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Unhappy activists return Occupy ‘Batmobile’ to Ben & Jerry’s founder

The founder of Ben & Jerry’s on Monday repossessed a projector-equipped “Batmobile” used to spread the Occupy Wall Street message after months of squabbling with activists about how the vehicle would be used. Ben Cohen had agreed in January to donate up to $65,000 to develop and operate vehicles that…

Spanish police attack journalists and anti-austerity protesters

As the Spanish government defends police response to anti-austerity protests surrounding the country’s Parliament building, Russia Times and other outlets reported instances of police violence against both media members and demonstrators. An Associated Press photographer reported seeing police “severely beat” at least one protester Saturday, who had to be hospitalized.…

Mona Eltahawy: ‘I’m proud I was arrested’ for defacing anti-Muslim ad

Journalist Mona Eltahawy defended her recent arrest in New York Sunday on Up With Chris Hayes, saying it was in line with the American tradition of lawful disobedience. “I don’t think we should be quiet or silent or be bullied into silence in the face of racism and hate,” she…

‘Hate group’ accused of stealing gay couple’s photo for homophobic mailer

A gay New Jersey couple is suing a national anti-LGBT rights organization after a photo of their engagement party was altered and used in mailers opposing same sex marriage in Colorado. Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere discovered that the photo of them kissing in front of the New York City…

Gary Johnson fights zombies with libertarianism

Former New Mexico governor and current third party presidential candidate Gary Johnson fought zombies with the power of libertarianism in a new video published this week by a small group of supporters from New Hampshire. Amid a rabble of red and blue shirt zombies mindlessly bumping into each other, Johnson…

Protester defaces anti-Palestinian ad in New York City subway

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy was arrested on Tuesday after defacing an anti-Palestinian advertisement in a New York City subway station. During the incident, which was caught on video by the New York Post, photographer Pamela Hall attempted to protect the ad from Eltahawy. As Eltahawy tried to spray the ad…

Madonna tells fans to vote for ‘black Muslim’ Obama

Appearing onstage at a Washington, D.C. concert on Monday night, performance artist Madonna urged her fans to vote for President Barack Obama, who she called “a black Muslim.” “Y’all better vote for fucking Obama, okay?” she said during a brief intermission. “For better or for worse, alright? We have a…

‘Anonymous’ releases NYPD footage of Occupy Wall Street eviction

Late Sunday night, an unidentified person associated with the hacktivist group “Anonymous” released footage of the New York Police Department evicting Occupy Wall Street protesters from their encampment in Zuccotti Park last year. A statement accompanying the 85 files said the footage was recorded by the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response…

Bill Nye to creationists: ‘Question your beliefs’ if they conflict with evolution

Television “science guy” Bill Nye found himself at the epicenter of some controversy in the Christian blogosphere recently, but he’s sticking to his guns, telling The Associated Press on Monday: “If [evolution] conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs.” Nye, 56, gave the interview in…

Thousands gather in Belgium for climate change sing-a-long

Thousands of Belgians both north and south of the Flemish-French language divide joined a weekend singalong to fight climate change, with organisers claiming more than 60,000 people took part. The weekend “Sing for the Climate” event aimed to film as many people as possible singing the same song in scores…

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