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Op Ed: Fuel poverty in the UK is real, what is being done?

by Ryan Carter The plight of fuel poverty in Britain today is shocking Last month I went to a crowded Attlee suite (one of many suites in Portcullis house which is attached to the Palace... Read More
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We Spent $7.6 Billion to Crush the Afghan Opium Trade—and It’s Doing Better Than Ever

Hubris grows too. Mother Jones reports. Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan is at record levels, according to a new report from the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. That’s despite more than... Read More
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What Google really means by “Don’t be evil” (as long as it suits us…)

Quartz explains the infamous ‘do no evil’ Google mantra. “The famous Google mantra of ‘Don’t be evil’ is not entirely what it seems.” Those words come not from a detractor of the company but from... Read More
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Colorado Dems: We Caught James O’Keefe and His Friends Trying to Bait Us Into Approving Voter Fraud

Mother Jones reports. James O’Keefe, the conservative provocateur, has been on the prowl in Colorado, the setting of a close Senate race between Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and GOP Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as... Read More
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Oh crap! Researchers fear antibiotics may cause some livestock to spread salmonella faster

Raw Story reports… Giving animals antibiotics may make them sicker and could lead some to spread even more salmonella than they would have otherwise, U.S. researchers experimenting on mice said. The findings in the Proceedings... Read More
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Putin strikes back at sanctions? Russians investigating more than 200 McDonald’s

Raw Story reports via Newsweek. Russian officials are investigating more than 200 McDonald’s restaurants—nearly half of the fast-food chain’s locations in the country—in what many analysts see as retaliation against Western-backed sanctions. The probes into... Read More
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Backatcha fear-mongering idiots! Rwanda Introduces Ebola Screening — for Americans

ABC News has the great story of turnabout being fair play! In a turning of tables on Ebola monitoring, the East African nation of Rwanda is screening all visitors from the United States and Spain... Read More
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What could go wrong? Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

via The Local, Sweden’s English language news. Sweden’s military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface “with weapons if... Read More
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(This week!) The 5 Stupidest Paranoid Responses to Ebola

Mother Jones shares the crazy. As President Barack Obama noted in his weekly address Saturday, Ebola is a serious public health issue. But the level of paranoia that has surfaced across the country since Thomas... Read More
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Mammy Yokum has spoke! Christie is ‘tired of hearing about the minimum wage’

MSNBC has the story. Poor Chris Christie. The embattled Republican governor realizes there are millions of Americans struggling to get by, working for a minimum wage that hasn’t budged in far too long, and he’s... Read More
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6. The Three Muckrakers: Ukip’s Racist Reggae Ways (Mon)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Welcome to the SPIN-free politics zone. Every week Denis Campbell, editor of UK Progressive magazine, Phil Parry former BBC anchor and editor of WalesEye.com and Falmouth University’s Dr. Dario... Read More
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Today in Eeeek! Virtually All Americans’ Wealth Has Dropped To Where It Was Three Decades Ago

ThinkProgress shares the disturbing news. The bottom 90 percent of American families own just 23 percent of the country’s wealth, about the same share they had in 1940, according to a new paper from Emmanuel... Read More
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Tories blame Labour after four+ years: Government borrowing 10% higher than last year

The Guardian puts the Chancellor on the hot seat. (Oopsie?) Government spending pushed borrowing last month to £11.8bn, £1.6bn higher than September 2013 and £1bn higher than City forecasts. The chancellor’s plan to cut the deficit... Read More
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What could go wrong? Former Environment Agency head to lead industry-funded fracking task force

Cannot even type this with a straight face from The Guardian: Lord Chris Smith will lead a new ‘independent’ task force, funded by shale gas companies, to look into the risks and benefits of fracking in... Read More
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Pew study shows we’re angrier than ever at each other! Political Polarization & Media Habits

