer drones, the DJI Phantom 2, is surprisingly cheap, lightweight and easy to fly, and lots of wedding photographers, farmers and real estate agents now depend on it... Read More

Bob Dylan Plays Concert for One Insanely Lucky Superfan

Rolling Stone has the story of one man doing something thousands would do. “I was smiling so much it was like I was on ecstasy,” says Fredrik Wikingsson. “My jaw hurt for hours” Yesterday afternoon... Read More
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The Wonderfully Bizarre ‘His And Her’ Cars Of The 1960s

Jalopnik has the story. Here at the Jalopnik Daily Motor-Gazette, we’re not big fans of the idea of calling a car a “chick car,” for a variety of reasons. But that doesn’t mean that companies... Read More
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Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

Gizmodo asks… The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it’s also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide... Read More
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11. The 3 Muckrakers: White Armed Cop: 1, Unarmed Black Youth: 0

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Protests simmer as Ferguson Killer-Cop is not indicted, Missouri sends the National Guard into a community of 20K while 37 other states allow peaceful marches? Dario interviews Mexican... Read More
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Upside of Breaking Up: You’ll Sleep Better Alone

NY Magazine has the story… One of the hardest things to get used to about life after a breakup is the suddenly empty side of the bed where your ex-partner once slept. It may not... Read More
nhs surveillance

DHS Set to Destroy Governmentwide Network Surveillance Records explains the programme. The Department of Homeland Security is poised to ditch all records from a controversial network monitoring system called Einstein that are at least three years old, but not for security reasons. DHS reasons the files... Read More
Hagan and Foley

These State Lawmakers Want To Save Thanksgiving From Greedy Retailers

Mother Jones explains their philosophy: It’s “supposed to be a day when we retreat from consumerism.” In recent years, more and more big-box retailers have begun forcing their employees to work on Thanksgiving Day. Now, some... Read More
intern salaries

These tech interns are probably making more than you are has the depressing story… If you needed any confirmation that you are probably in the wrong business, then look no further than what tech interns are getting paid these days. If you extrapolate the numbers... Read More

What Rudy Giuliani gets wrong about the deaths of young black men

The Washington Post in The Fix reports… Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) offered some now-infamous analysis of the situation in Ferguson, Mo., on “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “White police officers wouldn’t be”... Read More
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Sen. Lindsey Graham: GOP-led Benghazi report is ‘full of crap’

CNN has the story, we provide the Scooby Doo ‘Ruuh?’ Is he attacking his own Party here? Really? Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, has some harsh words for the recently released Benghazi report, led by... Read More
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Former DOT chief: ‘Our infrastructure’s on life supports right now’

The Maddow Blog’s Steve Benen has the story…. There was an interesting segment on “60 Minutes” last night on one my favorite topics: infrastructure. Steve Kroft told viewers: “Business leaders, labor unions, governors, mayors, congressmen... Read More

Remembering Thanksgiving

Rev. Irene Monroe As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time’s spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful... Read More

Top Five Washington Assumptions on Mideast that Are not True

Andrew Bacevich explains in informed Comment… “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St.... Read More

Apocalypse Noir: How Climate Change Will End Wine As We Know It

Buzzfeed explains: hotter and less predictable temperatures mean that much of the world’s premium wine regions are now under threat and new ones are emerging. How the wine industry is — and isn’t — reacting... Read More
John Oliver suggests beheading a turkey instead of pardoning it…

John Oliver suggests beheading a turkey instead of pardoning it…

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Turkey Pardoning

Everyone on the Hill Gets Ethics Training-Except House Members

What could go wrong? National Journal has the answers… Who needs ethics training? Two lawmakers say they and all of their colleagues in the House do. Reps. David Cicilline, D-R.I., and Scott Rigell, R-Va., are... Read More
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Justifying Homicide: Why Darren Wilson was never going to be indicted for killing Michael Brown

Slate explains… The first Ferguson protests had two slogans: “Hands up, don’t shoot”—referring to Michael Brown’s final actions before he was killed—and “Justice for Michael Brown.” And when you asked protesters what they meant by... Read More
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3 Reasons Why Republicans Should Get Behind Obama’s Executive Action

ThinkProgress explains. After President Barack Obama announced an executive action to shield five million undocumented immigrants from deportation, Republicans condemned the administration and promised to use government funding to undo the initiative. And while deferred... Read More

UK should be embarrassed by its lack of female engineers, says Ed Miliband

The Guardian: Labour leader says Britain also needs extra 400,000 people to be trained in profession by 2020 to meet industry demand. Ed Miliband has said Britain’s lack of female engineers should be a “matter of... Read More
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(They’re baaa-aaack) Days of Mafia Mayhem Are Wracking Italy Once Again

The Daily Beast tells the story. Shocking reports of resurgent organized crime are horrifying Italy, from a covert tape of a secret initiation ceremony to a funeral notice posted for a very much alive anti-Mafia... Read More
air bnb

The Difference Between Uber and Airbnb has the story… Uber and Airbnb have a lot in common: They are the tech startup darlings of the moment, they are valued in the tens of billions of dollars and make significant revenue,... Read More
charles taylor

Firestone and the Warlord: The untold story of Firestone, Charles Taylor and the tragedy of Liberia.

by T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones ProPublica and PBS Frontline HARBEL, Liberia — THE KILLERS LAUNCHED from the plantation under a waning moon one night in October 1992. They surged past tin-roofed villages and... Read More
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Appeal court judge ‘horrified’ at number of litigants without lawyers

The Guardian explains…. yet another Tory signature initiative FAIL. People representing themselves ‘clog up’ courts, says Elizabeth Gloster, as report details legal aid cuts’ effect on lawyers’ morale. A court of appeal judge has said she... Read More