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An NFL star defended Colin Kaepernick — and his Afro — in 3 awesome tweets.

Philadelphia’s Chris Long has some thoughts on Kaepernick — and his hair. Colin Kaepernick is having trouble finding a job playing in the NFL. The fact the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, currently a free agent, hasn’t been scooped up by an NFL team has baffled many of his old teammates, who consider Kaepernick a much stronger player than other recently recruited QBs in the league. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images. Many fans and pundits believe Kaepernick’s outspokenness on social justice issues is the driving force behind his struggle to find work on the field. In 2016, the athlete made waves by refusing to stand up for the national anthem before games, citing the systemic mistreatment of people of color and his support for the Black Lives Matter movement as the reasons for his peaceful protests.Former NFL star Michael Vick, who was indicted on felony charges of dogfighting in 2007, doesn’t think Kaepernick’s politics are relevant to his employment, though. Perplexingly, Vick said he believes Kaepernick’s difficulty finding a job has to do with his Afro.In an interview on Fox Sports 1, Vick suggested Kaepernick had an image problem and encouraged him to ditch the ‘fro: “The most important thing he needs to do is just try to be presentable.” “First thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair.” — @MikeVick advises Kaepernick on rebuilding his image pic.twitter.com/YENvUPOIgP— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) July 17, 2017 Contradicting himself, Vick then switched gears to blame Kaepernick’s problems landing a team on, above anything else, his performance: “The reason he’s not playing has nothing to do with the national anthem. I think it’s more solely on his play.”Vick’s comments didn’t sit well with many people — among them, NFL player Chris Long. Chris Long says he chose the #Eagles because it was the best ‘football fit’ and his knowledge of the city from parents going to school here pic.twitter.com/tNiCEbEjWs— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoPHL) March 31, 201

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They looked for missing Flight MH370 for 3 years. Here's what they found instead.

In January, Australia, China, and Malaysia announced that they were suspending the search for downed airliner MH370. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/Getty Images. After nearly three years of scouring the deep ocean, the tri-national team failed to find the majority of the aircraft from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, though pieces from the plane eventually washed up on beaches in Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and elsewhere. What the team did find in the search, however, could help scientists for decades to come.Instead of the remains of the plane, investigators returned with some of the most detailed data of the ocean floor in existence. Image via Geoscience Australia/YouTube. According to an AFP report, the technology used by the search team on the southern Indian Ocean has only been deployed in 10-15% of the world’s waterways, making the region “among the most thoroughly mapped regions of the deep ocean on the planet,” per Stuart Minchin, environmental geoscience chief for Geoscience Australia.The first set of data was released by the Australian government on July 19, and includes stunning visualizations of the topography that are 15 times higher resolution than previously available.   Image via Geoscience Australia/YouTube. The team’s discoveries include volcanoes, massive underwater ridges, and valleys, many of which were previously unknown to researchers.  Scientists hope the new data will help them model sea life habitats, forecast climate change, and better understand the impact of tsunamis.Much of the search was focused along a geological “breakup zone,” formed by the separation of tectonic plates approximately 40 million years ago. An anchor and debris from a shipwreck found by the search team. Photo by Australian Transport Safety Bureah via Getty Images. The investigation also turned up two shipwrecks, in addition to the vast trove of ocean floor data.A second set of data is scheduled to be released next year. In the meantime, the Australian government ha

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Here’s what's going on with the drama surrounding the LPGA’s dress code.

