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Aug 11 2014

The Breakfast Club: 8-11-2014

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Everyone’s welcome here, no special handshake required. Just check your meta at the door.

Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

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This Day in History

Breakfast News

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Boy’s uncle says forget about photo of severed head

Politicians and Muslim community leaders have labelled it sickening, deplorable and shockingly evil.

But Khaled Sharrouf’s brother believes Australia should simply “forget” about a photo of his young nephew holding the severed head of a Syrian soldier.

As the shocking image of Sharrouf’s son travelled around the world on Monday, Mostafa Sharrouf, a stonemason from Sydney’s western suburbs, said: “He’s gone, forget about it. He’s forgotten about youse. I’m sure you’ve seen much worse than that.”

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South Korea Proposes High-Level Talks on Reunions With North

South Korea on Monday proposed high-level talks with North Korea to discuss holding a new round of reunions of aging Koreans separated by the Korean War six decades ago.

The proposal came on the same day that South Korea pledged to donate $13.3 million to help the World Food Program and the World Health Organization provide nutrients, medicine and other urgent assistance for malnourished babies and nursing mothers in the North.

In a message delivered across the border on Monday, the South’s Unification Ministry suggested that the two governments hold high-level talks on Aug. 19 at Panmunjom, a border village where the armistice ending the Korean War was signed in 1953.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins Turkish presidential election

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has won his country’s first direct presidential election.

With almost all the votes counted, Mr Erdogan had won about 52%, against 38% for main rival Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The huge margin of victory means there is no need for a run-off.

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Cuomo, NY lawmakers headed to Israel

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders will head to Israel on Tuesday to show support for the country.

It will be Cuomo’s first international trip since he took office in 2011, and one of the few trips he’s made outside New York during his term in office, his office announced Sunday.

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Ky. school district drops federal lunch program

Lunch at Fort Thomas Independent Schools may include more French fries, fewer vegetables and larger portions this year. One thing that won’t be on the menu: federal dollars.

The Campbell County, Ky., district is opting out of the federal school lunch program, forfeiting hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding.

The reason: Kids didn’t like their healthful lunches.

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Unrest erupts after fatal shooting of Missouri teen by police

Confrontations between police and residents of a St. Louis suburb raged into the night after the fatal weekend shooting of a teen by an officer.

Crowds gathered Sunday night for a candlelight vigil for Michael Brown, whose shooting death sparked tensions in the Missouri town of Ferguson.

The peaceful gathering turned tense as protesters hurled bottles at officers and kicked police cars parked on the streets with blue lights flashing.

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Researchers Release Oil Into North Sea To Study Immediate Result Of An Oil Spill

In a bid to better understand the early aftermath of an accidental oil spill, a team of American and European researchers has conducted a new study in the North Sea, which is expected to provide valuable insights into how to respond in the immediate wake of such disasters.

When petroleum is spilt onto a water surface, some of the oil instantly begins to evaporate into the air while some of it dissolves into the seawater. While the dissolved toxic hydrocarbons can be harmful to marine species, the evaporated elements can be a cause of concern for rescue workers and people downwind of an accident site, the researchers said, adding that the new study is focused on understanding how the hydrocarbons behave during the initial 24 hours after an oil spill.

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What’s Scary About Ebola, Reasons Not to Fear It

The United States’ top disease detective calls Ebola a “painful, dreadful, merciless virus.”

The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak in West Africa an international emergency, killing more than 900 people and spreading.

That’s scary and serious. But it also cries out for context.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

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Breakfast Tunes

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Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

I am Sitting here Shaking

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