New story: Transform: Muscle City 17 by AKA
Workers and Wage Slaves
- Court says business can ban class action arbitration by employees—"[A] federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that companies can require employees to sign contracts prohibiting them from taking class action against the company."
- Don't Blame Robots For Declining Wages -- Blame Dissolving Unions
- LePage revisits child-labor laws
- Tax breaks for CEOs pay for million-dollar salaries—"CEOs' salaries are ballooning thanks to tax breaks that turn bonuses into government subsidies for corporate America."
- Bangladesh Garment Factory Ablaze As Worker Anger Boils
- Fast-food workers walk off jobs in '100 city' low-pay protest
- Apparently McDonald's Thinks Its Employees Have Swimming Pools and Nannies
- The Daily Show talks raising the minimum wage and associated fears
- How Raising the Minimum Wage Would Benefit McDonald's and Walmart
- Krugman: Better Pay Now—"Raising the minimum wage would help many Americans, and might actually be politically possible." NYT
- Robinson: Democrats can win on raising minimum wage WaPo
- D.C. Council Unanimously Approves Minimum Wage Increase To $11.50—Another step closer for Washington DC.
- Leggett signs Montgomery County's new minimum wage law—"The bill will raise the county's minimum wage — which is now $7.25 — to $11.50 by 2017, including to $8.40 on Oct. 1, 2014."
- Fleeing to Next Town, Bosses May Find Minimum Wage Is Rising There, Too—"When businesses threatened to move across county lines if the minimum wage was raised, a county councilman was able to get three governments to agree to raise it together." NYT
- Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty—Big factor is the devaluation of human labor thanks to globalization.
- Republicans More Likely to Have Constituents Who Use Food Stamps
- Millionaire Congressman votes to cut food stamp aid for poor constituents but uses taxpayer-funded office account to reimburse himself for meals
- Now Is A Horrible Time To Cut Food Stamps, In 1 Depressing Chart
- GOP debunked on food stamps: Everything they say about SNAP is wrong—"Forget the nonsense about them breeding dependency. Food stamps increase self-sufficiency, research shows." Salon
- Why Is a Senate Democrat Agreeing to Another $8 Billion in Food Stamp Cuts?
- Noam Chomsky: America hates its poor—"Linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky on our country's brutal class war -- and why it's ultimately so one-sided." Salon
- Charity is not a substitute for justice—"Poor Americans need higher salaries, not food drives."
- Boris Johnson fails live 'IQ test'—"In first appearance since controversial speech, London mayor fails to answer two IQ questions and refuses to answer third."
Politics and Economy
- Obama: 'Dangerous and growing inequality' has jeopardized middle class WaPo
- Krugman: Obama Gets Real—"With a big inequality speech, the president is finally sounding like the progressive many of his supporters thought they were backing in 2008." NYT
- White House says 240,000 jobs lost in 2014 without jobless benefits extension
- Low wages are stalling America's economy
- Flipside: Jobs growth strong, unemployment at five-year low
- Here's why Wall Street has a hard time being ethical—"A new report finds 53% of financial services executives say that adhering to ethical standards inhibits career progression at their firm. A former Wall Street trader describes why."
- The Wall Street Journal's pathetic attack on Elizabeth Warren—"A new Op-Ed from the WSJ tries -- and fails -- to take down the Senate's liberal icon." Salon
- Looking for fraud? Don't look at food stamp recipients, look at Wall Street—"Food stamps keep 47 million people from going hungry, so cuts hurt. Congress should focus on where the real abuse happens."
- Another Batch of Wall Street Villains Freed on Technicality—"Why the GE Capital convictions were quietly overturned, and what it says about justice on Wall Street."
- More Welfare for Wall Street: One in Three Bank Tellers Need Public Assistance
- U.S. House passes bill to exempt private equity funds from rules—"The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would largely spare private equity fund advisers from federal regulations enacted after the 2007-2009 financial crisis." Most likely to be vetoed by Obama if it reaches his desk.
- Big Banks Might Charge for Deposits to 'Compensate' for Fed Policies—Big Banks have gotten too big. Look into your local credit unions.
- Bad deals with Wall Street are costing the city as much as $1 billion a year: report
- What the Fluck!—"The point at which journalism fails and modern power begins."
- The Daily Show: Blackstone & Codere—"Samantha Bee investigates the shady, totally legal business dealings of a private equity firm called Blackstone."
- EU fines banks over rate-rigging—"The European Commission has fined eight banks - including RBS - a total of 1.7bn euros (£1.4bn) for forming illegal cartels to rig interest rates."
