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for the new dog. No luck finding an owner, so why not?

36 hours later, the girls tell me they've decided we should call him "Marshmallow", so both dogs are named after treats.

I told them that if they pay up for a new tag and call him that for a week, I'll do it. He doesn't know this is his name anyway, so.


Physicists prove that it's impossible to cool an object to absolute zero

Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Inventing a new kind of matter

One Sloppy Land Surveyor Almost Caused a War Between Missouri and Iowa

Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle

Plan to dig up President Polk's body - again - stirs trouble

Scientists evade the Heisenberg uncertainty principle (And here I thought ye cannae change the laws of physics!)

A Day In The Life Of A Female Taxi Driver In The Democratic Republic Of Congo

Bad breath: Study find array of bacteria when orcas exhale

British scientists in world-first TB breakthrough

Couple donates bug collection worth $10m, a goldmine for researchers

How to be a 21st Century Cop

Who Killed the Smart Gun?

7,000 Huge Gas Bubbles Have Formed Under Siberia, and Could Explode at Any Moment

Israel ignores U.N. demand for end to settlement building: U.N.

Senate votes to let ISPs sell your Web browsing history to advertisers

Trump Says He Never Promised to Quickly Repeal Obamacare. Here’s a Bunch of Times He Promised Exactly That.

No repeal for 'Obamacare' - a humiliating defeat for Trump

Trump greenlights Keystone XL pipeline, but obstacles loom

Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School

US Jews wrestle with arrest of Jew in bomb threats case

U.N. will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar
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For a musical, that Flash/Supergirl crossover wasn't very, um, musical.

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But at least everybody can actually sing. I could listen to them all day... just in another episode. One with a better plot.
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All the toothbrushes* fell into the toilet last night. Their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

In other news, went to the drugstore today. Bought toothbrushes! On sale!

* Ana swears it was just one. All I know is, I threw them all out.


Making 'mulch' ado of ant hills

The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

Heart tissue grown on spinach leaves

For juveniles sentenced to Shakespeare, the world's a stage

Catnip Ain’t the Only Plant That’ll Send Your Kitty to Blissville (Mama Cat goes wild for oregano!)

Chicago-based group brings smiles to deaf Syrian children

The NBA's Secret Addiction

Microbes evolved to colonize different parts of the human body

Palestinian women try to bring baseball to Gaza

Tiller the Hun? Farmers in Roman Empire converted to Hun lifestyle -- and vice versa

Why every Indiana inmate could soon have a tablet

The New York Community That Welcomed 1,000 WWII Refugees

How America's Obsession With Hula Girls Almost Wrecked Hawai'i

Learning To Love My Sparkly Purple Cane

I’m Trans, Disabled, And Tired Of Fighting To Get Into Bathrooms

Why American Farmers Are Hacking Their Tractors With Ukrainian Firmware

Apple sold $4.2 billion of product in New Zealand, paid $0 local taxes

Anger and frustration in Kurdish southeast to shape Turkey's referendum

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

Why this Persian New Year is different

Trump administration fights its own agency in U.S. court

Gorsuch, students defend his questions about women at work
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I actually enjoyed this episode quite a bit - but the more I like it, the more I want to nitpick it. And even if I criticize their actions, I think everybody acted fairly consistently with their characterization, and in ways that real people would act. I might say from my position that I would act differently, but I know I probably wouldn't.

Oh, dear.

Mar. 20th, 2017 08:26 pm
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First we trimmed away the fur from his eyes so he could see, poor dog.

Then we trimmed away his mats, bit by bit. Enough matted fur there to make a whole new dog, and clothe it, too!

Then I decided to trim the stragglies off his tail and ears. This did look better.

Then Eva apparently decided to just trim all his straggly bits. Which is not an entirely bad idea, but doing this while wielding only a pair of scissors... it's, um... a bit uneven. Some of those trims are way too close to his skin for this time of year!

Clearly we need to get him to a real groomer sooner rather than later, but that's still going to have to wait until after he gets fixed.

Or maybe we just need to find our clippers and have at it. What's the worst that can happen?
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I'm beginning to detect a pattern here. Quick! Get Trump to say something bad about libraries! Should be easy enough, we already know the man doesn't read.
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Falling in Love with Words: The Secret Life of a Lexicographer

This Amazing Toy Block Tape Turns Anything Into A LEGO-Friendly Surface

If you’re a European, your body requires more vegetables and grains

Ag Companies Are Looking To Feed The World With Microbes

For female mosquitoes, two sets of odor sensors are better than one

When the Netherlands Had a Muslim-Majority Empire

The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Smartphones may be changing the way we think

The Invisible Unmarried Mothers of 20th Century Ireland

Abortion Behind Bars

Overuse of antibiotics brings risks for bees—and for us

I Was A Hardcore Conservative: What Changed My Mind

Why Are Asian Americans Missing From Our Textbooks?

