In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

Atlanta's mayor tweeted before the snow started falling: "Atlanta, we are ready for the snow." Whoops.

The GOP has plans to make their case to the middle class. Good luck with that! "The challenge for Republicans is convincing voters that their newfound concern is sincere." LOL!

[Content Note: War on agency; anti-choice terrorism] More terrific news from my terrific state: Proposed legislation in the Indiana state senate could mean that doctors who treat people post-abortion may be publicly named. Which is, of course, an intimidation tactic. Anti-choicers get real mad when I say that anti-abortion legislation is state-sponsored terrorism, but the Republican Party supports this garbage knowing full well that anti-choice terrorism exists, and that people die because of it.

[CN: Racism; racial slur] Travis Waldron on "The Epic Battle to Save the Most Offensive Team Name in Professional Sports."

A fascinating new stem cell breakthrough: "Two new studies published Wednesday in the journal Nature describe a method of taking mature cells from mice and turning them into embryonic-like stem cells, which can be coaxed into becoming any other kind of cell possible. ...This method by [Dr. Charles Vacanti, director of the laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston and senior author on one of the studies] and his colleagues 'is truly the simplest, cheapest, fastest method ever achieved for reprogramming [cells],' said Jeff Karp, associate professor of medicine at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and principal faculty member at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute."

[CN: Environmental devastation] Monarch butterflies are in trouble. Sadface. One of my favorite early memories is lying in the grass in the backyard, when I was about three, and trying to stay perfectly still after a monarch butterfly landed on my nose, and walked up across my forehead before flying away.

[CN: Injury] Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, who was severely injured in a skiing accident last month, is being slowly awoken from a medically induced coma. There is still a chance he could eventually make a full recovery.

Cheerios is back with another ad for the upcoming Superbowl featuring the "controversial" mixed-race family. Ha ha suck it, haters.

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