- U.S. plans new bank fraud cases in early 2014 - attorney general
- LA Sues Wells Fargo, Citigroup Over Foreclosures—"The Los Angeles city attorney sued Wells Fargo and Citigroup on Thursday, alleging the companies engaged in mortgage discrimination that led to a wave of foreclosures in minority communities during the housing crash."
- NY judge: Goldman Sachs silent about rogue trader—"A former Goldman Sachs trader was sentenced on Friday to nine months in prison for wire fraud by a judge who took sharp aim at both Goldman and the government, questioning why it took them so long to bring the misconduct to light."
- U.S. Judge Weighs Penalties After BofA Fraud Verdict
- Remember all those Obamacare horror stories? Not looking so bad now—"Inflammatory personal testimony has been a staple of bad debating since humans first started arguing with each other."
- Republicans Change Obamacare Attacks as Website Functions
- Another Georgia Republican Forgot The Camera Was Rolling, Accidentally Spoke His Mind—"Georgia's Republican insurance commissioner is stepping back from his claim that pre-existing medical conditions are similar to a car crash that is the driver's fault." If an insurance company's profits are primarily based on denying coverage then they shouldn't be in the healthcare business.
- Kentucky Governor To Mitch McConnell: Get Your Facts Straight On Obamacare
- The GOP says Obamacare will cancel 80-100 million insurance plans. Nope. WaPo
- Report: States Opting Out Of Medicaid Expansion Will Lose Billions
- GOP obstruction of Obamacare is closing hospitals
Surveillance and Privacy
- How to Tell When the N.S.A. Is Lying—"If the N.S.A. says that it is not 'intentionally' doing something, then it is almost certainly taking that very action."
- Revealed: How the Nsa Targets Italy
- Patriot Act author: Obama's intel czar should be prosecuted—"Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress."
- AT&T Says It Doesn't Have to Disclose NSA Dealings—Via shareholders' vote.
- NSA Wrongly Says Warrantless Mobile-Phone Location Tracking Is Legal
- Nullifiers Have A Plan To Stop The NSA: Turn Off Its Water Supply
- FBI's search for 'Mo,' suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance WaPo
New story: The Hypnosis Files by z119z (hypno)
- Farewell, Madiba—"Nelson Mandela's human flaws, desires, and compromises—as much as his idealism and ability to forgive—helped to make him great."
- Fight the right-washing of Nelson Mandela's legacy—"Much of the American right supported apartheid, almost to the bitter end. Why we must remember that." Salon
- The Day Mandela Was Arrested, With A Little Help From the CIA
Law and Disorder
- Police arrest teen behind anti-snitching Twitter account
- Ex-Elmo performer known for his anti-Semitic Times Square rant tries to extort $2 million from Girl Scouts: prosecutors
- Mugger apologises to victim 30 years on after finding him on Facebook
- Italian mob boss eaten alive by pigs
- 13-year-old son of deputy investigated for so-called 'kill list'
- Man Moves Into Home While Family Is Away And Claims He Now Owns It
- Man arrested after he repeatedly aimed, fired unloaded Civil War-era cannon at New York neighbor's home
- This Bullying Social Experiment Is Incredibly Eye-Opening
- Houston cops cuff 13-year-old white girl, 2 black men visiting city for dance video shoot
- Man, 20, arrested in 26-year-old's shooting death—Black man kills white man for having a black girlfriend.
- Officers Are Told Race Can Be a Factor in Street Stops, but Not the Only One—"With a new law in effect that expands the types of suits that can be filed over profiling, the New York Police Department gave officers guidelines for stop and frisk." NYT
War on Women
- On-duty officer sexually assaults 19-year-old during traffic stop, police say
- NM woman comes forward with illegal probing claims
- Cops Spray Woman's Vagina With Mace To "Punish" Her After Drug Arrest—A lawsuit ensues.
- Meet the Prison Profiteers. They're Worse than You Think.
- Arizona's privatized prison health care under fire after deaths
- "Lockup quotas" guarantee profits for the U.S. private prison industry
- Does the Attorney General Mean What He Says About Sentencing Reform?—"Eric Holder has spent a great deal of time and energy lately advocating for reforms to mandatory minimum sentences. So why is the federal government trying to stiff Clarvee Gomez in court?"
- Sotomayor's Dissent Highlights Concerns Over Elected Judges—Since "the early 1980s, judges have overridden the jury's decision and imposed the death penalty in 95 cases, while decreasing the sentence to life imprisonment without parole in just nine cases."
