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Surreal: Clinton Pledges $45 Million in Aid to Al Qaeda in Syria

September 30, 2012

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US would be providing an additional $45 million in “non-lethal aid” to the “opposition” in Syria, reported the Associated Press. The Western press chose their words carefully, ensuring that the term “civilian opposition” was repeatedly used to describe the armed terrorist forces attempting to violently overthrow […]

While you were busy on Facebook, the government gained the power to imprison anyone forever without a trial

September 29, 2012

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… So much for innocent until proven guilty. So much for limited government. What Americans are now facing is quite literally the end of the line. We will either uphold the freedoms baked into our Constitutional Republic, or we will scrap the entire project in the name of security as we wage, endlessly, this futile, […]

EPA Sued Over Illegal Experimentation on Human Subjects

September 28, 2012

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The US Environmental Protection Agency and its Administrator Lisa Jackson are on the defendant’s end of a federal lawsuit claiming the Agency conducted illegal human experimentation on unsuspecting study volunteers. The American Tradition Institute Environmental Law Center (ATI) issued a complaint against the Agency last Friday, stating it “failed to comply with laws controlling human […]

Sheriff Joe Arpaio Lost Court Battle

September 28, 2012

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Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio, best known for his fights with undocumented immigrants, received quite a blow Tuesday from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal appeals court ruled Arpaio can’t detain suspects based only on his belief they are here illegally, Courthouse News Service reported Wednesday. Arpaio has garnered his fair share of headlines […]

Throttled again by AT&T, another excuse

September 28, 2012

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It is almost funny how the story changes each time I call. Yesterday, I was told that the reps have no way to tell if I am actually throttled. Today, I was told that every rep I contact can see in my notes a note from the “Data Usage and Control Department” if I am […]

New Surgical Tool Enables Superhuman Precision

September 27, 2012

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Even the most skilled and steady surgeons experience minute, almost imperceptible hand tremors when performing delicate tasks. Normally, these tiny motions are inconsequential, but for doctors specializing in fine-scale surgery, such as operating inside the human eye or repairing microscopic nerve fibers, freehand tremors can pose a serious risk for patients. By harnessing a specialized […]

New technology that keeps human normal and tumor cells alive indefinitely may result in new cures

September 27, 2012

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Karen Mallet – Using a newly discovered cell technology, Georgetown University Medical Center researchers were able to identify an effective therapy for a patient with a rare type of lung tumor. The single case study, reported in the September 27 issue of New England Journal of Medicine, provides a snapshot of the new technology’s promising […]

Artificially intelligent game bots pass the Turing test on Turing’s centenary

September 27, 2012

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  An artificially intelligent virtual gamer created by computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has won the BotPrize by convincing a panel of judges that it was more human-like than half the humans it competed against. The competition was sponsored by 2K Games and was set inside the virtual world of “Unreal […]

7 Things You Won’t Believe Science Says Make You Happy | Cracked.com

September 27, 2012

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You can find plenty of articles in magazines or on the Internet with tips for living a happier, more fulfilling life. Things like “exercise” and “be an understanding spouse” are all time-honored ways to beat a path to happiness, and won’t be included here. But there are also some seemingly random activities that are more […]

360° Aerial Panoramas of the Giza Plateau

September 27, 2012

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… so here’s a direct link to the full page: 360° Aerial Panorama of the Giza Plateau Make sure you full-screen the page for the full effect! … How did AirPano collect these amazing panorama images? Just like the aliens that built the Giza pyramids, they used UFOs (or possibly remote-controlled drone-copters) to fly a […]

Road cleared for self-driving cars in California

September 26, 2012

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California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill clearing the way for self-driving cars to jockey with human-operated vehicles to test the technology on the state’s roads. “Autonomous vehicles are another example of how California’s technological leadership is turning today’s science fiction into tomorrow’s reality,” Brown said during a signing ceremony at the Google […]

Vampire squid don’t like blood

September 26, 2012

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Vampire squid don’t like blood much — but they love garbage WEIRD NEWS | SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 Despite their name, vampire squid are not deep-sea bloodsuckers. In fact, new research finds these mysterious creatures are garbage disposals of the sea … Read more

UC to pay nearly $1 million in pepper-spray lawsuit settlement

September 26, 2012

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UC to pay nearly $1 million in pepper-spray lawsuit settlement LOS ANGELES TIMES – TOP NEWS | SEPTEMBER 26, 2012 The University of California will pay damages of $30,000 to each of the 21 UC Davis students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university […]

