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Light can be utilized to control gene function

Sheep are one of the most unfairly stereotyped animals on the planet. Almost everything we believe about them is wrong

Dramatic new discoveries illuminate the lost Indus civilization

(Personally, I think a sociology themed D&D style game might be a lot of fun!)

Why Did Life Move to Land? For the View

Living by the Girl Scout Law, Even Without a Home

Up Close and Personal With the World’s Most Artistic Mollusks (It's like House for a Hermit Crab, but scientifically accurate!)

How to Trick People Into Saving Money

Ms. Frizzle Made The March For Science Protests Magical (What's a protest without a little cosplay, right?)

We Need More Alternatives to Facebook

Eating people is wrong – but it’s also widespread and sacred

All Your Favorite Vacation Spots Have Been Overrun by Feral Chickens

Adoption Is A Feminist Issue, But Not For The Reasons You Think

Why Don’t All Jobs Matter?

The Vast, Secretive Face Database That Could Instantly ID You In A Crowd

Fearing a worker shortage, farmers push back on immigration

The Immigration Policy That Ate the Justice Department

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Inside the anti-racist movement that brings the fight to white supremacists

Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like "warriors." But is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets?

Russia’s Shadow-War in a Wary Europe

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do? (Stay put, apparently.)

Where Your Dollars Are Going: Why Some Antiwar Activists Are Withholding Taxes

A cluster of opioid addicts in Massachusetts lost their memories and nobody knows why

US cases of anti-Semitism increased last year

How Standing Rock is connected to a series of brutal century-old murders.

In Chicago, even being seen with gang member sends 1,000s to jail

At Least 61,000 Nationwide Are in Prison for Minor Parole Violations

In Jail, Pads and Tampons as Bargaining Chips

After Ebola, Liberians slowly embrace mental health care

Only 2 Percent of Americans Who Voted for Trump Regret It

Remember Those Temporary Officials Trump Quietly Installed? Some Are Now Permanent Employees.

Prioritizing Economics is Crippling the U.S. Economy

How Drug-Company 'Benevolence' Silences the Sick

I Underwent Genital Mutilation as a Child—Right Here in the United States
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A kenning, to put this very simply, is a poetic substitution for a common word. They're quite popular in Norse poetry - instead of saying "gold" you might say "Sif's hair" (which was replaced with a magical wig of gold), instead of saying "sun" you might say "sky's jewel".

If you look at it right, kennings exist in Modern English as well - we refer to Superman as "the Man of Steel", and small children as "rugrats", and there's a whole host of highly offensive slurs that fit the bill as well. (If you don't look at it right, they don't exist in Modern English really, because we don't do much with them. But I like to think they do, so... yeah.)

I have spent a considerable amount of time amusing myself by writing out lists of kennings in Modern English (four eyes, skyscraper, Caped Crusader, pencil pusher...), but I will refrain from inflicting the entire list on you all. These lists are much more interesting to compose than to read anyway. Also, I'm hoping that if I don't pretend to be comprehensive, somebody will suggest a term that I've completely overlooked.
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1. I really ought to update my interests.

2. I hope nobody minds that I randomly subscribed to them. If they do mind, I'm sure they'll tell me, at least.

3. I miss my formative internet homes. Not just LJ, but also Neopets in the good ol' days. *sniff* I hope the nieces have something as good, but somehow, I don't think the current big options are the same at all. (Then again, that's probably the nostalgia talking.)

3a. Specifically from LJ, I miss the communities, and not just fannish ones, thanks, but... mainstream ones? Or ones that had to do with fandom and not a specific media? But even if we could bring them back, it was the commenters that made those places, and we've all grown up and changed a lot. It wouldn't be the same. It's true, you can't ever go back to a time when you were happy.

3b. (Not that we particularly were happy, or are unhappy now, but again, that's the nostalgia talking.)

Sigh.

