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With curd and frosting?

Yeah, I agree. Definitely the best culinary decision I've made all week!


Why don’t Americans feel better about the economy?

A defense attorney uncovers a brazen scheme to manipulate evidence, and prosecutors and police finally get caught.

U.S. is paying the price for not investing in trains, and it's stupid

Reddit, Mapped


Why Do Airplane Windows Have Tiny Holes?

Map: How coffee splits the United States in half

NY Launches Campaign To Protect Nail Salon Workers DO NOT READ COMMENTS.

Review: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu

US Drops Cuba From State Terrorism List, Paving the Way for Embassies

Connecting Guilt to Ethnicity: A Jewish Birthday Card

Cooler Buildings Save Energy

Cute Family. And You Should See Their Bacteria. The scientific clan bringing microbe diversity to the dinner table.

Conservatives ask the Supreme Court to restrict states’ rights and overturn precedent.

Dozens of previously dismissed radio signals were actually credible transmissions from Amelia Earhart (old article)

Tolerance and Intolerance in the City

Watch This Incredible Tiny Robot Fold Itself and Then Destroy Itself

Report: World grows less hungry, but food insecurity remains high

The role of black dolls in American culture.

Spain’s Syriza Moment

Turning Brussel's wastewater into bioplastics

America slouches toward plutocracy

These maps show how rent is too damn high across America

Researchers invent tiny sonic screwdriver

Why don't poor people just get jobs? Because they already did.

The Troubled Relationship Between Texas and FEMA

Map: The U.S. is bound by treaties to defend a quarter of humanity

Arpaio requests public's help for legal fees

New research finds that, in most societies, cynics make less money over time than optimists.

America’s Police Will Fight the Next Riot With These Stink Bombs

Facebook users plan protest against site's 'real name' policy at headquarters

Texas Politicians And Businesses Feud Over Medicaid Expansion

What Happens When You Crack An Egg Underwater?

The Supreme Court will review a case of blatant racism by prosecutors. For once, there’s a paper trail.

Monopoly power tightens grip on US economy


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(Or so Eva says, I didn't bother with the other side of this story), is it wrong to settle her down with some Deep Space Nine?

No? I didn't think so.


Minimum Wages Are Rising Across the Country. Should They Apply to Minors?

This Breakthrough Shape-Memory Metal Practically Never Wears Out

The great umbilical cord-cutting debate

Can the Kurds Stop Erdogan’s Bid for Total Power?

Russia steps up propaganda push with online "Kremlin trolls"

Mice with ‘amnesia’ have memories restored by light

The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

NSA’s Domestic Surveillance Program May Expire: What You Need to Know

Can gender and racial biases be unlearned during sleep?

The opposite of ISIS: Compassion flows freely in refugee camp

Report: 550 Western Women Fighting for ISIS, They're More Than Jihadi Brides

17 Shakespearean Insults To Unleash In Everyday Life

U.S. EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

In Detroit and Baltimore, residents behind on water payments prepare to go without. Why aren’t utilities going after delinquent big companies first?

Hundreds gather in Arizona for armed anti-Muslim protest

US hits out at China over sea reclamation, vows more patrols The EU and Japan aren't happy either

China has artillery vehicles on artificial island in South China Sea, US said

From plitter to drabbletail: the words we love

Colliding Galaxies May Erupt With Mega Jets

The Silly Reason the Chinese Aren’t Allowed on the Space Station

Myanmar publishes census, but Rohingya minority not recognized

Sumo groups hope skinny Japanese kids can recapture their nation’s glory


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What do I do with all this ground beef? Even vacuum sealed, some of it is really hitting the end of its best by date, so hamburgers are out, and there's really only so much chili we can eat (and we all love chili).

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1. Loose fish sticks or maybe breakfast sausages
2. Shopping bags, plastic
3. Cold hard cash (63¢)
4. Three garbage bags worth of food from 2010 - 2013
5. Several containers of lunches I'd packed for my mother
6. Cold folding cash ($1)
7. A pen light all the way at the bottom that still worked
8. Soup
9. Lots of ground meat

My mother and I are going to have some serious talks on the subject of "the freezer is not a garbage can for all those things we don't want to deal with".

Of course, I was supposed to be cleaning her fridge, but whatevs. (No comments from the peanut gallery, Jenn.)

Dropped some of the aforementioned ground beef in the tiny space between the freezer and the steps, spent 20 minutes hauling it out. Had to use pruning shears to grab hold of it!

