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Almond milk bad for environment? Tom Philpott and Mother Jones are wrong.

slate.com — When deciding what to put in their stomachs, well-meaning people regularly conflate "healthy for me" with "healthy for the environment." It's an unintended side effect, perhaps, of rising awareness that many foods that are bad for us-fast-food burgers, for instance-are also bad for the planet. Unfortunately, there's no one-to-one relationship...

How Birthright convinces American Jews to embrace Israel.

slate.com — In 2012, Los Angeles native Max Steinberg traveled to Israel for the first time, on a 10-day trip sponsored by Birthright Israel. A few months later, he joined the Israel Defense Forces. On Sunday, he died fighting in Gaza, leaving behind his parents, who will now take their first trip...
Jul 23, 2014

RT @Slate: Birthright is so effective it convinced a young American to fight--and die--for Israel: slate.me/1nSVdbO pic.twitter.com/hNGQd5S9AT

Jul 23, 2014

RT @MJayRosenberg: This expose of BIRTHRIGHT is brilliant. Training US kids to join the IDF. slate.com/articles/news_…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @robertwrighter: I've got a feeling this @slate piece by @abenedikt is going to get some blowback: 'Solidarity With Israel' slate.com/articles/news_…

Jul 23, 2014

RT @Slate: Birthright is so effective it convinced a young American to fight--and die--for Israel: slate.me/1nSVdbO pic.twitter.com/hNGQd5S9AT

Jul 23, 2014

RT @Slate: Birthright is so effective it convinced a young American to fight--and die--for Israel: slate.me/1nSVdbO pic.twitter.com/hNGQd5S9AT

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Demilitarization, and Abbas.

slate.com — After two weeks of protests and denunciations, it's time to acknowledge that outrage won't end the war in Gaza. The most plausible way to stop this cycle of violence is through internationally supervised demilitarization. Amid so much death and destruction that may seem utterly hopeless. But in fact, many of...
Jul 23, 2014

Big if true: "it’s time to acknowledge that outrage won’t end the war in Gaza" slate.com/articles/news_…

Jul 23, 2014

"Hamas thinks Gazan deaths should bother Israel more than they bother Hamas." slate.com/articles/news_… via @slate

Jul 23, 2014

RT @saletan: Hamas isn't protecting Gazans. War isn't protecting Israelis. Here's an alternative: demilitarization + investment. slate.me/1qzKACN

Jul 23, 2014

RT @zengerle: This plan for saving Gaza makes so much sense that, of course, it has no chance of ever being implemented. slate.com/articles/news_…

Jul 23, 2014

This plan for saving Gaza makes so much sense that, of course, it has no chance of ever being implemented. slate.com/articles/news_…

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iPhone revenues are as big as Amazon.

slate.com — Apple's earnings, as expected, were a bit boring today. The company isn't debuting any major new products until later in 2014, so investors had to make do with news that the company hauled in a slightly larger boatload of cash than it did this time last year, mostly thanks to...

Miho Aikawa photographs people eating dinner in her series, “Dinner in NY.”

slate.com — Growing up, both of Miho Aikawa's parents had full­time jobs, which made it difficult for the family to find time to spend together. As a result, it became a rule that they would gather for a family dinner whenever possible. "As a teenager, I was unconcerned about the importance of that...

Exoplanet with longest orbital period found.

slate.com — I don't usually write about newly discovered record-breaking objects found by astronomers, because in general it's not long before that record falls. But in this case, I'll make an exception for Kepler-421b. It has the longest year-that is, it has the longest orbital period around its star-for any exoplanet yet...
Jul 23, 2014

Space: still cool. Literally. MT“@BadAstronomer: Newly found planet is an ice giant. Thor reaching for his hammer. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Jul 23, 2014

A newly found planet is an ice giant. Thor seen reaching for his hammer. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

These horrifying seats are a good idea for tall passengers.

slate.com — At first glance, it would seem that Airbus is busy conjuring new ways to torment coach-class airline passengers. The aircraft manufacturer recently filed a patent application that would further reduce the amount of space between seats on an airplane, allowing airlines to cram more passengers than ever into economy class....
Jul 23, 2014

RT @Slate: This new plane seat looks horrifying. It's also a great idea. slate.me/1rB0b4w

Jul 23, 2014

This new plane seat looks horrifying. It's also a great idea: slate.com/blogs/moneybox… via @slate

When you've lost Jon Stewart, you've lost Middle America.

slate.com — While covering the Christians United for Conference this week, I heard a couple of gripes about Jon Stewart's reports on Israel's operation in Gaza. His first, on July 16, was impossible to miss for the normal reason that Daily Show segments are impossible to miss. Every morning, news sites from...
Jul 23, 2014

