The incredible story of baby Eva Grace:the superhero who never lived.

My wife Keri and I went in for the standard 19-week anatomy scan of our second child. As a parent, you think that appointment is all about finding out boy or girl, but it’s about a whole lot more. In our case, our daughter was diagnosed with a rare birth defect called anencephaly — some 3 in 10,000 pregnancies rare. The phrase our doctor used in explaining it was “incompatible with life,” which looks as terrible in words as it sounds. The child fails to develop the frontal lobe of the brain or the top of their skull. The chance…

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Bitcoin breaks $3,000 to reach new all-time high

Bitcoin has reached a record high valuation of $3,000 per coin to complete a rollercoaster week that begin with the long-awaited split of the cryptocurrency. A number of exchanges, including popular destinationsCoinbase and Kraken, valued a single bitcoin at over $3,000, an all-time high that is up $485 on the valuation one month ago. Earlier this year, Bitcoin surged to surpass $2,000 for the first time in May going on to almost reach $3,000 in June only for the valuation to crash. Over the last twelve hours, bitcoins value has jumped by over 10 percent as forked currency bitcoin cash…

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Senators learn the hard way about the fallout from turning on Trump

Republican senators who have been a thorn in President Trump’s side are beginning to see the political consequences of opposing the White House as pro-Trump activists start to mobilize. Just this week, it was revealed that conservative billionaire and Trump benefactor Robert Mercer would be contributing $300,000 to a super PAC supporting a primary challenger to Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The Republican lawmaker has sparred with Trump on immigration and is promoting a book that argues the GOP is in denial about the president. Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller who gave only tepid support to Trumps presidential bid and…

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10 Old Fashioned Dating Habits We Should Make Cool Again

1. Coming to the door to pick someone up. I think we’ve all had it with the incredibly unromantic “here” text, and meeting up always seems to be more casual and platonic than the alternative. Of course, meeting someone from online or any circumstance like that would probably be the exception to this rule, but generally: the 30 seconds it takes to get out of a car or cab and knock on the door makes a huge difference. 2. Trying to dress really nicely for a date. “Nicely” means different things for different people, so I think it’s just a…

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The women in Scotland championing comic books – BBC News

Image copyright Tanya Roberts Image caption Artist Tanya Roberts and examples of her artwork Edinburgh-born artist Roberts has illustrated comics based on Star Wars spin-off Clone Wars, as well as Toy Story and Strawberry Shortcake. Image copyright Tanya Roberts Image caption Art from Roberts’ graphic novel Abeyance “I think the differences in attracting a male/female readership is subtlety small. Because I go to conventions and sell my material to people I get feedback and notice who is buying my artwork. “Females seem to appreciate character relationships and that emotional connection between them a bit more. I know I do, as…

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These Graphs Perfectly Capture The Rolling Hills And Sprawling Pastures Of Mamas Girlhood, And O! How Sweet The Meadowgrass Smelled

If youve ever wondered what it was like for Mama to grow up tall and strong out on the rolling hills and sprawling pastures of her girlhood, these data visualizations get it across perfectly. Check out this chart, which clearly conveys those endless, boundless hilltops that echoed with laughter, where Mama played and sang, and learned right from wrong, too: Wow. Clearly, the rise and fall of the hillsides matches the beating of her young heart. Its easy to see how Mama would dance atop their peaks, braided pigtails swirling, until the sun painted the sky with purple and gold,…

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Sonnets Walking the Great Divide by Cecil Welles

Sonnets Walking the Great Divide by Cecil Welles Book Summary This book represents a sample of the author’s thought clarification. Somber, crazy, joyful, or eclectic in subjects, the sonnet format provides a steady bedrock of expression. Some subjects are deep, some barely scratch the surface, some try to resolve a conundrum, and some are a passing whim. All start with a single word or phrase with no end state in mind until the poem is done. http://amzn.to/2vkrWXr San Francisco Book Review 5 Stars Most of us are familiar with sonnets through William Shakespeare’s work. Those poems were my first introduction…

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Confessions of an American Doctor by Max Kepler

Book Summary In 2005, I was arrested by agents from both the US Postal Service and the Food and Drug Administration for the importation of illegal human growth hormone and botulinum toxin (Botox) from China. At the time of my arrest, I was a thirty-seven year old Harvard graduate with medical and post-doctoral degrees. I attended one of the finest residency and fellowship training programs in the world at the University of California, San Francisco. I played two sports in college, earned awards at every level of education and training, had wonderful friends and a beautiful three-year-old daughter. Having grown…

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Clockwork Strange: Into The Whirlwind by Dale McInnes

Story Summary: A North American novel inspired by Karel Zeman’s 1955 children’s classic tale Cesta Do Praveku Our first novel begins in 1943 with the disappearance of nine children and their three puppies on a prairie farm when they discover a door to long extinct alien worlds. Their story is one of awe and exploration. It is told as two simultaneous stories, one of the repercussions on the family farm community 25 years later, and the other of how the children struggle to survive their first alien environmental ice age encounter. It is the very first time that the concept…

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