Apr. 22nd, 2017 05:48 pm
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So, I ordered a new collar for Finn. He'd had a new collar, but after his original family reclaimed him the first time we lost it. I mean, Eva went to their house and got it back, but she gave it to a friend. But now he's back in our care, legally*, and we need a collar. For some reason, you can get leashes and combs and nail clippers for pets at the supermarket, but collars always require you to visit a pet store, and who has the time? So I ordered one. Technically the shelter gave us one, but the buckle is impossible and we can't get it open.

The collar came yesterday, except somebody opened the Amazon box and took out his regular collar and lost it. Both girls are denying that this was them, but it pretty much has to be. All that's in there is the martingale collar that stays attached to the leash. I don't want to put his tags on that! (And on the subject of tags, why do microchip companies give you tags? Isn't that a bit superfluous? The cats and dogs have tags with their name and phone number on them. If they lose those tags, wouldn't they lose the microchip tag as well? Isn't the whole point of a microchip to be back-up in case the tags get lost?)

This is all very annoying. I may end up at the pet store tomorrow, buying another new collar.

* Not that it was illegal before, because we didn't know who the heck he lived with then. Honestly, I thought he'd been alone on the streets a month or more!

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Prosthetic arm designed by undergrads lets girl play violin

Raising Orange Peels to an Art Form, One Fruit at a Time

There Are Huge Tunnels in South America Dug By Extinct Giant Sloths

Lost city found: Etzanoa of the great Wichita Nation

Colonial America Was Built on Lottery Revenue

New 'delicioso' postage stamps dedicated to Latino cuisine

The Many Possible Reasons British People Hire Chimney Sweeps for Their Weddings

In young bilingual children, two languages develop simultaneously but independently

The Ableist, Racist, Classist Underpinnings Of ‘Laziness’

It can backfire when doctors make a show of their own healthy living

Black teens most active on social media apps

Amazon workers rail against company ads on Breitbart

FDA further restricts pain medication use in kids

How dangerous air bags can find their way into used cars

On Police Treatment, Asian-Americans Show Ethnic, Generational Splits

A New Exhibit in the Case for the Black Lives Matter Movement

Jail to job: NYC to give jobs to released inmates

American prisons' cruel and unusual health care

After sex video, S. Korea accused of targeting gay soldiers

Turkish opposition appeals referendum on Erdogan powers

Progress on depression slow in China as stigmas persist

Orphans of jihad are trapped in a Libyan prison

Chinese jihadis' rise in Syria raises concerns at home

Politics )
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In case anyone is getting distracted by the Russian spy drama, North Korea, Bill O'Reilly being fired from Fox News, etc. the following bills have been introduced to Congress:

1. HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right To Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State.

Copied and pasted directly from here.
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and I've never quite gotten out of the habit of saving the appropriate ones when I happen to have them, or glancing at the cardboard recycling on Monday night/Tuesday morning to see if there are any. That's ten cents a box top! I collect them, and then hand them off to the next person I see whose kid goes to a school that does that.

So the other day I'm walking with the boys I pick up, and as it was recycling day in that neighborhood I was peering in all the bins. Oooh, box top! Here, C, come take this!

C: Did you... just pull that out of the garbage?
Me: The recycling. I know your school does box tops.
C: Uh...
Me: It's clean. It's all cardboard in there.
C: But anybody could've touched it!
Me: Yeah, like me. I touched it.
C: But it's dirty! It's garbage!
Me: No more dirty than this plastic cup I happen to be holding.
C: ...the one you drank out of?

Clearly there was nowhere to go from here, so I rubbed the box top on his face and slipped it into his bag while kissing his cheek and tickling under his arms. This is a stage I do hope he grows out of. Meanwhile, his brother is in the "I can eat it, it just rolled near the dog poop, not in it!" stage, so it's quite a contrast.
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is that everything is out of date by the time I post it - or read it. I don't think I've looked at my reading page all week.

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The World’s Strangest Mammal Can Survive 18 Minutes Without Oxygen

Oman's mountains may hold clues for reversing climate change

Inside the renegade Republican movement for tackling climate change

The Embarrassing History of Crap Thrown Into Yellowstone’s Geysers

Why does sugar in cornbread divide races in the South?

