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Liv talking to her mother and brother. JFC, we should've seen some of these in season 2. They should not have been deleted! But maybe we'll get some family closure, finally, next season, now that zombies are officially a known quantity.
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She's been trying to get in the front door. Today she tried to slip in the back - at least until she was repelled by Callie!

Jenn referred to her being "home" the other day, meaning being on our porch.

We've got to get her moved, and fast. If we keep talking like that, she'll be our cat.

Now, last week she disappeared when it was time to grab her to go to the van. Next week, won't let her do that.

Also, Bookriot has a $500 sweepstakes to spend at whatever bookstore you like.

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How a Single Mom Created a Plastic Food-Storage Empire

'A New Rosetta Stone for Astronomy'

The Tomato Pill Craze

American cricket gets ready for take-off

Family dog emerges alive and happy from wildfire aftermath

Beyond XX and XY: The Extraordinary Complexity of Sex Determination

How Amish produce gets to Whole Foods—without the internet, tractors, or phones

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Whales and dolphins have rich 'human-like' cultures and societies

Doctor's research could buy time for snake bite victims

The Surprising Problem With Star Trek’s Most Celebrated Episode (And really, why not take that character back to the future or something?)

Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic

An Anarchist Is Teaching Patients to Make Their Own Medications (Sounds risky, especially if combined with self-diagnosis.)

Diwali Fireworks Are Limited In India Over Toxic Smog Concerns

Rohingya refugee influx inspires Bangladeshi aid - and worry

2-year-old denied kidney transplant from 100% match dad because of probation violation (UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLE.)

How can US rapist win joint custody of minor victim's child?

Jeff Sessions consulted Christian right legal group hate group on religious freedom memo

Before You Hit 'Submit,' This Company Has Already Logged Your Personal Data

Did Monsanto Ignore Evidence Linking Its Weed Killer to Cancer?

Iraqi forces enter Kirkuk as Kurds flee

We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

Are Millennials Moving Right on Guns?
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It is intensely adorable.

(Also, happy Diwali, guys!)

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Video: The women breaking taboos in Mali to become puppet makers (I haven't watched this yet, I'm just trying to adjust my good news : bad news ratio)

A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas

From Prejudice to Pride: The Ainu

The Futurism Industry’s Blind Spot

Texas Inmates Donate US$53,000 of Commissary Money to Houston's Hurricane Harvey Victims

A Bakery in a War Zone

How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

Obesity Thrives in the Suburbs

Meet The "Young Saints" Of Bethel Who Go To College To Perform Miracles

With OK From EPA, Use Of Controversial Weedkiller Is Expected To Double

Americans are moving less than ever, but that fact masks a deep divide between the affluent and the disadvantaged.

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

This Company Is Trying To Disrupt The Braces Industry And Dentists Are Fighting Back

Child brides in India: Sex with minors now considered rape but enacting verdict isn't easy

ISIS setbacks reported in Syria

As Xi Jinping gets a second 5-year term, Chinese wonder if he’ll be another Putin

Austrian elections: Young, conservative Sebastian Kurz's People's Party wins poll

The growing use of mandatory arbitration

California 'horror' fires kill at least 40, deadliest in state history

Despite clear risks, Santa Rosa neighborhood that burned down was exempt from fire regulations

Desperate Puerto Ricans are drinking water from a hazardous-waste site

'Katrina brain': The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

LGBT activists worry about Trump impact in Africa

Finally Something Economists Can Agree On: Trump’s Debt Talk Made Zero Sense

White House’s decision to stop ACA cost-sharing subsidies triggers strong opposition (Keep opposing it!)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pulls out of brutal drugs war and accuses EU of plotting

Kurds say reject Iraqi warning to withdraw from key junction south of Kirkuk

The U.S. government might have been spying on attorney-client meetings at Guantanamo Bay

I am in Guantánamo Bay. The US government is starving me to death

More Than 800 People Have Been Shot in America Since the Las Vegas Massacre

How We Learned Not To Care About America’s Wars

Despite Suicides, Jails Replace In-Person Visitation With Video Screens

Yemen's cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms
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I hate getting shots, but I hate getting the flu more. Got it once in high school. NEVER AGAIN. Even our bout with rotovirus doesn't compare.

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How to make the cosmic web give up the matter it’s hiding

Get to Know Your Japanese Bathroom Ghosts

When Sonar Doesn’t Cut It, These Bats Crawl to Hunt Prey

Surgeon aims to diagnose deformities of extinct saber-toothed cats

Mountain Lions Are Way More Social Than We Thought (Didn't expect to hear that, but still... not surprised. People are bizarrely wedded to this idea that All Cats Are Loners, but it's not true for housecats, so why do we expect it be true for mountain lions?)

Hogwarts Express rescues family stranded in Highlands

A to Z of English usage myths

Fighting racism: Teaching kids to identify individual black people can reduce racial bias

How a Quarter of Cow DNA Came From Reptiles

Rotten Apples That Will Last Forever

The Secret History of the Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis

Old-school news: sensational, moralistic and, above all, sung

Jeremy, The Lonely, Left-Twisting Snail, Dies — But Knows Love Before The End

Birds gone wild: Resurgent turkeys spar with human neighbors

Google Will No Longer Allow Users to Skirt Paywalls Using Its Search Engine (Not exactly. Google will no longer penalize companies for not allowing users to skirt paywalls, but it won't stop them if they choose to allow it.)

The Underclass Origins of the Little Black Dress

Pythons are invading Florida. Meet the scientists fighting back.

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

When the Larsen C ice shelf broke, it exposed a hidden world

How Stalin Hid Ukraine's Famine From the World

The scientists persuading terrorists to spill their secrets

9th Circuit Rules There’s No Constitutional Right to Sell Firearms. Will the Supreme Court Care?

Poll: Majorities Of Both Parties Favor Increased Gun Restrictions

Analysis of 141 hours of cable news reveals how mass killers are really portrayed

The less… umm… fewer the better (Gotta laugh so you don't cry)

U.S. House approves disaster funds as Trump criticizes Puerto Rico

The Trump Administration Is Preventing Undocumented Immigrant Minors From Getting Abortions (More)

The Constitutional Counting Crisis

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

To Save Her Children, She Pretended To Be Crazy

Courts Sidestep the Law, and South Carolina’s Poor Go to Jail

Trump administration reduces support for prisoner halfway houses

Penguins die in 'catastrophic' Antarctic breeding season
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They were over $100 for six doses. That was about a year ago, and comparable with cat flea meds. Last time I looked, a week ago they were around $20 for the same number. Sticker shock, but in the good way!

