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He cried for a week when his parents left him. It was for his own good. For as long as it'd last.

Rufino Santiz Díaz was in the sixth grade when his parents left him in the care of his older siblings. He understood that they did it out of love and hope for his future. But no one could have predicted the tough choices he'd eventually have to make.

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Imagine not having a country to call home and your life being in limbo because of decisions you didn't even make. It sounds like a bad dream, but that's living for Rufino and a lot of other people who are being let down by the U.S.'s weirdly anti-immigrant policies.

I say "weirdly" because it is. It's weird that a country built by immigrants has become one that turns them away by the millions. It's especially weird when you consider that the U.S. plays a big role in foreign policy that makes people come here in the first place.


Something we can all do to help is to stop viewing immigration as a political issue — it makes politicians act like idiots. Immigration policy is a matter of human rights. Despite their own complicity in human rights abuses — *ahem* slavery even the founding fathers of the U.S. seemed to know that.

And for folks like Rufino, the faster we recapture that idea, the better.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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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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