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Why is that always the way? I'm fine, but a little bruised.

The nieces intended to make whipped cream with dessert, ended up with butter. I got more cream, they tried with the whisk instead of the mixer, still ended up with butter. WTF?

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ISIS militants wreak havoc on Iraq's cultural treasures

Big Dairy Is Putting Microscopic Pieces of Metal in Your Food

Firefighters in Northern California on Sunday battled a wildfire that has destroyed 10 homes and forced hundreds of evacuations in the Sierra Nevada foothills, while a fire near Yosemite National Park destroyed one home and grew significantly overnight.

2,500 Ground Zero workers have cancer

“When does your decency kick in?” Police overreach and the Eric Garner difference

Nigerian Boko Haram militants kidnapped the wife of Cameroon's vice prime minister and killed at least three people on Sunday in a cross-border attack involving more than 200 assailants in the northern town of Kolofata, Cameroon officials

An American doctor and another U.S. aid worker helping to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa are now infected with disease.

Ebola outbreak: Sierra Leone escaped patient dies

Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber

One man's quest to explain his brother's mysterious jail cell death 19 years ago has rekindled long-dormant questions about whether others were involved in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Ramadan in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject others' ceasefire announcements

Beneath the conflict in Gaza lies the death of the two-state solution

'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

Pope Francis renews attack on mafia in region scarred by toxic waste

Among the many illegal migrants who die crossing the southern US border, hundreds are never identified, buried without ceremony, casket, or name. Connecting the dead with those who mourn them is the mission of a cadre of college students, who aren’t about politics but about dignity — for people like Santos Interiano, who crossed into Texas a year ago and simply vanished.

Study: More Than Half Of The People Executed In The United States Have A Severe Mental Illness

A 3D Printed Suit Of Armor To Make Barbie Ready For Battle

Newly-found gut virus 'abundant in humans'

Pushing locals aside, Russians take top rebel posts in east Ukraine
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I've pre-emptively put my foot down. As soon as the cat comes close enough to *me* that I can toss her in a carrier, she and her kittens (due any day now) are going down to the van to get fixed.

If that fails, we rent a trap. The very concept horrified Ana, but I pointed out that a humane trap is very safe and won't harm the mama or her kittens. I wouldn't risk if it that weren't the case.

The truth is, I happen to like going to the ASPCA van. It's tedious, yet also fun.

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How The NYPD's Use Of Civil Forfeiture Robs Innocent New Yorkers

'Family That Walks on All Fours' Not Evolutionary Throwbacks

Black boys as young as 10 may not be viewed in the same light of childhood innocence as their white peers, but are instead more likely to be mistaken as older, be perceived as guilty and face police violence if accused of a crime, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

Gay Marriage Went From Unthinkable to Inevitable. Here's What It Means for the Change You Want to See

Climate change may slowdown crop production in 20 years

You could be forgiven for thinking of cancer as a genetic disease. Sure, we know it can be triggered by things you do – smoking being the classic example – but most of us probably assume that we get cancer because of a genetic mutation – a glitch in our DNA. It turns out that this is not quite the end of the story.

Amid cease-fire, Gaza residents head home to find widespread destruction

It Turns Out Hamas Didn’t Kidnap and Kill the 3 Israeli Teens After All

However, Hamas Killed 160 Palestinian Children to Build Terror Tunnels

Thousands marched on an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone on Friday after a former nurse alleged that the deadly virus was invented to conceal "cannibalistic rituals" at the ward, a regional police chief said.

Nigeria 'on red alert' over Ebola death in Lagos

Sorry Mr. Mayor, But Atheists Have Rights, Too

This week, the Center for Community Change (CCC) released new research that details the way low-income Americans think and talk about living on the edge. It found that the language being used by policymakers and others to describe them is turning off the very people it is supposed to help.

Mental capacity and IQ deteriorate much faster for people with less education than others, study reveals. The findings provide new insight into the development of dementia.

Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

Give forests to local people to preserve them

EU sanctions weaken anti-terror efforts - Russia

Detroit Shuts Off Water to Residents but Not to Businesses Who Owe Millions

More than 15,000 households have had their taps turned off for being past due. Yet the bankrupt city hasn’t touched 40 businesses who owe $9.5 million in total.


Canadians deliver water to protest Detroit shutoffs

Website lets donors pay Detroit residents' overdue water bills

The Pay-for-Performance Myth

Scientists Probe Human Nature--and Discover We Are Good, After All

This week in the war on workers: The new piecework economy. If nothing else, please watch the video buried somewhere in the middle of their list-o-links. You'll regret it if you don't.

Joe Biden: Voter ID laws "an attempt to repress minority voting"

“I Want You to Live In My House”: How U.S. Kids Are Welcoming the Central American Child Refugees

Why Are These Indian Children Being Torn Away From Their Homes?
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Trying as much as possible to rest my leg these next two days. My pre-existing plan for these two weeks, unfortunately, is to go with a friend's kid and the nieces to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building and such and then never do it again, so I have to get that done, leg or not. It's getting better, but it'd get better faster if I never put weight on it, which isn't happening.

Lost Eva at the Met, in between Byzantium and Egypt, a distance of maybe 100 feet. It took me longer to locate the security desk than it took for them to find her! The guard remembered her from when she came in (the museum was blissfully uncrowded for a summer day) and predicted, correctly, that once she realized she was lost they'd find her holed up somewhere with a book. She had been poking her head out every few pages in case I appeared, then settling back down so she wouldn't get lost. Very sensible of her! If I hadn't had two other kids with me I would've backtracked all the way to find her, but I didn't want to risk misplacing them as well so I only backtracked a little bit before asking for help.

We spent plenty of time in the section with the furnished rooms, where the girls immediately did what I used to do as a kid and started calling dibs on all the furniture. We spent so much time there that we left almost immediately thereafter, much to Eva's dismay - she had thought we'd see the whole museum! LOL, I pointed out that in no world would that ever happen over the course of a single day, but that we *would* be spending plenty of time there as part of homeschooling, which mollified her somewhat. And this from the girl who declared on the way up that she HATES the Met and doesn't WANT to go there!

Ana spent the entire visit drawing, which got steadily more irritating each time I had to drag her from one room to another. One lost child is enough! We'll have to see if she can take one of the teen classes there, that might make her happy. I have nothing against her drawing, but I do have a lot against her getting lost.

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That FL CEO Who Said He'd FIRE Everyone if Obama Elected? Guess What Happened...

Plasma physics: The fusion upstarts

Fuelled by venture capital and a lot of hope, alternative fusion technologies are heating up.


My son has been suspended five times. He’s 3.

Black families fight entrenched prejudices to get fair discipline for their children in schools.


The beauty of zipper merging, or why you should drive ruder

US appeals court says Colombians cannot sue Chiquita

Ukraine Moves to Ban Communism

There is a lizard sex satellite floating in space and Russia no longer has it under control

At least 15 killed by shelling of Gaza school; toll exceeds 760

World's 85 richest own more than 3.5 billion poorest, UN report says

Hungary’s new ambassador to Italy thinks Jews are ‘agents of Satan’ who ‘enslave mankind’

Sometime this summer, probably when as many Americans as possible are tanning on a beach and not paying attention, the White House is expected to release a version of a classified report on torture during the Bush years. Actually, what's likely to become public is only the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report; the entire thing, five years in the making, clocks in at about 6,700 pages, making it the most exhaustive account yet of what really went on in secret CIA prisons around the world.


Guy Walks Into a Bar

Despite the potential harms of using antibiotics in livestock feed, regulators have taken little meaningful action to stop the practice.

