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Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/zarghun...
Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan
Foreign troops are leaving Afghanistan, marking an official end to 13 years of conflict, in which 13,000 Afghan soldiers have lost their lives. For a new BBC documentary, Our World: The War Widows of Afghanistan, Afghan journalist Zarghuna Kargar has been on the trail of the hidden victims of the war: the Afghan women whose husbands were killed in the fight against the Taliban. ***** On a quiet side street in Balkh province, in Northern Afghanistan, Marzia is hand-weaving a carpet. It's painstaking, monotonous work. She learned to weave when she was seven years old. She is now 26, and regularly spends up to ten hours a day sitting by her loom. "I'm tired of weaving," she says, without looking up from her work. "Before my marriage I wove, after my marriage I wove -- now I want to go outside and get a proper job." But Marzia's chances of finding work are slim. She is just one of Afghanistan's estimated two million war widows, and, as such is subject to rumours and gossip. She says:...
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Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-he...
Disability and Discrimination in Custody Battles
Imagine you are a parent who has overcome a disability. The disability could be physical that confines you to a wheelchair; or a psychiatric disability that requires you to take medication. You are living a perfectly normal life with your disability, so much so that your disability isn't really a disability in your mind - it is just part of living. You have learned to overcome what some other people who had a similar diagnosis have not yet learned to overcome. The disability has proved that you have the ability to live a normal life. But then imagine that you are now going through a divorce, you have children and you need to go to court to fight for custody of your children. Imagine that the judge takes one look at you or your file and sees that you have bipolar disorder like actress Catherine Zeta-Jones or former US Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy has, or you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, as President Roosevelt had. Imagine that based on that diagnosis, a judge decides that you are unfit for...
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Back in May, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) published the results of a comprehensive global study of anti-Semitism. They polled 53,100 people from countries spanning the globe asking whether they endorse 11 common stereotypes about Jews. According to their findings, 26 percent of respondents endorsed six or more items, reaching the ADL's criteria for being considered anti-Semitic. Based on these findings, the ADL (rather liberally) estimated that there are 1.09 billion anti-Semitic adults worldwide. While many viewed the results as sobering, my initial reaction was more optimistic. After all, 74 percent of participants did not cross the threshold to be considered anti-Semites. Using the same calculus as the ADL, that scales up to roughly 3.07 billion adults. Not too shabby. In the history of the world, there has never been any other time with so much Semite-tolerance. I say this with confidence as the human population only hit 3 billion people (in total) in the early 1960s, and...
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Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Used Doctored News Headlines In TV Ad
Bruce Rauner (R), an Illinois businessman and gubernatorial candidate, is being called out for running a television ad with some altered news headlines about incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (D), according to the Chicago Tribune. In the ad, called "Headlines," the Rauner campaign shortened and even changed headlines that it attributed to various news organizations. One headline originally read "Quinn, Rauner spar on education in 1st 2014 event," and was altered in Rauner's ad to read “Quinn education cuts lead to teacher layoffs and larger class sizes.” Another headline said "Quinn doubles down on tax hike gamble" and was used in Rauner's ad with the word "gamble" dropped. The Chicago Tribune says three other headlines were altered in the ad as well. Quinn said on Thursday that the ad, which first appeared the day before, highlights what he views as Rauner's "pattern of dishonesty." Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said in an email to The Associated Press that "the TV ad does not say everything...
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'Green News Report' - July 24, 2014 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brad-fr...
The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Breaking: Sudden storm ravages campground in VA; New rules for explosive oil trains; Big win in small Maine town over Big (tar sands) Oil; Sunday news shows discover global warming exists; PLUS: We're No.1! America and Rush Limbaugh lead the world...in global warming denial ... All that and more in today's Green News Report! Listen online here, or Download MP3 (6 mins)... Link: Embed: Got comments, tips, love letters, hate mail? Drop us a line at GreenNews@BradBlog.com or right here at the comments link below. All GNRs are always archived at GreenNews.BradBlog.com. IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Attack of the Chicago climate change maggots; Solar car sets new land speed record; Republicans always listen to the Pentagon -- except on climate change; Self-cooling solar cells generate more output; Oil industry damaged PA water sources 200+ times; Amid CA drought, Nestle guzzles private water; Forest managers...
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Neil Degrasse Tyson and 48 Other Emojis We Wish We Had - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/visualn...
