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This Is Why You’re Afraid Of Ebola (Despite The Fact That You’re Not Going To Get Infected)

Even though the chances that you’re going to get Ebola in the United States are extremely, extremely low, it is all the hell over my news feed and it’s been making me freak out. I know I’m not the only one. I’ve been trying to avoid reading about it because I’m afraid that it’ll make me even more worried, but at this point just reading the headlines and noting their frequency and their tone of urgency is probably worse than actually engaging with literature on it.

It’s all well and good to say “You’re not going to get Ebola!” But I think what’s even more helpful is understanding what’s going on in your head that makes you think you are going to get Ebola, or might get it, despite all the evidence. Understanding your brain’s wackiness might be just as valuable as understanding the disease. Dr. Graham Davey at Psychology Today explains that these are five of the ways that your psychology might be disposing you to worry more than you need to about Ebola: Keep reading »

#BringBackOurGirls Could Actually Happen Soon

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  • The Islamic fundamentalist group Boko Haram allegedly held numerous negotiations in August with the Red Cross and the Nigerian government to swap prisoners for the over 200 school girls who were kidnapped in April. The group opposes education for women, so they absconded with Nigerian teenagers and reportedly have been forcing the girls to “marry” members of their group. [CNN]
  • Spain has dropped its controversial plans to further restrict abortion access. [Guardian UK]
  • It wouldn’t be a proper interview with former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard if someone didn’t ask her some sexist question about her personal life. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Dad Makes Daughter’s Dream Of Being A Princess Come True In The Most Obnoxious Of Ways

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Dad Makes Daughter's Dream Of Being A Princess Come True In The Most Obnoxious Of Ways

I get it: you have kids and you love them so much you just want to give them the world, or whatever comes closest to it. But sometimes giving your kids whatever they want in life comes at a price. In the case of Virginia dad Jeremiah Heaton, that meant traveling halfway across the world to Egypt in search of an 800 sq. ft. plot of unclaimed land along the Sudanese border and decreeing it his own. Or, rather, his daughter Emily’s. That’s Princess Emily, to you. See, then six-year-old Emily really wanted to be a princess and instead of just buying her a princess costume or throwing her a princess-themed birthday party or, I dunno, telling her that being a princess is not all it’s cracked up to be, Heaton decided his little girl should not be denied her title. Heaton began with an online search of unclaimed lands around the world and then in June, he made the trek to Egypt where, with the permission of authorities, he visited the unclaimed parcel of land known to locals as Bir Tawil and (unofficially) declared it hers. On June 16, Emily’s 7th birthday, Heaton wrote on Facebook:

“Therefore, so be it proclaimed on June 16, 2014, Emily’s 7th birthday, that Bir Tawil shall be forever known as the Kingdom of North Sudan. The Kingdom is established as a sovereign monarchy with myself as the head of state; with Emily becoming an actual Princess. I kindly request that when you see Emily, to address her by official title, Princess Emily. Each time she hears this title she will be reminded of my love and the lengths I will go to fulfill her every wish. Thank you in advance for being a good sport in supporting my humble request of you.”

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60+ Women And Girls Escape From Boko Haram

Over 60 girls and women escaped from Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group that has staged kidnappings in Nigeria for several months.  According to security sources who spoke to the BBC, these women were taken in one of the latest abductions last month; back in April, Boko Haram kidnapped 230 schoolgirls, plus another eight more teen girls in May. The women are rumored to be sold as “brides,” AKA sex slaves, by the extremists. The women and girls who escaped this weekend were able to run when Boko Haram was occupied attacking a military base. This latest turn of events gives us a sliver of hope that the original group of girls who were kidnapped may have a chance to be reunited with their families, as well. [BBC; Yahoo; NBC News]

Meet Kendall Jones, The 19-Year-Old Cheerleader Who Hunts Rare Animals For Fun

For the last hour, I’ve been unable to scrape an image from my mind — a young, pretty, blonde woman wearing a camo T-shirt, her tan legs straddling the dead body of a beautiful, majestic lion. She’s pulling his head up so that the person taking the photo can get a good shot of his lifeless face, which stands in stark contrast to her aggressively proud smile. Her name is Kendall Jones and when the 19-year-old isn’t a student and cheerleader at Texas Tech, she’s hunting rare animals in countries like Zimbabwe. The picture I described is just one of many photos posted to her public Facebook page, Kendall Takes Wild, which feature the proud hunter posing with all of the animals she has killed for sport. Kendall hopes to turn her love of hunting into a television show. I’ll be honest: I fucking hate her. Keep reading »

Nigerian Pop Singer Adokiye Ruffles Feathers Offering Her Virginity In Place Of Girls Kidnapped By Boko Haram

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Five things to know about Nigeria's 200+ abducted school girls. Read More »

Well, that’s one way to get attention. Adokiye Kyrian, a Nigerian pop singer, ruffled some feathers this week when she (jokingly?) offered up her virginity if the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram would release the 200+ school girls they kidnapped back in April. She told Vanguard’s Showtime:

“This is 11 p.m. in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange. They are between 12 and 15 year old girls for Christ sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me every night, I don’t care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents.” Keep reading »

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