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Federal judge rejects NOM€™s motion to defend Oregon€™s same-sex marriage ban

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Organization for Marriage cannot defend Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage after the state attorney general refused to do so, paving the way for a ruling on the ban that could come at any time.

The NOM argued it should be allowed to intervene on behalf of its members in Oregon.

Judge Michael McShane said the attorney general is accountable to Oregon voters, while the group supporting marriage solely between a man and woman is not.

€œI'€™m not prepared to substitute a third party for the executive branch,” McShane said.

U.S. Corporate Media is "Neutered, Impotent and Obsolete"

In the final part of our extended interview, Glenn Greenwald reflects on the Pulitzer Prize, adversarial journalism and the corporate media€™s response to his reporting on Edward Snowden's leaked National Security Agency documents. "We knew that once we started publishing not one or two stories, but dozens of stories  that not just the government, but even fellow journalists were going to start to look at what we were doing with increasing levels of hostility and to start to say, 'This doesn't actually seem like journalism anymore. because it's not the kind of journalism that they do," Greenwald says. "It doesn't abide by these unspoken rules that are designed to protect the government."

Putting People in Boxes

On May 2, Jacksonville Journal-Courier columnist Jay Jamison wrote that I think Americans are stupid,€” too stupid to manage their own affairs. He didn't mention me personally, but his column repeated several times the idea that the left views Americans as too stupid to make informed decisions.€

Since I'm sure he puts me on “the left,€ I get lumped together with everyone else he disagrees with.  

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Shall we alter the claim slightly to say that €œthe right€ assumes the average American is ignorant? No. That would be falling into the same we/they, evil/good dichotomy that makes his article analytically useless. Some people on both sides say dumb things or say things that imply voters are dumb. Others say smart things and treat voters as able to distinguish true from false. Blanket condemnations of the other side, by politicians or columnists, show little respect for the intelligence of readers or voters.

5 human scents that attract mosquitoes and how to make yourself less attractive to bugs

 Carbon dioxide

 Body odor

Secretions

Blood type

Lactic acid

Don'€™t Let Net Neutrality Become Another Broken Promise

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will meet tomorrow to vote on proposed rules governing how much control Internet service providers have over which content we see and how quickly we see it. The proposed plan, devised by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, is a threat to the concept of Net neutrality,€” the principal that both governments and Internet service providers should treat all online information equally. Below, writers, policy experts, artists and activists weigh in on why we should all be concerned about keeping the Internet open.

Sad story


D-I Football Commit Remains Homeless Due to NCAA Rules, Cannot Receive Fan Aid

"Wake up, survive. Go to sleep, survive. Wake up, survive. Every day."

This is the daily regimen of Antoine Turner, a junior college commit for the Boise State football program who is currently homeless and has lived in transience most of his life.
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Growing into a 6'3", 290-pound frame, Turner found success on his high school football field but struggled to stay clear of gangs and find lodging in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Determined to play collegiate football, Turner spent all the money in his possession to make it to Fullerton Junior College in California. He made the team but was penniless. He says he began sleeping on park benches to pass the night.

A little break


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32 Photos Of Louisiana That Will Make You Want To Move There

A Doctor Explains Why Getting Kicked in the Balls Hurts So Damn Much h/t Triv

Must see shit right here

As I Scrolled Through These 45 Photos, One Thing Became Very Clear. And Everyone Should See It.

Who knew

Hovercraft Coming To Market in 2017

The Daily Wiki



Figs

Ficus is a genus of about 850 species of woody trees, shrubs, vines, epiphytes and hemiepiphytes in the family Moraceae. Collectively known as fig trees or figs, they are native throughout the tropics with a few species extending into the semi-warm temperate zone. The Common Fig (F. carica) is a temperate species native to southwest Asia and the Mediterranean region (from Afghanistan to Portugal), which has been widely cultivated from ancient times for its fruit, also referred to as figs. The fruit of most other species are also edible though they are usually of only local economic importance or eaten as bushfood. However, they are extremely important food resources for wildlife. Figs are also of considerable cultural importance throughout the tropics, both as objects of worship and for their many practical uses.

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac



Peace

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air explode softly and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth€” boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either€” not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. ~Robert Fulghum

Breakfast Tunes



Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

An oldie but a goodie

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Originally posted to LaEscapee on Thu May 15, 2014 at 06:05 AM PDT.

Also republished by That Group.

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