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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.


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.


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?


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!


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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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.)


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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NYC is full of cops. Heavily armed cops. Heavily armed cops who have randomly barricaded areas I normally pass through.

I fucking hate 9/11. I'm sure any future terrorist will choose some other day in which to wreak terror. Why would they pick 9/11? They'd always be also-rans. But no, everybody goes on full-alert for an attack that simply isn't going to happen. (And if it did, I'm sure they'd take the guns on the ground into account when planning. It's just security theater. None of this could've stopped 9/11, none of it could've stopped the first WTC bombing, so why do we think it'll stop anything in the future?)
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There is a time to snuggle and a time to desist from snuggling, a time to kill mice and a time to not kill mice.

Sigh. At least the neighbors ought to be happy, she caught that mouse in their yard. And then ate the entire thing when I told her to finish killing it before coming up and headbutting me, yuck.


This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great… Grandfather

A Free Food Forest in the Bronx (Video)

From Ocean To Potion: Kelp Finds A Niche In The Craft Beer Market

The History of Passport Photos, From ‘Anything Goes’ to Today’s Mugshots

Scientists expose true extent of cuckoo's cunning

The Social Benefits of Swearing

Queso Is the World’s Most Perfect Food

6 Valuable Works of Art Discovered in People's Attics and Garages

Julian Germain photographed classrooms in 19 countries all over the world (More pictures here)

The Secret Logic of Cows

Shabbat in Zimbabwe

Yuck or yum? Swiss offer insect burgers of mealworm larvae

5 Places America Should Have Saved

Statistics show just how profound the inequalities in America’s education system have become.

Suburban Sprawl Stole Your Kids' Sleep

The last Nazi hunters

Subsidizing massive tech companies isn’t paying off for workers

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost.

The NIMBY Fight That Rocked an Iowa City

The Deadly 1991 Hamlet Fire Exposed the High Cost of “Cheap”

The Alt-Right View of ‘Free Speech’ isn’t Even Simplistic

Residents cough, rub eyes in Harvey pollution spike

How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rain

Harvey's floodwaters give way to festering piles of garbage

Hurricanes drive addiction issues into public square

FEMA’s outdated flood maps made Houston’s bad situation worse

This Weather Is Not Normal. And It Will Only Get Worse.

Smaller US cities struggle with high teen gun violence rates

The Freedom Plea: How Prosecutors Deny Exonerations by Dangling the Prison Keys (Read this article too)

Eighteenth century nautical charts reveal coral loss

Fleeing Rohingya face hunger, little hope in Bangladesh camp
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And I read the sequel, Sound. Liked that a lot too.

So of course, I read Blight by the same author, Alexandra Duncan. And... well, it's okay. Pretty standard YA dystopian stuff, theme: Monsanto is evil, and so is inequality + racism. It's not bad for standard YA dystopian stuff, but there's nothing new there. I'd recommend it over some of the alternatives because it ties in to actual real-world issues better than many of them do, but that's about it.

Very disappointing, but I suppose it is only her third book.


A Toilet Is The Star Of India's Hit Rom-Com

How tails help geckos and other vertebrates make great strides

The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syrup

A Brief History of Napkins, From Soft Dough to Paper

Yes, humans are still evolving. Here's how you can tell.

Louis Sachar, the Children’s-Book Author Who Introduced Me to Style

Honeybees could play a role in developing new antibiotics

Why Do Parrots (And People) Eat Clay?

How the Labor Movement and the Gay Rights Movement Work Together

A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy

Wind farms are hardly the bird slayers they're made out to be—here's why

1 in 4 Dreamers Are Parents of US Citizens

The Department of Justice Is Overseeing the Resegregation of American Schools Another article on the same subject

Japan Is No Place for Single Mothers

Israel sets up services for settlers in volatile Hebron

There are 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin

In Juba's only post office, ghosts of a young country's hopes for 'normal'

Inside the Growing Guest Worker Program Trapping Indian Students in Virtual Servitude

The Earth's changing climate could cause the extinction of up to a third of its parasite species by 2070, according to a global analysis reported Sept. 6 in the journal Science Advances. Parasite loss could dramatically disrupt ecosystems, and the new study suggests that they are one of the most threatened groups of life on Earth.

Seeking home's comforts, Rohingya couple make deadly choice

Take away Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize. She no longer deserves it

Indonesian school a launchpad for child fighters in Syria's Islamic State

Billions of dead trees force US fire crews to shift tactics
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How is Ana liking high school?

Hard to say. She said the orientation rocked, she may or may not have made a friend (reports vary), her math teacher treats them like they're five, she likes her French teacher, and she's annoyed that English is called "Appreciating Literature" instead of "English" or "Language Arts".

So there you have it!
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And I'll call the ASL school tomorrow. That's the school with the most chance of having a seat... but they also have the least good academics. (This is not terribly surprising. My guess, without asking, is they have the same problem I'm told a lot of schools for the Deaf do - they end up with kids in the middle school and higher whose parents have finally given up on English-only, and now the school has to play catch-up.) If she went there, we'd be doing a lot of school afterschool and weekends. From my perspective, it hardly seems worth it, but I'm not Eva.

Anyway, the important thing is they take hearing students from throughout the city, even those without Deaf siblings or parents, though their priority of course is Deaf students and their siblings.


Dog helps sniff out invasive ants on California island

Something to sneeze about: Democratic voting in African wild dog packs

Found: 1,600-Year-Old Mosaic, By Amateur Archaeologists

Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota

Intercropping boosts vegetable production

Ruby Is the Newest Addition to the Chocolate Spectrum

Women's colleges more welcoming to transgender students

America’s First Butter Sculptor Was an Artist and a Celebrity

Clever cockatoos bend hooks into straight wire to fish for food

An American Dialect Dictionary Is Dying Out. Here Are Some Of Its Best Words.

Survey: White Christians are now a minority of US population

The Non-Religious States of America

Letting teens sleep in would save the country roughly $9 billion a year

One photographer journeyed into North Korea to catch a unique glimpse of a country under a dictatorship

As World Watches Kim, China Quietly Builds South China Sea Clout

The Link Between Animal Abuse and Murder

Indian journalist's killing provokes outrage, anguish

James Mattis tells the troops that their president is failing them.

Now Comes the Uncomfortable Question: Who Gets to Rebuild After Harvey?

