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07.11.14 - 11:17 PM

Though he gets the appeal of free snow cones and penguins, John Oliver is more worried about the environmental impact of an estimated 40,000 eager tourists a year traipsing to and inevitably trashing Antarctica. His solution: A hilarious anti-tourism PSA.

-Abby Zimet
07.11.14 - 10:57 AM

Albuquerque police, which have been dubbed the worst in the country for its long record of well-armed abuses, have come up with an innovative response to a DOJ investigation finding officers using their own personal assault rifles as "status symbols” have contributed to a "pattern and practice" of excessive force: Now, the police will buy them. The APD - which has faced widespread protests and paid millions in legal settlements to shooting victims' families but never prosecuted a cop - says it's buying 350 AR-15 assault rifles to replace the officers' because "that training shouldn't go to waste." So now, all good. Walter White, come home.

-Abby Zimet
07.10.14 - 3:20 PM

Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed at least 52 people, including 13 children - the youngest, 18 months old, died along with his 27-year-old mother - and wounded over 450. Here are the names of the dead, released by Gaza's Health Ministry to Beirut-based newspaper al-Akhbar. The children are marked in bold. Because we can give them, at least, their names.

Grievous Update: The numbers have now soared to over 120 dead, including at least 23 children. Two were 18 months old.

-Abby Zimet
07.10.14 - 3:10 PM

Days before its long-planned, much-hyped debut at a U.K. airshow, the entire fleet of the endless boondoggle known as the Joint Strike Fighter has been grounded after one caught fire, the latest in a years-long series of disasters almost every time it's tried to leave the ground. The plane's pricetag is now $399 billion; it's seven years behind schedule; when done, it will cost  over $1 trillion. No doubt entirely coincidentally, Lockheed has spread its jobs and contractors across the country, thus ensuring broad support in Congress. And yes, there are many cool things we could do with the money.

-Abby Zimet
07.10.14 - 1:28 PM

Outraged by an American media that turns a blind eye to Israeli abuses - Diane Sawyer's was the latest and most egregious example - U.S. Jewish activist Daniel Sieradski has called out an Anti-Defamation League ad aimed at justifying the bombing of Gaza as “the latest act in a storied history of shameful behavior.” Then he posted a new version of the ad - which has since gone viral - with the concise text, "Fixed."

-Abby Zimet
07.09.14 - 10:56 PM

Channeling David Lynch, the Koch-backed Generation Opportunity - whose mission is to convince young people to opt out of the totalitarian evil that is health care - has released a darkly crackpot video invite to an upcoming "Creepy Carenival" in D.C. that, "like Obamacare itself, comes with a veneer of excitement (weirdo Uncle Sam! mandatory vasectomies!) but as soon as you begin to experience it, you realize you are being taken for a ride." WTF? The kicker: A new study shows that ads by opponents of Obamacare - who have outspent supporters 15-1 - may have increased enrollment. Nice work guys.

-Abby Zimet
07.09.14 - 10:59 AM

The over-reaching, over-regulating, money-grubbing feds at OSHA have fined Freedom Industries an exorbitant $11,000 for last January's massive spill of coal cleaning chemicals that left 300,000 West Virginians without safe water, one in five people with health problems and local businesses down about $61 million. Oh yes, and the "clean-up" site is still leaking - twice last month - but Freedom, which has conveniently declared "bankruptcy," says it's only because of "heavy rain" and who could've predicted that?

-Abby Zimet

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