Shooting dead of homeless camper sparks outrage against Albuquerque police - the department that kills more people than the NYPD

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The City You'd Least Expect Just Decriminalized Marijuana

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CVS stores to stop selling tobacco

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Good News For Obamacare

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I Am The New Working Poor And I'm Not Alone

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Transformed Into White Gods: What Happens in America Without Love

jarjam:

I want to stop reading buzzwords like “safe space” that generate the false illusion of safety and the false sense of invasion. I want to see us love and fight for each other when no one is watching.

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breakingnews:

Deadly polar vortex begins to ease in USNBC News: A record-breaking polar vortex freezing much of the United States began to ease late Tuesday night.

Authorities reported at least 20 deaths related to the severe weather that was seen across the country. All 50 states had somewhere that was below freezing on Tuesday, including Florida and Hawaii. 

Even as temperatures begin to rise, flight cancellations and strained power grids will continue to affect portions of the country.

Follow updates about the storm at BreakingNews.com.

Photo: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on Jan. 6 in Chicago. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)


Climate change = a real thing.

breakingnews:

Deadly polar vortex begins to ease in US

NBC NewsA record-breaking polar vortex freezing much of the United States began to ease late Tuesday night.
Authorities reported at least 20 deaths related to the severe weather that was seen across the country. All 50 states had somewhere that was below freezing on Tuesday, including Florida and Hawaii. 
Even as temperatures begin to rise, flight cancellations and strained power grids will continue to affect portions of the country.
Follow updates about the storm at BreakingNews.com.
Photo: Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on Jan. 6 in Chicago. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Climate change = a real thing.

spaceexp:

A star set to explode
Floating at the centre of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, is a nebula with a giant star at its centre. The star was originally twenty times more massive than our Sun, and is now encased in a swirling ring of purple gas, the remains of the distant era when it cast off its outer layers via violent pulsations and winds.
But the star is not just any star; scientists say that it is destined to go supernova! 26 years ago, another star with striking similarities went supernova — SN 1987A. Early Hubble images of SN 1987A show eerie similarities to SBW1. Both stars had identical rings of the same size and age, which were travelling at similar speeds; both were located in similar HII regions; and they had the same brightness. In this way SBW1 is a snapshot of SN1987a’s appearance before it exploded, and unsurprisingly, astronomers love studying them together.
At a distance of more than 20 000 light-years it will be safe to watch when the supernova goes off. If we are very lucky it may happen in our own lifetimes…

I would love to see a supernova!

spaceexp:

A star set to explode

Floating at the centre of this new Hubble image is a lidless purple eye, staring back at us through space. This ethereal object, known officially as [SBW2007] 1 but sometimes nicknamed SBW1, is a nebula with a giant star at its centre. The star was originally twenty times more massive than our Sun, and is now encased in a swirling ring of purple gas, the remains of the distant era when it cast off its outer layers via violent pulsations and winds.

But the star is not just any star; scientists say that it is destined to go supernova! 26 years ago, another star with striking similarities went supernova — SN 1987A. Early Hubble images of SN 1987A show eerie similarities to SBW1. Both stars had identical rings of the same size and age, which were travelling at similar speeds; both were located in similar HII regions; and they had the same brightness. In this way SBW1 is a snapshot of SN1987a’s appearance before it exploded, and unsurprisingly, astronomers love studying them together.

At a distance of more than 20 000 light-years it will be safe to watch when the supernova goes off. If we are very lucky it may happen in our own lifetimes…

I would love to see a supernova!

Cannabis goes on sale in Colorado

The US state of Colorado is making history by becoming the first to allow stores to sell cannabis.

As many as 30 stores around the state are expected to start selling the drug for recreational purposes from 1 January, dubbed Green Wednesday.

Colorado, along with Washington state, voted to legalise the use and possession of cannabis for people over the age of 21 in November 2012.

Washington is not expected to allow the sale of it until later in 2014.

Colorado and Washington are among 20 states to have approved marijuana use for medical purposes. The drug is still illegal under federal law.

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Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower

Edward Snowden, NSA Whistleblower. Photograph: Guardian

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