A new study by NASA and University of California, Irvine, scientists finds more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

Obama accuses firms of "cherry-picking" over tax rules

Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Fucking animals—the border enforcement people, literally putting kids in kennels, conservatives foaming at the mouth at the presence of desperate children, and the Obama Administration, trying to make it easier to deport these kids.

Syria conflict: Isis 'overruns' Raqqa military base

Sierra Leone officials appealed for help on Friday to trace the first known resident in the capital with Ebola whose family forcibly removed her from a Freetown hospital after testing positive for the deadly disease.

Global decline of wildlife linked to child slavery
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Found out said friend doesn't really like roller coasters, and Eva really, really wants to ride the new Thunderbolt, so we're making another trip in August so they can both get what they want (more credits for games instead of an unlimited pass for the friend, more credits for "extreme thrill" coasters instead of the unlimited pass that doesn't cover the big moneymakers for Eva).

I found out this evening that while I was sitting on a bench reading and nursing my poor hip, Eva was going on the ride which flips you upside down and lets you hang out there for a few seconds. Had I known, I would possibly not have allowed this.

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FactCheck: Does Hamas use civilians as human shields?

And minder makes three: For White House interviews, it’s never just one-on-one

Appeals court judge argues for return of firing squads

The Pitchforks Are Coming… For Us Plutocrats

Women Penalized for Promoting Women, Study Finds

Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture, Stanford anthropologist says

How Anonymous Cops Online Are Reacting to the Death of Eric Garner

Israeli agency bans radio clip naming children killed in Gaza
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Apparently, you can sprain your hip. Which I appear to have done. Walking is okay (sorta, I'm trying to keep weight off it), but transitioning from sitting to standing or, god forbid, lying down to ANYthing else? Ow!

Treatment is the same for any sprain - rest (I can do that... sorta), ice (I can frozen corn it with the best of them!), compress (uh... my hip???) and elevate (huh? How the hell does one elevate ones hips???).

This is not going to be fun. And I still have no idea how this happened. I didn't *do* anything today! Well, I mean, we went to the Bronx Zoo, but all we did there was walk! I walk everywhere, all the time!
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Amulet, book 6 is coming out soon, as is the companion to Smile. I happen to know some girls who would like both those books (as well as Zita the Spacegirl 3, which IS out already!)
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Laguna Gloria.

According to my mother, my father's mother spent several years with a more or less sinecure job there, living there free of charge provided she occasionally ran a tour.

I have no idea how accurate this is, she must have heard it from my father and of course the grandmother in question is dead now.


World Health Organization quietly endorses drug decriminalization

Food Stamps Are Affordable; Corporate Welfare Is Not (older piece)

New spongelike structure converts solar energy into steam.

Self-cooling solar cells boost power, last longer

Shots fired into Al Jazeera's office in Gaza, a day after Israeli FM said Israel will work to close down the network.

'No safe place for civilians' in Gaza, U.N. says

‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media War

Israeli propaganda war hits social media

Dermer: IDF deserves Nobel Peace Prize for ‘unimaginable restraint’

Addressing Christian supporters, ambassador to the US says ‘Israeli soldiers are dying so that innocent Palestinians can live’


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone, amid growing strains between Ankara and Washington over Syria and the Gaza conflict.

11 parents of Nigeria’s abducted girls die

Court deals blow to Obama health law by limiting subsidies

Google may bring Wi-Fi to New York City pay phones

Genetic risk for autism stems mostly from common genes

A Rockville, Maryland couple has been arrested and charged with locking their 22-year-old autistic twin sons in the basement of their home.

Montgomery County police told WTTG-TV that the room had no lights, a strong smell of urine, and only a single comforter was provided for the men to sleep on. Police also said the room only had one window, which was far too small for either man to climb through in case of an emergency.


