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V.26 No.14 | 04/06/2017

The Daily Word in Ax Murderers, Baby Makers and Russia

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Pregnant people—are they a baby machine or person? The way their bodies are regulated, you'd think they're a commodity.

You thought losing your online privacy was bad? Well, surprise, advertisers are coming at you every way they can now.

Look who's finally feelin' the Bern!

Russia has “warned” the US not to interfere (bomb) with Syria again.

Potential ax-murderer Andrew Poteet Magill charged after killing and nearly beheading Ruidoso-area resident Mary Ann Moorhouse.

You know there's proper etiquette of conversations over meals … for example, you know how you talk about acts of war over desert?

Republicans almost lost a congressional race in Kan.

V.26 No.12 | 03/23/2017

The Daily Word in the Downfall of the US, Fighting at Children's Basketball Games and RuPaul's Drag Race

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Let's talk about RuPaul's Drag Race's (low-key) transphobic history.

What would you do for 5 million dollars?

A message from the future: No more staggered time-delays during the Olympics in the US.

Teaching kids good sportsmanship by getting into a fist fight after yelling rude comments to children is why we can't have nice things.

Are we past the point of protecting the US from its downfall?

A brief look into everyone who's involved in the Trump-Russian Scandal.

As the UK withdraws from the EU, Scotland is making moves to exit, as well.

Now that the Clean Power Plan has been reversed, will the US still be able to achieve the goals set at the Paris Agreement? In short: Hell no.

V.26 No.11 | 03/16/2017

The Daily Word in Silencers, Credit Card Skimmers and the Supreme Court

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What happens when schizophrenics embrace the voices they hear?

There's been a shooting outside of the UK's Parliament in London.

Legislation is in the works to relax the long-standing federal regulation to make silencers easier to buy.

Google has created a new way to share your location with your contacts.

There are still potentially 19 credit card skimmers out and about in town.

Today is the third day of Neil Gorsuch's supreme court confirmation hearing.

Will TrumpCare be approved?

Another person from the Trump Campaign is connected to Russia … he was paid by “a Putin ally.”

V.26 No.9 | 03/02/2017

The Daily Word in Politics and Technology

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Sessions and Russia sitting in a tree. Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied under oath about meeting with a Russian Ambassador.

French presidential candidate and leader of the far-right, Marine Le Pen, could face jail time and a large fine for tweeting a violent image.

UNM is working on a 3D bio printer that could eventually print out material to use for bone and human tissue.

V.26 No.8 | 02/23/2017

The Daily Word in the State of the Union, Russia and Congress

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A man who recently took hostage and car-jacked hikers at the La Luz trail was arrested in Kan.

A woman had acid thrown in her face Monday night, that's the fifth recorded acid attack in Berlin, Germany since Dec.

A summation of the presidents of the HBCU reaction to meeting with Trump: Photo Op!

How accurate was Trump's first address to Congress?

Undoing all of the progress achieved in the last eight years is just beginning.

Wanna see a bot fight? Head over to Wikipedia.

A Russian airstrike hit US allies by “mistake.”

An emotional moment during the State of Nation speech could backfire for the Trump administration.

V.26 No.6 | 02/09/2017

The Daily Word in Treason, Treasonists and Trump

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We're living in historic times—Russia will be the downfall of the Trump administration.

'Cause, ya know, they've been in contact with Russia constantly since Trump began campaigning.

So will the Senate actually investigate Michael Flynn?

Trump says “Fake News” illegally brought down treasonist Michael Flynn.

Design student and artist Pryanka Shah uses photography to explore how women are viewed in public.

Amanda Knox writes about intimate relationships in prison.

Should doggo do a high?

Pope Francis says Native people should have complete control of their land.

V.25 No.49 | 12/08/2016

The Daily Word in Russian Hacks, John Glenn and the Plot From Jurassic Park

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Ah, yes. The Pokémon Cookbook shows you how to make your own Pokémon-shaped dishes. I have no words.

