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Dangerous Finds: Republican quits over sex vid; America hates GOP; HBO’s ‘Westworld’ sounds porn-y
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Indiana GOP’s House Leader resigns after texting sexually explicit video of himself cheating on wife to everyone on his “Contacts” list: Does opposing LGBTQ rights have karmic implications for conservative Republicans with a proclivity for taking videos of themselves cheating on their wives? (Salon)

Voters pick words to describe Trump: Donald Trump topped another GOP national poll released today but overall, voters seemed to have few nice things to say about the real-estate mogul. Some of the more popular descriptions of the billionaire Republican candidate were “idiot,” “jerk,” “stupid” and “dumb,” while others called him “arrogant,” “crazy” and “nuts.” Other terms used to describe Trump were “buffoon,” “clown,” “comical” and “joke.”  “Egotistical,” “narcissist” and “selfish” were other popular ways voters depicted the short-fingered vulgarian. (Politico)

Video shows dramatic water drop in California lake: A video posted on Facebook shows the dramatic water level drop at Folsom Lake, a reservoir located about 25 miles northeast of Sacramento. This is not good at all. Yikes! (USA Today)

Sexually Explicit Casting Contract for HBO’s Westworld Extras Has SAG-AFTRA Concerned: The explicit consent form asks that the performer “may be required to perform genital-to-genital touching, simulate oral sex with hand-to-genital touching, contort to form a table-like shape while being fully nude, pose on all fours while others who are fully nude ride on your back, [and] ride on someone’s back while you are both fully nude.” (Hollywood Reporter)

Safety Last: One of the most reprehensible bosses in recent history is finally facing justice: Don Blankenship will, at long last, go to trial for the death of 29 coal miners. The former CEO of Massey Energy Company faces charges of allegedly shunning coal mine safety rules, conspiring to conceal safety violations, and lying to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and shareholders. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted. This will be a trial of historic importance. I hope they throw the book at this scumbag. (Slate)

Bernie Sanders Campaign Says It’s Hit One Million Online Contributions: I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I’ve sent the Senator money twice and plan to send more. If Bernie Sanders speaks for you, you should consider sending him what you can. (Wall Street Journal)

Employees reveal what it’s like to work for super-wealthy: Ever wondered what it is like to be really rich? The second-best way to find out is probably working for a very wealthy person. (Telegraph)

Ben Carson’s open bias against Muslims a sign of coarse times: When Republican Ben Carson declared Muslims unfit to be president, he crossed a line that historians say no major White House hopeful has breached since the 1940s — openly expressing prejudice. Usually Republicans use “dog whistles” to express such things. Not anymore! (Los Angeles Times)

GOP leader accidentally tells the truth about Benghazi committee: Even die-hard GOP partisans sometimes find it difficult to justify the House Republicans’ Benghazi committee. (MSNBC)

Anti-Marijuana Politician Charged With Possession of Marijuana: You’ll never guess what happened next! (Counter Current News)

New Poll Shows Americans Really Do Hate the Republican Party: Why is it that only the Republican Party believes it represents American beliefs? Where are they getting their information that somehow this country has become dominated by right-wing Christian fanatics that want the U.S. to implement the next Christian Crusade? (Ring of Fire)

Ted Cruz is toast: It’s not just that he won’t be President — his days in the Senate are numbered, too: Rand Paul is right, Cruz’s career in the Senate is “done for.” Once he leaves, he can become a full-time grifter. Or perhaps a slimy, weasley 1940s movie villain in a fez? (Salon)

Below, the Mighty Boosh go searching for “the New Sound”...