Finally got an answer for this - they came off patent! Well, hallelujah! Doggies hopefully will stop scratching soon, and I'll corral the cats soon. I'm making a mark of the day - it's entirely possible the real problem is that I wasn't keeping a strict enough regimen of when they were dosed. Fingers crossed, anyway.

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The Rock Solid History of Concrete

Adorable Japanese-style public service ads in LA metro

Historical Veggies Take Root In D.C. War Garden

How European Kids Are Getting Their Sex Ed: From Social Media

The Ancient Origins of Both Light and Dark Skin

Where food is limited, guppy mothers gestate their young longer

Dog days? In Italy, count them like family sick days

What Happens When You Ask The Wrong Guy For Help (14 New Pics)

How an inmate hacker hid computers in the ceiling and turned his prison upside down

Two sisters, a mountain trek and a wobbly wire bridge (Photojournalism)

In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?

A Fateful Hunt for a Buried Stash of the Greatest LSD Ever Made

The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England’s Fall Colors

The science of spying: how the CIA secretly recruits academics

Mass extinctions led to low species diversity, dinosaur rule

8 Bizarre Medical Murderers

The School Synthetic-Turf Wars

Where the heck is autumn?

How fever in early pregnancy causes heart, facial birth defects

Trump kills key Obamacare subsidies: What it means

America’s Top Fears in 2017

America's shadow war in Africa

The government isn’t very good at keeping track of how often the government kills people

Everything that's been reported about deaths in Puerto Rico is at odds with the official count

OMG

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:40 pm
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I got an email from the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, three concerts.

This is how each concert has a title, but for the link text to buy tickets to that concert, somebody carelessly put in lorem ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur. Which actually makes this the second time I've encountered randomly inappropriate lorem ipsum in the past week.

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Researchers discover an evolutionary stepping stone to beet-red beets

Their Coffee Is World-Renowned. Now More Guatemalans Are Actually Drinking It

150 People Attempt to Draw World’s Famous Logos Completely From Memory

Behold the 50-Year-Old Can of Soup Someone Donated to a Food Bank

Greek transgender community hopes new law will improve lives

Catalonia, Spain’s Biggest Problem

The Movement to Bury Pets Alongside People

Diversity of large animals plays an important role in carbon cycle

After 3 Years Under ISIS, Mosul's Children Go Back To School

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

How Transit Use Could Rise in Rural America

Rethinking Beauty and Race at Dominican-American Hair Salons

I keep going back to this interview Larry King did w/Bill Cosby where spiking women's drinks came up. Take a listen. (Content note: Turns out, in the 90s, it was okay to admit to this on national television and nobody reacted. Ew, gross.)

Puerto Rico: US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage

For Puerto Rico's Children, Finding A 'Safe Place' In The Few Schools That Are Open

FBI is now going after "black extremists" (0.o)

AP PHOTOS: A Rohingya boy's struggle to reach Bangladesh

“I Hate Everyone in the White House!”: Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is “Unraveling”

Trump suggests challenging NBC's broadcast license

Inside the CIA's black site torture room (ALL THE WARNINGS)

“Cooking Them to Death”: The Lethal Toll of Hot Prisons
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Don't remember who asked me about the tardigrade, but here's what happens )

Other thoughts: 1. Tilly needs a role other than being Michael's teddy bear.

2. We have got to learn the names of some of these people on the bridge, ffs.

3. Klingons torturing people are the worst Klingons, with or without implied rape.

4. Yay, gays!

5. Creepy scenes would be just as creepy without the dramatic "don't touch that dial!" music cluing us in.

[personal profile] rivendellrose has an interestingly plausible theory about our new character. Spoilers, naturally.
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I was typing up something on family stories, and ten minutes in I realized that even though I have quite a lot to say on the subject of children's literature, none of it really was coalescing into anything vaguely resembling a point. I was just blathering.

And I still want to say it, but not if it doesn't go anywhere. That's just going to ultimately bore me and you.

So I'm going to bore both of us with my whining, which at least isn't nearly as long-winded!
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So all I really recall of those people who were not feeding Finn or taking care of him is a general impression of yelling.

This is very awkward, as I never know when the next neighbor I don't recognize is really them.

So today I'm walking the dogs, and two people carrying a fluffy pomeranian are staring at me. Is that them? Who the hell knows, but it can't be, right? Last time they bumped into any of us, they screamed their stupid heads off!

All the same, when I got home I asked Eva if she could provide a physical description. "Well, there's an annoying little girl who's a jerk, and an annoying boy who's an ass- a butthole, and...."

Not helpful, Eva!

"Also, they recently got a new dog, a pomperanian...."

GOD DAMN IT!

I better dig out those adoption papers just in case.

God, I wish they'd just move already, to some place that doesn't allow pets.
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Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) Passing those bills may literally save the world.

How to save the world:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.


There is more information in the original link by [personal profile] rachelmanija.

*sniff*

Oct. 15th, 2017 03:26 am
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*sniffsniffsniff*

...okay, so why does my brand new, freshly-out-of-the-plastic roll of paper towels smell like barbecue sauce?

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An Ohio City is Turning an Unused Highway Into a Pop-Up Forest

Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

Nobel goes to Richard Thaler, who made economics human again

Why Do So Many Rooms in the White House Have an Oval Shape?

An Interview with the Artist Behind the Covers for Goosebumps

This Vet Put Explanations Of 15 Common Cat Behaviours On His Cork Board, And It’s Hilarious (They're not overselling it, it IS hilarious.)

Seeing hope: FDA panel considers gene therapy for blindness

The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)

The search for the extinct Tasmanian tiger

To Win This Board Game, Keep Away From The Matchmaker

Dirty Birds Are Refining Climate Models

The High Price of Cheap Weed

Protecting Heroin Clinics From Prosecution

Syrian Widows in Jordan Take Charge of Their New Lives

Monument sought to recognize blacks who served Confederacy (Um...)