Pew Research Journalism Project reports.. When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And... Read More
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Op Ed: It’s No Secret – ‘For God’s Sake’

by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall At an important Washington meeting last week, the majority of guests sat, shaking their heads in disbelief, as the panelists blatantly skirted the truth, almost to the point of... Read More
Can someone call him home please? Pat Robertson rants over ‘deadly’ gay marriage in Idaho: It’s an ‘onslaught of homosexual behavior’

Can someone call him home please? Pat Robertson rants over ‘deadly’ gay marriage in Idaho: It’s an ‘onslaught of homosexual behavior’

Raw Story has his complete rant. Christian televangelist Pat Robertson on Monday told viewers that his worst fears had come true, and that legalized same-sex marriage was having “deadly consequences” in Idaho. The owners of... Read More
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Getting Ready for Hillary Costs About $1,000 Per Hour

And we’re 2 years and 2 weeks out? WTF? The super-PAC is building a list of supporters that is already hovering around 3 million. Hillary Clinton’s friendly super-PAC is spending roughly $23,000 a day – nearly... Read More
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She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder.

The Daily Beast reports… No newspaper dares to publish the truth about the drug lords in Tamaulipas. Those who break the silence on Twitter and Facebook are marked for death. MEXICO CITY—She was a crusading... Read More
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The rabbit hole gets deeper: Tesco’s black hole due to lies, not mistakes, say investigators

No way this ends well. TreasuryInsider.com explains. “Inappropriate” behaviour, not an accounting error, is to blame for Tesco’s £250m profit overstatement, according to those tasked with looking into the black hole scandal. A source close... Read More
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Scott Brown sees Mitt Romney as an Ebola repellent

Blame Obama? The lunacy from MSNBC. Ordinarily, candidates for major public offices get better as campaigns progress. The improvements tend to be organic – politicians do more interviews, make more appearances, deliver more speeches, and... Read More
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Ebola: Man removes daughter from school over facemask refusal

BBC has this scary man’s story. A father worried about Ebola arriving in the UK has taken his teenage daughter out of school because it will not let her wear a facemask. Jon O’Brien, from... Read More
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Putin’s Coup: How the Russian leader used the Ukraine crisis to consolidate his dictatorship

Shrewd and scary, Politico explains. The war in Ukraine is no longer only about Ukraine. The conflict has transformed Russia. This increasingly is what European leaders and diplomats believe: that Vladimir Putin and his security... Read More
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Time to make firms pay for avoiding US taxes

by Sherwood Ross Blue-ribbon corporations are deserting our country “to avoid paying taxes but expect to keep receiving the full array of benefits that being American confers, and that everyone else is paying for,” Fortune... Read More
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Does the culture of tipping make waitresses more vulnerable to sexual harassment?

The Washington Post asks… After nine years working as a waitress, mostly at a chain of restaurants in suburban Memphis, Catherine Bryant knows how to deal with lascivious customers, the leers and whistles and lewd... Read More
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The Origins of My Pyromania

The New York Times Magazine essay… My grandfather babysat for me once when I was 4. He left me alone in the living room, probably for no more than five minutes. Unsupervised, I was drawn... Read More
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Watching Dear White People at Harvard

npr explains. A new movie about race and identity is out in select theaters today. It’s called Dear White People, and it’s a satire set at a fictitious ivy league college. Or, as the promotional... Read More
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Spotify Is Getting a Family Deal to Save You Money

Gizmodo reports the good news. If you and your partner both use separate Spotify accounts—or, worse, your entire family—then some good news: the streaming service is launching a family deal so you can all run... Read More
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McConnell seeks clean slate for Republican majority in Senate

The Hill reports his cart is waaay out in front of this horse. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session so Senate Republicans will have... Read More
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Not surprisingly: For capital juries across America, race still plays a role in who gets to serve

VQR reports on: Bias in the Box On December 16, 2007, Jennifer Vincek was pulling another overnight shift at the Shell Food Mart in downtown Statesville, North Carolina, when Jeffrey Peck, a regular at the... Read More