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Dangerous Finds: ‘Superman’ sperm sprayer; U.S. war on weed continues; Breakfast cereal anarchists
01:12 pm

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Man In ‘Superman’ Shirt Ejaculated Onto Woman Walking From Bus Stop: Police looking into possible involvement of sex offender in bodily fluid incident in Va. (Fox5 News)

They’re Like Bonnie & Clyde. But Dumber: Cops say a bank robber and his siren sidekick posted pics of themselves flashing their stolen cash on Facebook. (The Daily Beast)

Here’s What Whole Foods Offers to Laid-Off Employees: Yesterday, food theme park Whole Foods announced it is laying off 1,500 employees as part of an effort to lower prices. Those laid-off employees are being offered what has been—fairly—described as a “generous” severance. On the other hand, they could have just laid off the top five executives who’ve run Whole Foods’ stock price into the dirt and kept all of the people who do all the real work? Just a thought! (Gawker)

The Average American Worker Earns Less Today Than 40 Years Ago: It’s not just unemployment that matters. Many full-time workers take home less money, after inflation, than in decades. (Fast Company)

Bernie Sanders: Universal Healthcare and Free College Aren’t Radical Ideas, They Are ‘Human Rights’: Sanders remains unwavering in his commitment to establishing education and health care as a basic human right, not a luxury only available to the privileged. He maintains his plan could be easily funded by requiring the wealthy and the largest corporations to pay much higher taxes. He justifies this by pointing out that the wealthiest 400 Americans control more wealth than the poorest 150 million Americans, combined. (U.S. Uncut)

After NASA Announces It Found Water On Mars, Rush Limbaugh Says It’s Part Of A Climate Change Conspiracy: How incredibly dumb would you have to be to listen to this guy for HOURS every day? Filling your head with this stuff must do for your brain what eating shit for every meal would do for your body. (Media Matters)

Fox News is sinking the GOP: One network’s ratings boom is a political party’s election doom: Republicans are again embracing the bigotry of Roger Ailes. It cost them in 2012, and it will cost them in 2016. (Salon)

Police Arrested Someone For Weed Possession Every 51 Seconds In 2014: New statistics show the U.S. war on marijuana is far from over. (Huffington Post)

China’s Leadership: Brilliant or Clueless? The policies and decisions that worked so well in the boost phase of growth—what we might call the era of low-hanging fruit—do not necessarily work in the next phase, where growth has matured and all the costs that were ignored in the boost phase must now be addressed and paid. (Of Two Minds)

Alabama KKK member tells horrified British reporter Auschwitz was ‘summer camp’ for Jews: New BBC documentary follows members of the Klan as they prepare for what they say will be a race war. (The Raw Story)

For A GOP Congress In Chaos, Things Are About To Get Way, Way Worse: “November and December are going to be like Dante’s ‘Inferno’ around here,” Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) told the New York Times. (Talking Points Memo)

Americans shift away from ‘traditional’ jobs: And by “traditional” jobs, they mean jobs that have benefits, pensions, sick days and shit like that. Now we all work in the “gig economy.” (Yahoo!)

London’s New War: Hipsters Vs. Anarchists, With Breakfast Cereal as a Weapon: Anarchists targeted a café serving breakfast cereal to protest London’s gentrification. Next will come a museum. Why is protesters’ anger focused on small-scale businesses—not corporations? (The Daily Beast)

Below, Rich Fulcher in Comedy Central’s Questionable Science:

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Dangerous Finds: Carly Fiorina is a big liar; Joe Biden is horny, baby & Karl Marx is back in style
04:24 pm

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It is now clear that the hippies won the culture war: It is not an accident that San Francisco gave birth both to hippies and to the high tech wizardry of Silicon Valley. At times the past must be cast aside to see the future clearly. (History News Network)

Carly Fiorina stubbornly pretends fiction is fact: It’s been amazing to watch her stick to her obviously, demonstrably false story. She’s a flat-out fucking liar and she’s been caught in a whopper, but why should she cop to it? It’s not like any low information Republican voter is going to hear about it anyway, so why wouldn’t she just stick to her stupid story. look the camera straight in the eye and keep lying? (MSNBC)

It is time to get very afraid: Extremists, authoritarians now run the GOP — and no one can stop them: Boehner and McConnell weren’t conservative enough for them. Nor Eric Cantor. Right-wing purists won’t stop here. (Salon)

