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In celebration, I've spent today saying the same few things on a loop:

1. 91% of abortions occur in the first trimester.

2. Actually, due to the fact that 2/3 of abortions occur before 8 weeks, mostly we're talking about aborting an embryo, not a fetus.

3. An embryo isn't a person, no more than an egg is a chicken.

3a. Unless you enjoy balut with your breakfast.

4. Actually, most people who have an abortion are already parents.

5. Abortion isn't traumatic for everybody, in fact, the most commonly expressed emotion is relief.

6. I know you are, but what am I?

7. Abortion is safer than root canals. If your dentist doesn't need admitting privileges, neither does Planned Parenthood.

7a. Abortion is also safer than childbirth. If minimally trained midwives are legally able, in Texas, to assist in homebirths, then clearly Texas has no leg to stand on when it comes to abortion.

8. Well, I'm rubber and you're glue, and whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you.

8a. Except for good things.

9. This has nothing to do with gun control/same sex marriage/Islam/terrorism/Brexit, and I have no idea why you brought it up.

It's really been great fun!
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What did Earth’s ancient magnetic field look like?

Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Place

Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common

A Bicycling Suffragist vs. an Antique Car? Watch This Wacky Race.

How Chili Condoms and Firecrackers Can Help Save Elephants

Small brain, astounding performance: How elephantnose fish switch between electrical, visual sense

How an Obsolete Copy Machine Started a Revolution

The world's oldest farmers were insects

Squirrel Pulls Loose Tooth

Arms race at the plant root: How soil bacteria fight to escape sticky root traps

The Revolutionary War Patriot Who Carried This Gunpowder Horn Was Fighting for Freedom — Just Not His Own

At this library, story time doesn’t end because a parent is in prison

Brown Bears Use 'Human Shield' to Protect Their Cubs

Insects were already using camouflage 100 million years ago

How Obama is helping inmates pay for college

Nigeria's war of the religious robes

Why cities are forming a global alliance to curb climate change

The Devastating Process of Dying in America Without Insurance

Stark differences between men and women’s immune responses pose medical conundrum

Health insurer's limit on insulin pumps worries patients

This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Era

Why is America backing Saudi Arabia's atrocious war in Yemen?

Moving 600K pieces of paper out of Syria: the Canadian effort to prosecute Syrian war crimes

Seeking new routes, Central American migrants at risk of trafficking

As FARC signs cease-fire, will Colombia's cocaine trade decrease?

Congress Could Save Puerto Rico From Collapse. They Have One Week

A record 66 million trees have died in California, increasing fire risk
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Maverick scientist thinks he has discovered a magnetic sixth sense in humans

Solving a Neighborhood Mystery Reveals Forgotten African-American History

Anonymity Doesn’t Always Promote Online Aggression

Deaf teacher's quest for armed service inspires students

One Drop of Water Makes This Wonder Material Roll Itself Up

East Coast states want to tax drivers’ travel, not their gas

Remains of a mammoth uncovered near Mexico City

The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life

Silk-based filtration material breaks barriers

The Blobby, Dazzling World of Insect Eggs

182 Paraprosdokians (It's not really, as there are several duplicates and some triplicates, but it's a cute list.)

Synchronized Swimming is Really Hard, and Really Weird

Pigeon foot feather genes identified

School’s Out for the Animals, Too

Study: Rotting trees caused mysterious holes in huge dunes

The discovery of infectious cancers – once thought to be rare in nature – in three different kinds of shellfish 'raises questions about the implications for cancer transmission in humans', expert says.

