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Our 9 Favorite Feature Stories This Week: Deserters, Second Chances, And The End Of Obesity

This week for BuzzFeed News, Joel Oliphint discovers how one simple device could change our understanding of hunger and the way physicians treat obesity. Read that and these other great stories from BuzzFeed News and around the web.

1. The Invention That Could End Obesity — BuzzFeed News

Photograph by Erin Kirkland for BuzzFeed News

A Michigan surgeon invented an apparatus that he believes tricks the brain into thinking the stomach is full. His Full Sense Device could be a lifesaver for millions of obese Americans and raises questions about how hunger — our most basic human impulse — even works. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

2. A Boy Among Men — The Marshall Project/The Atlantic

Illustration by Edel Rodriguez

A devastating piece by Maurice Chammah on how the American prison system fails to stop — and may even facilitate — the rape of young men, despite the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act in 2003. “PREA has not been a complete failure, but it is also far from delivering on its promise.” Read it at The Marshall Project or The Atlantic.

3. How the Killing of a Trans Filipina Woman Ignited an International IncidentVice

Courtesy of Marc Sueselbeck for Vice

Jennifer Laude was engaged and in the happiest time of her life when she was brutally murdered last October. Meredith Talusan travels to the Philippines to discover how authorities are — or aren’t — planning to prosecute the US marine standing trial for her death. Read it at Vice.

4. Could Running for President Destroy Ben Carson’s Legacy? — BuzzFeed News

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Long before Ben Carson was a champion to social conservatives and an anathema to liberals, he was a legendary neurosurgeon and an icon of black triumph. Joel Anderson asks: Will his turn to politics destroy his legacy? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

5. American DeserterNew York Magazine

Photograph by Christopher Anderson

Wil S. Hylton explores the fraught, divisive, and precarious lives of the few American military deserters remaining in Canada. “American deserters [are] in a grotesque bind: At a time when most Americans can agree that the decision to invade Iraq was disastrous, the only U.S. troops still fighting over the invasion are those who took a firm stand against it.” Read it at New York Magazine.

6. Will the “Female Viagra” Ever Get It Up? — BuzzFeed News

Alice Mongkongllite for BuzzFeed News.

Flibanserin, a drug that revs up women’s sex drives, has been battling for five years to get the FDA’s stamp of approval. Azeen Ghorayshi digs into the debate between feminists, who say flibanserin is a victory for women’s rights, and other scientists, who question whether the drug really works. Read it at BuzzFeed News.

7. How an Undocumented Immigrant from Mexico Became a Star at Goldman SachsBloomberg Business

Photograph by João Canziani for Bloomberg Businessweek

Max Abelson chronicles the career of Julissa Arce who, as an undocumented immigrant, went from selling food cart funnel cakes in Texas to eventually becoming a vice president at Goldman Sachs. “If there’s something valued more deeply at Goldman than separating the irrelevant from what matters or anticipating issues before they erupt, it might be the dogged pursuit of opportunity.”
Read it at Bloomberg Business.

8. MC Jin’s Second Chance — BuzzFeed News

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Jean Ho profiles MC Jin, the first Chinese-American rapper to approach mainstream success, only to vanish from the scene as quickly as he arrived. Now, he’s attempting a comeback — but is anyone listening? Read it at BuzzFeed News.

9. Confessions of a Disordered Eater — BuzzFeed News

Illustration by Justine Zwiebel for BuzzFeed News

After a lifetime struggling with compulsive, secretive, and restrictive eating, Anita Badejo is still figuring out how to have a healthy relationship with food. “I’ve come to realize I eat the same way I hit my snooze button every morning: just a little bit more.” Read it and more great essays published for #BodyWeek at BuzzFeed.

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The Truth Behind What’s In This Drinking Water Is So Disgusting, It’s Horrifying.

Have you ever turned on the tap in your kitchen, filled up a glass and took a swig? Or have you ever taken a swallow of pool water after a spectacularly chaotic cannonball? If you have, you may be endangering yourself more than you know. 

