How to make your own IUD at home, from materials you can purchase at Hobby Lobby. And also, what to purchase in case of IUD failure.

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Over and over in the wars America conducts we attempt to create political entities that meet our ideological criteria, but have no natural constituency in the countries themselves. Maliki, Karzai, Diem: we become infuriated at the leaders we install when they fail to carry out our vision of progress. We are the world’s biggest Hegelians, analysing every conflict as a clash between two opposing principles that need to be resolved, and then trying to create that synthesis. We have the same longing in domestic politics, for that matter. If only some great moderate could bridge the gap between the two parties, and bring us all together towards the reasonable consensus! We cannot seem to understand that if there were a constituency for that middle position, someone would be occupying that space; if there is no one in that space, it is because the middle position has no constituency. We keep trying to create a third force that does not exist. We need to stop it. The forces on the ground are the forces on the ground. If we support one side, we should back that side, and if not, not. If the two sides want peace, we can help them reach peace. If they want to fight, they will.

Matt Steinglass / The Economist
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So, there was a school shooting in Oregon today — the 117th mass shooting in 2014.

Wonder how long until some asshat tells us it’s a “false flag” operation?

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So, the Bundy ranch standoff begins to spout terrorist attacks

Neighbors of the couple who ambushed two police officers Sunday in Las Vegas … said they “had a reputation for spouting racist, anti-government views” and boasted about their gun collection, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The newspaper reported that residents of the apartment complex who spoke about the suspects also brought up the couple’s relationship with Bundy Ranch, where the two bragged about being present for the standoff between militia members and the Bureau of Land Management.

- Catherine Thompson / TPM

Shiny.

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