The CIA just released the results of a secret assessment, and they're saying the hacked emails provided to WikiLeaks before the election were given to them by the Russian government for the express reason of putting Trump in the White House. (Which is interesting and says some scary things about the relationship between Trump and Russia, but doesn't really change the content of the emails. So ...)

Watch the world's largest useless machine light a Christmas tree.

The very first dinosaur tail encased in amber was discovered. Check this shit out!

John Glenn died.

V.25 No.47 | 11/24/2016

News

The Daily Word in Gotham the Hudson River whale, influential fake news and Florence Henderson

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Suspicious devices were found at three Albuquerque Starbucks locations.

Thanksgiving Day thieves robbed a church of its tabernacle.

Did Russian media outlets serve Trump's campaign by promoting particular fake-news stories?

Elton John is not playing Donald Trump's inauguration.

Check out this great collection of chola portraits from the'70s and '80s.

One whale was euthanized off Long Island this week while another whale has taken up residence in the Hudson River.

Winter weather is adding a sinister bent to oil pipeline protests in South Dakota.

Florence Henderson died at age 82.

V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
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V.25 No.36 | 09/08/2016

The Daily Word in Standing Rock #NoDAPL protests, Hillary Clinton's health, and Syrian ceasefire

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Big things have been happening in North Dakota. "Last week, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota emerged as climate change heroes when, with little political clout or media spotlight, they halted construction of the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline." The proposed pipeline violated Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as it would cross Sioux land and any potential spills would contaminate the tribe's drinking water. Read Mark Sundeen's excellent report from the camp.

Former British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he's stepping down from his seat in parliament today, citing conflict of interest. This news comes three months after he resigned as PM of the country, after his failed campaign to keep Britain in the European Union. His successor as PM, Theresa May, is overseeing the process of Brexit. Cameron's resignation is effective immediately.

After a video hit the internet of Hillary Clinton appearing to stumble -- and possibly faint -- after a 9/11 memorial ceremony on Sunday, pundits have been quick to latch onto claims of the failing health of the Democratic presidential nominee. Several hours after the incident, Clinton's physician released a note saying that she'd been diagnosed with pneumonia. Some have said that her health could be a serious issue in the election. I think that attending a memorial service in Manhattan summer heat despite having pneumonia speaks volumes about Clinton's tenacity.

China and Russia have launched eight days of joint naval drills in the South China Sea. The sea that the UN said that China had no rights over. So, yeah.

There's a temporary ceasefire in effect in Syria, due to a deal brokered by the US and Russia. The ceasefire will ensure that Syrian government forces will stop airstrikes on civilian neighborhoods in an attempt to flush out rebel forces. This time is also being used for much-needed humanitarian aid to be delivered to besieged areas like Aleppo.

There are ongoing concerns about lead contamination in Pittsburgh's tap water.

The Daily Word in Renewable Energy, Sex For the Elderly and the End of Days

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A Michigan State University scholar has found that having sex when you're a senior is good for the ladies, but not so much for the men.

Archaeologists found some disturbing shit: Footless children buried at an ancient temple site in Peru.

Want to protect your brain from the effects of aging? Take some B12, dummy.

So, Costa Rica has gone over two months running completely on renewable energy. That's the sound of the game changing.

Rather than plead guilty to an assault charge (a move that would have let him walk away free with time served), a Texas man decided to fight his accusers (including a handful of police officers who were at the scene) and prove his innocence. He got a 40 year sentence.

A Russian river has turned blood red. It's the End of Days! The drooling idiot God, poised for all of history at the Gate of Time (where seven padlocks on seven chains have held him for a millennia) is loosed upon the earth. Goodbye, all my stuff.

V.25 No.33 | 08/18/2016

The Daily Word in Fake Guns, Poop Explosions and How to Catch a Sensitive Ghost

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I can die happy: here's a video of a Russian sewage truck—filled to the brim with poop—literally popping in the middle of nose-to-nose traffic.

Net neutrality apparently started in the 1920's with the Hush-A-Phone, a device that clipped over the mouthpiece of telephones and allowed the user to muffle their voice and keep their private conversations from the eavesdropping ears of their neighbors. AT&T tried to make it illegal to use third-party attachments on their phones (because monopoly) and ended up going before the FCC over the case. AT&T won, and law students still study it in reference to net neutrality.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia is trying to attract the ghost of former art photographer Thomas Eakins with nude models and robots. Really.

