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This has the potential to set the nuclear industry back globally. We need to ensure the anti-nuclear chaps and chapesses do not gain ground on this. We need to occupy the territory and hold it. We really need to show the safety of nuclear.
Internal emails seen by Guardian show how British government officials launched a PR campaign to ensure the accident at the Fukushima nuclear facility in Japan did not derail plans for new nuclear power stations in the UK. The emails seen by the Guardian show how the business and energy departments worked closely behind the scenes with the multinational companies EDF Energy, Areva and Westinghouse to try to ensure the accident did not derail their plans for a new generation of nuclear stations in the UK. (read more)

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Mr. Colbert Goes To Washington of the Day: Stephen Colbert’s request to form his very own Super PAC — a type of political committee capable of raising unlimited funds from corporations and individuals for independent expenditures — has officially been approved by the Federal Election Commission.

“I am here to represent your voice so you can all hear what you have to say through my mouth,” Colbert told a cheering crowd outside the FEC’s HQ in DC. “”I’m sorry to say, we won!”

The FEC’s decision, however, restricts financial support from Viacom, Comedy Central parent company, to advertising aired during The Colbert Report alone; any funding of ads outside the show would void the press exemption and would need to be disclosed.

Concern was raised over the possibility that the FEC would approve one of Colbert’s less limiting drafts, broadening the press exemption to allow politicians employed as commentators to obscure funds through their media entities. One of those expressing concern over the FEC’s decision was none-other-than Colbert’s lawyer, Trevor Potter, who serves as chairman of The Campaign Legal Center.

tl;dr: Stewart/Colbert 2012.

Below: Colbert and his council testify before the FEC.

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[usatoday / huffpo / atlantic / ap / truthiness.]

(Source: thedailywhat, via theamericanprospect)

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In our drunken, over-funded stupor, we asked for and got funding for equipment that we didn’t have teams to operate. There was so much stuff that we had to buy other equipment, like trailers and trucks, to haul all of it to potential emergencies. It truly was the best of times and the worst of times. Our co-conspirators were the vendors and consultants that fed off our addiction and our coveting more and more. In the end, we woke up with white powder all over our faces, and we could not remember what grant was funding what project and what had to be delivered when in order to meet the grant guidelines that had tightened up overtime.
A former Seattle-area emergency manager writing this week on the billions in federal homeland security grants that Washington began rapidly awarding to state and local governments after the Sept. 11 hijackings. Eric Holdeman’s online remarks appeared just as a major national conference on the grants began in San Francisco. We’ve written extensively about counterterrorism and preparedness grants at the Center for Investigative Reporting.   (via ageofperil)

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Man robs bank for $1 to get medical care in jail

A Gaston County man robbed a bank and then sat down on the floor to wait for police to arrest him.

“(This is the) first time I’ve ever been in trouble with the law,” James Verone said from the Gaston County Jail on Friday. “I’m sort of a logical person and that was my logic. (That was) what I came up with.” 

Story includes video of Verone. 

We think there’s going to be more of this as a health care crisis literally explodes in the U.S.

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The only winners from a 3.8 million-word tax code are big businesses who can pay lawyer-lobbyists millions of dollars for advice on how to turn the tax system into a competitive advantage over smaller firms.
Conn Carroll (via washingtonexaminer)

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Sexting And Infidelity In Cyberspace Is No Substitute for Face-To-Face Contact

Sexting No Substitute for the Real Thing

From the Confirming What You Already Knew Department…

A study says, in spite of the availability of online sex, humans are social creatures who need face-to-face contact

Although sex and infidelity are now only a keyboard away, at the end of the day, there is no substitute for physical, face-to-face contact in our sexual relationships. That’s according to a new study by Diane Kholos Wysocki, from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, and Cheryl Childers, from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. They investigated the behaviors of infidelity on the internet and sexting - sending sexually explicit text messages and photographs via email or cell phone. Their findings are published online in Springer’s journal, Sexuality & Culture.

The way we become involved in, and develop, relationships with others has changed dramatically over the last 20 years due to the increased availability of devices such as computers, video cams, and cell phones. These advances have had a significant impact on our social lives, as well as on the sexual aspects of our lives. These days, the internet is where the majority of people go to find sex partners.

Sexting is a fairly new phenomenon, where adults send their nude photographs and sexually explicit text messages to another adult to turn them on and increase the likelihood of a sexual relationship. At the same time, the internet has made the act of infidelity much easier.


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