The Best Parts of a Very Sexual, Very Horny, Very Good Interview Joe Biden Gave in 1974: Joe Biden was a lot more careful around the press after this 1974 profile. (Washingtonian)

Bernie Sanders: “It is a rigged economy: Heads they win, tails you lose”: “Greed is destroying this country,” said Sanders to a cheering crowd of about 600 in the North Iowa Auditorium at North Iowa Area Community College. “We must take on this billionaire class and it can only be done if millions band together and demand a government that represents all of us instead of just the top 1 percent.” (Globe Gazette)

Why Are Republicans the Only Climate-Science-Denying Party in the World? Hmmmm… I’ll hazard a guess: They’re fucking idiots and have sold their souls to the devil? (New York)

Karl Marx is ‘back in fashion’, key ally of Britain’s Labour leader says: His ideas offer a definitive way to analyse the capitalist foundations of the modern Western economy. (Yahoo!)

The Daily News Layoffs and Digital Shift May Signal the Tabloid Era’s End: But what will commuters read? Oh right, their phones. (New York Times)

Whole Foods Market to cut about 1,500 jobs: Upscale supermarket chain said it would cut about 1,500 jobs, or about 1.6 percent of its workforce as it works to bring down costs. (Huffington Post)

Everybody hates Jeb: No Republican 2016 candidate is less liked by his or her party than Jeb Bush. It’s probably because he sucks. (Washington Post)

When America Was ‘Great,’ Taxes Were High, Unions Were Strong, and Government Was Big: The bygone nation Donald Trump’s supporters yearn for looks awfully liberal, at least in terms of economic policy. (The Atlantic)

John Oliver Mocks ‘Noted Swine Fellatio Enthusiast’ David Cameron: Bizarre is a kind way of describing it…”

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Dangerous Finds: ‘New Wave Hookers’; Saudi Prince’s bloody sex crime; ‘Popcorn’ dancers cut a rug
04:11 pm

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New Wave Hookers: The Traci Lords Film That Changed X-Rated Movies Forever: 1985’s New Wave Hookers was one of the more remarkable adult films of its day, featuring then-current “Princess of Porn” Traci Lords in a memorable opening sequence as the Devil; later, it turned out that she had made the movie when she was under the age of 18. (Night Flight)

Time to Trade in Your Jag, Benz, BMW for a Dented Econobox: Days of Rage Are Coming: The resistance will take the form of subverting the signifiers of wealth that exemplify the few who have benefited so greatly while everyone else lost ground. (Of Two Minds)

Conservatives Rush To Dance On John Boehner’s Grave: After House Speaker John Boehner announced on Friday that he would step down from his leadership role and resign from Congress at the end of October, conservatives who have long criticized him were quick to celebrate his decision to leave the House. Be careful what you wish for. (Talking Points Memo)

Jeb goes full Mitt Romney: Man of inherited wealth and power says African-Americans want “free stuff”: The “outreach” candidate takes a page from Mitt Romney to insult black voters in one of the worst possible ways. (Salon)

Carly Fiorina Makes a Lot of Stuff Up About Everything: From her time at HP to abortion and assault weapons, Fiorina has an adventurous relationship with the truth. She’s what used to be called a “liar.” (Mother Jones)

Rep. Peter King: John Boehner’s resignation is ‘victory for the crazies’: Yes, yes it is. (Newsday)

Nickelodeon is officially launching the ‘90s programming block it’s teased for years: ‘The Splat’ is coming. (Vox)

Saudi Prince Arrested in Beverly Hills Compound for Sex Assault: Bleeding woman seen screaming for help, scaling 8-ft wall. The prince was booked and released on $300,000 bail, BECAUSE OF COURSE HE WAS! I wonder if His Royal Highness will skip bail? Nah! (The Hollywood Reporter)

Kim Davis Is Now Officially a Republican: I wish this damned hillbilly dumbass would spontaneously combust. I’m sick of her lemon face, her bigotry and everything about her. (Mediaite)