A gun manufacturer had their replica gun booth shut down at Wizard World, a comic book convention. Not because they did anything wrong, but because people don't like guns, I guess? Um. Obviously, they thought those "wrath of Thor" tweets were literal. Super powers don't kill people. Supervillains do.

Meanwhile, in Russia, they sell model assault rifles in airports. O strange new world, that has such people in it.

So, hundreds of these creepy little stitched up balls of ... something ... washed up on a beach in England. Turns out these horror-movie rejects are actually "sea potatoes," a common species of sea urchin. So far, no one is sure why such a big urchin dump even happened.

V.25 No.32 | 08/11/2016

The Daily Word in Cyborgs, Opera and Roach Murder

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Russia made an entire city disappear under a dense chemical fog as part of a military test. They were supposedly trying to see if they could effectively hide bases during military attacks. "Just shoot missiles at that giant cloud," said one theoretical enemy.

Check out this video of an emerald cockroach wasp injecting a roach with a venom that disables the part of its brain that tells it to escape danger. Afterward, she leads the seemingly hypnotized roach to her den, where the whole fam gets a taste. Creepy!

Don't call it a comeback: The World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were this close to declaring Africa polio-free after two years without any reported cases. This week, authorities discovered two cases in Nigeria.

Remember when that lady screwed up the restoration of a century-old fresco, turning Jesus into some kind of poorly-drawn cartoon character? Well, for those of you who don't: A comedic opera based on the debacle and the media storm that followed is slated to come out in 2017.

So, Kevin Kit Parker, head of a research team at Harvard University’s Disease Biophysics Group, decided to make a a cybernetic sting ray that uses a rat's heart muscles to power it's swimming motion ... Goodnight, everybody!

V.25 No.30 | 07/28/2016

Daily Word in California Wildfires, US airstrikes in Libya, and hot air balloon crashes

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A wildfire that broke out in central California a week ago has now grown to 40,000 acres—that's the size of San Francisco. The fire has destroyed 40 buildings, displaced 500 people, and killed one. The severity of the fire is in large part due to California's years-long drought.

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian helicopter in Aleppo today. All 5 aboard the helicopter were killed. This comes amid deadly fighting in eastern Aleppo, where rebels are trying to break government control.

The US has launched air strikes against the Islamic State in Libya, the Pentagon said today. The strikes were requested by the Libyan government.

Forrest Stuart, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Chicago, releases his book Down, Out and Under Arrest: Policing and Everyday Life in Skid Row this week. The book examines how "zero tolerance" policing can pit those most in need of help—the poor, addicts and homeless—against each other, through the lens of Stuart's five year study on the street corners of Skid Row, one of the poorest and most policed neighborhoods in Los Angeles. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

On Saturday, a hot air balloon caught on fire and crashed in Central Texas, killing all 16 passengers.

The Board of Elections and Registration in Sparta, GA., has been systematically questioning the voters' registrations of 180 of its Black residents. Those residents have been subpoenaed by deputies and asked to appear in court to prove their residence and defend their registration. This is one of many instances of voter discrimination that have caught national attention since three years ago, when the Supreme Court repealed the mandate that changes in voter registration must be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.

V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016

The Daily Word in Russia, Twenty One Pilots and ART

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Trump isn't working with Russia? Riiiiight...

After being completely ignored by the guards, an 18 year old died after she asked for medical help when withdrawing from heroin.

Listen to this mashup song of Twenty One Pilots, Halsey, Melanie Martinez and Sivan.

Speaking of Twenty One Pilots, here's a clip of Tyler Joseph singing My Chemical Romance's song Cancer.

Global Warming is already affecting people in colder climates like Alaska.

Welcome to the Tesla Gigafactory.

Opening statements have begun in a lawsuit that seeks to stop the ART project.

All the charges have been dropped against the three remaining officers in the Freddie Gray trial.

 

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