Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act -
Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act
As the 2014 mid-term election season nears its final days, the American public has been saturated by a flood of campaign advertisements and literature attacking and promoting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Were it not the political lightning rod that it has become, many more Americans would have a much clearer understanding about the ACA's wide breadth and how some of the law's policy changes, which are not featured in those campaign ads, will benefit them and their loved ones. In addition, a good number of these changes will significantly advance healthcare quality and science in our country. One sweeping policy and regulatory innovation under the ACA, of which most Americans are unaware, is the role that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now plays in the regulation and approval of biological medicines and their biosimilar counterparts. This past summer, the first biosimilar applications were submitted to FDA for approval. These pending applications mean that patients and...
A School Housed In A Tent Is Only Hope These Syrian Refugee Kids Have To Beat Illiteracy -
A School Housed In A Tent Is Only Hope These Syrian Refugee Kids Have To Beat Illiteracy
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — It's only a blue tent at the back of a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Suruc. But for dozens of children who study in the makeshift school, it's a glimmer of hope. Inside, brightly colored drawings are pinned to the plastic walls, and wooden desks stand in two neat rows. For some of the Kurdish kids who fled with their families from the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, this is the only school they've known. "The whole world was collapsing, how could they go to school," said Ghazi Mammo Darwesh, father of 7-year-old Diyala. The shy, brown-eyed girl says she like learning Kurdish writing and drawing pictures of flowers and girls. Her father is overjoyed that, at last, she is learning something. "How can I not like it? I can fly for happiness. I hope that my children will study abroad," said Darwesh, who has seven children. School also provides some psychological support for traumatized youngsters, who have lost their homes and often family members during a...
James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen' -
James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen'
Here we go again. The leader of the vehemently anti-gay Harlem ATLAH Missionary Church, James Manning, is once again making outrageous claims against the gay community. This time he might have outdone himself. Last week, Manning asserted that Starbucks is "ground zero for Ebola" after the company released it's first LGBT commercial starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano of "RuPaul's Drag Race" fame. Now, Manning has released another video in which the religious leader claims that Starbucks has been using the "sodomites' semen" in their flavored coffee drinks. He states in the video: “Starbucks is a place where these types frequent and a lot of body fluids are exchanged there. But the thing that I was not aware of is that there has been information that has been released… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. Now, this is the absolute truth." ATLAH Missionary Church has a long history of anti-gay...
Feds Arrest Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Operator Blake Benthall -
Feds Arrest Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Operator Blake Benthall
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of Blake Benthall, the man they say was behind the website Silk Road 2.0, which allowed users to buy and sell drugs online. The website, described by authorities as "one of the most extensive, sophisticated, and widely used criminal marketplaces on the Internet today," popped up in November 2013 after an earlier version of the site was shut down. As of September 2014, authorities believed the website was "generating sales of at least approximately $8 million per month and had approximately 150,000 active users," according to a Justice Department press release. The site has since been shut down. Benthall was taken into custody in San Francisco on Wednesday, but is being charged in the Southern District of New York. The investigation was run by the New York FBI and the office of Homeland Security Investigations, which had an undercover agent who "successfully infiltrated the support staff involved in the administration...
Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation -
Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation
This is WINE you have to be careful when you go out to dinner. Joe Lentini went out for dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last week. The Star-Ledger reports that Lentini, who said he's no wine expert, asked a waitress for a wine recommendation. "I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'" It turns out that the wine was a bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011, which cost $3,750. Lentini and his two fellow diners were able to get the restaurant to agree to a discounted price of $2,200, which is obviously still an incredible amount of money. The Ledger reached out to the Borgata for the resort's side of the story. "As the leading culinary destination in this region, we consistently serve as many, if not more high-end wine and spirits without incident,"...
Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014 -
Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council recently concluded the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans. The following is an excerpt from USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi's blog covering the event and details two of his personal highlights of the conference. Living, Breathing History While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I'm not sure any aspect of this year's conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC President Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the green building movement - Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson. They came up on stage and stood, tableau style, stretching shoulder to shoulder across the stage. You can only imagine how I felt as each spoke very briefly about not just where we were as a movement 20 years ago, but where we are today, and most importantly,...
The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees -
The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees
The Weather Channel laid off 40 more employees this week in another round of cuts, just a month after dozens of staffers at the network were given pink slips. “After a careful analysis of our business, we made the difficult decision today to eliminate roles across all functions and levels,” TWC told The Huffington Post in a statement. “The television business is shifting and in order for us to compete in the future, we need to reallocate and better focus our resources on what we know our audiences want. The changes we are making today are necessary, difficult and the responsible way for us to move forward.” Staffers cut from the Atlanta-based network on Wednesday included senior producers, show producers and weather producers, TVNewser reports. In an internal memo obtained by FTVLive which details the layoffs, TWC President David Clark wrote that "one of the people we will say goodbye to is Scot Safon, our chief marketing officer." Safon, formerly the chief marketing officer at CNN...
Is This the Ultimate Grilled Cheese? -
Is This the Ultimate Grilled Cheese?
Tasting Table | Jillian King Childhood lunch staple. Best friend to tomato soup. Rainy-day indulgence. An affection that started way back with those simple orange slices melted between white bread has morphed into an all-out obsession for our team. So we decided to examine the humble sandwich a little closer. Which cheeses melt just right? Should you use white bread or sourdough? Fry it in butter, oil or something else altogether? Is bacon sacrilegious? Herewith, our answers to all those very important questions and more. The Only 12 Bottles Your Bar Needs this Fall First things first: the cheese. What you need is a semi-firm variety, which will melt into those dreamy ribbons as you pull the sandwich apart. Our favorites are taleggio, fontina, cheddar and Gruyère--or any combination therein. Avoid soft cheeses: They're difficult to layer and don't melt well. Though it may seem like an obvious choice, skip mozzarella; it has unfortunate rubbery tendencies when heated. And though we...
Denmark's Smart Lighting Lab Offers A Glimpse At The Streetlights Of The Future -
Denmark's Smart Lighting Lab Offers A Glimpse At The Streetlights Of The Future
At the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, or DOLL for short, the streetlights are anything but ordinary. From brightening when cars and people pass to turning on and off with an iPad, these lights promise to help city officials save electricity and cut carbon emissions in the future. Check out the video above to tour the lab's urban facility yourself. The "living lab" is really just an industrial park outside Copenhagen that has been fitted with different smart lighting systems from 18 different companies. 9 kilometers of roads and bike paths serve as a testing ground and a place for cities to see the technology in action. In the future, the lights could perform other "smart" functions, like managing parking or transmitting information about traffic, weather or air quality. Denmark's ambitious climate goals, including eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2050, will require improving energy efficiency by a significant amount as well as switching to renewable sources. Kim Brostrom, chief...
5 Horrible Things Heartbreak Is A Whole Lot Like -
5 Horrible Things Heartbreak Is A Whole Lot Like
You don't have to be a scientist to conclude that breaking up sucks. But it may comfort you to know that your urge to go into post-breakup hibernation while listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat is actually a scientifically reasonable reaction to having your heart broken. In fact, according to the science, heartbreak is a whole lot like: 1. A minor burn. The same part of your brain lights up when you think about a lover who rejected you as when you suffer a minor burn wound, according to a 2013 study from the University of Michigan. The scientists behind the study explain that the emotional pain of rejection can have a direct physical effect on the body. Basically, your post-breakup aches and pains are so not all in your head. 2. Drug withdrawal. "Intense romantic love seems to function much like an addiction," according to Arthur Aron, Ph.D., a professor at Stony Brook University. Aron found that broken-hearted people have similar brain activity to drug addicts going through chemical...