(Trying out this conflict and migrant lj-cut idea. I do not promise anything. Obviously if something big happens, like ISIS gets hold of the bomb and nukes the hell out of North Korea, I'm going to put that outside a cut. Because, you know, that's going to be our big concern, where I stick the articles.)


Engineered bacteria detect cancer and diabetes in urine

PowerPoint should be banned. This PowerPoint presentation explains why.

Sending ice to Antarctica

How one N.Y. museum is already prepping for the next big flood

How microbes acquire electricity in making methane

A Cleaner Fleet Week: What Do You Do With a Cultured Sailor?

Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill

Inmates across the US charged for their own incarceration

The Heartbreak of Finding Out That All Your Bees Died Over the Winter

Turning sewage into drinking water gains appeal as drought lingers

Some bats with white-nose syndrome cured by bacteria, scientists say

The flat tax falls flat for good reasons

The NSA is testing tech to identify you by swipes on your phone screen

2 cool maps that show how wind power is poised to go big — really big

Inside the war on coal

Letter: Farts should be Pendleton council’s next order of business

Surprise: Using car's air conditioning saves gas

Lead poisoning is a major threat at America’s shooting ranges, perpetuated by owners who’ve repeatedly violated laws even after workers have fallen painfully ill.

'New species' of ancient human found

Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find.

As a creationist kid, I was determined not to learn about evolution.

We Trust Children to Know What Gender They Are, Until They Go Against the Norm

Study: Europeans to suffer more ragweed with global warming

Need to Suck It Up? Try a Meat Straw

Yeast can live with human genes

The “middle class” myth: Here’s why wages are really so low today

Say hello to the dementor wasp. It turns cockroaches into zombies.

The CIA’s Student-Activism Phase

Blood turned into nerve cells by Canadian researchers

North Canterbury farmer's living sheep billboards lift spirits

Turkey could elect its first openly gay member of parliament in next month's elections, despite a rising tide of social conservativism in the Muslim-majority country.

County sheriff has used stingray over 300 times with no warrant

Young Treasure Hunters Dig Up History Lessons in a Classroom’s Closet

Birds 'weigh' peanuts and choose heavier ones

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There are some people who went "I appreciate seeing the headlines, but don't want to read the articles" and there are others who went "I'd be okay with not seeing the headlines, don't really care either way" and there was one or two rather vehement comments about not wanting to see the headlines either.

I primarily post articles I find interesting and only remember you all as an afterthought (sorry), but how about if I shove the conflict and migrant related stuff under a cut? But not right now, because I have to make dinner and then do school with the girls. (Yes, school after dinner. They overslept, and we were late to the orthodontist appointment, and they can't eat until hours later, so we agreed not to do school on an utterly empty stomach.)
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I went to the store yesterday and I noticed Häagen-Dazs was on sale, $2.99 a pint (or what passes for a pint nowadays). So I picked up Eva's favorite (Cookie Dough) and Jenn's favorite (Coffee), and started looking around for Ana's favorite (Dulce de Leche). They didn't have Dulce de Leche, and I wasn't sure of her second favorite, so I bought Salted Caramel.

Boy, was she pissed.

I determined that her second favorite was Cherry Vanilla and agreed to pick it up next time I went to the store, but did not agree to run to the corner store for same, as that would be much pricier.

Later she did try the ice cream - and called me up to apologize! Apparently, she likes that flavor an awful lot after all, she just didn't know that yet!

It's really mature of her to decide on her own to apologize for this sort of thing. She's not a little kid anymore.


This Gold Nano-Slinky Is a Cancer-Detecting Hyperlens

California accepts historic offer by farmers to cut water usage by 25%

Many finance workers still don’t think they can report wrongdoing

Nature faces off against politics in North Carolina

Hobby Lobby billionaire behind the Christian counseling center that treated Josh Duggar.

Watch a Baby Bee Go From Wriggly Larvae to Adult in Just Over a Minute

Holy Shit! Almonds Require a Ton of Bees

Once Solid Peninsula in Antarctica Begins to Melt

Sudden ice loss in Antarctica changing Earth’s gravity field, say scientists

Assad regime accused of 35 chlorine attacks since mid-March

Body Cameras Are Not Pointed at the Police; They're Pointed at You

Córdoba controversy: Historic Mosque-Cathedral mired in cultural dispute

10 reasons Wal-Mart is the worst company in America

U.S. military and civilians are increasingly divided

The GOP and ALEC’s War on Cities

Cows Learn Better With Friends

3,000 children enslaved in Britain after being trafficked from Vietnam

In Texas, courts turn truancy cases into cash

The U.S. military is a national security threat

The FBI's Response To Another Killer Cop Set Free? More Surveillance of Protestors