The Many Lives of Pauli Murray

Black Muslims aim for unity in challenging time for Islam

In the fall of 2015, Germany designated Sumte, population 102, as a sanctuary for nearly 800 refugees. What followed was a living experiment in the country’s principles.

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

In 1975, Newsweek Predicted A New Ice Age. We’re Still Living with the Consequences.

An elite police squad was supposed to clean up the streets of 1970s Detroit. Instead, it terrorized African Americans, and turned the city into a battleground.

The Evening Temple Grandin Cured My Hypernychthemeral Syndrome

When people ask, “How can I tell if someone is disabled or just lazy?” I think about my parents.

In a Genocide, Who Are the Morally Upright?

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Don’t Look Now, But Extremists’ Meme Armies Are Turning Into Militias

Alabama Sheriff Ana Franklin wants a federal judge to let her keep as personal money any unspent funds that she receives for feeding inmates.

The Perils And False Rewards Of Parenting In The Era Of 'Digi-Discipline'

Turkey Arrests Dozens Over Referendum Protests

Chechnya leader rejects reports of anti-gay purge

Native American tribes fear end of federal heating help

Trump Realizes Being President Is Hard
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has a rotary bookcase. I want a rotary bookcase. I want several of them, soooooo bad. But I digress. The bookcase was mostly empty, and to be honest, the books were... oddly chosen.

Like, I'm not going to sit in the waiting room and read Twilight. How early did I even get there!? If I wanted to read Twilight, I would've brought my own copy, right? So I could take it with me?

I'm thinking that short stories are more the thing, so I'll run by the Strand and the local used bookstore this week and see if I can get any collections of same for cheap.

All their waiting rooms could use a better selection of magazines, too. Should I ever win the lottery, I know I'll spend a hefty chunk of it donating magazine subscriptions to offices I've had to wait in. (Oddly, the orthodontist has a great selection. National Geographic, Discover, Time, Woman's Day, Time Out New York - there's something for nearly everybody, though he could do with a few kid's subscriptions. Cricket, I guess. I mean, that's mostly his patients, right? I should suggest that next time I go in.)

Oooh, there's a thought. I was going to order a new subscription to the NYTimes and a few other periodicals soon. If the digital + print edition is the same or very close in price to the plain digital edition, maybe I should send the print edition to MSK! I wonder if this counts as charity when mostly I'm the one benefiting. (I wonder if it counts as charity if I implore anybody who has back issues of Cricket or any other Carus magazines to send them my way. I'll read 'em, and then drop them off at the doctor. Or the orthodontist.)
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I figure once in a while, an early pick-up and an excursion is good - tires them out!

This playground is at Battery Park City. You know, the squirrels there are very tame, come right up to you. (A few years ago, I met up with somebody from Australia at that playground, and she just could not get over the squirrels. They don't have them in Australia, of course, and the fact that they were very nearly pets...! They'll eat out of your hand if you let them, or even if you don't.) Somebody had foolishly left an open container of strawberries and grapes in a stroller. I come into the playground, and there's a squirrel industriously raiding it for snacks. Naturally it didn't even blink as I moved close. Eventually made off with, like, half of them.

I didn't see the fallout of this, but do you know, I bet that person blamed another child? LOL. Moral: Don't leave food out in urban parks.
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my mother realized she wasn't sure if a fan of Gilbert and Sullivan is called a "Savoyard" or not. (That is the correct term.) I had to call Jenn and ask her, because it was driving the two of us batty. They're named after the Savoy, where G&S operas were performed.

Which I guess means that fans of Shakespeare are called Globetrotters. I am very much in favor of this.

Savoyard is also the name of a dialect of Arpitan, spoken by a few thousand people at the border of Italy and France.
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Moonpie's nails were too long and the quicks have grown. That's embarrassing, considering how I've railed against that with Finn. But they weren't long enough to keep her from running and jumping, and we're going to go on a twice-monthly trimming schedule until both dogs will let us trim their nails ourselves. Then we'll move to every week until the quicks have well and truly receded.
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And he is legally ours!