CNN Wins Award For Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Coverage -
CNN Wins Award For Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Coverage
You might not have liked CNN's Malaysia Airlines plane coverage this year, but the network just brought home an award for it. CNN received the award for best "Live Television Journalism" for its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 at the 2014 Association for International Broadcasting awards in London Wednesday night. The network was praised for its aggressive reporting on the downing of MH17 over Ukraine, often being first to the scene of disaster and conducting powerful interviews on Russia's role in the investigation. But CNN attracted a herd of media critics in March for its coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which the network obsessively followed round-the-clock. News anchors, comedians, journalists and other media personalities bashed the network for its exhausting, frequently over-the-top coverage of the plane while offering very little new information at times. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple called it "a no-news news story" and BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw...
Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans Dies At Age 63 -
Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans Dies At Age 63
(Adds details of service, quotes from guardian, veterans group) Nov 6 (Reuters) - Former Illinois congressman Lane Evans, who had battled Parkinson's disease for years, died late on Wednesday in East Moline, Illinois, his guardian said. He was 63. Evans, a Democrat who represented the Quad Cities in northwestern Illinois, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 2007. Mike Malmstrom, who was on Evans staff and later served as his legal guardian, said Evans died at Hope Creek Care Center where he had been living for nearly two years. "The disease itself had come to the point that it took its toll," Malmstrom said in a telephone interview. Evans was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971. He was a lawyer in private practice. "Lane Evans was a true champion for veterans. He was a tireless advocate for our community and a strong leader for us in Washington," Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive of the Iraq and...
Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking -
Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking
LONDON (AP) — A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story. Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges. Johnson said he was taught how to hack into voicemails by a supervisor and had used the technique in 2001 while investigating a possible affair between a soap opera actress and a gangster. He told the court he didn't know the hacking was illegal when he did it. District Judge Quentin Purdy praised Johnson for confessing his crime. Britain's long-running phone hacking scandal has led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid and numerous arrests.
When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog -
When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog
From dividing up belongings to moving out of a shared apartment, breakups can be tough. But what do you do when you have a furry friend to further complicate matters? For Scott Ladauti, the decision was easy. When it came to choosing between salvaging his relationship and keeping his dog, he didn’t hesitate. "When [my girlfriend] gave the ultimatum, it really wasn’t a question," he told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. "I lived in my car for, like, four days with my dog before my parents would let us come back to their house. But I would have been homeless with her forever." As Laudati explained, his relationship had been on the rocks for a while. "I sort of got the dog, I guess, to try to save the relationship," he said. "I mean, I’d always wanted a dog, and we were living in a terrible area, so I thought getting a dog was probably the best idea. I mean, we would have fallen apart anyway. This definitely accelerated it." Laudati said he saw the warning signs of a breakup long before... - pb:
Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United -
Dear World: No, America Is Still Not United
NEW YORK -- It would be nice to think that, after years of ever-deeper anger, division and paralysis, the U.S. government would unite -- out of exhaustion, if nothing else. It would be nice to think that a humbled President Barack Obama and his emboldened Republican foes would join hands to deal with our obvious public problems: Immigration policy, debt, foreign policy, education, infrastructure. It would be nice, but it would be wrong. The prospect for the next two years is one of limited substantive progress, but intense political positioning for, yes, the next election. If the U.S. were a parliamentary democracy, the government would have fallen as a result of Tuesday’s election. But in America, with its Newtonian clockwork of dispersed authority, the political losers and the winners are supposed to work jointly and earnestly on a governing agenda. They rarely do that. Honoring tradition, the president and the new leader of the opposition, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, pledged...
Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative. -
Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here's an Alternative.
