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This reshare of the video of Neil deGrass Tyson's commentary on why there aren't more minorities and women in the sciences has a good transcript of what he says.
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My cotton is finally coming up, just in time for a freeze tonight! I will be covering everything up, I think.
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And a second sprout was working on coming up when I went to cover the first. Everything's under shelter of a sort. Here's hoping! Makes me feel optimistic about the other seeds I planted, too, even if these two don't make it.
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The infamous green wall in Durham gets a new, if only temporary, look
A Bull City punchline gets a new, if only temporary, look
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"That is a scandal because the UK government spent £0.5bn stockpiling this drug in the hope that it would help prevent serious side-effects from flu infection. But the bigger scandal is that Roche broke no law by withholding vital information on how well its drug works. In fact, the methods and results of clinical trials on the drugs we use today are still routinely and legally being withheld from doctors, researchers and patients. It is simple bad luck for Roche that Tamiflu became, arbitrarily, the poster child for the missing-data story."
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"We’ve gone from seeing around 300 people a month on a regular basis, but as people were enrolling in Obamacare, the numbers we were seeing have dropped. We were down to 80 people that came through the medical clinic in February, all the way down to three people at the medical clinic in March. Our services won’t be needed anymore, and this will conclude our mission."

(I still think single payer would be better, but this is still an improvement on the previous situation.)
A medical clinic in Mena, Ark. announced that it would be closing, citing a large drop in need for the clinic as people have signed up for health insurance under Obamacare. "Because people are qualifying for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, our free medical clinic will not be needed anymore," Stacey Bowser, the director of the 9th Street Ministries Clinic, told the Mena Star.
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I'm with you. But there's no way we could just go single payer and close all the insurance infrastructure overnight. Hopefully we will keep moving toward universal coverage. 
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"Outside the Mountaire factory gates, I meet a woman named Delcia Rodriguez. A 23-year-old UFCW organizer from the Dominican Republic, Rodriguez worked at the Mountaire plant until 2011, when, she says, she was hit in the stomach by a large bucket used to haul meat and had a miscarriage in the plant. A doctor told her that she needed to take time off to rest. When she brought the doctor's note to Mountaire's Human Resources department, she says she was ordered to turn in her ID and fired."

Oh, and I forgot to put this in at first: "UFCW Local 1208, based in Tar Heel, N.C., is legendary in the labor world for winning a grueling 17-year organizing campaign against Smithfield Foods in 2008."

It's damn hard to unionize in this state. More power to them! 
Workers struggle to unionize at Mountaire Farms chicken processing plant in the face of management resistance
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Nifty!   I am ambivalent, as I've certainly enjoyed my share of porpoise and orca shows and it would hypocritical of me to say otherwise (albeit always at aquariums, which generally serve multiple purposes).  But the more I read and hear about them, the more I think they are a bad idea in general.   Particularly so though when the entertainment is the only point.
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Bleah. Though I've shared states with people like this before - I grew up in Southern Indiana, which had (has?) a lot of KKK members. 
Well known white supremacist leader Frazier Glenn Miller has long history in North Carolina
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On my way to Great Yarns in Raleigh, NC for a talk & book signing tonight and class tomorrow. If you're in the area, come by for the talk tonight from 6-8. See Stories In Stitches projects, say hi, and hang out for a bit. I think there may still be a couple of spots open in tomorrow's workshop, too. 
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Awwww, I'm out of town.
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I love this kind of crowdsourcing.
"Health workers responding to an Ebola outbreak in Guinea had no maps to go on, so they turned to the internet for help

WHEN doctors working for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in the West African nation of Guinea last month to combat an outbreak of the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever, they found themselves working in an information vacuum.

Accurate maps are crucial to pinpointing the source of the Ebola virus and preventing it from spreading. But the only maps in Guinea were topographic charts – useless for understanding population distribution. Desperate for information, they enlisted an online army to help.

MSF asked a digital mapping organisation called Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) to build them a map of Guéckédou, a city of around 250,000 people in southern Guinea, where the outbreak is concentrated.

As of 31 March, online maps of Guéckédou were virtually non-existent, says Sylvie de Laborderie of cartONG, a mapping NGO that is working with MSF to coordinate the effort with HOT. "The map showed two roads maybe – nothing, nothing."

Within 12 hours of contacting the online group, Guéckédou's digital maps had exploded into life. Nearly 200 volunteers from around the world added 100,000 buildings based on satellite imagery of the area, including other nearby population centres. "It was amazing, incredible. I have no words to describe it. In less than 20 hours they mapped three cities," says de Laborderie."

Thank you, +Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team HOT 
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