Hubble Observes Unique Star Dubbed "Nasty"

In North Korea, men call the shots, women make the money

Malaysia migrant mass graves: police reveal 139 sites, some with multiple corpses

Displaced children bear brunt of South Africa’s crime crackdown

The CIA Is Shuttering a Secretive Climate Research Program

A Bionic Limb You Can Control With Your Unconscious Mind Is Here

'Prison guards can never be weak': the hidden PTSD crisis in America's jails

Families Describe Fleeing War-Torn Ukraine for Russian Camps

Babies Who Are Breast-Fed Are Better Protected Against Pollution, Study Finds

The Web is not a post-racial utopia. Just see what happened when white players of an online game were assigned black avatars.

Be Very Afraid of Ticks

Science Is Still Trying To Figure Out What Makes A Female Athlete

Farming in the Sky
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I've had a lot going on, and most of it boring :)

Quick question: When I post a story to, like, "ISIS has captured this town" or "29 people killed in Mali" (made up headlines, I haven't even read the news all weekend!), people hardly ever click on them. So says Bitly, anyway. Is this because nobody finds those stories interesting, or just because they figure the headline gives them all the information they need right there? If it's mostly the former, I'll start just shoving it over onto Reddit rather than boring all youse guys with it, but if it's the latter, I won't.


When China’s rural parents leave to work in cities, “left-behind children” fall to crime and truancy. Why isn’t the country doing more about it?

After court-martial, this Marine cites religious freedom in her continued legal fight

California’s Homeless Find a Quiet Place

5 Despicable Right-Wing Moments this Week You Might Not Have Heard About

Here’s how badly we’re getting ripped off by our mobile phone providers

Adults Love the Four-Day School Week. Is It Good for the Kids?

The best way to eliminate the gender pay gap? Ban salary negotiations.

Appeals Court Eviscerates Notre Dame’s Objections to Contraception Accommodation

What Australian slang has given the world

When the Rapist Doesn’t See It as Rape

The Weirdest, Saddest, Most Disturbing Battle Yet in the War Over Circumcision

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

Semiliquid battery competitive with both Li-ion batteries and supercapacitors

Maddow Blasts Law Requiring Aurora Shooting Victim's Parents To Pay Gun Manufacturers

Researcher who exploits bug in Starbucks gift cards gets rebuke, not love

Nobody ever handed me anything on a plate

Islamic State burned a woman alive for not engaging in an ‘extreme’ sex act, U.N. official says

Sixty-seven years after the Arab-Israeli War, 3,000 Palestinians remain forgotten and stateless in rural Egypt.
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I mean, really behind. Michele came over and drove us to the laundromat so we could get it all done in one fell swoop (for a given definition of "all" - we had three full laundry bags, two backpacks, and another bag, but there were more clothes we couldn't cram into a bag and so they are being washed now, at home), which was very kind of her. (She also lent me $15 because, like an idiot, I'd left my cash at home. The laundromat is pricey!)

The kids came with us, which is good because I was stuck there until midnight. (It turns out my mom had come home, but I hadn't known that, so yeah.) Their reaction to the front-loading washer and dryer was freaking adorable, with them announcing the races in real time, and it almost convinced me on the "when we finally replace our appliances, we should go with glass doors" front, except of course I know that if we had those in our own home the novelty level would go waaaaay down.

Then they found some instafriends and spent the next several hours playing secret agent in the parking lot, so that was all right.

Now all I have to do is diligently divide the winter clothes from the summer (already started that!) and put them all away. I feel so responsible and adult! (I feel like running away and becoming a nudist! HELP MEEEEEEE!)
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Coughed while eating. Got a french fry up my nose. Couldn't snort it back down. Had to blow it out. Repeatedly. This was every bit as gross as it sounds. Also uncomfortable.

Also: Kids lost spacer. Went to CVS to get new one. Need a prescription. WTF do they think I'm going to do with a spacer that requires a prescription? It's a piece of freaking plastic! It's not dangerous in any way, shape, or form. I don't think you could even concuss somebody by bonking them on the head with one.


Faith Healing Kills Children

Diverse cities don’t always have diverse neighborhoods

China air force holds drill in Western Pacific

McDonald’s Coffee Lawsuit in comic form

Many Jobless (Still) Giving Up Looking For Work

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1 percent

Since 1986 more than 1,600 people have been shot by Chicago police officers — an average of more than one person a week. ​In the 208 cases closed over the last two years, not a single shooting has been found to be unjustified. Should we be reassured?