Throughout the United States, there have been reports of brain-eating amoebas and flesh-devouring bacteria living in the water that our cities use. No matter what precautions are being taken, microscopic killers are living in drinking water all over the world. You’re probably not in immediate danger, but these people in China probably are.


The toxic waters throughout China are a horrifying reminder of what some cities consider “acceptable” drinking water.

People that live in China’s rapidly industrializing towns are subject to high levels of water pollution.

In Wenzhou, China, it’s especially bad. The growth of industries have destroyed the water supply.

Not only is the water polluted, but it’s killing the fish… which is further polluting the area.

It’s an incredibly huge problem and it’s only going to get bigger.

Children shouldn’t have to be subjected to such filth.

But China isn’t the only one who has to deal with water pollution.

Leaks and spills occur all over the world, destroying ecosystems and creating toxic drinking water.

This kind of dirty water, like the remnants of Hurricane Katrina, are breeding grounds for bacteria, viruses and amoebas.

Throughout many parts of China, 70-90% of the water is polluted.

Deadly diseases are linked to such pollution, which can affect people on a global scale.

No matter where you are… trusting the water may not be a wise idea.

(H/T Business Insider)

More people need to think about what’s in their water before taking a drink. The pollution in China is an extreme example, but the multiple cases of dying children in our own country should make people more aware of what’s going on behind the scenes. 

Take the time to do your own research and share this story with others. It can be a scary world out there.

Read more: http://viralnova.com/disgusting-china-water/

But Thats None Of My Business

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Insanity: Papa John’s, Olive Garden, others attacked as racist for cuts

Yep. Sad, but true: The boycott insanity is growing. Now businesses are being attacked as racist due to having to lay off workers or cut hours in response to Obamacare. Or, for even just considering it as an option! Financial reality is hard.

New entry into the Handbook for Racial Code Words? Staying in business. You see, if a business dares to do what needs to be done in order to remain in business, it’s totally racist. Or something. Oh, the insidious bigotry of trying to ensure that a business continues to exist. The horror!

Hypocrisy = #Republican company Owners who layoff #WORKERS while claiming 2B #Patriotic #Americans – ALSO = SPITEFUL BIGOTRY

— Katherine Russell (@KatherineRusse2) November 11, 2012

The attacks on Papa John’s, whose CEO anticipates a cut in workers’ hours, continue, only now with more race-baiting!

@papajohns Heard yr CEO fired people becuz Obama won & announced it publicly – take your pizza and shove it up your racist assholes #BOYCOTT

— nowiknoweverything (@NowIKnoEvrythng) November 10, 2012

What a Piece of shit.. #PapaJohns is & of course i never eat that shitty,Nasty Ass Papa Johns pizza…Fuckin Racist Greedy Clown! #Obamacare

— #GOP Destroyer (@OG_E_Supreme) November 11, 2012

@papajohns acting like Donald Trump! Sick of racist ass ignorant people. #BOYCOTT

— Nicole(@MzDivah67) November 10, 2012

Listening to the radio… discussion of race and racist… man said boycott Papa Johns cause the owner is racist…then proceeded to name

— Ty Williams (@TyBella85) November 11, 2012

I’ve never eaten Papa Johns and never will. @deb4obama #SayNoToPapa Racist un-American Bastards.TKCAL

— RB RADIO SHOW™ (@REALBROTHER0003) November 11, 2012

I don’teat Papa Johns pizza anyway. The founder is a racist.

— T Wats (@TrevorWatson1) November 11, 2012

Papa Johns owner is cutting employees due to Obama win.BOYCOTT HIS RACIST GREASY ASS PIZZA! I got my kids off that shit months ago

— Karl Douglas (@specialk913) November 11, 2012

Olive Garden and Red Lobster are under attack as well, for the crime of mulling over the possibility that workers’ hours may need to be cut.

Sooo apparently I need to boycott Olive Garden and Red Lobster because they just admitted to hating democrats and being all-around racists.

— I Will NOT Be Quiet! (@noiwillnotbe) November 11, 2012

And Olive Garden and Red Lobster.Call one near u and let them know that their racist shit ain’t gonna fly!!!

