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Friday, December 19, 2014

apt. 2, 4 am friday

slavery is alive and well in america, thanks to the need for cheap labor

christian pastor exploits the homeless with endentured servitude

if tech companies wanted to end online harrassment they could do it tomorrow

and for you goys, here's 8 tips (+1) for enjoying hanukkah

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

on thursdays

chicago wants to ban chokeholds

and new york is going to ban fracking

there's very little evidence that korea was behind the sony hack attack

we are 99.999% certain those bones under the carpark belonged to richard iii
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

my favorite wet wednesday

why john boehner won't cancel the state of the union address

solar power doubles in the u.s. in 2014

actor terry crews on misogyny: the man code = isis

cruise ships dumped over 1 billion gallons of sewage into the oceans in 2014

and rip the creator of clifford the big red dog, norman bridwell
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

let's go crazy tuesday

poll:  shopping for health insurance is as fun as getting a cavity filled

black children are not seen as children

10 ways the system is rigged against justice for people wrongly killed by cops

the 5 worst places to drive in the u.s.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

monday another journey

hillary clinton and the men who hate her

9 ways christian zealots ruin america

the tech worker shortage doesn't really exist

kirk cameron's film "saving christmas" is officially the worst movie rated on the international movie data base
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

sunday morning la

how science suffers during government shutdown

the 27 best live albums of all time

half of americans think climate change is a sign of the apocalypse

world population will soar higher than expected

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

saturday night palsy

wall street to pension holders: stop asking questions and give us your money

the vatican found millions of euros in hidden accounts

in case younwere wondering what ever happened to ebola?

why are bands with racist lyrics available on itunes?

and rip to the creator and head writer of mary hartman, mary hartman ann marcus
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Friday, December 12, 2014

exodus: gods and kings

we are looking forward to this epic motion picture this holiday season

                 exodus: gods and kings
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all your space are belong to us

nasa's newest hit:

all about that space
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another friday night

corporate bribery and corruption grease the gears of global capitalism

regular bills, irregular paychecks

a time capsule buried by sam adams and paul revere was unearthed in boston

the world's oldest banded bird returns for the 63rd year to mate again
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

no typical thursday night

the big password mistakes hackers are hoping you make

are humans going extinct?

a letter to dr. oz

and nine movies to see before you see "inherent vice"
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

long wednesday

race, racism, policing and cameras

here's a good summary of the rolling stone uva rape story and the rape apologists

it's time for a retail workers' bill of rights

applying the 'broken windows' theory to the police

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

late tuesday

use of deadly force by police has disappeared in richmond, california

how many homeless people will freeze to death this winter?

costco closed on thanksgiving, but its sales didn't suffer

being homeless is better than working at amazon
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Monday, December 08, 2014

happy zappadan!!

woah, we are so, so sorry, we totally spaced the beginning of zappadan this year!

so, to make up for it, here's frank zappa starring ringo starr:

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monday all week long

colorado residents are looking at a new gift this year - marijuana

the koch brothers' anti-clean-eneregy efforts are failing on a state level

1 in 3 americans put off medical treatment because of cost

how the world's first computer was rescued from the scrapheap
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Sunday, December 07, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that don't seem to make it onto the talking points of those peeps hopscotching around on the talking head sunday show circuit.

ecuador indigenous leader found dead days before planned lima protest. the body of an indigenous leader who was opposed to a major mining project in ecuador has been found bound and buried, days before he planned to take his campaign to climate talks in lima. activists believe his death is linked to opposition to state-chinese mine project. - the guardian

revealed thirty years on... the secret role that america's henry kissinger played in the bhopal tragedy. former us secretary of state henry kissinger put pressure on the indian government to agree a legal settlement that let the american chemical company union carbide off the hook for the 25,000 people killed by the toxic gas disaster. - glasgow herald

seafood fraud cases plummet as noaa cuts investigators. despite calls in washington for a crackdown on seafood fraud — to protect consumers as well as law-abiding american companies and fishers — noaa has been slowly whittling down the team of agents that handles complex investigations = baltimore sun

