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ESPN is losing subscribers at a steep rate – The Washington Post

Last summer, Disney CEO Robert Iger warned that ESPN had “experienced some modest [subscriber] losses” because TV viewers are cutting their cable connections. Now we know just to what extent viewers are abandoning the network.  ... Read More
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Top think tank warns the age of austerity is not over and 2.6 million working families will be £1,600 worse off – Wales Online

The IFS director claimed Chancellor George Osborne had been “lucky” with “some changes in forecasts for lower debt interest payments and higher tax revenues”.   Mr Johnson cautioned: “The forecasts will change again, and by... Read More

Four senior KPMG partners arrested in HMRC tax evasion inquiry | Business | The Guardian

The men in question have been named as Jon D’Arcy, Eamonn Donaghy, Arthur O’Brien and Paul Hollway, and constitute KPMG’s most senior staff in #Northern Ireland.   HMRC said: “Officers arrested four individuals from Northern... Read More

Kohls Worker Details Her Insane Schedule Through Black Friday | ThinkProgress

The experience has cast a pallor over her holidays. She knows what it’s going to be like having done nearly the same thing last year. “You hate the holidays. It’s exhausting,” she said. “It’s not... Read More

(Must listen here since episode 150!) How an angry comic who had a coke habit became the Barbara Walters of podcasts – The Washington Post

The masses have come for comedian and podcaster Marc Maron, most certainly the only headliner at a motivational conference who has both snorted coke with #Sam Kinison and interviewed the president of the United States... Read More

Donald Trump On Waterboarding: ‘Even If It Doesn’t Work, They Deserve It’ | Crooks and Liars

Donald Trump touted the benefits of waterboarding in a campaign rally on Monday night, telling a crowd that “you bet your ass” he would bring it back into use. Addressing thousands of people in Columbus,... Read More
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Can eating less meat really tackle climate change?

via The Conversation With the food system accounting for up to a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, anything that reduces its impact will make a big difference to the climate. It is a system... Read More

France’s far right reaps political gains as fears of terrorism grow – The Washington Post

But after the Nov. 13 attacks that claimed at least 130 lives in Paris and stunned the nation, Le Pen, 47, and her formerly fringe party have found themselves being listened to as never before. Long scorned... Read More

Marco Rubio Is All Over The Place On Syrian Refugees | ThinkProgress

As Rubio campaigns for the Republican presidential nomination, he’’s pledging to bring generational change to Washington. Yet Rubio’s policy toward Cuba looks like a step into the past. As president, he says, he’d reinstate a... Read More

Arab Americans In Dearborn Fear ISIS, And The White Supremacists Who Think They Are ISIS | ThinkProgress

Dearborn, a city of 95,000 people, has the highest concentrations of Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the United States, making the community here a target for anti-Muslim sentiment. While the city resembles an American... Read More
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UN: Climate change endangers millions of children – Al Jazeera English

The UN has warned that children are the worst affected by climate change. It estimates that nearly 700 million of them live in areas at the highest risk of severe drought and flooding. In southern... Read More
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Travel industry in ‘greatest turmoil in 30 years’ after Paris attacks, says Thomas Cook boss | Business | The Guardian

He pointed to a “string of external shocks” including the killing of 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia in June and the bombing of a Russian plane flying from Egypt that killed all 224 people on board... Read More
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Inside the Southern California factory that makes the Donald Trump hats – LA Times

Donald Trump’s hats have quickly become a signature totem of the 2016 campaign, a kitsch magnet that serves ironic hipsters and sincere supporters alike. The red-and-white caps are emblazoned with the real estate mogul’s oft-repeated slogan,... Read More

“Clock boy” Ahmed Mohamed wants an apology—and $15 million | Ars Technica

Mohamed’s saga began in September, when one of the boy’s teachers suspected that the homemade clock he brought to school may have been a bomb. The school called in police, who handcuffed Mohamed and questioned him. The image of the... Read More
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Plot Thickens: Pentagon Now Facing More Scrutiny Over $766 Million Task Force

