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Bill Maher: Carbon tax fixes fiscal crisis, serves ‘just desserts’ to oil industry and Kochs

In a Friday blog post, Bill Maher suggested that President Obama should use the looming fiscal cliff to raise revenue in the form of a carbon tax, which would issue a “fuck you” to the Koch brothers and “just desserts” to the oil industry for spending millions in support of…

Belize archeologist sues over Indiana Jones ‘Crystal Skull’

A Belize archeologist is suing the makers of a blockbuster “Indiana Jones” film for using a likeness of a so-called Crystal Skull, which he says is a stolen national treasure. Dr. Jaime Awe claims the skull was stolen from Belize 88 years ago, and that filmmakers had no right to…

Military faces though questions about targeting ‘hostile’ children in Afghanistan

Outrage grows after official suggested US troops in Afghanistan were on the lookout for ‘children with potential hostile intent’ The US military is facing fresh questions over its targeting policy in Afghanistan after a senior army officer suggested that troops were on the lookout for “children with potential hostile intent”. In comments which legal…

Behind Google’s mission to map the world

Brian McLendon tells Dominic Rushe about Google’s ambitious attempt to map the world, from street plans to penguins and beyond Eight years ago, Google bought a cool little graphics business called Keyhole, which had been working on 3D maps. Along with the acquisition came Brian McClendon, aka “Bam”, a tall…

Occupy protester to face trial over subpoenaed tweets

Malcolm Harris, who has been in a battle with prosecutors over the privacy of his tweets, has plea deal withdrawn by judge An Occupy Wall Street protester who has been fighting with prosecutors to keep some of his tweets private looks likely to face trail next week after a judge…

Family of late Swedish minister sues over ‘slanderous’ film

The family of late Swedish prime minister Olof Palme has filed a complaint for slander with judicial authorities over a film that shows a character similar to the leader assassinated in 1986 going to a brothel, Swedish media reported Friday. “I think spreading rumours without any substance is unacceptable, accusing…

Toxic cloud forms over Buenos Aires

A toxic cloud that formed Thursday triggered a public scare that forced the evacuation of offices in Buenos Aires and the suspension of metro and train services in a tourist area. Security Secretary Sergio Berni said the situation had since been brought under control. The incident took place after a…

Boehner warns ‘no progress’ on fiscal cliff deal

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday there was “no progress” in deficit talks and accused the White House of recklessly pushing the country to the fiscal brink over tax hikes. “This isn’t a progress report because there is no progress to report,” said Boehner, the main Republican in negotiations with…

Italian tax police raid Facebook offices in Milan

Italian police on Friday raided the Milan offices of US social media giant Facebook over possible violations of tax laws, Italian media reported. Facebook Italia is based in Milan and is associated with Facebook Inc. in the United States and Facebook Ireland. “Facebook pays taxes in Italy as part of…

Budapest airport shut over electrical problems

Budapest’s international airport remained closed late Friday after an electrical fault in its control tower, but was scheduled to re-open early on Saturday, airport authorities said. “Budapest Airport will remain closed, and will not launch or receive flights, until midnight tonight,” the airport said in a statement on its website.…

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