Italy convicts 23 American CIA agents in kidnapping/torture case

September 26, 2012

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Italy upholds rendition convictions for 23 Americans WORLD NEWS: CIA | GUARDIAN.CO.UK | SEPTEMBER 20, 2012 Ruling is world’s first judicial review of CIA practice of abducting terror suspects and transferring them to third countries Italy’s highest criminal court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 Americans found guilty of kidnapping a Muslim cleric from […]

Over 2,000 nuclear explosions mapped in animation

September 26, 2012

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Artist Isao Hashimoto created an animation showing every nuclear test between 1945 (the first Manhattan Project test, called Trinity) and 1998 (a test in Pakistan). The total number? 2,053, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. Note that this number doesn’t include the rumored North Korean tests in 2006 and 2009. While the video […]

Russia suspends import and use of American GM corn after study revealed cancer risk

September 26, 2012

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Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage. Separately, the European Food Safety Authority(EFSA), has ordered its own review in to the research, which was conducted at a French university. The decision by Russia could be followed by other […]

An Inconvenient Tooth – Fluoride Documentary

September 26, 2012

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  An Inconvenient Tooth – Fluoride Documentary – YouTube.

Underpants gnomes strike at northpark mall victoria’s secret

September 26, 2012

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… Someone stole nearly 100 pairs of women’s panties from a Victoria’s Secret store in NorthPark Center on Monday, according to a Dallas police report. A store employee called mall security when they discovered the missing lingerie, and told police the purloined panties disappeared sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Monday.The lifted lingerie […]

Animals are conscious and should be treated as such

September 26, 2012

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ARE animals conscious? … In July of this year, the question was discussed in detail by a group of scientists gathered at the University of Cambridge for the first annual Francis Crick Memorial Conference. Crick, co-discoverer of DNA, spent the latter part of his career studying consciousness and in 1994 published a book about it, […]

HowTo: Throttle AT&T for throttling your ‘unlimited’ data in 5 steps

September 25, 2012

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… MacTech provides a primer on taking AT&T to small claims court provided by attorney Bradley Sniderman. Recently a plaintiff in Los Angeles CA won a $850 settlement and per AT&T’s EULA, class action lawsuits are not possible so this might be your only means of exacting revenge on your limited unlimited plans. Excerpted: 1) […]

Hitachi: Data that lives forever is possible

September 25, 2012

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A woman holds up Japanese electronics giant Hitachi’s new quartz glass plate technology, which can be used to store data indefinitely, in Tokyo on September 24. The company on Monday unveiled a method of storing digital information on slivers of quartz glass that can endure extreme temperatures and hostile conditions without degrading, almost forever. As […]

Skeptics claim to see a chupacabra

September 25, 2012

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Travis Roy is the president of Granite State Skeptics. I am the director of investigations for Granite State Skeptics. GSS is our local skeptic group. Local skeptics meet at a restaurant, drink, eat, have some fun once a month. New Hampshire the Granite State while small, is very rural. Many of the members of GSS […]

Exposed: Manufacturing conglomerate’s plan for moving humans off of Earth

September 25, 2012

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Sean Ragan of MAKE magazine just posted this amazing graphic, which he tracked down after being mildly obsessed with it for more than a decade. It’s an “Integrated Space Plan” drawn up by Rockwell International, a conglomerate of manufacturing companies in the aerospace, electronics, and truck component industries. The plan was created in the ’80s, […]

Discovery: Humans hunted for meat 1.6 million years earlier than previously thought

September 25, 2012

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Evidence from ancient butchery site in Tanzania shows early man was capable of ambushing herds up to 1.6 million years earlier than previously thought Ancient humans used complex hunting techniques to ambush and kill antelopes, gazelles, wildebeest and other large animals at least two million years ago. The discovery – made by anthropologist Professor Henry […]

Voters Could Mandate GMO Labeling in California

September 25, 2012

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This November, Californians will head to the polls to potentially make history as the first state to vote in a bill that would mandate labeling of genetically modified foods. California’s Proposition 37 would come at no cost to consumers, but would be a major success for environmentalists and food activists. The bill would also disallow […]

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal

September 25, 2012

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extract from Bad Pharma, by Ben Goldacre Reboxetine is a drug I have prescribed. Other drugs had done nothing for my patient, so we wanted to try something new. I’d read the trial data before I wrote the prescription, and found only well-designed, fair tests, with overwhelmingly positive results. Reboxetine was better than a placebo, and as […]