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Lewis Black: Congress vs Colonoscopies

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon · Published on May 3, 2014

Comedian Lewis Black performs jokes about Congress' approval rating and colonoscopies.

- Black/Biden 2016!

Sober driver arrested for OWI when deputy crashes into her car

- If our ''elected leaders'' can't stop the Blue Gang, who can? And if they can't stop them, what do we need them for?

Wisconsin Democrat Yells At GOP While Dressed As Confederate Soldier. As You Do.

1:57 pm May 3, 2014
by Doktor Zoom

We have to say that this cosplay display by Wisconsin state Rep. Brett Hulsey (D-Awesomesauce), a replacement for the stunt where he promised to hand out KKK hoods at the state Republican Party convention this weekend, is very, very, insensitive and unkind in its implication that GOP policies are motivated by racism. Look, just because a few of Scott Walker’s aides have been fired for sending racist emails, and the R’s have done everything they can to kill Medicaid expansion and stuff, doesn’t mean that it’s fair to suggest that Wisconsin Republicans are racist. Besides, neither was the Confederacy.


- Progressives: ''Proving once again that it's not the size of your sash, but all in how you hang it......''

The luckiest unlucky man to ever live (Frane Selak)

- To the families of all the other victims, he's a Jonah. If you see the man, run in the opposite direction!

Germany blocks Edward Snowden from testifying in person in NSA inquiry

Source: The Guardian

Officials say a personal invitation for US whistleblower to attend hearing would put 'grave strain' on US-German relations

Philip Oltermann in Berlin
theguardian.com, Thursday 1 May 2014 06.32 EDT

The German government has blocked Edward Snowden from giving personal evidence in front of a parliamentary inquiry into NSA surveillance, it has emerged hours before Angela Merkel travels to Washington for a meeting with Barack Obama.

In a letter to members of a parliamentary committee obtained by Süddeutsche Zeitung, government officials say a personal invitation for the US whistleblower would "run counter to the political interests of the Federal Republic", and "put a grave and permanent strain" on US-German relations.

Opposition party members in the committee from the Left and Green party had for weeks insisted that the former NSA employee was a key witness and therefore would need to appear in person, not least because of concerns that Russia otherwise could influence his testimony.

However, the ruling Christian Democratic and Social Democratic parties, said that a written questionnaire would suffice. The disagreement led to the resignation of the CDU head of the committee this month.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/01/germany-edward-snowden-nsa-inquiry

Etiwanda Canyon Fire April 30, 2014

Tom Kam • Published on Apr 30, 2014

Europe BANS Cancer-Causing American Apples

The Young Turks · Published on Apr 29, 2014

"Back in 2008, the European Food Safety Authority began pressing the chemical industry to provide safety information on a substance called diphenylamine, or DPA. Widely applied to apples after harvest, DPA prevents 'storage scald'—brown spots that 'becomes a concern when fruit is stored for several months,' according to Washington State University, reporting from the heartland of industrial-scale apple production.

"DPA isn't believed to be harmful on its own. But it has the potential to break down into a family of carcinogens called nitrosamines—not something you want to find on your daily apple. And that's why European food safety regulators wanted more information on it. The industry came back with just "one study that detected three unknown chemicals on DPA-treated apples, but it could not determine if any of these chemicals, apparently formed when the DPA broke down, were nitrosamines," Environmental Working Group shows in an important new report. (The EFSA was concerned that DPA could decay into nitrosamines under contact with nitrogen, a ubiquitous element, EWG notes.) Unsatisfied with the response, the EFSA banned use of DPA on apples in 2012. And in March, the agency then slashed the tolerable level of DPA on imported apples to 0.1 parts per million, EWG reports.

"What does that have to do with the US-grown apples now gleaming, spot-free, on supermarket shelves? According to EWG, in 2010, when the US Department of Agriculture last looked for DPA residues on US-grown apples, it found them on 80 percent of samples. Average reading: 0.42 ppm, or about four times the new European limit. In other words, the apple on your countertop would likely be deemed unsafe by European authorities."

Ana Kasparian, Jimmy Dore, Desi Doyen and Dave Rubin break down the story of more than one bad apple on American grocery store shelves on The Young Turks.

For more, read the full Mother Jones Magazine story by Tom Philpott here: http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/04/europe-just-banned-apples-you-eat

- So now it's: ''Eat an apple a day and the doctors never go away?''

ENENEWS Update 04-29-14

Japan (Fukushima)

NY Times in Fukushima: “It’s all lies” from gov’t about radiation — They are forcing us to come back and live 10 miles from leaking nuclear plant — “This is inhumane” — “I want to run away, but… we have no more money” — Radiation still 300% previous levels

Energy Journal: Fukushima “an ongoing crisis… an international issue, its important we all keep our eye on it… we owe it to the Pacific” — Nuclear fuel dropped into sub-basement and melted through some concrete, no one can get in to see where it is now (AUDIO)

TV: Official in Fukushima during 3/11 now suffering many health problems as consequence of nuclear catastrophe — “There’s no place I could go for help… hospital refused to treat me” — I asked for blood test since I’m exposed, but they denied it (VIDEO)

NY Times Reporter: Untold story of Fukushima is the radiation issue, gov’t doesn’t want us talking about it; A lot going on that’s never reported by media — Afraid of being imprisoned under Japan’s new secrecy law; All officials have to do is say the info is secret (AUDIO)

More from “Japan (Fukushima)”



PBS Reporter Miles O’Brien: “No one likes to see ocean filled with cesium and strontium and so forth” — It’s arriving on West Coast of U.S. as we speak — “Nobody likes the idea of eating cesium from Fukushima” — “Tainted water dumped into Pacific as we speak” (AUDIO)

Strange Events in Gov’t WIPP Report: Emergency personnel needed for ‘reddish-brown vapors’ observed after ‘unplanned, excessive exothermic reaction’ — ‘Filters had an orange tint’ when changed hours after radiation release began

PHOTO: Broken roof bolts directly above WIPP nuclear waste were reported the day before radiation event — Cracks seen in nearby wall — “Heaving of bottom” may have taken place below broken bolts (VIDEO)

Gov’t Report: ‘Green burst’ seen at WIPP utility yard just minutes before radiation event began — ‘Popping noise’ heard by facility manager investigating incident

More from “US/Canada”



Concerned officials now considering ban on Japan food items — Nuclear scientists previously told gov’t to halt all imports after finding high radiation levels — Never implemented due to fear of hurting bilateral relationship

Former US Official: War in Ukraine could cause disaster worse than Chernobyl and Fukushima — Situation “calls for far greater global concern” — Multiple scenarios result in meltdown — Foreign Minister: “Potential threat to many nuclear facilities”

Reports: “Experts agree many species of wildlife and fisheries are endangered globally due to large release of radioactivity into ocean” at Fukushima — “Has Fukushima radiation entered New Zealand ecosystem?”

BBC: Ukraine “on brink of civil war” — Gov’t: Threats to blow up nuclear plants; Facilities on high alert after seizure of energy ministry (VIDEO)

More from “World”

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Episode 1

LastWeekTonight · Published on Apr 28, 2014

Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube: http://itsh.bo/1h6WGcg

Wherever news breaks, whenever news breaks, John Oliver will bring it to you on Sunday. New episodes of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver air Sundays at 11PM.

- Okay there is a part where John McCain does a lousy stand-up act, but the rest is hilarious!

Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today

- You might want to bring a sandwich for the first one......

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