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  • Americans Really Wish They Had Elected Mitt Romney Instead Of Obama

    Mitt Romney 2014? Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they’d overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor’s bid. That’s just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which… Two years ago, Obama won re-election with about 51 percent of the vote. Of course, the poll should be taken with a grain of salt. While Obama is actually taking on the tough task of leading the nation, Romney is sitting comfortably on the sidelines. Still, the finding comes as foreign and domestic crises have sent Obama’s approval rating tumbling back to 40 percent, per Gallup. Also in the CNN survey, a record-low 46 percent say Obama “shares [their] values,” while only 49 percent say he is “sincere in what he says,” also a record-low.

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  • Americans Really Wish They Elected Mitt Romney Instead Of Obama

    Mitt Romney 2014? Americans are so down on President Obama at the moment that, if they could do the 2012 election all over again, they’d overwhelmingly back the former Massachusetts governor’s bid. That’s just one finding in a brutal CNN poll, released Sunday, which… Two years ago, Obama won re-election with about 51 percent of the vote. Of course, the poll should be taken with a grain of salt. While Obama is actually taking on the tough task of leading the nation, Romney is sitting comfortably on the sidelines where he is liable to receive a more favorable reception. Still, the finding comes as foreign and domestic crises have sent Obama’s approval rating tumbling back to 40 percent, per Gallup. Also in the CNN survey, a record-low 46 percent say Obama “shares [their] values,” while only 49 percent say he is “sincere in what he says,” also a record-low.

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  • Watch A 72-Year-old Buzz Aldrin Punch A Jerk In The Face For Calling Him A ‘Liar’

    Buzz Aldrin: Famed astronaut, second man on the moon, and puncher of smug faces. Sunday marks the 45th anniversary of the lunar landing — unless, of course, it never happened and the government faked the whole danged thing to make America look super powerful at the height of the Cold War. Is that conspiracy theory likely?… Bart Sibrel is one of those lunar truthers. And back in 2002, he ambushed Aldrin outside a Los Angeles hotel and berated him about his supposed role in the hoax, asking him to swear on a Bible he landed on the moon and calling him a “liar” and a “coward.” Offended that someone would question his integrity, and fed up with being pestered for so long, Aldrin finally snapped and socked Sibrel in the face. Police declined to press charges.

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  • New Seat Design Could Squeeze Even More Passengers Onto Airplanes

    Unless you’re Lance Armstrong, you probably won’t like this news: in an attempt to get even more passengers on a plane, Airbus has submitted a patent for a new, bicycle-like seat that lacks a headrest and tray table. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has requested a patent for a bicycle-like seat to squeeze in more passengers per plane. pic.twitter.com/PPIIRZ35jy — Citizen Assange (@Senator_Assange) July 14, 2014 As the Los Angeles Times reports, the seats are fastened to a vertical bar, and retract when not being used. Airbus stated in its application that “to increase the number of cabin seats, the space allotted to each passenger must be reduced,” but…

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  • Study: Smelling Farts May Be Good For Your Health

    The next time someone at your office lets out a “silent but deadly” emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter in England suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria… The study, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that hydrogen sulfide gas in rotten eggs and flatulence could be a key factor in treating diseases. “Although hydrogen sulfide gas is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases,” Dr. Mark Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter, said in a statement. While hydrogen sulfide gas is harmful in large doses, the study suggests that “a whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria,” Time reports. Dr. Matt Whiteman, a University of Exeter professor who worked on the study, said in a statement that researchers are even replicating the natural gas in a new compound, AP39, to reap its health benefits. The scientists are delivering “very small amounts” of AP39 directly into mitochondrial cells to repair damage, which “could hold the key to future therapies,” the university’s statement reveals. You’ll have to decide for yourself, though, whether exposure to hydrogen sulfide in flatulence is worth the potential health benefits.

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  • Study: Smelling Farts Is Good For Your Health

    The next time someone at your office lets out a “silent but deadly” emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the University of Exeter suggests that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer. The study, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that flatulence could be a key factor in treating diseases. “Although hydrogen sulfide gas is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety… While hydrogen sulfide gas is harmful in large doses, smelling it in small amounts could reduce the risk of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving the body’s mitochondria. Dr. Matt Whiteman, a University of Exeter professor who worked on the study, said in a statement that researchers are even replicating the natural gas to reap its health benefits.

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  • Man Who Fell Asleep At Baseball Game Sues Yankees, MLB, And ESPN For $10 Million

    A man who who was caught on camera snoozing away during a New York Yankees/Boston Red Sox game is suing the Yankees, Major League Baseball, ESPN, and announcers Dan Shulman and John Kruk for $10 million, citing defamation and intentional infliction… Andrew Rector somehow managed to do the impossible during the April 13 game: he fell asleep in the middle of it while sitting in an uncomfortable seat. Once the announcers saw Rector napping in the stands, they started to talk about him, wondering if he was alone or with the person next to him (“maybe that’s his buddy and he likes him a lot better when he’s asleep”). Rector claims in his lawsuit that this was just the beginning of a “verbal crusade” and “MLB.com continued the onslaught to a point of comparing the plaintiff to someone of a confused state of mind, disgusted disgruntled and unintelligent and probably intellectually bankrupt individual.” The complaint goes on to state several things that Rector claims were said about him (“Plaintiff is so stupid he cannot differentiate between his house and public place by snoozing throughout the fourth inning of the Yankee game”), but as Joe Coscarelli at New York notes, it looks like Rector is slightly confused. The announcers were rather gentle with him; it was the YouTube commenters who lived up to their reputation and posted nasty remarks. If Rector wins, it will send a message to those “idiots,” his mother, Hana Rector, told the New York Post. “If he paid for the tickets, it’s his prerogative what he does. Whose business is it if he’s sleeping? He can do whatever he wants.” —Catherine Garcia

