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The journalist Steven Sotloff has been murdered by ISIS.

Since I've posted that, I may as well post the other more or less related links that have accumulated in the past few hours.

Syrian refugees top 3 million, half of all Syrians displaced

The Pentagon is denying that U.S. troops are fighting ISIS on the ground in Iraq—but eyewitness accounts and Kurdish officials tell a different story.

And, somewhat related, Metafilter had up this rather depressing ad for Save the Children. There are actually two morals hidden in their "one year" video, the first being "donate money!" and the second being "pay attention" - after all, one of the signs that the shit is hitting the fan is their neighbors hurriedly packing their car, presumably to get someplace safer.

But the point is that if you're at all concerned about the many many (many) wars going on right now, they're apparently one of the most legit organizations out there, with a solid 4 rating on Charity Navigator, with nearly all of their money going to their programs, which all seem to be pretty helpful and non-controversial. So if you're thinking ahead to "how am I going to spend my charitable money this year?", that's one option.
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I declared that she doesn't have to, so long as she changes into her bathing suit and enters the pool area during her classes.

Jenn wanted to know why, Eva didn't want to tell us, and the whole conversation culminated in Eva stripping off her panties and putting them on her head to simulate a swim cap, before tossing them dramatically on the floor and then striding off. She returned a minute later to hug them, mummering "It's okay Purply" as she did so.

I feel we have gained a new insight into Eva's thought processes.


Pakistan parliament backs embattled prime minister as crisis deepens

Police abandon posts in Lesotho, fear for lives

As Russia Invades Ukraine, the Kremlin’s Far Right Allies Meet in Yalta

Ukraine's defence minister has accused Russia of launching a "great war" that could claim tens of thousands of lives.

Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat

Pro-Russia Rebels Say They Will Settle For Autonomy In Ukraine

Baltic States Fear Putin Amid Escalation in Ukraine

Kazakhstan is latest Russian neighbour to feel Putin's chilly nationalist rhetoric

Tiny Genetic Differences between Humans and Other Primates Pervade the Genome

Presence of Bedbugs in Subway Scares Riders, Transit Workers

The Central African Republic’s sectarian civil war has divided a once peaceful nation, and pitted brother against brother.

Nigeria's Boko Haram 'seize' Bama town in Borno

Nigerian Military Failing to Defeat Boko Haram, Report Says

What’s missing in the Ebola fight in West Africa

Scientists Develop Simpler, Cheaper Way to Detect Ebola

Doctors and Nurses Risk Everything to Fight Ebola in West Africa

Trillions of Tiny Plastic Pieces Reside in Arctic Ice

Fast-food workers plan acts of civil disobedience. Another article here.

Burger King has maneuvered to cut U.S. tax bill for years

Gross Photos Show Sewer Workers Battling A 'Fatberg' The Size Of A Boeing 747 Under London

Kurd Rebels Fighting Islamic State Boost Hand for Turk Talks

U.N. to investigate alleged human rights abuses by ISIS

ISIS Turning Old Enemies into Awkward Allies

Captured IS Suicide Bomber Reveals Threat

Somali officials say U.S. struck where al Shabaab were meeting
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So my mom took them back to the fair today so she could do it.

And I have nothing to do. I am so bored.


The Navy Tests Its Ships in This Indoor Ocean

One Of The Best Examples Of Collective Intelligence You'll Ever See

Fresh clashes erupt in Golan Heights

Disputed Kurdish oil tanker reappears off Texas coast, still full

Germany to send Iraqi Kurds enough weapons for 4,000 fighters

Pakistani protesters clash with police, soldiers secure state TV

An Indian woman who swam across a river swollen by monsoon rain in her ninth month of pregnancy has had a baby boy.

We Can't Fix Climate Change Without Fixing Global Diets

No more pause: Warming will be non-stop from now on

After unrest over shooting, Ferguson police now wear body cameras

Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked'

Russia and China launch gas pipeline

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy

Japan and India vow to boost defense ties during summit

Anger As Annual Dolphin Hunt Begins In Japan

A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law.

