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Believing in six impossible things before breakfast
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Visit to African village permanently changes woman's facebook picture

5 Popular Forms of Charity (That Aren't Helping)

HIV re-emerges in 'cured' Mississippi girl

White House Admits Prison Won't Solve The Drug Problem, But Drug War Grinds On

Human Skin Can Detect Odors, Some of Which May Help Trigger Healing

Utilities to battery-powered solar: Get off our lawn

One Doctor’s Quest to Save People by Injecting Them With Scorpion Venom

U.S. Jobs Are Back, but They’re No Match for Population Growth

US prepared to broker Gaza ceasefire, says Obama

Israelis in Tel Aviv remain defiantly blase as barrages from Gaza bring conflict closer

1,001 Blistering Future Summers. Oooh, a nifty interactive map!

The Best Birth Control Might Be For Men, And No One Can Have It

Saving Witch Children In Nigeria

Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today (Did I already post this?)

Mesmerizing Photos of People Lying in a Week’s Worth of Their Trash

This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps

Monsanto's Herbicide Linked to Fatal Kidney Disease Epidemic: Could It Topple the Company?

Punished by axe: Bonded labour in India's brick kilns

Why the City Is (Usually) Hotter than the Countryside
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Eva's hair is a tangled mess, and it happened in just one day. She's combing it out while watching Netflix. Whatever. As long as there's no screaming.


Jazzercise: After 45 years, it’s still here, and it’s still evolving

The price of sentencing people to prison

Inside the Wild, Shadowy, and Highly Lucrative Bail Industry

Twilight of the Pizza Barons

For Boys, Moving to a Wealthier Neighborhood Is as Traumatic as Going to War

Entrepreneur takes on plastic packaging

Valueform founder takes on the packaging giants with his new sustainable alternative made from straw, inspired by the humble banana leaf

Man digs for treasure on the streets of NYC

Tired of just ruining your garden, kudzu destroys the climate, too

Apple and Google move computing forward in identical-yet-incompatible ways

How Church Sales Reflect the Shifting American Demographic

The Ukrainian government will restart cease-fire negotiations with pro-Russian insurgents in the country's east only once the rebels lay down their weapons, the defense minister said Tuesday

Floodgates open as ISIS bridges victories between Syria and Iraq

Rocket salvos from Gaza prompt Israeli military strikes

Fifty new Ebola cases, 25 deaths in West Africa

No, raising the minimum wage doesn’t lead to layoffs

Putting a price on carbon does not, actually, bring an economy to a screeching halt

World can still stop globe from warming more than 2 C, experts tell UN

"In Texas, We Don't Turn Our Back on Children"
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Nonstop screaming from the girls, all day, interspersed with occasional periods of screaming from me. Boiling hot weather. One of them shoved the other, and I had to hear the tattling and screaming. "Don't let her sleep in my room!" "She can't take that fan!" "I never want to see her again, she WENT in my ROOM!", and all this while I slave over a hot stove in the hot weather. The kale was bitter. Ana went downstairs to get some ice cream, and the freezer door slammed on her fingers, causing her to stand upright and hit her head on the stairs, which in turn made her fall backwards onto the floor from about 2 steps up. I ran down and found poor traumatized Ana holding her bowl of ice cream on her forehead. Calm everybody down, go back up, more screaming. Time for bed. "I don't want to go to bed!" Okay, well, before you plop down, let's at least get this apple core off the floor and into the garbage. "I'm not the maid, I just want to go to sleep, I'm so tired! Why isn't my sister in here with me! I WANT HER AND NOT YOU NEVER YOU!!!!"

And Jenn was working overtime. If she had asked first, I would've begged her not to.

Of course, after all this, Ana had an asthma attack. Was it the heat? The humidity? The nonstop screaming? The 20 minute 3-way tantrum/fight? Who knows? All I know is she couldn't breathe. It finally ended once I wrangled the AC into the window. Stupid side panels don't close all the way like they're supposed to, I don't know what to do about that.

So, yes, that's why there are no articles for today. (Did I mention the screaming?)
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And after I shoved her off, I thought "Why IS her tongue so rough?"

When I wondered that as a child, I was told or read that cats tongues are rough so they can clean themselves, and I more or less accepted it without question, but as an adult I had to ask - really? They evolved rough tongues just for grooming? Other animals groom themselves, they don't all have rough tongues.

So I went to the internet, which immediately suggested that while grooming is a possibility, the rough tongues are possibly far more useful in the cat's habit of tearing meat from bones by licking it rather than just gulping food up. This explanation makes a bit more sense.

Now, why is it that when you learn something it immediately comes up again? Not two days later, Eva was watching Mama Cat eat when she said "How can she lick up the dry food? She just grabs it with her tongue!"

And it's true, that's exactly what she does.


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented tighter security measures for overseas passengers carrying electronic devices onto U.S. bound flights. Passengers who attempt to bring cell phones and other electronic devices onto aircraft will be asked to power on those devices, and powerless devices will not be permitted onto planes. The announcement prompted concerns that airports would see problems as passengers scrambled to charge electronic devices before boarding.

Do doctors understand test results?

U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion. LOL!

In other old news, FDR's "Economic Bill of Rights". God, I wish I could just spam this at people 1000 times a day. I don't think there's been a better president since.

Nigerian women and girls 'escape from Boko Haram'

Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians

Report: Ordinary Americans caught up in data sweep

The NSA Said Edward Snowden Had No Access to Surveillance Intercepts. They Lied.

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

Socialized male speech dominance is a significant issue, not just in school.

A US citizen is being tested for the Ebola virus in Ghana, which has had no confirmed cases of the virus in the current West African outbreak.

Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees cite Hobby Lobby ruling in motion for communal prayers

Ukraine to lay siege to rebel-held regional centres

Two Palestinians were killed Sunday when a Jewish settler ran over them with his vehicle in northern Israel's Haifa city, eyewitnesses said, as tensions continue in the occupied territories.

Violence targeting Palestinians has skyrocketed since the bodies of three Israeli teens were found.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says there are more U.S. jobs in solar industry than coal mining

Dirtbag Gourmet: The Mystery History of S’mores

Food Labelled 'Organic' Is No Guarantee of Safety—Shocking Levels of Heavy Metals in Imported Food Highlight the Danger

City Pigeons Take Note: the Pink-necked Green Pigeon is Hotter Than You Are.

This appears to be a real bird. OMG.

12 shot in 5 bloody hours in NYC. Two of them were right in my neighborhood.

Chicago had it worse, though, with 60 shot over the weekend.

Court conservatives add insult to injury on contraception
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Gunmen kill at least 29 in latest raids on Kenyan coast

Nigeria: Soldiers Repel Attack on Military Base

Six Jewish suspects arrested over death of Palestinian teenager

The Tragedy of Collective Punishment

In Jerusalem neighborhood, an unlikely center of Palestinian grievance

A new study reveals whales are the great engineers and curators of the deep.

Ukrainian authorities: Separatists cleared from 2 eastern cities

How to fix a broken market in antibiotics

Hasidic Jews in New York seek to expand enclave

ISIS jihadists demolish mosques, shrines in northern Iraq

Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And Environmentalists

Syrian regime forces have allegedly targeted hospitals as a weapon of war, and doctors and nurses have fled the fighting. Telemedicine offers a way to guide treatment of patients in intensive care.

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing more than 1,100 mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America.

Atlanta biology teacher: Evolution from Satan and the cause of racism, divorce, gay people

GOP congressman: Hobby Lobby case is proof liberals want ‘Stone Age tribalism’

CIA employee’s quest to release information ‘destroyed my entire career’

Intersex fish found in Pennsylvania rivers spur search for chemicals

The South is America's poverty belt, and Republicans want to make all of America more like the South

A Year After Mass Hunger Strike in California Prisons, What's Changed?
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Palestinian teen burned alive, autopsy shows

Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters spread from Jerusalem to Arab towns in northern Israel Saturday following the funeral of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.

Beaten Palestinian youth revealed as U.S. citizen, cousin of murdered kidnap victim

On US TV, Israel is 'Striking Back'

Taliban insurgents set oil tankers ablaze in Afghanistan

With their countries facing an Ebola epidemic of "unprecedented" proportions, the health ministers of 11 African nations have agreed to a joint strategy to try to stem its deadly advance.

Parents of Kids with Autism More Likely to Have Autistic Traits.

This isn't really news, it's been known for decades.

As Iraq fractures, Kurds find best opportunity yet to gain leverage

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

Chinese Uyghurs defy Ramadan ban

India to provide four free vaccines, including rotavirus

Ukraine crisis: Rebels abandon Sloviansk stronghold

In Honduras, Gangs Tell Boys, Join Or Be Killed (audio, will be available in ~1 hour)

For one group of plants, having brightly coloured flowers isn't enough to guarantee being pollinated. When birds rip bits out of the flowers to eat them, special bellow-like organs blast pollen onto their feathers.

Another study has cast doubt on the existence of two of the first Earth-sized planets "discovered" outside our solar system that could potentially host liquid water, and therefore life. But it may also have uncovered a way to make detecting new planets easier.

Clergy Protest Supreme Court By Handing Out Condoms At Hobby Lobby

How Climate Change Influences the Path of Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests

The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery. Warning: article!
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I don't think we'll get to see many fireworks today. The nieces are with their dad, Callie has made a little progress (she came up to me and purred and snuggled and totally ignored Tommy lying down not 5 feet away), and it's all muggy out.


Sunni ISIS jihadists are recruiting children as young as 10 years old to fight for an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. While there are boys who voluntarily join the ISIS, there are many more who are being forced to fight for jihad.

Israel and Iraqi Kurds: Gambling with 'moderate allies'

Israel's recognition of Kurdish claims to independence is an act that perpetuates the denial of Palestinian rights.

Genetic Mutation May Lead to Autism Subtype

An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say.

A New Class Of Stars Is Made Entirely Of Metal

The three female justices of the Supreme Court sharply rebuked their colleagues Thursday for siding with a Christian college in the latest battle over providing women with contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, saying the court was retreating from assurances offered only days ago.

Scientists Use Ultrasound To Read The Heartbeats Of Young Stars

Borneo’s adorable vampire squirrel is threatened by deforestation

BBC Institutes Changes to Prevent "False Balance" in Science Reporting

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma.

The symbol of US consumerism, the shopping mall, is crumbling.

States That Raised Their Minimum Wages Are Experiencing Faster Job Growth

A Fascinating Study of How Creationists Understand Early Human Fossils

Food Stamp Misuse Is At An All-Time Low

Caribbean coral reefs will be lost in 20 years — unless they can be protected

People Prefer Electric Shocks to Being Alone With Their Thoughts

35 Practical Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution
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Israel Boosts Gaza Forces as Killings Heighten Escalation Threat

Extremist Group (ISIS) Takes Syrian Towns, Key Oil Field

Protesters block immigrants from entering federal processing station

The World Health Organization launched an ambitious plan for rich countries to sharply reduce tuberculosis infections and serve as a model for harder-hit countries of Africa and Asia, where the disease still thrives.

Ebola virus: Can nations stop deadliest ever outbreak from spreading? Also here.

Fourteen prominent faith leaders — including some of President Obama’s closest advisers — want the White House to create a religious exemption from his planned executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians in hiring.

U.S. job growth surges, unemployment rate near six-year low

The crucial FDA nutrition label battle you probably don’t know about, but should

More than 130 children have been kidnapped by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), inside Syria’s town of Manbij. The children have been missing for a month, yet their kidnapping has gone largely unnoticed.

Thin filaments of fungi form a dense network between the roots of most of the world's food crops. Some researchers believe that working with such microbes rather than against them, as has often been the case in conventional agriculture, will help the world grow more food with less environmental impact.

Japan lifts some North Korea sanctions amid report of surviving abductees

China Bans Ramadan: Uighur Muslims Punished For Fasting In Holy Month

"Cool kids", according to a new study, are those early teens (aged 13 to 15) who want to be popular, and try to impress their peers by acting older than their years. They have precocious romantic relationships, commit relatively minor acts of bad behaviour (such as sneaking into the cinema without paying), and surround themselves with good-looking friends. These teenagers attract respect from their peers at first, but what's the story by the time they reach early adulthood?