The Real Reason the U.S. Has Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

Deer prefer native plants leaving lasting damage on forests

ConCon 2.0: Six Amendments That Conservatives Could Push at a Constitutional Convention

Will Donald Trump let the Secretary of State do his job?

‘Partisan’ Gerrymandering Is Still About Race

How Computers Turned Gerrymandering Into a Science

Shared memories and the problems they cause

An eternal electric day is creeping across the globe, but our brains and bodies cannot cope in a world without darkness

A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Point

We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention

Americans deepest in poverty lost more ground in 2016

Bystander rape-prevention programs face questions

After 78 Killings, a Honduran Drug Lord Partners With the U.S.
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is that the boys get picked up from school by the mother of one of their classmates, and then I pick them up and transport them to a third babysitter until their mom gets home.

This is probably saving their mom $$$ in daycare, but the kids have had some time adjusting, in particular the older boy, because all the kids are either much younger than he is or dedicated high schoolers who focus on their homework.

So one day a week I'm trying to get them early so I can tutor him a bit, and really this is because I want to tutor Eva's best friend and I think she'll work better if she has another kid in her grade to work with.

But maybe he needs his own tutoring, because he bombed his first math test of the year, this after swearing that he had no math homework all month, which is a load of bull. (Babysitter 1 is asking his teacher tomorrow, and if she agrees that she didn't assign math homework, I'll buy him a soda.)

Anyway, I picked him up today and asked, as you'd expect, if he'd finished the reading comprehension packet that was assigned last week and is due tomorrow. "He told me he'd done all his homework!"

Uh-huh.

On the way to Babysitter 3, I set out a new rule. "If a grown-up asks if you have homework, and you're not sure, don't say no. Just open your bag, look in your folder, and check."

"How did you know I say no when I'm not sure!"

Um, I've met you? Also, I was a kid once.

"Oh, so when you were a kid you didn't want to do your homework either?"

No, when I was a kid I didn't do my homework*, but the difference here is that when I was your age, I never got a 27 on a test either. I got straight 90s and 100s.

In other news, today I taught him cursive f, m, and n. As he noted, he can now write "a dirty word", because he knows all the letters for it. All he has left to learn is o, p, r, s, x, y, and z. Oh, and the capitals. Tomorrow we'll do y and o, Wednesday we'll do p, r, and s, Thursday we'll do x and z. And next week we can start capitals, which the girls should review too anyway.

* And I lacked the appropriate skills and structure to do it either, but I didn't want to delve into that one.
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But damn, I'm not sure what to do with this episode.

Read more... )
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Bacteria self-organize to build working sensors

New York City's Students Are Getting Younger

The Little-Known Legend of Jesus in Japan

Japan scientists grow drugs in chicken eggs

What’s that smell? Secrets of famously pungent durian fruit revealed

Is living forever going to suck? (It is if we don't get a grip on climate change. But I'm sure that if this ever happens, the people who benefit from it won't be the ones who suffer in this world anyway)

It's not independence, but Syria's Kurds entrench self-rule

In Nigeria and Cameroon, Secessionist Movements Gain Momentum

Court: Movie theaters must accommodate deaf-blind patrons (It's taken a long time, but I think we've finally done it. We've found the ADA ruling that I think may possibly be an undue burden on businesses.)

Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC.

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

40 years later, answers in cold case - and more questions

When bias beats logic: why the US can't have a reasoned gun debate

NRA lobbying has suppressed gun violence research

Don’t Let the NRA Control the Conversation

Texas Sheriff Broke Promise To Keep ICE Out of Local Jails

Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

Trump: 'Nobody could have done what I’ve done for Puerto Rico with so little appreciation' (What a fucking asshat.)

Political Support Growing to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Wall Street Debt

Chinese factory supplying major laptop brands accused of student labour abuses

'I can't take this any more:' Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar in new surge
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with the added bonus of avoiding people.

Somehow, there are always waaaaaaay more people out and about at 4:30 AM than you'd think is reasonable.

(Also, I bumped into my sister on the stairs, and if there is one thing I appreciate in life, it's getting a good accidental scare in at another person's expense. So long as nobody is injured, that is.)

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Squirrels Sort Their Nuts Like You Sort Your Fridge

More Than Half the World's Population Lives Inside This Circle

This Video of How Medieval People Walked Is Oddly Compelling

Why We Miss Objects That Are Right in Front of Us

House passes budget, paving way for tax reform

The haunted bones of the Fighting Fairy Woman

Diversity Adversity (*snrk*)

New Bill Would Limit Abortion To Cases Where Procedure Necessary To Save Promising Political Career

The Flagrant Sexual Hypocrisy of Conservative Men

Black Farmers Grapple With A Changing Economy

A Wayward Weedkiller Divides Farm Communities, Harms Wildlife

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream

How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment

ISIS Fighters, Having Pledged to Fight or Die, Surrender en Masse

They Helped Prosecutors After Escaping Death in a Smuggler’s Truck. Now They’re Being Deported. (Don't read the comments.)

The Ocean’s Low-Oxygen Dead Zones Are Getting Worse, Just Like Wildfires

How the Elderly Lose Their Rights

Las Vegas Is Only the Deadliest Shooting in US History Because They Don’t Count Black Lives

The Trump-Russia dossier: why its findings grow more significant by the day
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it seems like they're coming back every three weeks, and the Advantage is supposed to be good for a full month. (And usually, by this time of year I'm slowing down to an every-six-weeks schedule, but it's been so warm that I really can't do that!)

This isn't good for the animals, and it's doing nothing for my peace of mind either.

Sweetheart, whom the girls are calling Reeses, is still hanging around and she's stopped lunging at Mama Cat. Which is good, because Mama Cat will win any fight with her. If she's still here next week I'll take her into the van, because they'll be close by. Gotta hit up my neighbors who get food stamps, see if any of them will lend me their card. (I'm not paying $125 for a stray to get fixed. No way, no how. $5, now, I can do that.)

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Pregnancy Growth Chart (LOL!)

Police arrest drunk 'time traveller' from 2048 warning of coming alien invasion (Boy, they'll be sorry when the aliens arrive!)

