Bernie Sanders was Unapologetically Strong Responding to Chuck Todd on 43 Year Old Essay

by Egberto Willies – Senator Bernie Sanders appeared on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd today. He appeared to discuss his candidacy. As expected, Chuck Todd asked Bernie Sanders about his 43 year old satiric essay he wrote that will be misrepresented by the frivolous corporatist indoctrinating traditional mainstream media. Chuck Todd started the question with his usual condescension for a certain sect of politicians. “This week you found out what it is like to become a nationally recognized candidate for president and potentially a threat to somebody,” said Chuck Todd. “A leaking of an essay you in the seventies for an alternative weekly, you campaign described it as satire. I will be honest with you Senator Sanders, it is uncomfortable read.” Todd then went on to quote the most ‘controversial’ snippet from the essay. Senator Bernie Sanders’ answer was perfect. “This is a piece of fiction that I wrote in 1972...

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Reports Say United Airlines Refused To Serve This Passenger A Coke, Because She’s Muslim (IMAGES)

By KERRY-ANNE, Addicting Info – A campaign to boycott United Airlines is gaining traction on social media after reports of an extreme case of Islamaphobia by staff and passengers on a flight this week. Tahera Ahmad, Director of Interfaith Engagement and Associate Chaplain at Northwestern University, took to Facebook during Friday’s flight to share her ordeal. #UnitedForTahera It appears that Ms Ahmad has become yet another victim of the insidious racial profiling, by staff and passengers alike, which is all too common today. When the flight attendants and the reportedly racist passengers look at Ahmad, they saw a potential terrorist, a security threat. They didn’t see Chaplain Tahera Ahmad, a dynamic Muslim “scholar-practioner” raised in Morton Grove, Illinois. They didn’t see the Ahmad that played Varsity basketball at Niles West High School. They didn’t see working her way to the Department of Islamic Studies and Christian Muslim Relations and Islamic Chaplaincy...

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Motorcycle Connoisseurs Find Inspiration in Alabama

By Vicki Smith, Gizmag – Two hours west of the Atlanta airport is a five story, state of the art monument of glass, steel and concrete generally considered to be the finest motorcycle museum in the world. Designed by its founder, George Barber, to draw visitors from all over the globe to his home town of Birmingham, Alabama, those that make the trip to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum can immediately see they are witnessing a truly remarkable achievement. This is a place like no other. His goal was to have the best and largest motorcycle collection in the world but George Barber didn’t stop there – the 144,000 square foot museum fronts a manicured 830 acre complex that houses a world renowned racetrack, a Porsche Driving Experience School and a smaller test track used for corporate events. His dream did not include traditional grandstand seating and advertisers were...

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‘It’s Shameful’: Scientists Slam Ted Cruz For Dodging Climate Question After Texas Floods

by EMILY ATKIN – After literally 35 trillion gallons of water fell on Texas this month, washing away homes and killing at least 28 people, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz still would not talk about climate change. “At a time of tragedy, I think it’s wrong to try to politicize a natural disaster,” the 2016 Republican presidential candidate said last week when asked about the role of climate change in the floods. In a way, the “let’s not politicize this” response is similar to the familiar “I’m not a scientist” dodge — a way to avoid talking about the science that says human-made carbon emissions are warming the earth and screwing with natural weather patterns. Cruz, for his part, says he does not accept that science. In the meantime, climate scientists across the country have been speaking out about the climate implications of the Texas floods. And on Friday, ThinkProgress asked several of...

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What Beau Biden Wanted Everyone To Know About The Issue That Defined His Career

by KAY STEIGER – Beau Biden, son of the vice president, died tragically at the age of 46 from brain cancer on Saturday, but some may not realize that a cause Biden devoted himself to was trying to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. While Biden served as attorney general in Delaware, a position to which he was elected in 2006, he brought a successful indictment against Dr. Earl Bradley in 2010. The pediatrician was charged with 471 felony counts of child abuse involving 102 girls and one boy. Bradley was convicted in 2011, but sought appeal of his case on the grounds of ineffective counsel last year. “I cannot say certain things that I am feeling, and I am feeling a great deal. I am determined to see that this defendant will never, ever be in a position again to hurt another child,” Biden said in a statement following...

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Rand Paul Wants To Force Expiration Of The Patriot Act. Here’s How He Plans To Do It

by KAY STEIGER – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) announced a plan to Politico on Saturday to force a delay that would allow key provisions of the Patriot Act, which greenlight an expansive domestic spying program run by the National Security Agency, to expire. “I have fought for several years now to end the illegal spying of the NSA on ordinary Americans. The callous use of general warrants and the disregard for the Bill of Rights must end,” the presidential candidate said in his statement. “So tomorrow, I will force the expiration of the NSA illegal spy program.” The Senate plans to hold a vote on a modification of the program that already passed by the house in a rare Sunday vote. The legislation has been the subject of contentious debate in Congress, where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stalled on a bill the House passed to change some of...

