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By International Business TimesTuesday, July 22, 2014 5:02 EDT   Tweet        ...
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By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:50 EDT   TweetAfter 13 years of struggle, Americans are showing a growing public fatigue and waning sense of urgency over terrorism, an attitude that threatens U.S. security, members of the panel that investigated the Sept. 11 attacks said in a report on Tuesday. A decade after issuing the official account of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, the former members of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission issued a new report warning that, while the worl...
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The General Motors headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. General Motors plans to stop advertising on Facebook because it determined paid ads had little impact on consumers, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. (AFP Photo/Stan Honda)
By ReutersTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:46 EDT   TweetDetroit’s city workers and retirees overwhelmingly agreed to accept the city’s debt adjustment plan, according to results filed late Monday, potentially clearing the way for the struggling city to exit bankruptcy in the next few months. Documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court show the city’s current and retired police and fire employees, along with other active and retired city workers, will accept pension reductions to help adjust $18 billion in de...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:37 EDT   TweetScientists said Tuesday they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local indigenous population. Peter Davies, from Queensland’s University of the Sunshine Coast, is researching the ancient shoreline of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, popular with tourists for its sandy beaches and dingo, or wild dog, population. He said he was appro...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:28 EDT   TweetA letter by the late Karl Marx, the German philosopher who offered an alternative to capitalism, has failed to sell in Communist-ruled China because the auctioneer set too high a price. The Shanghai-based Hosane auction house set a starting price of 8.0 million yuan ($1.3 million) but failed to find a single bidder on Monday, the Global Times newspaper reported. The 1869 letter, owned by a Chinese collector, was written by Marx while he ...
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By Moyers & CompanyTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:19 EDT   TweetIt’s been widely reported that loosely regulated gun sales in the US have fueled Mexico’s drug wars. A 2013 study by scholars at the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute and the Igarape Institute — a Brazilian research center — found that 253,000 guns are smuggled into Mexico from the US each year, about 2.2 percent of total American gun sales. Over the weekend, Alec McGillis reported for The New Republic that a similar dynam...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:09 EDT   TweetBeijing has created at least 100 fake Twitter accounts to spread propaganda about Tibet and other Chinese concerns, a campaign group said. The social networking site is blocked within China, but Free Tibet said it had identified around 100 accounts — many of them bearing Western names, usually a combination of two forenames — as “undoubtedly fake”, adding there could be “hundreds more”. They are dedicated to circulating China’s message o...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:05 EDT   TweetResearchers in Saudi Arabia said Tuesday they have found genetic traces of the dangerous Middle East respiratory virus, MERS-CoV, in the air of a barn that housed a sick camel. The study in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, calls for further research to determine if the potentially fatal virus can be transmitted through the air. MERS emerged in 2012 and has already killed 209 of the 699 people infected, accordin...
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Behind air-tight doors in a lab in a southern French city, scientists in protective coveralls wage war against a fingernail-sized danger. Lurking in net cages is their foe: the Asian tiger mosquito, capable of spreading dengue fever and other tropical diseases in temperate Europe. First spotted in Albania in 1979, the black-and-white striped invader has gained a foothold on Europe's Mediterranean rim and is advancing north and west, according to captors' reports. Colonies are established in 20 European countries, in moderate climes as far north as Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.
By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 4:01 EDT   TweetAn outbreak of encephalitis has killed 60 people in two weeks in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, a top health official has said, calling the situation “alarming’. Hundreds of mainly children die across India each year from the mosquito-borne virus, but West Bengal is not normally one of the worst-hit states. Only five people died last year in West Bengal from Japanese encephalitis, one form of the virus which normally hits durin...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 3:59 EDT   TweetPresident Daniel Ortega on Monday slammed as a “massacre” an attack on his political supporters that killed five people and left 28 more hurt. “This was a genuine massacre, one that has been condemned by the nation,” the leftist president said at a memorial for the dead at a convention center, carried on state and pro-government media. Unidentified assailants opened fire late Saturday, in Matagalpa department, on buses bringing supporter...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 3:56 EDT   TweetAn Australian senator who told breakfast radio she would only date men who were rich and “well-hung” apologised Tuesday, saying she had tried to hide her embarrassment with a joke. Jacqui Lambie, who took her seat in the national parliament’s upper house earlier this month, told Tasmania’s Heart 107.3 that she had not been in a relationship for more than a decade. When the breakfast hosts suggested they help her find love, she replied: “...
