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2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

2012-11-07
Thank you for voting.

2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe

2012-09-17
President Obama Says China Trade Practices Harm American Auto Parts Workers




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Prince Abandons All Streaming Music Services, Other Than Jay Z’s
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:41:29 (7 minutes ago) 
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FIFA extradition request
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-07-02 05:41:24 (7 minutes ago) 
The US in request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested as part of a corruption probe.
Sheriff: Helicopter crash in northwest Oregon leaves 2 dead
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 05:41:21 (7 minutes ago) 
SlideN'Joy Extender Adds Up To Two More Screens For a Multi-Monitor Laptop
  Source: Slashdot 2015-07-02 05:41:18 (7 minutes ago) 
MojoKid writes: Nothing beats the portability of a notebook when it comes to getting work done while on-the-go, but with that portability comes a number of caveats like a smaller keyboard and being forced to use a touchpad if you don't want to lug around a portable mouse. Then there's also the limitation of a single display, for those who need more screen real estate for certain tasks. Enter Sliden'Joy, a Kickstarter project that's set to launch on July 6. There's not a lot of technical detail given about it so far, but the basics are easy to understand. Sliden'Joy effectively hooks onto your notebook to allow you to extend one or two screens out of either side, giving you an effective dual or triple monitor setup. Two models of Sliden'Joy are going to be produced, offering either 1 or 2 displays, and sizes of 13, 15, and 17-inch are all going to be supported. There's no word on pledge levels quite yet, but the ultimate goal is to reach 300,000€ ($~332,000 USD) in 30 days.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Dozens Killed as Ferry Sinks Off Philippines
  Source: NYT > International 2015-07-02 05:41:07 (7 minutes ago) 
A ferry carrying 173 people capsized off the coast of the central Philippines on Thursday, killing at least 34 people.




ArtsBeat: Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem on Michigan Public Access
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 05:41:07 (7 minutes ago) 
The late-night host made a surprise appearance on “Monroe Today,” interviewing both locals and the rapper Eminem.









Yes? No? Greek Voters Are Perplexed by a Momentous Referendum
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 05:41:07 (7 minutes ago) 
A country’s fate rests on a hard-to-understand question about an economic program that no longer exists.









Scott Walker’s Hard Right Turn in Iowa May Hurt Him Elsewhere
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 05:41:07 (7 minutes ago) 
To hold his position in the state before the first Republican nominating contest, the Wisconsin governor has become more conservative on marriage and immigration.









Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 05:41:07 (7 minutes ago) 
Sub-Saharan Africa’s power generating capacity amounts to less than South Korea’s, and a quarter of it is unproductive at any given moment because of the continent’s aging infrastructure.









Parker Posey’s Offbeat Glamour
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 05:41:07 (7 minutes ago) 
Ms. Posey has tried to follow her own unusual wavelength while navigating an industry that tends to ignore women over 40. She plays a college-town scientist in Woody Allen’s “Irrational Man,” opening later this month.















Campania Governor De Luca wins petition against suspension
  Source: News di English News - ANSA.it 2015-07-02 05:41:03 (7 minutes ago) 
PD member can now appoint his regional executive








Austerity is 'false problem' - Padoan
  Source: News di English News - ANSA.it 2015-07-02 05:41:03 (7 minutes ago) 
Minister optimistic about Italy, EU despite worrying issues








City Councilman wants more cops — on top of the 1,300
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
“I’ll be back next year asking for more cops,” said Councilman Jimmy Vacca (D-Bronx), noting the department has shrunk by 6,000 officers since the Sept. 11 attacks.








Former Cuomo aide, now de Blasio staffer not holding back
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
As Mayor de Blasio navigates hostilities with Gov. Cuomo, one of his close advisers is a former aide to the governor who doesn’t hesitate to fire zingers at her former boss.








Mother, young daughter killed in 2 car collision in Queens
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
A mother and her young daughter were killed and four others were injured in a two-car collision in Queens on Wednesday night, police sources said.














EXCLUSIVE: Star witness in rapper's slay flip-flops on ID
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
Queens prosecutors' case against a man they say gunned down a rapper with close ties to 50 Cent may be in jeopardy.








Letitia James says city should ditch Walmart stock
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
The city should divest from Walmart stock because the retailer is the country’s biggest gun seller, Public Advocate Letitia James said.








City pols buried in more than $10G in credit card debt
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
They control the city’s purse strings, but in their personal lives many City Council members are swimming in debt.








Protesters clash at American flag burning at Brooklyn park
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
A protest at Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park Wednesday exploded into a heated confrontation between rival demonstrators over the burning of an American flag.








Fewer city kids attend remedial summer school classes
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
Fewer city kids will attend remedial summer school in 2015, Education Department officials said Wednesday, marking the second consecutive year of declining enrollment in the mandatory classes.












Politician felt ‘uncomfortable’ about Sampson’s broker ties
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:41:02 (7 minutes ago) 
Shelley Mayer was senior counsel to the Senate Democrat Conference when Sampson asked her to help Ed Ahmad obtain more foreclosure work.








Video: Rob Wainwright: We Are Taking Away the Oxygen From Extremist Propaganda
  Source: NBCNews.com: Europe 2015-07-02 05:41:01 (7 minutes ago) 

Head of Europol, Rob Wainwright, explained the reasoning behind launch of European police team to track online propaganda. (NBC News)


This Prince Is Donating $32 Billion to Charity
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:41:00 (7 minutes ago) 
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest people, announced Wednesday that he will donate all of his wealth of $32 billion to charity over the coming years.









Dramatic Escapes From Georgia Apartment Building Blaze
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-07-02 05:40:56 (7 minutes ago) 
Eleven families escaped with their lives from an apartment building fire in Sandy Springs, Georgia. Donna Lowey from WXIA reports.









Freak play sends Japan to Women's World Cup final
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-07-02 05:40:55 (7 minutes ago) 
Beats England 2-1 to earn right to defend title by taking on U.S. in rematch of 2011 championship game




Why the Daily Mail is right to support the BBC over 'Islamic State'
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 05:40:38 (8 minutes ago) 
Why the Daily Mail is right to support the BBC over 'Islamic State'
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 05:40:37 (8 minutes ago) 
A celebration of beautiful working dogs – in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:40:37 (8 minutes ago) 
We're five of Africa's most renowned writers – any questions for us?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:40:37 (8 minutes ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:40:17 (8 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






European court to rule on 2004 Russian school hostage-taking
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 05:40:16 (8 minutes ago) 
PARIS (AP) -- The European Court of Human Rights has agreed to rule in a case brought by nearly 400 survivors and family members of victims of a school hostage-taking in southern Russia in 2004 that left more than 300 dead....
Lost, stolen, broken: TSA pays millions for bag claims, USA TODAY investigation finds
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:31:17 (17 minutes ago) 

More than 15,000 passengers were paid for successful claims of theft, damage by TSA

       
F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 05:31:13 (17 minutes ago) 




Paul Thomas Anderson to write live-action Pinocchio for Robert Downey Jr
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
A celebration of beautiful working dogs – in pictures
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
We're five of Africa's most renowned writers – any questions for us?
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
The Greek debt crisis and anti-extremism laws – Politics Weekly podcast
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
Labour launches drive to register voters as boundaries get redrawn
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 




Microsoft launches site for teachers taking Minecraft into the classroom
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
Countries with more migrants better at integrating them, OECD study finds
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
London Has Fallen attacked for 'insensitivity' by 7/7 victims' trust
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:31:12 (17 minutes ago) 
United States steps up heat of Fifa as it moves to extradite seven officials
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 05:31:10 (17 minutes ago) 
The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked football's world governing body.
Quite possibly the best entrance in the history of wrestling
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 05:31:06 (17 minutes ago) 
submitted by Unconquered1 to gifs
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U.S. seeks FIFA officials' extradition from Switzerland
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 05:30:41 (18 minutes ago) 
Pizza farms make the freshest pizza in the U.S.
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 05:30:41 (18 minutes ago) 
U.S. wants 7 FIFA officials extradited
  Source: CNN.com 2015-07-02 05:30:38 (18 minutes ago) 
U.S. officials have requested the extradition of seven high-ranking FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland in May. They are suspected of taking bribes worth over $100 million in connection with soccer tournaments.
Holiday weekend: Nice and hot
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-07-02 05:30:37 (18 minutes ago) 
If you were up before dawn on Thursday you would have seen a very bright moon hanging in the sky, waiting to give way to sunrise.  A nice show before the weekend fireworks.
36 dead, 118 rescued as ferry capsizes off Philippines
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-07-02 05:30:37 (18 minutes ago) 
A ferry carrying 173 passengers capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 people dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said.




Normal relations clear a path to Florida-Cuba ties
  Source: Breaking News / South Florida Sun-Sentinel 2015-07-02 05:30:37 (18 minutes ago) 
WASHINGTON - Many Floridians have eagerly waited more than five decades for normal relations to be restored between the United States and Cuba.
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:30:35 (18 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:30:35 (18 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:30:35 (18 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 05:30:34 (18 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.












Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:30:34 (18 minutes ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:30:34 (18 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:30:34 (18 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:30:34 (18 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Sanctions on South Sudan generals
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 05:30:32 (18 minutes ago) 
The UN Security Council imposes sanctions on six generals accused of fuelling the 18-month conflict in South Sudan, the world's newest state.




VIDEO: The robots that could change our lives
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:30:31 (18 minutes ago) 
From machines that can help around the house, to ones that could be used as sales assistants, robots can change the way we live our lives.
Sanctions on South Sudan generals
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:30:31 (18 minutes ago) 
The UN Security Council imposes sanctions on six generals accused of fuelling the 18-month conflict in South Sudan, the world's newest state.
RAF repatriates more UK Tunisia dead
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:30:31 (18 minutes ago) 
The bodies of nine more Britons killed in the Tunisian beach massacre arrive at the Tunis military airbase ready to be flown back to the UK.
Solar Impulse breaks solo record
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:30:31 (18 minutes ago) 
Swiss adventurer Andre Borschberg breaks the record for the longest ever non-stop solo-flight without refuelling, as his solar-powered plane continues to reach across the Pacific.
What not to miss on day four
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:30:31 (18 minutes ago) 
Your essential guide to day four of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club.




Regatta teams' 'mystery melting oars'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:30:31 (18 minutes ago) 
The hot weather may be the cause of the "mysterious case of melting oars" at Henley regatta, say organisers.
Dukes of Hazzard Star Rips TV Land for Dropping Show: “Can’t We All Just Watch TV?”
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:21:08 (27 minutes ago) 
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The Danes Are Going to Complete a Karmic Circle By Recycling Urine Into Beer
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:21:08 (27 minutes ago) 
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F# earns Syme top Royal Academy of Engineering award
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 05:21:07 (27 minutes ago) 
3D hip replacements and in-factory stuff finder also earn applause

The inventor of Microsoft’s F# programming language is among those being awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious silver medal.…

‘Dad wouldn’t be thrilled’
  Source: The Australian | News 2015-07-02 05:21:03 (27 minutes ago) 
Australia’s richest person, Gina Rinehart, is set to show another side to her personality as she opens up about family disputes.




Weak Power Grids in Africa Stunt Economies and Fire Up Tempers
  Source: NYT > International 2015-07-02 05:20:50 (27 minutes ago) 
Sub-Saharan Africa’s power generating capacity amounts to less than South Korea’s, and a quarter of it is unproductive at any given moment because of the continent’s aging infrastructure.
Yes? No? Greek Voters Are Perplexed by a Momentous Referendum
  Source: NYT > International 2015-07-02 05:20:50 (27 minutes ago) 
A country’s fate rests on a hard-to-understand question about an economic program that no longer exists.
36 Dead After Ferry Capsizes Just 650 Feet From Port
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:20:43 (28 minutes ago) 
At least 36 people died after a ferry capsized after leaving a port in the Philippines on Thursday, the country's coast guard told NBC News.









Judy Saldana Among Tennessee Train Derailment Evacuees
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-07-02 05:20:39 (28 minutes ago) 
More than 5,000 residents evacuated after freight train carrying 'highly flammable and toxic gas' derailed near Knoxville, Tenn.









Robot kills worker at VW plant in Germany
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-07-02 05:20:38 (28 minutes ago) 
Company says human error to blame after machine designed to assemble auto parts grabs and crushes contractor against metal plate




Witnesses describe latest N.C. shark attack scene
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-07-02 05:20:37 (28 minutes ago) 
Victim of record 7th attack in state's coastal waters in 3 weeks is retired editor in chief of major newspaper
Jeff Reeves's Strength in Numbers: 5 unexpected investment predictions for the second half of 2015
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:20:37 (28 minutes ago) 
The economy will strengthen, extending the bull market in stocks, writes Jeff Reeves.
Labor frontbencher attacks unions inquiry before Bill Shorten appearance
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 05:20:23 (28 minutes ago) 
If Boris Johnson housing policies are wrong, which would be right?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 05:20:23 (28 minutes ago) 
Countries with more migrants better at integrating them, OECD study finds
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 05:20:23 (28 minutes ago) 




If Boris Johnson housing policies are wrong, which would be right?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Public sector could save billions without cutting frontline services
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Norman Lamb: more than half of Tory ministers have taken drugs
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Labour launches drive to register voters as boundaries get redrawn
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Wimbledon 2015: feeling hot, hot, hot – in pictures!
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 




Paul Thomas Anderson to write live-action Pinocchio for Robert Downey Jr
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
The Greek debt crisis and anti-extremism laws – Politics Weekly podcast
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Labour launches drive to register voters as boundaries get redrawn
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Prince pulls music from all streaming services except Tidal
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Microsoft launches site for teachers taking Minecraft into the classroom
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 




Countries with more migrants better at integrating them, OECD study finds
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
London Has Fallen attacked for 'insensitivity' by 7/7 victims' trust
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis says he'll resign if Greece votes Yes - live updates
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 05:20:22 (28 minutes ago) 
Nine-year-old went missing near Main Library
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-07-02 05:20:10 (28 minutes ago) 

Police are asking for the public's help locating a nine-year-old boy who went missing in Over-the-Rhine Wednesday night.

        
Children among 5 stabbed at Springdale apartment
  Source: Cincinnati - Home 2015-07-02 05:20:10 (28 minutes ago) 

Five people are being treated for stab wounds at area hospitals after five were reported stabbed at a Springdale apartment early Thursday.

        




Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:20:05 (28 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






5 things you need to know Thursday
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:11:05 (37 minutes ago) 

The biggest and most buzzworthy news to start your morning.

       
Wimbledon 2015: feeling hot, hot, hot – in pictures!
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:10:58 (37 minutes ago) 




Prince pulls music from all streaming services except Tidal
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:10:58 (37 minutes ago) 
Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis says he'll resign if Greece votes Yes - live updates
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 05:10:58 (37 minutes ago) 
Prairie Township’s rec center almost set for grand opening
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-07-02 05:10:57 (37 minutes ago) 
Demetrius Leftwich was sweating off the pounds Friday at the new Prairie Township Community Center on a contraption that looked like the offspring of a recumbent bicycle and an elliptical machine. He and a few other patrons in exercise gear were outnumbered by workers in hard hats putting the finishing touches on the center that opened June 24 at 5955 W. Broad St. The grand opening is on July 10, when James Gant said the center is shooting to have the pool open.
What was easier to do 100 years ago than it is today?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 05:10:53 (37 minutes ago) 
submitted by tacojesusfromabove to AskReddit
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Protesters accuse Gordon Food Service supplier of torturing chickens (photos)
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-07-02 05:10:53 (37 minutes ago) 
"We can all agree that no animal deserves to be tortured before reaching the dinner table," said Jeni Haines, national campaign coordinator for Mercy for Animals. "We're calling on Gordon Food Service to switch to more compassionate animal welfare practices and less cruel killing systems that reduce the suffering of chickens in their supply chain."




Arizona police hunt for missing Tina, Michael Careccia
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 05:10:32 (38 minutes ago) 
Car assembly line robot kills worker in Germany
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 05:10:32 (38 minutes ago) 
Factory robot kills worker
  Source: CNN.com 2015-07-02 05:10:30 (38 minutes ago) 
An automotive assembly line robot mortally injured a worker at a car factory in Germany this week, a prosecutor's office said.
Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce reunite
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 05:10:28 (38 minutes ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:10:28 (38 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:10:28 (38 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:10:28 (38 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 05:10:26 (38 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:10:26 (38 minutes ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:10:26 (38 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:10:26 (38 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:10:26 (38 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Watch the first trailer for new Steve Jobs biopic
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 05:10:24 (38 minutes ago) 

That's Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Woz. Directed by Michael Boyle and written by Aaron Sorkin based on Walter Isaacson's book. Due out October 9.

RAF repatriate more UK Tunisia dead
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 05:10:24 (38 minutes ago) 
The bodies of nine more Britons killed in the Tunisian beach massacre arrive at the Tunis military airbase, ready to be flown back to the UK.
VIDEO: Things to make with 3D printer waste
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:10:24 (38 minutes ago) 
A pair of young designers explain how they have developed a technique to make furniture from the waste product of 3D printing.




Ex-PM sorry for bank crisis hardship
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:10:24 (38 minutes ago) 
The former Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen apologises for 'hardship and distress" caused by the Irish financial crisis which began during his tenure.
Lightning storm across Scotland
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 05:10:24 (38 minutes ago) 
A dramatic thunder and lightning storm lit up many parts of Scotland overnight.
Church Fires Common, but Usually Not the Result of Arson
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-07-02 05:10:06 (38 minutes ago) 
Church fires in the US are very common, but usually not arson or racially motivated
Southeast Asia to Set up Fund to Help Boat People
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 05:10:05 (38 minutes ago) 
Southeast Asian nations to set up humanitarian fund to help boat people
Two Former CNN Reporters Got Into a Motel Gunfight With a Suspected Intruder
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 05:01:35 (47 minutes ago) 
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Shock as Sweden slashes interest rate
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2015-07-02 05:01:33 (47 minutes ago) 
Sweden’s central bank (the Riksbank) has lowered the country’s historic low interest rate even further. The key rate, the repo, now stands at 0.35 percent.
Church fires in the US are very common, but usually not arson or racially motivated
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 05:01:26 (47 minutes ago) 
South Korean Ex-Premier Indicted on Charge of Taking Illegal Donation
  Source: NYT > International 2015-07-02 05:01:11 (47 minutes ago) 
Former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo and a provincial governor have denied taking illegal campaign donations from a businessman who committed suicide.
House prices dropped 0.7% in first quarter
  Source: News di English News - ANSA.it 2015-07-02 05:01:06 (47 minutes ago) 
Trend for falling prices has lasted over three years








Fewer city kids attend remedial summer school classes
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 05:01:05 (47 minutes ago) 
City public school principals referred 19,422 students to summer school classes in 2015, down from 22,570 in 2014.












Train Carrying 'Flammable and Toxic Gas' Derails, Burns
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-07-02 05:01:00 (47 minutes ago) 
More than 5,000 residents have been evacuated after a freight train car carrying highly flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire in Tennessee.









We're five of Africa most renowned writers – any questions for us?
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 05:00:38 (48 minutes ago) 
Dixons Carphone expands into US with Sprint joint venture
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 05:00:38 (48 minutes ago) 
The Greek debt crisis and anti-extremism laws – Politics Weekly podcast
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 05:00:38 (48 minutes ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 05:00:17 (48 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 04:51:09 (57 minutes ago) 
Timothy Spall to play Ian Paisley in Troubles drama The Journey
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:51:08 (57 minutes ago) 
Theresa May to hold crisis talks on ferry strikes with French counterpart
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:51:08 (57 minutes ago) 




Local Government Insider: Spud-cutters to save jail $37,500 a year
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-07-02 04:51:06 (57 minutes ago) 
Inmates at the Franklin County jail won’t have to wait until they’re released to get fresh-cut French fries. The Franklin County sheriff’s office is buying equipment to cut potatoes and plans to stop buying frozen fries.
New recruiting commander is Army’s first woman in Columbus post
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-07-02 04:51:06 (57 minutes ago) 
On Wednesday, with family by her side, U.S. Army Lt. Col. Prichard-Allen became the first female commander of the Columbus Recruiting Battalion, which serves southern Ohio, West Virginia and northern Kentucky, at a change-of-command ceremony at the Defense Supply Center in Columbus. Sitting next to her husband and children was her mother, Betty K. Prichard, who was in the Women’s Army Corps from 1961 to 1963. And Skyping in from Iraq was her twin sister, Lt. Col. Clydea Prichard-Brown.
Wattie's canned spaghetti wins Signature Piece Art award at NZ Art Show
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 04:51:06 (57 minutes ago) 
You might think he's a bit tinny, but Wairarapa artist Matt Guild has won a $3000 art prize for his oil painting of ... a can of spaghetti.
Mfw there's less than two months until MGS V comes out.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 04:51:02 (57 minutes ago) 
submitted by Odaismygod to gaming
[link] [77 comments]
Partly sunny and mild in Cleveland area with slight chance of showers (video)
  Source: Real-Time News: Latest Northeast Ohio News - cleveland.com 2015-07-02 04:51:01 (57 minutes ago) 
The forecast for the holiday weekend is looking great, with forecasts calling for steadily warming temperatures and mostly sunny skies.




Cops dig yard in search for couple
  Source: CNN.com 2015-07-02 04:50:38 (58 minutes ago) 
Authorities used a backhoe to dig near the home of a couple that vanished last month in Arizona, CNN affiliate KNXV reported.
AP Source: Kings trade Stauskas, Thompson, Landry to 76ers
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:50:37 (58 minutes ago) 

The Sacramento Kings have agreed to send Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of a salary-shedding move to pursue free agents, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because trades can't be completed until July 9. It wasn't immediately clear who the Kings were receiving in return or if draft picks were involved.

Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.

Warriors, Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85M deal
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:50:37 (58 minutes ago) 

OAKLAND, Calif. — No need to seek out an offer sheet in restricted free agency. Draymond Green is coming back to the Golden State Warriors on his own terms.

Green announced on Bleacher Report's Uninterrupted website Wednesday night he has agreed to a five-year deal with the Warriors. A person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press the contract is worth about $85 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because terms have not been disclosed. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

Doc Rivers and Paul Pierce reunited
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:50:37 (58 minutes ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:50:36 (58 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:50:36 (58 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:50:36 (58 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 04:50:35 (58 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:50:35 (58 minutes ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:50:35 (58 minutes ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:50:35 (58 minutes ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:50:35 (58 minutes ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Dan Pink's sensible idea: ban parents from their kids' sporting events
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Daniel Pink, author of books about business, work, and behavior, says when parents come to their kids' sports games, it distracts the kids from being able to focus on "the mastery of something difficult, the obligations to team mates, and the game itself."

Image: Shutterstock

What do Caitlyn Jenner, Donald Trump, a monster truck, and the Avengers have in common?
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

They've all been piñatafied by the artists of Piñatas Ramirez.

The hilarious and mindblowingly talented proprietors of this shop in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico love making over-the-top creations that poke fun at popular culture figures of the United States and Mexico.

You've no doubt seen their Donald Trump piñata making the internet rounds, but their whole collection is worth a click.

More: [Instagram, Facebook]

[HT: @manuelyosoy]

Just a drawing of actor Jeff Goldblum as your personal motivational centaur
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Believe. [snipurrs.tumblr.com]





We've evolved to disbelieve evolution
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 


Experimental psychologists find that humans prefer explanations for events that have certainty and a sense of purpose over undirected randomness.

Override the controversy: Analytic thinking predicts endorsement of evolution, a paper by U Kentucky psych researcher Will M. Gervais to be published in September's Cognition, argues that a belief in Creationism is the result of both upbringing and this cognitive bias.

He characterizes people's cognitive styles as being on a continuum between "intuitive" and "analytic," based on a willingness to override one's intuitive response based on explicit deliberation. He found a statistical correlation between a belief in Biblical Creationism and "intuitive" reasoning styles.

These findings are consistent with at least three possibilities. The first — suggested by the clever title of Gervais' paper, "Override the Controversy" — is that all individuals have a tendency to reject evolution on an intuitive level, but that some individuals engage in a form of analytic or reflective thinking that allows them to "override" this intuitive response.