Hurricane Irma slams Caribbean islands as Category 5 storm

How Washington lobbyists fought flood insurance reform

What the Trump Administration Doesn't Get About the EPA and Disaster Response

Warmer world may bring more local, less global, temperature variability

Myanmar's Rohingya beat a perilous path in search of safety

Yemen's cholera epidemic hits 600,000, confounding expectations

Thousands of Criminal Cases in New York Relied on Disputed DNA Testing Techniques

Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker

The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution: Why Economic Inequality Threatens Our Republic
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The first day is half a day with only half the class and your designated adult. The second day is half a day with the same half class. The third day is the first day the whole class is together for the whole day, no adults.

This is great for the kid who has never been to school, preschool, or daycare.

For the working family whose kid has been in preschool or daycare for years, it's all a little superfluous.

J's mother just started a new job this week. She could hardly start work Wednesday and then immediately take the next two days off, could she? This is how I ended up sitting with J in pre-k today.

When I did this for Eva, lo these many years ago, there was a lot of nattering on about how pre-k isn't about play anymore. Yuck. (That was the principal. The teachers were more practical.) This teacher really emphasized how the kids get to play and how it's so important. It's really not my business, but I'm definitely relieved to hear that!

Anyway, walking home I met with a friend who used to go to school with me. I told her about Eva's middle school issues, and she said "Over my dead body would my kids attend that school" (the one we're zoned for, I mean). I'm always relieved to know it's not me. That school is just toxic.
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Very first day of school, Ana left her lunch.
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Free lunch now will be provided for all NYC public school students

It is about time. Now, if they would only start distributing full-fare student metrocards on the basis of income rather than distance-from-school. The bus isn't cheaper just because you live closer!
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Eva and Ana have been homeschooled the past few years specifically to avoid our god-awful middle school. It's really, truly, legitimately bad. Like, they had to invent a new circle of hell bad. Like, in the past month, multiple students at that school have told me, apropos of absolutely nothing that there are a lot of fights and people get beat up every month. Like, people who don't live in this neighborhood and aren't zoned for that school know how bad it is.

(The academics aren't so good either.)

So if you were scratching your head wondering "But is she not already attending school?", well, no, that's the point.

(And I feel her when she says she wants more social time. I think that's extremely valid. It's not something I wanted at that age, but she's much more extroverted than I am. I'd be happier about it if she didn't vehemently shoot down everything her parents and I have tried for the past three years to get her more social time during the school day.)
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The trouble is, all our middle school options are so sucky - or else they're minimally adequate but also unobtainable. I'm going to call a few schools Thursday to see if they have open seats for 7th grade, but....

(Even if they do, they're all outside a reasonable commute window, and have an early start time. And none of them have stellar academics, they just have less bullying than the other schools.)


Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe

Vintage trailer court takes tourists back in time

Is Trial by Combat a Hollywood Invention?

Hop, skip, run, leap: Unpredictability boosts survival for bipedal desert rodents

This tiny country feeds the world (Must-read!)

Teaching methods go from lab to classroom

UK Retailer John Lewis Has Made Its Children's Clothes Gender-Neutral And Some People Are Taking It Badly (They made the change a year ago, but the outrage only started now.)

Diverse landscapes are more productive and adapt better to climate change (Duh.)

As robots edge into workplace, free money idea takes hold

The Weighted Task of Pre-K Teaching

Risky road: China's missionaries follow Beijing west

The right to organize at work deserves constitutional protection

Manafort Notes From Russian Meet Refer to Political Contributions

House committee subpoenas FBI, Justice over Trump dossier

Immigrants are sought for labor shortage in Harvey recovery

If You Want to MAGA, Save DACA

The Dreamers Won’t Go Quietly

Daca Dreamers: Obama slams axing of young migrant scheme

After Trump threats, ministers working at 'warp speed' claim NAFTA progress

The Troubling Sheriffs’ Movement That Joe Arpaio Supports

'We are an example to the Arab world': Tunisia's radical marriage proposals (LOL at some of the quotes. Making inheritance equal, so women inherit as much as their brothers, is somehow unjust to those women? That issue has nothing to do with equality and is already perfect?)

The father who saved his children from IS in Syria

Defying warnings, residents refuse to leave Mumbai's crumbling buildings

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now

UNHCR: 123,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar

Why is India threatening to deport its Rohingya population?

Ethiopia faces worst drought in years as millions at risk

Nigerian vigilantes fight Boko Haram one bullet at a time
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You'll be pleased to learn that North Korea's army can really dance.

I have no idea what is even happening anymore, and I can't help but think this might make sense if I could read Korean.


Sep. 4th, 2017 04:05 am
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Do superheroes wear costumes or do they wear uniforms? I feel like more often I'm hearing the latter, which I guess makes sense for those superheroes which are more or less invested with actual, legal authority in their universes, or at least strongly enmeshed with the establishment. I wonder if Google n-grams will help with this issue...

(Answer: No, not really.)
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After we came home, I decided to run to CVS to pick up a prescription. I waited for the bus, and waited, and waited, and waited, getting wetter and wetter and wetter. Caught the bus, ran into the store - and the pharmacy was closed.

So I left the store and waited for the bus under the awning. And waited, and waited, and waited. Caught the bus, now it's really coming down, so I decided - clever! - I'd go down to the boat and transfer to another bus that drops me off closer to my house, rather than walking up from the park. I should've known better. That bus never comes. Guess what? I waited, and waited, and eventually gave up and took a cab. The driver made one drop-off, and by the time we arrived on my block, there's the bus turning the corner. Fucking a. Well, at least I didn't have to linger any longer in the rain.


Want to Keep Your Emotions From Getting the Best of You? Think Like Elmo (Huh, I do that all the time.)

The soul of the rose

Texas Tough: Meet the Hardcore Women of Austin Roller Derby

Look at the mysterious ‘dragon booger’ found in Vancouver's Lost Lagoon

Apes' abilities misunderstood by decades of poor science

The Divisive Diet of Honeybees: Why Some Will Never Be Royals

The Two Best Dutch Anatomists of the 17th Century Hated Each Other

Love and beauty in a refugee camp

Theater of War

Brazilian court blocks abolition of vast Amazon reserve

Has voodoo been misjudged?

Countries Pledge To Recover Dwindling Pacific Bluefin Tuna Population

Why Do Cops Need Bayonets?

Dozens of countries offered help after Hurricane Katrina. After Harvey, not so much.