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Here’s How You Can Leave A Message Of Condolence For The Bidens After The Loss Of Beau

by SARAH – Saturday night, the Biden family announced the loss of Beau Biden. He was only 46, but had been battling brain cancer for quite some time now. Joe Biden wrote in a statement: “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life. In the words of the Biden family, “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”  The nation truly grieves for the loss of the Vice President’s son. And so that everyone can share their condolences with the Biden family, Whitehouse.gov has set up a page where everyone can express their heartfelt sympathies. The page reads: In Memory of Beau Biden “Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of...

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker To Ban Rape And Incest Victims From Getting An Abortion

by STEPHEN D FOSTER JR – Of all the states that have suffered under Republican rule, Wisconsin appears to have suffered the most and it’s about to get worse. In a move that will reduce the reproductive rights of women across the state, Governor Scott Walker is poised to sign an anti-abortion bill that will ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy WITHOUT exceptions for victims of rape or incest. The bill has only been introduced in the state legislature so far, but the conservatives in control appear hell-bent on fast-tracking the bill to Walker’s desk. Anti-abortion fanatics are also making it difficult for exceptions to be added because they expect to get their way or Scott Walker could be seen as weaker on abortion than he would like to be. And if they have their way, even an exception to save the life of the mother could be removed....

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Amid Climate Crisis, Big Oil CEOs Rewarded for Massive Extraction Projects with Big Bonuses

By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams – Drilling the Russian Arctic. Expanding tar sands exploitation in Alberta. Exploring for oil in the South China Sea. These are just a few of the capital-intensive fossil fuel extraction projects that are translating into direct bonus payouts to the CEO’s at the helm of the largest oil corporations in the world, The Guardian revealed in a report released Monday. Exxon Mobil, Shell, Chevron, Total, and BP are rewarding CEOs for tapping new markets, despite warnings from scientists that the vast majority of fossil fuels must remain in the ground in order to stave off the worst of the climate crisis. These payouts are being made amid the dramatic rise in “upstream activities,” defined in the report as investment “focused on colossal engineering projects to bring reserves on tap and, to a lesser extent, on exploration.” “Multi-billion-dollar capital projects amount to huge, long-term bets by the...

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UAE Moves to Space: New Space Agency, Academic Programs and Mars Mission in 2020

By Tibi Puiu, ZMEScience – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Monday its strategic framework for a newly established space agency, and also the first academic space program in the federation. The Space Research Center will be the first of its kind in the Middle East, as will be a graduate degree program in Advanced Space Science at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology and Orbital ATK Inc. What’s the federation’s end game, though? Last year, UAE announced it will launch an orbiting probe around Mars in 2020. Is it all about scientific missions or, like Dubai’s towering skyscrapers, merely a show of force, of grandeur? Apparently, it’s part science, part showoff, part money. It’s hard to tell at this point which weighed more when UAE first considered its new space agency and subsequent missions. “The establishment of a fully fledged space sector in the UAE, with all necessary human...

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The Sunday Funnies & Factoids – The ‘Last Day of May, My Ass’ Edition –

by Keith Lennox, All-len-All, 05/31/15 – I awoke this morning to a blistering temperature of 37 degrees….. so much for what the 97% of climate scientists maintain…. global warming, my ass.  I am now entrenched firmly in the climate deniers camp until this shit stops and I see some real late Spring temps.  I may even shoot an email off to Jim Inhofe to tell him that he now has one more ardent follower and that I can get on board with his cult, errrrrr constituents…… I’m kidding of course, but you have to admit 37 degrees is more than a little over (under) the top. Okay, enough of my bitching and moaning and on with the show…….   1) Otto Frank wrote Audrey Hepburn asking her to portray his daughter Anne in the movie “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Audrey kindly declined the part. 2) During WWII, an American pilot...

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This State Literally Wants To Treat Welfare Recipients Like Criminals With Mandatory Fingerprints

by SARAH – The state of Massachusetts is actually strongly considering implementing a fingerprinting system that will keep track of all welfare recipients within the state. Yes, you read that correctly — liberal Massachusetts. A couple months with a Republican governor and all hell breaks loose. And yes, this “solution” to alleged welfare fraud is coming from the House Minority Leader, Republican Brad Jones — what a peach. Jones wants the state Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Transitional Assistance to clamp down on welfare recipients by implementing a fingerprinting system as well as other biometric identifiers. He said: “We’re losing millions of dollars a year to people who are gaming the welfare system.” So, of course, the obvious solution would be to treat all welfare recipients like criminals. God forbid he ever need assistance during a troubling time in his life and needs a little...