Neil Degrasse Tyson and 48 Other Emojis We Wish We Had
Words don't always do a conversation justice -- especially when that convo is text based. You're there texting your bestie and an overwhelming sense of glee sweeps over you. What to do? Say it with an emoji, of course. With the announcement of Unicode 7.0 and 250 new emojis in the works (what would we do without "Man in Business Suit Levitating") Microsoft has imagined what the new update missed -- adding 49 more emojis you seriously wish you had. The Euler diagram below pretty much solves any need you could imagine. So, you're a hippie with a distinctly geeky interests? Don't worry, there's a Neil deGrasse Tyson for you to express yourself. Oh you're a college girl getting a degree in business? Here's your bottle of Fireball. ...and we can all pretty much agree: dinosaurs are universally cool. via Microsoft Social Listening
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Is the Amazon on the Brink of Abyss? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gustavo...
Is the Amazon on the Brink of Abyss?
A fisherman goes out in search of Piranha on Lake Iranduba, in the Amazon region of Brazil, near Manaus. Brazil. Photo: © Julio Pantoja / World Bank Spanning 2.7 million square miles and standing 80 percent intact, the Amazon forest endures as arguably the apex of Mother Nature's works of wonder. Remnants of other forests remind us of what could happen to the Amazon if uncontrolled deforestation were to be left unchecked. The once vast and luxuriant Brazilian Atlantic forest, for example, is now reduced to 8 percent of its original extent, lingering on as a pale shadow, many of its unique species and indigenous cultures now long gone. More than 12 times the size of France, the Amazon contains the greatest concentration of plants, animals and microorganisms that evolution has ever assembled. Having resisting large-scale transformation at the hands of humans for over 500 years, the Amazon today faces unprecedented road, energy and mining development that is starting to threaten the...
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These 2 Minutes Will Change How You Think About Consent - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
These 2 Minutes Will Change How You Think About Consent
Consent should be an easy thing to define. But this video from Campus Clarity illustrates the concept in a way that really resonates -- just by using a cell phone. In the video, a woman attempts to borrow a phone from an array of people using different speech tactics; her inquiries range from curious to forceful to sneaky. The questions she's asking may seem innocuous if taken at face value, but when considered in the context of sexual consent, they take on an especially powerful meaning. This video makes us all step back and think about the fact that unless you get an enthusiastic "yes," the answer is "no." [h/t TalkAboutItUSF]
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Here's Why You Don't Want To Drop Off Your Used Clothes In Those Sidewalk Donation Bins - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Here's Why You Don't Want To Drop Off Your Used Clothes In Those Sidewalk Donation Bins
A growing number of sidewalk donation bins in New York City claiming to collect clothing for the poor are actually benefiting for-profit companies. The New York Times reported on the scheme earlier this month, and found that the graffiti-covered bins that are illegally placed on sidewalks not only function as inconvenient eyesores throughout the city's neighborhoods, but also help greedy businesses sell used clothing in bulk to thrift stores and retailers overseas. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/all.js#xfbml=1"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by Brian Lehrer. "They have become the bane of our existence," Kathryn Garcia, New York City's sanitation commissioner, told The New York Times. "We have seen a significant uptick in the number of clothing bins placed illegally on public sidewalks. A...
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Naked Dudes Steal Meat From Florida Restaurant, Take Their Wieners With Them - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Naked Dudes Steal Meat From Florida Restaurant, Take Their Wieners With Them
They stole beef in the buff. Then they were on the lam. In a crime that had no cover-up despite security cameras watching, two naked guys and one wearing just underwear swiped 60 hamburgers, 3 pounds of bacon, three red peppers and a paddleboard from Doc's Beach House restaurant in Bonita Springs, Florida, outlets reported. WTFark! gets to the bare bottom of what apparently went down at Doc's in the wee hours of July 20. Watch the video above.
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Obama Calls Out American Companies For 'Gaming The System' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Obama Calls Out American Companies For 'Gaming The System'
In a CNBC interview on Wednesday, President Barack Obama took aim at corporate inversions -- deals where a U.S. company keeps its operations at home, but moves its formal address overseas to avoid paying taxes. "Companies thrive in the United States in part because they benefit from the best university system in the world, the best infrastructure," Obama said. "There are a whole range of benefits that have helped to build companies, create value, create profits. For you to continue to benefit from that entire architecture that helps you thrive, but move your technical address simply to avoid paying taxes, is neither fair, nor is it something that's going to be good for the country over the long term." Watch Obama's comments in the video above. Corporate inversions are legal, and companies say they engage in them because the U.S. tax rate is higher than in other countries. But inversions open up a host of ways to permanently limit, or even eliminate, any American taxes paid by...
