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NY: Court dismisses lawsuit seeking personhood for two chimps

July 31, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Two chimpanzees will not be freed from a New York state university where they're used in locomotion studies after a court decision Thursday dismissed a lawsuit that had sought to afford them legal personhood rights. While the Nonhuman Rights Project had standing to bring the lawsuit on behalf of 8-year-old chimpanzees Hercules and Leo, a higher court decision last year that found a chimpanzee named Tommy was property, not a person, necessitated the lawsuit be tossed, State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe wrote in her decision." (07/30/15)

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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

July 31, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"Coast Guard officials say it will likely be a couple more days before they can definitively say what caused a miles-long oil slick to materialize off the Santa Barbara County coast this week, but an expert said Thursday it was more than likely the result of ocean-floor seepage. Beaches all along the coast remained open and crowded Thursday, with health officials saying the 3-mile sheen is harmless to people. That's in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in the same area in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas for miles. Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson said samples of the spill were collected Wednesday and Thursday and were being sent to a lab for analysis." (07/30/15)

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Pope Francis against the world

July 31, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig  

"Peak Pope, a condition of exhaustion with Pope Francis and his public presence, has come and gone a couple of times during his short papacy. The first came back in the spring of 2014, when, after a year of homilies, sermons, and impromptu speeches, casual Francis fans in the media seemed to feel they had heard all they wanted to out of the pontiff. But Francis appeared set to maintain the enthusiasm of his media audience for just a little longer with the announcement and subsequent release of his encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, in June. Whatever honeymoon may have issued from Francis’s bold treatment of climate change through the lens of Catholic moral theology has, however, ended." (07/30/15)

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US Attorney Melinda Haag steps down, medical cannabis dispensaries rejoice

July 31, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle Smell the Truth    

"Federal prosecutor Melinda Haag won’t be bothering more medical marijuana dispensaries any time soon, as she announced her resignation Wednesday. Haag, 53, announced her plans to step down as of Sept. 1, reports the SF Gate. 'The reality is, at some point, the job ends, and I feel it’s the right time,' Haag said to the Contra Costa Times. ... Haag will be remembered for her overuse of federal resources to seize and shut down state-approved lawful marijuana dispensaries, such as the Berkeley Patient’s Group and Oakland’s Harborside Health Center." (07/30/15)

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Report: Trump trademarked “Trumpocrat” and ‘Trumpublican”

July 31, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Trump for President LLC trademarked two particularly Trump-y phrases earlier this year: Trumpocrat and Trumpublican, as first discovered by the Washington Post. Though both trademarks have now been abandoned, the intended use was for 'bumperstickers; campaign buttons; pennants; decals; coffee mugs; banners; baseball caps; t-shirts; bookends; salt and pepper shakers; posters; shirts; ties; cufflinks; colognes; chocolate; nameplates; key rings; eyewear; playing cards; surfboards; editions of automobiles; other items susceptible to be used as political advertising; membership organizations; all manner of political paraphernalia; all designed to augment the candidacy of Donald Trump.' Both trademarks were first filed on January 25 of this year and were abandoned less than two months later on March 11." (07/30/15)

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Media portrayal of Iran deal implies US imperialism a good thing

July 31, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Gregory Shupak  

"Under the recently negotiated deal between Iran, the United States, and five other world powers, Iran will remove two-thirds of its centrifuges and reduce its supply of enriched-uranium in exchange for an easing of sanctions, a return of frozen assets and an eventual lifting of the arms embargo against Iran. U.S. media reaction to this arrangement has been revealing. To say that elite American opinion makers are hostile to Iranians is obvious enough. But examining the exact forms of this can provide insight into how the imperialist mindset operates in contemporary America. A broad spectrum of U.S. media commentary on the accord portrays U.S. global military supremacy as natural and desirable, and treats Iran as a nation that belongs under the control of the U.S." [editor's note: It would be hard to say this any better - SAT] (07/30/15)

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Study: More Millennials living at home than in Great Recession