— Karl Douglas (@specialk913) November 11, 2012


— Daphine Walker (@swalk7059) November 10, 2012


— Daphine Walker (@swalk7059) November 10, 2012

Applebee’s continues to be targeted.

I ate at @applebees and was disgusted by the #SODIUM. I won’t eat there again because of the #RACIST STUPIDITY. #BOYCOTTAPPLEBEES #CTL #P2

— Rick B in CT(@RickBinCT) November 10, 2012

Time to start boycotting ihop & applebees. Their racist CEO is threatening to fire his employees because of Obamacare.#tweetsomething

— Calvin Sanders (@19_Cheezzie_80) November 10, 2012

@applebees Your CEO is a racist piece of shit, he not hiring because Obama was elected..U WILL LOSE CUSTOMERS

— Natalie_S (@Mz_Red_Antz) November 9, 2012


— Natalie_S (@Mz_Red_Antz) November 9, 2012

@nikolettemccloe Sister, this is important: stay away from racist, facist ass @applebees

— Detroit Red (@Darrin_DR) November 10, 2012

All businesses that are dealing with the crushing financial realities of Obamacare are under attack and are being painted as racist, natch.

Racist bigots lashing out. RT @fahima1118: RT @0boy: The Two Stages of Obamacare Layoffs redstate.com/jdrucker/2012/… via @redstate #TCOT #P2

— Richard Avalon (@AntiWacko) November 10, 2012

Some of CEOs are threatening to fired their employees because of #ObamaCare. This is most unnecessarily ridiculousness behavior. #Racist

— James Bush (@SOUTHERNjamespb) November 10, 2012

@lovelyronnie If she can’t see the racist intentions of business owners wanting 2 do lay offs due 2 Obamacare I have nothing 2 say 2 her.

— Johnie Ray (@johnieray4ever) November 10, 2012

@realbrother0003 so layoffs because companies aren’t going to be able to afford Obamacare for their employees is racist?

— Young Republican (@YoungRepub2012) November 11, 2012

Just another racist a-hole !!!Murray CEO, after Obama re-election, announces layoffs huff.to/YXXzgN via @huffpostbiz

— Fliptrx (@Fliptrx) November 10, 2012

Reality is hard. But race-baiting? Super easy for the wilfully ignorant.

Since older, racist white males want to layoff workers Blacks, Latinos, Asians, Jews, Indians should form a#blackwallstreet #cnn

— Sabrina (@sabmcdo) November 11, 2012

#louisfarrakhan Since white racist males are laying off people of color we, all people of color unite to form (1921) #blackwallstreet

— Sabrina (@sabmcdo) November 11, 2012

#current We, all people of color, meed to unite, to form #blackwallstreet (1921) to answer racist layoffs #fox #cbs #abc #moveon

— Sabrina (@sabmcdo) November 11, 2012


Now for the thousands more spoiled racist kids blaming Obama on there lack of jobs at Applebees or Papa Johns.

— Marik (@CalmMinority) November 11, 2012

It’s not racist to live in reality. President Obama’s crushing policies are the cause of this economic death spiral. You know what is racist, though? Believing that President Obama shouldn’t be held accountable due to the color of his skin. You may as well just pat him on the head, you racist.

.Thinking about CEO’s firing workers to punish Obama: They’re like the rabid racist who drinks the poison – thinking the other would perish

— Jon Hardie (@pocojuan) November 10, 2012

Arse-backwards. It is Obama’s policies that are punishing business … and everyone whom they employ. Or, you know, used to employ, after being forced to lay off workers or cut back drastically on their hours in order to remain in business.

twitchy.com/2012/11/11/lay… So sorry to inform progressives….you will not be able to boycott EVERYBODY #electionshaveconsequences #wiright

— Kurt Schuller (@schuller53rd) November 11, 2012

Indeed. And, if you really wanted to help, you should have boycotted President Obama at the voting booth. But, you know, keep crying racism. That’s helpful.

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15 Charming Edinburgh Bookshops You Must See Before You Die

Get lost in a good book(shop).

