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What do you know! If this keeps up, we may get a white Christmas for a change.

Removing DRM increases sales

We are very, very bad at washing our hands, says science

Judge's word on NSA program won't be the last

If this judge doesn’t buy the legal basis for the NSA’s intrusive phone snooping, no one should.

Study finds evidence of domesticated Chinese cats 5,300 years ago

A brief history of African click words

Autism hits Somali kids harder, University of Minnesota study finds

Freedoms for Saudi university girls end at gates

The NSA: An Inside View [blog-post]

The Odd Rise of Anonymous Sources

Paul Dini Tells Kevin Smith about Hollywood’s Fear of Girl Cooties

Barbie and Elevator Guy: science and sexism

(Yes, I know it's old.)
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Some NSA Officials Favor Giving Snowden Limited Amnesty For All The Wrong Reasons

Feds joins battle on citrus disease

Obama to review changes in spy policy

Tech giants team up in anti-snooping effort

On the one hand: good for them! On the other, I am even more uncomfortable with corporate influence in the government than I am with the NSA, and that is saying an awful lot.

The Return of the Welfare Queen

Federal judge declares Utah polygamy law unconstitutional

This Ethiopian village has gained wealth, but has bred hostility

Because they aren't Christians or Muslims, basically.



As many commenters point out, not all of the "black" people on that modified Guess Who? board look unambiguously black. So there's that as well.

Surprise! Charity Buys 21 Sacred Katsinam for Hopi at Auction in Paris

Scientists discover double meaning in genetic code

How cholera evolved to be one of the deadliest diseases in history

This study shows how a good metaphor can change the world

Inside the Rainbow Gulag: The Technicolor Rise and Fall of Lisa Frank

The second operating system hiding in every mobile phone

A Pen That 3-D Prints Bone Right Onto Patients

In Ukraine, skepticism greets new vow on E.U.

Kindergartener signs song for deaf mom. It's the most adorable time of the year!

Teacher accused of feeding autistic student hot sauce rehired.

Either Florida has a serious teacher shortage or they really hate disabled kids down there.
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How Viruses Take a Short Trip from London to NYC

Yellowstone supervolcano 'even more colossal'

And if/when it blows, we are all gonna be screwed.

Americans Still Care About Their Public Libraries

Many Catalan Nativity Scenes Feature Jesus, the Wise Men, and Someone Defecating (Really!)

NYPD cops beat up my loved ones, killed my parakeet: Staten Island mom

Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram

In a "Rainbow" Universe Time May Have No Beginning

Monitor Lizards Found to Breathe Uni-Directionally Like Birds
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China Launches Moon Rover Mission

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Wage Strikes Planned at Fast-Food Outlets

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Older Workers Are Increasingly Entering Fast-Food Industry

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Bad Eating Habits Start in the Womb

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Where Factory Apprenticeship Is Latest Model From Germany

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In Subways, Suddenly, 2 Glimpses of History

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Why are we more scared of raw egg than reheated rice?
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On Decimated Shore, a Second Life for Christmas Trees

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Focus on Mental Health Laws to Curb Violence Is Unfair, Some Say

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Mutations Found in Melanomas May Shed Light on How Cancers Grow

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Prison Population Can Shrink When Police Crowd Streets

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This girl was cured of cancer (knock on wood) with modified AIDS.

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6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying

A set of artwork formed with mold and bacteria. Fascinating, especially the Mario.

Here's an article about curfew in... San Diego, I guess? Some of the comments are pretty pointless. "Oh, do you WANT your kid out after 10 without knowing where they are?" Obviously the only reasonable response to that is "Yes", because how can you argue with people so determined to use that line of attack?

And a fairly long article on lead in America which I'm far too tired to read right now. I can't even type, I keep putting in the wrong words. So read it and tell me if it's any good : ) I'll be sure to actually read it tomorrow.
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I've been getting headaches for close to a year now. They aren't sinus headaches like I used to get a lot of as a teen. And I don't think they're migraines, like my mother and sister are/were prone to. (I remember my childhood as many, many weekends of one or both of them sick in bed with a migraine or a root canal. Bad teeth, too. I really lucked out when I didn't get either one of those in the genetic draw!)

