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For the obvious reason!

But I'm up to 146 tabs, and they're not all about the massive travesty of justice that is separating kids from families and I want to close those tabs.

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Apparently, sometime in the past few years, robots watching TV became a thing? There's one in this book too! It's a fanvidder! Too cute. Cute is not a word I thought I'd use about anything in this trilogy, but there it is. (It's the only time.) Trivially minor spoilerCollapse )

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I mean, when we say "families belong together" we usually don't mean "in prison".

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Or even a bit further afield. [personal profile] siderea could really use the recommendations.

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"Passive voice" does not mean "any construction I think is deliberately vague".

"Palestinians died" is in the active voice, even if you think it should read "Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers" (which, fittingly, is a passive voice.) It's weaselly, but it's not a passive. (Or, on the flipside, "violence broke out" isn't a passive either, even if you think it should say "the Palestinians attacked the Israelis", but at least the suggested correction is also in the active voice.)

"Democrats allowed this situation [of migrant separation] to escalate" is an outright lie, but that doesn't make it a passive voice construction either.

"Don't use the passive voice!!!" is an absurd little bugaboo, but if you're going to religiously adhere to it you can at least learn how to properly identify passive and active clauses.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmQLeR_BDis

My, this is a pleasant diversion from the news.

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Michelle Obama wasn't even able to wear shorts on vacation without a shitshow, and this is okay? WTF.

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there are some Christians who think the Sermon on the Mount is optional until the Second Coming. Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, tend for the sick, visit the prisoner, or welcome the stranger*? NONE OF THAT NONSENSE HERE. Not until Jesus comes back.

The mind boggles. I can't even fathom how they twisted that logic to make it work.

I feel sorry for these people. No, really, I do**! They clearly missed that day in kindergarten where everybody learned how to share.

* Wait, is that Sermon on the Mount or something else? Anyway, thing is, it's optional.

** I don't.

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Trump backs down, orders end to family separations at U.S. border

Now we're supposed to be grateful that families are being detained together, I guess. Do any of us seriously believe conditions are much better in family detention? It's still better than separating children from their parents, but it's not great.

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Was this because of security concerns? Was this because of constant nagging about security concerns? Nah. Was it because I couldn't play a game?

Oh, yes, definitely!

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I think Moonpie is smarter than we've given her credit for. When I was ready to give her a bath* and I called her, she slunk down. And when Eva told her the other day to get "up" (on the bed), she ran upstairs to me!

Which means it's maybe a little bit silliness and recalcitrance that keeps her from sitting on cue. We need to motivate her better.

* Under Google's advice for recurring staph infections, she's on a daily bath regimen for the foreseeable future, and no tummy rubs without us washing our hands first. We'll see if this helps. Poor baby! If it doesn't help noticeably in two weeks we'll have to go back to the vet, and neither of us wants that. At least she doesn't seem to be in discomfort, itching or anything like that. She's not scratching or licking, I mean. Then we'd have to go to the vet now whether she liked it or not.

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Love that show, but seriously: If they don't wear their seatbelts, they shouldn't get a prize.

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Are there any free VPNs that are reliable and not too terribly sketchy that I could use to download a single radio show from the BBC site? (All episodes of the show, I mean, not just one episode, but only one show.) I'm halfway through when all of a sudden they remember they haven't geoblocked it, and now I can't finish it, and I'm annoyed because it was a rare audio format that I could tolerate, making it great for listening to while doing boring tasks like washing dishes. Plus, it's Homefront, so it's, um, educational. Alternatively, any Brits willing to engage in a petty, minor case of internet piracy? Download 'em, send them to me?

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I joked around with the vet about kidnapping them, but I wouldn't do that. Firstly, because it's overkill - the kittens aren't maltreated, they're just there and Mama needs to be fixed. Secondly, because that yard is a postage stamp and I'm pretty sure the guy who lives there would spot me if I camped out with a cage. I'll just talk to him, scoop them all up (judging from the mewling they're about a month old now, I didn't actually spot them) and TNR the lot. R right back into his yard if he likes. If I time it right the whole process shouldn't take more than a few weeks. I just need to find a secure location to stash them while they recover so my family doesn't kill me....

