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We Talked to New Yorkers on the Block That Was Bombed About Who Will Make America Safe Again

Source: Mother Jones


Residents and workers along 23rd Street near 7th Avenue were getting on with life Monday afternoon, as police oversaw a complicated crime scene nearby. Meanwhile, presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump engaged in a war of words over terrorism, and over who would make Americans feel safer. "They are looking to make this into a war against Islam, rather than a war against jihadists, violent terrorists," Clinton said about potential terrorists attacking America. "The kinds of rhetoric and language Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries."

Trump, on the other hand, blamed immigration: "These attacks, and many others, were made possible because of our extremely open immigration system."

Residents and workers in Chelsea, however, completely rejected Trump's hardline immigration policy as a solution to future terrorist attacks. "Of course, Clinton—I feel that she can do a better job of protecting us," Swope said. "She has a much more level-headed personality."

Jane Nelson, who was visiting a friend in Chelsea, was even blunter: "He knows nothing."


A 'graveyard' of refugees' lifejackets has been placed outside the Houses of Parliament

Source: Mashable

LONDON — Parliament Square has been transformed into a "lifejacket graveyard," as international leaders gather at the United Nations migration summit in New York.

In an attempt to remind the world of the risks refugees take to reach safety, 2,500 lifejackets — 625 of which were worn by children — were placed on the doorstep of the UK government.

Dozens of volunteers gathered in Parliament Square at 5 a.m. on Sept. 19 to unload a lorry containing thousands of lifejackets to create the "graveyard".

The lifejackets, which were worn by refugees on the crossing from Turkey to the Greek island of Chios, represent the experiences and struggles of those who travelled the treacherous stretch of sea.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2016/09/19/refugees-lifejackets-parliament/?utm_cid=hp-h-12#.BDBK4F4Hiq1

After court threat, state of Michigan removed Flint's power to sue

Source: Freep

LANSING — Days after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver served notice that her city might file a lawsuit against the State of Michigan over the Flint drinking water crisis, the state removed Flint's ability to sue.

Though Flint has not been under a state-appointed emergency manager since April 2015, the state still exerts partial control over the city through a five-member Receivership Transition Advisory Board, whose members are appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The board moved quickly to change the rules under which Flint is governed so that the city cannot file a lawsuit without first getting approval from that state-appointed board.

In other words, Flint cannot sue the state without getting the state to sign off on it first

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/flint-water-crisis/2016/09/18/after-court-threat-state-removed-flints-power-sue/90467828/

I know NRaleighLiberal doesn't post here anymore, but...

I saw his book at Menard's the other day!

Trash Cat - Simon's Cat (plus commentary from the animator regarding Ragdolls)

Film, Television and Video History of NASA

Puppy realizes he's at dog park, goes absolutely bonkers

World’s first ciliary microrobots could change the way we take medicine

Source: New Atlas

Science fiction is fast becoming reality, with scientists in South Korea developing an astonishingly fast-moving remote-controlled microrobot designed to travel through the human bloodstream to deliver treatment directly to the organs that need it.

Developed by the Department of Robotics Engineering at the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), the new microrobot is highly maneuverable and moves a least eight times faster than its most recent predecessor, using a propulsion system inspired by the commonly studied ciliated organism, the paramecium.

The race has been on for some time now to develop ways to deliver treatment directly to the body part where it's needed – such as a clogged artery or tumor. This is because conventionally administered drugs must travel through the entire system, which carries a risk of overdose and often causes side effects such as nausea and weakening of the immune system.

A major challenge in creating a microrobot that can travel directly to an affected organ is the way fluids in a microscopic environment work.

Microorganisms such as bacteria and protozoa propel themselves the way they do for a reason – they can't move efficiently through fluids in a macro environment using the kinds of movements that larger animals use. This is especially the case in a fluid that is thicker than water, such as human blood, where even the types of propulsion systems used by boats and submarines aren't efficient.

Read more: http://newatlas.com/paramecium-inspired-microrobots/45391/

Little Girl Blows Up the Death Star (Trench Run)

Can you spot all the characters in this Netflix version of a 'Where's Waldo' comic?

In this grown-up version of a Where's Waldo-style illustration, all your favourite Netflix characters are out to play in a lush park.

We won't give it all away, but look out for characters from Stranger Things, Bojack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Orange is the New Black.

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