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February 26, 2014

New EU anti-smoking regulations hope to drastically reduce number of smokers

  • 2.4M people will quit smoking, if new European Union anti-smoking legislation proves to be as effective as regulators hope. The new rules ban the sale of any pack that carries less than 20 cigarettes, to guarantee packaging is large enough to display newly-mandated warning messages, and brands are also now forbidden from using statements that might imply their product is healthier than other cigarette. Flavored cigarettes, including menthol, will be banned across the EU, and there will be new maximum-concentration regulations for the nicotine cartridges in e-cigarettes. The rules wll come into force this May, and must be adopted by member states within two years. source
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February 25, 2014
I don’t expect to be in the room [nor] will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.
Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin • In a public post on Martin’s Facebook page, in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virignia Pro-Choice Coalition, that was discovered and spotlighted by the Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. The Virginia state senator has since edited his post to say “bearer of the child” instead of “host”; however, Martin continued to defend his original wording, telling HuffPo that he “[doesn’t] see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way.” source
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February 24, 2014
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This is hilarious. And it’s an actual thing. 

This is hilariousAnd it’s an actual thing

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And maybe the worst part for Clapper is, he still doesn’t get why Snowden did it. Clapper sees himself as the man who’s opened up the intelligence community to public scrutiny, who keeps the Constitution on his wall, and who’s endured the endless congressional grillings—all while keeping Americans safe. How could Snowden, a fellow intelligence analyst and contractor, not see that? ‘Maybe if I had I’d understand him better because I have trouble understanding what he did or what he’d do,’ the director said. ‘From my standpoint, the damage he’s done. I could almost accept it or understand it if this were simply about his concerns about so-called domestic surveillance programs. But what he did, what he took, what he has exposed, goes way, way, way beyond the so-called domestic surveillance programs.’
James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence who “wakes up and prepares for the worst job in Washington,” explains to The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake why they can’t stop another Snowden. 
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February 23, 2014
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If Yanukovych ever got elected president, it would be the biggest disaster for Ukraine.
Talk about psychic. A Ukrainian ex-journalist, translator and guide said this on Yaukovych a while back.

(via patrickdehahn)

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