A waterway in eastern China has mysteriously turned a blood red color.
Residents in Zhejiang province said the river looked normal at 5 a.m. Beijing time on Thursday morning. Within an hour, the entire river turned crimson. Residents also said a strange smell wafted through the air.
“The really weird thing is that we have been able to catch fish because the water is normally so clear,” one local villager commented on China’s microblogging site Weibo.
Oh okay this seems totally reasonable and normal and is no way a portent so we should just go about our ordinary lives as if the end were not nigh.
"Algae blooms" and "chemical spills", my ass. The culprit is obvious:
Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile turned into blood. And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.
…The “discussion draft” submitted by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) to the House Budget Committee on potential solutions to poverty in America includes the proposal that low-income Americans would have to sign “contracts” in order to remain eligible for social safety net benefits, such as food stamps, or SNAP. The contract would include: benchmarks, such as finding a job, enrolling in employment training, or even meeting “new acquaintances outside circle of poverty”; a “timeline” in which individuals are contractually-obligated to meet those benchmarks; bonuses for meeting benchmarks early; and “sanctions for breaking the terms of the contract”:
I’m sure giving the impoverished even more paperwork to deal with will help them not be poor anymore. As with almost all libertarians, Paul Ryan is secretly a major fan of big government—as long as it’s used to crush people other than him.
When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.
This is a “conflict” that has resulted in the deaths of over 800 Palestinians, most of them civilians (~80%), and many of them children (about 192). There have been 36 Israeli deaths. Most of them were soldiers and most of them occurred after the ground invasion of Gaza. Given those details, does this look like merely a “conflict” to you or a massacre?
I do not normally indulge in this kind of speculation, but given how Israel has been behaving lately, I would not be surprised if these allegations are true:
Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel was deliberately provoking Hamas:
All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas.
Never forget that American arms, money, and political support are helping enable Israel’s godforsaken butchery.
So far, eight dolls have been left on doorsteps, each resembling the little girl who lives in the house. Eight dolls have been left on the doorsteps of homes, all in a gated community called Talega, KTLA reports. In each of these homes, there lives a girl about 10 years old, and some of the girls attend the same school.
oh no no
THIS IS SO GODDAMN SCARY. One article said they weren’t treating it as a crime, and half the comments on Gawker were “oh it’s probably some nice old lady.” Uhhhh no.
Nice old lady that’s looking for some real live dolls maybe.
This is a Criminal Minds episode waiting to happen.
I just watched the local news and there are some seriously creeped out and scared parents. I don’t blame them.
A nice old lady would introduce herself first or leave a note. This is terrifying.
This is some straight-up Boo Radley shit. Are there any misunderstood shut-ins in the neighborhood?
Female executives who value diversity were thought to be less warm and competent, and people of color were also thought to be less competent. White men, on the other hand, were given increased marks for warmth and ability when they sought greater diversity.
The researchers also conducted an experiment to test these ideas,…When women advocated for other women, they were seen as colder, and when people of color advocated for people like them, they were seen as less competent. “People are perceived as selfish when they advocate for someone who looks like them, unless they’re a white man,” said David Hekman, one of the study’s authors.
Well shit, isn’t that convenient. I guess it’s up to the white man to save us from the white man.
“The minimum wage needs to be a living wage. The business-side discomfort with raising the wage would be more understandable if every sector was hurting. But it isn’t. The rich are richer than ever, corporate profits are at record highs, the stock market is soaring. We don’t need to coddle McDonalds and WalMart by paying their employees less than living wages. But in any case, raising the minimum doesn’t hurt the economy at all. It actually creates more jobs.”—Hullabaloo (via azspot)
I’ve been looking forward to the movie because I didn’t care much for the book. It is not very well written, but the story is this ludicrously over-the-top psychodrama that’s just begging for a dramatic score and frantic shaky cam. BTW, casting Ben Affleck as Nick was a stroke of genius.
When women began transitioning from homemade or seamstress-made clothing to ready-to-wear, sizing was problematic from the start. Back then, many women’s sizes were centered around the hourglass ideal of a 36-inch bust, 26-inch waist and 36-inch hips. One frustrated department store executive told The New York Times in 1927, “I don’t know who the mythical size 36 is who forms the basis of sizing, but average, tall, short, thin and plump women come into a department store and the 36 size fits none of them.”
Oh this makes so much sense now:
Finally in the late 1930s, the U.S. government decided to get scientific about women’s clothing sizes and undertook the first, large-scale study of female body measurements. Employees from the U.S. Home Economics Bureau took 59 different measurements from 15,000 different women around the country. However, the data set ultimately used by the National Bureau of Standards was all-white, as measurements from participating women of color were discarded, and skewed thin since the volunteers tended to be poorer and thus, at that time, likelier to be underweight. Moreover, in the late 1940s, measurements from military women were added to the data pool, further distorting the results toward the thinnest and fittest women in the nation. In 1983, the Commerce Department finally tossed out the standardized women’s clothing sizes.
tl;dr: a pro-life woman applies for a nursing job at a family planning clinic that requires nurses to prescribe birth control to patients, but refused to do so because she believes that birth control = abortions. so, she’s suing them for not hiring her for a job she refuses to do.
Well, they did take away her Jebus (and SCOTUS) granted right to shame and harass women and other people with uteruses for their reproductive choices. HOW DARE THEY?!
Unqualified Person Sues Clinic Because They Suck at Job Hunting
"Unqualified, Lazy Moocher Wants to Be Paid for Not Doing Her Job."
…[B]y this weekend Israel was so clearly losing the public relations war that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu complained to reporters, tersely, that Hamas uses “telegenically dead Palestinians for their cause.”
If Netanyahu is so bothered by how dead Palestinians look on television then he should stop killing so many of them….