The New Chinese Missile That Has the U.S. Air Force Spooked:  America has spent hundreds of billions on stealthy fighter jets to rule tomorrow’s skies. Could a new Chinese weapon negate that edge? (The Daily Beast)

Donald Trump Is Not Fit to Win the War on Christmas: Donald Trump is pandering to some social conservatives today, so naturally he brought up the nonexistent War on Christmas. There’s just one problem… (Mother Jones)

Gay rights activists give their verdict on Stonewall: ‘This film is no credit to the history it purports to portray’: Roland Emmerich’s film about the 1969 riots has been labelled an offensive whitewash by many critics and campaigners. So what do some of those who were actually there at the time make of it? (The Guardian)

Exuberant dancers groove to the Moogy sounds of Hot Butter’s “Popcorn” in 1972:

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Dangerous Finds: ‘South Park’ rapes Trump; Will Jeremy Corbyn kneel for Queen? White guys arguing
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Controversial South Park episode shows Donald Trump being raped and murdered: Show attacks tycoon’s run for President, his immigration policies and then kills him off in shocking final scene. Nicely! (DailyMail)

North Carolina restaurant urged to remove statues of snoozing Mexicans that greet customers at door: Oh man! (Raw Story)

Alex Jones: Pope’s Plan To Fight Climate Change Will Leave One Billion People Dead: “Slimebag” pontif makes conspiracy theorist want to “vomit.” (Right Wing Watch)

Trump: My Mass Deportations Will Be Done ‘Warmly And Humanely’: Well, that’s reassuring. He’ll even give each deportee a “Make America Great Again” baseball cap! (Talking Points Memo)

Jeremy Corbyn ‘has not decided’ whether to kneel in front of the Queen: Labour leader says he is making up his mind over what to do at privy counsellor ceremony as party conference approaches. I say don’t do it, dude. No fucking way. (The Guardian)

Kanye West Thinks Ben Carson Is ‘Brilliant’: Is Yeezy angling for a VP pick? (Vanity Fair)

LA to declare homelessness emergency as big cities struggle with affordable housing crisis: It’s getting ridiculous here. They have to do something. Fast. (Vox)

Scientists create virtual human using slices of dead woman’s body: The Visible Human Project scientists use cadavers to create detailed digital reconstructions of the human body. (Telegraph)

New York Jews Dumping Clinton for Sanders: A new poll shows a majority of New York Jews view Clinton as unfavorable. Biden catching up. (The Jewish News)

This towering 3D printer builds clay homes: Slow-printed adobe, without the flash. (Popular Science)

Bernie Sanders: “[The Pope] is getting to the heart of hyper-capitalism, and he’s saying: Why, as a society, are we worshiping money?”: Sanders echoes Pope Francis’ thoughts on climate change and working together as nation facing controversial issues. (MSNBC)

Republican wants to shame the poor by giving public access to welfare recipients’ addresses: Mayor Robert Macdonald of Lewiston, Maine this week called on the state General Assembly to pass a bill that would create a public registry with the personal information of any person who receives welfare benefits. (Raw Story)

Carly Fiorina attacked the physical appearance of Barbara Boxer in 2010: While she was running for Senate in 2010, Carly Fiorina attacked the physical appearance of her opponent Barbara Boxer on national television. The incident has become relevant once again, even as she criticizes rival Donald Trump for the remarks that he’s been making about her own physical appearance. (DailyNewsBin)

The Wall Street Journal gets whacked: How its Bernie Sanders hit piece completely backfired: A provocative headline claims his proposals will cost taxpayers $18 trillion. Nonsense, says a UMASS professor (Salon)

White Guy Yells at Another White Guy About ‘White F*cking Privilege’ over Stroller Incident: And yes, there’s video! “Thank you, white guy!” says one onlooker.

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Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump: No different from the rest of the Republicans
03:57 pm

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After his talk at the New School in New York City on Saturday, Noam Chomsky took questions from the audience. This is one of those questions:

“What do you think about the antics of Donald Trump, in tangent to your earlier idea about American exceptionalism?”

