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Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans

by Andy Borowitz
Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.
“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”
More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”
While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the auditory nerve to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.
While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.
Of course this is satire but it is damn close to the truth. Also there are a certain element of wingnut trolls that have to have the obvious pointed out to them lest the go off only half half-cocked instead of fully half-cocked.

Obama Becomes First President to Visit U.S. Prison

Obama wants to cut the number of people in jails, curb solitary confinement and end mandatory minimum sentences, all this year.(Got to make room for all the wingnuts that will be heading to prison shortly)

Time to Get Rid of Banks

Following the financial crisis in Greece, some wonder if digital currency might be a better option than euros.

The New Mass Extinction: Solar Energy Is In Trouble Unless Progressives Act Now

By Pujanak (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsRepublicans do not want to let this economic growth continue.

Sanders' message is resonating across the country

Senator Bernie Sanders (Brookings Institution/Flickr)

Bernie Sanders rips bad cops who attack young black men

Senator Bernie Sanders (I) speaking in Phoenix - screencap
F“It is not acceptable that an African-American male baby born today, if we do not change things, stands a 1 in 4 chance of being in prison during his life,” the Vermont independent told the crowd.

The Best Thing To Happen To Gun Safety In Years Snuck Right Under The Noses Of The NRA

The Best Thing To Happen To Gun Safety In Years Snuck Right Under The Noses Of The NRAThe Obama administration knows how to get things done. Stay within the law and when necessary, stay as quiet as possible.

Fox News Should ‘Own Up To The Fact’ That The Republican Cabal Promotes Trump’s ‘Douchebaggery’

Fox Guest: Fox News Should ‘Own Up To The Fact’ That GOP Promotes Trump’s ‘Douchebaggery’ (VIDEO)
She’s right — It’s about time the Republican cabal stops encouraging “douchebaggery” like we have seen from Trump.

CNN's Jake Tapper: Republican Cabal Says There's 'No Place' To Swiftboat Vets 'Unless You're A Democrat'

CNN's Jake Tapper: GOP Says There's 'No Place' To Swiftboat Vets 'Unless You're A Democrat'
On Sunday, CNN host Jake Tapper reminded Republicans who were outraged over attacks on Sen. John McCain's war record that their entire cabal had been united in smearing then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry's military service in 2004.

Hypocrite Republicans Demand Trump Apologize to McCain, But They Won’t Apologize to John Kerry

Republicans are demanding an apology from Donald Trump and we're getting nonstop coverage about the outrage, but Republicans aren't apologizing for what they did to John Kerry …
Republican hypocrisy
Republicans are outraged - OK, so what else is new?
Yes, what else is new, but the media is on John McCain (R-AZ) crack because they all love him and his barbeques, so we are getting nonstop coverage of how outraged Republicans demand an apology from 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for saying John McCain isn’t a hero and if he is on, he is only a hero because he was captured.
The republican national coven said in a statement condemning Trump, “Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”
No place in our country? Attacking veterans is what Republicans do. They taught Donald Trump everything he knows on this matter.
Republicans have not explained why it was okay when they Swiftboated now Secretary John Kerry — something 2016 hopeful Jeb thanked the wingnut cabal behind the attacks for doing. Or how about John McCain himself helping Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) after the Republican dishonestly attacked triple amputee Max Cleland (D-GA), linking the war hero and recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star to Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
What do these instances of no Republican demands for apologies have in common? Both John Kerry and Max Cleland are Democrats.
To hear Republicans speak, you would think that only Republicans are veterans or heroes. That, of course, is far from the truth.
Republicans put on a good show of veteran loving, but when it comes down to it, if you pick and choose which veteran’s honor you deem worthy of defending while you attack another veteran based on their political party — a right they fought to have and for everyone to have, if you buy the “fighting for your freedom” line Republicans love — then you don’t really love veterans at all.
What Donald Trump said about John McCain was cheap and nasty and ridiculous. But Republicans taught Donald Trump how this game of personal attacks is played. They were silent — and so was the media — when Donald Trump did his birther attacks against a sitting president. And I could make the argument that being the first black president in this country is an act of heroism, especially given the fact that President Obama was greeted by disgusting displays of racial animus by hate-filled traitors waving the Confederate flag in his face days ago. They waved that flag in his face even though he knew one of the victims in Charleston. They waved the flag of the traitor and secessionist in the President of the U.S.’s face — these, too, are Republicans.
So it has come to this. Republicans are outraged when they get a dose of what they have done to Democrats. The media is outraged and grim-faced, how dare anyone attack John McCain! Where was this protective, do not cross this line bit over President Obama being called Hitler by Republicans, or being accused of being a muslim terrorist, or being accused of not being an American?
A value is something you apply equally to all situations, not something you parse when it’s convenient. Republicans attacked John Kerry’s service, and John McCain supported Saxby Chambliss after his dishonest attack against Max Cleland.
The truth is that Republicans would have remained silent if Donald Trump were valuable to them. Just a few years ago, the Republican 2012 hopefuls paraded Trump’s endorsement, even though he was a known birther. So it’s not his hate they disagree with. It’s how much air time his hate is getting, and how that negatively impacts their party’s chances in 2016.
Where is John Kerry’s apology? Where is Max Cleland’s apology? If Republicans were sincere, they would apologize to all of the veterans whose service they deliberately disparaged in an attempt to avoid discussing issues. But Republicans can’t win on issues, so to the mattresses they go.

