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NASCAR fans attending the 2013 Brickyard 400 races are being greeted by this beer ad spoof on a jumbotron at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The ad was produced by the Marijuana Policy Project and highlights the relative safety of marijuana compared to alcohol by characterizing marijuana as a “new ‘beer’” with “no calories,” “no hangovers,” and “no violence” associated with its use. End times, dogs lying with cats, etc!

Highly creative people often seem weirder than the rest of us. Now researchers know why (or are they just putting on airs?).

Why the last gasp push to “defund” Obamacare? Quite simply: because it’s actually doing some good and that flies in the face of GOP/teabagger doctrine.

This PSA by David Cross and Amber Tamblyn about GOP ‘Gynoticians’ is no laughing matter. GOP politicians setting health-care policy? Terrifying thought!

New Rose Hotel“, anyone? The problem of assemblers giving variable output isn’t limited to just the software kind: DNA sequence assemblers make mistakes as well, which raises serious safety questions.

Like a strong fem-bot in a starring role? Just watch this weird Kia commercial.

Steve King (R-IA) continues to bloviate about DREAM Act youths being drug mules with “cantaloupe-sized calves”. What’s he looking at minors’ legs for, anyway, the perv?

They’re smart, conniving and work in cahoots. No, not humans this time, I’m talking about bacteria like Myxococcus xanthus. There’s a world going on underground!

Science-based medicine vs. religious scams: “The deaths of children whose parents belong to sects of Christianity that rely on faith healing is an unfortunately common topic in the newspaper. It has been known for years that relying of prayer as a substitute for medical care leads to a shortened life expectancy.”

Here’s a good end to bad rubbish: Gary Bolton has been found guilty of a charge of making an article for use in the course of fraud and one of supplying an article for use in the course of fraud between January 2007 and July last year. His crime? Selling fake “detectors” for explosives, drugs, tobacco, ivory and cash. His devices were widely used at checkpoints in Iraq. Maybe that’s how so many bombers were able to kill so many people? Let’s hope sentencing takes away all his money and requires him to live in areas “protected” by his GT200 detectors, huh? He follows James McCormick to the stripey place for essentially the same offense.

What, no magic rubber bracelets? A federal judge found TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau in contempt of court Friday for failing to pay a multimillion-dollar fine stemming from fraudulent infomercials and ordered him to transfer all of his hidden assets to a court-appointed receiver or risk going to jail. Trudeau made a fortune touting products such as pain-relief adhesive tape and a cancer cure involving coral calcium.

This story has special local resonance after Tulsa’s recent police corruption scandal. In one of those A Scanner Darkly episodes we’ll be seeing more of as time goes on, if the smoke shop owner hadn’t been surveilling himself, he’d probably be facing hard time. Did the informant supply his own crack to plant, or did the police department? Good cops (and we know they have to be the vast majority) have got to hate seeing footage like this:

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