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A George Carlin Special Too Raw After Sept. 11 Resurfaces Now

Source: The New York Times

On Sept. 10, 2001, George Carlin, the greatest political comic in history if measured only by stand-up specials, recorded a bracing hour of social commentary for his new HBO special. The next day, he shelved it.

It wasn’t only the title, “I Kinda Like It When a Lotta People Die,” that seemed in bad taste after nearly 3,000 people were killed a day later in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Carlin also told a joke about a fart so potent it blew up an airplane. “You know who gets blamed? Osama bin Laden,” Mr. Carlin joked. “The F.B.I. is looking for explosives. They should be looking for minute traces of rice and bok choy.”

If timing is everything, Mr. Carlin had nothing.

Fifteen years later, his lost special is finally being released. (It is on Sirius XM, though it will be for sale as a download or on CD or vinyl on Sept. 16, at Amazon and iTunes, among other outlets.) It will be a revelation for comedy fans nostalgic for the days when you could expect a series of articulate salvos from Mr. Carlin about every two years. This special is not bonus track material. It’s a polished hour of new jokes with a virtuosic centerpiece, an intricate and elusive nearly 10-minute story that inspired its title, firmly in the tradition of Mr. Carlin’s comedy but also a fascinating departure.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/05/arts/george-carlin-raw-pre-sept-11-special-resurfaces.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Sep 5, 2016, 12:21 AM (22 replies)

FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed From Consumer Soaps

Source: NBC News

Say goodbye to those "antibacterial" soaps. The Food and Drug Administration says they do little or nothing to make soap work any better and said the industry has failed to prove they're safe.

Companies will have a year to take the ingredients out of the products, the FDA said. They include triclosan and triclocarban. Soap manufacturers will have an extra year to negotiate over other, less commonly used ingredients such as benzalkonium chloride.

"Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections," the FDA said in a statement.

"Some manufacturers have already started removing these ingredients from their products."

Read more: http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/fda-orders-antibacterials-removed-consumer-soaps-n642036
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Sep 2, 2016, 04:41 PM (34 replies)

Early voting already: Trump chances may hinge on non-whites

Source: USA News

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months before Election Day, early voting kicks off next week in North Carolina. It's the first in a run of key states where minority voters and young adults could give one of the White House contenders a decisive advantage.

For Donald Trump, it's a major test of whether his recent outreach to non-white groups is translating into votes. Minorities can tip the scales in the increasingly diverse battleground states of North Carolina, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Georgia. Those are all must-win states for Trump, except Colorado.

Early voters are expected to make up 50 to 75 percent or more of all ballots in the six states, based on 2012 figures. That's compared to a national average of 35 percent, according to election data compiled by The Associated Press.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2016-09-02/early-voting-already-trump-chances-may-hinge-on-non-whites

Well this won't go well for Trump.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Fri Sep 2, 2016, 04:16 PM (21 replies)

The Long Fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

PHILADELPHIA—As Debbie Wasserman Schultz made her unceremonious exit as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, what was most remarkable was what you didn’t hear: practically anybody coming to her defense.

The Florida congresswoman did not go quietly. She reportedly resisted stepping down, and blamed subordinates for the content of the leaked emails that were released Friday, which clearly showed the committee’s posture of neutrality in the Democratic primary to have been a hollow pretense, just as Bernie Sanders and his supporters long contended. She finally relinquished the convention gavel only after receiving three days of strong-arming, a ceremonial position in the Clinton campaign, and a raucous round of boos at a convention breakfast.

Few Democrats will miss Wasserman Schultz, who was widely seen as an ineffective leader. She was a poor communicator whose gaffes often caused the party headaches; a mediocre fundraiser; and a terrible diplomat more apt to alienate party factions than bring them together. “Only Donald Trump has unified the party more,” Rebecca Katz, a Democratic consultant who supported Sanders in the primary, told me wryly.

“The emails just confirmed what we already knew,” Lis Smith, a former aide to primary contender Martin O’Malley, told me. “She was not an honest broker in this process. She should have been gone long ago—she did the party a huge disservice.”


Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Jul 26, 2016, 07:14 PM (7 replies)

What If Donald Trump Is Just An Elaborate Prank?

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Tue Jul 19, 2016, 08:50 PM (5 replies)

Women livestreams moments after police shoot her boyfriend right next her *Graphic*

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Jul 7, 2016, 05:44 AM (3 replies)

Virginia introduces law to stop 12-year-old girls from getting married

Source: The Independent

Between 2004 and 2013, around 4,500 children under the age of 18 got married in the state of Virginia. Of these girls, more than 200 of them were aged 15 or under.

Last week, the authorities in the state introduced new legislation that updated rules that had until then made it legal for girls aged 12 or 13 to get married if they had parental consent and were pregnant.

The changes - a move that campaigners said brought Virginia’s laws into the 21st Century - followed a long fight by activists who said the change was aimed at curbing forced marriage, human trafficking and statutory rape disguised as marriage.

The Washington Post said that the legislation was the result of bills being passed by state politicians Republican Jill Holtzman Vogel and Democrat Jennifer McClellan. Similar bills were introduced in California, Maryland, New Jersey and New York this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/virginia-introduces-law-to-stop-12-year-old-girls-from-getting-married-a7119091.html
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Mon Jul 4, 2016, 08:39 PM (37 replies)

Alabama church members smoke pot, eat mushrooms and peyote: those are the sacraments

An Alabama church founded last year has a legal exemption for its members to smoke marijuana and ingest hallucinogenic mushrooms and peyote cactus, according to Christopher Rushing, who is listed as chief executive officer.

The Oklevueha Native American Church of Inner Light in Warrior has been licensed as a federally registered branch of the Oklevueha Lakota Sioux Nation Native American Church, Rushing said. "We are the only federally registered people allowed to have these sacraments," he said in interview with AL.com.

The church has a religious exemption to use psylocibin mushrooms and peyote cactus, both of which have properties that augment traditional Native American spiritual beliefs and experiences, Rushing said. He calls their use in religious ceremonies a sacrament.


Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu May 19, 2016, 11:25 PM (18 replies)

Morley Safer, Mainstay of ‘60 Minutes,’ Is Dead at 84

Source: New York Times

Morley Safer, a CBS television correspondent who brought the horrors of the Vietnam War into the living rooms of America in the 1960s and was a mainstay of the network’s newsmagazine “60 Minutes” for almost five decades, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/19/business/media/morley-safer-dies.html?_r=0

Wow, he only retired last week.
Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu May 19, 2016, 05:35 PM (9 replies)

Saudi Therapist Gives Advice on Wife Beating: Women's Desire for Equality Causes Marital Strife

Posted by Seedersandleechers | Thu Apr 21, 2016, 06:04 PM (4 replies)
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