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Freedomworks CEO calls government shutdown, debt ceiling crisis ‘brilliant Republican strategy’

Matt Kibbe, CEO of financially-struggling conservative activist organization Freedomworks, tweeted a link to a defense of the recent Republican endeavor to defund the Affordable Care Act and threaten the solvency of the government by blocking a raise of the debt ceiling. why the government shutdown and the debt ceiling crisis…

Female DUI suspects forced to strip in Seattle-area jail while secretly videotaped

More people have stepped forward to complain about being taped undressing at a jail in Puyallup, Wash., after a lawsuit by 11 people against the city’s surveillance practices emerged this week. The jail in the suburban Seattle-area city forced DUI suspects — mostly women — to strip naked in a…

Harry Belafonte sues Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs in copyright fight

We’ve covered how Martin Luther King Jr.’s heirs have a long and unfortunate history of being over-aggressive enforcers of the intellectual property of their father — not for the good of society and civil rights, but rather for revenue maximization…  …

Brewers and vintners brace for climate change

Today’s suds are an endangered species, says Willy Blackmore, food editor for TakePart. (Photo: Cafe Bink, Carefree, Arizona.)So are the grapes and wines of the 20th century. Blackmore relates the phenomena to the power of climate change. The geography…  …

Orionids meteor shower will peak Sunday night

The Orionid meteor shower will be reaching its peak only a couple of days from now — late on the night of Sunday October 20 2013 (early morning on Monday October 21 2013). The shower is already producing pretty well though, so if you want to head…  …

Nissan under mounting pressure as United Auto Workers union targets Mississippi plant

The United Auto Workers is ratcheting up pressure on Nissan in the hopes it may finally succeed at organizing the Japanese automaker’s plant in the typically anti-union southern US state of Mississippi. It has taken its campaign to the world stage in a bid to pressure Nissan to cease what…

Violin played to calm Titanic’s soon-to-be-dead passengers sells for world-record $1.45 million at auction

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic to calm passengers as it sank sold at auction for £900,000 ($1.45 million, 1.06 million euros) on Saturday, a world record fee for memorabilia from the doomed liner. The instrument, found strapped to the body of Wallace Hartley after he drowned…

Google files patent for gesture-activated car controls

Distracted driving is the latest and greatest menace to the children of America, and automakers are both morally and legally obligated to reduce distractions to the driving experience. Voice commands…  …

Propaganda balloons carry rumor that Kim Jong Un’s wife once starred in a homemade adult film

For more than 60 years, North and South Korea have been divided along the demilitarized zone, or the DMZ. Barriers — political, legal and physical — often prevent South Koreans from communicating directly with their…  …

Kepler-56 tilted planetary system throws planet-formation theories for a loop

Scientists have found a multi-planet system in which the planets are arranged at a tilt to their home star. The finding, based on Kepler telescope data, offers an unusual level of precise detail about a system of worlds thousands of light years afield from our own, while also highlighting just…

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