Large Crabs Escape From Box on German Train – SPIEGEL ONLINE

The animals had absconded from a container that toppled over. It was being transported by two Chinese passengers. The crabs, whose bodies can grow as large 10 centimeters — not including the legs — are a delicacy in Chinese cuisine.

via Large Crabs Escape From Box on German Train – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

Printed as a funny item but this is how disease and invasive species of all sorts are traveling around the globe – humans think nothing they do have any big consequences???

Hard to believe Israel wants peace… Israel ‘plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank’ | Maan News Agency

Israel plans to build 20,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Tuesday, the biggest batch of tenders since peace talks restarted.

\”The housing ministry announced tenders for the planning of 20,000 settler homes,\” Peace Now director Yariv Oppenheimer told Israeli public radio.

But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu\’s office stressed he had opposed some 1,200 of the homes slated for construction in the highly contentious area of the West Bank known as E1.

via Israel ‘plans 20,000 new settler homes in West Bank’ | Maan News Agency.

My Mom, The Woman Who Beat Cancer

Woohoo – big good news!

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

There are a lot of things that one could wish in the days leading up to their birthday. Mine is tomorrow. People tell you the best thing you could ask for is health. I got the best early birthday gift today.

My mom, Jinane, is officially cancer free.

It was a long and winding road that I saw her take. And she has reached the finish line. It was one tough year.

I saw people talk around the disease like an entity whose name shouldn’t be mentioned. And I saw her hurting every time they did.
I saw people look at her with pity and I saw how it killed her every time they did.
I saw her lose her hair and still fight.
I saw her become bed-ridden after chemo.
I saw her become one of those people you see in movies with a scarf around their heads.
I…

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