burgundy winemaker cheers a 'victory for people power' after conviction for refusing to spray vines with pesticides is overturned. few wine drinkers consider pesticides a required ingredient but a vineyard owner in burgundy had to resort to the courts to uphold his right to keep them from his latest vintage. - the independent

energy firms in secretive alliance with attorneys general. attorneys general in at least a dozen states are working with energy companies and other corporate interests, which in turn are providing them with record amounts of money for their political campaigns, including at least $16 million this year - nytimes

product of mexico: hardship on mexico's farms, a bounty for u.s. tables. american consumers get all the salsa, squash and melons they can eat at affordable prices. but a los angeles times investigation found that for thousands of farm laborers south of the border, the export boom is a story of exploitation and extreme hardship - latimes

why elon musk's batteries scare the hell out of the electric company. here’s why something as basic as a battery both thrills and terrifies the u.s. utility industry. - bloomberg

california's drought may be worst in a millennium. a new analysis published in geophysical research letters, showed that while other droughts in california's history had less precipitation than the one the state is currently experiencing, the most recent drought stood out because of how exceptionally hot it was compared to other droughts over the past 1,200 years - scientific american

los angeles, city of water. los angeles has reduced its reliance on outside sources of water. tt has become, of all things, a leader in sustainable water management, a pioneer in big-city use of cost-effective, environmentally beneficial water conservation, collection and reuse technologies - latte times

alec looks to shred epa regulations. the american legislative exchange council forged ahead with a new agenda this week. despite an exodus of corporate sponsors, who have balked at its policies and tactics, the nonprofit honed plans to dismantle the environmental protection agency, roll back energy regulations and give the stage to climate change deniers. - al jazeera america

big-picture study of fracking operations suggests even small chemical exposures pose risks. a paper published friday in reviews on environmental health suggests that even tiny doses of the chemicals released during the various phases of oil and natural gas production, including fracking, could pose serious health risks - huffpo

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sunday morning comin' down

90 pipeline spills you probably haven't heard about

how the criminal justice system degrades democratic citzenship

the police in the u.s. are becoming illegitimate

vinyl record sales hit 18 year high in britain
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Saturday, December 06, 2014

saturday night out

it's the people's mail that will be slowed

hey glenn beck - your disease is not a real disease

the christian terrorist movement nobody wants to talk about

criminalizing liberalism

our previous link was broken, so we reiterate here:  black friday sales plummeted this year
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Friday, December 05, 2014

angeline is always friday

the dismantling of medicaid

but people sure like obamacare

penn. gop official pleads no contest to drugging and raping a woman

7 ways the military wastes your money

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

no day like thursday

washington state's first marijuana auction brings in $600,000

the domestic terrorism the media doesn't tell you about

an important question about technology over at herlander walking

methane gas cloud the size of delaware is floating over new mexico

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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

just wednesday

amazon is crushing main street

meet the fortune 500 companies funding the resegregation of america

and beware the third confederate reconstruction 

not a good sign: black friday sales plummeted this year

and rip long-time rolling stones saxophonist bobby keys

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

last tuesday

a short history of racist callers to c-span's washington journal

we are the most unequal society in the developed world

the drift towards police as warrior cops instead of guardians of the people

americans rate the post office the highest of government agencies
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Monday, December 01, 2014

monday's afternoon

how inequality is ruining the american dream

7 years later: why this recovery is still a turkey

correlation shown between gmo's and 22 diseases

"i warned you about bill cosby in 2007"

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that get less attention than a derriere of a kardashian.

