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Queen’s Brian May produces ‘Badger song’ for anti-culling campaign

Queen guitarist Brian May looked to his past on Saturday in his opposition to the English government’s plan to cull the country’s badger population, unveiling a song based on the group’s title song for the movie Flash Gordon. “It’s a kind of parody of ‘Flash,’ as you’ll see,” May said…

Atheist Richard Dawkins: ‘Indoctrination of religion’ is ‘child abuse’

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins on Sunday told a British literary festival that parents who forced their children to believe that religion was a fact were guilty of “child abuse.” Speaking about his family-friendly book The Magic of Reality at the Chipping Norton Literary Festival, the University of Oxford professor warned…

Republican lawmaker defends call to torture: ‘Me, bin Laden and a baseball bat’

New York state Sen. Greg Ball (R) on Monday doubled down on his call to torture the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, saying that if he had the same opportunity after the attacks September 11, 2011, ‘it would have been me Osama bin Laden and a baseball bat.” In a tweet…

Police kill man and find four other people dead after suburban Seattle shoot-out

Five people were killed Sunday night in a Seattle, Washington suburb, including one man shot dead by police after allegedly reaching for a gun as they arrived on the scene. KOMO-TV reported that authorities initially found the unidentified man wounded and lying on the ground in a parking lot while…

Florida man saves child by punching alligator into submission

A Florida man saved his six-year-old son on Friday by punching an alligator into submission after the beast clamped onto the child’s right arm. The boy’s father, still reeling from the harrowing ordeal, told reporters he thinks it’s a “miracle” that not only does little Joey Welch still have his…

FCC chairman personally excuses Boston Red Sox player’s televised f-bomb

Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski, who announced his retirement last month, said Saturday that Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz would not receive the regulatory agency’s scrutiny over his use of the word “fucking” during an impassioned, off-the-cuff speech. “This is our fucking city and nobody’s going to dictate our…

Graduate student: Didn’t take long to find errors in prominent pro-austerity study

One of the graduate students at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst who found critical errors in a famous pro-austerity economic paper explained his findings to CNN. In video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday, Thomas Herndon said “it didn’t take me long to locate the error” once he obtained the data…

CNN asks torture proponent Alberto Gonzales about how to ‘keep America America’

The man who convinced President George W. Bush to reinterpret the Geneva Convention’s prohibitions on torture on Sunday declared that “we can never be safe in a society like ours” and terrorists will always want to attack America because they are “unhappy about U.S. foreign policy.” On Sunday, CNN’s Candy…

Bill Clinton heckled at GLAAD Awards for signing Defense of Marriage Act

Former President Bill Clinton was heckled on Saturday night while accepting an award for his support of LGBT rights. Clinton was presented the first Advocate for Change award at the GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles. While the former president was speaking out against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which…

Lindsey Graham blames FBI for Boston bombing: ‘The ball was dropped’

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday declared that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was at fault for failing to prevent last week’s bombing in Boston. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, host Candy Crowley noted that the FBI had interviewed deceased bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev in…

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