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slate.com — Thanksgiving is a farce. A wondrous, many-splendored, mysterious, and lovely farce, but a farce nonetheless. And since it's the season for gratefulness, I'll tell you one major thing I'm grateful for: the food at every single other holiday besides Thanksgiving. Sometimes the truth hurts. And the truth is that every...
Nov 26, 2014

RT @joshgreenman: Wrong. Yom Kippur. RT @woodruffbets: Thanksgiving has the worst food of all the holidays slate.com/articles/life/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @joshgreenman: Wrong. Yom Kippur. RT @woodruffbets: Thanksgiving has the worst food of all the holidays slate.com/articles/life/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @joshgreenman: Wrong. Yom Kippur. RT @woodruffbets: Thanksgiving has the worst food of all the holidays slate.com/articles/life/…

Nov 26, 2014

Wrong. Yom Kippur. RT @woodruffbets: Thanksgiving has the worst food of all the holidays slate.com/articles/life/…

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The Ferguson police officer’s account is a common projection of racial fears.

slate.com — To his friends, Michael Brown was a "gentle giant"-a "quiet person with a wicked sense of humor." That's a far cry from the man described by officer Darren Wilson in his grand jury testimony in the shooting of Brown. To Wilson, who stopped and scuffled with the 18-year-old on the...
Nov 26, 2014

RT @jbouie: No one is calling Darren Wilson a racist, but his description of Michael Brown hews real close to racist tropes. slate.com/content/slate/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @jbouie: No one is calling Darren Wilson a racist, but his description of Michael Brown hews real close to racist tropes. slate.com/content/slate/…

Nov 26, 2014

No one is calling Darren Wilson a racist, but his description of Michael Brown hews real close to racist tropes. slate.com/content/slate/…

Nov 26, 2014

RT @colindickey: Don't even have to look closely. RT @slate If you look at it closely, Darren Wilson's story is ludicrous: slate.me/1rtO6tK

Nov 26, 2014

RT @Slate: If you look at it closely, Darren Wilson's story is ludicrous. It also reveals his prejudice: slate.me/1rtO6tK pic.twitter.com/otpnKoeBRk

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Thanksgiving snow storm travel forecasts for Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington.

slate.com — If you're still debating when you should time your Thanksgiving travel to beat Wednesday's East Coast snowstorm, the latest round of weather models should make that decision easy: Leave now. Winter weather watches and warnings have already been posted from North Carolina to Maine, and the National Weather Service is...
Nov 25, 2014

"If you’re still debating when you should time your Thanksgiving travel... Leave now." slate.me/1zVD9WZ

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Slate: Still debating when you should travel to beat Wednesday’s East Coast snowstorm? Leave now. slate.me/1ySnkQ2 pic.twitter.com/dyaX1bEsPw

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Slate: Still debating when you should travel to beat Wednesday’s East Coast snowstorm? Leave now. slate.me/1ySnkQ2 pic.twitter.com/dyaX1bEsPw

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Prosecutor Robert McCulloch influenced the proceedings.

slate.com — It was a big Monday night for St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch. Stepping to the lectern, with the eyes of the country fixed firmly on Ferguson, McCulloch used his moment in the spotlight to deliver an odd, extended ramble before finally declaring that no charges would be filed against...
Nov 25, 2014

RT @j_s_mann: Extended commentary from an expert we interviewed for grand jury analysis: “@ slate.me/1pl3jl0 pic.twitter.com/9FDhAb5o16

Nov 25, 2014

Extended commentary from an expert we interviewed for grand jury analysis: “@ slate.me/1pl3jl0 pic.twitter.com/9FDhAb5o16

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Slate: The Ferguson prosecutor’s bizarre, self-justifying press conference revealed his own influence slate.me/1pl3jl0 pic.twitter.com/Pl74Hbvk21

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Slate: The Ferguson prosecutor’s bizarre, self-justifying press conference revealed his own influence slate.me/1pl3jl0 pic.twitter.com/Pl74Hbvk21

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How to make your last name plural on holiday cards and avoid apostrophe catastrophe.

slate.com — Nothing quells my Christmas cheer as quickly as a stray apostrophe. Every year they assault me. Usually it's in the middle of an otherwise quaint moment: I am padding around my parents' house, wearing pink slippers, sipping on some hot chocolate. Snow is falling outside the window, and Josh Groban's Christmas CD is filling the...
Nov 26, 2014

