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This so called extragalactic background light @alittlecoconuttart

“This so-called ‘extragalactic background light’ likely dates from roughly 250 million years after the Big Bang. Shortly after the birth of the universe, space was filled with a hot, dense fog of ionized gas. But over hundreds of thousands of years, the gas expanded and cooled, allowing giant clouds of hydrogen and helium to collapse and form the first stars. Ever since these stars first ignited, their light—and all the light from successive generations of stars—has been filling the universe, creating a pervasive glow throughout the darkest depths of space.”–Shannon Hall (”Light From Universe’s First Stars Spotted in Hubble Photos Astronomers have detected faint light that dates from shortly after the Big Bang” [2015])

The incident comes a day after peaceful black @alittlecoconuttart

“The incident comes a day after peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrators protested a speech in Mitchell Hall by Fox News commentator and author Katie Pavlich, who has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘This hateful display stands in stark contrast to Monday night’s peaceful protest and discussion. We condemn this despicable action and ask everyone in our community to stand together against intolerance and hate,’ Targett said.” (”Nooses Found Hanging from Tree on University of Delaware Campus” [Duchon 2015]

Women cant walk into a planned parenthood clinic @alittlecoconuttart

“Women can’t walk into a Planned Parenthood clinic and get a mammogram on the spot. The clinics don’t have mammography equipment. Planned Parenthood performs gynecological exams, including breast exams, and refers women to other facilities to have mammograms performed, much like women are referred to radiological centers by their gynecologists or primary care physicians. 

In addition to mammogram referrals, the group says it helps low-income patients find grants and assistance to pay for mammograms, such as through the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which is for women at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania also has a Breast Health Care Fund, which helps patients obtain mammograms. Individual clinics also may occasionally sponsor no-cost mammogram events — for instance, on Oct. 19, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County, N.Y., plans to sponsor free mammograms at a mammography van at the health center. In south-central New York, a state program parks its mobile van outside two Planned Parenthood clinics.

In a statement sent to, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, said that “Planned Parenthood does help women nationwide get access to mammograms,” as part of the health care services it provides to nearly 3 million persons each year. “Women rely on Planned Parenthood for referrals for and financial help with mammograms and specialized diagnostic follow-up tests (like ultrasounds and biopsies) when indicated by age, history and/or clinical breast exam.”

Nucatola said that “for many women,” Planned Parenthood is their only health care provider and “thus the only way they will get a referral for a mammogram.” (”Planned Parenthood and Mammograms [ 2012])

Love winsjean and i got our marriage license @alittlecoconuttart

“Love wins!!Jean and I got our marriage license today-thanks to a very nice Cuyahoga county court clerk-Angela. What a difference 11 years makes( that’s when we were denied a license at the same courthouse. love Wins!!”–OH State Rep Nickie Antonio

Congratulations youre an asshole @alittlecoconuttart


You’re an asshole.

Article excerpt last week 13 wealthy european @alittlecoconuttart

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Last week, 13 wealthy European tourists descended on three farms near the rural town of Alldays, where one of the most shameful events ever conceived had been planned for their amusement — a “driven hunt.” Unlike traditional hunting, in which target animals have a reasonable chance of escape, all the group had to do was aim and shoot at the terrified targets who were forced into their line of sight.


Wooden platforms were built along corridors in the middle of the bushland for the hunters to stand on as 83 brightly-dressed event staffers did their job to make animals appear for them. These individuals, called “chasers,” walked shoulder to shoulder in a kilometer-wide sweep through the surrounding area, forcing wildlife to flee in the direction of the corridor where the hunters were waiting with guns leveled.

