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As a Teacher of Gothic Lit, I Should Have Known Better Than to Move into a Haunted House https://lithub.com/as-a-student-of-gothic-literature-i-should-have-known-better-than-to-move-into-a-haunted-house/

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"The bird was an omen; I ought to have known. I’ve always been phobic about birds. Superstition dictates that a bird flying into a window augurs bad luck and even portends death. And yet, among the things I chose not to see in my rose-colored viewing of the house on Freedom Street was a dead sparrow, which had apparently entered the house through the open attic hatch and shat all over the second-story carpet before breaking its neck on the master bedroom window. When we came back a month later to close on the sale, the bird was still there, its twisted body crumpled beneath the curtains in the corner. In a 19th-century Gothic novel, it would have been sure enough foreshadowing. A hallmark of the Gothic genre is the transparency of its plot, inducting its readership into a knowing coterie skilled in predicting its utterly anticipatable machinations. In Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” for instance, a story I routinely taught, readers are alerted early to the possibility of “a barely perceptible fissure” in the Usher structure, one that might be detected by “the eye of a scrutinizing observer.” Eventually, of course, the ill-fated estate succumbs to the force of our expectations and is sucked into the unforgiving earth. We are supposed to understand the fissure for what it is: a wink, a nod, a not-so-subtle signpost. Confirmation of the inevitable course, dispatched from the point of no return. But life wasn’t like that, I thought."

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"As I cleaned and painted in preparation for the possibility of not-Eclipse Baby, I waited for our house to reveal its obscured horrors—panicking, for instance, when I discovered a tuft of brown hair poking from a crack in a closet wall, convinced that the people who had rented the house before it was abandoned to vacancy (Russian drug dealers, we learned from a neighbor) had buried a body there. This was before I learned that Victorians often insulated their homes with horsehair. So it wasn’t haunted, then—at least, not in the way I might have imagined."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"Still, hauntings happened—not those of the paranormal variety, but those that were, to the contrary, entirely ordinary: the kind sociologist Avery Gordon defines as “those singular yet repetitive instances when home becomes unfamiliar.” Haunting, Gordon writes, “alters the experience of being in time” as we come to realize that “what’s been concealed is very much alive and present.” In other words, we live amid palimpsests, the past only overwritten but never erased. And the past indeed appeared in unlikely places, creeping out of corners and closet walls. We received mail for long-gone occupants. The doorframe of the nursery charted the heights of other people’s children. “All houses wherein men have lived and died,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “are haunted houses.”"

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Thousands of Parents Now Regret Naming Their Children 'Game of Thrones' https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/thousands-of-parents-now-regret-naming-their-children-game-of-thrones/

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"According to the Social Security Administration, “Game of Thrones” was the 31st most popular name for baby boys and 14th for girls. The final episode of the series has left viewers outraged and over 36,000 parents in a tough position. “This is the worst thing a parent can experience,” said first-time mother, Sara Hennings. “We thought ‘Game of Thrones Hennings’ would be a cute name, a subtle homage to our favorite fantasy drama, but after watching season 8? I can’t even look at my daughter.”"

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Oh well then. We need to be mentioned in r/atetheonion

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Alligator Spotted on Alligator Pool Float at Miami Airbnb | Miami New Times https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/alligator-spotted-on-alligator-pool-float-at-miami-airbnb-11177604?fbclid=IwAR1eqE6cMlMKjPssygXQNZ5U8PETsO29YlKzAcJT08NsOXwCG6BbtfyJ8as

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"Jacobs' wife called the Airbnb's owner, who contacted someone from wildlife management. Eventually, the gator wrangler was able to fish the reptile out of the pool. He told Jacobs he's been busy lately because it's mating season for alligators. "I guess it's not that unusual, but it was unusual to me," Jacobs says. "

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Florida!

 ‎· JustDuckie 5
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Bring me four piña coladas...