A second possibility is that some individuals have stronger intuitive responses than others. Such individuals are likely to experience a stronger pull toward purposive thinking, a greater aversion to uncertainty and other cognitive preferences at odds with evolution. If their intuitive responses are generally stronger, they're also less likely to succeed in overriding them by engaging in analytic or reflective thought.

Yet, a third possibility — and one I find compelling — is that effects of cognitive style interact with cultural input. Creationism and belief in God might be "intuitive" for many Kentucky undergraduates not only because these beliefs align well with basic human tendencies, but also because these are the beliefs they grew up with and that dominate their communities. What might require analytic and reflective thought isn't (just) overriding cognitive systems that govern intuition, but overriding the norms of one's upbringing and peers.

Don't Believe In Evolution? Try Thinking Harder [Tania Lombrozo/NPR]

Help send "Book of Love" to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Lindsay Benner's "Book of Love" is a fantastic, hilarious parody of 1950s instructional films. Painstakingly arranged, her captivating, silent performance is a must see!

A silent performance, narrated in the style of old instructional films, Lindsay's incredible talents as a physical performer shine through. "Book of Love" plays out a wonderful story, hilariously lampooning the period misogyny.

Lindsay has created a Kickstarter to help take this show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Please help her out!

Lindsay Benner takes "Book of Love" to the Edinburgh Fringe! via Kickstarter

Courthouse closed due to "grenade" that was actually perfume
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

The Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati, Ohio was shut down yesterday when an object suspected to be a World War II "pineapple" grenade was found in a suitcase. Turns out, it was a bottle of perfume belonging to a homeless woman who was carrying all her belongings in the bag. The woman, a Muslim who wears a hijab, claims she was discriminated against. From WCPO:

Officials said security flagged the woman, Felicia Brock, after her suitcase went through an X-ray machine and bomb-sniffing dogs later 'alerted' when sniffing the case. The alerts indicated that explosive material could be inside the case...

A bomb squad was called in to investigate at around 8:30 a.m. with K-9 units searched the building as well. A second bomb squad was called in by about 9:15 a.m.

The K-9 unit picked up a scent on the bag, which alerted police at the time. In hindsight, Neil said this could have been due to fertilizer or any chemical that could have touched the bag...

"I was like 'There's nothing in there,'" (Brock) said. "'There's just perfume and my belongings,' and they basically discriminated against me. I didn't do nothing. I just came here for court."

"Sheriff: Perfume bottle shaped like a grenade caused bomb scare, closed courthouse" (WCPO, thanks Charles Pescovitz!)

Anti-Vaxx actor denies science, calls California Gov. a 'fascist'
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Apparently Jenny McCarthy's ex-boyfriend didn't get the memo. In the name of protecting kids, Jim Carrey advocates endangering kids.

Via twitter: California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.

Incredible weather photos
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced the winners of its "Weather in Focus" photo contest. Here are two of the absolutely marvelous honorees. Above, Brad Goddard captured this tornado in Traer, Iowa. Below, Ken William's photo of a "proton arc over Lake Superior." "NOAA photo contest winners announced" (via Scientific American)





Macy's is pulling Trump-branded menswear from its stores
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

People interested in emulating Donald Trump's taste in fashion received bad news today. In response to the presidential candidate's disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants, Macy's announced it will pull Trump-branded clothing from its stores. This follow's NBC's, Univision's, and Ora TV's moves to scrub all taints of Trump from their networks.

From Macy's statement:

"We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation," the statement said.

"In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy's values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy's since 2004."

Image: Shutterstock

Police officer who tortured this handcuffed man had prior record of attacking people
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

In 2009, Colorado police officer Mark Magness broke an innocent man's arm during an illegal fireworks investigation. Magness pled guilty, but the police department didn't fire him.

Newly released video shows officer Magness horrifically torturing a handcuffed man who was also tied to a chair in December 2014. Now that the video is going viral, the department might be wondering if they made the wrong decision to keep Magness on the force.

The man, who is now fairly agitated after being assaulted while in handcuffs is thrown into the cell. He then makes a mistake and raises his open hand toward Magness.

At this point, Magness jumps on the man and begins pummeled him. Magness, knowing that his body camera is recording this abuse, continues to yell out, “Stop Resisting!” throughout the abuse in an attempt to justify his torturous ways.

But it gets worse.

Magness was fired by the Federal Heights police department, and pled guilty to assault on June 17. His punishment? He received one year probation.

Take a Walking Dead cruise this January... if you dare!
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

If watching the AMC series and attending Walker Stalker Con just isn't enough, Walking Dead fans now have a horror cruise to look forward to. On January 15, the 3-day Walker Stalker Cruise will "escape" Miami, FL and head to Nassau, Bahamas on the Norwegian Pearl. Survivors will be treated to a mobile zombie-themed convention and will get to rub elbows with Walking Dead actors such as Norman Reedus (Daryl), Chandler Riggs (Carl), Emily Kinney (Beth), Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and others. Some of the activities include Q&As and panel discussions with the actors, gaming, costume contests, and late night parties. Prices start at $750 and early registration ends July 5th. For more details go to the Walker Stalker Cruise site.

Robot kills worker at Volkswagen factory in Germany
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 


Robots work on vehicles on the production line during assembly at Volkswagen AG's Seat automobile plant in Martorell, Spain, earlier this year. [Reuters]

The Financial Times reports that a technician has been killed by a robot at a Volkswagen plant near Kassel, Germany.

A 21 year old external contractor was installing the robot together with a colleague when he was struck in the chest by the robot and pressed against a metal plate. He later died of his injuries, reports Chris Bryant, the FT's Frankfurt correspondent.

An investigation into how the accident occurred is under way. In this plant, robots are kept behind safety cages to prevent accidental contact with humans.

The man who died was inside the safety cage when the accident happened. A second worker was outside the cage, and was not harmed.

A Volkswagen rep told the paper that the robot “was not one of the new generation of lightweight collaborative robots that work side-by-side with workers on the production line and forgo safety cages,” and had no known technical defect.

Worker killed in Volkswagen robot accident [FT]


A VW Golf VII car is pictured in a production line at the plant of German carmaker Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, Germany, 2013. REUTERS

Traditional marriage already destroyed
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Things change quickly, America.





'No Gays Allowed' in this East Tennessee hardware store
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Tennessee TV news station WBIR reports that a local hardware store owner placed these funny signs in his window after that recent Supreme Court gay marriage decision got his britches all up in a bunch.

That's cool, now all The Gays know not to patronize Amyx Hardware & Roofing Supplies in Grainger County, in East Tennessee.

Store owner Jeff Amyx's sign reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech & freedom of religion."

WBIR:

Amyx, who is also a baptist minister, said he realized Monday morning that homosexual people are not afraid to stand for what they believe in. He said it showed him that Christian people should be brave enough to stand for what they believe in.

"They gladly stand for what they believe in, why can't I? They believe their way is right, I believe it's wrong. But yet I'm going to take more persecution than them because I'm standing for what I believe in," Amyx said.

McKinney, TX wants $79K to retreive emails of the cop who tackled bikini-clad teen
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 


McKinney is Texas's worst-ranked city for open records requests, and says that it will have to hire a programmer to write entirely new code to search its old, "unsearchable" email system for the emails of Officer Eric Casebolt, who made headlines by tackling a young black girl in a bikini at a pool party and threatening her with his gun.

Muckrock and Gawker filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the city, which replied that it would take over 2,200 programmer-hours to write a custom search-tool to retrieve emails from the system it used until March 1, 2014. This reeks of bullshit.

The next step is to complain to the State Attorney General.

Gawker's options here are pretty limited. It can either limit its request to post-March 2014 emails as suggested by the city's lawyers (pretty much useless if seeking a full representation of Eric Casebolt's career) or it can petition the state attorney general to take a look at the city's claims.

A person who believes the person has been overcharged for being provided with a copy of public information may complain to the attorney general in writing of the alleged overcharge, setting forth the reasons why the person believes the charges are excessive. The attorney general shall review the complaint and make a determination in writing as to the appropriate charge for providing the copy of the requested information.

This particular avenue of recourse has been used frequently in the past. A 2012 examination of Texas open records requests by the Center for Public Integrity found McKinney ranked highest in the state in the number of fee complaints to the state attorney general (per 100,000 residents). Not all of these were fee-related, but the ratio of referred requests suggests the local government is more reluctant to turn over responsive documents than its neighbors. A spokeswoman for the city notes in the article that requests related to the police department are treated with "an overabundance of caution." This response to Gawker, however, seems not so much cautious as confrontational -- a "shut up and go away" response in the form of a thoroughly ridiculous $79,000 price tag.

I have reached out to the city employees listed in the letter to Gawker, asking for details on the current and pre-2014 email systems, as well as any methods used by city employees to access older emails. I'm not expecting an answer, but if one should materialize, it will be passed on.

City Claims It Will Take 9,000 Hours And $79,000 To Fulfill Gawker's Request Emails Related To Abusive Police Officer [Tim Cushing/Techdirt]

Woman arrested for shooting at man who tried to take one of her mangoes
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Josefina Tometich has some mighty fine mangoes growing on a tree in her Florida home. But don't even think of taking one: she's got a BB gun, and she knows how to use it. The 64-year-old mango enthusiast was arrested after she allegedly shot out the rear window of Christopher Richey's truck for trying to steal one of her beloved fruits.

Tometich's family says "no trespassing" signs are on the property, and they'll put up more, to deter mango thieves. But Richey maintains the mango he saw was in the roadway, and therefore free for the taking. In the end, he and his wife left without any mangoes. Tometich was arrested for firing a missile into a dwelling, vehicle, building or aircraft. [via]

Random Mango Fact: "In India, a certain shade of yellow dye was attained by feeding cattle small amounts of mango leaves and harvesting their urine. Of course as stated above, this is a contraindicated practice, since mango leaves are toxic and cattle are sacred. It has since been outlawed." [via]

7 games you can play with Google Maps
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

For April Fools Day this year, Google created a version of Pac-Man that you could play inside Google Maps, to the delight of everyone who wanted eat power-pellets on the roundabouts of their hometown. Although this Pac-Man experience is now sadly defunct, people have been building games around Google Maps for years: trivia games, hidden object games, shooting games, building games, driving games, and even survival games. We've picked out seven interactive cartography experiences that you can try out for free in your browser, on the streets of nearly any city in the world.

Google Sheep View

Think of it as a version of "I Spy" that spans the entire world, and focuses exclusively on sheep. Created by Ding Ren and Mike Karabinos, the Google Sheep View tumblr encourages viewers (or players) to digitally wander the streets of Google Maps and try to spot the wooly little faces of sheep.

Geoguessr

This popular geography guessing game displays Google Street View pictures from locations around the world—roads, houses, trees, stores—and challenges you to identify the towns and cities by dropping a pin on a map. After you've made your guess, it reveals the real location, and awards points based on how close you get.

MapsTD

If you enjoy tower defense games like Bloons, chances are you'll enjoy MapsTD, where you build battle towers by dropping and upgrading colored pins, which defend against the enemies marching down the streets of your chosen city. If you're not into the satellite view, you can always shift into watercolor for a more abstract experience.

Geo Guns

Like many shooting games, Geo Guns views the world as a rich and varied series of backdrops for blowing things up. It promises to let you "turn any place on Earth into a virtual battlefield thanks to Google Maps’ awesome new 45 degree angle view." Select a location, and it immediately becomes the wallpaper for a tank battle between you and a computer opponent.

Build with Chrome

A teamup between Google and LEGO, Build with Chrome lets you turn the world into your very own LEGO version of Minecraft, picking out a plot of land on Google Maps, building your very own city of plastic bricks, and then sharing your creation with your friends. As the name suggests, only works in the Chrome browser.

Streetview Zombie Apocalypse

A survival game of sorts, Streetview Zombie Apocalypse promises to let you "run from the living dead in your own neighborhood" by dropping you into the street view location of choice, with a small mini map the displays the undead lurking around you with red pins. It's your job to run away from them through Street View, and stay alive for as long as you can.

2D Driving Simulator

This browser experience doesn't allow you to drive down the streets of your favorite city so much as it allows you to glide over them in a tiny vehicle that never encounters any obstacles. Think of it as 2D Hovercar Simulator, maybe?

Any more Google Maps games to suggest? Drop them in the comments.

Pope "plans to chew coca leaves during Bolivia visit"
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

The United Nations declared coca leaves an illegal substance in 1961, but Pope Francis told the government of Bolvia to break out the leaves when he arrives for a visit later this month - he plans to chew them. Coca leaves, which are the raw ingredient of cocaine, are legal in Bolivia for religious and medicinal purposes. It has mild stimulant qualities.

Bolivian Culture Minister Marko Machicao says visiting dignitaries are usually offered coca tea, but when he contacted the Vatican to discuss the tradition, the pontiff had "specifically requested" to chew coca leaves.

"We will be awaiting the Holy Father with the sacred coca leaf," Mr Machicao said.

Image: Shutterstock/Jess Kraft: "Coca leaves and cigarettes for sale in Potosi, Bolivia" and Shutterstock: "Pope Francis"





Music: "Mockingbird," Carly Simon and James Taylor (1979)
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

"Filmed for the MUSE No Nukes concerts in NYC in 1979"

NY Times: "Add green peas to your guacamole." Entire Internet: "Fuck you."
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

The Grey Lady made the Internet sick to its collective stomach today when it told people to add green peas to guacamole, making it look like partially-masticated pea vomit, and likely tasting as bad, too.

Add green peas to your guacamole. Trust us. http://t.co/7imMY9c2ph pic.twitter.com/oeOMt2qgmh

— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 1, 2015

The tweeted responses are funny:

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Strong wall-mounted magnetic tool holder
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

I keep frequently-used household tools on the powerful magnetic tool holder in the garage. It beats digging around for a screwdriver in a drawer or tool box. It's $19 on Amazon.

Bigoted officials: First Amendment means we don't have to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Rural county and town clerks are refusing to issue marriage licenses or perform civil ceremonies for same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court's ruling last week.

In some cases, they have the support of state legislators and officials, like Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who says that "the government cannot force [judges] to conduct same-sex wedding ceremonies over their religious objections."

These are the same people who run around, hands-a-flapping, about the coming regime of "Sharia law," in which people's religious objections will allow them to ignore the law and their duties under it.

Leaning on Paxton's guidance, Lang said Tuesday, "We find that although it fabricated a new constitutional right in 2015, the Supreme Court did not diminish, overrule, or call into question the First Amendment rights to free exercise of religion that formed the first freedom in the Bill of Rights in 1791."

The right to same-sex marriage, she concluded, must "peaceably coexist" with other rights.

Lang later issued another statement, which made clear that although she won't issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her office will.

"The religious doctrines to which I adhere compel me to personally refrain from issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Nonetheless, in addition to the county clerk offices in the several surrounding counties, as soon as the appropriate forms have been printed and supplied to my office, the County Clerk's Office of Hood County will have staff available and ready to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Despite same-sex marriage ruling, spasms of resistance persist [Eliott C. McLaughlin/CNN]

This is the best funny video on the entire internethole
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

This. Looping. Forever.

Watch it on Boing Boing's YouTubeHole. [via spazz.derpyhooves.com]





New NASA imagery reveals extent of tar on Santa Barbara beaches left by Refugio oil spill
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 


AVIRIS-NG red-green-blue aerial image of Refugio Incident oil spill, showing oil on the water and nearby beaches. NASA/JPL-Caltech

When an oil pipeline ruptured near Santa Barbara, California, on May 19, it leaked 105,000 barrels of crude oil onto Refugio State Beach, and another 21,000 gallons into the Pacific Ocean in the north Santa Barbara Channel. The Refugio Incident created an environmental nightmare for local beaches and wildlife, which continues still.

NASA today released new images of the oil spill, captured with the help of an airborne instrument developed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena to study the spill and test the ability of imaging spectroscopy to map tar on area beaches.


Members of the AVIRIS-NG team, including citizen scientists, take spectral measurements of tar on a beach affected by the oil spill. The measurements were used to validate the AVIRIS-NG aerial data. Photo by Mike Glick, citizen scientist.

From the NASA news release today:

The JPL-built Airborne Visible Infrared Imaging Spectrometer, Next Generation (AVIRIS-NG) instrument uses spectroscopic measurement of energy reflected from Earth's surface to determine surface properties. In this case, AVIRIS-NG focused on applying imaging spectroscopy to the problem of accurately mapping the presence of oil-derived tar balls on the beaches, using direct, on-the-ground observations to verify the remote sensing data. AVIRIS-NG can capture spectral imagery that is commonly used to map ecosystems, minerals, land use and trace gases.

Prior to the flights, a team of scientists led by Principal Investigator Ira Leifer of Bubbleology Research International, Solvang, California, collected tar balls on an affected beach and analyzed them in a laboratory operated for the Department of Energy. The infrared spectral analysis confirmed the presence of unique petroleum hydrocarbon spectral features that would allow diagnostic mapping of beach tar from the air or space.

To support the AVIRIS-NG overflights of the larger region, the team deployed to a beach affected by tar from the spill to map beach tar and collect surface spectra, assisted by citizen scientists. They mapped a 220-foot (67-meter) span of the beach in detail, noting locations and coverage of tar on the beach. AVIRIS-NG then flew over the beach. Tar was detected successfully in the AVIRIS-NG spectral data, validating the effectiveness of this advanced remote measurement technique. The beach tar map was subsequently forwarded to the Incident Command for the Refugio Incident and was incorporated into the response’s daily shoreline cleanup and assessment technique, also known as SCAT.

SCAT is a critical response component to an oil spill, but is highly subjective, qualitative and labor intensive. Applying remote sensing techniques to beach tar mapping in support of oil spill response is a breakthrough that promises to transform shoreline cleanup and assessment techniques by providing robust, rapid and repeatable maps at a resolution and fidelity not currently achievable. These maps can guide local, state, and federal stakeholders in assessing impacts to beaches and in restoring and recovering degraded, damaged or destroyed ecosystems and habitats in the environment.

"Mapping tar on beaches using high-resolution imaging spectroscopy techniques that can identify tar of this type has never been done before, and is a natural extension of oil-on-water remote sensing," said Leifer. "NASA deployed AVIRIS-NG to the scene during the first week of the incident, collect ing timely data during the initial spill phases and contributing to the response."

“NASA is keenly interested in fostering development of new operational remote sensing technologies that improve disaster response for application by federal responders," said David Green, NASA Disasters Program manager at NASA headquarters in Washington. "The AVIRIS-NG deployment is an example of the proactive disaster response efforts NASA supports, including oil spills within the FOSTERRS interagency working group.” FOSTERRS stands for the NASA-led Federal Oil Spill Team for Emergency Response Remote Sensing. The group brings together remote sensing expertise from a range of governmental agencies to support oil spill responses.

This effort built on a pioneering NASA campaign that assisted during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 under science principal investigator Leifer. Then, AVIRIS imagery was processed to provide the first-ever maps of oil-on-water thickness, developed by a large multi-agency team. The current effort sought to leverage the greatly improved performance of AVIRIS-NG to map oil as tar on beaches.

Leifer coordinated the current Refugio Incident flights in support of NASA's Disasters Program. Also participating in the team was John DiBenedetto of Special Technology Laboratories, a U.S. Department of Energy contract lab, in collaboration with scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information on AVIRIS NG, visit airbornescience.jpl.nasa.gov.

NASA uses the vantage point of space to increase our understanding of our home planet, improve lives and safeguard our future. NASA develops new ways to observe and study Earth's interconnected natural systems with long-term data records. The agency freely shares this unique knowledge and works with institutions around the world to gain new insights into how our planet is changing.

For more information about NASA's Earth science activities, visit nasa.gov/earth.

Second season of Extant premieres tonight on CBS
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Astronaut Molly Woods (Halle Berry) is back in a new season of the scifi drama Extant. After a so-so first season, the series was rebooted by new showrunners Elizabeth Kruger and Craig Shapiro. “It’s a substantial reboot, in that we’re going to come in, in this time and place, several months [after the Season 1 finale], and that puts Molly in a completely different head space," Kruger told Yahoo. "Her mental stability is potentially in question, and we’re going to find out how that happens. There is a significant amount of new casting that changes the landscape of what we’re doing, and it’s less about Molly as mom, and more about Molly as warrior. Molly as a sexy warrior.”

Extant season 2 premieres Wednesday, July 1 at 10/9c.

Reality Sandwich interview with me about the early days of Boing Boing
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Todd Brendan Fahey interviewed me for Reality Sandwich about the zine phase of Boing Boing, and beyond. I gave him this photo of me pasting little bits of paper to the cover of Boing Boing issue #2, which came out in 1988 or 1989.

Cocktail Hour
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

The Secret Ingredient No Cocktail Should be Without

It might seem counterintuitive, but, in a world overflowing with fancy bitters and spherical ice makers, the thing your cocktail is missing is actually much simpler: salt. Dave Arnold, the mixologist behind high-tech cocktail bar Booker and Dax, shared this secret with Gastropod. It's just one of several scientific tricks contained in his new book, Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail.

Of course, the most important ingredient in a cocktail is the liquor. The sugar, acids, and ice choices also have flavor implications, making every cocktail recipe into a kind of calculus that factors in the physics of energy transfer as well as variations in the molecular structures of different sweeteners.

But salt can play a crucial role. Arnold is quick to point out that you should only add a very tiny amount—"we are not talking about salting the rim of your glass here!" he told Gastropod. Arnold's insight draws on the same logic that calls for adding a pinch of salt to most baked goods, from ice cream to pastry. "These very, very small quantities of salt really just cause all the flavors to kind of pop," Arnold explains, because of the way our taste buds work. Recent research has begun to tease out how the receptor cells on our tongues respond to sour, bitter, sweet, and salty tastes differently depending on their concentration and how they are combined. For example, if you add a tiny sour note to a bitter-flavored drink, it will actually boost the bitter sensation, but at a more moderate concentration, sour tastes suppress bitterness. (Try this at home, by adding a drop of lime to a margarita, versus the full ounce.)

Similarly, at very low concentrations, salt doesn't register as a taste at all, but instead reduces bitterness and boosts sweet and sour notes in the food or drink you add it to. Basically, says Arnold, "next time you make a cocktail, add a tiny little pinch of salt to it and stir—and then tell me you don't like it better."

The 007 Question: Shaken or Stirred?

James Bond is famous—some might say notorious—for preferring his martini shaken, not stirred. But science-minded bartenders would urge you not to follow his lead—though Dave Arnold is quick to point out that the right way to make a drink is the way it tastes good to you. Still, there's some solid science behind why a martini should be stirred and a daiquiri shaken, rather than the other way around. Both methods chill, dilute, and blend your drink—but they have different effects on flavor and texture that work better with some cocktail recipes than others.

Typically, Arnold explains, when you shake a drink, it will get colder—and thus more diluted—than it would be after stirring. "Banging ice rapidly around inside a shaking tin is the most turbulent, efficient, and effective manual chilling/dilution technique we drink makers use," he explains. Because flavor perception, and sweetness, in particular, is blunted at cooler temperatures, a shaken drink needs to start out significantly sweeter than its stirred equivalent.

Shaking also adds texture to a drink, in the form of lots of tiny air bubbles. That's a good thing when you're making a cocktail with ingredients that taste nice when they're foamy, like egg whites, dairy, and even fruit juice, and not as good when you're mixing straight liquor with bitters. Sorry, Mr. Bond. The other thing to bear in mind is that you really shouldn't linger over a shaken drink. "The minute that someone hands you a shaken drink, it is dying," says Arnold. "I hate it when people don’t drink their shaken drink right away." We can't responsibly advise you to chug them, so we recommend making your shaken drinks small, so that you can polish them off before the bubbles burst.

Boozewashing: the Ultimate At-Home Mixologist Nerd Trick

Ever since the first ice-cube was added to the original cocktail recipe of liquor, bitters, and sugar, mixologists have loved their bar gear. Ice-picks, mallets, swizzle sticks, shakers, strainers, and even red-hot pokers were all standard features of the nineteenth-century celebrity bartender's toolkit. Today, Dave Arnold has added rotary evaporators, iSi whippers, and liquid nitrogen to the mix, placing the most cutting-edge cocktails out of reach of the home mixologist.