Ukraine said one of its naval vessels came under artillery attack from the shore on Sunday, in what pro-Russian rebels claimed as the first sea victory of their separatist war.

Iraq's Sunnis ready to fight IS group

Rise of Islamic State in Southeast Asia

Israel has announced plans to expropriate 4 sq km of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

Court Catches FedEx Cheating Employees of Their Benefits
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Ugh. Oh, and wash some dishes. I hate laundry and I hate dishes, and Eva broke a plate again just a few days ago. It'd be better if we lived somewhere warm and went around naked and lived in a state of nature and never used dishes at all.


Fiji says no word on U.N. peacekeepers seized in Golan Heights

Iraqi Forces Break ISIS Siege After U.S. Air Campaign

U.S., foreign fighters in Syria pose 'very serious threat' to U.S.: lawmaker

Israel reportedly shoots down drone from Syria

Militia says it has 'secured' U.S. compound in Libya

The Minimum Wage... and a kitten.

Who's Getting a Raise? Minimum Wage Hikes Gain Steam in States, Cities

Ukraine activist relives humiliation horrors (potentially triggering, mentions of threats of rape)

Ukraine’s soldiers defend city of Mariupol amid fears of pro-Russian rebels

People are starving in southern Somalia while relief efforts are blocked by government and rebel fighting.

Clockwork heart pacemaker does away with batteries

It was already the worst Ebola outbreak in history. Now it’s moving into Africa’s cities.

An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.

US telecoms giants call on FCC to block cities' expansion of high-speed internet

Threats to a free press, from Ferguson to the White House

Seafood Produced by "Modern Slaves" Leaves a Bad Taste

Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles

Ben Stein: Michael Brown 'Wasn't Unarmed. He Was Armed With His Incredibly Strong, Scary Self'

U.S. officials reach deal with Pennsylvania on Medicaid

By bridging the gap between eye and brain, a new device has the capacity to help the blind regain their vision.

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents' in 1950s

Research says that extreme weather is becoming more common. Here were the most devastating events this summer
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No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot convince my family that although I like the Richmond County Fair, I don't particularly want to spend all day there. They can all leave at 10:30. I have to toss a load of laundry in, stop by the supermarket, and generally brace myself for the RCF.
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And despite what I said about the cops not needing military gear, I've decided to join them and get my own piece of military gear.

It is a compass. I'm sure it will be very useful for homeschooling. It might be slightly less handy for crimefighting. The Human Compass would be the absolute lamest superpower ever. Definitely. (But at least they'd hardly ever be accused of superhero brutality.)
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There really is no reason America's police need military weapons and gear.

Ebola outbreak reaches Senegal, riots break out in Guinea

Military coup under way in Lesotho.

Syrian rebels attack peacekeepers in Golan Heights

U.S. sends arms to bolster Lebanon army after Islamist incursion

You Can Buy These Anti-ISIS Coloring Books (Featuring a Crucifixion) for Your Kids

On the flip side, ISIS recruits children to perform beheadings, shoot rifles, carry out terrorist attacks

Iraq conflict: Kurds 'recapture oilfields from IS'

Iraq crisis: Sunni rebels 'ready to turn on Islamic State'

Islamic State militants behead captive Lebanese soldier

Six Strategies Obama Could Use to Fight the Islamic State

Gotta say, out of the various conventions used for them, I find "the Islamic State" to be the most annoying. Gives them an air of legitimacy they don't deserve. And sure, all variations of ISIS, Isis, or IS are short for that, but you aren't actually saying aloud that they're a state of any sort when you use them.

EU to slap new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

A paper that claimed government scientists covered up data showing a connection between vaccines and autism has been pulled by its publisher

Autism rates aren't actually increasing

Mothers who give birth in areas with higher concentrations of African-Americans are less likely to get breastfeeding support on maternity wards than mothers in other communities, a new study shows.

