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One of her friends has requested she write her something! "I feel so professional!" I couldn't be happier myself if - oh, hey, ice cream truck. That's just the cherry on top, a proud budding writer and ICE CREAM.
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The thing about self-diagnosis.

I once got into it with somebody who purports to be a professor on the subject of trigger warnings. She said she refused to give those unless it came through the disability office because that would be "taking responsibility" for their mental health. I pointed out that it's not like yesterday you were raped, today you have PTSD, and BOOM - tomorrow you get a diagnosis. "Oh, so you're saying people shouldn't get actual mental health care?" No, but it can take months or longer to get diagnosed, people can be crap at self-advocating, and I just don't think it's asking too much to say "Oh, head's up guys, there's a pretty graphic rape in the assigned reading for this week, we'll be discussing it next class". I mean, rape isn't something niche and esoteric.

Back and forth and back and forth and eventually she said that SHE personally had NEVER had a student complain that this was a problem. Well, yeah, and with an attitude like that I'm not surprised. I wonder how many students she's had mysteriously drop out of her class, though.

Honestly, some people.

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The Amazon Women: Is There Any Truth Behind the Myth?

A Mind-Blowing Technique for Cleaning Deep-Fry Oil Using Gelatin

No, autistic people do not have a "broken" mirror neuron system – new evidence

Study reveals Leonardo da Vinci's 'irrelevant' scribbles mark the spot where he first recorded the laws of friction

Google’s quantum computer just accurately simulated a molecule for the first time

'Pokemon Go' players stumble on hidden history

Breast-Feeding the Microbiome

Mexico finds water tunnel under Pakal tomb in Palenque

How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of Angkor

Why Italians, Maori, and Children of Divorce Have the Least Childhood Amnesia

Spiders spin unique phononic material

Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids' clothing

Before animals, evolution waited eons to inhale

The Problem with Feudalism

Human 'super predator' more terrifying than bears, wolves and dogs

Why is NASA’s longest-serving woman an hourly employee?

Got beef? How one man faced down a 'noodle cartel'

Revealed: How VW Designed the Greatest Scandal in Automotive History

Brave Tortoise Escaping Deadly Sand Fire Fled 'as Quickly as He Could'

Americans are as skeptical of Black Lives Matter as they were of the Civil Rights Movement

An Archive of Fugitive Slave Ads Sheds New Light on Lost Histories

Most Medical Research is Done on Men. That's a Deadly Problem.

The U.S. Blew $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa

Turkey detains 42 journalists in crackdown as Europe sounds alarm

Philippine leader declares ceasefire with communist rebels

A story of truth, lies and an American addiction

Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram

Isolated coral reefs far from human activity are not healthier

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

Ukraine, after war, becomes a trove for black market arms trade
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Had Ali Nazik. Gotta learn how to cook that.

Ana continued her trend of stealing her mother's clothes by taking Jenn's yellow dress. She looks remarkably grown-up in some of these clothes, rather than like a kid playing dress-up. It's frightening, really.
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We'll kick in some money as soon as I check the bank account. I mean, I had been going to send him a fruit basket, but this is probably more useful. He can buy his own pears.
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I need to print out this Calvin and Hobbes, stick it on my fridge

Putting the sloth in sloths: Arboreal lifestyle drives slow motion pace

10+ Animal Brothers From Other Mothers

To douse hot hives, honeybee colonies launch water squadrons

I Made a Shipwreck Expert Watch The Little Mermaid And Judge Its Nautical Merits

Temperature Helps Drive the Emergence of Different Personalities in Spiders

David Chang’s Unified Theory of Deliciousness

Trees' surprising role in the boreal water cycle quantified

The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month

For teen girls, abortion linked to better outcomes vs. giving birth (Well, no shit)

How a Guy From a Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years of Biology