1. Armchair Books


Stuffed floor to ceiling with illustrated antiques and secondhand gems, Armchair Books is the definitive bookshop of your dreams.

2. The Fruit Market Gallery

The Fruit Market Gallery combines contemporary art and literature for a high-concept experience.

3. Golden Hare Books


Go down Golden Hare Books’ rabbit hole to increase your reading list ten-fold. The charming shop features novels, children’s books, and design readers.

4. Cabaret Antiques, Curios & Books


Find hidden treasures for your bookshelf and your wardrobe at Cabaret.

5. McNaughtan’s Bookshop & Gallery

Snuggled a level below the street, stumbling on McNaughtan’s feels like uncovering buried treasure – which you might just do while browsing their antique books.

6. Edinburgh Books


It will take you days to get through the expansive collection of second-hand and antiquarian books in Edinburgh Books’ four rooms and basement.

7. Till’s Bookshop


The friendly Till’s Bookshop is filled to the brim with titles ranging from science fiction to law.

8. Word Power Books


Word Power is an extensive independent bookshop dedicated to providing a small-business alternative to big, corporate sellers.

9. Looking Glass Books

The Alice in Wonderland-inspired café/bookshop combo at Looking Glass Books is the epitome of cosy, and perfect for bookworms who want to bond with a book before buying.

10. The Edinburgh Bookshop


The charming Edinburgh Bookshop is a haven for readers of all tastes and genres, and features plenty of events and signings.

11. Elvis Shakespeare Books & Records


Book and music lovers will be at home at Elvis Shakespeare, where you can browse vinyls, books, and if you’re lucky, catch an impromptu concert or recording session.

12. Southside Books


For a cheap read and a cosy browse, Southside Books is the place to. The towers of books and stuffed shelves give the place a homey, mysterious feel.

13. Summerhall Bookshop


Summerhall is the heart of Edinburgh’s many cultural festivals, and has many permanent fixtures, including charming a bookshop and library.

14. The Old Children’s Bookshelf

The Old Children’s Bookshelf is cute as can be, and browsing through will bring you back to your childhood and beyond.

15. Old Town Bookshop


Old Town Bookshop is a bookworm’s dream – with editions dating back to the 1600s and a variety of genres as well as maps and art, you won’t be able to help yourself.

Check out the Edinburgh Bookshop Trail app to find more tucked away havens for book lovers.


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‘WTF?’ Cincinnati Enquirer adds smiley face to news about shooting death

That pretty much sums up the Cincinnati Enquirer’s bizarre social media blunder. WTF, guys?

The fabulous @LilMissRightie caught this retweet from the Enquirer’s verified Twitter account on Wednesday night. Note the Jim Carrey-style editorializing in this screen shot taken from Topsy.


The Enquirer’s social media person followed up with this reply to @LilMissRightie:


Yes, yes. Someone died. But we’re tickled pink about bringing you the news. Victim-giggles!


Both tweets were quickly deleted, but the Cincinnati Enquirer is about to learn the hard way that Twitchy and Twitter are forever.

Unreal, indeed.

Definitely shoody business. Here’s the Enquirer’s story on the shooting death. This one was tweeted sans emoticon.


The Cincinnati Enquirer tweeted an apology shortly after Twitchy published the deleted tweets.


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/07/25/wtf-cincinnati-enquirer-tweets-smiley-emoticon-with-news-about-shooting-death/

‘Might as well pay em': Adam Housley slams WH & prog journos for canoodling

Fox News correspondent Adam Housley is on fi-yah lately. On Friday, he decried the racialization of the George Zimmerman trial. Then, he ripped apart the cozy love affair between the White House and progressive journalists.

As The Daily Caller reported, officials in the Obama administration “held a background briefing Friday to discuss Obamacare implementation with a handful of journalists from liberal and progressive outlets.”

Housley didn’t just slam the White House; He blasted the ethics of the so-called journalists acting “completely against everything we are taught.”

Business as usual.

Citizens thanked Housley for highlighting the problems with “JournOCare.”