A hidden tribe, a disastrous school and finally, a cry for help

Marines United Spokesman: Nude Photo Scandal Shows Why Women Shouldn’t Serve (Wow.)

Emboldened by Trump, some police unions seek to overhaul Obama’s reforms (This article's from the end of January)

Trump budget chief on climate change: 'We consider that to be a waste of your money'

Unspeakable Realities Block Universal Health Coverage In America

Meals on Wheels isn't 'showing any results' only if you ignore all these results

Trump has promised big spending on infrastructure. His budget cuts it

This Is the Ending Conservatives Always Wanted

Scientists Brace for a Lost Generation in American Research

Customs And Border Protection Outlines Border Wall Requirements (They want it to look "aesthetically pleasing", at least on the US side. A 30 foot wall will never look pleasing.)
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I have got to figure out a better system.


The Goldfish That Got a Wheelchair (Interesting expansion of the word "wheelchair" to mean something that is neither wheeled nor a chair. It's a mobility device for a disabled fish.)

Slammer sale: Closed prisons are a tough sell, states find

New research changes our understanding of who built ancient Silk Roads

Portland pilot program puts homeless in residents' backyards

13 Secrets of Historical Reenactors

Smart sharks have robust social networks and learn to avoid capture

To aid ferrets, vaccine treats planned for prairie dogs

Emoji Snake Shows Off The Faces Of The Future

When Medieval Monks Couldn't Cure the Plague, They Launched a Luxe Skincare Line

Missile row drives Korean culture underground in China

Poison and mating regulate male roundworm populations

The Teenagers of Rikers Island

Charter schools’ ‘thorny’ problem: Few students go on to earn college degrees

The Life and Death of the Library of Alexandria

Bees make money: Stealing hives the new buzz in New Zealand

Virginia is for felonies? Petty theft law from 1980s sticks

Money, not access, key to resident food choices in 'food deserts'

Syrian rebels, civilians begin leaving Homs district in deal with government

This Article Won’t Change Your Mind

Deaf, mute and accused of murder, an undocumented immigrant has been in legal limbo for 12 years

How 1,600 People Went Missing from Our Public Lands Without a Trace

Pressure builds on Trump to back off wiretap accusations

Top economies yield to US, drop no-protectionism pledge

In Trump era, some Mexican migrants head north - to Canada

For-Profit Colleges Gain Beachhead in Trump Administration

Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president

Why Sequestration Is Poised to Kill Trump's Budget

Missing from Trump's grand Navy plan: skilled workers to build the fleet

Whom to trust when it comes to health-care reform? Trump supporters put their faith in him.

Republicans revamp U.S. health bill, boost benefits to older Americans
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doing two things. The first is asking basic questions like "I got in here! Is there a uniform? Can you leave for lunch? When does it start?" to which I say "Shouldn't you have figured this out before you put it on your application?" I say that in my head, I mean, not to them. Too late there!

The second is going "I got into THIS specialized science high school and THAT really good non-specialized school! Which should I pick!?"

Thus far, none of them has appreciated my excellent advice, which is "meh, they're both academically rigorous. If you don't know which you prefer, subtract commute time from start time and pick the one that lets you sleep in". They don't believe me at all when I say that sleep is possibly the most important factor in a happy adolescence. But at least arguing the point with me has helped some of them make up their minds, which is all they wanted to do in the first place.


Mar. 17th, 2017 08:49 am
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So, of course, I told Jenn about this dog the girls rescued. She was not terribly pleased at the thought, but what could we do, leave him to shiver in the cold?

And then she came home. Eva had washed the dog and cut the fur out of his eyes and called a potential owner (sadly, it wasn't hers and he is probably not returning to her), and he's looking pretty snazzy now. Still has some huge mats in his fur, but much better than before.

So Jenn comes into the living room, and there's the dog sitting on the back of the couch, and he lights up when he sees new people! And he wags his little tail! And he smiles, the way dogs do.

Jenn: I don't understand what is even happening in my life.
Me: What's happening is you're getting a new dog.

We will put up signs about him, of course... but only *after* his appointment to have his nails trimmed and, hopefully, a second appointment for a teeth cleaning (the vet commented on those teeth when she checked for a microchip). I'm not returning him to anybody unwilling to pay for basic care. The state of his paws is absolutely shameful.