Yeast Emerges as Hidden Third Partner in Lichen Symbiosis


Passport rule change debated as gender becomes less defined

Peep Shows, Sex, And Crack: 27 Photos Of Times Square At Its Lowest

Ancient feces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road

City Officials To Relocate Teens From Troubled Rikers Island Jail Complex

Nevada ending discrimination against prison inmates with HIV

Maryland withdraws proposal to ban letters to inmates

Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816

A Terrifying Journey Through the World's Most Dangerous Jungle

Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care

The Return of American Hunger

Black Man Shot by Police While Lying on the Ground With His Hands Up

More than 50 wrestlers sue WWE over brain damage

Armenian president urges gunmen to release hostages

North American forests not the climate change remedy hoped for - study

Historical Records Miss a Fifth of Global Warming: NASA

Libyan forces claim gains in fierce fighting against IS in Sirte

Turkey's state of emergency begins; critics fear overreach

Syrian opposition calls for suspension of U.S.-led air strikes

Report suggests torture widespread in war-torn Ukraine

Child hunger and death rising in Zimbabwe due to drought, charity says
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And this might sound ungrateful, but I wish they'd asked before picking, because they chose one that contains six pears and two Gala apples. And nobody in this family likes pears, and the only person who is passionate about apples only eats Granny Smiths. (That's Eva. I mean, I enjoy Jonagolds and Honeycrisp and Winesaps, but Gala? Sigh.)

I can find ways to use the apples, I suppose, but what am I going to do with six pears? Maybe I'll call the food bank on the corner, ask if they can use them on Saturday. Don't know what they'll do with six pears either, they certainly get more than six families every week.
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New one won't get here until Thursday. The way this week's going, it'll probably break as I carry it up the stairs.
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In preparation for going out to California, I gave away our tickets to two performances at the New Victory. Well, I only was able to give away one set - and of course, that's the one I specially wanted Jenn to go to, as it featured Indian Dance (which she used to do). I can hardly email this woman and be all "Welp, my grandma died, so I'll need those tickets back!" can I? Aside from looking callous, it would just be rude. And they're sold out. Well, of course they are.
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So naturally the girls were up bright and early and squabbling in my bedroom.

Well, no wonder they're cranky, we got the news pretty late, so they didn't get to sleep until even later. Ana, in particular, was very upset.

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Saturn’s moon Titan could have the right chemistry for life (but not as we know it)

All aboard! Volunteer rail service makes Scottish railway history

Psychologists still don't know how the brain deals with blinks

A History of Embarrassing Presidential Campaign Logos

You are surprisingly likely to have a living doppelganger

Rocket Slides and Monkey Bars: Chasing the Vanishing Playgrounds of Our Youth

Newborn ducklings can acquire notions of 'same' and 'different' (Eva: What, so they can be bullies!?)

The Contentious Tale of the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” Jingle

Physics Reveals What’s In Herculaneum’s Incinerated Ancient Scrolls

‘Ghostbusters’ Is A Perfect Example Of How Internet Movie Ratings Are Broken

The feds want to launch peanut butter drone strikes to save endangered ferrets

Whatever early progress the Library of Congress made on the internet has been squandered.

Nazi Art Loot Returned... to the Nazis

Coca's comeback forces Colombia to rethink drug war

The Disappearance of Dahlia Yehia

The Myth of the EthicalShopper

Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

Philadelphia conducting experiment to save gunshot victims

The FBI has quietly gathered 400,000 iris scans

All the Greedy Young Abigail Fishers and Me

Black Crime Rates: What Happens When Numbers Aren’t Neutral

In DC, wiggling while handcuffed counts as assaulting an officer

Yemen's war not just killing civilians with bullets: MSF

Six wealthiest countries host less than 9% of world's refugees

The Story of Ahmed and Alin: Syrian Orphans Trapped in Turkey

Alzheimer's gene may show effects on brain starting in childhood

Syrian army seizes only road into rebel-held Aleppo

Biodiversity falls below ‘safe levels’ globally

Turkey widens post-coup purge, demands Washington hand over cleric
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My grandmother just passed away. So... yeah.
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"So, let's see, Ana. We should do some sort of formal literature study this year. Hm. Well, we'll definitely be doing Julius Caesar, because that's showing at the New Vic and I got a discount on my tickets. And we should probably do To Kill a Mockingbird. What else, what else? Pigm- wait a minute."

That's the moment when I realized I was effectively recreating my 8th grade English curriculum.

So we're not doing Pigman. (Probably.) We'll have to find some other book with an insouciant young narrator. Right now I've got her doing The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but I think I may need to corner her tomorrow and make sure she reads some more of it. She's been busy writing lately.
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(And how to convince her that I love her and am not simply using an arcane torture device for kicks?)
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A week ago, my grandmother called me from California... at about three in the morning. (Which, granted, is only midnight her time, but still.)