- Prison for a State Chemist Who Faked Drug Evidence—"Prosecutors say Ms. Dookhan declared drug samples positive that she had not bothered to test, tampered with evidence, forged signatures and lied about her credentials to enhance her standing in court as an expert witness. In all, her actions may have tainted more than 40,000 drug samples involving thousands of defendants." NYT
- Coroner slams handling of Kendrick Johnson case—"Authorities say Kendrick Johnson fell into the mat and suffocated while trying to retrieve a sneaker. His family suspects the 17-year-old was murdered and that someone has tried to cover up evidence in the case."
- Unarmed Man Is Charged With Wounding Bystanders Shot by Police Near Times Square—"The Manhattan district attorney's office says the man was responsible for the wounds two women suffered when the police shot at him." Absolving cops who actually did the shooting of responsibility? NYT
- We Knew New York Was Corrupt, But We Didn't Know It Was This Bad—"In a sweeping indictment of New York politics, a commission empaneled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to investigate official corruption in the state released its preliminary report, detailing abuses of power and endorsing major changes to campaign finance and anti-corruption laws."
- Bloomberg giving NYPD bodyguards jobs to 'keep their mouths shut'
- Judges Decline to Reverse Stop-and-Frisk Ruling, All but Ending Mayor's Fight NYT
- "Unreasonable Force" In Chicago Evidently Does Not Mean A Probably Drunk Cop Killing An Unarmed Guy Lying On the Ground By Shooting Him 16 Times
- Yale professor found dead in jail after being aggressive with cops
- TPD officer who shot dog files lawsuit seeking $10,000 from
- Man says police officer threatened to kill his dogs
- Family says it misses deathbed goodbye due to dispute with RWJ hospital security
- Spoils of war: Police getting leftover Iraq trucks
- How "Zero Tolerance" Policing Helped Bad Cops in Florida Create a Civil Rights Nightmare—And of course they're deflecting criticism.
- Ft. Worth Police Department Offers *Real* Apology For Its Assistance In The NHTSA's Blood/Saliva Sampling 'Survey'
Surveillance and Privacy
- NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show WaPo
- Sweden spied on Russia for NSA: report
- Switzerland: Probe launched into foreign spying
- ABC brass nixed Barbara Walters' pick of Edward Snowden as year's most fascinating person—Nope, he's a baaad man.
- Obama says he will propose NSA reforms—He'll "be proposing some self-restraint on the NSA and to initiate some reforms that can give people more confidence."
- The IRS And SEC Want To Snoop Through Your Email Without A Warrant; Don't Let Them
- Tower Dumps in SC Could Give Your Cell Data to Police
Whistleblowers and Journalism
- "There is a War on Journalism": Jeremy Scahill on NSA Leaks & New Investigative Reporting Venture—Donate to the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
- Jailed whistle-blowers to Edward Snowden: Don't come home
- Obama and leakers: Who are the eight charged under the Espionage Act?
New story: The Inner Circle 3 by muscl4life
Auburn vs. Alabama Aftermath
- Alabama Kicker Cade Foster Sent Death Threats and Hateful Tweets After Loss
- Sister: Deadly shooting was over Alabama loss
- Parody Radio Call Detailing Final Auburn-Alabama Return Play Goes Viral
- Boy, 13, suspended for carrying Vera Bradley purse
- Lakeview ban on memorial T-shirts backfires—"Jones said the situation was handled 'compassionately.' She said, for example, that students who were asked to turn their shirts inside-out were told to keep Caitlyn's name 'close to their heart.'" Utter bullshit.
- African-American girl faces expulsion over "natural hair"
- Tased Bastrop Student Has Head Injury—"A Cedar Creek High School student that was tased Wednesday by a resource officer during an altercation in a hallway is still in the hospital with a brain injury, according to the student's family's attorney." Noe Nino de Rivera was trying to stop a fight.
- Coach Defends Students Arrested at Bus Stop—The charges were dropped.
- Pre-K suspensions common in Maryland schools—"Most of the students were suspended for physical attacks on teachers or students, though a handful were suspended for offenses such as sexual activity, possession of a firearm or other guns, inciting a public disturbance, and vandalism." WTF, are these charges for real?
- Pocketknives, schools, and Georgia's 'zero tolerance' ban
- Seeing the Toll, Schools Revise Zero Tolerance—"School districts around the country are rethinking their responses to minor offenses by students amid mounting evidence of the downside of get-tough policies." NYT
- 'My daughter was bullied to death in England over her red hair'
- Iowa parents defend bullying of autistic teen
- Boy Suspended For Bullying Is Serving Unusual Punishment From Parents
- Alleged Bullying Victim Sues School District
- Band of brothers rally around boy, 6, to stop teasing
- Steubenville case: Four more charged, including superintendent, volunteer coach
- Rape case, blackmail allegations roil Hamburg School District
- Montana appeals 30-day sentence in student rape case as insufficient—Judge who made the ruling says he doesn't deserve to lose his job.