He's too underweight still to undergo surgery (because of one internal testicle, it has to wait until he gains a bit) but he's eating nicely, despite his bad teeth. And he's been running! And jumping down from high things! Because his nails have been clipped! He's really a very happy dog.

I'm not entirely certain that the neighbors ever saw my note about how their dog was in the shelter. On the one hand, I maintain that the fact that I told them I'd take their (poor, neglected) dog to the shelter if I saw it out alone without tags again really ought to be sufficient... but on the other hand, I'm not sure they'll agree. Because clearly, they didn't go to the shelter and pick him up, so.... Yeah, it's gonna be a fun conversation. I can only hope that I can repeat my previous six-year streak of never, ever encountering these people. (I'm not sure I can. They seem to know my neighbors two doors down on either side. I know my neighbors two doors down on either side. I ought to meet up with those neighbors and carefully present my side of the story soon.)

Ugh, I haven't even "practiced to deceive" and I still feel trapped in a web. It's not deceiving until and unless I actually take him to the groomer and dye him.
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Moonpie really, really likes duck feet. Like, whoa. I came home with one in my bag as a treat, and she ignored me, dove into the bag, pulled it out, ran upstairs, and devoured it within five minutes.

Google says those things are edible. I sure hope so.
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I better sign her up with a groomer. But they all charge for the full package, and I really just need her nails done!

Honestly, I have less resistance from Mama Cat, and she bites!
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when the cats are behind on their vaccinations. Plus, I really ought to get them microchipped.

So Callie has now been vaccinated and microchipped! Mama Cat declined to participate. We'll try her again later this week. (I'll wear gloves this time around....)

It seems Callie has a slight heart murmur, which is probably nothing but could be something. The options were a $400 x-ray... or wait and have her listened to again in two months. This was not recommended, but it costs a heck of a lot less, so I went with that. She doesn't seem sick at all, and the vet told me what to watch out for on the off chance that it actually is something to worry about, so if she starts having trouble breathing I'll hie her to the vet and damn the cost.

He did say her teeth are great. This is because I brush them! (Mama Cat doesn't like having her teeth brushed either. Or her claws clipped. Or her fur combed, which is why I arrived at the vet covered in cat hair. She is really quite a frustrating cat sometimes. Happily, the vet let me use their cat-fur-remover on myself.)

I could save money on their boosters by going to a free rabies event, but those never seem to be held near me. If Mama Cat reacts this badly to the carrier, it might be better to suck it up and take her to the vet proper every year rather than a vaccination event.

Finn's owners were not at home. I may have to resort to dropping a note in their mailbox. Pros: Don't have to see these people. Cons: This is not really going to improve discourse, is it?
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And a lagniappe Easter one!

Chametz and vampires. (Jewish vampires are a special trope all their own, aren't they?)

Happy Easter! Here Come the Witches
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[personal profile] siderea said she was only familiar with the "bride" pronunciation, so I went back to google.

Now, most pages turned up were just dictionary pages and Wikipedia and the like, but I found a few language threads - all of which were discussing the fact that both the "breed" and "bride" pronunciations are apparently quite widespread, and wondering which is more correct!

It appears that the original pronunciation in English hewed closely to the French, with the stress on the final syllable and all. However, it rapidly changed to be "mostly English, vowel as in see". The vowel as in sigh is the newest pronunciation, but it appears to be quite widespread already, although nonstandard. However! Since this word is so uncommon, it is doubtful that anybody knows if you're using a standard pronunciation or not, so I wouldn't worry about it in the slightest. Not sure where the "brayed" pronunciation slipped in, but maybe I misheard. (Also, the etymology is literally "unbridle" in French, so if anybody questions you, you can just say you've decided to work from there.)

Sources disagree wildly over whether the "bride" pronunciation is more widespread in England or in America, which suggests both pronunciations are prominent in both countries.
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Which means they removed the dead skin.

