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Aug 20 2014

The Breakfast Club 8-20-2014

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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Isis militants claim to have killed US journalist James Foley

Militants from Islamic State (Isis) claimed to have killed an American journalist long held captive in Syria in retaliation for ongoing US airstrikes against its forces in Iraq.

A propaganda video circulated on Tuesday showed a masked Isis fighter beheading a kneeling man dressed in an orange jumpsuit who is purported to be James Wright Foley, a photojournalist who went missing in Syria in 2012.

The masked executioner spoke in English, with what sounded like a British accent, and said that the slaying came in response to the airstrikes ordered by President Barack Obama against Isis 12 days ago.

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Second fatal St Louis area shooting stokes tensions in Ferguson

Racial tensions in Missouri were stoked again on Tuesday when police killed another African American man as the authorities struggled to quell the nightly confrontations over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week.

Angry residents of a black neighbourhood in St Louis, not far from Ferguson, accused the police of excessive force after two officers fired several bullets into a 23-year-old man described as carrying a knife and behaving erratically. The man has not yet been named but he was well known in the area and was said to have learning difficulties.

Sam Dotson, the chief of St Louis’s metropolitan police, said the man did not obey orders to drop a knife and was within four feet of the officers when they shot him.

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Five Children Murdered After They Were Deported Back To Honduras

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times. Lawmakers have yet to come up with best practices to deal with the waves of unaccompanied children apprehended by Border Patrol agents, but some politicians refute claims that children are fleeing violence and are opting instead to fund legislation that would fast-track their deportations.

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Lac-Megantic oil train disaster inquiry finds string of safety failings

The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight contributed to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec in 2013, Canadian authorities have announced in their report on the disaster.

The Transportation Safety Board chairwoman, Wendy Tadros, said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that did not do proper safety audits.

The safety board issued its report 13 months after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of volatile oil from North Dakota derailed, hurtled down an incline and slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several train cars exploded and 40 buildings were levelled. The unattended train had been parked overnight on a rail line before it came loose. The safety board said its brakes were not properly set by the engineer.

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CNN Anchor Suggests Use Of Water Cannons Against Protesters In Ferguson

“We’re being seen and watched by people globally now,” she said. “Talk to us about what police are saying to you. Why are they using this strategy? Why is the use of tear gas, stun grenades. Why not, perhaps, use water cannons. At least it’s not going to have the same sort of effect.”

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Must Read Blog Posts

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The Daily Wiki

Pitfall!

Pitfall! is a video game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is the second best-selling game made for the Atari 2600 (after Pac-Man), with over 4 million copies sold.[2]

The player must maneuver a character (Pitfall Harry) through a maze-like jungle in an attempt to recover 32 treasures in a 20-minute time period. Along the way, he must negotiate numerous hazards, including pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and crocodiles. Harry may jump over or otherwise avoid these obstacles by climbing, running, or swinging on vines. Treasure includes gold and silver bars, diamond rings, and bags of money. Under the jungle there is a tunnel which Harry can access through ladders found at various points. Travelling though the tunnel moves forward three screens at a time, which is necessary in order to collect all the treasures within the time limit.[3] However, the tunnels are filled with dead-ends blocked by brick walls, forcing the player to return to the surface at one of the ladders, and try to find a way around again, thus wasting time. The tunnels also contain scorpions, which can harm Harry.

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Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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Breakfast Tunes

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Stupid Shit by LaEscapee

I go nuts

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