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Nominations are open for [community profile] original_works_ex and [community profile] multifandomdrabble.

Sign-ups are open for [community profile] unconventionalcourtship.

Sign-ups open tomorrow for [community profile] fandomgiftbox.

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Our laundry sink was unbearably clogged, and then we discovered it was leaking. (And still clogged.)

Evidently somebody had known about the leak at one point because there was a bucket under the sink and duct tape all around the leaky pipe, but the situation was rapidly becoming utterly untenable. So we tentatively emptied the bucket (into the sink, reasoning most of the water would exit the building rather than draining back into the bucket) and unwound the duct tape, preparing to just putty the leak for right now and call a plumber later to do all plumbing issues at once.

There was an awful lot of duct tape. Lots and lots of really gross duct tape. Do you know why?

Oh, you'll never guess. I should just tell you.

There was no leak. Instead, the pipe is simply designed with a large - about the size of a quarter - hole at the bottom, presumably to connect to another pipe. And at some point somebody knew about this and not only put it in like that but then decided to... duct tape it. And that solution clearly worked for quite a while, because none of us had any knowledge of this and I kinda feel like we'd remember it if we'd done it ourselves.

I'm going to try to replace that pipe this week. Worse comes to worst I can't do it and we have to call a plumber and basically aren't any worse off than we are now. But I have a lot of errands to do today, including laundry, and so in the meantime we're probably going back to square one. Duct tape. It's a temporary solution.

(I suppose I ought to be able to put a cap on that hole, but I'm not sure, after a decade or so of being duct taped, that the threading will still, um, thread.)

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We've got dozens of dog toys in this house. So why is it you only want the one Finn has? It is, in fact, identical to the one you were thrilled with until he showed up with one of his own.

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I'm shoving it under a cut until we get better balance.

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And why?

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https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/05/18/2321253/congress-is-looking-to-extend-copyright-protection-term-to-144-years

Write to your congresscritters and tell them no deal. This is ridiculous.

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because she's finally had that growth spurt we've been waiting for. (Her arms grew first, and then they just stayed there for ages.) She now is the happy owner of a lemon-print sundress, among other things. Girl's got good taste.

While we were there, we saw some baby things, because Burlington for some reason thinks that people will spontaneously pick up plush door hangers the same way they pick up candy and magazines. Eva immediately called out the bullshit of boy-themed items saying "I'm a superhero" while girl-themed items say "I sparkle" (though we agreed that if Batman ran around throwing glitter in villains' eyes, Gotham would be much more fabulous), but meanwhile I was entirely too charmed by a little door hanger emblazoned with the phrase "the snuggle is real". It was just too adorable. If I got that on some contrasting doggie shirts you know they'd wear the hell out of them.

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5 People Who Exploited Loopholes In Ridiculous Ways

Key 'step forward' in cutting cost of removing CO2 from air

Americans Think Climate Change Should Be NASA's Top Priority, Not Sending Astronauts To Mars

Is it possible to be queer, lefty, and a Latter-Day Saint? After leaving the church, Sarah Scoles sets out to understand liberal Mormons.

The Enlightenment’s Dark Side

The Racism of American Monuments Goes Well Beyond Confederate Statues

Incels aren’t monsters of cruel internet culture – they are the product of the American literary canon that has long glorified male sexual frustration. (Didn't read the original article, got stuck in the comments here. Did read this one.)

Some states taking electoral maps out of politicians' hands

Federal judge sides with Philadelphia in "sanctuary city" immigration fight

Despite Trump admin crackdown, illegal immigration on border increased in May

ACLU Suit Over Family Separations At Border Allowed To Advance

Separation of migrant families: What other countries do

As Immigration Facilities Fill Up, Detainees Are Being Transferred to Federal Prisons

‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father

Hundreds of Illinois Children Languish in Psychiatric Hospitals After They’re Cleared For Release

The Pentagon admitted it will never know how many civilians it has killed fighting ISIS

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This is not my fault, but I still feel bad: if all the links lately are depressing, that's because everything sucks. There's, like, no good news to be had anywhere. I'm gonna issue a formal complaint to the management as soon as I find their mailing address.

