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The Daily Show: Recap - Week of 11/04/13



Comedy Central ·Published on Nov 8, 2013

Bill de Blasio is elected mayor of New York City, John Goodman works for Amazon points, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smokes crack, and Patrick Stewart plays a lobster.



- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford should've known, as all true Canadians would, that you must wait at least one hour after consuming Poutine before smoking crack. If you don't, it makes you do crazy shit every time. Duh.

Bombs Explode Outside Provincial Chinese Communist HQ | China Uncensored



China Uncensored·Published on Nov 7, 2013

Things are getting pretty explosive in China recently, Just a week after a car crashed through crowds in Tiananmen Square and exploded, a series of small bombs exploded outside the provincial headquarters of the Chinese Communist Party in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. It comes only days before a meeting of top Party officials, the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee. On this episode of China Uncensored, I go through a list of similar incidents that have happened in China over the past few years.


Sardine population plummets along U.S. West Coast — AP: Collapse of species feared

Published: November 4th, 2013 at 12:15 am ET
By ENENews


Orange County Register, November 3, 2013: A steep decline in West Coast sardine populations prompted regulators on Sunday to approve sharp limits on commercial fishing for the species in 2014. At a public meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council set a catch limit guideline of less than half the limit for the previous year.

Fishery Nation, November 3, 2013: Pacific Fishery Management Council – deep cuts for Sardines The decline in West Coast sardine populations saw regulators on Sunday approve sharp cuts on commercial fishing for the species in 2014.

AP, October 29, 2013: Conservation groups fear sardines declining on West Coast, call for halt to fishing species Concerned sardine numbers may be starting to collapse, conservation groups are calling on federal fishery managers to halt West Coast commercial sardine fishing

Truthdig, October 21, 2013: Canadian Pacific Fishermen Catch No Sardines in 2013 Commercial fishermen off the coast of British Columbia came home this fall without having caught a single sardine, an outcome that suggests a $32 million fishery has collapsed. “They’ve given up looking, pulled the plug,” confirmed Lorne Clayton, executive director of the Canadian Pacific Sardine Association. Aside from the apparent displacement of humpback whales, a report in The Vancouver Sun said nothing about the effects of the disappearance on the ecosystem.

See also: 'Troubling Mystery': Complete collapse of sardine population on West Coast of Canada around Vancouver -- Official: It's 'unexpected' -- Expert: Humpback whales rarely seen, they're telling us something changed... nobody knows what's going on

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Carl's Stone Cold Lock Of The Century - Of the Week - Seahawks vs. Buccaneers 2013



- So, now we know. Carl got this way because his father never hugged him. Please, go hug a kid. Any kid!

NSA spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave'

NSA spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI

The Telegraph
By Nick Squires, Rome
6:35PM GMT 30 Oct 2013



Pope Francis delivering a speech during a meeting of the world's cardinals Photo: AFP

The National Security Agency spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI, it was claimed on Wednesday.

The American spy agency monitored telephone calls made to and from the residence in Rome where the then Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio stayed during the conclave, the secret election at which cardinals chose him as pontiff on March 13.

The claims were made by Panorama, an Italian weekly news magazine, which said that the NSA monitored the telephone calls of many bishops and cardinals at the Vatican in the lead-up to the conclave, which was held amid tight security in the Sistine Chapel.

The information gleaned was then reportedly divided into four categories — “leadership intentions”, “threats to financial system”, “foreign policy objectives” and “human rights”. At that time, Benedict XVI was Pope, suggesting that the Vatican may also have been monitored during the last few weeks of his papacy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10415228/US-spied-on-future-Pope-Francis-during-Vatican-conclave.html


- To their surprise, they discovered that the future Pope played online poker with Senator John McCain. And regularly cleaned his clock.

NSA SpokesHampster sez he'z wealwy, sawwy Mr. Pope

Atheist Volunteers Snubbed By Soup Kitchen Will Restore Your Faith In Everything That's Good

Huffington Post | Posted: 10/30/2013 4:31 pm EDT | Updated: 10/31/2013 11:31 am EDT



A director of a South Carolina soup kitchen told a group of atheists that she would rather “resign” than have them volunteer at her organization.

Upstate Atheists, a Spartanburg, S.C., group that focuses on helping people in need, recently offered to help out at the Spartanburg Soup Kitchen, but their gesture was rebuffed by the Christian nonprofit, even though they had agreed to not wear their T-shirts or advertise where they were from, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.