It is time to shine a light on the strategies used by Democrats, and on the Democratic infrastructure that uses those strategies. Democratic strategists have been segmenting the electorate and seeking individual self-interest-based issues in each electoral block. The strategists also keep suggesting a move to the right. This has left no room for the Democrats to have an overriding authentic moral identity that Americans can recognize. Those strategists form an infrastructure that all Democrats have come to depend on; not just the candidates, but also the elected officials, Democrats in government, and citizens who either do, or might, find progressive policies morally and practically right. The strategic infrastructure includes PR firms, pollsters, consultants, researchers, trainers, communication specialists, speechwriters, and their funders. It is an important and powerful infrastructure and we all depend on it. I believe it is vital to separate this infrastructure from the...
HUFFPOLLSTER: How President Obama Defined The Midterms -
HUFFPOLLSTER: How President Obama Defined The Midterms
The exit polls and election results demonstrate the powerful influence of the President on campaign 2014. Turnout was down from 2010. And forecasters and pollsters start looking back at what went wrong. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, November 6, 2014. OBAMA'S UNPOPULARITY DRAGS DOWN DEMS - Scott Clement: "Why did so many Democrats lose on Tuesday? Here's the simplest answer: President Obama was a political dead weight for his party. No Democratic Senate candidate performed more than nine percentage points better than Obama’s approval rating in their state’s exit poll. This outlier over-performance was barely good enough for Sens. Mark Warner to pull off reelection in Virginia and Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire...Notably, both of these candidates are personally popular and serve in states that are evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. They also each spent time as governor before being elected to the Senate." [WashPost] And none ran much ahead of Obama in the South - Nate...
David Kalac, Man Who Posted Photos Of Strangled Woman On 4chan, Caught: Cops -
David Kalac, Man Who Posted Photos Of Strangled Woman On 4chan, Caught: Cops
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man charged with killing his girlfriend in Washington state and accused of posting pictures of her body online and writing that he wanted authorities to kill him walked up to an Oregon officer Wednesday night and surrendered, police said. David Kalac, 33, was arrested at a transit center in Wilsonville, about 20 miles south of Portland, Clackamas County sheriff's Sgt. Nate Thompson said. An officer was patrolling the area when a man came out of a wooded area near a parking lot. "He basically said, `I have a warrant for my arrest,'" Thompson said in a telephone interview. Kalac was cooperative but provided no details about how he got to Wilsonville, the spokesman said. Kalac has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Amber Lynn Coplin, 30, in Port Orchard, Washington. He was transported to Portland, where he was being held on $2 million bail. Washington state detectives have arrived in Portland and hoped to interview him, as well as take...
Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published -
Rare Steinbeck WWII Story Finally Published
NEW YORK (AP) — In July 1944, Orson Welles wrapped up one of his wartime radio broadcasts with a brief, emotional reading of one of the country's favorite authors, John Steinbeck. The piece was titled "With Your Wings," an inspirational story about a black pilot that Steinbeck wrote for Welles' program, and it seemed to disappear almost as soon as it was aired. There are no records of "With Your Wings" appearing in book or magazine form. Even some Steinbeck experts, including scholar Susan Shillinglaw and antiquarian James Dourgarian, know little about it. "It doesn't ring a bell at all," said Dourgarian, who specializes in selling first editions of Steinbeck's work. "And that's saying something if I haven't heard of it. It's also surprising because you would think that anything Steinbeck was involved with would be printed some place." But 70 years after Welles' introduction in the midst of World War II, "With Your Wings" is getting a second release. Andrew F. Gulli, managing editor...
Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus -
Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus
MYIN HLUT, Myanmar (AP) — The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar's own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world's most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released Friday by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press, indicate the practice is far more widespread and organized than previously thought, with Myanmar naval boats going so far as to escort asylum seekers out to sea, where larger ships operated by transnational criminal networks wait to pick them up. "Myanmar authorities are not only making life so intolerable for Rohingya that they have to flee, but they're also complicit in the process — they're taking payments and profiting off their exodus," said Matthew...
Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Hong Kong Police -
Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Hong Kong Police
HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong early Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations. The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, the most turbulent of three protest sites that have snarled swaths of the city. Police said they attempted to arrest a man who was shining his cellphone light into officers' eyes, and demonstrators responded by surging at police lines. The two sides ended up in a tense standoff, with several protesters taunting police. At about 2:30 a.m., protesters charged again at police lines and flooded into a street. Officers responded with pepper spray and pushed the crowd back into their camp. Police said they arrested three people in the confrontations, which left at least one protester bleeding from the head. Several demonstrators arrived in Mong Kok wearing masks with the grinning...
'My Name is Dr. Majed and I Am Another Syrian Doctor Killed During Duty' -
'My Name is Dr. Majed and I Am Another Syrian Doctor Killed During Duty'
My name is Dr. Mohamad Majed Bari My friends and patients called me Dr. Majed I was a doctor not a terrorist I saved lives while terrorists take lives away I was killed when my car was targeted with a heat-seeking missile by a Syrian fighter jet I bled to death No emergency crew was able to reach me on time The International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN are not allowed by the government in my hometown behind rebel lines They stay away safe in the capital They have to abide by the system's bureaucracy The system does not protect me or my patients There were no news reports of my death. The reporters are all in Kobani I was riding in an ambulance in Aleppo trying to save another life Another three civilians were killed with me They joined another 200,000 Syrians killed in my homeland I was working with a humanitarian organization called Saving Lives! I was killed while saving lives "How Ironic," you may say but Syria is the land of ironies these days Many of my colleagues left...
Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy -
Understanding and Overcoming America's Plutocracy
Pity the American people for imagining that they have just elected the new Congress. In a formal way, they of course have. The public did vote. But in a substantive way, it's not true that they have chosen their government. This was the billionaires' election, billionaires of both parties. And while the Republican and Democratic Party billionaires have some differences, what unites them is much stronger than what divides them, a few exceptions aside. Indeed, many of the richest individual and corporate donors give to both parties. The much-discussed left-right polarization is not polarization at all. The political system is actually relatively united and working very effectively for the richest of the rich. There has never been a better time for the top 1%. The stock market is soaring, profits are high, interest rates are near zero, and taxes are low. The main countervailing forces -- unions, antitrust authorities, and financial regulators -- have been clobbered. Think of it this way....
Walt Disney's Fascinating WWII-Era Films (NEW BOOK) -
Walt Disney's Fascinating WWII-Era Films (NEW BOOK)
The following is an excerpt from Disney During World War II: How the Walt Disney Studio Contributed to Victory in the War, a book that details the movies, short clips and instructional videos that the company turned out during wartime. "Stop That Tank!" Stop That Tank! was a very straightforward training film that used live-action footage of soldiers demonstrating the proper use of the Boys antitank rifle, and animated cutaway views of the gun’s interior to display its inner workings for better overall understanding. But before the instruction begins, the film opens with a cartoon sequence pitting hitler and his tanks against some concealed canadian soldiers armed with the weapon. The german tanks are rickety affairs that clank across the battlefields like toys, and when the hidden gunners open fire at close range, the tanks flee the scene. hitler’s tank gets blown to kingdom come, and he ends up in hades, ranting at the feet of Satan about the unfair advantage provided by the Boys...
Israel: No Change In Status Of Contentious Jerusalem Holy Site -
Israel: No Change In Status Of Contentious Jerusalem Holy Site
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister has emphasized there will be no change in the status of a contentious Jerusalem holy site amid spiking tensions in the area. The statement by Benjamin Netanyahu came a day after a Hamas militant slammed a minivan into a crowd waiting for a train in Jerusalem, killing one person and wounding 13 before being shot dead by police, and a Palestinian motorist drove into a group of soldiers in the West Bank, wounding three. The second motorist turned himself into Israeli security forces on Thursday, the army said. The attacks came after Palestinians clashed with police at the holy compound -- known as the Temple Mount to Jews and the Noble Sanctuary to Muslims -- over a push by Israeli activists to widen access to Jews visiting the site. The clashes, which erupted as Palestinians threw stones and firecrackers in response to a demonstration by Israeli activists, prompted Jordan -- which has custodial rights to the site as part of its 1994 peace...
