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Believing in six impossible things before breakfast
Does that explain how Africa looks an awful lot like Vancouver? I mean, I've never been to either place, but I'm guessing here.

(How did they escape global warming on Earth-2?)

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Is Fermented Tea Making People Feel Enlightened Because of ... Alcohol?

Squid Communicate With a Secret, Skin-Powered Alphabet

The Compost King of New York

Cutting-edge cameras reveal the secret life of dolphins

Thousands of demonstrators across US say 'Not My President'

Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage became legal

Former white supremacists help others leave hate groups

‘Segregation Had to Be Invented’

Long-winded speech could be early sign of Alzheimer's disease, says study

In Kuwait, 'too many foreigners' becomes a frequent refrain

True love waits? The story of my purity ring and feeling like I didn't have a choice

Demonstrators vow face-off against North Dakota pipeline

Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

Millions targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Trump to spare U.S. 'dreamer' immigrants from crackdown

Europe’s Child-Refugee Crisis (Everything is awful and people suck.)

Immigrants Want You to See These Chilling Photos of US Detention Centers

Revised travel ban targets same countries

Fifth of world's food lost to over-eating and waste, study finds

U.N. says 1.4 million children at imminent risk of death in famines

Losing a Son in the New York State Prisons (The guard claims that on the day the young man killed himself, every single prisoner he was supposed to let outside for rec was asleep. Bullshit. That story doesn't even try to be plausible - and I don't believe he refused two meals in a row that day either.)
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It's bad enough listening to people obsess over their romantic problems aloud, and he's got to hear it inside their heads too.

It's too bad he and Clark aren't exactly on friendly terms. I bet he'd love a nice vacation to the Fortress of Solitude, emphasis on solitude.
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
To Kill a Mockingbird
Code Talkers
One Crazy Summer

And now she's about to start A Time to Dance. I've reassured her that finally, she's reading a book with no racism whatsoever, but I'm not sure she believes me. In fact, I know she doesn't - her response was "yeah, right, but I bet there's sexism". (In fact, there is not. Hah!)

We're doing that concurrently with Julius Caesar, which I want to get through before we see the play at the end of March.

But she does raise a good point. In my quest to make sure her reading list was as diverse as I could make it this year, it has veered a bit far in the "omg racism" direction. We might go with a few lighter reads before I hit her with Octavia Butler. Maybe we'll read Summer of the Mariposas. Not exactly light and fluffy, but a lot less racism omg.
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I will not fear. Fear is the mind killerCollapse )

Ready to Join the Resistance? Here are 3 Online Tools to Help You Organize
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These are all the ones I wanted to post yesterday, but didn't. There's a high preponderance of serious. I'm not sorting it, too lazy right now.


Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees

Why Dragonfly Wings Kill Bacteria (I can sum up the comments for you: LOL, masturbation!)

House of Cards: The Politics of Calling Card Etiquette in Nineteenth-Century Washington

Baby's sex plays a role in pregnant woman's immunity

Mo Willems’s Funny Failures

Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal

What I Learned About Life by Becoming a Landlord

Myopia cell discovered in retina: Dysfunction of cell may be linked to amount of time a child spends indoors

Striking Black And White Photos Show The Brutal Lives Of Gun-Toting Depression Era Mobs In America (A couple of pictures show non-gory images of deceased individuals)

Russia’s February Revolution Was Led by Women on the March

America's Television Graveyards

Why You Didn’t See It Coming

With 'Fake News,' Trump Moves From Alternative Facts To Alternative Language

When A Politician Says 'Fake News' And A Newspaper Threatens To Sue Back

Congress Destroying the EPA: What Was Life Like Before We Had It?

A consortium of elite, well-paid fighters from across the former Soviet Union are training jihadis in Syria. Their business model could go global.

How algorithms (secretly) run the world

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm (Absolutely fascinating - although, like the police department in the beginning of the article, I would've ignored his email too and chalked it up to random internet cranks.)

Why can 12-year-olds still get married in the United States?

This leaked draft memo is the Trump administration’s starting point for a border crackdown

We're Trashing the Arctic. Literally.

Why China is building islands in the South China Sea
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How desert ants find their way in a featureless environment

Talk to babies and let them babble back to bridge word gap

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases

The last wingwalker

Biologists find weird cave life that may be 50,000 years old

The internet made monthly subscription boxes cool, but the roots of this business model can be found in decisions made in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mars Madness: The DIY explorers who dream of a 35-million-mile trek

Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

The Girl Who Ran Away to Fight ISIS

The Anarchists vs. the Islamic State

The graffiti kids who sparked the Syrian war

She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Are face transplants still research, or regular care?

The new sheriff in metropolitan Phoenix is ending a policy that keeps immigrants locked up in his jails past their release date to give federal authorities extra time to launch deportation proceedings. (Hallelujah.)

