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Andrew Sullivan reminds the tea party: Democrats are also part of this country

The government shutdown showed that the tea party movement had no idea how to reduce the federal debt, Andrew Sullivan said Thursday on CNN. “I think what the tea party has done in a way that’s positive is bring up the issue of long-term debt,” Sullivan, the founder of TheDish.com,…

Energy companies trying to abuse intellectual property law to block fracking research

Energy Companies Trying To Abuse Intellectual Property Law To Hinder Research Into Impact Of Fracking (via Techdirt) While fracking is quite controversial, you’d think it shouldn’t be controversial to want to get data and study the impact of fracking. After all, if there really isn’t that much harm to it,…

Breaking Bad creator says ‘piracy’ helped the show’s success

Breaking Bad creator says ‘piracy’ helped the show’s success (via The Inquirer) BREAKING BAD creator Vince Gilligan has praised ‘piracy’ for helping his hugely popular AMC TV drama reach new audiences. Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Gilligan echoed comments made by Time Warner CEO Alan Bewkes earlier this year, who said…

Luxembourg seeks new financial model as it sheds secrecy

Leafy well-heeled Luxembourg, the wealthiest European Union nation per capita, is desperately seeking a new economic model as it prepares to shed banking secrecy. The world’s 13th biggest financial centre and the second international investment hub after the United States, Luxembourg harvested almost half of its fiscal revenue from the…

France’s far-right National Front drops candidate over ‘monkey’ slur

France’s far-right National Front on Friday dropped a candidate for municipal elections due in March after she compared the country’s black justice minister to a monkey. The anti-immigration eurosceptic party led by Marine Le Pen is desperately seeking a makeover to broaden its voter appeal and dispel its xenophobic image.…

Pennsylvania court vacates sentence of man who brutally raped 11-year-old girl because she was black

Yesterday, a Pennsylvania state appellate court vacated the 30-66-year sentence that had been given to Jose Carrasquillo, a man who initially pleaded guilty to raping an 11-year-old girl, but later tried to change his plea to “not guilty” at his sentencing hearing. In June of 2009, after a woman turned…

Torrent website Isohunt shuts down due to court battle with the Motion Picture Association of America

Torrent website Isohunt shuts down, faces $110m fine (via The Inquirer) LONG TIME BITTORRENT WEBSITE Isohunt will shut down, having thrown in the towel in a legal ordeal against the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film industry cartel. The website cannot carry on, having dealt with a court battle…

European Space Agency takes on 3D printing for space metals

European Space Agency takes on 3D printing for space metals (via The Inquirer) THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY (ESA) and European Commission (EC) are working together on making 3D printing a good way of building metal parts for rockets and spaceships. The ESA has released a statement about this, saying that…

Why are an increasing number of roadside deer carcasses found decapitated?

Why are an increasing number of roadside deer carcasses found decapitated? (via NJ.com) FAIR LAWN — An increasing number of roadside deer carcasses are being discovered decapitated, authorities told News 12. Department of Transportation workers tell News 12 that many are taking the heads for show. George Dante, the owner…

Man attempting to help mentally disabled boy in his care wrongfully arrested in controversial gay sex sting

Last March, Charles Couch was attempting to aid a mentally disabled boy in his care when he was arrested in a controversial Manhattan Beach, California bathroom sex sting that resulted in the police releasing his name and photograph to the public. Now, Couch is suing the city, alleging he was…

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