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Assange likens surveillance to reformation-era Catholic Church on BBC ‘religion’ show

BBC Radio 4′s Today program has WikiLeaks founder in religious slot, as chosen by guest editor – musician PJ Harvey WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has used the unlikely platform of the religious slot on the BBC’s Today program to condemn attempts by US and UK governments to acquire a “god-like”…

Jobs, tax revenue and tourism: America’s first marijuana stores open in Colorado

America’s first retail stores selling marijuana open for business in Colorado on Wednesday, putting the western state in the vanguard of the country’s evolving attitudes on legalizing the drug. Officials in the state famous for its ski resorts and breathtaking mountain vistas have issued 348 retail marijuana licenses — including…

Tommy Chong on marijuana legalization: Everyone is waking up to the truth

Comedian Tommy Chong is excited about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington state, which goes into effect on New Year’s Day. “It’s incredible because everybody is waking up to the truth,” he told CNN on Monday. “The truth is that marijuana is healthier than anything recreationally used — you know,…

Glenn Greenwald: A technological battle is being fought over the future of the Internet

Technology, rather than self-imposed government regulations and oversight, is key to restricting the power of the U.S. National Security Agency, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald on Friday delivered the keynote address at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3, a gathering of hackers in Germany. Though Greenwald is not a…

Occupy Madison builds first house in planned eco-village for the homeless

A homeless Wisconsin couple moved into a “tiny home” Christmas Eve they helped build with fellow Occupy Madison members. Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra had been living since April in an encampment at a county park with other members of the protest group, which plans to build more small homes…

Christian anarchists ruin Christmas by stealing bikini calendars in Jesus’ name

A group of Christian anarchists has taken credit for the theft of $2,000 worth of calendars featuring scantily clad women from a Georgia shopping mall in Buford. “Every day on the way to work, we had to walk by this kiosk. Each passing encounter forced a specific sexuality and beauty…

Bill Nye tells Obama: You should be more of a science guy

In the video embedded below, Bill “The Science Guy” Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, addressed an open letter to President Barack Obama asking him to grant more funding to the sciences and specifically to the study of our solar system. “Mr. President,” said Nye, “the space program, NASA, is…

Atheist group: Take back Christmas from Christians!

The group American Atheists, Inc. unveiled a billboard with the group’s holiday message on Wednesday, asking why anyone needs “Christ” in their Christmas at all. “This season is a great time of year for a hundred reasons—none of them having to do with religion,” said American Atheists President David Silverman…

WATCH: Spanish broadcasters stage mutiny against state lawmakers

A debt-laden Spanish television station went abruptly off the air on Friday, apparently cut off by authorities as laid-off staff protested live in defiance of orders to shut it down. The Valencia government run by the conservative Popular Party ordered the region’s loss-making public broadcaster RTVV to be shut down…

Animal rights activist charged with abuse after exposing cattle company’s cruelty

Employees at a Colorado cattle ranch are facing animal cruelty charges after being caught on video mishandling newborn calves — but so is the woman who brought their activities to the attention of authorities. The Associated Press reported on Monday that the sheriff’s office in Weld County charged Taylor Radig…

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