EPA says proposed Delta water tunnel in CA would harm environment

More Than 1,200 Illegal Giant African Snails Seized By USDA Since June

Much of the construction industry depends on fossil fuels, creating a big carbon footprint. As pressure mounts to make construction "greener", experts have started to design houses out of hemp and straw, and bricks made of mushrooms.

Researchers at Northwestern University say they have discovered a common cause behind the mysterious and deadly affliction of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, that could open the door to an effective treatment.

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

It's true, being nice is important.

And on that note... Flowchart: Should You Catcall Her?
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Junk food may trap people in a cycle of unhealthy eating by making them less likely to try new foods and more likely to respond to cues for junk food in the future.

Syrians adjust to life under ISIS rule

In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have turned to open water, wiping places off maps, bringing the Gulf of Mexico to the back door of New Orleans and posing a lethal threat to an energy and shipping corridor vital to the nation’s economy.

Researchers discover microbial life deep beneath Antarctic ice

Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and explode

A federal judge Friday struck down a major provision of Texas's strict abortion law that would have forced all but a handful of clinics to close next week.

Well, hallelujah, sometimes we get good news!

Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

These seven charts explain how Ferguson—and many other US cities—wring revenue from black people and the poor


Obama’s proposed climate change agreement would be good for the planet and perfectly legal.

Climate Change Has an Outrage Problem

US State Department underestimates carbon pollution from Keystone XLParasitic Plant Strangleweed Injects Host With Thousands Of Its Own Expressed Genes

What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

Researchers Discover Proteins That Block Both HIV And Ebola Virus Release

The experimental Ebola drug ZMapp cured all 18 of the lab monkeys infected with the virus, including those suffering the fever and haemorrhaging characteristic of the disease and just hours from death, scientists have said.

Even monkeys not treated until five days after infection survived, the scientists, who published their data in the journal Nature on Friday, said.

America Keeps People Poor On Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We've Made to Increase Inequality

Top Immigration Court Hands Huge Win to Battered Women Seeking Asylum. Conservatives Freak Out.

What I Learned From Debating Science With Trolls

‘Christians are just healthier’: One family’s cost-sharing alternative to Obamacare

Ukraine Brings Back Conscription as Russia Appears to Launch All-Out Invasion

Don't mess with nuclear Russia, Putin says

Ukraine to seek Nato membership, says PM Yatsenyuk

Russia's Biggest Bank Is Lending Cats

Suds, faith found at California laundromat

Why Aren't Women Advancing At Work? Ask a Transgender Person. Having experienced the workplace from both perspectives, they hold the key to its biases.
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DNA sequences from living and ancient inhabitants show a single influx from Siberia produced all the "Paleo-Eskimo" cultures, which died out 700 years ago.

Modern-day Inuit and Native Americans arose from separate migrations.

When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark

Alumni Rally Round NYC's Top Public Schools That Admit Very Few Blacks Or Hispanics

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Stuy gets entirely too much media attention, giving the students an entirely inflated sense of their own self-importance.

Senegal Confirms Its 1st Case of Ebola

College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history.

Number of refugees fleeing Syria war tops 3 million, U.N. says

Iraqi Kurds say their fight is against more than just the Islamic State

Ft. Hood shooter asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State

Despite Islamic State's Resources, U.S. May Not Be Its Prime Target

Most U.S. children get vaccines, but some states do better than others

Social class makes a difference in how children tackle classroom problems

With an eye on China, the U.S. and Japan grow closer

Man 3-D Prints A Concrete Castle In His Backyard

I don't know. I think the very idea was a folly.

Why trying to listen makes us freeze in place

Parents who try to understand their baby's babbling let their infants know they can communicate, which leads to children forming complex sounds and using language more quickly. The study's results showed infants whose mothers attended more closely to their babbling vocalized more complex sounds and develop language skills sooner.

A philanthropist couple have launched what they say is the world's first privately funded vessel to help migrants in trouble at sea. But can one ship really help the thousands of people who try to cross the Mediterranean each year?

