Last night's episode of "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee" was all about climate change, a topic that can feel both done-to-death and completely fresh at the same time.

Weather-wise, the past few months have been a doozy, featuring everything from a seemingly endless parade of destructive hurricanes and floods to devastating wildfires, all of which share a disturbing link to global warming.

But still. Deniers gonna deny.


Or, as Bee warned, "Our descendants will look back on the summer of 2017 as the time we stopped ignoring that climate change was coming and started ignoring that it had arrived."

If the seemingly endless string of natural disasters wasn't getting the message across, maybe a sweeter and kinder approach would do the trick.

Bee invited songwriter and heavenly-voiced singer Ingrid Michaelson to perform a topical twist on one of her hit songs.

Dressed as Earth, with an angry looking Sun looming overhead, Michaelson took the stage, and for one night, her earworm of a song "Be OK," became "(Earth is) Not OK."

"I am clearly not OK, not OK, not OK. Earth is clearly not OK today. I'm getting warmer every day, every day, every day," Michaelson sang as "Full Frontal" correspondents dance behind her holding paper hurricanes.

Though most of the lyrics are funny and sung over a happy melody, the subject itself is a terrifying reminder of what we've done to the planet.

"Hurricanes are here to stay ... and we're making them worse day by day," Michaelson sang in one verse, a reminder that the latest news suggests that climate change might actually be more worse than we thought. Awesome.

"But you know what part hurts the most? It feels like you don't care about me," Michaelson/Earth sings, as the lyrics take a turn for the vengeful.

Was the performance silly? Sure. Absurd? Maybe. A total downer? Absolutely. Still, there's nothing more absurd and depressing than the fact that some people still don't believe any of this is actually happening.

The upbeat tempo and Michaelson's sweet vocals at least make the dire message a little easier to swallow.

We're rapidly running out of time to make a real dent in the fight against the effects of climate change. If you're interested in what you can do to help, however small, start here.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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