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

The United States of Sweetness: The Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State

Holy spirits: Closed churches find second life as breweries

The Case for the Flood-Proof Lawn

New Orleans Has Been Using the Same Technology to Drain the City Since the 1910s

The Science Behind Mona Lisa’s Smile

1909: The Great Catnip Caper of the 39th Police Precinct in East Harlem

The Gruesome History of Making Human Skeletons

'Squirtable' elastic surgical glue seals wounds in 60 seconds

The World's Most Improbable Green City

After generations in the shadows, the intersex rights movement has a message for the world

We Don't Do That Here

Shifting attitudes among Democrats have big implications for 2020

Why can’t we cure the common cold?

Why didn't they ask Evans?

Diary of a concussion

Urban noise pollution is worst in poor and minority neighborhoods and segregated cities

New York hospital's secret policy led to woman being given C-section against her will

Supporters of opposition leader Navalny rally across Russia

More Prisons Banning In-Person Visits, Adding To Securus Tech’s Pile Of Cash

Water shortages amplify the potential for violence

Under Trump's New Budget, If You Don't Work, You Don’t Eat: Republicans Are Kicking People Off Food Stamps

Internal Emails Show ICE Agents Struggling to Substantiate Trump’s Lies About Immigrants

The GOP Donor Class Is a Pack of Ungrateful Brats

FEMA buried updates on Puerto Rico. Here they are.

AG directive protects religious objectors to LGBT rights

Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With Other Countries (Some of those graphs are scary!)

Our Piece of the Deadly Pie

The Rules of the Gun Debate

White House: ‘This Is Not The Geologic Era To Debate Gun Control’

Should a Mental Illness Mean You Lose Your Kid?

Death at a Penn State Fraternity (Harrowing read)

Bee-harming pesticides in 75 percent of honey worldwide: study
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Which was very useful when we had to make collages for school, let me tell you. I don't know how kids do it when they don't get magazines. Print stuff off the internet?

Anyway, every issue they'd print sample dinner recipes for the entire month. They seem to have stopped doing this last year and, more annoyingly, their archives only go back a few years anyway.

I don't care if the recipes are any good or not, as a completionist, I want to see all of them!

This is a periodic frustration in the back of my mind. I don't particularly want to cook any of their recipes. I don't want to look at them and laugh of the trends of the whatever-ies decade. I just want to know that they're available. Or that they're not available. I don't want some of them there and some of them not.

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The Miss Subways Pageant Charted the Highs and Lows of 20th-Century Feminism in New York

Bumblebees shed light on why some individuals are smarter than others

Wait a second: What came before the big bang?

A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovation

Senators used to relax in the nearly forgotten marble tubs now hidden in the U.S. Capitol Building's basement.

What a Forgotten Kids' Book Reveals About U.S. Publishing

A novel textile material that keeps itself germ-free

Drowning in grain - How Big Ag sowed seeds of a profit-slashing glut

Culture profoundly shapes our ideas about mental illness (And you'll want to read this one too)

How Syrian Zoo Animals Escaped a War-Ravaged City

Here is how the Republican Party has conned America for over 30 years

When it comes to political ads, it's time for Facebook and Google to be held to the same standards as ABC and CBS

DOJ releases overruled memos finding it illegal for presidents to appoint relatives

Chaos and hackers stalk investors on cryptocurrency exchanges

America’s deadliest shooting incidents are getting much more deadly

The Good Guy with a Gun Theory, Debunked

Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state.

A Judge Halted This ‘Unconstitutional’ Cash Bail System. The Status Quo Fought Back.

Investigation: Drug Court Rehabs Survive on Forced Labor (Surprise!)

Venezuela's unrest, food scarcity take psychological toll on children

The Untold Story of Kim Jong-nam’s Assassination

Inside North Korea, and Feeling the Drums of War
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Or is that one of the nouns we don't verb? Maybe we have to "make a spittake" or "do a spittake" exclusively?

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The Mysterious Tree Carvings of America’s Basque Sheepherders

11 Examples of the Odd Dialect Called 'EU English'

Animals that play with objects learn how to use them as tools

When Math Discoveries Led to Banned Numbers (Video)

The Latin Mass, Thriving in Southeastern Nigeria

These women are making revolution in one of India’s most conservative universities

Study examines how far US women must travel to get abortion

Good news: Fewer and fewer young people are getting incarcerated

Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils to Help Avoid Collisions at Sea (Also, they're getting more sleep, which I think is the more salient point.)

Cool It With the ‘Autism Awareness’ T-Shirts

Rap and the Party: China taps youth culture to hook millennial cadres

Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Around the World

Terrorist label frustrates Muslim community in the woods

For Decades, New York’s Chinatown Duped ‘Slum Tourists’ With Faked Danger and Depravity

When wealthy New Yorkers decided to build Central Park, they eliminated an egalitarian community known as Seneca Village.

Catalonia beset by divided loyalties in protest aftermath

Judges are terrible at distinguishing good science from bad. It’s time we stopped asking them to do it.

5 Ways To Honor The Victims Of The Las Vegas Shooting Without Being Disrespectful To The NRA

Nevada Republican Leaders Are in the Hot Seat for Refusing to Implement New Background-Check Law Voters Passed Last Year

Here are all the other fatal shootings from Sunday that you haven’t heard about

Americans must challenge Trump's policies in North Korea and Yemen that stem from imperial priorities.

Why Trump Humiliated His Own Secretary of State

The Police Are Using Computer Algorithms to Tell if You’re a Threat

John McCain Urges Supreme Court to 'Return Control of Our Elections to the People' (When the hell did McCain become the voice of relative sensibility?)
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Akata Warrior and The War I Finally Won.

List of things I have to do today: Very long.
List of things I am going to do today: Two items. Exactly TWO items.

Which one should I read first?
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Starving for both food and attention, poor baby. I'm calling her Sweetheart for now. If she sticks around, I'll take her down to the ASPCA van to be fixed. Not bringing her in the house, though, except for the healing period after surgery - we're full up on animals.

I'll see if I can find her a new home if I have the free time. She's clearly used to being loved. I don't know how she ended up on the street!

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Brooms and penguin toys heading to Antarctica

Where Romulus suckled, wolves roam again

Is Europe's ghostliest train station about to rise again?