National Conversation on Climate Change Has Shifted; Just Look at Latest Calls for Action

Republicans Google 'Climate Change' During Extreme Weather

Study Finds Elementary Students Like New Healthier Lunches

Students Complained When Regulations Implemented, But Ultimately Found Them Agreeable


Wind turbines help seals power up

New Surveillance Whistleblower: The NSA Violates the Constitution

A former Obama administration official calls attention to unaccountable mass surveillance conducted under a 1981 executive order.


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk had harsh words for Russia and President Vladimir‎ Putin on Monday, saying the country is "on the dark side," blaming it again for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and demanding that it close its Western border to halt separatist activity in eastern Ukraine.

Russia "trained these bastards and supported them and even orchestrated ‎this despicable crime," Yatseniuk said of the missile strike that brought down the jetliner in which pro-Russia separatists are suspected.


An assassination attempt against Russian President Vladimir Putin. A desperate ploy to draw the West into the battle for Ukraine's east. A botched mission to commit mass murder against Russian citizens.

Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, all point the finger at Ukraine. None admits the possibility that Russia may bear responsibility.


Malaysia Airlines avoids Ukraine, but flies over Syria?

Okay, clearly Malaysia Airlines was responsible for their own crash. It's like they're not even trying.


The last Christians have left one of their holiest cities, running from ISIS demands to become Muslim or be slain—but as a final indignity, their money and even crucifixes were stolen.

Kurdish Oil Gambit Hits Troubled Waters

Efforts to Sell Crude Show Steep Barriers to Becoming Legitimate International Energy Player


Beef environmental cost 10 times that of other livestock
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I'd wanted to leave the playground, and I needed to buy tomatoes, so I decided to go to Whole Foods and buy some tomatoes and ice cream. While we were there, the nieces spent up their entire allowance on croutons, candy, and soap.

Then we bought our ice cream, and by the way, ice cream with waffle pieces in it is the best idea ever.

So the cashier was chatting with Ana after the fact, and Ana mentioned, out of nowhere, that she knows a blind man who plays the piano. The cashier replied "That's amazing! It just goes to show, you can do anything if you put your mind to it!"

I didn't say what I was thinking, which is that it's not THAT amazing (he's blind, not deaf! nor were both his hands amputated, which *would* be remarkable in a pianist), which is just as well, because as I was holding her tongue Ana told the cashier her ambition: To grow up, take over the world, and make everybody else her minions.

It's the little moments, really.

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Detroit will stop shutting off people’s water — for now

This Tower Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

Scientists Can Now Cut HIV Out of Human DNA

World breaks monthly heat record 2 times in a row

Single mothers 'do just as good a job as couples'

Poverty has a more detrimental effect on young children than lone parenthood


Iran completes process of eliminating enriched uranium

FOR both Israelis and Palestinians, the third war between Israel and Gaza in six years may prove to be the most gruelling yet. Since the war started on July 8th over 500 people have been killed, all but 20 of them Palestinians.

Acidification of the world's oceans is believed to be behind plummet in oyster population in the US' Pacific Northwest.

With 92% of Coal Ash Still Coating North Carolina River Bed, Duke Energy Declares Cleanup Complete

Amazon: The Truth Behind the Click (video)

Gunmen in Kenya kill four in Mombasa

Lake Mead Drops To Lowest Levels Ever As 14-Year Drought Plagues Southwest

The FCC wants to let cities build their own broadband. House Republicans disagree.

New San Francisco billboard warns workers they’ll be replaced by iPads if they demand a fair wage

The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

The Gratuitous Injustice of American Tipping Culture

Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials

Babylonian Neurology and Psychiatry

10 Fascinating Old Things that Still Work
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Spectacular fossils unearthed in China show detailed brain structures of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators more than half a billion years ago.

In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the limelight

“I don’t believe in Ebola,” Craig Manning’s local driver told him as he chauffeured the viral emergency specialist through Freetown, Sierra Leone, where infection rates are rising. The man came from a rural part of the country where people were already dying from the virus. He was adamant, like many others in his community, that “there is no such thing as Ebola.”

