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Texas Republicans will now require women to carry "rape insurance" if they need abortions

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HB 214 signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott [R], bans abortion coverage from all public and private health insurance plans, and mandates that abortion insurance be sold as a separate product to women who are concerned that they'll need an abortion in future due to risks to their lives, unplanned pregnancies, unviable pregnancies, or rape-related pregnancies. (more…)

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Vice’s documentary on Charlottesville is really worth watching

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It shows the white supremacist protesters for what they really are.

If there was any doubt about what kind of person went to protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, Vice News’s documentary should put those questions to rest: One side was white supremacists, some of whom openly endorsed violence.

The documentary, posted online on Monday, follows a group of white supremacists, led by white nationalist Chris Cantwell, as they march and protest through Charlottesville — purportedly to stand against the city’s plans to take down Confederate monuments, but really to spread a message of white supremacy.

Here are a few quotes from the white supremacist protests and participants, made up of members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and white nationalists:

  • “Jews will not replace us! Jews will not replace us! Jews will not replace us!”
  • “When the Trayvon Martin case happened, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and all these different things happened, every single case it’s some little black asshole behaving like a savage, and he gets himself in trouble, shockingly enough. Whatever problems I might have with my fellow white people, they generally are not inclined to such behavior — and, you know, you gotta kinda take that into consideration when you’re thinking about how to organize your society.”
  • “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal n*****s! That’s exactly what it is.” “And that’s true, by the way.”
  • “We didn’t aggress. We did not initiate force against anybody. We’re not nonviolent. We’ll fucking kill these people if we have to.”
  • “Right now we have people on the ground at the statue with equipment, and they’re being told they’re not allowed to have a vehicle come through and pick them up or anybody come and pick them up. I’m about to send at least 200 people with guns to go get them out if you guys do not get our people out.”
  • The car attack by a Nazi sympathizer on counter-protesters, which killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, “was more than justified. The amount of restraint that our people showed out there, I think, was outstanding.”
  • “I think a lot more people are going to die before we’re done here, frankly. … People die violent deaths all the time. This is part of the reason we want an ethno-state. The blacks are killing each other in staggering numbers from coast to coast. We don’t really want to have a part of that anymore.”

This is who showed up to protest plans to take down a Confederate statue in Charlottesville. This is who President Donald Trump argued is equivalent to the counter-protesters who showed up to stand against racism and fascism.

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Great Job, Internet!: Meet the slack-jawed, potato-faced dreamboats of last night’s white supremacist hate march

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Things got scary in the small college town of Charlottesville, Virginia, last night, when hundreds of torch-bearing white supremacists began marching through the city and onto the campus of the University of Virginia. The fact that the assembled group was carrying tiki torches, and not flaming crosses, made the whole thing more surreal, but not less chilling, as the gathering stomped around the city, shouting “White lives matter!” and ‘You will not replace us!” into the night. Following along on Twitter and through eyewitness accounts, the internet watched as these polo-shirted “crusaders” made themselves feel big for an evening, and then the internet did what the internet does: It dragged these motherfuckers through the mud.

Social media filled up with people watching the march from afar last night and this morning, calling for these proud “white nationalists” to be identified by name to their loved ones and employers. But, in ...

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Great Job, Internet!: Trader Joe’s has been lying to us this whole time

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Trader Joe’s is great. The selection is vast, the shirts Hawaiian, and the prices low. Also, you can get Trader Joe’s signature products, which you won’t be able to find anywhere else. Or at least, that’s always been the perception. The grocery brand has long kept the producers of its products a secret, and for good reason.

A new, investigative piece from Eater has uncovered the identities of a number of these producers and, it’s more or less the same stuff you’re buying at Jewel, Ralphs, or Mariano’s. Eater’s clever method of deduction involved logging Freedom Of Information Act requests to obtain FDA and USDA recalls and alerts that mentioned Trader Joe’s. Their discovery? What you think are Trader Joe’s brand products were actually made by dozens of different companies.

Among them are huge manufacturers like Conagra, “the company behind ...

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FCC will fix America's shitty internet by declaring fast internet access unimportant to Americans

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America's internet is sucks and the law obliges the FCC to "take immediate action to accelerate deployment of such capability by removing barriers to infrastructure investment and by promoting competition in the telecommunications market," but dingo-babysitter Ajit Pai (a former telcoms lobbyist that Donald Trump put in charge of the FCC) has a counterproposal: just declare fast internet unimportant to Americans, and hope that they'll put up with slow mobile broadband instead of blazing-fast wired connections. (more…)

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Game Review: Hellblade’s battle with mental illness is an agonizing story only games could tell

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As Hellblade begins and our main character, a Celtic warrior named Senua, paddles down the foggy river that serves as the backdrop for its opening credits, the first name we see doesn’t belong to a director or producer or actor. The first credit goes to the game’s mental health adviser, Cambridge neuroscience professor Paul Fletcher. He was one of several experts the developers at Ninja Theory brought in to help shape this attempt at creating a game that honestly and compassionately represents the experiences of people with mental illness, specifically those who’ve gone through psychosis. It’s clear the developers really wanted to get this representation right, not just to save their own hide from critical backlash, but to do well by the people who’ve lived with this condition and whose experiences aren’t usually treated with care when depicted in pop culture. Freed from the ...

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