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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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Dreamwidth has removed the "date check", and now you can date your entries however you like.

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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Nonstop screaming from the girls, all day, interspersed with occasional periods of screaming from me. Boiling hot weather. One of them shoved the other, and I had to hear the tattling and screaming. "Don't let her sleep in my room!" "She can't take that fan!" "I never want to see her again, she WENT in my ROOM!", and all this while I slave over a hot stove in the hot weather. The kale was bitter. Ana went downstairs to get some ice cream, and the freezer door slammed on her fingers, causing her to stand upright and hit her head on the stairs, which in turn made her fall backwards onto the floor from about 2 steps up. I ran down and found poor traumatized Ana holding her bowl of ice cream on her forehead. Calm everybody down, go back up, more screaming. Time for bed. "I don't want to go to bed!" Okay, well, before you plop down, let's at least get this apple core off the floor and into the garbage. "I'm not the maid, I just want to go to sleep, I'm so tired! Why isn't my sister in here with me! I WANT HER AND NOT YOU NEVER YOU!!!!"

And Jenn was working overtime. If she had asked first, I would've begged her not to.

Of course, after all this, Ana had an asthma attack. Was it the heat? The humidity? The nonstop screaming? The 20 minute 3-way tantrum/fight? Who knows? All I know is she couldn't breathe. It finally ended once I wrangled the AC into the window. Stupid side panels don't close all the way like they're supposed to, I don't know what to do about that.

So, yes, that's why there are no articles for today. (Did I mention the screaming?)
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And after I shoved her off, I thought "Why IS her tongue so rough?"

When I wondered that as a child, I was told or read that cats tongues are rough so they can clean themselves, and I more or less accepted it without question, but as an adult I had to ask - really? They evolved rough tongues just for grooming? Other animals groom themselves, they don't all have rough tongues.

So I went to the internet, which immediately suggested that while grooming is a possibility, the rough tongues are possibly far more useful in the cat's habit of tearing meat from bones by licking it rather than just gulping food up. This explanation makes a bit more sense.

Now, why is it that when you learn something it immediately comes up again? Not two days later, Eva was watching Mama Cat eat when she said "How can she lick up the dry food? She just grabs it with her tongue!"

And it's true, that's exactly what she does.

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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has implemented tighter security measures for overseas passengers carrying electronic devices onto U.S. bound flights. Passengers who attempt to bring cell phones and other electronic devices onto aircraft will be asked to power on those devices, and powerless devices will not be permitted onto planes. The announcement prompted concerns that airports would see problems as passengers scrambled to charge electronic devices before boarding.

Do doctors understand test results?

U.S. Economy Grinds To Halt As Nation Realizes Money Just A Symbolic, Mutually Shared Illusion. LOL!

In other old news, FDR's "Economic Bill of Rights". God, I wish I could just spam this at people 1000 times a day. I don't think there's been a better president since.

Nigerian women and girls 'escape from Boko Haram'

Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians

Report: Ordinary Americans caught up in data sweep

The NSA Said Edward Snowden Had No Access to Surveillance Intercepts. They Lied.

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

Socialized male speech dominance is a significant issue, not just in school.


A US citizen is being tested for the Ebola virus in Ghana, which has had no confirmed cases of the virus in the current West African outbreak.

Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees cite Hobby Lobby ruling in motion for communal prayers

Ukraine to lay siege to rebel-held regional centres

Two Palestinians were killed Sunday when a Jewish settler ran over them with his vehicle in northern Israel's Haifa city, eyewitnesses said, as tensions continue in the occupied territories.

Violence targeting Palestinians has skyrocketed since the bodies of three Israeli teens were found.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says there are more U.S. jobs in solar industry than coal mining

Dirtbag Gourmet: The Mystery History of S’mores

Food Labelled 'Organic' Is No Guarantee of Safety—Shocking Levels of Heavy Metals in Imported Food Highlight the Danger

City Pigeons Take Note: the Pink-necked Green Pigeon is Hotter Than You Are.

This appears to be a real bird. OMG.


12 shot in 5 bloody hours in NYC. Two of them were right in my neighborhood.

Chicago had it worse, though, with 60 shot over the weekend.

Court conservatives add insult to injury on contraception
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Gunmen kill at least 29 in latest raids on Kenyan coast

Nigeria: Soldiers Repel Attack on Military Base

Six Jewish suspects arrested over death of Palestinian teenager

The Tragedy of Collective Punishment

In Jerusalem neighborhood, an unlikely center of Palestinian grievance

A new study reveals whales are the great engineers and curators of the deep.