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Pikachu-Shaped Food Served In Tokyo's Pop-Up Pokémon Restaurant - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Pikachu-Shaped Food Served In Tokyo's Pop-Up Pokémon Restaurant
If you've ever dreamed of chomping into a burger shaped like the cutest Pokémon of them all, just book a flight to Tokyo. The pop-up "Pikachu Cafe" serves Pikachu-shaped dishes -- like parfait, pancakes, curry rice and burgers. There's even a dessert plate with a Pokeball made from framboise and a yogurt mousse. If adorableness has any effect on taste, these plates are probably really delicious. Beef curry with a carrot-tumeric rice Pikachu. White rice and chicken Pokeball. Pikachu pancakes with vanilla icecream. Pikachu fruit and mango pudding parfait. The limited-time restaurant opened in conjunction with the premier of Pokémon the Movie XY, a 2014 Japanese anime filmed which debuted on July 19. H/t: kotaku Photos via inside-games Want to read more from HuffPost Taste? Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Tumblr.
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The One Simple Change That Could Save The World's Largest Mammal - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The One Simple Change That Could Save The World's Largest Mammal
You’d think that a blue whale, weighing a whopping 200-tons, would be mostly safe from predators because of its sheer size. But one predator seems to be able to kill the largest animals on earth in a fleeting instant -- humans.
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Obama Defends FAA's Temporary Ban On Flights To Israel - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Obama Defends FAA's Temporary Ban On Flights To Israel
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the Federal Aviation Administration took "prudent action" in temporarily banning U.S. flights in and out of Israel. Obama says decisions on airline safety are not made on the basis of politics or alliances. He noted that the FAA ban came on the heels of last week's downing of a passenger jet by a missile in eastern Ukraine. The FAA issued the ban Tuesday and lifted the restrictions Wednesday night. Obama says that before lifting the ban, the FAA worked with Israel on a "checklist of concerns and mitigation measures" to ensure the safety of U.S. airlines. The FAA said the ban was imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets. Obama made his comments in an interview with CNBC.
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Vandalism Causes 103,000 Gallons Of Raw Sewage To Surge Into Ocean And Surf Breaks - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Vandalism Causes 103,000 Gallons Of Raw Sewage To Surge Into Ocean And Surf Breaks
Honolulu’s Environmental Services Director Lori Kahikina made it official Tuesday: “The only thing that should be going into the sewers is number 1 and number 2.” Definitely no tricycles or boulders, which is what somebody stuffed into a manhole in Oahu’s Palolo Valley sometime last week -- an act officials classified as “malicious” vandalism. It resulted in more than 103,000 gallons of sewage overflowing into Palolo Stream, which eventually leads into Waikiki’s Ala Wai Canal and out into the ocean and popular surf breaks. Normally, the stream is like “a water park” to kids, Palolo resident Vaca Toetuu told Honolulu's KITV. “But I don’t think any of the kids want to jump in anymore.” Officials fastened about 70 signs to fences and palm trees warning people to stay out of the water at Palolo Stream, the Ala Wai Canal, Magic Island near Ala Moana beach, and popular surf breaks such as Ala Moana Bowls and Kaisers. How long will people have to stay out of the water? Watson Okubo,...
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The 10 Best Cities For Families To Live, According to ZipRealty - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The 10 Best Cities For Families To Live, According to ZipRealty
It's often said that the first rule of real estate is "location, location, location." But if you have a spouse, a couple of kids and maybe even a dog, other factors like affordability and proximity to schools really start to play larger roles. And it's those factors exactly that were used by the online residential real estate brokerage company ZipRealty, Inc., to determine the best of the best metro areas for families across America. To compile the list, ZipReality, Inc. compared the performances of public school districts to the corresponding median price per square foot for real estate. To learn more about ZipReality, Inc.'s methodology, see below. Turns out families don't even have to sacrifice the first rule of real estate, anyway. Looks like you really can have it all. To be considered, at least 10 home sales must have closed in that region's school district in 2013. ZipRealty's School Score ratings measure the performance of each school district, including elementary, middle and...
