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Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink Food 

Mezcal: The Rebirth of a Traditional Mexican Drink

Mexico  (GV) – When talking about traditional Mexican drinks, the conversation invariably leads to the recent resurgence of mezcal. Once nearly fading into disuse, mezcal is now the leading drink on menus of all types at a wide variety of Mexican establishments. In the last decade, drinking mezcal has been trending among Mexicans, but what exactly is mezcal? According to the Official Mexican Standard (Mexico’s official rules governing mezcal’s characteristics and specifications), mezcal is a distilled, transparent alcoholic beverage obtained from the maguey plant: 100 % de maguey o agave, obtenida por destilación de jugos fermentados con microorganismos espontáneos o Read More

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Mother Africa: When Is The Dawn Of Your Day To Rise Up? Literature 

Mother Africa: When Is The Dawn Of Your Day To Rise Up?

(SSB) – Oh, mother Africa, The land of great natural endowment: So pregnant with world highly coveted minerals, The land with magnificent scenery of flora and fauna. The virgin land; Of once a great civilisation, art and philosophy, Of great Kings and Queens, heroes and heroines, Of great peoples of ethnographical diversity Of majestic rivers, Lakes and valleys, Of impressive mountains and plains Of savannah and thick equatorial jungles; The most wonderful land whose imperial geographers and explorers Approached with curious admiration and spectacle, When is the dawn of your day to rise up? – Oh, mother Africa, What Read More

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Pork Pal Teaches That Not Only Dogs and Cats Can Serve as a Human’s Best Friend Good News 

Pork Pal Teaches That Not Only Dogs and Cats Can Serve as a Human’s Best Friend

(Sputnik) – While some pigs have little more to look forward to in life than the dinner table, this little piggy’s Instagram account has about 300k followers. This video reveals how a pot-bellied mini pig living in the US named Hank spends his time lounging about like an ordinary human. He leads an active and healthy lifestyle: he preserves a balanced diet, swims in a pool, celebrates Halloween and Father’s Day, and sleeps in a bed. But the most adorable spectacle is when his belly is being scratched! The pork pet is only 1-year old, but his Instagram account @mybestfriendhank is followed by almost 300k Read More

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Amazon, Netflix and righting the wrongs of television’s gender problem Entertainment 

Amazon, Netflix and righting the wrongs of television’s gender problem

(Conversation) – Netflix will spend $6 billion on original content in 2017. Between them, Amazon, Hulu and Netflix have scored 125 Emmy nominations this year. The message is clear: Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) is no longer the new kid on the block. And it is this blooming platform which is starting to turn the traditionally male-dominated world of television production on its head. Every year, reports on industry employment reveal how women are underrepresented on the writers’ credits in television. In the US and the UK, women’s share of television employment has remained at under 30%. Women showrunners Read More

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Matcha Green Tea Cocktails to Channel Your Inner Zen Food 

Matcha Green Tea Cocktails to Channel Your Inner Zen

(Foodista) – My habit of sipping green tea began years ago when I lived in Japan. Green tea is the gateway tea to matcha, the more intensely flavored powdered version that’s used in traditional tea ceremonies. Though still used in tea ceremonies to facilitate mindfulness and mental clarity, health enthusiasts have embraced this powerful green dust for its many nutritional benefits, from heart health and cancer fighting abilities to inflammation relief and improved brain function. It may even help you shed those unwanted pounds and boost your metabolism. That alone is enough to make me chug the green stuff all Read More

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An Easy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Recipe with Saffron Rice and Tzatziki Food 

An Easy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Recipe with Saffron Rice and Tzatziki

(Foodista) – It’s always nice to have a variety of easy chicken recipes on hand for those busy weeknights. This recipe is big on flavor and low effort, especially if you use a boxed saffron rice (I prefer to make it from scratch, but when time and energy are concerned a box is just fine). The bold flavors and bright color of this dish are pleasing to both palate and eyes, and it’s a dish everyone in the house will love. If you have the ingredients, mix the chicken with the yogurt marinade in the morning (or even the night Read More

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New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas Good News 

New state law seeks to reduce the number of child brides in Texas

Texas, United States (TexasTribune) – A new state law prohibits anyone under 16 from getting married and requires people under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. Texas has one of the highest child marriage rates in the country, but a new law seeks to change that. In May, Texas joined a growing number of states cracking down on child marriage when Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1705, which bans anyone under 16 from marrying. The law by state Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano — which went into effect Sept. 1 – also requires people under 18 to get a judge’s consent before marrying. The new law is about “not forcing Read More

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Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto and More Delish Dishes to Cook This Weekend Food 

Pumpkin Cauliflower Risotto and More Delish Dishes to Cook This Weekend

(Foodista) – Yesterday it was 83 degrees here in Seattle, today it’s 66 and rainy. Fall is here to stay, but I’m fine with that. I had two beautiful days to wear my summer clothes one last time before I donned by boots and cashmere cardie. Now that the Mother Nature has turned her thermostat down (and we’re cranking ours up) it’s time to tuck into some comforting dishes that warm us from head to toe, heart and soul. Below are 5 dishes that fit the bill, especially if you find yourself asking, “What am I going to make for Read More

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12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be Literature 

12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be

(OpenDemocracy) – These writers and their work span the globe and its history and would complement any degree. What would you add to this list? If you’re starting, or heading back to, college or university this month then hopefully whatever course you’re studying will include some key feminist texts on your syllabus. But there is more to feminist writing than Woolf and Wollstonecraft (as vital and needed as their work is). There are centuries of feminist texts, stretching across disciplines and around the world. In medieval France, Christine de Pizan – frustrated at male writers composing screeds damning women – wrote her Read More

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