 ‎· Micah 3
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Opinion | Medical School Doesn’t Teach the ‘Woman’s Life Is in Danger’ Curriculum - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/opinion/abortion-laws.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

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"I am an obstetrician and gynecologist trained to do abortions. I do not know how to translate these laws into clinical practice because often the language is preposterously vague and they include terms with no medical meaning. In Alabama, for example, a doctor can “deliver the unborn child prematurely to avoid a serious health risk to the unborn child’s mother.” The legislation does not define what constitutes a “serious” maternal medical condition nor how “serious” it must be to prompt intervention. The language about how to terminate the pregnancy is similarly problematic. Does the vague word “deliver” mean an induction of labor, or does it also apply to a surgical abortion? "

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"And things could have gone very differently. If the hospital’s attorney had agreed that the abortion fit the legal requirement, then I would have provided the abortion without calling the legislator. But someone could still have reported me to the police. And then who would have adjudicated whether I was in acting in line with the law? The police? The district attorney? Twelve jurors? The governor? How would I have defended myself if I had been arrested? Medical malpractice insurance does not cover criminal prosecution. Or what if the hospital attorneys had simply said no? I could have risked being fired. Or I could have faced a malpractice lawsuit for not intervening as was medically indicated. I would have had to endure the emotional burden of knowing I had the training to help save a patient but did not act because I was afraid of the government."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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After men in Spain got paternity leave, they wanted fewer kids — Quartz at Work https://qz.com/work/1614893/after-men-in-spain-got-paternity-leave-they-wanted-fewer-kids/?fbclid=IwAR125Ukf5oburVFWqZheW9UMAc9Woyq1GaZWE6RTZkUVM79D2pQXolXSf8s

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"After paternity leave was instituted, surveys of Spanish men ages 21 to 40 showed they desired fewer children than before. Farré and González think that spending more time with their children—or the prospect of having to do so—may have made men more acutely aware of the effort and costs associated with childrearing"

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"At the same time, women started showing preferences for slightly larger families—perhaps a sign that having more children seemed more desirable with a slightly more equitable balance of labor at home."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"As the authors point out, it’s impossible to draw sweeping conclusions from this observation of a single data point in a single country. Correlation isn’t causation, and it’s possible that other factors weighed more heavily than paternity leave on men’s family preferences. (The global financial crisis, for example, hit Spain in full force about a year after the leave policy was introduced.) “There are a couple of reasons that I’d be hesitant to believe that these same impacts would apply elsewhere,” said David Evans, an economist at the Center for Global Development. “In Spain, almost no men were taking paternity leave before the policy, and that jumped to more than half of men after the reform. At the same time, men in Spain wanted more children than women did. That wasn’t the case in a number of other European countries.” "

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"The researchers suggest an intriguing reason why." <-- I'm not sure "intriguing" is the right word here.

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Diners given £4,500 red wine by mistake https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-48292972

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"Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the customers had enjoyed their evening after being given the pricey 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol. The diners ordered a £260 Bordeaux but received the bottle "of the same vintage" which was 17 times the price. A "mortified" staff member who made the error has been urged to keep their "chin up" as "one-off mistakes happen"."

 ‎· JustDuckie 1
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"Hawksmoor founder Will Beckett said a manager from another branch had been helping out and offered to find the wine for a waitress, but picked up the wrong bottle. The restaurant has subsequently posted a picture on Twitter of the two offending bottles side by side, with the caption "they look pretty similar OK"."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"Mr Beckett said the staff member involved was "brilliant, and we know she is brilliant" so there was no point criticising her for a one-off mistake. "I am going to tease her for this when she stops being so mortified," he added."

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Alabama Woman Who Criticized Daenarys’ Sudden Heel Turn Now Totally Gets It https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/alabama-woman-who-criticized-daenarys-sudden-heel-turn-now-totally-gets-it/

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"“At first, I couldn’t relate to Daenarys’ sudden decision to bathe the entirety of King’s Landing in flames despite their surrender. It just seemed really out-of-character for her,” explained Jacobs, watching a report on the news about Alabama’s proposed laws to outright ban abortions. “But yeah, now I get it. If I had a dragon and an entire army of men trained to be emotionless killing machines, I’d fuck everything up too.”"

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"“Daenerys was sitting there, looking at what was supposed to be her home,” she continued to explain while filing her fingernails into sharp points. “Where she was supposed to be safe, and protected. But she realized that this was not the idealized version of her home that she had in her head. The Repub — I mean, the Lannisters — did not care about its citizens, and the only logical solution was to just burn it all to the ground and start over.” "

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Pete Buttigieg trolls Trump with extremely suspect “Chinese proverb” – shanghaiist https://shanghai.ist/2019/05/14/pete-buttigieg-trolls-trump-with-extremely-suspect-chinese-proverb/

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"The quote does at least appear to have an official Chinese translation (当风向改变时,有的人筑墙,有的人造风车), however, there are far more results for the English version than the Chinese and nowhere is there an actual source listed. Over the years, Chinese netizens have also wondered about where the quote comes from and why it is attributed to China, pointing foreigners towards an actual Chinese proverb that is, admittedly, less compelling: “To see the wind and set the helm” (见风使舵)."

