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No, Daily Mail: Humans did not come from outer space or from monkeys f*cking pigs

For some reason, the Daily Mail in the last couple of weeks is doing its utmost to make two self-published fantasies by a couple of marginal cranks sound like legitimate dispatches from the world of science. Well, it’s pretty obvious what the reason is. Pseudoscience sells. The first salvo arrived…

Straw houses are making a comeback in Europe

Flammable, prone to rotting when wet and usually weathering badly when exposed to the elements, straw is not an obvious material to use for building a house. It can even attract hungry animals—cows supposedly ate a Nebraska schoolhouse made of the…  …

Russell Brand excoriates ‘al Qaeda recruitment poster’ Rupert Murdoch

Actor and comic Russell Brand published a column Friday in which he excoriated the British press and in particular Australian media baron Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch owns multiple British tabloid newspapers as well as U.S. papers the Wall St. Journal and The New York Post, as well as a substantial chunk…

Soviet-era civil rights activist and poet Natalya Gorbanevskaya dies at 77

Russian poet Natalya Gorbanevskaya, one of the former Soviet Union’s foremost civil rights activists, has died in Paris at the age of 77, friends in Moscow told AFP. Gorbanevskaya, who died Friday, was a key figure in the dissident movement that fought for human rights in the Communist country and…

Watchdog OPCW says U.S. to destroy Syria chemical weapons stockpile at sea

The United States will destroy the most dangerous of Syria’s chemical weapon stockpile on a ship at sea, the world’s chemical watchdog said on Saturday. “The neutralisation operations will be conducted on a US vessel at sea using hydrolysis,” the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a…

Boxer Pacquiao spends night with Philippine typhoon victims

Boxing hero Manny Pacquiao will spend Saturday night in a tent city with victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the central Philippines a week after lifting the country’s spirits with his comeback victory over Brandon Rios. Pacquiao flew in a friend’s private plane from his hometown in the south to…

All is not lost: Three reasons not to count President Obama out

The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act has hatched a spasm of obituaries for Obama’s second term, and more than a few for Liberalism as We Know It. That’s right, Error 404: Ideology Not Found. At best, pundits have surmised that Obama’s popularity will never recover. Comparisons between the implementation…

Obama jokes to Barbara Walters: I have ‘nowhere to go but up’

President says Obamacare ‘is going to be a legacy I am extraordinarily proud of’ despite problems with rollout Barack Obama said on Friday he has “nowhere to go but up”, as healthcare travails drive his presidency to a nadir of popularity. The president said he would bounce back and that…

French lawmakers approve new penalties for sex workers’ customers

French lawmakers on Saturday adopted a highly controversial provision in a bill that punishes clients of prostitutes amid fierce argument that the new measure will be counterproductive. Under the new provision, buying sex acts will be punishable by a 1,500-euro ($2,000) fine. Repeat offenders risk a fine of 3,750 euros.…

Pregnant trans groom weds in a legal first for Argentina

The bride was born a man. The groom was born a woman. And when the Argentine couple wed Friday, it was the first time in the country that a groom tied the knot pregnant. Argentina in 2010 was the first country in Latin America to allow same-sex marriage. And two…

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