Ukraine's pro-Moscow separatists have agreed to let encircled Ukrainian government forces leave the rebel-held areas following intervention from Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We are ready to give a humanitarian corridor," Alexander Zakharchenko, a rebel leader, told Rossiya 24 TV on Friday, adding that troops would have to leave their heavy armoured vehicles and ammunition.

Ancient DNA Could Return Passenger Pigeons to the Sky

The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice in a bid to help the country's vast population of poor, hungry people.

The world’s lack of progress in building toilets and ending open defecation is having a “staggering” effect on the health, safety, education, prosperity and dignity of 2.5 billion people, the UN deputy secretary general, Jan Eliasson, has warned.
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Swine for sale: How kids’ livestock shows became a cutthroat (and expensive) business

"Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions More here

Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace

Green technologies now produce 22% of world's electricity

Could Climate Change Cause Deadly Epidemics?

The Dark Side of Almond Use

People are eating almonds in unprecedented amounts. Is that okay?

The authorities in Brazil say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the "biggest destroyer" of the Amazon rainforest.

NYPD Harassment Stories: "Stopped for Walking With a Black Guy"

U.N. says 43 Golan peacekeepers seized by Syria militants, 81 trapped

Russia sends tanks and troops into Ukraine, seizes a strategic town

Russians troops fighting in Ukraine? Naw. They’re just on ‘vacation.’

Microbiomes: You Live in Your Own Germ Cloud, Study Finds

Touring a Kurdish capital in the US

Why Are There So Few Doctors in Rural America?

The rugged lifestyle has its appeal, just not for physicians.

Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

Treatment Centers Are Closing, But Ebola Patients Have Nowhere to Go

Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

Islamic State Executes Dozens of Syrian Army Soldiers

Facing Islamist threats, some Arab nations tilt toward Israel

Yeah, because they might hate Israel, but at least Israel isn't fucking terrifying. Well, it's an ill wind that blows no good, I guess.

If You Want to See Inequality in the U.S. at Its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot

'Poor door' opens a window on housing affordability crisis

This 3D-Printed Vertebra Is A Huge Step Forward For Medicine

Walking a mile a day can cut risk of dying from cancer by 40%
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When I call my sister up to share a particularly interesting bit of news and she goes "Yeah, I know", is it wrong of me to threaten to dangle her out the window by her toes? To wish her well on her trip to Hell? To hate her with the burning passion of a thousand suns?

How hard is it to pretend that the news is new to her!?

On another note, this is an interesting use of "was sat" from a presumably American waiter. I thought that was restricted to British speakers! Anybody hear that irl in the US lately?


A Rising Tide Only Lifts All Boats When Everyone Has a Boat

An anti-immigration group’s imaginary scapegoats

A top Ukrainian army officer said a "full-scale invasion" of his country was under way Thursday, as a U.S. official said up to 1,000 Russian troops had crossed Ukraine's southern border to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels.

UN Calls emergency meeting on Ukraine crisis

Pro-Ukraine Volunteers on New Frontline Despair of Stopping a Russian Attack

Rape and Sexual Slavery Inside an ISIS Prison

It should go without saying that there is some seriously triggery stuff in that link

There is a 20 to 50% possibility that the Southwestern United States could face a "megadrought" that lasts more than 30 years, according to researchers from the U. S. Geological Survey and two universities.

If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained

Rich People Are Trucking Their Own Water Into Drought-Ridden California

Indian team among finalists to build Star Trek-style tricorder

Dogs Eating Dead Bodies Of Ebola Victims On Liberian Streets

Ebola vaccine to be tested in humans at NIH Clinical Center in Maryland this fall

Fueled by Superstition, People Are Violently Attacking Albinos in Tanzania

Mystery of Death Valley's 'Sailing Stones' Solved

Three Things You Didn’t Know About the Arachnids That Live on Your Face

Remember the Wendy Davis Filibuster? The Law She Fought Is Driving Dozens of Abortion Clinics Out of Business

How rural poverty is changing: Your fate is increasingly tied to your town

6 Disturbing Things I Learned Writing Your Textbooks ( article)
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Interesting times, we sure do live in some interesting times. It's easy for me to be flippant, of course, the only interesting thing happening to me is one of my cats wandered off. Actually, I'm a bit concerned, it's the second cat disappearance this summer, the other cat belonging to a neighbor. On the other hand, this cat always has has a bit of a wanderlust, and even before this it was never unusual for him to disappear for half a week at a time, so... I don't know.