To Diagnose Mental Illness, Read the Brain

Few vets expelled under 'don't ask, don't tell' seek remedy

The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

Interviewing the Country's Preeminent Bed Bug Lawyer

Bacteria in soil affect farming and global climate

Confessions of a Payday Lender: I Felt Like a Gangster

IMF warns the US over high poverty

Income inequality in the United States

Why some of America’s richest people are living in the middle of nowhere

Underneath Five-Star Veneer, High-End Restaurant Employees Get Worked Over

DOJ's refusal to turn over code complicates child porn cases

Snapping a picture of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking

Greek crisis cuts children in care adrift

Tears of joy as rebels sign ceasefire with Colombian government

Young Colombians look ahead to a peace they've never known

NYC faked day care centers' lead water level test records

Street performance by Syrians in Lebanon opens wounds

Strangers in a strange land: Refugees face hurdles to American dream

On the road in Agadez: desperation and death along a Saharan smuggling route

Tourists pick up antibiotic-resistance genes in just two days

IS captures 900 Kurdish civilians in north Syria in 3 weeks

CIA: Islamic State's global terror capabilities are 'formidable'
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That was fun, and a nice end to the school year. I mean, except for the fact that we're homeschooling through the summer too... just, you know, with less stuff.


Gum Arabic: Sudan's Miracle Commodity

Eating air, making fuel: Scientists engineer bacteria to create sugar from the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide

If We Wrote Men Like We Write Women (The MeFi thread has by now become 50% book recs and critiques, but well worth it.)

Cockatoos make economic decisions about tool use depending on the current 'market' situation

Tortie Tomcats: Chimeras

14 Secrets of U.S. Postal Carriers

How Quantum Mechanics Could Be Even Weirder

Colorado's Teen Marijuana Usage Dips after Legalization

Leaving the Pediatrician? Not at 26

Parents Lie to Children Surprisingly Often

After escaping its creators a second time, Russian robot’s final destination may be scrap heap

The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet

EU referendum: Scotland backs Remain as UK votes Leave

Itchy inflammation of mosquito bites helps viruses replicate

With tears and resolve, immigrants vow to keep fighting

Overdose deaths overwhelm medical examiner, coroner offices

Afghanistan's dwindling Sikh, Hindu communities flee new abuses

My Four Months as a Prison Guard

Judge rules Texas prison must provide inmates with safe drinking water

Does New York City’s ‘broken windows’ policing work? New report says no.

Entire islands disappear as violent gangs steal sand amid global shortage

A Turkish man has been found guilty of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for depicting him as the Gollum character from the Lord of the Rings. A court in the south-western Antalya province gave Rifat Cetin a suspended one-year jail sentence and stripped him of parental custody rights.

'Coral zombies' may spell doom for coral reefs around world

Refugee life, as seen by children fleeing war

Conflict among U.S. allies in northern Syria clouds war on Islamic State

‘We are desperate’: Iraqis flee Fallujah, only to find another nightmare

Islamic State militants push back in Syria, Iraq and Libya

With refugees here to stay, hosts get help to make them an asset
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I'm not sure I like this. In fact, I'm sure I don't. I'm trying to convince myself that I just feel a natural distaste for change of this magnitude, and that things will muddle along without being really any better or worse for the world than before. And probably that's the truth, but... I don't know, I don't like it.
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The world's most unusual military unit patrols by dogsled

Fighting experience makes beetles better mothers, study shows

Fish Have Feelings, Too: The Inner Lives Of Our 'Underwater Cousins'

Chimpanzees hold secret to ultimate comfy bed, says expert

Why some college professors are telling students to use Wikipedia for class

Simple reward-based learning suits adolescents best

Some of History's Most Beautiful Combs Were Made for Lice Removal

Droppings activate the immune system in nestlings

The rise and fall of Europe, in maps

Europe's robots to become 'electronic persons' under draft plan

Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

New York City discards millions of pounds of dead electronics each year. We follow its path from shelf to shredder.

The Bears Who Came to Town and Would Not Go Away

In Chile's forests, shadowy rebel groups threaten logging industry

Inside the Knockoff-Tennis-Shoe Factory

The American Diet’s Getting Healthier? Not So Fast

Early Academic Training Produces Long-Term Harm

How Science Is Putting a New Face on Crime Solving

Most auditors in Asia find child labour in supply chains, survey finds

Governor’s threat could end food stamps in Maine: Recipients on ‘a steady diet of Mars Bars and Mountain Dew’

Researchers link childhood hunger, violence later in life

Photo of little girl standing on toilet goes viral for unusual reason

After police raided an apartment building to arrest a suspect, others were left with the collateral damage

Even Supervillains Think Our Sexual Assault Laws Are Insane (Making people pay for their own rape kits? WTF?)

