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Catholic Cardinal calls openly gay ambassador nominee a ‘f*ggot’

Catholic Cardinal calls openly gay ambassador nominee a ‘f*ggot’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The Archbishop of Santo Domingo recently referred to openly gay people as “faggots” while discussing the nominee for U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic.
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'Petty politics' deep-six bill to make calamari RI's official appetizer - The Providence Journal

'Petty politics' deep-six bill to make calamari RI's official appetizer - The Providence Journal | political sceptic | Scoop.it
'Petty politics' deep-six bill to make calamari RI's official appetizer
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Rep. Joseph M.McNamara is blaming "petty politics'' for the death of his bill to make calamari the official state appetizer.
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Maybe it's not "petty politics" but a petty bill. Who would present such a dumb thing?

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How one man’s Facebook ‘banter’ is another’s ‘threat’

How one man’s Facebook ‘banter’ is another’s ‘threat’ | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Did Justin Carter make a threat, or a sarcastic joke? That’s the question in the case of the New Braunfels, Texas, teenager arrested for a comment posted on Facebook that’s generating national attention.
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Death by a Thousand Cuts: American Healthcare

Death by a Thousand Cuts: American Healthcare | political sceptic | Scoop.it

Death by a thousand cuts is the biggest health risk in America today.

 

The most recent slice: delay the requirement for employers of over 50 to either offer health insurance or give employees access to the state health insurance exchanges.

 

This wound to wellness is a strategic stall. Business was encouraged by some to resist preparing, the low penalty cost of non compliance made the risk acceptable, and group-think empowered them to fight until the 11th hour.

 

Strike another victory by temper tantrum. The kings of part time and minimum wage threw themselves on the ground, kicked and yelled, and held their  breath until their lobbyists won the day - with more cuts.

 

The states who prepared exchanges in compliance with the law will have a year to wait for the huge numbers of employees that were expected, removing the economy of scale and bargaining power of health insurance consumers AGAIN.

 

This is just more smarty pants political gaming, the kind that led to a weak and confusing bill in the first place. Death by a thousand cuts has been the opposition plan all along.


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Missouri woman faces jail for recycling tires into flower planters

Missouri woman faces jail for recycling tires into flower planters | political sceptic | Scoop.it
A Missouri woman says that she is prepared to go to jail after authorities in Sugar Creek threatened her over a recycling project that turns tires into flower planters.
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Nursing home staff allegedly abused elderly Alzheimer’s patients

Nursing home staff allegedly abused elderly Alzheimer’s patients | political sceptic | Scoop.it
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – Twenty-one current and former employees of a nursing home for Alzheimer’s patients in Georgia, including its owner, face a total of more than 70 criminal charges for allegedly abusing elderly patients,...
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In ‘sneak attack,’ North Carolina GOP pushes bill that could close all but one abortion clinic

In ‘sneak attack,’ North Carolina GOP pushes bill that could close all but one abortion clinic | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Legislation to ban Islamic law in North Carolina now also contains a number of anti-abortion measures, potentially closing all but one abortion clinic in the state.
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George Zimmerman’s injuries were ‘insignificant,’ medical examiner testifies

George Zimmerman’s injuries were ‘insignificant,’ medical examiner testifies | political sceptic | Scoop.it
By Barbara Liston SANFORD, Florida (Reuters) – Volunteer watchman George Zimmerman suffered “insignificant” injuries in the fight in which he shot and killed unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, a medical examiner testified on Tuesday, as...
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First Funeral Flowers Found in Israel - Archaeology Magazine

First Funeral Flowers Found in Israel - Archaeology Magazine | political sceptic | Scoop.it
MOUNT CARMEL, ISRAEL--The Natufian hunter-gatherers who lived in Raqefet Cave some 14,000 years ago are the earliest known prehistoric people to systematically bury their dead in cemeteries, and they may have been ...
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U.N. report confirms: World gripped by climate extremes over past decade

U.N. report confirms: World gripped by climate extremes over past decade | political sceptic | Scoop.it
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle (Reuters) – The world suffered unprecedented climate extremes in the decade to 2010, from heatwaves in Europe and droughts in Australia to floods in Pakistan, against a backdrop of global warming, a United...
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Italian police probe more suspicious Vatican bank transfers

Italian police probe more suspicious Vatican bank transfers | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Italian police have found 13 suspicious money transfers through the Vatican bank, a newspaper said Tuesday, reporting that a senior cleric arrested last week allegedly offered his own accounts to transfer money for his friends.
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Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment

Butterfly decline signals trouble in environment | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Loss of two butterfly species in Florida signals need for sharper focus on pollinators, scientists say.