“Any animals in the middle get shot dead,” said Oxton. “They literally just stand there and take pot shots. There is no fair chase whatsoever. It’s a completely different way of killing animals. It’s highly unethical. ”

The companion app was created by five students at @alittlecoconuttart

“The Companion app was created by five students at the University of Michigan, to aid students walking home at night on college campuses. Here’s how it works: the user has a list of contacts they choose to notify when they begin a solo trip; the contacts don’t even have to have the app installed. When friends or family are contacted, they receive a link that takes them to an interactive map showing the user walking to his or her destination.” (”The ‘Companion App’ Will Help Parents Of College Students Breathe Easier" [Guido 2015]

James butler wild bill hickok 1837 1876 @alittlecoconuttart

James Butler (“Wild Bill”) Hickok (1837-1876)

Nbc4 arent you worried about upsetting parents @alittlecoconuttart

NBC4: “Aren’t you worried about upsetting parents and young women?”

Justin Miller, OSU senior: “No not at all, like I said our motives were not to insult or look down on anyone, not to be sexist. Our motive is just to have fun, it is college.”

Alex Sheets, roommate, also a senior: “People have been saying we are misoginis[sic], we are sexist, we are degrading towards women. My dad he is a good Christian man, I am a good Christian man, but we just do this for fun. We are not trying to cause any havic[sic] or stir up any trouble, we are just trying to have some fun.”

“Are OSU move-in banners inappropriate?” (Reitzel 2015)  

Wallpaper inside a bannack montana house photo @alittlecoconuttart

(Wallpaper inside a Bannack Montana house. Photo by Building in the Past, 2007)

From left to right julian bond joe madison @alittlecoconuttart

(From left to right, Julian Bond, Joe Madison, Sherrod Brown and Benjamin Hooks.) 

“Sherrod [Brown] was in his first year as Ohio Secretary of State. He said this was the launch of the NAACP’s national voter registration drive. In this picture, they are crossing the bridge over the Ohio River, from Covington, Kentucky to Cincinnati. Called the Overground Railroad March to commemorate the trail of the Underground Railroad, marchers would continue to Dayton, Lima, Toledo and Detroit.”–Connie Schultz  

According to a release from the usda the recall @alittlecoconuttart

“According to a release from the USDA, the recall involves four-ounce glass jars containing ‘Step 2 Beech-Nut CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken’ baby food. They are marked with establishment number ‘P-68A’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.The affected product expires December 2016 and includes product numbers ‘12395750815′ through ‘12395750821.’ The items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.”– “Beech-Nut recalls baby food after glass is found in jar” (Loreno 2015) 

Amendment youre both stupid and i hope neither @alittlecoconuttart

“Amendment. You’re both stupid and I hope neither of you carry.”

“Dame auto correct.”

I only break out the red pen on special @alittlecoconuttart

“I only break out the red pen on special occasions. So when I saw Marco Rubio’s recent op-ed on Net Neutrality, you know I couldn’t resist. It is intentionally misleading, poorly researched, and littered with errors.”–Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA)

My friend got some work done on her car at jiffy @alittlecoconuttart

My friend got some work done on her car at Jiffy Lube today.

I can assure you her name is not, in fact, “LICK PUSSY” … Are they serious with that?!


Books cats life is goodedward gorey @alittlecoconuttart

“Books. Cats. Life is Good.”–Edward Gorey

Urgent dont let congress take away abortion @alittlecoconuttart

URGENT: Don’t Let Congress Take Away Abortion Coverage

The latest threat to women’s access to safe and legal abortion is one step closer to becoming law. We have to stop it, and stop it now.

The House of Representatives is voting today on the so-called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” — a bill that would make it nearly impossible for women to access insurance coverage that includes abortion.

Tell the House of Representatives to stay out of women’s private medical decisions and vote NO on this dangerous bill.

First insulin pump this photo is one of the @alittlecoconuttart

“First Insulin Pump: This photo is one of the first prototypes of an insulin pump in the late ‘60s. It consisted of a large backpack and tubing inserted much like an IV. Home blood testing units were also made available during this period.”

Fleeing the fire photograph by jose jimenez @alittlecoconuttart

“Fleeing the Fire”

Photograph by Jose Jimenez, Primera Hora/Getty Images

Driven to the brink by fires and scorching temperatures during the 9/11 attacks, people near the top of the World Trade Center’s north tower hang from windows as high as 1,300 feet (400 meters) above the streets of New York City.