How did Google become the internet’s censor and master manipulator, blocking access to millions of websites?

The Ghosts of Fukushima

A guaranteed way to make landlords care about crumbling apartments

Estuaries like Chesapeake Bay could contribute more to global warming than once thought

US Nato general fears rapid Russian troop deployments

In push for equal NATO status, Poland asks for flashpoint troops

Australian commission: Military cadets raped as initiation

What the Islamic State Has Won and Lost

ISIS in Egypt: The struggle for the Sinai Peninsula

China casts dark shadow on South China Sea drills

Refugees in Greece need internet so badly that they’ll stop a riot to let the wifi guys work

Rohingya children in Malaysia, an undocumented life

UNHCR report: More displaced now than after WWII More

Dismembered Central American Migrants Ask For Change In U.S. Strategy

The worst I've seen – trauma expert lifts lid on 'atrocity' of Australia's detention regime
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Indian State Grants Jews Minority Status


Firefox offers a shift from single to split 'personalities' online

NYC lawmakers pass a novel requirement for free tampons

Microbiota affect the rate of transplant acceptance and rejection

Things I’ve Learned About Heterosexual Female Desire From Decades Of Reading

How squash agriculture spread bees in pre-Columbian North America

Cities face new urban problem: their own skywalks

Dad Gets Tattoo That Looks Like the Cancer Scar on His Son's Head

Where Geek Girls Come From

How early mammals evolved night vision to avoid predators

New for-profit medical schools springing up across US

Prison program helps inmates become better fathers from behind bars

Why North Korea is a safe haven for birds

Tribes hail shield's halted sale; collectors ask what's next

Why Did San Francisco Schools Stop Teaching Algebra in Middle School?

What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning

Israeli lawyer uses inside knowledge against settler group

In Jerusalem's cramped Old City, Christians feel the squeeze

If Barnes & Noble goes out of business, it’ll be a disaster for book lovers.

South China Sea row: Where countries stand

In rare move, the Navy sends two aircraft carriers near the Philippines

Smartphone Users Are Paying for Their Own Surveillance

High levels of education linked to heightened brain tumor risk

Why Are Mexican Teachers Being Jailed for Protesting Education Reform?

The enormous threat to America’s last grasslands

No one should do politics in Turkey except Erdoğan, says chief adviser Yiğit Bulut

DuPont May Dodge Toxic Lawsuits By Pulling a Disappearing Act

Report assails NYC jail's sex abuse response

The house where the Philippines' forgotten 'comfort women' were held

Asia's worst refugee crisis in recent years could happen again

5 Refugee Crises That Aren't Tied to Syria

Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it will no longer take funds from the European Union in protest at its migration policy.

As Food Crisis Worsens, Venezuelans Loot Almost-Empty Stores

UN Has Delivered Aid to 16 of 18 Besieged Areas in Syria

Syria's War on Doctors

Gains against Islamic State not yet enough, could backfire: U.S. officials
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On our bus stop: Age Is Not A Condom

The girls find that the funniest thing, though they have no idea why that ad campaign might be necessary. I tried explaining that STD transmission rates among the older population are going up, and that safe sex wasn't as emphasized when that demographic was young, and they were immensely skeptical of the latter part. They're sure I must be wrong or making it up - after all, it's not *my* generation we're talking about!

So we're reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and we got to the part where the book coyly explains that Sissy worked in a factory that made a few rubber toys but mostly condoms. After dissecting that passage and trying to figure out what, exactly, the factory really made, and then figuring it out, they flat-out didn't believe me when I said that sale of contraceptives used to be illegal in most of the country. "What, did they want people to get sick!?"

The past really is another country.