- Texas Board of Ed votes to drop algebra II mandate—"The Texas Board of Education gave preliminary approval Thursday to dropping algebra II as a requirement for high school graduation, over the objections of critics who say the state is watering down its academic standards."
- NYC high schoolers can't earn '0' even if they skip class, miffed teachers say
- U.S. students still only average on tests—"American high school students still post only average scores on a key skills test administered to kids in 65 countries across the industrialized world."
- Government books $41.3 billion in student loan profits
- Many Young Americans Blame Colleges For Rising Student Debt
- From Shop Class To Shipyard: Oregon's Plan For Industrial Interns—"Manufacturers in Oregon want to hire high school students. But they don't want the kinds of high school students that colleges are after — the kind who have amazing test scores and will spend hours perfecting essays. They want teenagers who want to paint, weld and work with their hands."
Think of the Children
- Principal tells mom with breast cancer she can't visit kids' school—"An Albuquerque, New Mexico mother with cancer says she was kept out of her daughter's school because of the way she smells."
- Daycare gives kids crackers, fines mom for unhealthy lunch
- Dad Goes To Pick Kids Up From School, Gets Arrested Instead
- 6,000 Arizona child abuse reports not investigated—Maybe they just forgot.
- Failure to protect: More children dying of abuse, neglect in Wash.
- Child taken from womb by social services—"Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section."
- Family can sue in child removal case involving Mike's Hard Lemonade, judge rules—"An Ann Arbor family can proceed with a lawsuit against a judge who placed their 7-year-old son in foster care after his father mistakenly gave him Mike's Hard Lemonade at a Detroit Tigers game...."
- Prosecutors fear for evidence after DFCS pair reinstated in Georgia—"The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services has reinstated two workers arrested last year for falsifying documents at its Muscogee County office, prompting prosecutors to seek a court order Monday denying the pair access to any records related to their case."
- Arne Duncan: 'White suburban moms' upset that Common Core shows their kids aren't 'brilliant'
- State of Play: Peter Berg on Trophy Kids—Preview of upcoming episode documentary focusing on overparenting in sports.
- 'Ghetto Mom' Shames Daughter's Bad Behavior At School. Good Parenting Or Bad Approach?
- Dorkly.com: Parental Guidance
- Blast from the Past: 'Tiger Mothers' leave lifelong scars
Kids These Days
- Brooklyn Bar Raises Drinking Age to 25 Because Young People Are Annoying
- NYC Bans Tobacco Sales to Anyone Under Age 21
- Twitter wants to check your age before you can follow booze brands
- More signed up for Obamacare in first two days of December than in all of October WaPo
- Healthcare.gov working: Slate's health care guinea pig tries enrolling again
- Cost of Health Care Law Is Seen as Decreasing—"Because of a slowing trend in health care spending, the government is expected to spend billions of dollars less than originally projected on the law, and future cost controls may save billions more." NYT
- Sen. Sanders: Health Care for All
- Could A Tech Giant Build A Better Health Exchange? Maybe Not—"Oregon has spent more than $40 million to build its own online health care exchange. It gave that money to a Silicon Valley titan, Oracle, but the result has been a disaster of missed deadlines, a nonworking website and a state forced to process thousands of insurance applications on paper."
- Republicans Nearing a Dead End on Obamacare
- Hypocrisy, dogma and sabotage: The right's stepping into an Obamacare trap Salon
- RNC: 'Offensive' That White House Wants 'To Woo Young People' To Obamacare
- Kentucky: Third website ordered removed; 'deceptively similar' to state's health insurance exchange
- More on the California GOP's bogus Obamacare website—"Following our post on the California Republicans' misleading health insurance website, numerous readers reached out to us with examples of how the Assembly Republican Caucus, which created the thing, has been marketing it."
New story: To Protect, and to Serve 4 by Mindbender (hypno inc)
War on Terror
- After 9/11, CIA Secretly Turned Some Gitmo Prisoners Into Double Agents
- Two terror suspects sue Poland over 'CIA torture'
- British major threw laptop with sensitive Iraq photos from ferry
- Speaking against the NDAA
- The Government's Secret Plan to Shut Off Cellphones and the Internet, Explained
Press Freedom and Free Speech
- How Surveillance-State Insiders Try to Discredit NSA Critics—"Journalists opposed to the surveillance state are accused of sensationalism and withholding context. But unlike our critics, we're eager for the whole truth to out."
