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Luke Bowerman

That’s All, Folks

Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig.

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What Color Is This Dress?

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This Interactive Map Will Show You Just How Hard It Is to Get an Abortion in Your State

All across the U.S., women’s reproductive health care is increasingly being restricted by legislative measures.

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O’Reilly’s Lies

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‘Left, Right & Center’: CPAC, Bibi, Pot in D.C.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the applause that Israel received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “clean” funding bill that keeps the Department of Homeland Security open without picking a fight over immigration rules, and the announcement that marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C.

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Robert Scheer: On Civil Liberties, Obama’s ‘Probably the Worst President We’ve Had’

Barack Obama “makes George W. Bush and Richard Nixon look good by comparison,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief told Salon in an interview about his new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.”

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Fancy a New Body? Humans May Soon Be Able to Get Head Transplants

In just a couple of years, the first human head transplant surgery is set to take place; a black hole 12 billion times the size of the sun is making scientists rethink a widely accepted theory; meanwhile, the Iranian version of street artist Banksy delves into “Iran’s turbulent past” with his work. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Homeland Security

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Leonard Nimoy’s Last Wishes for Israel and Palestine (Video)

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, spoke out as a Jewish American in favor of a two-state solution and a divided Jerusalem.

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What Are Wal-Mart and eBay Trying to Hide by Opposing Gender Pay Gap Disclosure? (Video)

Shareholders at both eBay and Wal-Mart want the companies to reveal any disparities in pay between the women and men who work for them.

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Here Are Five Surprising Ways Iran Is Better Than Israel (Video)

I think I’m one of the few Americans who has been to both Iran and Israel. I like both countries and have a lot in common with thinkers in both.

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Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: It’s Peter Scheer’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is for the legalization of all drugs; the United States hates controversial art; the Veterans Affairs secretary is a liar; and more.

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Why Famous People Lie About Combat

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: This week on Truthdig Radio, it’s Peter’s last show. Also, a retired federal agent is pro legalization of all drugs, America hates controversial art, the VA secretary is a liar and more.

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AP / Matt Sayles

Leonard Nimoy Inspired Millions and Will Continue to Do So

Like the iconic Mr. Spock, he was virtuous, wise and generous.

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Most U.K. Sex Workers Once Held Jobs in the Mainstream Economy, Study Shows

More than 70 percent of sex workers in the U.K. previously worked in health care, education or charities—while more than a third hold university degrees, according to one of the largest surveys of the industry ever taken.

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Does Progress Spawn Poverty? A Gilded Age Issue Remains With Us

The “long nineteenth century” of class against class climaxed in the labor insurgency that followed the Great Crash of 1929. It seemed to resolve itself in the New Deal. But the questions it raised have endured, resurfaced, and grown more pressing of late.

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Netanyahu’s Speech

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Former U.S. Diplomat to Soviet Union Scolds Today’s Leaders

At a meeting of the National Press Club this month, James Matlock—“one of the Cold War’s wise men”—criticized the Obama administration for publicly denigrating the Russian leadership rather than striking a conciliatory tone in the conflict over Ukraine.

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The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

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Acid Attack on Algae Damages Ocean Ecosystem

Increasing acidity in the Southern Ocean is having a serious effect on the growth of a small but hugely important food source for marine life.

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Nine Found Dead After Missouri Shootings

Nine people, including an alleged gunman, are dead in south-central Missouri following a series of late-night shootings in multiple locations.

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Keystone

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Lucky GOP

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Energy Lobbies Are Making It Harder to Use Solar Power

Utility companies are leading the effort to reduce the benefits of “net metering”—the practice by which homeowners or businesses earn financial credit for generating electricity with renewable energy technology.

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Jihadis Deface and Destroy Iraqi Cultural Artifacts (Video)

The Islamic State group has destroyed thousands of books, manuscripts and replicas of ancient sculptures in Mosul libraries and museums.

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Houses of Worship

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Tankers

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Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

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America the Rudyful

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Victory in D.C.: FCC Votes in Favor of New Net Neutrality Rules (Video)

Score one for net neutrality advocates, and strike one for big telecom and cable companies—not to mention a good many Republicans.

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Canned Congress

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The Fight Against the ‘Former People’ of the Yanukovych Regime

I would love to believe this wonderful story of how a new, democratic Ukraine is fighting against an old, authoritarian bureaucracy, but there are too many indications that this story is flawed.

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Our Anti-Immigrant Racism Is Rooted in History

The political and cultural marginalization of immigrants, particularly those from Latin America, has a long and lurid background in the United States.

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Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret ‘Black Site’

An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used.

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The Real American Exceptionalism

While Presidents Eisenhower and Bush decided on exceptions that violated national boundaries and international treaties, President Obama is exercising his exceptional prerogatives in the unbounded domains of aerospace and cyberspace.

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Ancient Landscapes Point to Dramatic Climate Change

Scientists believe Chinese civilization could have been founded by climate refugees after the collapse of an Inner Mongolia-area culture over 4,000 years ago.

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Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

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What John Oliver Thinks About the U.K. Labour Party’s Patronizing Pink Bus

Why a political party in the United Kingdom thought it wise to paint a bus pink to attract female voters is hard to understand. But at least it gave the “Last Week Tonight” host material for a humorous segment about “the Barbie bus.”

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Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

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NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students

Amid recent calls for reform, New York City’s Department of Education is introducing new restrictions on suspending and restraining kids in city schools.

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TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here

The corporate television newscasts spend more and more time covering the increasingly disruptive, costly and at times deadly weather. But they consistently fail to make the link between extreme weather and climate change.

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Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

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Will Prison Eventually Kill America’s Activists as It Did Oscar Wilde?

When a magistrate sentenced the literary genius to two years of hard labor for the crime of being gay, he said it was the maximum punishment allowed by law. That turned out to be truer than the judge might have imagined. It killed him.

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‘Daily Show’ Duo Samantha Bee and Jason Jones Make a Play for Their Own Hit Show

Those hoping that either or both members of “Daily Show” husband-and-wife team Jason Jones and Samantha Bee would play key roles in filling outgoing power anchor Jon Stewart’s seat can strike those two promising names off the list of potential replacements—they’re going to be otherwise occupied.

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Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Wants Austerity ... for the Rich

“The finance ministers of Europe are not all in favor of balancing the budget if it has to be balanced by taxing the rich,” says economist Michael Hudson (not pictured) of the ongoing confrontation over the Greek debt crisis.

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The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

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Energy Giant’s Bleak Prediction: 25 Percent Rise in CO2

The British-based oil and gas “supermajor” BP says it expects global emissions of carbon dioxide to rise by a quarter in the next 20 years.

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The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing

“I, a lover of cinema, destroyed the films—in nothing more than a shitty little garbage can, which is funny considering the can had no idea that its insides were being burned and scalded by the likes of Lynch and Antonioni and Deren and Jodorowsky.”

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Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee Point Out the Contradictions Between Joe Biden’s Words and His Gropes

While the vice president is quite outspoken against sexual harassment, his brain seems to have a problem sending his hands the message.

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Larry Wilmore Discusses Islamophobia and the Chapel Hill Shootings on ‘The Nightly Show’

Larry Wilmore and a diverse panel including a professor, a comedian and a lawyer, among others, delve into the importance of calling the recent shootings in Chapel Hill, N.C., a hate crime in order to acknowledge the deep thread of Islamophobia that runs through American society.

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