Now, the first time I heard the word, the person said debrade. And they didn't define the term, leaving me to guess. Which - I have a broad vocabulary. If I don't know the word, then they need to define it for me, because that's not all that common. But I know it can be hard to remember which words other people know and which words they probably don't, so I don't hold it against the nurse.

The second time, a different doctor corrected my pronunciation - it's debride, rhymes with "here comes de bride".

Not twenty minutes later, I heard a third pronunciation - debreed!

So I had it written down and looked it up. It's spelled "debride", a backformation of "debridement", and it's said with the same vowel as in see.

Glad I got that cleared up! Now every time I pumice my feet, I'll think to myself "here comes de breed".
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Also, apparently there was another outrage from the White House, and I saw that on my screen in the middle of the show and was just "fuck it, I'm not spending mental energy on this during iZombie". I'm very proud of myself for sticking to that commitment. Now that I go to google, I can't actually figure out what it was, though.
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and we should've done this months ago when my mother started chemo. But who am I kidding, it took us this long just to convince her she needed a cane. (I actually managed to convince her of that by saying I wasn't sure Access-a-Ride would be convinced that I was her cane. I am so tired of being her support. I mean, her literal support. I don't mind being her emotional support, or helping to be her logistical support, but I am soooo tired of having her physically lean on me.)

Anyway, we were pretty much in and out. The longest part was the trip there - but Access-a-Ride even pays for the car service to the office to be approved, which makes sense.

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Children notice what adults miss, study finds

Superheroes’ Super-Useful Washing Tips

Shoe-string theory: Science shows why shoelaces come untied

The Intrepid ’20s Women Who Formed an All-Female Global Exploration Society

Researchers discover a surprising property of glass surfaces

The subtle brilliance of Sesame Street’s first episode starring an autistic Muppet

Asian elephants are able to recognize their bodies as obstacles to success in problem-solving, further strengthening evidence of their intelligence and self-awareness, according to a new study.

Million-dollar teachers: Cashing in by selling their lessons

Having Just One Black Teacher Can Keep Black Kids In School

Facial-recognition software finds a new use: diagnosing genetic disorders (Specifically, in non-whites, which... apparently, structural racism has infected this part of life too?)

US Sikhs launch ad campaign that looks to push back on hate

What happens when an African American woman decides to solo-hike the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine during a summer of bitter political upheaval? Everything you can imagine, from scary moments of racism to new friendships to soaring epiphanies about the timeless value of America’s most storied trekking route.

Judge again finds discrimination in Texas' voter ID law

Albany Finally Passes Raise The Age Legislation, But “The Fight Is Far From Over”

How much do incarcerated people earn in each state?

Nearly half of people with one mental illness also experience another mental illness at the same time. This is leading researchers to shift their focus away from individual disorders and search instead for common mechanisms or risk factors that might cause all types of mental disorders. Researchers have now linked specific differences in the cerebellum and pons to many types of mental illness.

How an Indigenous Neighbourhood Patrol Is Fighting Overdoses in Winnipeg

Rash of in-the-wild attacks permanently destroys poorly secured IoT devices

Hunting down runaway slaves: The cruel ads of Andrew Jackson and ‘the master class’

One Man’s Quest to Prove Saudi Arabia Bankrolled 9/11

El Nino shifts geographic distribution of cholera cases in Africa

The Bitter History of Law and Order in America: It has stifled suffrage, blamed immigrants for chaos, and suppressed civil rights. It’s also how Donald Trump views the entire world.

UN child sex ring left victims but no arrests
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She looked at her toys, but she either didn't know what to do with them or was nervous about letting us know what she liked. I get like that too sometimes.

Then she discovered soft plush squeakies. And those were the only things she would chew. Turns out she liked to chew, quite a bit. Soft plush squeakies are not quite made for this level of abuse, so I taught her hide and seek. She gets amazingly enthused about this game, when she's in the mood to play. I tuck the toy under a blanket. She fetches it. Yay!