But there is one super trendy, high-tech trick that you can try at home. It's called "booze-washing," and it makes use of protein to remove the astringency from a drink. It actually has a historic basis—even Ben Franklin wrote down his own a recipe for milk punch that uses the casein protein in milk to strip out the phenolic compounds and turn a rough-around-the-edges brandy into a soft, round, soothing drink. But Dave Arnold came up with the idea when he was trying to make an alcoholic version of an Arnold Palmer, the delicious iced tea/lemonade mix.

"I knew that adding milk to tea makes it less astringent, which is why the Brits do it," Arnold explained. "And then I wanted to get rid of the milk, because I didn't want a milk tea, I wanted a tea tea." So he added citric acid, which caused the milk to curdle, so he could separate it out in a centrifuge. "And only afterwards was I like, oh yeah, milk punch!"

Arnold washes drinks to remove flavors, rather than add them. He's taking advantage of the chemical properties of protein-rich ingredients—milk, eggs, or even blood—that preferentially bind to the plant defense chemicals that can give over-oaked whiskey, certain red wines, tea, coffee, and some apple varieties a mouth-puckering dryness. He's found that as well as smoothing out a drink, booze-washing has the side benefit of creating a lovely, velvety texture.

The good news is that you don't need a centrifuge to make the perfect milk punch or alcoholic Arnold Palmer at home. You follow Arnold's recipe (which he shares on the Gastropod website), let it sit overnight, and then strain out the curds through a cloth and then through a coffee filter. According to Arnold, your yield will be a little lower than with a centrifuge, but the result will be just as tasty. His only word of warning is that you have to drink the resulting cocktail within a week, or else the proteins will clump together and the drink will lose its foaming power. But that shouldn't be too difficult...

Listen to Gastropod's Cocktail Hour for much more cocktail science and history, including an introduction to the world's first celebrity bartender, an unexpected use for Korean bibimbap bowls, and a cocktail personality test based on Jungian analytics.

Captions Cocktail construction chart, created by the U.S. Forest Service in 1974, now housed in the National Archives.

Arnold demonstrates booze-washing in a sequence of photos from his new book, Liquid Intelligence. Photos by Travis Huggert, who is also responsible for the image used in the embedded Soundcloud player, above.

Cocktails photographed by Travis Huggert for Arnold's Liquid Intelligence.

1930s ice-cream parlour hidden in Cincinnati's art deco railway station
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 


Cincinnati's gorgeous art deco Union Station houses many museums -- and a beautifully preserved 1930s ice-cream parlour serving locally made ice-cream.

When the terminal first opened in 1933, this delightful space was a tea room, though it soon served as USO headquarters during WWII. In 1972, Union Terminal was shuttered, then re-born as a short-lived shopping center, during which time the tea room saw its first stint as an ice cream parlor. Today, the terminal has been successfully operating as Cincinnati Museum Center for almost 25 years, and the Rookwood Ice Cream Parlor serves local favorite Graeter’s Ice Cream.

The 1930s Ice Cream Parlor Tucked Away in Cincinnati’s Union Terminal [Thought and Sight]

Also: It was the inspiration for Super Friends' Hall of Justice





GCHQ spied on Amnesty International, Investigatory Powers Tribunal lied about it
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Last week, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal said that the UK spy agency hadn't spied on Amnesty -- this week, they admitted that they had, and claimed they hadn't deliberately misled the organisation about the spying.

The Tribunal would not say why it spied on Amnesty, nor when, nor what they did with the information they gathered.

Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Europe and Central Asia, marveled at the absurdity of the situation. The group had spent 18 months trying to determine which groups were surveilled, culminating in last week’s ruling, she explained to The Intercept. And now, she said, it turns out there was “a mistake made in the numbering of the complaints.” The mistake was apparently pointed out to the tribunal by GCHQ, she said. “Of course they sat on it for 10 days.”

“Most important to us is that privacy matters. Privacy matters to us. It’s harmed the trust that human rights defenders have in us,” she said. “This has gone too far.”

Naureen Shah, Director of Security and Human Rights for Amnesty International USA wrote in an email to The Intercept that her group is concerned that the U.K. “is sharing its collected intelligence from Amnesty with the US government, including communications from US citizens like me and/or communications about our documentation of human rights abuses committed by the US government.”

British Tribunal Flip-Flops on Wrongful Surveillance of Amnesty International [Jenna McLaughlin/The Intercept]

Watch Colbert interview Eminem on public access TV
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 

Yesterday, Stephen Colbert was the guest host on "Only in Monroe," a public access television show in Monroe, Michigan. His guest was Eminem.

"Stephen Colbert Interviews Eminem on Michigan Public Access" (New York Times)

(via theexterminat on Reddit)

VIDEO: Greece crisis: How will Greeks vote?
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 
BBC presenter Ros Atkins has been exploring how Greeks will vote in Sunday's referendum and why.
What not to miss on day four
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 04:50:33 (58 minutes ago) 
Your essential guide to day four of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Club.
VIDEO: Motorbikes aid Ramadan fast-breakers
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 04:50:32 (58 minutes ago) 
This year for Muslims in Indonesia there's a new enterprise: mobilising motorcycle taxis for food delivery is giving people more options to break their fast.




'McLaren are a mess' - Jordan Q&A
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 04:50:32 (58 minutes ago) 
Hamilton must improve to be an F1 great & McLaren are "badly managed" - Eddie Jordan answers your questions. Explosively.
The Latest on Philippines: Survivors describe big waves
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:50:29 (58 minutes ago) 
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):...
Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:50:29 (58 minutes ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan judge says a court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine....
The Latest on Philippines: Survivors describe big waves
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:50:29 (58 minutes ago) 
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):...
Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:50:29 (58 minutes ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan judge says a court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine....




Train Catches Fire in Tennessee, Residents Evacuated
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-07-02 04:50:13 (58 minutes ago) 
A train carrying chemicals partially derailed and caught fire overnight in Blount County, Tennessee, forcing residents in the area to evacuate, authorities said.
2 Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Appeal Convictions
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:50:12 (58 minutes ago) 
2 former Khmer Rouge leaders appeal convictions at UN-backed tribunal
The Latest on Philippines: Survivors Describe Big Waves
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:50:12 (58 minutes ago) 
The Latest on Philippines: Survivors describe big waves buffeting vessel
Afghan Court Cancels Death Sentences in Mob Killing of Woman
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:50:12 (58 minutes ago) 
Afghan court overturns death sentences for 4 convicted in mob killing of woman
Chair legs it from UK govt smart meter installation programme
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 04:44:54 (1 hours ago) 
Was Baroness McDonagh pushed or did she jump from sinking ship?

The chair of the government's controversial smart meter programme, Baroness McDonagh, has left her post after recently criticising the roll-out of the widely hated scheme.…





36 Dead, 19 Missing as Ferry Capsizes in Philippines
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 04:43:19 (1 hours ago) 
The Philippine coast guard says 36 people have died and 19 are missing after an inter-island ferry capsized in the central Philippines.









Obama, Renzi talk about Greece, terrorism in call
  Source: News di English News - ANSA.it 2015-07-02 04:43:14 (1 hours ago) 
Leaders stress need for close coordination








Man clings to life after getting shot in head in Brooklyn
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 04:43:13 (1 hours ago) 
The victim was shot on Crooke Ave. near Ocean Ave. in Flatbush late Wednesday, authorities said.








Train Carrying 'Flammable and Toxic Gas' Derails, Burns
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:43:12 (1 hours ago) 
More than 5,000 residents have been evacuated after a freight train car carrying highly flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire in Tennessee.









Thousands evacuated after Tennessee derailment
  Source: More from U.S. - CBS News 2015-07-02 04:43:07 (1 hours ago) 
Freight train car carrying highly toxic chemical catches fire




Europe Markets: European stocks edge up as Greece keeps investors wary
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:43:06 (1 hours ago) 
Markets drift higher in Europe, with another twitchy session anticipated as the Greek debt crisis rumbling in the background.
Pneumatic Suspension Cobblestones [xenzag]
  Source: Halfbakery: recent ideas 2015-07-02 04:41:53 (1 hours ago) 
Theresa May to hold crisis talks on ferry strikes with French counterpart
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:41:49 (1 hours ago) 
Revealed: hitlist of welfare cuts facing Britain's next chancellor
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 04:41:49 (1 hours ago) 
Theresa May to hold crisis talks on ferry strikes with French counterpart
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 04:41:49 (1 hours ago) 




Timothy Spall to play Ian Paisley in Troubles drama The Journey
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:41:48 (1 hours ago) 
Theresa May to hold crisis talks on ferry strikes with French counterpart
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:41:48 (1 hours ago) 
IMF tells Greece: no debt relief before reforms
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:41:48 (1 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:40:16 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






The Latest on Philippines: Survivors describe big waves
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:40:15 (1 hours ago) 
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The latest on the ferry sinking in the Philippines (all times local):...
Afghan court cancels death sentences in mob killing of woman
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:40:15 (1 hours ago) 
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan judge says a court has overturned the death sentences for four men convicted of taking part in the mob killing of a woman outside a Kabul shrine....
At least 5,000 evacuated following Tenn. train fire
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:32:28 (1 hours ago) 

The train was carrying Acrylonitrile, which is a flammable and poisonous liquid.

       
Germany to mothball largest coal power plants to meet climate targets
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:32:19 (1 hours ago) 




IMF tells Greece: no debt relief before reforms
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:32:19 (1 hours ago) 
Tunisia attack: police arrest 12 people and hunt for two trained by gunman
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:32:19 (1 hours ago) 
MPs should reconsider backing strikes against Isis in Syria – defence secretary
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:32:19 (1 hours ago) 
Tiger Woods 'had affair' with fellow golfter Jason Dufner's ex-wife Amanda Boyd
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 04:32:17 (1 hours ago) 
Former World No 1 golfer Tiger Woods has made headlines around the world again after reports accusing him of having an affair with Amanda Boyd, the ex-wife of Woods' fellow golfer Jason Dufner.
[Neuro] Gene deletion mutation found to increase empathy: Variation five times more common in Canadians than Rwandans
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 04:32:14 (1 hours ago) 
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Reddit, what is the hardest wood for you to pronounce?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 04:32:14 (1 hours ago) 
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Facebook makes you hate everyone you already know. Reddit makes you like people you'll never meet.
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 04:32:14 (1 hours ago) 
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Best mobile games of June 2015 (pictures)
  Source: CNET News 2015-07-02 04:30:26 (1 hours ago) 
Looking for a new game to play on your mobile device? Here's our pick of the best released in June 2015.









New warden, increased security after New York prison escape
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:30:24 (1 hours ago) 
Man questioned in case of missing Phoenix-area couple
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:30:24 (1 hours ago) 

MARICOPA, Ariz. — Authorities in Arizona questioned a "person of interest" Wednesday night in the case of a Phoenix-area couple missing for more than a week.

Pinal County sheriff's officials didn't immediately release any information about the man and said he wasn't under arrest.

Hours earlier, sheriff's officials served a search warrant at a home blocks from the Maricopa residence of the missing couple and deputies were seen digging on the property. The city of Maricopa is about 30 miles south of Phoenix.





Coach: Pressure's off Japan in World Cup final against US
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:30:24 (1 hours ago) 
Wimbledon Lookahead: Sam Querrey faces Federer on Centre Court
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:30:24 (1 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:30:23 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:30:23 (1 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:30:23 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.










New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 04:30:22 (1 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:30:22 (1 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:30:22 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:30:22 (1 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:30:22 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.










Algeria profile
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 04:30:20 (1 hours ago) 
Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
Algeria profile
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 04:30:20 (1 hours ago) 
Provides overview, key facts and events, a timeline and leader profile along with current news about Algeria
Former NFL star tackles overgrown field for football camp
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:30:18 (1 hours ago) 
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The weeds and wild grass rose well above Reggie McKenzie's knees as the former NFL star walked the field bearing his name in the small Detroit enclave of Highland Park. With two weeks until the start of the youth football camp he's been running for four decades, the city-owned field had yet to be mowed - and something had to be done....
Retired military dogs find new purpose in US meth wars
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:30:18 (1 hours ago) 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the U.S. combat methamphetamine and other drugs....
Former NFL star tackles overgrown field for football camp
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:30:18 (1 hours ago) 
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) -- The weeds and wild grass rose well above Reggie McKenzie's knees as the former NFL star walked the field bearing his name in the small Detroit enclave of Highland Park. With two weeks until the start of the youth football camp he's been running for four decades, the city-owned field had yet to be mowed - and something had to be done....




Retired military dogs find new purpose in US meth wars
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:30:18 (1 hours ago) 
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Five retired military dogs that spent years working in war zones are putting their noses to new uses by helping police in the U.S. combat methamphetamine and other drugs....
Mumbai Horse Carriage Ban Leaves Working Families in Fear
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:30:02 (1 hours ago) 
Ban on Mumbai's horse carriages leaves working families baffled, afraid for future
2 French Soldiers Arrested Over Africa Sex Abuse Allegations
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:30:02 (1 hours ago) 
2 French soldiers arrested over child sexual abuse allegations in Burkina Faso
Barcelona Mayor Halts New Tourist Accommodation Licenses
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:30:02 (1 hours ago) 
Barcelona suspends new tourist accommodation licenses in bid to control influx of visitors
U.S. asks Swiss to extradite FIFA officials in bribery probe
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:21:17 (1 hours ago) 

Swiss authorities will now consider the request.

        




Reports: At least 30 dead after ferry capsizes in Philippines
  Source: USATODAY.com World - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:21:17 (1 hours ago) 

The Philippine Star said the vessel overturned soon after leaving the port of Ormoc City on the island of Leyte.

        
Learn How to Photograph Fireworks From America’s Best Pyrotechnic Experts
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:21:13 (1 hours ago) 
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12 People Detained in Tunisia Hotel Attack Probe
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:21:13 (1 hours ago) 
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Meet the Muslim Who Is Giving $32 Billion to Charity
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:21:13 (1 hours ago) 
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NHS IT failures mount as GP data system declared unfit for purpose
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 04:21:12 (1 hours ago) 
‘Failed projects have long been an expensive cliché … this is no exception’

The towering scrapheap of NHS IT failures may about to rise further, with the increasingly expensive GP Extraction Service IT system deemed not fit for purpose by the government's spending watchdog.…





TransAsia Pilot Acknowledged Cutting Wrong Engine, Crash Report Says
  Source: NYT > International 2015-07-02 04:20:52 (1 hours ago) 
Investigators in Taiwan found that the pilot of a plane that went down in Taipei in February, killing 43, had also failed a simulator test last year.
TransAsia Pilot Acknowledged Cutting Wrong Engine, Crash Report Says
  Source: NYT > Home Page 2015-07-02 04:20:51 (1 hours ago) 
Investigators in Taiwan found that the pilot of a plane that went down in Taipei in February, killing 43, had also failed a simulator test last year.









FDNY records no deaths in June as fatalities fall citywide
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 04:20:47 (1 hours ago) 
June was the first month in the department’s 150-year history in which not a single person was killed in a fire.








16 Dead, 21 Missing After Ferry Capsizes in Philippines
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:20:46 (1 hours ago) 
At least 16 people died after a ferry capsized after leaving a port in the Philippines on Thursday, the country's coastguard told NBC News.









Train Carrying 'Flammable and Toxic Gas' Derails, Burns
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:20:46 (1 hours ago) 
More than 1,000 residents have been evacuated after a freight train car carrying highly flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire in Tennessee.













Train Carrying 'Flammable and Toxic Gas' Derails, Burns
  Source: MSNBC.com: U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:20:42 (1 hours ago) 
More than 1,000 residents have been evacuated after a freight train car carrying highly flammable and toxic gas derailed and caught fire in Tennessee.









Deadly ferry accident in the Philippines
  Source: More from World - CBS News 2015-07-02 04:20:41 (1 hours ago) 
Dozens killed, frantic effort to find almost 20 people still missing as vessel carrying more than 170 capsizes in Asian island nation
Switzerland: US seeks extradition of 7 FIFA officials
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-07-02 04:20:40 (1 hours ago) 
The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested as part of a corruption probe in Zurich in May, Swiss officials said Thursday.
36 dead, 118 rescued as ferry capsizes in Philippines
  Source: Los Angeles Times - World News 2015-07-02 04:20:40 (1 hours ago) 
The Philippine coast guard says 36 people have died and 19 are missing after an inter-island ferry capsized in the central Philippines.
‘Rats of the sea’: South Australian MP calls for fur seal cull
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 




Fallon told UK air strikes against Isis in Syria would make no difference - Politics live
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 
Germany to mothball largest coal power plants to meet climate targets
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 
MPs should reconsider backing strikes against Isis in Syria – defence secretary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 
Jailed Chinese journalist denied medical care for heart pain
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 

Human Rights Watch calls on the authorities to help ailing Gao Yu

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the Chinese government to provide medical care to the imprisoned journalist, Gao Yu, who is serving seven years for allegedly leaking an internal communist party document that urged greater censorship of reformist ideas.

The 71-year-old is said by her family to be suffering from chronic heart pain, high blood pressure, an inner ear disorder and a chronic skin allergy.

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Tunisia attack: police arrest 12 people and hunt for two trained by gunman
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 




US asks Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:20:27 (1 hours ago) 
MPs should reconsider backing strikes against Isis in Syria – defence secretary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 04:20:26 (1 hours ago) 
Fallon told UK air strikes against Isis in Syria would make no difference - Politics live
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 04:20:26 (1 hours ago) 
Recipe swap: ground almonds
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:20:26 (1 hours ago) 
Germany to mothball largest coal power plants to meet climate targets
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:20:26 (1 hours ago) 




Tunisia attack: police arrest 12 people and hunt for two trained by gunman
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:20:26 (1 hours ago) 
MPs should reconsider backing strikes against Isis in Syria – defence secretary
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:20:26 (1 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.










New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:20:07 (1 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.










Reports: At least 30 dead after ferry capsizes in Philippines
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:11:21 (2 hours ago) 

The Philippine Star said the vessel overturned soon after leaving the port of Ormoc City on the island of Leyte.

       
NHS IT failures mount as GP data system declared unfit for purpose
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 04:11:12 (2 hours ago) 
Recipe swap: ground almonds
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:11:11 (2 hours ago) 
7/7 10 years on: share your memories
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:11:11 (2 hours ago) 
Wildlife on your doorstep: July
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:11:11 (2 hours ago) 




Snapchat debuts tap-to-view controls promising 'no more tired thumbs'
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:11:11 (2 hours ago) 
Facebook steps up competition with YouTube with ad-supported videos
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:11:11 (2 hours ago) 
UK house prices slip in June, says Nationwide
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 04:11:11 (2 hours ago) 
School districts hit by Kasich’s budget vetoes are left somber
  Source: The Columbus Dispatch Local and State News 2015-07-02 04:11:09 (2 hours ago) 
Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s belief that wealthier school districts should pay more in local taxes oozed from his veto pen on Tuesday night. With a pair of vetoes, the second-term Republican eliminated $99 million in funding destined for largely better-off school districts across Ohio. His line-item cuts reduced a two-year increase in state K-12 aid from about $600 million approved by legislators to $505 million, still a hike of 3.2 percent.
Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith keeps the lid on farewell emotions as Super Rugby final approaches
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 04:11:09 (2 hours ago) 




The door track on this van turned the woman into a Canadian
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 04:11:04 (2 hours ago) 
submitted by StanTheDryBear to mildlyinteresting
[link] [63 comments]
Flight captain: 'Wow, pulled back the wrong throttle'
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 04:10:34 (2 hours ago) 
Why was legendary car hidden for 30 years?
  Source: CNN.com 2015-07-02 04:10:32 (2 hours ago) 
If this car could talk, it would describe a road to fame with all the twists and turns of a Hollywood plot.
North Carolina shark attacks are 'going to go away,' expert says
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 04:10:30 (2 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:10:28 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:10:28 (2 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:10:28 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 04:10:27 (2 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:10:27 (2 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:10:27 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:10:27 (2 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:10:27 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Banking inquiry to question ex-PM
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 04:10:25 (2 hours ago) 
An Irish parliamentary committee examining the causes of the country's banking crisis is due to hear evidence from former prime minister Brian Cowen.
Deadly ferry sinking in Philippines
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 04:10:25 (2 hours ago) 
A passenger ferry carrying 173 people overturns outside the port of Ormoc in central Philippines, with at least 33 people reported killed.
Tunisia arrests over Sousse attack
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 04:10:25 (2 hours ago) 
Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with Friday's deadly attack on a Tunisian resort by Islamic State, an official says.




Deadly ferry sinking in Philippines
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 04:10:25 (2 hours ago) 
A passenger ferry carrying 173 people overturns outside the port of Ormoc in central Philippines, with at least 33 people reported killed.
Tunisia arrests over Sousse attack
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 04:10:25 (2 hours ago) 
Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with Friday's deadly attack on a Tunisian resort by Islamic State, an official says.
AP Top News at 3:55 a.m. EDT
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:10:22 (2 hours ago) 
AP Top News at 3:55 a.m. EDT
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 04:10:22 (2 hours ago) 
US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials
  Source: AP Top News 2015-07-02 04:10:22 (2 hours ago) 
ZURICH (AP) - The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested as part of a corruption probe in Zurich in May, Swiss officials said Thursday. Switzerland's Federal Office of Justice said the requests were received July 1, within the 40-day deadline required....




US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-07-02 04:10:21 (2 hours ago) 
ZURICH (AP) -- The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested as part of a corruption probe in Zurich in May, Swiss officials said Thursday....
Coast Guard Says 36 Dead, 19 Missing, 118 Rescued in Ferry Capsize in Philippines
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:10:04 (2 hours ago) 
Coast guard says 36 dead, 19 missing, 118 rescued in ferry capsize in Philippines
Witness: Man Killed by Police Told Officers 'Shoot Me'
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:10:04 (2 hours ago) 
Witness: Man killed by police in Washington state challenged officers to 'shoot me'
36 Dead, 19 Missing as Ferry Capsizes in Philippines
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:10:04 (2 hours ago) 
36 dead, 19 missing, over 100 rescued as ferry capsizes in Philippines
Tunisian Official Says About 12 People Detained in Probe Into Deadly Tourist Hotel Attack
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:10:04 (2 hours ago) 
Tunisian official says about 12 people detained in probe into deadly tourist hotel attack




Tunisia: 12 People Detained in Hotel Attack Probe
  Source: ABC News: International 2015-07-02 04:10:04 (2 hours ago) 
Tunisia: 12 people detained in probe into tourist attack that killed 38
36 Dead, 19 Missing as Ferry Capsizes in Philippines
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:01:29 (2 hours ago) 
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Facebook reveals new logo, in a TWEET
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 04:01:28 (2 hours ago) 
Still white on blue, now with custom typeface with some flourishes

Facebook has revealed its new logo, somewhat bizarrely in a Tweet.…

Swedish heatwave leads to weather warnings
  Source: The Local - Sweden's news in English 2015-07-02 04:01:27 (2 hours ago) 
Thursday is predicted to be the hottest day of the year so far in Sweden, but extreme heat in the south east has got people worried about forest fires.
Witness: Man killed by police in Washington state challenged officers to 'shoot me'
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 04:01:21 (2 hours ago) 




Episcopalians give overwhelming approval to allowing gay marriage in churches
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 04:01:21 (2 hours ago) 
Low gas prices fuel 42M road trips this Fourth of July
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 04:01:00 (2 hours ago) 
The Port Authority expects nearly 4 million cars to cross its six bridges and tunnels between now and Monday.








London Markets: FTSE 100 wavers, but Dixons Carphone climbs
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:00:54 (2 hours ago) 
U.K. stocks straddle the flatline Thursday, but Dixons Carphone outperforms as the mobile-products retailer said it’s setting its sights overseas.
Outside the Box: How the IMF wrecked Greece (but didn’t get America)
  Source: MarketWatch.com - Top Stories 2015-07-02 04:00:53 (2 hours ago) 
Deficit hawks forced crippling austerity on Greece with disastrous results. Luckily, they didn’t get their way in the U.S., writes Tim Mullaney.
Sitand 2 (note) [Vernon]
  Source: Halfbakery: recent ideas 2015-07-02 04:00:42 (2 hours ago) 




Recruitment and retention of women still too low in Australian Defence Force
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:00:38 (2 hours ago) 
IMF tells Greece: no debt relief before reforms
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 04:00:38 (2 hours ago) 
Women's World Cup: Japan beat England – in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
7/7 10 years on: share your memories
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
Wildlife on your doorstep: July
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 




Snapchat debuts tap-to-view controls promising 'no more tired thumbs'
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
Facebook steps up competition with YouTube with ad-supported videos
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
Man dies trying to rescue young girl from river in Cumbria
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
UK house prices slip in June, says Nationwide
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 04:00:37 (2 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.










Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 04:00:18 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






36 dead, 19 missing as ferry capsizes in Philippines
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- The Philippine coast guard says 36 people have died and 19 are missing after an inter-island ferry capsized in the central Philippines....
I Was A Victim of Reddit's FatPeopleHate Because I Refused to Be Ashamed of My Body
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
I wanted the entire Reddit community to know that I will never second guess posting a picture of my marvelous body in a bikini.

Everything I needed to know about fat hate, I learned in high school.

It was the later part of my high school years when my body went from curvy to buying a prom dress David's Bridal because it was the only place that carried my size. I wore a lot of velour tracksuits at the time, which hindsight (and MySpace pictures) assures me was a terrible decision. 

 It was also in high school that I learned it was a crime to be fat, that it was literally the worst thing that you could be.

There was a young man in my class that had decided to target me specifically. He took every opportunity that was presented to him to tear me down with the typical fat jokes that you would expect from a high school male. I talked to the teacher and he shrugged it off as “part of the high school experience.”

For over a semester, his words (and the resounding laughter of my classmates) chipped away at me, especially since other people started joining in. I walked with my head down, avoided eye contact at all cost, wore baggier clothes, and tried to hide as much as I can. 

I talked to the guidance counselor and dean of students who urged me to “understand my role” in the situation. She urged me to try and fit in better and to keep from drawing any attention to myself. I felt deflated and still remember the hot tears that stained my cheeks as I walked to my next class after our very productive meeting.

I was fat and that was when I learned that fat people were the people that it was socially acceptable to make fun of. After all, if you didn't want to be bullied then why not lose weight?

My mother, who was a professor of psychology and a researcher at a nearby university, dragged out her soapbox that night at dinner and explained to me the cold, hard truth about living in a large body:

"People will say things to tear you down, because there are no consequences."

If you make fun of the fact that I am a woman, you are labeled a sexist or if you make fun of my Jewish heritage, you are labeled anti-Semitic. Even those that harbor those secret racist or sexist or xenophobic ideals, often keep them to themselves because society self-policies itself. Think of the pizza restaurant in Indiana that shut down after saying it wouldn't cater a gay wedding thanks to the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Or more recently, think of the the Canadian bar that caused a social media firestorm after posting a transphobic image of Caitlyn Jenner.  We call out the people (and their businesses) out who embody those labels and try to abolish these toxic ideals.

There is no label for people who hate fat people. There are no dire consequences for someone who openly mocks a person's size. Thanks to people like supermodel Tess Holliday and actress Melissa McCarthy, we are starting to self-police with toxic body talk. Take this protest from the ladies in London who felt an advertisement displayed in the tube was playing on the body insecurities of men and women, and had a little something to say about it. 

Knowing that society was slowly coming around didn't make me feel any better when I was in the drive-thru at Starbucks and learned that my face was plastered all over the front page of the now-shuttered Reddit page, FatPeopleHate. The irony that I was in the drive-thru was not lost on me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read through every single message that mocked my body, my intelligence, and my man. Photo Credit: Kathryn Richter

The thirteenth most active subreddit has 150,000+ sunscribers, all of whom gathered to mock me. In a matter of minutes, over 150 comments had materialized, with highlights including:

 “She ate a shit ton of food and now she’s a hamplanet. Funeral to be scheduled soon.” (Someone replied to that comment with “I love happy endings”) “Fat insecure cunt.” “Her face is repulsive, her smile is offensive, her body is an unreasonable burden, her personality is a train wreck, and all I can see when I look into her eyes is a try-hard lunatic.”“Lol face lift and still has an udder fat pig” “That is the stuff of nightmares. This ham has crazy eyes too. The only thing more annoying than a big ugly fat girl is a big ugly fat girl who thinks she’s cute. That arm fat tells another story, porky.”“Her face makes me want to punch. Make that fat bully cry.”“What a fat fucking pig beast”“It doesn’t look human”“She’s useful to that guy she’s with until he gets the courage to come out to his family.”

I felt like I couldn't breathe and pulled over my car to read every single comment. The images they took from Instagram had over 30,000 views on Imgur. Their insults ranged from juvenile to pure hatred. 

The hated a woman they didn't know. They hated the woman who parked her car across three lanes of traffic so the baby ducks could cross safely. They hated the woman who worked part time at McDonalds in college to help fund her humanitarian trip to Haiti. They hated the woman that wanted nothing more from the universe then to send as many positive vibes into as she can.

I thought back to that 21-year-old girl who would drive to the Steak N Shake a town over just to cry into a milkshake in her beat-down car and the girl who wore baggy velour tracksuits in high school to hide her body from those eager to criticize it. 

After battling myself for my own happiness, I refused to feel that self-confidence is something you need to earn. I also refuse to believe that someone can tell me what to wear in order to limit their exposure to my body. You don't like my thighs in these awesome printed shorts? Oh well, I don't like your shitty attitude. 

And more importantly, I will never again let someone tell me how to feel about myself. You think I should feel ashamed for being fat? Well, I think you need to quit talking to strangers like you were badly raised. 

This was one of the images posted on the fat shaming site, but it's still my favorite because it was the first time I wore a bikini in public. Want to know the awesome thing about being the only fat girl there, let alone a fat girl in a bikini? Nobody cared. Nobody did double takes or burned me at the stake or revoked my bikini rights. Photo Credit: Kathryn Richter

My Instagram was flooded with comments from people (who were also posting on FatPeopleHate) that they were “just worried for my health” and that I was “allowing people to kill themselves with food” If anyone told me that they were worried for my health, I told them that maybe they should take a look at their emotional health if they feel the need to bait strangers into Onternet fights.

Oh, I'm promoting obesity but you still like the pictures of the thin, bikini-clad girls slathered in tanning oil, effectively frying their skin? Oh, OK… just so we're clear. 

It amazes me what a man will say to a woman that he is not sexually attracted to. Because he despised my body, I had nothing left to offer the world in his eyes.

The go-to criticism for my page was that I was “promoting obesity” but one of the images the mouth-breathing neckbeards decided to post publicly included one of me running a 5k in all my 250+ pound glory. I was mocked for running, but I was also mocked for being fat. I couldn't win, but this wasn't a game that anyone could win.

They were uncomfortable with women they couldn't sexualize and women who dared to call themselves beautiful. They were uncomfortable with women who defined what beauty was for themselves, refusing the narrow standards that so many women fail to achieve. 

The more that I asserted that I didn't need them to validate my own self-confidence, the more irate they became. The Internet mouth-breathers couldn't fathom how I didn't feel that I had to “earn” my bikini body or “earn” my loving-myself-so-hard-its-pouring-out-my-face attitude.

This, more than anything else, was what I wanted for every single person who saw the images I shared or read the words that I wrote to feel for themselves. I wanted them to fall so madly and deeply in love with themselves that they would never believe another negative word that someone had to say about them. I wanted them to never hesitate to smile at a stranger or to wear a bikini. I never wanted them to turn down a chance to dance in public or wear something strapless.

Because of FatPeopleHate, I wanted the entire Reddit community to know that I will never second guess posting a picture of my marvelous body in a bikini because I know that there is a chance that it would end up in the dark depths of the internet, where humanity ceases to exist. 

I will never second guess calling myself beautiful because they feel that I haven't properly earned that label. I will never allow another human being to make me feel inferior because they are uncomfortable with what I have to say. I'll just talk louder. 

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How This Amazing 7-Year-Old Ohio Girl Left a Homophobic Street Preacher 'Deflated'
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
She holds up a rainbow LGBT flag toward the preacher as onlookers begin to approach her and high-five her.

A 7-year-old Ohio girl and her father are garnering fans online after he posted footage of her facing down an anti-LGBT street preacher a day after the Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality.

While the young girl and her family are excited for the attention, her father, Ryan Bowling, told The Raw Story in an interview on Tuesday night, they also find it “heartbreaking” that the encounter is remarkable.

“She’s just decent to people because they are people,” Bowling said. “She treats others fairly, because she wants to be treated fairly. That shouldn’t go viral, it should just be who we are to each other.”

As Towleroad reported, the encounter between the girl, Zea, and the preacher was first captured by photographer Mara Gruber during last Saturday’s Community Festival, also known as Comfest, in Columbus. Bowling said Zea was volunteering at the event.

“A guy started yelling past us, in response to the street preacher, and Zea asked what he was angry about,” he said. “When we told her the man was responding to the preacher, who wasn’t on a microphone yet, she wanted to know what the preacher was saying.”

Bowling said that since Zea was sitting in a wagon with her 2-year-old brother at the time, he moved them closer to the preacher so they could hear his remarks. Her initial reaction, he added, was “confusion, followed by shock as to why he would bother to come to Comfest just to be so mean.”

Bowling and his wife had already informed her about the 5-4 decision a day earlier, he said.

“She has a very keen sense of justice about the whole thing,” Bowling said. “When I told her on Friday, she said, ‘It’s what I’ve wanted for years. Now, if I did want to marry a girl, we could just be ourselves.'”

The brief clip shows the preacher telling Zea, “You can live a life full of His redeeming power. You’d have someone to look after you.”

However, Zea does not engage with his argument, and instead holds up a rainbow LGBT flag toward him as onlookers begin to approach her and high-five her.

“The crowd was passionately on her side, right away, shockingly so. People cried, really. I honestly don’t know that I’ve ever seen that many people looking out for her at one time,” Bowling said of the encounter. “I almost didn’t film it. It was pretty powerful, and I was trying not to be in my phone. Somebody I didn’t know sniffled pretty loudly, and I realized I might be missing something kind of important.”

Bowling posted the footage online on Monday, saying the unidentified preacher “deflated visibly when he saw her coming,” and that he “was much more sodomy, brimstone, and bellowing until she got close to him.”

Zea also drew the attention of a local shirt designer, Zachary Traxler, who made her the centerpiece of a t-shirt celebrating the high court’s ruling.

“I wasn’t really thinking of designing that shirt just to make money off of it,” said Traxler, who also noted that his business has supported pro-marriage equality efforts in the past. “But I was hoping I could design the shirt, get a hold of whoever took the picture, and I quickly learned who the father was.”

Bowling approved the sale of the shirt, which features the text of the Fourteenth Amendment in the background. Traxler said proceeds from sales of the shirt will go directly to Zea.

A portion of the proceeds, Bowling said, will also go toward a charity of the family’s choice. He added that they are still reaching out to local groups they have in mind.

“Zea is clear that she wants it to be used to help LGBT kids have a place that they can be safe,” Bowling said.

Watch footage of the encounter, as posted on Monday, below.

 

[h/t Gawker]

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Rand Paul, Doofus: The Libertarian's Embarrassing "Racial Outreach"
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
Communing with the hero to wingnuts isn’t going to win the Kentucky senator black votes.

Oh Rand Paul. I sometimes want to take you seriously, if only to make clear Democrats don’t have a corner on black votes, and can’t take them for granted. But as long as you’re the chief advocate for African American outreach in the 2016 GOP presidential field, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and the rest of the Democratic field won’t have to worry at all.

On Tuesday the junior senator from Kentucky tweeted:

You can be a minority because of the color of your skin or the shade of your ideology. #StandWithRand pic.twitter.com/a4UZ1VM5tm

— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) June 30, 2015

The day before, Paul met with Cliven Bundy, the welfare rancher who became a hero to wingnuts everywhere last year, especially on Fox News, when he refused to pay $1 million in federal grazing fees.  With the help of armed right-wing militia members like the Oath Keepers and the White Mountain Militia, Bundy got the Bureau of Land Management to back down. But the right’s Bundy worship went a little underground when the rancher, enjoying the limelight, introduced a racist diatribe by saying, “Let me tell you something about the Negro.”

Maybe Paul thought that when Bundy began that way, it made him an expert on black people. But Bundy’s “knowledge” consisted of explaining that the problems of black people began when slavery ended, and they were no longer taught to pick cotton.

We should give Paul credit for consistency: he used that silly line about downtrodden ideological “minorities” when speaking at a historically black college, Bowie State University, earlier this year.

“You can be a minority because of the shade of your skin, or you can be a minority because of the shade of your ideology. You can be a minority because you’re African American or Hispanic, but you can also be a minority because you’re an evangelical Christian,” Paul said told the crowd at Bowie State, which is the nation’s oldest historically black university.

What a doofus.

Paul seems to be comparing facing political debate to enslavement, dispossession, lynching, segregation, employment discrimination and everything else racial minorities suffer.

Meanwhile, Paul wrapped up a visit to Nevada by meeting with Bundy. Paul aides escorted the welfare rancher into a back room, where he met with the 2016 candidate for almost an hour. “I don’t think he really understood how land rights really work in the western United States,” Bundy said. “I was happy to be able to sort of teach him.”

In their private meeting, Paul suggested one solution for welfare ranchers like Bundy was for private groups to buy back grazing lands and turn them over to the states, which would presumably provide free grazing rights to ranchers. “I disagree with that philosophy,” Bundy said he told Paul. “My stand is we are already a sovereign state. The federal government doesn’t need to turn this land back to us. It’s already state land. I don’t claim ownership. I claim rights.”

Bundy told the Associated Press, “In general, I think we’re in tune with one another.”

Paul should be embarrassed. (But so should the AP, which circulated the story about Paul meeting with Bundy without noting the Nevada wingnut’s history of racist commentary.)

Maybe the Kentucky senator’s foray into African American outreach has discouraged him, and he thinks there’s more profit in the gun-toting anti-Obama patriot movement. Or maybe he thinks outreach for the GOP means visiting black colleges, but espousing the same old policies that have driven nine out of 10 black voters to the Democratic Party.

What’s clear is that young Rand Paul seems to be assembling the coalition of his father Ron Paul, which was notably light on black support because Paul himself was kind of a racist, given to Bundy-like musings about black crime and indolence in his newsletters over the years. Communing with Cliven Bundy isn’t going to win Paul black votes, however —  no matter how much he thinks he knows about the Negro.

 

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George Lakoff: Why Pope Francis Killed It on Addressing Climate Change
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
The Pope combines science, morality and politics.

Beginning with my book Moral Politics in 1996 (Ch. 12), I have been arguing that environmental issues are moral issues. There I reviewed and critiqued conservative metaphors of nature as a resource, as property, as an adversary to be conquered.

Instead I argued that we needed to conceptualize nature as the giver of all life, as sustainer and provider, as having inherent value, imposing responsibility, and deserving gratitude, love, adoration, and commitment.

I suggested alternative metaphors of nature as mother, as a divine being, as a living organism, as a home, as a victim to be cared for, and a whole with us as parts inseparable from nature and from each other.

Pope Francis in his Encyclical used all of these and then went much further. First, he got all the science right -- no small task. I have been writing for some time about role of systemic causation in global warming and the environment. The Pope not only got the ecological system effects right, but he went much, much further linking the environmental effects to effects on those most oppressed on earth by poverty, weather disasters, disease, ocean rise, lack of drinking water, the degradation of agriculture, and the essential aesthetic and spiritual contact with unspoiled nature. And more, he spoke of our moral responsibility toward animals.

He spoke in metaphors that might sound strange coming in a scientific or political speech, but somehow seem entirely natural for the Pope.

The title of the encyclical is "On Care for our Common Home." This simple phrase establishes the most important frame right from the start. Using the metaphor of the "Earth as Home," he triggers a frame in which all the people of the world are a family, living in a common home.

This frame carries with it many assumptions: As one family, we should care for each other and take responsibility for each other. A home is something we all depend on, physically and emotionally. A home is something inherently worth maintaining and protecting.

164. "...there has been a growing conviction that our planet is a homeland and that humanity is one people living in a common home."

61. "...our common home is falling into seri­ous disrepair."

13. "Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home."

Pope Francis explicitly states what most progressives implicitly believe but rarely say out loud: "The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all." The "Common Good" frame is about interdependence, shared responsibility and shared benefit.

156. Human ecology is inseparable from the notion of the common good, a central and uni­fying principle of social ethics.

157. Society as a whole, and the state in particular, are obliged to defend and promote the common good.

Critics of Pope Francis have attacked him as having a naïve understanding of the economy, of being anti-technology, or of denying the so-called productive role of self-interest. But he is doing much more, suggesting that business and technology can, and ought to, have moral ends, especially in the face of the looming worldwide disaster of global warming. He is further pointing out, correctly, that the global warming disaster and hugely disastrous other effects were created by the business-technology axis seeking profit above all, without being structured to serve the common good.

129. Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving our world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the areas in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.

54. The alliance between the economy and technology ends up sidelining anything unrelated to its immediate interests.

The Pope of course realizes the challenge. An alternative religion of market fundamentalism has taken hold both in public discourse and in the minds of the public -- so much so that it is hard to imagine a change in time to avert disaster.

108. The idea of promoting a different cultural paradigm and employing technology as a mere instrument is nowadays inconceivable.

Indeed, market fundamentalism has become a kind of alternative religion, with its own idea of what is natural (the primacy of self-interest) and moral (in the conservative version of the Invisible Hand metaphor, if everyone pursues his own profit, the profit of all will be maximized). Pope Francis correctly points out that these metaphors have run wild, "ending up" creating enormous wealth for some, disaster for the many, and the terror of global warming for the earth. In market fundamentalism, there is only "individual responsibility," no common responsibility for the common good. Without such common responsibility, there will be no way to avert the coming disasters of global warming, which has been created by market fundamentalism and will be perpetuated by it, unless it is checked.

In market fundamentalism, wealth is measure of the good: an overall increase in monetary wealth is a moral triumph. But while the industrialization of China has increased the wealth of China's capitalists, of American corporate outsourcers to China, and of the Chinese government, the Chinese have suffered an ecological and social devastation, an overwhelming "cost" -- a cost beyond the measure of money. Just look at the pollution in Beijing and desertification in western China. Via global warming, they are imposing that cost on the world, just as the industrialization of the West has in the past.

Pope Francis extends his view of morality using the commonplace economic metaphor of "Moral Accounting" in which there are debts, costs, people who owe, people who are owed, and an expectation that debts should be paid. He points out that no one makes it on his own, that pre-existing resources, often taken from others and the labor of others, have made life possible for anyone who is economically well-off. We all have debts. We also all have basic rights, e.g., to human dignity. When market fundamentalism shifts the resources of others and fruits of the labor of others to the wealthy, robbing the poor of their right to dignity, the wealthy incur a debt, a moral debt.

30. Our world has a grave social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dig­nity. This debt can be paid partly by an increase in funding to provide clean water and sanitary services among the poor.

51. A true "ecolog­ical debt" exists, particularly between the global north and south, connected to commercial im­balances with effects on the environment, and the disproportionate use of natural resources by certain countries over long periods of time.

159. The Portuguese bishops have called upon us to acknowledge this obligation of jus­tice: "The environment is part of a logic of re­ceptivity. It is on loan to each generation, which must then hand it on to the next."

These are just a few examples of the many metaphors and frames used to powerful effect in this document. They have one thing in common, which they also share with the progressive value system: they are rooted in a worldview based on empathy.

This is Empathy writ large, beyond individual empathy: it is a global empathy for all humanity, all of life -- animals, fish, plants, and Nature, which provides all life. What is absent is the all too common narrow view of religion as about individuals alone, in which THE spiritual issue is whether YOU get into Heaven, and that is a matter of personal responsibility. You are responsible for yourself, not for others, not for all of life and what is life-giving. That narrow view of individual, not social or global responsibility is completely absent from the Pope's message. The message takes morality to the global level, to an ecological spirituality. It is a message especially appropriate for American democracy, which begins with the idea of union, of citizens caring for one another and taking the responsibility working through their government to provide public resources for all, whether for business or personal life, and with freedom and dignity for all as inalienable rights.

The whole Encyclical is well worth reading. It is a remarkable document and one that needs to be taken to heart not just by the world's Catholics, but by the world's full population, now and for many years into the future.

I am an advocate of the separation of church and state. I don't have a Pope. I have never tended to follow the edicts of a Pope just because he was Pope. And I am not doing so here.

It is vital to bear in mind that this Encyclical is not just a matter of church doctrine. All policy within the political domain is a matter of morality. Every politician who proposes a policy does so on the basis that it is right, not wrong or morally irrelevant. This Encyclical is overtly about politics and the role a global morality needs to play in politics.

I have long argued that global warming is the moral issue of our time. President Obama has said the same. I am thrilled that Pope Francis, spiritual and moral leader of 1.2 billion Catholics, has not just agreed, but has gone so much further, and that he has framed the issue so powerfully, often in language that flows most easily and readily from a Pope, and yet makes so much moral sense, whether you are Catholic or not, religious or not.

Moral questions are not the same as practical questions. But the fate of the earth in the face of global warming is so practical a question that it becomes a moral one. That is the lens through which to read the Pope's Encyclical.

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Republicans Need to Find a New Culture War to Fight
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
Old battlegrounds like gay rights are becoming much less controversial, even among conservatives.

While Antonin Scalia's dissents in last week's two blockbuster cases were full of his usual colorful bombast (I can't wait to respond to a line of baloney someone gives me with "That, sir, is pure applesauce!"), there was one line that stuck out for me. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the gay marriage case, Scalia aimed his withering contempt at Anthony Kennedy's assertion in the majority opinion that two people can find "other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality" in the bond of marriage. "Really?" Scalia wrote. "Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality (whatever that means) were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie."

And while you're at it, tell those flapper dames to stop showing so much ankle! One can't help but wonder where Scalia is encountering hippies these days, since, as he may or may not be aware, it's 2015.

All of us are to at least some degree stuck in the world that existed when we were coming of age, whether it's the music that we love or the conflicts that shaped our perspective on the world. Antonin Scalia isn't quite a child of the '60s—he was 33 years old when all those longhairs and their tantalizingly open-minded girlfriends descended on Woodstock in 1969—but like millions of his ideological compatriots, his outlook seems to be locked in that tumultuous era when the hippies and the squares faced off across the cultural divide.

You don't have to look far to find the Republican baby boomers who still rule the party and the wider conservative movement, whether it's the politicians who lead it in Congress or the media figures like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh who man conservatism's battlements. Even if the current GOP presidential field has a healthy complement of Gen X-ers (four of the candidates are in their 40s), it's a party that in many ways is still caught in the conflicts of the '60s, holding the line for the forces of responsibility and uprightness against the unruly advocates of freethinking. The problem Republicans face is that while culture war politics worked in their favor for decades, shaking your fist at hippies is now about the last thing likely to get you to a governing majority.

Of course, there are many ways to think of the culture war—any issue that gets to the heart of people's identity and serves to define the borders between "us" and "them" can be considered part of it. But that doesn't include everything. A few years back, Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, attempted to convince Americans that the old culture war was dead, and the new culture war would be over economics. It was a fundamentally silly idea and it never caught on, but the culture war nevertheless has many faces.

And despite the hopes of some conservatives that Obergefell v. Hodges will be the next Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that doesn't settle the issue but lets it continue to burn on essentially forever, I'm pretty certain they'll be disappointed. It isn't just that public opinion has shifted dramatically on gay marriage, while opinions on abortion have been essentially unchanged for 40 years. More important, the right's arguments on gay marriage are based on absurd predictions about the future that even conservatives themselves realize won't arrive. Gay people in places like Iowa have been getting married for years, and society has remained intact. Even now that they're doing it in Texas and Alabama, the effect on straight people's marriages will be...nothing much. The need to do something about gay marriage will begin to seem less and less urgent to Republicans, especially given what a political loser the issue is for them.

You can already see it in the way the Republican presidential candidates reacted to the Supreme Court's decision—most of them made boilerplate comments about "judicial restraint," but only the fringe candidates showed any passion about it. "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch," said Mike Huckabee, while Rick Santorumsaid that Justice Kennedy was singlehandedly "potentially disrupting the foundation of the world" (so if you're a hostile alien species considering an attack on Planet Earth, this might be a good time).

