It is comforting to know that I am not fighting this Battle of the Bulge alone. In a recent and very unscientific Facebook survey a friend polled her community by asking, “Eating more or eating less because of the ‘situation’?” The answers varied, but most came to the conclusion that war is bad for your waistline.

Rachel Weinstein in her Times of Israel blog post titled, "Does This War Make Me Look Fat?"

They’re killing innocent civilians by the thousands (many of whom are children), and yet these people are so comfortable — comfortable in their living conditions, comfortable in their nationalistic superiority, and comfortable in the righteousness of their religious ideology — that what they’re worried about is how “the situation” is causing them to put on a little extra weight from all the binge eating.

Marie Antoinette may never have actually uttered the phrase, “Let them eat cake,” but this blog post is very real, and if you’ve ever wanted a living, breathing example of the banality of evil, here it is. (via coketalk)

the most upsetting thing about this article is that it’s not even surprising. for extra irony, think about how israel has put all of gaza on a “diet” by restricting calories allowed in. (via bloglikeanegyptian)

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dreaminginwaves: Pawel Kuczynski’s


Israelis watch the latest military activity towards Gaza on August 2, 2014. (Siegfried Modola/Reuters)


Children collect books from the rubble of the destroyed Imam Shafi’i mosque on August 2, 2014. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

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Blue-Eyed Boy by Robert Timberg has been voted one of Amazon’s best books of the month

IN 1966, Robert Timberg was a short-timer, counting down the days until his combat tour ended.  He had thirteen days to when his vehicle struck a Vietcong land mine, resulting in third-degree burns over much of his face and body. 

He survived, barely, then began the arduous battle back, determined to build a new life and make it matter.  Remarkable as his return to health was—he endured thirty-five operations—perhaps more remarkable was his decision to reinvent himself as a journalist, one of the most public of professions. 

This is a gripping account of what it took for an ambitious man to begin a new life amid the pitying stares and shocked reactions he encountered on a daily basis.


More than 100 bodies were pulled from the wreckage of homes and buildings across the coastal enclave on Saturday, bringing the total death toll in Gaza to more than 1,000.


Sorbonne University under student occupation. Paris, May 1968.

[Credit : Bruno Barbey]

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"Gotta tip my hat to the Fox bookers on landing what is basically their viewers’ cartoon image of a union worker." - @BrianMontopoli

Another big problem identified by the researchers stems from something called the “diet gap”: food that’s grown, and could be feeding people, but never makes it to their plates. That gap is massive — currently, only 51 percent of the calories we grow end up being consumed as food. The U.S., Western Europe and China are responsible for most of this, the study found, by feeding “cows and cars” (livestock and biofuels) instead of people. The crop calories we currently feed to animals, for example, could be used instead to feed an additional 4 billion people. Lessening the diet gap, lead author Paul West told Salon, is our “biggest opportunity to move the dial on the global food system as a whole.”