Chomsky’s reply:

“Well, actually, I think we should recognize that the other candidates are not that different. I mean, if you take a look at—just take a look at their views. You know, they tell you their views, and they’re astonishing. So just to keep to Iran, a couple of weeks ago, the two front-runners—they’re not the front-runners any longer—were Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. And they differed on Iran. Walker said we have to bomb Iran; when he gets elected, they’re going to bomb Iran immediately, the day he’s elected. Bush was a little—you know, he’s more serious: He said he’s going to wait ‘til the first Cabinet meeting, and then they’ll bomb Iran. I mean, this is just off the spectrum of not only international opinion, but even relative sanity.

This is—I think Ornstein and Mann are correct: It’s a radical insurgency; it’s not a political party. You can tell that even by the votes. I mean, any issue of any complexity is going to have some diversity of opinion. But when you get a unanimous vote to kill the Iranian deal or the Affordable Care Act or whatever the next thing may be, you know you’re not dealing with a political party.

It’s an interesting question why that’s true. I think what’s actually happened is that during the whole so-called neoliberal period, last generation, both political parties have drifted to the right. Today’s Democrats are what used to be called moderate Republicans. The Republicans have just drifted off the spectrum. They’re so committed to extreme wealth and power that they cannot get votes, can’t get votes by presenting those positions. So what has happened is that they’ve mobilized sectors of the population that have been around for a long time. It is a pretty exceptional country in many ways. One is it’s extremely religious. It’s one of the most extreme fundamentalist countries in the world. And by now, I suspect the majority of the base of the Republican Party is evangelical Christians, extremists, not—they’re a mixture, but these are the extremist ones, nativists who are afraid that, you know, “they are taking our white Anglo-Saxon country away from us,” people who have to have guns when they go into Starbucks because, who knows, they might get killed by an Islamic terrorist and so on. I mean, all of that is part of the country, and it goes back to colonial days. There are real roots to it. But these have not been an organized political force in the past. They are now. That’s the base of the Republican Party. And you see it in the primaries. So, yeah, Trump is maybe comic relief, but it’s just a—it’s not that different from the mainstream, which I think is more important.”


Bingo. In fact, his racism and xenophobia aside—which I realize, of course, is a very big “but…”—Trump’s positions aren’t even all that conservative and are often in fact legitimately “populist” in a crude (and notably nonspecific) sense when he makes comments about excessive executive pay being out of control, the need for progressive taxation and how hedge fund managers are simply lucky paper pushers.

Below, video of the above remarks and more on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now:

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4-year-old boy accused by teacher of being ‘evil’ and ‘sinister’ because he’s left-handed
12:38 pm

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Yep, this apparently happened in the year 2015 when an Oklahoma Pre-K teacher allegedly accused a 4-year-old little boy of being “evil,” “sinister,” and “unlucky” all because he’s left-handed. Little Zayde was actually sent home with a letter about how left-handedness “is often associated with evil and the devil.”

Picture of letter sent home with 4-year-old Zayde. Courtesy: Alisha

What the actual hell? The news report below sums up everything nicely. You’ll be shocked that this 15th century superstitious nonsense is still happening in 2015.


via Arbroath

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Dangerous Finds: Rock guitarist ‘Lady Bo’ dead at 75; Man disembowels woman; Fiorina is a liar
07:30 pm

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Lady Bo, the ‘Mother of Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ Dies: Groundbreaking guitarist Peggy Jones, who achieved fame as a long-running member of Bo Diddley’s band, has died at the age of 75. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Florida man reaches inside woman and disembowels her for uttering ex’s name during sex: A Florida man was charged with murder over the weekend after he admitted that he disemboweled his girlfriend because blurted out her ex-husband’s name while they were having sex. (Raw Story)

“Piggate” Looks A Lot Like A Black Mirror Episode, And Charlie Brooker Agrees: On his Twitter account Brooker quipped “I hope White Bear doesn’t come true next.” Makes you wonder, though, what Cameron must’ve thought about The National Anthem when it originally aired knowing what he (allegedly) knows! (Huffington Post)