Ukrainian authorities: Separatists cleared from 2 eastern cities

How to fix a broken market in antibiotics

Hasidic Jews in New York seek to expand enclave

ISIS jihadists demolish mosques, shrines in northern Iraq

Conservatives Are Purposely Making Their Cars Spew Black Smoke To Protest Obama And Environmentalists

Syrian regime forces have allegedly targeted hospitals as a weapon of war, and doctors and nurses have fled the fighting. Telemedicine offers a way to guide treatment of patients in intensive care.

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine says he was denied access to a federal facility at Fort Sill that is housing more than 1,100 mostly teenage immigrant children from Central America.

Atlanta biology teacher: Evolution from Satan and the cause of racism, divorce, gay people

GOP congressman: Hobby Lobby case is proof liberals want ‘Stone Age tribalism’

CIA employee’s quest to release information ‘destroyed my entire career’

Intersex fish found in Pennsylvania rivers spur search for chemicals

The South is America's poverty belt, and Republicans want to make all of America more like the South

A Year After Mass Hunger Strike in California Prisons, What's Changed?
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Palestinian teen burned alive, autopsy shows

Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters spread from Jerusalem to Arab towns in northern Israel Saturday following the funeral of an Arab teenager who Palestinians say was killed by Israeli extremists in a revenge attack.

Beaten Palestinian youth revealed as U.S. citizen, cousin of murdered kidnap victim

On US TV, Israel is 'Striking Back'

Taliban insurgents set oil tankers ablaze in Afghanistan

With their countries facing an Ebola epidemic of "unprecedented" proportions, the health ministers of 11 African nations have agreed to a joint strategy to try to stem its deadly advance.

Parents of Kids with Autism More Likely to Have Autistic Traits.

This isn't really news, it's been known for decades.


As Iraq fractures, Kurds find best opportunity yet to gain leverage

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

Chinese Uyghurs defy Ramadan ban

India to provide four free vaccines, including rotavirus

Ukraine crisis: Rebels abandon Sloviansk stronghold

In Honduras, Gangs Tell Boys, Join Or Be Killed (audio, will be available in ~1 hour)

For one group of plants, having brightly coloured flowers isn't enough to guarantee being pollinated. When birds rip bits out of the flowers to eat them, special bellow-like organs blast pollen onto their feathers.

Another study has cast doubt on the existence of two of the first Earth-sized planets "discovered" outside our solar system that could potentially host liquid water, and therefore life. But it may also have uncovered a way to make detecting new planets easier.

Clergy Protest Supreme Court By Handing Out Condoms At Hobby Lobby

How Climate Change Influences the Path of Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

Children raised by same-sex couples healthier and happier, research suggests

The 5 Most Badass Ways People Escaped from Slavery. Warning: Cracked.com article!
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I don't think we'll get to see many fireworks today. The nieces are with their dad, Callie has made a little progress (she came up to me and purred and snuggled and totally ignored Tommy lying down not 5 feet away), and it's all muggy out.

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Sunni ISIS jihadists are recruiting children as young as 10 years old to fight for an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. While there are boys who voluntarily join the ISIS, there are many more who are being forced to fight for jihad.

Israel and Iraqi Kurds: Gambling with 'moderate allies'

Israel's recognition of Kurdish claims to independence is an act that perpetuates the denial of Palestinian rights.


Genetic Mutation May Lead to Autism Subtype

An employee of Germany's intelligence agency has been arrested on suspicion of spying for the US, reports say.

A New Class Of Stars Is Made Entirely Of Metal

The three female justices of the Supreme Court sharply rebuked their colleagues Thursday for siding with a Christian college in the latest battle over providing women with contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, saying the court was retreating from assurances offered only days ago.

Scientists Use Ultrasound To Read The Heartbeats Of Young Stars

Borneo’s adorable vampire squirrel is threatened by deforestation

BBC Institutes Changes to Prevent "False Balance" in Science Reporting

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

Massive injections of wastewater from the oil and gas industry are likely to have triggered a sharp rise in earthquakes in Oklahoma.

The symbol of US consumerism, the shopping mall, is crumbling.

States That Raised Their Minimum Wages Are Experiencing Faster Job Growth

A Fascinating Study of How Creationists Understand Early Human Fossils

Food Stamp Misuse Is At An All-Time Low

Caribbean coral reefs will be lost in 20 years — unless they can be protected

People Prefer Electric Shocks to Being Alone With Their Thoughts

35 Practical Tools for Men to Further Feminist Revolution

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