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The Catalonian referendum on independence from Spain went ahead today, using the backup ballot boxes the opposition had secretly procured in anticipation of the brutal crackdown on the independence movement by the central government in Madrid, which included snatching elected officials and seizing ballot boxes. Catalonians go to…

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In Geographic and demographic correlates of autism-related anti-vaccine beliefs on Twitter, 2009-15 (Sci-Hub mirror), social scientists from U Alabama, U Colorado and the NIH take a data-driven approach to understanding the surge in vaccine denying tweets that blame vaccinations for autism, a totally discredited idea espoused by the President…

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The board of directors thanked Richard Smith “for his 12 years of leadership” as Smith showed himself the door while he reminded the 140,000,000 Americans whose lives he’d destroyed through insanely lax security and months of shambolic inaction that “I have been completely dedicated to making this right.” …

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London’s Nova Victoria development includes two office buildings that just won the non-coveted Carbuncle Cup for the UK’s ugliest building. Via BD magazine: According to developer Land Securities’ marketing literature, ‘Nova North and Nova South are two distinct, architecturally daring buildings within the Nova scheme. Together, they create a new…

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Cleanup crews are removing what police and Detroit Metro Airport officials are describing as an “unusual substance” discovered in the soap dispensers in the bathrooms. They aren’t saying exactly what it is, other than a “bodily fluid” that is “very disgusting.” Spoiler alert: they said it isn’t saliva. What could…

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