Whistling While They Work: Cooperative Laguna Dolphins Have A Unique Accent

Irish abortion law: Tens of thousands march for change

Homeless Cats Recruited to Fight Rising Tide of Rats

The Eighteenth-Century Custard Recipe That Enraged Trump Supporters

L.A.’s palm trees are dying and it’s changing the city’s famous skyline

What's Lost When Only Rich Kids Play Sports

In Puerto Rico, one radio station is broadcasting hope

Aid flows to Puerto Rico but many still lack water and food

Hurricane Maria power outage puts old, vulnerable at risk in Puerto Rico

‘He’s a racist president’: Mainland Puerto Ricans are furious over Donald Trump’s debt talk amid hurricane crisis

Behind the ‘paradox of fear’: Crime is down, but many Americans don’t feel safe

For children who fled war-torn Syria, a music school offers strength

The Iraqi militia helping Iran carve a road to Damascus

The U.S. Is Beating Back ISIS, So What Comes Next?

Catalans vote to split from Spain amid violent crackdowns at the polls

Catalans and Kurds Discover the Hard Truth About Secession

Are Kurds more like Jews or Palestinians? It depends on whom you ask.

Kurdish referendum triggers retaliation from Iraq, Turkey

After defying ISIS, 'Kurds aren't afraid of anything'

US Parole Activists Aim to Overhaul a Failing System (link fixed!)

Climate Shocks May Cost U.S. $1 Billion a Day

Amid outcry over Confederate markers, new ones are going up

China Fears India May Be Edging It Out in Culture Battle

Tea and Tiananmen: Inside China's new censorship machine

Is Rohingya crisis changing West's 'romanticized' view of Buddhism?

Myanmar refugee exodus tops 500,000 as more Rohingya flee

Eating leaves to survive in Myanmar's 'ethnic cleansing' zone
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Also: Does Michael only have two settings? Formal Unemotional Vulcan and Sassy Badass Black Chick? That's quite a whiplash, and sorta... well... uncomfortable.

Two: Is the Federation... somehow... opposed to seats at workstations?

Three: The dialog sounds a bit more down-to-earth than is usual in Star Trek. It's more realistic, I guess, but if I wanted realism in my fiction I wouldn't be watching Star Trek, would I?

Four: Yeah, this is definitely a third continuity.
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Which would be great, but my pants are filthy smelly and I need to wash them. And it's too cool for my shorts.

Solution: I have got to get more than two pairs of pants this season. Seriously.

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Self-esteem in kids: Lavish praise is not the answer, warmth is

Mona Lisa unveiled? Nude sketch may have link to masterpiece

One Hundred Years Later, the Tense Realism of Edgar Degas Still Captivates

The Curious Life of an Extra

Time lapse Dandelion flower to seed head (Check out the comments. It is startling to see how many people thought they were two different flowers!)

No. 2 if by sea: Outhouse tied to Paul Revere is excavated

Get Yourself A Treat

Video gamers have an advantage in learning

This island is not for sale: how Eigg fought back

West Africa’s Most Daring Designer

Iceland’s Forgotten Fisherwomen

Some Mother’s Boy

How Science Is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction

The Inside Story of the Great Silicon Heist

The Risks and Rewards of Student-Exchange Programs

Liz Waite and Kersheral Jessup couldn’t afford a higher education, let alone rent. But they worked and scrounged and slept on couches to put themselves through school. Will their degrees be worth it?

Arresting Disabled Bodies

The Queen of Florencia

Puerto Rico’s eye-popping economic situation, in charts (Also)

Puerto Rico's Dairy Industry, Once Robust, Flattened By Maria

September Is the Strongest Hurricane Month Ever Recorded—Probably

“So mad I could spit”: a former disaster relief official on Trump’s response to Puerto Rico

The different media spheres of the right and the left — and how they’re throwing elections to the Republicans

Red Pilled: My Bizarre Week Using the Alt-Right's Vision of the Internet

Facebook, Amazon, and Google are reviving the ill-fated “company towns” of the Gilded Age

How Fake News Turned a Small Town Upside Down

More people than ever are dying in prison. Their caregivers? Other inmates

Fear itself: Donald Trump's real immigration policy

Does a company that puts ankle monitors on undocumented immigrants provide a helpful service, or a debt trap for desperate people?

ICE arrests hundreds of immigrants in 'sanctuary cities' around the nation

Deportations slow under Trump despite increase in arrests by ICE

Feds Demand Facebook Share Information on Anti-Trump Protesters

Trump's NFL Fight Dates Back to His Failed USFL Experiment in the '80s

It’s Not About the Flag or the Military. It Never Has Been.

New measurements show widespread forest loss has reversed the role of tropics as a carbon sink

This is not how the Senate is supposed to work

What Happened to Myanmar’s Human-Rights Icon?
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Every dollar we put into SNAP brings back at least $1.75 into the economy. So write your congresscritters (again) reminding them that we should not consider cutting this program, but expanding it to provide more money to eligible families and, perhaps, to allow additional funds for the purchase of products like soap, toothpaste, and diapers. (Where is this money to come from to begin with? I can think of a few places, but let's start by taxing capital gains at the appropriate rate.)
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Turns out they don't. Well, boo.

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Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds (There is a recording!)

Japanese Rice Paddy Art

How Constance and Oscar Wilde Helped Get Women Into Trousers

Blackboards in Porn: What do they write and is it correct? (Surprisingly safe for work!)

Meticulously researched history of the phrase “Baby needs a new pair of shoes!” (Warning, some painful eye dialect.)

I’m A Nurse And I Use Syringes To Paint In My Free Time

The Art of James Castle, Created With Spit, Scraps, and Soot

Pigeons better at multitasking than humans

Beak Evolution Gives New Insight Into the Beginning of Birds

20 Cross Stitches For The 21st Century

What Planned Parenthood Taught WWII Veterans About Birth Control

How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Revolutionized Public Health

Saudi king decrees women be allowed to drive

The Unconventional Life of Mary Walker, the Only Woman to Have Received the U.S. Medal of Honor

The Submissions Men Don't See

The greatest threats to free speech in America come from the state, not from activists on college campuses. (Interesting topic, given that The Atlantic has engaged in well more than its fair share of handwringing about college students not wanting white supremacists to speak at their schools.)

An Unprecedented Number Of Species Have Crossed The Pacific On Tsunami-Liberated Plastic Debris

Muslims and anti-sharia activists meet, armed, at a Dairy Queen to talk fears about America’s future

Bad news: Bed bugs like the smell of your dirty laundry

Visit Beautiful Friendship Park

Border crossers, and the desert that claims them (This is part of a series, and there are many more links at the bottom you will want to read if this interests you.)

