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Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Pittsburg Morning Sun newspaper has had enough and is calling on Gov. Sam Brownback and state budget director Shawn Sullivan to resign. An editorial last week charged that, in addition to a failed tax experiment that has resulted in large budget shortfalls, Brownback lied when he promised southeast Kansas that a planned widening of U.S. 69 would not be delayed. "Had a CEO in the private sector made a mistake of this magnitude, he would have been expected to resign," the editorial said. "Brownback and Sullivan should. But we no longer believe they are honorable enough to do so." read more


The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority. Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, and civil liberties groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union and Access Now contend the change would vastly expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's ability to conduct mass hacks on computer networks. They say it also could run afoul of the U.S. Constitution's protections against unreasonable searches and seizures.


In an attempt to save Feliciano Miguel Rosendo, a priest who has been accused of forcing them to take part in orgies by claiming his semen was holy and represented the "body of Christ" and would "purify" them, two Spanish pseudo-nuns reportedly agreed to virginity tests in the Spanish town of Tui to prove that they hadn't had carnal relations with the prelate, despite eyewitness accounts that imply at least some sexual contact.

Rosendo apparently rotated the religious ladies through his bed in the house in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, north of Madrid, that they apparently all shared, according to his chief assistant and lover Marta Pax Alonso, a self-declared nun who has never been actually affiliated with any Vatican-recognized Catholic order.


Friday, April 29, 2016

A graduate student searching 19th-century newspapers found Walt Whitman's lost treatise on "manly health." Written under a pseudonym around the same time as some of Whitman's best-known poems of homoerotic love, the 47,000-word series recommends meat-eating, bare-knuckled boxing, comfortable footwear and avoiding "too much brain action and fretting." read more


The North American bison is a towering, shaggy beast that has roamed our continent for thousands of years. Many people have suggested that the largest American land mammal and icon of the country's cultural history and conservation deserves to be canonized as America's national symbol. Their wish may soon come true. The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday evening to adopt the North American bison as the national mammal of the United States. The Senate already voted in favor of the National Bison Legacy Act in December. Soon, the president will decide whether to bestow upon bison the honor of serving as the representative of quintessential American values. read more


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