July 31, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"Although there are now almost 3 million more young adults in the United States than there were in 2007, fewer young people are heading their own households than at the height of the economic crisis, data from the Pew Research Center revealed Wednesday. The labor market is rebounding with decreasing levels of unemployment and increasing wages, but these trends have not translated into more Millennials living independently, the discovery of which has baffled pundits. In the first third of 2015, around 42.2 million 18-34-year-olds lived away from their families, while in 2007, shortly before the Great Recession began, 42.7 million did." (07/30/15)

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We won’t get great teachers by treating them badly

July 31, 2015
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Jeff Bryant Our Future
by Jeff Bryant  

"An article by Alia Wong for The Atlantic this week caused quite a stir by pointing to a recent survey of teachers that found one of the main stresses they have during their busy days is getting a potty break. Wong looked at results from a poll about the work conditions of teachers conducted by the American Federation of Teachers and the Badass Teachers Association, a grassroots teacher-led movement resisting current education policies. ... But 'the biggest takeaway' Wong got was that 'of the various everyday workplace stressors educators could check off, among the most popular was, ‘Lack of opportunity to use restroom.'” [editor's note: Well, of course, they might use that free moment to deflate a playground football or something! - SAT] (07/30/15)

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White House opposes cutting off corporate welfare for Planned Parenthood

July 31, 2015
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"The White House said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama would oppose any efforts by Congress to divert money from Planned Parenthood, a health organization that performs abortions at its clinics. Republicans in Congress have threatened to pull $500 million in federal funding a year from Planned Parenthood after a group that opposes abortions released videos that suggest the organization profits from supplying aborted fetal tissue for medical research. Planned Parenthood said it broke no laws, because abortion providers are allowed to charge costs to cover expenses associated with fetal tissue donation." (07/30/15)

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Science: HIV flushed out by cancer drug

July 31, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"HIV can be flushed out of its hiding places in the body using a cancer drug, researchers show. The cornerstone of treatment, anti-retroviral therapy, kills the virus in the bloodstream but leaves 'HIV reservoirs' untouched. The study, published in PLoS Pathogens, showed the drug was 'highly potent' at reactivating hidden HIV. Experts said the findings were interesting, but it was important to know if the drug was safe in patients. ... A strategy known as 'kick and kill' is thought to be key to curing HIV; the kick would wake up the dormant HIV, allowing the drugs to kill it." (07/30/15)

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Flogging the flag where there is none

July 31, 2015
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Debra J. Saunders Town Hall
by Debra J Saunders  

"When South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill to boot the Confederate flag from State House grounds earlier this month, it was a beautiful moment -- if decades late. State lawmakers finally acted out of revulsion from images of a confessed shooter posing with the Civil War relic before he shot to death nine African-American church parishioners June 17. Flag apologists lost their stomach for defending the banner as an emblem of states' rights. The best part was that South Carolinians themselves had decided it was time for the bad flag to go. The worst part is what is happening now as politicians in other states try to repeat that unique moment by passing their own anti-Confederate flag legislation." (07/30/15)

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Bernie learns his lesson, but have the rest of us?

July 30, 2015
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The American Prospect The American Prospect
by Adele M Stan  

"'We want a nation where a young black man or woman can walk down the street without worrying about being falsely arrested, beaten, or killed,' Bernie Sanders told some 8,000 supporters in Dallas on July 19, the day after his contentious encounter with protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement at Netroots Nation. While Sanders, the socialist U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, appeared to have learned his lesson quickly, the same cannot necessarily be said for some of his most ardent followers, or for the progressive movement more broadly, where power rests primarily in the hands of white men." (07/29/15)

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Republicans need to get over stubborn opposition to helping poor

July 30, 2015
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USA Today USA Today
by Sherrod Brown & Tim Kaine  

"Many called it socialized medicine. A rising Republican warned that we’d 'spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it once was like in America when men were free.' Donald Trump talking about Obamacare in 2015? No, Ronald Reagan urging Congress to vote against the creation of Medicare. This week marks 50 years since the passage of Medicare. If addressing inequality is a real priority for Republicans officials (particularly those in the South) they should take a cue from history, embrace the health law, and expand Medicaid." [editor's note: No, what they really should do is separate this and the disability portion of Medicare, call it an "entitlement," and then let people decide whether or not to contribute to it any further - SAT] (07/30/15)

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The ruthless politics of Walkerism

July 30, 2015
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John Nichols The Nation
by John Nichols  

