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Posted by Amita Kelly

Pope Francis walks past Ivanka Trump, left, and First Lady Melania Trump during a private audience with President Donald Trump at the Vatican Monday.

Despite the criticism, First Lady Trump's attire was in keeping with protocol of the countries she visited and the precedence set by other foreign leaders who have visited them.

(Image credit: Alessandra Tarantino/AP)

Another busy Caturday

May. 24th, 2017 01:08 pm
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Again, I thought I'd found all the cats when counting them for canned food servings. Later on, though, I spotted a white cat hiding behind the big rollable cage. When it got to time to sweep the floors, Virginia found three more hiding under it!

MozartChips and Trooper are now allowed to run loose, though they still have their own cages to retreat into. Gramma Tala and Endor are still there, but I got word that Endor is being adopted!

A tabby cat named Lunar is determined to get through any closed door. He ran downstairs at least four times. Cats aren't supposed to be allowed loose in the basement. Among other things, the intake room is down there, with cats who still haven't been checked for health.

Glee is still there, which surprised me. She's a very cute cat and extremely friendly.

I think I've mentioned Mozart (in the photo) before. He was brought up into the main room. He's miserable-looking but very nice. It took several tried for me to get a picture of him because he'd come right up to my phone while I was trying to photograph him. Unfortunately, other cats were picking fights with him, maybe because he looks scruffy. He's still eating a lot and trying to get up to a proper weight. That may help.

So much for that?

May. 24th, 2017 10:02 am
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Imzy is shutting down. I have to say, I didn't really use it that much--I had problems with their UI and I got irritated at their digest emails. But I'm a little sad anyway.

I should be at school right now but I'm still tired/sick/not sleeping well. Class was canceled but folks were going to get together and watch a movie for class. (I mean, I was partly the one trying to organize that, so I'm not sure it's even happening since the emails kind of dropped off.) I will need to go in at some point and hang out in my lab and study--we have an exam tomorrow--but ugh. Ugh, I say. Between allergies/spring cold or whatever and not getting enough sleep recently, I just feel rough.

At least I'm done with grading and one source of stress is gone? I need to do more things to actually unwind now that I have a little bit more free time.

Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewes

May. 24th, 2017 10:08 am
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to [personal profile] lydy! Have a magnificent day!

(Oooh, the sun just came out!)
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Posted by Don Gonyea

Rob Quist is the Democrat running in the Montana special election.

A super-charged political environment and backlash against the GOP health care bill have made Thursday's special congressional election for Montana's lone House seat primed for a possible upset.

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Listening

May. 24th, 2017 10:50 am
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I've probably posted this before, but it's so good I feel like it's worth listening to again.

Battleships by Thomas Snyder

May. 24th, 2017 04:05 pm
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Posted by drsudoku

Battleships by Thomas Snyder

PDF

Theme: High and Low (prepared for the 2017 Puzzle Grand Prix)

Author/Opus: This is the 271st puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Battleships rules. Use the indicated fleet.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a ship segment appears (enter just the last digit for any two-digit number). If the row is empty, enter 0. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 2:15, Master = 5:00, Expert = 10:00

Note: Follow this link for other classic Battleships. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Battleships to get started on. More Battleships puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles collection.

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Star Battle by Thomas Snyder

May. 24th, 2017 04:00 pm
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Posted by drsudoku

Star Battle by Thomas Snyder

PDF

Theme: Star Frame (prepared for the 2017 Puzzle Grand Prix)

Author/Opus: This is the 270th puzzle from Thomas Snyder, aka Dr. Sudoku.

Rules: Standard Star Battle rules. Two stars per row, column, and region.

Answer String: For each row from top to bottom, enter the number of the first column from the left where a star appears. Enter these numbers as a single string with no separators.

Time Standards (highlight to view): Grandmaster = 3:15, Master = 5:45, Expert = 11:30

Note: Follow this link for other classic Star Battles. If you are new to this puzzle type, here are our easiest Star Battles to get started on. More Star Battle puzzles can be found in The Art of Puzzles.

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Just One Thing! (24 May 2017)

May. 24th, 2017 11:23 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.

Go!

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May. 24th, 2017 05:23 pm
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Who here is around London these days? I want some company for a party.

ONE NATION, UNITED

May. 24th, 2017 12:21 pm
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From Quartz
 
The New Orleans mayor is here to remind us that no one is free until everyone is free

Photo caption:
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is lowered to a truck for removal Friday, May 19, 2017, from Lee Circle in New Orleans. The city council voted to remove the monument and three other Confederate and white supremacist monuments in Dec. 2015. An obelisk honoring the militia known as the White League was taken down in April; a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis was removed May 11; and a statue of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard was taken down on Wednesday.



The city of New Orleans has been making waves lately. After much debate, New Orleans decided to take down four Confederate monuments from around the city. On Friday (May 19), mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a speech about the decision, just hours before the last monument—depicting general Robert E. Lee—came down.

There’s no denying we’re living in a time of political turmoil, and people worldwide are faced with decisions about how they will act, either in resistance or peace. Still, it is striking how Landrieu chose to stay true to his values, in spite of opposition, and so eloquently explained his choice by detailing the history of the Confederacy and the cult of the Lost Cause of the Confederacy.

New Orleans is making an active effort to rewrite its history to be inclusive. You can watch the full speech and read the full transcript below:

Click headline for article, with video and transcript




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