Gaza economy 'on verge of collapse', with world's highest unemployment

Girl Scouts welcomes transgender girls

Cleanup of oil-fouled California beach could take months

6 Insane True Statistics That Laugh In The Face Of Logic.

The last paragraph is pretty much what I say when people try the "Life is too improbable to have happened spontaneously!" line. When we have 300 billion star in our galaxy, and 100 billion galaxies in the observable universe, sooner or later even astronomical odds become a sure thing. There are roughly 70 billion trillion stars in the universe, and we find new exoplanets seemingly every single day. The odds just aren't that long.

Russians seized in Ukraine: We were following Moscow's orders

Railroad safety fact check: Fires and spills are up despite industry claims

Bosses Are Turning Poverty-Wage Workers Into ‘Managers’—and Barring Them From Overtime in the Process

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance

Why Your Subway Is Delayed, Explained as an 8-Bit Video Game

The Injustice of Civil-Asset Forfeiture

France to force big supermarkets to give unsold food to charities

Justice Department issues policy on domestic drone use
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Video raises concerns over Ukraine's treatment of Russian prisoners

Baltimore Grand Jury Indicts Six Officers in Freddie Gray's Death

S.F. police immune from suit over shooting of mentally ill woman

Here Are 13 Killings by Police Captured on Video in the Past Year

Official: Arkansas Officers Shoot Cuffed Man in Patrol Car

Why Some Kids Go to Prison for No Reason and Some Kids Go to College No Matter How Badly They Act

How many years make a life sentence for a teenager?

Global armed conflicts becoming more deadly, major study finds

The octopus can see with its skin

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Islamic State 'look increasingly like a state' warns expert

Islamic State Solidifies Foothold in Libya to Expand Reach

ISIS' child soldiers: What will happen to 'cubs of the caliphate'?

Palmyra: Syrian forces trapped civilians, UN says

The Social Commute: How the Big Schlep Is Changing the Way New Yorkers Live

Here's What Osama bin Laden Wrote About Climate Change

At Coast Guard graduation, Obama warns of climate change threat to national security

Mountains hold climate change surprise, scientists find

How the Indian Ocean ended up stealing the atmosphere’s heat

Former Boko Haram captives still held - by Nigerian military

10 Things People Once Complained Would Ruin The English Language

McDonald's boss 'proud' of wages he pays as thousands demand a pay rise

Italy's Renzi says Europe blind to migrants' plight

New York Jails Cost Twice As Much As What The City Says They Cost

U.N. announces Yemen talks, Iran to allow ship inspection

US to carry out air patrols to locate Rohingya migrants stranded at sea

US says willing to take in Rohingya boat people

Burundi’s radio silence: Political crisis forces stations off air

Burundi: President pushes back election into June amid continued unrest

Suicide Rate for Black Children Jumps as it Falls for Whites

Ocean's hidden world of plankton revealed in 'enormous database'

Chinese warnings to U.S. plane hint of rising stakes over disputed islands

The fly's neural compass works just like a mammal's

Israel Calls Off Palestinian Bus Segregation Plans

The ‘South Texas Family Residential Center’ Is No Haven

Arizona caps welfare benefits, will drop over 1,600 families from rolls

How the DEA Harasses Amtrak Passengers
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22 Strange Animals You Probably Didn’t Know Exist

People Who Are Anti-Abortion Are Also Sexist, Worrying Study Finds

EU migrant quotas 'insane', Hungary's Orban says

The Big Bang Is Hard Science. It Is Also a Creation Story.

Fall of Ramadi reflects failure of Iraq’s strategy against ISIS, analysts say

Iraq deploys tanks as Islamic State tightens grip on Ramadi

Lindsey Graham calls for 10,000 U.S. troops in Iraq

U.S. fears Shi'ite militias could worsen Iraqi sectarian fires

7 Rikers Island Guards Raped, Sexually Abused Inmates: Lawsuit

The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modern

A flotilla of Indonesian fishermen rescued more than 430 migrants who were stranded at sea and brought them ashore to safety Wednesday.

