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“Shame on Cuomo”: New Yorkers protest “McCarthyite” blacklist of supporters of Israel boycott movement BDS

Over 300 people protested outside NY Gov. Cuomo’s office, demanding he rescind “unconstitutional” executive order<p>Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered outside the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday, protesting a new pro-Israel policy that legal groups warn is "McCarthyite" and …

Israel

Do people understand what rape is?

Warning: This article contains explicit sexual detail<p><b>Do teenagers understand sex and consent? To find out, a group of 16-18-year-olds were shown a specially written drama about an incident to see if they could work out if it was consensual sex or whether a crime had been committed.</b><p>Sex and consent …

Behavioral Sciences

Freedom Of Expression Is A Joke In The World's Largest Democracy, And Here's Why

Events of the last three months – most recently the ban of BBC 4 documentary "India's Daughter" – reveal the shortcomings of a government that seems to believe India needs to be kept a secret from itself.<p>It took one mid-morning viewing of the 59-minute, incomparably hyped documentary to surmise …

The Woman Who Thinks Reducing the Male Population by 90 Percent Will Solve Everything

It's not all bad; the remaining 10 percent will be used for breeding.<p>The Femitheist is a 22-year-old criminology student with a three-year-old. One angry day in 2012 she took to the Internet to outline the brutal concept of International Castration Day. After posting it on YouTube she stepped out …

Science

Cry-Baby of the Week

This week: A church canceled a funeral because they found out the deceased was gay and a woman allegedly attacked someone because her shorts were too short.<p><i>It's time, once again, to marvel at some idiots who don't know how to handle the world:</i><p><b>Cry-Baby #1: TW Jenkins</b><p><i>Julion Evans, Kendall Capers, and</i> …

Crime

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Civil Rights Act turns 50

The United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — passed during the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson — on July 2, 2014.

An entire island nation is preparing to evacuate to Fiji before they sink into the Pacific

This has to be the weirdest business deal of the week: The Church of England just sold a chunk of forest-covered land on the Fijian island Vanau Levu for $8.8 million to the government of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. For the moment, Kiribati plans to use its 20-square-kilometer …

Micronesia

The Truth: Food bank users don’t get ‘restaurant tokens’

As suspected, the claim in this morning’s <i>Sun</i> that can <b>people can obtain “restaurant tokens” from food banks</b> turns out to be borderline lies. An …

Madrid's Mayor Wants to Ban City Center Protests

Week in pictures: 8-14 March 2014

Michelle Obama

Generation Y takeover: the issues that matter to us and why

From Monday the Guardian is handing over control of its features content to 10 young trainee journalists. While they don't presume to speak for a generation, here they describe the topics they want to explore and debate – the media, sex, food, employment, globalisation and more – from their …

French court sentences Rwandan ex-soldier for genocide role | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - A Paris court sentenced a former Rwandan soldier to 25 years in jail on Friday for his role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, in France’s first trial to punish those responsible for the three-month wave of violence.<p>Journalists arrive for the sentence of the trial of former Rwandan army …

Britain is treating journalists as terrorists – believe me, I know

My links to WikiLeaks and Edward Snowden mean I am treated as a threat and can't return to the UK. We need a free speech roadmap<p>Free speech and freedom of the press are under attack in the UK. I cannot return to England, my country, because of my journalistic work with NSA whistleblower Edward …

Nasa-funded study: industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system<p>A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable …

The False Equation of Atheism and Intellectual Sophistication

Beyond the argument that faith in God is irrational—and therefore illegitimate<p>Atheism is intellectually fashionable. In the past month, <i>The New York Times</i> has run several stories about lack of faith in its series on religion. <i>The New Yorker</i> ran an article on the history of non-belief in reaction to …

Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse | Principia Scientific International

• Home<br>• Current News<br>• Michael Mann Faces Bankruptcy as his Courtroom Climate Capers Collapse<p>Published on February 21, 2014<p>Written by<p>Massive counterclaims, …

Climate Change

NFL to penalize use of racial slur

The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized …

NFL

Revolution in Artificial Limbs Brings Feeling Back to Amputees

A new generation of prosthetic devices allows patients to control them with their thoughts.<p>Something is missing. Every amputee knows it, and it is more than the arm or leg they have lost. They can get replacements for those limbs: substitutes made from metal and plastic, controlled by advanced …

New drugs may transform Down syndrome

Recent breakthroughs could lead to pharmacological treatments for the chromosomal disorder<p>People born with Down syndrome have always been considered to be incurably developmentally delayed—until now. In the past few years a number of laboratories have uncovered critical drug targets within disabled …

Space Elevators Are 'Possible' Says New Study

If we told you about a plan to build an elevator to space, you'd probably assume it was either an idea from science fiction, or else just something …

Twenty-eight killed in 44 US school shootings since Newtown, study finds

Thirteen school shootings recorded in first six weeks of 2014 alone as study hopes to reignite national debate on gun control<p>Gun violence is erupting in America’s schools and colleges at a rate of more than three incidents a month, with 13 school shootings recorded in the first six weeks of 2014 …

The Progressive Lineage of Macklemore’s And Lorde’s Attacks On the Pleasures of the Poor

To understand this lineage we must first review the history of a revolution. In the early 19th century, the great majority of Americans were confined …

Davos 2014: Widening wealth gap 'biggest risk' in 2014

<b>The increasing gap between rich and poor is seen as the biggest risk to global stability, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).</b><p>In its annual report it warned that income disparity is seen as the risk "most likely to to cause serious damage globally in the coming decade".<p>The …

Economics

Spotify brings unlimited free music streaming to desktop app and web

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>After bringing free shuffled music streaming to its phone and tablet apps last month, Spotify on Wednesday announced unlimited …

Why So Many Emerging Megacities Remain So Poor

Climate change may become nearly impossible to solve if not addressed soon, warns leaked UN report

The window to stop climate change is quickly closing. A United Nations panel has found that failing to seriously address climate change for another 15 years could make the problem nearly impossible to solve, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. Addressing the problem at that point would require technology …

A Bad Year for Freedom Across the Globe

The course of freedom and democracy in the world is an evolutionary process, though sometimes it proceeds in the wrong direction. Wines have good …

Book Censorship Spiked in 2013

The Kid's Right to Read Project (KRRP), an arm of the National Coalition Against Censorship, reports that, compared to last year, it has investigated …

Planet likely to warm by 4C by 2100, scientists warn

New climate model taking greater account of cloud changes indicates heating will be at higher end of expectations<p>Temperature rises resulting from unchecked climate change will be at the severe end of those projected, according to a new scientific study.<p>The scientist leading the research said that …