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"In addition, the context of Buttigieg’s proverb doesn’t make a ton of sense for China, a land which is much better known for its walls than its windmills."

 ‎· JustDuckie 5
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The worlds largest wind farm is in Gansu.

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A Trump Bump for Hong Kong’s Last Commercial Cantonese Opera Theater - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/08/world/asia/trump-opera-hong-kong.html

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"The opera, “Trump on Show,” tells a story of Mr. Trump’s long-lost twin, Chuan Pu, who was raised in China and works at a crematory. There he meets the undead corpse of Liu Shaoqi, the Chinese leader who died during the Cultural Revolution. The opera includes a Ping-Pong game between Mao and Nixon, who later gets stumbling drunk at a state banquet; a visit to the White House by a scheming Kim Jong-un; the ghost of Lincoln; Mr. Trump’s disappearance on an extraterrestrial spacecraft; and multiple singings of “Edelweiss.” “It’s crazy,” acknowledged the librettist, Li Kui-ming."

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Owner Can’t Be Mad At The Cat Anymore For Destroying His Earphone Cable, As The Cat Returned With A Snake As A Replacement | Bored Panda https://www.boredpanda.com/cat-destroy-earphone-cable-snake-replacement-haryanto-indonesia/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

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"His mischievous 8-month-old kitty bit through his earphones, tearing the cable in half. Naturally, Haryanto wasn’t happy. “I was really angry to see my earphones destroyed,” he told Bored Panda. And that’s understandable. No music, no Game of Thrones, no nothing. Haryanto scolded the tiny critter and it quickly ran away."

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"After about an hour or so, Haryanto’s little friend came back. But not alone. The kitty had a snake in its teeth. Ideally, it could’ve gotten a new pair of earphones but Haryanto didn’t complain. “I was so shocked to see it return with a snake,” he said. “Snakes are very rare in our area.” The surprise gift caught Haryanto completely off guard. And although he couldn’t replace the cable with the snake, it’s the thought that counts."

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I’m a state legislator and I’m here to substitute teach your biology class - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/11/im-state-legislator-im-here-substitute-teach-your-biology-class/?utm_term=.fdad0eef75c8

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"This is the womb. When a woman becomes hysterical, it wanders about the body. A woman is often hysterical, as when she shouts at you that this is not valid science. In such cases just say, “Lady-part, lady-part, fly away home!” and wait for it to return to its home (you will know that it has returned when she is finally, blessedly, silent.) The womb is the only part of a woman that counts."

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"The female also possesses something that looks almost like a mouth, and something that looks almost like a brain, which some suggest it uses to attempt rudimentary communications; we have discovered writings and recordings made by females, but we have yet to decode them or, indeed, determine whether they make any sense at all. It is doubted by the Learned Scholars (in whose number I count myself) that they are decipherable at all."

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"So, uh. Processes. Ovulation is a very convoluted process which it is not necessary to understand. It takes no time, or perhaps a lot of time? Anyway, in this process vile egg promenades lustfully along a stretch of uterus to see if she will catch the eye of any venturesome and praiseworthy sperm. It happens either monthly, annually, or never, and it makes women irrational and causes their sanguine humors to predominate, which is what gives them the ability to control the tides, become werewolves and make cats their familiars."

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Just admit it! You don’t care about other species! - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/05/10/just-admit-it-you-dont-care-about-other-species/?utm_term=.7213bd7ba7f0

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"For years I have come to you with news that the prairie chicken is not doing so well, and you have furrowed your brow and made concerned sounds. But — the prairie chicken does no better. I am sure you intend to do something about the prairie chicken, but “doing something about the prairie chicken” has slid somewhere on your priorities list below “doing nothing about the prairie chicken" and “forming strong, detailed opinions about the coffee cup that briefly appeared in a single shot of ‘Game of Thrones.’” And that’s fine! I mean, it’s not fine, but it’s between you and your God. Just, admit it, so we can stop wasting time."

