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Neil deGrasse Tyson on whether to be amazed or terrified by the universe

Those frightened and distressed about the massive scale of the universe need to rethink the size of their egos, according to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. “There is something about the cosmic perspective which for some people is enlightening and for other people terrifying,” he explained in a video published by…

Parents of Kaitlyn Hunt’s alleged victim: We had no choice but to report lesbian relationship

The parents of a Florida teen told CNN on Friday they had no choice but to contact police about their daughter’s lesbian relationship with an older girl. Kaitlyn Hunt, 18, was arrested in February on two counts of lewd or lascivious battery on child — a statutory rape charge —…

Colin Powell: Soldiers convicted of rape shouldn’t be ‘categorically’ discharged

Former Defense Secretary Colin Powell said Saturday that U.S. troops convicted of sexual assault should not be automatically dishonorably discharged from the military. “You can’t make a categorical statement like that,” he told Bloomberg TV. “We have a military justice system that is driven by our law, and it is…

Maddow chides Virginia GOP’s hand-picked ‘slow-motion disaster’

Rachel Maddow examined what she described as a spectacle on Friday behind the three candidates picked by Virginia Republicans through an unusual set of circumstances. “Heading into the November election, Virginia Republicans may look like a slow-motion disaster,” Maddow said. “But Virginia Republicans hand-picked all these guys. Maybe they don’t…

Obama tells Navy grads: Sexual assault has ‘no place’ in U.S. military

President Barack Obama addressed the rash of sexual assault criminal cases against U.S. military servicemembers on Friday, exhorting the graduating class at the Naval Academy to do better. “Those who commit sexual assault are not only committing a crime, they threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong,”…

New ‘Pac-Man’ parody levels up into noir territory

The stars of the classic Pac-Man video game series get a noir makeover in a new video parody by animator Chris Weller. “Goodnight Sweet Pakman” begins with a sweet moment between Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man before the stakes are dramatically raised, as Blinky, Inky, Pinky and Clyde — now not…

Climate activist tells Moyers: ‘We want Walmart to be subservient to human interests’

An activist whose two-year prison sentence is the focus of a new documentary outlined the difference between “climate justice” and environmentalism for Bill Moyers on Friday. “We don’t want Walmart to be a greener, corporate citizen,” Tim DeChristopher said on Moyers & Company. “We want Walmart to be subservient to…

Bryan Fischer: Boy Scouts are now ‘Boy Sodomizers of America’

Fundamentalist radio host Bryan Fischer lashed out at the Boy Scouts of America on Friday for its decision to accept gay members. “We might as well rename this organization,” Fischer said on his radio show. “BSA no longer stands for the Boy Scouts of America. It now stands for the…

Ex-Bush aide’s son accused of killing a man with a hatchet

The son of a former aide to President George W. Bush was charged with first-degree murder on Friday for allegedly killing a man with a hatchet. WJLA-TV reported that 20-year-old Claude Alexander Allen III was arrested after police responded to reports of a break-in early Friday morning at a Gaithersburg,…

Toronto ‘crack’ mayor fires chief of staff who told him to get help

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford denied smoking crack cocaine in a brief statement on Friday, one day after allegedly sacking his chief of staff for advising him to seek help, CBC-TV reported. “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” Ford said at a…

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