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Devin Nunes parody accounts spike in Twitter followers after Congressman’s lawsuit

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced his lawsuit against parody accounts Monday, but it seems he wasn’t warned about the Streisand Effect by his lawyers.

The nickname for being legally “self-owned” is derived from a lawsuit filed by Barbara Streisand against Google. In the early 2000s, Google was developing Google Maps and Google Earth with satellite photos that would show everyone’s homes, including the famous vocal artist. Streisand didn’t want anyone to know where she lived or for her home to be featured on Google Maps or Google Earth. By suing Google, her address became part of the public record.

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Nunes is making a similar flub by suing the parody accounts mocking him and calling him names. While Nunes’ Mom was somewhat well known among left activist circles, @DevinCow was new for many Twitter users. In one hour, the cow account doubled it’s Twitter following, according to former Republican consultant Cheri Jacobus. Just 30 minutes later – the followers spiked to triple, bringing its mockery to even more people than before the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also brought about at least one new parody account, Nunes Dad.

UPDATE: After several days of news attention and brutal mockery of Nunes, @DevinCow now boasts over 500,000 followers, while Nunes himself has just shy of 400,000.

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US ‘lies’ slammed after Mike Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks without proof

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of war alive in the region by repeatedly launching aggression against Yemen and committing different types of war crimes, and the Yemenis have also shown that they are standing up to war and aggression,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.

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Why are college students so stressed out? It’s not because they’re ‘snowflakes’

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Across the country, college classes are well underway, the excitement of the start of the year is waning and student stress is on the rise. Frantic calls home and panicked visits to student health services will start to dramatically increase. And before long, parents and observers will start wondering what is wrong with these kids. Why can’t they handle the pressures of college and just pull it together?

College student stress is nothing new. Anxieties over homesickness, social pressures, challenging course loads and more have been a common feature of the U.S. college experience for decades. But, without question, student stress levels and psychological distress are measurably worse than before. According to a national study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, major depression among young adults (18-25) rose 63 percent between 2009 and 2017. They also report that the rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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Kaiser healthcare workers plan for nation’s largest strike since 1997

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More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente emergency medical technicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staffers are threatening to walk out of work next month, in what could be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

The authorization to strike, approved by 98% of the union members who voted, does not mean a walk out will happen, but it does allow union leaders to call one as early as Oct. 1, giving them leverage ahead of negotiations with the California-based health care giant. Kaiser Permanente, comprised of 39 hospitals and nearly 700 medical officers, serves more than 12 million members in seven states across the country.

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