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"I feel like the hardest part of my job right now as a scientist is how you pretend you care about other living beings (apart from dogs and cats, the dunking otter, the new dunking otter, or the occasional octopus who has on account of his exceptional gifts risen from straitened circumstances, pulling himself up by eight bootstraps). To save the rich and glorious tapestry of species that makes life possible on earth, there is nothing you would not do, except alter the way you live in even the slightest bit or be mildly inconvenienced for a very brief time. That is the sense I’m getting? I guess I understand why it is an important element of your self-image that you care about such things, but — look, you are not fooling anyone."

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bird and moon – Instinct Is Weird http://www.birdandmoon.com/comic/instinct-is-weird/?fbclid=IwAR0Taz3UqFIdiNeYYGKEXOs7acf_jSFSyaGPcYMlHSqTEx-w1p6agjEqhQA

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Next: "I better fly away and hunt for some bugs, it's quieter at least", "Hmm, let me go back and check if they got any better",..

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And after that: "Ugh, the noise just makes me wanna barf... wait, they're EATING it?! GROSS!!"

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@libskrat: )))

 ‎· tmin 1
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To the Two Mississippi Boys I Birthed — THE BITTER SOUTHERNER https://bittersoutherner.com/folklore-project/2018/to-the-two-mississippi-boys-i-birthed-catherine-gray?utm_source=The+Bitter+News&utm_campaign=8c84f36e74-Friday_2019_05_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8269ec3593-8c84f36e74-92236301&goal=0_8269ec3593-8c84f36e74-92236301&mc_cid=8c84f36e74&mc_eid=f96ca16616

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"Your daddy never shot a deer, and your mama never took cotillion. Mama has never cooked fried chicken, pimento cheese, or deviled eggs, and her cornbread is sweet and cake-like instead of salty and crumbly. She committed the cardinal sin of not finishing the wedding thank-you notes. Right now, one of you is three months old and the other not yet three years. Someday, it may become clear we are kind of different from what people know of Mississippi."

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"Your mama’s an ethnically ambiguous Yankee, and your daddy’s a blue-eyed, Mississippi-born feminist. He bristles at labels and might not call himself a feminist, but don’t let it fool you. He lobbied to give up his office to a breast milk-pumping coworker who didn’t have her own office space. He brought gender stereotyped language in a brochure to a superior’s notice. He’s not too manly to do skin-to-skin with his infant, and he baby-wears you proudly on his chest like some men mount a 10-point buck on a wall. Know, however, that baby-wearing and hunting are not mutually exclusive. Our Mississippi and our masculinity are more nuanced than that. We’re complex, expansive folks who hold multitudes. Sons, I tried to get you to call me “Mama,” and I’ve not given up, but you chose “Mommy” instead. We’re not teaching you to say “Yes, ma’am” and “No, sir,” but we hope you won’t settle into the irreverent “Yeah ...”"

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"The Mississippi you inherit will be different from the Mississippi of movies and news cycles, but that doesn’t make it less real. This is the Mississippi you know. This is the real Mississippi, too. My Mississippi is full of so many vegetarians that when we eat at church for Sunday supper, it’s always a vegetarian meal. If you want meat, sometimes you can find it on the side, like a topping, stirred in as a flourish but not essential. Sometimes that meat is venison hunted by one of our dear friends."

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"My Mississippi is full of truth seekers, justice fighters, and norm challengers. It’s full of loud activists and soft-spoken female priests who point us to Biblical examples of what happens when a ruler leads his people by fear. Yes, my Mississippi is full of food deserts, underfunded public schools, and insufficient access to health care. It’s full of white-hot racism and well-meaning people who think they don’t see color. It’s full of Confederate flags smearing the wind and staining truck bumpers. Last fall a white woman running for senator affectionately commented about someone at a campaign event that “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” And then we elected her. I never want us to live so separate from those hard truths about Mississippi that they stop touching us. And by touching us, I mean shaking us. That Mississippi is ours, too. May our experience of this state never get so soft and comfortable we feel absolved of responsibility for facing its hardness and the hardness within ourselves."

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I love Bitter Southerner so much! SO. MUCH!

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D: Today in Toastmasters someone gave a speech about "The Road Not Taken," by Robert Forest. Me: Frost. D: Frost Forest? Me: Actually, I think that's his other poem.

