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On Tuesday night, actor Benedict Cumberbatch took aim at the governments of the world for not doing enough to help the waves of Syrian refugees crossing into Europe.

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"F*** the politicians," he said, according to numeroussources.

British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images.

The actor unleashed after a London production of "Hamlet," in which he's starring. Many in the audience reportedly cheered in agreement.

Cumberbatch's frustration is understandable.

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While Germany plans to take in 800,000 refugees, the U.K. has offered to admit only 20,000 by 2020 (similarly, the U.S. is on track to take 85,000 this fiscal year, and 100,000 next year). Meanwhile, there are over 4 millionregistered Syrian refugees across the Middle East and North Africa.

These are people who are fleeing war, death, or worse.

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Many refugees have left because staying in Syria means risking their lives. Others are running after being conscripted into the army and forced to kill fellow Syrians. Still others are victims of torture or sexual violence.

The experience is probably best summed up in a poem that Cumberbatch read on stage after the performance, according a report in The Guardian:

"No one puts children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land."

What can be done?

Per Cumberbatch, it's time for Western governments to put up or shut up. More countries can, and should, follow Germany's example and open their doors to people whose only goal is to save their own lives and the lives of their families. And it's time to elect politicians who are willing to do that.

It's the right thing to do.

And it might just inspire Cumberbatch to get up on stage and say:

"Thank you, politicians!"

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A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

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A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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