Why Has Labor’s Share of GDP Declined for 40 Years?: The question cuts right to the heart of the core socio-economic issues of our era: the decline of secure work and the explosive rise of wealth and income inequality. This long-term erosion of earned income and household finances does not enable “growth” that is based on rising spending and borrowing. (Of Two Minds)

U2 gig ‘gunman’ was police officer: A suspected gunman forcing a U2 concert to cancel in Stockholm on Sunday night has been identified as a police officer, Swedish media are reporting. Okay, sure, he’s a nutty cop with delusions of grandeur and a gun, but he seems to have decent taste in music, amIright? (The Local Sweden)

Scott Walker quits GOP race: Public humiliation is too good for this union busting doufus and his idiot Republican face. I hate this Charlie Brown-looking jackhole. (National Journal)

Put a Fork in Him: Jeb Bush ought to stop wasting his time and his donors money and make like Walker and drop out, too. He sucks. He’s a “low energy” no hoper. (Talking Points Memo)

Bill Clinton Warned About Hillary’s ‘Discomfort’ With Gay Rights During 2000 Senate Race: Former president discussed Hillary’s hesitance on gay rights for oral history project. But unlike Hillary, Bernie’s been there for gays since the beginning. (Free Beacon)

The Importance of Donald Trump: Far from destroying our democracy, he’s exposing all its phoniness and corruption in ways as serious as he is not. And changing it in the process. (New York)

Lying liar pants on fire: At last week’s Republican debate, Carly Fiorina described a Planned Parenthood video showing “a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says, ‘We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’” There is no such video. It does not exist. And yet she’s doubling down. And she’s #2 after Trump, huh? The Republicans bench is the pits! (MSNBC)

Obama’s citizenship push stokes conservative fears: It turns out that many Republicans consider legal immigration a more immediate and existential threat to the GOP than illegal immigration.(Politico)

Coming soon, the 4K restoration of erotic Japanese animation The Belladonna of Sadness:

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Dangerous Finds: Female snake’s 2nd virgin birth; Weed-infused ‘smoked’ salmon; Morrissey quits UK?
06:02 pm

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Catholic Congressman Snubs Pope Because Climate Change: Here’s some stupid for lunch. (Esquire)

Salmon that will get you baked: weed-infused fish the latest in cannabis cuisine: Josh Pollack put two of his favorite things together to create a bagel and lox breakfast that will get your stoned – and he’s looking at matzah ball soup next. (Guardian)

87 Deceased NFL Players Test Positive for Brain Disease: A total of 87 out of 91 former NFL players have tested positive for the brain disease at the center of the debate over concussions in football, according to new figures from the nation’s largest brain bank focused on the study of traumatic head injury. (PBS)

Apple versus Journalism: Apple just did something that has journalists scared for the future: The tech giant rolled out a new version of its mobile operating system with a very controversial new feature. (Salon)

Obama to nominate first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army: Eric Fanning, who must still be confirmed by the Senate, has been a specialist on defense and national security issues for more than 25 years in Congress and the Pentagon. (Washington Post)

32 Years Ago Today: KISS Remove Their Makeup: What are KISS without their make-up besides fucking pointless? (Ultimate Classic Rock)

The Worst CEO: Yale professor on Carly Fiorina’s business record: She ‘destroyed half the wealth of her investors yet still earned almost $100 million.’ (Business Insider)

Snake gives birth without ANY male help. Again.: For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex. (ABC7 Los Angeles)

Morrissey Announced That He’s Done With Performing In The UK: Hardcore Morrissey fans are putting a second black veil over their black veil, because Morrissey has announced that his next two shows in London may be his last shows in the UK for the rest of eternity. (Dlisted)

How capitalism turns love into addiction: Can something as basic as love become an addiction? Artists have always said so. Now, scientific researchers find that intense preoccupation with a love object lights up the brain with chemicals in ways that can be as compelling as shooting up. (Reuters)