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Apparently, they've decided to scrap limited unscreened - schools that don't look at grades or tests but give preference to kids who went to an open house. Probably they did this because everybody bitched and moaned about having to go to a billion open houses, and some people (poor people, mostly) either never realized they had to or never were able to.

The good news is that next year we don't have to go to a billion open houses. The bad news, of course, is that neither does everybody else and our odds of getting Eva into the schools we want most just went down.

I suppose I support this decision in theory, but in practice I wish they'd waited a year or, I don't know, did it in stages - have half the seats "limited unscreened" and the rest just unscreened for the first year, something like that.

Also, all the selective science high schools that aren't required to be selective by state law have become normal screened schools. De Blasio is the newest mayor tilting at that windmill of eliminating or at least severely limiting the use of the SHSAT. Good luck to him, but it's not gonna go anywhere.

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Hooked On Velcro

How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulated

Revisiting the Heyday of California’s ‘Crazy’ Novelty Architecture

When does a boy become a man? Medieval millennials were just as hard to define as those of today.

What I Learned After Watching 24-Hour Surveillance Footage for a Week

Why New York City May Pay You to Pretend to be Homeless

All the volcano eruptions

Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

How much screen time is too much for kids? It's complicated

China increasingly challenges American dominance of science

In Danish 'ghettos', immigrants feel stigmatized and shut out

The District Attorney Says The NYPD Isn’t Telling Prosecutors Which Cops Have A History Of Lying

Gun safes work. But most gun owners don’t use them.

They’re Out of Prison. Can They Stay Out of the Hospital?

Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Don’t Survive to Become Seniors

Chile transgender: 'Growing up here is torture'

U.S. Senator Turned Away From Detention Center for Migrant Children

Mom and 4 children forced to separate after seeking asylum in US

ACLU Sues ICE For Allegedly Separating 'Hundreds' Of Migrant Families

Border Agents Are Using a New Weapon Against Asylum Seekers

Talks end with China warning trade benefits at risk if U.S. imposes tariffs

The Disingenuousness of ‘Right to Try’

Thousands of Shoes Honor Hurricane Maria’s Victims in San Juan

There Are Calls For A 9/11-Style Commission To Investigate How Many People Really Died In Puerto Rico

Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future?

The Constitutional Crisis is here. It's been here. (Long comment thread. Lemme just say that the idea that presidents can pardon themselves is batshit. Like, sufficiently so that I think even suggesting such a thing should be proof of ones unfitness for office.)

Why Iranians are sharing their #MeToo moments

Judge Who Issued Lenient Sentence for Brock Turner Recalled From Office

When the punishment feels like a crime

The Persistence of Whitewashing

People Who Say Police Were Called For #LivingWhileBlack Ask Congress To Act

The policing of black Americans is racial harassment funded by the state

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First the regular comb, to get out as much of the undercoat as possible without getting fur on me, then the curry comb to get the rest of her loose fur. (And then a lint brush for myself.)

You wouldn't think a short-haired cat would be this sheddy, but she is. Mama Cat isn't nearly this bad. It's just her. The kitchen floor is like the wild west, with furry tumbleweeds rolling across the tile.

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Yearbook Memories of a Historically Black University

A new database catalogues 1,300 picture books about people of color (Going back to 2002. I wonder if they'll tackle older books when they're done with the backlog.)

New Hybrid Robot Uses Living Muscles to Move (Living in the future....)

How Putting Organs on Chips Could Revolutionize Medicine

Medieval Geopolitics: The Medieval “Fiscal Revolution”

Shipwrecks: Who owns the treasure hidden under the sea?

Cure for common cold? 'Radical' treatment targets humans, not virus. And it works (so far)

Sultan of Yogyakarta: A feminist revolution in an ancient kingdom

As Taboos Break Down, Iranians Party On

On Berlin's 'Arab Street,' two worlds collide

How 1960s Film Pirates Sold Movies Before the FBI Came Knocking

The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards

The Princess Pretenders

How celebrities and influencers are changing the stigma of having acne.