The Dutch Understand Flooding. Why Can't America Manage It? (You might prefer the style of this link)

Harvey Is What Climate Change Looks Like

We're Nowhere Near Prepared for the Ecological Disaster That Harvey Is Becoming

Hurricane Harvey: What Happens to Drug Users During a Storm?

During a summer of crisis, Trump chafes against criticism and new controls (Poor baby)

Hacking risk leads to recall of 500,000 pacemakers due to patient death fears

Kenya presidential election cancelled by Supreme Court

Kenya’s ruling to nullify vote could influence other nations

Kenya faces ethnic tensions as fresh vote approaches

Malaria parasite spreads from howler monkeys to humans (This is a new development, a malaria parasite that does not typically infect humans.)
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And one woman was very eager to encourage us to sign a petition asking NYS to push for a Convention of States. "It's a non-partisan action." Well, a convention could be non-partisan, but realistically, will it be? Lets look at the text of the flyer she handed us:

Unelected bureaucrats have stripped states of their rightful decision-making authority. Consequently, the national debt is out of control, regulations crush free enterprise, and our freedoms have been compromised. Article V of the Constitution empowers the states to hold a Convention of States to propose constitutional amendments to limit federal power, spending, and regulations. Amendments can also create better checks on the judiciary so that the courts apply the Constitution as written rather than the Constitution as interpreted as activist judges.

Regulations are bad, states rights rule, and judges are just stomping all over the Constitution? Yeah. That doesn't sound so non-partisan to me. But nice try.


The Lost Film Footage of 1904 London (Video)

A Rare Yellow Lobster Joins a Boston Aquarium’s Lobster Rainbow

Our Small World Through The Lens Of Russian Photographer Sergey Maximishin

Albino Trees

How Not To Sort By Average Rating

Cathay Williams went from slavery to a place in the U.S. Army (The link says she is the first black woman to serve in the U.S. Army, this of course should be amended: She is the first one known to have done so. If there were others, they kept it secret.)

Football Among the Old Believers, in Alaska (There is another article here)

Odd inheritance: 1889 landmark courthouse with clock tower

What's Creepier Than a Creepy Doll?

First World Solutions

How modernity is creeping into India's remote tribal communities

Abandoned States: Places In Idyllic 1960s Postcards Have Transformed Into Scenes Of Abandonment

The Incarcerated Women Who Fight California’s Wildfires (The comments are refreshingly low on the blame game.)

When Less is More: How putting fewer people on probation and parole can reduce prison populations, save money and keep us safer.

I was a neo-Nazi. Then I fell in love with a black woman (I wanted to scoff, but it's actually interesting.)

NYC tries fencing in often-violent Caribbean celebration

You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth

Hunters, government, industry at odds over deer urine

Making Sense of the Violence in Charlottesville

In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Met With Harassment And Hostility

Wildfires surge amid scorching heat across US West

Mattis: North Korea threat would bring massive military response

South Korea, U.S. plan more drills after North Korea nuclear test rattles globe

North Korea missile fear sets pre-emptive strike debate in Japan

The 2016 election may have indeed been hacked: report

Wells Fargo: Actually, We Were 70 Percent More Corrupt Than Initially Revealed

Trump to end DACA, give Congress six months to act

As Harvey finally fizzles, a look at what made it so nasty

Texas governor says Harvey damage could climb to $180 billion

'Your eyes start itching': pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks (Including from several Superfund sites)

Harvey reveals corporate hubris regarding safety

Houston mosques open doors to Harvey victims on Muslim holiday

Houston's homeless shrug off riding out Harvey on streets

Life After ISIS Slavery for Yazidi Women and Children
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What medieval Europe did with its teenagers

Mouth clicks used in human echolocation captured in unprecedented detail

Staten Island landfill-turned-park shows nature's resilience

The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books

America's new dads are older than ever

Forbidden love: The WW2 letters between two men

New Nutrition Study Changes Nothing

Rare Skin Disease Ruined Gaza Man's Life — Until Israeli Doctors Stepped In

Ancient Rome: Sunken City Devastated by a Tsunami 1,600 Years Ago Discovered off Tunisian Coast

Medicaid fueling opioid epidemic? New theory is challenged

Why the German elections matter to the rest of the world

NAFTA envoys lay out proposals, try to block Trump noise

Young US immigrants mobilize effort to avoid deportation

Donald Trump urged not to scrap Daca policy for young immigrants (I can not get used to the British style of only capitalizing the first letter in initialisms.)

Trump Looks Likely to End Protections for Dreamers. Here’s What Would Happen Next.

Trump pulls back threat to shut down government over border wall — for now

White House blocks Obama-era rule expanding pay data from companies

Mattress store serves as cushy shelter for Harvey's victims

The Chemical Plant Explosion in Texas Is Not an Accident. It's the Result of Specific Choices.

Released from Jail with Nothing, In the Middle of Hurricane Harvey

US successfully tests shooting down ballistic missile

Iraq's Kirkuk province to vote in Kurdish independence referendum

Utah officer who arrested nurse over blood test put on leave (Good for that nurse! You can't just let cops make up laws in their own heads.)

Sri Lanka bans plastic after garbage crisis

I criticized Google. It got me fired. That’s how corporate power works.

Jails, justice system at breaking point as Philippine drugs war intensifies

Filipinos accused of links to Marawi siege ordered freed

Climate Change Already Impacting Wheat, Rice, Corn, Soybean Yields Worldwide

Russia gears up for major war games, neighbors watch with unease

United States to give Ethiopia $91 million in drought aid for food and medicine

Myanmar Rakhine: Rohingya refugees drown as exodus mounts

Rohingya Muslims flee as more than 2,600 houses burned in Myanmar's Rakhine
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They used to sell four hour wristbands, now it looks like they only sell all-day wristbands with the requisite price markup. But at least those wristbands let them go on the Cyclone, which the old ones didn't. And it did randomly rain for an hour right after we arrived, so I guess we got our money's worth.
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And now I'm appropriately exhausted. Whew!

Interesting fact I did not know before this year: If you walk around with a chihuahua, at least once a day, somebody will go "Ay, chihuahua!" at you in a Spanish or mock-Spanish accent. This is probably supposed to be funny. It's not... especially when the chihuahua in question is trying to attack their pit bull, husky, or rather large mutt.

(She lunges very dramatically at the end of her leash and barks a lot. I suspect that this is the canine equivalent of screaming "HOLD ME BACK!" while not trying very hard to escape your friends' grasp, but I don't want to test it.)