Does the Theory of Evolution really matter?

There is a myth people who aren’t autistic just automatically know social rules, and that it’s only autistic people who need to put serious effort into learning them.

It’s not true. Neurotypical people have to learn all kinds of things on purpose

The Secret World of Fore-Edge Book Paintings

The Lost Beauty of Book Endpapers

The GOP's Religious Liberty Sham Is About to Blow Up Their Immigration Reform Excuse

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Was Right, and We Already Have Proof
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Which is adorable.

And Tommy no longer bounds up to Mama Cat and swipes at her. Instead, he bounds up to her and sniffs her right in the face for several seconds until she hisses at him. Well, she hisses at her own now-grown kittens if they do the same thing.

If only we could convince Callie that Tommy is here to stay and not just a random furry interloper. It's a work in progress....

Still, just a few months ago the fur was very nearly flying, so this really *is* progress.

In other news, today Eva referred to the hero of The Hunger Games as "Hummus". You know, Hummus and her friend Pita? LOL! Pretty sure she hasn't read the book yet, I'll have to ask her tomorrow. Ana has, though.


Study: Drivers Less Likely to Stop for Black Pedestrians

The Vatican Finally Admits That Most Catholics Ignore Church Teaching on Sexuality

Inside the Secret Building That's Bringing Cell Service To NYC's Subway

Did You Know Kangaroos Have 5 Limbs?

The US homeland security department has said it will put into place "enhanced security measures" in certain overseas airports with direct flights to the US.

But men...!

Congress has passed just 56 public laws this year, for a total of 121 since the beginning of 2013. This virtually guarantees the current Congress will be the least productive in history, well behind the “do nothing” Congress of 1948, which passed more than 900 bills.

U.S. discloses secret Somalia military presence, up to 120 troops

Interactive: New York’s Shadow Transit System

Ageing: The girls who never grow older

Spider wasps are known (and feared) for having an intensely painful sting. Now there’s a new reason for revulsion: They build nests with the corpses of dead ants. The newfound species of spider wasp has been given an appropriately hardcore name: Deuteragenia ossarium, or “bone-house wasps,” after graveyard bone houses and ossuaries.

The Vancouver Sun reports on the increasingly popular southeast Asian lime with the shockingly racist but obscure in Canada name.

In the comments: A shockingly racist term for Brazil nuts.

Barriers to Effective Medical Care for Autistic Adults

SCOTUS: Ruling Applies Broadly To Contraception Coverage

The Hobby Lobby Ruling Isn't About Religious Liberty—It's About Conservative Sexual Morality

Child Migrants and Media Half-Truths

Homeless Shelter Residents Booed, Told to 'Get a Job' at Queens Protest

Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked up at the shower head, and it was as if the water droplets had stopped in mid-air”, he says. “They came into hard focus rapidly, over the course of a few seconds”. Where you’d normally perceive the streams as more of a blur of movement, he could see each one hanging in front of him, distorted by the pressure of the air rushing past.

Workers Resist Scofflaw Employers in Wage Theft Capital of the US

Astronaut Sally Ride and the Burden of Being The First
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So *today* I'm frantically trying to use up everything from last week's CSA that I haven't used up already. At the very least, I want to get rid of my kale. Kale for breakfast, kale for lunch!

I have one bag of kale left, and I decided to save time in the evening by spending time now ripping the stems off the kale. The stems are in a bag in the freezer, waiting for me to get gardening gloves so I can clear a path to the compost (I haven't been out there that much, residual angst over the foreclosure thing, which looks like it's resolving nicely although honestly, it's like pulling teeth to get information from my mother) so I can toss them in there.

The kale stems are most definitely half the kale by volume, and more than that by weight. And I have to wonder - is there anything I can do with just the stems of the kale? Because this is ridiculous.


Can it really be true that men and women understand language in different ways? Nonsense, says Deborah Cameron.

How did I miss this when it was first printed?

Malarial Mice Smell Better to Mosquitoes

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Writes Scathing 35-Page Dissent In Birth Control Case

Are You Afraid of Holes?

Trypophobia is a real aversion and may relate to unconscious associations

The statistical sleight of hand that makes the U.S. crime rate seem lower than it really is.

More Secure Credit Cards With Chips Coming To The U.S.

55 Canadianisms You May Not Know or Are Using Differently

Students challenge free-speech rules on college campuses

Black Dog Syndrome

Why do people discriminate against dark pets?

A new composite material that can simultaneously withstand mechanical loads and store electrical energy has been created by scientists in the UK and Belgium. Based on activated carbon fibres, the structural supercapacitor has been formed into a full-size car boot lid that can power LEDs.

Idling workers, distracted housewives and a decline in reading: Alan Connor looks at the great crossword panic of the 1920s

Reminder: Birth Control Does More Than Just Prevent Pregnancy

This SHOULD be a cultural norm. I, too, am reblogging it.

Study of animal urination could lead to better-engineered products

The death of a Palestinian teenager sparked clashes between protesters and Israeli police in East Jerusalem on Wednesday after rumors spread that the youth had been lynched by Jewish vigilantes to avenge the killings of three Israeli teenagers.

In striking down Kentucky's ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Tuesday rejected Gov. Steve Beshear's argument that the ban is needed because only opposite sex couples can procreate and maintain the state's birth rate and economy.

"These arguments are not those of serious people," wrote Senior U.S. District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II.

Iraqi Kurds Dig Frontier Around Disputed Areas

Researchers Now Able To 3D Print Working Blood Vessels

Ukraine pressed ahead with a renewed military offensive against pro-Russia militants in the east Wednesday, saying it has inflicted heavy losses but that rebels are still attacking border checkpoints and army positions.

The evolution of the ribosome, a large molecular structure found in the cells of all species, has been revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study.

How to Teach Old Ears New Tricks

Security researchers confirmed on Monday that a vicious new cyberattack has compromised the computer systems of over 1,000 organizations in 84 countries. Dubbed "Energetic Bear," the Stuxnet-like malware is largely targeting energy and utility companies. It's almost certainly from Russia.

Autistic boy, 11, allegedly kept in cage; parents arrested

A single gene from bacteria has been donated to fungi on at least 15 occasions. The discovery shows that an evolutionary shortcut once thought to be restricted to bacteria is surprisingly common in more complex, eukaryotic life.

Fear and cash shortages hinder fight against Ebola outbreak
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Iraqi parliament delays first session as ISIS continues deadly march

Why China's Global Supremacy Is Not Inevitable (older article)

Will IUDs Ever Catch on in America?

A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, numbers-savvy engineering student and his professor, it may soon get a new lease on life.

Picky Eater or Timid Taster?

Thousands of Americans were targets of so-called “backdoor” warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other intelligence agencies last year, according to a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden.

Court gave NSA broad leeway in surveillance, documents show

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling gives both sides an issue around which to mobilize voters as midterms loom. But Democrats might get a bigger boost.

Faced with sweeping social change, conservative Christians are walling themselves off from secular society. But when religion isolates itself, both sides lose.

Exploding the 10,000 hours myth - it's no guarantee for greatness

A small proportion of the population are responsible for the vast majority of lies

Whopping fine could change the way fundraisers for charity operate

Dozens of people are feared dead after a car bomb exploded in a market in Nigeria's north-eastern city of Maiduguri, witnesses said.

Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group whose birthplace is Maiduguri and which is accused of a series of recent bomb attacks in the west African nation, was immediately blamed for the attack on Tuesday morning.

France Can Keep Burqa Ban, European Court Rules

Soaring airline fee revenues draw tax scrutiny

U.S. Census Bureau Shows More People Living in Areas of Poverty

The pelvic exam, a common but often uncomfortable ritual for millions of American women, might be unnecessary for those who don’t have symptoms of a gynecological problem.

President Barack Obama revealed White House plans for an executive order that would ban job discrimination on the basis of gender identity among federal employees.
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Ana's best friends were there! So we'll be back tomorrow. Joy. I just love the pool. (Why do the nieces hate the beach?????)


Ebola crisis spreads

Japan set for landmark military change

Russia warned the United States on Monday against stepping up support for Syria's opposition, saying it would only bolster a caliphate declared by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in part of Iraq and Syria.

Bomb Isis Or We'll Ask Iran To Do It, Top Iraqi Politician Warns United States

According to a report from the whistleblowing website Cryptome, the last cache of Snowden documents is set to be released in bulk sometime next month, supposedly in an effort to stem the tide of an upcoming premeditated war.

Fear, suspicion undermine West Africa's battle against Ebola

Ukraine president ends ceasefire with rebels

Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity.

Abducted Israeli teens found dead near Hebron

Calls in U.S. Congress for refugee status for Central American kids
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I'd say "poor babies", but I know it's because Jenn let them stay up until 11.


Isis rebels declare 'Islamic state' in Iraq and Syria
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Nestle Recalling 10,000 Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream. Some of their packages labeled "chocolate chocolate chip" are really "chocolate peanut butter".

Specialized Microbes Clean Stubborn Chemicals From The Environment

Pocahontas: Fantasy and Reality

Gilroy priest boxes, also collects art, loves opera

Poverty ‘ages’ genes of young children, study shows

The past few decades of farm economics have created a system in which one-third of the food on our plate now relies on just one pollinator — the honeybee. And it’s dying.

News of America's Demographic Revolution Came in a Cheerios Ad

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that closely held companies cannot be required to pay to cover some types of contraceptives for their employees, ending its term with a narrow legal and political setback for a controversial part of President Barack Obama's health care reform law.

To get a fair share, sharing-economy workers must unionize

Long Island carnival worker wouldn't let blind girl on kiddie ride alone, mom says

Everything We Know About Facebook's Secret Mood Manipulation Experiment

Kurds Fight ISIS, as Iraqi Army is Halted Outside Tikrit

South Florida businesses and environmentalists fight political battle over state rule outlawing plastic bag prohibition

The First Use of 'to Google' on Television? Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Iraq's army sent tanks and armored vehicles to try to dislodge insurgents from the northern city of Tikrit on Sunday, the second day of a pushback against a Sunni militant takeover of large stretches of Iraq.

Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon’s sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers

Gunmen torch churches, kill scores in Nigeria

Mexico tried giving poor people cash instead of food. It worked.

Of course, this is only one study, but it adds to a growing pool of evidence that cash transfers actually aren't "wasted" on frivolous things and do improve poor peoples' lives in observable ways.

Only reduction in CO2 emissions can help address climate change

If you are a millennial, get yourself ready for some very hot days ahead in your old age

The Obama administration asked Congress on Thursday to authorize $500 million in direct U.S. military training and equipment for Syrian opposition fighters, a move that could significantly escalate U.S. involvement in Syria’s civil war.

Potentially Habitable Super-Earth Discovered 16 Light-Years Away

NASA Says U.S. Air Pollution Has Plummeted

Eight rebel fighters have been crucified in Syria by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) because they were considered too moderate, a monitoring group said on Sunday

Why Google Cardboard is actually a huge boost for virtual reality

Who Stole the Water?

How greed, drought, and rampant overdevelopment are sucking Texas dry.

The problem with false feminism

(or why “Frozen” left me cold)

North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into seas east off its coast on Sunday, South Korea's military said, defying a U.N. ban on the isolated country testing such weapons.

The Supreme Court’s baffling tech illiteracy is becoming a big problem

Yes, it’s getting hotter in the U.S. — but the humidity will kill you

Indonesia overtakes Brazil in forest losses despite moratorium

Science says we should eat more insects

11 Cats Who'd Really Prefer Their Humans NOT Do Yoga Right Now

Why 28 years have passed since the EPA’s last chemical risk review

Tens of thousands of chemicals have not been reviewed by the EPA, and people are starting to ask questions

Walmart’s Food Stamp Scam Explained in One Easy Chart

The Rise of the DIY Abortion in Texas

Whole Foods has attempted to crush anything resembling a union drive among its employees.

Barely getting by in Laurel County, Kentucky

Hard-pressed Appalachian district has one of highest concentrations of food stamp recipients
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Sigh. Next time, next time I'll get it right.