And when I woke up I called her back and she was pretty incoherent. My uncle took the phone, apparently she's been on the decline for weeks but he didn't think to inform us. Or maybe he was busy?

Anyway, the plan is for us all to go out and visit now, because she's 92 years old.

Now means now.

If anybody has any airline miles they'd like to donate to us traveling, please reply back, I'll PM you with my sister's email (she's the one coordinating all of this).

Also, if anybody is in the NYC area, I have some tickets to a performance and a CSA pickup for anybody willing to take them.
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Why architects should let the microbes in

When Babies Used to Play in Cages Hanging Out the Top Floor Window (Video)

Germs add ripples to make 'groovy' graphene

The D.B. Cooper case has baffled the FBI for 45 years. Now it may never be solved.

Going Mental: Everyday Travel and the Cognitive Map

Like humans, lowly cockroach uses a GPS to get around, scientists finds

The Folsom Prisoner Who Built Functional Miniature Carnivals Out of Toothpicks

How plants sense electric fields

Preserving the Sublime at One of the Darkest Places in America

The curious case of Earth's leaking atmosphere

Watch Shackled Inmates Break Out Of Their Cell To Save Unconscious Jailer

AIDS epidemic no longer a public health issue in Australia, scientists say

Virus Found In Saliva Linked With Unexplained Infertility

Barbie’s got a new body – and now Mattel is tackling her other big image problem

As Japan's population shrinks, bears and boars roam where schools and shrines once thrived (I can think of a couple million refugees who would be glad to move to Japan if they could.)

How Marginalized Families Are Pushed Out of PTAs

Cash-Strapped Towns Are Un-Paving Roads They Can’t Afford to Fix

The Last Nazi Hunter

The linguistics of #BLM: Scalar Implicature and Social Controversy Bonus

A physiological theory of mental illness

Police, Prosecutors and Judges Rely on a Flawed $2 Drug Test That Puts Innocent People Behind Bars

Inside the Deadly World of Private Prisoner Transport

‘Time in the Box’: Young Rikers Inmates, Still in Isolation

Is America Repeating the Mistakes of 1968?

As Epipen prices skyrocket, consumers and EMTs resort to syringes for severe allergies
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Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened

The Six Main Arcs in Storytelling, as Identified by an A.I.

Monkeys in Brazil 'have used stone tools for hundreds of years at least'

Graffiti powered by the sun. What?!

Artist sued for $5M over painting he insists he didn’t paint

Watch an Artist Recreate Impressionist Masterpieces in Water

Triple sunrises, sunsets at this strange new world

This square isn’t actually rotating. Here’s why.

Israel find may help solve mystery of biblical Philistines

Thumb-sucking, nail-biting have a positive side: Kids less likely to develop allergies

Ghostbusters Is Getting Good Reviews, and Angry Fanboys Aren’t Here For It

Why Women Led Anti-Suffrage Campaigns Against Themselves

Organ transplants have come a long way but hurdles remain

In China, 'Happy Gymnastics' Replaces Grind of Strict Study

How 19th Century Immigration Made New York City Rethink Its Parks

The FBI Says Its Malware Isn’t Malware Because the FBI Is Good (Anybody who uses such blatantly specious logic is NOT good and they are NOT your friends.)

Citizen recordings of police interaction growing amid push

Three countries urge caution traveling to U.S. amid protests, violence

Women more likely than men to face poverty during retirement

South China Sea: Court rules in favor of Philippines over China (Surprise! Beijing has rejected the ruling.)

In first, U.S. judge throws out cell phone 'stingray' evidence

Finger-pointing over fingerprinting: Checks could be flawed

Why Does America Invest So Little in Its Children?

Can New York Be Saved in the Era of Global Warming?

Friend or foe? Open-carry law poses challenge to police

Copspeak: 7 Ways Journalists Use Police Jargon to Obscure the Truth

Advocates fear more heroin withdrawal deaths in jails

Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, becomes law

Israel delves into charged 1950s missing children saga

The CDC and WHO are teaming up to end the ‘contagious disease’ of child violence

Decade after war with Israel, Syria's war pulls Hezbollah in

South Sudanese emerge from shelters after heavy fighting

New migrant crisis in the making in the Balkans

Sirte battle risks widening Libya political splits

NATO boosts support for countries battling Islamic extremism and Eastern Poland and the Baltic states are also getting more support.