Migrating North, but to Mexico, Not the U.S.

Queens of the Stoned Age

124 years after overthrow, Hawaiians continue sovereignty push

If Kids Ran Juvie

Phones are now indispensable for refugees

Disability Hate Crimes Have Hidden Racial Implications

No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic

As talks falter, Moscow finds brokering Syria peace trickier than waging war

Iraqis risk all to spy on Islamic State militants in Mosul

Thousands of Belarussians take to the streets to protest 'social parasite law', a tax on unemployment

First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched

Eric Garner chokehold case rolls on, but future is cloudy

Scientists have just detected a major change to the Earth’s oceans linked to a warming climate

Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's

The Next American Farm Bust Is Upon Us

Policing the Poor in Detroit

Say Hello to the Super-Stealthy Malware That’s Going Mainstream
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Old into new: Geneticists track the evolution of parenting

Honeybees let out a ‘whoop’ when they bump into each other

In the developing ears of opossums, echoes of evolutionary history

In a possible step forward for gene therapy, researchers made mice glow like fireflies

This Beetle Bites an Ant’s Waist and Pretends to be Its Butt

When your eyes override your ears: New insights into the McGurk effect

A remarkable 250 million-year-old "terrible-headed lizard" fossil found in China shows an embryo inside the mother—clear evidence for live birth.

End of fillings in sight as scientists find Alzheimer's drug makes teeth grow back

Sexual harassment in the fish world—male guppies suffer most

Mismatched eyes help squid survive ocean's twilight zone

A kiss of death—mammals were the first animals to produce venom

New mosquito trap smart enough to keep just the bad bugs

Linguist's 'big data' research supports waves of migration into the Americas
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Things move so fast lately that some of these most likely are painfully out of date, despite only being a few days old. But there may be somebody who hasn't read them yet, so...Collapse )

What a time to be alive.
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(I'll put it in a separate entry.)


Rhea the Naked Birdie Proves Bald is Beautiful

The Long, Slightly Strange History Behind Fingernail Clipping

66 Exotic Fruits From Around The World (With Pictures!)

All aboard the love boa... I mean, Staten Island Ferry

The middle finger in American Sign Language

A Bowery tinsmith paints his city of memory

Renewables are no longer ‘alternative.’ Fossil fuels are ‘legacy.’

Revised US tally: HIV infections fell 18 percent in 6 years

Humans Killed the Aral Sea. Now, It’s Come Back to Life

Autism detectable in brain long before symptoms appear

Guatemala's indigenous seek recognition for justice system

Canada's Trudeau tells EU: the world needs you

How Hispanic police officers view their jobs

In nine out of the ten cities that accepted the largest number of refugees, crime went down—sometimes dramatically.

Don't look now, but American judges are attacking debtor's prison

Why American airports suck

Let’s not demonize driving—just stop subsidizing it

Revenge of the Lunch Lady (And when you're done reading this, go call or email or write your congresscritters and tell them you want to expand the school lunch subsidy and also make more children eligible for free or reduced lunch. Call your state legislators too.)

New evidence says leaving bullets inside of gunshot victims could cause mental deterioration.

Rumors highlight the hidden lives of North Korean leaders

A Police Department in Dallas Lost Years of Evidence After a Cyberattack

Nearly 15,000 lost children seek parents in chaos of South Sudan's war

Few alternatives to Palestinian state

Big Oil’s Grip on California

Behind the Internet's Anti-Democracy Movement
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Neil Gorsuch Vows To Interpret Constitution Using Scalia’s Original Intent

I'm laughing because it's true.

Also, my tabcount is back in the triple digits, and holy shit no I'm not dealing with that now. I'll close 'em out tomorrow.
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The topic du jour: Can four year olds learn to play chess well enough to beat out older, significantly more experienced players?

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I ordered a book for Ana for homeschool. One penny for the book, $3.99 for shipping - so it's a $4 used book. Not quite as cheap as I could get at the Strand, but I wasn't at the Strand, was I? And no guarantees that the Strand would have it in stock, right?

So it arrived today, new condition - and a sticker on it. $1. From the Strand. D'oh!
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But I can't believe it took me this long to realize there's a deliberate parallel going on between Lena and Kara. (And was she seriously adopted because her name alliterates? Three minutes in to this ep and I suspect that might actually be the case.)

I do miss Maxwell Lord, but I suppose this show doesn't need two fabulously wealthy, morally gray technocrats.

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After much hardship, refugee finds a home with French family

A young Wikipedia editor withstood a decade of online abuse. Now she’s fighting back — on Wikipedia itself.

Making a scavenger—the meat-thieving traits that have stood the test of time

The Last of the Shakers?

