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This is factually untrue - I just finished a new book yesterday - but it does feel that way.

Recommend something to me! Especially nonfiction - I really don't read much of that, so I can promise that I'll never have read whatever you recommend! (Whereas if you recommend anything kidlit or YA there's better than even odds that I've read it.)

Later I'll post up my own list of random recommendations for everybody, but right now I really must dash.
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Somebody really has made a recipe for Time City's butter pie!

Upon re-read, I realize that there is a small problem with the timeline in the book. Not in the usual time travel sense, which would be more or less okay, but in the educational calendar.

Vivian arrives in Time City during their half term, which I understand to be a short vacation in the middle of the semester - like midwinter recess in NYC. She attends school for two or three days, maybe as long as five - and then the whole city shuts down for two days of ceremonies! (And also the dramatic conclusion, but nobody knew that yet while the ceremonies happen every year.)

If they know, as they must know, that the kids will all have two days off, why not schedule their break a few days later so as to encompass the holiday? Instead of this on-again, off-again nonsense, which can't be good for their learning.

(Of course, I'm saying this from a city which only a few years ago started school on a Wednesday and then immediately took the next two days off for the Jewish New Year. Which, okay, it's an important holiday, but still. Start the year on a different day then!)

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Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook

Why Northern Long-Eared Bats Love Nantucket

Robot, heal thyself (I'll confess - I love headlines the most when they make a pithy reference. I don't care if it's a sophisticated reference or a very low-brow one, I love them, and I love being able to say I got the joke, no matter how obvious it was. Also, this is a cool article. It's not just the headline. But I love the headline.)

You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf

The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of Music

Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

Why NASA is sending bacteria into the sky on balloons during the eclipse

How America's First Self-Made Female Millionaire Built Her Fortune

Glass may not seem an obvious material for a bone replacement. But UK surgeons are finding that bioglass not only is stronger than bone: it can bend, bounce and even fight infection.

American evangelicals’ antigay gospel forced him to flee Uganda. Then Christians in California offered him a home. A refugee’s story in words and pictures.

I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan's ancient sport for modern times

The Moral History of Air-Conditioning

Labor-short Japan more at home with automation than US

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

They were partners in fighting crime. The only problem: Neither was a cop. But when one friend turned on the other, things got real.

Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children's gender identity

The Wealthy Activist Who Helped Turn “Bleeding Kansas” Free

“Barack Obama is to blame”: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville

Confederate statues removed across southern US states – in pictures

Eight Confederate leaders are honored with sculptures in the halls of Congress.

Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

What Trump gets wrong about Confederate statues, in one chart

How Baltimore Removed Its Confederate Monuments Overnight

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism

What possessed a family man from Ohio to smuggle a Bible into North Korea?

Young Afghans see opportunities dwindle as security worsens

How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation

The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.

Indonesia clinic gives relief to Muslims with tattoo regrets

It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

70 years later, survivors recall the horrors of India-Pakistan partition

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

Sentenced To Adulthood: Direct File Laws Bypass Juvenile Justice System
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It's not my favorite ballad - if I wanted to sing The Murdered Brother I would and often do. Floaters are a thing, sure, but I still think it's cheating to basically steal 90% of the verses from one song and tack on a different framing story.

But it does have one advantage over The Murdered Brother, and that's that the framing story makes sense. I can see how you might chop your sister up after you've knocked her up. I mean, I wouldn't do it, but I wouldn't do half the things people do in ballads. If I had no moral compass, though, then I might well look at murder as the solution to everyday social problems like an inconvenient pregnancy. Even in a ballad, though, killing your brother because he cut down a withy wand that might've been a tree is just strange.

(And their mother doesn't give a damn, it seems, no matter who killed whom and why. There's some seriously messed up family dynamics here. Sometimes you really have to wonder about the people who wrote these things.)

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Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Rome

How Edmond Halley Kicked Off the Golden Age of Eclipse Mapping

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Pretty sure I've seen this exact premise in, like, a thousand Harry Potter fics. Because how else are you gonna get Draco and Hermione to hook up?

Female Inmates In Federal Prisons Will Now Have More Access To Tampons & Pads

The next time somebody tells me that they or anybody else can't be a bigot because they have one $GROUP friend, I'm going to point them to this article about Eduard Bloch, who was personally exempted from anti-Semitic persecution by... Adolf Hitler. Yes, really. Yes, my jaw dropped too.

Solving a Murder Mystery With Ancestry Websites

Justice Department at odds with DEA on marijuana research, MS-13

Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels

This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea (This may be a sign that things in this country are really, really bad.)

They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — but many don't like their results

Steve Bannon once said Breitbart was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs
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Scientists Make Food From Bacteria, Water, Electricity, and a Whole Lot of Patience

Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal

Now you can levitate liquids and insects at home

West Point Cadet, Simone Askew, Breaks a Racial and Gender Barrier

Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel ("Trash panda", that's a good kenning)

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Lightning is zapping fewer Americans

The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne

Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Often Aren't Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad (Crippling overspecialization)

In the future, your body won’t be buried... you’ll dissolve

White Supremacy (Overt & Covert)

Texas A&M cancels white nationalist rally set for 9/11

Why Are Teen Pregnancy Programs Getting Cut?

A Sign Of Trouble: The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community

Cuba struggling to keep professionals from leaving

For Syrian Refugees In Turkey, A Long Road To Regular Employment

Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths

Why fish can't help but eat our plastic garbage

The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science

Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide

As Peru’s glaciers melt, its problems are only beginning

Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat

One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures

Half a Million People in Yemen Had Cholera in 2017. That's the Worst Outbreak Ever Recorded in a Single Year

‘We have drawn a different lesson from history’: How the world is reacting to violence in Charlottesville
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We used to spend summers in Belgium with our grandparents. Our grandparents had a nice patch of land, with red currants and black currants and gooseberries over here, and roses over there, and a field, and a little copse that, as a child, seemed more than large enough to house a few bears (oh my!) and I used to think all that land nearly went on forever. I'd go through the woods, avoiding the nettle at the entrance (or not) and wander until I hit the neighboring farmland. I'd stand there a while, carefully not stepping onto the field, and look at the Wallaby balloon in the distance, and then I'd get lost on my way back.

There were two houses on the property, the big one they rented out and the little one they lived in. The little one had outside stairs to a small attic, covered in ivy. I loved to sit on those stairs and pull off the ivy bit by bit and pretend I was a princess in a tower, right up until Bonne-Maman called me in and gave me an ice cream cone. Which I thought we were supposed to eat from the bottom up, so you can see why my face got messy.