An email sent out by the LPGA has created quite the storm online. This is a woman playing golf. Image via iStock. This is a man playing golf. Image via iStock. It sure seems like they’re playing the same sport, huh? You’d think the expectations surrounding their attire would reflect that, but a new controversial email sent out by the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) has thrown that into question.And people definitely have some thoughts.Earlier this month, the LPGA notified its players about updates in the organization’s dress code. The email, sent by LPGA player president Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, listed a number of policies regarding players’ clothing and asked members to abide by the guidelines beginning July 17, 2017.Here’s how the email read, as Golf Digest pointed out: Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no racerback) Plunging necklines are NOT allowed. Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over. Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed. Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes Joggers are NOT allowed As you might expect, the LPGA’s email sparked a wave of criticism online.As Teen Vogue put it, the list “leaves you wondering, what is allowed?”Policing what women wear on the golf course is taking a step backward (maybe even into a previous century), some argued. #lpga players teeing it up this morning for first round. pic.twitter.com/PMxg9FhKYI— old country (@extrameat33426) July 19, 2017 “Plain and simple this is a mistake by the LPGA,” one Twitter user wrote. “The athletic wear is fine and crosses no line. #LetThemPlay”But many

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BBC uploaded 40 hours of beautiful 'Planet Earth II' bonus footage to YouTube.

Plus, the visual masterpiece might have some health benefits. BBC’s “Planet Earth” series is one of the most visually stunning looks at nature ever captured on film — and now there’s a whole lot more of it to watch.As part of the group’s Real Happiness Project, the team over at BBC Earth has uploaded 40 hours of bonus “Planet Earth II” footage. Broken into 10-hour “soundscapes,” the videos span the globe, highlighting everything from remote islands to sandy deserts.Not only is this remarkable nature experience extremely calming, but according to BBC Earth’s own research with the University of California, Berkeley, watching it can actually make you feel happier, as well.Next time you need a boost of positivity, cue up one of these four videos and spend a few minutes absorbing the wonder of nature.Be sure to check out the BBC Earth and Real Happiness Project websites for more information.

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She suffered abuse as a child. Now she's a cop dedicated to making kids' lives better.

Proof that a traumatic past does not have to dictate your future. As a child, Lakesha Burton had dreams of becoming an Olympic runner — but life took her on another course. It had nothing to do with her athletic abilities: She was faster than all the boys in elementary school, and her coach told her she had definite promise. Her dream was derailed because she was sexually abused by her stepfather when she was only 11 years old.The negative emotions she experienced as a result took her down a dark path that led to drugs and various delinquencies. Eventually she got pregnant at the age of 14.”I purposefully got pregnant because I thought that might end my abuse,” Burton admits. Image via Christian Haugen/Flickr. But the abuse didn’t end. When it happened in front of her baby, she decided she had to take her and leave home. She stayed at a friend’s house that first night and woke up to the police who had been called by her friend’s mother.  According to Burton, one of the officers named Victor Jefferson kneeled down, hugged her, and said, “I believe you. And I’m going to make sure this man never touches you again.”Her stepfather was arrested, but the charges against him were dropped, and Burton’s mother stayed with him. This fueled Burton’s downward spiral, and soon enough, she was on the verge of suicide. Thankfully, after a revelatory experience at church, Burton was inspired to turn her life around. Image via Alejandra Rdguez/Flickr. Praying at a local church revival helped her feel relief from her emotional pain for the first time. She decided then and there that she’d dedicate her life to helping others. She went back to school, and joined the Jacksonville, Florida, Police Athletic League (PAL). There, she started playing basketball there regularly. PALs exist all over the country and aim to foster positive relationships between police officers and kids in the community through various programs. Burton with kids at PAL. All photos below via the Jacksonville, Fl

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Bumbling dad commercials are cringeworthy. So the U.K.'s doing something about them.