Red state rural America is acting on climate change – without calling it climate change

Supreme Court rules on narrow grounds for baker who refused to create same-sex couple's wedding cake

One-third of US military injuries in Iraq, Afghanistan weren't from battle

When New Delhi’s Informal Settlements Make Way For Something ‘Smarter’

'Everyone is going to feel this': Worsening truck driver shortage will make cost of goods rise

America has a massive truck driver shortage. Here’s why few want an $80,000 job.

City of Exiles

America Is Fumbling Its Most Important Relationship

When Guns Are Sold Illegally, A.T.F. Is Lenient on Punishment

How Donald Trump is weaponising the courts for political ends

Mueller accuses Manafort of witness tampering

Europe and nationalism: A country-by-country guide

In Louisiana jail, deaths mount as mental health pleas unheeded

Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused

After over a decade at Guantanamo, these men were supposed to go free. Instead, they’re locked in a secretive center in the UAE.

'Deeply Disturbing' Conditions For Rohingya In Myanmar, And Those Yet To Return

Carbon emissions are sucking the nutrition out of our food

America’s Flooded Future

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The Lost Lingo of New York City’s Soda Jerks

How the webring became the grassroots tool of choice for sharing content online in the ’90s. The concept was social media before media was social.

Researchers Want To Show HIV-Positive Organ Donation Is Safe For HIV-Positive Recipients And Can Save Lives

Why aren't we paying more for public health?

DACA program tied to health of U.S.-citizen kids

It Costs $2.50 to Make Lipstick — Here’s Why You’re Charged So Much More

Nihil sub sōle novum, or, Kinkshaming Aristotle

The Only Emotions I Can Feel Are Anger And Fear

More Vets Who Are Coping With PTSD From Sexual Assaults Get Honorable Discharges

The women who fought against gender equality

Here’s Why British Firms Say Their Boards Lack Women. Prepare to Cringe.

The Religious Right’s #MeToo Reckoning Is Coming

The group least likely to think the U.S. has a responsibility to accept refugees? Evangelicals. (I guess they forgot about that pesky Sermon on the Mount.)

For Women of Color, the Child-Welfare System Functions Like the Criminal-Justice System

Miami’s Displaced Puerto Ricans Offer A Glimpse At America’s Looming Climate Crisis

Fears Trump's anti-choice picks could set back abortion fight for a generation

Incels aren’t really looking for sex. They’re looking for absolute male supremacy.

Trump’s trade policy is stuck in the ’80s — the 1680s

Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian cities

Neighborhoods hit and supplies cut in Libya's Derna, U.N. says

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Went to make myself a bagel, the glass plate in the convection oven is broken. Fuuuck.

Also, quick poll:

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Why Cities Should Support, Not Exclude, Street Vendors (Not mentioned, but I've heard before: crime goes down when you have vendors in the area, because nobody likes a witness.)

A Brief History of America’s Appetite for Macaroni and Cheese

Why Does Sweetness Taste So Good?

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League did everything it could to keep lesbians off the diamond. Seventy-five years later, its gay stars are finally opening up.

Looking for Life on a Flat Earth

The Vanishing World of Neon Motel Signs

When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Result

The Death and Life of a Great American Building

The Fading Battlefields of World War I (Photos)

Lebanon LGBT scene empowered despite crackdown

Chinese border forces plan to visit old foe India amid reset in ties

How the Soviet Union Saved Vulcan

Coke claims to give back as much water as it uses. An investigation shows it isn’t even close

Africa’s next civil war could be in Cameroon

What will we eat in 2050? California farmers are placing bets.

‘Almost No One Agrees With Us’: For Rural Students, Gun Control Can Be a Lonely Cause

Customs agents took $58,000 from Ohio man at airport. He's suing to get it back.

U.S. scraps rule requiring states to measure tailpipe gases

Anti-Trump Protesters Cleared of Charges After Gov’t Caught Withholding 69 Critical Recordings

Study Puts Puerto Rico Death Toll From Hurricane Maria Near 5,000

The Trump effect: New study connects white American intolerance and support for authoritarianism

White America’s racial resentment is the real impetus for welfare cuts, study says

Cops Are Dying By Suicide — and No One Is Talking About It

Hidden Horrors of “Zero Tolerance” — Mass Trials and Children Taken From Their Parents

Cruelty Is Trump’s Only Immigration Policy

Donald Trump accuses Mueller team of 'meddling' in midterm elections (Typical. Whenever they can't rebut an argument, they claim that really, it's the other side who's doing whatever-it-is.)