The first year we went, when I was just leaving kindergarten, we had no bedroom of our own, but afterwards they added a small studio and an extra bedroom next to the attic. Jenn (Ginger, back then) and I had beds right next to each other, touching and there were two windows with a small patch of wall in between them.

And one night, quite randomly, we woke up when it was dark (and you know it gets dark very late in Belgium in the summer) and that little patch of wall was glowing. Pale, bright green. I eventually sat up and touched it, and the glowing patch was colder than the rest of the wall, and I swear Jenn saw it too or I'd never believe it now that I'm grown.

I have no idea what caused it. To this day, it is absolutely the weirdest, creepiest thing about my childhood. The only explanation I can think of is "practical joke", but not only are the logistics wildly out of character for my grandparents (painting on the wall!?) but there is no way they'd take a joke this funny to the grave. So I've got nothing.

Any explanation that isn't "aliens" or "ghosts" would be much appreciated, because I'm baffled. We both are.

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What Solar Eclipses Look Like on Different Planets

How to Predict an Eclipse Without a Computer

London's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

Bacteria can feel their surroundings

Support for charters drops markedly over past year

Meet the teenager who stole Queen Victoria’s panties

A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions (I don't know how accurate any of this is, but it's interesting!)

Men, Listen Up: Women Like The Smell Of Guys Who Eat A Certain Diet

Lower-income children raised in counties with high upward mobility display fewer behavioral issues

Hungry Venezuelans turn to Colombia for a plate of food

Battery Theory: For when the Spoon Theory is too confusing

Women Are Dying Because Doctors Treat Us Like Men

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

Gratitude Lists Are B.S. — It Was an "Ingratitude" List That Saved Me

70 years after Pakistan-India split, Sikhs search for home

Hindu Today, Muslim Tomorrow

Without air conditioning, America’s prisons can be unbearable — and sometimes deadly

High-tech US plants offer jobs even as the laid-off struggle

Invasive earthworms at the root of sugar maple decline (Raise your hand if you've ever met anybody, no matter how green, who knew earthworms are non-native in the Americas.)

He’d been shot at 15. Now, amid Chicago’s relentless gunfire, he had one goal: Stay alive.

How Students' Brains Are in Danger on the Field

Kenya post-election deaths raise questions over police brutality

One third of Syrian refugee kids not in school, despite pledges

Killings of Black Men by Whites are Far More Likely to be Ruled “Justifiable”

America is hooked on the drug of white supremacy. We're paying for that today

White Supremacists Are Waging a War Against Public Space

A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville
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Come find some friends/talk tv at [community profile] tv_talk!

Sigh.

Aug. 14th, 2017 04:35 pm
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Our backyard neighbor has recently fixed up his garage. It was a three-day effort, culminating in spreading and raking gravel in front of the doors.

The gravel is not in a rectangle. They were going for "rectangle" but hit upon "awkward trapezoid" instead.

This annoys me. I've spent the day wondering about the propriety of just going over there and re-raking in the middle of the night.

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Exotic quantum states made from light

Mooning: A History

Artist Turns Pop Culture Into Apocalyptic Ruins And The Results Are Awesome

People In Nepal Used To Think Vultures Were Bad Luck. Not Anymore

A Brief History of Traveling with Cats

Why Jersey City Missed Out On Being the Big Apple

Providence latest city installing meters to stop panhandling

Fish sauced? Goldfish turn to alcohol to survive icy winters

Pushing for a Commute That Would Rise Above the Rest

Ashes to Ashes, Dust to... Interactive Biodegradable Funerary Urns?

A history of solar eclipses and bizarre responses to them

Hiker Accidentally Discovers 1,200-Year-Old Viking Sword in Norway

Remember that Norwegian site that made readers take a quiz before commenting?

Historians Admit To Inventing Ancient Greeks

Are Doctors Wrong About Finishing Your Antibiotics?

This is sad :(

The Justice Department Is Evaluating Obama-Era Rules For Transgender Prisoners

A Judge in Louisiana Is Letting a Private Company Charge People to Get Out of Jail, Says the ACLU

Over the past few decades, loneliness has reached almost epidemic levels, with men uniquely suffering its effects. How and why has isolation become such a threat?

What Happens When No One Believes American Threats?

Odds of a North Korea nuclear 'nightmare' are slim, but here's what to watch for

The Ugly, Violent Clichés of White-Supremacist Terrorism

The Alt-Right Can't Disown Charlottesville

It's Up To Congress to Call Trump to Account (That would be nice, and better than all the alternatives.)

How Midwestern Farmers Could Help Save the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' is already a disaster – but it could get worse

Alaskan towns at risk from rising seas sound alarm as Trump pulls federal help

Greenland, The Land Of Ice And Snow, Is Burning

In 'liberated' Mosul, ISIS still imperils the path to city's revival
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Have to inveigle Ana to get new clothes for herself (no, Ana, two pairs of pants and a shirt of your mom's is NOT sufficient for school, thank you) and roughly plan some lessons but - oh, I am so excited! This feeling will fade, better make the most of it while I can.

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How To Help The Victims In Charlottesville Right Now

Chimps Understand Rock-Paper-Scissors as Well as Preschoolers

Kale Yeah! Professional eaters to down kale salads (The headline is more interesting than the story it sums up.)

We finally know how your tongue tells your brain what you're tasting

Shadow Bands Are a Solar Eclipse Mystery (and Not Everyone Sees Them)

University aims to educate 50,000 refugees worldwide by 2022

9 Quirky Animals With Very Special Ways Of Pooping

Short Story Vending Machine

Bread Bag Alignment Chart

Advocates stage first big Texas protest against border wall

History of Conversion in America

New York Becomes First City to Guarantee Lawyers to Tenants Facing Eviction

Engraved prehistoric human bones show ritualistic cannibalism

WWII vet brings fallen enemy's keepsake on long journey home

Why these parents want their kids to have an 'old-fashioned summer'

Refugee rescue ship sails to aid of anti-migrant activists stranded in Med (They're horrible people, but the hard part about being the good guys is that you still have to help them.)

Reputation Study Asks, Would You Rather Cut Off Your Hand or Be Known as a Nazi? (If thy right hand offend thee....)

Iraq's Kurds stick to independence vote despite U.S. request to postpone it

Texas Senate OKs restricting insurance coverage for abortion

Venezuela calls Trump's warning of possible military action a 'crazy act'

How Two Brothers Took Over a Filipino City for ISIS

When the U.S. Deports You — And Keeps All Your Stuff (Video)

Illegal Immigrants Flee To Canadian Border As Trump Cracks Down On Immigration In The U.S.