Weigel's warnning to Israel: When You’ve Lost Jon Stewart, You’ve Lost Middle America slate.com/blogs/weigel/2… via @daveweigel

Ed tech promoters need to realize we’re not all autodidacts.

slate.com — When Bill Gates was still a teenager, he would sneak out of his family's house before dawn and ride his bike to a building on the campus of the University of Washington. He had discovered that the university's huge supercomputers were idle between the hours of 3 and 6 in...
Jul 23, 2014

Also, journalists tend to be autodidacts, so our coverage of tech ed reflets that. slate.me/1nBBKSJ

Comic-Con 2014: My schedule.

slate.com — Starting tomorrow is the madhouse that is San Diego Comic Con, and I'll be there. I'm moderating two panels and participating in a third, and it's always way more fun than I remember it being (and I remember it being a lot of fun). Just in case any BABloggees are...
Jul 23, 2014

In an hour I’m heading to #SDCC. Here’s what I’m doing there: slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

The perils of following Scalia on statutory interpretation.

slate.com — Unless you are a lawyer or a glutton for punishment, you probably want to avoid reading the new D.C. Circuit and 4th Circuit opinions reaching conflicting results on the legality of key provisions of the Affordable Care Act-the parts that provide subsidies for Americans who sign up for health insurance...
Jul 23, 2014

RT @rickhasen: My new @Slate piece: The judges who ruled against Obamacare are following Scalia down a terrible path slate.com/articles/news_…

Readers, tell us when you were first allowed to do things alone.

slate.com — Earlier this month, South Carolina mother Debra Harrell was arrested and had her 9-year-old daughter removed by social services. Her crime: Allowing the girl, who had a cell phone for emergencies, to spend her days at the park without an adult guardian. Many were outraged by Harrell's arrest. New York's...
Jul 23, 2014

RT @xwaldie: Take @HannaRosin and @JessGrose's fun survey on when you were first allowed to do things on your own as a kid: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

Jul 23, 2014

When were you allowed to go to the park alone, stay home alone, etc...a Slate survey: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

Jul 23, 2014

When did you first get to stay home by yourself? Walk to the store? Slate wants to know: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

Jul 23, 2014

Hoping GenX will represent in this survey of childhood independence. Take survey here, thx! slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… via @doublexmag on @slate

Jul 23, 2014

RT @emilybazelon: When did you first get to stay home by yourself? Walk to the store? Slate wants to know: slate.com/blogs/xx_facto…

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Slate’s Culture Gabfest on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Kickstarter’s viral potato salad sensation, and “Weird Al” Yankovic’s new album Mandatory Fun.

slate.com — Listen to Culture Gabfest No. 305 with Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner with the audio player below. Subscribe in iTunes ∙ RSS feed ∙ Download ∙ Play in another tab And join the lively conversation on the Culturefest Facebook page here: The sponsor of this week's show is...

The Luigi death stare meme from Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 is kind of like dramatic chipmunk.

slate.com — Nintendo's Mario Kart 8 for Wii U is a big hit. Released in May, it has won positive reviews and a big fan base. But the meme that has emerged from the game has nothing to do racing or Mario himself-it's all about Luigi's death stare. And Nintendo's new ad for...
Jul 23, 2014

I can't get enough of the Luigi death stare. Feels like it could be useful for my guy @joereedy. slate.me/1jVkNlg

100 AIDS researchers, man almost took MH17 and MH370.

slate.com — By now you have certainly heard of the luckiest man alive-the flying Dutchman who cheated death twice. Believe it or not, Dutch cyclist Maarten de Jonge was booked on both ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flights, MH17 and MH370-and both times he changed his plans at the last minute, according to hundreds...
Jul 23, 2014

Don't believe everything/one on the internet. Via @Slate: Myths and Misreporting About Malaysia Airlines Flight #MH17 slate.com/articles/healt…

Jul 23, 2014

Myths and mistakes of MH17: One man didn’t almost take both doomed flights. slate.com/articles/healt… via @slate

Jul 23, 2014

Sometimes the facts are too inconvenient to check if you're desperate for clicks. slate.com/articles/healt… via @slate

Jul 23, 2014

There is no evidence the “miracle cyclist” was booked on either Malaysian flights. Let’s drown this dumb story! slate.com/articles/healt…

Jul 23, 2014

Myths of MH17: One man didn’t almost take both doomed flights. By @martinenserink slate.com/articles/healt… Too good to check, Part XXX

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