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Neil deGrasse Tyson disproves idea of ‘the speed of dark’

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shot down the idea of the “speed of dark” on his StarTalk podcast while recognizing that the idea does have a literary appeal. “What is the speed of dark? If darkness is the absence of light, dark has no speed at all,” deGrasse Tyson explained to…

Texas Republican: Ted Cruz ‘as eligible as Obama is’ to be President

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) was called out on Friday for an apparent double standard regarding the presidential eligibility of party colleague Sen. Ted Cruz compared to President Barack Obama in a combative interview with MSNBC host Chris Matthews, refusing to support Obama’s election as legitimate while promoting Cruz as a…

Robert Reich asks Bill Moyers: ‘When do you reach a point where inequality is simply too much?’

Economist Robert Reich found himself slightly agreeing with former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum in an interview with Bill Moyers, arguing that while he doesn’t support “equality of results,” the problem with the U.S. financial system is a lack of equality when it comes to opportunity. “The question is not…

Rowdy teens’ parents threaten ex-NFL player for outing their vandalism of his house

Parents of some of the teenagers allegedly responsible for trashing former NFL player Brian Holloway’s home have threatened to sue him for revealing their identities online, the New York Post reported on Friday. “You would not believe the calls that have come in, threatening to firebomb me or hurt or…

Smartphone maker BlackBerry to cut 4,500 jobs

BlackBerry Friday said it would cut 4,500 jobs as the struggling Canadian smartphone maker retrenches in the face of hefty losses and weak sales of its ne handsets. BlackBerry said it expects a loss of $950 to $995 million in second quarter. The company’s highly-publicized launch of the BlackBerry 10…

Italian lawmakers hold same-sex ‘kiss-in’ to protest anti-LGBT discrimination

A group of Italian lawmakers interrupted a parliamentary debate on Friday to engage in a same-sex kissing demonstration in support of expanding the country’s anti-discrimination law to include the LGBT community. According to The Local, the new measure, which expands a 1993 law to ban “crimes motivated by homophobia or…

Pastor blames Colorado floods on abortion, weed and ‘decadent homosexual activity’

Christian pastor and radio host Kevin Swanson this week pointed to abortion, marijuana legalization and “decadent homosexual activity” as the possible cause of recent historic flooding in Colorado. On his Generations With Vision radio show, Swanson reminded listeners that state House Speaker Mark Ferrandino had been photographed by the Denver…

Gretchen Carlson: Women are ‘not allowed’ to wear pants on ‘Fox & Friends’

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson revealed on Thursday that she was “not allowed” to wear pants during her time hosting the network’s morning show. Carlson, who will be moving to her own Fox News daytime show later this month, reminisced with former co-host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show Thursday…

Catholic League president: ‘Less than 5 percent of the priests involved in molestation are pedophiles’

Catholic League President Bill Donohue on Friday seemed to miss Pope Francis’ recent call to make the Catholic Church a “home for all” and insisted that “molesting priests were gay” instead of being pedophiles. On Thursday, America magazine published a lengthy interview where the pope said that the church had…

Maddow: Obamacare is turning into the GOP’s Waterloo and it’s awesome

On Thursday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow relished the current disarray among D.C. Republicans over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” Maddow prefaced the segment with the same warning that runs before MSNBC’s popular prison shows: “Due to mature subject…

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