Donna Ziegler West

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Gardens: how to keep basil alive | James Wong

Supermarket basil is notoriously shortlived. But there are ways to make it last<p>A pot of supermarket basil is an almost universal starting point for timid first timers making an initial foray into horticulture. Coming as modestly priced, ready-grown plants on the shelves of the veg aisle, they seem …

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Russia Sent France A Puppy To Replace The Fallen Police Dog Lost In A Terrorist Raid

Last Wednesday, an extended raid in a Parisian suburb left several suspected terrorists (including ringleader Abelhamid Abaaoud) dead in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. One particularly touching casualty included cherished hero police dog Diesel. The mighty Belgian shepherd was killed when …

Clinton targeted in ad from group tied to Koch brothers

<b>WASHINGTON</b> -- Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday makes her first appearance in a negative advertisement funded by …

Gun nuts don’t care that you’re afraid: How Second Amendment fetishists created a terrorized society

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>After a gunman takes advantage of open carry and then goes on a killing spree, it’s time to face tough truths<p>Gary Legum<p>November 6, 2015 10:58am (UTC)<p>By now it is a cliché to observe how numb we have become to the gun violence that regularly occurs across the country. The …

Hillary Is Winning: The Media and Sanders' Campaign Are Freaking Out

For the first six months of the Democratic primary, the media -- including the <i>New York Times</i> and <i>Washington Post</i> -- relished writing everything they could to hurt the Clinton campaign. The <i>Times</i> went so far as to report a non-existent criminal inquiry directed at her and had to back off when even …

Kangaroo flatulence research points to new climate change strategy for farmers

Kangaroos produce relatively little methane, but study suggests transplanting gut micro-organisms into sheep or cattle would not help reduce emissions<p>New analysis of kangaroo farts suggests their low methane levels could have implications for farmers in the fight against climate change.<p>It has long …

Two Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Is Back on Top

According to the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Hillary Clinton (62%) has a two-to-one lead over Bernie Sanders (31%) for the first time in four months.<p>The explanation for her recent climb has little to do with Bernie Sanders' failures, and much to do with Hillary Clinton's …

Anderson Cooper drops a hammer on Donald Trump after being accused of going easy on Hillary Clinton

Cooper noted that Trump praised his "tough" and "firm" moderating the day after the CNN debate last month. He then played a clip from Tuesday afternoon, when Trump said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't get tough enough questions at the event.<p>"Hillary Clinton was given all …

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Claire McCaskill Still Waiting For Ron Johnson To Release Hillary Clinton Documents

McCaskill accused Johnson of cherry-picking details that would make Clinton look bad.<p>WASHINGTON -- At a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Central American migrants on Oct. 21, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) unexpectedly found himself on the defensive about information he had released about …

Hillary Clinton To Participate In Town Hall Moderated By Roland Martin

On Saturday, November 7, Hillary Clinton will participate in a town hall in Orangeburg, South Carolina, hosted by the South Carolina Legislative …

Bernie Sanders’ latest racial blind spot: Hillary’s right on gun control — urban vs. rural really means black vs. white

Sanders’ remarks on “rural” gun owners did have unsavory racial implications. It’s good for Clinton to call it out<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 4, 2015 8:31pm (UTC)<p>Perhaps it is time for Bernie Sanders supporters to accept that he's weak on gun control move on. The defensiveness isn't helping anyone.<p>The …

Formula for Hillary: Lead With Beliefs and Disprove the Stereotype

One of the truisms about politics is that if people have stereotype of you, any action you take to remind people of it, no matter how small, will make the stereotype stick. An example I always use is of Andrew Cuomo in his first campaign for Governor in 2002. People felt that his major downside was …

Guilty of being black in a white world: The ludicrous reason these women were thrown off of a train last weekend

<b>(Lisa Renee Johnson)</b><p>The Napa Valley Wine Train left a 10-woman book club on the side of the train tracks… and for what?<p>Brittney Cooper<p>August 26, 2015 9:46pm (UTC)<p>Over the weekend, the Sistahs on the Reading Edge Book Club, composed of 10 Black women and one white woman, were kicked off the Napa …

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Hump Day relief: This kitten learning to groom himself all wrong

To help you get through your Hump Day, allow us to introduce you to Neo the kitten who, lucky for us, is really bad at doing things. Neo was sitting …

Pets

26 Puppies Who Are Way Cuter Than Your Crush

Sorry boys, puppies win. Every time.

This Ridiculously Cute Puppy Looks Like A Dog–Teddy Bear Hybrid

Get ready to fall in love.<p>The two run a home-building company called SWISH Developments.<p>"It wasn't until Tonkey's litter was born that Dave and I learned what a bear coat was!" Park said. "We were thrilled to discover the existence of 'fluffy' shar-peis, and it was an easy decision for us."<p>View …

Cute Animals

21 Sleepy Kittens That Will Melt Your Heart

Kittens spend a lot of time sleeping, but they also spend a lot of time running amuck and destroying your house. When your kitten finally does settle …

How many Americans must die before we rethink the Second Amendment?

<b>A small memorial is shown outside of the Red Arrow business for the owner Jillian Johnson, a victim of the the movie theater shooting, in Lafayette, La. on Friday, July 24, 2015 Johnson was one of two women killed in an attack in Lafayette Thursday night. John Russel Houser, 59, stood up about 20</b> …

The Skip Garden: a moveable urban veggie patch built with 90% reclaimed materials

1/11<p>Skip Garden The Bartlett School of Architecture<p>The Skip Garden-an urban garden and community space in King's Cross-opened in June as part of the …

Architecture

Global Warming Will Destroy The Earth In The End

We like to think of our planet as perfect for life, having met all the conditions we know of for life to exist, flourish and thrive for billions of years. After all, here on Earth, with our not-too-thick and not-too-thin atmosphere, we’ve got liquid water on our surface, made possible by the …

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8 Beneficial Plants for Your Garden

I love gardening but I’ll be the first person to tell you that it’s a lot of work keeping my yard and garden the way I want it. Even if you ignore …

Nature Reserve Officer Thought She Spotted a Plastic Bag in a Tree. A Closer Look Revealed It as a ‘Rare’ Sight.

A nature reserve officer in the U.K. thought she saw a plastic bag in a tree, but upon closer inspection, she saw a network of hexagons, the trademark work of bees.<p>Still, the white hanging structure was unusual. So Sarah Gibbs, a senior reserve officer at Northamptonshire’s Pitsford Water Nature …

Dog Peed On His Parents Bed This Is His Punishment

Hillary sounds the alarm on meteorites

Hillary Clinton on Thursday called attention to a dire security threat: meteorites.<p>Speaking before a town hall in New Hampshire, the Democratic front-runner said experts should be mapping meteorites and asteroids “on a security basis,” noting the importance of scientific research and development in …

Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Stephen Colbert why NASA’s historic Pluto achievement isn’t “100 percent awesome”

<b>Stephen Colbert, Neil deGrasse Tyson (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert)</b><p>For NdGT, “size matters”<p>Colin Gorenstein<p>July 15, 2015 1:08pm (UTC)<p>After a century of near-total mystery, earthlings finally got their first surface look at Pluto and "girlfriend" Charon on Tuesday morning -- the last of the …

We Interviewed the Guy Wearing Confederate Flag Shorts at Ottawa's Bluesfest

"Robert" seems to be a decent guy, outside of the whole 'liking the Confederate flag' thing.<p><i>Photo via Twitter</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on Noisey Canada.</i><p>Recently at the 21st annual Ottawa Bluesfest, the conflict surrounding the United States and the Confederate flag came up north in an odd …