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More about America I didn't know...but neither did anyone else ;)
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The island nation of Sri Lanka has ordered the deportation of a British tourist for arriving in the country sporting a Buddha tattooed on her arm.
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it does make me laugh...I know she was British but I just kept thinking Americans are so dumb.

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North America is completely divided by a creek?
I didn't know this already!

Why do I feel like this is crucial, yet unknown information?  Very cool.
The Panama Canal is not the only water line connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. There's a place in Wyoming—deep in the Teton Wilderness Area of the Bridger-Teton National Forest—in which a creek splits in two. Like the canal, this creek connects the two oceans dividing North America in two parts.
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Why I've never watched Game of Thrones.
I'm a huge fan of fantasy/sword and sorcerer/dragon books and tales.  I have faithfully watched many a series of little merit in the hopes of getting some gem out of it.  All of the previews and information about Game of Thrones focused heavily on the rape scenes before the show came out.  I waited a while to see if it caught on and it did, but the rape language describing the show was continuous.  I am too tired of rape culture  to be entertained by rape.  I am tired of movies and television that use the glurge of rape to engender excitement since their writing probably doesn't.  I read about too many raped women in history (which is truthfully where George R.R. Martin gets his material from)...and I know too many raped women in the real world.  How is this escapist fantasy for me?  So I literally have never watched an episode but stay quiet about it mostly because I haven't.  Why should I have to wrestle intellectually every week over whether the rape being depicted has artistic merit or was gratuitous?  What do you want your entertainment to be about?  Love, truth and beauty?  War, rape and destruction?  
http://www.salon.com/2014/04/21/game_of_thrones_and_the_glamorization_of_rape/
There was no consent in a brutal "Game of Thrones" scene. It's time for rape to stop being cable's narrative device
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When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.
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Too true!  The current teens are either "sweet and apathetic" or "narcissistic and driven" ... but to where are they being driven and by what?  
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Well....lots of bad news...we learn nothing and are hellbent on continuing the futility of the 20th century.
U.N. human rights investigators said hundreds of civilians were killed last week because of their ethnicity.
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It's worse than we thought. When will it end?
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That's a good one +Jared Givens . Thanks for stopping by anyway 

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This is the first time I've been impressed:
From the article:
She said the voter-approved ban allowed college administrators to have admissions policies favoring, for example, students whose relatives are alumni but blocks race-based criteria. "The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race," she wrote.
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I don't live in Chicago, so it will be up to those who live there to make this come true:
“I will not rest—and I do not expect anybody to rest—until every child in the city of Chicago can enjoy that sense of freedom." 
While I disagree with the Mayor about a number of things I fully agree with this statement.
I would extend it to every child in the world.  Why should girls in Nigeria be kidnapped from their school?  Why should Syrian children have to flee their homes?  Why can't a diplomatic solution be found for Ukraine so that their children don't have to be afraid?   
We should all be able to experience the joy of living in our homes and communities.
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tale-two-chicagos-violence-plagues-citys-south-west-sides-n86166
After church and Easter dinner with relatives, 11-year-old Tymisha Washington wanted to play before the street lights came on. She joined four friends—none m...
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California might have missed out on this one
Marla Cooley isn't exactly being discreet when she advertises the marijuana friendliness of her vacation rental home near Lyons.
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Longest Land Mammal Migration in Lower 48 Discovered
news.nationalgeographic.com

Wyoming mule deer cross many obstacles, from low desert to high mountains, posing challenges for conservation.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Definitive Oral History of a TV Master...
www.wired.com

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of MST3K’s national debut, WIRED presents an oral history of the greatest talk-back show ever made.

Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka
wyso.org

The island nation of Sri Lanka has ordered the deportation of a British tourist for arriving in the country sporting a Buddha tattooed on he

Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott open the door on their sex life
www.latimes.com

If rumors are true that Tori Spelling insisted on doing "True Tori" to publicly humiliate cheating husband Dean McDermott, then she seems to

Voice of first U.S. Hispanic justice heard in major race case
www.chicagotribune.com

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first Hispanic Supreme Court justice has been on the bench for nearly five years but had never written an opinion

“Game of Thrones” glamorizes rape: That was not consent, and rape is not...
www.salon.com

There was no consent in a brutal "Game of Thrones" scene. It's time for rape to stop being cable's narrative device

Spotlighting a law that stripped U.S.-born women of citizenship
www.latimes.com

The Expatriation Act of 1907 required a woman who married a foreigner to "take the nationality of her husband."

Colorado's recreational marijuana law drives toking tourist boom
www.mercurynews.com

Marla Cooley isn't exactly being discreet when she advertises the marijuana friendliness of her vacation rental home near Lyons.

2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective
www.theatlantic.com

No one now alive has experienced anything similar in North America or Europe, except in the middle of a forest fire or a volcanic eruption.

Africa's Real-Life Game of Thrones
www.theatlantic.com

The hazards of human-rights work in the continent's last absolute monarchy

I Was Racially Profiled in My Own Driveway
www.theatlantic.com

A retired Major League Baseball player explains how he's trying to turn an upsetting encounter with the police into an opportunity for dialo

Segregation Forever
www.theatlantic.com

A few weeks ago I wrote skeptically of the jaunty uplifting narrative that sees white supremacy'…

The Irony of Cliven Bundy's Unconstitutional Stand
www.theatlantic.com

The Nevada rancher isn't just resisting the Bureau of Land Management—he's also fighting against his state's unusual constitutional history.

Boy stabbed in face at Santa Rosa Transit Mall
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Boy stabbed in face at Santa Rosa Transit Mall

Dynamic atolls give hope that Pacific Islands can defy sea rise
phys.org

It is widely predicted that low-lying coral reef islands will drown as a result of sea-level rise, leaving their populations as environmenta

Sonoma County modifies homeless parking program
www.pressdemocrat.com

Sonoma County, homeless, Shirlee Zane, Catholic Charities

Death on the Farm
mag.newsweek.com

American farmers are a dying breed, in part because they’re killing themselves at a shocking rate.

Your Bra May Be Killing You – Scientists Call For Boycott Of Komen
www.inquisitr.com

The bra/breast cancer connection is a thing of myth, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the American Cancer Society (ACS). But a