Bacteria 'sleep', then rapidly evolve, to survive antibiotic treatments

Army veterans return to Standing Rock to form a human shield against police

The Darkest Town In America

How being replaced by a machine turned this graphic artist into an activist

Elephant habitats shrink in India as encroachments increase

Breaking Up the Family as a Way to Break Up the Mob

Shoppers weigh boycott calls as buying gets more political

The TSA’s Bad Science Revealed!

Republican town halls are getting very, very nasty

US withdraws stay request in transgender bathroom case

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Younger boy: I'm a boy, and when I grow up, I'll be a man.
Me: Yes, that's usually how it works.
YB: And when I'm a man, I'll say "YO, MAMA!"
Me: *sporfle*
Me: Well, I mean, you might do that, but that's really not very nice, sweetie.

*dying inside omg*
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It's really annoying that everybody with a penis thinks they have a right to control Iris' actions. However, what really gets me is that they don't just talk to Iris about their concerns - no, they freaking triangulate, every time. "Barry, tell Iris to stay home!" "Joe, back me up when I tell Iris to stay home!"

Joe's the same guy who keeps lying to his loved ones "for their own good" and trying to coerce everybody else into lying to them too.

I really wish the writers would take this seriously and tackle the amazing dysfunction that is the West family's approach to interpersonal problems. (Also? Barry/Iris is incest. There. I said it.)
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When I was a child, I was very clumsy. Very, very clumsy. Like, omg. (My fine motor skills were not great either.)

And when I was a child, I frequently bit my own tongue. Hard. When I was eating, when I was talking, during dance class.

And then I grew out of biting my own tongue (thank goodness) and eventually grew out of the worst of the clumsiness, though I've been left with a lingering fear that I will be clumsy and knock into people.

If the girls bite their tongues hard enough to make them cry, I haven't seen or heard any of it. It this something common to kids, or was it a "just me" thing? (And if it's the latter, is it an autism thing? I hate asking that question, because you know what happens is that anybody who is autistic and does whatever-it-is will say "oh, gosh, yes" and then your data is completely skewed. But still.)
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And when I say "all night", I mean "the sun was coming up when I fell asleep". All that coughing makes me thirsty, so I drink water, so when I wasn't coughing I was peeing. It was not fun. And when I wasn't coughing or peeing, I was sneezing. Sneezed so hard I bit my tongue. Repeatedly.

On the other hand, the kids are better from their own colds (how they got sick later and now are better faster I don't know) and we can do school now. AND my Grains of Paradise arrived in the mail, so I can cook with it yay!
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FFS, Barry, can you get yourself a nemesis who has any motive at all other than defeating other speedsters, beating other speedsters, stealing speed from other speedsters? Go pick a fight with the mob or something!
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Secret Service Adds Emotional Protection Division To Safeguard Trump’s Psyche

Fearful Americans Stockpiling Facts Before Federal Government Comes To Take Them Away
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The man is extremely meme-able. Years from now, we'll still be mocking his forms of speech.


WTF Just Happened? Trump's Chaotic First Weeks in Office

Trump’s energy plan doesn’t mention solar, an industry that just added 51,000 jobs

One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported -- Right-Wing Terrorism

Most Americans don’t want “religious freedom” laws that allow anti-LGBT discrimination

Legal battle over travel ban pits Trump's powers against his own words

Nearly 1 in 5 undocumented immigrants in NYC, LA areas

Sessions confirmed as U.S. attorney general after battle with Democrats

Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP

Trump blasts retailer Nordstrom, raising new concern on business ties

Kellyanne Conway encourages Americans to 'go buy Ivanka's stuff,' potentially violating ethics rules

America’s system of checks and balances might struggle to contain a despot

Trump's assertions echo site filled with tales of dark plots

Trump's Supreme Court pick dispirited by president's tweets

Beware Trump's Reichstag fire

Donald Trump's universe of alternative facts

Donald Trump Claims US Murder Rate 'Highest' in '47 Years' Despite FBI Data Showing Otherwise

Leaked Trump Presidential Memo Would Free U.S. Companies to Buy Conflict Minerals From Central African Warlords
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Despite few taste genes, honey bees seek out essential nutrients based on floral resources

How do you move a 6-ton Civil War battle painting? Slowly

Deeper origin of gill evolution suggests 'active lifestyle' link in early vertebrates

Unearthing the Lost Version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Malaria parasite may trigger human odor to lure mosquitoes

Fake Feline Friend

Finding the Blank Spaces in a Well-Mapped World

Largest group of Australia's insects collaborate to avoid being eaten

Once-reviled scavenger bird now the pride of its Indian home

New engineered material can cool roofs, structures with zero energy consumption

Total recall: the people who never forget

Human DNA softer than DNA single-celled life

Found: A Gecko That Loses Its Giant Scales if It Is So Much as Touched

Tarantulas inspire new structural color with the greatest viewing angle

Chaucer's Post-Truth World

The Public’s Viewpoint: Regulations are Protections

Last Cuban doctor defectors arrive in US after policy change

One Judge’s Order For Hate Crime Committers: Read More Books

How Doctors’ Offices—and Queer Culture—Are Failing Autistic LGBTQ People

Photos of maximum-security prisons in Norway and the US reveal the extremes of prison life

Death in the Forest

Demonstrations Continue Around Paris Over Alleged Sexual Assault By Police

Bees give up searching for food when humans degrade their land

How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene women

Go to Jail. Die From Drug Withdrawal. Welcome to the Criminal Justice System.