Such images were extremely controversial ten years ago but have since become more accepted—if no less disturbing, Chanin said.

“I think one of the things that’s happened is that we recognize one way to represent the depravity at the core of the motivation for the attacks is by showing the people who were caught above the impact and the choices that they were confronted with at the ends of their lives. I think that’s become an essential part of the story.”

Terror on the ground still from video by evan @alittlecoconuttart

“Terror on the Ground”

Still from video by Evan Fairbanks, Magnum Photos

At 9:03 a.m. ET United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center’s south tower, as seen in a still from a video taken from the ground on 9/11.

They were unable to find pro gun childrens @alittlecoconuttart

“ … they were unable to find pro-gun children’s books before they wrote their own.”


In a split decision and over a vigorous dissent @alittlecoconuttart

“In a split decision, and over a vigorous dissent authored by Justice Ginsburg, the Court held that privately owned for-profit businesses are entitled to exemptions from the Contraceptive Mandate of the Affordable Care Act if their owners claim a religious basis for opposing contraception. As a result, employers with religious objections can deny employees access to insurance covering prescription contraception without co-pay. The Supreme Court based its decision on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which provides that a law that burdens a person’s religious beliefs must be justified by a compelling government interest. Today the Court made clear it does not view Americans’ access to medically necessary health care as a compelling government interest, and announced loud and clear that the religious preferences of employers take preference over the health needs of workers.” (Supreme Court: Your Boss’s Religion Trumps Your Health” [Fidalgo 2014])

At least wahoo is smiling cuz it couldve had @alittlecoconuttart

“At least Wahoo is smiling. Cuz it could’ve had the typical Indian face that you see everywhere else. The one that is emotionless without a smile.”

But are you TRYING to prove my point, you racist idiot?

Article excerpt whats in a t shirt turns out @alittlecoconuttart

[Article excerpt]

What’s in a T-shirt? Turns out, quite a lot.

Using little more than the shirts on their backs, award-winning Canadian band A Tribe Called Red just sent a bold message: Native Americans aren’t here for your entertainment.

The shirt is part of the continuing controversy over the use of Native American imagery for the logos of professional sports teams like the Washington Redskins. Simultaneously sarcastic and witty, the shirt — a play on Chief Wahoo and the Cleveland Indians logo —  draws attention to franchise names and mascots that demean Native Americans while simultaneously lampooning the creators and perhaps the most vocal supporters of such team mascots: Caucasians.

Sadly, the backlash to the band’s creative statement has already begun, as music festivals across Canadahave reportedly been flooded by emails calling for A Tribe Called Red’s removal from the lineup. In an ironic twist, many of these critics claim that the t-shirt is “racist” against white people. 

Let’s be very clear. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as “reverse” racism. 

This morning the columbus dispatch reviewed the @alittlecoconuttart

“This morning, the Columbus Dispatch reviewed the many ways Josh Mandel’s evolving story on the Suarez case keeps coming in odds to what federal prosecutors say the evidence will show.”–Ohio Democratic Party

Rochester radio hosts mock transgender people in @alittlecoconuttart


The city of Rochester, New York announced this week that it would be adding transgender health benefits for employees and their families in the city medical plan.

The Democrat & Chronicle reported: “Under the new coverage, effective Jan. 1, city employees will be eligible to receive services related to gender reassignment surgery, such as medical and psychological counseling, hormone therapy and cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries.”

That news caught the eye of 98.9 ‘Breakfast Buzz'morning radio hosts Kimberly and Beck who took the opportunity to unleash a torrent of mockery upon trans people during a sarcastic 12-minute segment in which they cackled about genitalia and insulted a caller who dialed in to tell them how offensive they were.

Some of the choice quotes (although you really must listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP…)

“Transgender or gender nonconforming. What the hell does that mean? Like you’re not a woman or a man??