- Britain targets Guardian newspaper over intelligence leaks related to Edward Snowden WaPo
- Guardian editor defends publication of Snowden files—"Rusbridger also told lawmakers that the Guardian had published only 1 percent of the 58,000 files it had received from Snowden." WaPo
- Guardian Australia fiercely defends its reporting on spy agencies—"Attacks on the publication of stories based on NSA documents threaten to shut down debate on the issues that matter."
- War On Democracy: Spain And Japan Move To Criminalize Protests
- Japan: The new Uzbekistan of press freedom in Asia—And protests against secrecy law is an 'act of terrorism.'
- Justices to look at claims over Bush-era protest—"The lawsuit claims the two agents violated anti-Bush protesters' free-speech rights by having police move them farther away from where the president was eating dinner than some pro-Bush demonstrators."
- United Nations counterterrorism official launches investigation into NSA surveillance
- French Lawmakers Propose Warrantless Access to Live User Data From ISPs and Hosting Sites
- Australian spy agency offered to share data about ordinary citizens
- Timor-Leste spy case: 'witness held, and lawyer's office raided by ASIO'—"A first-hand witness to alleged Australian spying against Timor-Leste in 2004 has been detained and searched at his Canberra home, according to a prominent human rights lawyer and academic, Frank Brennan."
- How politics, spying, and censorship shape the Web
TSA and Watchlists
- Trial Opens in Case Challenging Scholar's Placement on TSA Watchlist—"Is Rahinah Ibrahim a Malaysian jihadist, or the victim of misguided bureaucrats who erroneously placed the 48-year-old woman on a U.S. terror watchlist, preventing the scholar and mother of four from re-entering the United States?"
- Who Is Watching the Watch Lists?—"[T]he federal government's main terrorist watch list has grown to at least 700,000 people, with little scrutiny over how the determinations are made or the impact on those marked with the terrorist label." NYT
- Abolish the TSA
- Tunisia protesters torch ruling party office
- Moscow police arrest 'armed Islamists' in raids
- Britain to tackle 'Islamist extremism' after soldier's murder
- UN implicates Bashar al-Assad in Syria war crimes
- Hezbollah: Commander 'assassinated' outside Beirut home
- Yasser Arafat 'was not poisoned' - leaked French report
- Pakistani party "outs" suspected CIA station chief in fury at drone strike
- Identity and Exile—"Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel examines why so many American Jews defend Israeli policies regardless of the issue or cost."
- Ukraine PM Mykola Azarov warns of coup in making
- Ukraine protests grow as president responds
- Ukraine's crisis is getting so serious that protesters used a bulldozer against police WaPo
- Ukraine unrest: Nato condemns crackdown on protesters
- Transparency International slams Ukraine as ‘most corrupt in Europe’
- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden arrives in China amid tense airspace dispute
- People's Bank of China hints at retreat on dollar purchases—"Reserves build-up no longer in China's favour, central bank deputy governor says, amid talk that the yuan's trading band could be widened."
- China punishes 20,000 officials for being too bureaucratic
- China Claims Victory in Scrubbing Internet Clean—"The Chinese government has declared victory in cleaning up what it considers rumors, negativity and unruliness from online discourse, while critics say the moves have suppressed criticism of the government and ruling Communist Party."
- China is Cheating the World Student Rankings System—"Enough is enough: Beijing must supply national data to assessors and not simply the results of a small minority of elite students."
- Tensions ease in Thailand as police remove barriers
- North Korea powerbroker 'dismissed'
- Tibetan immolations: Desperation as world looks away
- Most Americans think US should 'mind its own business' abroad, survey finds
- In God we trust, maybe, but not each other—"You can take our word for it. Americans don't trust each other anymore." WaPo
- Tom Corbett Went From Establishment Republican to Tea Party Ally. Bad Move.
- John Nichols: Rep. Trey Radel won't be joining the half a million Americans jailed for drug offenses
- Gov. Walker Urges Parents to Skip Toys and Send the Christmas Money to Him
- Judge hits 'dark money' group with $260,000 fine for failing to disclose campaign spending
- Corporate 'Dark Money' To Get Free Pass After SEC Drops Disclosure Proposal
- Sierra Club On Dark Money Changes: Don't Toss Whole Bushel Over Few Bad Apples
- Racism is over? According to the RNC's twitter it is
- Scott Walker Fires Campaign Staffer For Offensive Tweets About Hispanics
- Black female professor reprimanded for pointing out existence of structural racism to white male students
New story: Timmy's Fetish 5 by Londonboy
- A Gut Reaction: America's obesity epidemic may be caused by its favorite drug
- 'Fit Mom' Gets Temporarily Banned from Facebook Over 'Hate Speech'
- Study: 'Healthy Obese' Still at Increased Risk of Heart Attack
- 'Half-Ton Killer' Mayra Rosales Reveals Why She Falsely Confessed to Murder, Dramatic Weight-Loss
- New Warning: Morning-After Pill Doesn't Work for Women Over 176 Pounds—"The European manufacturer of a pill identical to Plan B says its product won't work for women who weigh more than 176 pounds. Will American pharma companies warn women of weight limits?"