How the Sugar Industry Gums Up Science

UK facing 'major' sperm shortage

SeaWorld could be in trouble because of “Granny,” the world’s oldest known living orca. The 103-year-old whale (also known as J2) was recently spotted off Canada’s western coast with her pod -- her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. But while the Granny sighting is thrilling for us, it’s problematic for SeaWorld.

More than three quarters of conservatives say the poor “have it easy”

Here’s How Not to Teach First-Grade Math

Straight Razors and Social Justice: The Empowering Evolution of Black Barbershops

Elizabeth Taylor, My Great-Grandpa, and the Future of Antibiotics

Oklahoma nearly doubles earthquake count of California

Five quakes hit heavily fracked area Thursday, scientists say wastewater disposal triggers seismic activity

It’s a trend that’s taken a troop of chimpanzees by storm: a blade of grass dangling from an ear. The "grass-in-ear behavior," as scientists have termed it, seems to be one of the first times that chimpanzees have created a tradition with no discernible purpose -- a primate fashion statement, in other words.

Massachusetts SWAT teams claim they’re private corporations, immune from open records laws

This is now the deadliest ebola outbreak on record — and it’s getting worse

Cost of not caring: Stigma set in stone

Mentally ill suffer in sick health system.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a long-delayed inhalable diabetes medication to help patients control their blood sugar levels during meals.

Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment

Destination unknown: Will Kurds use oil to break free from Iraq?

Hong Kong's democracy 'referendum' -- What you should know

12 forgotten hand-colored images of life in the 1800s

How can we break the cycle of bigger farms and fewer farmers?

How many times can you recycle paper, anyway?
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Amidst The Separatist Conflict, Ukraine Signs A Cooperation Agreement With Europe.

Court Ruling Comes as Obama's Use of Power Tested

New York City lawmakers are funding a program that will provide legal representation for all poor city residents who have been detained in the immigration system and are facing deportation.

New York City ID Card Plan Passes in Council Vote

The United States on Friday said it will not produce anti-personnel landmines in the future and intends to join a treaty banning their use.

Warning, high voltage: scientists solve mysteries of electric fish

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Thousands Flee Ukraine for Russia; Truce Nears End

Mouse-like mammal related to elephants discovered by scientists

How Red Is Dragon’s Blood?

Color can be subjective, but in the 19th-century, color dictionaries provided a common language for scientists to describe different hues found in nature

Historically Black Colleges Are Becoming More White

Class Dismissed, Forever: Rural Schools Face Closures

Abandoned Detroit School Given Life Through Photos

Lewis Cass Technical High School, demolished in 2011, was one of Detroit's largest high schools. In 2005 the main building was abandoned with the remaining students occupying an adjacent addition.

A new survey of young children and adults has found consensus on what should be charged for content online. In both groups, 49% said that people should be able to download content they want for free, with a quarter of 16-24 year olds stating that file-sharing was the only way they could afford to obtain it.

Why Are We Grossed Out by Women With Armpit Hair?

Dads who equally divided the drudgery of household chores with their wives tended to have daughters whose “when I grow up” aspirations were less gender-stereotypical, suggests an upcoming paper in Psychological Science.

German government cancels Verizon contract in wake of U.S. spying row

A Leap of Faith: Desperate Patients Look to Lab-Grown Organs

Red Cross: How We Spent Sandy Money Is a ‘Trade Secret’
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Europe's migrant influx: 'we need help but we don’t know where from'

Now Is the Moment for Kurdish Independence

Middle East borders are vanishing, and the U.S. should adjust its diplomacy accordingly.

A Sudanese Christian woman who was sentenced to die for refusing to renounce her faith -- and then released -- has been charged on two criminal counts after trying to leave the African country for the United States, her legal team said Wednesday.

Susan Collins becomes fourth GOP senator to side with gay marriage

Russian lawmakers revoke Putin's power to use military in Ukraine

Yet another Republican compares gay Americans to pedophiles

On Thursday, a 31-year-old Denver woman named Amelia Earhart will take off from Oakland, Calif., to re-create the around-the-world flight that famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart attempted in 1937.

We might never have heard of Deeb Salem if he hadn’t sued Goldman over a too-small $8.25M bonus. But now we know how much they made betting against their customers—and got away with it.

Meet the Groups Fighting Against Limits on Restraining School Kids

Republicans say it is a matter of states’ rights.

Americans today have more social and educational opportunity than they did 40 years ago -- but they have less economic opportunity, thanks to a bruising recession and the alarming economic trends that preceded it.

Minors remain jailed for life despite US supreme court ban on such sentences

Obama: Workplace flexibility and unpaid leave not 'women's issues'

Syrian radicals 'brainwash' kidnapped Kurdish schoolchildren

Hundreds of villagers fleeing advances by Sunni militants in Iraq crowded on Thursday under the morning sun at a checkpoint on the edge of the country's Kurdish-controlled territory, trying to join large numbers of displaced who have already sought shelter in the relative safety of the largely autonomous region.

Ebola has now killed nearly 400 people in West Africa and infected 635, and urgent efforts are now needed to control it, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

Pakistan's refugee crisis fuels danger of spreading polio virus

SWAT Teams Armed With Military Equipment Spend Most of Their Time Waging the Drug War

EPA appeals to its workers not to poop in the hallway

“Free” Wi-Fi from Xfinity and AT&T also frees you to be hacked

IKEA to raise its minimum wage

US Supreme Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones

Iraq insurgents seize oilfields, hit air base as U.S. advisers arrive

ISIS Cashing in on Looted Antiquities to Fuel Iraq Insurgency

Astronomers have detected a mysterious signal in X-ray data from a study of galaxy clusters, and they think the X-rays could have been produced by the decay of sterile neutrinos, a type of particle proposed as a candidate for dark matter.

An Israeli human rights watchdog hailed as unprecedented Tuesday a court order for the state to pay compensation to Palestinians prevented from farming their land by a wildcat Jewish settlement.

The court awarded six Palestinian landowners a total of 300,000 shekels ($85,700) in compensation for their losses from the presence on their land in the northern West Bank of the Amona settlement outpost, which even the Israeli government regards as illegal.

Analysis of the oldest reported trace of human faeces has added weight to the view that Neanderthals ate vegetables.

Found at a dig in Spain, the ancient excrement showed chemical traces of both meat and plant digestion.
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Yay. Ana didn't even want to attend, but I told her I didn't care if she slept the day away so long as she did it *in school* and she finally rolled out of bed.


That *is* a strange dog!

Al-Qaida’s Seven Rules for the Effective Terrorist

ISIS is breaking all of them. It will live to regret it.

Iraq's Christians seek refuge with Kurds

Armed Kurds are winning favour by protecting religious minorities.

France warns citizens: Don't invest in Israeli settlements, Golan Heights

Pesticides linked to bee deaths must be banned, scientists say

Investment Strategies in a Post-Apocalyptic World

Two Georgia teenagers were left in a county courthouse holding cell from Friday to Monday with no food, lights, or toilet paper, Dave Huddleston WSB Atlanta reports.

A global industry in so-called environmental crime—which includes everything from selling elephant ivory to illegal fishing to illicit logging and more—is worth between $70 billion and $213 billion a year and largely finances criminal, militia, and terrorist groups, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations and INTERPOL.

Everyone is totally just winging it, all the time

Every time a public figure behaves with less-than-stellar competence, we're incredulous. We probably shouldn't be

Icelandic Skyr Is Coming for Greek Yogurt

US police departments are increasingly militarised, finds report

Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after an investigation found the grocery retailer was overcharging customers in California.

Missouri training teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom

The Obama administration has released into the U.S. an untold number of immigrant families caught traveling illegally from Central America in recent months.

Barnes & Noble (BKS), the struggling bookseller, saw its shares jump 8% Wednesday after saying it will spin off its Nook digital book business.

How to Write 225 Words Per Minute With a Pen

A lesson in the lost technology of shorthand
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Ana is sleeping still, in fact. Poor baby.


How tiny Seneca, Nebraska – torn apart by bitterness – voted itself out of existence

Town Votes To Give Fired Lesbian Police Chief Her Job Back, Strips Mayor Of Power

New ACLU report takes a snapshot of police militarization in the United States

It was like the 1980s again in offices across the country Tuesday as a widespread outage of Microsoft’s e-mail services for businesses gave workers no choice but to pick up the phone or wander over to their colleagues to chat in person.

On N.C.’s Outer Banks, scary climate-change predictions prompt a change of forecast

Concentrating solar power (CSP) could supply a substantial amount of current energy demand, according to the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the Mediterranean region, for example, the study shows that a connected CSP system could provide 70-80% of current electricity demand, at no extra cost compared to gas-fired power plants. That percentage is similar to what a standard energy production plant, such as a nuclear plant, can provide.

Paper or Power: Nothing Cut and Dried About Hand Washing in Restrooms

Electric Devices Gain on Paper Towels; 'Breeze Off the Ocean,' or a Lot of Hot Air?

Violence Jeopardizes Ukraine Cease-Fire

Government Reports Nine Soldiers Killed When Separatists Downed Their Helicopter

Greenhouse is a browser app for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari that allows you to mouse over any Congressperson's name in your browser to reveal where their campaign money comes from.

Zoos Drive Animals Crazy

Does this seem fair? A plant breeder at a public university manages to grow a long-necked broccoli that, for easy cutting, stands tall above its leaves. Then a company that has used his creation to breed a slightly different broccoli submits it for a patent, claiming ownership over the very idea of long-necked broccoli.

Nigerian Man Held Against Will in Psych Ward Due to His Atheism

Unknown planes bomb ISIS positions in N. Iraq, Pentagon denies it’s US

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

Two-Stroke Toilets

The trouble with time travel.

A new report says that children are ingesting "potentially unhealthy amounts" of Vitamin A, Zinc and Niacin, in their breakfast cereals.

Supreme Court limits police searches of cellphones

A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver found that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution. The judges upheld a lower court ruling that struck down the ban in December.

They immediately put their ruling on holding so it could be appealed.

Judge strikes down Indiana ban on gay marriage

A group of about 80 Palestinian security prisoners held by Israel have ended a 63-day hunger strike that landed most of them in the hospital.

ISIS Rape Christian Mother and Daughter, Kill 4 Christian Women for Not Wearing Veil
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops to Deceive Judges

Western-born jihadists rally to ISIS's fight in Iraq and Syria

This won't hurt a bit: the cultural history of pain

How Lessons From a Brain-Infecting Fungi Could Change Medicine

NYC School Cops Are Putting Kids on the Fast Route to Prison

How Overlooked Plants Like the Potato Bean Can Be Tamed to Feed the World

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing
This curious mash-up of vacuum tube and MOSFET could one day replace traditional silicon

How times have changed in New York City! Extraordinary colour photographs reveal 1940s life in the Big Apple in all its glory

Major cities could see big drops in uninsured, increase in revenue with Medicaid expansion

Why inequality might make kids drop out of high school

Researchers have long thought that autism was more common among white children in the U.S. than other ethnic or racial groups. But a new study of birth records in highly diverse Los Angeles County suggests that children whose mothers emigrated from certain countries may be particularly at risk.

Republicans Finally Admit Why They Really Hate Obamacare

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

10 maps that show how much time Americans spend grooming, eating, thinking and praying

The United Nations says more than 1,000 people have been killed in Iraq this month, most of them civilians, as Sunni Islamist insurgents have taken over most of the country’s north.

Report Exposes Companies That Dumped 206 Million Pounds of Toxic Chemicals Into U.S. Waterways

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called on Tuesday for a change of course in Europe, saying austerity policies on their own could not guarantee fiscal stability as unemployment rises and economies stagnate.

Violent and Legal: The Shocking Ways School Kids Are Being Pinned Down, Isolated Against Their Will

Goldman Sachs confirmed last week what we all have know long ago: the rent is too damn high.

Raids target militants in China

The senior executives who played leading roles in the 2008 financial crisis can breathe a sigh of relief: If any committed crimes, the statute of limitations will run out for most of them this year. It's safe to say nobody will go to jail.

A hundred years of American politics, in one GIF

Want to Suppress the Vote? Stress People Out

The latest science-of-politics study suggests that GOP voter intimidation tactics may be more effective than liberals have feared—for biological reasons.