"The dude can look like a lady and the city is going to pay for it!” (cue “Dude Looks Like a Lady” music)

“Does that mean then if women want a boob job they’ll pay for a boob job because that’s only right.”

“The services that will be paid for under the new coverage - gender reassignment surgery, PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELING, because you’re probably a NUTJOB to begin with!”

“It’s a slippery slope. Then if some woman can go to a doctor and it’d be proven that she’s got mental issues because her rack’s not big enough then you know what? she deserves a boob job, Right Kimberly? Or she deserves liposuction.”

“Right, IF YOU CAN PROVE YOU’RE A NUT, I guess.”

Kimberly and Beck then go on to discuss female trans athletes, including one at a local school, and how they should definitely not be able to play sports…

“When he steps up to the plate, doesn’t he have two bats?”

Finally, a woman calls in to tell them “it’s incredibly disrespectful towards transgender people. Please don’t spread any misinformation especially when you’re joking about it.”

One of the hosts replies: “Thank you, SIR” as the others laugh.

Listen (autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP

You can contact 98.9 HERE.

My brother was going through some of his old @alittlecoconuttart

My brother was going through some of his old school papers today and came across this gem.

Don’t mess with the bull, young man, you’ll get the horns. (Or chain, as it were.)

Though it appeared to messier to be fuzzy and @alittlecoconuttart

Though it appeared to Messier to be fuzzy and round and without stars, Messier 5 (M5) is now known to be a globular star cluster, 100,000 stars or more, bound by gravity and packed into a region around 165 light-years in diameter.” (Nasa releases spectacular image of ancient star cluster: A beautiful image showing a sparkling jumble of stars has been released from the Hubble Space Telescope” [Siebert 2014])

I was just going through the stash of books i @alittlecoconuttart

I was just going through the stash of books I scored at the Good Will, and in the process I happened upon the previous owner’s note.

What a glowing recommendation.

Article excerpt heres the real story behind @alittlecoconuttart

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“Here’s the Real Story Behind That ‘Marijuana-Changes-Your-Brain’ Study” (McCutcheon 2014)

Research is full of nuance, and nuance sometimes gets lost in the conversation. The collective freakout over this study had to do with its findings: Certain regions of the brain of people who smoke marijuana are structurally different than people who don’t. That got interpreted, at least in headlines and ledes, as marijuana changes your brain.

“The conclusions were modest in the paper — we never say marijuana causes these changes,” Gilman said, who’s a neuroscientist with a Ph.D. from Brown University. “The media may have given that impression in headlines, but the study doesn’t show causation.”

It was a classic A and B study. Take group one and see how they’re different from group two. That’s it.

Email the bill essentially cuts off planned @alittlecoconuttart


“The bill essentially cuts off Planned Parenthood from about $1.4 million in federal family-planning dollars.” –Jim Siegel, Columbus Dispatch, July 1, 2013

There are 21 Planned Parenthood locations in Ohio, providing family planning, STI testing, and cancer screening services to hundreds of thousands of people. When Governor Kasich cut off federal funding to those clinics – he’s made his priorities clear. We need to do the same.

Today I’m asking you to sign a petition calling on John Kasich to restore funding for Planned Parenthood – click here to add your name.

Kasich saw his way to veto a provision exempting spider monkeys from our dangerous wild animal law. He said that was an “unjustified step backwards.” But evidently defunding Planned Parenthood is not an “unjustified step backwards.”

Governor Kasich used the power of his office to stand up for spider monkeys, but not for Ohio women and families? You can’t make this stuff up.

Let’s work together to put the pressure on John Kasich to restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood so Ohio women and families can always access the health care services they rely on.

Thank you.


During fridays cleveland indians home opener a @alittlecoconuttart

During Friday’s Cleveland Indians home opener a small group protested against the Chief Wahoo logo outside Progressive Field.

Several fans walking by the protesters had a spirited exchange of words, but agreed to disagree and shook hands.

