David Berman, acclaimed US indie songwriter, dies aged 52

No cause of death has been announced for songwriter and poet known for his projects Silver Jews and Purple Mountains, and his wry, witty lyrics David Berman, who was regarded as one of the most poetic voices in US indie rock, has died aged 52. His record label, Drag City, confirmed the news, but hasnt confirmed the cause of death. Berman was best known for his project Silver Jews, and his wry lyrics. The band formed in 1989 in New Jersey, when Berman was living and working with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, who would go on to form the successful band writing on Twitter: His death is fucking dark depression is crippling he was a one of a kinder …

‘No food should be taboo’: how to tackle your child’s weight without giving them a complex

A third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Heres how parents can help them forge good habits and avoid creating lifelong insecurities Jusna Begum lives near the South Bank in London with her four children, aged between one and 11. When a health visitor told her that her three-year-old girl was on the chubby side, Begum was surprised. I didnt think she was at all; I had felt like my children werent eating enough. She did, however, accept an invitation to join a six-week healthy parenting programme called 2% of those aged five to one-third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, yet many adults dont see …

Conservative Pundit S.E. Cupp Quits The NRA In Powerful Plea For Gun Control

S.E. Cupp, a longtime NRA advocate once featured as an “ “I am so sick and tired of participating in this predictable cycle of politics, where a mass shooting happens, the left calls for new gun laws ― some meaningful, some unproductive ― the right yells ‘slippery slope’ and hides behind the Constitution,” she said on her “Nothing happens, nothing changes,” she said. “And with the next mass shooting, we do it all over again.” El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California.  But not this time:  Cupp specifically called for universal background checks, gun violence restraining orders, raising the minimum age for gun purchases to 21, banning 100-round drums, fixing the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and mental health programs …

Revealed: FBI and police monitoring Oregon anti-pipeline activists

Emails show the latest example of environmental groups facing increased surveillance by law enforcement Law enforcement groups, including the FBI, have been monitoring opponents of a natural gas infrastructure project in Oregon and circulated intelligence to an email list that included a has named Jordan Cove as one of its highest-priority infrastructure projects. Jordan Cove opponents scrutiny and surveillance to which law enforcement agencies are often subjecting indigenous and environmental groups, activists say. It also comes amid an uptick in civil disobedience and direct actions challenging fossil fuel infrastructure projects particularly in the wake of the Native American-led struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016 and 2017. They also reflect a nationwide tendency for wing partisans, law enforcement agenciesOff …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Earliest Signs Of High-Altitude Living In Africa Found In 47,000-Year-Old Ethiopian Rock Shelter

Hot on the heel of the news Denisovans were living on the Tibetan Plateau 160,000 years ago, researchers have now discovered the earliest signs of high-altitude human living in Africa in an Ethiopian rock shelter 3,350 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level. Writing in American Association for the Advancement of Science, they reveal radiocarbon dating shows its earliest residents would have been Middle Stone Age foragers living 31,000 to 47,000 years ago.  Excavations of the site, Fincha Habera in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, unearthed thousands of artifacts from the Middle Stone Age, from locally sourced stones to burnt animal bones, human feces, and the hearths of former fires. The evidence suggests the foragers would have exploited the nearby resources while dining on the area’s abundance of giant …

Why Do Animals Sometimes Kill And Eat Their Own Young?

Drama broke out at Leipzig Zoo, Germany, on Monday when a lioness called Kigali ate her two young cubs without any apparent explanation.  The cubs were just 3 days old and hadn’t yet been named. A spokesperson from Leipzig Zoo told Deutsche Welle that Kigali was grooming the pair when she apparently snapped – and ate them.  – This might sound like it flies in the face of the natural order – after all, shouldn’t a parent do all they can to protect the lives of their children and thus their genes? But it’s more common than you might think. In 2013, Khali the sloth bear shocked keepers at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo when she bent over and ate her newborn cub straight after giving …

Car Bomb Kills 3 U.N. Staff Outside Mall In Libya

Health officials said the blast took place outside Arkan Mall in the Hawari neighborhood, where people were gathering for shopping a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday begins. The Benghazi municipal council said the attack targeted a convoy for the U.N. Support Mission in Libya. Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, said in a statement that three U.N. workers were among the wounded. He also said the secretary-general urged “all parties to respect the humanitarian truce during Eid al Adha and return to the negotiating table to pursue the peaceful future the people of Libya deserve.” “This attack will not discourage us, nor will it prevent us from carrying on with our duties to bring about peace, …

Doctors Warn Not To Steam Your Vagina After Woman Gets Second-Degree Burns On Her Cervix