Border Crossings Under Trump Have Become Rarer—and Deadlier

The Decades-Long Campaign to Cut Legal Immigration

Why do foreign automakers now build their factories in the Deep South? They do it because the government is friendly, and labor is cheap. These two facts are not unrelated.

Most Americans would look at these charts and conclude that inequality is out of control. The president, on the other hand, seems to think that inequality isn’t big enough.

Why Medicaid Matters to You

35 children die in north Indian hospital in 3 days

India's military steps up operational readiness on China border

Why thousands of teenagers are fleeing to war-torn Yemen

When Does a Fringe Movement Stop Being Fringe?

Charlottesville: Trump under fire after failing to denounce white supremacists
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And I bet you thought the stories in The Onion were made up.

If you're worried about the news... well, I don't know what to do about the right wing, or about white supremacists, but we may be able to do something about the nukes. Now, normally I'd say they're no threat because nobody would be foolish enough to launch one, but....

Well, anyway. Call your congresscritters and ask them to cosponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act. This would require the sitting president to get Congressional approval before using Nuclear Weapons for any purpose other then retaliation - and I think it's safe to say that nobody else would ever be dumb enough to hit first, so we'd never use them.

You can check to see if your congressfolk are cosponsors at these links:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/669/cosponsors
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/200/cosponsors

If they're already cosponsers, call them up to thank them. They need all the thanks they can get.
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is A Tale of Time City. Great book - a rare one of DWJ's that doesn't end with a sudden epidemic of love at first sight.

And what I remember from the book more clearly than any other detail is Vivian's lesson on the universal characters everybody uses. She's having trouble with her translation, can't figure out if one character means "old" or "funny", and is told to try antic - it means both.

This is the one and only time I've read that antic means both, though once the connection is made, the fact that it's cognate with "antique" is obvious.

Today I finally got around to looking up the etymology:

1520s, antick, antyke, later antique (with accent on the first syllable), "grotesque or comical gesture," from Italian antico "antique," from Latin antiquus "old, ancient; old-fashioned" (see antique (adj.)). In art, "fantastical figures, incongruously combined" (1540s).

Originally (like grotesque) a 16c. Italian word referring to the strange and fantastic representations on ancient murals unearthed around Rome (especially the Baths of Titus, rediscovered 16c.); later extended to "any bizarre thing or behavior," in which sense it first arrived in English. As an adjective in English from 1580s, "grotesque, bizarre." In 17c. the spelling antique was restricted to the original sense of that word.


Now everything makes sense again!
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This is the trending words list: white supremacist/white nationalist, bereft, impanel, cosmopolitan, kleptocracy.

Sample sentence? "The fashionableness of this highfalutin form of fascism might seem, at first, wildly alien from American issues or problems."

In other news, here is a link to help people who were arrested in Virginia at the last rally. On our side, that is. There is another fundraiser here, but I don't know how they're using funds raised today.
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is that they let us dress them in clothes. (Which they do need in winter, but, I mean, we dress them up year-round.)

However, I was sorely disappointed with one of the shirts Eva picked up recently for Moonpie, which read "Too bad barking doesn't burn calories." We're not just fat-shaming our dog now, we're also bark-shaming her? Not cool - and that's what I told Eva. She didn't argue the point, she returned the shirt, which is good, because the whole message was bizarre and gross.

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Genetically Engineering Pigs to Grow Organs for People (I guess it wasn't that long ago that human-to-human organ transplants were bizarre science-fiction - or witchcraft!)

Finding Proper Communication Adaptations in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Stranger Than Friction: When Matches Were Dangerous, Vestas Kept Us Safe

This Church Might Not Look Extraordinary, But Take A Look At It From Another Angle…

X-ray decks: the lost bone music of the Soviet Union

An extra dose of this longevity hormone helped make mice smarter: Protein associated with longer life helps turn Pinky into the Brain.

5 Mythic Eclipse Monsters Who Mess With the Sun and Moon

Cleaving to the Medieval, Journeymen Ply Their Trades in Europe

Netflix's "Atypical" Was a Major Disappointment for Autism Representation

Most Americans Don’t Think Being Prejudiced Makes Someone A Bad Person

Polish villagers hold Jewish wedding without Jews

The class dynamics of breastfeeding in the United States of America

New York mayor wants more taxes from rich for crumbling subway (He also wants to fund half-fare metrocards for poorer New Yorkers. Increase that to also all kids under 18 or enrolled full-time in school - and automatic free fares too and from school no matter how far away they live - and I'm completely with him. Mostly those kids don't pay anyway, but they might pay if the fare was cut.)

Will New York Stop Arresting People for Evading Subway Fares?

Bank of England to keep animal fat in banknotes despite complaints

How The Dream Of America's 'Nuclear Renaissance' Fizzled

Chicago will sue Trump administration over sanctuary cities grant threat

Trump Is 'Locked and Loaded' in a Nuclear Game of Chicken (Who will rid us of this troublesome president?)

Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe

When Prisoners Are a 'Revenue Opportunity'

White nationalist rally in Virginia sparks violent clashes, emergency declaration

What I Learned From the Neo-Nazi in My Prison Book Club

The Rise of the Valkyries: In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem

Kenyan Women Just Fought One of the Most Violent Campaigns in History

What’s it like to watch a country implode? To see a democracy destroyed and an economy crater?

Case of maggots in throat offers rare look at neglect probes

Braving Cancer Amid the Chaos of Syria
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Finn has started to play! He'll chase thrown toys, and sometimes try to catch them in his mouth. (He was successful once, but mostly they bounce of his little nose.)

And Moonpie has also improved, and no longer attacks him if she thinks he's heading for one of HER toys. She is capable of playing with her own toy and leaving him to play with his, or reclaiming her toys in a friendly manner if there's some confusion. This makes life much easier.

It makes me sad, sometimes, to think we had to teach both dogs to play. I hope it was just that they were getting used to us, not that they really didn't understand the concept. Play is important!
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The vines made flowers, but nothing came of it. Not just here in our yard, but in the community garden as well.

This has got to be another sign of the apocalypse. I've never heard of squash failing before. Not enough bees, maybe?
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It's "optional", so she's not reading any of those books, but is instead reading two other quality books of her choosing. She felt their suggestions were too realistic, with too much romance and too much of an emphasis on "gritty" realism. So instead she's going with Summer of the Mariposas and Not Your Sidekick.

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What New York Subway Stations Actually Look Like

Was the First Eclipse Prediction an Act of Genius, a Brilliant Mistake, or Dumb Luck?