Sorta related link: For men, the importance of safe sex may depend on how hot their partner is

Also: The Enduring Unpopularity of the Female Condom
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Scientists glimpse why life can't happen without water

Today's teens smoke less, drink less, and have sex less than any teens on record

Cancer doctors leading campaign to boost use of HPV vaccine

Physical Exercise Four Hours after Learning Improves Long-Term Memory, Study Shows

Summer solstice brings longest daylight, brightest moonlight

Get Ready for Quieter NYC Subway Stations (Yes, It’s Possible)

Manta rays are local commuters, not long-distance travelers, study finds

Refugees can offer economic boost to their host countries

UN urges solutions as refugee population hits record high

Texas loses battle with US government to bar Syrian refugees from living in the state

The Greek refugees who fled to the Middle East in WW2

The New Nazi Captain America Is the Hero That Bigoted Comic Book Fans Deserve

Rx pizza: 1 free meal can sway doctor prescribing

As Wind Power Lifts Wyoming’s Fortunes, Coal Miners Are Left in the Dust

Adequate Health Care Is Struggle For Transgender People Worldwide

Study finds Disney Princess culture magnifies stereotypes in young girls

Food Banks Take on a Contributor to Diabetes: Themselves

Once loved, forgotten parrots face uncertain future

First female teen to win Ohio masonry competition bumped from national contest

10 years after housing peaked, US is more of a renter nation

Inside the donor network: Studies unravel the towering influence money has over politics — on the right and left

They Served Their Country. Now They’re Deported.

Newly released CIA files expose grim details of agency interrogation program

Three years on, resentment simmers again on Istanbul streets

Juvenile lifers await chance for parole after US ruling

South China Sea: The mystery of missing books and maritime claims

ISIS fighting to the death inside Falluja

Congo declares yellow fever epidemic, 1,000 suspected cases
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The fascinating tribal tradition that gave Obama his last name (I don't know if I'd call it fascinating, exactly, but if this article is accurate then it certainly is interesting.)

Small asteroid is Earth's constant companion

Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?

As NOW turns 50, feminists hail gains but 'battle goes on'

Walkable urban places gain on suburbs

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Despite Rise Of Superbugs, Syphilis Still Has A Kryptonite

Old New York Police Surveillance Is Found, Forcing Big Brother Out of Hiding

The Bane of America's Electrical Grid Has a Bushy Tail

Here’s What Happened the Day the Dinosaurs Died

The First Woman To Put Her Face On Packaging Got Trolled Like Crazy

Some in Guam push for independence from U.S. as Marines prepare for buildup

If Women Were Less Poor, Would There Really Be Fewer Abortions?

Uphill battle to get seasonal farmworkers health insurance

How insane work hours became a mark of American privilege

House Rejects NSA Reforms After Orlando Massacre

Disgust made us human

Turkish plan to restructure courts stokes opposition alarm

Philippine poor get hit early in Duterte-inspired crackdown

Scientists discover mechanism of thalidomide

Coming of age in a city coming apart

When the River Rises: In Texas’s Flash Flood Alley, it takes only a few hours to cause lifelong devastation.

Up to 1 in 5 trauma deaths could be prevented, study says

Hong Kong's stateless children lost in translation as refugee claims soar

Why refugees don’t want to resettle

Study offers explanation for why women leave engineering

Air pollution linked to increased mental illness in children

An annual peace index ranked U.S. low because of its mass incarceration, murder rate and military spending.

In an era of mass incarceration, more women are going to prison and for longer. An often overlooked consequence: More children are ending up in foster care.
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Prospect Park, not Central, which is... a much longer hike from the train.

But anyway, we had fun, even the girls. In the lead-up to the concert it was all "You didn't ask us if we wanted to go!" "Yes, because you don't have a choice, and why pretend?" and fussing, and then in the middle it was Eva complaining we sat too far back and she wanted to sit close to the music next time. I ought to get that in writing for next year....