‘Dead’ girl wakes up in coffin during her own funeral

Long-Lost Photos Show What Hasn't Changed About Motherhood In 50 Years

17 Historical Reactions to Air Conditioning

The Danish archers Lars Andersen has rediscovered an old and very fast way to shoot bows.

The Next Breadbasket

Why the world's corporations are gobbling up land in the world's hungriest continent


Gov. Terry McAuliffe renewed his pitch for expanding health care to the poor Friday by touring a field hospital set up at a county fairgrounds, where people had camped out for days for the chance to see a dentist or doctor.

McAuliffe flew to the Remote Area Medical expedition in far southwest Virginia, where the line for free dental and medical care was 1,500 long by 4 a.m. Friday, when organizers started turning people away.


Brain's limits lead to unconscious choices in what we see and remember

At least 50 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in a Gaza neighborhood, where bodies were strewn in the street and thousands fled for shelter to a hospital packed with wounded, witnesses and health officials said.

Why Iran Believes the Militant Group ISIS Is an American Plot

More Western fighters joining militants in Iraq and Syria

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

Washington state wildfire destroys 100 homes, hundreds evacuated
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Ukraine, rebels agree on security zone at crash site

Ukraine crisis shows divisions in old Soviet bloc

"Magic number" for space pioneers calculated

Two Israeli soldiers die in Gaza clash; Palestinian toll tops 300

CNN Pulls Reporter From Israel-Hamas Coverage Over 'Scum' Tweet

US drone attack kills 11 in Pakistan

Attack in North Waziristan is fourth since the military launched an offensive against Taliban fighters last month.


US communities diverge on child migrant response

Death of NYC man after police chokehold prompts probe

This was less than a mile from my house, so I found out about this literally by walking by the cordoned off street not two hours later.


Criminalization of homelessness on the rise in U.S. cities

Is Kindle Unlimited Bad for Authors?

A Redesigned Parking Sign So Simple That You’ll Never Get Towed

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

Forest nursery school in London lets kids explore

California couple conserving water amid drought could face fine for brown lawn

To change attitudes, don't argue — agree, extremely

Do You Know Where Your Aquarium Fish Come From?

Tracking the species caught for the unevenly regulated aquarium trade is a complicated task.


Boko Haram insurgents kill 100 people as they take control of Nigerian town

California drought will only get worse, experts say

HIV diagnosis rate fell by third in US over decade

On Capitol Hill, a brief simulation of what poor Americans go through each day

Millions of working Americans don’t know where their next meal is coming from. We sent three photographers to explore hunger in three very different parts of the United States, each giving different faces to the same statistic: One-sixth of Americans don’t have enough food to eat.

Republican fundraising is suffering because their big donors are worried they'll be "demonized." Can't this nation spare some compassion for them?
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so Ana just picked him up and tossed him in the back hall. Afterwards, she complained that I should've known better than to let her do that, because now she was covered with cat hair and her dad was going to sneeze. I still haven't forgiven him for last week, so I don't quite care if he does sneeze. (I may have accidentally said that aloud.)

Once at the boat I picked up a new apple for Eva's apple challenge, my attempt to find ONE other apple variety she will eat other than the ultra green granny smiths from the supermarket only. Seriously, there are thousands of apples out there! She's trying one new apple a week with no whining. This week she picked another green apple, and we were both disappointed to find that it's plainly a cooking apple, not an eating apple. Very sour! But she tried it, which is the important part.

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Some U.S. Publishing Houses Say No Thanks to Amazon's Unlimited Ebook Services

Detroit elites declare: “Water is not a social right”

Right-Wingers Advised to Invest in Water as Fracking in Drought Areas Prompts Activism

The UN thinks we could hit peak births in 2014

Real-World Relativity: The GPS Navigation System

US Turns Back on Child Migrants After Its Policies in Guatemala, Honduras Sowed Seeds of Crisis

100 AIDS researchers may have been killed in crash

Study: Rhode Island accidentally decriminalized prostitution, and good things happened

Op-Ed: Microsoft layoff e-mail typifies inhuman corporate insensitivity

Israel targets Hamas tunnels in Gaza offensive

Israel has warned it could "significantly widen" a Gaza land offensive but was cautioned by its main ally, the United States, about the risks of further escalation as Palestinian civilian deaths mounted.