A young, shackled black man is shot to death — and the police say he killed himself.

The Death Toll in the Crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya People Could Be Far Higher Than Estimated

Bangladesh says stopping Rohingya militants, allowing 'helpless' refugees

Putin signs law reducing punishment for domestic battery
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Though I've got a few questions that have not been satisfactorily answered:

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They're cute, and they're llamas, and they fit my feet. And they're warm!
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This isn't boasting. It's just the truth. Inchoate aside, it really is unusual for me to come across a word I really don't know at all.

So I subscribed to the Word a Day email, which is 50% bizarre words you'd never use ever... and 50% words I really thought everybody knew, and maybe they do.

Here is today's email:



noun: A romanticized, unrealistic view of oneself.

From Emma Bovary, the title character in Gustave Flaubert’s 1857 novel Madame Bovary. Earliest documented use: 1902.

And just to drive the point home, the concluding thought of the day runs thus:

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else. -Theodore Roosevelt, 26th US President (1858-1919)

Oh, man. I'm going to print out posters of that, and pin it up all around the outside of the Natural History Museum this weekend. (Because I'm pretty sure the cops won't let me get close enough to Trump Tower to post it there.)
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To pass the time between meetings, Mr. Trump gives quick tours to visitors, highlighting little tweaks he has made after initially expecting he would have to pay for them himself.

Flanking his desk are portraits of Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. He will linger on the opulence of the newly hung golden drapes, which he told a recent visitor were once used by Franklin D. Roosevelt but in fact were patterned for Bill Clinton. For a man who sometimes has trouble concentrating on policy memos, Mr. Trump was delighted to page through a book that offered him 17 window covering options.

LOL. If you only can read 10 articles at the NY Times this month, this should be one of them. Simultaneously hilarious and horrifying, even if only a tiny portion of it is true.

Also: Equating bad polls with fake news, Trump further inflates his surrealistic bubble
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Decision-making process of viruses could lead to new antibiotic treatments

College responds to Trump's order with refugee scholarship

Oxygen flooded Earth’s atmosphere earlier than thought

Searching for California's Lost Viking Treasure Ship

How carnivorous plants acquired a taste for meat

Free tuition? Not the same as free college, students say

Shifting monsoon altered early cultures in China, study says

A Photographer’s Tribute to the Canadian Religious Colony He Left Behind (A different set of pictures can be found here, here, and here.)

Humans correctly forecast the personal qualities valued in their local population, and generate pride accordingly: study

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” Author Analyzes Jewish Themes of New Netflix Series

The Powerful 1940 Map That Depicts America as a Nation of Immigrants

How to pronounce Celtic words and names

US utilities seek sun as Trump sides with coal, fossil fuels

Trump Won't Find It Easy to Kill Regulations Protecting Public Health

Kellyanne Conway’s explanation for the ‘Bowling Green massacre’ was also a lie

Worried about Trump, asylum seekers walk cold road to Canada

Trump Is Attacking Any Institution That Challenges Him

Trump remarks latest evidence of health law repeal slowdown

Short One Vote to Defeat Betsy DeVos, Democrats Refuse to Yield Floor (There ought to be a law that all government kids have to go to local public schools. Honestly!)

Syrian rebels and insurgents battle in split over peace push
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Is Steve Bannon the Second Most Powerful Man in the World? (Is Time a sellout for dancing around the fact that Bannon is a misogynistic, racist troll?)

Yes, All This Happened. Trump's First 2 Weeks As President

Critics decry Trump plan to limit counter-extremism program

'The Senate is coming apart'

‘Bodega cats grab BACK!’ Scenes from yesterday’s bodega strike protest at Borough Hall

Seattle judge derided by Trump known as conservative jurist

Pence defends Trump's criticism of judge who blocked travel ban

Trump's most forceful executive order on immigration isn't the immigration ban

Kellyanne Conway blames refugees for 'Bowling Green massacre' that never happened

In a haven for refugees, new anxiety in the age of Trump

From Wall Street to Wisconsin, brokers cheer Trump's order

Tyrants v. the endurance of those whom they oppress.