Thanks to new advertising rules, you won’t be seeing the clueless dad tropes on British TV.You know the type. Mom’s on a trip/taking a rest day/somehow escaped from the Stepford wives and left Dad (gasp!) to take care of the chores. He bumbles around the house, burning dinner, and acting as if the laundry machine were impossible alien technology. So let me get this straight, you put this “clo-thing” in the “ham-per?” Photo from iStock. Well, there’ll be no more of that nonsense. New regulations proposed by the U.K.’s Advertising Standards Agency will nix dated gender stereotypes in television commercials. Advertisers will face tougher guidelines around images of diaper-phobic dads or glorified-maid moms.The agency won’t ban all stereotypes — they point out it’d be “inappropriate and unrealistic” to try to wipe out traditionally gendered imagery — but they do want to change some of the cringeworthy gendered stereotypes we’re used to seeing in ads. Basically, if a mop company wants to have a dad in their commercial, he’s going to have to act as if he’s actually seen a mop before.These new rules came after a review following a controversial 2015 “beach body” advertisement and, if adopted, would go into effect next year, as the BBC reports.A single ad, image, or story isn’t itself a problem, but it can get overwhelming when every single paper towel, mop, or diaper company seems to fall back on the same old tropes. that women just LOVE to swiffer.— Christine Estima (@christineestima) July 18, 2017 Grown men portrayed as sex-crazed frat boys in beer commercials. https://t.co/ZBFklMdAB6— Tinu Abayomi-Paul✊ (@Tinu) July 18, 2017 And why is it only the men who enjoy getting giant tvs installed while their wives shake their heads and roll their eyes? I LOVE BIG TVs!— Darcie Birdsell (@DarcieBirdsell) July 18, 2017 Research hints that these kinds of stereotypes can actually affect people in real life. The agency hopes that guiding advertisers away from them might in

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This mom has an emotional, must-read message about the 'beautiful chaos' of raising kids.

One day, you’re going to miss it. One day, there will be a peaceful silence while you go to the bathroom instead of small hands busting through the door or someone wailing bloody murder outside with an owie until you jump off the toilet holding your pants in a panic.One day, you’ll miss the frantic desperation of never catching up because one day, everything will catch up. Your children will grow up and you will get a decent break. So savor the good times now, right? Not so easy. I tell myself all the time that one day I’ll miss it.I repeat the mantra when I’m on the verge of losing my sh*t. The phrase keeps me going because no matter how cliché it sounds, it’s true. I need this running thought in my head — especially now on summer break — as the circus is up and running.One day, there won’t be baskets of laundry overflowing with play clothes, gym clothes, or uniforms. One day, there won’t be endless piles of dishes in the sink.You’re going to miss it.You’re going to miss someone needing you all the time. You’re going to miss being called out for all things great and small.One day, there won’t be anyone around to worry about entertaining on school breaks because they’ll have their own lives, friends, and passions.That life you think you can’t wait for now — perhaps for time alone with your spouse, time alone with yourself, or just some time, period — will come, and then it will all be done. All the irritation over mud on the floor, stains on the carpet, or messy rooms never cleaned will be washed away with the tides of life.Maybe you can’t muster the feelings of cherishing the moment with your loud, messy, chatty children today, but it does help to keep in mind that it will pass, and one day you are going to miss it.You’re going to miss dropping them off or picking them up from school. You’re going to miss their scrunched-up, disgusted faces when they see what you’ve made for dinner. You’re going to miss being called into their room for the 10th time asking for a g

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10 ways kids appear to be acting naughty but actually aren't.

Many of kids’ so-called ‘bad’ behaviors are actually normal developmental acts of growing up. When we recognize kids’ unwelcome behaviors as reactions to environmental conditions, developmental phases, or our own actions, we can respond proactively, and with compassion.Here are 10 ways kids may seem like they’re acting “naughty” but really aren’t. And what parents can do to help.1. They can’t control their impulses.Ever say to your kid, “Don’t throw that!” and they throw it anyway? Research suggests the brain regions involved in self-control are immature at birth and don’t fully mature until the end of adolescence, which explains why developing self-control is a “long, slow process.” A recent survey revealed many parents assume children can do things at earlier ages than child-development experts know to be true. For example, 56% of parents felt that children under the age of 3 should be able to resist the desire to do something forbidden whereas most children don’t master this skill until age 3 and a half or 4. What parents can do: Reminding ourselves that kids can’t always manage impulses (because their brains aren’t fully developed) can inspire gentler reactions to their behavior.2. They experience overstimulation.We take our kids to Target, the park, and their sister’s play in a single morning and inevitably see meltdowns, hyperactivity, or outright resistance. Jam-packed schedules, overstimulation, and exhaustion are hallmarks of modern family life. Research suggests that 28% of Americans “always feel rushed” and 45% report having “no excess time.” Kim John Payne, author of “Simplicity Parenting,” argues that children experience a “cumulative stress reaction” from too much enrichment, activity, choice, and toys. He asserts that kids need tons of “down time” to balance their “up time.” What parents can do: When we build in plenty of quiet time, playtime, and rest time, children’s behavior often improves dramatically.3. Kids’ physical needs affect their mood.Ev