Turkey's Erdogan condemns Israel over Gaza

Bald eagles found on California island for first time in 50 years

Report: Eastern U.S. at greater risk for earthquakes

Snowden Claims NSA Workers Circulate 'Sexually Compromising' Images of Targets

Understanding creationism: An insider’s guide by a former young-Earth creationist

New solar material goes hole-free for greater durability

You're Drinking the Wrong Kind of Milk

And we're not talking about soy or almond, either.


A Spray to Keep Bacteria-Laden Biofilms From Growing on Food

While Iraq burns, Isis takes advantage in Syria

Minorities in Iraq Follow Kurds in Pushing for More Autonomy

The Push Risks Further Splintering a Country Whose Borders Are Already Being Tested


Syria Kurds impose mandatory military service

Kurdish leaders aim to ward off push by Islamic State fighters in Kurdish-run areas in northern Syria.


Iraqi Christians flee after Isis issue Mosul ultimatum

New militant group replacing Isis in Mosul, says city governor

Kurdish Female Elite Forces Prepare to Battle ISIS in Iraq

Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple

Why Do Banksters Get Help but Not Homeowners?
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Downtown D.C. development holdout saw a likely fortune vanish

Amazing rescue of two 'trapped' baby deer from dangerous turf near Staten Island Expressway (with photo gallery)

How Residents Cope When Detroit Shuts Off Water for 100,000 People

Instagram's 'mommy wars': the right to bare chest

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced plans to cut 18,000 jobs, the most in the company's history.

In a memo to employees, Nadella said the majority of the cuts — 12,500 — would come from newly acquired Nokia. That's half of the employees who joined Microsoft from Nokia.


NYC Can't Afford to Build the Second Avenue Subway, and It Can't Afford Not To

Most Americans unhappy with Obama's border strategy

Scientists Take Issue With Rupert Murdoch’s Remarks on Climate Change

Missile downs Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298; Kiev blames rebels

Amazon's Prepping a "Kindle Unlimited" Subscription Service For Books

What happened when Palestinian children were killed in front of a hotel full of journalists

Four-winged dinosaur is 'biggest ever'

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid'

Israel launches Gaza ground invasion

Hamas says Israel to pay "high price" as tanks and troops enter Palestinian territory in major escalation of offensive.


Israel decided Friday to pull some of its diplomatic staff out of Turkey in the wake of violent protests targeting the buildings of its embassy and consulate in Ankara and Istanbul, an embassy spokesman said, as well as recent statements that accused Israel of attempting a “systematic genocide” on the Palestinian people.

Scars Show as Gaza's Children Endure Third War

Gaza faces imminent water crisis

Israel's assault had a devastating impact on Gaza's already fragile water infrastructure.


Asthma Cases Increase as Cities Continue to Ignore Federal Ozone Standards
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More than a century after their discovery, we still don’t really know what blood types are for. Do they really matter?

Drought-parched California tightens curbs on wasting water

California's Drought Is 'The Greatest Water Loss Ever Seen,' And The Effects Will Be Severe

Is your happy like my happy? New research throws light on subjective feeling

Earth's Magnetic Field Flip Could Happen Sooner Than Expected

She just wanted to crowdfund a vagina-shaped kayak. Now she's the face (and vulva?) of free speech.