An Accidental Hit 'Begins To Shine' — And Only Because Of 'Teen Titans Go!'

The 19th-Century Freakout Over Steam-Powered Buses

Desegregation Came Early at the Texas Prison Rodeo

US wages are rising, maybe faster than you think

Ecstasy Was Just Labelled a 'Breakthrough Therapy' For PTSD by The FDA

Inoculations give endangered California frog a shot at life

FDA announces first US gene therapy approval for cancer treatment

Religious young women less educated about HPV vaccine

Whatever Happened To ... Those Farmers Who Needed Shoes? (That article links back to this earlier story.)

How This Female Chief Broke Up 850 Child Marriages In Malawi

Cultural exchange programs fear visa cuts from Trump order

With a drama-filled White House, Mattis has shown deft political touch

Trump says 'talking not the answer' on North Korea, Mattis disagrees

There's little evidence that corporate tax cuts create jobs

Hundreds of Puerto Ricans protest, decry austerity measures

As China ups game in East Africa, India tries to guard 'home advantage'

US military sends warships, aircraft to Texas

Rodrigo Duterte says Philippines police can kill 'idiots' who resist arrest

U.N. cites systematic use of excessive force in Venezuela crackdown on dissent

Pentagon revises number of troops in Afghanistan, disclosing 2,600 more to equal 11,000

'Miracle' weed killer that was supposed to save farms is killing them instead

U.S. troops risk inflaming clan conflict after deadly Somalia raid
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And here's me without my rapid strep tests.

She's 14. Can she go to the doctor alone? She can go to the doctor alone now, right? I mean, she's in high school.

(I sure hope she can, because I have to run out with my mother tomorrow and Jenn has work.)


Milk and Sugar Pods That Dissolve in Coffee Could Replace Single-Serve Containers (Sounds great... but how are they going to be served out so other people don't put their grubby hands all over them?)

How Friends Become Closer

Orange is the new green: How orange peels revived a Costa Rican forest

They Have a Say Over the Subways, From Hundreds of Miles Away

How Do You Make a TV Show Set in the West Bank?

How China Sees North Korea

Why Men Don’t Believe the Data on Gender Bias in Science

Evolutionary ecology could benefit beekeepers battling diseases

Soviet-Era Program Gives Even Unoppressed Immigrants an Edge

Crippled Houston watches dams, levees; forecast offers hope

Storm Harvey paralyzes a fifth of U.S. fuel output

The Waters Swell. So Does Trump’s Ego. (Jerk should've never gone down there in the first place, and with the whole plane ride down, that was the speech he came up with?)

Houston drainage grid 'so obsolete it's just unbelievable'

Epic Floods — Not Just In Texas — Are A Challenge For Aid Groups

Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now is the Time to Talk About Climate Change.

US government burying head deeper in sand on climate change

Trump’s new Afghanistan policy has Pakistan angry and alarmed

Trump Saves Citgo, Repped by His Ex-Aides, From New Venezuela Sanctions

Mattis freezes transgender policy; allows troops to continue serving, pending study

ICE Plans to Start Destroying Records of Immigrant Abuse, Including Sexual Assault and Deaths in Custody

Commentary: Putin's weird war gets ever riskier

Israel demolishes schools for Palestinians, citing lack of permits
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The weather, I mean. It was hard to enjoy it, though - we get nice weather like that every time Texas has a hurricane.

Now the storm part has hit us, or at least the drizzle part. And it looks like it's gonna last all week. I wasn't going to pull out my lightbox until September, but I brought it out today. It can't hurt.


How Concrete Cemented Its Place in History

Inside the Time Capsule Fencing Club of Paris

Female Inmates Learn to Transcribe Books to Braille

Strange Stars Caught Wrinkling Spacetime? Get the Facts.

Here’s What Happens When Stores Carry Books By Women, People Of Color — And No One Else

Federal Judge Finds Racism Behind Arizona Law Banning Ethnic Studies

Kenya imposes world's toughest law against plastic bags

The Red Cross Won’t Save Houston

Why Those Floating Fire Ant Colonies in Texas Are Such Bad News

Touching Death: The Turbulent Life of One of America’s Last Snake-Handling Preachers

Abraham never fit in. Hisham finally felt at home. Then their worlds collided in western Arkansas.

Europeans, Africans agree renewed push to tackle migrant crisis

The Collected Crimes of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

What Trump's Generation Learned About the Civil War

Another US agency deletes references to climate change on government website

Trump clears way for local police to obtain military gear

Trump’s Oval Office: ‘But What About the Chairs?’

Trump’s “new” strategy in Afghanistan is doomed to fail

Who are the key players in Afghanistan?

As Trump doubles down on Afghanistan, Russians shake their heads

U.S. top military commander in Afghanistan finally gets his wish

The Lament Of The Boko Haram 'Brides'

A Pacifist Japan Starts to Embrace the Military

As China-India feud ebbs, tiny Bhutan reexamines its place in the world
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(thus far, that is)

That was worth a read. It might even be worth an immediate re-read. I'm debating the issue. More library shenanigans, or do I go read Rise of Renegade X* again?

* Don't judge me. I'm aware that it's a silly series with a silly premise, but it's fun. Recently read another book that tried to tackle the same topics of superhero morality and racism allegory more seriously, and boy, that was no fun at all. Objectively I think that other book might be better written, but I just didn't like it.
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In, like, a week and a half! OMG!

So, please - lunch suggestions. It's been a while. She has this dream of eating outside lunch every day but, realistically, her allowance + lunch money is not going to cover that. (She might eat school lunch every day, I guess. That's her choice. But I doubt she wants to do that either.)

Either thermos-worthy or cold is okay, I'll have Ana pick and choose a rotating list. "Leftovers" is not an option :)


A first: Drug lowers heart risks by curbing inflammation

Having A Best Friend In Your Teenage Years Could Benefit You For Life

In Singapore, Chinese Dialects Revive After Decades of Restrictions

Emirati filmmaker unsettles traditions, exposes hidden lives

The Millionaire Teenage Ad Girl who wrote the Book on Jazz Age Etiquette

Watch How Victorian Hard Candy Was Made

Collection of letters by codebreaker Alan Turing found in filing cabinet

What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades?

