What the Human Barbie Really Says About Us

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 6:48 pm

In a society broadly based on little besides the need for a small number of wealthy people to create continued demand for consumer goods among a much larger group of people, it is required to make people feel bad.

For SC State Senator Mike Fair, It’s All About ‘Gay Sex’

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 6:10 pm

A situation involving South Carolina legislators’ attack on two state colleges over lgbt issues has just gone nationwide.

And it doesn’t bode well for the state.

Top Ten at Ten 4/10/2014

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 5:25 pm

Some of the stories from today’s Top Ten At Ten.

* Snowden to NSA: Go ahead, deny I tried to raise the alarm legally (CNET)

* A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land (WaPo)

* Comcast grilled in Senate over merger plans (CNN)

* The Truth About the Pay Gap (NY Times)

* Budget vote goes down to the wire (The Hill)

Sebelius Stepping Down

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 4:30 pm

Kathleen Sebelius reportedly will announce her resignation tomorrow, to be replaced by (if the Congress doth allow) Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Justice Department: Routine Use of Deadly Force by Albuquerque Police Result of ‘Culture of Aggression’

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 3:25 pm

A Department of Justice civil investigation has found that a majority of shootings by Albuquerque police officers between 2009 to 2012 were unconstitutional. Officers “too often use deadly force” when using their firearms.

War for Dummies

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 2:27 pm

Sorry for the headline if it got you hoping for a quick 1-step guide on how to bomb a country without breaking a sweat. I didn’t actually mean that I could teach a dummy to wage a war. I meant that only dummies want to wage wars.

Need proof?

Turkey: My Life Under Erdoğan – Video Diary From Istanbul

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 1:30 pm

Weeks before the blocking of YouTube ECO Media started contacting video bloggers in Istanbul. They have filmed the protests in Gezi Park and other places from the beginning on. And they published their videos on YouTube — until the government stopped them.

But this could not prevent ECO Media´s project.

Right Under Congress’s Nose, Big Progress on Pot

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 12:27 pm

Maryland and D.C. aren’t just catching up with some of the more supportive parts of the country — there are also some very promising signs the mid-Atlantic could soon move into the lead.

Jim DeMint Makes Odd Claims About History of Slavery

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 11:34 am

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation, has an interesting version of the history of slavery in America or least how it ended. According to DeMint the federal government played no role in ending slavery. DeMint claimed the “move to free the slaves came from the people, it did not come from the federal government.”

For DeMint, the ending of slavery through the Emancipation Proclamation amidst the American Civil War was somehow a cultural victory for limited government and Christian conservatives.

The Bureau of Prisons Will Either Keep Their Promise or Keep Whistleblower John Kiriakou From His Family

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 10:32 am

The Bureau of Prisons is threatening to keep CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou from his wife and kids by refusing to honor their deal to transfer him to a halfway house by May 1st.

John’s struggle with the Bureau of Prisons comes on the heels of news that the Senate Intelligence Committee has voted to declassify part of a far-reaching report on CIA torture.

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