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  • The Essence Of Jerkitude

    ICTURE THE WORLD through the eyes of the jerk. The line of people in the post office is a mass of unimportant fools; it’s a felt injustice that you must wait while they bumble with their requests. The flight attendant is not a potentially…

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  • Why You Can Blame Bill Clinton For The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Decision

    An ideologically divided Supreme Court ruled today that “closely held” for-profit corporations did not have to provide their employees with contraception coverage if the corporations had religious objections. Crucially, the court’s five… Here’s some background from The New York Times: The companies challenged the coverage requirement under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. The law was a response to a 1990 Supreme Court decision that declined to recognize religious exceptions under the First Amendment’s free exercise clause to generally applicable laws. Congress effectively reversed that decision. “What this law basically says,” President Bill Clinton said before signing the bill, “is that the government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone’s free exercise of religion.” [The New York Times] Over to you, Congress.

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  • Justice Ginsburg’s Blistering Hobby Lobby Dissent

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rebuked the high court’s majority ruling exempting some companies from ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, saying the “startling breadth” of the decision would allow business to “opt out of any law (saving… In a scathing 35-page dissent, Ginsburg wrote that the decision would “deny legions of women who do not hold their employers’ beliefs access to contraceptive coverage.” And she questioned the potentially wide-reaching ramifications should other businesses seek exemptions for disparate religious objections in the future: Would the exemption the Court holds RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act] demands for employers with religiously grounded objections to the use of certain contraceptives extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations (Christian Scientists, among others)? […] There is an overriding interest, I believe, in keeping the courts “out of the business of evaluating the relative merits of differing religious claims,” or the sincerity with which an asserted religious belief is held. Indeed, approving some religious claims while deeming others unworthy of accommodation could be “perceived as favoring one religion over another,” the very “risk the [Constitution’s] Establishment Clause was designed to preclude. The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield. [Supreme Court]

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  • LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, And Chris Bosh Want You To Hate The Heat Even More

    The Miami Heat may be more hated than ever next season now that all three of its superstar players — LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade — have opted out of their contracts. James announced his intent earlier this week, while Bosh and Wade… Though all three could test the free agent market as individuals, the synchronized timing suggested they would instead restructure their contracts to give the Heat more financial flexibility. And indeed, according to ESPN, the trio are already “discussing financial terms of new contracts amongst each other.” Under league rules, players are not allowed to negotiate new contracts with their teams until July 1. However, there is nothing preventing the players from working it out among themselves, and cutting up the Heat’s upcoming record $55 million in available cap space is believed to have been a major part of the discussion when Wade, James and Bosh held a meeting last week in Miami. [ESPN] The Heat’s thin lineup doomed them in the finals. But with big money committed to three stars, the team had little room to bolster the rotation this offseason — unless they could save money by reworking those commitments. If the Heat can ink all three to more team-friendly deals — or even retain two while adding more pieces with the savings — they will emerge as a stronger contender. And remember, James and Bosh took less money to sign with Miami originally. If the goal was to win, why not do it again? Of course, James, Bosh, and Wade could all sign elsewhere in The Decision: Part II. But if they return, with a better supporting cast, fans will never let them hear the end of it.

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  • Jon Stewart Nails GOP ‘Warfare Queens’ Over Blank Checks For Foreign Wars, Closed Wallet At Home

    Republican hawks are clamoring for President Obama to use more U.S. military might in Iraq, but that’s not the only place they want to extend America’s military presence, Jon Stewart said on Thursday night’s Daily Show. “There is apparently no… The stated reasons? Money, the federal deficit, and not wanting to encourage dependence on the government. But those objections only seem to apply in the U.S., Stewart noted, not in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the world where Republicans are eager to break out “the unlimited checkbook we have for foreign military adventures.” Stewart’s pièce de résistance is Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) arguing against funding veterans’ health care out of concern about creating a culture of dependence — and this final zinger: Republicans “have a culture of defendency, if you will, and I believe it has turned them all into warfare queens.” —Peter Weber

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  • Mexican Military Chopper Crosses Border, Fires On U.S. Border Patrol

    A Mexican military helicopter flew across the border and fired at U.S. border patrol agents, reports local Arizona news outlet News 4 Tucson. Two shots were fired from the Mexican chopper, but both missed the agents. The incident occurred in the early morning hours on Thursday, southwest of the Village of San Miguel in Arizona. The U.S. Border Patrol released a statement saying the Mexican authorities were “on a drug interdiction operation” near the border.… Mexican authorities have since contacted the U.S. and apologized for the shots, and the incident is currently under investigation.

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  • 86 Percent Of Strident Conservatives Think The Poor ‘Have It Easy’

    Illustrating the deep divide between GOP versus Democratic support for policies most benefiting the poor, a new Pew survey finds that a whopping 86 percent of steadfast conservatives think the poor “have it easy.” Similarly, business-minded… That sentiment underpins Republican arguments that programs like food stamps and unemployment benefits should be cut because they disincentivize work. And indeed, the same survey finds that at least eight in 10 Republicans from all three aforementioned demographic subgroups agree with the argument that government aid to the needy “does more harm than good.”

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