The Chilling Effect of Trump’s War on the FBI

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So you can post your username here.

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I need to start up my summer combing regimen with her.

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5 Eco-Friendly Drinking Straw Alternatives So You Can Skip Plastic

In China's booming tech scene, women battle sexism and conservative values

Recycling, Once Embraced by Businesses and Environmentalists, Now Under Siege

Teen mothers in foster care have high risk of losing custody of babies

In Britain, Austerity Is Changing Everything

Life and death on a superyacht: 'If something goes wrong, they can just raise the anchor and leave'

FBI warns Russians hacked hundreds of thousands of routers

Analysis: North Korea sees US economic handouts as threat

The photos that explain Nicaragua's crisis

Whiny dudes, it seems, whine in much the same way across the millennia.

A Christian Nationalist Blitz

Conservative Christian attorneys gain influence under Trump

Six black girls were brutally murdered in the early ’70s. Why was this case never solved?

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First, [personal profile] staranise has a lively discussion on LGBT history in the comments here.

Secondly, [personal profile] author_by_night has list/analogy of why you shouldn't just jump in and "help" your disabled pal who doesn't, in fact, need your help.

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rather than the bathtub. OMG that is going to save my back AND the deep sink is just deep enough that I can get their heads under the faucet for rinsing.

And now the doggies smell all clean.

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Every Cell in Your Body Has the Same DNA. Except It Doesn’t.

Why Ghana's Clam Farmers Are Digging GPS

In Mosul, young volunteers help bring city back to life

Soviet Doctors Cured Infections With Viruses, and Soon Yours Might Too

'Spiderman' granted French citizenship after rescuing child from Paris balcony

Robots fight weeds in challenge to agrochemical giants

Electronic mail as we know it is drowning in spam, forged phishing mails, and other scams and hacks. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

The North’s Jim Crow

In 1955, the ‘Chicago of South Africa’ was one of the last areas of black home-ownership in Johannesburg. Then the bulldozers arrived to evict these residents, confirming apartheid’s brutal suppression of black upward mobility

Concrete and coral: Beijing's South China Sea building boom fuels concerns

The Supreme Court’s Arbitration Ruling Is Already Screwing Thousands Of Chipotle Workers

Who else wasn't at the EPA chemical meeting? The victims

Your Home is Your...Snitch?

Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes

Inside the Massive U.S. 'Border Zone'

What Separating Migrant Families at the Border Actually Looks Like

Canada Has Started Rejecting More Refugee Claims — Why?

New report questions fairness and purpose of prison commissaries

Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins

As Population Growth Slows, Populism Surges

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I said I'd do some book reviews, and here I am, reviewing a book!

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and watch, it's been beautiful all day.

We'll try again next week, but that's when the rain will come, you wait and see. Maybe we'll go on Brooklyn Day.

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Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousers

New York City Will Consider a Ban on Plastic Straws

The Lesbian Pulp Fiction That Saved Lives

Humans Are Dumb At Figuring Out How Smart Animals Are

NYC Woman Officiates Wedding at Hospital While in Labor (The bride was also in labor!)

The Ancient Forests That Have Defied Urbanization

Texts From Superheroes has an opinion on Deadpool 2. (Spoiler!)

Saved In The NECCO Time! Bankrupt Candy Company Sold At Federal Auction

Ireland votes by landslide to legalise abortion

The Future of AI Depends on High-School Girls

Why Beans Were an Ancient Emblem of Death

How to Write Great Sci-Fi About Disability Law

A Ghastly Version of a Common Rideshare Scam

Why New Antibiotics Are So Hard to Find

Can Portable Schools in India Keep Kids Off the Streets?

The Laser Battle Against Blood-Sucking Parasites of the Deep

Whites’ Unease Shadows the Politics of a More Diverse America

Prison records from 1800s Georgia show mass incarceration’s racially charged beginnings

Predatory behavior runs rampant in Facebook’s addiction support groups

How Texas’ decade-long border security operation has turned South Texas into one of the most heavily policed and surveilled places in the nation.