The primate brain is 'pre-adapted' to face potentially any situation

Capturing a dog’s life in 1940s New York City

The Most Beautiful Part of a Taiko Drum is Hidden Inside It

Sacred Anatomy: Slicing Open Wax Women in the Name of Science and God

Judge tries flicking open pocketknife in test at NYC hearing

Weird, water-oozing material could help quench thirst

A Tree Grows in Guadalcanal: How a Novel by Betty Smith Brought Comfort to Battle-Weary Soldiers During WWII

A rare, risky mission is underway to rescue sick scientists from the South Pole

On the Hunt for America's Last Great Treasure

Mystery alien rock unearthed in Swedish quarry

Protein structures pave the way for broad-spectrum antifungals

I'm Neither Male Nor Female: Growing Up Intersex

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

Germany to end unofficial tolerance of polygamy

The dramatic rise in state efforts to limit LGBT rights

The Abortion Training Taboo: How Texas Politics Influence Medical Education

Illegal abortions are killing women and aid restrictions are just making it worse

Prison phones are a predatory monopoly. One family fought back — and won. (I thought I already posted this, but apparently not?)

Study Finds 15 'Bright Spots' Where Coral Reefs Aren't Dying As Fast As Expected

Norway Kills More Whales than Japan and Iceland Combined, Report Finds

Report from Baby Jail on our Border

No food, no teachers, violence in failing Venezuela schools

Anorexia: you don’t just grow out of it

Why are the US and NATO planning to remain in Afghanistan?

NATO Plans to Send 4 More Battalions to Baltic Region

Post-Islamic State Iraq should be split in three: top Kurdish official

Photographing Turkey’s Hidden War
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A simple numbers game seems to make kids better at math

An Open Letter to the Female Hat-Wearing Dog From “Go Dog, Go”

The 21 Most Badass Photos (Are From Before You Were Born)

How the butterfly got its spots

How misfits lost the midnight movie

What could you buy with a nickel through the past century?

Monkey day care: Growing up as a child research subject

Almost all snakes have the same, mindboggling superpower

The Polyamorous Christian Socialist Utopia That Made Silverware for Proper Americans

Musket Balls, Fake Teeth and More Found Beneath Malcolm X's Childhood Home

Deer are invading New York City, and we don't know how to stop them

Moving as a child can change who you are as an adult

Constructing our own intellectual ghettos

U.S. Third Fleet expands East Asia role as tensions rise with China

The U.S. Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a group of American Samoans seeking to be recognized as U.S. citizens.

Beyond the border: Life in limbo

Nervous Baltics on war footing as NATO tries to deter Russia

Prosecutor bumps Stanford sex assault judge from new case

Why are there so many Maori in New Zealand's prisons?

A radical and growing organization of ‘constitutional sheriffs’ is promoting defiance of federal laws it doesn’t like.

After university crackdown, Egyptian students fear for their future

Court Fines And Fees Almost Delay Homecoming For Wrongly Convicted Michigan Man Related article: How an Innocent Teenager Confessed to Murder

$1 million spent to avoid cooling death row

6 Ways You Didn't Realize Ronald Reagan Ruined The Country

When the End of Human Civilization Is Your Day Job

Escalation in violence locks out aid, food for rebel-held parts of Aleppo

She warmed some chicken for her nieces, took out the trash, and everything changed. Who is responsible?
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is to keep a small list of frequent flyers in your head. If the details can be cut or stretched to fit one of the 50 - 100 most commonly requested books, then that's probably it. (Sometimes you even guess one right where every detail was wrong.)

The trouble with this method is that if you have a forgotten book, odds are nobody else has ever heard of it, because it's not one of the top 100 books, or even the top 500.

This is very annoying, but I keep asking anyway.

(What's really annoying is when you know you asked before and got an answer, but now you've forgotten again.)
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The girls were suitably happy with the ending, even though they guessed it ages ago with very little to go on. This is good, because Ana's book club assigned A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, so we're starting that tomorrow.