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Obama Scolds U.S. Corporations For Evading Taxes: 'I Don't Care If It's Legal, It's Wrong' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Obama Scolds U.S. Corporations For Evading Taxes: 'I Don't Care If It's Legal, It's Wrong'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staking out a populist stand ahead of the midterm elections, President Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "economic patriotism" from U.S. corporations that use legal means to avoid U.S. taxes through overseas mergers. "I don't care if it's legal," Obama declared. "It's wrong." Obama and congressional Democrats are pushing to severely limit such deals, a move resisted by Republicans who argue the entire corporate tax code needs an overhaul. At issue are companies that enter into arrangements with foreign companies, shifting their tax addresses overseas while retaining their U.S. headquarters. "They're technically renouncing their U.S. citizenship. They're declaring they are based someplace else even though most of their operations are here," Obama said at a technical college in Los Angeles. "You know, some people are calling these companies corporate deserters." He also charged that such companies are "cherry-picking the rules." Though Obama included a proposal to...
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U.S. School Principals Are Quicker To Label Their Students As Poor - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
U.S. School Principals Are Quicker To Label Their Students As Poor
American principals are more likely to say their students are poor, when compared to principals in countries where poverty rates are much higher. A blog post published this week by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that when principals in 30 countries were asked about the socio-economic status of their students, Americans were more likely to see their students as poor. According to the data, 65 percent of surveyed American principals told the OECD that more than 30 percent of their students come from disadvantaged homes. Only 13 percent of U.S. students are considered disadvantaged by OECD standards, though the data does not indicate how these students are distributed among the pool of U.S. schools surveyed for this report. Approximately half of the 29 countries surveyed have a higher percentage of disadvantaged students, compared to the U.S. The graph below –- made by the OECD -- details the findings. The horizontal axis shows the percentage of middle...
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Live & Dangerous: Lollapalooza 2014 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-po...
Live & Dangerous: Lollapalooza 2014
One of the country's biggest and most revered music festivals, Lollapalooza, kicks off next week on August 1st in Chicago, Illinois. The 3-day festival will fill Grant Park with over 160,000 music fans for its 10th anniversary this year -- all spread out over 8 different stages. Lollapalooza, which is known for including a wonderfully diverse range of music every summer, will have about 130 acts on the bill this year. And in addition to always hosting some of the biggest artists out there (this year's headliners include Eminem and Outkast), the festival is famous as a launching pad for the careers of some of today's most popular acts. Here are 3 emerging acts from a variety of genres that we think will stand out at Lolla this year. WHO: Blood Orange WHEN: Friday August 1st @ 4:45pm -Grove Stage WHY: Dev Hynes, who currently performs under the stage name Blood Orange, is an impressive 25 year old singer/songwriter from London who already has 4 albums under his belt (under several...
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This iPhone App Lets You Turn Any Photo Into An Emoji - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This iPhone App Lets You Turn Any Photo Into An Emoji
It was only a matter of time: Now you can be an emoji, thanks to a new app. Imoji, posted to the App Store on Thursday, allows iOS users to turn the pictures they take -- or save -- into emojis for iMessage. What’s more, The Next Web notes, users can choose to make a sticker private, or opt to make it public for others to use in their own conversations. That means any user has the chance to create the next ultra versatile emoji (think: clapping hands or poop with eyes). (Story continues below) The Imoji app allows users to select from a set of pre-saved creations. As the promotional video (see above) shows, the user edits his or her photo and then drags it to the center of the screen. The app then sends the creation to the user's chat in iMessage. According to TechCrunch, the app offers users a variety of simple editing tools such as zoom, crop and cut. Both Next Web and TechCrunch note that the app’s interface is initially hard to use and takes a bit of learning. However, both sites...
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Is 'Seinfeld' Coming To Netflix? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Is 'Seinfeld' Coming To Netflix?