Via Kenneth Weene
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This is a serious issue.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, July 2, 2013 10:15 AM

As a butterfly lover, this really upsets me. As a lover of the world and nature, it makes me want to cry. Call it climate change, global warming, or net energy gain: it is doing harm to our world. Call it science, enhanced farming, or economics, the use of poisons and chemicals everywhere is doing harm to our world. It is a stupid bird that soils its own nest. Of all birds, we humans may be the dumbest.

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Jimmy Carter Blames Religion for Global Mistreatment of Women - TheBlaze.com

Jimmy Carter Blames Religion for Global Mistreatment of Women - TheBlaze.com | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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Silent Mansplaining

Silent Mansplaining | political sceptic | Scoop.it
I’m traveling and it’s a holiday, so I’m not posting for the rest of the week. But I thought you’d all enjoy a picture of this asshole, who was protesting women’s basic human rights (for their own good, of course!
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Missing brother of Senator Mark Udall found dead in Wyoming

Missing brother of Senator Mark Udall found dead in Wyoming | political sceptic | Scoop.it
By Keith Coffman
DENVER (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Mark Udall’s younger brother, who had been missing for more than a week, was found dead on Wednesday in a Wyoming mountain range, but no foul play was suspected, authorities said.
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A nation defined by politics - Washington Post (blog)

A nation defined by politics Washington Post (blog) I have one plea for the Fourth of July: While I have no problem with saluting the military, the primary focus on Independence Day shouldn't be the troops, because the United States of America...
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Art supply store mistakenly harassed by hundreds after cops shoot dog dead | The Raw Story

Art supply store mistakenly harassed by hundreds after cops shoot dog dead | The Raw Story | political sceptic | Scoop.it
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This is just insane! Not only the bloggers getting the information wrong (and not checking), but the notion that it's OK to contact ANYONE and say the kind of things people said to this poor woman!

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The 'Proof of Heaven' Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science - The Atlantic Wire

The 'Proof of Heaven' Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science - The Atlantic Wire | political sceptic | Scoop.it
The Atlantic Wire The 'Proof of Heaven' Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science The Atlantic Wire A book called Proof of Heaven is bound to provoke eye rolls, but its author, Eben Alexander, had space in a Newsweek story and on shows...
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The Politics of Spite - Boston.com

The Politics of Spite
Boston.com
Since President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23 2010, Republicans have pulled out every stop to repeal, reverse, or fatally undermine the law.
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France’s Marine Le Pen expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred

France’s Marine Le Pen expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right Front National, is expected to face charges for incitement to racial hatred in France, after the European parliament voted to lift her parliamentary immunity.
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Is new coal power really dead ? - Business Spectator

Is new coal power really dead ? - Business Spectator | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Is new coal power really dead ?
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Outraged at this event, the climate sceptic wing of the Coalition push through with a gutting of the Renewable Energy Target and energy efficiency policy.
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Feminism vs religion: Jane Caro asks which is better | Crikey

Feminism vs religion: Jane Caro asks which is better | Crikey | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Religion may bring eternal happiness -- but has feminism done more good for humankind than all the Gods put together? In this book excerpt, a comparison of the two and why feminism is more derided than religion.
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Almost 100 women sexually assaulted during anti-Morsi protests

Almost 100 women sexually assaulted during anti-Morsi protests | political sceptic | Scoop.it
Close to 100 women have fallen victim to “rampant” sexual attacks in Cairo’s Tahrir Square during four days of protests against Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.
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Archaeology dig by heritage project - This is Cornwall

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Archaeology dig by heritage project
This is Cornwall
AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig will take place at Castle Park in Liskeard this month in the hope of discovering more about the castle that once stood there.
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Researchers: ‘Parrot Dinosaur’ learned to walk upright like human child

Researchers: ‘Parrot Dinosaur’ learned to walk upright like human child | political sceptic | Scoop.it
'Parrot dinosaur' walked on all fours, then graduated to two (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)
A baby in a dinosaur costume can do a laudable imitation of how a young dinosaur might have behaved.
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