- Hong Kong confirms first human case of bird flu
- Adolescent AIDS rates up alarmingly, UN finds—"But mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been dramatically reduced, UNICEF reports."
- WHO Fail: Claim that 50% of new Greek HIV infections self-inflicted for benefits totally false
- Only Half of Drugs Removed by Sewage Treatment—"Only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants says a new report."
- NH hospital worker gets 39 years in hepatitis case
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
- French couple, 86, slam 'cruel' law in suicide note—"The plight of an 86-year-old couple, who committed suicide together at a luxury Paris hotel last week has provoked much emotion in France. On Monday it emerged they had penned a scathing suicide note, reigniting a row in France over assisted suicide."
- Scott Adams: I Hope My Father Dies Soon—"If you're a politician who has ever voted against doctor-assisted suicide, or you would vote against it in the future, I hate your fucking guts and I would like you to die a long, horrible death."
- Belgium: Legislative panels approve youth euthanasia bill
- UA Study: Your Brain Sees Things You Don't
- Former NHL Players File Class Action Concussions Suit Against League
- Teenager Sustains Concussion, Becomes Musical Genius
- The Neuroscientist Who Discovered He Was a Psychopath
- Deadly Brain Illness Discovered in British Family—"Condition destroys tissue much like mad cow disease, but is inherited and not infectious ."
- The Social Life of Genes—"Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don't just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells. Inside the new social science of genetics."
- Science proves Louis C.K. is right!—"New studies show the 'equality bias' in kids turns out to be a lot like a famous Louis CK joke about kids and toys." Salon
- Study: Bad behavior gets "paid forward" more than good—"A new social scientific experiment reveals that greed frequently begets more greed." Salon
- The more inept you are the smarter you think you are
- Upside Downside
- Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction—"Could reading highbrow fiction make you better at perceiving the thoughts and feelings of others?"
- Apology Not Accepted: The Right — and Wrong — Way to Say You're Sorry
- How to Accept Critcism with Grace and Appreciation
- Ghosting, the Irish goodbye, the French leave: stop saying goodbye at parties.
- Eye contact may not be a social cure-all—"Locking eyes with someone may not be the universal route to persuasion."
- Stop Calling All Criticism "Shaming"—"Just because you don't like someone's criticism doesn't mean they're 'shaming' you."
- The Backfire Effect shows why you can't use facts to win an argument
- R.I.P. Obamacare repeal movement: Crusade is officially dead—"Without anyone realizing, all mainstream efforts to kill the health law have disappeared. Here's what it all means." Salon
- The Next 5 Fixes That Obamacare Needs
- The health care reality conservatives ignore
- High court ends Liberty U. lawsuit over health law—"The Supreme Court has turned away a Christian university's attempt to overturn a key part of the Obama administration's health care law." Salon
- Report: Obamacare To Cost 'Billions Of Dollars Less Than Originally Projected'
- Krugman: Obamacare's Secret Success NYT
- Counterpoint: Healthcare.gov Has Already Failed—"Website problems won't stop Obamacare, but they've already wrecked progressives' ambitions."
- Erick Erickson On Obamacare: 'We Must Deny Them The Opportunity To Fix The Law Itself'
- CA Assembly GOP Puts Up Fake California Health Exchange Site
- CNN employee's own mistake crashed Obamacare Web page
New story: Changes 17 by Iainlthr
- The Unmitigated Inanity of Cyber Monday—"The dumbest fake holiday of the year."
- T-Mobile and AT&T went head-to-head on Twitter over a customer… T-Mobile won
- Yahoo sends rambling memo demanding employees start using its webmail—"A close read of the anachronistic historical universe where Yahoo takes place."
- The internet mystery that has the world baffled
- Stuxnet's Secret Twin—"The real program to sabotage Iran's nuclear facilities was far more sophisticated than anyone realized." ForeignPolicy
Game of Drones
- Amazon says drone deliveries are the future—Starting to fly in China.
- Hexacopter used to smuggle tobacco and cell phones into Georgia prison
- Army Scores a Super-Stealthy Drone That Looks Like a Bird
- Google Is Ordered to Block Images in Privacy Case—"The Internet company said it would appeal a French court's ruling that it strip from its search results nine images of the former European racing chief Max Mosley." NYT
- Google's frightening patent: collect data and interact with others automatically on your behalf
- Will This Google+ Flaw Abruptly Shut Down Your YouTube Account?—User gets false-flagged as an impersonator and Google requires photo ID to have it reinstated.