What today's kids don't know, who's to blame, and how to fix it

US media coverage of Gaza is deeply flawed, both sides in conflict say

Palestinian Death Toll Rises as Israel Threatens Broader Hamas Offensive
Israeli Army Warns Residents to Leave Northern Gaza


Israeli military's 'knock on roof' warnings criticized by rights groups

Israel poised for Gaza incursions after truce collapses

Leaders of the BRICS emerging market nations launched a $100 billion development bank and a currency reserve pool on Tuesday in their first concrete step toward reshaping the Western-dominated international financial system.

Moms, “Food Fears” and the Power of the Internet

Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing

U.S. Navy nurse won't force-feed Guantanamo detainees

Kurds enter Syria from Turkey to fight jihadists

Over 25 killed in Nigeria militant attack, government air strike

Why the modern bathroom is a wasteful, unhealthy design

A Klu Klux Klan Imperial Klalif says the bags of candy found by residents in Oconee County were part of a recruitment drive. The KKK hotline has an anit-immigration message.

"Imperial Klalif"? How do these people manage to keep a straight face at their little meetings?


How Many LGBT Americans There Are Depends On What You Ask

Banks Too Big to Fail Continue to Commit Criminal Acts Without DOJ Holding Anyone Accountable

Most Republicans Think Jesus Would Denounce Universal Healthcare

*headdesk*

Jul. 15th, 2014 10:24 am
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8:35 we head out to swim class. Tommy, our newbie cat, starts following us. And panting, no less. Who ever heard of a cat that pants? He's done this before, so I'm no longer worried it indicates any real distress on his part, it just seems to be something he does.

I immediately implement our general rule for Tommy: Don't look back, don't talk to him, don't encourage him. I don't know why I keep thinking this will work, but that's what I do.

No good. Every block we hear the same "jinglejinglejingle" as he jogs to keep up. Ignoring him never works.

Finally, we cross a mildly busy street. That should stop him. He's scared of traffic, right? Indeed, he did wait quite a while before deciding - and then he crossed with us anyway!

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I showed up at Lyons Pool carrying a cat. Too late to bring him home, didn't want him getting hit by a car.

Walked all the way home, deposited him behind the door, then immediately ran out again to pick up the girls after their class. D'oh!

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Tame Animals Have Floppy Ears, White Patches

WTO rules against US in trade spat with China and India

Militia shells Tripoli airport, U.N. pulls staff out of Libya

NSA: Releasing Snowden Emails Would Violate His Privacy

Surveillance agency says publishing more Snowden messages would be a 'clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.'

LOL! You can't make this stuff up, guys.


China told the United States on Tuesday to stay out of disputes over the South China Sea and leave countries in the region to resolve problems themselves, after Washington said it wanted a freeze on stoking tension.

Syria conflict: UN authorises aid convoys to rebel-held areas

Syria's Allies Are Stretched by Widening War

Israel has accepted an Egyptian truce proposal for the conflict with Gaza.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, is still discussing the plan, but its armed wing has rejected it as a "surrender".


Nevermind, truce collapsed. Sigh.

The Assault on Organics

A sci-fi and fantasy novel flowchart!

Nonviolent Communication can hurt people

Your Almond Habit Is Sucking California Dry

Wrong Answer

In an era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice.


The 10 Most Endangered Jobs (Or, Why You Are Reading This Online)

Republicans who control Florida's Legislature said Tuesday that they will not appeal a landmark ruling that found that the state's map for congressional districts unconstitutional.

But Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford said in a joint statement that they want to postpone drawing a new map until after the 2014 elections.

Part two?

Jul. 14th, 2014 09:48 am
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Restaurant CEOs Make More Money in Half a Day Than Their Employees Make in a Year

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

With an otherwise awful Hobby Lobby ruling, right-wing judges just said I don't have to pay for warfare!

34 killed in militants' raid on alleged brothel in Baghdad

US jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

Mali clashes leaves more than 30 dead

At least 37 people dead in clashes the army blames on rebel infighting days before peace talks due to start.


Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture.


Agony of Pakistani women enslaved by Dubai sex trade

Why were this company’s computers attacked millions of times this year? Algae.