Have you been scrolling through your Netflix queue recently and noticed a disturbing amount of missing "Seinfeld" episodes. Yeah, us too. You'd think one of the most popular on-demand streaming services in the world would already have one of the most popular TV sitcoms ever, but Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer have been left out. Jerry Seinfeld hosted a Reddit AMA earlier today and the comedy legend confirmed the news every "Seinfeld" fan has been hoping to hear, sort of. Asked if talk of taking the comedy show online and making it available to subscribers was actually real, Seinfeld replied semi-cryptically: "You are a very smart and progressive person. These conversations are presently taking place." We're not sure if this is the first time negotiations between the streaming company and the show have happened, although we highly doubt it, but we're crossing our fingers that a deal is made. After all, why watch a few syndicated reruns every night when you can watch all 180 episodes...
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The Terrible Economy Just Claimed Another Victim: Walmart's U.S. CEO - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Terrible Economy Just Claimed Another Victim: Walmart's U.S. CEO
The sluggish U.S. economic recovery just claimed another job. Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart U.S., is stepping down, Walmart announced on Thursday. Simon's tenure was marked by a long stretch of poor performance, but bad luck might have played a role in that: He held the post during a particularly terrible time for low- and middle-income Americans, who are also Walmart's core customers. "His tenure perfectly parallels the worst economic period in the last 70 years," Charles Fishman, author of The Wal-Mart Effect, said of Simon. Simon became chief operating officer of Walmart U.S., effectively second-in-command of that business, in 2007, the year the Great Recession began. He became CEO of Walmart U.S. in 2010. Bill Simon, former president and CEO of Walmart U.S., speaks to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on June 14, 2013 in Chicago. During the recession and the subsequent ongoing recovery, low- and middle-income Americans have been plagued by high unemployment, stagnant...
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Michelle Kwan Stars In Ad For Husband Clay Pell's Gubernatorial Campaign - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Michelle Kwan Stars In Ad For Husband Clay Pell's Gubernatorial Campaign
Figure skating champion Michelle Kwan appears in a new television ad touting her husband Clay Pell (D) for Rhode Island governor. "One of the reasons I'm so excited about my husband Clay Pell's candidacy is because Clay is committed to a women's equality agenda that strengthens protection for women in areas like pay equity, sexual harassment and domestic violence," Kwan says in the ad made by D.C. media firm Devine Mulvey Longabaugh. "Clay knows Rhode Island can be ready for tomorrow by making it one of the best places for women to live and work. Clay believes what I believe -- we need equality for all women," she adds. Pell, whose grandfather was the late Sen. Claiborne Pell (D-R.I.), announced his run in January. Though the 32-year-old Pell is a relative newcomer in politics, he does have government experience, having worked both on President Barack Obama's national security team as a White House Fellow and later in the Department of Education. He also served in the U.S. Coast...
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The Climate Post: Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tim-pro...
The Climate Post: Rule for Regulating Existing Power Plants under Fire
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during a hearing on "EPA's Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants." Debate about the proposed rule to regulate carbon emissions from existing power plants has swirled since the rule's release last month. Coal-heavy states and others have criticized both the substance of the rule and the EPA's authority to issue it. Throughout the hearing McCarthy faced questions about whether the agency had stretched the parameters of the Clean Air Act. The proposed rule uses an infrequently exercised provision of the act to set state-specific emissions targets and provide states a wide range of flexibility when choosing how to meet those targets. "EPA goes beyond the plain reading of the Clean Air Act Section 111 [by] directing states to achieve questionable emission reduction targets from a limited menu of economically damaging and legally...
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'Game Of Thrones' Emoji Are Coming - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
'Game Of Thrones' Emoji Are Coming
If you thought "Seinfeld" emoji were as good as it gets, you know nothing, Internet. Elite Daily has developed new "Game of Thrones" emoji, and with everything from memorable characters to awesome "GoT" items, they're guaranteed to please the old gods and the new. Tyrion Lannister Jon Snow Littlefinger Daenerys Targaryen White Walker Crossbow Valyrian Steel Drogon The Iron Throne Hodor Direwolf George R.R. Martin Hand of the King’s pin Joffrey Baratheon Dragon Eggs Arya Stark Westeros Wine Direwolves Khal Drogo Unfortunately, these are just for show as of now, but with the nonstop, growing popularity of the HBO series, it should be only a matter of time before all men must text "GoT" emoji.