Philippines offers refuge to desperate migrants trapped on boats So does Gambia

This Judge Sold Children To Private Prisons For Cash, He’s Going Down For 28 Years

​Well-off or poor, a monthly cash crunch is now the norm

Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem

A year of clashes devastates Libya's Benghazi

Los Angeles gives preliminary approval to $15 minimum wage

Soon, Your Doctor Could Print a Human Organ on Demand

Ukraine's Poroshenko talks of 'real war' with Russia

Panda Poop Suggests They Shouldn’t Eat Their Favorite Food of Bamboo

Yemen capital sees heaviest airstrikes since truce expired

U.S. Weighs Military Options as Iran Cargo Ship Nears Yemen

How To Fight The Filter Bubble: New Twitter App… Thing

Arming the Enemy in Afghanistan

In rare admission of guilt, Wall St. banks say they rigged markets

6 Terrifying Creatures That Keep Going After They're Dead

Burundi police fire teargas at protesters as 110,000 flee country

Masses of Burundi Refugees Show up in Tanzania

After the sting of vanishing bees, White House pollinates protection plan

White House makes bid to save honeybees but ignores toxic pesticides

5 Insane Police Forces No One Ever Talks About
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Came up with hives all over my arms from the cardboard box. Geez.


U.S. loses meat labeling case; trade war looms

Why do Republicans really oppose infrastructure spending?

When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

Learning from Uncle Sam: to Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills

Ukraine to prosecute captured 'Russian soldiers'

Forty Acres and a Mule Would Be at Least $6.4 Trillion Today: What the US Really Owes Black America

Military sexual assault: Can retaliation against victims be stopped?

Mega-Events Are a Disease

Iran Challenges U.S. and Saudi Arabia by Sending Aid Ship to Rebels in Yemen

Bombing and clashes resume as Yemen heads for ‘catastrophe’

Saudi-led air strikes hit Yemen after truce expires

Adorable, Disposable Drones Will Sniff Out Chemical Weapons In Future Wars

Shell accused of strategy risking catastrophic climate change

As school funding dries up in Kansas, one superintendent resigned to save his district money

Boko Haram uses rape as strategy of domination, aid workers say

Nigeria continues Boko Haram offensive, says armed men backed into corner

Europe plans military response to migrant crisis More

Wearable wireless devices: Low cost radio frequency antenna printed with graphene ink

Feds Project Lake Mead Below Drought Trigger Point in 2017

The Economy for Young People Is Still Terrible

People have no idea what inequality actually looks like

Macedonia PM gathers thousands for rally in his support amid ethnic unrest

Scientists discover elusive hotspot, deniers to move on to theory about 'a thing they heard before'

The Strange Little Building Next To The Empire State Building

Nano memory cell can mimic the brain’s long-term memory

Shi'ite forces move in on Iraqi city taken by Islamic State
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Sure, it's dangerous. You're exploring unknown space and all. But you can't prove that with "Lewis and Clark didn't bring a four year old with them!" because, yeah, they did. Well, no. First they brought a pregnant woman, and then once she gave birth they brought an infant. That's not any better for your point. Likewise, the youngest "man" to sail with Columbus was eight. If you're gonna make a freaking historical analogy, do it right or don't do it at all. You can't have a serious conversation about trivial things when people are just gonna be wrong.
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They're getting their ship repaired at this magical automated repair station that fixes things and bodies up perfectly in less than two days, when it would've taken months the conventional way. And all they're asking for is some warp plasma... oh, and the least useful member of the crew, that being Travis Mayweather, for his brain to help run the station.

(They don't know about that last part, obviously.)

Yes, they find the twist and are duly shocked and horrified, but that twist just raises so many questions, like "who created this?" and "why?" and "okay, so they clearly knew people would object to having their crewmembers used in this fashion, natch, which is why they just take instead of asking and seek to hide the evidence, so why not design the ship with a more conventional computer core?" and "no, seriously, why?"

These questions will neither be asked or answered in the course of the episode.


Ukraine says two Russian soldiers captured in east

Donetsk has become eastern Ukraine's lawless city

Pollsters included the name of a random woman in a survey — and 20 percent of Republican primary voters said they dislike her.

Yemen's human suffering fanned by war

Aid groups rush to help civilians in Yemen as end of truce looms

Welcome to the Internet of Skin

Nigerian military claims fresh success against Boko Haram

$25 ATM limit for Kansas welfare recipients may violate federal law

Burundi's Nkurunziza warns of al-Shabab after coup fails

A federal appeals court won't force the US to disclose its clandestine plan to disable cell service during emergencies.

Islamic State claims full control of Iraq's Ramadi, but pinned back in Palmyra

Lawmakers praise Islamic State raid, seek long-term strategy

Syria raid yielded 'treasure trove' of intelligence on Isis, insiders say

The 'living concrete' that can heal itself

Colombia shelves its air war on cocaine

Morality and the Idea of Progress in Silicon Valley

Wisconsin's Grocery Dictators

New Japan volcano island 'natural lab' for life

Russia flexes Central Asia military might amid Afghan fears

SE Asia migrants 'killed in fight for food' on boat

The UK government has quietly passed new legislation that exempts GCHQ, police, and other intelligence officers from prosecution for hacking into computers and mobile phones.

