The Orlando shooting: exploring the link between hate crimes and terrorism

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Air pollution now major contributor to stroke, global study finds


Scientists say finding is alarming, and shows that harm caused by air pollution to the lungs, heart and brain has been underestimated

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Orlando shooting: How do you get denied a gun in Florida?


The shooter in the Orlando club massacre purchased his guns legally, despite two investigations by the FBI. What would have prevented him obtaining the weapons under state law?

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 Education of a Jailhouse Lawyer by Jennifer Gonnerman


How Derrick Hamilton went from wrongfully convicted to legal scholar to free.

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Morning Cup of Links: Orlando Memorials | Mental Floss


Start your day with a round of great links!

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Lost in the Waves: A Father and Son Lost at Sea


Swept out to sea by a riptide, a father and his 12-year-old son struggle to stay alive miles from shore. As night falls, with no rescue imminent, the dad comes to a devastating realization: If they remain together, they’ll drown together.

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The Bridge of Sighs

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The Hidden Social Forces That Guide Your Decisions


Wharton professor Jonah Berger explores the many influences on what we decide

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This Incredibly Rare Mole Is Seen Fewer Than 10 Times A Decade


There are fewer than 10 reported sightings of karrkaratul each decade.

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Shooting Deaths of Police Officers Increase from 2015 to 2016

As the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Auxiliary gathered in Washington, DC on Monday morning to commemorate a group of law enforcement officers who had been killed in the

As the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Auxiliary gathered in Washington, DC on Monday morning to commemorate a group of law enforcement officers who had been killed in the line of duty, events in Kansas City served as a reminder of the danger that guns pose to police officers.

Detective Brad Lancaster of the Kansas City Police Department became the latest victim of a string of fatal shootings of police officers so far in 2016. While investigating a report of a suspicious person, Lancaster was killed by someone who never should have possessed a gun in the first place. The 28-year-old shooter was a recently paroled felon who was legally prohibited from buying or possessing a gun.
—Seventeen police officers have been murdered with guns while on the job so far this year — a 70 percent increase over the same period from last year. Gunfire has been the leading cause of line-of-duty law enforcement deaths for at least the past decade.
—This Sunday, May 15, marks National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Day and National Police Week, both of which were established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962. In President Kennedy’s proclamation, the annual commemorations of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, he honored them for their “faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities” and “dedicated service to their communities.” According to the FOP, about 40,000 law enforcement officers, families and supporters attend the events of Police Week in Washington, DC each year.

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Why The AR-15 Assault Rifle Used In Orlando Is So Common In Mass Shootings


The shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded has this in common with other mass killings: the AR-15.

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by Jefferson Morley June 13, 2016
The following is the final chapter in the new ebook CIA & JFK: The Secret Assassination Files by former Washington Post reporter Jefferson Morley.
So, who killed President Kennedy?

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How Exercise May Help the Brain Grow Stronger


Exercise caused mice to pump out B.D.N.F., a protein that scientists sometimes refer to as “Miracle-Gro” for the brain.

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Bizarre Yet Beautiful Badlands: Hidden Gems In New Mexico’s Wilderness [52 PICS]


When you think “alien” and New Mexico, Roswell might come to mind, but “alien” in this case is about 5 and a half hours away in the little known New Mexico Wilderness areas …

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Guns in movies – posters


Since the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007, Hollywood hasn’t slowed down in making guns front and center in its movies.

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What is a VPN and do you need one


Discover how, with the help of VPN, you can watch movies that are blocked in your country, crack into websites that you don’t have access to, hide from the FBI when you download torrents and more.

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How Orlando Shooter’s Gun Differs From an AR-15


And much more.

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Orlando, worst mass killing in America? nope

Astute reader corrects me and notes

“…changed the subject from worst mass shooting to worst mass killing! That’s a different subject. Worst mass nightclub killing in US was the Happy Land fire (1990, Bronx). Cause: arson. Death toll: 87. (There have been worse fires in nightclubs but those were accidental, not deliberate.)
—Worst mass murder in a US school was the Bath School disaster in 1927. Done with explosives, 44 dead, 58 injured.

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Latest group seeking to curb US gun violence: military veterans


Understanding othersJust two days before the Orlando shooting, a prestigious group of US military veterans launched a coalition to urge new policy actions ‘to prevent gun tragedies.’