Laser pulse turns glass into a metal

Why Israel’s bombardment of Gaza neighborhood left US officers ‘stunned’

No-frills coats set a trend for designer viruses

About 620,000 Military Families Rely on Food Pantries to Meet Basic Needs

McConnell Promises Billionaire Donors He Won’t Waste Time On ‘Gosh Darn’ Minimum Wage Increases

Ohio lawmakers want to limit the teaching of the scientific process

Why You Should Embrace Surveillance, Not Fight It

Ukraine crisis: Rebels push into port of Novoazovsk

How Couples Play With Dolls Predicts Their Parenting Style, Study Says

Trash Burning Far More Polluting Than Expected As Countries Often Fail To Report Emissions

Climate change poses a growing health threat, the UN warned on Wednesday, saying extreme weather and rising temperatures could claim hundreds of thousands of lives and spread disease.

A Look Inside a Slum Cut Off by the Ebola Outbreak

Ebola causing huge damage to W.Africa economies

California drought: Drilling deeper in the hunt for water

Scientists able to 'reverse' emotions associated with memories

Maybe Orphanages Aren’t So Bad After All, Study Says

Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land

A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that Connecticut police cannot claim immunity to quash lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages from a botched 2008 raid by a SWAT team that severely injured a homeowner and killed his friend.

Every last article relating in any way to ISIS, or Syrian or Iraq, because I have plenty of them today )

And here are all links related at all to police brutality and/or militarization and/or Ferguson )
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Because they really, really have no clue about current events. Their schools never did it, which I just don't get. Current events was a weekly feature of my life from second grade on. Twice weekly once I entered middle school, as universally my social studies AND science teachers wanted it. But I guess it's not in fashion right now. Ten minutes a day seems reasonable, and I must say I'm impressed with the sheer groanworthiness of their closing puns. It's a lot harder to just casually talk about the news when we don't watch TV news that much and I don't get in-print newspapers like we did growing up. But who wants to kill all those trees?

Part of today's episode had to do with the new cases of Ebola in the Congo, and Ana's commentary? "Why are all those doctors white?" Well, yes, I suppose that's one thing you can take away from the segment.


Liquid salts can improve the treatment of skin infections by killing bacteria and enhancing antibiotics' ability to penetrate the skin's outer layer, a new study finds.

Russian soldiers detained in Ukraine; leaders meet in Minsk

NSA built 'Google-like' search engine to share data

The United States' Continuing Border Crisis: The Real Story Behind the "Invasion" of the Children

United flight diverted after passengers fight over legroom

Bad Decisions Yield Grim Results in Europe

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According to This Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Anybody else think the Koch brothers could've benefited from a few more hugs as children?

The long-standing mystery of why human children grow so slowly compared with our closest animal relatives has been addressed by new research. A study has shown that energy funneled to the brain dominates the human body's metabolism early in life and is likely the reason why humans grow at a pace more typical of a reptile than a mammal during childhood.

Three quarters of whites don’t have any non-white friends

Vermont Quits War on Drugs to Treat Heroin Abuse as Health Issue

Fifteen previously unknown monuments discovered underground in Stonehenge landscape

U.S. court overturns law limiting biotech crops on Hawaiian island

Isis accused of ethnic cleansing as story of Shia prison massacre emerges

Islamic State turns radical Islam on Syria Muslims

ISIS swiping hashtags as part of propaganda efforts

The Kurdistan Regional Government can bring $100 million of crude ashore in Texas after a U.S. judge threw out a court order that would have required federal agents to seize and hold the cargo for the Iraqi Oil Ministry until a court there decided which government owns it.