Dutch students grow their own biodegradable car

Multi-nutrient rice against malnutrition

Africa has entered the space race, with Ghana's first satellite now orbiting earth

The New Atheists of the Philippines

As Modi and his right-wing Hindu base rise, so too does a celebrity yoga tycoon

From jail to Yale: Felon faces scrutiny in bid to be lawyer

Google fires employee behind anti-diversity memo

Republicans on recess hold town halls, are met with constituents angry about health care

How Brexit is set to hurt Europe’s financial systems

The Little Boy Who Escaped From Boko Haram

Diplomacy to defuse India, China border crisis slams into a wall: sources

Unlearning the myth of American innocence

Where manufacturing jobs are plentiful, Trump’s supporters want better

America is more entrenched in Syria than you may realize

'I Give Up': Top War Crimes Expert Resigns From U.N.'s Syria Inquiry

U.S. May Begin Airstrikes Against ISIS in Philippines

Philippine police use hospitals to hide drug war killings

Defendants kept in the dark about evidence until it’s too late: New York is one of 10 states where prosecutors can wait until just before trial to share evidence, which critics say is unfair. A new bill could change the rules.

A cop stopped a car for speeding — then pointed a gun at a passenger for more than 9 minutes

Cities need more than air conditioning to get through heat waves

US federal department is censoring use of term 'climate change', emails reveal

Why arguments against WaPo’s Oval Office leaks are wrong
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And it's not supposed to stop until seven.

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'Origami organs' can potentially regenerate tissues

When Physicians Used Lunar Signs to Diagnose Patients

How To Fix Poverty: Why Not Just Give People Money?

Japanese scientists create ice cream that doesn't melt

How Ice Cream Helped America at War

Rich SF residents get a shock: Someone bought their street

A human face in a variety of different map projections

Tolkien’s Map and The Messed Up Mountains of Middle-earth (I remember the story about the first map done of Discworld. Standard fantasy job, the river running down the mountains. Terry Pratchett took one look at it and asked "So, what's the rain shadow on those mountains?" Somebody got quite an education that day!)

From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

The mayor of Salt Lake County spent three days living like a homeless person in order to better understand their needs. (He also made a small donation to the shelter he stayed in to defray the cost of his stay.)

Hugs, drugs and choices—helping traumatised animals

Salvage archaeology: When rising seas threaten to wash away history

More Syrian child brides in Jordan amid poverty, uncertainty

My Dentist's Murder Trial

When Prosecutors Bully

Opioid Users Are Filling Jails. Why Don’t Jails Treat Them?

Sessions' broad attack on leaks aimed at an audience of one: Trump

Rights group: Israel bans Gazans from traveling with laptops

Why did Yousef Muslet face life in prison for an everyday gesture?

This Girl Has Been Missing For 19 Years, But You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Her

Kenyans stockpile food, police get first aid kits ahead of vote
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He got a little nick on his elbow, needed two stitches. (Not even - they would've glued it except that superglue can't handle torque at all, and since surgical glue is superglue, and the elbow is the elbow - well!)

Judging by the groomer's reaction when I said it was no big deal, I guess most people would've been more upset. But eh. He backed into the clippers. Seems believable. It's not like this happens every time he goes, which would worry me. Anyway, they discounted the grooming a little.

He's a smart dog! On the walk home, he ambled at his usual pace until we reached the park. Then he hauled me ahead to the nearest water fountain and waited for me to unclip his bowl. He's so easygoing, but when he decides to throw his weight around, all of a sudden wild horses can't get him to move. Wouldn't think a toy poodle would have so much weight to throw around, even metaphorically.... We hardly ever even use that fountain, but he knew right where he was going.

(Moonpie also headed to the groomer, but only to sit in the waiting room. This served the dual purpose of getting her some exercise, and also helping to acclimate her to the vet's office. I'm tired of her freaking out every time she needs her nails trimmed. I ought to have brought some treats with me.)

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Tiny Country Cuts Carbon Emissions by Planting Bogs

Why Are There No New Major Religions?

How do birds get their colors?

The Secret Life of the City Banana

A Voronoi diagram of people enjoying the sun in Bryant Park.

Bird Filmed Feeding Goldfish—Here’s Why

Between Swimming And Archery, This Camp Helps Kids Overcome The Stigma Of HIV/AIDS

The Dutch are building bike lanes from used toilet paper.

The friendship that survived the division of a nation

This is the age of the plea bargain—and millions of Americans are suffering the consequences.

Poor immigrants are the least likely group to use welfare, despite Trump’s claims

Why the highly coveted visa that changed my life is now reviled in America

Will Altering the 13th Amendment Bring Liberation to the Incarcerated 2.3 Million?

America's stores are closing. Why isn't that raising a jobs alarm?

Why Detroit Exploded in the Summer of 1967

The Trigger and the Choice. Part two Part three

Student loan borrowers, herded into default, face a relentless collector: the U.S.

Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa

The harsh reality of being African in India.

Sikhs in America: A History of Hate

The four reasons people commit hate crimes

As global reach grows, China builds military to match

'There is too much anger out there.' Bombing of a Minnesota mosque leaves Muslims concerned

When Should a Child Be Taken from His Parents?

Foster Care as Punishment: The New Reality of ‘Jane Crow’

Putin critic Alexei Navalny thinks there's a 50/50 chance he'll be killed

Inside Philip Morris’ campaign to subvert the global anti-smoking treaty Part two
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Definitely an improvement. Good thing, too - this book is the reason I've been recommending the new editions to everybody :) This is not only now a fairly good representation of an explicitly autistic character* but also a rare representation of an autistic character of color.

* Some people have noted that both Nita and especially Dairine show no small number of autistic traits. There may be a reason enough autistics were invested in this series to complain to the author!

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New York Public Library now offers free Criterion Collection streaming to all members

Device could make washing machines lighter and greener

Boeing draws a plane in the sky with flight path

The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself

U.S. Muslims More Accepting of Homosexuality Than White Evangelicals (US Muslim acceptance of gays has very nearly doubled in just ten years! Of course, everybody's acceptance of gays seems to have increased in that same time period.)

From Boy Geniuses to Mad Scientists: How Americans Got So Weird About Science

The man who has focused on one word for 23 years

Older People Will Need Much Better Transit

Guys don’t tape your penis shut instead of using a condom (One would think this goes without saying...!)

GTA5 and the problem of privilege

To Catch a Counterfeiter

China gripped by censored essay on Beijing

How Fast Food Chains Supersized Inequality

The Forgotten Refugees: A new report highlights the crisis facing unprotected, internally displaced populations.

What Happens When Long-Term US Residents Get Deported To Mexico

Trump says banning immigrants helps US workers. A leading economist says he’s wrong.