Liquid engineering: Meet the man who builds houses with water

A tunnel dug to help drain a lake whose natural outlet was blocked when Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 is narrowing. Experts say if it fails, Interstate 5 in Washington state could be inundated.

Cystic fibrosis drug offers hope to patients
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NASA: 10,000-year-old Antarctic ice shelf will disappear by 2020

Boko Haram crisis pushes poor of western Chad to brink of hunger, says UNICEF

Shellfish species shrinking as rising carbon emissions hit marine life

The Kurdish ‘Revolution’ In Iranian Kurdistan, The World Doesn’t Know Is Happening

Desert as deadly as sea for surge of Europe-bound migrants

IS seizes Iraqi govt compound, kills dozens in Syria

ISIS withdraws from key parts of Ramadi, Iraqi military says

U.S. hits Islamic State in Syria as jihadists press attacks

Mother Plants Tell Their Seeds When to Sprout

Civilians killed in Taiz as Yemen truce unravels

Texas Lawmakers Want Women To Present IDs Before They Get Abortions

Bacteria May Be Remaking Drugs in Sewage

Historian Says Don't 'Sanitize' How Our Government Created Ghettos

Burundi: 17 officials charged for plotting failed coup

Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis

Migrants in 'maritime ping-pong' as Asian nations turn them back

CDC study of Indiana HIV cases shows most are same strain

Is Exotic Diet Giving Giant Tortoises a Boost in Galapagos?

New York Fracking Report Underscores Quake, Climate Risks

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Heath Ledger’s Joker Was The Hero

Wall Street Analyst Encouraged Rail Company to Lobby Against Train Safety Rules

Why Billionaires Don't Pay Property Taxes in New York

Fearing Russian expansion, Baltic nations step up military exercises

Meningitis cases triple in two weeks in Niger, more than 400 dead -WHO

Wounded turtle can return to the ocean thanks to a 3D-printed beak
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Or any article on automation, actually, there are two type of comments that drive me up the wall.

The first is "LOL, worried about nothing, I'm sure new jobs will open up!"

Well, that's certainly possible, but as those new jobs don't seem to be appearing it's not laughable that some people are a little concerned about this trend.

The second is "Oh, c'mon, eventually nobody will have to work! Post-scarcity, here we come!"

That one makes me want to throw things and curse loudly. Yes, yes, I'm sure a post-scarcity world will be just dandy. Our descendents will be ecstatic. But we're not living in a post-scarcity economy, and we don't have post-scarcity politics. What we have is politicians sanctimoniously declaring that "he who won't work, won't eat" and decrying "moochers" and insisting that service jobs "don't deserve" a living wage and cutting benefits left and right and carefully not doing the sorts of things that could increase jobs right here, right now. (How about rebuilding our infrastructure? How about cutting class sizes, from pre-k on through college? How about hiring more lawyers for free legal aid? How about limiting the hours doctors can work and decreasing the patients they can see per hour? Any of those things would increase jobs in those fields automatically.) So, yeah, the distant future where every job that can be automated is might be a paradise. Like Star Trek! But the immediate future, where jobs are being automated and there's nothing else to fall back on for the recently unemployed? Yeah, if that future happens, it's gonna suck, and forgive me if I'm a little more concerned about the future I might live through than the one that will show up after I'm dead in my grave.

I have no idea what's going to happen in the future, of course. All I know is that in the present we already have people fighting in wars that were precipitated in no small part by climate change, and that it was mostly low-wage, service jobs that came back since the recession, and that dystopian fiction is still alarmingly popular. I know that freak weather events are becoming everyday, half the country thinks inequality is just and fair, and that government is increasingly in the hands of a small, moneyed elite that is just as short-sighted as the rest of us and just as likely to chase immediate profits instead of long-term benefits. I know that non-renewable resources will eventually run out, and that the weight of inertia won't. I know that everybody thinks robots and self-driving vehicles are the cat's meow, and that every time I read a headline on the ice shelf collapsing or swathes of the biosphere potentially going extinct I cover my ears and go "lalala" along with the rest of the reading public.

