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Alex Park

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Alex Park is a recent graduate of the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. His work has been published in PBS/MediaShift, New America Media, allAfrica.com, Time.com, and the Believer.

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A recent graduate of the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, Alex Park is an investigative journalist with an interest in global agriculture. He has blogged in South Africa and reported on Cyprus, and in college he published an award-winning paper on a 2008 period of anti-immigrant violence in South Africa, since cited in academic works. Currently, his interests lie explaining complex social systems—be they governments, conflicts, trade patterns, or waves of immigration—for a general audience. His work has been published on PBS/MediaShift, New America Media, allAfrica.com, the Believer, and Time.com

Happy Halloween From Mitch McConnell and Friends

| Fri Oct. 31, 2014 3:35 PM EDT

Republican lawmakers have been getting in the holiday spirit today by reminding people about their longstanding beef with Obamacare. Senate Republicans put out a list of articles on their website under the headlines "Spooked by higher costs" and "All tricks, no treats".

Oh, there's also a video floating around from the Republican-controlled House Financial Services committee. You can watch it below. It's really, really not scary:

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This "Sexy Ebola Nurse Costume" Is the Stupidest Halloween Thing Ever

| Sun Oct. 26, 2014 2:57 PM EDT

In case you haven't heard, there's an epidemic raging in West Africa that's recently crossed yet another border and is bringing entire countries to the verge of collapse. There have been more than ten thousand cases since March. The fatality rate could be as high as 85 percent. Nurses in America and doctors in West Africa are among the people who have suffered because of this thing. 

But hey, who's to say we can't have a little fun on the side? 

With five days left until Halloween, "unique costume shop" Brands on Sale is selling a "sexy" Ebola nurse costume for $59.99. (Boots sold separately.) The getup comes complete with face shield, lab coat-looking "costume dress", face mask, and eye goggles. Oh, and gloves, too! (By the way, the Liberian government reported a shortage of 2.4 million boxes of gloves over the next six months.)

Brands on Sale

Just to be be clear, Ebola is bad, bad, bad, bad.

(h/t BuzzFeed for finding this one.)

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