Sitting All Day Can Make Everything Hurt, But There's A Way To Fix It -
Sitting All Day Can Make Everything Hurt, But There's A Way To Fix It
Typically, when we think about enduring an injury, we imagine we have to do something -- and usually do it wrong -- to bring on the pain. But sometimes discomfort is due to doing nothing whatsoever. Case in point: Sitting at your sedentary desk job. Spending too much time sitting has been linked to a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, metabolic syndrome and earlier death, and even the most dedicated of exercise regimens won't undo all the damage. "We were built to move," Steven Conway, Ph.D., a chiropractor and attorney in Athens, Wisconsin, and a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association, tells The Huffington Post. "The non-moving is the hardest thing on us." Most of us can probably recall a time when our backs ached or our heads pounded after a tough day at the office, but sometimes the cause of the pain isn't so obvious. Below you'll find some of the most common sitting-related ailments and Conway's tips on how to protect yourself, stat. If your low back or hips...
Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle -
Amphibious 'Sea Monster' Discovered In China Is Missing Piece Of Evolutionary Puzzle
The first fossil of an amphibious ichthyosaur has been discovered in China, and the scientists who made the discovery say it fills a longstanding gap in the fossil record. Paleontologists have long known that ichthyosaurs--dolphin-like "sea monsters" that lived from about 250 million years ago until about 90 million years ago--descended from similar reptiles that lived on land. But there was no fossil showing a transitional creature adapted for life on land as well as in water. "But now we have this fossil showing the transition," Dr. Ryosuke Motani, a professor in the department of earth and planetary sciences at the University of California, Davis, and a member of the international team of scientists who made the discovery, said in a written statement. "There's nothing that prevents it from coming onto land." (Story continues below image.) Fossil remains show the amphibious ichthyosaur found in China. The animal had large flippers and flexible wrists, which enabled it to walk....
In Praise Of The Wandering Mind -
In Praise Of The Wandering Mind
With smartphones as a constant companion, we rarely find ourselves out of touch. With television switched on for five hours per day in the average American household, breaking news follows us around at home. Friends will also send us links to must-see YouTube videos of a skateboarding dog or a sneezing panda. On-board communication systems patch phone calls through, interrupting us even while we’re behind the wheel. I’m not the first to call this avalanche an “information overload,” nor the first to feel bombarded.
Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS -
Activists: U.S. Strikes Hit Syrian Rebels Not Affiliated With ISIS
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S. airstrikes hit the compound of a powerful hard-line rebel group that is not affiliated to the Islamic State extremist organization early Thursday, activists said, in an apparent widening of targets that could further strain relations between Washington and the Western-backed opposition. The Syrian rebels have complained that the aerial campaign against the extremist group is indirectly aiding President Bashar Assad's forces, and have been infuriated by the U.S. willingness to attack other Islamic militant groups that the rebels view as allies while refraining from targeting the government. At least one strike hit a compound belonging to Ahrar al-Sham in the town of Babsalqa in the northwestern province of Idlib, according to local activist Ahmad Kaddour and the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Ahrar al-Sham is a rebel group that follows an extremely conservative interpretation of Islam. One of its founders was a senior al-Qaida operative known as...
If You're Still Upset About Midterm Elections, Here Is A Cute Video Of Pandas -
If You're Still Upset About Midterm Elections, Here Is A Cute Video Of Pandas
In an attempt to soothe the worries of non-Republicans, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow opened her show Wednesday night by listing as many small Democratic victories from the midterm elections as she could think of. Some of those victories include states that voted in favor of raising the minimum wage, legalizing marijuana, rejecting anti-abortion laws and providing paid sick leave. But when Maddow ran out of "silver linings," as she called them, there was only one thing left she could do: Feeling better?
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