drought hit são paulo, brazil’s drought-hit megacity of 20 million, has about two months of guaranteed water supply remaining as it taps into the second of three emergency reserves, officials say. the city began using its second so-called “technical reserve” 10 days ago to-hit sao paulo may 'get water from mud. prevent a water crisis after reservoirs reached critically low levels last month. - reuters

cancer-causing flame retardants found in some people. a growing body of evidence found an array of flame-retardant chemicals – many which are carcinogenic – in test participants, a potential health concern for firefighters and others exposed to the chemicals. tcep was found in 75% of those tested - sacramento bee

gmo labeling fight moves toward court. across the nation, farmers, corporate executives at giant multinational food companies such as unilever, and millions of americans who question the health effects of genetically engineered food are watching and waiting to see what happens in the vermont lawsuit - burlington free press

farmers generate clean-burning fuel from coffee waste in nicaragua. the clean, affordable fuel source for coffee farmers was a byproduct of a wastewater management pilot program. along with purifying the acidic wastewater from the coffee milling process, biogas is helping improve the quality of life for many small farmers. - san jose tico times

car-free to become carefree in helsinki. finland’s capital of helsinki is growing fast and the city’s current transportation system is overstretched and short of money. helsinki’s Director of transport and traffic planning ville lehmuskoski tells host steve curwood about the city’s novel “mobility as a service” model and how investing in shared modes of transit based on needs will save money, reduce traffic congestion, and improve travel comfort and convenience. - living on earth

copenhagen, the capital of denmark, was named europe’s greenest capital in 2014. it’s partly due to the ubiquitous bike paths and the ambitious renewable energy goals, but as living on earth’s helen palmer reports, also due to the many green roofs the city is installing to soak up excess rain and cool the capital. - living on earth

muir woods coho salmon vanish, fanning fears of extinction. the cherished coho salmon that historically wriggled their way past beachgoers up redwood creek into muir woods vanished this year and are now on the verge of extinction, prompting a last-ditch attempt by fisheries biologists to save the genetically unique species - sfgate

college student dies after severe allergic reaction to peanut butter. it started with a batch of peanut butter cookies — and ended several days later with the death of a michigan college student. his family is now speaking out about the dangers of nut allergies and the need to accommodate people who have them. - washington post

can breeders cure what ails our breast-heavy turkeys? We have decades of intense selective breeding to thank for the dramatic evolution of the average american turkey — from a scrawny 13.2 pounds in 1929, to a robust weight of nearly 30 pounds in 2012. a lot of that weight has gone straight to the breast. - npr

sun, sand and offshore drilling in spain's famed canary islands. an oil rig now floats offshore in one of europe's top winter beach destinations - spain's canary islands. for the first time, spain has authorized offshore oil drilling there. it's hoping to reduce its dependence on foreign oil. - npr

bees have pollen preferences, and we've wiped out many of their favorite flowers - treehugger

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sunday morning call

us govt to auction off bitcoins seized in silk road closure

who judges the judges?

authorities are discovering many mass graves in mexico

7 of america's top 30 corporations pay their ceo's more than they pay in federal taxes

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

saturday night on utopia parkway

fast-warming gulf of maine offers hint of future for the world's oceans

7 lives cut short since ferguson

sleater-kinney is back together!

this is what it sounds like when fish shout

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Friday, November 28, 2014

just a reminder

support your local communities. #shoplocal

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black friday rule

what not to buy on black friday

wal-mart workers promise the biggest strike ever on black friday

more guns, more crime: study undermines the nra

robots really are coming for your job
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

food glorious food

they know it's christmas

50% of americans think stores open on thanskgiving is a terrible idea

thanksgiving gas prices cheapest since 2009

and here's 10 thanksgiving movies you can stream on netflix
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

it's only wednesday

these stores will be closed on thanksgiving

republicans have no incentive to govern

how thanksgiving, the abolitionist holiday, won over the south

why do cats sit in circles?  who knows, but they do
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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

king of tuesday night

whole foods is not the world's greatest employer

wall street takes over more state houses

wage theft in socal garment industry

more and more feds are going undercover
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Monday, November 24, 2014

monday woman

warmest ocean temperatures ever recorded this summer

but expect even more and bigger snow storms as the climate gets warmer

why the press is less free today

2nd century roman empire glass found in 5th century japanese tomb
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

environmental news stories sunday

for those pesky little stories that need to be seen, heard and talked about...