- YouTube hilariously impotent against ASCII comment pornographers
- Google employee goes on Facebook rant after cafe bans him from wearing Google Glass—What a self-entitled Glasshole.
- Gmail is boiling the frog – and we are the frog
- This Google ad has moved people to tears across India and Pakistan—Frickin' onions, I tell ya.
- Louis C.K. parody reveals the one button Facebook needs—"No, it's not a 'hate' button or 'private' button. It's something far more pertinent to the truth of social networking."
- On Facebook, a growing teenage wasteland
- Fraud problem makes Facebook more attractive to online advertisers, say ad insiders
- Why I'm (Still) Not Going to Join Facebook: Four Arguments that Failed to Convince Me
- Snapchat turned down more than $3B from Facebook
- Study shows removing DRM increased music sales
- Russell Brand: Get My New DVD From The Pirate Bay
- Copyright Monopoly Disintegration Inevitable As It Only Takes A Single Country
- Young adult readers 'prefer printed to ebooks'—"Survey finds that 62% of 16 to 24-year-olds prefer traditional books over their digital equivalents."
- A Brief Whine About E-Books, Digital Publishing, and International Nonsense
- Apple Doesn't Want to Pay the Feds' E-Book Lawyer $70,000 a Week
- UK's Internet-Porn Crackdown Threatens Free Speech—"Critics of the law fear it will give the gov. the power to censor any information it feels is dangerous."
- Apple Blocks "Sex Criminals" #2 on comiXology iOS App—It recently rejected #3 and retroactively removed #1.
- Amazon removes abuse-themed e-books from store
- 'Ryse: Son of Rome' design director comments on cutting sex scenes in U.S.
- Let us say 'faggots' on Facebook, says maker of pork snack—"Mr Brain's, which makes the traditional pork product, is urging Facebook to allow people to use the word 'faggots' to refer to the dish."
- Prenda's massive trolling take revealed: $1.9 million in 2012
- Prenda's John Steele: Accused of identity theft by his own mother-in-law
- Porn trolls slammed again: Minnesota judge calls in the feds on Prenda—"Prenda Law is referred to investigators—and it must repay its victims."
- Copyright troll starts filing ADA lawsuits—without knowledge of his "clients"—"Disabled 'tester' didn't know Hansmeier sued small businesses in her name."
- Unhappy Thanksgiving for Prenda Law, ordered to pay $261K to defendants
- We need anonymity to make democracy safe – Stallman talks bitcoin
- Texas Hacker Debunks Link Between Bitcoin Founder and Online Drug Market
- E-sports site settles covert Bitcoin mining case for $1 million
- The secret Hong Kong facility that uses boiling goo to mine Bitcoins
- Bitcoin Thefts Surge, DDoS Hackers Take Millions
- Sheep Marketplace Scam Revealed, $40 Million Stolen
- Missing: hard drive containing Bitcoins worth £4m in Newport landfill site
- Malware Analysts Say Breaches Are Not Being Disclosed by Their Employers—40% of infections come from company executives visiting porn sites.
- How Somebody Forced the World's Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland
- Alleged Windows support scammer forfeits money earned by "fixing" PCs
- Estonia to extradite 3 men for "Operation Ghost Click" malware scheme—"US government claims botnet group took in $14 million from traffic diversion."
- Ding Ding Ding! Video Poker 'Hackers' Cleared of Federal Charges—"Two gamblers who took advantage of a software bug to win a small fortune from casino video poker machines will enjoy Thanksgiving without the threat of federal prison hovering over them like a carving knife. A federal judge in Las Vegas this morning dismissed federal charges against the men, ending a nearly two-year-long legal battle over when beating the house becomes a crime."
- The gentle art of cracking passwords
- Hack of MacRumors forums exposes password data for 860,000 users
- Password hack of vBulletin.com fuels fears of in-the-wild 0-day attacks
- Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords—Stored as plaintext. Oy.
- Now Selfies Can Be Used as Passwords
- Obama Administration Says Health Care Website Is Vastly Improved NYT
- Report: 100,000 Signed Up For Obamacare As Website Was Revamped
- Consumer tips for HealthCare.gov show administration's cautious optimism WaPo
- HealthCare.gov will work. That means Obamacare can work, too. WaPo
- Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress
New story: I was a College Weresinewa 6 by F_R_Eaky
- Pope Francis calls for decentralisation of Church powers—"Pope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role."