Could support for the 'other' Kurds stall Islamic State?

Israel accepts Egyptian proposal for Gaza ceasefire

Report: U.S. begins surveillance flights over Syria

The World Watches Ferguson, but Racial Discrimination Is Also a Health Issue Across the US
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So we're going to ease into a normal school-type schedule, because if they sleep late I start late and then we won't end up learning much at all. I know me. Today we started at noon, tomorrow we'll start our day no later than 11, Wednesday and Thursday with their dad (I think...?), and by next week we'll be starting at 9ish, meaning that the week after that we'll be up and having breakfast by 8. Hopefully earlier, so they can say goodbye to their mom in the morning. Just not too early.

Eva has lost another pack of scrunchies. For crying out loud, we buy them 100 at a time! I told her that I will buy one more, and if I'm not satisfied that they disappeared organically - that is, due to falling apart with old age, that sort of thing - I'll bill her for them. Those things are super pricey if you run through them like she does.


A unique harvest is under way in the rice fields of Cambodia where tens of thousands of wild rats are being trapped alive each day to feed a growing export market for the meat of rural rodents

Ukraine: Russian tanks cross border, open new war front

We Won't Go Back: March on Staten Island for Eric Garner

It Isn’t Ferguson, It’s the USA. The Broader Issue of the Unfolding US Police State

Darren Wilson’s Former Police Force Was Disbanded for Excessive Force and Corruption

Two More Unarmed Young Black Men Have Been Shot by Police Since Michael Brown's Death (this article is a week old)

Federal Law Ordering US Attorney General To Gather Data On Police Excessive Force Has Been Ignored For 20 Years

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

The Bank of America settlement and the “justice” of capitalism

IRS Is Scaling Back The Fight Against Financial Crime

Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis

Detroit water shut-offs to return

Syria ready to cooperate with U.N. to fight terror

For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe

A pioneering study of Australian passport office staff by a team of psychologists from Aberdeen, York and Sydney, revealed a 15% error rate in matching the person to the passport photo they were displaying.

Report: More Americans Putting Off Retirement Until Final Few Moments Before Death

A major seed company is being sued by 32 migrant farm workers and seven of their children over the workers' claims that they were underpaid and experienced unsafe conditions and poor housing while removing tassels from corn in southwestern Michigan.

India’s ‘Untouchables’ Are Still Being Forced to Collect Human Waste by Hand

China moves closer to developing supersonic submarine

New Ice Bucket Challenge? Gazans Launch 'Rubble Bucket Challenge'

How serious is California drought? Check out these before and after pictures, taken only three years apart.

Cutting carbon emissions pays for itself, researchers say

Darknet drug markets kept alive by great customer service

The areas of the U.S. with a troubling shortage of young people

Whole organ 'grown' in world first

The coral larvae, when in an attempt to find a place to settle, can smell the difference of a healthy reef to the damaged one, an interesting study reveals for the very first time.

Reason for this is because the damaged coral reef releases chemical cues that sicken the fish and young coral, thus discouraging them from dwelling in the destroyed habitat.

GOP surrenders on Obamacare: Why they slashed spending on anti-ACA ads

Obamacare has growing support, even if its name does not
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As prices soar, Gaza food crisis looms

With produce and meat selling at inflated costs, many Palestinians in Gaza are surviving on emergency food rations.

Manhattan man, 84, left bloodied after encounter with cops in jaywalking arrest says he’s now ‘scared’ to cross the street

Police officers in Los Angeles ignored pleas for help and complaints by a man who said he couldn't breathe and later died in custody, reports show.

Jailed By Mistake

Wrongful arrests jail about 100 people for over 2,000 days

Almost all the mistakes could have been prevented — or at least fixed immediately — had authorities paid attention to what fingerprints tried to tell them from the start.

Holy fuck, St. Louis! This article is about half a year old, but what are the odds things have improved?