The very fact that those culture warrior candidates are indeed so far on the fringe shows that this is a time of transition for Republicans and for the culture war itself. Yes, conservative radio hosts will still lament the descent of America toward its appallingly libertine future, where before you know it, it will be legal for a man to marry his dog and a fish to marry a toaster. And while there are other battles to fight on the issue of gay rights, like discrimination in housing and unemployment, it will likely move away from the culture war's white-hot center.

But other issues will replace it, issues like immigration. As always, older conservatives will decry the changes to American society wrought by those who don't look like them or think like them, and liberals will tell them to embrace social change or be left behind. The culture war will never be over, because society will always change, and there will always be those who want to keep things as they are—or as they were, back in their day.

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Um, Now Can We Have a Girl's Coming of Age Film?
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
In these reawakening movies, it's always about the boy.

Oh boys. You've been in the spotlight for such a long time, it's little wonder that you are loathe to give it up. The coming of age story for young men has been a cinematic staple for decades. Long before Rushmore's Max Fischer, there was Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate and Bud Cort in Harold and Maude. But what was once charming and sweetly endearing has curdled into something kind of gross.

Perhaps it's because male crisis movies now extend far beyond the teen years into the mid-thirties and beyond. So many films ferret out every possible nuance of the male breakdown. They all seem to star Paul Rudd.

The now familiar recipe is this: ennui or enervation with the current mode of life (be it work, relationships, or life's purpose), a tiny bout of escape, followed by reinstatement of a new edition of the old order.

Two of the most recent examples of men-in-crisis film are Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Ben's At Home. One is a Sundance darling, winner of the Grand Jury Prize, and the other is a low-budget Canadian indie. Superficially, they don't look the same. One has stars, a showy cinematographer, and a big old budget, while the other was shot in Toronto for apparently five dollars and all the catering you can eat. What they do have in common is the license given to the male lead to suck up all the attention, no matter what is happening around him.

In the case of Me and Earl, this is particularly problematic. The ''Dying Girl'' at the tail end of the film's title and the middle of the story is one Rachel Kushner (Olivia Cooke). Diagnosed with leukemia at the beginning of the film, her struggle is only the catalyst for a callow young man to find himself. That young man is Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann), a Herzog-quoting would-be Cineaste, who hides his insecurity and self-loathing beneath layers of humour and diffidence.

Greg's only friend is Earl (Ronald Cyler II) a tough black kid from the rough side of town. The boys are in the business of making bad rip-offs of famous films. And thus, the film references fly thick and fast. Herzog's Burden of Dreams gets plenty of attention, as does Truffaut's The 400 Blows. The boys aim to rework famous films (beginning with their titles) into ridiculous jokes. A Clockwork Orange becomes A Sockwork Orange, and so on and so on. If this recalls Max Fischer with his reworking of Scarface as a high school stage production, or even Michel Gondry'sBe Kind Rewind, in which Jack Black and Mos Def reinvent Ghostbusters with gaffers' tape -- that is only natural.

Greg navigates high school by hiding out in the teachers' lounge, watching Powell and Pressburger films and carefully avoiding standing out. His system of maintaining cordial diplomatic relations with every school clique (jocks, stoners, goths) has worked very well thus far. But the result is that his only true friendship, one he refuses to even grace with the word, is his partnership with Earl. All of that changes, however, when his mother forces him to spend time with the dying Rachel. What begins inauspiciously soon blossoms into something genuine, transformative and life changing.

Or does it?

The film would have you believe it is so, but there is something missing, a certain madness that singes the eyebrows and opens up the sinuses. Truth, intent, that ineffable thing that separates art from more commercial endeavours, whatever you wish to call it, its distinctive cordite scent is absent though it may take you a while to notice.

Full Hallmark

There is a lot of stuff cluttering up the view -- high school cliques, horrifying parents, the films of the Nouvelle Vague, and lots and lots of Brian Eno songs. Eno's music (especially The Big Ship) is used throughout to terrific effect. The film is well put together, with flowery bits of cinematography, and the kind of Wes Anderson-inspired whimsy that has pervaded every self-conscious, self-regarding, irony-loving, fourth-wall-breaking hero's tale since Rushmore.

Even if there isn't a great deal that is original here, the magpie borrowings are so slickly packaged that it almost feels new. All the twee details -- chapter titles helpfully inscribing the action, a running calendar counting down the days of the doomed friendship, or a tatted up history teacher shouting ''Respect the research!'' at his students -- eventually feel as if they have all been carefully considered, weighed and measured for their relative impact. The television experience of director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (he helmed multiple episodes of Glee and American Horror Story) perhaps accounts for this slickness. But it undermines any real emotion. Your cue to have 'feels,' as the kids say, might as well be handed to you on helpful intertitles.

Even the performances of stalwarts like Molly Shannon, who plays Rachel's mother, and Nick Offerman and Connie Britton as Greg's parents do little more than add some thespy colour. (Mr. Offerman may want to decline the next indie film that comes his way; he's already been in seemingly hundreds of the damn things, playing a variant of the tough-talking paternal character familiar to audiences from Parks and Recreation. Here, he is reduced to playing a washed-up academic, wandering about in a bathrobe, clutching a cat.)

As the film trots along, charting the course of Greg's growth and Rachel's decline, it is easy to be buoyed along by pop songs and boyish folly. To be fair, there are a few elements that seem almost interesting, in particular the presence of Earl, whose blunt and practical pronouncements feel like they were being issued almost from another film.

Earl's story, a cinema-loving black kid from the mean streets of Pittsburgh, is a film I would actually like to see. But no such luck -- it's the wiener white boy and his precious film project that gets most all the attention. Even Rachel's experience of sickness and death is only a conduit to the more central narrative of Greg growing up. The inclusion of other film references, especially Truffaut's masterpiece, only serve to point out the vapidity and hollowness at the centre of Dying Girl. Like a hipster's watch cap and beard, the trappings of authenticity are borrowed from places where they had genuine meaning. In repurposing them for fashion, the song remains the same, but the spirit is missing. The film overplays its hand and by the end, all the indie cred it worked so hard to establish has gone full Hallmark.

I am certainly not the first person to point this out. The film has come under some fire for its insistence on favouring the white boy story. If this was an isolated incident, no biggie. But the predominance of men in indie films is a bit startling. Sundance, in particular, loves its boy stories. The success of Whiplash, The Spectacular Now, or The Kings of Summer, all came barrelling out of the festival trailing accolades and critical froth. These films share some common characteristics other than just the presence of actor Miles Teller. They insist that there is only one important narrative experience.

Girls and people of colour can support the action but they are not the stars of the show.

'Ben's at Home'

For a homegrown example of what I'm talking about, we have Ben's At Home. It feels unkind to pick on Canadian indie films. Really, they can use all the help they can get. To be fair, Ben's At Home does what it can with very little, namely a modest set and actors who look like they just made the leap from CBC Kids shows.

The premise is simple. A young film critic named Ben, recently been dumped by his long-time girlfriend, is attempting an emotional recovery. Your typical everyman character, Ben possesses a good head of hair and a pop-eyed face that is neither too handsome nor too hideous. After a chance encounter with his ex at a bar, followed by a fight with a close friend, Ben holes up in his apartment, determined to prove that he can commit to something, even if that thing is never leaving his apartment.

If the film has chosen to take more precise aim at the solitary life afforded by the contemporary conveniences of the internet, things could have gotten interesting. The modern day shut-in can work, eat, play and love, all within the confines and comfort of their own four walls. There isn't even much of a social stigma anymore to living in isolation. At first Ben has a swell old time, playing video games, ordering takeout and rolling around on the couch with various women that he orders up from OkCupid. It looks easy and quite pleasant.

The only pressing issue is a friend's upcoming wedding. Will Ben honour his self-imposed isolation or will he show up for his best friend's wedding? If you find yourself, thinking, ''White people problems,'' you're not wrong. There is not much at stake here.

Perfect girl for a boy

At barely 70 minutes, the film has little to do but sketch out the plot parameters and then introduce an element of change. In this case, it is a woman named Jess who delivers food to Ben's apartment and has the generosity to sleep with him after only a few random encounters. Jess is one of those perfect women. She likes wrestling, she laughs at all of Ben's jokes, and she comes with food. This is where things went wrong for me.

Ben is initially presented as a cute, funny, self-deprecating bro, whose hangdog looks and puppy dog eyes are supposed to be sweetly charming. But there is something ugly underneath his blandness. You see it especially in a scene where an online date goes terribly awry. The girl he thinks he is ordering up (like a pizza) is not the one who arrives. Unlike the previous women, who all giggle at his David Attenborough imitation, then compliantly have sex with him, this female is large, aggressive, and loud. His horror at being propositioned by such a woman is supposed to be shared by the audience, I believe. The scene is cheap and mean-spirited, and any residual sympathy that one might have had for Ben flies out the door. Ben is kind of a dick. And once that realization is clear, who cares whether he gets the girl or leaves his apartment?

By the end of the film, I'd had more than enough of Ben and his silly search for self-actualization. I wanted to know more about the crazy Polish woman who made Ben recoil like a timid little boy. Her grandfather invented foosball and she swears like a demented stevedore. She seems very interesting!

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What Happened When I Experienced Sex With "All 5 Senses" at the Museum of Sex
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
The newest installation at the Museum of Sex provides a full-body experience.

It’s always a good sign when a museum exhibit gets you down on your knees and fogs up your glasses.

In 2014, the Museum of Sex introduced its Kinesthesia Artist Commission Series, an annual event in which an artist, designer or innovator is awarded for the creation of a physically engaging exhibit. This year, the commission went to Studio Droog, an Amsterdam-based design company, for its installation of Splendor in the Grass.

The exhibit, also dubbed “an erotic campground,” consists of five multisensory tents. The designers even threw in a few log seats and faux campfire to set the mood. When explaining their inspiration for the exhibit, Droog writes, “Most people – and in particular city-dwellers – live an encapsulated life. While camping we can play at being out in the wild, in nature, which is often a sexually liberating context.”

When stepping inside, visitors are met by a set of individuals dressed in what I could only describe as scout uniforms. These guys were there to help guests navigate around the exhibit, telling us where to go, what to do. Eventually, I was pointed to a tent titled “Autoerotic Kinesthesia.”

The designers describe this one as “a mirrored kaleidoscope of self-lust.” Visitors were instructed to step into the tent individually, where the strategically placed mirrors lined the floor, walls and ceilings. When I stepped in, I was confronted with what seemed like a hundred different images of myself. It’s a strange experience, but having a moment to yourself, or rather, a moment with the many different versions of yourself, forces some introspection. It’s just you and your body; dynamic, flawed, and entirely your own. Luckily, I wasn't wearing a skirt. Sense stimulated: sight.

Next up was the “Grass Girl Arouses.” This is one of two tents that get you down on all fours. The figure of the grass girl is set far back in the tent, and as I got down on my knees and reached towards the statue I realized this tent forces museumgoers to become almost as much a spectacle as the installation itself. A soft voice beckoned me to come closer. I obeyed, leaning further in and positioning my backside higher up in the air. I was in the middle of a New York City exhibit, presenting myself to a room full of invited guests, and all I could think about was getting my hands on this grassy figure. Eventually, she "told" me to touch her, and my arm finally landed on the textured body. There was a lot to touch, but the glowing red nipple served as my first stop. Senses stimulated: sight, sound, touch.

The following tent was titled “Pneumatic Kinesthesia” Again, I was told to get down on my hands and knees. Luckily, I got to go in with a friend for this one. As we crawled through the tent, we were instructed to put our hands on various sensors. When we did, a series of erotic images were projected onto the tent walls. Soon we found ourselves surrounded by stick figures engaging in some highly ambitious positions. As per instructed, we tried to mimic what we saw. And though we ended up a tangled mess on the floor, we walked out fully amused, only slightly embarrassed, and a little turned on. Senses stimulated: sight, touch.

The “Wetten Your Appetite” station was next. The tent (a crowd favorite) is described as “a cloud chamber of scent and steam.” It was dark, illuminated only by a red blinking light. It’s a little disorienting, but that’s the point. As you walk through the balmy chamber, you can’t help but crash into your padded surroundings. And as you feel around, you start recognizing some choice areas of the body hidden within the black latex walls. A breast, a nipple, what I can only assume was an ass, maybe a stomach... Senses stimulated: smell, taste, touch.

The last stop was “The Ice Oven Challenge.” The outside of this tent is decorated with plastic icicles. A heartbeat sounds in the distance. As you walk further into the station, that sound gets louder, the temperature rises and you find yourself a bit more relaxed than when you first stepped in. The parallels to sex aren’t hard to deconstruct. Senses stimulated: sound, thermoception.

When we think of museums, we usually think about paintings on the wall. And when we think about the museum-going experience, we sometimes think bright lights, long lines and tired legs. Splendor in the Grass helps reminds us that art can be just as interactive as it is aesthetic, and sex just as personal as it is partnered. As I told Mark Snyder, Director of Exhibitions, walking through the exhibit felt like spending a day at the Children’s Museum, but with a slightly dirty twist.

Splendor in the Grass was opened to the public June 25th. It is expected to run for one year. 

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Why I Am Glad I Am Leaving America
  Source: AlterNet.org Main RSS Feed 2015-07-02 04:00:17 (2 hours ago) 
America's racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict.

For the past couple of years the summers, like hurricanes, have had names. Not single names like Katrina or Floyd – but full names like Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown. Like hurricanes, their arrival was both predictable and predicted, and yet somehow, when they landed, the effect was still shocking.

We do not yet know the name that will be attached to this particular season. He is still out there, playing Call of Duty, finding a way to feed his family or working to pay off his student loans. He (and it probably will be a he) has no idea that his days are numbered; and we have no idea what the number of those days will be.

The precise alchemy that makes one particular death politically totemic while others go unmourned beyond their families and communities is not quite clear. Video helps, but is not essential. Some footage of cops rolling up like death squads and effectively executing people who posed no real threat has barely pricked the popular imagination. When the authorities fail to heed community outrage, or substantively investigate, let alone discipline, the police, the situation can become explosive. An underlying, ongoing tension between authorities and those being policed has been a factor in some cases. So, we do not know quite why his death will capture the political imagination in a way that others will not.

But we do know, with gruesome certainty, that his number will come up – that one day he will be slain in cold blood by a policeman (once again it probably will be a man) who is supposed to protect him and his community. We know this because it is statistically inevitable and has historical precedent. We know this because we have seen it happen again and again. We know this because this is not just how America works; it is how America was built. Like a hurricane, we know it is coming – we just do not yet know where or when or how much damage it will do.

Summer is riot season. It’s when Watts, Newark and Detroit erupted in violence in the 1960s, sparked by callous policing. It’s when school is out, pool parties are on and domestic life, particularly in urban centres, is turned inside-out: from the living room to the stoop, from the couch to the street. It’s when tempers get short and resentments bubble up like molten asphalt. It’s when, to paraphrase Langston Hughes, deferred dreams explode.

This is not my desire; it is my prediction. You can feel it building with every new Facebook post, viral video and Twitter storm. You can hear it from conversations with strangers at post offices, liquor stores and coffee shops. It is an unpleasant prediction to make because, ultimately, these riots highlight a problem they cannot, in themselves, solve; and it is an easy one to make because, as one bystander in Baltimore put it when disturbances flared there earlier this year: “You can only put so much into a pressure cooker before it pop.”

This is the summer I will leave America, after 12 years as a foreign correspondent, and return to London. My decision to come back to Britain was prompted by banal, personal factors that have nothing to do with current events; if my aim was to escape aggressive policing and racial disadvantage, I would not be heading to Hackney.

But while the events of the last few years did not prompt the decision to come back, they do make me relieved that the decision had already been made. It is why I have not once had second thoughts.If I had to pick a summer to leave, this would be the one. Another season of black parents grieving, police chiefs explaining and clueless anchors opining. Another season when America has to be reminded that black lives matter because black deaths at the hands of the state have been accepted as routine for so long. A summer ripe for rage.

* * *

I arrived in New York just a few months before the Iraq war. Americans seemed either angry at the rest of the world, angry at each other, or both. The top five books on the New York Times bestseller list the month I started were: Bush at War (Bob Woodward’s hagiographic account of the post-9/11 White House); The Right Man (Bush’s former speechwriter relives his first year in the White House); Portrait of a Killer (Patricia Cornwell on Jack the Ripper); The Savage Nation (a rightwing radio talkshow host saves America from “the liberal assault on our borders, language and culture”); and Leadership (Republican former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s post 9/11 victory lap).

There has barely been a quiet moment since. First there was the jingoism of the Iraq war, then the re-election of George W Bush in 2004, Hurricane Katrina, disillusionment with the Iraq war, the “Minutemen” anti-immigration vigilantes, the huge pro-immigrant “¡Sí se puede!” protests, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, the economic crash, Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party, Obama’s reelection and the current rise in anti-racist activism. Being a foreigner made all these phenomena intriguing. Politically and morally, I picked sides. But, when reporting, it was more like anthropology. I saw it as my mission to try and understand the US: why did poor white people vote against their economic interests? How did the descendants of immigrants become xenophobic? Why were people disappointed in Obama when he had promised so little? The search for the answer was illuminating, even when I never found it or didn’t like it.

But the cultural distance I enjoyed as a Briton in a foreign country felt like a blended veneer of invincibility and invisibility. I thought of myself less as a participant than an onlooker. While reporting from rural Mississippi in 2003, I stopped to ask directions at the house of an old white couple, and they threatened to shoot me. I thought this was funny. I got back into my car sharpish and drove off – but I never once thought they would actually shoot me. How crazy would that be? When I got home, I told my wife and brother-in-law, who are African American. Their parents grew up in the South under segregation; even today, my mother-in-law wouldn’t stop her car in Mississippi for anything but petrol. They didn’t think it was funny at all: what on earth did I think I was doing, stopping to ask old white folk in rural Mississippi for directions?

Yet, somewhere along the way, I became invested. That was partly about time: as I came to know people – rather than just interviewing them – I came to relate to the issues more intimately. When someone close to you struggles with chronic pain because they have no healthcare, has their kitchen window pierced by gunfire or cannot pay a visit to their home country because they are undocumented, your relationship to issues like health reform, gun control or immigration is transformed. Not because your views change but because knowing and understanding something simply does not provide the same intensity as having it in your life.

But my investment was primarily about circumstances. On the weekend in 2007 that Barack Obama declared his presidential candidacy, our son was born. Six years later, we had a daughter. For the most part I have kept my English accent. But my language relating to children is reflexively American: diapers, strollers, pacifiers, recess, candy and long pants. I have only ever been a parent here – a role for which my own upbringing in England provides no real reference point. One summer evening, a couple years after we moved to Chicago, our daughter was struggling to settle down and so my wife decided to take a short walk to the local supermarket to bob her to sleep in the carrier. On the way back there was shooting in the street and she had to seek shelter in a local barbershop. When the snow finally melted this year one discarded gun was found in the alley behind our local park and another showed up in the alley behind my son’s school. My days of being an onlooker were over. I was dealing with daycare, summer camps, schools, doctor’s visits, parks and other parents. The day we brought my son home, an article in the New York Times pointed out that in America “a black male who drops out of high school is 60 times more likely to find himself in prison than one with a bachelor’s degree”. Previously, I’d have found that interesting and troubling. Now it was personal. I had skin in the game. Black skin in a game where the odds are stacked against it.

* * *

Obama’s ascent, I was told by many and frequently during his campaign, would change these odds. Whenever I asked “How?” no one could say exactly. But his very presence, they insisted, would provide a marker for my son and all who look like him. I never believed that. First of all, one person cannot undo centuries of discrimination, no matter how much nominal power they have. Second, given the institutions into which Obama would be embedded – namely the Democratic party and the presidency – there would only ever be so much he could or would do. He was aspiring to sit atop a system awash with corporate donations in which congressional seats are openly gerrymandered and 41% of the upper chamber can block almost anything. He was the most progressive candidate viable for the presidency, which says a great deal, given the alternatives, but means very little, given what would be needed to significantly shift the dial on such issues as race and inequality.

Pointing this out amid the hoopla of his candidacy made you sound like Eeyore. I was delighted when he won. But somehow I could never be quite as delighted as some people felt I should have been. When Obama beat Hillary Clinton in the South Carolina Democratic primary – in the first southern state to secede from the union, which sparked the civil war, where the Confederate flag still flies above the state capitol and a white supremacist recently gunned down nine parishioners at a black church – the crowds chanted “Race Doesn’t Matter”. (An odd rallying cry, since it was precisely because he was a black candidate that they were shouting it; it’s not like Hillary’s crowd would have shouted the same thing if she had won.)

The symbolic advantages of Obama’s election were clear. For two years I pushed my son around in his stroller surrounded by a picture of a black man framed by the words “Hope” and “Change”. A year or so after Obama came to office, my son had a playdate with a four-year-old white friend who looked up from his Thomas the Tank Engine and told my son: “You’re black.” It was a reasonable thing for a child of that age to point out – he was noticing difference, not race. But when my son looked at me for a cue, I now had a new arrow in my quiver to deflect any potential awkwardness. “That’s right,” I said. “Just like the president.”

But the substantial benefits were elusive. Obama inherited an economic crisis that hurt African Americans more than any other community. The discrepancy between black and white employment and wealth grew during his first few years and has barely narrowed since. In 2010, I used this anecdote in a column by way of pointing out the limited symbolic value of having a black president. “True, it is something,”I wrote. “But when Thomas is safely back in the station and the moment is over, it is not very much. Because for all the white noise emanating from the Tea Party movement, it has been black Americans who have suffered most since Obama took office. Over the last 14 months the gap between my son’s life chances and his friend’s have been widening.”

This last statement was as undeniably true as it was apparently controversial. I had not claimed that my son was likely to do badly, simply that his odds for success were far worse than the kid he was playing with, and that they were further deteriorating. A study in 2014 found that a black college student has the same chances of getting a job as a white high-school dropout. “As the recession has dragged on,” the New York Times pointed out just a couple months before my son’s playdate, the disparity between black and white unemployment “has been even more pronounced for those with college degrees, compared with those without. Education, it seems, does not level the playing field – in fact, it appears to have made it more uneven.” But insisting that racism would have a material effect on my son’s life ruffled some readers’ feathers.

“Nonsense,” wrote one commenter. “Your middle-class status means his future will have more in common with his white friends than any poor black kid.” Another – a Guardian contributor, no less – also chimed in: “For you to claim shared victimhood on skin colour alone is highly disingenuous. Your son is highly likely to do OK, to say the least. He has most of the advantages in the world.”

Such responses betrayed complete ignorance about the lived experience of race in a country as segregated as the United States. Class does makes a big difference, of course: this is America. We have healthcare, jobs, university educations and a car; we live in a community with reasonable schools, supermarkets and restaurants. In short, we have resources and therefore we have options.

We do not, however, have the option not to be black. And in this time and this place that is no minor factor. That is not “claiming shared victimhood”, it is recognising a fact of life. Class offers a range of privileges; but it is not a sealant that protects you from everything else. If it was, rich women would never get raped and wealthy gay couples could marry all around the world.

To even try to have the kind of gilded black life to which these detractors alluded, we would have to do far more than just revel in our bank accounts and leverage our cultural capital. We would have to live in an area with few other black people, since black neighbourhoods are policed with insufficient respect for life or liberty; send our children to a school with few other black students, since majority-black schools are underfunded; tell them not to wear anything that would associate them with black culture, since doing so would make them more vulnerable to profiling; tell them not to mix with other black children, since they are likely to live in the very areas and go to the very schools from which we would be trying to escape; and not let the children go out after dark, since being young and black after sunset makes the police suspect that you have done or are about to do something.

The list could go on. None of this self-loathing behaviour would provide any guarantees, of course. Racism does what it says on the packet; it discriminates against people on the grounds of race. It can be as arbitrary in its choice of victim as it is systemic in its execution. And while it never works alone (but in concert with class, gender and a host of other rogue characters), it can operate independently. No one is going to be checking my bank account or professional status when they are looking at my kids.

