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More than 2,700 human trafficking victims rescued in INTERPOL-coordinated operation:

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Police And Black Lives Matter Hold A Cookout, And Praise Rolls In : The Two-Way : NPR

Kinda cool. Hey look, humanizing people.
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Oh yeah, I just read this about BLM:
Black Lives Matter Endorses BDS: Israel Is 'Apartheid State' - Israel News - Haaretz

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While the majority of the document addresses issues other than Israel, the section on foreign policy, titled Invest-Divest, objects to U.S. military aid to Israel, which it describes as “a state that practices systematic discrimination and has maintained a military occupation of Palestine for decades.”
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Jena Friedman on Twitter: "I hope every woman forced to give birth to a Zika baby names it Little Marco Rubio."
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Mitch McConnell (Sleazebag, Kentucky) had a particularly disgusting op-ed piece in the local newspaper recently. He claimed that Republicans are desperately trying to get funding for anti-Zika measures, but that the mean old Democrats apparently hate pregnant women and babies, and so have been blocking every effort to get a funding measure passed.


Of course, he failed to mention all the "poison pills" that Republicans keep adding to such bills, like reducing funding for Planned Parenthood, defunding parts of the Affordable Care Act, and so forth.
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Old 08-09-2016, 05:29 AM
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Bride Is Walked Down Aisle by the Man Who Got Her Father’s Donated Heart

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Man got murdered in a robbery and his heart donated. Recipient keeps in touch with the family over the years. Daughter of the donor asks the recipient to walk her down the aisle on her wedding, he agrees.

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Mitch McConnell (Sleazebag, Kentucky) had a particularly disgusting op-ed piece in the local newspaper recently. He claimed that Republicans are desperately trying to get funding for anti-Zika measures, but that the mean old Democrats apparently hate pregnant women and babies, and so have been blocking every effort to get a funding measure passed.


Of course, he failed to mention all the "poison pills" that Republicans keep adding to such bills, like reducing funding for Planned Parenthood, defunding parts of the Affordable Care Act, and so forth.
That explains an email I got from my Republican Congressman recently. It had a poll question asking if I was concerned about Zika.
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And now for some positive news:

A Start-Up Turns to Saffron to Help Afghanistan Regrow - The New York Times

tl;dr - link no work: A start up has been setting Afghani farmers up to grow saffron, a very expensive and hard to grow spice.
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DPRK News Service on Twitter: "26 workers in Ministry of Information are empurgened for suspiciously and overly familiarity with English language."

Not sure if parody account.
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No, it seems like a minor concern this far north, for the moment, at least. No more worried about Zika than about West Nile virus, at any rate.

Much more concerned that passenger vessels can now try navigating a northwest passage. A century ago this would've been out of the question, strictly the domain of stalwart adventurers. He never aks me if I'm concerned about climate change, though. :lol:

The world's most dangerous cruise? A voyage through the Arctic's Northwest Passage
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Woman attacked by wombat thought she was going to die | Australia news | The Guardian

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Evans said the wombat charged her dogs who panicked and knocked her to the ground, within reach of the wombat’s claws.
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Martin Lind, from the ACT’s wildlife service, said the animals were deceptively fast “little bulldozers” and not as cute and cuddly as commonly portrayed.

“As babies, they’re clingy, they’re adorable, they’re with mum 24 hours a day, they’re in a soft, snuggly sleeping bag all the time listening to a heart beat,” Lind told The Canberra Times.

“When they start to mature and hit puberty, they just hate everybody and everything. They go from running between your legs and cute as a button to being absolute little – can I swear? – little shits. They nip you, they wreck, they bite. I won’t look after wombats because you kiss goodbye to your flooring and everything. They just destroy everything.”
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New Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Bill O'Reilly, Detailed - ThinkProgress

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Report: anti Jax HRO pastor Ken Adkins arrested for child molestation - Florida Politics

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I've had a generally favorable impression of the Kurds since first learning of them during the Iran Iraq war. Of course, that's based on superficial news items, but still, I feel sympathetic to their situation and admire their strength. It seems they have worked to our advantage in pursuing their own aims over the years, that's the impression I get. Anyway, apparently US foreign policy at this point is to ask of them, yes, but what have you done for us lately? There is no way I can better illuminate my own thinking here than has already been done by these closing paragraphs.

New U.S. Policy: Kill the Kurds | Alternet

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There are roughly two million Kurds in Syria and about 30 million in the region. The Kurds have been subjugated and marginalized in all the countries where they live at one time or another. They have long been restive in Turkey. Then the chaos Americans brought to Iraq gave Iraqi Kurds some independence. In Syria, the Kurds earned greater independence by fighting ISIS more effectively than anyone else.

Having invaded Syria to fight ISIS, Turkey is now joining with Syrian rebels (of some sort) to attack Kurds. This is American policy at work. In effect, VP Biden has said: Hey, you Kurds, you’re subjugated people, you’ve been subjugated people long enough to be used to it, and you’re gonna stay subjugated, OK, so suck it up.


So we leave the Kurds to the mercy of their perennial persecutors, and for what? Some dim hope that Turkey will improve its human rights record and stop torturing prisoners? Or perhaps our wishful thinking is that if we abet the Turks in their darkest whims, maybe they won’t cozy up to the Russians so much? Whatever the Obama administration is thinking – assuming there is any thinking going on in this secretive government – American policy seems politically incoherent, as if it’s enough to say: This is what the American empire requires, don’t ask questions. But it is more than politically incoherent. American policy toward a people yearning to be free is morally repugnant.
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