Monday Papers: What can go wrong will go wrong

Another explosion in Abyan kills two more and wounds at least ten.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports on differences among the Huthi leadership on who can be a leader and who can't, but both 'Abd al-Malik al-Huthi and his top deputy survived recent strikes. Given the ownership of the paper it is wise to be cautious about its reporting, but on the other hand the writer, Arafat Madabish, has previously done an interview with 'Abd al-Malik.

Al-Ghad and one of Waq al-waq's favorite reporters, Muhammad al-Ahmadi has an excellent round-up on last weeks strikes on al-Qaeda positions.

It includes the most comprehensive list of dead AQ suspects to-date. On the jihdai forums I have seen reports of dead Emiratis and dead Pakistanis in the strike in Abyan along with Yemenis and Saudis, but I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere else.

And finally, in the story that just won't die, 'Abd al-Rahman al-Rashd, a columnist for al-Sharq al-Awsat, claims that the US is giving logistic support to the Yemeni government in its fight against the Huthis. I really hope this is not true, but I am beginning to fear that it is true and that the US is passing along "small favors" as a way of attempting to get cooperation in other spheres. This is a mistake.

'Upstreamism': Your zip code affects your health as much as genetics

Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."

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  • Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
  • Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
  • Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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Meet the Bajau sea nomads — they can reportedly hold their breath for 13 minutes

The Bajau people's nomadic lifestyle has given them remarkable adaptions, enabling them to stay underwater for unbelievable periods of time. Their lifestyle, however, is quickly disappearing.

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Culture & Religion
  • The Bajau people travel in small flotillas throughout the Phillipines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, hunting fish underwater for food.
  • Over the years, practicing this lifestyle has given the Bajau unique adaptations to swimming underwater. Many find it straightforward to dive up to 13 minutes 200 feet below the surface of the ocean.
  • Unfortunately, many disparate factors are erasing the traditional Bajau way of life.
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Life is hard: Jordan Peterson and the nature of suffering

The Canadian professor's old-school message is why many started listening to him.

Jordan Peterson addresses students at The Cambridge Union on November 02, 2018 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)
Personal Growth
  • The simplicity of Peterson's message on suffering echoes Buddha and Rabbi Hillel.
  • By bearing your suffering, you learn how to become a better person.
  • Our suffering is often the result of our own actions, so learn to pinpoint the reasons behind it.
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Scientists create a "lifelike" material that has metabolism and can self-reproduce

An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.

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Surprising Science
  • Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
  • The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
  • The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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