Why Fake News Targeted Trump Supporters

Pelosi calls for probe of possible Russian blackmail of Trump

With Executive Orders, Trump Embraces Time-Honored Power Move
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How books by black authors lit my way along the Appalachian Trail

Changing the Face of National Parks

The Sunken Lanes of Europe

Growing number of women leading US police departments

How to Learn Geography With Your Hands

Amtrak in the 1970s: Exclusive historical photos

Coffee... made with eggs?

What the Fluff? An American lunchbox icon is turning 100

This Deep Sea Monster Attaches Its Head to Its Neck in the Freakiest Way

Six Freeway Removals That Changed Their Cities Forever

The outsized pleasures of the very small

New Yorkers Step In To Wipe Away Anti-Semitic Graffiti On Subway Car

Afghan children direct traffic on mountain pass for $4 a day

Darwin's Theory of Evolution Roiled U.S. on Eve of Civil War

Why don't more African-Americans become organ donors?

Germ warfare: the battle for the key to modern vaccines

Michigan leads effort to shift workers away from pensions

The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion

Sometimes, It Does Hurt To Ask

In Israel, teaching kids cyber skills is a national mission

Why Hollywood as We Know It Is Already Over

Can We "Cure" the Men Who Pay for Sex? (This sounds like an interesting approach. If it works, maybe we should consider doing a modified course as part of sex ed. in high school.)

Pornhub wants to be your one-stop shop for sex ed

Police in Chicago Public Schools operate with no special training and little oversight

Across the U.S., police contracts shield officers from scrutiny and discipline

A Lesson Media Missed About the Dangers of Scapegoating

A sagging economy, a complex job market, and a lack of social programs have led to an increase in the number of elderly people living—and dying—on the streets.

Filipinos make up nearly a third of all cruise ship workers. It’s a good job. Until it isn’t.

UN cites 'unprecedented' abuse against Rohinyga in Myanmar

Nanjing Massacre-denying Japanese hotel boss sparks Tokyo protest

Costly Yemen SEAL raid could bolster anti-US anger

Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of country: watchdog
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So we spent a while today updating all the info on Netflix, on the ACLU, on this, on that.

Actual conversation -

Me: (on NYPL website) Do we want to make this donation anonymously? Yes, of course!
Jenn: Wait, what?
Me: What what?
Jenn: Why would you do it anonymously!?
Me: Why wouldn't I do it anonymously?
Jenn: That's just so weird to me!
Me: Well, it can't be that weird, because there's an option to do it. I always do this anonymously.
Jenn: Without even checking to see if that's a problem?
Me: Well... yeah. It didn't occur to me that you might not want to do it anonymously!
Jenn: That's so weird!
Me: Well. I've got an idea. I can put in another name.
Jenn: Too late!
Me: Fuck it. But whatever, I'm immediately changing my info at DonorsChoose. From now on, instead of anonymous, all my donations are coming from Lex Luthor.
Jenn: Maybe Bruce Wayne?

Of course, half the charities I donate to right now have prominent buttons explaining we can donate in Pence's name. Lex Luthor is clearly the lesser of those two evils.
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Trump fumes, vows to act, after judge lifts travel ban

"It is unusual for a president to attack a member of the judiciary, which is an independent arm of the U.S. government."

You said it, Reuters.
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Trump’s travel ban is already stopping scientific collaboration

Fussy ants found to improve chances of finding better new nesting sites

No ink required: paper can be printed with light

Bird lovers help scientists discover secrets of beak evolution

Ancient DNA reveals genetic 'continuity' between Stone Age, modern populations in East Asia

Fish found to communicate with one another using urine

If chewing sounds irk you, blame your brain

Predator threat boosts friendships among guppies

Sleep deprivation handicaps the brain's ability to form new memories, mouse study shows

Reversible saliva allows frogs to hang onto next meal

World's tiniest hammer helps researchers see what happens when force is applied to brain cells

Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration, ancient DNA suggests

Unhealthy gut microbes a cause of hypertension, researchers find

How were Earth's solid deposits of iron ore created? One researchers suggests that, billions of years ago, "green rust" formed in seawater and sank to the ocean bed, becoming an original source of banded iron formations. While this would have been just one means of iron deposition, green rust seems to have delivered a large proportion of iron to our early ocean.

Transparent gel-based robots can catch and release live fish
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Most of those tend to be fannish in nature, and there's nothing wrong with that, but lately all I want is more news, more articles, and more vicious condemnations of the evil within our government. And I want more conversation in their comments, darn it! I keep thinking "More people ought to read this person I follow, or that person, because then we could all talk to each other". (Gosh, I miss the golden days of lots of highly active comms.)

It doesn't even necessarily have to be liberal/progressive-flavored, just so long as it's thoughtful and interesting. I am, of course, terrified to do this sort of thing myself, buuuuut if other people agree to promote it I guess I can host it. But there won't be an image or anything.