Survey: One-fourth of Americans have no emergency savings

It’s not every day that a Republican finance guy — one who remembers George W. Bush as a “terrific boss” — writes an op-ed in the New York Times imploring the nation to set up a carbon tax. Not this year, anyway; just a few years ago, it might’ve been ho-hum.

Pesticides threaten birds and bees alike, study says

Islamic extremists have abducted 60 more girls and women and 31 boys from villages in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Tuesday.

A Sudanese woman freed from death row on Monday has been arrested with her family at Khartoum airport

Robert Morris University will offer about 30 athletic scholarships to students who play the 'League of Legends' video game

If you think you’re being asked to fill out more and more surveys - you’re right. The Boston Globe says the best known online survey platform, SurveyMonkey , is now processing survey responses at the rate of 2.2 million per day, up from 1 million a day in January 2013. (I stole that blurb directly from Pat's Papers.)
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but she decided not to in case the kids were upset that she wasn't here for bedtime.

She showed up right as they decided they really, really wanted to do a sleepover at a friend's house. LOL!

Only three more days of school!


MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete

Children in California rescued in nationwide sex-trafficking bust, FBI says
And here

WiFi isn't short for "Wireless Fidelity"

The founder of a Mormon women's group who was accused of undermining church teachings was excommunicated Monday by an all-male panel of judges who said she can only return if she abandons her cause.

Corporate America is taking out life insurance on its employees so companies can profit from workers’ deaths

Earth’s north magnetic pole is drifting south toward Siberia at an accelerating rate, according to recent data from the European Space Agency (ESA), which also showed that the dynamic magnetic field that protects the planet from radiation has weakened.

Hachette v Amazon, the death of print and the future of the book

Stan Blackwell hunted angels.

It wasn’t a bad job, not in this economy. The logistics were hard to set up sometimes, but the market for angelhide was always enormous, and no one could send you to jail for harvesting creatures that the government didn’t think existed.

Want to get out alive? Follow the ants - "Emergency exits work better when they are obstructed."

What's up with the wild extremes of weather?

A Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy was freed Monday by a Khartoum court, and has rejoined her Christian husband with their two young children.

While in college, two friends set out to turn air pollution into plastic. Their decade-long journey has led to an award-winning carbon-based product. They aim to reduce global warming by capturing heat-trapping carbon emissions. (Older article)

A senior UN official has described the world's forests as "fundamental" to human well-being and survival.

Two veterans in a Veterans Affairs psychiatric facility languished for years without proper treatment, according to a scathing letter and report sent Monday to the White House by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, or OSC.

Fear kept the VA scandal a secret

Police on the Italian island of Sicily believe they have solved a Mafia murder mystery dating back to 1909.

Obama urges Congress and employers to expand benefits for families

Sunni rebels in Iraq say they have fully captured the country's main oil refinery at Baiji, north of Baghdad.

The High-Flying Ant With a Bite Like a Bear Trap

The Giant Tetris Game On Third Avenue

The final stockpile of Syria's chemical weapons has been shipped out of the country, according to the OPCW, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Report warns world's fragile oceans pushed to point of collapse
Also here.
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A few days ago I went to change my shirt and it HURT. Seriously, it felt very rough and itchy on my chest. So I take a look, and somehow, I don't know how, I had a huge scrape on the underside of my breast. WTF?

So I tried just being gentle with it, but when the scab ripped off when I took off my bra I realized I had to put a band-aid on that. I accidentally ended up opening a heavy duty band-aid, and how heavy duty can it BE on the underside of my breast? but went with it anyway.

Two days pass, and when I went to take a shower my thoughts ran as follows:

1. Wow, this band-aid really is waterproof!
2. But you know, I think I ought to take it off anyway.
3. Huh, that's difficult...
4. No, you are supposed to change these things. I'll run some water over it.
5. Yay, it's coming off, and it barely hurts!
6. Wait, where's the gauze? Uh... huh.
7. God damn it.

Only the top part of the band-aid had come off, you see, the plastic part, leaving the heavy duty adhesive and heavy duty threads and the bandage part all firmly attached to my breast.


I need to dig up some vaseline, I know we have some somewhere.


As always, XKCD tells it like it is.

'Why-Fi' or 'Wiffy'? How Americans Pronounce Common Tech Terms

US Funds "Terror Studies" to Dissect and Neutralize Social Movements

Detroit activists call for UN help as city shuts off water for thousands

Dick Cheney sits stunned as Fox News turns on him: ‘History has proven that you got it wrong’.

Making #TwitterTheocracy about Pakistan and Blasphemy Laws

Garbage Everywhere

What refuse in India's streets reveals about America’s hidden trash problem

When Brooklyn juries gentrify, defendants lose

High CEO salaries can be bad for business

A Sound You Can't Unhear (And What It Says About Your Brain)

The war on drugs killed my daughter

America Is Running Out of Water

How the US Government Helps McDonald's Sell Junk Food

The food industry’s hiding something: How to expose America’s most secretive industry

11 maps that explain the US energy system

Fear Is Driving Young Men Across the U.S. Border

:) or :-)? Some Highly Scientific Data
The end of an era: Just 18 percent of survey respondents report using the full-faced emoticon.

Having An Army Might Be Practical, But It's Not Obligatory

The Stretchy Membrane That Could Replace Bubble Wrap
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After examining the evidence, we're pretty sure it's a pipevine swallowtail, but we are not 100% certain.

Later, she grabbed me in a chokehold when I went to kiss her goodnight and refused to let me leave. So I hopped up and snuggled her. "You're trying to spite me, aren't you? Well, it won't work!"

After she fell asleep I was able to extricate myself from her death grip (putting a doll into her sleepy groping arms to trick her) and head up to my own bed. It sure took her awhile!


The Gory New York City Riot that Shaped American Medicine

A real-time map of lightning strikes. It makes a nifty "click" noise every time! This map is set to North America, but you can pick another continent.

Civil War hero Robert Smalls seized the opportunity to be free - by stealing a Confederate ship.

The Syrian government and rebel groups have reportedly agreed a truce in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk.

Poland's Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski called his country's ties with the US "worthless", a Polish news magazine says, giving excerpts of a secretly recorded conversation.

Pregnant women, who are exposed to chemical pesticides, face a two-thirds heightened risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or other developmental delays, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis.

LDS disciplinary council in Virginia considers case of women’s activist

Hong Kong's `Illegal' Democracy Poll Draws 700,000 Voters

Free will could be the result of 'background noise' in the brain, study suggests

29 Hilarious Uses For Sex Toys Around The House

A New Bike Lane That Could Save Lives and Make Cycling More Popular

New horsepower for war zones: Special Forces saddle up

NJ's oldest rest stop?: Monmouth U. students digging up history at Cedar Bridge Tavern

Israel re-arrests one in six Palestinians released to West Bank in Shalit swap

Security services officials assert dozens of former prisoners have violated release conditions, but one ex-prisoner says Israel using kidnapping as excuse for roundup.

Report: Syria rebels send children into war

Human Rights Watch says rebel factions have been using child soldiers in roles ranging from sniper to suicide bomber.

‘Extremely disturbing’ force-feeding tapes cited in Gitmo abuse case
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And I decided, for a chance, I was going to get my act together and remember to soak them overnight.

Except we didn't make dinner that night and I forgot to refrigerate them and they fermented. So I ditched them, but I still wanted to make chickpeas, and I still wanted to be an adult and remember to soak them, so I set out a new batch. And I remembered everything, even changing the water, and boiled them on time.

I remembered, of course, that soaked beans take less time to cook. I didn't realize how much less, and ended up with mush. Well, of course, I thought as I turned off the flame, I could always make hummus. Then I wandered off to do other things.

I had not turned off the flame, I had turned it down, and they burned beyond saving. D'oh!

I am now out of chickpeas.


Performance reviews at troubled VA showed no bad senior managers

One of the oldest surviving copies of a poem detailing the Battle of Bannockburn has been restored in time for the battle's 700th anniversary.

Eleven children go missing every hour and seven are never found in India, according to a New Delhi-based child rights organisation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement).

An attack from inside Syria on Sunday killed a 13-year-old Israeli boy on the occupied Golan Heights, the first fatality on Israel's side of the frontier since the Syrian civil war began, relatives and the military said.

Some 350,000 people have been displaced since the start of an army offensive against militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan a week ago, officials say.

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.

Rockets fired from Gaza hit southern Israel

Venezuelans Dealing With Another Shortage: Personal Hygiene Products

Iraqi Military Out of Hellfires in Battle Against ISIS

In a shocking ruling, a Federal court in the District of Columbia has ruled against an ACLU lawsuit alleging Amir Meshal had his constitutional rights violated when being held by the FBI overseas. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ruled in favor of the federal prosecution’s argument that any violations of constitutional rights within matters of so-called “national security,” are exempt from judicial reconciliation afterwards. Bluntly stated, if you are an American citizen the American government just declared that it only has to observe your constitutional rights while you’re on American soil.

Google Is Now Watching To See If You Have Kids

Without fanfare, Obama advances transgender rights

Hundreds of Toddlers Said to Be Taken Into Custody at the Border

New York to be next state to allow medical marijuana

Climate Change Debate: Coming Soon to a School Near You

Opponents of new science standards have said they promote 'anti-human' messages and atheism.

President Barack Obama called the idea that the U.S. could readily arm a moderate Syrian opposition force a “fantasy,” saying his administration is still working to bolster rebel groups.

For those who enjoy botanizing in realms of material culture... Listen, I can't adequately describe this, so just click the link already.

Iran's supreme leader condemned U.S. intervention in Iraq on Sunday, accusing Washington of seeking control as Sunni insurgents drove toward Baghdad from the Syrian border and consolidated positions in the north and west.

Education officials in NYC slow to move bullied students to new schools

Ukraine crisis: US steps up sanctions on separatists

Putin’s revenge—anti-fracking protests in Europe

President Barack Obama, in charting a new phase of American military engagement in Iraq, pledges that his war-weary country will not be "dragged back" into a lengthy conflict or become ensnarled in "mission creep."

Mongolia's government plans new hate crimes legislation in response to attacks on homosexuals and foreigners.
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Ana went with me, and was surprised to find out that hanging out for the 2+ hours it takes for the van to show up (unlike some people, I can't be bothered getting up to be there at 4am. 5:30 is plenty early) is fun, like a whole community. That's why I didn't mind taking this cat, actually, because it *is* just like that! We were lucky this morning, though, stepped out the door and Lovie ran right up. I had been worried we'd have to search for her.

Poor cat has a recurring eye infection from an old injury. The vet comped me some antibiotics and said same thing I'd told my neighbor, now that she has the cone collar on and can't pick at it that eye should heal right up. And after all that, I completely forgot to pay them! I'll wait until they're in the area again, pay them then. It's only $5, it won't break the bank if they have to wait until next month to get it. I could just mail it, but not only would that cost more but I simply don't see the point in paying my bill if they don't see me pay it and know I did it. Not for a little bill like that, anyway.


One unvaccinated child is patient zero in measles outbreak

Wading through sewage promises to reveal illegal drug use in a city, but are we getting a true picture?

Evolution depends on rare chance events, 'molecular time travel' experiments show

Putin orders forces in the Urals on combat alert

U.S., stung by bee decline, sets plan to save pollinators

More Mormons facing church scrutiny for online comments

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling.

EU finance ministers limit loophole used by multinational firms to avoid paying taxes

Sunni Militants Seize Iraqi Border Post

Mahdi Army Forces Hold Rally in Sadr City

Sean Hannity Attacks Muslim Student Who Was Attacked At Racist Heritage Panel

Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans

Researchers in south Texas find mass grave with bodies of more than 100 migrants

The state auditor blasted federal and state oversight of sterilization surgeries for female prison inmates on Thursday, finding numerous illegal operations and violations of California's informed-consent law.

American's faith in media at an all time low

How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage

4 western Iraqi towns fall to advancing ISIS militants

Media in Central America to migrants: Don't go to U.S.

Emperor Penguins Relocate with Changing Temperatures

Ukraine unrest fits pattern of Russian invasion drills
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And now I'm really not.