"Scott Kevin Walker, fresh from a free-spending yet folksy campaign in which he carried his lunch in a brown paper bag and promised to create 250,000 jobs, delivered his first inaugural address as governor of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011. 'I stand before you not as the governor of one party or another, or the governor of one part of the state or another,' he declared. 'Today, I stand before you as the governor for all of the people in the state of Wisconsin.' Days later, Walker traveled from Madison, the state capital, to Beloit, a working-class town battered by plant closings. But he wasn’t reaching out to laid-off workers or confirming his commitment to a city that hadn’t voted for him. He was meeting with Diane Hendricks, the billionaire who would become his most generous campaign donor." (07/29/15)

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National Review’s bad conscience

July 30, 2015
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The New Republic The New Republic
by Jeet Heer  

"National Review has a fraught relationship with National Socialism. In recent years, the magazine has taken to likening liberals and socialists to fascists and Nazis. In a much-derided article published last week, correspondent Kevin Williamson claimed that Senator Bernie Sanders is leading 'a national-socialist movement, which is a queasy and uncomfortable thing to write about a man who is the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and whose family was largely wiped out in the Holocaust.' Later in the article, Williamson added that Sanders is not a 'national socialist in the mode of Alfred Rosenberg or Julius Streicher,' but this proviso couldn’t undo the implication that Sanders and his supporters are modern day Hitlerites." [editor's note: The irony is (1) every single GOPer now running for the throne is to some extent a fascist dictator in liberty-drag; and (2) Ms. Hitlery is far worse than Bernie as an authoritarian Democrat - SAT] (07/29/15)

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Treacheries at teatime

July 30, 2015
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In These Times In These Times
by Jane Miller  

"Our old friend Eric Hobsbawm, the historian, died in 2012, when he was 95. Two years later, MI5 (Britain’s domestic security service) released the file they’d kept on him since 1942. About 1,000 pages long, it goes up to 1963, and there’s almost certainly another 11 years’ worth of it still to come. His file is thought to be among the longest of the quarter of a million assembled by MI5, thousands on people like Eric who’d been members of the Communist Party of Great Britain. Though Eric admits in his autobiography, Interesting Times: A Twentieth-Century Life, that he would have worked for the Russians in the 1930s if they’d asked, all that steaming open of letters and listening to phone calls turned up nothing to which he’d not freely admitted." [editor's note: For those offended by a post about admitted Communists, I'll note historical comparisons with the NSA's current snooping, or Nixon's enemies-list - SAT] (07/29/15)

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Lithium find in exploding star could help solve astronomy puzzle

July 30, 2015
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Raw Story Raw Story    

"Astronomers have discovered lithium in a type of stellar explosion known as a nova for the first time, a find that helps clear up a longstanding mystery in astrophysics about the quantity of the element that has been observed in stars. Using two telescopes in Chile, astronomers detected tiny amounts of the chemical element lithium in Nova Centauri, which exploded in 2013 -- the brightest nova so far this century, the European Southern Observatory said this week. That could be the first step in solving the so-called lithium riddle. Models of the Big Bang at the birth of the universe 13.8 billion years ago allow astronomers to calculate quite accurately how much lithium should be present." (07/29/15)

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DEA official: “I’ve never seen” heroin use this bad

July 30, 2015
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Washington Examiner    

"Heroin deaths are spiking in the U.S., concerning lawmakers who proclaim it an epidemic and public health issue. Between 2012-13, the number of U.S. drug overdose deaths resulting from heroin spiked from 5,900 to 8,200, said Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy Center. 'I've been with [the] DEA almost 30 years, and I have to tell you, I've never seen it this bad,' Jack Riley, acting deputy administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said at a House judiciary subcommittee hearing Tuesday." [editor's note: Cause/effect strikes again. Illegality promotes quality/dosage issues while less-hazardous pain relief is still suppressed, unless it has a Pharma poison in it - SAT] (07/29/15)

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“Obama Eight” adjust to life after life sentences