The other day, she destroyed a brand new toy, so I took it away for her. This started her on an epic, tail-wagging quest to win the game of hide and seek. I felt so bad for her, I finished removing the stuffing and gave the shell back. This was all a bit disappointing, so she ran downstairs, fetched a new toy, and came back.

This all seems so simple, and it is, but she wasn't doing any of this when we got her. Now she's even discovered the joys of rawhide!
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I've got a few stubborn holdouts, some of whom I value very much, so I feel I'm stuck with this.

(VERY stubborn holdouts.)

I've made my decision and stumbled onto a new problem - I can't find the damn thing! Admittedly, I haven't looked that hard, but I'm lazy and don't quite wanna. Anybody have a direct link?
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Born on the bayou: NYC ferry fleet builds for summer launch

What's brightly colored, lives on shipwrecks, filter-feeds like a whale, and shoots webs like Spiderman? If you can't readily come up with an answer, that's okay: until now, such animals weren't known to science. But as of today, scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of snail that ticks all those boxes. According to its discoverer, the snail shows "amazing adaptations and are kind of cute," and it could play an important role in coral reef restoration work.

Seventeenth-Century Shopping List Discovered Under Floorboards of Historic English Home

Can hack but not shoot? FBI may ease entry for cyber agents

Like people, great apes may distinguish between true and false beliefs in others

Scientists show how species diversity can pay dividends

Comic Book Heroes As Dragons

'Smart' cephalopods trade off genome evolution for prolific RNA editing

This Sculpture Is Controlled by Live Honeybees

Honey bees have sharper eyesight than we thought

More births expected for Muslims than Christians worldwide

The hospital where parents care for premature babies

Car insurance rates much higher in minority areas

In S. Korea, ex-vagrants want land promised for forced labor

What does it mean to be a young black person in South Africa, which still confers advantages on white people in every walk of life, more than two decades after the end of apartheid?

As Somali bombings spike, an unlikely saviour steps forward

When a drug epidemic’s victims are white

Harms of nighttime light exposure passed to offspring

Afghanistan dangles lithium wealth to win Trump support

The IRS took millions from innocent people because of how they managed their bank accounts, inspector general finds

Crackdown hits Dutch dual citizens in Turkey

NYPD officers accessed Black Lives Matter activists' texts, documents show

Politics )
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There's the one we usually go to, the one we go to when we want Mexican coca-cola, and the one we hardly ever go to. There's nothing wrong with that third one, it's just that once we've walked down there we might as well go the extra block and go to the supermarket instead.

Anyway, that third one recently closed, and this week it reopened under new management. It's a perfectly ordinary little bodega, nothing special about it, doesn't even have a cat - but in between a month ago and when they re-opened, they've redecorated slightly. Specifically, they exchanged their regular lighting for four spectacular crystal chandeliers.

I may not understand their design choices, but I sure respect them.
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This ep was pretty straightforward, not much to discuss except I miss having a portable computer. Completely couldn't do the reddit livethread. :(

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Not really a fan.

But I can't crosspost unless I switch over, and I have a few friends - some of whom are good friends - who are diehard stuck at LJ.

Should I suck it up or not?
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But I think Callie's fur is now at a point I'd call "manageable".
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Social bees have kept their gut microbes for 80 million years

The Enduring Legacy of the Pocahontas Myth

The Genius of Pinheads: When Little Brains Rule​

The 1920s Women Who Fought For the Right to Travel Under Their Own Names

Cats found to like humans more than thought (Seems to me that anybody who has ever had a pet cat would've known this, but at least it's Backed By Science now.)

Beauty and the Beast: A cautionary tale about smart homes

Canadians Adopted Refugee Families for a Year. Then Came ‘Month 13.’

Germany Is Taking Away Kindergarteners' Toys to Curb Future Addiction

The High Price of Leaving Ultra-Orthodox Life

Accidental therapists: For insect detectives, the trickiest cases involve the bugs that aren’t really there. (I really, really hope the two comments to this article are trolling.)