FYI slate.com/blogs/browbeat… How to Make Your Last Name Plural This Christmas Season

Nov 26, 2014

Amen to this. No apostrophes when you pluralize your family name on holiday cards. slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Nov 26, 2014

Lynne Truss would be proud >> How to make your last name plural on holiday cards and avoid apostrophe catastrophe. - go.shr.lc/1ztF4kW

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CNN Reporters in Ferguson Provide Wall-to-Wall Coverage of CNN Reporters in Ferguson

slate.com — Shortly after St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough's announced that the grand jury had decided against indicting Darren Wilson, CNN's Jeffrey Toobin provided what would prove to be the best insight from the network all night. "Let's see what the evidence says," Toobin said, a reference to CNN's promise to...
Nov 25, 2014

"before Anderson Cooper finally alerted viewers that not all of Ferguson that was burning, but only a small section" slate.me/1uUjo20

Nov 25, 2014

RT @jayrosen_nyu: I turned off CNN last night. Confusing, inane. Reporters milling about contextlessly, reporting flashes of violence. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @elopez_nyc: CNN Reporters in Ferguson Provide Wall-to-Wall Coverage of CNN Reporters in Ferguson slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

Nov 25, 2014

RT @elopez_nyc: CNN Reporters in Ferguson Provide Wall-to-Wall Coverage of CNN Reporters in Ferguson slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

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Our courts don’t hold police accountable for using deadly force.

slate.com — The first Ferguson protests had two slogans: "Hands up, don't shoot"-referring to Michael Brown's final actions before he was killed-and "Justice for Michael Brown." And when you asked protesters what they meant by "justice," they replied with a plea for accountability. In their minds, justice could only come with an...
Nov 25, 2014

"The simple fact is that the police can kill for almost any reason with little fear of criminal charges" slate.me/1xSrIQE

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Jo_Tovey: Why Officer Darren Wilson Was Never Going to Be Indicted for Killing Michael Brown slate.com/articles/news_… via @slate

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Slate: "The simple fact is that the police can kill for almost any reason with little fear of criminal charges." slate.me/1yTfWDX #Ferguson

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The judge who coined "indict a ham sandwich" was himself indicted

slate.com — In the aftermath of a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, commentators have noted that such an outcome is quite rare. "A grand jury could 'indict a ham sandwich,' but apparently not a white police officer," wrote the UK's Independent. "If a jury can indict a ham...
Nov 25, 2014

The Hon. Hamilton Sandwich? MT @laurahelmuth: The judge who coined “Indict a Ham Sandwich” was himself indicted. slate.com/blogs/lexicon_…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @laurahelmuth: The judge who coined “Indict a Ham Sandwich” was himself indicted. Fun from @Josh_Levin slate.com/blogs/lexicon_… via @slate

Nov 25, 2014

NYS Chief Judge Sol Wachtler once said a prosecutor could get a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” slate.com/blogs/lexicon_… via @slate

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Darren Wilson’s Stephanopoulos ABC Ferguson interview on Michael Brown.

slate.com — A day after a grand jury declined to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, Wilson gave his first public interview on Tuesday. In the interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos, taped on Tuesday afternoon, Wilson said he wouldn't have done anything differently in his...

Pictures of Ferguson protesters shutting down America’s highways.

slate.com — Protests grew in size and intensity across the country on the second night of demonstrations over the grand jury's decision not to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson with a crime for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. On Tuesday evening, demonstrators spilled into the streets-and shutdown highways...

The former New York City mayor is misinformed about the facts of black-on-black crime.

slate.com — On Sunday, during a Meet the Press panel on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Rudy Giuliani reminded the world that he is an unserious person. Responding to a question from host Chuck Todd on diversity and policing ("How do you make a police force look like the communities they serve?"),...
Nov 26, 2014

Rudy Giuliani made the silly "black on black crime" argument regarding Ferguson. So glad @jbouie called him on it slate.me/1ATL5LO

Nov 25, 2014

Rudy Giuliani is still a rat bastard. All wrong on race and crime--but at least he's honest. By @jbouie slate.com/articles/news_… via @slate

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Grand jury decides not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

slate.com — St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced Monday night that a grand jury had voted not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. Protests-some peaceful, some violent-broke out in different areas of Ferguson. Around the country, demonstrators marched in protest of the decision.
Nov 25, 2014

