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The Obamas Are Starting An Education Initiative For Girls Around The World

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 3, 2015
Malala Yousafzai has inspired the Obamas to start a new initiative to support education for girls around the world. [Washington Post] Vice President Biden will be the headline speaker at the Human Rights Campaign’s annual convention this year. [AP] A “sex gang” in Oxfordshire has assaulted 373 children in the last 16 years. More »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: 90-Year-Old Priscilla Sitienei Proves It’s Never Too Late To Get An Education

By: Claire Hannum / March 3, 2015
At 90-years-old, Priscilla Sitienei attends elementary school alongside six of her great-great-grandchildren and often scores better than them in class. Sitienei, who lives in Kenya and is lovingly known by her classmates as Gogo ("grandmother" in her local language of Kalenjin), is believed to be the oldest primary school student in the world. She lives in the village… More »

Duggars’ Son-In-Law Purposely Runs Over Cat In Sled As Sociopathic Family Giggles

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 3, 2015
Well this is charming. Earlier this week, the Duggars--a very holy group of people who have lots of babies for Jesus and complain about gay people all the time--went on a very holy sledding excursion. You know, just some good old-fashioned fun of the sort people had before we all became wealthy newspaper magnates, going… More »

Mommie Dearest: If Girl Scout Cookies Are The Devil’s Dessert, We’ll Take Seconds

By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 3, 2015
Girl Scout cookies are damn delicious, and who doesn't like supporting a bunch of girls who are trying to earn merit badges and do good things? Apparently, a whole bunch of folks. More »

This Cat Island Is Maybe What Nightmares Are Made Of

By: Megan Reynolds / March 3, 2015
Cats on cats on cats. More »

Jimmy Kimmel Takes On Anti-Vaxxers (Again) With “Child’s Right To Choose” Video

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 3, 2015
Last week, Jimmy Kimmel presented a PSA-style video featuring a bunch of doctors delivering a heartfelt, expletive-filled message to parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids. It was pretty magical and immensely satisfying. The anti-vax movement was NOT HAPPY about this, and sent Kimmel a ton of angry messages to let him know how they… More »

Lacey Spears Guilty Of Killing 5-Year-Old Son With Salt

By: Newser / March 2, 2015
A woman who blogged for years about her son's constant health woes was convicted today of poisoning him to death by force-feeding heavy concentrations of sodium through his stomach tube. A jury in the New York suburb of White Plains found Lacey Spears, 27, guilty of second-degree murder in the death last year of… More »

Justice Department Report Faults Ferguson Police For Racial Bias

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 2, 2015
The US Justice Department has issued a scathing report faulting Ferguson, MO police for racial bias. More »

Of Course Redditors Are Whining About The Site’s Revenge Porn Rule

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 2, 2015
You may have heard about Reddit’s new take-down policy, which states the following: No matter who you are, if a photograph, video, or digital image of you in a state of nudity, sexual excitement, or engaged in any act of sexual conduct, is posted or linked to on reddit without your permission, it i… More »

Make It Work: If You Are Sick, Please Stay Home

By: Megan Reynolds / March 2, 2015
Offices are nothing more than tiny incubators for illness. They are warm, windowless, unventilated breeding grounds for that gross-ass cold you've been dragging around all weekend, like a giant bag of dirty laundry, ready to explode into something much worse and spread everywhere it can. More »

Bill Clinton’s National Portrait Includes A Spiteful Lewinsky Reference

By: Beejoli Shah / March 2, 2015
You know what they say: hell hath no fury like a presidential national portrait painter who strongly condemns your extramarital affair. Good ol' boy William Jefferson Clinton learned this the hard way however, after Philadelphia painter Nelson Shanks revealed this week that his 2006 portrait of Clinton includes a multi-layered reference to the… More »

Child Molesting Minnesota Cult Leader Arrested In Brazil

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 2, 2015
Over the weekend, Brazillian authorities arrested Victor Arden Barnard, a former "minister" who thought he was Jesus, and has been wanted in the United States on 59 charges of sexual misconduct, after having molested at least two girls from the ages of 12 and 13 onwards. He is currently being held and awaiting extradition. Via… More »

Medicating And Oversimplifying Women’s “Moodiness”

By: Katrin Higher / March 2, 2015
I wanted to like Julie Holland's opinion pieceon "Medicating Women's Feelings" in the New York Times yestesday, but I couldn't. Her first sentence in a piece about the dangers of prescribing women medications for normal feelings is "Women are moody." By and large she explains important issues surrounding "women's emotionality" and the how we… More »

University Of Michigan Fraternity Causes $430,000 Worth Of Damage To Resort

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
This is why (fraternities) can't have nice things. Back in January, the destructo-frat Sigma Delta Tau, of the University of Michigan, caused immense damage to the Treetops Resort in Northern Michigan. Besides destroying 40 rooms at the resort they also destroyed the hallway and the ceiling as seen in the picture above. How do you… More »

Japan Builds Robot Bears To Care For The Elderly

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
File this under "things the elderly get that I want now in my 30s." The "Robear" designed by Japanese robotics company RIKEN is primarily designed to lift elderly patients out of bed and into wheelchairs, taking off the strenuous burden that normally rests on human caregivers. Japan is expecting a large elderly population in the… More »

Badass Shark Scientist Eugenie Clark Dies At Age 92

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
At age 17, during her interview to apply to Columbia University, Dr. Eugenie Clark was told by the dean: "Well, we can admit you to Columbia ... but I can tell by looking at you that after we put in all our time and money to give you an education, you're going to get married… More »

Seattle Girl Receives Jeweled Gifts From Crow Friends

By: Katrin Higher / March 1, 2015
This is not a fairy tale or a "Portlandia" sketch. This is real life eight year old Seattle native Gabi Mann, who routinely receives trinkets from her garden's visiting crows as a thank you for feeding them regularly. Gabi has been feeding her crow friends since she was two years old and has collected hundred… More »

Watch This Series On The Reality Of Gay Conversion Therapy

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 27, 2015
VICE has finished up its three-part series on gay conversion therapy. [VICE] Erskine College in South Carolina has issued a statement that it is officially anti-gay, after two volleyball players came out at the college. [RawStory] The U.S. Department of Education has found the New York Public Schools in violation of Title IX… More »

Kelly Osbourne Keeps Her Word, Quits “Fashion Police”

By: Megan Reynolds / February 27, 2015
She said she'd quit, and now she's doing it. More »

This Giant Gilded Clitoris Is A Work of Art, And I Don’t Mean Metaphorically

By: Beejoli Shah / February 27, 2015
The Nashville Scene reported a delightful little story today, possibly even better than any llama car chase (one woman's opinion): a giant golden statue of a clitoris is now residing at a Tennessee university. The Scene's Arts Editor Laura Hutson wrote this most excellent description of the scene: Nashville may be It City, but Sewanee is closing… More »

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