In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

[Content Note: Violence; terrorism] The siege at Nairobi's Westgate Mall is reportedly over, although there are sporadic reports of gunfire. (Which may be authorities shooting open locked doors, as after the Navy Yard shooting.] The Guardian has live updates here.

[CN: Guns; violence] Four men have been arrested in connection with the mass shooting in Chicago over the weekend.

[CN: War] UN chemical weapons inspectors are expected to return to Syria tomorrow to "investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks at Khan al-Assal, Sheikh Maqsoud and Saraqeb."

[CN: Marriage inequality] A new study has found that people with cancer who are married have better health outcomes. My primary response to this finding is that it seems like a good idea then to let everyone who wants to get married, get married! I'm looking at YOU, homophobes!

[CN: Ciscentrism; gender essentialism] Another new study has found that women "smell their competition." Ha ha sure. "Just a whiff of a woman close to ovulation is enough to stimulate another woman's testosterone levels, along with her desire to compete. Competition among women may be, in large part, nose-driven, as a new study finds that the scent of a woman close to ovulation triggers a testosterone boost in the smelling female." THE SMELLING FEMALE! LOL FOREVER.

Indian Health Services will now "provide emergency contraception without a consultation or prescription at its federally-operated facilities. This is a victory for reproductive health advocates who have worked to expand Native American women's access to Plan B for years." Great news!

The Guttmacher Institute, a genuine national treasure, has done two new policy analyses examining the harm done by the Hyde and Helms amendments. Such important information. Share share share!

Ellen Pompeo, who stars on Grey's Anatomy, of which I've never seen an episode but I know a lot of people love it so much, observes that the Emmys were white as hell: "I didn't see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me. ...That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number?"

Do you want a 30th anniversary of Goonies Lego set? Then you'd better weigh in! "TAKE MY MONEY!" is my recommended missive to Lego.

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