Fighting Trousers - Professor Elemental

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State of Shock - Money Honey

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Outrage of the Day-Whistleblower Fired

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ENSCO, the world's second-largest offshore driller, fired a man for trying to report it had dumped thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals into the Caribbean Sea, at the direction of management, the worker claims in court.

Outrage of the Day - Pregnant Teen Rape Victim Burned Alive

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Indian police have filed murder charges against two individuals who allegedly set a 16-year-old girl on fire on December 23, after the victim succumbed to her injuries and passed away on New Years Eve. The two suspects are closely connected to the people accused of gang-raping the 16-year-old, who was pregnant at the time of her death, and may have burned her alive in order to punish her for going to to the police.
Happy fucking New Year.

The NSA Actually Intercepted Packages to put Backdoors in Electronics

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SPIEGEL published two pieces this morning about the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division, aka premier hacking ninja squad. According to Snowden documents, TAO has a catalog of all the commercial equipment that carries NSA backdoors. And it’s a who’s who of a list. Storage products from Western Digital, Seagate, Maxtor and Samsung have backdoors in their firmware, firewalls from Juniper Networks have been compromised, plus networking equipment from Cisco and Huawei, and even unspecified products from Dell. TAO actually intercepts online orders of these and other electronics to bug them.

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True, however, women’s value is often reduced to her attractiveness, whereas men’s value is tied with what he does. For example, Barbie is a fashion doll. He-Man is a protagonist with tons of adventures, and even the dolls are considered “action figures” because they DO something. One is passive, one is dynamic. Also, one’s strength is their value to others. The other’s strength is actual strength.  Both are designed for the male gaze.

Woman hits Salvation Army kettle bell ringer who said 'Happy Holidays' instead of 'Merry Christmas'

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"The lady looked at me,” said Vindiola. “I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, 'Do you believe in God?' And she says, ‘You're supposed to say Merry Christmas,' and that's when she hit me."
Totally Christian, yo.  Also followed up by a completely journalistic approach of polling random people over "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."

Mr. and Mrs. Perkins Go Gift Shopping 2013

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Really Craigslist?

BP Fires top Exec for Ethnic Attire

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BP fired a top executive after warning her that braiding her hair and wearing dashikis made her colleagues "uncomfortable," and that she should do so only "during 'culture day' [or] black history month," the former West Coast CFO claims in court.
This can only be appropriate if it was otherwise unprofessional (for example, unkempt dreads).  And even that is a slippery slope because what is considered professional for women is typically designed to keep them in a strictly defined gender box.

Unarmed Man Is Charged With Wounding Bystanders Shot by Police Near Times Square

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The Manhattan district attorney’s office says the man was responsible for the wounds two women suffered when the police shot at him.
Even as a little kid, my mom taught me that the only person responsible for my actions is me.  Apparently the police in this case never learned that lesson.

Men and Women! They Talk Like People!

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