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Hillary Clinton Used Her Own Internet Server To Send Email

The server that transmitted her email while she was Secretary of State was run out of her New York state home — an unusual step, the AP reported. The revelation comes after the Times reported that Clinton used a personal email account to conduct official business despite federal law requiring correspondence be retained by the government.

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Updated on March 4:

Hillary Clinton used a computer server registered to her New York state home to send an receive email while she was Secretary of State, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

The revelation comes after the New York Times reported that Clinton used a personal email address — hdr22@clintonemail.com — to conduct official business when she was the nation’s top diplomat, despite a federal records retention law that said she needed to use her official government email account.

As the AP reported:

The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton’s secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than some politicians, including Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who were caught conducting official business using free email services operated by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.

In most cases, individuals who operate their own email servers are technical experts or users so concerned about issues of privacy and surveillance they take matters into their own hands.

Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails. And since the Secret Service was guarding Clinton’s home, an email server there would have been well protected from theft or a physical hacking.

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Original report from March 2:

Hillary Clinton used a personal email account exclusively while serving as secretary of state, the New York Times reported Monday, a move that may have broken federal law requiring official communications be retained by the government.

During her four years at the State Department, Clinton did not have a government issued email address, agency officials told the Times. There was also no attempt made to archive her emails, as required by the Federal Records Act.

Federal law considers most letters and emails written and received by officials to be government records that should be preserved, so that congressional committees, reporters, and historians can access them in the future.

Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Clinton, defended her use of personal email, telling the Times that Clinton was complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules” and that she expected her emails to officials using government accounts would be retained.

The National Archives and Records Administration required at the time Clinton was in office that all personal emails be recorded, however Clinton and her aides did not comply with the requirement.

Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Select Committee on Benghazi Elijah Cummings said that Clinton’s use of her personal email account had been public for several years, “apparently following the pattern of previous Secretaries of State.”

“Although Secretary Clinton has produced her emails to the State Department, it is unclear from press reports whether previous Secretaries have done the same,” Cummings said. “Last month, the Committee received Secretary Clinton’s emails relating to Benghazi, and now that we have them, I believe Chairman Gowdy should join with me to make them available to the American public so they can read their contents for themselves.”

Other government officials have had personal email accounts, but their use is restricted to emergency situations, such as when an agency’s server is not working. If personal email is used, it must be “captured and managed in accordance with agency record-keeping practices,” the rule states.

In October, the State Department asked all former secretaries dating back to the late 1990s to turn over records of correspondences in an effort to improve record keeping.

Clinton’s advisers reviewed her emails on the personal account and decided which ones to turn over. It is not clear now many emails there were, but 55,000 pages were handed over to the State Department.

A spokeswoman for potential Republican 2016 candidate Jeb Bush called on Clinton to release her emails in a statement given to BuzzFeed News Monday night.

“Hillary Clinton should release her emails,” Kristy Campbell said. “Hopefully she hasn’t already destroyed them. Governor Bush believes transparency is a critical part of public service and of governing. That’s why he recently launched www.jebemails.com.”

In 2013, an email account belonging to Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal was hacked, revealing his communication with an account that appeared to belong to Clinton and registered to the domain “clintonemail.com.”

Registry information for the domain said it was created on January 13, 2009, the same day Clinton’s confirmation hearings began before the Senate, the Washington Post reported.

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Obama ‘waves off’ Iraq question for laser-like focus on robotic giraffe

During the “White House Maker Faire” today, President Obama was singularly focused on a bio diesel car, and something else:

Wait, what?

No word yet if Obama reminded the maker of robo-giraffe that he “didn’t build that”:

Well, it’s not like there’s anything else going on in the world, right?

@markknoller MT: "BO waves off Iraq Q…he's focused on the Maker Faire projects"
Whoa, stop the world! One thing at a time.
@instapundit— Damian Bennett (@DamianBennett) June 18, 2014

If there’s ever a sitcom about the Obama administration, “One Thing at a Time” would be a good title.



Did Obama really lose Chuck Todd? See what he said about Obama’s presidency

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