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News

Friday News Bites: Feminist Lawmaking, Iowa Caucuses, Olympic Athlete Firsts + More

Happy Friday, everyone. We’re catching up on two weeks’ worth of news stories today, so let’s get started, and you can get a nice, shiny sense of somewhat informed accomplishment.

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News

Friday News Bites: Marriage Equality in Montana + More

Yeah, I’m busy on Facebook liking every single positive mention of marriage equality in my state. My whole timeline is one big victory lap from everyone I know who has hoped for this moment.

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News in Europe

News in Europe: Blame Switzerland!

It’s back! So much has been going on lately over on this side of the Atlantic, it would be irresponsible to keep you all in the dark. Most of it is pretty scary/annoying stuff, but there might be some mild comic relief waiting right at the end. So let’s get on with it.

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Link Post

Link: Sunday Tornadoes across Midwest Cause Damage, Injuries

[link_content] Fast-moving killer storm, tornadoes batter Midwest via Reuters [/link_content]

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Life

[Mis]Adventures in Public Transportation

This summer, Mr. Dormouse and I decided that we needed to cut our expenses as much as we could so that we would be able to adjust our budget and pay off our student loans faster. For a couple of weeks, we fiddled with our budget spreadsheet, and I suggested that we get rid of […]

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Humor

A Short Guide to the English Weather

Whatever they say about stereotypes, I have found this one to be true: The weather in England sucks. Nobody comes to England for the weather. Lots of people stay despite the weather, and are quietly resigned to it. Me, I am quietly raging.

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Science

What You Need to Know About Hurricanes

Hurricane season started on June 1st in the North Atlantic, and by June 5th we had our first named storm, Tropical Storm Andrea. Many experts have predicted that this year’s season could be worse than average, so let’s take a look at what we need to know to prepare for the upcoming months.

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Science

What You Need to Know About Tornadoes

It’s tornado season in the United States once more. Since tornadoes are largely unpredictable and can be incredibly dangerous, it’s important to know as much as possible about them so that you can be prepared when bad weather strikes. It’s important to remember that, while tornadoes are most common in the center of the U.S. […]

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News

News Appetizers Need a Nap

Hey! It’s news! Obama had the worst week ever and a bunch of other bad things happened, but it’s Friday and we all get to sleep in tomorrow.

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Open Thread

Monday Night Flashback Open Thread: Oh the Weather

We are in full-on countdown mode around these parts, and since we are in the Midwest, my kids are looking for snow this holiday season.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Soup Weather

Since I live in the Northeast, I can’t help but have weather on my mind. It’s cold and windy and gloomy and grey. Perfect weather for a a big ol’ pot of soup!

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Open Thread

Open Thread Monday Night Flashback: Stormy Weather

Many friends and family member spent their weekend preparing for Hurricane Sandy. Here in the Midwest, we experienced a cool down, but we don’t expect any severe weather. A tsunami warning was issued in Hawaii, and there was an earthquake in Canada, too. 

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread Feels Like Rain

It’s the hottest summer ever here in the Midwest, and we’re in the middle of a pretty terrible drought. My city is under a water ban, and everyone’s yard is dead. Currently, the only green things on my block are the oldest trees, an assortment of clearly mutant weeds, and the neighbor’s questionably painted sedan. 

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Photography

Picture This: Poor Weather

So I confess: I didn’t make it out to take photos this past week. The weather was just awful where I live with rain and sometimes even thunderstorms every single day for the entire week. Expensive camera + water = not my favorite combination. So what do you do when the weather doesn’t agree with […]

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News

Hurricane Irene: The Aftermath

Hurricane Irene, now downgraded to Tropical Storm Irene, has moved into Canada after moving slowly up the eastern seaboard of the United States. While most reports indicate the storm wasn’t as bad as it could have been, many East Coast residents are battling floods, damage and power outages.