Statue of rights leader rises as other icons fall in South

U.S. towns that want to shed Confederate symbols hit bureaucratic roadblocks

Those mass-produced civil war statues were meant to stand torever. The company behind one popular cookie-cutter statue advertised they would “last as long as the Pyramids of Egypt.”

New York mayor considers Christopher Columbus statue removal

Iraq’s Sunnis wrestle with militants’ religious legacy

Thousands in St. Louis likely to see wage drop with new law (Small government, local control, right?)

For Houston’s Homeless, a Terrifying Night Under Siege by Hurricane Harvey

Rescuers pluck hundreds from rising floodwaters in Houston

Free-speech challenge: Can First and Second Amendments be exercised simultaneously?

NRA’s video message to ‘elites’: ‘We’re coming for you’ (It's worse than you think. Scary.)

Trump’s science envoy quits in scathing letter with an embedded message: I-M-P-E-A-C-H

Trump renews threat to scrap NAFTA going into next round of talks

What Trump has undone

South Africa case is opening doors to grim apartheid deaths

North Korea launches trio of missiles amidst US-South Korea military drills

Far-right smear campaign against Antifa exposed by Bellingcat

Inside the Taser, the weapon that transformed policing

Black-clad anarchists storm Berkeley rally, assaulting 4

Myanmar boosts security in Rakhine state as violence continues
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And I do like taking the bus because we pass by the most delightful old-school store signs you're ever likely to see. They don't make signs like that anymore, and nearly everybody who is still around who ever had a sign like that has "updated".


This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicine

How a Chinatown-by-the-Sea Popped Up on the Jersey Shore

The Lost Origins of Playing-Card Symbols

Let’s ban PowerPoint in lectures – it makes students more stupid and professors more boring

The Forgotten History of the Neapolitan ‘Kindergarten Ship’

Behind the breakthrough magic of Walt Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and his other 30s and 40s classics—Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi—toiled as many as 100 young women, the inkers and painters, working from dawn to dusk on thousands of cels that brought his dreams to life.

Better educated parents have children who are more relaxed, outgoing and explorative

Interracial marriage more common, but acceptance still not universal

How Superman Helped Foil the KKK

Why African-American Soldiers Saw World War II as a Two-Front Battle

Pregnant and Far from Home, a Sisterhood of the Expecting

Indian Supreme Court Declares Privacy A Fundamental Right

Central America's 'Dry Corridor' triggers massive US migration

The Great Pot Monopoly Mystery

NYC calorie rule scrutinized in courts of law, and science

They’ve Always Been Watching Us

Saudi Arabia's missing princes

Eying next generation of patriots, Beijing propaganda tries a new look

Ronald Reagan, a one-time Hollywood union leader who as U.S. president fired 11,000 air traffic controllers and crushed their union, will be inducted into the Labor Department's Labor Hall of Honor.

Zinke doesn’t want to eliminate our beautiful national monuments, so he’s shrinking them

Meritocracy and the history of the science of biological differences

Nearly Half of Trump Voters Think Whites, Christians Are Most Oppressed Groups

How YouTube Became the Worldwide Leader in White Supremacy

FBI warned of white supremacists in law enforcement 10 years ago. Has anything changed?

Trump Administration Abruptly Cuts Funding to Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Trump Signs Memo Implementing Ban On Transgender People Enlisting In The Military

White House Buries Controversial News Under Hurricane Harvey Watch

Trump widens rift with key Republican leaders

Sixteen Years Ago He Was Granted A New Hearing. He Is Still Waiting For It.

“Prison is a Real-Life Example of the World White Supremacists Want”

At least 71 killed in Myanmar as Rohingya insurgents stage major attack

Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks

In once-welcoming Italy, the tide turns against migrants
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Steeple: Old English stepel (Mercian), stiepel (West Saxon) "high tower," related to steap "high, lofty," from Proto-Germanic *staupilaz (see steep (adj.)). Also the name of a lofty style of women's head-dress from the 14th century. Steeple-house (1640s) was the old Quaker way of referring to "a church edifice," to avoid in that sense using church, which had with them a more restricted meaning.

(Maybe that's a stretch.)


The Evolving Art of Well-Dressing

Better odor recognition in odour-colour synesthesia

Flappers Took the Country by Storm, But Did They Ever Truly Go Away

How new behaviors appear and spread among capuchin monkeys

Online startup Crowd Cow wants to disrupt the meat market. The stakes have never been higher.

How to Cut in Line

What It Takes to Hold Your Breath for 24 Minutes (Yeah, It’s a Thing)

Tanzania Gears Up To Become A Nation Of Medical Drones

A Grand Unified Theory of Unhealthy Microbiomes

Hunter-gatherers' seasonal gut-microbe diversity loss echoes our permanent one

Found: The Remains of Chinese Laborers Interred on a Peruvian Pyramid

Pictures of 1977 New York City blackout

Crocheted Costumes That Make Pigeons Look Like Extinct Species

Secret life of the dodo revealed

The Case for Sharing All of America's Data on Mosquitoes

China official says Xinjiang's Muslims are happiest in world (LMAO.)

End of the checkout line: the looming crisis for American cashiers (I'm still more concerned about what self-driving cars are ultimately going to do for truckers and all the people who depend on their business for their own livelihoods.)

PHOTOS: Single Mothers Of Afghanistan Live On The Fringe

People who 'hear voices' can detect hidden speech in unusual sounds

Do patients who hear voices have the right to refuse psychiatric medicine? A growing movement says yes. (Didn't read the article, did read the MeFi comments.)

The Republican majorities in Congress gambled they could ignore Trump's misdeeds, and still get him to sign their bills—but it’s not working out as they expected.

Sadly many people today, often in without realizing it, endorse a key tenet of Hitler's social project: the theory of "degenerate art".

Randy Adair was a celebrated LAPD detective. In his retirement, he knocked off banks.

Yearning for the end of the world

Afghan Army Captain Noorullah Aminyar was once a valuable ally to the American military. But after a failed defection attempt and three years in detention, his asylum claim now rests on the argument that the U.S. has lost its longest war.

Alaska's permafrost is thawing

Will Angola's election actually change anything?

U.N. official urges Mexico and U.S. to boost refugee protection

Trump Likely to End DACA Immigrant Program

The US deportation system is verging on lawlessness

A federal judge put hundreds of immigrants behind bars while her husband invested in private prisons. (Verging on lawlessness, you say?)

