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Hidden History of CIA’s Black Sites (Russ)
UK journalists piece together the untold story of the secret prisons from redacted documents.
Could Cloud Brightening Be Earth’s Last Chance? (Trevin)
“A project aims to manipulate cloud formations in order to combat climate change. The naysayers are lining up, but the group argues there are few viable options left.”
Court Upholds Manslaughter Conviction of Faith-Healing Couple That Let Baby Die (Klaus)
The Oregon Supreme Court affirmed the manslaughter conviction of a faith-healing couple that let its infant die instead of taking him to a hospital where a doctor testified he would have had a 99 percent chance to live. While the case itself is tragic, it is good to see that people are still not allowed to do whatever dumb thing they want in the name of their religion and get away with it.
Bernie Sanders Won’t Meet With or Take Money from Pharma Guy (Russ)
Snubs investor who sought to massively jack up drug price.
Ron Paul Was Big Supporter of US Interventionism (Russ)
Reporter finds that the Paul family are not quite as popularly understood, on a host of issues.
GOP “Cooked as a Party” If it Doesn’t Win in 2016 (Russ)
That’s what the RNC chair said. Even with congressional control and dominance in many states, it is not good enough without the White House.
Defense Department’s Effort to Build an “Iron Man” Suit Has Run Into Brick Wall — But That May Be About to Change (Gerry)
Turning soldiers into super-soldiers with a muscle-assist exoskeleton has reached the “Wright Brothers” stage, according to one researcher.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (Trevin)
The “groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary” follows “intrepid filmmaker Kip Andersen as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today — and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it.”
A new cut from executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio is now streaming on NetFlix.
The Jobs Biopic That Came Before the ‘Jobs Biopic’ (Kristina)
This Funny or Die take on the founder of Apple, is still funny two years later