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WATCH: Three giant gods watch over Hebei hotel, protecting guests from evil spirits http://shanghaiist.com/2019/05/10/watch-three-giant-gods-watch-over-hebei-hotel-protecting-guests-from-evil-spirits/

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"The three deities, Fu (福), Lu (禄), and Shou (寿), represent the three attributes of a good life, “prosperity,” “status,” and “longevity,” respectively. They were added to the design of the 40-meter-tall building by a local architect to compensate for rumors that the structure was being built on top of an old cemetery."

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Neat!

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The 100-Foot Gibson Girl: A Symbol of Abuse, Then and Now - The New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/10/nyregion/evelyn-nesbit-stanford-white.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage

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"A somber portrait of what inequality looked like during the first Gilded Age might have been one way to adorn the building. But that would have proven an unlikely draw for high-end leasers. Instead, developers commissioned Tristan Eaton, a muralist, to dress an image of Nesbit in a kaleidoscope of local, historical references from the early 20th century."

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"Nesbit had a long history of being used. The chorus girl and actress who was the model for the original “Gibson girl” had even appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. A butcher in Pittsburgh used her picture to sell sausages, never seeking her permission. Famously, Nesbit met the architect Stanford White, in New York, when she was 16 and he was 47. For years, writers described White’s “seduction” of her, equivocating on whether Nesbit had in fact been assaulted even though the difference in their ages should have ended the debate. In his 2018 book, “The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing,” Simon Baatz, an academic, refused to proceed in a similar vein, establishing that White had raped her. White had behaved as practiced abusers do, cultivating Nesbit’s mother first and then sending her out of town so he could more easily access her daughter. He kept a special apartment near Madison Square, away from his family, for the purpose of luring women. White got Nesbit to his apartment on the pretext that he was having people over and then plied her with Champagne. The parallels to what was described during Bill Cosby’s trial are vivid."

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"When I asked the artist how he thought about Nesbit’s past as he created the mural he told me that he liked bringing her to her “original glory,” that “something felt right about that.” But what is the original glory of a woman shown in her early 20s who was sexually assaulted as a teenager and pushed to cater to male attention by an impoverished mother who sought to profit from her daughter’s beauty?"

 ‎· JustDuckie
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"The use of Nesbit’s image is not a teaching moment, asking us to keep thinking about the abusive powers of celebrated men. It is a selling moment, confirming that victimization can be ignored and commodified, that the vulnerable — long after they have suffered and died — can still be prey."

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Hot pot flavored toothpaste goes on sale in China! – shanghaiist https://shanghai.ist/2019/05/10/hot-pot-flavored-toothpaste-goes-on-sale-in-china/

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"A Chinese toothpaste company named Leng Suan Ling (冷酸灵) has partnered with hot pot chain Xiao Long Kan (小龙坎) to release a line of limited-edition hot pot-flavored toothpastes which come in three flavors: “medium-spicy,” “Sichuan-spicy,” and “absurdly-spicy.”"

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Texas Republican Says Vaccines Are ‘Sorcery,’ Claims ‘Parental Rights’ Are More Important Than Science https://www.newsweek.com/anti-vaxx-texas-republicans-sorcery-jonathan-stickland-parental-rights-1418960

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"Republican Rep. Jonathan Stickland—who left the hardline conservative Freedom Caucus last week—began a Twitter spat with Peter Hotez, a professor at the Baylor College of Medicine, on Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported. Hotez had been lamenting an increase in vaccine exemptions, which he said put children “in harm's way for the financial gain of special and outside interest groups.” But Stickland accused Hotez of hypocrisy and suggested that parental rights to reject vaccinations were paramount. “You are bought and paid for by the biggest special interest in politics,” Stickland wrote to Hotez. “Do our state a favor and mind your own business. Parental rights mean more to us than your self enriching ‘science.’”"

 ‎· JustDuckie
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The stupid, it burns.

 ‎· JustDuckie 5
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^ the stupid, it kills.

 ‎· Stephªn1e☀️CogSc1L1brªr1ªn☀️ 5
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Whoever selected that photo was having a right little chuckle

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Rainbow Militia’s traveling circus wagon - Dance Informa Magazine https://www.danceinforma.com/2019/05/09/rainbow-militias-traveling-circus-wagon-builds-community-in-denver/?fbclid=IwAR06C_23jg39jbp2dCXxeLYgOY31A_TSoydZ9cTTvSA7WJClFmV9psdoXf0

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"This summer, Rainbow Militia unveils “Zabiti: 10x the Impact,” a traveling circus wagon that will land in 10 lower-income neighborhoods throughout Denver. As in many American cities, access to the arts is often limited to those who hear about events and can afford to attend. With their traveling show, Blais and Rainbow Militia intend – literally – to meet audiences where they are and partner with local nonprofit organizations like food banks and co-ops to make performing arts visible and accessible to everyone."

