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The Case for Reparations -- I'm still wading through this, as the article is long. But Ta-Nehisi Coates is always a worthwhile read, so I'm listing this sight partially unseen.

Tennessee man sues employer over 'white water fountain' | Cotton Warehouse Supervisor To Black Employees: 'That's When We Hang You'

GOP's firing squad idiocy: The hypocrisy of "humane executions"

The one thing Neil deGrasse Tyson got wrong

Chimps ace out humans in test of strategic thinking

Sleep's memory role discovered -- "[B]y disrupting specific phases of sleep, the research group showed deep or slow-wave sleep was necessary for memory formation. During this stage, the brain was 'replaying' the activity from earlier in the day."

Watercress tops list of 'powerhouse fruits and vegetables.' Who knew?
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Ex-NYPD cop charged with hate crime over anti-Jewish graffiti in Brooklyn

How Oklahoma's Botched Execution Affects the Death-Penalty Debate

Condoleezza Rice latest graduation speaker to back out amid protests

Three students expelled for harassment at California college: report -- Remember the incident with the bike lock around a student's neck? That's this one.

Did Floyd Mayweather Use Abortion Rumor to Punish His Ex?

Wider Hips may Suggest a more Promiscuous Woman: Study -- I suppose this is not the time to give out my measurements.

Diners believe a meal is tastier the more they have paid for it, say researchers -- Like The Dave Matthews Band once intoned, "You pay for what you get." (This may indeed be cognitive dissonance at work, where the consumer, having paid so much for the meal, convinces him- or herself that it must be worth the cost, because otherwise they would experience self-criticism for spending beyond the meal's intrinsic value.)
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FSU under investigation for handling of Jameis Winston case

Family of beaten driver: He pleaded with attackers; why were they so angry?

Army ban on hairstyles including dreadlocks, cornrows prompts allegations of racial bias

Heterosexual Women, Please Stop Using the Term "Girl Crush" -- So, I identify basically as 98% heterosexual. Still, I find certain women attractive. I've been stereotypically crushing on Angela Bassett for over two decades now. If she were to somehow know me & be into me, we would be together right now. Right the fuck now. But, at the same time, I wouldn't use a term like "girl crush" to describe the sensation. So I kind of get both sides.

Stroke Brought on by Insomnia; New Study Finds Link Between Trouble Sleeping and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

Cereal box cartoons often stare down, entice children: study | more -- That's actually kind of creepy.
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Supreme Court ruling eases police search of suspect's home -- "The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to law enforcement agencies by making it easier for police to search a dwelling without a warrant. The court held on a 6-3 vote that police can search a home without a warrant, even if the suspect has objected, as long as he is no longer on the scene and a co-tenant gives consent." Moral? Live alone.

Indiana lawmakers back off religious discrimination proposal -- Where are these people coming from? It's a veritable onslaught.

Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut

Tetris can Reduce Cravings for Food, Cigarettes or Alcohol, Study Reports

Sex Addicted Mammal Species Discovered In Australia; Males Have So Much Sex They Die Early
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'Today' show apologizes for 'offensive' joke about Mandela memorial sign language interpreter -- This is offensive on so many levels.

Probation for drunk Texas teen driver who killed four sparks backlash | Probation, rehab for DWI deaths seems woefully inadequate -- 10 years probation in exchange for parents shelling out nearly a half million dollars on one of the most expensive rehab facilities I've ever heard of. It apparently "specializes in chef-prepared meals, equine therapy, martial-arts training, yoga and nature hikes."

Beastie Boys file countersuit against GoldieBlox over 'Girls' in viral video

California prostitutes may gain victim compensation -- "California officials are considering whether to change a decades-old anti-crime regulation and allow prostitutes to receive money from a victim compensation fund if they're raped or beaten. Under the current system, those harmed in violent crimes can be paid for medical costs and related expenses, but prostitutes are excluded because their activities are illegal."

Yeah, Alec Baldwin Really Is a Bigot -- This article admittedly is in response to a news item that is now weeks-old, but the message that "'[b]igot' isn't a 'global' judgement of someone's character [but rather] a description of how they choose to act" is a good one.

Coates' own rejoinder to the above article: Bigotry and the English Language

Gay Sex Bans: One of the British Empire's Most Enduring Legacies -- Check out the overlay of maps.

Fox News host Megyn Kelly tells kids: Jesus and Santa are both white guys -- The first time I heard of this news story, I immediately chortled. Jesus (if you believe in a historical Jesus) was Jewish! He was described as having "feet of bronze" & kinky hair. I guess that just goes to show how altered the American perspective on Jewish heritage has shifted in the last fifty years. (I won't even address the ridiculousness of maintaining the racial identity of a fictional character.)
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Texas abortion law stands: Supreme Court splits 5-4 on hearing the case -- Oh, the five Justices who identify as Catholic decided to let a repressive abortion law be the law the land? Really? Who would have thought?

Pennsylvania pastor who performed son’s gay marriage suspended for 30 days by Methodist jury

Hate message painted on Lunenburg, Massachusetts teen's home -- It's exactly what you fear and/or suspect.

Researchers identify new type of boredom -- "Researchers identified the new type of tedium as 'apathetic boredom', an especially unpleasant form of the emotion that resembles learned helplessness or depression."
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UC Davis pepper-spray officer awarded $38,000 -- Seriously. He was suspended with pay, ultimately earning more than $100K last year. Now he gets worker's comp. For pepper spraying college kids.

Conservatives fuming over Tea Party, Ku Klux Klan, cross burning email | Alan Grayson On KKK Comparison: 'If The Hood Fits, Wear It'

What the Voter ID Law Really Means for Women in Texas: Varying maiden and marriage names on crucial documents, and documents showing genders different to that presented, could cause problems for many voters at the polls

Irish police return blonde girl to Roma family: Embarrassing U-turn comes after DNA tests prove that girl put into care, 7, is biological daughter of Dublin couple -- This news story really gets under my skin. Basically, the authorities profiled the Roma & jumped to conclusions based on cultural ideas about race & genetics. You know those damned Gypsies, they'll steal anything, even blond, blue-eyed children. I hope the family sues.

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