Leaked Transcripts Show How Foreign Leaders Manipulate Trump

The Clarence Thomas Takeover

'We'll never be the same': A hydroponic tomato garden and some tea leaves led police to raid Kansas family's home

She Was Convicted of Killing Her Mother. Prosecutors Withheld the Evidence That Would Have Freed Her.

The war America can't win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan

The Myth of Reverse Racism

The myth that all black students get a free ride is just that — a myth. Even with affirmative action or other diversity programs, black students take on twice as much debt as their white peers.

Sexual Assault May Trigger Involuntary Paralysis
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So, I was reading this article on things people have actually sent in the mail, and one item mentioned was "potatoes". As in: stick a stamp on a potato, shove it in a mailbox.

The article erroneously stated that one company will do that for you if you can't be bothered to obtain your own spuds. This is incorrect. There are not one, but two companies devoted to mailing potatoes, Mail-a-Spud and Potato Parcel.

Wait, I was wrong. There are at least three of them, including Mystery Potato. Dear god. I think I've found my new form of protest. My congresscritters might ignore my emails, and my phone calls, and my letters, and my clever cosplay + sign - but I'm damn sure they won't ignore a potato.

It may be pricier than the other options, but it's worth it.
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NEW MILLENNIUM EDITIONS!

Which I haven't actually had a chance to read yet, despite telling everybody else to read them. (Because after receiving complaints from autistic readers, Diane Duane dramatically re-did A Wizard Alone in order to be less out-of-touch. Which never happens, so yes, I've been telling everybody to read the newer versions.)

Just got through High Wizardry, which was definitely the original trilogy book in most need of revision - it all has to do with Dairine and her new computer, and omg it was so dated. Which wouldn't be so bad except that the next book took place in comic book time - several years later in terms of tech and culture, but only a few months later in terms of everybody's age. And young readers couldn't relate to the primitive computer talk at all, which makes sense.

So it was updated in 2013 to take place in the year 2008, and it's... already slightly dated again, though not so badly. Nita goes up to the moon to listen to music on her new MP3 player. (Originally it was a Walkman) Given her family's income it wouldn't be reasonable for her to have gotten a brand new iPhone, but we were clearly headed that way. I think it would've made more sense for Diane Duane to reset the entire beginning of the series a little later and then have her get a coveted hand-me-down iPhone rather than a brand-new MP3 player. (No explanation is given for the fact that Nita still is very fond of Journey songs from the 1980s. Well, she's not the first teen to have amazingly retro tastes.)

But what I thought was interesting was the cultural update, and the lack thereof. There's one scene where in the original, Dairine snarks that her parents can't punish her copy (sorta a clone) - what're they gonna do, spank it? She considers whether or not she'd feel it. That's been edited to a grounding. Makes sense.

A short time later, Kit (13 years) has a headache and when an adult goes to give him aspirin he says he's allergic, so they get him Tylenol. This hasn't been updated, which makes me think that Diane Duane must not spend much time around parents of middle schoolers and younger, all of whom seem to me to be terrified of the idea of Reyes syndrome striking their kids. Consequently, they'd sooner give their children arsenic than aspirin. There's no reason for Kit to even know he's allergic to the stuff. And his mother's supposed to be a nurse! (Well, maybe nurses take a different view?)
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A woman with a broken AC unit in Los Angeles invents a clever way to prevent under-boob sweat, and the women advertising it are larger breasted than average runway models.

Thanks, MetaFilter. Let me tell you, a whole new world opened up to me the day I realized that despite the dire warnings on my antiperspirant, I probably would not die instantly if I dared smear some under my breasts. And now I can come home from walking the dogs and my bra isn't gross and icky.
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wherein I hadn't rehomed the kittens, but had simply forgotten to take care of them. Every time I've ever had to rehome an animal, I have some variation on this dream, so it was a good thing that I woke up to a text notification - a new picture of the kittens!

They have clearly grown since leaving my care. Well, that's what kittens do. Also, they're apparently friendlier, though Kid Blink is still skittish.

You know, I keep thinking it's a pity about the eye - but it really isn't. You can't save every kitten, and if you try, you really just do them harm. If it weren't for that eye, I would've tsked when I saw them, and possibly TNR'd them, but that's about it. I would not have over-exerted myself over them. There's always another kitten out there. Can't get them all.

But with that eye, I worried, and because I worried, I nabbed them both. And they're really doing better off than they would've been. So really, that bad eye is a stroke of luck for them. I don't know that it saved their lives, but it certainly made them longer, happier, and healthier lives - and they won't add to the kitten population.

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How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent

Bolivia's midwives help reduce maternal mortality

How America Fell Into—and Out of—Love With Mock Turtle Soup

Chop Suey: A Classic Chinese-American Dish Takes On A Mexican Flair

If Everyone Ate Beans Instead of Beef

The Ornate Bird Palaces of Ottoman-Era Turkey

To Fix the New York City Subway, Fix the Schedule

Inside a nerve-rattling trip to pay pot taxes

A Kerfuffle About Diversity in the Roman Empire

Trump aide dismisses Statue of Liberty 'huddled masses' poem

Leaving behind a pet causes distress to both the owner and the animal, and could lead to risky public health situations.

Brick by brick: satellite images could identify slave labor in India

The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poor

Seeking a dream, Indonesian family finds nightmare in Raqqa

Ending Solitary for Juveniles: A Goal Grows Closer

Why Private Prisons Don't Work, Part Infinity

Trump Has Quietly Accomplished More Than It Appears

Trump’s Main Policy Is Destruction—Ours Must Be More Than Resistance

Border Agency Set to Jumpstart Trump’s Wall in a Texas Wildlife Refuge

Why the Justice Department Is Targeting Affirmative Action

Boat noise disrupts fish cooperation

No ID? For the homeless on heroin, treatment can be elusive

The Tarahumara of northern Mexico became famous for their ability to run incredibly long distances. In recent years, cartels have exploited their talents by forcing them to ferry drugs into the U.S. Now, with their land ravaged by violence, they’re running for their lives.

Even Trump Is Surprised by Australia's Cynical Migrant Policy (Surprised, but approving, because he's Trump.)
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There are two ads that play in the Whitehall terminal, about driver safety, specifically looking out for pedestrians. In one, a car hits a man crossing the street because the driver was busy texting, and in the other it hits a small child because the driver was speeding and didn't stop at the light.

Every time I see those ads, I get so annoyed. I don't want to blame the victim, but I just can't figure it out - who the hell are these people who step into the street without looking? Sure, as a pedestrian you have the right of way, especially when you've got the light, but I've never actually met the person who was willing to die to prove the point.