(And on that note, btw, you can all do worse than to join [community profile] thisfinecrew.)
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Current events is too depressing. That's why it's hidden under the cut.

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You Can Apply Now to Be an Apprentice Globe Maker in London

“Science curious” more likely to explore data contradicting their world view

10+ Photos That Are So Uncomfortable You Probably Won’t Finish Scrolling (I particularly liked the ones with the sprouted strawberry and tomato.)

How People With Different Kinds of Color Blindness See the World

Were Colonial Men Obsessed With Their Calves?

Does An Octopus Have A Soul? This Author Thinks So

Victorian Era Drones: How Model Trains Transformed From Cutting-Edge to Quaint

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

The Army Is Accepting Your Comments On The Dakota Access Pipeline

Raising a Transgender Child (The comments are surprisingly good!)

Study suggests polling is still best predictor of election outcomes

Feral Bunnies Are Taking Over Las Vegas

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

The hi-tech war on science fraud

Lawmakers in Ten States Have Proposed Legislation Criminalizing Peaceful Protest

Childrearing Beliefs Were Best Predictor of Trump Support

The Chinese man trapped in India for half a century

Half a century ago, an American commando vanished in the jungles of Laos. In 2008, he reappeared in Vietnam, reportedly alive and well. But nothing was what it seemed.

When Informants Are No Longer Useful, the FBI Can Help Deport Them (WOW.)

Low socioeconomic status reduces life expectancy and should be counted as a major risk factor in health policy, study says

The Bias That Explains Why Americans Fear Terrorism More Than Guns

They argued he would grow more reasonable once in office and that his cabinet would tame him. A dictatorship? Out of the question! How journalists, politicians, writers and diplomats weighed in on Hitler's appointment as chancellor.

The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS

Lychee identified as cause for mystery deadly childhood illness in India (FFS. I had no idea this was something lychee could do! The girls love that fruit!)

The FBI Has Quietly Investigated White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement

Greece reports mass Turkish air incursions as tensions simmer
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I have urgently got to sort my bookmarks, especially in the Fanfic folder. I've been putting it off, and putting it off, and I'm going to put it off just a little longer, but I *need* to make some time to get through this.
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It was so smooth, I almost gave this woman money just because!

Her: Good morning!
Me: Hi?
Her: So how're you doing?
Me: Fine, thanks, and you?
Her: Oh, sorry, I thought you were somebody I knew!
Me: LOL, it happens!

And then, when my guard was down -

Her: Listen, I'm a little short, can I borrow $5?

If I'd had any small bills, I really might have given her something. I wasn't fooled from the second she said "Listen", but still. It was really well done, and if she's careful to keep switching grocery stores she can probably keep it up a while before people get annoyed.
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*glances at the news*

Fuuuuck. Can I have a do-over?

Sigh. You know the drill, guys. Batten down the hatches, and keep calling your congress critters. At this point, I'm not even sure what to say anymore, but I suppose it doesn't hurt to just call and have a friendly chitchat. If you want to get me something for my birthday, and it's not a pony, take $5 and donate it to the lefty not-for-profit of your choice. Right now both PP and the ACLU are swimming in cash (Thanks, Trump?) but the FFRF, Lambda, the SPLC - my guess is they haven't had quite the windfall since they weren't in the news. (And when in doubt, you can always donate to City Harvest.)
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Microbes may encourage altruistic behavior

The Forgotten 'China Girls' Hidden at the Beginning of Old Films

A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram.

Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street

Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

Bag-like sea creature was humans' oldest known ancestor

The warrior monks who invented banking

New organisms have been formed using the first ever 6-letter genetic code

Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain

Early results from NASA’s twin study show differences between astronaut brothers

How Science Ruined Tomatoes (and How It Can Fix Them)

Colombia's FARC rebels march one last time, to demobilization camps

Sickening, grueling or frightful: how doctors measure pain

America’s Great Divergence

Democracy Wins One as a Federal Court Strikes a Big Blow Against Gerrymandering

School shootings rise when economy struggles, study suggests

Syria warns against safe zones set up without its consent

Philippines to suspend drug war to clean up 'corrupt' police

Ukraine says more soldiers killed in deadliest clashes in weeks

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The Counterintuitive History of Black Hats, White Hats, And Villains

Trees supplement income for rural farmers in Africa

Why Are Rats Always the Bad Guys?

In the North Slope Borough School District, of which Ipalook is a part, Iñupiaq is a required class for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Even non-Iñupiaq students—about a quarter of the North Slope population—must take a course in Iñupiaq, the language of the place where they are being raised. Thanks to the wounds of history and the pressures of modern life, Iñupiaq is fast disappearing, not unlike the sea ice that historically surrounds the North Slope for the majority of the year.