Little oversight as Nestle taps Morongo reservation water during drought

Victims say they have no recourse as BP ends internal claims program

Man misdiagnosed as delusional for 20 years sues

Executive pay has grown from 60 times that of the average worker to almost 180 times since the 1990s, according to a report.

The End Is Nigh For the Guinea Worm

Eradicating this this nasty parasite would be great for humanity, but should we consider the ecological impacts?


Ebola Crisis In West Africa Worsened By Patients Shunning Treatement

From Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia 539 deaths have been attributed to what is now the largest ever Ebola outbreak on record. Efforts to combat the outbreak continue despite fear and supply shortages.

Climate Change Likely To Lead To More Kidney Stones

Isis defector speaks of life inside brutal jihadist group

Farmers in Nevada look with longing at water that goes to lawns, not crops

Beach Sand Used To Make A Battery That Lasts Three Times Longer
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Sources identify husband who police believe jumped off Verrazano-Narrows Bridge after stabbing wife

Israel says shoots down Gaza drone as calls for truce mount

Thousands of Gazans flee homes as Israel promises to press the fight

Israelis unnerved by a new round of warfare using text messages

Ukraine forces end rebel airport blockade

Russia warns Ukraine of ‘irreversible consequences’ after cross-border shelling

U.S. Sergeant. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years, could return to active military duty as early as Monday, according to several media reports.

Eeek! Huge Blob of Anchovies Makes an Appearance After Three Decades

Return of the green goo: Lake Erie's toxic algae will be back this summer, say scientists

House Republicans Protect America From Efficient Light Bulbs, Low-Flow Toilets

NSA Spied On Five Politically Active American Citizens, The Intercept Reports

Kurds clash with extremists in northern Syria

Georgia’s Kurds Marvel at Iraqi Kurdistan

In Iraq’s disputed territory, minorities are embracing Kurdish control

ISIS Has a Really Slick and Sophisticated Media Department

Vertical and indoor farming works financially for lettuce, kale and some other plants

As Honeybees Die Off, First Inventory of Wild Bees Is Under Way

Wingnuts’ gross war on children: Screaming and spitting at endangered kids

On Texas border, volunteers get to work to help flood of immigrants
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Mark Their Words: Medieval Bookmarks

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

Study: Organic Produce Has Fewer Pesticides, More Antioxidants

Do Not Take Writing Advice from the Worst Muse

Pixar’s Ed Catmull Emerges As Central Figure In The Wage-Fixing Scandal

“Smuggler” Protein Finding Could Be Used to Disrupt Bacterial Cell Walls

In the unlikely event that you successfully grow and harvest rice in New York City, a much larger challenge awaits: How do you remove the hard shell, called a hull or husk, that surrounds each grain?

A Deluded Consensus on Discrimination

Soup-Kitchen Volunteers Hate College-Application-Padding Brat

A group of American Quakers are operating what they call a “new underground railroad” to help a few LGBT Ugandans flee their country, where a recent law imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality.

The lawless religious right: Time to stop caving to their ridiculous tantrums

Meet The First Poor Person Allowed To Testify At Any Of Paul Ryan’s Poverty Hearings

She went from Amish, to cake decorator, to champion semi driver

Prison to Table: The Other Side of the Whole Foods Experience

Fracking Is Causing an Earthquake Boom in Oklahoma

This National Blood Drive Is Fighting the FDA Ban on Gay Donors

Ukraine's next battle is Donetsk, but no bombs, please

Ukraine says rebels will pay as missiles kill 23 soldiers

ISIS destroys shrines and mosques, may be targeting Mecca

UN calls for Israel-Gaza ceasefire

Israel Strikes Gaza Mosque as Death Toll Tops 120

Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples

A “nationwide gentrification effect” is segregating us by education

Iraq conflict: Kurds seize two oilfields in north

Parched Texas Town Turns to Treated Sewage as Emergency Drinking Water Source

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