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"Because of rising real estate prices in Denver, Blais says many aerial dance studios have found homes in cheaper industrial or warehouse spaces. These buildings also tend to have the ceiling height needed to accommodate equipment such as ropes and silks. As a result, aerial and circus arts studios are generally located in or close to the neighborhoods where “Zabiti: 10x the Impact” will travel, making it possible for audiences to continue to engage with performers after the show and even learn skills close to home. In addition, many local elementary and middle schools have added aerial dance, juggling, acrobatics and clowning to their gym programs so kids can catch the bug early."

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A wild raccoon moved into a German zoo and the keepers can't kick him out - Chicago Tribune https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-a-wild-raccoon-german-zoo-20190503-story.html

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"The newspaper reported that the interloper — nicknamed Fred — can expect free board and lodgings for life, because European Union rules forbid him from being released back into the wild. Under a 2015 EU directive, raccoons are considered an invasive alien species that might pose a threat to European plants and animals."

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refugees welcome

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Texas Senate Votes to Limit Local Control Over Confederate Monuments https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/texas-senate-passes-bill-to-protect-confederate-statues-11659821

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"As presented by Creighton, the bill would've required a local referendum before voting to get rid of one of the monuments to treason, or any other memorial of "historical significance more than 25 years old," but an amendment by Amarillo Republican Kel Seliger, one of the Senate's wild cards, restored some local control to the would-be process. The bill as amended would not have stopped Dallas from removing the Robert E. Lee statue from Lee Park — it voted 13-1 to do so — or voting to remove the Confederate War Memorial near City Hall. While it hasn't been removed, the ordinance calling for the memorial to be taken down passed 11-4."

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"During his questioning of Creighton, Dallas Sen. Royce West read from the 1861 document in which Texas leaders outlined their reasons for leaving the United States and joining the Confederacy. "'We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial' — check this out — 'or tolerable,'" West read. "'That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind' — listen to this part — 'and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations.'""

 ‎· JustDuckie
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Government overreach is bad, unless we say it's good.

 ‎· Anna C. 3
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JFC just tear them all down. All of them. Period.

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Game of Thrones Finale to Kill Off Millions of HBO Subscriptions https://thehardtimes.net/harddrive/game-of-thrones-finale-to-kill-off-millions-of-hbo-subscriptions/

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"“We fully expect HBO servers to crash as untold numbers of subscribers attempt to cancel their subscriptions before paying for another worthless month,” bragged Thrones’ co-creator David Benioff as two unidentified nude women had intercourse on the couch behind him. “$14.99 is a lot of money to spend on not watching dragons set shit on fire. What’s everybody going to do, pretend they care about Westworld or, worse, Entourage re-runs?"

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"“I can’t talk about it too much, but the finale will have Bran warging into the real world to delete The Sopranos entirely off of HBO Go,” explained Thrones’ other co-creator D.B. Weiss placing his empty Starbucks coffee cup down on a nearby table. “Shit, we need to get out of here, they’re about to film something.”"

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50 Breathtaking Photos From The The 2019 National Geographic Travel Photo Contest Finalists | Bored Panda https://www.boredpanda.com/travel-photo-contest-national-geographic-2019/?cexp_id=17873&cexp_var=54&_f=featured

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Very sci-fi:

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LOOK: 77-year-old grandma wows people at the park with incredible feats of flexibility – shanghaiist https://shanghai.ist/2019/05/07/look-77-year-old-grandma-wows-people-at-the-park-with-incredible-feats-of-flexibility/

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"At a park in the city of Xi’an, the 77-year-old woman, surnamed He, can do the splits and then some, raising her legs off the ground to hold a wooden pole which one of her fellow performers then stands on. She says that she wasn’t always this insanely flexible. In fact, in her sixties her health was poor and she suffered from back problems leaving her unable to walk completely upright. At home, she would crawl around, causing her grandson to compare her to a gorilla. However, her life changed completely when a friend took her to the park to exercise. Over time, she became fitter, stronger, more flexible. Now she says she feels 10 years younger than her age."

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