And that's what the ads show. The light changes, and immediately the pedestrian is in the crosswalk, heedless of the fact that there is a car barreling towards them. I know looking doesn't prevent car crashes in and of itself, but in the ad, they don't even check!

It just seems to me that if you're about to tell drivers "fuck it, pay attention" it'll work better if the pedestrians aren't completely inept at the simple task of walking from here to there. I pay more attention when crossing my kitchen!

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The Tantalizing Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

How, And Why, Some Farmers Are Bringing Livestock Back To The Prairie

The 41 Most Important Hot Dog Styles in America

Into a competitive world, guppies are born not just bigger, but more mature

Jellyfish May Be the Snack Food of the Future

Clerics offering religious edicts in Cairo metro stir debate

Why We All Scream When We Get Ice Cream Brain Freeze

Google Trends eclipse interest

What Were Screen Savers?

The Mischievous ‘Ghost Hoaxers’ of 19th-Century Australia

Japan Might Be What Equality in Education Looks Like

Millennials and Generation Xers outvoted baby boomers in 2016, analysis finds

The Watchdog Inside the DA's Office

A Mysterious Island and a Deadly Lost Tribe

Teen criminals savor freedom as parole ends life sentences

A Big Win For Afghan Women's Wheelchair Hoopsters

Officials: Young Afghans trafficked to study under Taliban

People find it difficult to judge how good their intuitions are

Unpaid internships damage long-term graduate pay prospects

Are Humans to Blame for the Disappearance of Earth’s Fantastic Beasts? (Yeah, probably. I mean, is this even a question?)

Moneylending has been taboo for most of human history. So how did usury stop being a sin and become respectable finance?

Islamic school seeks to steer sons of militants to new path

Chicago giving departing inmates overdose-reversing drug

Why Corrupt Bankers Avoid Jail

Watch Swarms of Earthquakes Sweep Across Oklahoma (Oklahoma, where the earthquakes come sweeping down the plain!)

Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows

Two degrees of warming already baked in

Rising Levels Of Carbon Dioxide May Rob Crops Of Nutrition, Leaving Millions At Risk
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Which is what we'll do, because Finn has his groomer appointment as well.

But next pay period, she's going in. She already had a follow-up for another issue, so it's not a special trip.
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I haven't been having my regular snuggles with Callie because Finn's been all up in my space all the time and they don't get along. Which means she hasn't been having her teeth brushed, which means I don't know when this happened, but yesterday I *was* having a good snuggle with her, and when she went to nibble on my finger (as she does) I noticed it didn't feel right.

Her upper left canine is gone.

She was at the vet a few months ago, he said her teeth looked great (it's the teeth brushing) so I don't think she just lost it. On the other hand, she's clearly not in any pain - she's eating normally, drinking fine, nuzzling me... and as I said, I found out about this because she decided to engage in her usual pastime of gnawing on my fingers. And there's no visible external injury either.

But she's going to have to go back to the vet over this, right?
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Unfortunately for the Mooch, the minimum tenure to get invited to the annual WH Comms Directors Reunion is 3 weeks.

See, that's the classy way to insult somebody. You don't have to use profanity if you don't want to.
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There is a sign in the window: Tenemos ice cream Peruanos.

Do you know, it took me three weeks to realize that half those words are English? (Also, I have no idea what makes Peruvian ice cream different from other sorts of ice cream.)

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Puppy Drags Her New Blanket Outside To Share With A Cold Stray Dog

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

Military souvenir prop photos (I love all the ones that are "LOL, we lost somebody out the plane!" Just love them.)

Mongolian teenage girl grapples for a future in sumo

The hogs that created America’s first urban working class

The US Navy 3D printed a concept submersible in four weeks

Holy Guacamole: How the Hass Avocado Conquered the World

Who was she? A DNA test only opened new mysteries.

U.S. government ordered to solve 'Case of the Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat'

Al Gore: 'The rich have subverted all reason' (If he ever runs for re-election, I'll vote for him.)

In North Korea, a generation gap grows behind the propaganda

What happens to a lonely ant? :(

New Jersey is cutting food waste to help the climate

Looking Back, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Hasn't Aged That Well

Child advocates urge back-seat alarms as 2 die in Arizona

Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed Sunday the staff at US diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut in response to a sanctions bill the US Congress passed last week.

Putin bans VPNs to stop Russians from accessing prohibited websites

The World's Two Most Populous Countries Are Mad At Each Other And That's Bad

A patchwork of justice for juvenile lifers

Several Countries Reject Venezuela's Election To Rewrite Constitution

Trump's travel ban keeps orphan kids from US foster families

Lost children are legacy of battle for Iraq's Mosul

Slaves of Isis: the long walk of the Yazidi women

What Happens to Foreign Human Trafficking Victims in the United States?

Wow.

Jul. 30th, 2017 12:40 am
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Walked into my corner store yesterday. The man behind the counter was expounding on the sun, specifically the fact that the sun was dying (!) and had been replaced with a counterfeit sun - five counterfeit suns, to be exact (!!), and this is why the plants were no longer photosynthesizing correctly (!!!!!) and why there was moss on them.

This is where I spoke up. "That's not moss, it's lichens."

(What? Did you think I was going to argue with the rest of it? Yeah, no.)
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The Accidental, Slightly Controversial, but Mostly Fun History of the Super Soaker

The Next Moon Landing Is Near—Thanks to These Pioneering Engineers

Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places

5 Ways to Seriously Battle Traffic

Maine expanding program to vaccinate raccoons in the wild

A rare mutant sheep with straight, silky wool is helping unravel the mysteries of human hair.

Superheroes 80s Movies Posters

Helping My Son Choose Between the Cub Scouts and His Beliefs about God

Epigenetics between the generations: We inherit more than just genes

Teens bond over shared history of suffering from terrorism

Blowing Out Birthday Candles Increases Cake Bacteria by 1,400 Percent

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.

School segregation didn’t go away. It just evolved.

A cold look at slavery now a part of some plantation tours

Globalisation: the rise and fall of an idea that swept the world

You Probably Don't Want To Know About Haiti's Sewage Problems

Reporters allege Capitol Police blocked their coverage of health care protests, forced them to delete footage

Jeff Sessions has ordered prosecutors to continue seizing property from suspects, even if they haven’t been charged with a crime, to help finance law enforcement practices. Philadelphia is moving in the opposite direction.

