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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…

Epic drug war rant: Watch Ethan Nadelmann destroy the ‘failed prohibitionist policy’

The drug policy reform movement isn’t simply made up of people hoping to get high legally, according to Ethan Nadelmann. The executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance says the movement includes people who hate drugs and even people who “don’t give a damn” about drugs. Speaking at the 2013…

Indiana hospital defies federal law and bars woman from seeing same sex partner

LGBT rights advocates say that a hospital in Indiana is violating federal law by preventing a woman from visiting her unconscious same sex partner. Sarah Bray, 34, told WXIN that she hasn’t been able to see her partner, 28-year-old Jennifer Clemmer, since she was found unconscious Wednesday morning from a…

Creation museum compares San Diego to ‘Selma in the 1950s’ after museum council rejection

The president of a museum which teaches that dinosaurs walked the Earth at the same time as humans said this week that San Diego was “like Selma, Alabama in the 1950s” because his ministry was denied a seat on the local museum council. San Diego Museum Council President Danielle Susalla…

Free screening and discussion: ‘Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars’

Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the…

New Hampshire prison official calls to ‘legalize, control, regulate, tax’ marijuana

The head of one jail in New Hampshire said on Monday that his experience in the prison system had made him sure that it was time to legalize marijuana. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed a bill earlier this year to decriminalize small amounts of weed, but Cheshire County Department of…

Native American leader challenges D.C. NFL team: ‘Time for Little Red Sambo to go’

American Indian Movement co-founder Clyde Bellecourt renewed Native Americans’ call for a name change for Washington D.C’s professional football team on Friday, telling Democracy Now anchors Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez that if owner Dan Snyder knew the history behind the term “Redskins,” he would do just that. “Let’s not…

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