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Friday Open Thread

First up – global warming hoax update: Arctic sea ice has reached the largest December extent in a decade. Government experts will of course not acknowledge this, because their funding and reputations depend on a misinformed public and Congress. Here in Las Vegas, there is a chance we’ll have a light dusting of global warming […]

A Ghostly Christmas

Observed on Corcoran Street, between 13th and 14th, Logan Circle:

'The Interview' Makes $1 Million at Box Office

The Interview banked $1 million at the box office on Christmas Day, and it could make a couple million more over the long holiday weekend. "The audience reaction was fantastic -- the limited release, in under 10% of the amount of theaters...Show More Summary

PROTESTERS PLAN MARCH & RALLY in Brooklyn During Funeral of Slain Officer Rafael Ramos

On Saturday afternoon two New York City police officers were shot and killed execution style in Brooklyn. The police officers were sitting in their car when the gunman shot them. New York City Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were … Continue reading ?

Worst Flooding In Decades Forces Evacuation Of More Than 100,000 Malaysians

Five people have been killed in what the government is calling the worst flooding in more than 30 years. The post Worst Flooding In Decades Forces Evacuation Of More Than 100,000 Malaysians appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Walmart workers: 'No one should have to choose between keeping their job and keeping their baby'

Walmart likes to bill itself as a family friendly company, but this is the reality workers face at the moment they can't possibly prevent their work and their family from overlapping. Family friendly it ain't. Add that to wages too low...Show More Summary

Skin Cells Used To Create Artificial Sperm And Eggs

This work by scientists can help those with infertility and advance understanding of age-related diseases. Researchers in Cambridge made the early-stage sex cells by culturing human embryonic stem cells under carefully-controlled conditions for a week. They followed the success by showing that the same procedure can convert adult skin tissue into precursors for sperm and [...]

Open Thread

Camille Pissarro, "The Boulevard Monmartre at Night" (1897)...

HILARIOUS: Boehner Wishes Merry Christmas Social Media Responds With Anger

Where to begin? This is hysterical. You screw the majority of America over… betray your conservative base… put a hit out on the Tea Party… cave to Obama and the

Protesters shut down highway to protest death of man who tried to KILL cop [Video]

These protesters are shutting down highways, looting, rioting, throwing bricks and explosives all in the name of an 18 year-old black guy who pulled a gun on a cop. If

IN THE MAIL: From Mercedes Lackey, Collision: Book Four of the Secret World Chronicle. Also, T…

IN THE MAIL: From Mercedes Lackey, Collision: Book Four of the Secret World Chronicle. Also, Today’s Deals in Movies & TV.

Jeb Bush Has an Obamacare Problem

From Politico: Jeb Bush is stepping down from the board of a health care company that has reportedly profited from Obamacare, a move that comes as the Republican explores a run for the presidency. According to various media reports, Tenet backed President Barack Obama’s health reform act and has seen its revenues rise from it. Show More Summary

A meditation on David Brooks

(Scott Johnson) Reading Steve Hayward’s post on David Brooks and his mistreatment by Jay Michaelson in the Daily Beast set me off. In his magnanimous style, Steve calls for attention to Brooks’s religious reflections by all fair-minded readers. Show More Summary

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