This photo, in its oringinal form, was posted to Twitter under the account @ClevelandFrowns” – WEWS NewsChannel 5–Cleveland/Akron/Canton

The cleveland indians home opener is friday @alittlecoconuttart

“The Cleveland Indians’ home opener is Friday afternoon, and many fans will no doubt show up wearing Indians jerseys and caps. But at least some of those fans may be wearing Indians gear that they’ve modified in a very specific way: by removing the Chief Wahoo logo.

This is the ‘de-Chiefing’ phenomenon, a form of silent protest by a small but growing number of Indians fans who love their team but are opposed to the Wahoo logo, which they view as an offensive caricature. They say they’re not accusing pro-Wahoo fans of being racists or telling them what they should or shouldn’t wear. They’ve simply made a decision not to wear the Chief themselves.” (“Hail To De-Chiefing: Some fans are quietly removing Chief Wahoo logos from apparel they've bought” [Lukas 2014])

Article excerpt there are few statistics more @alittlecoconuttart

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There are few statistics more jarring than this one: According to a survey released late last week, 65.1 percent of Brazilians think that if a woman is “dressed provocatively,” she deserves to be “attacked and raped.” Here’s another one: 59 percent of the 3,810 respondents across 212 cities said that if a Brazilian woman “knew how to behave,” there would be fewer rapes.

And then there’s this: More than two-thirds of the respondents were women. (Nobody deserves to be raped’ campaign responds to shocking Brazilian survey” [McCoy 2014])

Might as well cut your foot and dangle it about @alittlecoconuttart

“Might as well cut your foot, and dangle it about a group of sharks … ”

Well, damn.

Cox pointed out that teen pregnancy is still an @alittlecoconuttart

“Cox pointed out that teen pregnancy is still an issue in Oklahoma. The state’s teen birth rate is the second highest in the nation, and more than 2,000 girls under the age of 17 gave birth in 2010. The state lawmaker noted that if the state prevents teens from being able to buy emergency contraception without a prescription, girls will lose out on important resources to control their sexual health.” (Oklahoma Republican Speaks Out Against Anti-Choice Bill: ‘It’s Prejudiced Against Women’” [Culp-Ressler 2014])

Why isnt j crew selling canes yesjcrewcane @alittlecoconuttart

Petition by

Elizabeth Jackson

New York, NY

J. Crew sells glasses. Why don’t they sell canes? Why are some assistive devices celebrated and mainstream while others (like canes) are relegated to the hidden underworld of hospital shops and medical warehouses?

This petition was created to ask J. Crew two questions:

- Will you sell this beautiful cane in your In Good Company section? 
- Will you feature a beautiful model with a beautiful cane in your beautiful catalog? 

Oftentimes petitions are used to bully or force someone’s hand. Please understand that this petition is not intended to do either. This petition is intended to create an open dialogue and to show J. Crew that a market exists. 

If you agree with the following, I kindly ask you to sign #YesJCrewCane:

- I acknowledge the stigma of certain assistive devices (such as a cane).
- I acknowledge that disability is not about one’s body, but about one’s ability to navigate the world around them.
- Beauty is not hindered by disabiliy. 

This cane is made by a wonderful company called Sabi. Sabi’s sole vision is to elevate every day items. I have no financial ties to Sabi. I simply have the support of them and their cane.

Feel free to Tweet #YesJCrewCane to @jcrew or Click HERE to learn more. 

Thank you for your support. 

Republican lawmakers sends tweet saying street @alittlecoconuttart

“Republican Lawmakers Sends Tweet Saying Street Crime Would Increase If NBA Folded” (Baragona 2014)

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After that tweet went out, Garofalo was bombarded with replies from people who rightly saw it as offensive and racist. Nearly three-fourths of the NBA’s players are African-American. Obviously, Garofalo is playing to the stereotype that all young black males are criminals and hoodlums. When initially confronted by his local news channel and ESPN, Garofalo was defiant and suggested that he was just being honest and truthful with his statement.

