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Ben & Jerry's Launches Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

Ben and Jerry's have decided to dig into their inner ganjaprenuers and create a special Bob Marley-inspired flavor. The flavor's name — Satisfy My Bowl — takes advantage of great double entendre. According to the website, the ice cream features a banana ice cream base loaded with caramel and cookie swirls. Plus, there are chocolate pieces in the shape of peace signs but no actual weed.

The ice cream flavor was created in partnership with the 1Love Foundation to honor the 30th anniversary of Bob Marley's iconic Legend album. Proceeds from sales of the pint will help fund a "youth empowerment program in Jamaica." High Snobiety notes that Satisfy My Bowl is available starting September 15 but unfortunately only the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Fret not, America, you still have THC-laced pizza — which will actually get you high.


Redskins owner announces support of Roger Goodell

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, stating he "has always had the best interests of football at heart" and "we are fortunate to have him."

The team released a two-sentence statement on Saturday morning, following a week of criticism of Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Video of Rice punching his then-fiancee became public and Goodell says he never saw it until it surfaced.

The Associated Press reported a law enforcement official sent the video to the league in April.

On Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas for using a branch to beat one of his sons, then benched by Minnesota.


Boko Haram's Feared Commander Reportedly Among 200 Militants Killed by Nigerian Military

Source: AP/Mashable

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — Soldiers killed scores of Islamic extremists in a rare victory, as the insurgents advanced on a town near the northeast city of Maiduguri, an officer and other witnesses said.

One officer said a feared Boko Haram commander known only as Amir was among some 200 militants killed in a battle Friday in Konduga town, 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and birthplace of the extremist group.

Also killed was a Boko Haram video journalist and a suicide bomber, he said.

There were no military casualties, according to the officer and a civilian self-defense group that fights alongside the soldiers. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to reporters.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2014/09/13/boko-haram-commander-killed/

An Ill 'Star Trek' Fan Wanted to Meet Patrick Stewart, and He Made It So

Being a starship captain is so much more than giving commands and flying through space. You have to have a big, caring heart — just like Captain Picard.

Dawn Garrigus, a dedicated Star Trek fan from Statesboro, Georgia, lives with mitochondria disease, a progressive illness that causes loss of muscle coordination, weakness and pain, seizures, vision and/or hearing loss, gastrointestinal issues, learning disabilities and organ failure. The 11-year-old's Make-A-Wish request was to simply attend DragonCon, a popular sci-fi and fantasy convention.

Also in attendance at the convention was Sir Patrick Stewart, who got word of Dawn's trip, and decided to boldly go and surprise her with a big hug and a short meet and greet on Sept. 1. Their encounter was documented by photographer James Barker.



So many people came to donate to an Animal Shelter that they gridlocked a motorway

Cheshire Dogs' Home has been forced to tell people to stay away after hundreds of people travelled to the site to foster dogs and donate animal supplies.

It follows a fire at sister site Manchester Dogs' Home, which killed about 60 animals according to police.

The charity said 51 dogs rescued from the fire had been fostered, with more than 400 visitors to the Cheshire site.

It added the number of people coming to the site, near Warrington, caused tailbacks on the M6 motorway.



Elderly couple, down on their luck, found living in car

A couple in their 70s, down on their luck, is living in their car in a Pasco County Walmart parking lot -- but not by choice.

Thanks to a group of girls, they're slowly getting back on their feet.

Dee Head, her husband Gordon, and their three dogs have been in that lot for several weeks.

"Everything is kind of hitting us at one time," Gordon said.

They had been living in Texas until early August when Gordon took a construction supervisor job in The Villages.



Mesmerizing Aurora in Dramatic Landscapes of Fire, Ice, and Shadow

Aurora are beautiful, but the fire and smoke of Bárðarbunga step it up to gorgeous. The weekend kicked off with the Earth putting on a glorious display of green, blue, purple, and red, and countless photographers braved varied terrain to capture the ephemeral light for your viewing pleasure.