Senators were already questioning why the Defense Department was restricting a government watchdog. Now there are criminal investigations and questions about retaliation against a whistleblower. by Megan McCloskey ProPublica The Pentagon is scrambling to justify... Read More

How Did ‘Black Friday’ Get Its Name? – Digg

“‘Friday-after-Thanksgiving-itis’ is a disease second only to the bubonic plague in its effects. At least that’s the feeling of those who have to get production out, when the ‘Black Friday’ comes along. The shop may... Read More

Global warming ‘pause’ was a myth all along, says new study

So did global warming really pause, stop, or enter a hiatus? At least six academic studies have been published in 2015 that argue against the existence of a pause or hiatus, including three that were... Read More

These 3 judges hold the fate of the Internet in their hands – The Washington Post

At a time when Republican obstruction has ground the confirmation process to a halt, and the outspoken progressivism — or even mild progressivism — of prior Obama nominees has run into GOP filibusters, Srinivasan’s unclear... Read More

» Female Soccer Captain Gets One-Time Exemption To Leave Iran Against Her Husband’s Wishes

In September, Iranian #football player Niloufar Ardalan, missed the final of the Asian Games in September because her husband, sports journalist Mahdi Toutounchi, enforced the right given to him by Islamic sharia law to prevent... Read More

John Oliver hits a nerve: Fox hosts whine after HBO host debunks their anti-refugee paranoia

Fox News host Jesse Watters and his colleagues on The Five accused John Oliver on Tuesday of having no room to rip conservatives opposing an influx of Syrian refugees because he’s English, Media Matters reported.... Read More

52a. Thanksgiving Best of The Three Muckrakers Play in new window | Download Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday. We’re back live next week! Join Denis Campbell, editor of UK Progressive magazine, Phil Parry former BBC anchor and editor of and Dr. Dario... Read More

(Yikes! Happy Thanksgiving?) E. coli outbreak linked to chicken salad sold at Costco

Rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale stores is likely the source of an E. coli outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Tuesday. Nineteen people have contracted the illness, with one... Read More
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Angela Merkel stands by refugee policy despite security fears | World news | The Guardian

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has vowed to stick to her open-door refugee policy, defying criticism at home and abroad which has intensified due to growing fears about a potential security risk after the Paris... Read More

HOW we say WHAT we say matters NOW more than ever

The Monday Line (Thanksgiving Day edition) by Denis G. Campbell This US Thanksgiving Day holiday brings a much needed break in hate-filled and hurtful political rhetoric. We live in a scary time where  nothing surprises and... Read More

How council services are affected by spending cuts | Business | The Guardian

Local authorities struggling to cope with the scale of government imposed cuts are braced for further bad news in the form of George Osborne’s spending review.   When #David Cameron demanded to know why his... Read More
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Airbnb is being used for hookups – Business Insider

Airbnb is unlikely to endorse such behaviour, but some users told Business Insider they had slept with people or been hit on as a result of transactions that were facilitated through its platform.   Founded... Read More

Vandalized Mosques, Threats of Violence—Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes on the Rise | Mother Jones

Since the Paris attacks, there have been similar incidents across the United States, from vandalized mosques to threats of violence, rattling Muslim Americans.   Based on the latest FBI hate crime figures, these incidents are... Read More

Vermin Supreme running for president, still wants to give everyone a pony In a field that includes 30 Republicans and 28 Democrats, the Maryland Democrat stands out for his unique headgear, lush, wizard-like beard, and consistently pro-pony platform. Asked about how he’d defeat terrorists, he answered “Hooves... Read More

Apparently Earth is sprouting dark matter ‘hairs’ – The Washington Post

Dark matter, otherwise known as “idk matter” around these parts, is pretty freaky. It’s the unobservable stuff that makes up a big portion of the #Universe, forcing scientists to track it based on the trail it... Read More

China Is Absolutely Destroying the US on Clean Energy | Mother Jones

But new data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows that this argument is just hot air: For the first time ever, over the last year the majority of global investment in clean energy projects was... Read More