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Ok, Harry, pay attention. I’ve brought you to the Hogwarts Library. Why? Because it’s the biggest library in the magical world. Over 20 million books. And they’re all saying the exact same thing: Listen to Hermione.
—  Hermione Granger [to Harry Potter, at some point, definitely]
@Obama's last press conference
  • <p> <b>Reporter:</b> The Republicans have been calling Obamacare "a massive failure" and there are calls to immediately remove it. If they schedule it, the Democrats don't have the votes to stop them. Mr. President, your response?<p/><b>Obama:</b> <p/><b>Obama:</b> <p/><b>Obama:</b> <p/><b>Obama:</b> but they don't HAVE a plan, they just hate MINE.<p/></p>
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With Yemen on the verge of famine, United Nations asks for $2.1 billion

  • As Yemen teeters on the brink of famine, the United Nations made an appeal on Wednesday for $2.1 billion to help an estimated 12 million in dire need of food and other life-saving care.
  • The country has been embroiled in a civil war since 2015, and the fighting has spiraled into a humanitarian crisis for the more than two-thirds of the population lacking access to basic aid and protection, the U.N. said.
  • Last year, an estimated 63,000 Yemeni children died of preventable causes that were often related to malnutrition. Read more
MY MOTHER ASKED ME TO STOP WRITING ABOUT HER
 
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  When my best friend was a child,
  her mother used The Game of Life
  as a metaphor to explain sexuality.
 
  “You can have two pink guys
  or two blue guys, you know,”
she explained.
 
  My best friend is so straight,
  she doesn’t even masturbate.
 
  Still, she always knew that even
  if she wasn’t, even if someday she ended up
  shotgun to another pink piece,
 
  she would remain loved and supported.
 
  She wouldn’t have to ask for forgiveness.
  Of all the things she was taught to apologize for,
  love has never been one of them.
 
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  My mother doesn’t bring up my sexuality
  anymore. I think she is tired of arguing.
 
  She is sick of reading about her faults
  in my poetry. She hates my selective memory;
  how I only remember the sharp things,
  the slammed doors, the heavy whiskey.
 
  “I used to sing to you before bed
  every night,”
she reminds me icily.
  “but you must’ve forgotten that story.”
 
  Last week, she silently folded up her old flannels
  and placed them at the foot of my bed.
 
  I know this is probably just a coincidence,
  not a peace treaty or an attempt to understand me.
 
  But for my own well-being,
  I have to take this as a sign she is trying,
 
  even if it isn’t.
—  MY MOTHER ASKED ME TO STOP WRITING ABOUT HER, by Blythe Baird.
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It’s Great Union Day today in Romania, Ziua Marii Uniri. This day marks the unification of Transylvania (and earlier that year: Banat, Bessarabia and Bukovina) in 1918 with Romania. An important, historical day. Alba Iulia was the location where the union was signed. This was the military parade in Alba Iulia last year.

Have a nice 1 December everybody, Romanian or not :-)!