(I mean, they don't need to pay me. They can give me the money and I'll write out a check to Animal Haven, done. But they need to pay something, because there's a non-zero chance that he hasn't been lost that long, they just weren't caring for him.)
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Well, right now we're just holding him until his humans show up, but given how matted his fur is and how long his nails are - not to mention the state of his teeth! - he's plainly been on the street a while. That, or his humans are just really, really neglectful. Do we want to send him back to that!? (The vet pretty much said that when she checked to see if he was microchipped. I quite agree.)

He's been fixed, and he's getting along nicely with Moonpie, and as well as can be expected with the cats. (Callie isn't thrilled. Mama Cat is pretending she's used to dogs and can't be shocked anymore.) Very friendly and snuggly, though - so maybe he has just been lost for a while.
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5% is still a pittance, but at least it's a respectable pittance, so if you were going to shop from Amazon any time in the near future it may as well be today.


Mar. 15th, 2017 03:10 am
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The problem with the high school admissions process is that some kids don't get matched with schools, and have to go to second round admissions. And that sucks, it really does - but to hear people complaining... sheesh!

And maybe it's mean, because their kids are all crying and all, but I just want to shake these people! "This system is so cruel! Why do we trust this super secret algorithm!"

It's not a super secret algorithm.

"Nobody could explain it to me!"

Probably because that's not their job. Google it. It's a variation of the Gale-Shapley algorithm, and it works pretty well for 95% of NYC 8th graders.

"But it should have been perfect for my own kid, who is SO smart and has THE BEST grades, they should've looked at her again!"

I get that you think that, and I see that you're really upset, but there is absolutely no way to give everybody seats in the first round unless we either go back to strict zoning or else assign some kids to schools they never asked for.

"Something, something, something, the DoE has a hidden agenda!"

The DoE does not have a hidden agenda. (Actually, they kinda do have an agenda in that they've decided not to start new screened programs on the completely reasonable grounds that this just drives school segregation and makes the remaining programs even less desirable, but that's hardly a hidden agenda, they're pretty open about it. I didn't feel this was the time and place to bring that up to Mr. "My smart kid should've been given special treatment".)

"They should open more really good schools!"

Sure - but how? If it was that easy, don't you think they'd have done it already? But at the high school level, 85% of what drives the perception of being a "good school" is having "good students" - not the quality of the teaching. And how do you attract those students? There's the rub.

"At least none of our schools should be below average! At least, not the ones for the good students."

This isn't Lake Woebegone, and your second sentence is really disturbing. (A surprising number of high schoolers will openly state that "bad kids deserve bad schools", at least they do if they think they're better than that, and this is where they get that disgusting attitude.)

"Well, the very least I expect is constant improvement, and that's not happening with this algorithm!"

Cool, well, when you come up with a better one, submit it to the DoE. They'll send you your Nobel via FedEx.
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Also... has the Washington Post always had a banner on its articles saying "Democracy Dies in Darkness?"


In Big Win For Big Cats, China Approves National Park Larger Than Yellowstone

Making Athens Great Again

Church cops? Congregation eyes its own unusual police force ("You've got to have some presence here," said Jeff Siren, 61, who has worshipped at Briarwood since 1998. "Anyone can wander in here unchallenged at any time." Well, yes. Because it's a church!)

The Seismic Change in Police Interrogations: A major player in law enforcement says it will no longer use a method linked to false confessions.

For Some Americans Of MENA Descent, Checking A Census Box Is Complicated

Imagine finding out your biological father wasn’t the man you thought he was. Imagine finding out he was your mother’s fertility doctor.

Why hurting the poor will hurt the economy

White Evangelicals Believe They Face More Discrimination Than Muslims (oh, ffs)

The Forgotten Prisoner of a Spyware Deal Gone Wrong

Raped, beaten, exploited: the 21st-century slavery propping up Sicilian farming

The most striking thing about the WikiLeaks CIA data dump is how little most people cared

Refugees Fleeing Violence in Central America Hope for Asylum in Mexico

Afraid of Jail? Buy an Upgrade!

Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement

America Gets a D Plus for Infrastructure, and a Big Bill to Fix it (So, what else is new?)

Republican Report Accidentally Proves Trump Lied About Voter Fraud

Sessions asks 46 Obama-era U.S. attorneys to resign

A Portable Panic Button for Immigrants Swept Up in Raids

U.S. Ethics Official To White House: No, These Rules Definitely Apply To You

John McCain tells Trump: present wiretapping evidence or retract the claim

New Republican bill would gut class actions, not improve them (This article is old, but it provides context. It just passed the House.)

Employees who decline genetic testing could face penalties under proposed bill

Trump supporters in the heartland fear being left behind by GOP health plan

Paul Ryan admitted he has no idea how health insurance works

Conservatives cheer EPA cuts that activists fear 'will be borne by lungs'


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