Inmates on hunger strike at Japanese immigration detention center
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It's a documentary on a typical North Korean family. North Korea picked the family and scripted as much of their interactions as they could. (But the intrepid filmmakers smuggled out all the scenes they were supposed to delete.)

The sad truth is that even if the filmmakers had gone along with the little game, the jig would have been up anyway. Maybe it doesn't matter if you have a captive audience, but it turns out that North Korea is actually not very good at propaganda. In one scene, the little girl and her parents are eating a presumably "typical" dinner... which is more food than a family of ten could eat in one sitting, let alone three! And such a variety of dishes! Either we're supposed to think they're cleaning out the fridge, or it's a holiday. Except it's plainly not. And then the father gives the kid a (scripted) "off-the-cuff" comment on how "kimchi is one of our traditional foods". We know it's scripted, because the filmmakers showed several different takes of that scene, but honestly, we would have guessed because even in North Korea, it's not possible that people actually talk like that. Later, the dad goes to his (fake) job, and his sub-manager makes a speech about how their factory hit 150% of their quota. The second time she makes the speech it's 200% (a poster on the wall reveals it's probably around 40%), but does it matter? Nobody would believe either of those numbers, and it's insulting that the North Korean propaganda department apparently thinks we would.
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Eva is registered for a free tennis program this summer. Starts at 1pm, twice a week.

So we got off the bus at Jersey Street and asked direction from a pair of kids, and headed up the hill. And up the hill. Aaaaaaaand up the hill - honestly, it was like a completely different neighborhood. Eventually, when we were 191 feet up, we found the tennis courts. I know we were 191 feet up because there was a plaque. It said "191 feet above sea level", and I believe it! Not sure why they put the plaque there, though - the park continues uphill from there for some time.

There were two people playing tennis, but not a group. Happily, one of them explained the situation. Apparently, this was a new location this year, and people complained they "didn't know where the park was" (yeah, right. they complained because it's near the projects and oooh, scary, Jersey Street. the way people act you'd think there were murders there every night and day!) so they canceled the location and moved it to the usual one, and then assigned these two to tell any wayward people where to go.

But they didn't send an email or anything to those of us who signed up. They *have* all our emails, and our phone numbers too. Well, it turns out they did send an email... at 1:28 that same day. So we didn't make it to tennis. We'll make it next week. Seriously, though, talk about some poor planning.

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Evolution may have moved at a furious pace on a much warmer earth

Army site's new owner plans to preserve rare white deer herd

In the 1920s, the Now-Forgotten Flood of 'Girl Mayors' Became the Face of Feminism

Linguists team up with primatologists to crack the meaning of monkey calls

Photographer Discovers 1,200 Rolls of Unprocessed Film from the 1950s

First evidence that synaesthesia gives colour to sign language

FDA approves first dissolving stent for US patients

The Secret Apartments of New York City Libraries

I want to print this comic out and pin it up on my fridge

North Korea, a smokers' paradise, now urging people to quit

Hundreds of animals freed as 140-year-old Argentina zoo closes its doors

In rare twist, Palestinian man rescues wounded Israelis

City Workers Accidentally Dismantle a Secret Earthquake Science Landmark

Shark attack! 1916 deaths sparked fear that endures today

Why One Woman Pretended to Be a High-School Cheerleader

Tainted Water Prompts Capitol Officials to Offer Blood Tests (Yeah, I bet. Because when it's them, they care.)

Marijuana can be sold at Uruguay pharmacies, but few want to

You Shouldn’t Have to Crowdfund Your Wheelchair

Court orders release of detained immigrant kids, not parents

Bees' ability to forage decreases as air pollution increases

If payday loans go away, what replaces them?

Putin’s Military Buildup in the Baltic Stokes Invasion Fears

Crash deaths far worse in US than other affluent countries

Charting the Disparity in U.S. Hourly Wages

End Needless Interactions With Police Officers During Traffic Stops

In Pakistan, gruesome 'honor' killings bring a new backlash

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