For Many Politicians, Ferguson Isn’t Happening

Kurdish Forces Say They're Waiting For U.S. Weapons

American’s Release Shows Rival Militias Differ on Tactics

Islamic State can’t be beat without addressing Syrian side of border, top general says

Iraq pleads for global help in fight against jihadists

Syria conflict: Islamic State seizes Tabqa airbase

U.S. strikes in Syria against Islamic State would be hindered by intelligence gaps

Boko Haram chief declares ‘caliphate’ in Nigeria town

Nigerian police missing after Boko Haram raid

At least 35 officers training in Borno state - a rebel bastion - went missing after armed group attacked town of Gwoza.

Texas Court Decides Companies Can Legally Lie To Their Employees

5 Insane Right-Wing Rants This Week: Arch-Conservative Celeb Edition

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Spotted on Sea Floor

Bubble streams off the U.S. East Coast could be methane-rich ices warming and releasing the potent greenhouse gas

Israeli stealth drone downed at nuclear facility, Iran claims

Wow, that's a depressing set of articles! Here, watch this video of the super adorable dumbo octopus swimming along.
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Which means that if you all click from your friends pages, I can tell who is reading these links. Which is really great! But sometimes I get a bit curious about the people who I have no idea who they are. You know who you are :) If you ever want to comment and let me know too, you're welcome to do that. (If you want to not ever comment, that is also okay.)


Boko Haram seizes another Nigerian town

5 Ways Climate Change Is Ruining Your Breakfast

Italy's maritime search and rescue service saved 3,500 migrants and found 19 corpses in the Mediterranean since Friday as thousands attempted to cross to Europe by boat over the weekend, the Italian navy said.

Ghana's talented but ignored inventors

A father and his pilot son in a country with no history of manufacturing are making products that will stun the world.

Dunedin neighbor is sour on boy's lemonade stand

This Little Girl's Reaction To A Rocket Launch Will Make Your Week

The Advantages of Dyslexia

With reading difficulties can come other cognitive strengths

The Soy Milk Ingredient That’s Getting the Axe

Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program

No Saccharine: How Hummingbirds Evolved To Detect Sugar

6.0 earthquake sends 89 to Napa hospital, breaks water and gas lines. It's one of the strongest this year in the US.

Russia Lashes Out At U.S. ‘Monopoly’ on Humanitarianism With Aid Convoy to Ukraine

Ukraine marked its independence day on Sunday with a military march-past in Kiev intended to send a message of defiance to Russia, but pro-Moscow rebels countered by parading captured Ukrainian troops through the streets of their main stronghold.

Twins: A Gold Mine for Research

Shining a Light on the Brain Regrows Nerves After Stroke

How A Massive March For Justice In Staten Island Was Not Anti-Police

Texas cops mistakenly pull over, arrest woman with 4 small children inside car

There's a new tourist attraction in NYC: Whales

Copper awl discovered in ancient grave is oldest metal object found in Middle East

Hydrogen Fuel From Water, Using An Ordinary AAA Battery

Kidnapped US journalist freed in Syria

Peter Theo Curtis' release comes just days after the beheading of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State group.
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Because we've done hardly anything over the summer, school-wise. So she has a word problem that runs "Ann and Bob and Charlie want to buy a present that costs $16 and flowers that cost $14 for their mother. They are splitting the cost evenly. How much will they each pay?"

So the first thing Eva says is "I have to divide 2 by 3!", which gets my attention pretty quickly. When I ask why, she says, very slowly and carefully, "because if their mother is paying $14, then they only have to pay $2 together, Connie."

Uh, read it again, honey.

So she does, and it seems like things are going swimmingly until she finishes her math and says "So they're paying a little more than $5 each!"

Wait, what? "Because 16 divided by 3 is -"

Eva, did you add the cost of the flowers? "Isn't their mom getting those?"

Uh, read it again, honey.

So she does (her math skills are just fine, but apparently her reading comprehension can use some work?), and then this same child who easily and successfully divided 16 by 3 in her head starts drawing circles and lines to figure out 30/3. I don't realize this until she screams "ARGH! I LOST COUNT! THIS IS TOO HARD I CAN'T DO IT!" and falls over. But the bump on the seems to have worked, because she immediately popped back up and said "oh, wait, I don't know why I didn't think of it before, they each spend $10!"