The Mistaken Case of the Killer Cornbread

Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Know

Resistance Against Inferior Chocolate Is Never Futile

The Curious Curriculum of the 1950s Red Cross 'Bride Schools'

Inside India's first department of happiness

My Menu For Lunar New Year: Guilt, Confusion, With A Side Of Angst

Watch a Man Turn a Lump of Hot Sugar Into a Bunny

Thailand separates LGBT inmates, considers segregated prison

Singapore's plea to its people: Won’t you please have more children?

"There is a line that separates the reasonably just from the mere functionary"

The Panther You Want

Culinary schools struggle with enrollment decline

US homelessness declines: What's working?

The Truth About the Lost Marines of the Vietnam War's Last Battle

Ex-cop: it’s “bizarre” if we can’t explain to public what our snooping gear does

There used to be 4 billion American chestnut trees, but they all disappeared

What's life like in Supermax prison?

Malnourished Prisoner’s Death Reveals Horrific Conditions in a Texas Prison

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War'

Former warlord's return could shake up Afghan politics
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Autism researchers discover genetic 'Rosetta Stone'

How 1,000 new genetic variants were discovered in blood groups

Premature babies don't use sensory-prediction brain process that may be key to development

Corn monoculture turning French hamsters into deranged cannibals: research

Dogs share food with other dogs even in complex situations

New technique IDs micropollutants in New York waterways

Scientists Successfully Create Human-Pig Chimera Embryos

Living without lungs for six day saves a mom's life

Children get more satisfaction from relationships with their pets than with their brothers or sisters

'Alien' insect in amber prompts scientists to add whole new branch to family tree

This Tiny Submarine Cruises Inside A Stomach To Deliver Drugs

Amazon Reef: First images of new coral system
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In these six American towns, laws targeting ‘the illegals’ didn’t go as planned

A new study shows American democracy is getting weaker. And not because of Trump.

Liberals trying to harness activist energy vs. Trump, GOP

Idea: "Grounds for Objection" Wiki

A Clarifying Moment in American History

A little-noticed move by Trump could make it easier to deport immigrants

President Donald Trump's immigration order sowed more chaos and outrage across the country Sunday, with travelers detained at airports, panicked families searching for relatives and protesters registering opposition to the sweeping measure that was blocked by several federal courts.

Jewish groups pan Trump for signing refugee ban on Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Disastrous Consequences of Trump’s New Immigration Rules

Global backlash grows against Trump's immigration order

White House discussing asking foreign visitors for social media info and cell phone contactsa

White House: Immigration order 'small price' for safety

Cuomo: ‘As A New Yorker, I Am A Muslim’

Most religious groups come out against Trump refugee order

Canada to offer temporary residency to travelers stranded by U.S

Trade Is More Powerful Than Donald Trump

The Radical Crusade of Mike Pence

Trump wants to ding imports from Mexico. What happens to stuff we send the other way?

GOP tax proposal could boost prices on imported goods

Threats From Trump Administration Further Galvanize Domestic Worker Activism

Why Sanctuary Cities Are Safer

Trump wants to enlist local police in immigration crackdown
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White House Inc Connects Callers to Trump Businesses While White House Comment Line Is Closed

America’s Journalists Break Tradition In Light Of Trump’s Behavior

The First Step to Electing More Democrats? Getting Them to Run

Big city mayors vow to defy Trump on sanctuary cities order

#WeRemember the victims of Naziism turned away at the doorstep of America in 1939. #RefugeesWelcome.

Protest Held Over Miami-Dade Mayor's Immigration Move

California Could Cut Off Feds In Response To Trump Threats

Democrats launch scorched-earth strategy against Trump

Trump’s Vision of ‘Carnage’ Misses Complex Reality of Many Cities

Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed

Steve Bannon: Media should 'keep its mouth shut'

In Trump’s mind, it’s always ‘really sunny.’ And that’s terrifying.

How Does Trump's Immigration Freeze Square With His Business Interests?

Refugees wish more focus on Syria, less on closing US doors

In leaked audio, Republicans destroy their own public talking points on Obamacare

China 'deploys long-range nuclear-capable missiles to coast' in response to Donald Trump's 'aggression'

Donald Trump Blows Up the U.S.-Mexico Relationship

US-Mexico trade war could hit Mexico economy, spur migration

Mexicans Launch Boycotts of U.S. Companies in Fury at Donald Trump

Trump orders ISIS plan, talks with Putin and gives Bannon national security role
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Well, I had been down to 33 tabs. And then I decided to read through my DW reading page which - my bad - it seems I hadn't checked in the better part of a week.

And now I have 136 open tabs, 5537 of which are about why Donald Trump sucks. A whole new batch of articles. I couldn't keep up even if I had tried, which this week, apparently I didn't.