Frogpocalypse Now

Trump tells NBC to stop covering Russia story

How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare

We’re unprepared for the next flu pandemic. A near-future speculation by a top epidemiologist explains the risk we’ve tacitly permitted.

It wasn’t just hate. Fascism offered robust social welfare

ICE Is Arresting People When They Show Up to Apply For Green Cards Now (Okay, seriously, some things should be off limits. Not at school, not at fucking hospitals, not during worship services, not in court or police stations - and not when they're trying to apply for fucking green cards! It's not about whether undocumented immigrants are in the right or not, it's about having a bare minimum standard of civility and fair play.)

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Disabled, or just desperate?

After 12 Rejections, Apple Accepts App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs
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Russia's April Fool's joke this year is actually kinda funny.

Most April Fool's jokes aren't. They're either pointlessly cruel, or pointlessly inane. But, I'll admit, I snickered when I read this one!

JFC.

Mar. 30th, 2017 02:23 am
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Finn's family is worse than I thought. Lost dog, but it's a temporary state of being - they flat-out said to me that this is the fourth or fifth time he's been lost in the past year (with an insinuation that people just line up to steal that dog from their yard, as if!), to which I said I'm just going to drop him at the pound next time. And I'll do it, too! They're not going to travel out an hour to pay the adoption fee to reclaim him. (The shelter makes you pay the adoption fee if the dog turns out to need a new license and/or neutering.) I'll just tell the shelter that if he's not picked up within the three-day grace period, we'd like to be considered for adoption.

(Also, this was all precipitated by their kids going into my yard to appropriate N's family's cat. This is not behavior to endear me to a family, because while dogs in NYC don't generally wander around unattended, cats do. But I can't complain too loudly, because you know.)
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for the new dog. No luck finding an owner, so why not?

36 hours later, the girls tell me they've decided we should call him "Marshmallow", so both dogs are named after treats.

I told them that if they pay up for a new tag and call him that for a week, I'll do it. He doesn't know this is his name anyway, so.

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Physicists prove that it's impossible to cool an object to absolute zero

Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Inventing a new kind of matter

One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa

Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Plan to dig up President Polk's body - again - stirs trouble

Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle (And here I thought ye cannae change the laws of physics!)

A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

How to be a 21st Century Cop

Who Killed the Smart Gun?

7,000 Huge Gas Bubbles Have Formed Under Siberia, and Could Explode at Any Moment

Israel ignores U.N. demand for end to settlement building: U.N.

Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

Trump Says He Never Promised to Quickly Repeal Obamacare. Here’s a Bunch of Times He Promised Exactly That.

No repeal for 'Obamacare' - a humiliating defeat for Trump

Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but obstacles loom

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

U.N. will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
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For a musical, that Flash/Supergirl crossover wasn't very, um, musical.

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But at least everybody can actually sing. I could listen to them all day... just in another episode. One with a better plot.
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All the toothbrushes* fell into the toilet last night. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

In other news, went to the drugstore today. Bought toothbrushes! On sale!

* Ana swears it was just one. All I know is, I threw them all out.

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Making 'mulch' ado of ant hills

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

Heart tissue grown on spinach leaves

For juveniles sentenced to Shakespeare, the world's a stage

Catnip Ain’t the Only Plant That’ll Send Your Kitty to Blissville (Mama Cat goes wild for oregano!)

Chicago-based group brings smiles to deaf Syrian children

The NBA's Secret Addiction

Microbes evolved to colonize different parts of the human body

Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza

Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle -- and vice versa

Why every Indiana inmate could soon have a tablet

The New York Community That Welcomed 1,000 WWII Refugees

How America's Obsession With Hula Girls Almost Wrecked Hawai'i

Learning To Love My Sparkly Purple Cane

I’m Trans, Disabled, And Tired Of Fighting To Get Into Bathrooms

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

Apple sold $4.2 billion of product in New Zealand, paid $0 local taxes

Anger and frustration in Kurdish southeast to shape Turkey's referendum

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

Why this Persian New Year is different

Trump administration fights its own agency in U.S. court

Gorsuch, students defend his questions about women at work
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I actually enjoyed this episode quite a bit - but the more I like it, the more I want to nitpick it. And even if I criticize their actions, I think everybody acted fairly consistently with their characterization, and in ways that real people would act. I might say from my position that I would act differently, but I know I probably wouldn't.