They usually come on very fast and strong. One moment I'm fine, the next moment my head hurts. I've actually said "ow", which isn't something you usually say for lingering pain. They almost always are on one side of the head only, usually at the front. (Temple?) They don't last very long, only five or fifteen minutes (and some of them less even than that, only two or three minutes!), but I might get several of them in a short period, so I essentially have headaches for an hour or two, one after another with breaks in between. The later ones aren't as bad as the earlier ones. This may repeat for a few days, and then nothing for a while. It *may* be aggravated by chlorine (as it all seemed to improve when I stopped heading near the pool to supervise Ana changing before swimming), but it's definitely not a sure thing, as I've had them without being near a pool or bleach for weeks. (For example, last night.)

Dark and quiet may help, or it may not. Sleep definitely helps... but only if they come when I'm tired and sleepy already, otherwise I can't sleep to begin with. (And for all I know, it's just time that helps, and sleep gives me lots of that!)

It doesn't seem to me that anything precipitates them. I don't get a warning aura or anything, or if I do I don't know it. Although I do have my period now, I haven't noticed that they mostly come with my period.

Any ideas? They're (mostly) not that debilitating after the first few minutes, but they sure are annoying.

Edit: Also, they're probably not cluster headaches. Except for the fact that they cluster, I don't think I fit the symptoms at all, and they don't seem severe enough. Cluster headaches are supposed to be worse than childbirth, and while I don't know about childbirth, I doubt my headaches are that bad.
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Surgeon creates new kidney on TED stage

Let's state that again: He basically made an organ using a 3D printer. Like something out of Star Trek, isn't it?

Here's an article with one theory about why Henry VIII had so many problems producing an heir.

A hundred years ago, our food-safety regulators were willing to eat formaldehyde on our behalf. What are they doing now?

I'm still goggling over the printed organ. Did you read that article yet?

A video from Fox News showing protesters in a suspiciously snowless and bepalmtreed Wisconsin.

The Republicans’ War on Congressional Recycling. It's spiteful and petty is what it is. I can understand the anonymous email that goes "Somehow this bothers me more than the EERE cuts."

And finally, insulating yourself is more efficient than insulating your home, though you'd be wise to do both. All those times your mom told you to just put on a sweater, she was right.

And finally, in case you missed it - they basically used a replicator to print a kidney. I'm half hoping this is a hoax, because... it's scary stuff, living in the future! (In the present, should I die suddenly, I expect every one of my organs to be donated away. I can't take 'em with me, after all.)


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One on 25 years worth of dryer lint. WOW

On wasting food. Or not.

On a sorta early EARLY intervention for potentially autistic toddlers.

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On learning to like fruits and vegetables. I've never understood the hype about how "hard" it is to eat sufficient fruits/vegetables. Some of that hype, admittedly, is beverage ads (so... yeah), but a lot of it isn't. How hard is it to eat an apple with your breakfast (one or two servings of fruit), an orange and half a banana with your lunch (one serving each) which also has a small side salad (half a serving), a salad at dinnertime (another half a serving) and a vegetable side (another serving - hey, now I'm over 5 servings, and I haven't even had any snacks!), seriously?

Could be worse. I've seen an ad for some product full of vitamin C because it's "so hard" to get your RDA by drinking a gallon of OJ daily. *headdesk* Vitamin C is so prevalent in EVERYTHING that you can't even get scurvy unless you really try!

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Explaining the 2nd Avenue Subway to first graders.

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Apparently, some genius has decided breast pumps do not merit a tax break.

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The return of Pee-wee Herman

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Is Candy Evil or Just Misunderstood?

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An article on psychological problems faced by Chinese-American children coming "home" to their parents after being sent to live with their grandparents. Interestingly, it seems the worst of these problems are caused by what ought to be a good thing - due to the proliferation of preschool, parents are calling their kids home at younger ages than they used to, at 2 instead of 6. Of course, two year olds are less likely to understand that these strangers are their *families*, you know?

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An article on changing ways of life in the Amazon

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An article on Sephardic Jews on the Jersey Shore

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It gets very dry and factual and mathy midway through - if anybody could sum it up, that'd be great, I sort of glazed over even though the individual facts were interesting. (Gee, that's an incentive to read, isn't it?)
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Care about abortion rights? Click the link.

Text of the link in here )

As always, I'm stuck having no idea what on earth to *say* in a letter to my various legislators. Anybody writing one, give me your draft to modify?
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One on picky eating.

