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Here are photos of all the horrific ways fireworks can maim or kill you

10,500. That’s the estimated number of people who were treated for firework-related injuries in hospital emergency rooms last year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Eleven people died. Those estimates are part of an annual report that serves as a warning for [...]

L’Oiseau Bleu by Metzinger (Picture courtesy of steynard at This is a short Over Easy to give pups a conversation shel [...]

Declining vaccine rates: Mostly a white problem

Americans have grown accustomed to reading about the various social and scientific phenomena that give white Americans — on average — longer life spans, better health and better access to quality health care than any other group. The truth is a bit more complicated. And new da [...]

Music Review: "Alerado (Take 2)" by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

TRACK 2 “Alerado (Take 2)” From Duke Ellington & His Orchestra’s The Conny Plank Session GRÖNLAND Liner notes: Get your cool on, ’70s style, with a swinging mix of lounge organ, breezy flute, and brassy orchestral flourishes. Finger snapping encouraged. B [...]

Facing criticism on security clearance shutdown, government says investigations can start –on paper

Federal authorities announced late Thursday that the government can start the process of vetting applicants for security clearances on paper while the database for background investigations is offline for at least several weeks. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and personne [...]

We Love America, And You Should, Too.

James West: Okay. How to start. How to start? Ben Dreyfuss: July 4th! America! That great American holiday wherein we celebrate some bit of the American story. I think the earliest bit. Or the earliest official bit? We aren’t celebrating the stuff with the Mayflower. JW: So the idea [...]

3.5 Minutes, 10 Bullets, and 1 Racially Charged Tragedy

On Black Friday 2012, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was sitting with three friends in a car at a Florida gas station, cranked up the rap on the stereo. Three and a half minutes later, he was dead, shot at 10 times by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man bristling at the black teens̵ [...]

“It’s Time That Writing Took Something Back From the Internet”

Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers has been ably, if lazily, described as ‘the Great American Internet novel,’ but for the most part these comparisons have dwelled on the book’s preoccupations—distraction and voyeurism, mobility in junkspace, raids on privacy and t Go to Source : “It’s Time T [...]

Late, Late Night FDL: Anarchy In The U.K.

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – Anarchy In The U.K. As an Uke afficionado, I’d been following this British High Court case… The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain (UOGB) has won a High Court ruling against a rival group which it accused of trading off its rep [...]

The Queen of American Gothic

“Let me tell you about this girl,” a fourteen-year-old declares breathlessly, “she’s prettier than I am, but she’s my best friend. … Her name’s Hilda. … I try to do a lot of the things she does, but of course she’s always better.” The main thing Hilda and her friend do together, Go to Sou [...]

The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Deported From Ireland

Jimmy Gralton is not a household name, but as the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland, he’s certainly an intriguing candidate to receive movie treatment. An early Irish communist, Jimmy’s life and times are the subject of <em Go to Source : The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Depo [...]

Open thread for night owls: Naomi Klein speaks on Pope’s eco-encyclical

Below is an excerpt from Naomi Klein’s remarks delivered at a press conference introducing “People and Planet First: the Imperative to Change Course,” a high-level meeting being held at the Vatican this week to explore Laudato Si’, Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on ecology: I have [...]

Pew: Party and ideology matter a lot on climate and energy but not as much on other science issues

A study and statistical modeling of a previous survey by the Pew Research Center concludes that Americans are much more likely now than a few decades ago to line up on scientific issues according to their ideological leanings and party identification. But this alignment is not uniform an [...]

West Wing Week: 07/03/15 or, “Amazing Grace”

This week, the President signed a bipartisan trade deal, welcomed the President of Brazil to the White House–and showed her one of our national treasures–hosted 50 girls in green on the South Lawn for a campout to celebrate the great outdoors, answered questions about healthca [...]

WikiLeaks Performs Valuable Service By Liberating Key Documents from Lesser-Known But Still Major Trade Deal

In the past two days, WikiLeaks has released drafts from a lesser-known trade agreement being negotiated between 52 nations called the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA). The publication comes just before the next round of negotiations, which will begin on July 6. The “Core Text [...]

Mexican Laborer Delivers Devastating Response To Donald Trump In 58 Seconds — And Never Stops Working

After leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump disparaged Mexican immigrants as “killers and rapists” in his campaign launch last month, the backlash has been widespread. NBC and Univision both cut ties with the embattled businessman, as have a number of companie [...]

Walmart gets caught claiming Chinese imports were made in the USA

These may be made in America, but you can’t believe everything Walmart tells you. Happy Fourth of July! If your celebration involves any American-made goods from Walmart … well, you might want to double and triple check that. Truth in Advertising caught Walmart saying on its [...]

Mike Huckabee: Marriage equality isn’t a true civil right. ‘What an insult to African-Americans’

Maybe just don’t talk for a while, please. Just throwing this out there, but maybe the whitest man alive should not be telling black Americans what things should or should not insult them. Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Tuesday that calling same-sex marriage  [...]

Obama Just Came Out Hard Against the Washington Football Team’s Racist Name

In an irony that will surely be lost on team owner Dan Snyder, the Washington football team is being kicked off their land (sort of). From the Washington Post: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser this spring that the National Park Service, which owns the land [...]

Rick Perry: It’s the GOP’s duty to reach out to black voters

WASHINGTON – Former governor Rick Perry took his case for the GOP presidential nomination to the nation’s capital Thursday, arguing that it is the Republican Party’s moral and historical duty to court black voters. “For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote bec [...]