The Biggest Robbers In America Are Employers

The amount of money employers had to pay because they were found guilty of wage theft is nearly three times greater than all the money stolen in robberies, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

EPI gathered figures of money recovered for victims of wage theft — which occurs when an employer has workers perform tasks off the clock or pay for their own uniforms, violating labor laws — from the Department of Labor, state labor departments, state attorneys general, and research firms. In 2012, $933 million was paid in back wages for wage theft violations, although that figure is an under-count because there were six state departments of labor and five attorneys general the organization couldn’t contact.

Compare that to the less than $350 million stolen in all robberies, including from banks, residences, stores, and on the street in 2012. That’s not just the figure for those that were solved, but for any robbery simply reported to the police.

Even the nearly $1 billion collected is likely an under-count of the problem given that most victims don’t contract lawyers or file complaints. Relying on a study of low-wage workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, which found that workers were losing nearly $3 billion to wage theft, EPI generalized to the rest of the country and estimated that it’s robbing people of more than $50 billion each year. And even that may be a low figure, given that the three-city study found that two-thirds of workers experienced at least one form of wage theft each week, yet a recent poll of workers nationwide found nearly 90 percent of fast food workers had experienced it.


The Banking Industry might beg to differ on that title….

GOP plans to fast-track TPP agreement if they win majority in November

Republicans are putting together an agenda for the first 100 days of 2015 in case they win control of the Senate.

Authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, wiping out proposed environmental regulations and repealing the medical device tax top their list.

“Those would all be positive things. You could come up with a list of very positive things and all of us are thinking about those,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who is poised to become chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee under a GOP takeover.
Other Republicans echoed Corker.

“Those are four things that could happen that I believe would be great for the economy and enable us to move forward on a bipartisan basis,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said during a Thursday breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor.



Wendy Davis: ‘My stand on abortion showed women what we could achieve’


Wendy Davis

Early on the morning of Tuesday 25 June 2013, I awoke to prepare for what I knew would be a difficult day. In a few hours, with the help of my Democratic colleagues, I would attempt to kill Senate Bill 5 – a bill which, if passed, would impose on Texas women some of the most sweeping abortion restrictions in the US. If things went according to plan, I would have to be out on the senate floor by 11:11am to filibuster the bill, talking it to death for 13 hours until midnight, when the clock would run out on the 83rd session of the Texas senate.

The roots of the word “filibuster” can be traced, in different forms, back to Dutch (vrijbuiter) and Spanish (filibustero), but the common meaning was the same –“piracy”– a fitting word. Filibusters in the Texas senate are rare, not just because they can take place only on the last day of a senate session, but because they truly are a test of endurance. Unlike filibusters in the US senate, the rules in Texas are very strict: You may not touch your desk. You may not lean on your desk. You may not have a sip of water. You may not leave the floor for any reason, to eat or to go to the bathroom. You may not even have a stick of gum. On top of that, there’s the three-strike rule: if a senator is called for three points of order for not staying on topic, the filibuster can be ended.

Needing moral support, I spent the night before the big day with my boyfriend, Will. I bathed while listening to Bruce Robison’s What Would Willie Do, as I often do on days that I know will be tough. Its lighthearted lyrics remind me that I can overcome any challenge with the right attitude. At 6:30am, a young female doctor arrived to fit me for a catheter. Knowing why she’d been summoned, she was warm and encouraging. Unfortunately, though, she had not brought a urine-collecting “leg bag” with her but instead a large bag that hospital patients use. The length of tubing was close to six feet, and I knew that getting all of it wrapped around my leg in a way that could be disguised under my clothing was going to be a challenge.

After I dressed, Will brought me a boiled egg. It’s his practice to draw faces on the boiled eggs he keeps in his refrigerator – a gag for his teenage daughters. On this morning Will brought me an egg with an angry grimace, its eyebrows furrowed, its eyes narrowed, its mouth set in a resolute line. I knew that this “badass” egg face was the perfect choice to help me start the day ahead. All it could have used was a penned-in pirate’s eye patch.


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