Trayvon Martin was walking through a gated community when George Zimmerman pegged him for a thug and shot him dead. Clementa Pinckney, a South Carolina state senator, was in one of Charleston’s most impressive churches when Dylann Roof murdered him and eight others.

I have not only never met an African American who thought they could buy themselves the advantages of a white American; I have yet to meet one who thinks they can even buy themselves out of the disadvantages of being black. All you can do is limit the odds. And when one in three black boys born in 2001 is destined for the prison system, those odds are pretty bad. Having a black man in the White House has not changed that.

* * *

Most days, the park closest to us looks like Sesame Street. White, black and Vietnamese American kids climbing, swinging and sliding. Occasionally, particularly late on weekday afternoons, teenagers show up. Like adolescents the western world over, they are bored, broke, horny and lost. They don’t want to stay at home, but can’t afford to be anywhere that costs money, and so they come to the public space most approximate to their needs, where they squeeze into swings that are meant for smaller kids and joke, flirt and banter. Very occasionally they swear and get a little rowdy – but nothing that an adult could not deal with by simply asking them to keep the language down because there are little kids around. Oh, and in this park the teenagers are usually black.

Their presence certainly changes the mood. But the only time it ever really gets tense is when the police come. The better police chat with them, the worse ones interrogate them. Either way, the presence of armed, uniformed people in this children’s space is both unsettling and unnecessary. The smaller kids and those new to the park imagine something seriously wrong must have happened for the police to be there; the older ones (by which I mean those aged seven and over), and those who are already familiar with the drill just shrug: the cops are in our park again. It is difficult to tell which response is worse.

Once, when some adolescents were hanging out relatively quietly one afternoon, I struck up a conversation with a white woman. Her son was roughly the same age as mine, we both lived nearby and neither of our kids would have to cross a road to get to the park. We were discussing at what age we thought it would be appropriate to let our boys come by themselves. “The thing is, you just don’t know if it’s going to be quiet or if the junior gangbangers are going to be hanging around,” she said, gesturing to the youths on the swings.

I was stunned. Whenever I have written about police killings at least one reader reminds me that black people are most likely to be killed by black people. This is both true and irrelevant. First, because all Americans are overwhelmingly likely to be killed by assailants of their own race, so what some brand “black-on-black crime” should, more accurately, just be called crime. But also because black people are not, by dint of their melanin content, entrusted to protect and serve the public. The police are. Over the last decade I have reported from many impoverished neighbourhoods, populated by all races, where I have felt unsafe. That hasn’t made me fear black people or any other racial group; it has just made me loathe poverty and gun culture in general, since it is that toxic combination that both drives the crime and makes it lethal.

This woman and I were looking at the same kids but seeing quite different things.

“What makes you think they’re going to become gangbangers?” I asked. She shrugged. The conversation pretty much dried up after that.

There is a section of white society – a broad section that includes affable mothers who will speak to black strangers like me in the park – who understand black kids as an inherent threat. Beyond the segregated ghettos where few white people venture, the presence of black youth apparently marks not just the potential for trouble but the arrival of it. When George Zimmerman saw Trayvon Martin, he didn’t see a 17-year-old boy walking home from the store. He saw someone “real suspicious”, “up to no good”, whom he assumed bore some responsibility for recent burglaries.

“Fucking punks,” he told the police, referring to Trayvon. “These assholes, they always get away.”

Indeed black children are often not even regarded as children at all. In Goose Creek, South Carolina, police demanded DNA samples from two middle school students after they were mistaken for a 32-year-old suspect. After the killing of Tamir Rice – the 12-year-old shot dead by police in Cleveland after someone reported him brandishing what they assumed was a “probably fake” gun – a police spokesman said it was his own fault. “Tamir Rice is in the wrong,” he said. “He’s menacing. He’s 5ft 7in, 191 pounds. He wasn’t that little kid you’re seeing in pictures. He’s a 12-year-old in an adult body.” When testifying before the grand jury into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Darren Wilson described his assailant more like an animal than a 18-year-old: “He looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.” Even after Wilson shot Brown he continued to depict him as both physically superhuman and emotionally subhuman. “He was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting him. And the face that he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way.”

The evidence is not merely anecdotal. A study last year published in the American Psychological Association’s online Journal of Personality and Social Psychology revealed that white Americans overestimated the age of black boys over the age of 10 by an average of four and a half years; white respondents also assumed that black children were more culpable than whites or Latinos, particularly when the boys were matched with serious crimes. “Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics such as innocence and the need for protection,” wrote Phillip Atiba Goff PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles.“Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent.” My son is tall for his age; these are the things you worry about.

It wasn’t long before my wife and I began to notice the degree to which some white adults felt entitled to shout at black children – be it in the street, or on school trips – for infractions either minor or imagined.

Last summer, on the afternoon I arrived home from reporting on the disturbances after Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, there was a barbecue and music at the local park. I took the kids. The park has a water feature that shoots wet jets from the ground and sprays kids in fountains from all sides as they paddle around. The younger ones peel down to their underwear while the older ones just pile in whatever they have on. It was a scorching day and my son and several other kids were having a water fight – a tame affair with very little collateral damage for those not involved beyond the odd sprinkling. At one stage, while in hot pursuit of his main rival, my son splashed a woman on her leg. She yelled at him as though he’d hit her with a brick.

I’d seen the whole thing and ran over.

“What’s the problem?” I said.

“Look. He’s covered me in water,” she shouted.

I looked. She was barely wet. But even if he had …

“You’re standing in a children’s park, on a hot day, next to a water feature,” I said. “Deal with it. Just stop shouting at him.”

“Don’t you tell me what to do,” she barked.

“Now you’re shouting at me,” I said. “Just stop it.”

“Who the hell are you?” she yelled.

“I’m his dad that’s who.”

“You’re nobody, that’s who you are,” she bellowed. “Nobody.”

* * *

One of the first stories I covered on my arrival was the funeral of Mamie Till Mobley, the 81-year-old mother of the late Emmett Till. In 1955 Mamie sent her 14-year-old son, Emmett, from Chicago to rural Mississippi to spend his summer holiday with family. She packed him off with a warning: “If you have to get on your knees and bow when a white person goes past,” she told him, “do it willingly.”

Emmett didn’t follow her advice. While in the small town of Money, in the Delta region, he either said “Bye, baby” or wolf-whistled at a white woman in a grocery store. Three days later his body was fished out of the Tallahatchie river with a bullet in his skull, an eye gouged out and his forehead crushed on one side.

Raising a black child in a racist society poses a very particular set of challenges. On the one hand, you want them to be proud and confident of who they are. On the other, you have to teach them that they are vulnerable precisely because of who they are, in the knowledge that awareness of that vulnerability just might save their life. We are trying to raise self-confident children for long lives, not hashtags for slaughter.

Explaining the complex historical and social forces that make such a dance necessary is not easy at the best of times. Making them comprehensible to a child is nigh impossible without gross simplifications and cutting corners. Once, during our 10-minute walk to daycare, my son asked if we could take another route. “Why?” I asked.

“Because that way they stop all the black boys,” he said.

He was right. Roughly twice a week we would pass young black men being frisked or arrested, usually on the way home. He was also four, and until that point I was not aware that he had even noticed. I tried to make him feel safe.

“Well don’t worry. You’re with me and they’re not going to stop us,” I told him.

“Why not?” he asked.

“Because we haven’t done anything,” I said.

“What have they done?” he asked.

He had me. From then on we took another route.

When I interviewed Maya Angelou in 2002, she told me that the September 11 attacks of the previous year were understood differently by African Americans. “Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America,” she said. “But black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years.” It is that state of terror that has been laid bare these last few years.

The American polity and media episodically “discovers” this daily reality in much the same way that teenagers discover sex – urgently, earnestly, voraciously and carelessly, with great self-indulgence but precious little self-awareness. They have always been aware of it but somehow when confronted with it, it nonetheless takes them by surprise.

The week I arrived, in December 2002, the Senate minority leader, Mississippi Republican Trent Lott, resigned from his leadership position after he said in a speech that America would have been a better place had the segregationist Strom Thurmond won the presidency in 1948. The mainstream media saw nothing outrageous in this – as if it was just the kind of thing a conservative southern senator might say. It took bloggers to make it a story. As I write, some southern states are debating whether to keep the Confederate flag flying on state grounds in various guises – as though it took nine people dying on their doorstep to understand its racist connotations.

It is as though the centuries-old narrative of racial inequality is too tiresome to acknowledge, except as a footnote, until it appears in dramatic fashion, as it did after Hurricane Katrina or the protests in Ferguson. At that point the bored become suddenly scandalised. In a nation that prides itself on always moving forward, the notion that they are “still dealing with this” feels like an affront to the national character. That’s why Obama’s candidacy had such a simple and uplifting appeal to so many Americans. As the radical academic and 1970s icon Angela Davis explained to me in 2007, it represented “a model of diversity as the difference that makes no difference, the change that brings about no change”.

This most recent episode of racial awakening has lasted longer than most. For the last couple of years the brutal banality of daily life for some people in this country has become visible and undeniable to those who have no immediate connection to it. But nothing new has happened. There has been no spike in police brutality. What’s new is that people are looking. And thanks to new technology (namely the democratisation of the ability to film and distribute), they have lots to look at. As a result, a significant section of white America is outraged at the sight of what it had previously chosen to ignore, while a dwindling but still sizeable and vocal few still refuse to believe their eyes.

* * *

I’ve never found it particularly useful to compare racisms – as though one manifestation might be better than another. Every society, regardless of its racial composition, has overlapping and interweaving hierarchies. Insisting on the superiority of one over another suggests there are racisms out there worth having – a race to the bottom with no moral centre.

In June 1998, as the public inquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence laid bare one of the more insidious examples of British racism, news arrived from Jasper, Texas, about the murder of James Byrd. Byrd, an African American, had been picked up by three men, one of whom he knew and two of whom were white supremacists. Instead of driving him home, they took him to a remote country road, beat him, urinated on him and chained him by his ankles to their pickup truck before dragging him for more than a mile until his head came off. Then they went for a barbecue.

The next day, during an editorial meeting at the Guardian which featured a discussion of the Lawrence inquiry followed by the Byrd murder, one of my colleagues remarked, of Byrd’s killing: “Well at least we don’t do that here.”

“That will be of little comfort to Doreen and Neville Lawrence,” I thought.

I have more cousins in the US than in Britain. They are doing fine. At one stage I fully intended to immigrate here. While that plan no longer stands, it still doesn’t strike me as insane.

While I have been in America, I have not been shot at, arrested, imprisoned or otherwise seriously inconvenienced by the state. I do not live in the hollowed out, jobless zones of urban economic despair to which many African Americans have been abandoned. I have been shouted at in a park, taken different routes to school, and occasionally dealt with bigoted officials. (While driving through Mississippi to cover Katrina I approached a roadblock that all the other journalists had easily passed through, only to have a policeman pat the gun in his holster and turn me around). These experiences are aggravating. They are not life-threatening.

I am not Michael Brown. But then Michael Brown wasn’t Michael Brown before he was shot dead and had his body left on the street for four hours; Eric Garner was just a man trying to sell cigarettes in the street before he was choked to death in Staten Island; Tamir Rice was just a boisterous kid acting out in a park before a policeman leaped out of his squad car and shot him within seconds. Being shot dead by the police or anyone else is not the daily experience of black people in America.

But what became clear following the Department of Justice report into the Ferguson police force was just how extreme and commonplace these aggravations could be. To cite just a few examples: between 2007 to 2014, one woman in Ferguson was arrested twice, spent six days in jail and paid $550 as a result of one parking ticket for which she was originally charged $151. She tried to pay in smaller instalments - $25 or $50 a time - but the court refused to accept anything less than the full payment, which she could not afford. Seven years after the original infraction she still owed $541 – this was how the town raised its revenue. It was not a glitch in the system; it was the system.

Then there was the 14-year-old boy that the Ferguson police found in an abandoned building, who was chased down by a dog that bit his ankle and his left arm as he protected his face. The boy says officers kicked him in the head and then laughed about it after. The officers say they thought he was armed; he wasn’t. Department of Justice investigators found that every time a police dog in Ferguson bit someone, the victim was black.

Then there was the man pulled out of his house by the police after reports of an altercation inside. As they dragged him out he told them: “You don’t have a reason to lock me up.”

“Nigger, I can find something to lock you up on,” the officer told him.

“Good luck with that,” the man responded. The officer slammed the man’s face into a wall and he fell to the floor.

“Don’t pass out, motherfucker, because I’m not carrying you to my car,” the officer is claimed to have said.

This was the same month Brown was killed. Were it not for the disturbances following Brown’s death, there would have been no investigation – not only would we have heard nothing of these things but, because no light had been shone on them, the Ferguson police would be carrying on with the same level of impunity. This was a small midwestern suburb few had heard of – unremarkable in every way, which is precisely what makes the goings on there noteworthy. If it was happening there, then it could be happening anywhere.

It is exhausting. When the videos of brutality go viral I can’t watch them unless I have to write about them. I don’t need to be shocked – which is just as well because these videos emerge with such regularity that they cease to be shocking. Were it not for the thrill of seeing an unjaded younger generation reviving the best of the nation’s traditions of anti-racist resistance, I would be in despair.

The altercations in the park, the rerouted walks to school, the aggravations of daily life are the lower end of a continuum – a dull drumbeat that occasionally crescendos into violent confrontation and even social conflagration. As spring turns to summer the volume keeps ratcheting up.

“Terror,” the anthropologist Arjun Appadurai writes in his book Fear of Small Numbers, “is first of all the terror of the next attack.” The terrorism resides not just in the fact that it happens, but that one is braced for the possibility that it could happen to you at any moment. Seven children and teenagers are shot on an average day in the US. I have just finished writing a book in which I take a random day and interview the families and friends of those who perished. Ten young people died the day I chose. Eight were black. All of the black parents said they had assumed this could happen to their son.

As one bereaved dad told me: “You wouldn’t be doing your job as a father if you didn’t.”

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8 Stupidest Economic Ideas GOP Presidential Candidates Are Hearing from Their Experts
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Why are GOP advisers promoting such extreme ideas?

There's an old saying going back to the Reagan years: “personnel is policy.” It means that the sort of advisers and staff public officials surround themselves with are key indicators of the sort of policy regimes they will put into place.

The New York Times recently named a number of economic advisers who are currently advising or are interviewing to begin working for GOP presidential candidates. What the Times didn't do is lay out some of the terrible ideas these economists promoted.

1. Raise Taxes On the Poor to Cut Them on the Rich: Stephen Moore, who works for the Wall Street Journal in addition to being parked at the Heritage Foundation, has been at dinners of economists advising candidates such as Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. In 2010, Moore said he'd “raise the 10 percent tax rate to 15 percent and lower the [top] rates.”

2. Just Suspend All Taxes: Art Laffer is most known for his “Laffer Curve” idea, where he proposed that cutting taxes creates so much growth it will bring in more revenue. But he's been a right-wing economist who has been preaching a number of odd policies for decades. In 2010, he suggested just suspending all taxes to stimulate the economy. He has met with both Jeb Bush and Ben Carson.

3. Get Rid of Corporate Income Tax Altogether: Laurence Kotlikoff of Boston University has advised Ben Carson, who called him to talk to him about the deficit. Kotlikoff wrote an op-ed in January 2014 in which he said we shouldn't just lower the corporate income tax, we should eliminate it. Larry Kudlow, a CNBC host and economics pundit, also advocated the same idea.

4. Detroit's Budget Crisis Is a Good Thing: Rand Paul adviser Mark Spitznagel wrote a column urging a collapse of Detroit's public budget and economic system, noting that “the good news is that, as Rothbard noted, such a collapse is the recovery process....Given this, purging Detroit's balance sheet (specifically the disproportionate unfunded liabilities that have plunged it deep into the red) is the best – maybe even the only available path to renewal.”

5. Our Veterans are Getting Too Sweet a Retirement Deal: Tim Kane of the Hoover Institute has met with four different GOP presidential campaigns, according to the Times piece. In March, he asked whether military retirement was “too sweet of a deal,” advocating for ending the defined benefit structure of military pensions and moving toward the Wall Street-centric defined-contribution model that may save taxpayers money but offer smaller returns for vets.

6. Wall Street Is Overregulated: Abby McCloskey, who is working for Rick Perry, wrote a long post for the American Enterprise Institute about how we can avoid another 2008 if we don't engage in “unbridled regulation.”

7. Income Inequality Is a Myth: The American Enterprise Institute's James Pethokoukis, who is advising several candidates, wrote a post during the high point of Occupy Wall Street in which he said “income inequality is a myth.”

8. It's Okay To Kill People By Denying Them Health Care:In a blog post earlier this year, Michael R. Strain of the American Enterprise Institute, who has met with several candidates, titled his argument “End Obamacare, And People Could Die. That's Okay.” He conceded that repealing the Affordable Care Act would lead to deaths, but that “in a world of scarce resources, a slightly higher mortality rate is an acceptable price to pay for certain goals.”

It's surprising that such extreme ideas are being promoted by GOP advisers, and yet the nominees continue to be treated as mainstream.

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Parents Fight Conservative Zealots and Charter School Advocates For Control of Their Kids' Education
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In Jefferson County, Colorado an acrimonious debate is taking place over the future of public school.

It's Tuesday evening, and people have come to church — but not for religion.

What's bringing people to Green Mountain United Methodist Church in the heart of Lakewood, Colorado, is a meeting modestly titled "Church and society: Stand up for students."

In a cramped, wood-paneled room on the second floor, two dozen attendees rise, one after another, to introduce themselves and say why they are here. "I'm concerned," say a few. "Scary," "outrageous," say others.

A neatly dressed elderly man speaks up: "When you've been given a lot for the education of your own children, it's important that the children after yours get that same level of education, or better. I don't believe we're doing that."

"I have two children in school," a younger woman says. "I hear things that are troubling. So I'm here to learn more."

The last woman to introduce herself, wearing a T-shirt declaring she is a "Jeffco Rebel," starts a stack of handouts circulating around the room. That's when a woman seated at the head of the room says, "We're here to arm you with information."

This is Jefferson County, Colorado.

Sprawling westward from the Denver skyline, where the front range of the Rockies sharpens its ascension to the peaks, Jeffco, as the locals call it, is experiencing an acrimonious debate about its public schools.

At scores of house parties like this one, parents and public school activists circulate flyers and repeat a well-rehearsed message of dissent. They complain of a new school board majority that is secretive, disrespectful to parents and teachers and irresponsible with tax dollars. They warn of the influence of right-wing groups, some with connections to evangelical Christianity. They complain of a powerful charter school industry, different from the "organic charters" Jeffco parents already send their kids to.

Behind every grassroots issue they identify lies a much "bigger thing," as more than one parent will tell you.

It's a complicated narrative that defies stereotypes and neat polarities. Although the fight is political, Republicans and Democrats are distributed on both sides of the debate. The argument is about education, but it's not an argument over pro-charter school versus anti-charter. Jeffco has had charters for years, many of which are highly popular with parents. Neither is this a narrative about choice versus anti-choice. Jeffco already allows parents to enroll their children in any school in the district (although there are cases of selective enrollment), and many families do opt for a school other than their neighborhood one.

Jeffco is a mostly white, middle-class and suburban school district that hardly resembles the "failing" school systems you're used to hearing about. According to the district's website, Jeffco students "outperform the state in all grade levels and content areas" on state mandated achievement tests. Six of the district's high schools rank in the top 40 of the 2014 Best High Schools in America according to U.S. News & World Report, and 11 elementary schools were listed as 5280 Magazine's top public elementary schools.

And Jeffco is not a community where teachers' unions are defending their turf from disgruntled parents. Parents, not union operatives, lead the numerous and frequent house parties like the one at Green Mountain Church.

What is also true about Jeffco is that the story unfolding here is one that is recurring across the country, as community after community becomes mired in debates about who gets to call the shots in education systems strained by unending financial austerity and an unremitting "reform" agenda whose intent is unclear to the people in its way.

A Conflict About Curriculum

Jefferson County was first thrust into the media spotlight in 1999, when two armed students committed horrific killings at Columbine High School. More recently, this district of over 85,000 students, the second largest in the state, made headlines again when mass student walkouts occurred in high schools across the district to voice concerns over a proposed review of an AP U.S. history course.

As the Associated Press reported at the time, students were alarmed that the stated purpose of the review was "to make sure materials 'promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights' and don't 'encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.'"

The students took to the streets multiple days in a row to voice their right to learn about the history of protest and civil disobedience that helped create the country they live in today. Some teachers got involved as well, staging a "mass sick-out" in support of the students.

When MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry interviewed two student leaders of the protest, Ashlyn Maher and Kyle Ferris, Ferris explained, "We wanted to get the school board's attention. They're not really listening to the concerns of the community."

"What else is all of this about?" Harris-Perry asked.

Ferris replied there were indeed other issues including "teachers' wages, which they're messing with," and "funneling funds away from public into charter schools."

The glare of the national spotlight persuaded the board to drop the review, but "the ugly battle over public education in Jefferson County," as a local reporter phrased it, raged on after the attention of mainstream media receded.

Had the national media stayed a little longer and dug a little deeper they would have found the conflict over history curriculum is but a symptom of a much bigger issue.

Who's Messin' With Jeffco?

Over coffee at a Lakewood Starbucks, Kyle Ferris' mother Barbara now dismisses the national media's focus on her son's activism as "the flavor of the day."

For sure, Ferris supported her son's actions. "When Kyle came to me saying he and other students wanted to stage a walkout, my input was to encourage him to clearly state his reasons for the walkout," she recalls.

What she values most about the protest is, "It got a group of kids to demonstrate the critical thinking they were taught in class," she says. "It increased their awareness of other big issues."

What other big issues?

"A lot of the problems have risen from the new board that emerged from the recent election," Ferris explains. "We now have a majority that is influenced by the Tea Party with an agenda right out of right-wing talk radio."

Ferris also worries about the growing influence of charter schools in the district, pointing to recent actions the board has taken to send more money to charter schools at a time when neighborhood schools still haven't recovered from the effects of the recession. She says parents are still reeling from the impact of fees, imposed after the recession hit, for bus transportation and other services, and she wonders why funding sent to charter schools isn't instead being used to end the fees.

Ferris is quick to add that she is not opposed to the idea of charter schools. But the urgency to establish more of them now escapes her. "Jeffco already has a phenomenal choice system," she explains.

Ferris, an Asian American who decided with her husband to move to Jeffco "for the schools," now sees a troubling landscape in her community. "We've got great schools; we've got great teachers," she says. "I don't want things to get messed up."

"Everyone believes they are doing the right thing," she says. "But we don't believe in the same things."

Nothing Funny About This

One belief most in dispute in Jeffco is the role of community voice in running the schools. That issue is especially central to the parent-led house parties. Shawna Fritzler and Jonna Levine are two Jeffco parents who often lead those events. In some respects, they're a collaboration of opposites. Fitzler is a lifelong Republican, while Levine is an avowed Democrat. Fitzler still has children in Jeffco public schools, while Levine's children have graduated and moved on. The issue that initially brought them together was the chronic underfunding, in their minds, of Jeffco schools. They both actively campaigned for a countywide referendum — a "mill levy and bond" issue — to offset budget cuts from the state. The referendum passed.

But the target of their ire now is the new conservative school board majority, elected in 2013. In that election, a slate of three candidates— Ken Witt, John Newkirk and Julie Williams— ran together and branded themselves “WNW.” The three candidates got the backing of the Jefferson County GOP and an organization called Jeffco Students First, a state-based education advocacy group patterned after the controversial national organization StudentsFirst (founded and formerly led by Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of Washington, DC public schools). StudentsFirst and its Colorado state version promote an "education reform" agenda that favors charter schools, vouchers, grading schools and educators based on student test scores, and drastically altering teacher compensation, performance evaluation, and job protection.

WNW "came out of nowhere," according to Levine. The Jeffco Republican Party lauded the three candidates for their business experience – Witt's in information technology, Newkirk's in engineering, and Williams as an office manager of an orthodontics clinic. Williams has ties to the Republican Party that run particularly deep. According to the Denver Post, she is related by marriage to the influential Neville family, who the article describes as, "A Colorado political family deeply connected to the state's most strident gun-rights group."