ACLU Report: Detained Immigrant Children Subjected To Widespread Abuse By Officials

The Undemocratic Spread of Big Brother

‘Too inconvenient’: Trump goes rogue on phone security

Most Americans don’t realize Robert Mueller’s investigation has uncovered crimes

Collusion Happened

“That Psychopath Is Going Down”: Inside Trumpworld, a Bizarre Counter-Narrative Takes Hold

Hospitals See Growing Numbers Of Kids And Teens At Risk For Suicide

In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

Syria’s army is on a path to victory after ousting rebels from Damascus

Cameroon military court jails Anglophone activists

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'Surf's up' takes on new meaning for California foilboarders

Consider the Cactus: How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World

The Ephemeral Butter Art of Tibetan Buddhism

The 'day spa' for pregnant sharks (Video)

A Changing Way of Life for Mongolia’s Dukha Reindeer Herders

When macOS was still OS X, some Windows users weren’t afraid to remake their desktops in Apple’s vision. It was the ultimate case of imitation and flattery.

Is Sleeping With Your Baby As Dangerous As Doctors Say?

The simple voting reform that raises turnout wherever it is tried

An Indian Village’s Unique Strategy to Hold Alcoholism in Check

An Unusual Idea for Fixing School Segregation (Interesting idea, but I don't see how this would trickle down from high schools to the lower grades.)

As America Looks Inward, China Looks to Outer Space

Bonnie and Clyde's getaway car has hidden lessons for cops in the self-driving vehicle era

Framed: How One Woman’s Fight to Save Her Family Helped Lead to a Mass Exoneration

Amazon has been a generous neighbor to a Seattle homeless shelter. Why is its generosity such a pain?

The NFL Can Punish Kneeling Players Because It’s a Private Corporation. Let’s Start Taxing It Like One.

The Not-So-Subtle Racism of Trump-Era ‘Welfare Reform’

In costly quest for security, U.S. schools face law of diminishing returns

The GOP’s 'Unbelievably Absurd' Response to Santa Fe

The Eviction Machine Churning Through New York City

Suicide rates for black children twice that of white children, new data shows

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I swear, this thing belongs in a museum. I think I'll just buy a new monitor. That'll give me some time to really pick my new computer which I'll still plan to get around Christmas.

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A Gel-Based Material That Can Do the Electric Slide

Photos: The Marlboro Man has nothing on these pioneering cowgirls

Prison without guards or weapons in Brazil

Think chimpanzee beds are dirtier than human ones? Think again

Microsoft announces Xbox Adaptive Controller for players with disabilities

The Gambian village transformed by graffiti

Los Angeles and its river have long been enmeshed in an epic struggle for control.

How Women's Studies Is Helping Rural Teens Fix Their Social Culture

Why Johnny Still Can't Read -- And What To Do About It

What Is Loitering, Really?

Vaccination method that wiped out smallpox gets unleashed today on Ebola

Supreme Court Says Employers Can Bar Worker Class-Action Lawsuits

How to Survive Trump’s Presidency Without Losing Your Mind

There Is Only One Trump Scandal

Trump vs. the “Deep State”: How the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance.

The Coup Has Already Happened, So What Are We Going to Do About It?

We depend on plastic. Now we're drowning in it.

Australia is a breadbasket to the world and a globalization success story. So why are its farmers killing themselves?

Suicidal? Be prepared to wait for care.

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

Benghazi's displaced: a litmus test for Libya

Venezuela election: Fourteen ambassadors recalled after Maduro win

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The Secrets Hiding in the Simplest Animal Brains

Magnet Collisions (Video)

Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View

Because We Need It: Bad stock photos

Mongooses inherit behavior from role models rather than parents

Glass Dresses, The Fairytale Fashion Trend That Never Quite Took Off

When Paper Clothing Was the Perfect Fit

How Onscreen Sex Sounds Are Made, From Kissing to Hand Jobs

Botanical Sexism Cultivates Home-Grown Allergies

How Santiago tackled its housing crisis with 'Operation Chalk'

Lawyer who helped top payday lenders prey on financially desperate is sentenced to 8 years in prison

In Durham, a young lawyer raised in public housing teaches elite law students to save poor people from eviction.

