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Pat Robertson doesn’t know what ‘a transgender’ is, compares them to ‘a former stallion who is now a gelding’ anyway

Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson claimed not to know what “transgender” means. “I may be an old fuddy-duddy,” he said, “but what is transgender?” Not that his profession of ignorance prevented him from criticizing “this whole business about transgenders, you’re saying they’ve got boy parts but they want…

IRS executive denies ‘consorting with the Devil’ and ability to fly

While testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday, Sarah Hall Ingram — an IRS official charged with implementing much of the new health care law — was grilled by Virginia Democratic Congressman Gerald Connolly. “Have you been consorting with the Devil,” he asked, mocking the line…

Sex workers protest evictions from London’s Soho district

Sex workers in the legendary London district of Soho demonstrated in carnival masks and negligees on Wednesday against evictions they claim threaten their safety and the unique nature of the area. The small but colourful group held up posters saying “No evictions — safety first” and “I’d rather sell my…

Tennessee man refuses to remove blackface hanging scene from corn-maze

A photograph from a Halloween corn-maze in Tennessee is causing controversy on social media. The image is entitled “Hung up,” and features a white man stringing up what appears to be an African-American child with a noose. The child, however, is actually white and wearing blackface. One visitor to the…

‘Tragic’: Government shutdown kills Antarctic research

The government shutdown in Washington has forced US bases half a world away in Antarctica to suspend research as they go into “caretaker” mode, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said Wednesday. In an unprecedented development that scientists described as “tragic”, the US-based foundation said logistical support funding for the US…

Science robs French king of his head

Scientists revealed genetic data Wednesday they said disproved the authenticity of macabre relics attributed to two French kings: a rag dipped in Louis XVI’s blood and Henri IV’s mummified head. A DNA analysis of three living relatives of the Bourbon kings found no link with genetic traces from the grisly…

Russia claims to have ‘found drugs’ aboard Greenpeace ship

Russian investigators said Wednesday several of the 30 Greenpeace activists already charged with piracy over an open-sea protest were set to face new charges for “other grave crimes” after finding drugs on their ship. The environmental group vehemently denied the charge that their vessel, the Arctic Sunrise, had carried illegal…

China criticizes NASA over discrimination at science conference

Beijing on Wednesday criticised the US space agency NASA for what it termed “discriminative action” over a decision to exclude Chinese from a forthcoming science conference in the United States. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced that Chinese nationals will not be permitted to enter the Second Kepler…

Topless woman sues NYPD for ‘baseless’ arrest

According to a complaint filed yesterday against the New York City Police Department, a woman believes her civil rights were violated when officers arrested her for sunbathing topless on a park bench in 2012. Jessica Krigsman alleges that she was sunbathing topless on a bench in Calvert Vaux Park when…

WATCH: Police arrest 8 members of Congress at D.C. immigration reform rally

Eight members of Congress were among the more than 150 people arrested Tuesday during an immigration rally at the U.S. Capitol, according to the Associated Press and the group Center for Community Change. Thousands of protesters gathered at the National Mall to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform with…

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