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New York City's Proposed ID Card Might Get You Into Art Museums For Free - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
New York City's Proposed ID Card Might Get You Into Art Museums For Free
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a new initiative in New York City this month, proposing a municipal identification card that could be available to all city inhabitants next year. The card would be beneficial to New Yorkers who don't have a driver's license or other form of official ID. In particular, undocumented individuals. Well, according to The New York Times, another subset of the population may find the municipal IDs appealing: the art world. The Times reports that the card may come with free membership and discounted tickets to cultural institutions in NYC, namely the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, Lincoln Center and other well known culture havens. "The proposal, floated last week to a group of city arts executives at the Met Museum by Tom Finkelpearl, the cultural affairs commissioner, is designed to ensure that a card intended to help undocumented New Yorkers does not simply become an easy way to identify them. It also represents a turnabout in relations...
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The Future Of Warfare (LIVESTREAM) - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Future Of Warfare (LIVESTREAM)
Watch Live at 3:00 - 4:00pm MDT (5:00 - 6:00pm EST). Our still formidable nuclear arsenal and our supremacy in conventional armaments are of limited use in a world now dominated by the asymmetric tactics of terrorists and cyber-warriors. What are the new weapons and new conceptions of warfare that can help America maintain its strategic and tactical edge? Moderator: Kevin Baron, Executive Editor, Defense One Special Guests: Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Dawn Meyerriecks, Deputy Director, Directorate of Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency Steve Chan, Director, Network Science Research Center, IBM Lynn Dugle, President, Raytheon Intelligence, Information, and Services; Vice President, Raytheon Company
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Ex-Governor Says His Dumpy Namesake Building Gives People Dumpy Impression Of Government - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Ex-Governor Says His Dumpy Namesake Building Gives People Dumpy Impression Of Government
It's been a proposed casino site and a state budget bargaining chip, but to the namesake of Illinois' foremost state office building, the James R. Thompson Center is a dump. Leaky ceilings, shabby landscaping and decades-old carpet held together by duct tape were just some of the reasons ex-Illinois Governor James R. Thompson cited when he lamented the state of the massive downtown Chicago building in an interview with Crain's Chicago Business. "It looks like a scrap heap," the 78-year-old Republican told Crain's. "It's terrible, just terrible." Thompson said much of the building is exactly the same as it was nearly three decades prior, including cheap carpeting that was never meant to last 30 years. He suggested to Crain's that the sad state of the government building reflects poorly on the government itself. "What kind of message does it send?" Thompson asked. "What impression do you want people to have of state government?" An unnamed source echoed the ex-governor's sentiments:...
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Lone Soldier: Birthright Is ‘Not Responsible For The Loss Of My Arm' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Lone Soldier: Birthright Is ‘Not Responsible For The Loss Of My Arm'
A recent Slate article drew harsh criticism for suggesting that an Israeli organization that sponsors a 10-day free trip to Israel for young Jewish people is partially to blame for the recent death of an American lone soldier serving in the Israel Defense Force. Max Steinberg, 24, first visited Israel on a trip sponsored by Birthright two years ago. Upon his return, he told his parents that he was going to serve in the IDF, which they supported. On Monday, Steinberg was killed. The day before his funeral, Slate senior editor Allison Benedikt wrote this piece arguing that Birthright propaganda is partially responsible for Steinberg's death. She wrote: "You spend hundreds of millions of dollars to convince young Jews that they are deeply connected to a country that desperately needs their support? This is what you get," she wrote. Izzy Ezagui, an American who also went on one of these sponsored trips, joined the IDF and had his arm blown off during battle. He told host Marc Lamont Hill...
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NASA Satellites Reveal Shocking Groundwater Loss In Colorado River Basin - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
NASA Satellites Reveal Shocking Groundwater Loss In Colorado River Basin
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Groundwater losses from the Colorado River basin appear massive enough to challenge long-term water supplies for the seven states and parts of Mexico that it serves, according to a new study released Thursday that used NASA satellites. Researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine say their study is the first to quantify how much groundwater people in the West are using during the region's current drought. Stephanie Castle, the study's lead author and a water resource specialist at the University of California, Irvine, called the extent of the groundwater depletion "shocking." "We didn't realize the magnitude of how much water we actually depleted" in the West, Castle said. Since 2004, researchers said, the Colorado River basin — the largest in the Southwest — has lost 53 million acre feet, or 17 trillion gallons, of water. That's enough to supply more than 50 million households for a year, or nearly fill Lake Mead — the nation's largest water...
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