If you see it on Facebook, it must be true, right? Unless it has to do with Wal-Mart selling marijuana in Colorado and Washington State, in which case you probably need to check to see who published that story. In this case, National Report published it. National Report, like The Onion, publishes satirical news, except they try somewhat harder to fool their readers. Wikipedia says of them,
"National Report (nationalreport.net) is a satirical website devoted to often subtle parodies of real news which convince the unwary. It is published by Allen Montgomery. Among headline-generating spoofs are a report that Arizona's governor Jan Brewer intended to introduce mandatory gay-to-straight conversion courses into the state's public school system, and a report that fooled researchers at Fox News Channel, in which the President was purported to have announced his intention to spend his own money to keep a Muslim museum open during a government shutdown. Another report that fooled people in Wyoming claimed that a man in Hanna, Wyoming was the first recipient of a RFID chip which, the report claimed, was part of an Obamacare pilot program. A report published by National Report on November 2, 2013 claiming a fictitious Assam Rape Festival created a furore in Indian national and local media. Several newspapers and blogs reported the same."
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"Colbert would leave behind the pseudo-conservative persona he's cultivated at The Colbert Report and just be himself at his CBS home... He has stepped out of character on rare occasion, though not on his show, and possesses the same wry, incisive interview skills that Letterman has showcased for decades."
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"On Tuesday morning, the country's media watchdog formally cautioned the website after it published an interview with the leader of a Ukrainian nationalist organization that Russia has denounced as fascist."
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Thirty-four years after the debut of the much-acclaimed science series hosted by Carl Sagan, Cosmos has returned. The successor series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, revisits some the original series conventions (notably, the "ship of our imagination") while updating some of the science, to what is accepted today (Pluto no longer a planet, boo!).
Have you seen the first episode? What did you think?
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On the ideological origins of an infamous phase:
The most enduring memory many Russians have of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow has nothing to do with international boycotts or the fact that the Soviet Union won the most medals in Olympics history that year. Ask a Russian about Misha, and a nostalgic tear might come to his eye.
The smiling, chubby cartoon bear known as Mikhail Potapych Toptygin, or Misha, was the official mascot of the 1980 Games and lives on today as a potent cultural icon in Russia...
...But for the man who created Misha, it is a sore point.
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A high school student, described by one classmate as possessing "very strong beliefs about gun laws" tragically followed his extreme right-wing beliefs to their inevitable end point:
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said Friday that a school shooting suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in a classroom at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver.
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Or, if you prefer, "Obama's Out-of-Step Puritanism Deprives Americans of Their Freedom!" Anyway, once you look past Forbes' "Blame-Absolutely-Everything-On-Obama" approach to this issue, its attack on America's Drug War sounded pretty good to me.
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'Fast & Furious' star Paul Walker killed in car accident at age 40.
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What are your favorite horror movies?
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And the Tea Party has already started a parallel Miss Tea Bag pageant to "take their country back" from Muslim Communist Socialist non-White pageant winners.
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The United Kingdom has announced plans to filter all internet content by the end of the year to block out pornography and basic dental care information. Foppish leggings and powdered wigs are apparently still acceptable.
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4 year old shoots a 6 year old.
Six-year-old Brandon Holt has died from injuries sustained when his 4-year-old neighbor shot him in the head with a 22-caliber rifle Monday evening as they played between their New Jersey homes, reports the Asbury Park Press.
The two boys were playing outside in Holt's side yard when the 4-year-old, who has not been named, left to retrieve the 22-caliber rifle from inside of his home. He fired one shot into Holt's head while he sat in a golf cart right beside his garage.
Certainly, DYFS had no reason to inspect that home.
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Film critic Roger Ebert has passed away from cancer at age 70
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Nobel Prize-winning ex-VP Al Gore is back in the news: He just sold his underperforming Current TV network to Al Jazeera TV for $500 million.
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