I ought to take a news break, but that never actually helps. I just vaguely worry that something cataclysmic is happening that I don't know about.

Don't worry, I'll work my way through these. Somehow. It may involve copious intake of soda, though.


Metallic hydrogen, once theory, becomes reality

The Awkward 17th-Century Dating Practice That Saw Teens Get Bundled Into Bags

Free refills from soda fountains no longer on tap in France

'Knitted muscles' provide power: Normal fabric with electroactive coating adds 'muscle'

Understanding the spike in China’s birth rate

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

Female Marines to sleep next to male Marines in field

How the Quintessential Villain's Melody Snuck Into the Popular Consciousness

Snooze patterns vary across cultures, opening eyes to evolution of sleep

A museum for linguistics? OMG I AM SO THERE

Fake leopard skins used in South Africa to save live cats

Hawaii bill would classify homelessness as medical condition

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg drops case to acquire Hawaiian land

Can you turn a terrorist back into a citizen?

It might be time to stop using antivirus

NY bets big on aging nuke plants, balancing jobs, safety

For widows, life after loss

Israelis seek to comfort Holocaust's loneliest survivors

Troops Who Cleaned Up Radioactive Islands Can’t Get Medical Care

Russia's decriminalization of domestic abuse: a sign of conservatives' influence?

An Oklahoma Horror Story (warning: graphic description of abuse of a mentally ill man in prison)

African migrants face torture, blackmail amid Yemeni chaos

Anxiety About Muslim Refugees Is Stoked Online by the Far-Right Media

Judge refuses to toss lawsuit on harsh CIA interrogation
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She said first that spontaneous protests have broken out at JFK and LaGuardia and, really, all the international airports... and then, breaking news, the ACLU won a stay against this executive order.

We pay $5 a month to the ACLU, whether we can afford it or not. That is money well spent.
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First, there's a whole bunch of links compiled by [personal profile] twistedchick, and if you're interested in All Trump, All the Time you can do worse than to subscribe to her journal.

Black Man Out Of Work

Trump struggles to shake his erratic campaign habits

Week 1 in the Trump White House: So that happened.

What Does Trump's 'Day of Patriotic Devotion' Really Mean?

The Original Women's March on Washington and the Suffragists Who Paved the Way

Sexist, vulgar posts on women's marches rebound on officials

After Trump issues science gag orders, government scientists begin going rogue, plan march on D.C.

Death Valley National Park Joins Resistance And Starts Tweeting About Japanese-American Internment Camps

Workers dismayed by President Trump's federal hiring freeze

I asked my student why he voted for Trump. The answer was thoughtful, smart, and terrifying.

Trump overshadows young migrants' emotional trip to Mexico

Trump Aides Keep Leaking Embarrassing Stories About How He Can’t Handle Embarrassment

California governor defiant in face of Trump agenda

Send the interns

Trump’s statement marking Holocaust remembrance leaves out mention of Jews

Federal Workers Told To Halt External Communication In First Week Under Trump

Republicans propose giving U.S. states option to keep Obamacare

Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare

New Report Paints Grim Picture of Future of Reproductive Freedom Under Trump

Trump Resurrects the "Global Gag Rule"

Dutch respond to Trump's 'gag rule' with international safe abortion fund

Trump orders wall to be built on Mexico border

Donald Trump's Great Wall on Mexican border will damage environment in 'insane act of self-sabotage'

Trump is Wrong: Torture Doesn’t Work

Trump immigrant curbs cause chaos, panic, anger worldwide

Trump executive order: Refugees detained at US airports

Trump is getting payments from foreign governments. We have no idea what they are.

Yes, The Lawyers Suing Trump Do Have Standing
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How insects like bumblebees do so much with tiny brains

Chamoy Is Mexico's Flavor Fiesta Condiment, Courtesy Of China

Instead of chasing storms, ice researchers create their own

The Myth of the Damsel on the Railroad Tracks

The Hidden Room Behind Mount Rushmore

Sci-fi holograms a step closer

Model Hanne Gaby Odiele reveals she is intersex to 'break taboo'

New metamaterial can switch from hard to soft—and back again

For India's typewriters, the ribbon may have finally run out

Even wasps make trade deals, scientists discover

A new brain study sheds light on why it can be so hard to change someone's political beliefs

Pet pigeons take flight in Iraq's Mosul as militants retreat

The Oral History of President Barack Obama Playing Pickup Basketball

To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation

Small cities unprepared for population flood, warns urban expert

Archaeologists uncover new clues to Maya collapse

Barely Two R’s Are Taught at School That Led Tribe to Sue U.S.

Are gunshot victims in Chicago area under-treated?

Why storms are becoming more dangerous as the climate warms

Watchdog group: Corruption worsens under populist leaders

Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich

Banned from boats in Myanmar, Rohingya fish on rafts of junk
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