Sometimes words just don't suffice. RT Scenes From Ferguson—and Beyond slate.com/articles/news_… via @slate

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Americans now drink more craft beer than Bud

slate.com — Here's a very cool graph from today's Wall Street Journal that says an awful lot about America's changing taste in alcohol. Americans now buy more craft beer than Budweiser. (Not Bud Light, mind you. Just Bud.) On the one hand, this chart is a reminder that craft brewing is still...
Nov 26, 2014

Americans Now Drink More Craft Beer Than Budweiser. I haven't had this in years. slate.com/blogs/moneybox… via @slate

Nov 25, 2014

RT @melissamcewen: Budweiser sales decline: Americans now drink more craft beer than Bud. buff.ly/11Sodhg

Nov 25, 2014

Statistic that gives me hope for the future: 44% of Americans between ages 21 - 27 have never tried a Budweiser. ow.ly/ES3Q1

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Not surprising to one associate professor.

slate.com — Between the time I walked into Old Cabell Hall, which houses the Music Department at the University of Virginia, where I work as a professor, and the time I got to my office Wednesday morning, I heard the word "rape" seven times. Wednesday was the day Rolling Stone published the...
Nov 25, 2014

RT @jbendery: UVA professor: Gang rape allegations at UVA are awful, horrifying and not shocking at all slate.me/1zVCHIc

Nov 25, 2014

UVA professor: Gang rape allegations at UVA are awful, horrifying and not shocking at all slate.me/1zVCHIc

Nov 25, 2014

One UVA professor on why the Rolling Stone gang rape story didn't shock her at all. slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… via @doublexmag

Nov 25, 2014

RT @hashtagoras: Unflinching: "The UVA Gang Rape Allegations Are Awful, Horrifying, and Not Shocking at All" slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… pic.twitter.com/H7BLQcDrsD

Nov 25, 2014

"A male faculty member...tossing a mostly naked student her bra as his beleaguered wife comes up the stairs" #UVA slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

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NASA photo reminds us to give thanks for Earth's beautiful, irreplaceable atmosphere.

slate.com — My family is traditional and requires everyone at the table on Thanksgiving to say what they're thankful for. I always struggle with what to say. But if you're an astronaut-besides getting back down to the ground safely-I imagine there's a pretty common answer: the atmosphere. On a day that's supposed...

Car plows through protesters at Minneapolis Ferguson rally.

slate.com — A Minneapolis march in support of Michael Brown turned ugly Tuesday afternoon when a car plowed through a line of demonstrators blocking a downtown intersection. A Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter caught the incident on tape, as did the helicopter camera of local TV station KSTP. Here's what happened via the...
Nov 25, 2014

RT @Slate: A car plowed through a line of protesters at a #Ferguson rally in Minneapolis today--VIDEO: slate.me/1HFeCuD pic.twitter.com/cevYFhFSdp

Nov 25, 2014

Things getting hectic, very dangerous / Car Plows Through Line of Protesters at Ferguson Rally in Minneapolis slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Live Twitter updates from Ferguson.

slate.com — Earlier this year when protesters in Ferguson faced heavy backlash from a repressive police force, the best place to go for live information on what was happening on the scene was not the television networks. Rather, if you wanted up-to-the second reporting, your best bet was Twitter. Now that the grand jury...
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Is there any way to stop children from saying bad words?

slate.com — I vaguely remember my son's first crawl, his first steps, and the first time he said "mama." But I really remember the first time he swore. It was shortly after he had turned 3. He was playing with his toys in the other room, and I'm guessing he was getting...
Nov 25, 2014

The best way to control your child’s behavior is to promise them that if they act up you’ll leave & never come back slate.me/11T5lyJ

Nov 25, 2014

RT @mkonnikova: “We’ve recorded fuck and shit in every age range that we’ve studied.” Very funny @lindy2350 on kids and swearing: slate.com/articles/doubl…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @j_christo: 'Research suggests that by the time kids enter school, they know 30 to 40 offensive words.' Great read via @Slate: slate.com/articles/doubl…

Nov 25, 2014

'Research suggests that by the time kids enter school, they know 30 to 40 offensive words.' Great read via @Slate: slate.com/articles/doubl…

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Cellphone rights guide for protesters in the United States.

slate.com — Regardless of what you're protesting, if you head out to exercise your First Amendment rights, you will probably have a cellphone with you. You might be planning to take photos/videos with it or to use it to contact people. But you might also have it just because you always have...