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(Two diaries in a row whose subject is the diet of pigs is purely coincidental. Really)

A farmer in Seattle is feeding his pigs leftover marijuana stems, stalks and leaves that he gets from a dispensary who would otherwise just throw it out. The pigs aren't fed any more food than the non-pot-fed pigs yet they gain about 20% more weight.

He said that the pigs that are fed the marijuana just lie around and barely lift their heads.
“I name all my pigs,” said von Scheneidau “and Ted told Tim they shouldn’t tell me,” whether or not they’re high.
The pigs’ laziness might contribute to the fact that those who eat the weed gain weight 20 percent faster than those who don’t, as one would expect, even though von Scheneidau said the pot pigs don’t actually consume any extra food.
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Darth Cheney resurfaced for an appearance on Fox News Sunday today where he laughed off concerns that American citizens' privacy may be invaded by NSA surveillance sweeping up metadata about phone calls and internet searches.

There is no need for concern since after all, voters have chosen the people authorizing the spying, so we should trust them.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Cheney laughed off questions about why federal surveillance of phone records need be kept secret, suggesting that since the people who authorize the program are elected by voters, voters should simply trust their judgment.
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Pigs fed a combination of genetically modified soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet, according to a new peer-reviewed long-term feeding study published Tuesday in the Organic Systems Journal.
The study sounds rigorously done, is long term and peer reviewed but is already facing criticism because of where it was published, The Organic Systems Journal.

This is a significant finding in that almost all corn and soy available today in the US is already GMO. So even if you don't eat meat from animals that are fed GMO grains, corn or soy is found in many processed foods.

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So Texan of him.

Well I think they should have waited until the "holiday season" to make this have more impact but Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has signed into law a bill that makes it legal to say "Merry Christmas".  Or maybe they need 5 months advance notice that they're allowed to drag all the Chr---mas decorations out from storage.
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perrysigned a bill into law Thursday that he said would allow people of all faiths to exchange holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols even on school property.
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Not from The Onion!

You with your internet connection and millions of others can click here to see classified NSA documents revealed by The Guardian.

But members of Congress and their staff must act as if these documents are still classified.

Senate employees and contractors are still supposed to treat this as classified.

The Senate Security Office sent an email around the Hill Friday afternoon asking Senate employees and contractors to try to ignore the fact that top-secret, highly-classified documents are now floating around the Web freely. [...] The email asks security managers to remind Senate employees and contractors that the documents are still technically classified and should be treated as if millions of people haven’t already read them.
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The NRA's new ad attacking Joe Manchin for supporting background checks reminded Joe Scarborough of TIME's cover story photo shading of O.J. Simpson's face.

Joe Scarborough on Thursday accused the National Rifle Association of using a shaded picture of President Barack Obama that appears in the gun group’s new ad targeting Sen. Joe Manchin.
“He’s shaded awfully. I think the shading is rather dramatic on the side of his face,” Scarborough said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“It just seems patently obvious what they’re doing,” Scarborough added.

Conservative MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Thursday paused for seven seconds of silence to shame the National Rifle Association (NRA) after he decided that the lobbying group’s new advertisement had unfairly darkened a photo of President Barack Obama the same way that Time magazine “shaded” O.J. Simpson’s mug shot in 1994.

In a new 30-second ad attacking West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D) for supporting expanded background checks, the NRA shows the senator with two photoshopped images of Obama, who is black, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is Jewish.

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An anti-choice group based in Texas, Pro-Life Revolution,  is proclaiming that it has 'caught' the IRS in a taped phone call. On its website it proclaims in 72 font type "IRS Caught on Tape" then doesn't actually say what it has 'caught' them in, other than the IRS giving the group direction as to what constitutes grounds for tax exempt status.

They seem to think being told to "keep their faith to themselves" is a breach of their Constitutional rights.

The group applied for 501c3 status and after two years was granted it, but according to the taped phone call it seems the IRS instructed them as to what they needed to do in order to qualify for and maintain that status.