We've got trailer one, which doesn't look much like the movie, and trailer two, which not only doesn't look like the movie but is also spoileriffic for book and movie both.


Eva and I had been talking about how, as a general principle, if people try emotional blackmail to get you to do things you aren't comfortable with, you should ditch them. So she came up here, and when I called her mom to retrieve her, shouted into the phone "IF YOU LOVED ME, YOU WOULD COME UP HERE YOURSELF! Oh, now you really should dump me!"

I pointed out that she'll never be dumped by her own mother, and she rejoined with "But she should! And anyway, why am I dating an older woman? And cheating on her with you? I'm dating TWO older women, much older!" Yes, and it's incestuous as well*, but I don't suppose that signifies, Eva darling?

I don't like to suggest it, but are the two of them really as weird as it sounds when I type it up like that?



Israel troops kill 15-year-old Palestinian in search for missing teenagers

US concern as ISIL militants seize former chemical weapons plant

From Turrets to Toilets: A Partial History of the Throne Room

Texas inmates sue over lack of air conditioning

Arizona Could Be Out of Water in Six Years

Prolonged drought and a rapidly expanding population are pushing Arizona's water system to its limit

Iran to Hang Abused Child Bride

The Disintegration of the Iraqi State Has Its Roots in World War I

We've Now Lost So Much Arctic Ice That We Have to Change Our Atlases

This Catfish's Whiskers Are Like Ultra-Sensitive pH Strips

Japanese sea catfish seek out worms in the pitch dark by detecting minute changes in water chemistry caused by their prey’s breathing

Untreatable virus spreading in the Caribbean now afflicts 4,600

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko declares ceasefire

A ‘new anti-Semitism’ rising in France
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There's a book I urgently want to read, third in a trilogy, that's coming out in August... in the UK. No word on when it's coming out in the US.

I know that Americans can't order off the site... but is it possible for somebody in England to order a book and send it to an American's kindle as a gift? (It's a bit cheaper due to no shipping, don't you think?)
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Of course, Ana felt the urgent need to interject and point out that "just because a priest or whoever comes to her house and says she's a goddess doesn't make it so" and "if there really was a god people wouldn't all die". When I suggested that maybe god (or whoever) likes killing things for the lulz she responded, deadpan, "no, that's my job".


I love Ana so much. I don't always understand her, but she's a wonderful kid. Don't tell her I said so, she gets twitchy weird about compliments.


The number of refugees in the world has topped 50 million for the first time since World War II – and half of them are children, The Guardian reported on Friday, World Refugee Day.

The Kremlin on Friday denied a statement by NATO suggesting Russia was building up troops on the frontier with Ukraine but said Moscow had brought in more border guards because of security concerns.

Hostilities between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists have escalated as Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko was said Friday to be about to unveil a 14-point peace plan to curb an ongoing insurgency.

Obama to extend family leave to gay couples

The United States has made top-secret deals with more than 30 third-party countries so that the National Security Agency can tap into fiber optic cables carrying internet data in those parts of the world, new leaks reveal.

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's on-the-ground offensive in northern Iraq this month has been aided, analysts say, by an unprecedented social media blitz.

"I think it was obvious very early on that they launched their offensive with a social media campaign well planned in advance. This wasn't an afterthought. This wasn't something that they made up as they went along," said John Little, who monitors national security, conflicts and technology at Blogs of War.

House libertarians and liberals banded together for a surprise win in their fight against the secretive National Security Agency, securing support for new curbs on government spying a year after leaker Edward Snowden's disclosures about the bulk collection of millions of Americans' phone records.

Scottish Independence Would Wreck UK-US Special Relationship, Warns Sir John Major

Netflix Wants To Make A New ‘Star Trek’ Series Happen

Do you know, every time I glance over at this tab I think it says that Neelix wants to make it? Which raises a question - would this series be in the original continuity or the reboot one?

New ultrastiff, ultralight material developed

The death of the American mall

I'm not sure if this "First Moon Party" commercial for a disposable pads kit is hilarious or horrifying. Little bit of both.

It turns out Starbucks isn't contributing any upfront scholarship money to an online college degree program it introduced this week.

As millions of Americans continue to struggle in a sluggish economy, a growing portion of the country says that poverty is caused by circumstances beyond individual control, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

New York City has agreed to pay $40 million to five men who were convicted, and later exonerated, of brutally raping a female jogger in Central Park in 1989, settling a long-fought civil rights lawsuit, according to a person familiar with the matter.

World Gets 22% of Electricity From Renewable Energy

French Jews leave for Israel in increasing numbers

Brown’s review focuses especially on bony fish. It suggests that fish are, in fact, far more intelligent than many previously believed. Fish have very good memories, live in complex social communities where they keep track of individuals, and can learn from one another. This helps to develop stable cultural traditions. Fish even recognise themselves and others. They also cooperate with one another and show signs of Machiavellian intelligence, such as cooperation and reconciliation. They build complex structures, are capable of using tools, and use the same methods for keeping track of quantities as humans do. For the most part the primary senses of fish are just as good, and in many cases, better, than that of humans. Their behaviour is very much the same as that of primates, except that fish do not have the ability to imitate.

In a Bolivian rainforest society, children learn to count just like in the U.S., but on a delayed timetable.

A senior official for Doctors Without Borders says the Ebola outbreak ravaging West Africa is "totally out of control" and that the medical group is stretched to the limit in its capacity to respond.
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She got the reading award, which... duh. Most of the children who got awards then walked v e r y slowly off the stage, carefully holding the award so their parents could get a good picture. Ana walked briskly over the stage with her certificate covering her face entirely and then dashed towards her seat.

After the kids got their placeholder diplomas (the real ones are being held hostage to ensure nobody sneaks off on vacation before the very last day of school) they were expected to stand at their seats facing us. They were very eager to throw their hats in the air, which meant, for the girls, frantically undoing all the bobby pins keeping their mortarboards attached, and then clutching at their heads to make sure the hats didn't fall off. And also turning to their friends to make sure all her bobby pins were out, and bending down to pick up fallen bobby pins, and lifting their mortarboards to show that they could, and gesturing to Mom that yes they had all their bobby pins...! All while standing and facing us. The left side of the auditorium was *very* fidgety as a result, and honestly, it would have been much better if they'd simply sat back down instead. The boys didn't get their wiggles out in this way, so instead they kept tossing and tossing and tossing their hats once it was time for that. Some of them went really very far astray by the end, the hats!

And we couldn't get a picture of Ana! She kept not looking in our direction, or refusing to smile! Finally we had to trick her by giving the camera to somebody else, LOL!

Eva also had a performance, but I had a few things to take care of so I skipped out of that while my mom and sister and Ana went to that, and then I picked up the CSA while Jenn went to the dentist. It was a bit of a busy day.

Ana has most of her friend's numbers, since of course she won't be at school with them (and to be honest, even if we weren't homeschooling they aren't all going to the same middle school anyway), but she has a few more to fetch. Eva seems to have fewer close friends, but I'll remind her to get their numbers anyway.


World's First 'Scent Message' Emailed from Paris to New York

In a Maryland Jail, Teens Charged as Adults Face Isolation and Neglect

Kids whose time is less structured are better able to meet their own goals, study shows

From removing stigma to boosting efficiency, here's why universal free school lunch is smart way to help poor kids

British university makes antibiotic resistance breakthrough

How Dairy Milked by Prisoners Ends Up on Whole Foods Shelves

The Abstinence Method

Dutch farmers just say no to antibiotics for livestock.

A Palestinian Christian family that preaches non-violence from a farm in the West Bank is battling to hold on to land it has owned for 98 years. Now surrounded by Israeli settlements, the family is a living example of the idea of peaceful resistance.

Nepal's living goddess who still has to do homework

Federal agency cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging

The cost of textbooks has risen 812% in the past 30 years—that’s more than healthcare costs, housing prices, and college tuitions, all of which have risen faster than the rate of inflation. Now, students are spending an average of $1,200 a year on textbooks and course materials at public four-year colleges.

This is How You Can Help the Atheist Who Uncovered Multiple Constitutional Violations at His High School

His ambition is to be a lawyer, as I recall, and he'd have an easier time of it if he hadn't been kicked out by his family.

It was based on a racist stereotype of unfit black mothers. Today, family cap laws do nothing but punish the poor for being poor.

Jellyfish Galaxies Get Guts Ripped Out

Quantum Method Closes in on Gravitational Constant

Food dyes + sea sponges = AWESOME!!!!

The little-told story of how the U.S. government poisoned alcohol during Prohibition with deadly consequences.

Fleeing Christians find shelter in St. Matthew's Monastery in northern Iraq, a place of refuge since the fourth century

Icebergs take a bite out of Antarctic biodiversity

Global justice for rape survivors demands extraordinary efforts

U.S. cuts aid to Uganda, cancels military exercise over anti-gay law

More than 1,000 people crowded into a high school auditorium Thursday in this hardscrabble rural Virginia town to confront Obama administration officials with fierce opposition to plans to turn a defunct college here into housing for some of the illegal-immigrant children flooding across the border.

These Spiders Eat Fish Twice Their Size

Passenger pigeon could return, century after extinction

As many as 75 scientists and staff in U.S. government laboratories in Atlanta may have been exposed to live anthrax bacteria after researchers failed to follow safety procedures, prompting an investigation by federal authorities.

Ancient parasite highlights humans' role in spread of disease

As sequencing moves into clinical use, insurers balk

Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of emancipation, it’s a celebration of our commitment to make it real.
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We're already all grumpy and snappish as hell. Ugh, ugh, ugh.


The United States' first black, openly gay male judge was appointed to the federal bench on Tuesday in a unanimous confirmation decision by the U.S. Senate.

The U.S. Should Invest In Science, Not War

US may blacklist Thailand after prawn trade slavery revelations

Cambodia has blamed Thailand's military junta for a mass exodus of migrant workers that has seen nearly 190,000 labourers flee the country and allegedly claimed the lives of several people amid fears of a crackdown on illegal labour.

Behind Vietnam's Anti-China Riots, a Tinderbox of Wider Grievances

Investigation Reveals Deeper Troubles Brewing in a Country Where Officials Usually Quash Protests

Now Elon Musk wants to revolutionize solar panel production

Cable Boxes Use an Absurd Amount of Energy, Even When They're Off

European countries are selling arms to Russia while condemning it over Ukraine

Obama to create marine preserve in Pacific Ocean

US not inspecting 40 percent of higher-risk wells

GOP: Iraq disintegrating because of U.S. withdrawal

Apartheid in Detroit: Water For Corporations, Not For People

A $13.13 Minimum Wage Means 1.2 Million NYers Earn An Extra $100/Week

The History of Mana: How an Austronesian Concept Became a Video Game Mechanic

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, 2014 Update: How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally

Everyone Taunts a Muslim Woman At 'Ugly' Conservative Benghazi Panel

"White Blood Cell Chases Bacteria" Is Our New Favorite Suspense Movie
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Now she's wheezing. We're going to end up at the doctor again, aren't we?


But it has to wait until Eva gets home, or preferably until Jenn does. So she's reading, which can't be good for the migraine but apparently she was bored, and I'm... posting more articles.


Body marking has been used for centuries in parts of Africa to indicate a person's tribal heritage. It's becoming less common but some people still want to carry the marks of their ancestors.

Income gap widens as American factories shut down

YouTube to block indie labels as subscription service launches

While Pope Francis rages over inequality, a cardinal builds a Vatican penthouse

Humans not entirely at fault for passenger pigeon extinction

Well, hallelujah?

'Weedy thing' thrives as Antarctic shores warm

Female spiders that live together in colonies may adopt "warrior" or "nanny" roles, similar to how insects can form "soldier" and "worker" castes, scientists say.

Researchers from Oxford University say they've made a breakthrough in developing smart glasses for people with severe sight loss.

The glasses enhance images of nearby people and objects on to the lenses, providing a much clearer sense of surroundings.

Honey bee colonies have experienced widespread die-offs in a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Many beekeepers believe a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids are weakening their bees. Mega-corporations are making a killing off their pesticides—but are they also getting away with murder?

Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood

ISIS advances on Baquba as U.S. moves firepower to region

Kenya's president: massacres aren't Al Shabab but political opponents

In a televised addressed today, President Kenyatta shocked many by appearing to change the narrative from a 'war on terror' to tribal and ethnic divides.

Immigrant children continue to surge into South Texas

Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of an epidemic in Egypt so terrible that one ancient writer believed the world was coming to an end.

Why some turtles breathe through their butts

A turtle's muscles are built to help it emerge from the gaps in its shell, not to contract and expand lungs, inhaling and exhaling oxygen.
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They always seem to strike at night, but then again, she can be a trooper about them so it's hard to tell she is in pain unless she explicitly tells us. Poor baby came to my room last night for hugs, just missed her mother coming home.

She's staying home either for the whole day or until she feels better, depending on if she does feel better.

That's not the worst of it! Yesterday she had sushi, I picked it up special to make up for her having to go to McDonald's with her class, and she sat down, reached over to get it, knocked the entire thing all over the floor. She was amazingly composed and self-controlled about it, even though screaming or crying would have been enormously justified.

Poor her!


A tiny island nation that controls a vast area of the Pacific Ocean has announced it will ban all commercial fishing in a massive marine park that is the size of California.

British scientists have discovered a technique which can make a decayed tooth repair itself.

America Is Globally Shamed For Its Pathetic Minimum Wage

$40-billion missile defense system proves unreliable

The double tornado that slammed Nebraska last night was a rare and horrifying sight

A federal judge has taken the unusual step of asking prosecutors to investigate whether Denver police tried to intimidate a witness in a jail-abuse suit against the city, but experts say such inquiries rarely yield criminal charges.

Frozen underworld discovered beneath Greenland ice sheet

Tear gas fired at striking French train workers

French President Francois Hollande has condemned a lynch mob attack which left a Roma (Gypsy) teenager badly injured on a Paris housing estate.

Seven people believed to have the Ebola virus have died in recent days in the first deaths reported in the Liberian capital since the outbreak began, a health official said Tuesday.

Somali-linked Islamist militants have killed at least eight people in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, after a raid on the town of Mpeketoni left at least 50 dead, the Kenya Red Cross and the Somali rebel group have said.

Study to test strategy to rid infants of HIV

New global clinical trial aims to replicate the mysterious 'Mississippi baby' success.

Gay rights may be trending upward everywhere, but it in conservative America, things are moving very slowly—and sparking a ferocious reaction.

Palestinians Are Paying the Price in the Search for Missing Settler Teens

The percentage of sexually active teens who use condoms has declined over the last decade, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alliances in the Middle East are always a bit complex and often contradictory, but the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s shocking recent victories in Iraq are setting new standards for strange bedfellows. Virtually every major actor in the region has reason to be concerned about the group’s new prominence, including some who normally hate each othe

President Barack Obama will sign an order banning federal government contractors from discriminating against gay and transgender workers, officials have said.

A Dog’s Life: A Brief History of the Turnspit Dog

But I'm a Nice Guy!

Parkland Health & Hospital System in Dallas will raise its own minimum wage to $10.25 an hour next month, paying for the increase with money originally devoted to executive bonuses.

These Popular Plastic Bottles May Be Messing With Your Hormones
A new study finds that many BPA-free brands advertised as safe may be anything but.
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What You Should Know About What’s Happening in Iraq Right Now

Patient sings through surgery to save voice

Dozens of extremists attacked a Kenyan coastal town for hours, killing those who couldn’t answer questions about Islam and those who didn’t know the Somali language, officials and witnesses said Monday. At least 48 people were killed and two hotels were set on fire.

Islamic militants early Monday captured the northwestern Iraqi town of Tal Afar, considered by the insurgents to be key in a plan to create an Islamic state spanning Iraq and Syria, residents said.

US pushing local cops to stay mum on surveillance

Researchers Hope ‘Super Bananas’ Will Combat Vitamin A Deficiency

An Android hack allows users to put decoy data on a smartphone

Erotica Written By Someone With An Appropriate Sense of Privacy

What kills more people than HIV, malaria and tuberculosis every year? Air pollution. Tack on fouled water and poisoning by toxic waste and pollution killed 8.4 million people in 2012—or nearly three times as many people as those three diseases. Combined.

Fusion Experiment Breakthrough

In a first, the fuel released more energy than it absorbed

Russia on Monday cut gas supplies to Ukraine as a payment deadline passed and negotiators failed to reach a deal on gas prices and unpaid bills amid continued fighting in eastern Ukraine.

Obama faces new test on ending America's wars

Starbucks employees nationwide will be eligible for a free college education through Arizona State University's online program beginning this fall.

Burundi's football-loving president is rumoured to be standing for a controversial third term, despite the two-term limit in the current constitution. It's one factor contributing to mounting tensions in the nation, where it now seems a morning jog could result in life imprisonment.

Thousands of German POWs held captive in England during World War II were bugged by "secret listeners" who were themselves German refugees, working for the British. Historian Helen Fry and one of the last surviving listeners explain how the prisoners were lulled into divulging secrets of the Nazi war machine.

Photos of Alaska: Then And Now. This is A Get Ready to Be Shocked When You See What it Looks Like Now.

Arctic warming linked to fewer European and US cold weather extremes, study shows

How corporations became people you can't sue.

'We'll Get You': An Albanian Boy's Life Ruined by Blood Feuds

Putin to Russia: We Will Bury Ourselves

New research shows the mere fact of being poor can affect kids' brains, making it difficult for them to succeed in school.

3 Sri Lankan Muslims Killed in Attack by Buddhists

Sri Lanka extends curfew after anti-Muslim violence
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Not sure yet.


Autism Speaks is teaming up with Google on what the research foundation says is the world's largest database of whole genomes, a move that could accelerate research into autism spectrum disorder.

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You can read ASAN's response to the whole thing here:

The US says it is sending a major warship into the Gulf to provide it with military options should the situation in Iraq deteriorate further.

Immigrant Children Raped, Punched, Kicked in Border Patrol Custody: Complaint
In cases documented from March to May, 80 percent of the children said they didn’t get enough food or water.

Why CEO performance pay is awful for everyone but CEOs

More than 20,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory in 2013, driven by demand in China and Thailand, and some local populations face an immediate threat of extinction, a U.N.-linked wildlife conservation agency said on Friday.

Oil-rich United Arab Emirates aims to be a sustainable energy pioneer
One of the world's richest oil-based economies is embracing sustainable technologies, and making a surprise bid to become a clean energy leader

Syria pounds ISIS bases in coordination with Iraq

Ayn Rand’s Actual Letter to Cat Fancy

A superbug resistant to “last-resort” antibiotics has made its way into the food supply

Iraqis Are Using Sharing App 'Whisper' To Express Their Angst Amid Social Media Blackout

Sioux reservation has mixed feelings about Obama's visit

Deforestation is reducing the amount of leaf litter falling into rivers and lakes, resulting in less food being available to fish, a study suggests.

Beyond the war on science: Why the right embraces ignorance as a virtue

China to build school in contested Paracel Islands
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Of course, Ana was on that bed too, so by carefully arranging themselves on either side of her they were able to successfully pretend that the other cat wasn't there, but still, it's progress!

His sister, the other black and white cat, seems to have settled in with the woman down the block. It's not what I'd prefer, but she's being fed and will presumably have someplace warm to go if it gets cold.


The US Navy believes it has finally worked out the solution to a problem that has intrigued scientists for decades: how to take seawater and use it as fuel.

Months old, but I don't believe I've seen it before.

An accident in February cost the TV reporter Miles O’Brien his left arm. He soon discovered that every movement, no matter how small, requires rethinking.

Keep reading until page 3 for a description of phantom pain, which is definitely what hooked me in when Siderea posted it.

Few categories of literature right now seem to receive the level of hatred reserved for young adult fiction, which is the subject of nearly endless editorials on its supposed inanity, excessive sexuality, darkness, and girlyness. It doesn’t escape notice that there’s a strong whiff of sexism underlying the wave of YA hate—the genre is heavily dominated by women, and female authors can recount their experiences with sexism first hand.

Why liberals like walkability more than conservatives

How the FBI foiled the dangerous malwares GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker.

Deadly Victorian fashions

The Victorians suffered for their brilliant arsenic gowns and flammable crinolines. We’re not much better.

Pope Francis: The World's 'Idolatrous Economies' Only Survive Through War

Don't cheer too much, he also (predictably) spoke out against birth control again, so meh.

The tune to "Go Tell Aunt Rhody" comes from Europe in the 18th century. It has travelled all over the globe, from France, to the US, to Japan. Here’s a breakdown of the route it’s taken.

Star Trek continuity: Talmudic and fundamentalist paradigms

“The DEA impedes research by abusing its discretionary powers over the scheduling process, making it difficult to obtain marijuana for research purposes. We recommend taking away the DEA’s power over drug scheduling and access to drugs for research,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), said Wednesday during a teleconference.

Ford will compensate owners of about 200,000 U.S. vehicles after discovering the cars' gas mileage was overstated.

New Ruling Shows the NSA Can’t Legally Justify Its Phone Spying Anymore

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), now threatening Baghdad, was funded for years by wealthy donors in Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia, three U.S. allies that have dual agendas in the war on terror.

In One Map, The Dramatic Rise Of ISIS In Iraq And Syria

Air traffic controllers are still working schedules known as ‘‘rattlers’’ that make it probable they will get little or no sleep before overnight shifts, more than three years after a series of incidents involving controllers sleeping on the job, according to a government-sponsored report released Friday.

Mad cow scare prompts Fruitland American Meat to recall 4,000 pounds of tainted beef

Pertussis, commonly known as “whooping cough”, has reached epidemic levels in California with 3,458 cases reported so far this year.

A smoky wildfire burning in southern California forced the evacuation of some 500 homes, authorities said.

How Cleopatra’s Needle got to Central Park

Quantum particles can tunnel through long-range barriers, Austrian research reveals

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Atheism remains least-trusted characteristic in American politics

Florida Mom Kidnaps Daughter to Avoid Vaccines, Learning Black History
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A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans has been discovered deep beneath the Earth's surface. The finding could help explain where Earth's seas came from.

A better way to diversify Stuyvesant

Don't downplay the test, fix it

Volunteers flock to defend Baghdad as insurgents seize more Iraqi territory

Russia on Iraq: ‘We told you so’

Tesla wants to kill gasoline by sharing its electric car technology with everyone

Ukrainian forces reclaim port city from rebels

Hit by a car, an emergency doctor experiences firsthand the shortcomings in ER care

ISIS, beheadings and the success of horrifying violence

Smithsonian asks judge's help with bug collection

Tongues of Certain Frogs Stick to Objects with Force Three Times its Body Weight

A new study shows the rotavirus vaccine has saved 100,000 hospital visits and nearly $1 billion in medical costs. When will anti-vaxxers wake up and smell the science?

Condom Companies: Twitter Is Censoring Us

Cigarette smoking among high school students in the United States has reached a landmark low in a survey health officials have been conducting every two years since 1991.

Gecko-inspired tech lets humans scale walls like Spider-Man

When people get together in groups, unusual things can happen — both good and bad. Groups create important social institutions that an individual could not achieve alone, but there can be a darker side to such alliances: Belonging to a group makes people more likely to harm others outside the group.

Push to ban plastic microbeads from facial scrubs gains momentum

The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Turns Out Atheists and Christians Like Very Different Bible Verses… (Two links)

ABC, NBC Too Busy With O.J. Simpson Police Chase Anniversary To Cover V.A. Scandal

To make it worse, they were called on it by Fox News. Oh, the humiliation.

America's middle class: Poorer than you think

Researchers have found that in addition to recognizing sweet, sour, salty, savory, and bitter tastes, our tongues can also pick up on carbohydrates, the nutrients that break down into sugar and form our main source of energy.

Clever crows beaten by babies in causality test

Lithium ion batteries that can be stretched by 600% have been unveiled by scientists in China. In the future, the fibre shaped batteries could be woven into textiles to satisfy the ever-growing requirement for wearable devices.
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The very last school newsletter from Ana's school. I've been good the past 6 years, waiting for this moment, and I shall have it. I'm sending the whole thing over to the "blog", and provide their heads don't utterly explode over there you can expect to see it in all its quoted up glory shortly.