The Republican Attack on Feeding the Hungry

The Jones Act: The Law Strangling Puerto Rico

Schools Brace For An Influx Of Students From Puerto Rico

The Rescue Networks That Save Cats and Dogs From Hurricanes

Nearly Half of Americans Don’t Know Puerto Ricans Are Fellow Citizens

Love to Live in The Capitalist Dystopia Hell World

Half of Filipinos don't believe police accounts of drugs war deaths: poll

The Coming Software Apocalypse

Summer could be one long heatwave if temperatures rise by just 2C

A massive review of the evidence shows letting people out of prison doesn’t increase crime (That has a big caveat, which is spelled out at the end of the article)

When ‘Not Guilty’ Is a Life Sentence

Holy shit

Oct. 2nd, 2017 02:24 pm
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Sniper in high-rise hotel kills at least 58 in Las Vegas

Another lone wolf, but we still should be super worried about the scary Muslims from the scary Middle East, right? And in no way should we be concerned about the easy availability of guns in this nation either.
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Question: I stopped watching The Flash midway through last season. The whole arc was ugh boring and also problematic.

Should I a. push through the rest of the season b. skip it, read the recap, start next season fresh c. don't bother reading a recap either or d. just give up on the show entirely?

Also, there is a giveaway to win a copy of Provenance by Ann Leckie, and so far I'm liking my copy, so if you liked the Imperial Radch trilogy you should enter. This is set in the same universe, but not involving the same people.
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Insufficiently "Fanfare to the Common Man" for my tastes, and I don't like the intro video either.

(And I have Thoughts. For a society so obsessed with the Prime Directive, Federation humans are equally obsessed with the idea that secretly, all species would be better off as humans. Here it is AGAIN in this ep. Nevermind that being raised by Vulcans is a strange plot contrivance, isn't it enough that she's content and functional, without having to ditch who she is to be "more human" by some arbitrarily emotional reckoning? Is this universal Trek belief a clever dig at Americans, or do Trek writers really agree with this? Eddington was right - they're worse than the Borg! They assimilate people, and they don't even realize it. This would be an interesting angle to take. They already have the seeds planted with the Klingons. They're not going to go that route, though.)

Ah well. In other news, J was thrilled with his bag. Also, I am sick. *sneeze*

Oh! And when I came home today from walking the dogs, there was a cardboard cat carrier and a small box of cat food on my porch. This is all a bit inexplicable, and I'm wondering if maybe somebody intended to leave a cat there? If so, kitty escaped. Just as well - I'm full up on formerly stray animals.

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Poison Frogs Make Surprisingly Attentive Adoptive Parents

Fish have complex personalities, research shows

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives (Well, "invented" is a stretch, evaporative coolers already exist, but it looks nifty.)

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

You Need to Try Coffee Lemonade

The Women Miners in Pants Who Shocked Victorian Britain

A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

Group Therapy Is Saving Lives in Chicago

Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Artificial Colors Are Back in Trix Because Nobody Liked Natural Ingredients

Revenge of the Super Lice (Apparently, in Europe it's mostly synthetic oil treatments, not pesticides. I'll keep an eye out for the day that's approved over here.)

Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign

The family of strangers who fled Boko Haram

Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor

The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

Still Fighting at Standing Rock

Trump’s wall could cause the extinction of the American jaguar

Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away With Breaking People’s Wheelchairs

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks
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but given the advanced state of their tech, am I wrong in pegging this as a third universe? Okay, that's my official head-canon. Something, something, temporal cold war - THIRD UNIVERSE! (So does each new parallel universe also have its own twin mirror universe?)

Also: Why do all futuristic jails in all universes everywhere have force fields with no physical backup? That seems like a major design flaw.

Also also: Why are all the Klingons bald? Strange fashion choice, or genetic disease?
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OUT OF MY FANDOM.

What the hell sort of Star Trek have they even been watching all this time?
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Carefully cut out the superman logo. Carefully started sewing. Realized I'd carelessly put it wrong side up (that is, the side with the ink). Ripped out the stitches, flipped it - d'oh! Silly me, I should've flipped it when I drew it!

Well, it's done now. Thankfully, I expected errors and bought a lot of extra felt.

The funny thing is that all his classmates, their families just drew on the bags with Sharpies. His mom asked me to do it due to lack of time, but I can't draw! I even had somebody else do the stencils for me! So now it looks like I put in way more effort than anybody else (despite the fact that I can see all the errors glaring out at me), but really, I just can't draw. Cutting and sewing is a LOT easier for me.
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But honestly, I'm not sure I want to. It's harder to cut felt than I realized!

(Is "logo" the right word? Should I say "sigil" or "symbol" or "shield"?)

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The Bad Hair, Incorrect Feathering, and Missing Skin Flaps of Dinosaur Art

When growing their penises for the season, ducks bend to social pressure

The Hobbit Was Almost Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Growing Up Neanderthal

The Banned 1910s Magazine That Started a Feminist Movement in Japan

Millions of new genes in human microbiome

Present-Day Devices as Props

These jellyfish don’t have brains, but still somehow seem to sleep

The mysterious group that’s picking Breitbart apart, one tweet at a time

Getting emotional after failure helps you improve next time, study finds (Who'da thunkit?)

Gene editing of human embryos in UK reveals new fertility clue

How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food

Women Are Spending Years In Prison Because Wyoming Won’t Let Them Into Its All-Male Boot Camp

Views among college students regarding the First Amendment: Results from a new survey

How Canada has been secretly giving asylum to gay people in Chechnya fleeing persecution

Thousands gather to protest arrests over Catalonian vote

Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

Whites Have Huge Wealth Edge Over Blacks (but Don’t Know It)

Lightning storms triggered by exhaust from cargo ships

Washington Just Sued a Giant Private Prison Company for Paying Immigrant Workers $1 Per Day

These Women Are the Last Thing Standing Between You and Nuclear War

In Battle Over Tax Cuts, It’s Republicans vs. Economists

174 Television Stations Are Being Forced To Air Trump Propaganda Disguised As News

Some forcibly arrested in St. Louis weren't protesting

'Repeal and Go Fuck Yourself' Is in Full Effect

How a federal agent got away with terrorizing his Brazilian ex-girlfriend — even as she repeatedly begged the US government to stop him.

Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For

Push for Gender Equality in Tech? Some Men Say It’s Gone Too Far (Wow. And yet, so not surprising....)

Too late, China and America see North Korea the same way
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Connie needs a new pair of shoes washer!

As is traditional for this sort of internet sweepstakes dealio, I get extra entries if I coerce all my friends into clicking the link and "performing one action" - like signing up with a spam-me email or whatever. And I wouldn't normally ask, but this is to hopefully win $1,000 towards the purchase of a new energy-efficient appliance, and our washing machine is getting really old, and typing this is a lot faster than logging into a dozen new emails.

(And I do trust that Con-Ed is legit.)

Thanks :)
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I spent an inordinate amount of time arduously sewing together a Batman logo - only to find at the end that I'd miscentered it!

Welp, it's for a pre-k student, I'm not redoing it. He'll neither notice nor care.

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Leather, Grown in a Lab Without Cows

These hermit crabs shack up inside living coral instead of mere shells

The Split Pants That Are China’s Alternative to Diapers

Children of today are better at delaying gratification than previous generations

A Brainless Slime That Shares Memories by Fusing

Hot chicken was the Prince family legacy — then Nashville transformed it into an icon, and now everybody wants a piece

Ultra-light aluminum: Chemists report breakthrough in material design

'Family Matters' House Will Be Demolished, Replaced With Condos

How Books Designed for Soldiers’ Pockets Changed Publishing Forever

Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

By ganging up, HIV antibodies may defeat the virus

Conversions From Islam in Europe and Beyond

Black, Jewish And Avoiding The Synagogue On The High Holy Days

Earthquakes are even harder to predict than we thought

Mexico City’s People Power

Broad swath of US deemed environmentally suitable for mosquitoes that transmit disease

Why Wages Aren’t Growing

Governments turn tables by suing public records requesters

4 Disabled People Dead in Another Week of Police Brutality

The Persistent, Wide Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward the Police

Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

Trump's 'election integrity' group is waging war on the right to vote

Puerto Rico Puts Its Prisons Near Flood Zones. After Hurricane Maria, thousands of families await news. (Seriously, look at that map!)

Failing dam creates new crisis on Puerto Rico amid flooding from Hurricane Maria

Puerto Rico's power system is "basically destroyed", the US Virgin Islands are under a 24 hour curfew

Why Do Border Deaths Persist When the Number of Border Crossings Is Falling?

Border Patrol Arrests Parents While Infant Awaits Serious Operation

The Economic Costs of Domestic Violence

Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

For Decades, Nazis Have Been Germany's Shame. But Is That About To Change?

Southeast Asia's Rohingya Refugee Crisis Reaches a Terrible Peak (Photos)
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and then some!

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German Shepherd Mom Tires Out Her Pups In The Most Adorable Way Possible (It is adorable! She alternates between bouts where they can't possibly catch up to her and bouts where they can, clever doggie!)

Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers

“Do Sign Languages Have Accents?” (Video, or you can read the transcription)

Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?

The island people with a climate change escape plan

Here’s why you should pay attention to this weekend’s German election

There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched (OMG.)

Colombia partners with locals in order to stop cocaine production, US warns it may not be enough

Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?

Facebook’s war on free will

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

The basic physics of climate change have been known for more than a century, but it is in recent decades that the fundamental science of global warming has solidified

The Minuscule Importance of Manufacturing in Far-Right Politics

Stop acting surprised, America: Donald Trump is a white supremacist

In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis

The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore

Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says

Making war illegal changed the world. But it’s becoming too easy to break the law

Anatomy of terror: What makes normal people become extremists?
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Today I was combing Callie in the bathroom, and Finn came in and didn't bark or growl or jump at her AT ALL - and this despite the fact that she hissed at him and then growled the whole time he was there! (And I don't blame her.)

He's gotten a lot better at being in the same room as the cats without freaking out, and even a little better at not barking and lunging at the familiar cats we see on our walks. (Not as good as with his own roommate cats, but you can't have everything.)

This is great because, with winter coming, Callie wants to go back to being an indoor-outdoor cat, emphasis on indoor - she doesn't like cold weather!
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I watch, but nothing moves today.

Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.

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Superheroes for the Jewish New Year

There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other

Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction

In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter

Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh

In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos

The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not

Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border

New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C

This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

St. Louis sees third day of protests after officer's acquittal

ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?

Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger

The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall

Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

New Mideast realities require support for Kurds

What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent
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It took a lot of back and forth and emails getting lost, but I got her signed up!

And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.

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10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die

The Making of the Modern American Recipe

Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951

DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'

The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century

Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs

The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads

Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord

The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities

Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)

US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people

Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?

When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?

Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs

Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp

Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis

The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe
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Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever

Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)

Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)

Can American soil be brought back to life?

Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

Disability Fraud: You know what?

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote

Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows

Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas

Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them

Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA

Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs

Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal

Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests

Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)

Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck

Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking

Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing

Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico

Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)

Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants

Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh

Oh, yay!

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:23 pm
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NYC Kettle Corn will be right by my sister's office on Friday.

So I can totally ask her to pick some up for me! I love, love, love cheddar caramel, and the best I can get at stores is bags where half is cheddar and half is caramel.
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As recently as 20 years ago, the logo was of an Indian chief with a headdress, but apparently somebody clued them in and now it's a knight's helmet, so that was an easy change. I wonder when they did that?

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Turn-of-the-Century Kid’s Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Football

At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future (It's a kid-eat-bug world out there, guys.)

Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

A Women’s Circus School Is Growing in Gaza

A Story About Singapore’s Urban Development, In Six Parts

How Park(ing) Day Went Global

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

This Legal Rebel Takes the Cases of the World's Most Vulnerable

Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the most coveted materials in the world – but after more than 1,000 years in the same matrilineal family tree, this ancient thread may soon unravel.

Why Koreans Shun the Suburbs

The Really Weird Link Between College and Brain Cancer

Echolocation and Its Discontents

Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls

The Case Against Civilization

The Secret History of FEMA

Why We Can’t Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We’ve Tried

Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves

Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

Why Trump Sees Moral Clarity in London and Complexity in Charlottesville

UN: Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Starting from scratch in Uganda

The Girl Gangs of El Salvador

Is flying coach too cramped to be safe?

Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan
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When you click a button, the top right left* square and any same-colored squares contiguous with it turn to that color. The goal is to turn the whole board the same color.

* Once again, I forgot to make the L before talking about left and right.
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Actually, she loathes them.

Interestingly, though, if she sees that Finn can interact with another dog or a human without anybody freaking out, she'll calm down and turn back into lovable Moonpie, eager to socialize.

Finn is rubbing off on her! Good doggie, Finn!

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Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces

When It Comes To Romantic Attraction, Real Life Beats Questionnaires

The Transformation of the American Shopping Mall

Like sea stars, ancient echinoderms nibbled with tiny tube feet

Productivity hacks to rule kindergarten like a Silicon Valley boss

The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs

Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

Oscar Dunn, America’s Forgotten First Black Lieutenant Governor

The First Black Fighter Pilot

Meet the man fighting to save our country's rarest chickens

Between the Holy Land and the Motherland

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

When Under Threat From Poaching, Elephants Change Their Travel Habits

The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced

The Indian women eating with their families for the first time

Amid Hurricane Chaos, Domestic Abuse Victims Risk Being Overlooked

Irma spawns unusual storm surges on both Florida coasts

Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity

'All We Are Really Living on Is Hope.' Hurricane Irma's Devastation Lingers in the Caribbean

After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Scientists say damage to Florida’s coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges

Global Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament

The U.S. Thought It Was Rid Of Hookworm. Wrong

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Why Would Russia Try to Foment Protests in the U.S.?

ISIS' retreat accelerates, but reports of its demise are exaggerated

Brazil Launches Investigation into Alleged Massacre of ‘Uncontacted’ Indigenous Tribe
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Autumn

By T. E. Hulme

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.
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the strangest things pop out of my mouth. I just get caught up on the moment, and say whatever springs to mind. Well, no, if it came to mind I'd review it first before saying it. But I'm sure this happens to everyone. (Please tell me it happens to everyone!)

The other day I was on the bus with my mother, and the jerk behind me was playing music (loudly) and singing along (badly), and I asked him to stop. So he starts off with "Well, I would've if you hadn't been so rude", which is bullshit. He should never have started in the first place and he knows it, which is what I told him. Nobody on the bus wants to listen to him. "Oh, can you read minds?"

This right there. That's the moment where I was possessed.

"Yes, I can, thanks for bringing it up."
"No you can't, nobody can read minds!"
"I knew you'd say that, but you're still wrong."

The funny thing about this conversation is that it worked. He lowered the volume. He didn't turn it off, and he bitched and moaned like a toddler, but he lowered the volume. Which is good, because I had no more idea where to go in this conversation than he did. Once you say something completely bizarre, there's just nothing left to say.

Seriously, though, I need to invest in some dollar store headphones, hand them out with a smile. Aggressive niceness, that works even better than aggressive nonsense. (Maybe it's more passive-aggressive, the headphones? Whatever. The alternative is to invest in a cell phone blocker, and I'm reliably informed that those are technically illegal.)

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Navajo solar plant breaks new ground

The sniff test of self-recognition confirmed: Dogs have self-awareness

3, 2, 1 ... Beeeep! Your Microwave's 50th Anniversary Is Ready

The Hidden Memories of Plants (Not sure how much of this I buy, but I'm definitely planting a new mimosa in the spring, probably where the old one was years ago. And before I do - I'll drop it a lot!)

Life in the fast lane—how plants avoid traffic jams

Outlawing War? It Actually Worked

Was the primordial soup a hearty pre-protein stew?

How a 17th-Century Naval Engineer Revolutionized Set Design

A refrigerator that works by stretching rubber bands (Video)

Humans learn complex grammatical patterns even in extremely challenging circumstances

Americans Have Given Up on Public Schools. That’s a Mistake.

Fewer Harvey victims at shelters doesn't end housing needs

How Transit Can Speed Houston's Recovery

Looting rumors and fear of crime often exaggerated after natural disasters

Harvey racial optics much different than Katrina

Why the Republican Party Will Come to Regret Rolling Back DACA

The Rollback of Pro-Worker Policies Since Trump Took Office Is Staggering

Philly Police Union President Calls Black Lives Matter Activists ‘A Pack Of Rabid Animals’

The Service Class Deserves Better

The corporate war against unions

Food banks fight against food stamp cuts

The First Count of Fentanyl Deaths in 2016: Up 540% in Three Years

The North Korean chessboard: What next for the main players?

Analysis: US options on North Korea narrow further after test

South Korea Is Right

Why Giving Birth Is Safer In Britain Than In The US

A boost for Assad as the Syrian army makes gains against ISIS in eastern Syria

The Trials of a Muslim Cop

At least 30,000 Rohingya trapped in Myanmar mountains without food

This is why we cannot rely on cities alone to tackle climate change

Federal government has long ignored white supremacist threats, critics say
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Slovak Village Prospers in Partnership With Roma Residents It Once Shunned (Sorta partnership.)

Trolls Hijack White-Power Sites to Discuss Color Swatches

So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” (Not surprised. Personally, I'd be astounded if it boils down to be Latin.)

Yakhchāls: Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

12 Amateur Spies Paved the Way to War Against the Nazis

The Dream Of North Korea Is Alive In West Africa

They were the first black boys to integrate the South’s elite prep schools. They drove themselves to excel in an unfamiliar environment. But at what cost?

Programs meant to encourage women in STEM may be backfiring — because it’s not women who need to change

Who’s Allowed to Hold Hands?

School Lunches are Too Short. And That’s a Problem

'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

A Delta flight successfully makes the NYC-San Juan-NYC run in the teeth of Hurricane Irma. (They flew in between the outer arm and the inner storm. They were on the ground less than an hour, including boarding and taxiing. This is some damn good flying here.)

However... With A Hurricane Approaching Florida, Airline Algorithms Show No Sympathy

A tale of two Irmas: rich Miami ready for tumult as poor Miami waits and hopes

Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy. (Content warning, thanks to [personal profile] siderea: volunteer emergency dispatcher winds up helplessly overhearing a lot of death)

Texas Prisoners Are Facing Horrid Conditions After Hurricane Harvey & Retaliation for Reporting Them

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington

How Falluja can't forget

Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen's Anti-Cholera Brigade

This Group Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It.

Myanmar accused of laying mines after refugee injuries

Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises

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