Meet The Press Host Destroys Every One Of Donald Trump’s Claims About Mexican Immigrants

Image via flickr.com/gageskidmoreMeet the Press has been very reluctant to challenge the statements of their guests, but they don’t seem to be afraid of The Donald at all.

Republicans In Full Melt Down As Trump Refuses To Quit Race, And May Run As An Independent

Donald Trump refused to drop out of the race for the Republican nomination today and confirmed that he may run as an Independent if he does not win the Republican nomination.
Transcript from ABC’s This Week:
RADDATZ: So let me just get this clear. You are not apologizing. And you are certainly not pulling out of the race as some of your opponents have suggested.
trump-monsterTRUMP: Of course they’d love to have me do that because I’m leading the pack. I’m certainly not pulling out; I’m leading and I’m leading in many states. North Carolina just came in; I’m way in the lead there. Nevada, as I said, just came in. I’m way in the lead there. And, interestingly, in Nevada, I lead in Hispanics by a tremendous — the Hispanics, I’m way into the 30s with Hispanics. Which I said, if I get the nomination, if I run for president, I will win the Hispanic vote, because I’ll be able to take jobs back from China, jobs back from Japan and Mexico, and everybody else that’s ripping us off on trade. And everybody knows that. And I will win the Hispanic vote.
RADDATZ: So you think this will actually help you? This is involving veterans and you heard what I said about those veterans groups. You still think this will help you in the polls?
TRUMP: I believe that I will do far more for veterans than John McCain has done for many, many years, with all talk no action. He’s on television all the time, talking, talking. Nothing gets done. You look at what’s happening to our veterans — they’re being decimated, OK. So I will do far more for veterans than anybody. I’ll be able to build them new hospitals, I’ll be able to build them care centers. I’ll be able to help the veterans.
John McCain has failed. Because all you have to do is take a look — what you report on all the time, take a look at the scandal at the Veterans’ Administration and the disastrous conditions under which our veterans have to live. And believe me, I built, with a small group, the Vietnam Memorial in downtown Manhattan. I know what it is to help people and I know what it is to help veterans.
Not only is Trump not going anywhere, but on Saturday, he sent his strongest signal yet that he would run as an Independent if he does not get the Republican nomination. When asked if he would not run as a third-party candidate, Trump said, “No, no. I won’t go on record as saying that.”
Republicans created the political environment that he is flourishing. Fox News and the Republican cabal loved Trump when he was chasing after President Obama’s birth certificate. 2012 Republican pretender candidates, including Mitt Romney, courted him and kissed his ring.
The Republican cabal is in a state of full-blown state of meltdown because they can’t stop Donald Trump.
The monster has turned on its creator. Donald Trump is poised to destroy the Republican village, and there is nothing the torch and pitchfork wielding villagers can do about it.

Has America gone nuts?

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/ Flickr)
FIn three of the last four major national political surveys, Trump is the leader in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. A Fox News survey this week had Trump ahead of the Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, 18-15, with Jeb Bush third.

Weekly Tin Foil

WTF: Wingnuts Claim Bill Clinton Isn’t Chelsea’s Father – You’ll LOVE their ‘Source’
WTF: Neo-Cons Claim Bill Clinton Isn’t Chelsea’s Father – You’ll LOVE their ‘Source’The latest rumor trying to discredit the Clintons won’t gain much steam outside of the tinfoil hat crowd with this kind of a source.

This Week In Right Wingnut Racism

‘Persecuted’ White Supremacists, Covering Up Black Woman’s Jail Cell Death
This Week In Right Wing Racism: ‘Persecuted’ White Supremacists, Covering Up Black Woman’s Jail Cell DeathHere is yet another round up of a week of racism in America. Sadly, it includes yet another senseless death of a black woman at the hands of white police.

Oklahoma town's police force quits

Oklahoma town's police force quits over 'good ol' boy' political meddling in businessman's DUI arrest

There’s a cancer epidemic in Central AppalachiaThere’s a cancer epidemic in Central Appalachia

Hungry girl nibbles on a breakfast bar (Shutterstock)
Cancer in central Appalachia is itself like an invasive tumor, and restoring health to the region means excising a tangled knot of issues with roots that extend far beyond the mountain range and into the very heart and soul of America.

Widespread Panic fan dead after Mississippi cops hogtie him and place him face-down on stretcher

Troy Goode (Facebook)
A Mississippi man died Saturday evening after police hogtied him and placed him face-down after he became unruly on his way home from a concert.

Man Previously Convicted Of Racist Hate Crime Attacks Again, Leaving Victim In Serious Condition

An Illinois man is facing multiple charges following an attack on a South American immigrant inside a Chicago bar on July 17.
Michael Groh - Chicago Police Dept.
A Chicago man with a history of hate crimes was arrested once again after going on a racist rant at a local bar and shooting a man he believed was an illegal immigrant in the face with a pellet gun while claiming to be a police officer.