Arkansas limits on abortion pill can proceed: appeals court

'As I Have Always Said': Trump's Ever-Changing Positions on Health Care

Arepas Are Conquering The World — But Dying At Home In Venezuela

How Not to Solve the Refugee Crisis

Inquiry launched after mystery air crash kills Brazilian environmentalists

One Woman’s Fight to Claim Her ‘Blackness’ in Brazil

Thousands of North Korean laborers in US-allied Gulf nations

Why North Korea Needs an Enemy Like America to Survive

US slams North Korea missile test as Kim claims 'whole US mainland' in reach

The Architects of American Torture Are Using an Intriguing Legal Defense Strategy. It involves Nazis.

Why Don’t Internationalists Care About Yemen?

Wow

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:08 am
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In the grand tradition of fucked up "polls" on the internet, I present: The GOP. This is some biased garbage right here. I was positively giddy when I took it, btw - they're gonna define their narrative, but I can put my own little monkeywrench in the works. Bet those doofuses didn't even bother to set cookies so I couldn't take it twice.
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"You should've gotten a subscription to Cricket."

"We already get a subscription to Cricket."

"So? N doesn't."

"N practically lives here. She doesn't need her own subscription."

"Don't you want her to read more!?"

(Okay, she didn't say that last line, but she thought it VERY LOUDLY.)
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I happened to be standing next to a pair of adolescents. First the girl remarked that she couldn't believe she'd lived on the Island 16 years and never taken the Ferry (I couldn't believe it either!) and then her friend, clearly trying to impress her with his experience, found himself in a loop, repeating "It can take them a long time to get off" at least three times. (It CAN take them a long time to get off the boat! There's always somebody who thinks the announcement to disembark wasn't actually directed at them). But I don't think she noticed, so that's all right :)

I hope they had fun! The boat is really the most affordable date in town, and certainly fun if you don't take it every day.

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10 Relics From the Horse-Powered City Hiding in Plain Sight

The Man Who Blew The Door Off The Microbial World

The Rivers of the U.S., Collected Into a Nifty Subway Map

Spiral arms allow school children to weigh black holes

The entrepreneur who asked Stephen King for a blurb and got a book instead

Scientists Reverse Brain Damage in Drowned U.S Toddler Eden Carlson

Heinz Develops ‘Chicago Dog Sauce’ for the City That Won’t Put Ketchup on Its Hot Dogs (LOL)

The Clay Models Used to Analyze Entrails in the Ancient World

10 Ridiculous Feats of Literature (The story about Hemingway's short story is silly. I guess we're supposed to think the baby died, but c'mon, it's a baby. They outgrow clothes all the time, especially shoes. If the parents had been saving that pair for a special occasion, that occasion never came, is all. And "baby outgrew clothes" isn't a story, it's a piece of advice - don't save the dress up clothes for dressy occasions!)

Not in This Day and Age? On “Feisty, Cheeky, and Rebellious” Women in History

Utah home-birth rate is double the US average, report says

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

Curiosity is underemphasized in the classroom, but research shows that it is one of the strongest markers of academic success.

Child living with HIV maintains remission without drugs since 2008

Magic Can Be Normal

Where Are All the Black Boys in Middle Grade Fiction? A 2017 Assessment and Comparison

Is It A Good Idea To Pay Villagers Not To Chop Down Trees?

Can Tennis Offer a Means of Social Mobility in India?

Why Canada Is Able to Do Things Better

12 Ways Airports Are Secretly Manipulating You ("Last year, the TSA announced it would give $15,000 to the person who comes up with the best idea for speeding up security." I have an idea - quit with the pointless security theater, and let us keep our shoes on! I'll be collecting my $15k now, please. Kindly send it in the form of $2 bills, thanks.)

The Un-Pretty History Of Georgia's Iconic Peach

What's the Matter With Little Free Food Pantries?

Beijing’s Balkan backdoor

South Park raised a generation of trolls

The Commodification of Orthodox Judaism

Which Anonymous Sources Are Worth Paying Attention To?

Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew

The Good Guy with a Gun Theory, Debunked

The new astrology

Senate advances on healthcare, with dramatic return by McCain (Fuck you, McCain, you and the rest of them.)

Why an Effort to Thwart Some Boycotts of Israel Fails the Free-Speech Test

The Pentagon’s handling of munitions and their waste has poisoned millions of acres, and left Americans to guess at the threat to their health.
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I just won a free one-year subscription to a magazine put out by Cricket! We already get Cricket, so I went with Muse. Fingers crossed that the girls like it.
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New type of soft, growing robot created

On Teaching, but Not Loving, Jane Austen

The 19th-Century Lithuanians Who Smuggled Books to Save Their Language

When Young Chinese Ask, ‘What’s Your Sign?’ They Don’t Mean Dragon or Rat

How Checkers Was Solved

'Super Producer' Donates Gallons of Her Breast Milk to Feed Other People's Kids

Balls Out: The Weird Story of the Great Truck Nuts War

The Lonely Lives of Dolphin Lice

Lemon juice has long come in containers shaped like lemons.

When Girls Studied Planets and the Skies Had No Limits

A Search for the Flavor of a Beloved Childhood Medicine

North Dakota’s Norway Prison Experiment

What's It Really Like To Work In A Prison Goat Milk Farm? We Asked Inmates (The issue isn't the work, it's the pay. Pay them actual minimum wage. If you don't want them to use that money, require them to save most of it for when they are released. Even if you don't want to pay them, it seems obvious that not doing so drives down everybody else's wages.)

Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground

The Kitten Rental Program is Saving Lives (It's all in the marketing ♥)

When New York City Rioted Over Hamlet Being Too British

Sean Spicer stole a mini-fridge from White House staffers (One can only hope they are now able to reclaim it.)

In South Sudan, a child soldier long thought dead comes back

Schumer, Gillibrand Co-Sponsor Senate Bill That Would Make Boycotting Israel A Felony (Oh, ffs. You can have a perfectly rational reason for criticizing specific policies taken by the Israeli government without hating or even disliking: Jews, Israelis, and/or the modern nation-state of Israel. And I voted for these people! Oh, uh... don't read the comments. Sheesh.)

Israel's struggle to integrate ultra-Orthodox and Arabs raises economic fears

Disabled and disdained: In rural America, some towns are divided between those who work and those who don’t

For Ethiopia’s Underemployed Youth, Life Can Center on a Leaf

How smugglers use trucks with sometimes deadly results

Protecting our children from climate change might take more than just cutting emissions
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I used to pick at my scabs until they bled, and then pick at them again once they healed up. I used to pick at peeling paint - I've mostly stopped that habit. But what I really like to do, really really, is get the peeling bark on trees that exfoliate like that. I've been known to cross the street and then stop for five minutes at a time to get at the London Plane trees on my block.