As Trump Dodges Question of When US Can “Get Rid Of” Muslims, Nader Asks: What If It Had Been Jews? Good question! (Democracy Now)

Justice is Not for Sale: Bernie Sanders Unveils Ambitious Plan To End Private Prisons: Sen. Bernie Sanders is officially taking on the country’s private prison industry. By introducing a bill that would ban government contracts with private prisons, the presidential contender is quickly becoming the loudest advocate for criminal justice reform among his competitors. (Think Progress)

Below, Hillary Clinton’s new ad mocking the Republican debate:

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Dangerous Finds: The plot against Trump; Pot taxes worth more than booze taxes; Jeb the loser
05:40 pm

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“It’s gonna be YUGE!”

The desperate plots to destroy Donald Trump: Why the GOP establishment is struggling to make this clown irrelevant: Long assumed a flash in the pan, Donald Trump is starting to make Republican insiders sweat.  “I hope they attack me, because everybody who attacks me is doomed,” sez The Donald. (Salon)

Aggressive panhandlers on Park Avenue: One of New York City’s most well-to-do streets is not immune to the growing panhandling problem.  Business is brisk for panhandlers who zero in on drivers stopped at the lights on busy crosstown routes.  It’s almost like an unofficial toll. Serves the rich bastards right! (FOX5NY)

‘Feel the Bern’—Sanders winning over Democrats: A substantial slice of Americans are frustrated with how Democratic leadership—nearly seven years into Barack Obama’s presidency—has bumped up against the hard limits of political power, especially under a Republican-led Congress. Sanders is urging Americans to launch a “political revolution” against billionaires and elites—including his chief party rival, Hillary Clinton. (Yahoo!)

House GOP wants McConnell to go nuclear on Iran agreement: Multiple House Republicans want Senate leaders to “go nuclear” over the Obama administration’s deal with Iran now that Democrats have stymied efforts to derail the accord by conventional means. Because of course they do. (The Hill)

The Icarus Line “Enter The Void” For New Album: “All Things Under Heaven is closer to the truth than anything I have ever been involved with,“ Joe Cardamone tells MOJO. Listen to “El Sereno,” an exclusive track from the record. (MOJO)

Turning Pennies Into Billions: The Tiny Tax That Wall Street Fears A financial transaction tax (FTT) is a tiny charge placed on financial (rather than consumer) transactions. It can range from a dime to fifty cents per $1,000 exchanged. These people are lucky paper pushers. They don’t really do anything, so why should they rule the universe and get to hog all the money for themselves? (

Colorado Just Became the First State Ever to Generate More Taxes from Marijuana than Alcohol: Smart state! 4…3…2…1… GO OHIO! (The Free Thought Project)

Apple’s ad-blocking software could threaten free Internet: But Apple’s support for ad-blocking technology is ringing alarm bells on Madison Avenue, where critics warn it threatens not only the lifeblood of their business — but also the economic underpinnings of the free Internet. (New York Post)

Possible serial killer sought in New York: The NYPD is looking for a man seen on surveillance camera footage leaving the scene of two murders inside New York City hotels. The man reportedly met two women on the street on two separate occasions and brought them to different hotels. (Fox5NY)

No, Bernie Sanders is not going to bankrupt America to the tune of $18 trillion: While Sanders does want to spend significant amounts of money, almost all of it is on things we’re already paying for; he just wants to change how we pay for them. (Washington Post)

Why a resurgent, unapologetic left is on the rise globally: Let me guess? Because shit’s unfair and fucked up?  (Vox)

The Moral Challenge Bernie Sanders Brought to the House Falwell Built: ‘The current financial crisis… originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose.’ (Our Future)

Bush allies worry: Is Jeb tough enough? No way! He’s the fat kid to Trump’s schoolyard bully. He’s done. Finished. Put a fork in him. (Politico)

Chinese men try to sell kidney to buy new iPhone 6: The two men tried to meet up with someone that would buy the kidneys — and since, one has gone missing, according to reports. (The Independent)

More Dangerous Finds after the jump…

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