Special mention must go to the fact that It is hard to say "goodbye" and, of course, the statement that one of the things they did this year as a school is raise $1500 to build an orphanage in Haiti for homeless orphans. There were no quote marks in the latter sentence, it was just redundant.

On that note, did anybody here live through Katrina? Evangeline urgently needs to interview you.

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Declassified report: Two nuclear bombs nearly wiped out North Carolina

My mother sent me this article, but without the title, so all I saw was the URL, which I won't bitly for you guys. Scared the crap out of me!

26 cents short, middle schooler watches cafeteria worker throw his lunch in the garbage

If You’re a Strict Parent, Your Kid Is More Likely to Smoke Pot

Facebook Is Now Using Your Browsing History to Target Advertising

How a $10.10 minimum wage could affect workers in every congressional district

Founder of Mormon women’s group threatened with excommunication

A bill that would have let millions of people refinance their student loans at a lower interest rate has failed in the Senate, after Republicans objected that it included a tax on the wealthy to pay for it. The measure would have allowed people with older loans to benefit from today's low interest rates.

Teens Hack Into ATM Just to Let Everyone Know They Can

Congo mines no longer in grip of warlords and militias, says report

Enough Project finds 2010 US law requiring companies like Apple and Intel to prove products are conflict-free has worked

Ditch 'Old Hickory' and Put Martin Luther King on the $20 Bill

The civil-rights leader helped America to realize its founding ideals as surely as any president, and ending the run of exclusively white faces on bank notes is long overdue.

After the Booker T. Washington Public High School in Pensacola, Florida, placed best-selling author and popular Boing Boing blog editor Cory Doctorow’s young adult novel Little Brother on its “One School/One Book” summer reading list, the school’s administration promptly cancelled the school-wide reading program.

Climate change could flood your streets with doo-doo and toxic waste

Ukraine says 'Russian tank incursion' unacceptable

State-by-State Temperature Map: Red-Hot Out West

Dinosaurs 'neither warm nor cold blooded'

The Shame of Shuhada Street

In Hebron, Palestinians are subjected to daily indignities—large and small.
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Suicide Rate In U.S. And Europe Climbed During Great Recession

How Male Dwarf Spiders Use Chastity Belts to Safeguard Their Fatherhood

Genome confirms the origin of string beans

Human In Robotic Exoskeleton To Kick Off The World Cup

Residents bare their rears in Soweto, claiming their bucket toilets had not been emptied in over three months.

Russia holds military exercises in Baltic in response to NATO

Iraq Kurds take Kirkuk; Sunni militants surge toward Baghdad

Texas Governor Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism

India's courts 'condone' Dalit atrocities

Caste-blind judiciary fails Dalit victims as number of sex attacks are reported against former untouchables.

In US, political split outgrows the voting booth

Health Care Can Be Key To A Better Life For Former Inmates

Thousands of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon forced to work

Mysterious kidney disease plagues Central America

US resumes drone strikes in Pakistan

In Russia or in America, freedom begins at home.

Adorable pictures of adorable rats adorably sniffing out mines. (The mines aren't adorable.)

Alleged NYC Serial Stabber Is Indicted As 7-Year-Old Victim Goes Home

Sierra Leone Declares Ebola Emergency in District

Chasing the heroin resurgence.

The resurgence of the deadly drug has sparked a flurry of action from governors' mansions and statehouses across New England and the Midwest to small-town police stations from northern Kentucky to Wisconsin.

Inefficient dryers waste $4B a year in energy costs

Blowback As Canada Muzzles Public Talk of Climate Change

Yes, black people talk about climate change

Here’s how California could fix its drought-time water woes
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Study: Kids who catch you lying by omission won't trust what you say


Scientists Have Figured Out How to Regenerate Teeth With Lasers

The Fight to Find John Wilkes Booth’s Diary in a Forgotten Subway Tunnel

More young men friends embracing, and it's in no way gay.

Forensic Science Isn’t Science

One woman’s ghastly dollhouse dioramas turned crime scene investigation into a science.

(Well, somewhat more scientific.)

Learning a second language at any age may slow the brain's decline

Why Are Children Flooding the U.S. Border?

Violence Against Women Will End When You Sluts Get Married, Says WaPo

Why 1 million Chinese migrants are building a new empire in Africa

On paper it looks like a win-win: in the past few days, Comcast is quietly turning on public hotspots in its customers’ routers, essentially turning private homes into public hotspots. Comcast customers get free Wi-Fi wherever there is a Comcast box and the company gets to build out a private network to compete with telecoms. Win-win.

Republicans Call Obamacare Low-Income Subsidies a Risk to Taxpayers

40 maps and charts that explain food in America

The Racism Beat
What it’s like to write about hate over and over and over

Do Usage Debates Make You Nauseous?

Somali businesses feel the heat in Nairobi
Customer traffic in Eastleigh has been decimated by Kenyan government crackdown on migrants, shop owners say.

It turns out that there may be no place in the universe for dwarf galaxies--at least when it comes to mapping them. Astronomers have found that dwarf galaxies that orbit the Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxies defy the accepted model of galaxy formation and do not fit into the current model.

A crew of New York City strippers scammed wealthy men by spiking their drinks with illegal synthetic drugs, then driving them to strip clubs that ran up tens of thousands of dollars on their credit cards while they were too wasted to stop it, authorities said Wednesday.

Insurgents take control of second major Iraq city

The U.S. Army Says It Can Teleport Quantum Data Now, Too

Indiana GOP candidate: ‘No one has the guts’ to let poor people ‘wither and die’

How Environmental Disaster Is Making Boko Haram Violence Worse

Tiny ancient fish unlocks secrets of the evolution of Earth’s early vertebrates
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Three reasons you shouldn’t lose hope on climate change

NSA: Our systems are so complex we can’t stop them from deleting data wanted for lawsuit

LanguageLog is astonished by conspiracy theories and anti-semitism on the internet. I, too, am astonished. Do they never read the comments?

India After English?

BP Must Continue Paying Gulf Spill Claims During Appeal, Supreme Court Says

FDA Rules No Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging

This Incredible Pen Lets You Write In Any Color You See

That Time When People Thought Playing Chess Would Make You Violent

The Fastest Way to Pit Cherries for Cooking or Baking

Hackers use weak passwords just like everyone else

George Will: Being a victim of sexual assault is a “coveted status that confers privileges”

The Washington Post columnist thinks women are lying about sexual assault in order to get "privileges"

I was thinking after that last article that I ought to link to this Onion article, but hey, they thought of that too!

Forget the cheerleading from the White House. Nevermind the latest job numbers. Look at your wallets. Despite the persistent happy talk about a recovery, and the hundreds of charts that come along with it, the US economy is not getting better – it may actually be getting worse.

Advice familiar but succinct in report that points to plant-based diet

Is It Too Late to Save Our Cities From Sea-Level Rise?

Ukraine sees 'understanding' with Russia on peace moves

Ukraine President Takes On Other Crisis: a Broken Economy

US admits sending ‘lethal aid’ to Syrian rebels

Red states pump out more carbon pollution than blue ones

In The Future, Your Car Interior Could Be Made Of Tomatoes

Revealed: Asian slave labour producing prawns for supermarkets in US, UK
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Netflix said Monday it will not stop telling consumers that Internet service providers are to blame for poor streaming video.

Last week, Verizon sent a cease and desist letter to Netflix threatening a lawsuit unless Netflix immediately stops sending notices to customers (like the one at the top of this story) blaming Verizon for poor quality. Verizon also demanded a list of all customers who received such messages and evidence that each message was justified.

U.S. arms could create Syria 'warlords', rebel commander says

When Walmart pledged last year to buy an extra $250 billion in U.S.-made goods over the next decade, it appeared to be just what was needed to help move America's putative manufacturing renaissance from rhetoric to reality.

But suppliers trying to reshore production as part of the initiative by the world's largest retailer are running into practical problems as they try to restart long-idled corners of U.S. manufacturing.

Companies that make the leap have to grapple with a host of challenges, including a shallow pool of component suppliers, an inexperienced workforce, and other shortcomings that developed during the country's long industrial decline.

Venezuelan Prostitutes Earn More Selling Dollars Than Sex

Russian companies will make bypassing the U.S. dollar in international transactions a top priority, the heads of three Russian banks said this week, in the latest sign that Russia is turning its back on the West and moving toward Asia.

First grader suspended and facing expulsion after finding toy gun in backpack and even turning himself in

In the mid-1970s, theoretical astrophysicist Kip Thorne, working with collaborator Anna Zytkow, postulated the existence of a bizarre form of star. Now known as Thorne-Zytkow objects (TZOs), these bodies were the product of the merger of two separate stars: one a giant star, the second a neutron star. They were able to calculate several likely properties of these stars, making predictions for what they might look like. But in the intervening years, none have been discovered.

Anna Zytkow, however, did not give up the search. And now, 40 years later, she may have spotted one. She and three collaborators (Phil Massey, Nidia Morrell, and Emily Levesque) have reported what may be the first observational evidence that TZOs exist.

Pope Francis Joins Israeli and Palestinian Leaders in Prayer for Peace

The Korean grandmothers who sell sex

As the tide of undocumented immigrants from Mexico is replaced by a growing surge from Central America, federal authorities in the United States are faced with the issue of returning home those migrants slated for deportation — now that "home" is a few thousand miles farther.

Citrus genome analysis suggests need for genetic diversity

Fasting as little as eight days a year could help bodies become healthier, according to new research from the University of Southern California.

When money's tight, humans define 'people like me' as more deserving

How Much Did Snowden Take? Not Even the NSA Really Knows
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Is it wrong of me to introduce the whole topic of Galileo and the fact that weight has nothing to do with how fast things fall as an excuse to make the girls stand out in the alley while I drop water balloons on their heads?

Water balloons with different amounts of water in them (and thus different weights), making this whole exercise educational.

That can't be wrong - right? Because if it is, I'm not entirely sure I want to be right.
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So I guess no vet for her! Better yet, Ana approached her today, and Callie didn't flee (though she was poised to) and, when Ana reached out to pet her, Callie changed to super friendly body language and reached in to the cuddling! So I told them both they were good girls, Callie because she's getting ever so slightly friendlier, and Ana because I didn't want her to feel left out (and also because she's learning how to approach a strange cat without them dashing off. Most cats just don't trust children, so kids have to work harder. But I would not have told her "You're a good girl!" if I hadn't been cooing over Callie-cat, because why patronize her?)

Eva is cooking dinner tonight. She wanted to make a "meat dish" for, so we settled on roast chicken, which is simple but always looks good. I made a stuffing (I was going to have her stuff it with a lemon, but then decided I was sick of potatoes, so I felt unreasonable asking her to make the stuffing), and had Eva work out what time we have to shove the chicken in the oven to have it done by 6pm. And now she's free until 4-ish! Seriously, with a recipe in front of you you can't flub chicken, so this should be awesome.

(Hah, I say that now, but how often have I had to add an extra half hour to my cooking time because the chicken was pink?)

Also, I seem to have accumulated even more articles. I don't even know where they all came from!


Rich Getting Richer as the Poor Crawl Slowly Out of Poverty

Beating brain tumours with a scorpion sting paint

Will regulators really hold back self-driving cars?

How insects could feed the food industry of tomorrow

Warning: Full of pictures of maggots

Does wearing glasses weaken your eyesight?

Short answer: No, but if you're a kid, NOT wearing glasses can make your nearsightedness worse.

5 Doomed, Hilarious Efforts by the Religious Right to Disprove Science

Why Are Hospitals Aggressively Pushing Formula on Newborns?

Mother of accused Brooklyn child-stabber Daniel St. Hubert says, 'If he’s sick, it’s not his fault'
Marie Bauzile — who saw St. Hubert locked up five years ago after he tried to strangle her — told the Daily News that her son needs mental care, not jail. The despondent mom said she could not visit her son due to an order of protection.