With strong financial backing, the three took advantage of a statewide conservative wave and an unpopular ballot amendment to handily win.

Once WNW took office, they worked in unison to advance their reform agenda, which is generally opposed by the two remaining Jeffco board members, current board president Lesley Dahlkemper and District 3 representative Jill Fellman, whose terms don't end until 2015.

Fritzler's and Levine's concerns with WNW led them to start Support Jeffco Kids. In school board meetings and on social media, they openly question board actions and hector the decision-making process and personal conduct of the three conservatives.

In separate discussions, each complains that the WNW trio ignores public opinion. As proof, they point to a community survey conducted in 2014 showing strong majorities of Jeffco citizens favoring smaller class sizes, full-day kindergarten, higher teacher salaries, and continued funding of school electives such as art and music. Yet the new board majority made numerous decisions to direct money to other efforts, including a $400,000 emergency loan to a charter school, a $280,000 salary for the new superintendent ($70,000 more than the previous superintendent), a newly created board attorney position without any explanation of the need for the attorney, and a decision to send $3.7 million more in "mill levy" funds to charter schools — funds Fitzler and Levine worked to enact and voters approved before the new majority was elected.

Additionally, the board majority voted to withhold $600,000 in funds for full-day kindergarten, despite the fact that, as a reporter for local news outlet Chalkbeat Colorado points out, "In neighboring Denver Public Schools, local data on the impact of full-day kindergarten show that full-day students do better in reading than their half-day peers… 57 percent of Denver’s kindergarteners who attended full-day programs between 2001-02 and 2008-9 scored proficient or advanced on third-grade reading tests, compared to 51 percent of half-day kindergarteners."

More recently, the board also ruled out higher pay for teachers in the upcoming year.

Fitzler and Levine also question the creation of a new charter school, Golden View Classical Academy, that is part of a national chain based in Michigan. They question why the site for the new charter is a one-minute walk across the street from a community created and led charter school Free Horizon Montessori founded in 2002.

The two women see charter school expansions being prioritized over new school construction. Jeffco clearly has a problem with overcrowding and needs to build new schools for the district. But the board recently came up $10 million short in its effort to fund construction of a new school.

"The agenda seems to be to bring in more charters for the sake of charters," Levine argues. She also sees new charters as being fundamentally different from existing ones. In her view, the new board majority seems to favor charter schools, like Golden View Classical Academy, that come from outside the community and are run by charter management organizations. Golden View is affiliated with a chain of charter schools based in Michigan. She sees this as "trying to drive a wedge between existing charters" which are more apt to be stand-alone independent schools with board members hailing from a Jeffco addresses. (Free Horizon Montessori, for instance, is governed by a board of directors made up of nine community members, according to the school's website.)

To activist parents like Fitzler and Levine, the notion of outsiders calling the shots for their local schools is something they just can’t stomach.

Jeffco on the Menu

So who are the outsiders invading Jeffco schools, and what do they want?

Jeffco public school activists describe a strange combination of forces undermining their local control, from right-wing operatives and evangelical Christians to billionaire businessmen and charter school entrepreneurs. The declared intentions of these characters span the culture war spectrum: with some holding high the values of freedom and patriotism and others claiming to fight "the civil rights cause of our time."

But the way these Jeffco parents and educators see it, their community is being picked over the way a glutton works the all-you-can-eat salad bar. He may start off with a small plate, but he's quickly back for more.

The influence of outsiders, in fact, is one of the factors that doomed the new board majority to controversy even before they were elected.

Dougco Is Coming

As an article in the Denver Post documented in November 2013, days before the election, three wealthy businessmen contributed an out-sized quantity of money— more than $200,000— to school board races in Colorado, including the effort to elect Witt, Newkirk and Williams in Jeffco.

None of the three men appears to live in Jefferson County. The first, C. Edward McVaney is co-founder of software company J.D. Edwards and founding trustee of Valor Christian High School, an independent private Christian high school in Douglas County Colorado. McVaney has a propensity for donating to school board candidates around the state who favor school vouchers. The second is Denver businessman Ralph Nagel, president of Top Rock LLC, an investment firm. The third is Alex Cranberg, CEO of Aspect Energy, who Forbes describes as a "Texas oilman." Cranberg's notoriety stems primarily from his company's venture into oil drilling in Iraq.

The reporters introduce the trio as, "Financial backers who want school districts to adopt the anti-union, pro-voucher, and school-choice model set by Douglas County." Another wealthy man, also from Douglas County, hosted a fundraiser to elect the WNW team. According to reporters, the bash raised another $30,000.

Douglas County, or Dougco in Coloradan parlance, lies to the south of Denver and shares its western border with Jeffco. Dougco emerged four years ago as a genesis — according to Colorado Chalkbeat editor Todd Engdahl — of a new trend in the state to turn school board elections into highly "partisan" affairs in which wealthy individuals back a slate of candidates who support more "choice options," including more charter schools and school voucher programs that allow parents to redirect public dollars to private schools. The effort has been successful in Dougco where a conservative board has greatly expanded charters and instituted a school voucher program.

Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Dougco's school voucher program unconstitutional for violating the transfer of "any public fund or moneys" to "any church or sectarian society." Most of the schools involved in the program were religious. Dougco school officials have vowed to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, according to the Denver Post.

As Chalkbeat's Engdahl notes, two of the wealthy individuals spending heavily to elect a conservative slate to the school board in Jeffco were Alex Cranberg and Ralph Nagel — who saw such success for their efforts in Dougco.

Here Come the Koch Brothers

Another major influencer in the public education system in Colorado has been Americans for Prosperity, the conservative organization founded by Charles and David Koch. As a report in Politico noted at the time of the Dougco school board race, "Americans for Prosperity is spending big" in support of candidates who favor an agenda of making schools "compete with one another for market share" and allowing tax money to go to religious education.

The reporter, Stephanie Simon, wrote, "Conservatives across the U.S. see Douglas County as a model for transforming public schools everywhere."

Among those conservatives was former Florida governor, now declared presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who donated $1,000 to each of the Koch-backed candidates in Dougco. Money raised for those conservatives dwarfed that raised for the challengers, ensuring a conservative win and establishing a theme that has been occurring throughout practically all of Colorado.

The influence of Americans for Prosperity and the Koch brothers is clearly being felt in Jeffco. Recently, parents across the district received an email from AFP urging them to contact the Jeffco school board to push for an increase in funding for charter schools— a measure which eventually passed. And the district's new Golden View Classical Academy has a connection to AFP and the Kochs through an influential private college in Michigan.

Here Come the Fundamentalist Christians

Hillsdale College, located in Hillsdale, Michigan is an intriguing ingredient in the school choice stewpot. Regarded as "the conservative Harvard," in some circles, Hillsdale has received generous donations from the Kochs' foundation.

Hillsdale College has a decidedly Christian religious bent, coming in second on the Princeton Review's list of "10 Colleges with the Most Religious Students," according to an article in the Huffington Post. The college's mission statement says, "The College considers itself a trustee of modern man’s intellectual and spiritual inheritance from the Judeo-Christian faith and Greco-Roman culture, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law."

Most recently, outsports.com, an outlet focused on LGBT issues for athletes, reported the Hillsdale chaplain "sent an email to athletes, coaches, students, faculty and alumni from the school warning them about same-sex marriage and inviting them to pray to destroy 'evil' same-sex marriage." According to another gay rights activist website, a Hillsdale official walked back the college's role in issuing the statement, but the email certainly reinforced Hillsdale's long-held reputation for discriminating on the basis of gender preference and identity.

Interestingly, Hillsdale does not accept credit for an AP American History course high school students across the nation take — the very course Jeffco students were defending for their schools.

In addition to spreading its education philosophy, Hillsdale operates the Barney Charter School Initiative, which is essentially a consultant service for a chain of charter schools called Classical Academies. Each of these charters ascribes to what Barney calls "a foundation of classical liberal arts learning — the kind of learning best suited to a free society and most needed for its preservation."

Colorado currently has 17 Classical Academies, though it's not clear to what extent each is connected to Barney (a representative from a public relations firm claiming to represent Hillsdale was unable to provide clarification before press time). The newest is Golden View, which listed its association with the Barney Initiative on its application.

Barney also has a strong political agenda. Its mission is to "recover our public schools from the tide of a hundred years of progressivism that has corrupted our nation’s original faithfulness to the previous 24 centuries of teaching the young the liberal arts in the West."

According to the Barney project, "The charter school vehicle possesses the conceptual elements that permit the launching of a significant campaign of classical school planting to redeem American public education."

So public education in Jeffco needs a "redeemer"?

Our Education Redeemers

Approval of Jeffco’s Golden View came despite strong objections from board members Dahlkemper and Fellman. According to a state news outlet, the application was accepted and passed by the board despite the school's request for 17 waivers of state and district laws including those governing student data privacy, the prevention of bullying and discrimination, and student conduct.

Dahlkemper and Fellman had good reasons for their concerns. In 2009, parent complaints about racism and religious intolerance at a Classical Academy in Colorado Springs caused the Colorado Department of Education to seek an inquiry. The ensuing investigation of the school found "major areas of concern about management, safety, and security of students," including failure to "take appropriate corrective action in a timely manner in responding to sexual and physical assaults … a pattern of bullying of parents and students … threats against students and parents … retaliation by staff in response to complaints." Conflicts of interest and problems with financial mismanagement also made the list of concerns.

Posting on a Colorado blog, Margaret Lessenger, a Jeffco parent who helped found Free Horizon Montessori, adds more concerns over Golden View's approval. "In Jeffco, charter schools [like the charter she founded] are run by a board of directors elected by the parents of the school … If [Golden View] actually does implement extreme conservative indoctrination or operates with a religious Christian undertone, parents will have no power to vote for new directors. The founders of [Golden View] will select the first board of directors. Each board will select the next board of directors. Parents will have no say…. Parents will be powerless."

In a private conversation with Lessenger, she expands her compare/contrast between Golden View charter and the Montessori "district-charter" (her term) she helped found and sent her son to. She worries that "there are influencers in the [new charter] that are outside the community. There are ways people are using the school to make money."

She argues she never became involved with a charter school because it was a charter. "It was what my child needed," she says. "If there had been a public school with a Montessori approach, I would have sent him to that."

When asked to explain why she opposes Golden View yet supports a charter school education for her own son, she explains, "Montessori is a way of learning, not the content."

She disagrees that Classical Academy offers a "way of learning" other students could benefit from. "This classical curriculum is a Christian curriculum," she argues. "The Colorado Constitution is quite specific that there's a separation of church and state," so the approach could never be implemented anywhere else other than a privately operated school shielded from democratic governance.

During the contentious hearing when the new board majority muscled through Golden View's approval, the school's founder Derec Shuler repeatedly contended "the school will not include a religious teaching," according to a local news outlet.

But should Jeffco parents and citizens find that's not the case, what can they do?

Why Dougco?

There could be some justification for imposing the Dougco charter school model on Jeffco if there were real proof that model could generate genuine academic gains.

But based on analysis available at the Support Jeffco Kids website, there's not much evidence it can.

One video posted on the site points out that the student demographics of the two districts are quite different, with Jeffco schools having a far more diverse spread of low-income versus upper-income students. Virtually all research shows that scores on standardized tests, the most commonly used metric for student achievement, are strongly correlated to family income, so taking student demographics into account is essential.

While some Jeffco schools have 90 percent of students from households qualifying for free and reduced price lunch — the customary metric for student family income— other schools have only five percent. In Dougco, the vast majority of schools have 30 percent or fewer of their students receiving free and reduced price lunch. So straight-up comparisons of the two districts are just not useful. However, when schools with similar demographics are compared in an apples-to-apples comparison (at the 2:55 mark of the video), it's clear Jeffco schools actually outperform Dougco schools on state reading assessments.

What's more, another video comparing Dougco to the 11 largest school districts in the Colorado Front Range region shows Dougco schools actually underperform the other districts on reading, writing, and math state assessments, despite Dougco's being the wealthiest school district in the state.

There's even evidence the performance of Dougco schools may be getting worse. On most measures, performance is lower in 2014 (the most recent year available) than in 2009. At the 2:22 mark, the video shows that while most of the 11 districts in the analysis have been making steady gains on state assessments, Dougco has been among the few districts where school performance, at least as it is measured by state standardized tests, has declined.

You Want Innovation?

Another common argument for expanding charter schools is that they will bring innovation to a school district that has grown lazy due to "bureaucracy" and "complacent teachers."

The influential charter school lobby in Colorado has promised that charters will be more "innovative" than public schools. But anyone who can't find signs of innovation already in Jeffco public schools simply isn't looking or has blinders on.

In fact, experts at the National Education Policy Center, a progressive education research center and think tank affiliated with the University of Colorado in Boulder, recently recognized two Jeffco high schools for being “Schools of Opportunity,” a designation for having "excellent practices designed to expand student opportunity and access to academic success," according to the NEPC announcement.

NEPC's School of Opportunity project analyzed schools in two states, Colorado and New York, based on 11 specific principles identified by experts as critical to closing "opportunity gaps" that exist between high-income school children and their lower income peers. Those principles include more and better learning time, a broader and richer curriculum, and attention to students' individual academic, health and language needs.

The two Jeffco schools receiving this recognition were Jefferson County Open School, which received a Gold Medal, and Long View High School, which received Silver.

Site visits to these schools quickly reveal they are anything but "typical."

At Long View, founder and lead teacher Pete Tierney explains how his small enrollment high school, with just 65 students, could be mistaken for a charter or private school model, yet there's been no reason to go those routes. "The Jeffco school board and administration has always been supportive of us," he explains. "We've had a deal great of independence."

The great independence Long View has received has allowed the school to practice what Tierney calls a "family model," described on the NEPC School of Opportunity website as being characterized by small school size "where genuine interactions can happen between and among all school members throughout each day.” The school’s safety is linked to its concept of community and connection to the larger community through service learning, guest speakers and experiential field trips. All of this reflects the school’s core goals: being a community, learning from the larger community, and contributing to that community.

Tierney believes the small size of the school and its emphasis on close relationships is especially well-suited to students who've had difficulties in other schools due to either learning disabilities, personal trauma, school culture, or individual interests. Tierney believes that if his school didn't exist a high percentage of the students who attend it now would probably drop out. Indeed, one classroom of students confirmed this in conversation, with many of them sharing complaints they had with other schools they've attended and extolling the family environment of Long View.

The school practices the Socratic method of instruction with heavy emphasis on discussion and writing. Although the school must adhere to state and district guidelines for curriculum, the small scale and personalized approach allows students to engage in a remarkable range of projects and activities including field trips, science projects and learning opportunities that extend outside the school into the surrounding community. One group of students recently competed at the state level in a contest for robot design. Some students blend their high school work with attendance at a nearby community college. Final exams are a "celebration of knowledge."

When asked how the school ranks in today's favored measures of achievement, such as standardized tests scores, Tierney says, "We pay attention to it. But I'm not obsessed with data points."

Jefferson County Open School shares some of the philosophy practiced by Long View High but for a longer time and on a larger scale. During a site visit to the school, principal Scott Bain explains that the Open School started as an elementary school in the fall of 1970, then expanded to higher school grades in 1975, well before charter schools arrived in the state. The school enrolls 525 students.

Students in the Open School also follow a highly personalized schooling program with small class sizes throughout all grade levels. Curriculum and instruction are designed around self-directed learning projects in broad subject areas that are inherently interdisciplinary. Because the projects are designed by the students, working with a faculty advisor who guides their work, the learning is more apt to be personally meaningful and relevant to the students.

Students at the Open School begin every year with a wilderness trip where they build connections and community with their peers and teachers. Throughout the year, they engage in other field trip experiences, some of them quite extensive, including trips outside the U.S. or excursions that are exclusive to the school. The Open School is the only high school in the country permitted to conduct archaeological mapping and documentation in Navaho territory. "The money the district sends us for athletics, we use for field trips," Bain explains.

Many of the in-school programs at Open School are quite inventive too, including a student-run breakfast café that the students operate as a business; the profits also fund field trips.

Students at the Open School receive no grades; all courses end in a non-graded evaluation, where students demonstrate competency toward graduation expectations. Instead, students are required to demonstrate "expectations" in projects and portfolios and complete a self-evaluation with personal narrative at the end of each course. What passes for a high school transcript is a student-produced thesis.

The absence of grades has never been an impediment to getting into college, Bain says. "That's a misnomer. Ninety-one percent of our graduates eventually go to college and 85 percent complete a degree."

What about the school's achievement data? "We do pretty well with our [low-income] students who receive free and reduced price lunch," Bain states. "So we don't have much of an achievement gap, which is interesting because we don't really do anything intentional to ensure that.

"You have to come see the school to understand how it works," Bain says.

Of course, not all Jeffco schools are small-scale operations where open-ended, individualized instruction takes place. Alameda International High School, also in Lakewood, has more of the appearance of a "typical" high school with athletic fields, classrooms with desks in rows, and a school security guard meeting everyone who comes through the front door.

The school — which serves a student body that is 86 percent minority with over 50 percent non-native English speakers— was placed on turnaround status by the state five years ago based on its state assessments outcomes, graduation rate and other criteria. But that hasn't kept Alameda from being innovative. In an interview in her office, Alameda principal Susie Van Scoyk explains the difficult process of the turnaround. When she arrived, families were "choosing out" of the school and student enrollment was in a downward spiral.

Lack of funding has been a particular challenge as well. When Van Scoyk arrived, school sports programs were in a shambles and the marching band had long been disbanded.

Her school, which is close to the Denver border, also struggles to attract and keep talented teachers. Teacher salaries in Jeffco start at $33,000, while new teachers in Denver receive $40,000. And the disparity grows as teacher experience lengthens. Last year was particularly difficult for Van Scoyk, after many of her most experienced teachers left Alameda for higher pay in the city.

Despite the challenges, one of Van Scoyk's first decisions after taking the school's leadership reins was to convert the school to an International Baccalaureate program. IB has a reputation for being more challenging, with higher-level course requirements including foreign language. Schools have to receive authorization to claim the brand.

Van Scoyk believes Alameda is making progress. The sports programs have been restored, and the marching band is on the field again, although still wearing uniforms from 1999. "We're bringing back the arts, too," she adds. The number of students completing the degree program has increased every year, and graduation rates are higher.

"We're getting our neighborhood kids back," Van Scoyk maintains, "and not losing as many students to charters." Student enrollment is now over 900 compared to 700 when she came. "It's taken five years to get to this, and we know the work is nowhere near done," she adds.

Some of the innovation that's been happening in Jeffco schools these many years has to be credited to the district's leadership. For the past 13 years, the district has been led by Cindy Stevenson, a 41-year veteran who began her education career as a Jeffco classroom teacher. However, with the election of WNW, it became clear a leadership change would soon be in the offing, and Stevenson abruptly resigned before the end of the 2014-'15 school year due to her incompatibility with the new board majority. “They do not trust me,” she told a local reporter.

In her place, the new board majority quickly inserted, in a three-two vote, Daniel McMinimee, the only candidate considered for the job and chosen without any public hearing. Before he took the reins in Jeffco, McMinimee’s previous job was as assistant superintendent— in Douglas County.

You Don't Tear Down What's Working

"I'm amazed and impressed at what we're doing," Fitzler says about Jeffco schools. "Is everything perfect? No. But you don't tear down what's working."

Being a Republican, Fitzler initially needed to be convinced Jeffco public schools were being good financial stewards. She was also on the receiving end of the Republican messaging campaign that argued for budget cuts and more outsourcing to charter schools.

"So I looked for myself to see if there was any waste," she says. "I didn't find it. I was amazed at how far we were getting despite the cuts."

So instead of tearing things down, what would Fitzler like to see instead?

"I want my school back," she answers. "This is our community. We could leave if we want. But these are our schools."

Levine adds, "They look at school governance like it's a business decision. But it's not a business decision. You can't run a school district like a business … I want a board willing to treat community as partners. They go through the motions of doing this but they don't do it."

Fitzler and Levine are hardly alone in their disapproval of the current board majority. In fact, another Jeffco-based parent-led advocacy organization — Jeffco United for Action — has recently proposed a recall petition of Witt, Newkirk, and Williams.

According to the Denver Post, "The proposed petition criticizes the board for attempts to censor U.S. history classes, violating open meeting laws and claims the board has 'wasted millions of taxpayer dollars,' including on a high salary for the new superintendent and legal expenses."

The Post reporter quotes from the Jeffco United news release: “The board majority members are taking away the opportunity for our Jeffco students to succeed by failing to do what we elected them to do— represent the voice of the entire community and not just those who voted for them."

Of course, what everyone involved in the Jeffco school fracas says they want are wonderful outcomes for all Jeffco kids and their families. They want children succeeding in school and loving learning. They want students who struggle with school doing better. They want high school graduates who go on to college degrees, successful employment, engaged citizenry. They want families feeling they are being well served, and taxpayers feeling confident their money isn't being wasted.

This is the "right thing," to use Barbara Ferris' words—what everyone feels they are working toward, no matter where they fall in the debate.

"But we don't believe in the same things."

One thing parents in Jeffco believe for sure is they should have more of a democratic say-so in how their schools are run. Do their adversaries believe the same? Apparently, not so much.

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Court: Wrap up marriage cases
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JACKSON, Miss. - A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to wrap up gay-marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Clinton raising money at fast pace
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:41:05 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Wednesday it has raised $45 million since its launch in mid-April, with the vast majority of its donors having given less than $100.




WASHINGTON, D.C.
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:41:05 (2 hours ago) 
Want to take a picture inside the White House Blue Room? Well, it's now OK to pull out your cellphone or camera and press "shoot." The White House on Wednesday ended a long-standing ban on tourists taking photos or using social media during public tours of the building.
HONG KONG
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:41:05 (2 hours ago) 
Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy, but the turnout was lower than in recent years, reflecting an impasse after a year of battles over political reform.
Death toll climbs to 141 in Indonesia plane crash
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:41:05 (2 hours ago) 
MEDAN, Indonesia - Indonesia's air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying nonmilitary passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.
Democrats smiling at Trump's toxic talk
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:41:05 (2 hours ago) 
For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.
Ashes felled by invasive pests
  Source: News: World -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:41:05 (2 hours ago) 
They're tall, lush, and in their prime. Yet within days or weeks, a two-acre stand of ashes - about 100 trees - will meet their demise. Workers will wade into the grove at the Natural Lands Trust's Hildacy Farm Preserve in Media and rev up their chainsaws.




[Ticker] Ryanair to challenge Danish labour court ruling in Brussels
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:41:03 (2 hours ago) 
Ryanair plans to lodge a complaint with the European Commission after a Danish labour court Wednesday ruled that the Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) has the right refuse to service Ryanair flights out of Copenhagen airport. Ryanair refuses to enter into a collective agreement with Danish unions.








[Ticker] ECB to maintain level of emergency lending to Greece
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:41:03 (2 hours ago) 
The European Central Bank decided on Wednesday that it will not change the ceiling of its lifeline to Greek banks. The Frankfurt-based bank will continue to provide emergency liquidity assistance. Last Sunday's decision to freeze the ELA led Greece to impose capital controls.








[Ticker] Poll puts Yes camp in front ahead of Greek referendum
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:41:03 (2 hours ago) 
A poll by GPO, which interviewed 1,000 Greeks on Tuesday, said 47 percent considered voting Yes in Sunday's referendum, with 43 percent in the No camp. A previous poll, based on interviews held between Sunday and Tuesday, found a result of 54 percent voting No against 33 percent supporting Yes.








LuxLeaks firm advising EU commission on tax
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:41:03 (2 hours ago) 
A firm directly involved in one of Europe’s largest tax scandals is now giving tax advice to the European Commission and member states.








UK and Spain granted most new EU citizenships
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:41:03 (2 hours ago) 
Both the UK and Spain granted around 40 percent of all new EU citizenships in 2013.












Finland challenges mystery nuclear investor
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:41:03 (2 hours ago) 
Finnish authorities have queried the participation of a Croat firm in a nuclear project amid suspicion of Russian skulduggery.








A Drone Airplane for Mars? Red Planet Ideas Take Flight
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 03:41:00 (2 hours ago) 
Will drone gliders fly over Mars? Is it feasible to build a Red Planet habitat? When can NASA start sending Mars-o-nauts? Find out what's in the air.