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By Agence France-PresseTuesday, July 22, 2014 1:22 EDT   TweetA massive gene trawl has linked over 100 DNA coding mutations to schizophrenia, yielding critical clues about what causes the illness and possibly how to treat it, scientists said Tuesday. Using more than 80,000 genetic samples from schizophrenia patients and healthy volunteers, an international team of researchers found 128 variants — 83 of them new — associated with a higher risk for people who carry them. The number of mutations, disc...
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By Arturo GarciaTuesday, July 22, 2014 0:33 EDT   TweetDirector Spike Lee published a video online on Monday highlighting the link between the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner and the police violence that fueled a climactic scene in his film Do The Right Thing 25 years ago. Salon reported that the video, posted to Lee’s YouTube account, shows footage of Garner being put in a chokehold — a violation of NYPD policy — while being stopped for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes mixed in with the movie...
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There's a horrible drought in California and I'm going to rip out my lawn and replace it with a rock and cactus garden, as several neighbors and friends already have. The city even offers a cash incentive for doing so. There are also serious drought conditions on northern Texas, western Nevada and southeastern Colorado. But not in Detroit-- nor anywhere in Michigan or Ohio (which is closer to Detroit than lots of Michigan itself is). Plenty of water there... except for people to use. Well, not all people. Poor people are the ones who have no water-- tens of thousands of them. A few months ago the Detroit Water and Sewerage District sent out something like 46,000 shutoff notices-- after jacking up the price of water so that it's prohibitively expensive for many families. People in Detroit a...
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By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 21, 2014 23:29 EDT   TweetA Tampa, Florida woman is suing a local reproductive health clinic for not hiring her even though she refuses to prescribe birth control pills to patients per the job description, Slate reported. Sara Hellwege’s lawsuit argued that the Tampa Family Health Centers violated her religious freedom by not hiring her. Hellwege, a nurse-midwife, told the clinic’s human resources director, Chad Lindsey, via email that she would only prescribe steriliza...
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By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 22:53 EDT   TweetLast month was the hottest June since record-keeping began in 1880, according to a monthly report by US government climate scientists. The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces was a “record high for the month at 61.20 Fahrenheit (16.22 Celsius),” said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That meant June was a total of 1.30°F (0.72°C) warmer than the 20th century average for the month, surpassing the l...
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By Alexandra Topping, The GuardianMonday, July 21, 2014 22:49 EDT   TweetGirl Summit tackles female genital mutilation and child marriage, as UNICEF warns 280 million girls could be brides before 18 More than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, with one in three of them married before their 15th birthday, according to a global prevalence study. As activists, politicians and campaigners gather for the first Girl Summit on child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM), a report...
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By Sarah Boseley, The GuardianMonday, July 21, 2014 22:41 EDT   TweetProstitutes are subject to repression, violence and abuse – even at the hands of law enforcement, research shows Sex work must be decriminalised if the world is to stand a chance of controlling the Aids pandemic, say scientists contributing to a series of research papers in the Lancet medical journal. Sex workers, whether female, male or transgender, are subject to repression, violence and abuse even at the hands of those who are ...
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Police stand guard over parents protesting over the Sewol ferry disaster on May 24, 2014 [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 22:11 EDT   TweetSouth Korean police said Tuesday they had found the body of the fugitive business tycoon who headed the family operating the Sewol ferry which sank in April with the loss of around 300 lives. Yoo Byung-Eun had been the target of an unprecedented, months-long manhunt involving tens of thousands of police officers and army troops who set up checkpoints on roads and at ports, and raided a number of properties linked to the reclusive billion...
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By ReutersMonday, July 21, 2014 21:00 EDT   TweetBy Kevin Drawbaugh WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As more U.S. corporations do deals to cut taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas, the Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday focused on these transactions known as inversions. Nine such deals have been agreed to this year by companies ranging from banana distributor Chiquita Brands International, Inc to drugmaker AbbVie Inc and more are being considered. The transactions are setting a...
