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Americans think prison rape is funny because of who gets hurt

Prison rape is a staple of American comedy because nothing is as hilarious as bad people getting their comeuppance – especially if they are black men
Charlie Hebdo's editor-in-chief, Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, killed January 7, 2015 (PHOTO AFP)

The protest against Charlie Hebdo’s PEN award shows how little the magazine is still understood

PEN America is presenting the surviving Charlie Hebdo staff with an award on May 5 that will honor the publication for its dedication to free speech. Six prominent members of the writers’ organization, however, are giving up their positions as “table heads” and will not attend the ceremony as a protest against the award selection.
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Georgia man’s life destroyed after he is jailed for 7 months — and then acquitted in 45 minutes

A Georgia man lost custody of his two sons, his business, his apartment, most of his belongings, and seven months of his life when he was jailed for allegedly attacking a social worker.
Protesters take to the street in Baltimore calling for murder charges against the police officers who arrested Freddie Gray. [WJZ-TV]

Right-wing media exploits unrest in Baltimore to push ‘race war’ narrative

#BlackLivesMatter is not targeting white people, it’s targeting white supremacy.
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5 foods we thought were bad for us, now turn out to be good

And 4 other foods we are still debating.
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Cancer patient with a week to live flees Kansas for-profit Medicaid for life-saving surgery in Memphis

After taking office, Gov. Brownback reformed the state’s Medicaid system by enrolling low-income and disabled patients in a for-profit system called KanCare.
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Here are 5 ways it’s become a crime to be poor in America — punishable by further impoverishment

A new report details perverse policies that are driving more people into hopeless, inescapable poverty.
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Paranoid Texans grill Army spokesman on Jade Helm 15 exercise that’s sparking fears of military takeover

The Army spokesman assured participants that the United Nations was not involved in the operations, but the crowd jeered when he told them he was not familiar with Agenda 21 – another conspiracy theory.
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South Carolina cops face prison time for sadistically tasering mentally disabled woman

The officer offered to let 40-year-old Melissa Davis go if she let him shock her with the Taser once more in the forehead.