A scientist schooled a climate denier on Twitter, and J.K. Rowling was loving it.

On Aug. 15, 2016, astrophysicist Katie Mack tweeted this:

Climate change is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad thing. And if anyone knows this to be true, it's scientists like Mack.

A few hours later, Twitter user Gary P. Jackson responded to Mack's tweet, letting her know she should go learn "actual science" and quit with all this climate change mumbo jumbo.

Mack, in return, kindly let Jackson know that astrophysics is, in fact, actual science, and she's certainly qualified to have an opinion on the matter.

"Pretty much whenever I mention climate change on Twitter, people show up out of nowhere to argue with me that it's not real or that humans didn't cause it,” Mack said. "It's fairly rare that I'll make the effort to have a discussion at all, because it generally boils down to them accusing me of holding up some kind of vast conspiracy, or not understanding how science works.”


With nearly 6,000 likes and 2,000 retweets, Mack's rebuttal clearly resonated with plenty of people online.

One of them was famed Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

J.K. Rowling loved the Twitter exchange so much, she shared a screengrab of the back and forth, adding her own two cents.

"The existence of Twitter is forever validated by the following exchange," Rowling tweeted.

That tweet definitely resonated with plenty of people too.

"It's awesome and unexpected and rather overwhelming,” Mack said of seeing Rowling's support.

On a related note, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies just published new data finding that July 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded.

No, not the hottest in 2016, not in the last decade — the hottest since humans began tracking global temperatures back in 1880.

It also marked the 10th consecutive month of record-breaking highs.

Whatever "actual science" or "global warming scam" Jackson was referring to when he tweeted at an actual scientist, the facts don't lie.

Fact: 97% of scientists agree that human-made global warming is real.

GIF from "Anchorman."

Fact: Big Oil has poured millions of dollars into climate-denying lobbying groups that sway U.S. lawmakers into not acting on the issue.

GIF from "Glee."

Fact: Most of the developed world finds it perplexing that Americans continue debating climate change, even though the evidence for it is overwhelming.

GIF from "Stargate Atlantis."

"It's become a political thing, when it really shouldn't be,” Mack explained. "Attitudes toward climate change have gone from being scientific questions to matters of political identity."

Fact: There are so many other facts that support both the existence of man-made climate change and the dire need for us to act quickly.

Do Rowling and astrophysicist Mack a favor and stay woke on climate change, internet.

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A disturbing joint report by USA Today and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found that tens of thousands of pets have been harmed by Seresto flea and tick collars. Seresto was developed by Bayer and is now sold by Elanco.

Since Seresto flea collars were introduced in 2012, the EPA has received incident reports of at least 1,698 pet deaths linked to the product. Through June 2020, the EPA has received over 75,000 incident reports relating to the collars with over 1,000 involving human harm.

The EPA has known the collars are harming humans and their pets but failed to tell the public about the dangers.

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Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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"Good evening," Coley answered. "Thank you for calling Sipps!"

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Sipps welcomes everyone, Coley explained to her, but indeed attracts a mostly LGBTQ crowd.



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Over my own 20+ years of motherhood, I've written a lot about breastfeeding. My mom was a lactation consultant, I breastfed all three of my children through toddlerhood, and I've engaged in many lengthy debates about breastfeeding in public.

But in all that time, I've never seen a video that encapsulates the reality of the early days of breastfeeding like the Frida Mom ad that aired on NBC during the Golden Globes. And I've never seen a more perfect depiction of the full, raw reality of it than the uncensored version that bares too much full breast to be aired on network television.

The 30-second for-TV version is great and can be seen in this clip from ET Canada. The commentary that accompanies it is refreshing as well. We do need to normalize breastfeeding. We do need to see breasts in a context other than a sexualized one that caters to the male gaze. We do need to let new moms know they are not the only ones feeling the way they feel.


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