How a divided India fuelled the rise of the gurus

More than a thousand join funeral procession for slain Philippine teenager
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I've just had a lot to do.

Wednesday I dragged Eva and her best friend, and also the two boys I babysit, to the Bronx Zoo. Because it's free Wednesdays. It's also packed Wednesdays, for some reason. Never could figure that out... :P (This week, it looked almost like there was no line! Then we saw that the line had been redirected to the other wall of the entrance. Boo.)

The kids had a reasonable amount of fun, they rode the camels, we ate Dippin' Dots (first time for 75% of the children!), and then we went to the playground. And then we came home, and I got to rest my feet for a minute before walking the dogs.

It's a very good zoo, but too much walking. Also: Not enough bathrooms or water fountains. I don't know what they were thinking when they designed that place, but they urgently need to renovate and add more of both... and put some of the water fountains in the anterooms to the bathrooms so you can get a drink even when it's cold out.


Fannie Quigley, the Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook

Seersucker’s Curious Class Struggle

This yarn makes its own electricity

Rosa Parks' house may be returned to US from Germany

How to tell if you damaged your eyes during the eclipse (Also, this)

The Unsolvable Mystery of the Word ‘Hoosier’

Artistic Maps of Pakistan & India Show the Embroidery Techniques of Their Different Regions

No microbes? No problem for caterpillars

Nabisco's X-Rated Toy Scandal of 1971

Civil War lessons often depend on where the classroom is (Also, this)

More than 200 doomed Puerto Rico dogs saved by airlift to US

The Fight for America's Disappearing Ancient Dairy Cows

Kung Fu nuns strike back at rising sex attacks on women in India

The Great Divide: Growing up in Rural Washington as a Muslim Immigrant

Procter and Gamble’s new anti-racism ad is roiling white America

The Urban-School Stigma

A police union’s new video claims that “blue racism” against cops is more racist than actual racism

A recent FOIA request unveiled the contents of the Guantanamo Bay library. We talked to a prison librarian about what makes the collection notable.

Hooked, hoodwinked: Some drug rehabs aim for relapse and $$$

Atlanta homeless wary as city closes its last-resort shelter

GMOs Are Making an Agricultural Crisis in India Even Worse

'They're like the mafia': the super gangs behind Africa's poaching crisis

Police clear migrants from Rome piazza with water cannons

Where's the kelp? Warm ocean takes toll on undersea forests

Worrisome trend for health of wild dolphins

Hurricane Harvey, hours from landfall, is dangerous Category 4 storm

Secret Service depletes funds to pay agents because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Trump administration imposes sweeping sanctions on Venezuela

CNN Anchor Has to Take a Drink Just to Get Through Reading the News (One week ago)

Trump pardons ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio over federal conviction (FUCK!)

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof
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So, prior to the eclipse there were FAQs and news reports about people who didn't want to go out on the day of the eclipse - even before it started! - for fear that they'd go blind, or didn't want to walk their dog because the dog might go blind (not knowing not to look at the sky on eclipse day, of course) or not letting the kids out at all during recess because, you got it, they might freeze in place, stare at the sun, and go blind.

And then Trump looked at the sun without glasses. And everybody is throwing fits about what an idiot he is. I commented on one article that no, it's not likely you'll go blind if you just glance at the sun for a second*, and one person replied "but this isn't the sun, it's the eclipse!" like that's a winning argument. I mentioned to another, who claimed you couldn't see anything without the glasses until totality anyway that I'd been staring at the cloud cover impatiently before the peak, and when the clouds parted I'd gotten an unprotected glimpse of the sun and yes, I could see the bite of it - and that person went "Well, you do permanent damage at 20 seconds, so you might've been lucky". How long do they imagine it takes to see the sun when the clouds break and then look down again?

I think I've figured this out.

The rule is "You should not stare at the sun, even during an eclipse". This is a sensible rule that nobody has ever needed to tell anybody over the age of, say, six weeks. We don't stare at the sun. Even infants know better - if the sun shines in your eyes, you squint, put your hand up, and turn away. Aniamls are even smarter! No matter what happens, they don't need to be told.

But humans think we're cleverer than animals, and during an eclipse we sometimes break that rule and look at the sun because it's cool. And because the light seems dimmer, we can look longer. But it's not really dimmer - it's just as bright, it's just that some of it is blocked. So for the past year, we've had it drummed into our heads that you shouldn't look at the eclipse without glasses. Consequently, many people have internalized the rule as "You shouldn't stare at the sun, especially during an eclipse". But the sun isn't any more dangerous then. It's only our behavior that changes!

If you look for up to five seconds, you're probably fine, just like when you turn a corner and find yourself driving toward the sun. (Or look up at a flock of birds just as the clouds part and find the sun glaring in your eyes, or wake up with the sun in your eyes.) According to the only study on the subject, you're not likely to have visible damage unless you look for 15 seconds or longer... and even then, most patients improved with time.

So don't stare at the sun, but if you did catch a glimpse, whether on purpose or not, it's probably no more harmful than when you catch a glimpse of the sun on regular days.

(As for Trump, this was a dumb move, but not because of the potential eye damage. It was a dumb move because everybody and their dog, literally, knows better but he still did it on national TV. Doofus. And if he's getting any flak from it he probably blames the aide for calling attention to his behavior rather than his own foolish decision to do something everybody knows, from the very day they're born, not to do.)

* Turns out it was more like 30 seconds in his case, which is really way too long. Not that I give a fuck what that person does to his eyes.
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I wanted to be there right when the museum opened - missed that by about an hour.

DID get the glasses. Boy, those were something. They seemed completely opaque until you looked up at the tiny, orange, dim sun. (The kids sold theirs to people even later than we were!)

Missed the lecture due to some miscommunication. Didn't see other exhibits, same reason.

But we did enjoy looking at the sun through the (shared) glasses, and the kids really loved making pinhole projectors on index cards. I'd expected they would - they wrote their names and all!

One thing that was not explained to me in the documentation, but in retrospect should've been obvious: The dimmer the light got, the closer the index cards had to be to make a clear image. At the beginning, having one on the ground and one in your hand was good enough. By the midpoint, when it was 70% covered and dark (and when we were done) they had to be right next to each other.

Several people, hearing me launch into another spiel on how "our eyes work the same way" and "the image is backwards and upside down - look, compare it! - but when it happens in our eyes our brains automatically flip it" asked if I was a teacher or a scientist! LOL. Only the former in a very *literal* sense, but this is something I've known since I was six or so. I had a book on the structure of the eye. (I didn't say that. I just said I homeschool and I made the kids listen to me talk to them about it.)

