Wendy Davis filibuster helps Democrats kill Texas abortion bill


Texas State Senator Wendy Davis spoke for more than 10 hours in a marathon filibuster that helped Democrats block the passage of a GOP bill that critics say would have forced most of the abortion clinics in Texas to shut down. The bill known as SB 5, which is expected to be proposed again during the next legislative session, would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and require many abortion clinics to upgrade their facilities and adhere to the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Doctors who perform abortions would need to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic. Critics say the bill’s strict provisions would have forced 37…

Xbox One does a 180: Microsoft backtracks on used games, always online policies


Microsoft has dropped several wildly unpopular features from its next generation Xbox One gaming console, including region locks, restrictions on trading used games, and the need to connect to the internet once every 24 hours to keep the device playable. The features were announced during the Xbox One reveal event at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington on May 21 and generated an immediate and overwhelmingly negative response from gamers and the media. Sony, which had suffered through the underwhelming announcement of its own next generation PlayStation 4 in March, took advantage of Microsoft’s blunder last week at E3 when it presented the upcoming PS4 as the anti-Xbox One: a console that would manage games the…

Thai Buddhist monks in private jet are big pimpin


Thailand’s Buddhism authority said it is monitoring monks for inappropriate behavior after a Youtube video showed monks wearing aviator sunglasses, carrying an LV travel bag and rocking wireless headphones while flying on a private jet. The Office of National Buddhism in Thailand said on Monday that they had seen the video earlier this year and had warned the monks from Khantitham Temple in Sisaket province. The video has caused outrage among Buddhists within the country. Seems like these monks need a refresher course in Buddha’s 2,600-year-old teachings, which stress that, “the core of those who preach Buddha’s teachings is not to own any objects at all.” In 2012 about 300 out of 61,416 Buddhist monks…

Brazil protests: Change Brazil and Free Fare Movement take to streets

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More than 100,000 Brazilians have taken to the streets in peaceful protests in at least 11 cities throughout Brazil to voice frustration over public education, health, security, transportation and government corruption. The rallies, organized mainly via social media campaigns, blocked streets and stopped traffic in more than a half-dozen cities, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Brasilia. The protests began this month with a small protest in Sao Paulo against a hike in bus and subway fares. Police responded by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the protesters and journalists. Police arrested more than 200 people and managed to injure 120 protesters and several journalists. Police claimed that they seized petrol…

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdoğan gets brutal on protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park and Taksim Square

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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s brutal crackdown on protesters in Gezi Park and Taksim Square draws fire! It all started when protesters tried to stop the destruction of one of the last green spaces in central Istanbul, Gezi Park. The police response was totally out of proportion, using pepper spray, tear gas, and water cannons on peaceful protesters. After years of imprisoning students and journalists, the public had had enough, and all walks came out in protest. But the police response just got worse, and at the height of the protests, news channels were ordered to play a documentary about penguins! Meanwhile, PM Tayyip has been hiding out in Morocco on a state visit….

Crack smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford caught on tape!

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Rob Ford, proud Canadian and Toronto mayor, was caught on tape smoking crack in the ghetto. Ford is famous for his heavy drinking and conservative notions of race and sexual orientation, but crack smoking might be a new low for him. The tape is in the hands of a shady character related to Ford’s deceased drug dealer Anthony Smith, who was shot to death in front of a night club two months ago. The tape will go to the highest bidder, and it allegedly shows Ford smoking rock and laughing like a hyena. Ford should take a page from Marion Barry’s book. The famous former mayor of Washington DC was caught buying and smoking crack…

Czech president Milos Zeman drunk as a skunk!

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Czech president Milos Zeman was caught on tape visibly drunk in public during a ceremony to view the Czech crown jewels. Milos Zeman occupies the same office formerly held by Vaclav Havel, the poet, dissident and politician who shepherded the Czechs through the Velvet Revolution. Zeman has already developed a reputation as a hard partier, periodically slurring and staggering around Europe. But that doesn’t seem to bother most Czechs. Since claiming a “virus” caused his boozy behavior at the royal jewel ceremony, “I’m going out for a virus” has become the new Czech party call. ENGLISH:

See-thru yoga pant makers: do the downward dog!


Trendy yoga brand Lululemon was forced to recall nearly $20 million worth of the company’s black Luon yoga pants last week because they are see-through. Now customers have been complaining that Lululemon store “educators” are asking customers to drop into “downward dog” in order to get a refund. Toronto customer Christina Phillips wrote on Lululemon’s Facebook page: “The sales associate perused my butt in the dim lighting of the change room and deemed them ‘not sheer.’” The company has released a statement saying the “bend over” test is not a standard company policy, Lululemon’s CEO, Christine Day, told Bloomberg.com. Similar accounts from different customers have showed up on Twitter, Facebook and blogs after Lululemon began…