If I think about it much, when I think about it, I generally would attribute this sort of thing to being autistic. I mean, I'm sure there are plenty of people who aren't autistic who do this too, but probably not many who go out of their way to do it for fun. I could be wrong here, of course.

Which is where this gets interesting. I went out to bring my mother her coffee, and before I went in I spent a few minutes with our crape myrtle. And my mother said I was just like her mother.

My mother has a very complicated relationship with me and autism. On the one hand, she swears she knew when I was a small infant. On the other hand, she is eager to downplay any signs of autism that I might ever bring up - especially if they're traits shared with anybody in the family other than her father, who really was undeniably autistic. Either she denies that the traits exist, or she denies that they're quite strong, or she denies that they have anything to do with autism whatsoever. (There are some things she can't do this to, like the topographical agnosia, but otherwise she gives it the good ol' college try!)

So for her to criticize what I'm pretty sure is an autistic trait, and attribute it to her mother instead of her father - well, I could've used this as a segue into my ongoing attempts to speak with her on the subject of the broader autistic phenotype, assortative mating, and our family. But given recent events, I decided instead to talk about exfoliating bark and how I'm sure the reduction of dead bark will decrease the risk of a forest fire in our backyard.
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It was a little abrupt, but with all this that's going on I simply couldn't wait any longer. I'm just happy I didn't have to leave them at a shelter. I really think individual care is best for them right now - and that was what they weren't getting from me recently. (Also, boy, those kittens ate a lot, and produced a lot of poop as well! Two small kittens, and they were going through three or four cans of cat food today! The larger size, too, not the mini size.)

They went to a vet before going to their new foster home, and according to the update I got they are in comparatively great health - no FIV, no feline leukemia, and mostly recovered from earlier infection. Unfortunately, the one eye will not improve much from how it is now (there seems to have been some trauma, not just an infection), but the vet said it shouldn't affect her too much either. That's all we can hope for, and not that surprising.

Oh, hey.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:28 am
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Turns out he got captured in the Bronx. Because of course he did! Why the fuck would he hang around Staten Island at all, much less right where he already was? Once he was already escaped, he must've kept running. I know that when I went into the city, there wasn't anybody watching the boat. Why not? Because all the cops in the city and then some were corralled in a 750 foot stretch of Stapleton!

And to top it, the charge is "escaping from custody and possessing a controlled substance and weapon" which is bad, yes, but not bad enough to justify my having to wade through a swamp of cops just to walk the dogs - much less the police breaking into my house, etc.
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Sean Spicer has finally grown a backbone.

When asked how he's feeling, he said: "How do I look like I'm feeling? Relieved."

LOL, I bet!

Sanders read a statement from Trump at the press briefing this afternoon.

"I am grateful for Sean's work on behalf of my administration and the American people. I wish him continued success as he moves on to pursue new opportunities. Just look at his great television ratings," Trump said in the statement.


Dear god, it's like an Onion article, but more so. But listen, Trump, you wanna see great ratings? Just wait until Spicer publishes his salacious tell-all. Bestseller. (He better have a salacious tell-all in the works.)

I'm just disappointed that he made his decision first and then went on the air. I really was hoping to see him give up on national TV. Sigh.
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No wonder! Yesterday must have been scary, with strangers tromping around in her house and her own people weren't there!

And today the kittens have started using the litterbox. They've also stopped avoiding the door, which means I had to chase down Kid Blink and return her to her room. But she's definitely getting more used to humans - catching her was trivially easy.
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And she is back home. It's unfortunate that she missed another day of school due to all this, but at least it doesn't look like there's much risk of foster care. I don't think that'd help her education much.

Her dad has been caught. It must've happened in the morning, because as recently as late last night, when Michele dropped me off, there were cops peering in the car windows.

Conversation from the hospital:

Me: Oh, hey, Mommy, did you speak to your brother yet?
Mom: Yeah, I called him last week.
Me: Okay, but do you think you should call him soon?
Mom: I was going to call him Saturday. That's his birthday.
Me: ...
Michele: Oh, wonderful! "Hi, happy birthday, and by the way...!"
Mom: Oh, it's a minor stroke!
Michele: "Good news, bro, I had a stroke of luck!"
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She's talking just fine (which is great, she's a real chatterbox) and even though she has some weakness on one side, it's already improving.

And while we were gone dealing with this, the cops broke into our house to search for our escaped neighbor. Which is ridiculous - they didn't have a warrant, and they certainly didn't have probable cause, and they definitely did not have our consent to a search.

I must say, they're really pulling out all the stops here. The cops, the state troopers, a joint NY/NJ task force, a helicopter... all this for some dude who ran out of his house, handcuffed, in his undies. It's either overkill, or they're hiding something big.
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She has some writing in this book: All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism. If this is the sort of thing that interests you, you should definitely pick up a copy.

Or, if you're more in the mood for picture books, she hasn't written this one but I still need, like, a dozen copies: Why Johnny Doesn't Flap: NT is OK!

I tell you, this time Amazon's recommendations are exactly right.
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They were already a bit more semi than feral, and now they've been upgraded! Nellie is Sociable, and Kid Blink is Friendly But Shy. It is crucially important that we don't fall into the trap of giving Nellie more attention just because she is friendlier.

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Found: A Letter to the Future From 1995

Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions

More Than Bread: Sourdough As a Window Into The Microbiome

A Window Into Windex

How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop for Food

Scientists marvel at creatures' 'precise' body clock

Hyenas spark admiration, not fear, in Ethiopia's Harar city

Marrying Later, Staying Single Longer (Nifty animated graphs!)

The Power of Inclusive Sex Education

Tech giant releasing 20 million mosquitoes in Fresno; that's a good thing, really

Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement

Under siege by liberals: the town where everyone owns a gun

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

Swiss glacier yields bodies of couple missing for 75 years

The Prisoner Who Painted Dachau’s Horrors (Some of the paintings are reproduced in the article.)

Puerto Rico economic crisis hits island's only zoo

The Summer of Misreading Thucydides

'Inappropriate' and 'Insulting.' Most Americans Disapprove of Trump's Twitter Use

More hospital closings in rural America add risk for pregnant women

Republican attempts to replace Obamacare fail

Separatists proclaim a new state to replace Ukraine

A video of a woman in a skirt sparks outrage in Saudi Arabia

Australians see woman's shooting by police as US nightmare

Children of the Opioid Epidemic Are Flooding Foster Homes. America Is Turning a Blind Eye.

'It's raining needles': Drug crisis creates pollution threat

UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials

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