Religious conservatives urge people to stop taking ‘ALS Challenge’ because it kills babies

Young Kurds From Turkey Flock To Iraq And Syria To Fight

The LAPD Thinks It’s at War and Now It Has Drones

The Pentagon is pushing back against the notion that their 1033 program is 'militarizing' local police forces. But officers there acknowledge that some police departments have misused some equipment more suited for combat.

For Parents Of Young Black Men With Autism, Extra Fear About Police

SD Police Say Tasing 8-Year-Old Native Girl Was Justified, Family Sue

Obama orders review of U.S. police use of military hardware

Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household

In the chamber where Officer Darren Wilson received a commendation six months before killing Michael Brown, a minor court generates major money from the city’s poor and working people.

An autopsy report released this week cast further doubt on a police officer’s claim that a suspect committed suicide by shooting himself while handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser, reports KATC.

Hundreds of rural San Joaquin Valley residents no longer can get drinking water from their home faucets because California's extreme drought has dried up their individual wells, government officials and community groups said.

Epic Drought in West Is Literally Moving Mountains

Water that used to hold down land masses in California is now being lost, so some parts of the state's mountains are being uplifted by a surprising amount

Pentagon: China tried to block U.S. military jet in dangerous mid-air intercept

China: Criticism of U.S. jet encounter 'groundless'

Dude who stopped Starbucks kindness chain: Grinch or just grumpy?

He seems to have gone out of his way to "put an end to it". Geez.

Syria death toll tops 191,000

Libya Islamist militias 'seize Tripoli airport'

Libyan militia accuses Egypt, UAE of airstrikes

Westboro Baptist Church Says It Will Go to Iraq to Protest ISIS

Fleeing Iraqi Christians reveal horror of Islamic State

Swedish Nationalists Rise as Influx of Syrian Refugees Grows

Sierra Leone makes hiding Ebola patients illegal

Unidentified fever 'kills 13' in DR Congo in 10 days

India and Pakistan exchange deadly fire

At least four civilians, two from each Asian nation, killed in new border clashes as tension rises between two rivals.

Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Found to Grow on Trees

The best butter knife ever and 9 other brilliant redesigns

People in red states and blue states are equally clueless about abortion

Police cameras are important, but they’re useless without policies to ensure they’re used properly

A quick laser zap can alter the magnetism of a host of materials

The Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency, explained

Anti-trans trolling spree forces Wikipedia to ban U.S. House staffers for third time
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Ana's stomach never did settle down, she's been touchy all week, so it's probably going to be potatoes and green purple beans. (Well, they'll be green once they've been cooked.)

Ever have a day when you just didn't wanna?
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One with gas and the other feeling vaguely nauseous. They wanted to sleep in the same room, and each time one got up, the other got up. Jenn wasn't here, she was working an overnight shift.

It took a long time for everybody to fall asleep. So why is it that they're bright eyed and bushy tailed while *I* am still a wreck???


Greenland ice loss doubles from late 2000s

See-through solar cells could turn your windows into power stations

Silicon to spinach: Japan tech helps farmers cope with climate shifts

Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting," Says Missouri GOP Leader

Genetically engineered pig hearts survived more than a year in baboon hosts

Breastfeeding can halve the risk of post-natal depression, according to a large study of 14,000 new mothers.

However, there is a large increase in the risk of depression in women planning to breastfeed who are then unable to do so.

Secrets of how worms wriggle uncovered

The ancestors of today's crocodiles colonized the seas during warm phases and became extinct during cold phases, according to a new Anglo-French study which establishes a link between marine crocodilian diversity and the evolution of sea temperature over a period of more than 140 million years.

Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley

Do police need grenade launchers, other military weapons? Officers say yes

If police in Ferguson treat journalists like this, imagine how they treat residents

Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

Prejudice at Pride


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