"This is a ministry to serve God,” Lou Landrum, executive director of the soup kitchen, told the paper. "We stand on the principles of God. Do they (atheists) think that our guests are so ignorant that they don't know what an atheist is? Why are they targeting us? They don't give any money. I wouldn't want their money."

While the group was upset about not being able to contribute to the organization, they weren’t deterred. The volunteers decided to, instead, dole out 300 care packages on Saturday to the homeless –- right across the street from the nonprofit that rejected them. Through an online fundraiser, Upstate Atheists was able to collect $2,000 to buy socks, gloves, deodorant, toothpaste and antiseptic wipes and other items, according to the Christian Post.

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- It's unsettling to learn that someone in the field of community service is actually helping you with warm food, a place to bathe and a place to sleep safe and unmolested not because they care for humanity and empathize with your plight, but because they're trying to impress the BIG GUY so they can get a good seat in heaven. Well, if he'll check his Bible he'll find that won't work either.

Wonkette: ''Fox’s Greta Van Susteren Does Actual Journalism On Junk Insurance Story''

WONKETTE
by Doktor Zoom
2:17 pm October 30, 2013


Talk about surprising — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren did a far better job than CBS News at explaining one of those stories about how mean old Barack Obama won’t let people keep their crappy insurance plans that don’t “insure” much of anything. Greta had a brief chat yesterday with Dianne Barrette, the subject of a recent CBS story about how because of the Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross of Florida is canceling her $54/month insurance and forcing her to buy a $591/month plan — except, of course, that’s not exactly the case. CBS left out a couple of details, like the fact that Barrette’s plan doesn’t cover hospitalization and only pays $50 toward any of the very few services it does cover. It is the insurance equivalent of wet Kleenex. Unlike CBS, though, Van Susteren got right to the problem with the plan that’s being cancelled:
    “Your $54 a month policy is a pretty, you know, bare bones policy, “Greta said. “Why do you want to keep that one, except for the price? Maybe you can get something better with a subsidy?”



We’ll have more on this, right after we deal with these damn flying pigs that have escaped from Hell, which is all iced over.

*snip*

Van Susteren ended the report by sympathizing with Barrette’s frustration, but also had a suggestion: “You have a real stripped-down policy here, and I think you need to find someone who understands this stuff. It’s pretty confusing, I concede.”

Strange, though, that a blogger who can do some basic research online managed to make some pretty informed estimates of what Barrette should be able to get through the Exchange. You’d think that Teevee news reporters could do that, too. That’s the kind of thing they call “reporting.” And it also looks like Dianne Barrette’s brief career as a Victim Of Obamacare may be ending soon: Erik Wemple reports that “Following her chat with Van Susteren, Barrette got word from a network producer that her appointment to appear this morning on Fox News was cancelled.”

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- Practicing journalism at Fox is like a tree falling in the forest when no one is there, does it make a sound? Apparently in the Fox Forest it sounds like Greta.....

Margaret Heffernan: The dangers of "Willful Blindness"



TED · Published on Aug 12, 2013

Gayla Benefield was just doing her job -- until she uncovered an awful secret about her hometown that meant its mortality rate was 80 times higher than anywhere else in the U.S. But when she tried to tell people about it, she learned an even more shocking truth: People didn't want to know. In a talk that's part history lesson, part call-to-action, Margaret Heffernan demonstrates the danger of "willful blindness" and praises ordinary people like Benefield who are willing to speak up. (Filmed at TEDxDanubia.)



    ''People think that the universe is outside of us, but actually the
    universe is inside of us and no where else.''
    ~Robert Anton Wilson

Carl's Stone Cold Lock Of The Century - Of the Week - Redskins vs. Broncos 2013



- Whether you disagree with Carl or not on the Redskins name, I'd love for the Cleveland Indians to change their name to the Hash Browns. That's my hometown. Yum!

TYT: Russell Brand Interview You MUST SEE



The Young Turks ·Published on Oct 24, 2013

"A BBC interview with comedian/actor Russell Brand is getting attention today because, it's said, he speaks for many younger adults who are fed up with politics and politicians.

Brand, who seems almost proud to say he's never voted, makes the case that "the lies, treachery and deceit of the political class that has been going on for generations" make casting a ballot pointless."* The Young Turks hosts Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian break it down.





''I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.'' ~H. L. Mencken
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