Below is what he said to ESPN on Sunday:

“I was talking about the NBA’s high arrest rate and that their punishment for positive drug tests are weaker than other leagues. No intent beyond that. The culture among many pro athletes that they are above the law is the problem, not people like me pointing that problem out.”

Also, he said the following to KARE 11 in Minnesota:

“I really don’t understand how being critical of a culture of pro athletes has anything to do with race. This is a behavior that transcends the race of the athlete, and it seems to be a culture in all professional sports these days.”

Of course, he might possibly be able to defend his position if it was true that NBA players get arrested at a high rate, especially in comparison with the rest of the country. However, on Monday, Kyle Wagner at Regressing, an affiliate site of Deadspin and Gawker, published an article debunking the notion that NBA players are criminals who are constantly getting arrested.

As the article pointed out, the arrest rate for the country as a whole is 4.25%. In Minnesota, it is 3.96%. Males aged 20-34, which is a better overall comparison to NBA players, have an arrest rate of 13.18.  However, the arrest rate for the NBA this season is 1.92%! Therefore, whatever point Garofalo was trying to make, other than he is an ignorant racist, was made absolutely moot.

Found this as we were cleaning out the basement @alittlecoconuttart

“Found this as we were cleaning out the basement: A tray liner that included a voter registration form, used in every McDonald’s restaurant in Ohio during Sherrod’s tenure as Secretary of State in the 1980s.

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that the tray liners were Sherrod’s idea. He told me about these on our first date. Definitely wooing.” – Connie Schultz

Fantastic news today as planned parenthood @alittlecoconuttart

Fantastic news today as Planned Parenthood endorses Ed FitzGerald and our entire democratic slate. 

John R. Kasich defunded Planned Parenthood, putting at risk critical, life-saving care for nearly 100,000 Ohioans for things like HIV tests, cancer screenings, and even birth control.” – Ohio Democratic Party

Fox pretends coloradans can buy pot with food @alittlecoconuttart

“Fox Pretends Coloradans Can Buy Pot With Food Stamps” (Hansen 2014)

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Despite lack of evidence and the failure of the bill, Fox News continued perpetuating the myth that SNAP recipients can use benefits to buy marijuana. The January 21 edition of Fox & Friends included on-screen text that read, “Food stamps for pot!” Another line of text claimed that the bill would “ban food stamps at pot shops.

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade introduced the segment by asking, "Can people collecting food stamps in Colorado add marijuana to their shopping lists?” and answering,“Right now the answer is yes.”

No way there is an old country graveyard down the @alittlecoconuttart

No way.

There is an old country graveyard down the road a ways from my grandma’s house, and there is a stone in it with this epitaph etched on it, barely legible any longer:

“Stop ye travelers
As you pass by
As you are now
So once was I
As I am now
Soon you shall be
Prepare yourself

To follow me”

I memorized it some thirty years ago and it has stuck with me ever since.

Too weird.

My five year old daughter colored this picture of @alittlecoconuttart

My five-year-old daughter colored this picture of Santa: it would appear that he has the munchies.

Ahh yes because thats the true message of @alittlecoconuttart

Ahh, yes, because that’s the true message of Christianity, isn’t it? Sticking it to the other guy?

What they perceive as “The War on Christmas” is actually “Their Own Personal War to Continue Enjoying Their Privilege.”

Quit it already.

Cleveland oh 1954 my grandparents date was @alittlecoconuttart

Cleveland, OH (1954)

My grandparents’ date was captured by a photographer who used to snap random people’s pictures, selling them to his unwitting subjects if they took a shine to their momento.

Also, my Grandpa used to look kind of like Sean Penn, no?

Tis the season to suffer through more war on @alittlecoconuttart

‘Tis the season to suffer through more “War on Christmas” claims.

My love for charlaine harris is undying but dang @alittlecoconuttart

My love for Charlaine Harris is undying, but dang. She could just answer a damn question.

Julianne hough apologizes for blackface costume at @alittlecoconuttart

Julianne Hough Apologizes for Blackface Costume at Party