Fish Can Recognize Human Faces, Study Says

How Intel Makes a Chip

X-ray snapshot of butterfly wings reveals underlying physics of color

Finding Tatooine: Planet discovered that orbits 2 suns

Exploring the Painted Mansions of the Rajasthani Desert

Bird brain? Ounce for ounce birds have significantly more neurons in their brains than mammals or primates

When Dating Algorithms Can Watch You Blush

Cereal science: How scientists inverted the Cheerios effect

Revealed: Cambodia's vast medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle

The Boys Who Loved Birds

The stray dog’s smile made him famous. Now, police say he looks too dangerous to stay in his new home.

Tea, Pride, Mystery: For One Family That Fled The Nazis, A Tin Canister Held It All

Title I: Rich School Districts Get Millions Meant for Poor Kids

As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better

Millions of American children missing early lead tests

Eastern US needs 'connectivity' to help species escape climate change

Biggest US coal company funded dozens of groups questioning climate change

Ivory Coast farmers face eviction, extortion in drive to save forests

Europeans Want a More Active E.U., Poll Finds

Legal Medical Abortions Are Up In Texas, But So Are DIY Pills From Mexico

'I'm an abortion travel agent' and other tales from Texas' new desert

Arsonists have attacked five Planned Parenthood clinics around the country since last July, wreaking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, closing down the facilities, and sowing fear among staff and providers.

Obama administration not pursuing executive order to shut Guantanamo

Anxieties are growing over Beijing's activities in the waterways across East Asia.

Gunmakers' shares jump after Orlando nightclub massacre

Libyan forces taking back ISIS stronghold

Flow of civilians from Iraq's Falluja slows as IS tightens grip

Traffickers exploiting young refugees in French camps, says Unicef

NATO to send troops to deter Russia, Putin orders snap checks
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Life's first handshake: Chiral molecule detected in interstellar space

'I'm not the Obamacare kid anymore'

Sunflower pollen protects bees from parasites

Album of Seaweed Pictures (1848)

Russia’s Centuries-Old Bride-Shows Were the Original Version of ‘The Bachelor'

Inside new-age and vintage communes

For the Kermit Sutra? New mating position reported for frogs

Cats seem to grasp the laws of physics

How Do You Say 'Gnarly' In Amharic? Ethiopia Gets Its First Skate Park

National Aquarium to move dolphins into refuge

The Battle For Bunny Land

The Enduring Unpopularity of the Female Condom

Native Americans move to frontlines in battle over voting rights

Families Isolated By Rare Genetic Conditions Find New Ways To Reach Out

Palestinians move into new city, part of statehood dream

Twice Exceptional

Faces of a divided island

In the Early 1940s, the Red Cross Banned Black Blood Donors

The right to remain silent, brought you by J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI

How a New York State prisoner became a jailhouse lawyer, and changed the system.

Forget Closing Rikers, that’s not happening. Instead, why not make it a model?

Scientists Seek Genetic Clues To Asthma's Toll On Black Children

As a Girl, I Went Through Abstinence Ed. As a Woman, I’m Trying to Understand the Damage Done.

Polls show increasing support for Brexit; Murdoch's Sun backs 'Leave'

Florida bank issues first US credit card for use in Cuba

US home to nearly a third of world's mass shootings

U.S.-backed forces in Syria appeal for aid for hundreds fleeing IS
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My mother found out about it while we were in a cab on the way to the girls' dance recital, which is bad timing if I ever saw it. Her first question after "OMG" was "How is Trump going to spin this?"

The answer seems to be that in the right wing hate-off between gays and Muslims, Muslims are winning by a hair, though I'm sure more opinions are coming in. That's not very surprising - politically, you can still get somewhere by hating Muslims, and xenophobia is always popular during economic downturns, but right now blatant homophobia doesn't bring much broad appeal.

The news report our driver listened to in the taxi made much of the fact that the shooter allegedly declared his allegiance to ISIS. Frankly, I'm dubious. I mean, he may have - probably did! - but what does that mean other than that he thought it'd get him even more attention? Probably that's all it is, though I doubt ISIS will publicly repudiate him.

Of all the fucking awful things to happen on a day, this is not how I wanted to wake up.


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