And then on the way back we talked about the Statue of Liberty and all. I heard a tour guide the other day say that the original model for the face was the sculptor's girlfriend, not his mother as in the finished version, but I don't know if that's correct. Still, "she looked too sexy" is obviously a story that's hard to give up!
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I texted a friend to say that we were planning to go to the Natural History Museum tomorrow to do their presentation on the eclipse, and you know what she said?

"What is the eclipse?"

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Wise produced a variety of chips called Crazy Calypso. And they were delish. And then they went off the market :(

But! Later Wise produced an extremely similar flavor called Mambo Mania. These were also delish, and may have actually just been the first chips with a new name. Those too, alas, went off the market.

Since then, I've spent a ridiculous amount of energy trying to find a chip with a similar flavor profile, to no avail. But if anybody ever produces one, I'm going to stock up.



Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

How To Buy A Goat When You're Really Poor? Join A 'Merry-Go-Round'

How My Instagram Hacker Changed My Life

The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes

How one town learned to live with venomous rattlesnakes

The unlikely story of the undocumented attorneys fighting for the lives of their undocumented clients

Transgender Pakistanis Win Legal Victories, but Violence Goes On

Scorching heat, rolling blackouts: The West is changing how it does summer

Hospitals in Trump Country Suffer as Muslim Doctors Denied Visas to U.S.

What General Pershing Was Really Doing in the Philippines

The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills

Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecoms rules

ISIS And The Middle East’s Vanishing Religious Minorities

How Syria continued to gas its people as the world looked on

Fentanyl linked to thousands of urban overdose deaths

Uganda struggles to cope as 1 million South Sudanese refugees pour in

In call to cancel debt, Cambodia asks: When war is over, who cleans up the mess?

Tracing The Dark Origins Of Charlottesville's KKK

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston "free speech rally"

Trump attacks Boston counter-protesters as 'anti-police agitators'

Trump's Racism Crisis Deepens Over His Barcelona Comments
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(And I swear, the next person to talk at me about "erasing history" is gonna sorely regret it.)


What Kind of Monuments Does President Trump Value?

Where Statues Go to Retire

The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorials

Free Speech or Hate Speech? Civil Liberties Body ACLU Will No Longer Defend Gun-Carrying Protest Groups

Robert E. Lee's Direct Descendant Denounces Charlottesville White Nationalists: 'There's No Place For That Hate' (In this, he follows in his ancestor's footsteps. Lee himself made it clear he wanted no statues. They were put up after he wasn't around to protest anymore.)

The men in charge of all the branches of the US military have denounced racism and broken with President Trump's encouragement of racists.

The Charlottesville furor is the latest example of the chaos that can result from Trump’s temper and refusal to back down.

Charlottesville Police Refused to Protect Synagogue From Nazis, so Jewish Community Hired Armed Security for First Time

In Charlottesville aftermath, Europe sees widening divide with US

The Trickle-Up Theory Of White Nationalist Thought

What if Western media covered Charlottesville the same way it covers other nations

White Supremacist Who Boasted About Being 'Ready for Violence' Cries Over Possible Charlottesville Arrest Warrant (Boo-hoo-hoo.)

Weeping Nazi started off as a “men’s rights activist,” which is no huge surprise

As he coddles neo-Nazis, Trump’s political isolation increases

Fellow Republicans assail Trump after he defends Confederate monuments

He ‘Went Rogue’: President Trump’s Staff Stunned After Latest Charlottesville Remarks
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(This always happens.)

I'll work my way up to it. I just get antsy thinking people will sneer.

(And now I'm thinking people will sneer because I didn't reciprocate. I can't win.)

On the plus side, my TBR list is full for at least a month. So thanks :)


Why It’s Better to Carry Weight on Your Head

The Newlyweds and their Baby Were America’s First Comic Book Family (1907) (These punchlines could come at the end of any modern hand-wringing about helicopter parents.)

Bacteria stab amoebae with micro-daggers

Britain's female wrestlers grapple with acceptance

When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde (I'm realizing now that I should've saved up these eclipse stories and then posted them all at once. Darn.)

Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell

Finding Somaliland's ancient cave art is hard. Protecting it could be harder.

Trump Administration Reverses Bottled Water Ban In National Parks

"What's 'smog' in Kazakh?" China language mix snags environment inspectors

The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI

The real revolution in NKorea is rise of consumer culture

After brinkmanship, a diplomatic opening with North Korea

NASA's ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano

Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem

What Mormon Family Trees Tell Us About Cancer

As Confederate statues fall in U.S., Russians are erecting statues for dictator Stalin

Birds cut down by kite flying on Indian Independence Day

Britain 'confident' of new phase in Brexit talks by October

In Six Years the Number of Homeless Children in New York City Public Schools Jumped Nearly 50 Percent

Florida prisons — all of them — on lockdown

Sex Workers In Alaska Say Cops Are Abusing Their Power To Solicit Sex Acts

Think it’s hard for the white working class in rural America? Try being a person of color.

Despite Escaping To The U.S., These Brothers Are Still Terrorized By The MS-13 Gang

Bangladesh ramps up border patrols to deter fresh Rohingya inflow

Meet July, the Hottest Month Yet (In NYC it was actually cool and mild... which is exactly what was predicted would happen as the ice caps melt into the gulf stream, so you can't even enjoy it.)

The New Normal of U.S. Politics

U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

Sessions makes sweeping attack on Chicago’s sanctuary city policy

Trump Is Just Six Senate Votes Away From Impeachment

Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon fired

Bannon, basically: Trump’s campaign was a fraud
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This is factually untrue - I just finished a new book yesterday - but it does feel that way.

Recommend something to me! Especially nonfiction - I really don't read much of that, so I can promise that I'll never have read whatever you recommend! (Whereas if you recommend anything kidlit or YA there's better than even odds that I've read it.)

Later I'll post up my own list of random recommendations for everybody, but right now I really must dash.
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Somebody really has made a recipe for Time City's butter pie!

Upon re-read, I realize that there is a small problem with the timeline in the book. Not in the usual time travel sense, which would be more or less okay, but in the educational calendar.

