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Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon spikes sharly after new infrastructure projects, forestry law

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon is on the rise sharply, sparking alarm over the future of the world’s biggest rainforest. Between June and last August, Imazon, the first independent monitoring system for the area, detected a 100 percent surge in the clearing of land. That’s in stark contrast to last…

California school district preps for more lockdowns with 1,800 plastic classroom toilets

A California school district said this week that they had so many lockdowns last year that it seemed like the perfect time to spend $36,000 on portable plastic toilets for the classrooms. “Last year, we had 14 lockdowns in the Kern High School District, and many of them lasted maybe…

New York Times prints retraction after Maureen Dowd caught doctoring quotes from NYC mayoral race

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was forced to publish a retraction on Wednesday after falsely attributing anti-gay remarks to the wife of New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio. According to New York magazine, Dowd decontextualized a quote by de Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray to read like an…

Michigan Tea Party freshman: Impeaching Obama ‘would be a dream come true’

Freshman Tea Party Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-MI) told a constituent on Monday that filing articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama “would be a dream come true,” while warning constituents he needed the right evidence to do so. Think Progress reported on Wednesday that video of a town hall meeting…

Kremlin’s RT network boots journalist for on-air protest of anti-gay laws

A gay journalist was kicked off the Kremlin-backed RT network on Wednesday after he hijacked a segment about Bradley Manning to talk about Russia’s laws banning the promotion of homosexuality. The Washington Free Beacon first posted the clip that begins with columnist James Kirchick quoting openly gay playwright and actor…

Things Really Are Getting Better

Looking up is not wrong. Scott Lemieux has an interesting but very important digression in his latest piece (against the filibuster) about the very serious problem with the reflexive assumption that the founding fathers were right until proven otherwise: Rather, my response would be even if the framers thought the…

Scientists release test to combat counterfeiting of legendary ‘cat poop’ coffee

Scientists have developed a test to determine whether or not a cup of the legendary Kopi Luwak coffee of Indonesia is truly what it purports to be. According to a Eureka Alert from the American Chemical Society, the test shows whether or not the beans have passed through the alimentary…

Minnesota Supreme Court: Transmitting HIV after disclosing one’s status is not a felony

The Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously decided on Wednesday in favor of an HIV-positive man previously convicted on felony assault charges for passing the virus even though both he and his partner at the time were aware of his health status. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the high court ruled 5-0…

WATCH LIVE: Bradley Manning’s lawyer reacts to his 35-year sentence

Watch Bradley Manning’s lawyer, David Coombs, discuss his client’s sentence in a live news conference around 1:30 ET, courtesy of NBC News:…

Naked, one-legged Florida man collapses and dies after rock-throwing rampage

A one-legged man with a history of cocaine abuse collapsed and died Monday after a naked rampage in which he threw rocks and other objects at windows in an attempt to break into neighborhood houses. According to the Pensacola News-Journal, neighbors spotted Norbert A. Chabannes, 55, crawling naked across a…

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