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Eight percent of Scotland's Parliament is LGBTQ, making it the queerest national legislative body in the world.

Gun accidents kill at least one kid every other day

A new analysis shows that children die at the hands of guns every other day, far more than what's shown by federal government data.


A flurry of high-profile robberies, not limited to the Västberga heist, married paper money to security vulnerabilities in the public imagination, and led entities such as the Swedish bank tellers’ union to lobby against cash-handling.

Why and how Sweden is quickly going cashless.
↩︎ The New Yorker
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Texas funds fake abortion clinics

As Texas does everything in its power to shut down abortion clinics, it provides millions in state funding every year to "crisis pregnancy centers" that present themselves as medical care centers but distribute misinformation and actively work to prevent often-lower-class women from having abortions.


A depressing thought exercise, courtesy of your Monday afternoon white paper: What would the US look like if the extra $3.4 trillion spent on increasing the size of the criminal justice system over the last 30-odd years had been invested elsewhere?

Reportedly the world's most expensive potato chips—"featuring rare Nordic ingredients"—cost $56 for five chips.

You can visit the Barack Obama Academy in Plainfield, N.J., or the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy in Dallas, or the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies in Pittsburgh. You can drive down Barack Obama Avenue in East St. Louis, or Obama Way in Seaside, Calif.

How America has begun to memorialize the Obama presidency. E.g., a California trapdoor spider (Aptostichus barackobamai), or an orange spangled darter (Etheostoma obama).
↩︎ New York Times

France closes "the jungle" immigration camp in Calais

The camp, home to 6,500 migrants, is being closed on humanitarian grounds. France plans to relocate the migrants to 450 centers across France.

See also: "How do you verify the age of child asylum seekers?"


What life is like not as a DJ at Whole Foods, but as the guy who books the DJs at Whole Foods.

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