do you know how many toxic chemicals are in your shampoo, your lipstick, your toothpaste? egyptians first started using scented oils and ointments to clean and soften skin. They were also the first to use toxic chemicals in their beauty products, with lead and arsenic being common ingredients. - global and mail

rcmp confirm 53 arrests so far of people protesting kinder morgan's plan to push a tar sands pipeline through burnaby mountain - vancouver observer

drought revives 'forgotten art' at wineries: farming without irrigation. the gnarled zinfandel grapevines on rich czapleski's land have borne fruit for more than 100 years, producing dark, intense wines that exemplify the special growing conditions in this coveted winemaking region - latimes

berkeley will require retailers provide cellphone safety information. fresh from a ballot-box victory to tax sugary drinks and a decision to provide labels at fuel pumps tying driving to climate change, the berkeley city council voted to craft an ordinance requiring retailers to give consumers information on the safe use of cellular phones - contra costa times

wild turkeys have made a comeback and are ruffling some suburban feathers. wild turkeys were nearly extinct a century ago, but a ­decades-long effort to restore their population has been so successful that the feathered fowl are showing up with varying degrees of friendliness in unlikely places — wandering into suburban backyards, pecking across trader joe’s parking lots, even strutting along interstate 66 in northern virginia. - wapo

chevrolet joins grasslands effort. chevrolet has become the first corporate participant in a public-private initiative that pays farmers not to convert natural prairie to large-scale crop production, which would release gases that are warming the planet, officials said - fort wayne journal gazette

two groups seek to defend maui county’s gmo farming ban. two organizations have separately filed motions in federal court seeking to defend maui county’s temporary moratorium on genetically engineered crops after expressing doubt as to the county’s commitment to the ordinance - honolulu civil beat

not all republicans run from clean energy. this is a tale of two states, iowa and wisconsin. these states border each other, and they have many similarities. but there are big differences in their approach to renewable energy. unfortunately, republican elected officials in wisconsin have lost sight of the common good - lacrosse tribune

what rains carry into streams is making them unfit for salmon. as soon as the fall rains began, the intermittent headwater streams that were dry all summer flowed downstream into creeks, rivers, lakes and puget sound. - everett herald

pg&e gas-line probe by state was slow to launch. it took a four-year string of six accidents blamed on inaccurate natural-gas system records for california regulators to open an investigation into whether pacific gas and electric co. knows the condition of the pipelines that run into people’s homes and businesses - sfgate

california love: water thieves just can’t get enough. something rare quickly becomes valuable. so it should come as no surprise that the latest target of thieves in a state suffering a historic drought is water - al jazeera

 the little dutch boy has gone, but his spirit lives on in climate change strategies. every american has probably heard of the little dutch boy who saved his country by putting his finger in the dike, but they may not know how the netherlands is coping with its latest threat: rising sea levels driven by global warming and dikes that may no longer be high enough. - climate wire

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sunday morning

the california drought is so bad people are stealing water

red cross employees doubt the organization's ethics

4 lies about abortion that made their way into our laws

which is deadlier, car emissions or car crashes?

(thanks to herlander for the correct link on the water story!!)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

saturday night on utopia parkway

mike nichols: "we are all willie loman now"

police killings highest in two decades

there was no investigation in over 1,000 sex crimes in new orleans

ny mall will fine stores if they don't open on thanksgiving
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Friday, November 21, 2014

american friday night

trace amounts of fukushima radioactivity found in waters off california coast

why conservatives opt for propaganda over reality

the haves and the leftovers

mark twain predicted the internet in 1898

and rip legendary director (the graduate, who's afraid of virginia woolf) and elaine may's old improv partner mike nichols
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

mrs. thursday

k-mart says employees may request thanksgiving off; the reality is a bit different

this new clock may end time as we know it

mert the lawyer whose new job is defending scientists against climate deniers

why the dems lost in 4 letters: the dccc

and rip motown great jimmy ruffin
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