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by KenOkay, so this morning I had an e-mail from Amazon hawking a bunch of books, and right there at the top is this book called No Place to Hide Glenn Greenwald. To be honest, I hadn't even been aware that anyone was trying to hide Glenn G, or for that matter that anybody was looking for him. (I often find myself kind of out of the loop.) Still, I figured that this whole business of finding, or at least looking for, lost stuff is right up my alley, and maybe I could help.However, let me make two things clear at the outset:(1) I don't know who it is who's trying to hide Glenn G, or why. It sounds goofy to me, but --(2) I'm not here to quarrel with or judge this (to me) peculiar mission. I'll say flat-out that I don't understand it, but there are a lot of things I don't understand, and none...
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By ReutersMonday, July 21, 2014 20:43 EDT   TweetLONDON (Reuters) – A group of seven leading drugmakers has agreed to share an array of neglected experimental medicines with British academic researchers in the latest example of the deepening ties between industry and external scientists. British business minister Vince Cable announced the new partnership on Tuesday between the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the companies, under which the researchers will gain access to “deprioritized” pharmaceu...
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By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 20:35 EDT   TweetSan Francisco (AFP) – US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices. Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of “piracy groups” SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice. “Copyright infringement discourages smart people from doing innovative things,” US attorney Sally Q...
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Ukraine rebels hand over MH17 black boxes, call ceasefire [AFP]
By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 20:24 EDT   TweetDonetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday handed over two black boxes recovered from the crash site of the MH17 jet to Malaysian officials at a press conference. They also announced a ceasefire within a 10 kilometre (six mile) radius around the crash site to allow international investigators to safely access the vast area where the Malaysia Airlines flight was downed Thursday. “We have decided to han...
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By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 21, 2014 20:12 EDT   TweetA 76-year-old man in Greeneville, Tennessee was arrested for asking a local official to speak louder during a public meeting amid a dispute over a proposed wastewater plant affecting their community, WATE-TV reported. Eddie Overholt was charged with interfering with a public meeting and resisting arrest after being taken out in handcuffs from a meeting of the Greene County Industrial Development Board on Friday, His removal came on the order of...
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By Arturo GarciaMonday, July 21, 2014 18:58 EDT   TweetMassachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) announced a proposal on Friday for two military facilities to serve as host sites for some of the thousands of undocumented Central American immigrants who have come into the U.S. in recent months, saying the move falls in line with the country’s tradition of helping children in need. “We have rescued Irish children from famine, Russian and Ukrainian children from religious persecution, Cambodian children fr...
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By Agence France-PresseMonday, July 21, 2014 18:45 EDT   TweetBeef is by far the most costly protein when it comes to the environmental damage wreaked by feeding and raising cattle, according to a study out Monday. Beef requires 28 times more land than the average total needed to produce either dairy, eggs, poultry or pork, said the research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Raising beef also requires 11 times more irrigation water than other proteins, according to researchers...
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By Zoe Williams, The GuardianMonday, July 21, 2014 18:39 EDT   TweetUS clinics now provide escorts for patients attending women’s centres to protect them from militant protesters, whose tactics now threaten to infiltrate the UK It’s not yet 7 o’clock on a Saturday morning in New York and I’m confronted by a group of people standing in front of a nondescript doorway, waving four-foot high placards and shouting: “They murder babies here!” There are already a dozen anti-abortion protesters outside the...
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By Ian Black, The GuardianMonday, July 21, 2014 18:35 EDT   Tweet‘We don’t want to see any more civilians killed’ says Barack Obama as IDF attacks intensive care unit in day of bloodshed A hospital was shelled, killing and injuring staff and patients, and up to 28 members of one family died in an air strike as Gaza endured another day of relentless bloodshed on Monday . As heavy shelling and fighting on the ground continued, the US president, Barack Obama, restated his call for an immediate ceasefi...
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Ben Stein is such a douchebag. He has a mental disease and definitely has a defect.

Well said. I couldn't have said it better myself. Keep the faith!

O’Reilly is just one of the talking heads guarding the inhabitants of Bullsh*t Mountain from rejoini...