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‘Kosher’ dildos? Sex toys increasingly marketed to religious crowds

Did you know that you can get kinky while still worshiping the Lord? It’s true, according to a new and somewhat perplexing online trend: religious sex toy shops. On Friday night’s “The Young Turks,” Current TV hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian made light of the subject, which was recently…

Young Turks: Reddit is the Internet’s new activist hotbed

In a segment broadcast Friday night, Current TV’s “The Young Turks” hosts took a look at social media forum Reddit, which has recently become a flashpoint for resistance to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which critics warn will break the structure of the Internet if it becomes law. For…

Limbaugh wins Ed’s ‘Psycho Talker of the Year’

On Friday’s episode of “The Ed Show,” host Ed Schultz revealed that the winner of his “Psycho Talker of the Year” award for 2011 is none other than Republican radio host Rush Limbaugh — but it was still a close race. “You know, this was pretty tough,” he said. “We…

New China food safety scandal widens to oil, peanuts

Chinese authorities in a southern boomtown have detected a cancer-causing toxin in peanuts and cooking oil that was only recently discovered in milk, in the nation’s latest food safety scandal. The food safety regulator in Shenzhen said it had found excessive levels of aflatoxin in peanuts sold in three stores,…

Dozens arrested in Russia New Year protests

Russian riot police arrested dozens of people on Saturday in Moscow and Saint Petersburg who tried to stage unsanctioned New Year’s Eve protests against 12 years of Vladimir Putin’s dominant rule. The show of police force marked the first time the authorities had cracked down on members of the Russian…

California law turns up heat on labor conditions

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A new California law will force retailers and manufacturers to disclose from 2012 how they guard against slavery and human trafficking throughout their supply chains, ratcheting up scrutiny over some of the largest U.S. corporations. From January 1, about 3,200 major companies doing business or based…

Financial dispute delays 9/11 museum opening

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York will not be ready in time for its planned 2012 opening on the 11th anniversary of the attacks, due to a financial dispute between agencies involved in its construction, officials said on Friday. Arguing over money are…

Satire: Ron Paul vows ‘free bananas’ in 2012

In another episode of “Bad Lip Reading,” a series of satirical videos that re-dubs audio tracks of politicians and celebrities in a manner that seems to fit what they are saying, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is spared not an ounce of ribbing as he’s portrayed rattling off nonsensical phrases like…

Scientists monitoring restless Alaska volcano after ash plume

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Scientists were watching a remote Alaska volcano on Friday, a day after it belched out an ash cloud that quickly dissipated, and officials said airline flights over the region had not been disrupted. Ash from the 5,676-foot volcano is considered potentially dangerous to aircraft because Cleveland’s…

Police still searching for monkey taken from San Francisco zoo

“The monkey is still outstanding,” San Francisco Police spokesman Brandon McKelley said. A penguin keeper at the zoo, Anthony Brown, has been using his Twitter account to give unofficial updates on the disappearance of the monkey, named Banana Sam. In one tweet, Brown wrote that a perimeter fence was breached…

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