Doomed Plane's Pilot Switched Off Wrong Engine: Officials
  Source: NBC News Top Stories 2015-07-02 03:41:00 (2 hours ago) 
The captain of a TransAsia Airways plane mistakenly switched off its only working engine seconds before it crashed in February, investigators say.









Controlling avian flu in West Africa: nuclear-derived techniques enable early detection of outbreaks
  Source: IAEA Top News RSS Feed 2015-07-02 03:40:43 (2 hours ago) 

Following the recent outbreak of avian flu in Cote d’Ivoire, the IAEA – through its partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – is helping West African countries in the early and accurate detection of the virus using nuclear-derived techniques.

Greek debt crisis: Athens and creditors hunker down before referendum - live
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 03:40:39 (2 hours ago) 




Second victim of Taiwan water park 'colour party' explosion dies
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 03:40:39 (2 hours ago) 
Boris Johnson: ‘Do you want me to be photographed in my Bullingdon Club uniform? With a spliff? Now you’re talking’
  Source: Guardian Unlimited Politics 2015-07-02 03:40:37 (2 hours ago) 
Central Europe's Shameful Rejection of Refugees
  Source: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Carnegie Publications 2015-07-02 03:40:19 (2 hours ago) 
Instead of opening their doors to refugees, most of the EU's Central and Eastern member states are putting up barriers.
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:40:18 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Crashed Indonesian plane may have had engine problem
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-07-02 03:31:04 (2 hours ago) 

Air Marshal Agus Supriatna said the plane was flying at a lower than normal speed.

       
FBI updates Most Wanted cyber felons list, offers US$4.2m bounties
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 03:31:00 (2 hours ago) 
Sorry, London: you’re too uncool. And way behind New York | Hadley Freeman
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 03:30:59 (2 hours ago) 
Work and play as Hurricanes gear up for Super Rugby final
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 03:30:57 (2 hours ago) 
The Wainuiomata junior coach tells his freezing pupils to watch Hurricanes training closely.




Four dead in Ashburton
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 03:30:57 (2 hours ago) 
A woman and three children house-sitting for relatives in Ashburton have been found dead.
Elisabeth cosplay (Bioshock Infinite)
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 03:30:52 (2 hours ago) 
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First Comes Sex Talk With These Renegades of Couples Therapy
  Source: NYT > Most E-mailed Articles 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
Offering the radical notion that couples should fix issues in the bedroom before tackling other concerns like communication.
It's a victory cigar for U.S.-Cuba relations
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON - After more than a half-century of hostility, the United States and Cuba declared yesterday they will reopen embassies in each other's capitals this month, marking a historic full restoration of diplomatic relations between the Cold War foes.
Obama urges Congress to 'move forward' on Cuba
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON - In a milestone accord, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Wednesday to swiftly reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other's capitals, finally ending the half-century diplomatic freeze between the two Cold War adversaries.




Clearing the record
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
A story Wednesday about a volleyball tournament in Pottstown misspelled the name of cafe owner Ashraf Khalil.
After S.C. massacre, fires at churches stir concerns
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
GREELEYVILLE, S.C. - The Rev. John Taylor feared the worst when he learned his church was on fire, only days after a mass shooting at a black church in Charleston prompted Southern leaders to call for removing Confederate flags.
Local reaction mixed to an embassy in Cuba
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
President Obama's latest move to further relations with Cuba was barely off his lips when critics unloaded on the plan to open a U.S. embassy in Havana and permit Cuba to open one in Washington.
Scores die in militant attacks on Sinai
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
CAIRO - Heavily armed militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group carried out a broad assault on Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, a daylong battle that left scores of troops, civilians, and extremists dead and raised the specter of full-blown warfare in the rugged enclave.
Episcopalians approve gay weddings in church
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
SALT LAKE CITY - Episcopalians overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church's embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.




In the World
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
In the Nation
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
Court: Wrap up marriage cases
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
JACKSON, Miss. - A federal appeals court Wednesday instructed judges in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to wrap up gay-marriage cases in their states in line with last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Clinton raising money at fast pace
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign said Wednesday it has raised $45 million since its launch in mid-April, with the vast majority of its donors having given less than $100.
WASHINGTON, D.C.
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
Want to take a picture inside the White House Blue Room? Well, it's now OK to pull out your cellphone or camera and press "shoot." The White House on Wednesday ended a long-standing ban on tourists taking photos or using social media during public tours of the building.




HONG KONG
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets Wednesday to renew their call for full democracy, but the turnout was lower than in recent years, reflecting an impasse after a year of battles over political reform.
Death toll climbs to 141 in Indonesia plane crash
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
MEDAN, Indonesia - Indonesia's air force promised Wednesday to investigate whether the aging transport plane that crashed into a city neighborhood, killing 141 people, was violating rules by carrying nonmilitary passengers who paid for their flights. A local military commander said the search for bodies has ended.
Democrats smiling at Trump's toxic talk
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
For Democrats, Donald Trump amounts to a kind of divine intervention. With the Republican Party on an urgent mission to woo Latino voters, one of its leading presidential candidates has been enmeshed for two weeks in a nasty feud over his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants.
Ashes felled by invasive pests
  Source: News: Nation -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:30:49 (2 hours ago) 
They're tall, lush, and in their prime. Yet within days or weeks, a two-acre stand of ashes - about 100 trees - will meet their demise. Workers will wade into the grove at the Natural Lands Trust's Hildacy Farm Preserve in Media and rev up their chainsaws.
Episcopal Church to allow same-sex marriages
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 03:30:29 (2 hours ago) 




Official: Propeller problem on crashed Indonesian plane
  Source: CNN.com Recently Published/Updated 2015-07-02 03:30:29 (2 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:30:24 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:30:24 (2 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:30:24 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 03:30:23 (2 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.












Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:30:23 (2 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:30:23 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:30:23 (2 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:30:23 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






Watch Colbert interview Eminem on public access TV
  Source: Boing Boing 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 

Yesterday, Stephen Colbert was the guest host on "Only in Monroe," a public access television show in Monroe, Michigan. His guest was Eminem. Read the rest





Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that will see it open and manage Sprint-branded stores in the US.
US makes Fifa extradition request
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
US asks Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May.
US manufacturing growth 'weakens'
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
US manufacturing growth eases in June despite an increase in the hiring of workers, but there was better news for the construction sector.
Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint
  Source: BBC News - US & Canada 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that will see it open and manage Sprint-branded stores in the US.
VIDEO: Who cares for child migrants to UK?
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
Some UK local authorities say they are struggling to cope with the large increase in the number of children seeking asylum.




Man crushed to death by robot
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
A 22-year-old worker is grabbed and killed by a robot at a VW car factory in Germany.
Dixons Carphone in deal with Sprint
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
Dixons Carphone has signed a deal with US telecoms firm Sprint that will see it open and manage Sprint-branded stores in the US.
Limited ferries as Calais reopens
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
Limited ferry services resume between Dover and Calais after a strike by French ferry workers caused three days of disruption across the Channel.
US makes Fifa extradition request
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:30:21 (2 hours ago) 
US asks Switzerland to extradite seven Fifa officials arrested on corruption charges in May.
Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 03:30:18 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September....




Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 03:30:18 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September....
Heeding Francis, Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure '16 field
  Source: AP Top Political News 2015-07-02 03:30:17 (2 hours ago) 
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Roman Catholic leaders in Iowa will call for candidates for president to follow the teachings of Pope Francis, and focus as much on the environment and income inequality in 2016 as they have in past elections on opposing gay marriage and abortion....
Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
  Source: AP Top News 2015-07-02 03:30:16 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September. Economists predict that employers added 233,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in May, according to data firm FactSet....
What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
  Source: AP Top News 2015-07-02 03:30:16 (2 hours ago) 
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore. In 2012, financial markets were rattled by the possibility that Greeks would elect a left-wing government, default on their debts and drop the euro currency. The fears pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 stock index down nearly 10 percent that spring....
What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 03:30:16 (2 hours ago) 
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore....




What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 03:30:16 (2 hours ago) 
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore....
Solid hiring expected for June as US job market nears normal
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-07-02 03:30:16 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers likely hired at another strong pace in June, a sign that the job market is nearing full health and giving the Federal Reserve reason to raise interest rates as early as September....
What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-07-02 03:30:16 (2 hours ago) 
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore....
What Crisis? Stronger Banks, Economies Ease Fear Over Greece
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-07-02 03:30:02 (2 hours ago) 
What crisis? Greek troubles that terrified markets in 2012 seem manageable now
Suspect in DC Mansion Slayings Due in Court
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-07-02 03:30:02 (2 hours ago) 
Suspect in slayings of family in DC mansion due in court for preliminary hearing




Solid Hiring Expected for June as US Job Market Nears Normal
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-07-02 03:30:02 (2 hours ago) 
Another solid month of hiring is expected for June as US job market nears normal
UN chief slams attack on South Sudanese civilians in UN Mission site
  Source: XINHUANEWS 2015-07-02 03:21:35 (2 hours ago) 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday condemned an attack on a UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) protection-of-civilians site in Malakal by opposition forces, which killed one Internally Displaced Person (IDP) and injured six others.
"Pulled back the wrong side throttle": Pilot before TransAsia plane crash
  Source: XINHUANEWS 2015-07-02 03:21:35 (2 hours ago) 
The pilot of the ill-fated TransAsia Airways Flight GE23 said: "Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle," eight seconds before the aircraft crashed into a river in February, killing 43, according to Taiwan's aviation body.
Lifetime Greenlights Flick About Charles Manson’s Girls
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 03:21:23 (2 hours ago) 
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What crisis? Greek troubles that terrified markets in 2012 seem manageable now
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 03:21:08 (2 hours ago) 




After trade rift with labor, Obama attempts to heal with union-backed overtime regulation
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 03:21:08 (2 hours ago) 
Iowa Catholic leaders to pressure 2016 field to heed Francis' teachings on climate, economics
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 03:21:08 (2 hours ago) 
A Toxic Legacy
  Source: Slate Articles 2015-07-02 03:21:05 (2 hours ago) 

SAN JOSE, California—In the photograph, a frozen moment of optimism, Yvette Flores is smiling.

Retro City Rampage Getting a DOS Version
  Source: Slashdot 2015-07-02 03:21:05 (2 hours ago) 
jones_supa writes: There is an indie game port in works which certainly cracks a smile on one's face. Vblank Entertainment is bringing Retro City Rampage — its homage to 8-bit games and Grand Theft Auto — over to one of the influential gaming operating systems of all time: DOS! Retro City Rampage 486 is a port of Retro City Rampage DX, an enhanced version of the game featuring a story mode, arcade challenges, and free roaming. As the name suggests, if one wants to run the game natively, a beefy 486 CPU is required, along with 3.7 MB of disk space and 4 MB of RAM. But of course, DOSBox can be used as well. A release date for the DOS version of the game is not yet known.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

[Ticker] Record-high temperatures hit western Europe
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:20:48 (2 hours ago) 
Parts of western Europe have recorded temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, with the UK having its hottest day since 2006, and the Netherlands recording the hottest night since 1901. Temperatures will remain high for the rest of the week, amid concern for the elderly and the frail.












[Ticker] Tunisian trafficker receives 18-year jail sentence
  Source: News from EUobserver.com 2015-07-02 03:20:48 (2 hours ago) 
An Italian court has given a Tunisian migrant smuggler an 18-year jail sentence for his contribution to the death of 366 migrants in a shipwreck in 2013. Three times more migrants died in the first half of 2015 as in the same period in 2014.








BY THE NUMBERS
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
$35B worth of confections are sold each year in the United States. $21B of that is chocolate. 1,000 confectioners are operating in the United States.
3 dead in Schuylkill Expressway crash
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
A car veered into a concrete barrier, rolled over and caught fire early yesterday.
Philly NAACP confab lands Obama
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
In a racially charged time, president returns to the city of his famous 2008 speech to rally civil-rights group.
Jurors side with cops in ex-police sergeant's unlawful-arrest allegation
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
The federal jury did not award damages to a former Philly police sergeant who sued 6 cops.




Man with long history of arrests is convicted of murder
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Rudolph McGriff was convicted by a jury in the April 2013 shooting death of Malisha Jessie.
Woman sentenced to 5 to 10 years for murder
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Eliana Vazquez was 1 of 4 defendants in the shooting death of a woman who allegedly witnessed an earlier homicide.
The last of the Jersey Shore fishing piers
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
New Jersey’s dwindling fishing piers are a mix of old-school fishermen, with stunning views of the coast.
Kihn out at school district, among several personnel moves
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Deputy Superintendent Paul Kihn resigned Tuesday night. Naomi Wyatt, head of human resources, was named chief of staff for Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.
Butkovitz: School buildings are substandard
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
City controller’s report issued yesterday found water damage, exposed wiring and other deficiencies inside school district buildings.




For this Philly guy, African-American history is magical
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Ran ’D Shine, son of a Germantown minister, is headlining gala show for national convention of Society of American Magicians.
Obama urges Congress to 'move forward' on Cuba
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON - In a milestone accord, President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed Wednesday to swiftly reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in each other's capitals, finally ending the half-century diplomatic freeze between the two Cold War adversaries.
Europe jettisons Greece talks
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
ATHENS, Greece - European officials on Wednesday slammed the door on any further negotiations with Greece before a national referendum planned for Sunday, daring the Athens government to go ahead with a vote that holds peril for the country no matter which option Greeks choose.
Nicholas Winton; saved Jewish children
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
LONDON - He was just a 29-year-old clerk at the London Stock Exchange when he faced the challenge of his lifetime. Traveling with a friend to Czechoslovakia in 1938, as the drums of impending war echoed around Europe, Nicholas Winton was hit by a key realization.
Montco prison is praised for brain injury project
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Prison is praised for brain injury project GRATERFORD The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections - specifically, employees at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford - this week received the Organization Award from the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.




Loans should help Bucks recycling and tofu companies
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
BUCKS COUNTY Loans aim to help recycling and tofu companies DOYLESTOWN The Bucks County Economic Development Corp. was recently awarded three loans from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to support the expansion of Bucks County companies in eco-friendly recycling and tofu production, the agency said in an announcement.
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  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Thursday Noon to 1:30 p.m.: Wawa Hoagie Day, Independence Mall. The convenience-store chain will distribute hoagies during an event honoring American troops.
Phila. schools' deputy superintendent resigns
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Paul Kihn, the Philadelphia School District's deputy superintendent, has resigned, officials confirmed Wednesday. Kihn, who was Superintendent William R. Hite Jr.'s second-in-command, has been with the district for three years. He was paid $210,000 a year. He and his family are moving back to Washington.
Truebright charter won't reopen in fall
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
The troubled Truebright Science Academy Charter School in Olney will close after all. Rather than take its legal fight for survival to the state Supreme Court, the charter's board decided Tuesday night to dissolve the school.
Neglected site reborn
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
In 2010, John Erlenbach walked away from a job at Acme Markets, where he had worked in every area from produce to shelf stocking for 20 years since leaving the Navy.




Mary Yoh, philanthropist
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Mary Milus Yoh, 78, of Haverford and Key Largo, Fla., the matriarch of the Yoh family and an active volunteer and philanthropist in the Philadelphia region and in Florida, died Sunday, June 28, of congestive heart failure at her Key Largo home.
Jury rejects ex-sergeant's charges in gun drop-off
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
A federal jury on Wednesday rejected a civil suit from a former Philadelphia police sergeant, who said he was wrongfully arrested while off duty last year as he tried to anonymously drop off a bag of guns at a police district headquarters.
Inez Jackson, teacher and children's advocate
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
Inez Sullivan Jackson, 82, a longtime Philadelphia schoolteacher and advocate for children, died at her North Philadelphia home Friday, June 19, of natural causes. Ms. Jackson was highly regarded by students she taught during her decades-long career in the Philadelphia School District.
On same-sex marriage, Christie sees duty to uphold law
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
ASHLAND, N.H. - Gov. Christie, on his first full day on the presidential campaign trail, said Wednesday that personal objections should not exempt government officials from issuing licenses for same-sex marriages.
At soccer season's end, PPL Park will get a new name
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
When the Philadelphia Union concludes its Major League Soccer season in October, it's likely to be the team's last game in Chester's PPL Park.




SEPTA shows off new system to stop a speeding train
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
A SEPTA train at a maintenance facility in Malvern was rolling along at 18 m.p.h. - five miles over its authorized speed limit - when a beep sounded and an orange light lit up on the display unit of the Positive Train Control (PTC) system.
Stutz fudge to return to Long Beach Island
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
In a space that looks like a warehouse in the back of a Hatboro candy shop, Sean Shanahan ignites the flame beneath a 40-year-old copper vat.
Ashes felled by invasive pests
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
They're tall, lush, and in their prime. Yet within days or weeks, a two-acre stand of ashes - about 100 trees - will meet their demise. Workers will wade into the grove at the Natural Lands Trust's Hildacy Farm Preserve in Media and rev up their chainsaws.
Mental toughness key to Carli Lloyd's success
  Source: News -- Philly.com 2015-07-02 03:20:47 (2 hours ago) 
For years, intense meditation has been part of Carli Lloyd's soccer game, as important as all of her emphasis on fitness. Getting alone in a room, finding the moment, the big moment in a game, conjuring up scenarios that include the ball on her foot.
Chronic fatigue breakthrough offers hope for millions
  Source: New Scientist - Online News 2015-07-02 03:20:46 (2 hours ago) 
Misunderstood and neglected for more than 25 years, there is suddenly new hope for people diagnosed with what was once cruelly called "yuppy flu"













Man dies trying to rescue young girl from river in Cumbria
  Source: Guardian Unlimited World Latest 2015-07-02 03:20:25 (2 hours ago) 
Dream homes: 11 amazing houses architects actually live in – in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 03:20:24 (2 hours ago) 
Sorry, London: you’re too uncool. And way behind New York | Hadley Freeman
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 03:20:24 (2 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






What crisis? Stronger banks, economies ease fear over Greece
  Source: AP Top International News 2015-07-02 03:20:07 (2 hours ago) 
The prospect of a Greek crackup isn't so terrifying anymore....
Darjeeling: 38 killed and 23 missing in landslides
  Source: AGU Blogosphere 2015-07-02 03:20:03 (2 hours ago) 
Yesterday heavy monsoon rainfall triggered at least 25 landslides in Darjeeling, northern India, killing at least 38 people.
'Person of interest' in custody for missing Arizona couple
  Source: USATODAY.com News - Top Stories 2015-07-02 03:11:10 (3 hours ago) 

Arizona sheriff's deputies were serving a search warrant Wednesday at a home in Maricopa related to the disappearance of a couple who have b...

       
UK govt spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 03:11:05 (3 hours ago) 




Dream homes: 11 amazing houses architects actually live in – in pictures
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 03:11:04 (3 hours ago) 
Women's sportswear: seven different looks – in pictures
  Source: The Guardian World News 2015-07-02 03:11:04 (3 hours ago) 
US Vice-President Joe Biden sends NZ an Independence Day message
  Source: Stuff.co.nz - Stuff 2015-07-02 03:11:03 (3 hours ago) 
United States Vice-President Joe Biden has delivered an Independence Day message to New Zealanders highlighting the values on which the two countries are "bound together". 
Why didn't the bear go to college?
  Source: reddit.com: what's new online! 2015-07-02 03:10:57 (3 hours ago) 

Because bears don't go to college.

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Thursday Night
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 03:10:31 (3 hours ago) 




Full-Moon Aftermath
  Source: BostonHerald.com 2015-07-02 03:10:31 (3 hours ago) 

There are things that cross your mind that you wish wouldn't have. It's not all in your control. Just because you think it doesn't mean it's right or that you should believe it. In the aftermath of the full moon, test your thoughts. Take them to inquiry. Intellectual exploration may just lead you to the knowledge that your heart is pure.

ARIES (March 21-April 19). The wise don't care about being first in line. Whatever your place today, you'll hold it with the kind of detached confidence that attracts the very best. Your way will be made easily.

Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:10:31 (3 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:10:31 (3 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:10:31 (3 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 03:10:30 (3 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.












Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:10:29 (3 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:10:29 (3 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:10:29 (3 hours ago) 







OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:10:29 (3 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






VIDEO: Egypt battles jihadists in Sinai
  Source: BBC News - World 2015-07-02 03:10:27 (3 hours ago) 
Dozens are killed in heavy fighting between Egyptian security forces and jihadists linked to Islamic State in the Sinai Peninsula.




VIDEO: UK family of 12 'travelled to Syria'
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:10:27 (3 hours ago) 
A family of 12 from Luton that includes a baby and two grandparents are believed to have travelled to Syria after going missing.
Boat-leap dolphin breaks woman's legs
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:10:27 (3 hours ago) 
A dolphin jumps into a boat off the coast of southern California, hitting a woman and breaking both of her ankles.
Thursday's gossip column
  Source: BBC News - Home 2015-07-02 03:10:27 (3 hours ago) 
Manchester United try to offload Van Persie, Barcelona bid £56.7m for Pogba, Leicester want Bolton boss Lennon, plus more.
After trade deal, Obama seeks to repair rift with labor
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 03:10:25 (3 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is embarking on a repair mission after his push for business-backed trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor....
After trade deal, Obama seeks to repair rift with labor
  Source: AP Top U.S. News 2015-07-02 03:10:25 (3 hours ago) 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is embarking on a repair mission after his push for business-backed trade legislation ruptured relations between the White House and organized labor....




Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea
  Source: AP Top News 2015-07-02 03:10:24 (3 hours ago) 
TOKYO (AP) - North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content. The move won't be noticed by most in the North since hardly anyone has access to the Internet. But it could signal increasing concern in Pyongyang over the flow of real-time photos, tweet...
Blacklist warnings spread on websites in North Korea
  Source: AP Top Headlines 2015-07-02 03:10:24 (3 hours ago) 
TOKYO (AP) -- North Korea, already one of the least-wired places in the world, appears to be cracking down on the use of the Internet by even the small number of foreigners who can access it with relative freedom by blacklisting and blocking social media accounts or websites deemed to carry harmful content....
New Warden, Increased Security After New York Prison Escape
  Source: ABC News: U.S. 2015-07-02 03:10:04 (3 hours ago) 
New York prison where 2 killers escaped gets new superintendent, increased security
Pippa Middleton Runs Marathon at 5,000 Ft. — One Week After 54-Mile Bike Ride
  Source: TIME.com: Top Stories 2015-07-02 03:01:26 (3 hours ago) 
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UK govt spied on human rights warriors at Amnesty International
  Source: The Register 2015-07-02 03:01:19 (3 hours ago) 
Snooping could cost lives, group claims

The British government has admitted that it spied on Amnesty International, according to campaigners at the human-rights group.…





New York prison where 2 killers escaped gets new superintendent, increased security
  Source: StarTribune.com | Nation 2015-07-02 03:01:08 (3 hours ago) 
EXCLUSIVE: Star witness in rapper's slay flip-flops on ID
  Source: New York News - NY Daily News 2015-07-02 03:00:49 (3 hours ago) 
Queens prosecutors' case against a man they say gunned down a rapper with close ties to 50 Cent may be in jeopardy.








Women's sportswear: seven different looks – in pictures
  Source: Guardian Unlimited 2015-07-02 03:00:26 (3 hours ago) 
Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago) 











OUI lawyer and former intern indicted on OUI charges in boating accident that cut off arm
  Source: Boston.com / News 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago) 
A Boston OUI lawyer and his former intern were indicted Wednesday on OUI and other offenses stemming from a Boston Harbor boating accident that cut off the arm of a 19-year-old.






New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
  Source: Boston.com -- New Hampshire news 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.








Morning Updates: The SCOTUS death penalty dissent, happy leap second
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago) 
What we learned in Boston's revised Olympic bid, an unexpected explanation for a Confederate flag in Boston, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Morning Updates: Ben and Jen split, while Tom and Gisele face a Brahmin behemoth
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago) 
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner call it quits, Tom and Gisele are up against a Brahmin behemoth, and the rest of the news you need to know today.






Protecting fireworks from rain and wind is most important job for Boston's July 4th barge crew
  Source: Boston.com -- Massachusetts news 2015-07-02 03:00:08 (3 hours ago)