July 30, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"One is a high school counselor. Two or three work in restaurants. Some can't find a job. Others have slipped into obscurity. The Obama Eight, as they call themselves, don't fit into easy categories, except for this: They were all convicted of drug crimes, and they were among the first to have their sentences commuted by President Obama. And as Obama prepares to issue even more commutations in the last months of his presidency (part of an aggressive attempt to use his pardon power to shorten long drug sentences) many of them say they feel the weight of criminal justice reform on their shoulders. If any one of them returns to prison, it could taint the clemency initiative and make it harder for other deserving inmates to be released, they say." (07/29/15)

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For such a rich guy, Donald Trump looks kind of sad

July 30, 2015
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Reuters Reuters
by Dan Hill  

"I expected disgust (and its first cousin, contempt) to be the most frequent emotions on Donald Trump’s mug as he announced his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. After all, disgust would make perfect sense. It’s an emotion in keeping with Trump’s repeated comments about the current state of America as something that smells and tastes bad -- if not literally, then at least metaphorically. But what caught me by surprise was how often sadness appears on Trump’s face. For a guy who’s as rich as he is, it’s striking how being a winner in the 'pursuit of happiness' doesn’t seem to factor into Trump’s emotional profile." (07/29/15)

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PA: Fattah indicted in racketeering case

July 29, 2015
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Fox News Fox News    

"Longtime Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Chaka Fattah was indicted Wednesday on wide-ranging racketeering charges, accused of an elaborate scheme to misappropriate hundreds of thousands of dollars from various accounts. The Justice Department announced that he and four 'associates' were charged in a 29-count indictment for their role in the alleged conspiracy. The charges covered several schemes to conceal payments to various sources by allegedly creating sham contracts, passing money through other companies and, in one case, disguising a lobbyist's bribe as payment for a car he never sold. In another case, Fattah allegedly settled a campaign debt by trying to help a consultant win millions in federal aid." (07/29/15)

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Report: Russian hackers used Twitter, photos

July 29, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Russian government-backed hackers who penetrated high-profile U.S. government and defense industry computers this year used a method combining Twitter with data hidden in seemingly benign photographs, according to experts studying the campaign. In a public report Wednesday, researchers at security company FireEye Inc said the group used the unusual tandem as a means of communicating with previously infected computers. FireEye has briefed law enforcement on what it found. The technique, uncovered during a FireEye investigation at an unnamed victim organization, shows how government-backed hackers can shift tactics on the fly after they are discovered. 'It’s striking how many layers of obfuscation that the group adopts,' said FireEye Strategic Analysis Manager Jennifer Weedon. 'These groups are innovating and becoming more creative.'" (07/29/15)

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Did Obama downplay Malaysia slavery to grease trade deal?

July 29, 2015
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Dave Johnson Our Future
by Dave Johnson  

“Cheap labor is the whole point of our corporate-rigged, NAFTA-style trade agreements. Companies get to move jobs, factories, even entire industries out of the U.S. to countries where people are exploited, the environment is not protected and 'costs' like human safety are kept low. But even so ... tolerating slavery? Flat-out slavery? Really? Unfortunately, it looks like that’s what is happening with fast-track trade promotion authority, The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Obama administration." (07/28/15)

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France sends extra police to Channel Tunnel

July 29, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"France is to send extra police officers to Calais, as migrants say they will keep trying to reach the UK despite the deaths of nine people since June. Migrants told the BBC going in groups of up to 400 gave them the best chance of getting into the Channel Tunnel. Severe delays are affecting travellers in France and the UK. And Operation Stack is due to last all week, with 3,600 lorries queuing on the M20. The home secretary said new fencing was urgently being installed in Calais." (07/29/15)

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NH: Baby receives lifetime hunting-fishing license

July 29, 2015
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San Francisco Chronicle San Francisco Chronicle    

"A 6-month-old New Hampshire boy has become the first child to get a newborn hunting and fishing license in the state. Daylen Brickley's grandfather read about the state program in a hunting and fishing magazine. The family from Milford bought the license July 23, the first day it was available. New Hampshire Fish and Game officials are offering a lifetime, combined hunting and fishing license that can be purchased for those under a year old. Daylen will be able to redeem his fishing license when he turns 16 and redeem his hunting license after he completes the state's hunter education course." [editor's note: Does he take the huntin' course at age 8, and be fishin' up a storm by age 12 ... or never touch gun nor rod, becoming a strict vegan! - SAT] (07/29/15)

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