More than 57,000 veterans have been waiting 90 days or more for their first VA medical appointments, and an additional 64,000 appear to have fallen through the cracks, never getting appointments after enrolling and requesting them, the Veterans Affairs Department said Monday.
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And I got talking to him and his father, who said they had been hoping for pre-k at Ana's school, but as that looked doubtful they had gone ahead and enrolled him in the Montessori school. And I knew how I felt, but I hadn't realized quite how vehement I was until the words dropped out of my mouth that I cannot stand the administration at Ana's school, he'd be better off with Eva's. (Of course, I used their names there.)

Apparently I'm not the first person to tell him the administration there sucks. So I'm tidying up today, and here is a perfect example.

Both schools have uniform policies. As the year goes on, both schools have increasing numbers of students showing up without uniform because, honestly, who can be bothered? It's June already! And so both schools sent home a notice about it, except in Eva's school we read the notice because they only send home a few things and their notes are edited.

Eva's notice said simply that this school is a uniform school, and that "if your family has trouble getting a uniform, please contact the office". That is, if you're dirt poor, they'll do their best to help you out, at least, I assume that's what they mean.

Now, I have Ana's notice in hand (from February, actually, but I didn't read it then), so I can quote it very accurately. Sigh....

It has been brought to my attention that students are not always adhering to the "school dress code". Effective September 2013, all students are required to wear dark blue sweaters only. Please make sure that their sweaters are plain dark blue, and that they do not have various colors, words, pictures, etc. on them. What is happening is that students are now wearing sweaters that contain only "some blue coloring" and that do not represent school clothing.

Rules are enforced to prevent disparity and confusion. Every child/family is treated equitably, and the rules apply to everyone. We may not always like and/or agree with the rules; however, learning to follow them is an important "lesson in life". It is not done to be punitive, but rather to teach "self-control" and "responsibility". When everyone is held to the SAME standard, then there is no room for confusion and feelings of inequity.

Thank you, in advance, for adhering to our full school dress code; i.e. "dark blue bottom", "light blue top", and "plain dark blue sweater". Each may or may not contain our "school's logo". Soon, the PTA is going to sell our "school logo" which may be affixed to the "school clothing".

Pompous twit. On top of the truly ludicrous use of quote marks, I just now noticed they also double space after periods, but HTML strips that so just imagine it.

Also, given that this note wasn't sent home in Spanish and I happen to know that not every parent there is a native English speaker, it seems to me that the entire note could have been more clearly and concisely written with simpler language. They urgently need an editor there to forcibly remove the quote button from their keyboards and pry their fingers away from the thesaurus.
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GOP Straight Up Bribes Democratic Senator In Effort To Block Obamacare

Rats Regret Making the Wrong Decision

Israel no longer a cause that unifies US Jews

After Israel, African kids start afresh in Uganda

Dressing up in uniforms from the past and re-enacting battles is a pastime in many parts of Europe and North America. But, until now, there had never been a world championship for medieval knights.

When 60 women in Edamalakudi in India's southern state of Kerala recently carried about 100 solar panels on their heads across 18km (11 miles) of hill, forest and wild elephant territory, they made history of sorts.

Brazil Has Done More To Stop Climate Change Than Any Other Country, Study Finds

Sierra rises, quakes erupt as Central Valley aquifer draine

Immigrating minors stay at crowded warehouse in Arizona

In response to President Obama's greenhouse gas regulations, Republicans roll out their usual lies

Ukraine crisis: Fighting in the east 'must end this week'

Syria could become a "failed state" similar to Somalia, the former UN envoy to the country has predicted.

Veteran diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi, who stood down last week, also said that the conflict would "blow up" and spread beyond Syria's borders.

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a law he says makes Illinois the first state nationwide to ban products containing so-called microbeads.

Back when gasoline was 30 cents a gallon, a visit to the service station meant just that — service. Pull into the station, drive over the rubber hose that makes the bell ring, and wait for the attendant to come striding out. Regular or ethyl? Check the oil and tires? Washing the windshield didn't even require asking. But those quaint concepts suddenly took a turn toward oblivion 50 years ago at the Big Top convenience store in Westminster.

This Microscope Is Made Largely From Paper

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have designed a nanoparticle that has a couple of unique—and important—properties. Spherical in shape and silver in composition, it is encased in a shell coated with a peptide that enables it to target tumor cells. What's more, the shell is etchable so those nanoparticles that don't hit their target can be broken down and eliminated. The research findings appear today in the journal Nature Materials.

DNA Sequencing Diagnoses Boy's Mysterious Bacterial Disease

This is the first time doctors have used DNA sequencing for emergency diagnosis and treatment.

Thai junta to explain itself to international rights groups

Famed Syrian storyteller's life upended by war

President Obama to order help for student loan debtors

The US space agency NASA has been warned that its mission to send humans to Mars will fail unless its revamps its methods and draws up a clear, well-planned strategy to conquer the red planet.

"Suspended animation" -- literally putting life on hold -- has long been a medical dream. (The preferred scientific term for the procedure is emergency preservation and resuscitation [EPR].) Dr. Sam Tisherman and a team of surgeons at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have recently started human trials for a practical application of EPR. This surgical technique replaces all of a patient's blood with a solution to cool the body down and buy time for doctors to fix injuries without losing patients to blood loss.

U.S. Official: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Has Declined to Speak to His Family
Doctors Moving Slowly on Treatment because of Swirling Controversy Over Prisoner Swap

Paper Planes Transform Into Tiny Drones
Technology Transforms Hobby Craft, Fueling Issues About Air Space

NC State team develops fruit-infused flour that could reduce deadly reactions to peanut allergies

The Disgusting Jail on “Orange Is the New Black”

Next-generation condoms might feel like human skin

A $335M Project to Save NYC From Climate Catastrophe

What happens when America is at war and no one is paying attention?
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If you're like 44% (or perhaps 60%, sources are mixed) of the world, you live on the coastline. However you count it, it's an awful lot of people. So if you're one of them, you should get used to practicing your new mantra: Oh god, oh god, we're all gonna die.

Sorry, it's rainy out, I'm a bit gloomy.
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Britain's first secret trial: this way lies trouble

If we allow hard-won freedoms to be discarded without a fight, what is to stop the powerful coming for other rights?

I can't help but think that even a crappy secret trial is better than locking people up indefinitely without a trial like some nations I could name....

Not, you know, much better, but a little.

Everyone has seen photos of Michelangelo's David, but unfortunately the sculpture is invariably shown from the side view, rather than from the front.

The image on the the right is an actual frontal view of David, as he coolly yet menacingly awaits Goliath, his sling at the ready over his shoulder and his face full of disdain. With this lighting, he actually appears to be sneering at the giant. The message of the sculpture is clearly, "You [Goliath, and by extension, Caesar Borgia and any other potential enemy of the Florentine Republic] are dead meat!"

No Sunscreen Allowed at School: “Kids could drink it.”

Of course, if you do drink the sunscreen (because you can?), the worst that's likely to happen is a stomach upset.

Students Build the First Eukaryotic Chromosome from Scratch

To be gay, Christian and black in Harlem

West African asylum seekers face a new kind of discrimination in the US

US to provide lawyers for some immigrant children

Obama administration predicts 60,000 unaccompanied minors will enter the US illegally this year

Pope Francis defends Gypsies in Vatican address

Pontiff urges Italians to stem their suspicion and calls on authorities to help those at the margins of society

Prison Rape Law A Decade Old, But Most States Not In Compliance

Three hundred more unaccompanied migrant children — with more on the way — were transported Saturday from southern Texas into a makeshift way station set up in a Border Patrol detention facility in Nogales, Ariz., as government agencies took additional steps to improve the living conditions there.

Ethan Couch, the Texas teen whose deadly drunk driving was excused by a lenient judge because of "affluenza," is serving his time in rehab on mostly taxpayers' money, RadarOnline reports. According to RadarOnline, it is largely the public who will be responsible for the now 17-year-old's $438,000-per-year rehab treatment.


No way around it: Reducing emissions will be the primary way to fight climate change, UCLA-led study finds

Here’s a new way to keep cattle burps from toasting the planet

Smog-busting roof tiles could clean tons of pollution, study says

Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

Driverless cars could be good for environment

(Not, you know, as good as public transportation, or any transport option that is emission-free)

Growing Ebola Outbreak Threatens to Overwhelm Volunteers

Tree frogs in Taiwan seem to be using concrete drainage ditches as megaphones during mating season, according to new research.

Climate change is bad for your health? Yes, so says White House

Kerry Calls Threats of Freed Taliban ‘a Lot of Baloney’

US prosecutors revisiting nearly 5,000 convictions
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Which is strange, even for me, especially as it's been years since I studied Latin.

When we did read it, I don't recall that we had much background, which is a pity because honestly, it's fascinating stuff. Even the brief Wikipedia summation makes it sound like a fascinating TV miniseries, but somehow, all the Roman stuff on TV seems to focus on the Empire instead of the Republic, though of course the end of the Republic is just as sordid.

Really, my education in ancient history is lacking all over. As a product of the American school system, I have an extremely firm grounding in American history, and a pretty good grasp of world history (particularly those parts that took place in Europe or America) from the 1500s on, but other than that...?

The trouble with knowledge is its fractal nature, you know. You can write books just as long about Cataline as you can about the whole of human history. But if I wanted to focus on ancient history (of the western world), what's a good place to start? I don't care if it's specific or overviewtastic :)
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Jindal Signs Bill Blocking Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies

Organic agriculture attracts a new generation of farmers

What Happens When Low Wage Workers Suddenly Get a Living Wage?

After the death of his wife following a minor operation, airline pilot Martin Bromiley set out to change the way medicine is practised in the UK – by using his knowledge of plane crashes.

Another article on the same topic, but older:

Natural hair advocates take on the US Army

Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did.

A court in the European Union has decided that Europeans are allowed to pirate content if they do so in a particular way.

Apparently if an internet user is streaming copyrighted content online, it's legal for the user, who isn't willfully making a copy of said content to view it. The pirate can only watch it directly through a web browser, streaming it from a website that hosts it, but it will be perfectly legal

What health insurance reform can, and can't do for the healthcare system

Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma, according to results of a recent study. Those who encounter such substances before their first birthdays seem to benefit rather than suffer from them. Importantly, the protective effects of both allergen and bacterial exposure were not seen if a child's first encounter with these substances occurred after age 1, the research found.

Ah, that's why you're so out of it after the baby is born! It's evolution, man, forcing you to live in squalor for a year!

Researchers have found evidence of the world that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago to form the Moon.

Tetris is 30 this week.

Norfolk, VA. Going, Going, Gone Underwater.

GOP plans to pay for 1 year of highway funds with 10 years of postal service cuts

Why the hell are conservatives so anxious to kill the post office? Seriously, wtf?

Debunked:Poor people waste donations on booze and tobacco

Policies in some states are widening the gap between the rich and the rest of us

No Water, No Toilet Paper, No Tampons: How the US Treats Border Detainees

Feds’ bizarre marijuana spite: How Big Ag and water shortage are conspiring against stoners

Ukraine's President vows to defend territory 'no matter what'

The Syrian government released hundreds of prisoners as part of a general amnesty granted by President Bashar Assad in celebration of his reelection this week, according to opposition and government sources.

In its effort to engage with the public in a more direct manner and to allow both the agency and the public to gain greater access to unclassified information, the United States Central Intelligence Agency has opened its first official accounts on popular social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.

"We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet," the agency's first tweet said.

Confusion, celebration in Wisconsin as same-sex marriage legalized

China's Plans to Bulldoze Mountains Could Cause Environmental Problems

Theoretical physicists have proposed a way they think will allow us to create matter from light. The experiment has yet to be done, but has passed peer review as practical and the inventors are in discussions with experimentalists with the equipment to carry it out. The proposal has created excitement because, while it has been accepted for 80 years that two photons of light could theoretically create matter, for that time the demonstrational proof was regarded as beyond the reach of lab equipment.

An environmentalist billionaire who has pledged to spend tens of millions of dollars targeting Republicans who reject climate change announced Friday that he is now creating a fund to help victims of extreme weather disasters, starting with wildfires in the American West.

On June 4, scientists from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IRAS) released a report in which they identified a possible treatment for citrus greening disease.

New Case of Chikungunya Virus Hits Florida
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