- Pope Francis Calls Unfettered Capitalism 'A New Tyranny'
- Pope ramps up charity office to be near poor, sick—"Pope Francis has ramped up the Vatican's charity work, sending his chief alms-giver and a contingent of Swiss guards onto the streets of Rome at night to do what he usually can't do: comfort the poor and the homeless." WaPo
- Vatican Hires International Accounting Firm To Get Books in Order
- The PR Guru Behind the Pope Who Is Charming the World—"Every modern-day media darling needs a PR machine, and Pope Francis is no exception. Enter Greg Burke: the 53-year-old Fox News correspondent turned Holy See handler."
- Mormon Church in UT State Supreme Court CHALLENGING Reporting about Sex Abuse Victims
- Mormon church denies lawsuit's claims of sex abuse coverup
- Ex-Mormon bishop admits sex crimes with teen church members—"Ex-bishop Todd M. Edwards, 49, admits committing felony acts on two teenage girls who attended his Menifee church."
Sex Abuse Scandals
- "Rape the gay away" pastor won't serve time—"Iowa pastor and youth counselor Brent Girouex, who claimed with a straight face that he was trying to 'cure' teenage boys of their 'homosexual urges' by having sex with them, has had his sentence reduced from 17 years in prison to sex offender treatment and probation." Salon
- Australia: Pedophile priest guilty on new charges
- Disciplined Priest accused of abuse stripped of title
- Owner of alleged Satanic sex abuse daycare released as case against her falls apart—Kids' outrageous lies.
- Blast from the Past: Ex-priest convicted of trying to hire hit man to kill abuse accuser
- Central African Republic 'descending into chaos'
- Jihadists cut down 150-year-old oak in Syria
- German writer Abdel-Samad missing in Egypt—"A German writer threatened with death after criticizing Islamists has gone missing in Egypt. Police suspect that Hamed Abdel-Samad was abducted by religious extremists, but the investigation is still ongoing."
Church and State
- Supreme Court will take up new health law dispute—"The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to referee another dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law: whether businesses may use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees."
- SC school cancels Christmas toy drive under legal pressure—American Humanist Association not acting humane.
- OH Supreme Court rules firing justified for teacher accused of advancing religion in classroom
- Science Education Advocates Thwart Late-Night Hijacking of Texas Science Textbook Adoption
- Atheists Take On The IRS—"IRS policies on church tax exemptions aren’t just potentially making America poorer – they also illegally discriminate against atheists, a lawsuit alleges."
- FFRF, Gaylor, Barker overturn 'parsonage exemption' clergy privilege—"The Freedom From Religion Foundation and its co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker have won a significant ruling with far-reaching ramifications declaring unconstitutional the 1954 'parish exemption' uniquely benefiting 'ministers of the gospel.'"
- Gay snub Cornish B&B owners lose Supreme Court appeal—"The Christian owners of a guesthouse who were ordered to pay damages for turning away a gay couple have lost their UK Supreme Court fight."
- Moscow mayor: No more mosques in my city—"The mayor says that the move is meant to discourage illegal immigration, but critics say it is corruption that is fueling migration, not mosques."
- Jury Sends A Message On Marriage Equality And Fines Gay Couple One Cent
- Texas National Guard To Let Same-Sex Couples Sign For Benefits—State law was preventing it [WaPo], but using federal personnel overcomes that roadblock.
- Oklahama Gov. Fallin halts all spouse benefit applications at state-owned National Guard facilities
- Chattanooga: Domestic partner benefits passes on final council vote
- Mary Cheney Joins Fight Against Indiana Gay Marriage Ban
- Houston Mayor: Benefits will be offered to same-sex spouses of city employees
- Judge Allows Terminally Ill Chicago Woman To Marry Her Partner Before Gay Marriage Law Takes Effect
- Croatia holds referendum on same-sex marriage ban
- Right-wing "family expert": Treating husbands and wives as equals is unchristian—"Russell Moore called egalitarian marriages 'false gospel' that defy the Bible." Salon
- Head teacher apologises over 'racial discrimination' letter—"A head teacher has apologised for sending parents a letter saying a "racial discrimination" note would be added to their child's education record if they did not go on a religious trip."
- Christian leaders rage at naming of gay US ambassador to Dominican Republic—"The arrival of a new envoy and his husband in Santo Domingo has incensed prominent Catholics and evangelicals."
- Harvard Journal Essay Argues Jews Suffer Because They 'Killed Jesus'
- Costco Apologizes for Labeling Bibles as Fiction
Bad for Your Health
- Ohio Amish Girl, Family Flee to Avoid Forced Chemo
- Parents of Injured Baby Choose Emergency Baptism Over Hospital Visit, With Fatal Consequences
- The vaccination problem can't simply be prayed away—"Political correctness has meant practices that endanger children aren't publicly condemned."
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