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Paris Hilton Gets Shredded By Twitter After Claiming She Invented The Selfie

Paris Hilton went and successfully cracked open Pandora’s Box on this one. If you want to get the trolls of Twitter all riled up over something painfully trivial, then just proclaim to the world that you invented the damn selfie. Come on….. 1 Via @ParisHilton 2 Via @ParisHilton 3 Via @ParisHilton 4 Via @ParisHilton 5 Via @ParisHilton 6 Via @ParisHilton 7 Via @ParisHilton 8 Via @ParisHilton 9 Via @ParisHilton 10 Via @ParisHilton 11 And the OG, oldest selfie award goes to… Via @ParisHilton Read more: http://cheezburger.com/4044549/paris-hilton-gets-shredded-by-twitter-after-claiming-she-invented-the-selfie

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Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot

Growth must go on and its destroying the Earth. But theres no way of greening it. So we need a new system, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot Everyone wants everything how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, million plastic bottles…

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Since the attack, my husband Rand Paul hasn’t taken a single breath without pain

(CNN)The average person takes 20,000 breaths a day. Since November 3, my husband, Rand Paul, has not taken a single one without pain. He has not had a single night’s sleep uninterrupted by long periods of difficult breathing or excruciating coughing. Despite this, he refused to give in to the pain and was determined to fly back to Washington last week to do his job. As we walked through the airport returning from D.C., he was shivering with a 102.5 fever, and the next morning his internist diagnosed pneumonia in…

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The incredible story of baby Eva Grace: the superhero who never lived.

My wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly — some 3 in 10,000 pregnancies rare. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of…

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Ratko Mladi convicted of war crimes and genocide at UN tribunal

Former Bosnian Serb army commander known as the butcher of Bosnia sentenced to life imprisonment more than 20 years after Srebrenica massacre The former Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladi, nicknamed the butcher of Bosnia, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, Mladic was found guilty at the United Nations-backed international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague of 10 offences involving extermination, murder and persecution of civilian populations. As…

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28 Times Kids Spilt Terribly Embarrassing Secrets About Their Parents

These are legit mortifying. The awkward silence that must’ve accompanied these mega-cringeworthy shared secrets had to have been biblical. Makes you wonder if teachers are trained to deal with these kinds of moments… 1 Via Cheezburger 2 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 3 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 4 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 5 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 6 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 7 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 8 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 9 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 10 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 11 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 12 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 13 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 14 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 15 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 16 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 17 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 18 Via HeyJustWantedToSay 19 Via HeyJustWantedToSay…

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The U.S. government’s proposal to kill net neutrality is even worse than we expected

Image: Getty Images Few who follow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the history of its efforts to enshrine network neutrality rules into law were surprised yesterday when Chairman Ajit Pai announced that he would make public a proposal to deregulate broadband Internet access by “reclassifying” it as an information service under the Communications Act of 1934.  But many expected the Chairman to at least propose retaining some of the rules that protect consumers and competition online, like a prohibition against broadband providers blocking or throttling online content and services.…

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