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How the FBI’s Pursue-Every-Lead Policy Allowed the Orlando Shooting


Did Omar Mateen fall through the cracks because FBI agents are pursuing thousands of assessments nationwide under a policy to pursue any and all leads, no matter how ridiculous?

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Harvey Stein’s more than four decades of shooting in New York.

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Neringa Rekasiute’s “We. Women” Photo Project Places Women In the Throes Of A Major Fear — And Is An Ode To Raw Self-Love

Neringa Rekasiute’s “We. Women” Photo Project Places Women In the Throes Of A Major Fear — And Is An Ode To Raw Self-Love

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BREAKING NEWS: Enormous Monument Over 2,000 Years Old Discovered in Petra


Archaeologists in Jordan have made an incredible find at the World Heritage site of Petra.

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First Mammal Species Goes Extinct Due to Climate Change


The humble Bramble Cay melomys has disappeared from its island in the Great Barrier Reef.

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The mind of the Islamic State

An ideology of savagery
By Robert Manne

Two years ago, the armies of the group that would soon call itself the Islamic State, a group that already controlled large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, entered Mosul, the second city of Iraq. The Iraqi Army, in which the United States had invested, or perhaps wasted, US$25 billion, fled in fear. Shortly after, the group announced the restoration of the Muslim caliphate, which had been dissolved in 1924 by the leader of the Republic of Turkey, Kemal Atatürk.

Before these events in June 2014, virtually no one in the West had given the Islamic State a second thought, apart from a handful of scholars and intelligence officers. Six months before the fall of Mosul, US president Barack Obama dismissed the Islamic State, with a withering contempt, as the junior league partners of Al Qaeda. Since then, however, the proudly publicised dark deeds of the Islamic State – the beheadings, the stoning to death of adulterous wives, the immolations, the crucifixions, the mass slaughters, the killings of homosexual men, the sexual enslavement of Yazidi women – have become only too well known.

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Orlando mass shooter visited gay clubs, used gay dating apps


Orlando mass shooter visited gay clubs, used gay dating apps

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Two violent men, two symptoms of the same sickness


How is the violence perpetuated by Omar Mateen and Brock Turner related?

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The 5K, Not The Marathon, Is The Ideal Race


On a recent business trip, I asked the concierge at my hotel for advice about where to go running. “Are you training for a marathon?” he asked. Nope. I’m racing 5Ks, I told him. He gave me a puzzle…

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Inside the Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter


While politicians do nothing, legions of cops, psychologists, and federal agents are scrambling to stem the bloodshed.

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8 Odd Things That Were Illegal in the ’90s | Mental Floss


5. Women wearing pants on the Senate floor.

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A professor explains how 1980s game theory could explain how morality evolved

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What is CRISPR? And how can it be used to turn genes ‘off’?

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How bad experiences in childhood lead to adult illness


Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults

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Depressing paper suggests cancer’s an evolutionary mechanism to ‘autocorrect’ our gene pool

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The NSA wants to monitor pacemakers and other medical devices


Oh, and also the entire Internet of Things

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What’s Really Standing in the Way of Gun Control


It’s not a Supreme Court decision, as some might believe. It’s political will.

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20 Popular Twitter Accounts in the Cannabis Industry


Let’s take a look at 20 of the top cannabis related Twitter accounts that are active today.

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The Audition


Six Women Say a Seattle Man Posed as a Female Porn Recruiter in Order to Lure Them to His Apartment for Sex. What Can the Law Do About It?

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Found: A 2,000-Year-Old, 22-Pound, Still-Edible Hunk of Bog Butter


Maybe not the best thing to eat, though.

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Admit It: These Terrorists Are Muslims – [written by Muslim]


There’s a lot of special pleading about Orlando from Muslims and liberals. It’s time to do away with that. If not, we give the issue away to Trump.

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Studies on pythons, boas show independent evolution can lead to similar traits

CANBERRA, June 14 (Xinhua) — A new study by scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) found for the first time that pythons and boas, the two groups of snakes, evolved independently to share similar traits, the university reported on Tuesday.

Pythons and boas are two families that include the largest snakes in the world, like the reticulated python and the anaconda boa, which have been known to grow close to eight meters in length.

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The ‘Croc Whisperer’ Saving Jamaica’s Crocodiles One at a Time


Thanks to rampant poaching, Jamaica’s crocodiles are facing extinction—but not if Lawrence Henriques has anything to say about it.

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