A "witch-house" discovered in witch country. There is a long history of setting foundations with animals in the walls, so I wouldn't take much from that. (Grokked from Emma Audley)
There's always a bloody ghost. David Mitchell on the ancient and primal in ghost stories. (Grokked from Joe Hill)
The rise of the bagged salad "kit". I confess, I'm a big lover of this trend. Salads, to me, are still "special" food.
First they came for irony, and I didn't care because hey, irony. Next they came for truth. On how social media is proving the adage "A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." Which, checking social media, could have been from Mark Train, Winston Churchill, or a number of other people. (Grokked from Deborah Beale among others)
Time to check on the fashion world. (opens door) "In a rather strange turn of events, Central Saint Martins fashion student Tina Gorjanc has announced she is to create a small range of accessories using 'human leather,' currently being produced in a laboratory using the DNA from Alexander McQueen." (closes door) Alrighty then. (Grokked from Warren Ellis)
Oh, Florida. "A south Florida mosque that has served as a polling location since at least 2010 will no longer receive voters thanks to complaints and threats from local residents."
The Planet Money podcast on the heroin epidemic in the US.
"Cleveland City Council passed Ordinance 1446—a measure that removes discriminatory language in Cleveland’s code that allowed employers to tell transgender employees and business owners to tell patrons which restrooms they could or could not use… Now, transgender Clevelanders and visitors have the dignity of using the restroom matching their gender identity." Cleveland pride. (Grokked from Ferrett Steinmetz)
"For example, (the new opioid addiction bill) allows nurses and physician assistants to treat people with addictions using medications, which is considered the evidence-based standard… Rosenberg says these measures help change the definition of addiction from a crime to a health problem." Wow, congress gets something right. I guess a broken clock CAN tell the time twice a day. Of course they didn't fund it all, and that breaks a few "standards" they have, but it might actually pass and be signed. Except they're going on break until September. Hopefully by Xmas. But here I will note that there appears to be a decrease in OD cases at the hospital I work at. It might just be my limited (read "less than 40 hours a week") there.
So, how's that "middle-east" thing going? "As the extensive Israeli military invasion into the southern West Bank district of Hebron continues to escalate… Media sources in Hebron said the soldiers destroyed several Palestinian water wells, detonated the entrances of eight apartments, in Hebron city, violently searched many residences and kidnapped at least one Palestinian." Yeah, I don't know why the Palestinians are upset and striking back at Israelis. How do you deny an area to an enemy? You destroy or poison the wells and burn the crops. (Grokked from Saladin Ahmed)
A millennial's guide to Newt Gingrich. Just in case you may need it. (Grokked from Julia Rios)
Shocked, shocked I am… "The (RNC) convention’s first night will reportedly be devoted to the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya… The Times reported convention attendees can also expect a presentation outlining former President Bill Clinton’s sex life at some point during the convention." Damn, I should have bought that Benghazi franchise when I had a chance. I didn't think it had such market potential. Also, what, nothing about email servers?