Vivian arrives in Time City during their half term, which I understand to be a short vacation in the middle of the semester - like midwinter recess in NYC. She attends school for two or three days, maybe as long as five - and then the whole city shuts down for two days of ceremonies! (And also the dramatic conclusion, but nobody knew that yet while the ceremonies happen every year.)

If they know, as they must know, that the kids will all have two days off, why not schedule their break a few days later so as to encompass the holiday? Instead of this on-again, off-again nonsense, which can't be good for their learning.

(Of course, I'm saying this from a city which only a few years ago started school on a Wednesday and then immediately took the next two days off for the Jewish New Year. Which, okay, it's an important holiday, but still. Start the year on a different day then!)


Never Buy Drawing Paper Again With This Endlessly Reusable Art Notebook

Why Northern Long-Eared Bats Love Nantucket

Robot, heal thyself (I'll confess - I love headlines the most when they make a pithy reference. I don't care if it's a sophisticated reference or a very low-brow one, I love them, and I love being able to say I got the joke, no matter how obvious it was. Also, this is a cool article. It's not just the headline. But I love the headline.)

You’ll Never Be as Radical as This 18th-Century Quaker Dwarf

The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of Music

Tougher than steel: Japan looks to wood pulp to make lighter auto parts

Why NASA is sending bacteria into the sky on balloons during the eclipse

How America's First Self-Made Female Millionaire Built Her Fortune

Glass may not seem an obvious material for a bone replacement. But UK surgeons are finding that bioglass not only is stronger than bone: it can bend, bounce and even fight infection.

American evangelicals’ antigay gospel forced him to flee Uganda. Then Christians in California offered him a home. A refugee’s story in words and pictures.

I’ll get my goat: Kazakhstan's ancient sport for modern times

The Moral History of Air-Conditioning

Labor-short Japan more at home with automation than US

The Repercussions of the Black Teacher Shortage

They were partners in fighting crime. The only problem: Neither was a cop. But when one friend turned on the other, things got real.

Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children's gender identity

The Wealthy Activist Who Helped Turn “Bleeding Kansas” Free

“Barack Obama is to blame”: 13 Alabama conservatives on Charlottesville

Confederate statues removed across southern US states – in pictures

Eight Confederate leaders are honored with sculptures in the halls of Congress.

Historians Question Trump’s Comments on Confederate Monuments

What Trump gets wrong about Confederate statues, in one chart

How Baltimore Removed Its Confederate Monuments Overnight

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism

What possessed a family man from Ohio to smuggle a Bible into North Korea?

Young Afghans see opportunities dwindle as security worsens

How a Conservative TV Giant Is Ridding Itself of Regulation

The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history.

Indonesia clinic gives relief to Muslims with tattoo regrets

It took decades to unravel Nixon’s sabotage of Vietnam peace talks. Now, the full story can be told.

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

70 years later, survivors recall the horrors of India-Pakistan partition

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

Sentenced To Adulthood: Direct File Laws Bypass Juvenile Justice System
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It's not my favorite ballad - if I wanted to sing The Murdered Brother I would and often do. Floaters are a thing, sure, but I still think it's cheating to basically steal 90% of the verses from one song and tack on a different framing story.

But it does have one advantage over The Murdered Brother, and that's that the framing story makes sense. I can see how you might chop your sister up after you've knocked her up. I mean, I wouldn't do it, but I wouldn't do half the things people do in ballads. If I had no moral compass, though, then I might well look at murder as the solution to everyday social problems like an inconvenient pregnancy. Even in a ballad, though, killing your brother because he cut down a withy wand that might've been a tree is just strange.

(And their mother doesn't give a damn, it seems, no matter who killed whom and why. There's some seriously messed up family dynamics here. Sometimes you really have to wonder about the people who wrote these things.)


Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Rome

How Edmond Halley Kicked Off the Golden Age of Eclipse Mapping

Probiotic Bacteria Could Protect Newborns From Deadly Infection

Nobody Knows What Lies Beneath New York City

Pretty sure I've seen this exact premise in, like, a thousand Harry Potter fics. Because how else are you gonna get Draco and Hermione to hook up?

Female Inmates In Federal Prisons Will Now Have More Access To Tampons & Pads

The next time somebody tells me that they or anybody else can't be a bigot because they have one $GROUP friend, I'm going to point them to this article about Eduard Bloch, who was personally exempted from anti-Semitic persecution by... Adolf Hitler. Yes, really. Yes, my jaw dropped too.

Solving a Murder Mystery With Ancestry Websites

Justice Department at odds with DEA on marijuana research, MS-13

Severe Housing Needs May Return to Foreclosure-Crisis Levels

This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea (This may be a sign that things in this country are really, really bad.)

They Got Hurt At Work — Then They Got Deported

White nationalists are flocking to genetic ancestry tests — but many don't like their results

Steve Bannon once said Breitbart was the platform for the alt-right. Its current editors disagree. Is the incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump’s America simply provocative — or dangerous?

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking

Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs
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Scientists Make Food From Bacteria, Water, Electricity, and a Whole Lot of Patience

Cue the Carrots! Strike Up the Squash!

The Last Death-Defying Honey Hunter of Nepal

Now you can levitate liquids and insects at home

West Point Cadet, Simone Askew, Breaks a Racial and Gender Barrier

Raccoons Riding a Bike Wheel ("Trash panda", that's a good kenning)

Plants 'hijacked' to make polio vaccine

In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Lightning is zapping fewer Americans

The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne

Why U.S.-Trained Surgeons Often Aren't Ready For Humanitarian Work Abroad (Crippling overspecialization)

In the future, your body won’t be buried... you’ll dissolve

White Supremacy (Overt & Covert)

Texas A&M cancels white nationalist rally set for 9/11

Why Are Teen Pregnancy Programs Getting Cut?

A Sign Of Trouble: The HIV Crisis In The Deaf Community

Cuba struggling to keep professionals from leaving

For Syrian Refugees In Turkey, A Long Road To Regular Employment

Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths

Why fish can't help but eat our plastic garbage

The US Won't Pay For the World's Best Climate Science

Understanding alternative reasons for denying climate change could help bridge divide

As Peru’s glaciers melt, its problems are only beginning

Indonesian president calls to safeguard pluralism from extremist threat

One meal a day: the Lake Chad crisis in pictures

Half a Million People in Yemen Had Cholera in 2017. That's the Worst Outbreak Ever Recorded in a Single Year

‘We have drawn a different lesson from history’: How the world is reacting to violence in Charlottesville


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