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Why Justice Ginsburg Can Officiate All The Legal Same-Sex Weddings She Wants

By ZACK FORD, ThinkProgress – Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a rabid opponent of marriage equality, told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins that he believes Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be impeached for officiating the marriages of same-sex couples. “We have justices on the Supreme Court right now who have actually performed same-sex marriages: Ginsburg and Kagan,” Moore observed, noting that when doing so just two weeks ago, Ginsburg seemed to slyly emphasize the word “Constitution” when pronouncing the couple married by the powers vested in her by the founding document. “Now she’s commenting on a case which is before her, and under judicial ethics of federal judges, she can’t do that. Congress should do something about this.” “I know that at least one motion for recusal’s been filed against these justices by the Foundation for Moral Law in Montgomery, Alabama,” Moore added, referring to the conservative organization...

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‘It Wasn’t Me!’ Former Wall Street CEO Blames Everyone But Himself For Financial Collapse

by RIKA CHRISTENSEN – Richard “Dick” Fuld, the former CEO of the now-defunct Lehman Brothers investment bank, finally broke his silence on the issue after seven years. In a long, rambling speech at the Marcum MicroCap Conference in New York, he spoke about the financial collapse, but avoided taking any responsibility at all for it, despite being in charge of the bank that served as the catalyst for the whole thing. Fuld, according to The New York Times, believes that Lehman Brothers could have survived if the Federal Reserve had allowed it to. He also blames lawmakers, and a lack of regulation, for Lehman Brothers’ failure, and for the ensuing crisis that saw some Wall Street heavies fall, and others get bailed out with taxpayer dollars. The Times says that Fuld also places blame on the government’s push for homeownership, along with the rise of hedge funds, sovereign wealth firms...

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New World Record Set for Farthest Hoverboard Flight

By Stu Robarts, Gizmag – A future in which we’re all flying around on hoverboards may not have materialized just yet, but it does appear to be getting closer. After Hendo’s magnetic hoverboard was announced last year, a new world record for the farthest hoverboard flight has now been set. And there wasn’t a magnet in sight. Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru traveled a distance of 275.9 m (905.2 ft) on a propeller-based hoverboard he created himself. The machine was reportedly designed and built over the course of 12 months. “I wanted to showcase that a stable flight can be achieved on a hoverboard and a human could stand and control with their feet,” Duru is quoted as saying to Guinness World Records, which has recognized the feat. The record was set at Lake Ouareau in Quebec, Canada, on Aug. 25, 2014 (but has only just been announced by...

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Magnetika Bathroom Range Makes Interior Design a Snap

By Adam Williams, Gizmag – We’re taking a look at the Magnetika Bathroom Range here, but the same firm has also released magnetic interior accessories for the lounge, office, kitchen, and elsewhere in the home. They all work in the same way and require that before you get started, you affix a metal panel onto the area of your wall that you wish to hang stuff on. Drilling multiple holes to hang cabinets, shelves, and the like can be a real hassle – doubly so if you decide the mirror looks better on the other wall after all. Italy’s Ronda Design has developed a range of magnetic interior design accessories that can be moved around as you wish, by simply snapping them into place. Once the metal panel is in place, you can then attach and move around magnetic accessories like mirrors, towel rails, and toilet roll dispensers with...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Martin O’Malley

by KIRA LERNER – Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) announced on Saturday at an event in Baltimore, the city he led as mayor for six years, that he is running for the Democratic nomination for president. O’Malley, who chaired the Democratic Governors’ Association for two years, has tried to establish himself as a more progressive alternative to likely frontrunner Hillary Clinton. While some of the policies he supported as mayor of Baltimore have since drawn scrutiny, his time as leader of Maryland was marked by a series of accomplishments that helped workers, immigrants and others in Maryland get ahead. Here are five boldly liberal policies O’Malley has pushed during his time as governor:   Ended the death penalty in Maryland: As governor, O’Malley signed legislation in 2013 making Maryland the sixth state to abolish capital punishment. A year later, he commuted the sentences of the four remaining inmates on...

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Barney Frank Calls Out Dennis Hastert & GOP Hypocrisy With a Perfect Statement

by Egberto Willies – Barney Frank called out Dennis Hastert and the GOP for their hypocrisy on moral values and gay issues in a manner only he could. He was referring to the indictment of former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert for his banking irregularities allegedly for paying off someone with which he had a homosexual involvement. It was surprising when the news broke. When news broke that former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert had been indicted for structuring transactions to avoid IRS detection and lying about it to the FBI, it sounded like routine corruption. The details of the indictment, though, point in a different direction, stressing Hastert’s time as a high school teacher and that Individual A, who Hastert was attempting to pay off “to compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct against,” “has been a resident of Yorkville, Illinois and has known defendant JOHN DENNIS HASTERT...

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Golden Gate – Old and Great

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