Pro-tar-sands activists say dirty Canadian oil is better because "lesbians are hot"

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The "In Canada lesbians are considered hot!" campaign is the brainchild of Robbie Picard, a tar-sands booster from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Read the rest

Vivendi lobbyist appointed to run copyright for UN agency

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Francis Gurry, the fair-use hating, web-hating, North Korea embargo-breaking, witch-hunting, blackmailing head of the UN's World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has a new pick to run copyright at the UN agency: Sylvie Forbin, a lobbyist for for French entertainment giant Vivendi. Read the rest

The long, racist history of Brexiteer Boris Johnson, the new UK Foreign Secretary

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The BBC rounds up some of Boris Johnson's on-the-record "gaffes" (which is to say, unforgivable racist garbage), from calling African people "piccaninnies" to praising Bashar Al-Assad. Read the rest

David Cameron's swan song (ringtone edition)

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If you, like me, heard former UK Prime Minister David Cameron's post-abdication accidentally captured odd tune and self-affirmation and thought, "That's my next ringtone," then here you go.

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Russia's ghastly Children's Rights Commissioner finally quits

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Pavel Astakhov -- celebrity lawyer, courtroom TV star, crime novelist, reciter of impromptu religious poetry -- has finally met a scandal he couldn't laugh off: when he met with the children who'd survived a boating accident that killed 14 of their friends, he opened with "So, how was the swim?" Read the rest

Nigel "Brexit" Farage, having tanked the UK economy, retires to "get his life back"

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Nigel Farage, a stock broker who spent years pretending to be a working class lad in a flat cap, has announced that he is quitting as leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party because now that he has "[his] country back" he wants to "get [his] life back." Read the rest

Illinois gun shop raffles AR-15 rifle to benefit Orlando victims

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"We don't believe this is a gun issue, this is a terrorism issue and this is an act against American citizens," says Bert Irslinger, Jr., owner of Second Amendment Sports, a gun shop in McHenry, Illinois.

Mr. Irslinger says he is going to donate raffle proceeds for an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle raffle to the OneOrlando Fund, plus an extra $2,000, perhaps to compensate for his bad taste.

Omar Mateen, the shooter who killed 49 people in Orlando's Pulse nightclub massacre, did not use an AR-15 in the shooting. Mateen killed his victims with a SIG Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle and a 9mm Glock 17 semi-automatic pistol. But American fans of military-style assault rifles have wasted no time exploiting the massacre to popularize their weapon of choice.

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US DoD white paper: wearing hijab is "passive terrorism"

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Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods & Strategies, a 2011 publication by the Air Force Research Laboratory, was just re-released with a new introduction that touts, "the wisdom contained in this paper collection is more relevant than ever." Read the rest

Mississippi state rep tells distraught mom to buy kid's lifesaving meds 'with money she earns'

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Nicole Nichols' 8-year-old daughter has diabetes; Nichols and her husband have come to rely on Medicaid to help supply life-saving essential medication for their daughter, because their two salaries are insufficient to cover their medical bills, which run in excess of $2000 month in out-of-pocket expenses. Read the rest

Gun-waving cop who attacked black teenaged girl in her bathing suit faces no charges

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Last July, McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt made headlines when video surfaced of him pulling his gun on a group of black children in their bathing suits at a pool party, tackling a young girl in her bikini. Read the rest

Crowd boos Boris "Leave" Johnson as he leaves his home

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Old Etonian and former London Mayor Boris Johnson -- a kind of English Trump figure -- campaigned heavily for the Leave side in Brexit, making it a proxy war for his struggle to discredit his old school rival David Cameron and wrest control of the Tory party for his faction. Read the rest

More than 30 people burned during Tony Robbins "motivational" firewalk

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Bleach-toothed motivational speaker Tony Robbins charged between $650 and $3000 for tickets to his 3.5 day Unleash the Power Within seminar outside Dallas, Texas, where participants are taught to walk on hot coals. Read the rest

Judge orders release of man convicted while his public defender was handcuffed

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Earlier this month, Daniel Fernandez was sentenced to a six-month jail term while his public defender was in handcuffs, silenced and forced to sit with the accused awaiting trial, having been put in this position by Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Conrad Hafen. Read the rest

Oakland mayor denies firing police chief over officers who statutorily raped teen sex-worker

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According to Mayor Libby Schaaf, Police Chief Sean Whent resigned for "personal reasons," and not because of a report in the East Bay Express that revealed that at least 14 of his officers (along with 4 Alameda County sheriff's deputies and a federal officer) trafficked and had sex with a prostitute who was underage when the trafficking began. Read the rest

Baptist pastor praises Orlando shooter for killing gays

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Pastor Roger Jimenez of Sacramento's Verity Baptist Church delivered a sermon praising the Orlando shooter and lamenting that The tragedy is more of them didn’t die…. I’m kind of upset he didn’t finish the job!" Read the rest

Peter Thiel's lawyer threatens Gawker for talking about Donald Trump's "hair"

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Before Peter Thiel became infamous for being a thin-skinned scheming billionaire who secretly financed Hulk Hogan's lawsuit in a petty bid for revenge against Gawker for being mean to him, he was infamous for being a California delegate for Donald Trump, who shares his fondness for limiting press-freedom with exercises of coercive power. Read the rest

UK startup offers landlords continuous, deep surveillance of tenants' social media

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Here's Source Assured's pitch: landlords, if you write a requirement for tenants (and prospective tenants) to let us access their social media accounts into your lease/application process, we'll scrape all that data, use an unaccountable system to analyze it, and produce libelous, life-destroying dossiers on them that you can use to discriminate against people who seek shelter, the most fundamental human need after sustenance. Read the rest

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