From the legal group which is representing the anti choice group:

In the recorded phone conversation, an IRS agent lectures the president of the organization about forcing its religion and beliefs on others and inaccurately explains that the group must remain neutral on issues such as abortion.
So their complaint seems to be that they were 'harassed' with a phone call which explains what the status depends on. Isn't that awful? A government employee explaining things to you. The horror. Obviously they know the tax code better than an IRS employee.
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So now RWNJ's hate secret spying and anti-terrorism activities and loss of privacy because it is happening under President Obama's administration (never mind GWB got the "odious" Patriot Act signed nto law, waterboarded suspects, opened Gitmo, etc. etc.)

Immediately upon publication of Glenn Greenwalds' bombshell story revealing the extent of NSA spying, the New York Times and Reuters dutifully reported that this spying prevented the 2009 terror attack by Najibullah Zazi on the New York subway system.
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Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 01:01 PM PDT

Help Wanted: Online News Editor

by eXtina

Mediaite is seeking an online news editor, I thought I would pass this along. Someone here is bound to be qualified for this position. I don't have the resume for it.

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This may be even sadder than adults accidentally killing their children. Two chidren have been left fatherless after a 4 year old boy found a gun in the living room of friends he and his father were visiting. He inquisitively picked it up and accidentally shot his father who later died in the hospital. The boy has a newborn sibling who will never know his father.
Police say the boy somehow found a gun in the home's living room and accidentally fired it and a bullet hit his father, who was rushed to a hospital where he died. Police identified the man as Justin Stanfield Thomas.
Justin Stanfield Thomas was a Green Beret and a veteran of the Iraq War which he managed to survive. The visit to Thomas's former roommate was a surprise, so the gun had been left out in the open, laying around.
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From the Wayback Machiine:

2004:

The SAFE Act, introduced by former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), would have amended the Patriot Act to require that the government have "specific and articulable facts" to show that a person is an "agent of a foreign power" before seizing their phone records.

The bill was referred to the Judiciary Committee in 2005, but never received a vote. It had 15 co-sponsors in all, including then-Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), who are now members of Obama’s Cabinet.
Experts said the bill that Obama supported in the Senate would have prohibited the sweeping surveillance that has come to light at the National Security Agency (NSA).

[Please hold the snickering about Larry Craig]
"The bill very much limit[ed] the scope of these secret orders to people who are believed to be bad guys instead of innocent citizens," said Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at The George Washington University. "It was great that Obama sponsored it at the time, and too bad he has abandoned that principle."

Gregory Nojeim, an attorney for the Center for Democracy and Technology, agreed that the SAFE Act would have made the mass NSA collection of phone records illegal.

 4 out of 5 laywers agree, this law would have made this surveillance illegal. But does that mean we need a law to make it illegal?

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New York Police Department officers with riot helmets man a barricade at Broadway and Exchange Street, a few blocks from the New York Stock Exchange as demonstrators with 'Occupy Wall Street' mark the two month anniversary of the protest November 17, 2011
They look pretty annoyed, don't they?
And yes of course the police officer gets to decide whether he or she was annoyed.
The New York Senate has passed a bill making it illegal to "harass" a police officer by "any type of physical action" -- even action that does not otherwise constitute interference, obstruction or assault. Given that "obstruction" and "interference" are famously broad, it's hard to imagine what conduct the police and the NY Senate believe they need to control by statute, though there's a clue in the statutory language, which makes it a felony to "harass, annoy, or threaten a police officer while on duty."

In other words, if you cause any physical contact with a police officer, even unintentionally, even if the contact does not rise to the level of assault or obstruction or interference, you can be convicted of a felony and imprisoned if the officer can show that your conduct "annoyed" him. This is the kind of statute that seems calculated to allow the police and prosecutors to put people in jail for very long stretches (remember that 97% of people indicted for felonies in the USA plead guilty under threat of decades of prison should they fight and lose) just because they don't like them very much.

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