These Basketball Players Sued Their College For Anti-Gay Discrimination — And Lost

The trouble with charitable billionaires

Brazil's truckers protest drags on despite dispatch of military

The NFL’s “take a knee” ban is flatly illegal

The Trump Administration Proposed Cutting Funding to Clinics Like Planned Parenthood. We Know How That Plays Out Because Texas Did It in 2011.

They Shared Drugs. Someone Died. Does That Make Them Killers?

Trump’s Crackdown On Immigrant Parents Puts More Kids In An Already Strained System

Immigrant families separated at border struggle to find each other (Homeland Security's statement that "children are taken from any criminals" is a flat lie. Mostly, parents are allowed to send their child to stay with friends and relatives.)

MS-13, explained

Centrists Are the Most Hostile to Democracy, Not Extremists

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Luckily, this house is a positive graveyard of old but functioning components, so I swapped out my ancient monitor for a decrepit one, but at this point I have to either buy a new monitor or bite the bullet and get a new laptop. I hate getting a new machine, it's a hassle switching everything over, but that's where we're at.

If you're in the NYC area and have an old but functioning monitor you'd rather pass to me than try to take to a electronics recycling event, let me know. Not too old.

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If, say, the Navajo or Mohawk or Cherokee or whoever nation wanted to sponsor one or ten or a thousand refugees on their own land, could they do that? Like, independently, I mean, without having to deal with general rules set up by the USA? Which suck, obvs, because we could definitely house more refugees in the USA.

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than throw it into a pit space.

I guess that's a little classier than gold-plated toilets, but not as much as he probably thinks.

Not that he doesn't donate to charity, but c'mon, the amounts I've seen quoted are chump change. His net worth is measured in twelve digits, not one of which is a decimal!

I didn't post about it at the time, but my brain's been at work on this ever since. Every morning I wake up with new ideas of better ways he can spend even one billion dollars, to say nothing of a hundred billion dollars and counting!

1. He could split it among food pantries in the USA.

2. He could singlehandedly eradicate polio.

3. He could fulfill every last request at DonorsChoose.

4. He could double the MTA's budget, let them catch up on their backlog.

5. He could build a subway system from scratch in the urban area of his choice.

6. He could double Amtrack's budget too!

7. He could give every homeless person in America $650 a week for a year and use the remaining $40 billion or so to raise wages at Amazon by the same amount, and he'd still have money left over.

8. He could repair my roof, my furnace, and my first floor bathroom, and then buy me a pizza.

9. Make that a billion pizzas.

10. That's a serious suggestion, by the way. Jeff, are you reading this?

11. He could neuter every single pet cat and dog in the country, and in Canada as well.

12. He could provide free college tuition, housing, and a small stipend for every individual 18 - 24 who has aged out of foster care and not finished college yet.

13. He could repair Puerto Rico.

14. He could provide free epipens for every public school in America.

15. He could provide half the cost, up to $10k, to put solar panels on every one or two family house in the the Southwest.

16. He could pay off the oil companies to give up on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

17. He could purchase and destroy all copies of the horror that is the remastered Star Wars Han shot first!

18. He could probably bribe everybody to forget that ever happened, actually.

19. He could pay for dozens of American and Canadian students to go on foreign exchange programs.

20. He could build more libraries and hospitals.

21. He could pay to improve the ads that come on my Kindle. FFS, Amazon practically knows more about my reading habits than I do, so why are they trying to sell me steamy romances, books I've already read (on that selfsame Kindle), and instructional manuals for oil rigs?

22. He could build dense, mixed-income housing in places that sorely need more of it.

23. He could definitely fix Flint's water issues.

24. He could provide money to help remove lead paint from the homes of lower income families.

25. Last but certainly not least, he could get surgery to remove his head from his ass.

All I'm saying is he needs to spend that money, or I'm going to lose it thinking of ways to spend it for him. It's like the worst earworm in the world.

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