Blake Shelton

A mind is blown when pop superstar Gwen Stefani tells her country superstar boyfriend Blake Shelton that he has inspired her to write a song about cowboys. (See Vine Time below.)

Things we saw (and heard)

Shooting Leaves Two Juveniles Dead In Spencer — News 9

Seattle elephant Bamboo attacked, bitten at new home in Oklahoma — Seattle Times

This style guide from 2007 proves Nick Denton’s blog invented web writing — This Is Insider

Giving up alcohol opened my eyes to the infuriating truth about why women drink — QZ

Twitter will soon let you use keyword filters to combat online harassment — Macworld

Colin Kaepernick Refuses To Stand For Anthem: “There Are Bodies In The Street” [Update] — Deadspin

Syria war: Turkey kills 25 people in latest round of air strikes — BBC

Bernie Sanders’ new political group is met by staff revolt — New York Times

Unsettled country: Rural Oklahoma’s struggle with addiction, mental illness — Oklahoma Watch

Quotes to note

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

— San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on why he sat during national anthem, 8/27/16

“Again, I think that access to health care across a woman’s lifespan is incredibly important, and things that we can do to permit that access are very important.”

— Dr. Lisa Hollier, director of the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force, on potential solutions to Texas having the highest rate of maternal mortality, 8/27/16

“To be honest, my privilege as a male, I never thought about it. I’m walking around daring someone to say something or do something that I define is racist or holding us back, but never really thinking about male culture and the destructive effect it’s having on our community.”

— film director Nate Parker, on rape culture in the wake of allegations from 1999, 8/26/16

Vine Time



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