No idea how to put together those puzzle pieces into a coherent view of the future, but my guess is that it'll be interesting, to say the least, and I'm sick of people claiming we're either going to maintain the current status quo (but with cooler toys) or that we'll seamlessly transition to a better state of being for everybody. That's just not in the cards.
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Drought prompts cuts to farm irrigation in California, Oregon

On the Run From Boko Haram

Boko Haram recaptures key town in northeast Nigeria

Internet captivated by 98 cubes of raw food

Exploring mechanics of spider silk to design materials with high strength and low density

Stranded: How America's Failing Public Transportation Increases Inequality

People Keep Crashing Into Google's Self-Driving Cars

Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck. The imminent need for basic income in recognition of our machine-driven future.

Burundi takes 18 suspects in failed coup to court

Burundian crisis triggers civilian mass exodus

The metal that brought you cheap flights

Turkey detains soldiers in 'Syria arms interception' case

US military maintains its strategy against IS is working

U.S. 'expedites' weapons shipments to Iraq in wake of ISIS advances

Bullying in U.S. schools falls to record low, report says

In the Mexican state of Baja California, the government is moving toward subsidizing workers’ pay. Could that catch on in America?

Israeli troops clash with Palestinians for second day

“Hollywood is a cesspool of misogyny and racism. Bring on the lawsuits”: Why the ACLU’s bold action is so necessary.

NASA's potential squid rover is straight out of sci-fi

France calls for fairer asylum seeker distribution within EU

Family Cleans House, Finds Pet Tortoise Missing Since 1982

Corkscrew planets spiral back and forth between two stars

Macedonia divided: Corruption, armed rebellion splits nation

Russia accuses West of trying to destabilize Macedonia

Simple Leonardo da Vinci experiments combined with advanced theory reveal new atomic-level insights into rubber

China and US at odds over disputed waters

See This Tomcat Take Care of 6 Abandoned Kittens Named After the Brady Bunch

New York District Court Denies Immunity To NYPD Officers Who Arrested A Citizen For Filming Them

The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades

SEC a stumbling block in banks' forex guilty pleas

China’s Amazonian railway ‘threatens uncontacted tribes’ and the rainforest

AIDS expert flays Kremlin, says Russia's HIV epidemic worsening

US says Gulf oil spill could last 100 years
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I can't. Signed her card at dinner, along with everybody else, all 13 of us. I signed my name and message backwards. Ana came up to me and hugged me and said she hated me for doing it, but all I noticed is that nobody else got a hug and a personal response to their message. As they say, the opposite of love isn't hate, it's indifference, so I call that a win, Ana-banana.


Researchers develop liquid-crystal-based compound lenses that work like insect eyes

The Amtrak Crash Hasn’t Stopped Republicans From Trying to Cut Its Funding

Amtrak: How America lags behind rest of developed world on train safety

Why is funding Amtrak such a struggle? Because Republican districts don’t use it.

Central African Republic militias free over 350 enslaved children

Anti-poverty intervention provides sustained boost to incomes and wealth, study finds

The NYT and Jezebel profile Texas' refusal to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act. (trigger warning: sexual assault, violence)

The US Military's Sexual-Assault Problem Is So Bad the UN Is Getting Involved

Texas doesn’t give a damn about your reproductive rights

Polio: Still battling the nearly eradicated disease

This Hormone Seems to Be Changing The Sex of Fish in U.S. Rivers

The crisis in Ukraine is drawing Russia closer to China. But the relationship is far from equal.

A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries

A third of Europe’s birds under threat, says most comprehensive study yet

These Photos Show What Life Is Like for Girls in Juvenile Detention

Nestlé boss says he wants to bottle more water in California despite drought

How water woes will mess with food businesses

Soil erosion may threaten global food security

Video: Ohio sheriff’s deputy body-slammed drunk man before he died

Burundi coup bid: President says he is back in country

Scientists investigate mysterious force that snuffs out galaxies

Mali rebels sign initial deal, see more work for final accord

Fishing With Dolphins An astonishing cooperative venture in which every species wins but the fish.

Italy says 3,600 migrants rescued in two days

The top 25 hedge fund managers earn more than all kindergarten teachers in U.S. combined

Lottery Ticket Approach Leads to Drastic Reduction in HIV Prevalence

CEO-to-Worker Pay Rises to a Ratio of 373 to One, AFL-CIO Finds

Scientists have discovered the first fully warm-blooded fish

Rats forsake chocolate to save a drowning companion

How the U.S. ‘Solved’ the Central American Migrant Crisis

In search of artificial muscles, scientists have turned to onions

U.S., China set for high-stakes rivalry in skies above South China Sea

Animal Copies Reveal Roots of Individuality

Cutthroat compounds in English morphology
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Fractions and graphing. Eva started fractions with "Oh, I hate fractions, they don't make any sense" and now she's adding improper fractions and converting them to mixed numbers with aplomb. "This must be the easiest work ever!"