We’ve had the cucumber cleanse (do yourself a favor and don’t click), the garlic vagina trend (same advice) and – oh god – people putting wasps nests up there. Now there’s a new trend to add to the horrifying list of dangerous and baffling things you should not do to your vagina: vaginal steaming. Vaginal steaming, or “v-steaming” to people who are too embarrassed to say vagina and “yoni steaming” to hippies, is a “treatment” where women sit or squat above a steaming vat of water containing herbs such as mugwort, wormwood, and basil in an effort to “cleanse” their genitalia. As well as unnecessary, it’s not as risk-free as you might think (and squatting over a steaming pot of water doesn’t …

Ambulance crew shortage expected for third night

The service had appealed for staff to come to work at the weekend because of difficulties filling rotas. “We are doing everything we can to provide as high a level of cover as we can,” said Dr Ruddell. “We are going to prioritise those calls which have the most critical need. “Unfortunately, those people who have a less critical need are the ones who wait longer, and we apologise for that.” Related Topics NI Health UK ambulance services Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Original Article : HERE ;

This Vodka Is The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone’s First Consumer Product

There is a new brand of artisan vodka called ATOMIK. It’s been described as fruity and you can definitely call it exclusive – in fact, there is only one bottle of the tipple and it’s not yet available for purchase. Apparently, it tastes great in a martini. But its exclusivity isn’t the point. The vodka is made from water and grain collected and grown in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. It is the very first consumer product to come from the area since its (virtual) abandonment in 1986 when an uncontrolled explosion in a power plant resulted in one of the biggest nuclear accidents in history. The exclusion zone covers an area of 4,200 square kilometers ( 1,622 square miles) and was …

50 Memes That Make Fun Of The Idea That Video Games Cause Violence

Some myths have more lives than cats and Mario combined. That’s the way plenty of us feel whenever we see someone blaming video games for every new armed atrocity that shocks the world. Look, we get it, video games are an easy target. It’s far easier to blame them for somebody acting violently than it is to confront the tangled, messy, complex web of interrelated reasons that’s actually at fault. But it doesn’t mean that we should power down our critical thinking, just because we want easy answers. Donald Trump, the President of the United States, and other politicians recently used video games as a scapegoat to (at least in part) explain the recent shootings in El Paso and Dayton. …

Marina Wheeler urges women to take smear tests

“I would urge other women to make the time and do the tests.” Describing her own reaction in May, after a doctor told her of her cancer diagnosis, she said she thought: “That’s absurd. I have no time for this. “Quite apart from everything else, I have a book to write.” She said her experience made her appreciate “the incalculable value of holding close those who you love and trust”. Ms Wheeler is the second wife of Prime Minister Johnson and the couple share four children. The UK’s leading cervical cancer charity said it is “fantastic” Ms Wheeler has talked so openly to raise awareness of the disease, which affects women of all ages. Robert Music, of Jo’s Cervical Cancer …

Posing with octopus on face sends Washington woman to hospital

Jamie Bisceglia of Fox Island, Wash., was sent to the hospital after posing for a photo with an octopus on her face last Friday. (Jamie Bisceglia) KEY TO UNDERSTANDING ALIENS MIGHT BE UNLOCKED BY OCTOPUS’ TENTACLES She also asked the men to take a photo of her with the sea creature, intending to enter the snap in the derby’s photography contest: “It’s soft, it’s squishy, it doesn’t feel like it can hurt you — I put it on my face.” And at first, that wasn’t so bad. “The tentacles were squirming in my ear, my nose, it was just playing with me on my face,” she said. Jamie Bisceglia described the pain of the octopus bite as “intense,” adding that the bleeding lasted for …

‘I was denied screening because of my disability’

When Kerry Thompson, 40, from Milton Keynes, who has muscular dystrophy, was told she could no longer have cancer screening at home when she moved house. This was despite the test showing up abnormalities that needed regular appointments. Gay women ‘at risk of cervical cancer too’ What happens during a smear test ‘This is for anyone with a vagina’ ‘Nothing they could do’ “I had a new GP and I explained the situation – that the rooms were too small for my wheelchair to fit in and there was no hoist or wide bed for me to use,” she said. “I also would need two nurses to help hold my legs, which can flop over. “I can’t be the only …

Mass shootings test Mitch McConnell’s iron grip

(CNN)President Donald Trump didn’t cite new gun legislation in his public remarks Monday, following the pair of deadly mass shootings over the weekend, and he won’t have to worry about any such bills so long as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the proud obstructionist of Capitol Hill, keeps them off the Senate floor. “That’s why I call myself the Grim Reaper,” he said of Democrats during an appearance at a Kentucky political event over the weekend. “I’m killing their socialist agenda.” His campaign tweeted a photo of homemade yard sign headstones, a questionable move coming hours after the shootings in Texas unfolded. The problem with McConnell’s boast of protecting the country from socialist takeover is that the bipartisan bills passed through …