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'Bathroom bills' are harmful and stupid. This Texas woman's pic shows why.

A transgender Texas woman snapped a photo at a rally for Gov. Greg Abbott. The internet is loving it. As many constituents do, Texan Ashley Smith recently snapped a picture with Gov. Greg Abbott at a re-election rally for the Republican leader in San Antonio on July 14. At face value, the photo may not appear all that unique. But the message behind it (and hashtagged across it) truly is worth a thousand words. How will the Potty Police know I’m transgender if the Governor doesn’t? #bathroombuddy #satx #indivisible #stopsb6 #noh8 #transgender #translivesmatter #sunsetandsinedie #classroomsnotbathroomsPosted by Ashley Smith on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Smith is transgender. And the photo comes at a critical time for trans rights in Texas.Gov. Abbott supports Texas’ Senate Bill 6 — legislation that would force transgender people to use the restroom that corresponds with the sex they were assigned at birth, regardless of their actual gender identity, in public facilities. The bill, Abbott has argued in vague terms, protects “privacy in bathrooms.” I support the principles of both the Senate & House to protect privacy in bathrooms. We will work to get a bill to my desk. #txlege #tcot https://t.co/sDiECfHbdd— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 18, 2017 Without the support of house speaker and moderate Republican Joe Straus, the controversial bill stalled in the spring. But in June, the governor called a 30-day special session — which began this week — in part to further press lawmakers to resurrect the measure.Texas’ bathroom bill isn’t just harmful, it’s impossible to enforce, which is the point Smith wanted to make with her photo.”How will the Potty Police know I’m transgender if the Governor doesn’t?” Smith mocked in the caption of the viral photo, which has amassed 5,000 Likes and thousands of shares. While everyone should have access to a bathroom that aligns with their gender — regardless if a person visually “passes” as that gender or not — Smith’s photo highlight

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An LGBTQ rights group and trans kids fact check a Trump campaign promise.

Lately, friends are hard to come by. “Ask yourself who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community, Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words?” said Donald Trump during a June 13, 2016 speech.The speech, which was recorded the morning after the shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, features then presidential candidate Trump slamming his opponent over her support for Muslims and refugees, suggesting that he would be a true friend to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Six months into Trump’s presidency, the Human Rights Campaign revisited that promise to see if he is the friend to the LGBTQ he said he would be.In a new video from HRC, trans kids share what it means to be a friend. GIF from Human Rights Campaign/YouTube. GIF from Human Rights Campaign/YouTube. GIF from Human Rights Campaign/YouTube. The running theme through the kids’ responses is simple: They just want to be accepted, protected, loved, and allowed to live happy lives free from bullying.That all seems pretty reasonable and really shouldn’t be so much to ask.By these standards and “with his actions,” President Trump is not a friend to the LGBTQ community. On February 22, Trump’s Department of Justice and Department of Education rescinded a May 2016 letter of guidance instructing school districts around the country to protect trans kids from discrimination in schools. It was a major WTF moment for anyone who thought the administration would make good on its pro-LGBT promises; and for those who had their doubts, it was a confirmation of their worst fears.That 2016 letter was the kind of thing Joe Biden might call a “big effing deal,” making it clear that trans students have a right not to be bullied or discriminated against. In other words, it was a sign they had friends in the White House. Now? Not so much.”From rescinding lifesaving guidance protecting transgender students to appointing anti-transgender officials and judges, Donald Trump has proven time and