Let me be fair - I don't think picky eating is entirely a good parent/bad parent thing, although I do think there are probably things you can do to exacerbate it. However, I do think that until you know if your kid will be picky or not, it is wise to restrict their diet to healthy foods. If your kid is so picky that they'll only eat liver, green veggies, and persimmon, that might be annoying, but at least you can rest assured that, right or wrong, nobody will judge you the way they judge the parents of the kid who only eats fluffernutters and chicken mcnuggets.

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One on veggie gardening.

Our garden is kinda half-assed this year for a few reasons. Next year - fully assed! Yeah!

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One on city farms in Cuba

The Daily Kos piece, John McCain wants to kill me.

An article on sustainable food
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Let me first go on the record as saying that no, I do not think Evangeline is seriously disabledly bowlegged. I'll tentatively agree that she may be more bowlegged than many children her age, but I do not think she's out of the normal range for a group of people (toddlers) that tends towards bowleggedness already. And anyway, neither her parents nor her doctor nor my mother see a problem with this, and I assume the doctor, at least, has seen enough kids to know if there's a problem. Could be wrong there, could be wrong.

But for the curious, here's a list of possible causes for serious (not toddlerhood-induced) bowleggedness:

Genetics - some families tend towards bowed legs. This is mostly harmless and nothing to be done about it.

Rickets. Evangeline gets adaquate calcium and vitamin D. Additionally, she doesn't have any other symptoms.

Blount's disease. I do not believe that the baby suffers from this, but if she did, there presumably would have been nothing we could all have done to prevent it.

Fluoride intoxication (no link). Well, I guess that's possible, but it seems unlikely to me. None of the other symptoms, as near as I can tell from these unreadable sites.

Now you probably know more than you did. I know *I* certainly do!

I suspect that the only reason anybody has brought it up to me at all is because of the fact that Evangeline is up on my back/front/hip a lot. Except that, as I keep pointing out to people, people all over the world, throughout history, carry their babies like this. If being worn were a legitimate cause of bowleggedness, you'd see a heck of a lot more of it.

So, to sum up - I refuse to mention it to her parents until that second birthday. If the kidlet turns two, and she's still got this bowleggedness going on, I'll ask them to ask the doctor about it. Until then, I don't want to hear a word. From anybody.

(But before and after pictures of kids who were bowlegged between their first and second birthdays but aren't now? I'd love that. Just so I can go SEE! SEE! at folks.)
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And would have been afraid to ask if it had ever occured to you to do so:

Two distinct genetically determined types of earwax are distinguished -- the wet-type which is dominant, and the dry type which is recessive. Asians and Native Americans are more likely to have the dry type of cerumen (grey and flaky), whereas Caucasians and Africans are more likely to have the wet type (honey-brown to dark-brown and moist).[3] Cerumen type has been used by anthropologists to track human migratory patterns, such as those of the Inuit.[4]

Who knew there was so much to know about earwax?
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On money, and the lack thereof

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On the Subway Map Wars

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On choosing against cancer genes

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Well, I'm off. Must watch kids, get in some shopping... but my house (and room) are cleaner every day. That's nothing to sneeze at.
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An editorial on children and food and ads, from [ profile] alternet.

Comments, as always, are interesting to read in [ profile] alternet articles.
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In my experience, you scratch an itch, and three more develop. When you've dealt with all of them, the first one comes back with a vengeance.

There's even a name for that first one coming back, it's so common!

Try to avoid the 'itch-scratch cycle'
The itch-scratch cycle is where scratching causes more itching - which causes more scratching - which causes more itching - etc. So, if you scratch, it may make the itch worse. So, apart from any other treatment, try not to scratch if at all possible. Keep your nails cut short. Consider wearing cotton gloves at night to stop scratching in your sleep.

Thank you, Google!

It's hard, but the only way to actually get rid of an itch is to think about something else and ignore the itch completely. If that really doesn't work, you have to treat the itch properly (with medicine or lotion or whatever) and *then* ignore it.

And not type up an entry on itching, because now I'm itching all over. Ow.
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I'm never ordering pizza again while watching Ana. She's clearly got some dairy-related issues. She was fine, if a bit hyper, until we had the pizza. Then she was hyper and incredibly high strung and unable to do even simple things (like ask "Can I have that please?" rather than snatching a toy from your hands simply because you'd happened to pick it up while she did something else).

Granted, we'd been inside all day due to the periodic thunderstorms - but his was completely over the top, and it's something I've tentatively noticed before. I think I can consider it confirmed, and do my part to make Jenn's house completely, instead of mostly, dairy-free.


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