Well, that is exactly what I like to hear, Eva-baneva.

Edit: She came to me for help. "Where did my pen go???" It was in her hand. D'oh!


Four children killed in rocket attack in Libya's Benghazi city

Google rejecting 59 percent of right-to-be-forgotten removal requests

Giving Antibiotics to Infants is Strongly Related to Illness In Adulthood

Globalization worsens food price shocks for importers

The Store Where Robots Sell Robots

Arrests as Mexico farming wage strike turns violent

Cash-strapped Ivorian farmers struggle to ready next cocoa crop

For Qatar's foreign workers, global scrutiny is working – up to a point

The Weakening Definition of 'Diversity'

Mali rebels sign initial deal, see more work for final peace accord

How one Malian town is trying to fight against hunger

South Africa under scrutiny for 'state xenophobia'

No penalty for Guantanamo nurse who refused to force-feed

How DNA sequencing is transforming the hunt for new drugs

Robotic tentacle targets keyhole surgery

The U.K. Now Has More Gay Lawmakers Than Any Other Country

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett—and how capital punishment became so surreal

Weather centers to arm Central Africa's farmers against climate shifts

Fidgeting May Help Concentration For Students With ADHD

Malaysia and Thailand turn away hundreds on migrant boats

ISIS Makes a Fortune From Smuggling Migrants Says Report

The increasing isolation of America’s police

U.S. House votes to ban most abortions after 20 weeks

Ukraine navy left high and dry after Crimea losses

Solar-powered ATMs to deliver clean drinking water in Pakistan

Syria conflict: IS advances on ancient ruins of Palmyra

Syrian opposition armed groups reject U.N. invitation

Houthis accused of violating Yemen's ceasefire

Bias in satellite measurements hid recent sea level rise acceleration

China cautions U.S. Navy on patrols in South China Sea

U.S. Marines look to nurture integrated Asia-Pacific amphibious forces, China excluded

Heavy fighting erupts between rival Burundi troops

Burundi army chief says coup attempt failed

RAF jets escort Russian aircraft

Baltic military chiefs to call for permanent NATO presence
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Took the train back. As we approached our stop, I moved my backpack from between my feet to on my back. As I was sitting, this shoved me forwards somewhat, which gave me the perfect vantage point to witness the cockroach crawling around on somebody's butt.

My fingers itched to swipe the thing off him, but there's no way that wouldn't have been misinterpreted. I consider telling him, but "Excuse me, sir, there's literally a bug on your butt" wasn't likely to actually go over any better. So instead I just sat there, fixated, utterly unable to look away.

As shining moments in the MTA go, this is a bit of a low point.


US, Cuba to meet in coming weeks on reopening embassies

US taxpayers subsidising world's biggest fossil fuel companies

Fresh Clashes Erupt in North Mali Ahead of Peace Accord

Scientists want to send a fish-like ‘soft robot’ to swim the oceans of Europa

An investigation by Russian opposition activists has concluded that 220 Russian soldiers died in two major battles in eastern Ukraine.

Libya warns against sending ships to its waters

Migrant crisis: EU plan to strike Libya networks could include ground forces

Incredibly Peeved Men’s Rights Activists Call for Boycott of Mad Max, Are Unintentionally Hilarious

Chinese police order Yining residents to hand in passports in latest crackdown

Hezbollah, Syrian army make big gains in border battle

Climate Denialists In Congress Acting As NASA's Kryptonite

Myanmar Rohingya migrants 'begging for help' from boat

Christian fundamentalism is a capitalist construct: The secret history of American religion

Amid fears of ethnic violence, coup attempt reported in Burundi

The GOP's Food Stamp Hypocrisy

On the border and in the crossfire: Cameroon's war with Boko Haram

Nigeria army repels Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri

House Passes USA Freedom Act to Curb NSA Spying

Yemen conflict: Aid effort begins as truce takes hold

Pentagon mulls sending planes, ships near disputed South China Sea islands

Amtrak passenger deaths are rare despite concerns over infrastructure

President Obama on how Fox News teaches the middle class to demonize the poor

More than 40 percent of bee hives died in past year

U.S. women face harder path to abortion as states extend waiting periods

On 13 May 1985, Philadelphia police moved in to arrest four members of a radical black liberation group called Move – but a bungled raid left 11 people dead. Alan Yuhas revisits the only aerial bombing carried out by police on US soil.

How Bird Beaks Got Their Start As Dinosaur Snouts

On the front lines of humanity’s high-tech, global war on rats


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