Oh, dear.

Mar. 20th, 2017 08:26 pm
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First we trimmed away the fur from his eyes so he could see, poor dog.

Then we trimmed away his mats, bit by bit. Enough matted fur there to make a whole new dog, and clothe it, too!

Then I decided to trim the stragglies off his tail and ears. This did look better.

Then Eva apparently decided to just trim all his straggly bits. Which is not an entirely bad idea, but doing this while wielding only a pair of scissors... it's, um... a bit uneven. Some of those trims are way too close to his skin for this time of year!

Clearly we need to get him to a real groomer sooner rather than later, but that's still going to have to wait until after he gets fixed.

Or maybe we just need to find our clippers and have at it. What's the worst that can happen?
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I'm beginning to detect a pattern here. Quick! Get Trump to say something bad about libraries! Should be easy enough, we already know the man doesn't read.
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Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

This Amazing Toy Block Tape Turns Anything Into A LEGO-Friendly Surface

If you’re a European, your body requires more vegetables and grains

Ag Companies Are Looking To Feed The World With Microbes

For female mosquitoes, two sets of odor sensors are better than one

When the Netherlands Had a Muslim-Majority Empire

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Smartphones may be changing the way we think

The Invisible Unmarried Mothers of 20th Century Ireland

Abortion Behind Bars

Overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees—and for us

I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind

Why Are Asian Americans Missing From Our Textbooks?

A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help

Marines United Spokesman: Nude Photo Scandal Shows Why Women Shouldn’t Serve (Wow.)

Emboldened by Trump, some police unions seek to overhaul Obama’s reforms (This article's from the end of January)

Trump budget chief on climate change: 'We consider that to be a waste of your money'

Unspeakable Realities Block Universal Health Coverage In America

Meals on Wheels isn't 'showing any results' only if you ignore all these results

Trump has promised big spending on infrastructure. His budget cuts it

This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted

Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research

Customs And Border Protection Outlines Border Wall Requirements (They want it to look "aesthetically pleasing", at least on the US side. A 30 foot wall will never look pleasing.)
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I have got to figure out a better system.

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The Goldfish That Got a Wheelchair (Interesting expansion of the word "wheelchair" to mean something that is neither wheeled nor a chair. It's a mobility device for a disabled fish.)

Slammer sale: Closed prisons are a tough sell, states find

New research changes our understanding of who built ancient Silk Roads

Portland pilot program puts homeless in residents' backyards

13 Secrets of Historical Reenactors

Smart sharks have robust social networks and learn to avoid capture

To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs

Emoji Snake Shows Off The Faces Of The Future

When Medieval Monks Couldn't Cure the Plague, They Launched a Luxe Skincare Line

Missile row drives Korean culture underground in China

Poison and mating regulate male roundworm populations

The Teenagers of Rikers Island

Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees

The Life and Death of the Library of Alexandria

Bees make money: Stealing hives the new buzz in New Zealand

Virginia is for felonies? Petty theft law from 1980s sticks

Money, not access, key to resident food choices in 'food deserts'

Syrian rebels, civilians begin leaving Homs district in deal with government

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

Deaf, mute and accused of murder, an undocumented immigrant has been in legal limbo for 12 years

How 1,600 People Went Missing from Our Public Lands Without a Trace

Pressure builds on Trump to back off wiretap accusations

Top economies yield to US, drop no-protectionism pledge

In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north - to Canada

For-Profit Colleges Gain Beachhead in Trump Administration

Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president

Why Sequestration Is Poised to Kill Trump's Budget

Missing from Trump's grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet

Whom to trust when it comes to health-care reform? Trump supporters put their faith in him.

Republicans revamp U.S. health bill, boost benefits to older Americans

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