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Raw Story talks ‘Annihilation’ with author Jeff VanderMeer

The work of Jeff VanderMeer is as difficult to describe as it is engrossing to read. In the introduction to the anthology The New Weird — which he edited with his wife, Ann VanderMeer — he defined the genre in which he writes as “a type of urban, secondary-world fiction…

Professor mocks campus preachers, asks students to accept Darwin as lord and savior

Itinerant evangelists are upset that an anthropology professor at the University of Connecticut mocked their brimstone-and-hellfire mode of preaching the gospel on Tuesday. Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia told Christian News Network that the performance by James Boster, a professor of anthropology, was “very unbecoming.” “He asked me if I…

Disabled man sues McDonald’s after being taunted by manager about his service dog

A disabled Minneapolis man accompanied by a red-vested service border collie was twice refused service by a local McDonald’s, a new lawsuit alleges. According to the lawsuit, Robert Mingo — a wheelchair-bound victim of muscular dystrophy — was told by a manager that he could not eat his food on…

‘Yes,’ marijuana should be legal, says retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

In an interview with National Public Radio’s Scott Simon on Thursday, retired Justice John Paul Stevens “made some news” when he declared that the federal government should legalize marijuana. “A number of states are legalizing marijuana,” Simon said, “should federal law?” “Yes,” Stevens replied. “We may have just made some…

Christians have grabbed ‘theocratic control over public schools’ in Louisiana, critic says

Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate Education Committee upheld a controversial law that allows science teachers to bring “supplemental science education materials” into the classroom. The Committee voted 3-1 to uphold the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) — which critics contend allows teachers to introduce creationist literature into science classrooms — on…

Stephen Colbert sings ‘The Ballad of Cliven Bundy’ for Fox News’s fallen folk hero

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert discussed Cliven Bundy’s relationship with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, the man who “turned his ten-gallon hat all the way up to eleven.” After a montage of Hannity “welcoming back” Bundy on numerous occasions, Colbert noted that “Hannity ate up that story so hard,…

Veterans’ cemetery won’t allow ‘the ashes of a couple old lesbians’ to be buried together

A veterans cemetery in Idaho is denying a 74-year-old Navy veteran’s request to be buried next to her spouse of 17 years. Madelynn Taylor’s spouse, Jean Mixner, died in 2012, and as Taylor’s own death approaches — she told KBOI 2News that she’s “a stroke waiting to happen” — she…

Indiana youth pastor admits to posing as teen girl online to solicit nude photos from boys

A former Campus Life Director for Youth for Christ from Huntington, Indiana pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he sexually exploited a minor. Nathan Hasty used a fake Facebook page to solicit naked photographs from children, including ones who belonged to Youth for Christ. An FBI agent tasked to the…

Scientists think injecting gene-carrying viruses could be ‘holy grail’ for curing deafness

A team of researchers led by Hinrich Staecker at the University of Kansas Medical Center will attempt to cure profound deafness by injecting deaf people with a harmless virus containing a gene that, if all goes according to plan, will trigger the regrowth of sensory receptors in their ears. Other…

Colbert: Canadian middle class ‘ice-holes’ bring home more bacon, and it’s that round sh*t

On Wednesday night’s episode of The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert mercilessly attacked middle-class Canadian “ice-holes” for having the audacity of being more affluent than their American counterparts. “As you all know, I’m a big fan of numbered lists,” Colbert said. “And the main reason I love them is because America…

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